NBA postpones playoff games after Bucks boycott to protest racial injustice

first_imgThe National Basketball Association postponed three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their playoff series against Orlando Magic in protest over racial injustice.The action by the Wisconsin-based team follows the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the city of Kenosha, also in Wisconsin, on Sunday.In addition to the Bucks-Magic game, the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers games were also postponed and will be rescheduled, the league said. Kenosha has been rocked by civil unrest and violence since Sunday, when police shot Blake, 29, in the back at close range in an incident captured on video. Blake is paralyzed and is being treated for his injuries.A 17-year-old identified as Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested and charged with homicide on Wednesday in connection with gunfire that killed two people and wounded a third during a third night of protests on Tuesday.The Magic, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven, first-round series, left the court when it was clear the Bucks were not going to play.Beyonce’s song “Freedom” rang out in the empty arena in Orlando as the clock counting down to the start of the game ran out.The Athletic reported that the Bucks players remained in their locker room attempting to reach Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul.The Bucks ownership said they were not aware ahead of time of what the players were planning but supported them.”The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on racial injustices that are happening in front of us,” co-owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a statement.The protests also spilled over to Major League Baseball, with the Brewers and Cincinnati Reds opting not to play their game Wednesday in Milwaukee. The Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres also agreed to postpone their game, ESPN reported.The WNBA also cancelled its slate of games for Wednesday. Players on the reigning champion Washington Mystics wore t-shirts that depicted seven bloody bullet holes in their backs.Protests against racial injustice and police brutality have been at the forefront since the NBA restarted its COVID-19 hit season in a bio-secure bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando last month.The courts have the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on them and many players are wearing jerseys with social justice slogans, but the Bucks’ boycott was the most dramatic move by a team to date.  “Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin we have seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha and the additional shooting of protesters,” the Bucks players said in a statement.”Despite the overwhelming plea for change there has been no action so our focus today can not be on basketball.”The players called on the Wisconsin state legislature to reconvene to pass meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.”We encourage all citizens to educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action, and remember to vote on Nov. 3.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Paul Merson slams Mikel Arteta’s tactics and fear Arsenal will get ‘eaten alive’

first_imgPaul Merson slams Mikel Arteta’s tactics and fear Arsenal will get ‘eaten alive’ Comment Paul Merson has questioned Mikel Arteta’s insistence on playing out from the back (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson has urged Mikel Arteta to reconsider his insistence on his Arsenal defenders playing out from the back or risk further defeats in upcoming fixtures against Leicester and the Manchester giants.The Gunners surrendered their 100% start to the new season at Anfield on Monday as the reigning champions eased to a 3-1 victory, recovering from the blow of conceding to Alexandre Lacazette’s fortuitous opening goal. Arteta has been keen for his defenders to take risks when in possession and his blueprint for success has already yielded dividends with the FA Cup and Community Shield already added to Arsenal’s trophy cabinet.AdvertisementAdvertisementMerson, however, would like to see more variation from his former club and believes Arsenal’s defenders are guilty of inviting too much pressure on themselves and with a daunting fixture list ahead, Arteta should consider mixing things up in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘There is some improvement and on the other hand they are playing against the best team in the country and if not the best team in Europe in Bayern Munich. Arsenal v Sheffield United: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo 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 15:17FullscreenArsenal v Sheffield United: Mikel Arteta press conference 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.‘When they go after, you just… it’s like going to Woburn zoo next week and walking into the lions’ cage with a lorry load of steaks. You’re going to get eaten alive aren’t you?If you stay in your car you are going to be alright and that’s what it was. They are playing that way away to Liverpool, they are the best in the business.‘If they are going to keep playing that way there is only one result.’Arsenal got back to winning ways in the Carabao Cup in midweek against a much changed Liverpool unit and will face an obdurate Sheffield United side on Sunday against whom they dropped five points last season. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I hope we can go on Sunday and grab three points because it’s going to be really important for us before the international break,’ said Arteta.‘The differences are in both teams and I think you will notice some changes in structure and players. It’s a different game [to last season] but we know what we’re trying to do and how difficult it will be. ‘They have the necessity for points as well and that will make the team even more ready for it.’MORE: Zinedine Zidane responds to Real Madrid links with Arsenal target Houssem AouarMORE: Rio Ferdinand tells Chelsea to hijack Arsenal move for Thomas ParteyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 2:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Free N95 Decontamination System for Healthcare Facilities, First Responders Now Available

