first_imgTupelo Music Hall in White River Junction is partnering with the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce to help the many area victims of Tropical Storm Irene. The music venue is presenting a full weekend of music, ‘A Weekend of Giving,’ to benefit the Chamber’s efforts to raise funds to be turned over to The Upper Valley Haven to get food, clothing, building materials, and whatever storm victims may need directly into their hands.Tupelo will kick off the weekend with a great night of music and dancing with the Gully Boys on Thursday, September 8 at 8 pm. Tickets for the General Admission show are $10, with all proceeds going to the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce’s fund for residents of Hartford who were affected by Hurricane Irene. To purchase tickets, call 802-698-8341 or visit www.TupeloHallVermont.com(link is external). The show is presented with the support of Yellow House Media.The popular Upper Valley band will play the first hour “unplugged” and finish up with a classic set of Grateful Dead and originals. The band’s line-up includes band leader Bill Temple on vocals, Rich Meijer and Al Romero on guitar, Dave Clark on bass, and Jimmy Brewer on drums. Tupelo continues their ‘Weekend of Giving’ by donating $5.00 of every ticket sold from their upcoming shows: Leo Kottke 9/9, Renaissance 9/10, and Ellis Paul 9/11 to local families in need of assistance from the devastation of Hurricane Irene. ‘Tupelo is grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received in the community in our first year, and since we are a part of the community, it’s only natural to help when our neighbors are in need,’ said Scott Hayward, owner of Tupelo Music Hall.  ‘I’m thrilled that Tupelo wanted to work with the Chamber to help coordinate this wonderful event to benefit our community. We are stronger when working together,’ said Mollie Martin, Executive Director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about this event and HACC’s Hurricane Irene Relief Fund, please call 802-295-7900.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Jess WinansAfter losing several friends while serving in Afghanistan, former U.S. Marine and current Adelphi University student Julian McBride turned to art to help deal with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).McBride’s oil paintings were inspired by scenes he witnessed on the frontlines. His works were displayed as part of an exhibit called “The Horrors of War” at Adelphi last fall and following the positive response he received, he started sharing his work through public talks featuring PowerPoint slides of his paintings, including one upcoming on April 19 at Lawrence Middle School.“I lost six of my friends during my time overseas,” said the 25-year-old Freeport resident. “It hit me from there—nothing is guaranteed. One day I was hanging with my friends playing golf and the next they were killed by explosive devices.”McBride had never painted until he returned from his deployment. After enrolling in Adelphi in 2013 to study criminal justice, forensics and anthropology, he took a technical drawing in archaeology course, where he learned how to illustrate corpses and decomposed bodies.With his newly acquired art skills, he began painting what was going on inside his head. McBride said he is haunted by his combat experience. But painting helps him cope with his trauma better than any other form of therapy, he discovered.McBride isn’t the only one who benefits. His professors say his work has helped teach the community about the impact of the war.“He’s an exceptional young man who strives to be the most genuine and thoughtful person he can be,” said Stephanie Lake, director of Adelphi’s criminal justice program. “I have no doubt he will end up being incredibly successful in whatever he does.”Julian McBride will be exhibiting “The Horrors of War” at Lawrence Middle School on April 19. Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus is located at 195 Broadway, in Lawrence, NY. 516-295-7000 For more information, visit lawrencemiddleschool.lawrence.orglast_img read more


first_img– Advertisement – On November 6, Savchenko, 37, and Samodanova, 36, announced their split after 14 years of marriage. The estranged duo, who wed in 2006, share daughters Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3.In a statement to Us, the Dancing With the Stars pro stressed that the twosome intended to make their children their priority following the breakup. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly,” he said in a statement to Us. “And we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them.”Samodanova, for her part, said in an Instagram Story post that their “road is coming to an end.” Later that day, the choreographer shared a cryptic message that alluded to Savchenko’s faults in the relationship. “I don’t hate you. I’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be,” the note read.Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Were Having Issues Before SplitGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Rob Latour/BEI/Shutterstock- Advertisement – A rough go of it. Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova’s road toward separation was a bumpy one.