Unai Emery still wants to sign another defender before the transfer window closes (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Arsenal’s first choice defensive transfer targets were out of the club’s price range as he targets a move for David Luiz before the deadline passes.The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification last season, largely as a consequence of their error-prone defence which shipped 51 goals in the Premier League and capitulated in the Europa League final gainst Chelsea.Emery sanctioned the club-record purchase of Nicolas Pepe earlier this month and has also added the likes of Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli to an already impressive array of attacking options.The Spaniard, however, has been frustrated in his attempts to add to Arsenal’s rearguard with Kieran Tierney, Daniele Rugani and Dayot Upamecano proving too expensive.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 Arsenal are considering a deadline day move for Chelsea’s David Luiz (Picture: Getty)William Saliba has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the whole of the upcoming season, while Rob Holding is still unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.Laurent Koscielny’s acrimonious departure was confirmed on Tuesday, leaving Emery short of numbers and scrambling to secure a cut-price move for Luiz who reportedly boycotted Chelsea’s training session on Wednesday.‘We want our supporters to be happy, to be the best team with the best players,’ Emery told Sky Sports.‘We tried to sign some important and expensive players for our defence, but we cannot do that and other second line players don’t make us really, really convinced to sign them.‘We have centre-backs, we also have one young one in Dino Mavropanos, with everyone speaking about him and how he can improve, and Rob Holding, but if we can in the last day we are going to try to sign another centre-back with the capacity to help us, so we can have a good balance with attacking and defending players.’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 Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s defensive transfer targets amid David Luiz speculation Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 4:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement
NZ Herald 12 April 2017• Bob McCoskrie is national director of Family First NZ which is presenting a 20,000-signature petition against pornography to Parliament today.We need to look into pornography.That’s correct, you read it right. We need to look in to pornography not as consumers but as watchdogs for our children and our families. It’s time we examined the health effects and societal harms to both children and adults.But beware.Yesterday’s pornography is today’s mainstream media. Today’s pornography is much more graphic and often disturbing.In a symposium two years ago, Dr Gail Dines, professor of sociology from Wheelock College, Boston, said, “The porn you see within 15 seconds of typing “porn” into Google is cruel, abusive, violent and free. No credit card is needed to enter this world of sexual abuse ….“In porn, sex is not about making love. The feelings and emotions we normally associate with such an act – connection, empathy, tenderness, caring, affection – are missing. Now commonplace and pervasive throughout the Internet, these images are shaping the way a whole generation of boys thinks about and relates to sex, relationships, and intimacy.”Today’s pornography teaches boys to be users and it tries to persuade girls that they are to be used. It is contributing to what is termed as the hyper-sexualisation of teens. But we’ve been here before.It wasn’t that long ago smoking was considered harmless. When society finally started catching up with science the initial approach was to educate the individual and encourage them to stop smoking.As the evidence poured in that smoking was addictive and that significant harm was being done to both the smoker and non-smokers who sat nearby or lived in the same home or in the womb, we realised there was a public cost and looked to societal and governmental responses – taxes, health warnings, public awareness campaigns. non-smoking areas, education.As with those who promoted cigarette smoking, it’s always wise to “follow the money”. Most supporters of unfettered access to pornography have a vested interest. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry.Dr Mary Anne Layden, director of the sexual trauma and psychopathology program at the University of Pennsylvania says, “The sexual exploitation industry is making money from pornographic websites on the Internet that hurt men, women and children. They make money by teaching our boys to think and act like psychopaths. They make money by turning our girls into victims. They are serving sexual junk food. They will not easily be convinced to stop. This Internet contamination cannot be neutralised on the individual level. This is a problem that must be confronted on the societal level.”Why is pornography use a public health issue? It’s so that the responsibility shifts from that of individuals alone to the public as a whole, to address social causes or influences, and to hold those who benefit from supplying pornography accountable for their impact on individuals and society.Youth with greater pornography exposure have been found more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour at a young ageWe’ve done the same with the obesity epidemic, treating it as a health issue. Just as many people consider food addiction and over consumption needing a societal response, it is time we looked at the research around the harms of pornography with the same objective eye.The most convincing argument against pornography