Premier League clubs to replace Black Lives Matter logo on jerseys

first_img The league released a statement on June 30 saying it did “not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity”. Premier League captains were consulted over the change during a conference call on Thursday.Advertisement Instead of the BLM badge, the players’ shirts will have a new slogan reading “No Room For Racism” when the 2020⁄21 Premier League season starts on Saturday. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackling discrimination. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters Read Also: Liverpool cannot match Chelsea spending power –  Kloop “Players rightly have a strong voice on this matter, which we saw last season. We have continued to talk and listen to players on this issue and will support them as well as continuing to emphasise the Premier League’s position against racism.” The league said it would continue to support players who take the knee before matches in solidarity with the BLM movement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Premier League chiefs say Black Lives Matter badges on team shirts will be replaced by patches promoting the organisation’s own anti-discrimination campaign. The badges were worn by players last season following the global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States at the hands of a white police officer. However, the Black Lives Matter group in Britain has been accused of anti-Semitism and criticised over calls to defund the police. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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NBA, Clippers express condolences after David Stern’s death

first_imgThe NBA’s response to the death of David Stern, the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner who oversaw the league’s growth into a global powerhouse, on Wednesday was swift and heartfelt, with public reaction including those with ties to the Clippers.“RIP DAVID STERN,” tweeted Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.The team also released a statement on Twitter: “The L.A. Clippers and #ClipperNation are saddened by the loss of David Stern, whose vision and leadership over his 30 years as NBA commissioner transformed our sport into the game we love today. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”Stern, 77, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. He died with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside, according to the league. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tweeted Brian Sieman, the Clippers’ TV play-by-play man: “Thank you Commissioner Stern for giving us all a great life in the NBA.”“The entire basketball community is heartbroken,” the NBPA said in a statement. “David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants. His impact on our game and our business is immeasurable and the rewards we reap will continue to be appreciated by NBA players.”Former Clippers center Marcin Gortat also expressed his condolences: “Mr. Stern! What U have accomplished it’s beyond everyone expectations!! U have created the most powerful league in the world. It’s such a sad news:/ Rest In Peace!”Garrett Temple, another former Clipper, echoed those thoughts, tweeting: “RIP commissioner Stern. Condolences and prayers to his family.”Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014, the league had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry.center_img Clippers fans will remember that Stern was instrumental in Chris Paul’s tenure with the team, which acquired him in December 2011 from the New Orleans Hornets for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.Prior to that trade, Stern vetoed the original Paul trade that involved the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.“I’m going to correct your language: What ‘cancelation’? The GM (Dell Demps) was not authorized to make that trade,” Stern told Brian Berger in 2016 on the Sports Business Radio Road Show. “And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.“When you’re the commissioner and you have two teams that are ticked off at you, as in the Lakers and Houston, and the GMs without wanting to be attributed, spend their time trashing you, the wrong impression can be granted. It was one of the few times I decided to just go radio silent and let it play out, I got killed. So, the answer is: there was never a trade. It wasn’t approved by me as the owner rep.”In six seasons with the Clippers, Paul averaged 18.8 points and 9.8 assists and was a star of the “Lob City” era.last_img read more

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Youths caught for property damage in Letterkenny

first_imgGardaí are investigating an incident in which youths threw rocks at a window of a house in Glendale Drive, Letterkenny. The incident happened on the 30th of May at around 9.45 pm. They caused damage to the window and Gardaí have got descriptions of the youths that were involved and have arrested them following a patrol of the area. They are to be dealt with under the Juvenile Liason Scheme.  Youths caught for property damage in Letterkenny was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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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Di Matteo hails Chelsea’s passion

first_imgInterim boss Roberto Di Matteo was delighted to see Chelsea play with passion in their FA Cup victory at Birmingham.Di Matteo, placed in charge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, saw goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secure a 2-0 win and a quarter-final clash with Leicester.It was an encouraging performance by the Blues in their first game since Villas-Boas was shown the door.“The attitude was right. The commitment was right. The passion was there,” Di Matteo told ITV.“It’s important to show that we care – that we can fight for the club and our supporters. The players were up for it.“We’re all in this together. We have to help each other so that we can achieve our goals for the rest of the season.“It will only be possible if all 25 players are unselfish and we pull together.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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On Jesús Luzardo adopting a closer’s mentality and a wild card game in Oakland

first_imgSEATTLE — Friday night was the boozy clincher, Saturday night marked another significant clinch.The A’s will host Tampa Bay in the American League wild card game, home field advantage secured with a thin 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. First pitch of the wild card game will be at 5:09 p.m. PT in Oakland.The A’s tied their 2018 record in the 161st game of the season, moving to 97-64. Here are some takeaways from the cold night in Seattle.Jesús Luzardo unafraid of the …last_img

