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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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MMH partnering in Franklin and Ripley Counties for Drug Take-Back events

first_imgFranklin and Ripley Counties—Community agencies have reported a rise in substance abuse because of quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have expired or unused medications in your home, it may be time to get rid of them so they aren’t a temptation to others.Margaret Mary is proud to partner with several local organizations to offer drug take-back events throughout Ripley & Franklin counties. Simply drive through and drop your expired or unused medication in a collection box without ever leaving your vehicle.September 1 – 5 to 8 PMBrookville United Methodist Church150 E 8th StreetSeptember 2 – 5 to 8 PMBatesville Memorial Building132 S Main StreetEnter off of Catherine Street across from the Batesville Fire Department.Exit onto George Street near Ison’s Family Pizza.September 15 – 5 to 8 PMVersailles Police Department113 S Washington StreetAll staff will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. For more information, call Meg Applegate at 812.933.5257.last_img read more

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Ghana FA recieves Black Stars’ sponsorship cash from Ricemaster

first_imgThe Ghana FA has received Ghc 100,000  as sponsorship money from Ricemaster, the official meal sponsor of the Black Stars,  ahead of the Cairo Clash on November 19.The amount is for the 2013/14 season and is in fulfillment of their responsibility as the official meal sponsor of the Black Stars.The money comes at a time when the Black Stars is set to begin preparation ahead of the second-leg of the 2014 World Cup playoff clash against Egypt. The team is set to leave for the Turkish capital, Istanbul from 11th November, to begin preparations before leaving for Cairo.“We are really grateful to Ricemasters for their support for the Black Stars over the years. This money comes at a time that we are preparing for the Cairo Clash,” Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi said at a brief presentation ceremony on Tuesday.The Black Stars will arrive in Cairo on 18 November for the match to be played at the Air Defence Stadium.The match against the Pharaohs will be played on 19 November. The Black Stars won the first-leg by 6-1 in Kumasi on 15 October. The aggregate winner qualifies for next year’s finals in Brazil.last_img read more

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Pochettino eyeing these quality youngsters to improve Tottenham?

first_img 4 Sergi Samper: Midfield – Click the arrow for more – A lot has been said about Samper’s ability on the ball and superb vision and he has been mentioned in the same breadth as Pep Guardiola, the former manager and midfield pivot. With energy to burn and Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta to learn from, the 19-year-old has a very promising future in football. He was even linked with a move to White Hart Lane during Andre Villas-Boas’ time in charge. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was spotted watching a Barcelona B game during the international break.The young Barca boys were in action against Numancia and drew 1-1, though whether Pochettino just fancied watching players who are able to pass a ball, or if he was on a scouting mission is unclear.Having played for and managed Barcelona-based club Espanyol for a number of years, he may have just blagged a couple of free tickets…Anyway, here are four quality Barcelona B players he would have been impressed by. 4 4 Adama Traore: Winger – Traore was just 17 when he made his debut for Barcelona in 2013, becoming the ninth youngest player to play for the first team when he replaced Neymar against Granada. That happened before the winger even made his debut for the B team. The 18-year-old is very quick and difficult for defenders to stop in one on one situations and has been linked to both Everton and Man United in the past. Despite Traore claiming his agent is negotiating a new deal, nothing has been signed and his contract is up in the summer. Munir El-Haddadi: Forward – Click the arrow for more – Born in Madrid, El-Haddadi made his debut for the Barca first team in August, days before he turned 19 and scored to make the day truly memorable. He won the UEFA Youth League in May, top scoring with 11 goals including one from the halfway line as Benfica were beaten 3-0. As well as goal scoring, he has bags of skill and has an exceptional work-rate. He is very highly rated in Barcelona and with Arsenal and Chelsea said to be circling, it is thought he will sign a new contract with a release clause of £28m. A quality loan signing, perhaps? Sandro Ramirez: Striker – Click the arrow for more – Mauricio Pochettino was spotted watching Barcelona’s B team in action against Numancia, so talkSPORT looks at some of the quality on offer from the young Catalan side beginning with Ramirez. The 19-year-old scored for Barcelona in the 1-1 draw, controlling with his left foot and rifling the ball into the goal with his right. This season he has scored twice in La Liga and once in the Champions League, against Ajax in a 3-1 win. 4last_img read more