“Gleb and Elena had been having issues for a few months, and his relationship with [his Dancing With the Stars partner] Chrishell [Stause] was the catalyst to bringing those issues to the forefront and over the edge,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Gleb is a very passionate person, handsome and always gets attention, and Elena can be insecure.”- Advertisement – Savchenko’s DWTS partner Stause, 39, is also in the midst of a separation from estranged husband Justin Hartley, whom she split from in November 2019. Since Savchenko’s breakup announcement, rumors have swirled about whether he had an affair with Stause. The Selling Sunset star and the Russian dancer denied the speculation.Savchenko, for his part, responded to his estranged wife’s “false accusations” of infidelity. “My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic,” he told Us on November 7. “Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The insider continues, “It was an ongoing thing while they were together, and it especially became an issue when he was on set, on the road and getting attention from the public.”Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Were Having Issues Before SplitChrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko. ABC/Eric McCandlessIt all “took a big toll on Elena, and it was hard for her to adjust,” the source adds. Meanwhile, Savchenko “isn’t bothered by the attention and is just trying to live his best life and move forward” after the split.“His main focus is on his kids and trying to spend as much time with them as possible and also making time for himself,” the insider says. “Gleb feels secure and fully supported by the cast throughout everything. Everyone knew this was coming for a long time. So, they aren’t surprised and just have his back.”- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_img“What did we do to deserve such punishment?” Wang Wenjun, Xiangkai’s daughter, said over the phone to Reuters.A crematorium sent a car to pick up Xiangyou’s body, but the family was told no mourning ceremony would be allowed. They could only collect his ashes after 15 days.Two days before Xiangyou died, doctors at the 4th Hospital of Wuhan had written in a diagnosis that both brothers were likely infected by the coronavirus which has now killed over 1,350 people in China. CT scans showed their lungs had turned “white” with patterns resembling cracked glass, symptomatic of severe viral infections.But the hospital did not have any RNA test kits to confirm their cases, and thus could not admit them for treatment, according to the doctors. They were told to contact their community government, which on Jan. 30 offered to house the brothers at the hotel. Hubei province on Thursday reported a sharp rise in the number of deaths and cases after changing its methodology to include those diagnosed through CT scans like Xiangyou. More than 63,000 people have now been infected nationwide and 1,380 have died.Xiangkai, a retired cab driver, refused to remain at the Echarm hotel after his brother died, instead staying alone at a relative’s home. His wife visited daily, bringing food and Chinese medicine, until she too fell ill with what doctors suspect is the coronavirus.Wenjun lives on the other side of Wuhan. Closed transportation lines means she is unable to visit her parents.Desperate for treatment for her father, she issued a plea for help on the Twitter-like Weibo. The community government responded, saying the decision was up to the virus taskface.At around midnight on Monday, the family received a call saying a hospital bed was available. With no public transport, Wang’s 58-year-old wife pushed him in a wheelchair for the 10-minute trip to the hospital.A new CT scan showed Xiangkai’s lung infection had worsened. He now has trouble walking to the toilet on his own and is awaiting the results of an RNA test.”On Jan. 22, our entire family had a Lunar New Year dinner, and we even took a photo together. It has been bad news every day since then,” Wenjun said.Topics : There were no doctors, nurses or medical equipment at the Wuhan hotel converted into a temporary quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus patients when brothers Wang Xiangkai and Wang Xiangyou arrived two weeks ago.The next day, Xiangkai, 61, woke to find that Xiangyou, 62, had died.The Wangs are among tens of thousands of families devastated by the coronavirus in Wuhan, where the medical system has been overwhelmed by the outbreak, despite massive reinforcements and two speedily built new hospitals.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Transfers will be dramatically reduced this summer, says former Liverpool and Tottenham director of football, Damien Comolli Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 9:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Damien Comolli cannot see many big transfers when the window does open (Picture: Getty Images)There will be a dramatic reduction in transfers and transfer fees due to the coronavirus pandemic, with clubs in perilous financial positions, believes former Liverpool and Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli.When and if the transfer window will next open is not clear, with football still paused due to the coronavirus, and Comolli is expecting the next window to be very different to what we are used to.With clubs struggling for funds, the Frenchman expects more loans and swap deals, while the days of huge transfer fees are over, for now.