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Aaron Rodgers ruthlessly exposes Raiders’ weaknesses on defense

first_imgThis wasn’t Chase Daniel or Jacoby Brissett. It was Aaron Rodgers, looking as good as Aaron Rodgers has ever looked.So maybe you cut the Raiders’ defense a little slack Sunday after a 42-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, given Rodgers’ standing as a Hall of Fame quarterback in waiting.Unless it happens again over the next three weeks when the opposing quarterbacks are DeShaun Watson, Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers.If it does, the Raiders can forget about playoff aspirations and go back to the drawing board in their endless struggle to put together rush and coverage to a point where they can at least be an annoyance for a top-flight quarterback. And it won’t matter whether Derek Carr learns to grasp the ball with two hands while going for the end zone pylon. Truth be told, Carr’s offense against the Packers, even with his ginormous mistake, operated much closer to a playoff level than did the defense.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes for 429 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for the Packers. That’s a perfect 158.3 according to the NFL passer rating system, and it doesn’t take into account his 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.Green Bay receivers, even without the injured Davante Adams, were breaking open all day. Those who were covered caught the ball anyway. Nine of Rodgers’ completions went for 314 yards, an average of 34.9 yards per play.“There’s no excuse for giving up big plays like that,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters afterward. “We gave up a big play at the end of the first half and a big play to start the third quarter, and we can’t play like that. We just can’t do it.” Asked how the Raiders could solve their big-play woes on defense, Gruden said, “I’m not going to comment on that right now. I’m just going to say it’s a combination of Rodgers making great plays, and we’ve got to do a better job coaching, playing, and that we will do.”Harris told reporters Rodgers was something out of the ordinary.“He knows what you are in before you even start moving around,” Harris said. “They had some receivers we thought might not play, but it didn’t really matter because as long as (No.) 12 is back there, he will make that offense go.”Opposing quarterbacks over the next three games aren’t Rodgers, but they’re better than what the Raiders have seen so far with the exception of Mahomes.Next up is Watson and the Houston Texans. Watson is coming off a 308-yard passing day in a loss to Indianapolis and has a top-flight target in DeAndre Hopkins.If the Raiders win, they’d come off their five-game road trip from hell at 4-3 overall and get five of the next seven at home. The Packers loss would be written off as Rodgers being Rodgers.But if Rodgers simply provided a blue print for which others will follow against the Raiders, finishing over .500 will be next to impossible.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not The Raiders had just one sack, and it came from rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby in the first half. The best lick on Rodgers came from linebacker Nick Morrow on a blitz up the middle. Rodgers managed to get the ball away for an incomplete pass before being knocked to the turf in the end zone.Otherwise, it was mostly Rodgers hooking fish in a barrel, and he may as well have been on a captain’s chair in a bass boat. Rodgers was even better than Patrick Mahomes when he took the Raiders apart in the second quarter in Week 2 at the Coliseum.Therein lies the problem. Rodgers and Mahomes are the only two quarterbacks the Raiders have played who approach the elite level.Veteran Joe Flacco can’t get the Broncos going in Denver. Kirk Cousins was efficient without being spectacular in a run-first Minnesota attack. Brissett missed open throws in Indianapolis, his receivers dropped passes and he threw the game-deciding interception to Erik Harris, who returned it for a touchdown.Daniel of the Chicago Bears gifted the Raiders two interceptions in London where Morrow and Gareon Conley looked like intended receivers.Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Against the Packers, Daryl Worley and Conley were giving up big plays, and tight ends resumed their destruction against Raiders safeties. When it was over, the final game book didn’t have a defender getting his hands on a single pass.Which isn’t surprising given the time Rodgers had to pick and choose.“Today was the best pocket we’ve had all season,” Rodgers told reporters.He got no argument from Crosby, author of the lone sack.“Collectively, we didn’t get enough push up front,” Crosby said.  “We didn’t get in his face enough. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He did a good job. But defensively we hurt ourselves all game.”Like our Oakland Raiders Facebook page for more Raiders news, commentary and conversation. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will take some heat, but he can’t get his secondary closer to receivers or pass rushers to the quarterback simply by the power of suggestion. Whenever the Raiders did blitz, Rodgers seemed to find an open target. Blitzing is the solution for couch coordinators everywhere, yet suicide against quarterbacks like Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees.Now comes the part where the Raiders have to find a way to fix rush and coverage issues with 10 games still to play.There were Sunday reports from ESPN that the Raiders would “buyers” at the Oct. 29 trade deadline, seeking linebackers and pass rushers.Easier said than done. Players available at this point are there for a reason. Few teams trade a viable pass rusher, and if so, it’s because of big-time behavioral or contractual concerns.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Coega salt plant work begins