first_img May 06, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of a program to provide free N95 respirator decontamination to healthcare facilities, first responders, and other eligible organizations that may be experiencing a shortage of the respirators due to limited availability through normal procurement channels.“We are in the midst of an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment,” said Governor Wolf. “This critical decontamination service, provided at no cost by the US Department of Health and Human Services (US HHS), gives us another option for making sure that the people at the forefront of this pandemic have the equipment they need to stay safe.”The Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the decontamination and reuse of N95 respirators as needed during a time of crisis. The system uses a vaporous hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the units.A single Battelle CCDS site can decontaminate tens of thousands of N95s in a single day. The decontamination process permits the reuse of N95s, and each N95 can be decontaminated up to 20 times before it requires disposal. The US Department of Health and Human Services is funding the operation of multiple Battelle CCDS sites across the country, with one located in Delaware County.An eligible organization that wishes to use the system for N95 decontamination must register and enter into a use agreement with Battelle, at which time they will receive additional guidance regarding the types of N95s that are allowed and instructions for shipping and delivery. The service is available free of charge for use by eligible organizations – the federal government is absorbing 100% of the cost. The only cost to an eligible organization is for shipping to and from the site.The Federal Emergency Management Agency and US HHS have determined that eligible organizations include hospitals, urgent care centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, cancer centers, pharmacies, dialysis centers, assisted living facilities, clinical laboratories, emergency medical services (EMS), and private practice/outpatient facilities. Use is not necessarily limited to these organizations. Some situations exist where the following organizations may require use of the Battelle CCDS if experiencing critical shortages of N95 respirators: law enforcement agencies, security firms, fire departments, hazardous materials units, public health departments, public works or utility companies, and emergency management agencies.Information about the service is being distributed to potentially eligible organizations through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, PA Department of Health, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), and other state agencies.View this information in Spanish.center_img Gov. Wolf: Free N95 Decontamination System for Healthcare Facilities, First Responders Now Availablelast_img read more

Cardinals Boys Basketball Results

first_imgSTL 5th Grade.  Thursday – St Paul’s @ New Alsace.  STL 23 – St Mary’s 8. Cardinals Scoring: Carson Meyer – 8 pts –  7 Rebounds – 4 Steals, Conner Miles – 5 pts – 4 Rebounds, Thomas Lohmueller – 4 pts – 5 Steals, Hank Ritter – 2 pts – 4 Rebounds, Eli Weiler – 2 pts – 5 Rebounds, and Evan Flaspholer – 2 pts – 4 Rebounds –  3 Steals.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jerry Roell.The St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team started their season off onthe road against St. Paul’s this past Tuesday November 1st. After a few minutes of play the Cardinals were able to find some rhythm and secure acomfortable halftime lead. The second half continued in favor of St. Louis as the team played a tenacious defense that sealed the win.Although St. Paul’s had enough big men to contend with the St. Louis rebounders Abe Streator and Joseph Suttman were able to control the boards and feed the hustling trio of Thomas Raver, Adam Vogelsang and Cody Mohr providing formost of the points that were scored in transition. The young men only had a day off before going back on the road to play Jac Cen Del.The Cardinals Mohr and Vogelsang had more fast break opportunities and Streator and Suttman controlled the rebounds once again and were able to attain a slim lead during the first half but trailed at halftime by 2.The second half intensity was high for both teams but St. Louis was not able to match a few big shots that fell for the young Eagles.Thomas Raver had a good breakout game and was high scorer despite fending off several double and triple team defenses.At the final buzzer the Cardinals trailed by nine to the more experienced and well coached team. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.  The St Louis Cardinals 8th grade basketball team opened their season on the road this Thursday against the Eagles of Jac-Cen- Del winning 52-26.  The Cardinals came out playing tenacious defense from the opening tip holding the Eagles to only 3 points in the first quarter.   St. Louis got hot offensively in the second quarter as Riley Schebler, Wil Freeland and Kurt Siefert hit big shots to give St Louis a double digit lead.   The half ended with Andrew Oesterling hitting a three pointer from just over half court to put the Cards up by 16 at the half.   The Cards continued to play well in the second half as they received solid play from LLeyton Ratcliff, Ben Schebler and Sam Voegele who controlled the boards and led the team in rebounds.  The game ended on high note as Jacob, “Wiesty” Wuestefeld hit a three pointer at the buzzer for a final score of 52-26. The scoring consisted of Kurt Siefert 9, Jacob Wuestefeld 3, Ben Schebler 4, Riley Schebler 3, Andrew Oesterling 15, Lleyton Ratcliff 2, Wil Freeland 9 and Sam Voegele 7.   The Eagles were led by Wil Neal with 11 points. The Cardinals will be at home next week on Tuesday and Thursday to play Brookville and Mount Carmel.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Dover tops podium in opener for Sprint Series of Nebraska

