20 Oct
2020

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, August 4

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBDS ban violates right to free speechWhile everyone was talking non-stop about the Muller testimony, free speech came under attack in America, not from Moscow but from Washington D.C., when HR246 passed in the House of Representatives.The bill opposes the BDS movement and similar efforts supporters  believe seek to delegitimize Israel, even though that isn’t what BDS does at all.All BDS seeks to do is boycott economic ties with Israel until it ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and recognize the human rights of Palestinian citizens.Despite what many will tell you, nothing in BDS’s mission aims to delegitimize Israel or target the Jewish faith. But even if you genuinely disagree with BDS, it is a non-violent boycott movement practicing the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.Don’t just take it from me. Take it from at least three federal courts, which as of May 2019 have dismissed anti-BDS laws as unconstitutional. And take it from the Supreme Court, which has repeatedly ruled boycotting as a constitutional right. This bill sets a terrifying precedent for Congress’s ability to interfere in our freedom of speech. The fact that it passed with such an overwhelming majority and had several Congress people that I genuinely respect vote for it shakes me to my core. Kudos to the 17 who voted against it and shame on the 398 (including Congressman Paul Tonko) who voted in favor of it. I feel certain history will not look kindly upon this resolution. Matt OillSchenectadyWhy are fewer going to Saratoga track?Something is keeping the attendance down at the Saratoga Racetrack.Could it be the early opening of the track, or maybe too many major events going on in our area? Could it be everyone wants to live the American dream of a good life, nice homes, new cars, and family activities. There’s nothing wrong with this, except many people today live from paycheck to paycheck and they make good money.There’s an old saying, “It’s not how much that’s coming in that keeps you going, it’s what you don’t spend” and it’s true.Also, many folks don’t like what happens in the horse-racing world, as some of the horses have to be put down when they break a leg. Horses are taken care of very well in horse racing, but they do get hurt just like football players and in other sports. That’s the way it is.The racetrack people are trying to make racing safer for the jockeys and horses. There are risks in all sports and always have been. Let’s hope improvements can be made. The price of admission to the track increased a few years ago. Maybe they should lower the price to draw more people in.If it doesn’t cost much to get in, maybe more people will say, “Let’s go to the track.”Remember, you can now bet on the races at lots of places other than at the track.Sid GordonSaratoga SpringsEric Garner’s killing violated basic rightsRegarding the recent op-ed on the killing of Eric Garner, it’s curious that Attorney General William Barr treated the case as an ordinary murder.On the contrary, Garner was the victim of an extra-judicial summary execution, caught on video from beginning to end, carried out by an agent of the state who has a license to kill.To treat it as an ordinary murder case is absurd and an insult. Surely other standards must apply when an agent of the state takes the life of a citizen.This country was founded on the principle that we citizens have inalienable rights, the most important of which is the right to life.Our cops ignore this, as do their overseers.Our lawmakers, who are supposed to act in our interests, have done a poor job of protecting us from our own law enforcement personnel. This must change. With nearly a dozen civil rights acts already in place, we don’t need another one to force our police and military to respect citizens’ right to life.U.S. attorneys must be directed, with a legislative act or executive order, to prosecute every incident of police killing, based on violation of the citizen’s right to life. Demand that they also use appropriate sections of the RICO act, so that associates of the killer can be prosecuted as well.Barr should revisit the Garner case and treat it as a civil rights violation.Otherwise, he should be fired or impeached. Justice must prevail.Edgar T. LynkNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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18 Oct
2020

Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton win

first_imgBernd Leno has been in good form for Arsenal recently (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira hailed the performance of Bernd Leno during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates and praised the goalkeeper for his development this season.The 26-year-old Germany international joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a £19m deal last summer but had to bid his time patiently to dislodge Petr Cech from the starting line-up.Leno started on the bench in each of Arenal’s first seven Premier League games of the season before coming on as a substitute in the seventh game against Watford after Cech got injured.Since then, Leno has emerged as Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper and with Cech retiring at the end of the season, he has a great opportunity to make the position his own long-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after Leno had made four saves and kept a clean sheet after Arsenal’s victory against Southampton, Torreira said: ‘Bernd’s a very important player, he’s been growing throughout the season. Unai Emery reflects on match against SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:51FullscreenUnai Emery reflects on match against Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reflects-match-against-southampton-1869632/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leno had to be alert to deny Matt Targett and Charlie Austin and saved his best save for the final minute as he again denied Targett with an excellent stop as the left-back looped a volley from distance towards the top corner.After keeping just one clean sheet in his first 14 Premier League starts, Leno has now had two shutouts in his previous five league outings, helping Arsenal to become more solid defensively.Victory against Southampton has lifted Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table after Manchester United were held to a draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Feb 2019 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares Comment Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton wincenter_img Lucas Torreira also joined Arsenal last summer (Getty Images)‘We’re really happy to have him between the sticks for us. He’s very strong in terms of playing with his feet as well and we’re happy to get the three points today.’On Arsenal keeping a clean sheet, he said: ‘I think it’s always important to keep a clean sheet because if we do we give ourselves a much better chance of getting the three points, and of course that’s what happened today.’Although Arsenal raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 17 minutes thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they didn’t have things all their own way as Southampton applied pressure on their goal in the second half. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Colin Kaepernick vs. the NFL: A timeline of how we got here

first_imgAug. 26, 2016 — Kaepernick sits during the national anthem before the 49ers’ preseason game against the Packers. Asked about it afterward, the quarterback says he did so to protest police brutality and the oppression of people of color in the U.S. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media  at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Sept. 1, 2016 — Kaepernick and Reid take a knee during the anthem before a 49ers-Chargers preseason game, a practice that would continue into the regular season. Sept. 5, 2016 — President Barack Obama weighs in on what was then a full-blown national controversy, supporting Kaepernick’s right to protest: “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” the president said at a news conference during the G20 summit in China. “I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it when it comes to the flag and national anthem.”Sept. 7, 2016 — Two days later, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes his first public comments on the matter: “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing,” Goodell said, adding, “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”Oct. 11, 2016 — After the 49ers get off to a 1-4 start with Blaine Gabbert playing quarterback, coach Chip Kelly announces Kaepernick will make his season debut in Week 6 against the Bills. He completes only 13 of 29 passes in a 45-16 loss but remains San Francisco’s starter the rest of the season. Jan. 1, 2017 — Kaepernick completes a 9-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Celek on San Francisco’s final offensive play of a 25-23 season-ending loss to the Seahawks, the last NFL pass he has thrown to date. San Francisco finishes 2-14. Feb. 28, 2017 — Kaepernick’s agents inform all NFL teams that the QB will opt out of the rest of his contract. Previous reports had indicated the 49ers planned to release him if he had not opted out. April 26, 2017 — Reid tells reporters he plans to stand during the anthem in 2017: “Our goal was (to) open the floor to conversation. I believe we achieved that goal. So now we just want to move forward and partner with people that are trying to make a change. … I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country and now it’s time to move on to just affecting change and not doing the gesture during the anthem.”Aug. 28, 2017 — After standing during the anthem at the 49ers’ first two preseason games, Reid reverts to kneeling following a conversation with Kaepernick. Sept. 24, 2017 — Two days after President Donald Trump says players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, players from numerous teams protest en masse, with members of several teams remaining in the locker room while the anthem is played. pic.twitter.com/M6wHpRqKG9— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) September 24, 2017Oct. 15, 2017 — After remaining unsigned through the opening weeks of the 2017 season, Kaepernick files a formal grievance accusing NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game. April 18, 2018  — Kaepernick is present as his attorneys depose Goodell at the NFL’s New York headquarters in connection with the grievance. Numerous other high-profile NFL figures also sit for depositions at various points in the process, including Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Broncos general manager John Elway and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. May 2, 2018 — The NFL Players Association says it has filed a grievance on Reid’s behalf after the veteran safety goes unsigned through the opening weeks of free agency. May 23, 2018 — The NFL announces a new policy that includes fines for personnel who “do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem,” while giving players the option of remaining in the locker room during pregame ceremonies. Aug. 28, 2018 — Independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank rejects the NFL’s request for a summary judgment dismissing Kaepernick’s grievance, allowing the case to move forward. Sept. 3, 2018 — Days before the start of the NFL season, Nike unveils a new 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign centering on Kaepernick.  While Reid has remained employed during the process, landing with the Panthers in 2018 and signing a new three-year contract with Carolina earlier this week, Kaepernick has yet to find an NFL landing spot since opting out of his 49ers contract in March 2017. Here’s a recap of how the parties got to this point: Related News After nearly a year and a half of legal maneuvering, the NFL and former 49ers teammates Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid announced Friday that they have reached a settlement that resolves the pair’s grievance with the league. No details were announced and the settlement terms prevent the parties from commenting, but the end of legal proceedings in the case indicates the players got what they believed to be fair compensation from the league they accused of colluding against them.  Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid reach settlement in NFL collusion case Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoItA post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on Sep 3, 2018 at 12:20pm PDTSept. 27, 2018 — The Panthers sign Reid to a contract covering the rest of the season. Kaepernick tweets his congratulations: “He was the 1ST person 2 kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family. and communities in need.”Oct. 7, 2018 — Reid kneels during the anthem before his first game with the Panthers. Jan. 9, 2019 — The NFL and NFLPA release a joint statement denying any impropriety after Reid complained multiple times during the 2018 season that he felt he had been singled out for excessive random drug testing by league officials.  Three takeaways from Colin Kaepernick-Eric Reid vs. NFL collusion settlement Feb. 11, 2019 — The Panthers sign Reid to a new three-year deal worth just more than $22 million. Feb. 15, 2019 — The NFL and Kaepernick and Reid’s attorneys make a joint announcement that the players’ grievances against the league have been settled.last_img read more

