Kneeling not always a sign of disrespect

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why is kneeling during the National Anthem disrespectful?Many people kneel in their house of worship and when praying. Should this also be considered disrespectful? Maybe we should start thinking for ourselves instead of subscribing to herd mentality, which is dubious.Carol AccorsiMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Van Gaal pleased with Fergie praise

first_img Van Gaal has been charged with the task of rebuilding United following the failed reign of David Moyes, who Ferguson chose to succeed him after 26 successful years at the helm. Ferguson won 38 trophies during his tenure at the club, so anything short of a golden run will be viewed as a success by the Dutchman, who has won leagues in Spain, Holland and Germany. Press Association Louis van Gaal appreciates Sir Alex Ferguson’s praise, but admits he will always be under pressure to match the Scot’s achievements at Manchester United. Van Gaal has started to live up to his star-billing in recent weeks, taking United on a run of six wins from seven matches. The Dutchman was in a good mood as he addressed the media for the final time before Christmas on Tuesday. The 63-year-old shared a bottle of wine – red, naturally – with the reporters at Carrington, and spoke positively about the run of form which has lifted the Red Devils into third. United’s home form has been key to their revival. If they beat Newcastle on Boxing Day they will have won eight matches at Old Trafford – one less than they achieved for the whole of last season. “I said when we came back from the (pre-season tour of) the United States we wanted to build a fortress at Old Trafford so it was a pity we lost against Swansea,” said Van Gaal, reflecting on United’s only home defeat on the opening day of the season. “We want to build a fortress at Old Trafford, but we have made it that already because we have won a lot, and also with great results like 3-0 (against Hull) and 4-0 (versus QPR). “I’m happy with that, but then we have to continue.” The omens look good for United. The Red Devils have won 19 of their 22 matches on Boxing Day since the Premier League began. “Yes, I have read that,” Van Gaal said with a smile. The Dutchman’s face straightened when he was asked about speculation United were set to launch a world-record bid to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale next summer. “I cannot discus that with you,” Van Gaal said. “I discuss that with my CEO (chief executive Ed Woodward) and not with anyone of the media.” Van Gaal remains without injured trio Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind while Marouane Fellaini is unavailable due to illness. Chris Smalling has an outside chance of playing against Newcastle, but Marcos Rojo is unlikely to feature due to a thigh problem. Wayne Rooney looks set to continue in the central midfield role he has occupied recently. “Against Aston Villa he (Rooney) was more of a defensive midfielder. He has the ability to run from box to box – that is also a little bit that he has to feel in the match, to read in the match that he can do that,” Van Gaal said. “That is a matter of time and I believe that he can do that.” Van Gaal later confirmed the United players, in a break with tradition, will be given Christmas Day off. The squad will report to Carrington on Boxing Day, rather than convene in a hotel the night before the match “I have changed that, I have given them free time and Christmas day with the family,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “We shall come together the next day here at our Aon Training Complex. Then we will have all of the meetings like we have done all season.” United’s greatest ever manager lavished praise on Van Gaal this week, telling BT Sport: ”He’s a great coach, he will do well… When he gets the best players back, you watch United go.” While Van Gaal appreciates the endorsement of a man held in the highest regard by United fans, he concedes such words put him under pressure to deliver. “It’s fantastic,” Van Gaal said when asked about Ferguson’s praise. “When you come here, you hope – because I know Sir Alex – that he shall support you. “And this week is not the first time he has showed a lot of confidence and belief in me, and that I need as trainer-coach. “As manager of Manchester United you need belief and support of managers such as Sir Alex but also (directors) Bobby Charlton and David Gill. “They have the belief and I’m happy with that, then you can work in an easier way. “But it is also a pressure because he believes in you and it gives you that pressure that you have to get results. It is not so easy to win Premier League matches.” last_img read more

