WATCH: Fans scuffle in front of LeBron James after game 2

first_imgView comments Castro-led TNT routs Meralco, nears semis LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, James was in a foul mood himself after the demoralizing loss and decided to skip the post game press conference, Bleacher Report said.Game 3 shifts to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORIES: LeBron on doubters’ criticism: ‘I stopped caring a long time ago’NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series leadSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tensions were certainly high following the second straight victory of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs both teams were headed to the locker room following the final buzzer, Sports Illustrated captured an altercation between two fans in the stands.As seen in the six-second clip, three individuals engaged in a shoving match right in front of Cavs superstar LeBron James, who was on his way to the dug out. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Fans started fighting near the tunnel of where the Cavs exit. LeBron James was approaching when the altercation started.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 5, 2017Both James and teammate J.R. Smith lingered a bit until security got a hold of the situation.As of this writing, it remains uncertain what caused the commotion or which teams the fans were rooting for.ADVERTISEMENT The Cavs’ postgame court exit was interrupted by a fight between fans pic.twitter.com/BwrxtwFtnH— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 5, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Games to be opened by Prince Charles, President Patil together

first_imgBritain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla participating in an event in northern France.In a compromise over the contentious issue of inauguration of Commonwealth Games on Sunday, Prince Charles will declare the Games open while President will say ‘let the Games begin’.Highly placed government sources today said that this compromise has been worked out after arguments between Delhi and London over who would do the honours in the absence of Queen Elizabeth who has decided to skip the Games and instead send Charles as her representative.The Indian side was keen that Patil should inaugurate the Games since she ranked higher in protocol to the Prince.While the Indians were insisting on the President opening the Games, the office of the Prince said he will read the message from the Queen and end it by “declaring the Games open”.”There is no row. Both The Prince of Wales and the President of India will have a prominent role in the opening ceremony in Delhi. The Queen has asked The Prince of Wales to represent her at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.”We cannot be specific about the choreography but The Prince will read out the Queen’s baton message, ending by declaring the Games open,” a statement from the Clarence House read.The two sides are believed to have reached a compromise under which the Prince will end his statement “declaring the Games open”, while the President will say “let the Games begin”.Sources cited the example of the Commonwealth Games held in Malaysia in 1998 where the Queen was represented by a Royal family member and the Malaysian King opened the Games.advertisementLikewise, India, the sources said, feels that since the Queen would not be present here and only the Prince would be representing her, the President should have the honour of opening the Games as she is ahead in protocol.Charles is attending the Games as a representative of Queen Elizabeth II, the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth who will give the event a miss for the first time in 44 years.Earlier, a British tabloid quoted some of the officials of the Indian Department of Information as saying that the Indian President would open the Games.The Queen’s Baton Relay has acted as the curtain-raiser to every Games since Cardiff in 1958.It involves the Baton being sent off by the Queen, then carried through each Commonwealth nation until it is passed back to the Monarch as her message to the athletes is ready out at the opening.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Injured Pat Cummins out of Bangladesh tour

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Pat Cummins will miss a two-Test tour of Bangladesh due to a new stress fracture in his back and Cricket Australia said on Thursday he will be replaced by allrounder James Faulkner.The 22-year-old Cummins has been affected by back and other injuries for most of his young career and has not played a Test since his debut in South Africa in 2011.But after playing 13 one-day internationals and four Twenty20 games for Australia since November, he was expected to play in Bangladesh and in upcoming home Tests against New Zealand and the West Indies.Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said Cummins experienced recent lower back pain and a scan showed a “new early-stage lumbar bone stress fracture,” adding Cummins will undergo a lengthy rehabilitation program.last_img read more

