US judge paves way for extradition of American father, son accused of sneaking ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn out of Japan

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — US judge paves way for extradition of American father, son accused of sneaking ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn out of Japan.last_img

In the US, camera phones increasingly expose racism

first_img“I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” she told Cooper as he filmed her dial 911 in a video that has been viewed over 43 million times on Twitter.Rodney King In February, Ahmaud Arbery — also African American — was shot and killed by two white residents while jogging in their neighborhood in Georgia. A third man, who was later also charged over Arbery’s death, filmed the murder, with the cellphone video sparking outrage when it was leaked onto social media earlier this month.The filming of such violent incidents is not new. Since the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police in 1991, which was filmed by an amateur cameraman, videos have frequently documented acts of racism across the United States.But in recent years the capturing of such incidents, with them subsequently going viral online and then being broadcast across major news networks, has becoming more systematic.”Here’s the sad reality,” tweeted Senator Kamala Harris, a black former candidate to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.”What happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery & Christian Cooper has gone on for generations to Black Americans. Cell phones just made it more visible.”Katheryn Russell-Brown, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida, said the videos remind us that “wherever people of color are there’s a vulnerability.”I would be hard pressed to think of cases involving Whites that show the same kind of instances of harm and assault particularly if we’re talking about law enforcement,” she told AFP.The increased use of police officers wearing body cameras while on duty over the past decade had raised hopes that the use of force against African Americans would fall.But after initial studies showed encouraging results, more in-depth reports found that “the cameras aren’t producing the reductions in use of force that were expected,” according to Urban Institute researcher Daniel Lawrence.Many forces allow officers to turn the cameras off whenever they want, while some have been accused of editing the images before making them public.’Torn apart’ In the death of Eric Garner — by asphyxiation at the hands of a New York police officer in 2014 which sparked the nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement — it was witnesses who filmed the incident, not police, like with Floyd’s death.”These videos that are published in public forms really do point to a kind of dysfunctionality in our criminal legal system,” said Russell-Brown.”It’s sort of suggesting that we need private citizens to make it necessary to watch public officers or people in public spaces to achieve justice or to at least raise the alarm bells about justice,” she added.Russell-Brown also notes that the presence of a camera often doesn’t prevent the act from being committed in the first place.Filming can also have major repercussions, with specialists warning of the risks of rushing to judgment on social networks.Within a day of the Central Park incident, Amy Cooper lost her job as vice-president of a wealth management company, her anonymity and her dog amid a media storm.”I’m not excusing the racism. But I don’t know if her life needed to be torn apart,” said Christian Cooper, who is no relation to Amy.As powerful as videos may be, they mean little, if the law doesn’t run its course, say experts.”They got fired,” said Russell-Brown referring to the officers involved in Floyd’s death.”Is that enough? No. We have a dead person. So now we want the legal system to do what it’s supposed to do.” From the death of a black man in Minneapolis to a racist incident in Central Park, camera phones are increasingly being used as a weapon against racism even when justice doesn’t always follow.Two videos shot on smartphones spread from social media to mainstream media this week, highlighting how bystanders are now frequently capturing incidents that in the past may have gone unnoticed.It was a member of the public who filmed George Floyd grasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes on Monday. Floyd went still and was later declared dead in hospital. Four police officers were fired from their jobs but remain free and the city has witnessed two nights of angry protests.”If we did not have a video, would the officers have been fired as quickly? Ibram Kendi, director of the American University’s anti-racism research center, asked in an interview with Democracy Now!”Would they have believed all of those witnesses who were looking at what was happening and who was the asking officers to stop?In the second incident, a white woman falsely reported Christian Cooper, an avid birdwatcher to police after he requested that she leash her dog in a wooded area of New York’s Central Park.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indosat launches digital operation with Ericsson, Huawei

