ESPN’s Maria Taylor delivers passionate response to Drew Brees’ apology

first_imgMORE: LeBron James rips Fox News host for hypocrisy in defending Drew Brees”I know what should reside in your heart is empathy, and I don’t believe that you have to be trolled and dragged through Twitter and Instagram in order to change your mind and realize that what you said was intolerant and/or could be considered insensitive later,” Taylor said. “If you had been educated and forced to confront the issues, and, like I said, had empathy in your heart, then you would have known the black experience is not easy, especially when 70 percent of your league is African American and these are the conversations that you should have had.”I said what I said. pic.twitter.com/aYKZUUjJk6— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) June 5, 2020″My patience left my body when I watched George Floyd take his last breath. So, if that didn’t affect you and make you want to reassess the way that you’re going to address a question that includes racial injustice in our country after you watched that man die in the middle of the street, something’s off,” Taylor continued. “I don’t know if it’s your heart. I don’t know if it’s your mind. But I don’t accept either of them anymore. I will not tolerate it anymore. Drew Brees, I will accept your apology. But I don’t have to sit here and wonder what is wrong or what is right and guess if you’re a good or bad person. I am not the judge and/or the jury.”All I can do is let you reveal yourself, and countless people are doing that right now. And for the first time ever, they are reaping some kind of consequence that does not have any retaliation for me or the people that are calling them out. For the first time, I feel like I can go on TV and say certain things. For the first time, people feel that they can tweet certain things, and people can be held accountable for the things that they are putting on display in the public. And I’m not going to apologize for that.” Drew Brees issued multiple apologies after facing intense backlash for his comments about NFL players “disrespecting the flag” by kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. While some of Brees’ Saints teammates have already forgiven their quarterback, others are hesitant to fully accept his words, including ESPN’s Maria Taylor.On Friday’s edition of “First Take,” Taylor questioned why Brees had not changed his views earlier when he is part of a largely black league and had ample opportunity to learn about the reasons behind protests, especially in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Some athletes tweeted out their support for Taylor, including LeBron James. The Lakers star was initially critical of Brees, saying protests have absolutely nothing to do with the flag.Facts on facts on facts @MariaTaylor!!! 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣. 💯 https://t.co/OcmLtn1YXC— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 5, 2020After appearing on “First Take,” Taylor shared a screenshot of harassing text messages she had received from a random number. She made it clear she will not be silenced.”I don’t care how much you guys harass me, I will still use my voice passionately and decisively right now, so that others can be heard later,” Taylor said.I don’t know how you got my number…but I don’t care how much you guys harass me, I will still use my voice passionately and decisively right now, so that others can be heard later. pic.twitter.com/KIgaJcTzmG— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) June 5, 2020last_img read more

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Arsenal go for Thomas: tempt Atlético with Lacazette

first_imgAlthough Thomas’ departure from the mattress club is more than complicated (he has a contract until 2023), Arsenal is willing to ‘soften’ Atlético by putting on the table the name of an old acquaintance, French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who has already been in the mattress orbit when he played for Olympique de Lyon.Although Lacazette, 28 years old and with a contract until 2022, started the season as a starter, before the break due to the health crisis in the United Kingdom he had lost the title to the detriment of the very young Eddie Nketiah, the last jewel to leave the quarry of Londoners and the reason why the club would be willing to part with the fact that at another time it was one of the club’s biggest bets to recover the splendor of better times. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, at the expense of what happens with this season, is already preparing for the next one and, according to The Sun, one of the great goals of the Spanish coach is to reinforce the defensive pivot position, for which he has a defined name. .This is Atlético de Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has become a fixture in Simeone’s scheme this season and who would have surprised the ‘Gunners’ coaches with his performance this season.last_img read more

