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NBA walkout sparks historic US sport boycott over police shooting

first_img“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors,” the Bucks players said in a statement explaining their boycott.”Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”The Bucks’ no-show prompted the NBA to scrap two other games scheduled for Wednesday: Houston’s clash with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers’ matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.At an emergency meeting of NBA teams in Florida late Wednesday, the crisis threatened to put the entire season in jeopardy, with LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers both voting to abandon the season. All other teams voted to continue. Topics : It was not immediately clear whether the Lakers and Clippers would continue the season as scheduled. A walkout by two of the NBA’s strongest teams and title contenders — as well as its biggest star — would deal a devastating blow to the credibility of the season. The NBA’s Board of Governors is meeting on Thursday to address player concerns. Dramatic escalation The NBA postponements marked a dramatic escalation in the league’s calls for social justice, which have reverberated across the sport in the months since the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.Lakers superstar James voiced solidarity with the Bucks decision in a tweet shortly after the boycott was announced. “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” James wrote.The NBA’s players union also backed the protest. “The players have, once again, made it clear — they will not be silent on this issue,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement.Renewed anger had swept the NBA after Sunday’s shooting of Blake.The 29-year-old was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, which contained his three children.Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday. Boycotts spread The boycotts spread to other sports, with the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds becoming one of several Major League Baseball games to be postponed.In tennis, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka abruptly announced her withdrawal from the WTA Western & Southern Open semi-finals, where she was due to play on Thursday.”As a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” Osaka said.In a statement released late Wednesday, ATP/WTA organizers said all play scheduled for Thursday had been postponed in recognition of the fight against racial inequality.Elsewhere, the Women’s NBA postponed its scheduled fixtures for Wednesday, while Major League Soccer also called off five of six games. ‘Horrifying, maddening’ The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando against the backdrop of nationwide protests following Floyd’s death.NBA teams have knelt in protest during the pre-match playing of the US national anthem, while the words “Black Lives Matter” have been painted onto each court staging games in Florida.Players, many of whom took part in protests against Floyd’s killing, have been allowed to wear jerseys bearing social justice messages.The first hints of boycotts over Blake’s shooting came from Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who revealed that his players had discussed refusing to play their game with Boston on Thursday.Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens described Blake’s shooting as “horrifying.””Our thoughts are with Jacob Blake and his family and obviously that video was horrifying, awful,” Stevens said. “To think of three kids being in that car, it’s ridiculous.”These are hard times. With the pandemic going on, with this constant wave of inequality — it’s maddening.”The Los Angeles Clippers African-American coach Doc Rivers contrasted the latest shooting with the apocalyptic rhetoric at this week’s Republican Party convention.”All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” Rivers said in remarks on Tuesday.”We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that are denied to live in certain communities.”We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.” The Milwaukee Bucks led a historic sporting boycott Wednesday over the US police shooting of a black man, forcing the NBA to halt its playoff schedule and prompting a wave of walkouts across multiple sports.The NBA postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest over the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.Blake was seriously injured after being shot point blank in the back seven times by police officers in a confrontation captured on video.last_img read more

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Jamie Carragher claims Carlo Ancelotti is not the right appointment for Arsenal

first_imgJamie Carragher claims Carlo Ancelotti is not the right appointment for Arsenal Comment Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in the running to take the Arsenal job (EPA)Jamie Carragher believes Carlo Ancelotti would be the wrong appointment for Arsenal.The 60-year-old Italian is reportedly in the running to become Unai Emery’s long-term successor after he was sacked by Napoli earlier this week.Ancelotti would provide Arsenal with a wealth of experience having won the Premier League with Chelsea, the Champions League and Serie A with AC Milan, Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain and the Champions League with Real Madrid.But Carragher believes the Arsenal job requires a manager who is more capable of rebuilding teams.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t agree with Ancelotti,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli earlier this week (Getty Images)‘I think Ancelotti makes very good teams even better and takes them this next step.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘This is a big job. This is a rebuilding job.‘I don’t think Ancelotti has ever really been into clubs before and taken a group of players like this.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s always gone to top teams where it’s more about man-management and getting the best out of real top players, getting them onside.‘I think a lot more is needed here – this is a rebuilding job.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 8:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shareslast_img read more

