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Anthony Joshua joins Black Lives Matter protest: Racism ‘pandemic’ is ‘out of control’

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first_imgView this post on Instagram MORE: MMA fighter Devin Clark takes a knee before bout at UFC 250Protests have swept the United States and beyond in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. The protest Joshua attended on Saturday was among several held in the United Kingdom.Floyd died in police custody on May 25 after former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.”The virus has been declared a pandemic,” Joshua said. “This is out of control. And I’m not talking about COVID-19. The virus I’m talking about is called racism. We stand united against a virus which has been instrumental in taking lives, taking lives of the young, old, rich, poor; a virus which is unapologetic and spreads across all sectors.”Joshua added: “We can no longer sit back and remain silent on these senseless, unlawful killings and sly racism on another human being – based on what? Only their skin color.”We need to speak out in peaceful demonstrations — just like today, so, well done, Watford.”We must not use a demonstration for selfish motives and turn it into rioting and looting.” In a widely reported statement, the Briton’s camp insisted the brace was “a precautionary measure” that was not of significant concern after he had felt a “twinge” in training.Joshua has accepted he will only fight once in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the boxing calendar. His next opponent is set to be Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev.Joshua and Pulev were due to fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month, but the contest was postponed, with a new date and venue still to be determined. Welcome to Watford! We are uniting our community, sparking discussions about economic change and education! Supported by the local council and police, but inspired by the black lives matter movementA post shared by Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:07pm PDTJoshua was seen wearing a knee brace and walking with crutches as well as using a scooter during part of the protest march. World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua appeared at a Black Lives Matter protest in England, declaring the “virus” of racism is “out of control.”Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, addressed a crowd of hundreds in his hometown of Watford with an impassioned speech. He also read a poem.last_img read more

Rudy Gobert, NBA’s coronavirus Patient Zero, records first points of restart: ‘Life works in mysterious ways’

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first_imgMitchell added: “That also kind of stops y’all from talking about it, to be honest with you.”At the end, we’re basketball players. We go out there and make the right play. He did a hell of a job. I try to find my way and find guys who get open. For me, at the end of the game, it’s about making the right read. I’ve told y’all a thousand times I’m trying to be a better passer, better playmaker as a whole. To be able to do that in that situations just shows the steps I’ve made.”It’s just me trusting him and him trusting me. That’s really what it is… He had the first two points, and for that [play] to end it, it should kind of seal everything as far as talking about all that extra stuff.” The NBA season was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic after Gobert had become the league’s first player to return a confirmed positive test.”I’m just grateful,” Gobert, who sunk the first and last points of the match, told ESPN. “Just grateful to be able to do what I love to do. After everything that I’ve personally and everything the world is going through right now, to be able to keep inspiring millions of kids around the world and keep spreading positivity is just a blessing.”And it’s great to start with a win, of course.”MORE: A timeline of the Rudy Gobert-Donovan Mitchell relationshipSealed the win #PerformanceLeader | @Lexus pic.twitter.com/Rn7LUYbTFN— utahjazz (@utahjazz) July 31, 2020Gobert had caused consternation by mocking the league’s distancing protocols at media events by breathing on and touching podium microphones days before his positive test.Donovan Mitchell, who also tested positive, did not speak with Gobert for a month after the shutdown, as he was angry with his team-mate’s perceived carelessness around the locker room.Perhaps fittingly, it was a Mitchell dribble that allowed Gobert to sink the decisive free throws with 6.9 seconds left.”A lot of people probably won’t be able to probably say the things they want to say to try to break our team apart,” said Gobert. “Like I said, life works in mysterious ways.” Rudy Gobert described it as “just a blessing” to have turned in a decisive display as the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA’s Thursday restart.The Jazz won 106-104 at Walt Disney World Resort thanks largely to Gobert’s 14 points and 12 rebounds against a Pelicans side for whom Zion Williamson could only manage 15 minutes.last_img read more