Tennis: Double Runner-up Finish for Sasi Kumar Mukund at Baotou Challenger

first_img Baotou ChallengerSasi Kumar Mukund First Published: September 1, 2019, 3:53 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Baotou: In a career-best performance, upcoming Indian tennis player Sasi Kumar Mukund ended runner-up in both singles and doubles at the Baotou Challenger, here on Sunday.The 12th seed Mukund lost the singles title clash 4-6, 3-6 to Australian top seed James Duckworth in the USD 54,160 clay-court event. Reaching the Chennai Open semi-final was Mukund’s best singles performance before entering this event.Mukund earned USD 4240 for his effort and also 48 ranking points that will push him to career-best 235 when the new rankings will be issued after the conclusion of the US Open.The season has been an average one for the 21-year-old Mukund, who struggled to go beyond the second rounds on the Challenger circuit.In the doubles, Mukund and Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili lost 6-7(3), 2-6 to second seed Korean pair of Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song.Mukund split USD 1800 with Gabashvili. last_img read more

Shane Watson considers retirement after ICC World Twenty20 2016

first_imgShane Watson says he will decide on his international cricket future at the conclusion of the World Twenty 20 tournament being held in India.Watson admitted that he was “pleasantly surprised” when he got the call-up for Australia’s T20I side to take on India in January after he was overlooked for the preceding One-Day International (ODI) series.”There’s no doubt I’ll have a bit of time to think about it (international retirement) after the T20 World Cup. I’ll reassess from there,” Watson said on Wednesday.But for now, the 34-year-old has a golden opportunity to bow out of the international arena by winning the one global trophy that has eluded Australia.”There’s no doubt to win the T20 World Cup, we came very close in 2010 making the final, so that certainly would be an incredible thing to be a part of,” he said.”At this point in time I’m still just living the dream with the cricket that I’m able to play and the teams I’m able to play in. I’m not sure where that’s going to take me in the short term. At the moment I’m loving the opportunity of being back in the Australian squad and hopefully we can win the T20 World Cup.”Watson added they have given themselves the best chance of winning the trophy because of the talented squad that is available to them.”We’ve got a bit of improvement to go and more consistency in how we’re playing to give ourselves that chance, but we’ve got the talented squad here to be able to give ourselves the best chance,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

PM praises Parrikar for his speech in RS on chopper deal

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his reply to the debate on AgustaWestland chopper deal in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, saying he had presented “all relevant facts” rising “above politics”. He also put on his Twitter account the speech of Parrikar, urging his followers to listen to it. “Yesterdays speech by RM @manoharparrikar in the Rajya Sabha was one of the best speeches, displaying best parliamentary traditions,” Modi tweeted. “RM @manoharparrikar rose above politics & placed all relevant facts on the table. Urging you all to hear his speech,” the Prime Minister said in another tweet. Parrikar had targeted the previous UPA regime over the controversial deal and suggested the role of an “invisible hand” in preventing a proper investigation earlier. He had said that ongoing probe will focus on those named in the Italian Court judgement on the controversy surrounding the Rs 3600 crore deal for 12 VVIP helicopters. PTI AKK VSClast_img read more

KXIP vs GL: Sensational Hashim Amla slams second hundred in IPL 2017

first_imgHashim Amla, who has been in fantastic form this season, struck his second hundred of this year’s Indian Premier League as Kings XI Punjab played the Gujarat Lions in Mohali.Amla, known for his classic batting and being more of a player for the Test fold, has been proving his critics wrong as he continues his onslaught in the shortest format of the game.The 34-year-old started off the innings decently and steadied the innings with Shaun Marsh.He reached his fifty off 35 balls by taking a single off the bowling of Ankit Soni in the 12th over and struck a 125-run partnership with Shaun Marsh (58) for the second wicket before the Aussie fell to Dhawal Kulkarni in the 16th over.The classy right-hander continued the good work and upped the ante after the fall of Marsh and finally reached his hundred with a maximum off Basil Thampi from 59 balls.However, he fell in the following ball for 104 after being adjudged leg-before.He hit eight fours and five sixes in his knock of 104.During the innings break, he said that it’s nice to get some runs and the partnership with Marsh was key.   “It is always nice to get some runs. Took a bit of time to adjust, got the partnership going with Shaun Marsh.Definitely, we got the partnership going and that set the tone for us. It’s not an easy wicket to bat. The team is really keen to go to the next round, The most important part is to go the final four,” he said.advertisementWhen asked about his style of play, he said that he prefers playing good cricketing shots.”Everybody is different, everybody has different styles. For me it is about hitting good shots.”He signed off by saying “I just need to say, ‘little red, riding hood’ ” jokingly.Amla had earlier hit an unbeaten 104 off 60 balls against the Mumbai Indians.He now has scored 420 runs from 10 matches, hitting two centuries and two fifties.However, Punjab lost the match by six wickets.last_img read more