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Tallebudgera mansion combines sustainability with contemporary style

first_img756 Trees Road TallebudgeraNESTLED in Tallebudgera overlooking the Gold Coast, rainforest residence Miri Miri is evidence sustainable design can be seamlessly elegant too. Owners Blair Schooley and his wife Judy bought the 8.5ha block in 2006, with a dream to create something that complemented nature. 756 Trees Road TallebudgeraMr Schooley said the extensive use of concrete kept the house cool while the narrow design allowed breezes to flow right through the house.The four-bedroom house has north-facing rooms, breezeways, polished concrete floors and louvres for cross ventilation. 756 Trees Road TallebudgeraMr Schooley said he had wanted a home with a backyard where he could “feel the grass between his toes”.“We figured we wanted to spend more time outside, so we needed a design that would fit that lifestyle,” the father-of-two said. 756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“I’m not a designer but I have a lot of friends who are architects so I mulled the idea of sustainable design with them.” Designed by architect Colin Loel, the sprawling residence was created with the Queensland weather in mind. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“The best way I can describe it, is a really long and narrow building that is about one room wide all the way through,” Mr Schooley said. “The idea behind that was so we didn’t need airconditioning. In the winter the house absorbs the sun, it is very clever like that. “It is purposefully designed. Since we have lived there we have never taken the doona off our beds.” 756 Trees Road TallebudgeraAn open-air bathroom with a large cast iron bath and rain showerhead features at the back of the guesthouse which Mr Schooley described as a retreat. 756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“At first we wanted to build the house under the cliff on the property, but decided it was the backyard space we wanted,” Mr Schooley said. “There is a guesthouse my brother uses when he comes to stay.” 756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“I thought I would get sick of driving up the road to the house every day,” he said. “But it turned out to be therapeutic.” Natural features include recycled timber and stone along with an angled ceiling with exposed beams in the kitchen. The kitchen benchtops are made from recycled timber from a railway bridge in Yamba.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Shut Out Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Tennis team ended their regular season with a 5-0 win against Rushville.In singles, Audrey Weigel, Sophie Brown, and Kate Poltrack picked up wins. The doubles teams of Baylee Rohlfing/Corinne Stone and Jenna Ertel/Betsy Harmeyer also won.In JV, Batesville won 6-0. Maggie Walsman and Lilly Esser won in singles. In doubles action, the teams of Carly Fitzpatrick/Kayla Stone, Vivian Shroder/Caroline Kellerman, Sally Heppner/Kayla Meyer, and Malia Scheele/Maggie Walsman all won.The Varsity will compete in the EIAC individual tournament beginning on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney​.last_img read more

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Rivage roars to cross-country glory

first_img “It’s been a wonderful day,” said the Ryanair supremo. “I was so confident in this horse. “This is a horse we tried to sell a couple of months ago but he failed his vet’s (tests) and came back to us.” Press Association Davy Russell steered Rivage D’Or to victory over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham in an incident-packed Glenfarclas Handicap Chase. The former Irish champion jockey is no stranger to success over the banks at Prestbury Park and was content to bide his time faced with the marathon distance of almost four miles. Rivage D’Or slowly crept into the race and avoided a nasty spill before the home turn as French challenger and favourite Toutancarmont went left and took out Quantitativeeasing, with both crashing through the rails. Russell guided Tony Martin’s charge over the final obstacle and he galloped all the way to the line to score by two and a quarter lengths. Any Currency, narrowly denied in this race a year ago, had to make do with the runner-up spot once again. Willie Mullins-trained pair Uncle Junior, aged 14, and Dogora, were third and fourth respectively. Russell said: “I enjoyed that immensely. The horse was brilliant. He (Martin) is a dangerous man around here.” Martin was quick to highlight the role Russell played in the victory. He said: “Davy’s a natural horseman and was the right man for the job. “Throughout the race we were always happy, it was just a matter of being patient and waiting.” Winning owner Michael O’Leary, whose Gigginstown operation also claimed the RSA Chase with Don Poli, said Rivage D’Or had been up for sale earlier in the year. last_img read more