first_imgAfter third- and second-place finishes in his first two visits to the Jefferson speedplant, Dover topped the Sprint Series of Nebraska opener on Sunday night. Jack Dover topped the May 17 opener for the Sprint Series of Nebraska at The New Raceway Park. (Photo by Joe Orth) Feature results – 1. Jack Dover; 2. Danny Nekolite; 3. Tyler Drueke; 4. Toby Chapman; 5. Trey Burke; 6. Stuart Snyder; 7. Dusty Ballenger; 8. Jason Danley; 9. Joey Danley; 10. Trefer Waller; 11. Ryan Voss; 12. Trevor Serbus; 13. Chase Weiler; 14. John Otte; 15. Mitchell Dvorak; 16. Gun­nar Pike; 17. Zach Blurton; 18. Kade Higday; 19. Tony Drueke; 20. Chad Koch “We’ve had really good results every time we’ve run there,” Dover said following the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car victory. “It’s a pretty fun little track. I wish I could race there more often.”  JEFFERSON, S.D. (May 17) – His third trip to The New Raceway Park ended with Jack Dover on the top step of the podium. center_img “It was a really good track come feature time,” he said. “I picked off a car about every lap, got the lead on about lap six and never looked back.”  The threat of rain disappeared before features were run. Dover started eighth, avoided getting caught up in any of the early cautions that slowed the 20-lapper and wasn’t challenged once he got to the front.  Second went to Danny Nekolite and defending series champion Tyler Drueke was third. Complet­ing the top five were Toby Chapman and young Texan Trey Burke.last_img read more