Apple’s 2020 iPhones to come with flexible OLED panels from LG

first_imgApple is expected to launch the Apple iPhone XI consisting of the iPhone XIR, the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max in September this year. But even before the company unveils its 2019 iPhones, details about the company’s 2020 iPhone models – possibly iPhone 12 or iPhone XII – have already started doing rounds on the internet. Now, a new report suggests that Apple will use OLED displays by LG in its 2020 iPhones.Apple is said to ditch the LCD display in its 2020 iPhones and opt for expensive OLED displays in all its iPhone models scheduled for next year. Now a new report by a Korea-based news channel, ETNews, says that Apple is planning to include flexible OLED panels by LG in its 2020 iPhones.As per the report, the Korean tech giant will begin the mass production of its flexibled OLED panel in the third quarter of this year and it will supply the flexible OLED panels to some models of Apple’s 2020 iPhone models. In addition to this, LG is also expected to supply, in small quanities, flexible OLED panels to some iPhone models scheduled to be released later this year.As far as the 2020 iPhones are concerned, reports over the past couple of months have detailed a number of features – besides 5G connectivity — that will make it to the Cupertino, California based company’s phone next year. For starters, a report by DigiTimes earlier this month stated that Apple’s 2020 iPhones are likely to come with 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensors at the back. At present, the company users ToF sensors in the front, which are used for a varety of features such as face recognition and Animoji. Including ToF sensors at the back would increase the range of the phone’s rear camera and allow the device to measure an area up to 4.5 meters, which is longer than what Android phones can measure right now.advertisementA separate report by Ice Universe suggests that Apple may use displays with a refresh rate of 120GHz in its 2020 iPhones. Apple first offered refresh rates of up to 120GHz in its 12.5-inch iPad Pro models that featured ProMotion display.ALSO READ: | 2020 iPhones may come with a 3D ToF sensor at the backALSO READ: | 2020 iPhone may get 120Hz display like iPad Pro, Apple in talks with Samsung and LGALSO READ: | Apple will launch two 5G iPhones in 2020 with 5.4-inch, 6.7-inch OLED panel: Analystlast_img read more

