OXFORD – Sam Finley is officially a Rebel. The junior college prospect and former Big West Conference Sixth Man of the Year on Wednesday signed a national letter of intent with Ole Miss. The 6-foot-2 guard fills a major positional need for the Rebels, whose back-court loses senior guards Jarvis Summers, Terence Smith and LaDarius White. “We are very excited to announce the signing of Sam to our program,” coach Andy Kennedy said in a release. “Sam is a combo guard who, like Stefan Moody last year, not only excelled at the junior college level earning all-conference honors, but he also has Division I experience.”Finley transferred to Howard Community College in Texas from UC Riverside for his sophomore season.There, he averaged 17 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He also earned first team all-conference and all-region honors after shooting 43.7 percent from the field.Finley is praised as a solid ball handler who excels in transition. “We believe Sam can be equally as effective on or off the ball with his explosive play-making abilities,” Kennedy said. “With the loss of three quality back-court players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, Sam will definitely have the opportunity to make an immediate impact next season.”Before going juco, Finley averaged 12.5 points per game as a freshman at UC Riverside and led the team in scoring in conference play. Finley committed to Ole Miss in early April, roughly one week after Andy Kennedy extended an offer at the end of the Howard College’s season.
Saturday saw West Ham linked with yet another player, as Il Tempo claimed the Hammers joined the race to sign Roma’s Maxime Gonalons. Manuel Pellegrini’s side were thrown into the mix with both Crystal Palace and Everton, who were claimed to have made a €10m bid for the defensive midfielder.Despite this, the 29-year-old had yet to make up his mind, and now he apparently has a third offer to mull over, as West Ham have apparently made a move (we’re guessing on Sunday?).This is what the same Il Tempo claim on Monday, stating Gonalons is ‘reflecting’ on the Hammers’ proposal, as Roma look around Europe to try and find someone to supersede him.Embed from Getty ImagesSteven Nzonzi is their number one target in that department, but before anything happens, they’ll need to get rid of the former Lyon captain, but they don’t seem in a rush to force him out.They know he doesn’t have a lot of time to make his mind up, especially if the offers keep coming in.An answer will need to be given by Thursday, after which Roma will know exactly whether they can try and sign Nzonzi with 22 days left in their transfer window.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo
This followed Semenya’s original reaction to the ruling, which saw her sharing a quote on her social media saying “sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction”.South Africans chose to ignore her advice and rally behind her on social media. Messages of support have been pouring in for Semenya and she has been trending since.It was reported on Wednesday that Semenya said she would consider taking the fight with IAAF back to court.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed on Wednesday it had dismissed requests for arbitration filed by Semenya and Athletics South Africa (ASA) in their attempt to have controversial new IAAF regulations overturned.“Ms Semenya is reviewing the decision with her legal team and considering whether to file an appeal,” Semenya’s lawyers said in a statement.READ MORE: Caster Semenya vows court decision won’t hold her backThe new rules would force athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) to take medication in order to reduce their natural testosterone levels to 5nmol/L in order to compete internationally over distances ranging from 400m to the mile (1.609km).Time magazine recently declared Semenya one of its 100 influential people, alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa.The magazine listed Semenya as an icon, saying South Africa’s favourite sports star had taught the world that “sex isn’t always binary, and caused us to question the justness of distributing societal benefits according to ‘male’ and ‘female’ classifications.”“Sport eligibility, she and others say, should not be based on hormone levels or other differences of sex development. If successful, Semenya’s effort could open the door for all who identify as women to compete in track events without having to first medically lower their testosterone levels below a proposed limit,” Time said.“Ultimately, this incredibly difficult issue is a political one for sport to resolve. But however it is addressed, Semenya will have already made a singular historical contribution to our understanding of biological sex.”(Additional reporting, Wesley Botton and ANA)For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android. Middle-distance runner and Olympic medalist Caster Semenya sent out a tweet hinting at retirement following her losing her case to stop the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from forcing her and other athletes to lower their testosterone levels through medication.Semenya posted an inspirational quote saying: “Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity.”READ MORE: Semenya gears up for 800m swansongShe accompanied this quote only with the “shrug emoji”, likely indicating that she is still considering her options.Semenya will compete in what could be her last ever international 800m race when she lines up at the Diamond League season opener in Doha on Friday night.