Seventeen featured farmers announced for 2019 Indiana State Fair Corteva Agriscience Connects Consumers with Farmers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Fair and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, are proud to announce the Featured Farmers being honored at this year’s Indiana State Fair. In its fifth year, this program celebrates and helps put a face on Hoosier agriculture by connecting consumers with farmers. These 17 farm operations represent all regions of the state, showcasing different agricultural products throughout the 17-day Fair, August 2-18.“Our Featured Farmers program introduces fairgoers to Hoosier farmers each day during the Fair with opportunities to learn more about where their food comes from,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director, Indiana State Fair Commission. “These farmers have incredible stories to tell. On average, an American farmer feeds more than 165 people – that’s up from 25 people in the 1960s. American agriculture is doing more and doing it better.”Visitors to the Indiana State Fair can attend a live chat at 2:30 p.m. in the Glass Barn with a Featured Farmer every day of the Fair, in addition to many other opportunities to talk with that day’s Featured Farm family and learn about their operation. To learn more about the farmers, visit, and follow along on social media @IndyStateFair.“At Corteva Agriscience, we are committed to enhancing lives and helping farmers succeed. We are pleased for the fifth year to be the sponsor of the Featured Farmer program at the Indiana State Fair which is a perfect place for fairgoers who are consumers to meet farmers who spend their days working to feed all of us,” said Ben Kaehler, Commercial Unit Leader, Eastern Corn Belt, Corteva Agriscience.Here is the complete list of featured farmers, farm products and their home counties:(Aug 2) Huber family – Huber’s Orchard & Winery (Wine), Clark County(Aug 3) Russell family – Russell Veggies (Vegetables), Clark County(Aug 4) Rodibaugh family- Rodibaugh Farms (Soybeans and Pork), Jasper County(Aug 5) Mark Smith – Mark Smith Farms (Llamas), Montgomery County(Aug 6) Sean Smith – Culver Duck, (Duck), Elkhart County(Aug 7) Gelfius family – Gelfius Farms (Tomatoes and Pork), Bartholomew County(Aug 8) Arnholt family – Arnholt Farms (Corn and Green Beans), Bartholomew County(Aug 9) Jeff Martin – Triple B Tilapia, (Tilapia) Jasper County(Aug 10) Jill & Brian Houin – Homestead Dairy, (Dairy Cows), Marshall County(Aug 11) Lamb family – Lamb Farms (Popcorn), Boone County(Aug 12) Sommer family – Sommer Farms (Corn, Soybeans, Alfalfa, and Dairy Cows), Adams County(Aug 13) Sam & Darren Schwoeppe – Schwoeppe Dairy Farm, (Dairy Cows), Dubois County(Aug 14) Glenn Morris – Lyles Station (Beef, Corn, and Soybeans), Gibson County(Aug 15) Emily & Cory Studebaker (Poultry), Whitley County(Aug 16) Smith family – Smith Family Farms (Beef and Pumpkins), Madison County(Aug 17) Cline family – Cline Farms (Corn, Soybeans, and Pork), Tipton Coun(Aug 18) Kevin Bohman – Bohman Bee Company (Honey), Jefferson Countylast_img read more

Dzeko sidelined with calf injury

first_img Bosnia-Herzegovina team doctor Reuf Karabeg confirmed that Dzeko will miss Sunday’s match against Israel. “It’s a very serious injury and requires the kind of treatment whose time-frame unfortunately rules out a quick return,” Dr Karabeg said on the Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation website. Dzeko said: “I am extremely disappointed with the news that I will miss this match but I have faith in my team-mates and believe that they have it in them to get a result.” The Dragons are second from bottom in Group B, with two points from their first three matches. City captain Vincent Kompany, meanwhile, will miss Belgium’s friendly against Iceland on Wednesday with a calf injury, national team boss Marc Wilmots revealed on Sky Sports News. The 28-year-old centre-back missed Saturday’s draw at Loftus Road with the injury, but could recover in time to play in Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales in Brussels on Sunday. Press Association Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could miss the next three weeks with a “very serious” calf injury.center_img Dzeko was forced from the field just four minutes after replacing Fernandinho during the second half of City’s 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at QPR on Saturday, and he has been ruled out of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel on Sunday. Reports suggest that Dzeko could also be unavailable for City’s upcoming league fixtures against Swansea and Southampton, and their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. last_img read more

Jagielka: Players must front up

first_img But club captain Jagielka insists the squad are fully behind the Spaniard and must take responsibility for changing things. Asked if the manager’s position was becoming an issue for the players, the England defender said: “We’re massively behind him. I don’t think it’s come to that point. “You see pundits, newspapers or social media but things haven’t gone from hero to zero in the space of nine games. “It’s not a good place to be right now because if you were an honest Evertonian you wouldn’t be confident in us keeping clean sheets and you wouldn’t be confident in us scoring too many goals. “That’s not a good combination but we’ve got some good players and some good characters so we need to come to the party. “At the end of the day we go out there to play and if we don’t pick up results, the manager will take a bit of the blame but the players have to go out there and perform. “We’ve got a lot to answer for and the only way we can make it up to the fans is by winning games.” The FA Cup third round draw could have been kinder to Everton, who face a testing tie against high-flying West Ham on Tuesday. Phil Jagielka believes it is up to Everton’s under-performing players to take the heat off manager Roberto Martinez. Press Association But Jagielka is still banking on an upturn in fortune. “There’s a lot of stuff for us to sort out but hopefully we can get a result in the FA Cup and that can give us some sort of confidence to take into the league,” he said. “We hope to be a bit happier after West Ham but we need to sort out our league form, which is just not good enough.” Hull started the new year in good heart, dominating proceedings and taking the points courtesy of first-half efforts from Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic. That lifted them to 15th in the table, but still only two points clear of the drop zone. Survival remains the primary objective, rather than a repeat of last year’s FA Cup final. The Tigers face Arsenal on Sunday in a repeat of May’s Wembley showpiece, but Steve Bruce is battling a raft of injuries. Michael Dawson and Mohamed Diame have been out for a number of weeks, while victory over Everton came at a physical cost. “The disappointing thing was we’ve lost three or four players through the ridiculous programme over Christmas,” said Bruce. “The traveling and everything involved with it is total nonsense. We’ve lost three more arguably to fatigue. (Liam) Rosenior has a hamstring, (Andy) Robertson needs an ankle X-ray and Gaston Ramirez hurt his groin. “As well as that, Abel Hernandez is physically exhausted.” The Toffees completed a miserable run of results over the festive period with a 2-0 loss at Hull on New Year’s Day, leaving them a disappointing 13th in the Barclays Premier League. It was their fourth straight defeat and a seventh in the last nine matches, a sequence that has put Martinez in an uncomfortable position. last_img read more