Klopp banking on Chelsea to slow City charge as Napoli tie looms

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first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping Chelsea can slow down Manchester City’s title charge this weekend as he balances his Premier League ambitions with a Champions League decider against Napoli.Unbeaten Liverpool are clinging on in the title race — scoring deep into added time against Everton last week and recovering from a goal down to beat Burnley on Wednesday to move just two points behind City.Elsewhere, all eyes will again be on the next instalment in the Old Trafford soap opera, with stuttering Manchester United hosting bottom club Fulham.Tottenham — yet to register a single draw in the Premier League this season — are away to Leicester. Arsenal play lowly Huddersfield.AFP Sports picks out some of the main talking points ahead of the weekend fixtures in the Premier League.Chelsea seek to arrest slideChelsea were unbeaten in their first 12 Premier League games, determinedly hanging on to the coat-tails of Manchester City and LiverpoolBut if they lose to Pep Guardiola’s league leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday they will be looking at a yawning gap of 13 points — and it would be their third defeat in four league games.Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has urged his teammates to forget about the gap, which already looks ominously big.“If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well and not pay attention to the table at the moment,” he said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to come back.” Does Mourinho know his best team?Jose Mourinho is desperately casting around for solutions to the malaise at Old Trafford — but is all the chopping and changing hindering, rather than helping?Manchester United have made a total of 46 changes to their starting XI in the Premier League so far this season, including seven changes on Wednesday against Arsenal — more than any other team in the competitionFormer United defender Rio Ferdinand is concerned over the tinkering.“Something needs to be done,” Ferdinand said in his role as a pundit for BT Sport. “The common thing that we’ve seen with this team under Mourinho is changes every week — changes, changes, changes.“That doesn’t bode well for me in terms of the players and for the team because you need to form relationships within a team and you can’t do that when there’s chopping and changing, week in and week out.”Will Klopp ring changes again?Jurgen Klopp made seven changes for his side’s midweek match against Burnley — starting without any of the front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the first time since September 2017.Despite a scare at Turf Moor, Liverpool won 3-1, taking their tally to 39 points after 15 matches — more than any other Anfield side in history.On Tuesday they face Napoli at Anfield with the prospect of crashing out of the Champions League group stage just over six months after reaching the final — but first they must negotiate a trip to high-flying Bournemouth.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

2012 Nelson Mixed Slopitch in full swing

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first_imgThe league is in full swing now that Mother Nature has decided to move into more friendly spring weather.Jackson’s Hole is once again a favourite to win it all. Jackson’s waltzed through the playoffs last season before defeating Louie’s in the final.The Competition won the B event while Cait’s Crew took the C title.The league runs most nights at the Lakeside Diamonds through May and June before culminating with post season play in July. Sixteen teams are back on the diamond attempting to dethrone 2011 champion Jackson’s Hole as the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League begins its 2012 campaign.last_img

Robinsons: Loss to Letran will only make Lyceum ‘sharper’

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyceum’s second loss in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament came in the unlikeliest of ways when a review decided the outcome of its 80-79 loss to Letran Friday.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Zamar’s clutch three lifts Blackwater past Meralco Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Robinson added that his team is also okay with what transpired at the end of the game.“Winning is not the end goal, it’s making sure the players will grow and what better way to grow than with this experience. We will be defined by how we’ll finish this season and the season after that and the season after that.” View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Pirates could’ve gotten into overtime had Jaycee Marcelino’s late three not been ruled a two-pointer after the referees converged at the end of regulation.Pirates head coach Topex Robinson, though, immediately shrugged off the loss and instead focused on the future of his team, which is already nearing the Final Four bonus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“At the end of the day, there’s so much basketball to be played and this kind of experience will just keep binding us together as a team,” said Robinson after his team fell to a 12-2 card for the no.2 spot in the standings.“This experience will make us sharper as a team because they know that what doesn’t kill them will make them stronger.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Letran and Lyceum were embroiled in a dramatic fourth quarter that saw the two teams slug it out for almost seven minutes.The scores were knotted up at 75-75 before Bong Quinto went to work scoring five points for the Knights for the 80-77 lead.Marcelino, however, would initially tie it with 40.8 seconds left but the referees downgraded it to a two-pointer after they reviewed the field goal at the end of the game.Robinson said he accepts the decision of the referees to review the shot at the end of the game, despite having several dead ball situations between Marcelino’s shot and the final buzzer.“That was the decision of the referees and they won’t do something they’re not sure of,” said Robinson. “They’re all human, they make mistakes and that makes them human.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski makes 2 key caches in what could be his last game