‘An agent was saying the other day only three clubs in the Premier League will be able to spend money,’ Comolli told Sky Sports News. ‘If that’s the case I think the transfer window will be very different.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We might see swaps, we might see loans and we are going to a see a massive decrease in transfer fees and activity – at least transfers involving money.‘The more this crisis goes on and the clubs are in a difficult situation financially, the first thing that will be impacted will be player remuneration and the second thing will be transfer fees.’There is currently an unresolved issue over player contracts that are due to expire on 30 June and if clubs will keep hold of those players if the season resumes and runs past that date.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityComolli has no answers to these puzzles, but points out the difficulty surrounding the issue and predicts that fans will not be able to watch any live action until next year, ‘Sorry if I’m being dramatic but let’s assume the Premier League starts and suddenly (a player) catches the virus and then dies or gets severe lung damage and he can’t play football anymore, what’s going to happen?’ Comolli questioned.‘Is the player going to say my contract ended on June 30, you forced me to play?‘I think it’ll be very difficult not to finish the season for a lot of different reasons, one is financial but as an industry football has a duty to entertain.‘Now it is not the right thing to talk about it but we have a duty to fans, they want something else at night or during the day to think about, other than the virus and the issues. I think it’d be something positive.‘Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if we couldn’t play with any fans until the end of 2020.’MORE: Liverpool star Dejan Lovren drops transfer hint amid Arsenal linksMORE: RB Leipzig deny any contact from Liverpool over Timo Werner transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more


first_imgJohn McGrathSOUTHEAST Queensland’s property market offers a “golden triangle of opportunity”, with the region tipped to have the best capital growth in the country.That is according to the latest McGrath Report, which says the region – which includes from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and west to Toowoomba – also offers the most desirable lifestyle in Australia. McGrath executive chairman John McGrath has predicted that Annerley, Grange and Springfield Lakes will be the next Brisbane suburbs to watch, while Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast and Pimpama on the Gold Coast were his regional picks. This four bedroom house at 91 Cracknell Rd at Annerley could be yours for an offer over $795,000He said the suburb was surrounded by affluent suburbs but was significantly more affordable. Another one to watch is Springfield Lakes, a growing masterplanned community that is poised to benefit from a proposed passenger rail line extension. John McGrath“Economic growth and jobs are closely tied to every property market’s performance and Queensland has suffered in the shadow of the mining downturn,” the report said.“But boosted tourism, surging gas exports and the strongest annual growth in jobs in more than a decade are combining for a comeback.“Liveability, affordability, scale and future economic prospects all suggest that Brisbane is a market in which you can confidently invest.”The report noted that the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast were now more expensive than the capital, with median house prices of $650,000 and $589,000 respectively compared to Brisbane at $536,000.80“This might be a sign of the future with a huge wave of downsizing due to unfold over the next two decades across Australia,” the report said. “Queensland’s best seachange locations, such as the Gold Coast and Noosa have long been favourite destinations amongst downsizerslooking for a more relaxed life.” An aerial view of Springfield Rise at Spring Mountain that was taken last year“While affordability is part of Queensland’s attraction, massive growth in Sydney and Melbourne property prices over a prolonged period means southern migrants can affordto buy wherever they like,” the report said.“Within Brisbane, southern migrants and local upgraders are favouring premium property in blue chip inner ring areas close to the CBD and/or river. center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThis house at 82 Lanham Avenue, Grange, is on the marketIn Brisbane, Mr McGrath said Grange was becoming increasingly popular with families due to its proximity to schools and the city, relative affordability and bigger blocks.Annerley is also tipped for growth, with Mr McGrath saying it had been “under the radar until now”. This house at 2 Central Avenue at Paddington sold for $1.59 million in August“This has led to above average growth in desirable neighbourhoods like Hamilton (median house price up 38.5 per cent to $1.565 million), Paddington (up 15per cent to $1.15 million),Bulimba (up 11.3 per cent to $1.307 million) and Auchenflower (up 9.5 per cent to$1.095 million).”last_img read more