first_imgThe publicly listed company reported in May that its data traffic rose 27 percent in the Idul Fitri period from the average traffic prior to the COVID-19 pandemic as customers stayed at home.Indosat booked a 7.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) increase in revenue to Rp 6.5 trillion (US$454.3 million) during the first quarter, largely driven by a 10.6 percent growth in cellular revenue to Rp 5.4 trillion. The company, however, recorded a 107 percent increase in losses to Rp 605.61 billion as organization rightsizing added to expenditures.Al-Neama went on to say that the company’s latest technology setup included artificial intelligence, fault predictability, data-driven analytics and machine learning platforms.“We have achieved on-time delivery with excellent execution despite the COVID-19 pandemic and we are very confident that this new digital operation model will help us better manage the increasing demands and expectations of our customers,” he said. Telecommunications company PT Indosat, which owns Indosat Ooredoo, has announced that its operating model will go fully digital, made possible with the help of its global partners, Swedish technology Ericsson and China-based Huawei.The company said the digital transformation would make its back-end system more sophisticated, allowing better services for customers in the long run.“We will be able to build efficient and fully automated network operations with this new digital operating model,” Indosat president director and CEO Ahmad Al-Neama said in a statement on Tuesday. “This allows us to give more focus on service quality and end-user experience.” Indosat claimed that the new ecosystem can create hundreds of job opportunities as well as intensive knowledge transfers to upskill their workers.The company, which reported 56.2 million mobile consumers in the first quarter of the year, also said that collaboration with its global partners aimed at supporting the development of Indonesia’s digital economy.Stocks of Indosat, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code ISAT, jumped 1.17 percent Thursday, versus a 0.14 percent increase recorded by the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI).Indosat has lost 1.52 percent of its stock value in the last year. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal hero Bukayo Saka ‘upset’ with Freddie Ljungberg before Standard Liege game

first_img Comment Saka drew Arsenal level against Standard (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg hailed Bukayo Saka’s heroics against Standard Liege, but admitted the youngster was annoyed with him before kick-off.Saka rescued a draw for a young Arsenal side against Standard in their final Europa League group game, setting up Alexandre Lacazette before scoring the equaliser himself.Arsenal were 2-0 down and heading for another humiliating defeat before Saka and Gabriel Martinelli stepped up to salvage a point.Asked about how he rated Saka’s performance, Ljungberg said: ‘He was amazing.ADVERTISEMENTHe’s made one, and now he’s scored one! 🔥Bukayo Saka with a lovely one-two before placing it into the bottom corner 👌Lovely finish from the youngster…— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 12, 2019 Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 12 Dec 2019 9:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link245Shares ‘He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back.‘He’s a tremendous talent. His final ball & last bit is always effective.’AdvertisementAdvertisementSaka, 18, was starting his first game under Ljungberg and will now be pushing to be included in Arsenal’s Premier League sides.More: 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 CityThe left winger has started four league games this season, but has managed just 12 minutes since Ljungberg took temporary charge.The result meant Arsenal finished top of their group and ensured they would be top seeds in the last-32 draw.‘It’s very, very good. We started the group really well and had some problems,’ Ljungberg said of topping the group.center_img Saka didn’t want to play at wing-back (Picture: Getty)‘We played a lot of games lately, I wanted to give the young ones a chance but I needed to rotate.‘We have a game again on Sunday.‘Of course it was a small gamble but I believe in those young players and they pulled through and we’re top of the group.’MORE: Freddie Ljungberg ‘feels sorry for Arsenal’s young players’ despite Bukayo Saka’s ‘tremendous night’MORE: Martin Keown hails Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and slams ‘lucky’ Freddie Ljungberg Advertisement Arsenal hero Bukayo Saka ‘upset’ with Freddie Ljungberg before Standard Liege gamelast_img read more