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Eagles Take 2 of 3

first_imgBUCKSPORT — On Thursday, Ellsworth came away with wins over the host Golden Bucks and the Mount Desert Island Trojans but fell to the Camden Hills Windjammers.On the mat for Ellsworth, in the 48-30 win over the Golden Bucks, Dustin Smelley pinned Boris Clark at 130, Beau Wilber pinned Tarik Bernaiche at 135 and Michael Philippon pinned Dylan Hall at 171.On the mat for Bucksport, Alex Brown pinned Terry Sutherland at 112, Jacob Stewart pinned Tyler Getchell at 140, Jordan Fogg pinned Ben Wildes at 152, Chris Powell pinned Patrick Kidder at 189 and Damon Klinedinst pinned Michael Garland at 215.In a 56-18 win over the Trojans for Ellsworth, Zach Harris had a decision over Jonathan Gaspie at 125, Smelley pinned Josh Silva at 130, Harry Whitmore had a technical fall over Lucas Murphy at 160, Josh Fowler pinned Adam Ranco at 215 and Garland pinned Cody Bracy at 285.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the Trojans, Jonathan Sargent pinned Sutherland at 112, Donald Hanson pinned Wilber at 135 and Elijah O’Connor pinned Getchell at 140.For Ellsworth in a 53-15 loss to Camden Hills, Philippon won a decision over Anthony Batty at 171 and Garland pinned Jacob Halberg at 285.For Bucksport, in its 36-24 win over MDI, Brown pinned Sargent at 112, Clark pinned Silva at 130, Stewart pinned O’Connor at 140 and Klinedinst pinned Ranco at 215.For the Trojans, Hanson pinned Bernaiche at 135 and Elias Burne pinned Hall at 171.The only win for Bucksport in a 60-6 loss to Camden Hills was by Stewart, who scored a decision over Isaac Young at 140.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts Biocenter_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 adminlast_img read more

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GFF to host CONCACAF Club Licensing workshop on Saturday

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in collaboration with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), will host a Club Licensing Workshop on Saturday May 20.The workshop, which is scheduled to begin at 09:30hrs, is expected to have a total of 40 persons from Regional Member Associations (RMA), national associations, elite league clubs and clubs which will be in contention for promotion to the elite league, that is, two top clubs in each RMA.According to Ian Alves, the GFF’s Competitions Director, the objective of the session is to ensure all senior clubs in Guyana have their club licence.Alves pointed out that “the efforts that club owners and administrators make in order to ensure our footballers both male and female have an opportunity to play football are recognised. It is with this in mind that club licensing procedure is geared to enable clubs to have proper infrastructure and the accompanying requisite regulations.”The session will be conducted by CONCACAF Development Coordinator, Cristhian Tonelli, and will adopt a Trainer-of-Trainers approach. This is necessary to continuously enable the transfer of knowledge to RMAs and build capacity among same for club licence. A club licence is necessary to enable participation in all CONCACAF tournaments.Prior to the workshop, Tonelli will meet with the Executive Committee of the GFF, Club Licensing Manager, the GFF First Instance Decision-Making Body and the GFF Appeals Instance Decision-Making Body tomorrow.last_img read more

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Bolt wary after sluggish victory in 100m heats