is science. Society is catching up to the science that shows how harmful pornography consumption can be.Neuroscientist William Struthers wrote in 2009, “With repeated sexual acting out in the absence of a partner, a man will be bound and attached to the image and not a person.” In other words, men start preferring pixels to people.Parents on their own cannot protect their children. Even with the greatest intention and willpower, no longer can we hide pornographic magazines and images behind plastic wrap and out of sight of young minds. Thanks to the availability, affordability and anonymity of the internet and smartphones, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hard-core – but now mainstream – pornography at an alarming rate.Parents are crying out for help.Youth with greater pornography exposure have been found more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour at a young age, view women as sex objects and develop attitudes that support violence against women, believe “rape myths” – beliefs that justify or defend rape, have increasingly aggressive behavioural tendencies including increased interest in coercing partners into unwanted sex acts, and experience increased difficulty in developing intimate relationships with partners and decreased erectile function.Not exactly a picture of health, is it.Sex should never be allowed to be defined by people with commercial interests whose primary focus is to exploit such a significant human interaction for their own financial gain.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11836192
They were engaged in 2001 before getting married six months later. They had four daughters together. The oldest Natalia is 17 while Bianka is 3 years old and Capri just seven months. Kobe’s parents didn’t attend the wedding, partly because Kobe’s father was uncomfortable with Vanessa being Latino instead of African-American. In 2003, Kobe was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado hotel. Vanessa attended a news conference at Staples Center arena in Los Angeles and sat next to Kobe as he professed his love to her. “I love my wife with all my heart. She’s my backbone,” Kobe said from the podium. Kobe admitted in front of her to being unfaithful but denied sexual assault. The case was eventually dismissed after the accuser dropped the charges. – ‘Millions of people’ – Vanessa also thanked the millions of fans who have shown their support for the families involved. Vanessa Bryant spoke out Wednesday for the first time since her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were killed in a horrific helicopter crash, saying the family is “completely devastated” by the tragedy. Vanessa, who married Kobe in 2001 when she was still a teenager, took to Instagram to communicate her grief but said she was at a loss for words. Vanessa Bryant, shown here in 2018 with Kobe Bryant, broke her silence, sharing her grief over losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash “We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri,” she wrote on her account. Her comments come three days after Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter died when the Sikorsky S-76 they were riding in slammed into a rugged hillside in thick fog in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles. The crash also killed seven others. The helicopter was headed to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Gianna was scheduled to play a basketball tournament. – Not ‘enough words’ – “There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” said Vanessa, who also changed her Instagram picture to one of Kobe and Gianna embracing. “I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. “We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.” In the wake of the tragedy, Vanessa said they are still trying to come to grips with the fact that they are gone. “I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them,” she added. “But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. “Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever.” Vanessa and Kobe Bryant met on the set of a video shoot for which she was modelling. She was 17 and a senior in high school at the time. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… Read Also: LeBron James posts another emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” she said. Vanessa signed off by expressing more thanks “for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me.” “We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality,” she added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
*no passengers are allowed to occupy the portion above the machinery space up tothe aft most part ILOILOCity – The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 33 here restrained the MaritimeIndustry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) from enforcing anorder to roll up or remove the tarpaulin covers used by motorboats crossing theIloilo Strait. Anadvisory from MARINA officer in charge Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. listedthe following conditions: “Allowingthe motor bancas to operate without the tarpaulin/canvass is prejudicial to thehealth of passengers,” stated Presiding Judge Ma. Therese Enriquez-Gaspar in anorder dated Nov. 4, 2019. *the tarpaulin / canvass shall be elevated to a maximum height of 1.80 metersfrom the uppermost part of the side shell and spread as much as possiblestraight horizontally Butthe prohibition did not sit well with motorboat passengers and operators. Itexposed them to the elements while crossing the Iloilo Strait such as thescorching heat of the sun and rain when there’s a downpour. *for motorboats with fixed shed, it shall be elevated to a height of 1.80 metersfrom the uppermost part of the side shell and spread up to the moulded breadth. At the Iloilo Ferry Terminal, a Guimaras-bound motorboat is preparing to leave the wharf. The rolled tarpaulin cover of this boat may now be unfurled again to protect passengers from the elements, following a court order. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN However,according to MARINA Western Visayas director Jose Venancio Vero Jr., theinstallation of canvas awnings / tarpaulins is subject of severalspecifications and conditions. *both sides (port and starboard) of the motorboat should have a minimum spacingin between post of 1.50 meters and minimum size of opening which is 1 meter x 1meter RTCBranch 33 issued the order 10 days after MARINA, on Oct. 25, decided to liftits prohibition on the use of canvas awnings / tarpaulins by motorboats. *the maximum allowable length of tarpaulin / canvass shall be 50 percent of theoverall length of the motorboat RTCBranch 33 issued the order in Civil Case No. 19-34392 for declaratory relief,mandatory injunction and prohibitory injunction with prayer for a temporaryrestraining order filed a several Guimaras residents led by Atty. Vicente DeAsis against MARINA and PCG. Followingthe tragic capsizing of three motorboats at the Iloilo Strait on Aug. 3 thatkilled 31 people, MARINA imposed several safety conditions contained in an Aug.13 memorandum, including the prohibition on the use of canvas awnings /tarpaulins that it said could cause motorboats to capsize if blown by strongwinds. Shethen set the preliminary conference for the pre-marking of exhibits on Dec. 6,2019 and the pre-trial conference on Jan. 23, 2020./PN *the angle of inclination should not be more than 15 degrees from the horizontalline *the maximum allowable width of tarpaulin / canvass shall be 80 percent of thebreadth of the motorboat Inordering MARINA and PCG to stop from enforcing the tarpaulin rollup/removalorder, RTC Branch 33 stated: “The trip from Iloilo (City) to Guimaras and viceversa takes 15 minutes to navigate in open sea. Without the canvass to coverthe motor bancas, the passengers are exposed to extreme heat and strong rain.” Inher Nov. 4 order, Judge Enriquez-Gaspar also denied for lack of merit MARINAand PCG’s motion for her inhibition from the case. The charge of partiality hadno factual support and mere suspicion was not enough, she stressed. “ThePresiding Judge is not even a resident of Guimaras nor is she a regularcommuter of Iloilo-Guimaras. She has absolutely no personal interest in theissues at hand. This Court can rightfully claim without a tinge of doubt andwithout fear or favor, that its order is based on a rational and logicalassessment of the circumstances prevailing in the case at bar,” JudgeEnriquez-Gaspar stressed. “Itis not highly improbable that when the motor bancas leaves the port, theweather is fine and sunny, but that in the middle of the trip rain may suddenlypour. It does not require much to understand that exposing the passengers tothis kind of condition will definitely imperil their health and consequentlycause undue financial burden on them if and when they are compelled to seekmedical treatment as a result thereof,” the order further read.
Mrs. Mary Elaine “Kay” (Reid) Rook, age 80, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 21, 1936, in West Ines (Kingston), Jamaica, the daughter of the late, Dennis James Reid and Olive Isabell (McLennan) Reid-Barnes. She was raised in Jamaica where she attended school. Kay was united in marriage on June 19, 1955, in White Plains, New York, to James Raymond “Jake” Rook. Kay and Jake shared nearly 59 years of marriage together until Jake passed away on January 29, 2014. Kay sold tupperware for several years and was later employed as a trimmer for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, from 1977 to November of 1999. She was employed on the assembly line for Richardson’s Industry in November of 1999. She was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana, the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Ladies Auxiliary. Kay resided in New York from 1951 to 1958 and later moved to the Vevay community where she resided for several years. Kay enjoyed talking and socializing with her family and friends and making macrame chairs. Kay passed away at 10:30 am, Monday, June 19, 2017, at her daughters residence in Milton, Kentucky. Kay will be deeply missed by her sons: Dennis James Rook of Vevay, IN and Matthew Noel Rook and his wife: Kathy of Vevay, IN; her daughters: Wanda Marie Bickers and her husband: Charlie of Warsaw, KY, Angela May Graves and her husband: Larry of Milton, KY, Mary Elaine Rowlett and her husband: Robert of Milton, KY and Paula Jo Shields of Campbellburg, KY; her grandchildren: Jason, Christopher, Tyler, Aireal, Michael, Andrew and Joseph; her great-grandchildren: Adrianna, Kenneth and Sebastian; her several step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; her brother: Paul Anthony Reid of Summerfield, FL; her sister: Dorothy Esther Angela Williams of Miami, FL; her sisters-in-law: Helen Marie Nelson of Roswell, New Mexico and Betty Jo Gullion of Carrollton, GA and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Dennis James Reid and Olive Isabell (McLennan) Reid-Barnes; her husband: James Raymond “Jake” Rook, died January 29, 2014 and her sister: Beverly Jennifer Joy Hein.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, June 23, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Ron Lee and Rev. Howard Wade at the Switzerland Baptist Church, 307 Main Cross, Vevay, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana. Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Switzerland Baptist Church, 307 Main Cross, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.