Celebrating The Country’s Seniors

first_img The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) is observing Senior Citizens’ Week with a series of activities that will get under way on Sunday (September 24). The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) is observing Senior Citizens’ Week with a series of activities that will get under way on Sunday (September 24).Under the theme ‘Seniors Promoting Intergenerational Solidarity’, the Week will highlight and honour the contribution of the country’s older citizens to national development, while providing the opportunity for them to engage and connect with the younger generation.Speaking at the launch on Thursday (September 21) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said senior citizens have served Jamaica well.“These (older) persons have served our nation with pride and dignity. Some of them have worked under trying circumstances in an effort to build this country. The enhanced quality of life and the improved conditions at the workplaces that we sometimes take for granted are as a result of their hard work,” she noted.Acting Executive Director for the NCSC, Cassandra Morrison, said the entity, which is celebrating 41 years of service, continues to ensure that seniors remain active, contributing members of society through its various skills training programmes and activities.Speaking on the theme for the week of observance, she noted that solidarity between generations in families, communities and the entire nation is fundamental for the achievement of a prosperous society.“It is a major prerequisite for social cohesion and a foundation for a formal and informal support system to sustain economic growth and development,” she said.Senior Citizens’ Week will commence with a national church service at the Morant Bay Anglican Church and the celebration of Grandparent’s Day to highlight the group’s importance to the family unit.Other activities scheduled to take place across the island are a tree-planting exercise and parish exhibitions on September 25; a garden party, September 26; a national tree-planting ceremony and community outreach activity/recreational trip, September 27; parish awards ceremony, September 28; parish exhibition day, September 29; an evening of entertainment, September 30; United Nations International Day of Older Persons Forum across all parishes, October 3; and an awards ceremony on October 5.Observed annually during the month of September, Senior Citizens’ Week aims to honour and recognise older citizens in Jamaica.The NCSC is an agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security with a mandate to advise the Minister on all matters concerning the welfare of senior citizens as well as to implement the National Policy for Senior Citizens.The entity works with the Government, private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and citizens to develop plans to promote active ageing and the participation of seniors in nation building.For more information about Senior Citizens’ Week, persons can contact the NCSC at 906-9277-8. Under the theme ‘Seniors Promoting Intergenerational Solidarity’, the Week will highlight and honour the contribution of the country’s older citizens to national development, while providing the opportunity for them to engage and connect with the younger generation. Story Highlights Speaking at the launch on Thursday (September 21) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said senior citizens have served Jamaica well.last_img read more

Students Celebrate Completion of Summer Youth Apprenticeship Program

first_imgSome Nova Scotia high school students returned to the classroom this September with hands-on trades experience and credits towards their high school diploma. Ninety-three students spent their summer working with certified journeypersons as part of the province’s summer youth apprenticeship programs. “These are terrific programs that help our young people learn more about the career opportunities available here in the province,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Our role is to make the connection for students, so they can see the opportunity that exists in the province. We want to give them the best exposure possible so they can launch successful careers here.” The youth apprenticeship programs allow students to gain real work experience with employers in the motive power, construction, and cook trades. They also receive workplace safety training before their work placement, and hours towards apprenticeship certification. Ian McFarlane joined 16 other high school students at an event in Dartmouth today to celebrate their accomplishments in this summer’s TestDrive program. “I had a great experience and would recommend the program to anyone,” said Mr. McFarlane. “One thing that really stood out to me was the amount of trust in the tasks my employer, Nova Trucking, gave me. I really felt like I was treated like a real employee.” Building Futures for Youth had their closing ceremony Oct. 6, and Serve It Up! And TestDrive are holding theirs Thursday, Oct. 13. The programs are supported by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators and skilled workers and we need to provide them with the right skills and knowledge to ensure that Nova Scotia has a bright future,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “These programs and partnerships demonstrate how our education system is helping students explore and acquire skills that will enable them to transition smoothly into the workforce and a lifetime of learning.” Government has invested more than $1.3 million in the programs and provided more than 680 students with paid summer employment and hands-on trades experience.last_img read more

