Gophers set to play Wisconsin in final Big Ten gameThe rescheduling of the game will be the 130th meeting between the border rivals.Nur B. AdamGophers head coach PJ Fleck walks the sidelines at TCF Bank stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterDecember 13, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter finishing the first eight weeks of the season, Minnesota will play at Wisconsin next Saturday during the Big Ten’s Champions week. The border battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, but was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within Minnesota’s program. The Gophers were off for 22 days before they beat Nebraska 24-17 Saturday.The Big Ten originally planned on scheduling games between East and West division teams based on standings in the ninth week of the season. However, doing away with this plan and rescheduling the border battle extends the uninterrupted streak of this game to 130, the longest streak in college football. Before playing Nebraska, head coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the possibility of facing the Badgers instead of an East opponent. At the time, Fleck did not know of the chances of this happening but said he is always excited to play the historic rival.“The Minnesota and Wisconsin rivalry is one of the best in sports,” Fleck said in a statement. “This game means a tremendous amount to the student-athletes, coaches and fans of both schools. We are excited to play and extend this rivalry, as Saturday’s game will be the 130th meeting. In a year of constant change, we appreciate the Big Ten, both administrations and each conference member institution for preserving this rivalry.”
The Ministry of Justice has announced a consultation on funding cuts for police station and Crown court work aimed at ‘rebalancing’ the £2bn legal aid budget in favour of civil help. The reforms outlined in the consultation paper include reducing the fees paid for police station work in what the MoJ calls the ‘most expensive and oversubscribed’ areas of the country. It says costs in this area have been driven up by an ‘over use’ of duty solicitor schemes in some parts of the country, particularly where there are ‘too many firms competing for business’. The MoJ proposes cutting the fee rates for barristers in Crown court cases to bring them more into line with prosecution fees. On average barristers acting for the prosecution receive 23% less pay than those acting for the defence, it says, which could ‘create an incentive for barristers to favour defence work’. The paper suggests combining all committal work done by litigators into one fixed fee paid out of the Litigator Graduated Fee Scheme, rather than the current scheme which pays the litigator one fee to prepare the committal hearing, and a separate fee for consideration of the committal bundle. The MoJ says payments for criminal file reviews will end, to match the fee structure in civil cases. In addition, the MoJ has asked the Legal Services Commission to consider standardising payments made to experts in both criminal and civil cases. The LSC has also been asked to find an additional 5% saving from its administrative budget this year, and 10% next year, on top of the 30% cuts they have already been asked to make over the next five years. Legal aid minister Lord Bach said: ‘The UK has one of the best-funded legal aid systems in the world and it is a vital service for many people, particularly during the current economic downturn.’ ‘More and more homeowners, employees and those facing financial hardship, are vulnerable to civil law problems at this time. We need to do all we can to ensure that legal aid is prioritised effectively so that more people are able to access it to and resolve their legal problems.’ He added: ‘Legal aid practitioners provide a fantastic service and should be paid accordingly; and that means rebalancing some fee structures so that there is greater fairness across the board.’ ‘Today’s consultation paper sets out proposals to make better use of the legal aid budget and ensure access for as many people as possible.’ Law Society chief executive Des Hudson said: ‘Solicitors don’t create the demand for advice in police stations; they simply respond to requests from people who’ve been arrested. How can the government imply that the profession can somehow alter that – solicitors have no control over how many people are arrested. ‘Having access to legal advice in a police station is central to the working of our criminal justice system. It can result in early guilty pleas and can also ensure that innocent people are not prosecuted. It avoids the miscarriages of justice that were seen in the 1970s. Government should be investing in this to achieve future savings. Arbitrarily cutting the fees that are paid will reduce access to this vital service for the people who need it most.’ He added that it would be not just barristers, but also solicitor-advocates who would be affected by the decision to cut the rate of pay in Crown court cases. Hudson said: ‘For the criminal law solicitors whose businesses and livelihood are to be the subject of a best value tendering experiment in Bristol and Manchester this is deeply worrying. While they bid for work the Ministry of Justice introduces a flat rate countrywide fee. This consultation lacks thought for the long-term future of access to justice. ‘We are currently compiling a review into legal aid which we hope will be the base for the future of legal aid. We recognise that there is not a bottomless pit of money for legal services, but government needs to work with the professions to provide long-term solutions. We will be looking into these proposals in more detail and feeding back to the profession as soon as possible, but in the meantime we will be lobbying the government to delay implementation of the BVT experiments in Manchester and Bristol.’ The consultation will run until 12 November. It can be found at: www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/docs/legal-aid-funding-reforms.pdf.
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In each of the first two days of preseason practice, the 277-pound freshmen has been standing, without his helmet, watching and soaking in, as the Auburn coaches hope, how the veterans in his defensive line group go through individual drills.“Right now, with the split practices still going on, a lot of us older guys are still trying to show (the freshmen) the system and how it works and how we practice and just how to prepare like a professional,” senior receiver Melvin Ray said.If Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was tempted to change his style of dealing with incoming freshmen, nobody would ever have known it.Malzahn, and the rest of the Auburn staff, is consistent in the belief that newcomers and freshmen don’t need to impress, thrill and electrify. Instead, at least during the early stages of preseason practices, freshmen are being required to watch, listen and learn.“We let our young guys kind of watch for the early part of practice to kind of get a good understanding of how we do things,” Malzahn said.After the first day of preseason practice Tuesday, Malzahn made it clear that the speed is considerably slower once the newcomers do get to do something physical on the field.“We feel like we’ve got some young guys that will have a chance to help us this year, so we want to give them a good foundation early in fall camp so they can really retain it better,” Malzahn said. “Things are going to get going pretty quick here in three or four days.”Wednesday’s practice saw a former Auburn coaching legend in Pat Dye having a conversation with several newcomers including Cowart and linebacker Jeff Holland during the early portion of practice.“We make them feel comfortable because some people are coming from Chicago or wherever, more than eight hours away,” junior offensive lineman Avery Young said. “That’s the worst thing is to be at a place you’re not comfortable or feel that you can’t talk to the people you’re with. They’re doing pretty good. We took them in and they’re learning real well.”The veterans’ perspective on the new talent can be mixed as Tigers defensive end Carl Lawson wasn’t interested in addressing Cowart, a player who could take over his position in the upcoming seasons.“(He’s a) freshman like everybody (and) no pads have been put on so I don’t really know,” Lawson said.Lawson, a third-year sophomore defensive end, does know how the development can be more of a mental hurdle for some than adjusting to the physical differences.“Oh yeah, I remember what it was like,” Lawson said. “Let me put it this way, the freshmen waste more energy doing stuff than we do. When you know what you have to do, you don’t have to spazz out and all that type of stuff. You’re comfortable with yourself.”Despite producing a Top 10 recruiting effort in February, which was heightened by the staff additions of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, comfort is what the Tigers staff is looking for with its new faces. Malzahn has not altered his timeline for these young players. Most importantly, the man entering his third year as the leader of the Tigers program is quick to point out that his plan for the potentially wide-eyed 18-year-old athletes does work in the short term and big picture perspective.“I know it helps our young guys to have a better chance of helping, especially early,” Malzahn said. Auburn offensive tackle Robert Leff participates with others in a drill during Wednesday’s football practice. Leff and other veterans are helping the freshmen learn the ropes.AUBURN – If you were expecting highlight reels and excitement from this incoming Auburn freshmen class, forget it. Not going to happen. 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