May 8

Jay-Z faces backlash over NFL partnership as Colin Kaepernick remains out of the league

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — Jay-Z is facing backlash from supporters of Colin Kaepernick and critics of the National Football League after the NFL announced last week that the hip-hop mogul and his label teamed up with the league on a new initiative to amplify social justice.The partnership doesn’t include the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback — a fact that was not lost on his supporters — and came on the heels of the third anniversary of Kaepernick’s historic protest on the field.Attorney Mark Geragos, who represents Kaepernick, described the deal in a phone interview with ABC News on Monday as “cold-blooded.”“This deal between Jay-Z and the NFL crosses the intellectual picket line,” Geragos said, adding that neither the NFL nor Jay-Z reached out to Kaepernick during discussions.“I can confirm to you that the deal was already done prior to any conversation that [Kaepernick] had with Jay-Z and he certainly didn’t have any conversations with the NFL,” Geragos said.ABC News has reached out to the NFL and Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation, but requests for comment were not returned. Kaepernick, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, was propelled into the national spotlight when he became the first NFL player to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality on Aug. 14, 2016.His protest sparked a movement, with several other athletes following his example — the first of which was then-teammate Eric Reid.Reid, who now plays for the Carolina Panthers, has continued to take a knee and has repeatedly slammed Jay-Z and the NFL over the deal. “We never advocated for Colin to lose his job while we fought against systemic oppression. That’s unjust, and where the NFL inserted itself into this. Now the NFL is ‘championing’ social justice to cover their own systemic oppression in blackballing Colin. So we will fight to get Colin’s job back as well,” Reid wrote in a series of tweets responding to a video of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who pushed back against critics of the NFL and Jay-Z, arguing, “wasn’t that the goal that Colin Kaepernick had?”“Jay-Z knowingly made a money move with the very people who’ve committed an injustice against Colin and is using social justice to smooth it over with the black community,” Reid added.During a press conference on Wednesday, Jay-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed details of their new partnership. “I think we’ve passed kneeling,” Jay-Z said when by a reporter asked if the rapper would kneel or stand if he were playing. “Yeah, I think it’s time to go into actionable items.”Kaepernick has not directly addressed the deal, but a Saturday tweet with a photo of Reid, and Miami Dolphins players Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson taking a knee appears to push back against Jay-Z’s statement. “My Brothers @E_Reid35 @KSTiLLS @iThinkIsee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats,” Kaepernick tweeted. “They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!!”Kaepernick filed a grievance against league owners in 2017 alleging that they colluded to ensure that he remains unsigned — a sore point for activists who point to his status as a free agent to argue that the NFL’s efforts to amplify social justice are disingenuous and an effort to save face.Reid, who became a free agent for several months before he signed a one-year contract with the Panthers last October, also filed a grievance against the NFL in May 2018 alleging that they colluded to keep him out of the league. Both lawsuits have been settled.Jay-Z, who has supported Kaepernick and the protests, said during the press conference that he is “not minimizing” the protests but added that the protests were “not about a job,” but about “injustice.”“Let me bring attention to injustice. Everyone’s saying, ‘How are you going forward if Kaep doesn’t have a job.’ This wasn’t about him having a job,” Jay-Z said. “That became a part of the discussion. He was kneeling to bring attention to injustice. We know what it is. Now how do we address the injustice?”Earlier this year, Jay-Z joined forces with fellow rapper Meek Mill and launched a criminal justice reform organization. Its executive board includes Jay-Z and Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.There appears to be a split in the hip-hop community about whether the deal was the right call. Artists like Cardi B and DJ Khaled have voiced their support for the effort.Over the past three seasons, the backlash against the NFL’s handling of the protests and a firestorm against players who take a knee have prompted boycotts of NFL games from both sides.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by August 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Jay-Z faces backlash over NFL partnership as Colin Kaepernick remains out of the leaguecenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