New Israel Jordan Valley Regulation Affect 55K Palestinian Workers

Ayesha UlhaqRabat – More than 55,000 Palestinian workers will be affected by a new Israeli labor regulation that limits their access to court proceedings.In the shabby office of a trade union building in Jericho, occupied West bank, Ismael Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian laborer, unfurled a receipt from an Israeli court for 1,000 shekels ($260). Towards the beginning of October, Abu Rehmeh paid the entirety of the 1,000 shekels after an Israeli court judge overseeing his case requested him to take care of the legal expenses of his boss, who Abu Rahmeh was accusing of wrongful termination, if he were to lose the case. If in the event that Abu Rahmeh had not paid the extra 1,000 shekels, the case that he had first documented against his employer in 2015 would have been tossed out of court. The original case that Abu Rahmeh was fighting for was in 2014 against an Israeli employer with whom he worked on an agricultural settlement in the Jordan Valley for more than 13 years. However, due to an unfortunate situation where Abu Rahmeh fell and injured his back, his employer dismissed him from the job.Abu Rahmeh did consider dropping the case, as it was a struggle to gather the legal funds, but after thinking long and hard, Abu Rahmeh reluctantly paid the guarantee for the lawsuit to continue. Earlier this year, Israel’s justice ministry brought out the 1,000 shekel guarantee as a part of a new regulation. Prior to this, workers who proceeded with legal action in court paid a regular court fee.Israeli media named this the “Jordan Valley Regulation,” since it was seen by the press to be politically driven to profit immigrants who operate businesses and employ non-Israeli workers in this part of the occupied West Bank.Sawsan Zaher, a lawyer at Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, has said, “It has a political goal and the goal here is to prevent Palestinian workers from going to court, suing their Israeli employers and obliging their employers, through court orders, to pay them their full wages, minimum wages, vacations and all their rights based on Israeli Labor law”.In the case of Abu Rahmeh, who was given a two-week timeframe to gather the funds, it was a struggle. Thus, he had to use a combination of his savings and money earnt from overtime work to fund this. Abu Rahmeh told Al Jazeera that “It was such a large amount of money. I had to work for long hours in order to save the money to pay this amount. I had set aside money for medication, but I had to use it for the case,” he said.Many Palestinians will continue to suffer due to such unfair legislations. read more

The Latest German government still urging Brexit deal

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local):11:30 a.m.The German government says it still has a “great interest” in Britain reaching a domestic agreement on how to move forward on Brexit, after talks between government and opposition broke down.Martina Fietz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Friday that she can’t comment specifically on the latest development. But she said that the German government’s interest in Britain agreeing how to organize the country’s exit from the European Union and get it through Parliament “is of course still there, and we are watching with interest what is happening in London.”Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but the bloc has extended the Brexit deadline until Oct. 31.German Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said “we of course expect from the British side that they use this time frame and don’t face the same situation in October that we had a few weeks ago.”___10:50 a.m.Cross-party talks in Britain aimed at striking a compromise Brexit deal have broken down without agreement.Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says the talks with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government have “gone as far as they can.”The two sides have held weeks of negotiations to see if they can agree on terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union that can win support in Parliament. The talks began after lawmakers rejected May’s divorce deal with the EU three times.But the Conservatives and Labour differ on how close an economic relationship to seek with the bloc after the U.K. leaves.Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but Brexit has been delayed until Oct. 31 amid the political impasse.The Associated Press read more

Ban NigeriaCameroon peninsula transfer exemplifies good neighbourliness

“The case of the Bakassi Peninsula has proven the viability of a peaceful and legal settlement of border disputes, when it is done with the full support of the international community and in a spirit of mutual respect, good neighbourliness and cooperation,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the handover ceremony.He paid tribute to both countries for their “patience and perseverance,” adding that they serve as an example to the world on how to peacefully resolve sensitive problems.The International Court of Justice resolved the “potentially dangerous” dispute between the two countries, and the event marks “a triumph for the rule of law, which lies at the very core of the mission and work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said in the message, which was delivered on his behalf by Kieran Prendergast, who chaired the follow-up committee on the implementation of the 2006 Greentree agreement.Under that historic pact – signed under the auspices of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan – Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, an oil-rich region on the Gulf of Guinea that had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the African neighbours for decades.The agreement was “a testimony to the determination and resolve of both countries to move beyond a difficult past,” Mr. Ban noted, calling it “the embodiment of an innovative approach to conflict resolution.”Also in attendance at today’s ceremony in Calabar, Nigeria, was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit. 14 August 2008The transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon of a once-disputed peninsula is a result of the resolve of the neighbouring African nations to bring a peaceful end to the issue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Burkina Faso UN volunteers announce new project to assist poor youth

