Attempts to excuse kneeling are offensive

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation On Oct. 6, Briggs McAndrews wrote to support the disrespectful act of kneeling during the national anthem and did so by first stating that our president made the act of kneeling a evil gesture. Not true.President Trump rightfully called out those who disrespect our nation by kneeling during the national anthem. It’s his duty.Mr. Briggs knows full well that Colin Kaepernick stated : “I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag that oppresses black people.” Briggs twists his support of kneeling during the national anthem into a liberal gobbly-gook statement: “It’s the true role of a school district to impel young people into value forming experiences that ultimately ask them to be compassionate towards their fellow citizens.” What? Like in patty-cake football? As in compassion for those tens of thousands who gave their lives for our nation?If school administrators, coaches, teachers and parents fail to instill a pride and respect for our nation. What then? They, now by default, instill a disrespect for everyone — teachers, parents, grandparents, police, clergy etc. For example, the disrespectful dolt who placed a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art. Not OK. McAndrews stated: “The real value of that experience lies in the example to others of human motive and conduct.” You want a real value experience? Then you and Colin go to Arlington National Cemetery and “take a knee.” Pray for those who gave their lives so that misguided folks are allowed to spew their anti-American hogwash.Your “holier-than-thou” letter is just that — hogwash. And your attempt to excuse bad behavior is shameful at best and is extremely hurtful to old veterans like myself. That also applies to those who will write in your support.Recent credible evidence has surfaced claiming that Kaepernick was paid to do this by the center for community change, a progressive community organization funded in part by George Soros. Does anyone have to look any further than the NFL to see the damage that this nonsense does?God bless America.John OsterlitzGlenvillecenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Fans ask if Newcastle are “lying”

first_img The crowd for the Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham at St James’ Park was officially recorded as 47,427. That was despite pictures at the match showing vast numbers of empty seats at the 52,404-capacity arena. Press Association The Newcastle fans’ group influential in Sunday’s anti-Mike Ashley boycott has asked if the club were “lying” over the attendance figure published.center_img Thousands of supporters had opted not to attend in an organised protest against the controversial ownership of the club by Ashley. A statement from AshleyOut.com, a pressure group who publicised the ‘#BoycottSpurs’ initiative, read: “Fans of all generations took the decision to stay away from the home game vs Tottenham Hotspur and thousands also protested loudly and peacefully outside of St James’ Park, all uniting behind one simple message: ‘ASHLEY OUT’. “The pictures beamed around the world of huge sections of empty seats sent a strong message to Mike Ashley and those watching: the fans of Newcastle United have had enough and are willing to put up a fight and make sacrifices to reclaim their club. “Reports vary as to the true number of fans who passed through the turnstiles and we will not speculate on this. We simply ask everyone to judge for themselves, based on the pictures in this statement, whether the club’s ‘official’ attendance of 47,427 appears legitimate, or if this is yet another clear example of a club lying to its own fans to present itself in a better light?” Reports estimating the crowd at the match have varied widely since the weekend. The club have declined to comment on the issue. Official attendance figures are understood to include season-ticket holders whether they attend or not. Fans have long been disgruntled at the way Ashley has run Newcastle over the past eight years but opposition is now hardening with such co-ordinated events. The AshleyOut.com statement added: “It is clear this was a very successful start to what will be a long campaign. We’ve undoubtedly raised awareness about Mike Ashley’s disastrous ownership of Newcastle United and this has been reflected by a vast increase in scrutiny from local, national and international media.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgIn other Tuesday NBA action:—The short-handed Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Utah Jazz 122-114 on Monday. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. Boban Majanovic had 20 points and nine rebounds. It was the biggest comeback for the Mavericks since 2016. The win means Dallas still has a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. In NBA news:— Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) will miss the Milwaukee Bucks’ game Monday with the Toronto Raptors after undergoing oral surgery. Bucks coach Mike Budehnolzer said Monday it was uncertain whether Antetokounmpo would play in the team’s final two seeding games Tuesday against the Washington Wizards and Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUPRoyal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup.MONTREAL (AP) — Royal Montreal Golf Club, the oldest golf club in North America, will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.The club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30 because of virus concerns and now will have to wait even longer before getting back on the field. The entire three-game series between Pittsburgh and St. Louis at Busch Stadium has been postponed. There have been 27 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of the coronavirus, 13 of them involving the Cardinals. Eight St. Louis players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAFrancona returns to Indians bench TuesdayCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday after missing more than a week so he could rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal condition. The team says Francona will be in the dugout when the Indians open a two-game home series against the Chicago Cubs. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. Francona is in his eighth season with Cleveland. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULE-THUNDER-SUNSBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points, and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 128-101 on Monday to improve to 6-0 in the restart and improve their playoff chances. The Suns have surged in the Western Conference standings. They entered the day just 1 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis and a game behind ninth-place Portland in the race to qualify for a spot in the play-in series. Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, and was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:The New York Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize Monday night. The league was forced to make a lot of changes after the COVID-19 pandemic paused the season. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa, defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.— The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Reilly Walsh to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 21-year-old Walsh, a 2017 third-round draft pick, played the past three seasons at Harvard. The puck-moving defender had 27 goals and 51 assists in 96 games. TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALSFormer champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Kuznetsova wrote on Instagram that she is pulling out of the U.S. Open and the tournament preceding it at the same site in New York. The Western & Southern Open starts Aug. 22. The U.S. Open begins Aug. 31.The 35-year-old Russian also won the 2009 French Open and has been ranked as high as No. 2 in singles. She is currently No. 32, which would have put her in line to be seeded at Flushing Meadows. Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.The Presidents Cup is held every other year and features a team of U.S. players against players from the rest of the world minus Europe. Associated Press Update on the latest sports August 10, 2020 In other MLB news:— The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. He was an All-Star in 2018 and 2019. NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTDale Tallon, after 10 seasons, out as Florida Panthers’ GMUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. — President Donald Trump has joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. And in a letter to the presidents and chancellors of Big Ten schools, Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse wrote that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick made the announcement Monday, saying he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has weighed in on the powerhouse league’s situation regarding a decision on the football season. Posting on Twitter, he said he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the best advice he has received since the pandemic started was to be patient making decisions.MLB-PIRATES-CARDINALS-POSTPONEDMore cancellations for the Cardinals Mountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The Mountain West’s decision comes less than a week after it announced plans to play an eight-game conference football season and allow its members to pursue two nonconference games. Now the 12-team Mountain West, which includes Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring.In other college sports developments:last_img read more