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Hot clash at Jarrett Park

first_imgA full slate of matches will be contested this afternoon in the Inter-zone round of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup, but none can rival the Zone 2 clash between two of the winningest schools in the history of the competition. Cornwall College and Rusea’s High School, arguably the Cup’s biggest rivalry, share a common and healthy respect for each other. Not only do they account for 21 titles between them, but they also account for two of the largest following in local schoolboy football. And this time will be no different, as throngs of supporters are expected to make their way to Jarrett Park. It should be an intriguing match with Rusea’s super talented striker Deshane Beckford and Cornwall’s Jourdain Fletcher and Alrick Ottey on show. The two top two will face off at 6 p.m. in the feature match of a triple header at Jarrett Park. Cornwall enter the game the happier of the two, having won their opening match in the Inter-zone, a 1-0 win over Herbert Morrison on Wednesday while Rusea’s were held 1-1 by Petersfield. But for Aaron Lawrence, the Rusea’s coach, the game is only won on the field of play and not on past results. “Cornwall are one of those teams touted to win this year, but we are not concerned about that. We have been training well and the players are ready for this,” Lawrence said. Cornwall’s coach Dr Dean Weatherly believes a victory will put them on the brink of winning the zone, and is predicting a good game against his rivals. “We are treating it as a do-or-die game, because a win for us will all but put us in the next round and also the Super Cup, so it’s a vitally important game,” stated Weatherly.last_img read more

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Unemployment rate drops in B.C.

first_imgAlberta led the rest of the country in lost jobs again last month with nearly 21,000. It’s jobless rate, which was consistently the lowest among the provinces during oil and gas industry boom times, is now up to 7.2 per cent — the highest among the five provinces west of Quebec.In fact, it is now higher than national rate which remained stuck in neutral last month at 7.1 per cent, as solid employment gains in the services sector were more than wiped out by losses in the goods-producing industry.This could also be bad news for the countries so-called have-not-provinces, as the federal government’s primary equalization payment bank in Alberta — the hitherto leading have-province would now appear to be effectively closed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — If jobless numbers can be seen as a reliable re-election barometer, then B.C.’s Liberal Government can only hope that what’s happened in April of this year occurs in the same month next year, in advance of the May election.Even with this area of the province still reeling in the midst of the oil and gas economic downturn, B.C. led the nation last month in employment and posted a nearly one per cent drop in jobless numbers.- Advertisement -Canada’s April jobless report showing B.C. added another 13,000 hires in the month.That dropped the unemployment rate nearly one percentage point, from 6.5 to 5.8 per cent, which is now the lowest provincial rate in the country, and the only one below six per cent.It also means that B.C. has now posted a gain of 110,000 jobs over the past year…The B.C. gains come at a time of great pain in Alberta where low oil prices, which are now compounded by the major wildfire problem, have forced major job losses in the oil patch.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lucas Moura adds to a long-standing and proud Tottenham tradition