However, earlier this week it had been suggested Solskjaer had reservations about taking the Cardiff job following controversial owner Tan’s numerous disputes with Mackay over recent months. Nevertheless, Dalman remained confident he could convince the 40-year-old to take over the reins with the promise of money to spend in the January transfer window and reassurances over the working structure at the club. Tan had not been scheduled to attend Wednesday’s game at the Emirates, but flew into London especially to try to push through the deal. And Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson hopes Solskjaer can bring a buzz to the club. He said: “We are working ever so hard to prove our point on the pitch and get respected in the Premier League as we want to be in this league. “I have heard he has done well with Molde in Norway. Hopefully he will bring something new, different and exciting into this club.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has arrived at Cardiff City Stadium ahead of his expected presentation as Cardiff’s new manager. The former Manchester United striker and current Molde manager attended Wednesday’s defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the company of owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman, and his appointment now appears to be imminent. Solskjaer has been Dalman’s number one choice to succeed Malky Mackay in the wake of the Scot’s sacking last Friday. Press Association
In contrast Snedeker had birdied the first, fifth, seventh and eighth to reach four under par, only to then bogey the 10th and double-bogey the 11th, where he three-putted from long range after his third shot came up just short of the green. That left compatriot Matt Kuchar in the lead on three under, the world number five having birdied the first, fifth and ninth to be out in 32. Former champion Graeme McDowell was one under par after recovering from a bogey on the fourth with an eagle on the fifth, the 2010 winner holing from 10 feet after a three-wood approach from 248 yards. The tee on the fifth had been brought forward by 48 yards and the course as a whole was playing 202 yards shorter than the maximum, although it still took nine holes for Rory McIlroy to find his first birdie of the day. Playing alongside his fellow Northern Irishman McDowell, McIlroy had missed from four feet on the second, a “turtleback” green which he had predicted would only be hit 20 per cent of the time this week. The former world number one then dropped shots on the sixth and seventh after failing to get up and down from sand, before holing from eight feet on the ninth. After almost four hours of play, a total of 17 players were under par, including teenage amateur Matt Fitzpatrick and Open champion Phil Mickelson, who were playing alongside Rose. Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur last year but will make his professional debut in the Irish Open next week, had carded three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine, while Mickelson collected two birdies and one bogey to also be out in 34. Mickelson has finished runner-up in the event six times, including to Rose 12 months ago, and needs to win to become just the sixth player in history to win all four major titles. While Brandt Snedeker raced to the turn in 31 – which could have been 30 had he not missed from five feet on the ninth – Rose covered the back nine in four over par to lie seven shots off the lead. Curtis Strange was the last man to successfully defend the title in 1989 and the former Ryder Cup captain’s place in the history books looked increasingly secure as Rose dropped shots on the 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th. Justin Rose discovered just why it has been 25 years since anyone won back-to-back US Open titles on Thursday, despite Pinehurst playing easier than expected for the early starters. Press Association
Joe Biden is scheduled to make his first visit to Florida as the Democratic nominee on Tuesday.He is set to speak at the roundtable discussion with veterans at 1:30 p.m. in Tampa before heading to Kissimmee for a Hispanic Heritage Month event at 6:30 p.m.Last week Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ visited Miami-Dade County.