first_imgWest Indies last won against India in World Cups in 1992.India’s last encounter against West Indies in England in World Cups was 1983.West Indies will be eliminated if they lose to India in Old Trafford. highlights New Delhi: The contest between India and West Indies is an interesting match-up when it comes to momentum. In the clash against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli’s side was given an almighty scare by the discipline of the Afghan side and it needed a special hat-trick from Mohammed Shami and the brilliance in the death overs of Jasprit Bumrah to help India win by 11 runs. On the other hand, West Indies faced a massive heartbreak against New Zealand. Carlos was already ‘Remember the Name’ Brathwaite when he hit four consecutive sixes in the 2016 World T20 Final against England to etch his name in history. In Manchester, Brathwaite was on the cusp of a legendary feat when he smashed a century but in the quest for glory, his lofted shot found Trent Boult near the boundary and the West Indies dream ended by five runs.Brathwaite’s expression and the morale-shattering nature of the loss have put West Indies on the edge. A loss against India will end their chances of reaching the semi-final. On the other hand, India would be aiming to avoid a slip-up as the race for the playoffs intensify. So far, the bowling and the batting have clicked for Kohli’s side. Against Afghanistan, they were tested and Kohli would be happy that Kedar Jadhav’s fifty gave the middle order some buffer.With India getting a good test, Kohli’s side would be aiming to sustain the momentum while the West Indies will be aiming to add more spice in the race for the playoffs by beating India, something which they have not done for 27 years in this tournament. For India, the clash against the West Indies in England will evoke memories of nostalgia. It was in this country, 36 years ago, in the month of June that Kapil Dev’s side defeated the-then two-time champions at Lord’s by 43 runs to become champions for the first time.Team combinationsIndia will head into the match unchanged, with Mohammed Shami securing his spot after the hat-trick against Afghanistan. For the West Indies, Andre Russell’s departure will be a big blow. However, Carlos Brathwaite’s exploits have shown that the West Indies power-hitting is in safe hands.India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahWest Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon CottrellWho will win?On current form, looking at team morale and current form, India is winning the contest against West Indies, who are fighting for survival.Weather and pitchThe build-up to the game has been marred by rain. The weather for Thursday is fine with no rain. A high of 27 degrees should make it an ideal English summer.StatisticsWest Indies has not beaten India for the last 27 years in a World Cup. On current form, the West Indies can put up a fight. However, when it comes to pressure situations, India holds the edge.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Old Trafford and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


first_imgFifth-year senior Jared Berggren had plenty to smile about Sunday, as the Badgers’ bench production added to the center’s solid 19-point performance against the Lions.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s basketball team started off its 2012-13 campaign in high-flying fashion Sunday, demolishing Southeastern Louisiana 87-47 at the Kohl Center.From the get-go, it was never much of a contest between the Badgers and their visitors from the south.UW opened the game on a 19-0 scoring run that spanned the first eight minutes of the first half before the Lions broke the shutout on a three-pointer by senior guard Todd Nelson more than seven minutes into the game.By the end of the first half, the Badgers had built a commanding 43-17 lead on 15-for-28 shooting, while they held the visiting Lions to a measly 25 percent clip from the field on 7-for-28 shooting and 1-for-8 from behind the three-point line.While the second half would start out right where it left off for the Badgers, as time wore on, UW Head Coach Bo Ryan increasingly turned to the bench to take the workload off his starters in the first game of a lengthy season.The Badgers would finish with 34 points from the bench, including 10 points from senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and eight points from freshman forward Sam Dekker.For Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jim Yarbrough, Wisconsin’s offensive depth posed too many problems for his team to handle.“They were just terrific in every way,” Yarbrough said. “At one point weeks and months ago, if you told us we would have 47 points, we probably would have been ecstatic in some ways thinking, ‘Well maybe the game could be 58-47, kind of a low scoring affair, grinding it out.’“If this is any kind of example, I don’t think [Wisconsin is] going to have to worry about low-scoring affairs.”Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of the game for Badger fans was not the blowout margin of victory, but the team’s announcement before the game that Bruesewitz had been cleared to play and would participate in the regular season home opener.While the medical staff restricted his time on the court, Bruesewitz finished the game as UW’s third leading scorer with 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Senior forward Jared Berggren lead Wisconsin’s scoring efforts with 19 points, quietly putting out a solid performance for Wisconsin and rounding out his statistics with eight rebounds and four blocks.“I thought he did some really good things to keep a post presence,” Ryan said. “We did touch the post; some teams you will be able to touch the post more than against others. Jared did a pretty good job with that.”Helping Berggren with the scoring load and on the boards was redshirt sophomore guard Ben Brust. Often a hot-and-cold shooter last season, Brust finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and hit both of his two attempts from behind the arc. The 6-foot-1 Brust also led all players with 11 rebounds. Following the departure of point guard Jordan Taylor, who graduated last spring, and Josh Gasser to a season-ending ACL injury, some thought UW might struggle on the defensive side of the ball with two of the Badgers’ best defenders no longer on the court. But the combination of Brust, redshirt freshman George Marshall and sophomore Traevon Jackson at guard held the Lions’ starting guards to 19 points – including only two points from senior guard Brandon Fortenberry, who was Southeastern Louisiana’s second-leading scorer a year ago and is expected to carry the bulk of the offense this season.“We knew Fortenberry could score,” Ryan said. “I thought we did a pretty good job of, at times, handing him off to the next guy, forcing him to squeeze in areas of the floor to where he was uncomfortable. Our positioning wasn’t too bad.”Looking ahead to the rest of the season, especially with the loss of Gasser, Brust and the other guards know their defensive play could play a big role in the Badgers’ results.“Obviously Josh was [all-Big Ten] defensive team last year, so collectively in the guard spot, I think me, George and [Traevon], we’re going to have to do a good job working together … and do our best to get what we can without Josh,” Brust said. “We’re just going to have to step up.”Despite a dominating first performance in Wisconsin’s official unveiling of this year’s team, the looming matchup with No. 10 Florida Wednesday kept Ryan from getting too carried away with the Badgers’ 40-point rout.“[Traevon], and Ben, George, they did OK,” Ryan said. “But we are obviously going to have to be better against the next opponent.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgWhich of these two statements strikes you as more important likely depends on how deeply you are involved in the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks.MORE: Previewing Year 10 of Ryan Fagan’s college hoops road tripIf you are a fan of the game in general, then the meeting of two of the greatest programs in the game is likely to catch your interest even, if they weren’t both fighting to claim a spot on this season’s top tier. If you are a fan of UK or KU, then what you want most is to claim a quality win.Kentucky has won 2,280 games in its 116 years of competition, more than any other big-time program. Kansas is second at 2,264 in 121 years. Each has won more than 70 percent of its games, a figure only four major programs have achieved. So we know what’s happening in the showcase game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge is important, but there are numbers more germane to this particular occasion:1: Kansas has won three consecutive games in the series. They last played in the Champions Classic near the start of the 2017-18 season. KU invaded Rupp the year before and vexed the Wildcats with a zone defense that helped the Jayhawks grab a 79-73 victory. There is a different dynamic this time, though, with Kansas still working through its adjustment to the absence of center Udoka Azubuike, lost for the year with a hand injury, and Kentucky beginning to discover its offense in a five-game winning streak.The Jayhawks have been using a lineup with 6-9 Dedric Lawson as a nominal center, adjacent to 6-5 Marcus Garrett, 6-5 Quentin Grimes and 6-5 LaGerald Vick. Freshman Devon Dotson is the point guard. They are 4-2 with that base lineup.2. Kentucky has won five consecutive games. The Wildcats have scored at least 1.0 points per possession during that winning streak, something they failed to do in an SEC-opening loss at Alabama. Part of the consistency in that department comes from freshman wings Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson, who contributed 20 points each in the road win at Auburn and are combining for 23.4 points and .461 shooting from the field.