first_imgTHE start of sprint legend Usain Bolt’s farewell to athletics began with a less-than-impressive performance in the 100 metres.Usain Bolt admitted he has to “get this together” after failing to impress despite beginning his IAAF World Championships campaign with victory in his 100-metre heat yesterday.The Jamaican icon, an eight-time Olympic champion with 11 world titles, will hang up his spikes following the championships and clocked a time of 10.07 seconds to advance to today’s semi-finals.Bolt bowed to the fans before setting off in the sixth and final heat, but only crossed the line first – seemingly leaving plenty in the tank – after starting sluggishly.It was the eighth-fastest time of the night and the 30-year-old was clearly unimpressed, shaking his head after looking at the replay on the big screen.Bolt was critical of the starting blocks being used at London Stadium, but acknowledged he needs to produce more efficient starts.“I was very bad. I stumbled a little bit, coming out my blocks. I’m not really fond of these blocks. I think these are the worst blocks I’ve ever experienced and it was just not a smooth start,” Bolt told the BBC after the race.“I have to get this together. I have to get started because I can’t keep doing this.“It’s shaky – when I did my warm-up and pushed back it (the starting block) fell back. It’s just not what I’m used to.”Julian Forte was the fastest qualifier and the only man to dip below 10 seconds, while promising United States sprinter Christian Coleman also impressed.The 21-year-old world-leader after a 9.82secs run in Eugene in June won his heat and clocked 10.01s to advance to the semi-finals, with fellow American Justin Gatlin joining him.Yohan Blake was beaten in the second race as Abdul Hakim Sani Brown registered a personal best of 10.05s.Rio 2016 finalist Akani Simbine finished well behind the top three in his heat but still advanced as one of the six fastest losers. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Upper Corentyne reply strongly to Georgetown’s 274

first_imgUPPER Corentyne made a strong start with the bat in reply to Georgetown’s first-innings score of 274 at the end of day one in the seventh and final round of the Franchise League three-day tournament at the Port Mourant ground.The hosts closed the day on 131-1, a first-innings deficit of 143 runs.Kandasammy Surujnarine and Balchand Baldeo shared that total before Surujnarine was removed within minutes of the day’s play off leg-spinner Steven Sankar for 54, – an innings that spanned 88 balls, inclusive of seven fours and a six.Baldeo was unbeaten on 73 off 82 balls. He has so far reached the boundary ropes on nine occasions while clearing it once. The other not-out batsman is Joshua Ramsammy, who is yet to score.Earlier, off-spinner Eon Hooper claimed 5-58, and was the main destroyer in the City side’s innings.Travis Mohammed (45), Raymond Perez (41), Shemroy Barrington and Kellon Carmichael (39 runs each), and Paul Wintz (28), were the principal scorers.Shawn Pereira supported Hopper, with 2-65.Meanwhile, the other three matches in round seven will bowl off today. West Berbice host Lower Corentyne at Bush Lot; East Bank battle East Coast at Everest ground, and Essequibo oppose West Demerara at Tuschen.last_img read more

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Navy Water Sports Competition Begins in Lagos

first_imgBy Chiemelie EzeobiThe Nigerian Navy (NN), weekend said  its commitment to enhance the growth of water sports and other calibre of sporting exercises in the country was in top gear, even as it’s water sports competition kicks off today.The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ette-Ibas, made this disclosure at a press briefing to kick off the annual 11th Nigerian Navy Games, of which the first arm the water sports competition will kick off first.The CNS, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, said the main games would hold from February 26, to March 11, 2017 in Uyo, while the water events of the competition would hold from February 6, to February 11, in Lagos.Babalola, who is also the Chairman, Orgnising Committee for the Games, said that four water sports — swimming, rowing, sailing and boat-handling would be featured.He said the swimming event would hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, while the other water events will take place at the Navy Sailing Club, Navy Town, Ojo.He said, “We can’t mention the navy without talking about water. This is because most of our activities revolve around the water and this is why the navy is passionate about water sports.“We decided to bring the water events to Lagos because of the available resources in the state and boat-handling will be part of the events for the first time as a demonstration sport.“We have a robust relationship with the Nigeria Rowing, Sailing and Canoe Federation to move water sports forward.  We Know the games will help to promote the swimming spirit among our personnel.“Also, the games which are aimed at consolidating on the physical and mental fitness of naval personnel, has also helped in identifying talents in various sports in the country since its inception.“This is because the military over the years had been in the forefront of sports development, as notable military men had done the nation proud in the international sports arena.“Be it navy, army or the air force, these military bodies have contributed immensely to the growth of sports. Already, the navy is building a massive sports complex at Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos to aid sports development.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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