No. 7: The 3rd linebacker spot

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With Syracuse football training camp approaching, The Daily Orange beat writers, Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson will reveal the top 15 preseason storylines with a new one every other day. Make sure to check dailyorange.com and click here to see all the posts as we count down to camp.Fitting the bill of replacing departed starters on defense, Syracuse’s linebacker corps faces the same challenge as the secondary and defensive line. Cameron Lynch and Dyshawn Davis have both graduated and a unit that went from being defined by experience is now one composed mainly of youth.There are two locks — sophomore Zaire Franklin at middle linebacker and junior Marqez Hodge on the weak side — but the strong-side spot is still somewhat up in the air. Sophomore Parris Bennett seems to have the edge over classmate Jonathan Thomas and senior Oliver Vigille — Bennett is listed as the starter on the preseason depth chart — but none of the three have started a game in their careers.Hodge started 12 games in his first two years and Franklin the last three games of 2014. Both have shown flashes of promise during live gameplay but the contenders for the third spot have only seen limited time in moments that carry some form of relevance.Vigille had the most tackles of any of the three, totaling six in 11 games played. Thomas had four and a forced fumble in nine games played and Bennett had four in eight games. The numbers don’t distinguish the three from each other, but once camp starts in August a clearer favorite should appear.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf head coach Scott Shafer goes with one of the sophomores, it’ll raise more questions of inexperience to a defense that will have plenty. If Vigille gets the call, he’ll bring seniority but maybe not the potential the other two can when they inevitably fill a permanent role down the road.Either way, it’ll be that third spot that could make or break a group that is the strongest point of the Orange defense. Comments Published on July 25, 2015 at 8:00 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Lauderhill Juniors, Plantation play to 1-1 draw in CASA Super League

first_imgLauderhill Juniors and Plantation Football Club played to a 1-1 draw in the Caribbean American Soccer Association League at the Broward Sports Park on Wednesday.In the Masters League Lauderdale FC got the better of South Florida Kickers 1-0 while Old Tymers lost 2-0 to Chapel Trail.last_img