Henderson wants trophies with Reds

first_img Press Association “I feel there’s a lot of potential, but we need to start turning that potential into winning things. I’ve got a good feeling that we can do that.” Rodgers hopes other players – youngsters Raheem Sterling (who has rejected a £100,000-a-week offer), Jordon Ibe and experienced defender Martin Skrtel are all currently negotiating new deals – will follow Henderson’s lead. “We are obviously delighted. It is great news for the club and Jordan that he will be spending best part of his career and development here at Liverpool and he is a big part of the plan going forward,” said the Reds boss. “I am delighted for him and the club and we can continue his development. “The club paid big money for him at the time because he had big potential and that potential has been developed and he will go into the next phase of that. “The likes of Jordan and Raheem are very important players and the club, behind the scenes, is working very hard to ensure we sign these type of players. “The model is to develop young players and when they have improved it is important you nail them to the club and make sure they are here for the best part of their careers.” But it is the unfulfilled potential which persuaded the 24-year-old England international to commit what should be the best years of his career to the club. “A few years ago I had an opportunity to leave but I always knew how big this club is and I wanted to stay here for as long as possible – and nothing has changed since then,” he told “I feel as though I have got a good connection with the club now and there was no doubt where my future was going to be and it was just a matter of time for my agent and the club to sort it out. “I have been through difficult times but I would never change that because I know there will be more difficult times ahead and I’ll have to use that and I’ll be able to handle it a lot better. “Hopefully we’ve got many years ahead of winning trophies. “I’m the same as every other player, I want to be playing at the highest level – in the Champions League, winning trophies and being very successful. “I had good conversations with the manager about the future of the football club and it was very bright, I was very pleased with what I was hearing. “I want to be a big part of that and hopefully I can. Almost three years after nearly leaving Liverpool Jordan Henderson has committed his long-term future to the club convinced he can win silverware at Anfield. Late in the summer of 2012, just a couple of months into the reign of Brendan Rodgers, he was lined up as makeweight in a failed bid to sign Fulham’s Clint Dempsey only for the midfielder to reject the move. His determination to prove himself, and justify the £16million price tag which came with him from Sunderland the previous summer, has been rewarded not only with a new five-year £100,000-a-week contract but with the prospect of him taking over the captain’s armband from Steven Gerrard when he leaves for the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season. last_img read more

Sky Bet launches new ‘Group Betting’ functionality

first_img EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Share StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 Online bookmaker Sky Bet has announced the launch of its new feature ‘Group Betting’, allowing its customer to form ‘community accumulators’.‘The concept is for a group of friends to create a Group in which they build a Group Bet (Accumulator) by each member of the group making one selection each’ details Sky Bet in its product release.When the group confirms its bet selections, individual customers will then be able to place the group bet slip into their personal Sky Bet accounts and place their personal wager.Furthermore, customers will be able to modify market selections, once the betslip has been transferred to their personal accounts.Launching the new function, Sky Bet states that its ‘Group Betting’ feature is not a ‘syndicated bet’, as group accumulator winnings are not split between participating players.Group Betting will be made available to all Sky Bet customers, with the bookmaker creating a new menu section on its sports betting desktop and mobile clients.At present, Sky Bet will allow its users ‘to be in a maximum of 5 betting groups either created or joined’.Andy Evans, Principal Product Manager, Sky Bet said “The idea of Group Bets came through the internal CoLab project that we ran earlier this year. We then tested it with customers and found that a large number were already doing this with their friends either physically when together or digitally through messenger apps etc. We identified a number of pain points though in what they’re currently doing and established that we could address a large number of those with Group Bets.“Essentially we’ve taken a behaviour that already exists and created an experience that satisfies users’ needs and simplifies that activity for them. We’re still in a Beta phase, but the aim is see how customers respond to what we’ve done so far and see what it is that interests them most.”A full breakdown and T&C’s of Sky Bet’s new Group Betting function can be found at – read more