— The NFL Players Association says 95 players are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. That number is up from 72 in the union’s last report on July 10. On Monday, the NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps. Most veterans come in next week, though some players rehabbing injuries could report this week.— The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin. All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31. The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.— The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled. The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020. Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.” The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim.— The head of the Tokyo Olympics says the delayed games could not be held next year if conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic remain as they are. But Yoshiro Mori says he expects conditions to improve and is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed soon. The postponed Olympics open a year from now on July 23, 2021. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say they want to simplify the games to help reduce soaring costs. Officials cannot say now if fans will be permitted next year. Plans call for the full contingent of 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes to be competing.NHL-ISLANDERS-ARENA NAME July 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA returns with a new lookUNDATED (AP) — The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look. There’s no bench. The courtside broadcasters will not be courtside. Update on the latest sports The R&A announced Wednesday that AIG, a New York-based finance and insurance group, has extended its title sponsorship of the women’s major by two years through 2025.And now that the R&A is charge on running the event, it said its official title will be the AIG Women’s Open. It previously was called the Women’s British Open.The R&A began to pay closer attention to the branding of golf’s oldest championship several years ago with more prominent use of “The Open Championship,” while Americans such as Jack Nicklaus and players from a few other countries refer to it as the British Open to distinguish it from other national opens. The Open was first played in 1860.By any name, the sponsorship strengthens one of the LPGA Tour’s five majors. The Women’s Open is scheduled for next month at Royal Troon and will be the first women’s major held this year because the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the LPGA Tour since February. It is to resume next week in Ohio.The Women’s British Open dates to 1976, but it did not become part of the LPGA Tour schedule until 1994, and it was not given status as a major until 2001. UBS Arena’s exterior and interior will pay homage to iconic New York landmarks, including Grand Central Terminal, Prospect Park Boathouse and the Park Avenue Armory.The Islanders have been splitting their games between Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENWomen’s British gets sponsorship extension, new brandingST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The Women’s British Open is keeping its title sponsor and getting a slightly different name. Seating in the bench areas will be assigned, with folding chairs set up on three rows instead of the customary two and spaced out several feet from one another — instead of players sitting shoulder-to-shoulder as they have in the past. And across the center stripe, the words “Black Lives Matter” are painted onto the surface.The league’s marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. The arenas that will be used for the exhibitions, the seeding games that start July 30 and then the playoffs that are scheduled for mid-August through mid-October set up much differently than usual — all with safety during a pandemic very much in mind.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The Toronto Blue Jays will play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh if the state of Pennsylvania approves it. That’s according to two officials familiar with the matter, who tell The Associated Press that the agreement to share the stadium with the Pirates is pending state approval. Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play in Toronto because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging. Canada has flattened the epidemic curve.— Freddie Freeman is back and ready to anchor the Braves’ lineup after a scary battle with COVID-19 earlier in summer camp. The 30-year-old Freeman had career highs last season with 38 homers and 121 RBIs. The four-time All-Star hopes to lead Atlanta back to the top of the NL East for the third straight season. The Braves are just happy Freeman is healthy after he had a fever that got as high as 104.5 degrees early in his illness. His recovery will be closely watched because he had one of MLB’s more serious bouts with the virus. He’s one of several players to watch in the NL and AL East Divisions this season. UBS reaches 20-year deal for Islanders’ arena naming rightsNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have reached a 20-year naming rights deal for their new arena with wealth management service UBS.The facility on the grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack will be called UBS Arena at Belmont Park, and it is projected to open in time for the 2021-22 NHL season.A $1.5 billion project, it will also include surrounding redevelopment expected to generate some $25 billion in economic activity. The Islanders and UBS said Wednesday that 30% of construction contracting dollars are earmarked for state-certified minority- and female-owned businesses, with an additional 6% to service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses.UBS and Oak View Group, which is leading the arena project, plan for 30% of its permanent jobs to go to workers who live in the area at the eastern border of Long Island and the western border of the New York City borough of Queens. There also are plans for an additional $100 million investment in transit and infrastructure enhancements, including a newly constructed Long Island Rail Road station. Associated Press
