Georgia Senate GOP introduce bills to limit mail voting

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate are seeking new limits and requirements before people can vote. They’re taking action after Democrats won the presidential election and two U.S. Senate runoffs in the once reliably red state. Democrats say the bills are unnecessary, politically motivated and will suppress legal votes. The GOP wants to restrict who can vote absentee by mail. They would require a photo ID for those who do vote by mail, ban ballot drop boxes and block outside groups from sending out absentee ballot applications. Republicans also want to end automatic voter registration when obtaining a driver’s license and ban new residents from voting in a runoff election.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather to face Andre Berto on 12 September

first_imgThe boxing world have now found out Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent’s identity, Andre Berto after the undefeated boxing superstarconfirmed when the fight will take place.   Mayweather announced on his official Twitter on Tuesday that Sept. 12 will be when he steps back into the ring:Mayweather insisted on the post-fight broadcast immediately after his May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao that his next fight would be the last of his career: “My last fight is in September, then it’s time for me to hang it up. You know, I’m almost 40 years old now, I’ve been in the sport 19 years, I’ve been world champion for 18 years, and I’m truly, truly thankful and I’m blessed.”As far as whom Mayweather will fight, it’s also been confirmed to be Andre Berto as TMZ Sports reported in July. There’s also the mystery of how fans will be able to watch the fight. Mayweather’s bout on Sept. 12 will be his last under the terms of a six-fight contract with Showtime Sports—a subsidiary of CBS.Regardless of how Mayweather’s fight is broadcast and whom he is challenging, it’s always a huge event when he steps into the ring. The possibility that Sept. 12 could be his final match adds to the intrigue. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lakers impressed with Thomas Robinson’s hustle

first_img“He never takes plays off,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s a great guy. You want him around. He’s a monster on the offensive glass and has a great attitude with everything we’ve done.”That has included often finishing near the top of the Lakers’ so-called winner’s board, which has awarded points for any player that wins a drill in practice.“I’m just trying to be who I am as a player,” Robinson said. “Those are exactly the things Coach said.”Robinson understandably does not want to leave anything unturned. After the Sacramento Kings drafted Robinson fifth overall in 2012, he has lacked any stability in Sacramento (2012-13), Houston (2012-13), Portland (2013-15), Philadelphia (2014-15) and Brooklyn (15-16). He has posted modest career averages in points (4.9) and rebounds (4.8), but his short stints mostly have traced back to each of those teams making salary-cap saving moves.“Just my luck,” Robinson said, laughing. Robinson has already faced two former teams, including Portland and Sacramento, in preseason play. Yet, he maintained those connections did not add any source of motivation.“Early on when I got traded, it probably was,” Robinson said. “But after the second time being traded, it’s just a business. It’s never been anything personal. When you get older, things don’t bother you as much.”Robinson faces another challenge in cracking the Lakers’ roster. They will have to trim their 17-player roster at least to 15 before the NBA regular season starts in 10 days. The Lakers also have veteran forward Metta World Peace and center Yi Jianlian on non-guaranteed deals.Despite playing only a combined 30 minutes in four exhibitions, Robinson has scored a combined 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 14 rebounds. The Lakers also became impressed with Robinson’s hustle during informal summer workouts.All of which could leave a much more lasting impression than McGee’s dunk over him.“The way he was working and the way he was winning, we thought we at least have to bring this guy to camp,” Walton said of Robinson. “He looks great out here.”Taking a rest The task list has mostly stayed unchecked as Walton enters his first season as the Lakers coach fielding a young roster. Yet, Walton has not hesitated in reducing practice time and even giving his players the day off.The Lakers had Sunday off, which marked the third day they rested during training camp. “There’s a million things you want to put in. But you can’t get to it unless you want to have 3 ½ hour practices,” Walton said. “That’s not what we want to do. We’ve even had practices longer than I even like. We like getting in there and going really hard for a shorter amount of time and keeping the attention of the players throughout the whole time.” By Mark MedinaLAS VEGAS >> The devastating force seemed unstoppable no matter how hard Lakers forward Thomas Robinson contested the shot.The Lakers became disorganized on defense once again, leaving Robinson with the thankless task of stopping Warriors center JaVale McGee. Instead, he threw down a one-handed dunk in the Lakers’ 112-107 exhibition loss Golden State on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, a play that soon became fodder afterward in the locker room.The Lakers could not resist teasing Robinson about the play. Yet, how Robinson responded to that dunk explains why the Lakers have appreciated his presence amid his efforts to grab one of the team’s final roster spots. Robinson, who enters his fifth NBA season, finished with seven points and four rebounds in only seven minutes.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cardboard cut-outs and Zoom parties: the new normal for Premier League fans