first_img Lucas Moura’s class was evident when Tottenham thrashed Manchester United 3-0 Nicholson is one of Tottenham’s most successful managers Skilful, direct and terrifying to defenders. That’s what good attacking players are and it looks like Tottenham have that in Lucas Moura.He enjoyed a strong pre-season and has started his first full Premier League campaign with a classy finish against Fulham at Wembley before tearing Manchester United’s defence apart at Old Trafford. And Jamie Carragher thinks Moura appears to be the nearest Spurs have come to having a player like the Real Madrid superstar.“Since Bale they’ve never had anyone who can really scare people. Maybe he is that man,” he told Sky Sports.“It’s one game so let’s see going forward but in that position where he plays just off Harry Kane, he can really cause problems, and that could be the difference to take Spurs to another level and win big away games.”That ‘level’ Carragher is referring to, the one where winning trophies is the norm, hasn’t been seen at Tottenham for a long time, but Spurs were once the team that turned the traditional British way of playing football on its head in order to incorporate these flamboyant, crowd pleasing players. And the results were spectacular.Arthur Rowe, who played for and later managed the club to league success in 1951, used wingers having enhanced the principles learned under previous White Hart Lane boss, Peter McWilliam.Under Rowe, the approach became known as ‘push and run’. Rowe’s name hasn’t carried quite as much as Bill Nicholson’s, but it was he who established what is still known as ‘the Tottenham way’. These well-organised, swashbuckling footballers were the team of the decade and their style was so ingrained into fans’ psyche that when Nicholson set his team up in a 4-4-2 formation for a game at Leicester in December 1971, a great fuss was made.Spurs won the game 1-0, but it wasn’t a great spectacle and Nicholson admitted later all he cared about was getting a win, their first away victory of the season.Imagine Pep Guardiola telling his Manchester City players to hoof it and the reaction that would bring. Well, it was sort of like that at Spurs.Hunter Davies, an author who spent the 1971/72 season travelling with the team saw Nicholson’s decision making first hand.“In Tottenham’s great days, in the 1950s and 1960s, they would never have considered such an arrangement,” he wrote in his book, The Glory Game.“They’d always played at least one conventional winger, such as Cliff Jones, and the emphasis had always been on attacking, flowing, creative football.”Some teams make no bones about putting focus on defence and midfield, but not Tottenham. Tottenham win trophies playing the ‘Tottenham way’. Arthur Rowe, second row from the top on the far right, with his Tottenham squad in 1949. Bill Nicholson can be seen third from right on the same row, while former England manager Sir Alf Ramsey is standing on the top row, second from left 9 9 Tottenham’s 1961 double winners with Cliff Jones, bottom left Gareth Bale is one of the best players Tottenham have ever had and was eventually sold to Real Madrid for £85m in 2013 9 David Ginola was hero worshipped by fans at White Hart Lane in the 90s 9 9 It was about style just as much as winning; the attack was beautiful and the defence was mean. Full-backs were told to play shorter passes and the ball was brought out from the back with wingers playing slightly further back.“An attack could start from Ted Ditchburn, in goal, and be carried from man to man through the defence, the half-backs, and on to the forwards, without any recourse to hefty kicking,” Ron Burgess, a member of the 1951 league winners, wrote in his book, Football – My Life.Nicholson, a player in that first title triumph, continued in a similar vein when he became Tottenham manager in 1958 and with him at the helm, the club entered a golden period. First they won the league and FA Cup double in 1961 with Cliff Jones being one of the key men, Cup success was repeated a year later, the Cup Winners Cup followed in 1963 and Spurs won the FA Cup again in 1967. “Tottenham have always played with wingers but this is the first time I’ve seen a Spurs side playing without them but still playing in the Spurs way. Push and run. Lots of crosses and shots at goal. They play to the strength of the players and that comes from the coach.”The swagger is certainly back and although Spurs may not have signed anyone in the summer, it’s still a time to quite rightly be excited. Lucas Moura could be just as dangerous as Gareth Bale was for Tottenham, Jamie Carragher believes Signed from Paris Saint-Germain as a winger for £25m in January, the Brazilian wasn’t even operating in that role against United, but still provided the trickiness the White Hart Lane faithful have come to expect from players who possess technique like his.They’ve been spoilt for choice when it comes to flair players, going way back to Les Medley and Cliff Jones, Chris Waddle, David Ginola and Gareth Bale. 9 9 9 Pochettino is popular with Spurs’ fans for bringing style back to Spurs “The teams of the 1950s and 1960s played football that was right for the times,” Nicholson explained to Davies. “The game has become more defensive, more negative. “Supporters aren’t interested in good teams that lose,” adding that avoiding defeat is the first rule for a manager.After Nicholson came the Keith Burkinshaw era where, despite relegation in 1977, glory days kept coming in the form of back-to-back FA Cup success in 1981 and 1982 as well as UEFA Cup glory in 1984. Even after Burkinshaw’s tenure, when things were going wrong behind the scenes and debt was mounting, players such as Waddle were there to wow fans on the pitch.And then in the very forgettable 90s when the club flirted with relegation, fans were distracted by the dazzling talent of Ginola. ‘The Tottenham way’, though, eventually became a stick to beat the club with until Mauricio Pochettino arrived as manager and made it mean something again.Former manager Martin Jol, who guided Spurs to European qualification in successive seasons in the last decade, acknowledged the proud connection the club have had with those dynamic, tricky players.“I was talking to one of Spurs’ double winners Cliff Jones,” he explained in 2017. “I said the only player they lack now is someone like him, a winger. If they put in one player like [Eden] Hazard or [Riyad] Mahrez, then wow and Cliff said he agreed. “Picture the scene: Heung-min Son on one wing, Moura on the other and Harry Kane mopping up in the middle; delicious,” Spurs blogger @TalkingTHFC once told talkSPORT.com.“I believe we can do a big season, win a trophy,” Moura said at the start of the season. “That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”Music to the ears of supporters.last_img read more