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17 Aug
2020

Three big questions still facing the Lakers after free agency overhaul

first_imgThere’s also the uncomfortable truth that when Cousins was injured in 2018, the Pelicans ran off a 21-13 finish to the season that allowed them to qualify for the playoffs that season. Before Cousins was hurt, the Pelicans were 27-21. Davis played arguably at his best when he played center (finishing third in MVP voting that season), which might well be his best position with the Lakers. There’s also the question of how far Cousins’ recovery will take him, given that Achilles tendon injuries are notorious for sapping a player’s athleticism. The Lakers might never get All-Star Cousins back – a fairly small risk considering his salary, but not much help come postseason.2. How do the Lakers match up defensively with elite guard tandems?There’s a squishy sense of the starting lineup at the moment, particularly in the wake of a Yahoo Sports report that James will be starting at point guard. While James has almost always been the primary ball-handler on his teams given his unique passing ability, the report doesn’t exactly clear up how the Lakers will handle that decision on defense, where there are immediate concerns.James has notably seen a decline in defense as any number of social media videos of him watching someone drive by can attest. He’s likely to expend so much on offense that the Lakers are better off “hiding” him on a low-scoring wing or forward who is less of a threat. The front office signed Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope partly with the intention of using those players as backcourt stoppers, but if Green and James start, how do the Lakers defend teams with two high-scoring guards? In the West, there are a lot of them: the Warriors (D’Angelo Russell and Steph Curry); the Rockets (James Harden and Chris Paul); the Trail Blazers (Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum) and the Jazz (Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell) chief among them. All four of those tandems averaged at least 45 points per game last season, and several of them require defensive attention well beyond the 3-point line.That’s going to require some tough choices: Are the Lakers going to commit to being big, playing Cousins, Davis and Kyle Kuzma at the other three starting spots, leaving James or Kuzma to have to defend a really good scoring guard? Will Kuzma come off the bench, leaving Cousins and Davis to man the front and one of Bradley or Caldwell-Pope to start and take on point guard defensive duties? Will the Lakers play smaller with Davis at center, allowing Kuzma and an additional guard to start?The Lakers have a few months to figure out the answers to these questions, but the roles on the team, including starters and rotations, could be very much determined by match-ups in an increasingly guard-oriented league. The front-heavy composition of the roster could lead the Lakers to be exposed on defense around the perimeter. At the very least, the Lakers could face the additional complication of cross-matching while running back on defense with James on the floor, adding a degree of difficulty to Vogel’s objectives on defense.A relevant tangent to this one: If the Lakers are determined to start James as a point guard, there are at least three other players who can play point who will be vying for perhaps just one rotation role between Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso. How does that work out?3. Is there enough depth on the wing?There’s a very noticeable gap between two kinds of players on the Lakers roster: the bigs and the guards, and even the players on the roster who qualify as wings lean into one of the other categories. James is a small forward, but likely to play more point guard. Danny Green could split time between small forward and shooting guard. Kyle Kuzma played power forward for much of last season. Jared Dudley is on the tail end of his career and can’t be a guarantee for big minutes.