January 26

Cervelli addresses campus community

first_imgSaint Mary’s will continue to support victims of sexual assault and maintain the College’s mission, president Jan Cervelli said in an email sent to the College community on Friday. “Saint Mary’s remains committed to support and respect survivors of sexual violence,” Cervelli said in the email. “In response to proposed changes announced last week by the U.S. Department of Education to federal guidance affecting college investigations of sexual assault, I want to emphasize that Saint Mary’s mission remains unchanged: We show respect for each person and provide support for those in need.”The Memorandum of Understanding — signed by Cervelli, University president Fr. John Jenkins and former Holy Cross College president Br. John Paige on March 7 — will help spread information, including prevention education, resources, reporting options and procedures. Cervelli said in the email the Memorandum will continue to aid the campus communities in preventing sexual assault. “The Memorandum of Understanding, which Saint Mary’s signed this year with Notre Dame and Holy Cross, will continue to strengthen our capacity to prevent sexual assault and harassment, as well as respond to accusations with fairness and sensitivity, through the sharing of information and best practices,” Cervelli said.Students at Saint Mary’s should feel protected under the College’s policies and mission statement, Cervelli said.   “In our efforts to live up to our community values, we look, as always, to the example of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who guide us toward a peaceful, pastoral engagement with others as a path to healing and justice,” she said. “Everyone at Saint Mary’s College should feel protected and empowered under the policies in place and the mission that inspires our commitment to creating an environment of love and respect.”Tags: cervelli, memorium of understandinglast_img read more

September 28

On a luxury holiday at home in Townsville

first_imgJo said they had purchased the house at Bushland Beach for the space and lifestyle it offered. “We bought the house about three years ago,” Jo said. “The view and the spaciousness drew us in.“It feels like being on holiday without actually having to go on one.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Boasting a blue and white colour palette, the kitchen features a 5m long island stone benchtop and an ocean-inspired glass splash back. “We are moving to downsize to a unit so we will really miss the personal space we get from living here.“The upstairs level is like a private adults’ area and the downstairs is more of the kids’ space.”The main bedroom features a sophisticated ensuite with floor-to-ceiling polished porcelain tiles, a double vanity with a stone top counter and generous wardrobe space. It also has a large amount of living and storage space and luxury appliances including a freestanding Ariston 900mm oven with a gas cooktop.The outdoor dual-level deck also flows between indoor and outdoor living, and overlooks the ocean and the pool below. “As a family we haven’t really had time to utilise the space but it would be an ideal house for entertaining,” Jo said. This house at 108 Goicoechea Dr in Bushland Beach is on the market for $875,000.FEATURING 180-degree water views from the crystal blue aspect of the Coral Sea through to the sunset viewpoints of Harvey Range, this expansive beach house represents the quintessence of luxury living. Owners Jo and Malcolm have called the property home for the last three years with their children Brooke and Corey. READ MORE Elegance under the tropical sun center_img READ MORE Spring in step of real estate market last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: Rain forces closed roof for Williams, Medvedev