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Kings notes: Kings won’t say where puck stops

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Less than 48 hours before their season opener, the Kings have not declared who will start in goal Wednesday night in Dallas. Mathieu Garon has been considered the No. 1 goaltender since he was acquired from Montreal in June 2004, was a little surprised when Kings coach Andy Murray refused to name a starter against the Stars. “I haven’t talked to (Murray) yet so I guess I’ll find out Wednesday and Thursday,” Garon said. The only thing Murray would say is that either Garon or rookie Jason LaBarbera would start Wednesday in Dallas and the other on Thursday at Staples Center when the Kings play their home opener against Phoenix. “One of them may play 81, but he’s not going to play 82 because we’re going to split the first two,” Murray said. “To be honest with you, we’re going to play the best goalie.” Garon, 27, has never been a fulltime starter in the NHL, posting an 8-14 record in parts of three seasons in Montreal. But the Kings liked his potential after he established career bests for GAA (1.99) save percentage (.940) and shutouts (2) in 2003-2004 with the Canadians. He spent last year with the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, leading the team with 32 wins and eight shutouts. Labarbera, 25, was signed by the Kings as a free agent last August. He played 53 games last year for Hartford in the AHL and posted a record of 31-16-2 with six shutouts. He’s started just three games in parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers. “They’re both young guys whose credentials in (AHL) are very similar,” Murray said. “I believe in playing the goalie that’s getting it done for you. The right response is to say (neither) will play 82 games. Maybe one will play 81, but that’s just a way of saying we’re going to play the best goalie.” Garon hopes that turns out to be him. “You want to play every game as a goalie,” Garon said. “If (Murray) wants me to start here or in Dallas I guess we’ll find out. Right now, I don’t know.” Moving and shaking: The Kings assigned Jeff Giuliano to Manchester Monday and have the same intentions for left wings Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn. Clarke and Flinn must both pass through waivers first. The moves brings the Kings roster to 26, three over the mandatory number they must be at by noon today. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 vincent.bonsignore@dailynews.com last_img read more

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`Flier’ can be fatal

first_imgLocal law enforcement officials are warning that so-called “flier” parties can attract the wrong guests with deadly results. Dubbed “flier parties” because organizers use fliers to spread the word, the gatherings carry an admission fee, which varies from $5 to $10. Some provide entertainment, alcohol or food. And there is no guarantee who will show up. Pedro Puga was killed Oct. 29 at a flier party held in a Bassett back yard when gang members crashed the event. There was a confrontation between the 24-year-old West Covina man and the party crashers, sheriff’s officials said. One of the gang members shot Puga in the chest, a 19-year-old woman in the lower torso and another man in the upper torso. Puga died at the scene. The other victims survived. The 10 suspects fled. There’s been no arrest in the case, according to sheriff’s homicide Lt. Daniel Rosenberg. He said flier parties are extremely dangerous. “You don’t know who is going to be there. It’s essentially an open party. Anybody can come and consume vast quantities of alcohol,” Rosenberg said. While flier parties do occur in the East San Gabriel Valley, police say they haven’t seen many recently. “They’ve moved out (to the) boondocks where they can get a warehouse and nobody can call,” said sheriff’s Sgt. James Crider. In Whittier, police said any posted parties have to be cleared through the city’s code enforcement. “For flier parties, they just can’t do it,” Officer Jason Zuhlke said. “It has to be approved.” The county and several cities also have ordinances banning flier parties. It’s against the county code to charge admission to any party held in a residential zone. Punishment is a $500 fine and/or six months in county jail. In Baldwin Park, people can’t hold a flier party in residential or industrial zones. Hosting such a gathering brings a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail. Baldwin Park officials passed the law in 1993 after two men were shot and killed by gang members at a flier party on Cutler Avenue. The hope was the law would discourage such parties in the city. Both San Dimas and Diamond Bar prohibit charging admission to any party held in a residential zone. It’s a misdemeanor to do so. West Covina, Covina, El Monte, La Verne and Azusa don’t have a specific law against flier parties. However, some police departments cite anyone who throws a flier party for conducting a business without a license. “We deal with them still as a business license violation because technically you are running a business,” said West Covina Lt. Mark Dettor. Police confiscate the money organizers collected since that is evidence. The kegs of beer are seized, too. The party’s hosts could get a ticket for selling liquor to minors as well as selling alcohol without a permit. And they are not the only tools authorities can use. Crider remembers a flier party 15 years ago in La Crescenta, where he ticketed the man who organized it. Crider also called the state franchise tax board, which audited him. In addition, many communities have ordinances that allow them to charge residents for the cost of police response. This applies to parties in general. If officers get called to a house several times in one night, they not only will shut down the party, they also will bill the resident for the officers’ time. If a helicopter showed up, expect a bill for that, too. Adrianne Utley, 15, said she hasn’t been to a flier party. “I’m not allowed to go to that stuff. I wouldn’t put myself in that position,” Utley said. “I know of people who have been to one and don’t see anything wrong with it. “My friend says they’re broken up by the cops really fast; in an hour or so. (The friend said) there’s a lot of alcohol, there’s a lot of sexual acts. They get broken up easily by the cops and the people who throw them are tagging crews,” Utley said. Mountain View High graduate Christina Briones attended her first flier party this year and thought it was fun. A friend of her college roommate saw a guy passing out fliers on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Guys paid $3 to attend, but girls got in free. The party was held off campus at a senior’s house and featured a DJ. It ended at 10:30 p.m. They had classes the next day, she said. “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” Briones said. There was underage drinking though, she said but added that she didn’t drink. “It was just people dancing in the living room. It was fun,” she said. Briones thinks flier parties are dangerous if you go by yourself. She went with four girls and two guys. And it also depends on the area, she said. Puga’s death isn’t the first flier-party fatality in the Valley. Antonio Ramirez IV, 17, of West Covina and Arturo Cisneros, 20, of Baldwin Park were killed Sept. 14, 2002, when gang members crashed a party in West Valinda. The suspects argued with some partygoers. One of the gate crashers pulled out a gun and started firing. Detectives said there were 80 to 100 people at the party on Vineland Avenue. The case remains unsolved. Staff Writer Marshall Allen contributed to this story. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626)962-8811, Ext. 2718 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LYIT GETS TOP MARKS IN NATIONAL ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