With $2.2 million from the Government of Luxembourg and nearly $300,000 worth of in-kind support from the Government of Burkina Faso, UNV will undertake a five-year project to counsel an estimated 1,200 street children, juveniles and other marginalized youth on educational and vocational options that can improve their future prospects. Starting in July, teams of international and national UN Volunteers will set up counselling centres in Bobo-Dioulasso and Houndé, the capitals of two of the poorest provinces of the West African country. At the centres, young people will benefit from psychosocial help, while older youth will receive job counselling. The project also envisages an information campaign to counter the exploitation of young women and children. “This project builds on very positive collaboration between UNV and the Government of Luxembourg in which Luxembourg finances nationals from developing countries to serve as UN Volunteers,” said the agency’s Deputy Executive Coordinator, Ad de Raad. “I believe that this project will demonstrate how, through voluntary effort, young people can become engaged and play a productive role in society.”Created by the UN General Assembly in 1970, UNV extends hands-on assistance for peace and development in 140 countries. read more

PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne after crude Emmett Till lyrics

by Candice Choi And Chris Talbott, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2013 5:04 pm MDT PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne after crude Emmett Till lyrics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties with Lil Wayne over the rapper’s crude lyrical reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till.Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company’s Mountain Dew soda.Earlier this week, PepsiCo also pulled an online ad for the neon-colored soda that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. That ad was developed by rapper Tyler, the Creator.On Friday, PepsiCo said in a statement that Wayne’s “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.” It declined to provide any further comment.A publicist for Lil Wayne, Sarah Cunningham, said that the split was due to “creative differences” and that it was an amicable parting.“That’s about all I can tell you at this time,” she said.Wayne had sent the Till family a letter offering empathy and saying that he would not reference Till or the family in his music, particularly in an inappropriate manner.But the Till family said the letter fell short of an apology.“It’s mindboggling to me that they partnered with him in the first place,” said the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., a Till cousin and witness to his abduction. “Major corporations should scrutinize who they endorse, don’t let greed or money determine who you sponsor.”Parker’s written statement said Wayne’s lyrics not only insulted Till’s memory but degraded women as well.Rev. Al Sharpton, who had been working with the Till family to arrange a meeting with Lil Wayne and PepsiCo officials, said in a telephone interview that he hopes the decision ultimately is less about punishing individual rappers and more a cultural “teaching moment.”“Otherwise we’re just waiting on the next train crash instead of trying to really resolve our problem and learn from these experiences and set a tone in the country that’s healthy for everybody,” he said.Sharpton said that he and the Till family still plan to meet with PepsiCo officials next week.The controversy erupted after Wayne made the reference to Till on Future’s song “Karate Chop” earlier this year. He refers to a violent sexual act on a woman and says he wants to do as much damage as was done to Till.The black teen from Chicago was in Mississippi visiting family in 1955 when he was killed, allegedly for whistling at a white woman. He was beaten, had his eyes gouged out and was shot in the head before his assailants tied a cotton gin fan to his body with barbed wire and tossed it into a river.Two white men, including the woman’s husband, were acquitted by an all-white jury.Till’s body was recovered and returned to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till, insisted on having an open casket at his funeral. The pictures of his battered body helped push civil rights into the cultural conversation.Music and media industry executive Paul Porter, who comments on music issues on his website RapRehab.com, said he thought PepsiCo’s decision was an effort by the company “to do the right thing now.”Porter, who had complained publicly and to PepsiCo about Lil Wayne and the Mountain Dew video by Tyler, the Creator, said the company is “doing a whole evaluation of the process” involving its commercials and musicians. His comments were based on his conversations with the company.“I commend them for making this strong judgment,” he said. “Lil Wayne’s apology was not an apology.”Earlier this month, Rick Ross also lost his deal with Reebok after he rapped about raping a woman who had been drugged. As for the Mountain Dew ad by Tyler, the Creator, PepsiCo said it pulled the spot immediately after learning people found it offensive.The ad portrayed a battered white woman being urged to identify her attacker from a lineup of black men and a talking goat that has appeared in other Mountain Dew ads. Tyler, the Creator has noted that the men in the lineup were played by his friends and members of Odd Future, a Los Angeles-based rap collective.__Talbott reported from Nashville, Tenn. AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report from Los Angeles.__Follow Candice Choi at —www.twitter.com/candicechoiFollow Chris Talbott at —www.twitter.com/Chris_Talbott read more