first_img Associated Press 1:55 p.m.Second-seeded Dominic Thiem earned a spot in the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal. Thiem, who turned 27 on Thursday, faces 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the next round. On the women’s side, ninth-seeded Johanna Konta had an early exit at Flushing Meadows. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off Konta 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round.____1:10 p.m. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.___More AP tennis: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):7:35 p.m.The U.S. Open was hit with rain, forcing the roof to close in matches involving Daniil Medvedev and Serena Williams. A 32-year-old Bulgarian, Pironkova left the women’s tour to give birth to her son Alexander in April 2018. She is playing in her 12th Open but her first since 2016, and it’s her first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017.She finished with an ace for her 22nd victory against a top-20 player.___11:25 a.m.The fourth day of play is underway at the U.S. Open, with Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem among those scheduled to take the court. Williams faces Margarita Gasparyan, who is ranked No. 117. In a wonderful display of “act like you’ve been there” vibes, Berrettini simply turned around and strutted away. No wild celebration. There was still a match to win, and soon enough it was over, with the sixth-seeded Italian beating Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6).___4:55 p.m.Vasek Pospisil beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open. Pospisil has been strong since returning from surgery last year on a herniated disk and helped Canada reach the 2019 Davis Cup final. He was strong over the last three sets to hold off the 25th-seeded Raonic.It’s been a strong start at Flushing Meadows for the Canadians. Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov of Toronto also won their men’s opening matches to send four men into the second round for the first time since 1959.Pospisil is into the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time in his career. Raonic has never advanced past the third round of this tournament. He seemed poised for better things after reaching the final of the Western & Southern Open.Pospisil next plays No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut. Pospisil and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic would be the co-presidents of a new group they are trying to set up to represent men’s professional tennis players.___ Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.Seeded No. 2, Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point. The American has lost in the third round at the Open each of the past three years, and will try to snap that streak Saturday.___Amanda Anisimova has won a matchup of American teenagers, rallying past wild card Katrina Scott 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old Anisimova, a surprise semifinalist at the French Open last year, steadied her game in the second set and pulled away. The 16-year-old Scott is ranked 637th and was coming off her first tour-level victory in the opening round Tuesday when she made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam. Daniil Medvedev won the first set against Christopher O’Connell when the roof had to be closed in the second in Louis Armstrong Stadium. The start of Williams’ match against Margarita Gasparya was briefly delayed while the roof was shut at Arthur Ashe Stadium. 6:15 p.m.Sloane Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova.Stephens wore a “No Justice/No Peace” mask for her post-match interview.The 26th-seeded Stephens won at Flushing Meadows in 2017. She won two straight matches after entering the tournament with a 1-7 record in 2020 and she had lost in the first round in last year’s U.S. Open. The Latest: Rain forces closed roof for Williams, Medvedev Anisimova, who is seeded 22nd, won the girls’ singles at the Open in 2017.___12:55 p.m.Tsvetana Pironkova has pulled off an upset to reach the third round at the U.S. Open, her first tournament after a three-year break to focus on motherhood.Pironkova, who has no ranking because of her layoff, beat No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 6-3. September 3, 2020 She could face Serena Williams in the third round. Williams plays later in the night against Russian Margarita Gasparyan.___5:30 p.m.Matteo Berrettini produced a memorable shot at the U.S. Open — and a reminder that the rules of tennis don’t say the ball must go over the net. Around the net is just fine, too.At 5-all in the third set of his third-round victory, the 2019 semifinalist sprinted to his right, far wide of the doubles alley, to get to a ball that seemed completely out of reach and somehow laced a forehand that went between the net post and the chair umpire, curling in for a winner.last_img read more

September 17

On the run: Smith brings diverse background to Syracuse as new running backs coach