first_imgA recently published report has found that Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) has the highest economic impact of all third level colleges in Ireland.The LYIT campusEssentially, every euro invested in LYIT creates an economic boost worth more than four euro. This means investment in LYIT has a greater economic impact nationally than a similar investment at any of the country’s Universities or at any of the other Institutes of Technology.The TIONCHAR PROJECT examines the gross economic output of each euro spent on higher education. LYIT has the highest of all the multipliers (4.25) calculated for the country’s seven Universities and fourteen Institutes of Technology. LYIT President Paul Hannigan said the Institute is a significant contributor to economic development in the region.“We have seen significant cuts in third-level education funding in recent years. Despite this, we have increased student numbers and delivered new courses to meet changing needs of the marketplace. This has been accomplished with the commitment of staff to provide quality education, however, it is not sustainable long term. With new international links established in the US and China, we want to further develop student mobility both outward and inward.”“The report shows that investment at LYIT has the greatest knock-on effect, which has repercussions for future budgets since the reverse is also true, a reduction in state funding for LYIT will have a much higher negative economic impact on the region and nationally. I hope these findings will be taken into account in the allocation of future budgets for third-level education.”One of the authors of the report, Brian Lucey, Professor of Finance at Trinity College Dublin, said, “Irish Higher Education delivers a significant ‘bang for the buck’. Letterkenny shows that this is delivered by all sorts of institutions – IoTs and universities, urban and regional, all play a part in this. Letterkenny IT is delivering quality education and a high economic impact and should be recognised and rewarded for doing so.”  LYIT GETS TOP MARKS IN NATIONAL ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY was last modified: October 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warriors report: Warriors struggling with fouls, turnovers and shooting in loss to Denver

first_imgDENVER – The Warriors arrived here wondering if they would have the stamina to handle the altitude. Instead, they realized their issues extend beyond early-season conditioning.Even though the Warriors boast Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, they suddenly cannot make 3-pointers. Just like last season, the Warriors also have issues with collecting fouls and turnovers.Mix those ingredients up, and the Warriors’ 100-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday provided an ugly snapshot …last_img

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