Senior Army officer takes over Burundi

first_imgBurundi Citizens celebrate following the army take over of BurundiA senior Burundi army officer said on Wednesday he was dismissing Pierre Nkurunziza as president because his bid for a third term violated the constitution, and soldiers surrounded the state broadcaster building in the capital.The presidential office quickly rubbished the declaration by Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who was fired by Nkurunziza as intelligence chief in February, as “a joke”.Niyombare made his declaration to reporters at a military barracks in the capital, while the president was out of the country at an African summit on the crisis.Godefroid Niyombare previously served as an ambassador to Kenya.Soldiers surrounded the offices of the national broadcaster in the capital, Bujumbura.In a radio broadcast, Gen Niyombareh said: “The masses have decided to take into their own hands the destiny of the nation to remedy this unconstitutional environment into which Burundi has been plunged.“The masses vigorously and tenaciously reject President Nkurunziza’s third-term mandate… President Pierre Nkurunziza has been relieved of his duties. The government is overthrown.”Gen Niyombareh’s “national salvation committee” comprises at least five other army and police generals.President Nkurunziza is currently at a summit in Tanzania discussing his decision to run for a third term, which critics say is unconstitutional.“Regarding President Nkurunziza’s arrogance and defiance of the international community which advised him to respect the constitution and Arusha peace agreement, the committee for the establishment of the national concord decide: President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too,” he said.last_img read more

IMCA drivers in five divisions get Flow Design awards

first_imgWELLINGTON, Kan. – National point standings for five IMCA divisions determine recipient of product or certificate awards from Flow Design.The Wellington, Kan., manufacturer gives carburetor spacers to first through fifth place finishers in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod divisions. Sixth through 10th place drivers in national standings for the same divisions get certificates good for 50 percent off the purchase of a carb spacer. Flow Design is in its seventh season as a marketing partner with IMCA. Information about Flow Design-made products is avail­able by calling 620 326-3537.“The carb spacers Flow Design makes continue to be a key component to the rules packages in a variety of divisions. We certainly appreciate their continued support,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Their quality craftsmanship is one reason we ensure their use in our Late Model division and encourage their use in others.”last_img read more