first_imgTo become the coordinator he is today, DeAndre Smith first had to take his talents out of the country.After going undrafted in 1990 out of Southwest Missouri State — now Missouri State — he trekked north of the border to play in the Canadian Football League for a season. Then, in an unprecedented step to extend his playing career, Smith traveled across the pond to play in, of all places, France.“The funniest thing about it,” Smith said, laughing as he reflected on his time in the French League, “was at halftime, guys were eating cheese and grapes and drinking coffee. That’s probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, that they’re eating lunch at halftime of a football game.”Ten years later, he’s in the Atlantic Coast Conference, coaching Syracuse’s running backs in front of crowds sometimes as large as 40,000.It’s a new perspective on the running game for the Orange after former running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley followed Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills in January. Wheatley starred at Michigan and played 10 years in the NFL.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith’s only two professional seasons were spent outside of the United States, expanding his insight. And he was the one giving the handoffs, not receiving them.“I think they become better football players when they learn why we’re doing things as opposed to how we’re doing it,” Smith said. “That part is why I like to think I’m unique when I teach my guys how to play.”One of the first phone calls George McDonald made when he took control as SU’s offensive coordinator last spring was to Smith, who said it was a “no-brainer” to leave as running backs coach at the University of New Mexico and take the same role with the Orange.Smith is tasked with coaching what is arguably Syracuse’s deepest and most talented position. The Orange rushed for 369 yards in its Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia. Wheatley also mentored a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his three seasons with Syracuse.But Smith is eagerly up to the challenge of matching his predecessor.“I know Coach Wheatley did a great job with those guys,” Smith said, “but I’m excited because we have that opportunity to continue to be as good as they’ve been in the past.”In his 14 years of coaching, Smith has guided three All-Americans, nine 1,000-yard rushers and three NFL products: Garret Wolfe, Mikel Leshoure and two-time Pro Bowler Michael Turner.“He’s a technician,” junior running back and team captain Jerome Smith said about the running backs coach. “He’s made me detail my work. I overlooked a lot of the small things. He definitely made me humble myself, and now I’m ready to go.“He knows all the little smart things about the game and he’s coached some really good guys in the past, so he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a smart guy.”A St. Louis native, Smith ran for 40 touchdowns and nearly 2,276 yards in his college career at Southwest Missouri State — as a quarterback.The standout option quarterback earned 1990 first-team All-American honors, the 1990 Division I-AA National Offensive Player of the Year and the Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Decade from 1985-95 – the league’s first 10 years of existence.“A lot of people liked to classify me as that ‘fourth running back’ in the wishbone offense,” Smith said. “I was a runner. Early in my career, that was my label. Later in my career, I tried to add the passing game to it and it worked out.”His 405 passing yards against Tulsa in 1990 set a program record, and he completed 57 percent of his passes throughout his four-year career.He then took his talents outside of the United States to play in the Canadian Football League – and then in France.His time in the French League was memorable, and not just because of the 1993 championship he won with the Aix-en-provence Argonauts at the back end of an undefeated season.“For a kid like me, it was a great experience,” Smith said. “Got a chance to see the world and it was something that I’ll always cherish being able to do.”Smith started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana State. When Northern Illinois was searching for a new running backs coach before the 2001 season, he was recommended to Joe Novak, then the head coach at NIU, who brought Smith in despite his inexperience as a backfield instructor.“This business is about who you know,” Smith said. “I had no idea how to coach running backs at all. He didn’t care. He just wanted good people around his program.”The gamble paid off, as Smith’s expertise as a signal caller has made him an effective running backs coach with programs such as New Mexico, Illinois and UNLV.“We don’t just talk about what the running backs do,” Smith said. “We look at safeties, we look at linebackers, we do rotations with coverages and things like that.”SU head coach Scott Shafer said he likes the Orange’s numbers at running back, and is looking to utilize that depth on special teams, particularly in the return game.It’s a plan that could jeopardize the health of Smith’s group, but Smith knows how he’s going to handle the halfback position the Orange will depend so heavily on in 2013.“I try not to think about that we’re the deepest group or anything like that,” Smith said. “I’m just thankful I have the opportunity to coach them.” Commentslast_img read more