Dodgers reach deal to get 2B Chase Utley

first_imgThe Pasadena native has 1,623 hits in 13 seasons, all with the Phillies, in addition to the World Series ring that he won in 2008. Only 41 second basemen have played more games in major league history than Utley (1,453).Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who played with Utley in Philadelphia from 2003-14, said he reached out to his former teammate after hearing trade rumors Wednesday. He hinted that the two have talked about a reunion in Los Angeles before.“More than anything, there will be some new excitement in the clubhouse,” Rollins said. “(Utley) has a chance to play some meaningful baseball late in the year again. That’s what we all want.”The Dodgers gave up Triple-A utilityman Darnell Sweeney and Single-A pitcher John Richy to get Utley. The Phillies also gave up some cash, enough that the Dodgers will pay only about $2 million of Utley’s salary. On the surface, Utley would appear to strictly be a rental player for the Dodgers’ playoff push. He has a club option for 2016 valued up to $11 million, or a $2 million buyout. OAKLAND >> The wake left by the Dodgers’ August 2012 trade for Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford is still rippling through Chavez Ravine. Three years from now, the same will not be said about Wednesday’s trade for Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.This trade at least had something the Dodgers’ last August blockbuster did not, a player once considered a generational talent at his position. If and when Utley has a plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y., it will list his time as a Dodger. That’s expected to begin Friday in Houston.“When he’s healthy,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said of Utley, “he’s still one of the best hitters in the game.”Utley is as healthy now as he’s been all season. Since Aug. 7, when he returned from a bout of inflammation in his right ankle, Utley has hit safely in eight straight games (15 for 31) with five doubles and a home run. Zaidi said that Utley will be the Dodgers’ primary second baseman until Howie Kendrick returns from his strained left hamstring in September. “He worked out a little at third base for the Phillies,” Zaidi said. “We might try to get him more at those other spots.”Fill-in Kiké Hernandez, who bats right-handed, has crushed left-handed pitching this season and struggled against righties. Utley, who bats left-handed, has an .860 on-base plus slugging percentage in his career against righties.Acquiring Utley gives the Dodgers the option of moving Hernandez to center field in a platoon with Joc Pederson. Pederson has struggled to hit left-handed pitching in his rookie season, and the Dodgers don’t trust anyone other than he or Hernandez in center field defensively.Switch-hitting third baseman Alberto Callaspo was designated for assignment. Callaspo hit .262 with a .338 on-base percentage in 59 games with the Dodgers.A fleet-footed utilityman, Sweeney was hitting .271 with nine homers, 30 doubles, 32 stolen bases and 49 RBI in 116 games this year for Triple-A Oklahoma City.Richy, the Dodgers’ third-round draft selection out of UNLV in 2014, was 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games (18 starts) for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season.Utley, 36, grew up in Long Beach and starred at Long Beach Poly and UCLA. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2000 draft. As a player with 10 years in the league and the last five with one team, Utley had the right to veto any trade.Rollins believes his former teammate made a good choice.“I think it’ll be a lot of fun,” Rollins said. “One, (the Dodgers) were his team (growing up). Went to school over at UCLA. Plays well at Dodger Stadium — actually he beats up the Dodgers wearing a Phillies uniform.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Michael Bennett explains how the pandemic helped him announce NFL retirement

first_imgFrom The New Yorker:But it wasn’t until Bennett was sheltering in place with his family that the decision hardened into certainty, and it wasn’t until a few days ago that he decided that he was ready to announce it. The pandemic, by requiring him to focus on the essential aspects of life, was clarifying, Bennett told me late last week: he wanted to be at home with his family. And Bennett, who has long been one of the most prominent and vocal anti-racists in the NFL, also felt that it was the right moment to focus on helping other athletes speak out against injustice. He had been working with an organization, Athletes for Impact, which tries to connect athletes with one another, to provide opportunities to learn about worthy causes and to give them a sense of support. “Not everyone can be a Colin Kaepernick or Maya Moore,” Bennett told me.Bennett, who went to college at Texas A&M, went undrafted in 2009 and though he made the Seahawks roster that season, he ended the campaign with the Buccaneers. He returned to Seattle in 2013 and led the team in sacks in his first season, which culminated in a 43-8 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in MetLife Stadium. Bennett, whose younger brother Martellus played tight end for 10 years in the NFL, spent five seasons with the Seahawks in his second spell in Seattle before joining the Eagles for one year in 2018. His time in New England last season was short-lived following a row with a coach and he was not kept on by the Cowboys following his mid-season trade. Michael Bennett has announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons. View this post on Instagram Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth – the opportunity to reimagine my purpose. ⠀ I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life. ⠀ As the great Toni Morrison said: “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.“A post shared by Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) on Jul 21, 2020 at 3:37am PDTThe defensive end was a key part of the Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII six years ago and was named to three Pro Bowls. The 34-year-old spent last season with the Patriots and Cowboys, his four sacks with the latter taking him to 69.5 for his career.  MORE: What to know about NFL training camps in 2020″Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth – the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett wrote in an Instagram post. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life. As the great Toni Morrison said: ‘Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.'” Bennett also spoke with The New Yorker about his decision to step away from football. He said that he was already thinking about retirement, but that spending time at home with his family during the coronavirus pandemic helped him finalize his decisionlast_img read more