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says team discussed Kaepernick

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says the team “talked about and discussed” bringing in quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a tryout “but we will probably go in a different direction.”Gruden told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that would there have been “a greater possibility” of considering Kaepernick if the Redskins were in need of a QB in Week 1 rather than at this stage of the season now.Washington lost Colt McCoy to a broken right leg in a 28-13 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night that dropped the Redskins’ record to 6-6. McCoy had replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback after Smith broke his right leg last month.Gruden said McCoy had surgery Tuesday but would not go on injured reserve immediately because there is a chance he might be able to return before the season ends.Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice.He filed a grievance against the NFL last year, saying team owners colluded to keep him off rosters.___https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLHoward Fendrich, The Associated Press read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State beats King in NCAA tournament playin game in

Then-junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen serves the ball in the 2017 NCAA tournament on Thursday. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will head to Los Angeles in its continued run at a three-peat after taking out King University 3-0 in the NCAA tournament play-in game. Ohio State will next face UC Irvine in the NCAA quarterfinals.Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the match with 14 kills and his teammate, junior setter Sanil Thomas, had a match-high 39 assists.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said he expected his team to continue its 2018 success at home after the Buckeyes finished the year with a 14-1 record at home.“We’ve been really good in St. John Arena for the last three years and having the leadership of Nic Szerszen, of Maxime Hervoir, Blake Leeson, Sanil Thomas. They all played a great match tonight,” Hanson said. “I felt pretty comfortable that we would come out of this thing OK.”The Tornado suffered an emphatic loss to the Buckeyes in the first set, trailing by 12 points when Ohio State’s senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir nailed the winning kill, picking up a 25-13 win.Ohio State scored the first point and carried an eight-serve run with Thomas. Thomas also did his fair share in the back row, contributing four of the Buckeyes’ five digs. King struggled to keep up with the Ohio State, scoring only seven kills — fewer than half of the Buckeyes — and matching those kills with seven attacking errors, resulting in a hitting percentage of .000.King kept up with the Buckeyes for the majority of the second set. Tornado senior outside hitter Jeff Sprayberry kept up with Ohio State’s top attackers with five kills in the second set. Tornado senior opposite Kiel Bell added four kills. Ohio State did not dominate the second set as much as the first, giving away a total of 11 points through service, attacking and blocking errors. The Buckeyes managed to secure the narrow 25-23 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.Hanson said his team started to struggle defensively when King found its offensive rhythm in the second set. “I was a little disappointed with our defensive effort in set number two,” Hanson said. “I thought we just kind of lost track of what we were supposed to do defensively, blocking and playing defense, and a few too many service errors that led into them getting some rhythm offensively.”Szerszen said the second set served as a lesson moving forward into the tournament. “We didn’t really gauge how well they would play so we came out pretty strong the first set and had a pretty good score,” said Szerszen. “Usually when that happens we tend to relax a little bit, be on our heels and kind of try to let it happen, and it proved to us that we cannot do that anymore.”Ohio State turned its focus to the next round after a seven-point win in the third set to sweet King. King maintained its second-set performance, but the Buckeyes had four fewer errors than in their previous set. The Thunder held its own until the two teams were tied at 11. Ohio State went on a three-point run followed by eight more points in a span of 15 plays to take a 22-15 lead. Sprayberry and Bell carried their offensive success over from the second set to the third, but it wasn’t enough to stay on Ohio State’s heels with King falling 25-18 in the game’s final set. Ohio State will next play UC Irvine at 8 p.m. Tuesday. read more