Support The Guardian Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer)Next, he clearly has had enough of whatever is being said, gets up to address the fans. pic.twitter.com/VLu4qHSSMyFebruary 18, 2018 The Blackhawks condemned the fans’ actions in a statement on Saturday night. “We were made aware of an incident at tonight’s game involving a small group of attendees who made harmful comments directed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly,” the Blackhawks said. “The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends out games and these actions will never be tolerated.” Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Chicago Blackhawks Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Did the NHL kill men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics? US sports Ice hockey Share on Facebook Share on Messenger news NHL Washington Capitals The 25-year-old Canadian is in his first season with the Capitals. He also has played for Anaheim, Montreal and New Jersey. He is one of only 30 black players in the NHL. In 2017 he told the Toronto Star that he had been told to “go back to playing basketball” in the past by a fan.“I can’t go to anyone on my team and have them understand really how it is to be in my shoes,” he told the Star of his experience as a black player. “Just because I’m a professional hockey player: they just don’t understand. So it’s really lonely in that sense. You don’t really have anyone.” Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Devante Smith-Pelly was taunted by four fans shouting “basketball, basketball, basketball” on Saturday night during the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Washington Capitals.Washington’s Smith-Pelly, who is black, was serving a major penalty for fighting Chicago’s Connor Murphy when the fans taunted him in the penalty box. An off-ice official sitting next to him notified building security, and the fans were ejected. Smith-Pelly was visibly upset by the taunting, at one point tapping the glass separating him from the fans. “It’s disgusting. It’s sad that in 2018 we’re still talking about the same thing, over and over,” Smith-Pelly said on Sunday. “It’s sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You’d think there’d be some sort of change or progression but we’re still working toward it, I guess, and we’re going to keep working toward it.” Reuse this content
MLS MLS GM survey: Toronto FC, Atlanta United tipped for standout 2018 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:15 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brett Davis MLS Atlanta United Toronto Toronto FC remains the class of MLS — but Atlanta United may not be far behind.That’s the consensus, at least, from Goal’s annual survey of MLS general managers, technical directors and sporting directors. Having become the first team in MLS history to claim a domestic treble last season, TFC has been tipped to repeat as MLS Cup champion in 2018 by the executives who know the league best.Atlanta, meanwhile, finished second in the voting after a debut MLS campaign that saw Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s side shatter attendance records while fielding one of the most dynamic teams the league has seen. The general managers are particularly bullish on Atlanta playmaker Miguel Almiron, pegging him as the odds-on favorite to claim MLS MVP honors. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The rules of the anonymous survey again were straightforward. Executives from the 14 clubs that agreed to participate were given 15 questions to answer about the teams, players, offseason moves and MLS rules. They were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel, and some voters chose to pass on certain questions.So which club has delivered the best offseason moves? Which current MLS player would make the best head coach one day? Who are the best and worst general managers in MLS to negotiate with? Find out in Goal’s full 2018 MLS GM survey below:
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of promising cricketer Debabrata Pal, who was killed after lightning struck him on Sunday.The incident happened when the 21-year-old all-rounder went for practice at Vivekananda Park ground. He was a resident of Serampore in Hooghly. While addressing the felicitation programme of toppers from different boards of examination, Chief Minister said: “I am saddened due to the tragic death of the budding cricketer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAroop Biswas, the Youth Services and Sports minister along with Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports department, went to SSKM Hospital on Monday. The post-mortem of Debabrata’s body was carried out at SSKM. Shukla said: “We are shocked. It is a big loss for the family and Bengal. I pray to God that it should not happen with anyone else.” It may be mentioned that the lightning struck when he was about to enter a shade. Others, who were also busy in their practice along with him, had already gone under it as soon as the rain started pouring. He was last of the lot. Other players came out when he fell on the ground and rushed him to hospital where he was declared brought dead. Calcutta Cricket Academy will remain closed for 3 days as a mark of respect.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate security and traffic arrangements for Durga Puja. According to senior police officials from Lalbazar, around eleven thousand police personnel, including traffic police, will be deputed during the Puja days.This year, Kolkata Police has urged the vehicle owners to write their names and phone numbers on paper and stick it on the windshields as it will be helpful if the car needs to be moved due to some reason. If the owner is not driving, the driver’s name and number should be there instead. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA temporary control with a helpline number 9002999999 will be active during the Puja days. On Thursday, police informed that in the major Puja pandals, forces will be deputed from Chaturthi. The full-fledged police arrangement will come into effect from Panchami. This year, a total of 2,509 Pujas will take place in the city.To secure the city from Panchami to Nabami, a total of eight thousand police personnel will be deployed in the different Puja pandals throughout the city. Three thousand traffic police personnel will be on the road to maintain smooth vehicular movement.Apart from overall management, 400 police pickets will be placed in different areas. Also, 13 Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS) will patrol the city. Also, 46 watchtowers have been built to keep strict vigil in the areas. Police have also installed Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in 74 places, leaving the existing cameras.