Sam Allardyce: Track record

first_img Allardyce cut his teeth on the coaching front as a player-manager in the League of Ireland, leading Limerick to the 1991-92 First Division – the second tier – title in his only season at the helm before heading for Preston to take up the number two role. BLACKPOOL In July 1994 he took charge of Second Division Blackpool, who had avoided the drop to the fourth tier of English football by a single point at the end of the previous campaign. They finished 12th in his first season and third 12 months later but much to his shock, Allardyce was dismissed following a play-off semi-final defeat by Bradford. NOTTS COUNTY Allardyce arrived in Nottingham in January 1997 to inherit a side which had struggled through the first half of the season, and he was unable to prevent them from slipping into Division Three. However, he led the club to promotion as champions on 99 points at the end of the following campaign and kept them in the higher division. BOLTON His efforts at Notts County helped land the job at Bolton in October 1999, and it was there that he started to enhance his reputation. Having steered them into the Barclays Premier League at the second attempt, he established them there after two difficult seasons and eventually guided them to European qualification for the first time in the club’s history. NEWCASTLE Sam Allardyce has taken up his new mission at Sunderland with a remit to preserve the club’s Barclays Premier League status after a dreadful start to the season. Press Association Allardyce was seen as the man to stop the door at St James’ Park revolving as then chairman Freddy Shepherd sought stability. But his reign lasted just eight months when new owner Mike Ashley decided to give disgruntled fans what they wanted and replaced him with Kevin Keegan. BLACKBURN Rovers were sitting inside the Premier League relegation zone when Allardyce arrived in December 2008, but finished the season in the relative comfort of 15th place. They managed 10th in his first full campaign at the helm, but new owners Venky’s dispensed with his services in December 2010. WEST HAM Allardyce waited almost six months before returning to the game with relegated West Ham in June 2011 and led them back into the Premier League via the Championship play-off final. His style of play did not sit happily with the expectations of Hammers’ fans and although the club finished in 10th, 13th and 12th places in the top flight, he and they decided to go their separate ways at the end of last season. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the career of a man with a proven track record for dragging clubs out of trouble and paving the way for future success. LIMERICK last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Associated Press In other college basketball news:— Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois for his sophomore season. The 7-foot, 290-pound Cockburn posted “IM BACK ” with a graphic on Twitter on Saturday. The announcement means the Illini will have their top two players return from a team that was in line to make the NCAA Tournament last season, after all-conference guard Ayo Dosunmu said Friday he plans to return for his junior year rather than turn pro. Cockburn, who’s from Jamaica and played at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, averaged 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds — a record for an Illinois freshman. The Illini went 21-10 overall and 13-7 in conference play. They were in line for their first NCAA appearance before the season got shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.— Arkansas sharpshooter Isaiah Joe will return for his junior season after withdrawing his name from the NBA draft. A 6-foot-5 guard from Fort Smith, Arkansas, Joe led the SEC in 3-pointers made with 94 and was fourth nationally with 3.62 per game in 2019-20. Joe averaged 16.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last season. He tied the SEC freshman record with 113 3-pointers in 2018-19, also tying for fourth in NCAA history among freshmen. RACING-SARATOGAImprobable wins Whitney for Baffert at Saratoga — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The two-time All-Star announced his decision on the same day Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz said he had opted out. Cain was 6 for 18 with two RBIs in his first five games this season. He batted .260 with 11 homers, 48 RBIs and 18 steals last year, when he earned his first Gold Glove. He has a $5,925,926 prorated salary this season as a part of an $80 million, five-year contract through 2022.— The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds are set to play Major League Baseball’s first seven-inning doubleheader Sunday, after Saturday’s game in Detroit was rained out. The new seven-inning doubleheader rule was announced Friday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association in an effort to promote player health and safety.— With the Nationals on a four-day break, new reliever Will Harris will get a chance to heal without missing too much action. Harris was put on the 10-day injured list Friday with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto. If Harris is ready to go when he’s eligible to be activated next Saturday, he will have missed only three games. The World Series champs won’t play again until hosting the New York Mets on Tuesday. Their weekend series at Miami was postponed, and they have days off Monday and Thursday.— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named. Miami has been seeking to shore up its roster after more than a dozen players tested positive for COVID-19. The team has had its season suspended since Sunday. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. This year, he’s pitched three scoreless innings in two appearances.— The Chicago White Sox placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermin Mercedes from their taxi squad before Saturday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Anderson had two of the White Sox’s four hits before leaving in the seventh inning Friday night with a sore hip. Leury Garcia started at shortstop and was batting seventh Saturday night. Anderson was hitting .333 through the first seven games after leading the majors with a .335 average last season. August 1, 2020 NFL-NEWSBrees says he’ll stand for anthem, but respects those who kneelUNDATED (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” but that he respects and supports those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.In a conference call with media Saturday, Brees said he has reconciled with teammates he upset in June by voicing his opposition to kneeling during the anthem. He apologized soon afterward and said he came to realize that the anthem protests were “never about the flag.”The 41-year-old Brees, who is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns, is entering his 20th NFL season and 15th with the New Orleans Saints. Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver. The Nuggets played without injured guards Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Gary Harris. Murray ranks second on the team with 18.8 points per game.Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the U.S. military, while all the coaches and players around him kneeled. His brother, Bailey Leonard, served two tours in Afghanistan with the Marines. Leonard wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that said “Equality.” Elsewhere in the NBA:— Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Utah Jazz 110-94. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 13 points. Utah shot 39 percent from the field. The teams were to meet on March 11 in Oklahoma City, but everything changed when Utah center Rudy Gobert’s COVID-19 test came up positive right before the tip. That night, the NBA announced it would shut down indefinitely. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton takes pole position for British GPSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position on Saturday. He clocked a time of 1 minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone, England, circuit where he has won a record six times. He was .313 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and about 1 second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Hamilton needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 GP wins. The defending champion is also odds-on to equal the F1 great’s record of seven world titles. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFSHurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL’s returnUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have won the NHL’s opening playoff game. Sebastian Aho scored a goal and set up another in the 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday in Toronto. Jaccob Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal in helping the Hurricanes gain the edge in the best-of-five preliminary round series. Martin Necas sealed the win, in a game where the Hurricanes never trailed, by one-timing a shot in off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal with 9:09 remaining. The Metropolitan Division rivals kicked off the expanded 24-team playoff format, which will feature as many as six games a day being played in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.Petr Mrazek (muh-RAZ’-ik) stopped 24 shots, and the sixth-seeded Hurricanes defeated the 11th-seeded Rangers for just the seventh time in 38 meetings going back to the 2010-11 season. The Hurricanes had also lost five straight to New York, including being swept in their four-game regular-season series.The NHL’s first-ever August game was played without fans as the league attempts to complete a coronavirus pandemic-altered season and in a bid to award the Stanley Cup in late September or early October. In other NHL news:center_img MLB-NEWSAP source: Cardinals-Brewers postponed again after 4 more St. Louis positivesUNDATED (AP) — Saturday’s Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee has been postponed after one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the situation. It’s baseball’s 17th postponement in 10 days. Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday. In other NFL news:— One of the NFL’s standout quarterbacks is now on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there. Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.— Browns tight end David Njoku has run a reverse. After demanding a trade last month, Njoku has changed his mind. The 2017 first-round draft pick tweeted, “I’m all in Cleveland. Time to work.‘’ Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, Njoku had his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, ask the Browns to deal him to another team. But he’s reported to camp and Rosenhaus said his client has given his full commitment to the team after some productive meetings with general manager Andrew Berry.— Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns. The 28-year-old Mosley was entering his second season with New York after signing as a free agent in 2019 following five years in Baltimore. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury. — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is entering his seventh NFL season, the last three with Jacksonville. McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods. — Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the New York Giants have extended the contract of third-year tackle Nick Gates. The Giants announced Saturday that Gates had signed a two-year extension worth at least $6 million. The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro. He reached an agreement with the team earlier this week after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason.— Safety Roderic Teamer and wide receiver Andre Patton were among six players released by the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday. Teamer made the roster as undrafted free agent and made six starts. Patton spent two seasons on Los Angeles’ practice squad before appearing in 13 games last year. The Chargers also released tight ends Jared Rice and Andrew Vollert, defensive tackle P.J. Johnson and offensive tackle Koda Martin to get to the 80-player limit.GOLF-FEDEX-INVITATIONALTodd shoots 1-under 69 for 54-hole lead at WGC in MemphisMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational for a one-stroke lead through 54 holes at this World Golf Championship event. Todd started the third round with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198 on a nearly perfect day at TPC Southwind with the temperature in the 70s. He is looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall. Byeong Hun An of South Korea was second with Rickie Fowler was two strokes off the lead. In other golf news:— Brett Quigley had an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Ally Challenge. It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event in five months. He led by one shot over Tommy Armour III, Carlos Franco and Jim Furyk, the newcomer to the 50-and-older circuit. Furyk won at Warwick Hills when it hosted the Buick Open. — Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews added two goals and one assist. Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for Edmonton. Game 2 is Monday night.— Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before Oilers-Blackhawks in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance. He and a handful of other Black hockey players formed the organization in June. Colorado’s Nazem Kadri said this week he’d like to see the league do more to call out racism to increase diversity in hockey. Commissioner Gary Bettman told The Associated Press he agreed with Kadri on the end goal of making the game more diverse.NBA-SCHEDULEHeat top Nuggets 125-105LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Denver Nuggets 125-105 on Saturday in the first restart game for both teams. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Improbable won the $750,000 Whitney at Saratoga, making Bob Baffert the first trainer to notch back-to-back victories in the Grade 1 race since 1994-95. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Improbable ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.65. He earned an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.In other track news:— Thousand Words upset 1-5 favorite Honor A. P. by three-quarters of a length to win the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar, giving trainer Bob Baffert another candidate for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.85. The colt earned 50 qualifying points for the Derby, which was postponed until Labor Day weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon. The Miami Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation. But second baseman Isan Diaz has decided to opt out of the season, becoming the first Miami player to do so. Diaz consistently tested negative while the season was on hold. He played in two of the Marlins’ three games before their season was halted. At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.In other MLB news:— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every team might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams. During an interview Saturday with The Associated Press, Manfred said Major League Baseball knows which player introduced COVID-19 into the clubhouse of the Marlins Marlins. Miami and Philadelphia both postponed games for an entire week. Just 1 1/2 weeks into a pandemic-delayed regular season shortened from 162 games per team to 60, the coronavirus has forced 17 postponements in 10 days. — Branden Grace has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Barracuda Championship. That means the South African is out of the tournament where he was in contention going into the weekend. Grace was two points behind — the equivalent of one birdie — the leader in the modified Stableford scoring system. It also knocks Grace out of the PGA Championship. Under PGA Tour guidelines, Grace has to self-isolate for 10 days. The PGA Championship starts Thursday. Grace has played every major the last five years. He holds the major championship scoring record with a 62 at Royal Birkdale in the 2017 British Open.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga’s Joel Ayayi to return for junior seasonUNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return for his junior decision. The 6-foot-5 French guard averaged 10.6 points, 6,6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore last season. He was named the West Coast Conference tournament most outstanding player while helping the Zags qualify for their 22nd straight NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga finished 31-2 and was in position to earn a No. 1 seed before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse ready for another test as No. 1 team against Providence