first_img1 February 2007Construction of a multi-million rand salt plant at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) outside Port Elizabeth is scheduled to start in February.The R54-million project is part of an R85-million relocation and expansion into the Coega IDZ announced by salt maker Cerebos in 2006.The expansion into the new plant will see Cerebos using technology never used before in sub-Saharan Africa to produce high purity salt through an environmentally friendly process.Cerebos MD Len Chandler said at least 100 jobs would be created during the construction phase, and 140 jobs when operations begin.The new plant will be a purpose-built pure vacuum-dried (PVD) salt crystallization facility.“Local demand for PVD salt exceeded our supply so we had to turn some customers down, but all that will be history when plant becomes operational in September 2007,” Chandler said.Coega Development Corporation (CDC) spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika said the project would help position South Africa as a platform for manufacturing and export through foreign and local investment.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professional Sports

first_imgHow a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Ryan Ayers How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#featured#football#NFL#player safety#players#Samsung#Sports#training#VR Whether from home, in the stands, or over the radio—Americans love their sports. Today, part of that All-American sports experience involves big data and new immersive technology like virtual reality (VR) to draw in more fans and improve gameplay.There are dozens of ways sports teams can use data to their advantage—and both fans and players alike can benefit from advances in VR technology. Here are 4 reasons that big data and VR are starting to play a key role in professional sports.See Also: Take me out to the (augmented) ball game (A look at an immersive reality device for sports viewing)1.) Headset VR Provides Immersive AccessHow many people do you know who have VR headsets yet? Probably not many, but that’s sure to change as the technology becomes cheaper and more readily available. With this shift, VR technologies should become more popular amongst fans and athletes, with many industry insiders believing that the VR market could grow to $30 Billion by 2020.One key to making VR devices more popular on the market is creating more VR content, which is just what Samsung and the NBA teamed up to do in 2015. In 2015, the VR was still more exploratory, but the league has become confident enough in the quality that they have offered one VR game per week as part of the NBA League Pass.Partnering with NextVR, the league streams high-quality VR immersion—and reviews indicate it’s worth the hype. One reviewer even got annoyed when a waiting player blocked his view—just like being courtside!2.) IoT & Big Data Helps Plan Lineups and Monitor PlayersWhen it comes to top athletes, an incredible number of factors play a role in their overall performance, as well as the performance of the team as a whole. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), coaches and trainers can now monitor players’ health and stamina in revolutionary ways.With sensors, cameras, and other equipment available that can be used during training, coaches can record vital data that can be analyzed and used to make strategic decisions for developing lineups, creating plays, and even revealing ideal calorie intake for optimal performance. With so many great teams vying for a spot in the playoffs each year, these little insights can give a competitive edge.3.) VR Training is Safer for PlayersTeams have been using video for years to help players review important plays, but VR introduces so much opportunity for safe training, especially in contact sports like football. Young players can use the technology as a “playbook”, while other players can review their own plays, or learn new ones. It helps players stay safer, since they can “practice” dangerous plays off the field.Some NFL teams are using this technology, but college teams are also seeing great success, with Stanford’s quarterback Kevin Hogan’s completion percentage jumping from 63.8% to 76.3% after using STRIVR VR training.4.) VR Will Allow Fans to See Through Players’ EyesAs VR progresses, more options and interactive features will become available to fans. One eagerly-anticipated development is the advent of VR through players’ eyes. The hope is that one day, fans will be able to see the action from the perspective of their favorite players, further immersing them in the action on the field.Smart wearables are being developed quickly for professional sports, with many artificial intelligence features, cameras, sensors, and more, which could be used in a better VR experience.Future Changes in Big Data Currently, the NFL does not allow sensors and trackers in games, so they’re only useful during training. However, there are signs of change that indicate the future may be quite different, and more welcoming to big data on the field. FIFA has begun to relax these rules, allowing players to use wearables during matches.The NFL may not be far behind, since the NFL Players’ Association recently teamed up in a five-year partnership with WHOOP, a wearable that helps players monitor their bodies, and how much stress they’re putting themselves under in training. Big data is slowly but surely becoming one of the biggest players in professional sports—and this is just the beginning.Sources:https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/15/how-virtual-reality-is-transforming-the-sports-industry/http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/virtual-reality-sports-arkansas-kentucky/http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/17/8052163/nba-all-star-virtual-reality-samsung-mobile-gear-vrhttp://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/virtual-training-for-football-is-becoming-a-reality/http://safetymanagement.eku.edu/resources/infographics/the-benefits-challenges-of-using-artificial-intelligence-for-emergency-management/http://time.com/4591051/nba-basketball-virtual-reality-samsung-gear-vr/http://www.sporttechie.com/2015/03/18/technology/sxsw-sports-the-future-of-virtual-and-augmented-reality-in-sports/ Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Related Posts last_img read more

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