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first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ He was plenty mobile when it mattered most, though. His two biggest catches came after the painful hit.Gronkowski finished with six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New England’s only touchdown drive. With the score tied at 3, Tom Brady found his tight end for an 18-yard gain on first down . Two plays later, the Patriots had second-and-3 from the Rams 31 when Brady saw Gronkowski get free down the left sideline.He launched the ball and Gronkowski reached out to catch the ball and put New England at the 2.“When it comes to crunch time,” Gronkowski said, “I always find a way.”For a few moments, it was just like old times.Brady to Gronk.“Incredible catch,” Brady said. “He’s an awesome teammate, friend, and I’m just so proud of everything that he’s done for our team. He just had an incredible game.”Added center David Andrews: “It was a hell of a catch. The best players show up at the best time.”On the next play, Sony Michel ran it up the middle for a touchdown that put the Patriots ahead for good.“Tom threw it to me and I had to make a play,” Gronkowski said. “I just come through where it needs to be that time. He knows to trust in me and throw that ball and I’m going to go grab it.” But, for how much longer?Gronkowski has danced around the question of retirement whenever the question has come up, but he’s due $9 million in base salary next season — a hefty amount for an aging player whose health will always be a concern.Even if he wants to keep playing, the Patriots could very well say goodbye to one of their best and most popular players in the next few months.And, if that’s the case, Gronkowski and the Patriots went out a winner. As they have so often done.“I’ll tell you this: It was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” Gronkowski said. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now, it’s just surreal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Was it his biggest catch ever?“You tell me,” Gronkowski said after New England’s 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. “It’s up there. I like making big catches like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat, of course, is what he has done his entire nine-year NFL career.The 29-year-old Gronkowski is a three-time Super Bowl champion who has been one of the most dominant players at his position. Mike Conley, Marc Gasol help Grizzlies top Knicks to end road skid ‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze PLAY LIST 02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ever.But, whether the end is near — or, next — has been a question all season as back, knee, ankle and arm ailments have sapped him of his ability to stay on the field. And, when he did play this season, he looked mostly like a shell of his All-Pro self.“Tonight, it’s about celebrating with my teammates and that decision will be made a week or two down the future,” Gronkowski said. “Because tonight, that’s what it’s about, is celebrating with my teammates. That’s what I’m worried about tonight.”Gronkowski was seen limping out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium after the game after injuring a quadriceps muscle on a hit in the third quarter.“Yeah, my quad, it hurts a lot,” he said. “I can barely walk right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Los Angeles Rams’ Samson Ebukam (50) after catching a pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field, got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown.If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

FIND Set to Update Peace Building Road Map

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first_imgRoosevelt Woods, Executive director, FIND The executive director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), Roosevelt Woods, has disclosed the organization’s plan to undertake a nationwide consultation on a peace building road map across the country.Woods made the disclosure last Tuesday in Monrovia. He said a nationwide consultation on peace building road map is a follow up of the previous ones held in April.He said recently his organization in collaboration with other partners convened a meeting in Gbarnga, Bong County where about one hundred persons worked on the revised version of the peace building road map.Today they are expected to bring five peace building principles that they will review after consultations in order to come out with a new version that the incoming government will have to use to foster national peace and reconciliation, Woods said.He further clarified that according to the road map documents, revision has to be done over time, because of the changing dynamics and other factors. The current documents have taken into consideration land conflict issues and gender and the roles and responsibilities that were obstructed which other people may think should not have been necessary for further implementation.Woods further stated that during the recent meeting they were also able to bring together Civil Society Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations, government entities among others from the 15 counties.The meeting today will be much smaller because it will be focusing on the technical group reviewing the key issues that came out of past consultations.“Our expectation at the end of this month is to be able to conclude road map documents,’’ he said. ‘‘We want to say a big thank you to the UNMIL family for their support over the years; they were very instrumental in our initiatives, the quick impact projects, and others.’’In December 2012 the Liberian Government launched the Peace Building Road Map as a document that will foster national peace and reconciliation in the country.The document needs to be reviewed every three years to make it more current to present day realities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCB slams CWI over selection flaws