first_imgSeveral Premier League teams have been inspired by Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach, who used cardboard cut-outs of fans to fill around 13,000 seats in their stadium.Brighton have offered supporters the chance to have personalised cut-outs, with some of the profits donated to charity.“Supporters are encouraged to wear colours to create a stand full of blue and white,” the club said in a statement.However, the cut-outs cannot “sit” next to the replicas of family and friends in the Amex Stadium.West Ham and Wolves have had a similar idea, with fans told their pictures can be part of crowd mosaics.Aston Villa have asked supporters to send in flags to fill the void at Villa Park.Fans are taking matters into their own hands as well.Leicester supporter Paul Rains has set up a website to give club members the chance to watch games together while enjoying a virtual version of the traditional matchday experience.He told the BBC: “I’ll be using Zoom…. There’s the pre-match pint, followed by the game itself and then the post-match meltdown.“I’ll be playing some well-known chants throughout the game, I’ll open the online chat for match banter and post in-game polls to get views on controversial decisions.”Every one of the remaining 92 Premier League matches will be shown live in Britain, with broadcaster Sky Sports doing their bit to hide the drab atmosphere.At various points in games, fans watching on Sky will be able to vote on their favourite chants and they will be part of the audio mix on the broadcast.Realistic crowd sounds and chants are being taken from the FIFA 20 computer game.Other innovations include a Sky Fanzone, where up to six friends can have a video chat for the duration of the match.Share on: WhatsApp premier leagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | From cardboard cut-outs in the stands to Zoom watch parties, the return of the Premier League will be a bizarre experience for locked-out supporters.The English top-flight resumes behind closed doors on Wednesday, with fans forced to adapt to an unsettling new normal due to the coronavirus.Anyone watching the Bundesliga since German football’s return will have noticed the eerie silence in the stands and echoing shouts of players are not conducive to a riveting viewing experience.In the absence of fans, the games often seem soulless and resemble reserve team fixtures rather than high-stakes encounters.Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certain the Premier League product will suffer from the lack of colour and passion provided by supporters.“What makes it special in England is the way people react to the game,” Wenger told The Athletic.“It is the best country in the world for the way the fans respond to what’s happening on the pitch.”He added: “You realise that football without fans is not real…. Only one part of the spectacle is the players. You realise how much you miss the other part.”Keen to salvage some of the vibrant atmosphere that makes English football so popular, Premier League chiefs set up the Broadcast Enhancement Advisory Group.Clubs will reportedly be able to use video screens in stadiums to create “fan walls” made up of supporters on live video calls.In Denmark, hundreds of fans were shown on a giant screen along one side of the Ceres Park stadium for the recent Superliga match between AGF Aarhus and Randers.It is understood that Premier League clubs will also be allowed to play pre-recorded fan chants in stadiums to celebrate goals from the home team.Piped-in crowd noise could also be used for substitutions, VAR appeals and the final whistle.Teams can use “stadium dressing” — comprising fan imagery, flags and banners — to cover the seats in the lower tiers of stands, minimising the visual impact of empty arenas.– Filling the void –last_img read more