“Herro and Keldon Johnson are both having terrific years and are on a roll right now,” KU coach Bill Self told reporters on Thursday. “They are good. They are a team that can win a national championship. I know everybody thought that before the season, and then you have one game where the attention shifts. … They’ve grinded their way back to where they are right now, and that’s being one of the best teams in the country.”MORE: Self’s decision without Azubuike: Go small or go young?3. Post-Doke Kansas is minus-5 on the boards. Since the Jayhawks lost their massive center, they’ve been able to out-rebound smallish teams like Iowa State, largely because All-America candidate Dedric Lawson delivered 11 or more rebounds four times in six games. But bigger teams like Texas (by seven) and Baylor (by 19) punished the Jayhawks on the glass.Kentucky is eighth in the country in offensive rebound percentage and seventh in rebound margin. This is an area of concern for KU.4. Marcus Garrett averaged 17 points over the past three games. A 6-5 sophomore from Dallas, Garrett had as many double-figure scoring games against high-major opponents in that stretch as in his entire career to that point. Though he struck three times from 3-point range in beating Texas, he is doing it mostly by using the space created in KU’s halfcourt offense to get by defenders for drives to the rim. He shot .665 on 2-pointers during that surge. Garrett became a starter when Azubuike was injured and Self decided to employ a smaller lineup.“I don’t think he’s done anything different,” Self said of Garrett. “He’s coachable. He’s tough. He tries hard. He’s smart. He’s got fast hands and he loves to compete. But we knew that when we recruited him. I don’t think he’s done a lot different, except just be himself.”5. Ashton Hagans has six consecutive games with at least four assists. Now firmly established as Kentucky’s point guard, Hagans has shown he is more than just a defensive whiz by averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 assists and shooting .558 from the field during the team’s winning streak. He remains a reluctant long-distance shooter, attempting only a half-dozen and making one over those five games, but he has come to understand the importance of not passing up open shots and disrupting the Wildcats offensive flow.MORE: UK, no longer haunted by Duke defeat, making way back among elite6. KU will not play a higher-ranked opponent — in NET — before the NCAAs. That makes this a huge game for the Jayhawks. They have two scheduled games against No. 17 Texas Tech. It’s possible the Red Raiders could storm down the stretch and Kentucky could stumble, which would make Tech a higher-rated opponent. But as it stands, and as the trends have gone lately, the No. 8 Wildcats will remain an important opponent for KU. The No. 1 and No. 2 programs in Division I basketball history will play Saturday night at Rupp Arena.The No. 9 and No. 13 programs in the NCAA’s NET ranking will play Saturday night at Rupp Arena. The reverse is true for Kentucky, just not as much. The Wildcats still have two games against No. 5 Tennessee, plus a home game against No. 12 LSU. There are more opportunities for Kentucky to get big wins. But every one helps.It is odd to see the Big 12/SEC Challenge at this time of year, when all the other conferences are engaged in league play. ESPN did not have good fortune with the matchups established, with only two of the 10 games including two ranked teams. One of those is KU-UK, however.That alone makes the Challenge worth our time.last_img read more


first_img“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote on social media. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.”We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”Violent demonstrations had spread across the country through Saturday. First, Goodell’s statement, which referenced the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery: pic.twitter.com/rRUOPpWSpE— NFL (@NFL) May 30, 2020Followed by the Kaepernick responses:Where was this energy when @Kaepernick7 kneeled and peacefully protested?— Y🙃WN (@yawn_323) May 30, 2020Oh so now the NFL gets to cherry pick when they do and don’t care about black people 🙄 Kaep tried this the formal way and he was blacklisted— shawn 🧬 (@shawnwatsonjr) May 30, 2020pic.twitter.com/3LcHHvJiIf— 🧞‍♂The📚Liberal📚Guru, M.A.🧞‍♂ (@A_Smart_Liberal) May 30, 2020This is exactly what Kaepernick was protesting. Did y’all forget about that?— Harry (@Harry8__) May 30, 2020Will the NFL please lift its on-field kneeling ban?— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) May 30, 2020Save the bullshit— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) May 30, 2020Where was this energy at years ago? pic.twitter.com/LgIXCVUt8R— Published Author (@Ter0me) May 30, 2020And so on.Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, voiced support this week for the violent protests over Floyd’s death at the knee of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.MORE: Eric Reid calls out VP Mike Pence for tweet about protests The NFL got instant feedback — and lots of it — Saturday after commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the most recent set of publicized police killings in the United States.Not surprisingly, the league wound up with heavy doses of Colin Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.”last_img read more