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first_imgThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) lambasted Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Committee for what it deemed as “totally illogical selection decisions” during the Caribbean side’s home series.Shimron HetmyerVia a press release, the GCB highlighted numerous areas where it felt the CWI had been administering injustice to its players. “Our franchise has invested heavily in our youths and has created an Academy program whereby the Academy players practice daily with our contracted Franchise players”.“As a result of these successes, one would have thought that most of our players should have been featuring heavily in the entire CWI representative red ball teams. That is yet to happen”.“In the past month or so, CWI hosted Sri Lanka in a three- Test series that unfortunately ended in a 1-1 draw at home. For the very first time in a long time, our team won the first Test of a series most convincingly.”The release further questioned the CWI’s move to have Guyanese Keemo Paul sit out the third Test versus Sri Lanka as well as Shimron Hetmyer, who returned to the side against Bangladesh but failed to start in the XI.“We strongly feel that had the correct team been selected to represent us in the Third Test of that series, we would have won that series easily by a 2 to nil margin. Keemo Paul was named as a replacement for Shimron Hetmyer and plucked out from a touring team in England to return here in the Caribbean to sit on the bench.“The GCB held its collective breath and refrained from making a statement in this regard with the hope that these mistakes would have been corrected at the commencement of this Bangladesh series.“We were heartened when Shimron Hetmyer recovered from his recent illness and was able to participate in the tour match last week where he cracked a brilliant century against the tourists for the CWI President’s XI. Yet still this was not enough to warrant his return to the starting XI in the first Test of this Bangladesh series. Keemo Paul was made to sit out this match again,” stated the release.Furthermore, the GCB strongly pointed out that it believes it was critical for the Windies to test their bench strength, given the short nature of the series. “We strongly feel that with these short two and three matches Test series now, our bench strength has to be tested regularly, so that our supposedly ‘entrenched’ players are placed on notice that their places are not guaranteed throughout the series.“Our teams and its players will not develop if players continue to fail and are selected and players who perform well are not selected in the final XI. Our policy in this regard has to be clearly outlined and defined. It is noteworthy that four CWI teams have been selected in the last month or so, and some of our top performers in the [Professional Cricket League] PCL over the years could not find favour with the selectors,” ended the release.last_img read more

RCMP seeks public’s help in locating missing woman

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first_imgPamela Muriel Napoleon is described as having a light skin complexion, 5 feet 7 inches, approximately 150 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.If you have any information in regards to the whereabouts of Napoleon, contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100.- Advertisement –last_img

Rodgers hails ‘vital’ Liverpool win and insists Balotelli ‘reacted well’ to benching

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first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted three points was all that mattered as his side edged West Brom 2-1 at Anfield.It was a much-needed first victory in four Premier League outings for the Reds, having struggled both defensively and in attack in recent games.Having gone ahead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Adam Lallana’s first Liverpool goal, a disputed Saido Berahino penalty – Dejan Lovren’s foul appeared to be outside the area – pegged the Reds back.However, Jordan Henderson latched onto Raheem Sterling’s lay off and finished well into the bottom corner on 60 minutes to secure victory and relieve his boss.“As we work more together the quality of our game will improve and the performance will improve but you have to find a way to win and today we did that,” Rodgers said.“That was against a West Brom team coming in with good confidence having won 4-0 last week.”That triumph came against promoted outfit Burnley, while the Baggies also shocked Tottenham with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in their previous tie.“They keep clean sheets, they are difficult to beat and we found a way to break through that resistance and win,” the Reds boss added.“Getting three points was vital for us before the international break.”Rodgers was annoyed with the penalty decision and even West Brom boss Alan Irvine found it difficult to agree with referee Michael Oliver’s controversial decision.“It was never a penalty,” claimed the Anfield chief.“It was fairly straightforward in this country where if the referee needed any help he would look at the linesman – now if they think it is a penalty the linesman has to make a run down towards the corner flag.“I thought the linesman was slow so I didn’t know if he was running or walking so then the referee had to make the call himself and he made the wrong call because it wasn’t a penalty.“Thankfully we went on and maybe had a penalty ourselves but luckily for Michael we scored.”Before the match, all the talk was on Rodgers’ decision to drop Mario Balotelli from the starting line-up, but the manager tried to play it down.Asked how his £16million striker took the news he was going to be on the bench, he said: “I’m not sure. He accepts what the position is.“He is still looking to gain fitness, he has played games. His reaction was fine, he came on and did his best.”Rodgers did say, however, he expects Daniel Sturridge to be back after the break.last_img read more