The NFL draft is this weekend? I couldn’t care less.Nothing annoys me more in this world than hype. If it were up to me, the Super Bowl would be played the day after the AFC and NFC championship games. That would leave Sean Salisbury, Ron Jaworski and the gang only one night to over-hype one of the most consistent letdowns in American sports. Yet, they would still probably beat it into the ground.The discussion about the NFL draft begins as soon as the college football season ends, but it begins in earnest during the sports vacuum that is the month of February, when the cheese dip stains from Super Bowl parties have barely faded and Mel Kiper Jr. comes out of hiding to break down every possible draft-day scenario. Seriously. Every one of them. Twice.The hype the NFL draft receives every year is just another part of the invasiveness of the NFL into Americans’ daily lives. The NFL Network offers 24/7 coverage of the sport, while ESPN devotes large chunks of SportsCenter to NFL stories all year round — even at times when the players are thinking more about foosball then they are about football. NFL Live’s season is year-round, while the football season lasts only five months.Then comes draft day itself. This year, ESPN and ESPN2 will offer 11 hours of draft coverage on Saturday and seven hours on Sunday. That’s 18 hours of trying not to figure out the over-under on the number of tins of pomade in Kiper’s hair.To be fair, the draft offers sports fans ample material for debate. Online forums light up with talk of who teams should pick, who are the most overrated and underrated players in the draft, and who this year’s sleeper pick will be. The draft can affect a team for years to come. That could be a good thing (1986 49ers) or a bad thing (1998 Chargers). The draft debate can start as early as midseason in the year before, and it lasts until every player taken in the draft has either proven his worth or has left the league. It’s endless.But the NFL draft and its blanket coverage are for sports geeks. The kinds of guys who log 20,000 posts in twelve different NFL forums are the ones who catch every pick of the draft so they can be the first to comment. Casual fans may have the draft on in the background while they do their Saturday chores, but they will only do so to find out who their team picked in the first few rounds.But watching the NFL draft or any of the coverage is pointless. To most fans, it only matters who their teams pick, and they can find that out in the Sunday paper or by quickly checking online. Analyses be damned. The fans will see how the picks pan out in September.Besides being pointless, the NFL draft is also tremendously boring. Waiting to see if Matt Millen will draft another wide receiver in the first round is only slightly more exciting than waiting to see if your lunch date is going to go with the Italian sub again or shake it up and opt for roast beef and ham. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. You won’t even get to eat the sandwich.How many times have you flipped on ESPN Classic to see slow motion replays of Paul Tagliabue handing a Dolphins hat to a draftee with the NFL films voiceover guy talking in the background about Tagliabue’s mastery of his trade? None. That kind of DVD is only available at flea markets in Gary, Ind.With the NHL and NBA playoffs heating up, and baseball season in full swing, few things could really matter less right now than the NFL draft. Yes, a team’s future hangs in the balance. Yes, it could be the difference between watching your team in the Super Bowl and giving up on your team before Week 7. But if I have to hear someone talk about a player’s “upside” or about the Cleveland Browns’ “war room,” one more time, I will go Tonya Harding all over that person.Do you remember Ryan Leaf or Akili Smith? Of course you do, because sports commentators and columnists can’t wait to break out their Top 10 Draft Busts the week before the actual draft, saving them enough time and effort from doing a real news story to get in an extra round of golf that day. Their only hope is that they won’t have to change the list, making next year’s story that much easier to write.NFL draft coverage is the epitome of the National Football League’s delusion of self-importance. Pretending people actually care enough about the draft to mindlessly watch it for 18 hours assumes the worst about Americans. It also assumes NFL football is worthy of exhaustive year-round coverage.No sport is worth that. Not even football.So get outside this weekend. Get updates from your loser friend who is actually watching the draft at home. Fly a kite. Play football with friends.Or better yet, go fishing like Joe Thomas.Robert Panger is a senior majoring in journalism. If you would like to make plans to do anything other than watch the NFL draft with him for Saturday, he can be reached at email@example.com.
Black Meteors defender, Gideon Mensah, has joined Belgian side, Zulte Waregem, on loan from Red Bull Salzburg.The deal was announced on Thursday after the two clubs worked out all the necessary details.The loan move is the second for Mensah as he spent part of last season at Sturm Graz where he made 15 appearances.Waregem held off purported interest from Celtic who have been on the market for left back after they lost Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.Graz’s next game in the Austrian Bundesliga is against Rheindorf Altach but it unclear if Mensah will be part of the team for that tie.
ANAHEIM — The swings that sent balls rocketing over the fence weren’t what most puzzled Griffin Canning on Wednesday.It was the swings the Oakland A’s hitters didn’t take.The Angels right-hander conceded that pitch-tipping is worth investigating after the way the A’s reacted to what he thought were good pitches in what would become an 8-4 loss.PreviousRamon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics reaches over the wall to steal a home run from Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan flies out as Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks watches during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, center, tosses the ball to shortstop David Fletcher, left, to force out Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty at second on a ball hit by Chad Pinder during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell makes a catch on a ball hit by Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics makes a diving catch off a ball hit by Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Anthony Rendon #6 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Anthony Rendon #6 of the Los Angeles Angels crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty, right, is congratulated by Tony Kemp after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits a foul ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics reaches over the wall to steal a home run from Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics receives the ball as Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels strikes out in the fifth in the first inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Los Angeles Angels pulls Felix Peña #64 as Jason Castro #16 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on in the eighth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks, left, and catcher Sean Murphy congratulate each other after the Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Anthony Rendon #6 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics makes a catch off a long fly ball hit by Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels at the warning track and hangs on to the ball in the sixth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics reaches over the wall to steal a home run from Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 20Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics reaches over the wall to steal a home run from Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Expand“Honestly, I felt like I had some of the better stuff I had this year,” Canning said, adding “I thought they did a really good job of laying off some good sliders that were down and away. They executed a game plan better than I did today.