Biden calls on Democrats to unite not only party, but nation

first_imgMASON CITY — Former vice president Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Mason City this morning, calling on Democrats to not only unite their party, but to unite the nation. “The next president’s going to have to bring us together. I know that among many of my colleagues that are seeking the nomination, that’s not viewed as a realistic possibility. We not only have to unite our party, we have to unite our country.  We are a democracy. The only way democracy can be sustained is if in fact we arrive at consensus on the major issues. That’s why our constitution is written. It’s all written to avoid the abuse of power, to make it harder to abuse power with three equal branches of government. So we have to be able to pull the country together, not just the Democrats, but Republicans and independents as well,” he says. Biden says the country needs someone that has experience to start working in the White House on day one of the next administration.  “The president is going to inherit, whomever he or she is this time around, going to inherit a divided country, even more divided no matter what happens in the impeachment trial, and their going to inherit a world in disarray, a world that is really trying to figure out what in God’s name are we doing. I don’t think there’s going to be much time for on-the-job training, and I think we need a president who’s going to be ready on day one, when they raise their right hand. Actually they’re going to need your ready the day after they get elected to begin to sew back our international relations.”A member of the crowd asked Biden to consider Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar, who is also running for the Democratic presidential nomination, as a potential vice presidential running-mate. Biden wouldn’t commit to that this early in the White House race, but pointed to the diversity of the Obama Administration.  “Just look at my Barack and I did. Look at my staff, my senior staff. I had more women, more African Americans, more people than a lot of campaigns do, because it has to look like the country. I can name for you eight women who win easily qualify to be President of the United States and a vice presidential pick,  but I am not going to specifically meant to any one person now. And there’s also going to be people of color in my administration, both Latino as well as African American. Barack and I didn’t make a bad combo and we became very very close friends. Meanwhile Biden has sought to ease tensions with rival Bernie Sanders after the two candidates exchanged several volleys over Social Security and other matters. Biden pledged in a wide-ranging interview with MSNBC earlier today (on Wednesday) that if he reaches the White House he would not agree to any budget deal that curtails Social Security benefits. Sanders and his aides have in recent days highlighted Biden speeches from his long public career advocating for budget deals that could have curtailed some entitlement spending. Biden says Sanders has misrepresented his position. The Associated Press contributed to this reportlast_img read more

US revokes emergency use of malaria drugs vs. coronavirus

first_imgThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revoking its emergency authorization for malaria drugs for treating COVID-19 despite President Donald Trump promoting it.The FDA says new evidence shows that malaria drugs don’t work and could have deadly side effects.The agency said Monday that the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus. Citing reports of heart complications, the FDA said the drugs pose a greater risk to patients than any potential benefits.The drugs mainly prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.Doctors will still be able to prescribe these drugs but not for treating COVID-19.last_img read more

Statement from The Stronach Group on Federal Horse Racing Indictments

first_imgContacts:Tiffani Steer, tiffani.steer@stronachgroup.comDave Joseph, david.joseph@gulfstreampark.comStatement from The Stronach Group on Federal Horse Racing IndictmentsHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Stronach Group, operators of Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Training Center, complied fully with the search warrants that were executed by federal authorities this morning. The warrants issued were specific only to the barns and stalls that were occupied by the individuals charged today.The Stronach Group is not included in the charges.The Stronach Group is committed to achieving the highest level of horse care and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing. We are at the forefront of industry leading reforms to protect the integrity of our sport and have instituted processes and protocols that have led to nationwide medication reform and increased transparency and accountability. There is no room in our sport for anyone who does not prioritize the health and well-being of horses and riders.As this matter is under federal investigation we will not be commenting further at this time.last_img read more

Brahim is reluctant to leave

first_imgDespite the situation, Zidane has been strict when asked about Brahim and Mariano’s actions (This, in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia) changed their thinking about them. “Glad what he has done. He has given us the goal and the victory. As I always say, here are all the players and when they play they try to do it well. Everyone knows their situation. If there is any change we will see it until 31, but I am happy with the players I have and what they are doing, “he replied in Las Pistas after the victory over Unionists. That “everyone knows their situation” says it all.Enough reasons for discouragement in Brahim, which nevertheless resists going out and in Salamanca he went from words to deeds: he shot three times, two of them on goal, scored a goal (1-3) and before there was caused 1-2 with a shot that Gongora, in his attempt to get the ball, became so white. He was successful with the ball (19 good passes of 21), although not very busy in defense (only one recovery, ten losses).There are eight days of winter transfer market and in Madrid they hope that Brahim reconsiders and considers an exit in the form of assignment until June to continue his training, at only 20 years. But the Malaga resists and in Salamanca he did it with an outstanding performance with which he asks, shouting, more minutes. Brahim barely accumulates 77 minutes this course, distributed in five games; In Salamanca, Zidane pulled him to replace the newly injured Bale and the Malaga enjoyed his best occasion of the season: 37 minutes to demonstrate, in the middle of the winter market, that it deserves a place in the white workforce. Real Madrid is looking for accommodation in the face of the few opportunities it has available and there are several teams that have asked for it; Getafe made it public, in the mouth of its president, Angel Torres. The visit of Real Madrid to the humble Unionistas, one of the last redoubts of popular football, did not leave too many conclusions in white code: Bale scored (finally) and was injured (once again); Areola showed rigor in the goal, showed that if Courtois is missing there is a goalkeeper; and above all, Brahim made his plea to stay at Real Madrid although Zidane has shown him the exit door again and again (he has been out of 22 of 29 calls, in two of them due to injury).last_img read more