Boss refusing to comment on striker’s return to West Brom

first_imgUwe Rosler is remaining tight-lipped over Saido Berahino’s return to West Bromwich Albion following his loan spell at Brentford.The striker made a great start to life at Griffin Park and scored four goals in eight appearances, but his time at the club was cut short this week.He was recently dropped by Bees boss Rosler for venting his fury on Twittter after being taken off during a defeat against Leyton Orient.AdChoices广告Rosler said: “We and West Brom made a statement that he went back for personal reasons. Personal reasons can be different things. I respect that.“I will only comment on Brentford players. Saido is no longer a Brentford player, so I think [only] West Brom should comment on the issue.”See also:Striker Berahino returns to AlbionBerahino helps Bees destroy CarlisleBerahino delivers again for BrentfordBerahino targets play-offs with BrentfordWhat next for Brentford after their mad March?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lagos State Endorses Heritage Bank Skoolympics Project

first_imgHe said the Heritage Bank Skoolympics was a “very fantastic idea” and that the state was interested in the “pre, during and post event activities because it intended to expose the beneficiary students to proper mentoring and counselling.”Tinubu, who also doubles as the chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission said the state government was building a sports culture in the state as it is in most metropolis, through the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable sporting activities to thrive in a variety of sports events, in a bid to cater for the passion of majority of the citizenry.Also speaking, the Brand Ambassador of Heritage Bank Skoolympics, Chief Mrs. Mary Onyali, said, “I was really moved when I was approached to be the ambassador.”She urged the stakeholders to make the Heritage Bank Skoolympics a continual project, as it consist of concepts that would benefit Nigerian children.Earlier in her address of welcome, the Executive Director, Lagos and South-west/Corporate Banking of Heritage Bank, Mrs. Mary Akpobome, who stood in for the Managing Director, Ifie Sekibo, affirmed that the bank was spearheading the noble project in the state because Lagos State has been known to be successful in driving sports initiatives.She said the bank has a sustainability plan to organise the programme yearly in a bid to identify, and mentor the winning youths over a long period of time to become medallists in international competitions.Heritage Bank will be hosting over 200 public and private schools with about 6,000 students competing across all local government areas of Lagos State in the maiden event.The competition which will takes place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and Rowe Park Sport in Yaba will feature various sporting activities like basketball, athletics, handball, table tennis, swimming, track and field events among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos State Government has endorsed the Heritage Bank Skoolympics project, an initiative of Heritage Bank Plc, aimed at building a heritage of champions through youth sports competition at the secondary school levelSpecial Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Sports, Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu, gave the endorsement at a stakeholders meeting held at the corporate headquarters of the bank in Lagos recently, noting that Heritage Bank is the only bank at the moment that is undertaking such a lofty and premium sporting project in the state, which maiden event will take place from November 2 to 4, 2016.He said, “We are very excited at the project because it will help to develop youths in the state in a disciplined manner,” adding that we have mobilized and created awareness among students in the state for the project and were looking forward to it.last_img read more