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After four Angels relievers combined to shut out the A’s for the last five innings of Monday’s victory, Maddon said that Felix Peña, Keynan Middleton and Ty Buttrey were now his most trusted relievers. They would get the ball in the high-leverage spots with a chance to win.Even though the Angels trailed on Wednesday, the game was close enough that Maddon still used those three.None delivered.Peña pitched a perfect seventh but then came out after a walk in the eighth, with the Angels trailing 5-4. Middleton walked two of the three hitters he faced. Buttrey then walked in a run and gave up a two-run single to Laureano.It was one more bit of damage Laureano would do to the Angels after he robbed them with three spectacular catches in a row.Despite the early offense from the A’s, homers from Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon — his third in three games — had kept the Angels close, until Laureano almost single-handedly shut down their offense.Laureno made a sliding catch in shallow center to rob Jo Adell of a hit in the fifth. In the sixth, he leapt at the fence to take an extra-base hit away from Tommy La Stella.In the seventh, Laureano reached over the fence to snag the would-be game-tying homer from Brian Goodwin.“Those were great plays,” Maddon said. “He’s a good baseball player. He swings the bat well, works good at-bats, doesn’t chase, he’s good on defense. Caught that blooper, catches the ball over the wall. He was probably the biggest difference in today’s game.”Even more painful for the Angels is that Laureano was issued a six-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing incident on Sunday. He’s still able to play because he’s appealing.Quipped Maddon: “We obviously wish he had started serving his suspension today.”Related Articles When that happens, Canning said, it’s worth going back at the film to see if he was doing anything that would have let the A’s know what pitches were coming.“I mean, especially in today’s game, I think it’s just something you consistently have to be on the lookout for,” Canning said. “I felt like my stuff was really good today. It could just be a product of them being Major League Baseball players they get paid a lot of money too, so they just could have gotten out there and just really executed a game plan really well. Or there could be something there. I don’t know.”Although the A’s hit Canning hard, blasting three homers and scoring four runs in four innings, the Angels still had a chance to win and complete the sweep of the first-place team in the American League West.They were instead undone by two factors: A’s center fielder Ramon Laureano put on a defensive clinic, and the Angels’ recently reliable relievers all lost control in the same inning.“The biggest thing is, moving forward, for us to be consistently successful, we really have to get the bullpen to be (better),” Manager Joe Maddon said. “If we’re gonna give it up, they have to earn it. We can’t just be walking people around the bases.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone
Sis 😍❤️ 📸 @gilcebolaA post shared by ene10ta Érre 🇧🇷 👻 neymarjr (@neymarjr) on Oct 5, 2019 at 1:41pm PDTThe following season, he picked up another suspension, this time against Rayo on March 3. When Rafaella was born, her surname was Da Silva Santos, but as soon as she was old enough she legally changed it to Beckran. Brazilian outlet Globo claim the change was to pay homage to England legend David Beckham , whom she has idolised since she was a child.Neymar’s sister had previously been in a relationship with Inter forward Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa but the couple reportedly broke up in 2018.What is the curse of Neymar’s sister’s birthday?Neymar’s sister’s birthday seemingly carries a curse of bad luck for the winger on the pitch. In 2018, the Brazil captain missed a game for the fifth consecutive season around the time of her birthday.In 2019, Neymar was injured for the majority of the second half of the season, including the whole month of March.And now, Neymar has been sidelined with a rib injury since February, with his return date unknown.Many joke that Neymar is purposefully skipping games around this time to spend time with his sister, with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos once making light of the situation.”I like to play with the best and Neymar is one of them,” he said, adding with a laugh: “What we would have to negotiate is his sister’s birthday.”In 2015, the then-Barcelona star picked up his fifth booking of the season against Granada on February 28, meaning he was suspended for the match against Rayo Vallecano on March 8. Barca allowed him to travel to Brazil and he returned before their next game on March 14. Rafaella’s birthday falls on March 11 and Neymar has been either injured or suspended for games surrounding that game since the 2014-15 season.It’s no secret that the samba star is incredibly close to his sister, with the ex-Barcelona forward even having a tattoo of her face on his arm.Who is Rafaella Santos?Rafaella Santos is Neymar’s younger sister born on March 11, 1996. Despite her brother being one of the most recognisable faces in the world, Rafaella herself has become somewhat of a style icon with a successful modelling career that has seen her gain over 5.6 million followers on Instagram.Rafaella has contributed a lot of her time to the charity Instituto Neymar. The Brazilian created the charity in 2014, which focuses on helping disadvantaged children who live in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo, located close to where the siblings were raised. Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar has had a peculiar habit of being sidelined with injury during the time of his sister Rafaella’s birthday.Fans have been quick to pick up on the curious pattern, with the Brazil international missing matches around this time for the past few years. Instagram/Rafaella https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/46/f9/rafaella-santos-neymars-sister_ahfxzttcnbodzp342kx94pyi.png?t=-1628556072&w=500&quality=80 View this post on Instagram The Brazilian missed the match against Eibar on March 6 and headed back to Brazil once again to celebrate his sister’s Disney-themed birthday party. He needed to get permission from Luis Enrique and Barcelona’s captain Andres Iniesta, plus his three vice-captains – Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano.Neymar clearly loves spending time with his family, especially surrounding his sister’s birthday, expressing this on Instagram after one of the events.He wrote: “This photo shows how happy I was yesterday. Watching my sister grow up and reconnecting with friends is priceless. I long for yesterday, what a moment.”