first_img Published on January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm As Syracuse’s perfect start to the season continues through Big East play, a new challenge has popped up for the Orange.No matter whom it plays, every time SU takes the floor, its opponent has the added motivation of handing the top team in the nation its first loss of the year. It puts a bull’s-eye on Syracuse’s back and tends to draw the best out of foes.But for many of the Orange players, they wouldn’t have it any other way.‘That’s the thing we love,’ sophomore guard Dion Waiters said. ‘That’s what you come to college for — the competitiveness. We just want to go out there and play Syracuse basketball at the end of the day. We know everybody’s gunning for us. We just have to play our game, play defense and things like that to survive.’The No. 1 Orange (18-0, 5-0 Big East) has survived its first 18 tests of the season unscathed. With the hectic nature of college basketball, SU has become an anomaly this year as one of only three remaining unbeaten teams. Two more wins and this team will set the record for the best start in program history. And the players seem to understand that it will take a great deal of focus to keep the perfect season alive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textProvidence (12-6, 1-4) will have the next shot at handing the Orange its first loss Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It will be the first rematch of the year for SU, who knocked off the Friars 87-73 in Providence on Jan. 4. And just like in that game, Syracuse expects a battle.‘They played very well against us,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We played one of our best offensive games of the year against Providence. We shot (61) percent from the field and it was still a close game.’The Friars showed just how unpredictable the game can be in their last contest against Louisville Tuesday. For their first conference win, they whipped the No. 14 Cardinals 90-59 in one of the most stunning results of the season. In that game, Providence lit up the scoreboard by hitting nine 3s, going 25-of-29 at the free-throw line and shooting 52.8 percent from the field.SU has yet to allow an opponent to go off like that this year. And part of that comes from experience. The Orange veterans know that anybody in the Big East can pull out a win on a given night and they have tried to prepare the team accordingly.‘Anything can happen so for me, my biggest focus as a leader on this team is to always keep us ready and always let my teammates know it’s not about anybody else,’ senior guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘It’s about us and what we’re doing. And when we do the things we need to do as a team, we’re going to get a victory.’Syracuse has done those things 18 out of 18 times this season. But the target on its back gets bigger and bigger with each win.Sometimes, the hype of playing the top team in the country can knock opponents off their game, as it seemed to do to an inexperienced Villanova squad from the moment SU stepped on the court in the win Wednesday.But the Orange expects inspired performances from each of its opponents trying to deliver that first loss of the season. For Syracuse, however, that doesn’t matter.‘We know we can beat anybody and they know they can’t beat us, too,’ sophomore center Fab Melo said. ‘It’s just confidence in ourselves, confidence in my teammates. We’re going to go in and do our job.’SU has maintained that type of attitude through nearly two-thirds of the season to this point. And while it will likely get its opponents’ best shot for the rest of the year starting Saturday with Providence, the Orange’s focus is solely on itself and piling up wins, regardless of how much extra motivation its opponent has.‘At the end of the day, when the game starts, the best team wins,’ Boeheim said. ‘The best team that night wins. Not the team that wants to win or wants to pull an upset. The team that plays the best that night wins. … It doesn’t really matter who wants to win.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Veterans org hosts BBQ for members

