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Talon Talk, sponsored by the Sam Spurgeon Law Firm: Limited time available for Warhawks basketball teams to iron out wrinkles before conference tournament |

  • March 13, 2023

ULM hoops will split the next two games, home and away.

Thursday, Keith Richard and company will host Appalachian State, who’s just at .500 in Sun Belt play.

For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the Warhawks are in the thick of the league conference race.

To date, the team is fifth with a 7-5 record.

“I think what we’ve done is once we got towards February 1, and as a coach, you hope your team can play meaningful games in February, ” says Richard. “We got [six] games left, and everyone of them is going to matter in the league race.”

The ULM women prepare for a rare Thursday morning matchup in Mobile. The Warhawks visit South Alabama, with tip-off at 11:00 a.m.

They have six games left, with three at home and away as well.

Brooks Donald-Williams and company currently sit No. 12 out of 14 teams in the league standings.

They aim to enter the upcoming Sun Belt tournament as a higher seed.

“I think one of the biggest strengths is that we continue to get better, ” says Williams. “We’ve gotten better. That has to be a strength going in at the end of the year. Competing for rankings in the conference tournament, those types of things. We’re continuing to get better. Getting different production from different folks.”

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FTX Bankruptcy Lawyers Say Independent Examiner Would Put Assets at Risk

  • February 8, 2023

The judge overseeing the FTX bankruptcy proceeding still hasn’t decided whether he will appoint an independent examiner after a 4-hour hearing that included testimony from FTX CEO John Ray III.

Judge John Doresey, who’s overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings, said Monday he’s asked the attorneys representing FTX, the unsecured creditor committee, U.S. Trustee and the Joint Public Liquidators of the Bahamas to discuss “a consensual resolution.” The next FTX court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, but there’s no sign yet the judge will make a ruling then.

Ray was appointed when crypto exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy and founder Sam Bankman-Fried stepped down on November 11. The company, once an influential giant in the industry, is accused of having commingled client funds with those of its sister company, Alameda Research—a crypto trading firm also founded by Bankman-Fried.

Ray said during his testimony on Monday that he and his team have been fielding daily requests from state and federal investigators. Ray also testified that he did not find examiner’s reports helpful in two prior bankruptcies he’s overseen, Enron and Residential Capital, adding that “the reports were somewhat ambivalent in the conclusionary sense.”

The FTX legal team has been arguing that the cost of an independent examiner would be significant and duplicate a lot of the work that Ray’s team has been doing since November.

Between the day that he was appointed and the end of last year, Ray said that he has done $690,000 worth of work for the company.

But the U.S. Trustee assigned to the case, Juliet Sarkessian, argued that 18 states have voiced their support for an examiner to be appointed. The latest has been Texas, which filed its joinder last week along with 15 other states.

James Bromley, an FTX attorney, argued that “to allow anyone else

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