Instagram will ban all content that promotes conversion therapy after activists called on it to block providers form advertising their services online.The social media platform, which is owned by Facebook, told CNN on Friday about expanding its existing policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote the practice.Conversion therapy is a pseudo-scientific process that claims to change a person’s sexuality. It is condemned as harmful by medical associations. Studies show that those subjected to it, or who choose to undergo it, are put at a greater risk of depression and suicide.Earlier this year, Instagram banned advertisements for the process. Now, it will also stop recommending content related to conversion therapy, such as testimonials to its efficacy or posts in praise of or in support of the practice, except those in a legislative context.A number of US states have banned conversion therapy, and Germany became one of the first major countries to outlaw it for minors in May.In the United Kingdom, a total ban promised by Theresa May in mid-2018 has yet to materialize.Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to questions about their policies.
It’s the Lions first loss in the 10-match series after just scraping past the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei just four days ago.The Lions controlled territory and possession in the first few minutes of the game in front of a 40,639-strong crowd, but the Blues were first to score off the back of some patient attack that started in their own half.The visitors tried to put the Blues under pressure early, coming off their defensive line with a great deal of urgency but the Blues quickly found an overlap 20m out that resulted in five points to winger Reiko Ioane.The Blues’ inexperienced first five, Stephen Perofeta, was unable to add the two points and then almost cost his side five points off the kick off when he fumbled a pass from halfback Augustine Pulu.The Lions made the most of the mistake and pushed the ball out wide where they had a big overlap but centre Jared Payne was deemed to have out his hand in touch before putting the ball down over the try line.Despite the missed opportunity the Lions continued to dominate in territory and possession in the first 20 minutes and were rewarded for their patience with a try.Number eight CJ Stander scored the Lions first points when he dotted down at the back of a strong rolling maul and more points more were added by full back Leigh Halfpenny to take the lead.The early mistakes played into the hands of the Lions whose set piece proved a handful for the Blues, gifting the visitors an easy three points right out in front when their scrum collapsed.The last 10 minutes of the first half was scrappy from both sides as the rain began to fall at Eden Park.The Blues were given one final opportunity right on half time when Steven Luatua was collected high in a tackle but Perofeta failed to convert the three points right out in front.However, Perofeta’s bad luck proved good for the Blues. His kick hit the left upright post, ricocheting back into the field which the Blues pounced on, resulting in Sonny Bill Williams grounding a try.Williams try was a crucial, if not contentious, point in the match, sending the Blues into half time with a 12-10 lead after struggling for territory and possession for most of the first half.The Blues were the first to add to the points tally in the second half when replacement first five Ihaia West kicked a penalty from 20m out.The Lions were reduced to 14 men in the 56th minute after replacement outside back, Liam Williams was yellow carded for taking out Blues wing Matt Duffie twice in the space of two minutes.Despite one disallowed try, the Blues failed to capitalise on the extra man on the field and it was the Lions who turned it into points.Rhys Webb slotted an easy three points right out in front of the posts after Augustine Pulu was penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.Webb added another three points at the 70 minute mark to give the Lions the lead 16-15 after the Blues scrum was again penalised.As the crowd began to quieten down in the final 10 minutes a break from Sonny Bill Williams in the middle of the field opened up a channel for Ihaia West who scooted past Leigh Halfpenny with some fast feet to score right under the posts.He then converted his own try to give the Blues a six-point lead with five minutes left in the match.The Lions were quick to counter, creeping deep into the Blues’ 22 for the final minutes of the game.However, they were unable to make use of their possession, giving away an attacking line out in the final play of the game to go down 22-16.