first_imgThe USC Veterans Association hosted a barbecue Saturday in McCarthy Quad, where student veterans chatted with USC senior  quarterback Matt Barkley and went on an exclusive tour through the new John McKay Athletic Center.USC students and alumni from all branches and ranks of the armed forces enjoyed an afternoon of food, music and games in celebrating their shared experiences as veterans and Trojans.Service members · USC Veterans Association members gather at McCarthy Quad on Saturday for a barbecue and tour of the McKay Center. – Photo courtesy of the USC Veterans AssociationThis was the group’s first on-campus barbecue.USC Veterans Association President Joshua Jacobs said the purpose of the event was to advance the group’s broader goals:  community-building and networking.“We focus on fostering an internal community among USC veterans and ensuring that good jobs are in place for them,” Jacobs said. “Members know that they have a home here and that they can pursue career paths after the military.”According to Jacobs, there are 500 veterans currently enrolled as students at USC. The USC Veterans Association has grown significantly over the past four years, from about five original members to approximately 100 members.  The organization relies solely on donations from alumni.Barkley attended the event to thank the association’s members for their service. At his high school alma mater, Mater Dei, Barkley joined his parents in their “Monarchs for Marines” campaign, which focused on supporting military families through the renovation of youth areas near Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. Barkley’s grandfather served in the Navy and Barkley addressed the USC veterans as his “heroes.”“The servicemen hold a special place in my heart,” Barkley said. “I’ve had respect for [them] since I was a kid. This is a great opportunity for me to thank the Trojans as well as the veterans who served our country so diligently.”Attendee and veteran Vijay Maisuria, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and corporate finance and is currently a graduate student at the Leventhal School of Accounting, said he enjoyed seeing Barkley at the event.“As veterans we share a certain brotherhood and sisterhood, but we’re also members of the Trojan Family,” Maisuria said. “It’s an amazing feeling to know that Barkley supports our exclusive group.”USC center Khaled Holmes, whose grandfather served in World War II, also joined Barkley at the event. The two signed autographs and conversed with guests.“I have tremendous respect for the veterans of the military,” Holmes said. “I’m here to say thanks for all that they do.”The USC Veterans Association officially formed in October 2008. Jacobs said the group aims to provide veterans transitioning into USC with networking opportunities and a sense of belonging.“Coming from different backgrounds and experiences, veterans often have trouble when they are thrown back into school and must manage their finances, live in a new environment and perform academically,” Jacobs said.USC Veterans Association Treasurer David Kim said though veterans are known to be “lone wolves,” he recognizes the importance of connecting with peers. Kim said the association promotes pride among student veterans and encourages them to find a common voice.“The Veterans Association seeks to provide support for the personal and school-related issues of its USC members,” Kim said.The group’s other events include general meetings, community service projects and social events like tailgates and family-oriented outings in Los Angeles. The association’s leaders hope to continue their commitment to social companionship and professional and academic leverage.“We are pushing to have a veterans resource center built on campus to give returning soldiers a place to go for help and connections,” Jacobs said.Keith Williams, USC Veterans Association vice president, also said the group’s short-term goals include attracting consistent membership, fundraising and furthering networking efforts on campus and in the community.Jacobs said the association exemplifies the university’s commitment to serving the country, noting that USC has never eliminated its ROTC program.“As long as we’re respectful, tactful and passionate, the Trojan Family wants us to succeed,” Jacobs said. “If its students succeed, the school succeeds. It’s a symbiotic relationship.”last_img read more