September 16

Syracuse upsets No. 5 Louisville, 59-51 in the Carrier Dome

first_img Published on February 9, 2020 at 4:09 pm Contact David: [email protected] Late in the third quarter, Louisville slowly chewed away at Syracuse’s lead, something the Orange had for all but 19 seconds of the game. SU’s grip on the match was the weakest it had been all afternoon, and a potential top-10, resume-boosting win was slipping away.Then, Kiara Lewis took control. With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Lewis bulldozed into the paint and somehow got a contested finger roll to swirl into the rim. She then swished a desperation fadeaway 3 as the shot clock expired. On SU’s next possession, Lewis again found a sliver of space in the paint and floated one in off the glass. SU’s four-point lead grew back to nine, and SU’s upset bid remained alive.“What I said in the huddle to our staff going into the fourth quarter was, ‘We lost one point in that quarter,’” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “It was so important just trying to keep some distance. It was the difference in closing the game down.”Lewis’ game-high 24 points gave Syracuse (12-11, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) the cushion it needed to finish No. 5 Louisville (21-3, 10-2), 59-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. It was the Cardinals’ second loss in as many games following a 13-game win streak. The Orange earned their second top-10 win this season, keeping their postseason aspirations afloat.During the Cardinals’ 13-game win streak, their average margin of victory was 17.7 points. The fourth victory of that run came against the Orange on Dec. 29, the conference opener for both teams. Then-No. 7 Louisville squeaked by Syracuse, 62-58 after SU led with less than two minutes left.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn that game, Syracuse held Dana Evans, the Cardinals’ point guard and leading scorer to nine points on 3-for-16 shooting, her only single-digit performance all season. On Sunday, Evans again did not look like herself — clanking shots off the rim, attempting risky passes and failing to stay with Lewis. The junior finished with 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting along with five turnovers.It was not just Evans, though. Early on, the visitors misfired several passes to put the ball back in SU’s hands, allowed wide-open 3s and gave up offensive rebounds. By the first media timeout, the Cardinals had already committed five turnovers, their total from the entirety of their last game against the Orange.“We were just throwing the ball out of bounds,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “There wasn’t anybody close. I had no idea what we were doing.”While five different Syracuse players scored in the first quarter to give it a three-point lead, Louisville primarily attacked in transition through Jazmine Jones. She dropped 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting last time out against SU and again looked the Cardinals’ top scoring threat. The senior beat the full-court press for an easy score three times in the opening 10 minutes.In the second quarter, the Cardinals committed six turnovers and allowed six offensive rebounds which the Orange turned around for 14 points. Louisville’s man-to-man defense scrambled to keep up with Lewis and Emily Engstler, who sunk open 3s to extend SU’s lead to 10 by halftime, its largest of the game.“We thought that, for the last couple of weeks, we’ve been playing good defense,” Hillsman said. “Now, we’re starting to score some points. I think the defense was good on both ends of the floor. We just got matched up and tried to keep them in front of us. We attacked the paint, we got to the foul line, I thought that was huge.”Less than a minute and a half before halftime, Louisville’s Yacine Diop drove into the lane and kicked it behind the arc, but Lewis was in the way. Lewis didn’t rush up the court, instead surveying her options before finding Engstler on the perimeter. In space, the sophomore neglected to take the 3 and dished to Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi, whose inside position gave her a simple layup. Moments later on the other end, Djaldi-Tabdi drew a charge — the Cardinals’ 13th turnover of the first half, one fewer than their season average.When Evans drilled a corner 3 on the first possession of the second half to cut SU’s lead to seven, it seemed unlikely Syracuse would be able to resist one of the nation’s best teams for another half. The Orange blew leads against ranked teams in West Virginia and Michigan earlier this year. The sides traded buckets over the next few minutes before Lewis’ seven-point run gave SU the insurance it needed.“I know we tend to struggle coming out of halftime,” Lewis said. “We got a lead, we let teams come back in the game but we just had to stay poised and that’s what we did. Run our sets and control them, we gained momentum from that.”From there, Syracuse looked comfortable and refused to waver. The Orange played conservatively in the fourth quarter, taking just three 3-pointers in the final frame while working the ball inside and getting to the free-throw line. Gabrielle Cooper’s long ball from the corner with four minutes left, bringing SU’s lead to 12, secured its best win of the season.As each game passes, the Orange’s NCAA tournament fate remains unclear. On Sunday, SU once again showed it is capable of beating one of the nation’s top teams, this time in dominant fashion. But Hillsman and Syracuse’s players know this marquee win means nothing if it isn’t followed by more of the same, something SU has failed to do this season.With six games remaining until the ACC tournament, Syracuse has much more to prove.“You can’t go out and lose games on the back of this now,” Hillsman said. “You can’t undo all your good work. Obviously, you beat a top-5 team and it’s important, but now you can’t start to drop games. You have to continue to build off this win.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more