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed That’s an issue when considering that particularly the neighboring Clippers have two of the best wings in the league, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. One of the reasons the Lakers are lacking true wings was that they were hoping for Leonard themselves while many solid role players came off the board (Bojan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza and Thaddeus Young were among the players who cashed in early at a widely desired position).There are some remaining options who might be available to the Lakers in the future. Notably, fans have cried out for Andre Iguodala, who was traded to Memphis by the Warriors and is a former Rob Pelinka client. The 6-foot-6 do-it-all wing fills a very obvious roster gap for the Lakers, who could use the defensive sensibilities of a player many regard as one of the most intelligent of the league. But the Lakers also lack the assets for a trade with the Grizzlies to get Iguodala, and it’s unlikely that Memphis buys out Iguodala’s contract, preferring a trade (possibly to the Clippers?) to receive assets in exchange for the 35-year-old three-time champion.Carmelo Anthony, on the other hand, has been on the market for most of the last year and is a close friend of James. But there’s also a reason he’s been out of the NBA for so long: He struggled, particularly in the playoffs, in his last full season in Oklahoma City, and his Houston Rockets tenure was so unsuccessful, it ended after just 10 games. Another former James running mate, Kyle Korver, was waived in Phoenix and plays this position, but he’s also 38 years old and defensively limited. It’s late in the free agency game at this point, and the Lakers have a very new look.How far will it get them?Headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, there’s a higher confidence that the new roster will break through the franchise’s six-year playoff drought. According to an ESPN report, NBA executives polled generally believe that the Lakers will be a winning team next season, with potential to win more than 50 games.A quick once-over of the roster helps explain it: The Lakers will be propelled by two superstars who are widely considered well-matched pick-and-roll partners. James has never played with as adept a finisher as Davis, and Davis has never had a playmaker as versatile as James. Beyond them, the Lakers have added shooters such as Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels who can provide sorely needed spacing to a team that lacked it last season. What was a young team last season has now mostly turned into an experienced one, with several players who have at least made deep playoff runs before. Between the signing of DeMarcus Cousins and the retention of Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers shouldn’t have a problem scoring inside the paint. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd yet as with any freshly assembled roster of many new pieces, questions remain. New head coach Frank Vogel will have a lot of weapons to work with, but the roster balance and roles might take a great deal of thought to fine-tune into a championship contender.1. How much can Davis play with DeMarcus Cousins?It didn’t cost much for the Lakers to take a gamble on a former four-time All-Star who used to be Davis’ teammate. It also seems that Davis went out of his way to welcome Cousins into Los Angeles and ask him to come win a title with him – it’s very possible that the Lakers might not have Cousins if Davis didn’t waive his $4 million trade kicker.On paper, there’s good reason to reunite this duo if they can reach the heights they had during the 2017-18 season as a pair of bigs starting together against the grain of the NBA. In New Orleans, they had a plus-5.3 rating when they shared the court and were both voted All-Star starters. They both averaged more than 25 points and 11 rebounds per game and were regarded as perhaps the toughest frontcourt in the league.But there’s a reason this trend has been fading: Pairing two big men in NBA starting lineups is increasingly fraught. After losing to the Rockets for a second straight postseason, the Jazz punted on a Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors pairing in favor of going smaller. The Miami Heat traded Hassan Whiteside, who had proved to be an ill fit with their system alongside Kelly Olynyk. While the Indiana Pacers seem set on pairing Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis next season, in the playoffs this year, the duo had a minus-27.6 rating while sharing the court against Boston. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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