DETROIT (AP) — Some pilots have emerged as victims of a deceased doctor who worked for decades at the University of Michigan. Robert Anderson is at the center of a scandal at the university. He’s accused of molesting hundreds of young men there, especially athletes who saw him for injuries. But Anderson also had another group of patients, made up of pilots and others in the aviation field who regularly needed physicals. Anderson was designated by the government as an aviation medical examiner in southeastern Michigan. It’s not known how many people in the aviation field will make assault claims about Anderson. The University of Michigan has acknowledged “credible allegations” against Anderson and expressed a willingness to settle cases out of court.
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With only the runner-up, Arctic Fire, renewing rivalries, Harrington and JP McManus saw an opening on Merseyside and it proved the correct call, albeit after a dramatic climax. Tony McCoy, riding at his last Grand National meeting, was content to bide his time on the 3-1 shot, tracking Ruby Walsh’s every move aboard Arctic Fire. The top two closed up on the leaders from the home turn and neither jockey had gone for everything when favourite Arctic Fire crashed out at the last. With Rock On Ruby hampered by the fall, Jezki sauntered clear on the run-in, passing the post with 13 lengths in hand. Harrington said: “We weren’t worried about stepping up to two-and-a-half (miles). There was no reason he wouldn’t get it. “It was a good decision to come here. I was worried Cheltenham was only three weeks ago, but once we saw what was entered and what was going to run, it was really a no-brainer. “You start off the season and think ‘this is going to be easy’. He’d won the Champion Hurdle, he’d won the Champion Hurdle and Punchestown and you think ‘we’ve just got to turn up and win’. “But we kept running into Hurricane Fly and in Ireland, there’s nowhere to hide. “I’m absolutely thrilled he’s won here today. It’s great for the horse, it’s great for JP (McManus, owner) and I’m absolutely delighted to give AP a winner here, as I think he’s been slightly frustrated with the horse all year.” Jezki could now return to Punchestown, with Harrington raising the possibility of a further step up in distance in the World Series Hurdle. “Today is today, we won’t worry about plans,” said the County Kildare handler. “He’s entered in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown and he’s entered in the three-mile race as well, but let’ see what happens.” McCoy felt he had Arctic Fire covered when he came to grief. “The two of us were racing between the second-last and the last and this lad has an inclination to go left, so I wanted to make sure I got the inside on him,” said the jockey. “I thought it was going to be a tight race. Whether I’d have won or not I don’t know, but 50 yards from the hurdle I thought I had him (Arctic Fire) beat. “I’m going to miss horses like him, it’s nice he and I have finished on a winning note. “I think circumstances have conspired against him, he’s been taking on very good horses.” Harry Fry was delighted with the performance of his stable star Rock On Ruby, having missed an intended run in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. “He’s run his usual rock-solid race. He did well to stand up (after Arctic Fire) fell and Noel (Fehily) did well to stay on board,” said the trainer. “We looked like we were being held at the time, but he ran really well and we’re delighted with him. “He is entered at Punchestown in the three-mile race, so we’ll see how he comes out of this and make our minds up. “He was sick over Cheltenham, we had to get him right for this, and it’s credit to him that he’s still managed to finish second in a Grade One as a 10-year-old. “He’s been a brilliant horse for us and continues to be so.” Arctic Fire emerged from the incident unscathed and although Walsh gave up his one remaining ride with a dead leg, he is expected to return to action on Friday. After following up his triumph in last year’s Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with a dominant display at Punchestown, Harrington believed her pride and joy could become the ruling force in the division this season, but the reality has not been quite straightforward. Jezki’s resurgent rival Hurricane Fly claimed his scalp once at Punchestown and twice at Leopardstown and Harrington’s ace chased home a trio of Willie Mullins big guns when defending his crown at Prestbury Park. Press Association Jessica Harrington stood relieved and thrilled in equal measure in the Liverpool sunshine after Jezki brought a frustrating run of results to an end with victory in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.
New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Two-time Asian Games medal-winning steeplechaser Sudha Singh and national wrestling coach Kuldeep Singh were Wednesday promoted by their employer — the Indian Railways — as part of a “liberalised” policy to encourage athletes and their mentors. The policy was first announced at the felicitation ceremony for this year’s Commonwealth Games medal winners under which athletes and coaches were promised out-of-turn promotions for medals won at the Commonwealth and the Asian Games. The athletes became eligible for such elevation if they represented the country in at least two Olympic Games. “Amongst the first beneficiary of the policy is Sh. Kuldeep Singh, the Chief Coach of Indian Women Wrestling Team whose orders for promotion to the Gazetted post of Assistant Commercial Manager have been issued in Northern Railway,” the Railways Sports Promotion Board said in a statement. Singh’s wards in Indian wrestling include Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold-medallist Vinesh Phogat among others. Both Malik and Phogat are also Railway employees. “Ms. Sudha Singh, double Olympian athlete of Indian Railways has also been granted promotion to officer grade in Indian Railways in terms of this new policy,” the Railways stated. Sudha won a silver at the Jakarta Asian Games this year, adding to a gold won in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou. The 32-year-old, who hails from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, had been demanding a job in the state government’s sports department. “It is felt that such proactive steps would not only encourage the sportspersons and coaches to do better but will also go a long way in taking the Indian Sports to new high,” the RSPB statement read.advertisement One of the largest employers in Indian sports, the Railways lost top athletes like star boxer Vijender Singh due to its strict promotion policy in the past. The liberalised policy provides for out of turn promotion to coaches in officer grade whose wards win medals at the Olympics, Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games. PTI PM PDSPDS