The revolution that wasn’t: Bernie Sanders second presidential bid falls to earth

first_imgMillions of Democrats across the country agreed with Dooley during Tuesday’s nominating contests, adding to the momentum and delegate count that has resurrected the former vice president’s campaign. Biden won at least four of the six states that voted, including the biggest prize of Michigan, dealing another blow to the “political revolution” promised by 78-year-old Sanders.Many voters said they admired the Vermont senator’s authenticity and consistent message, and like his policies, but had cast ballots strategically for Biden, the candidate they think can beat President Donald Trump in the November general election.“This isn’t the time for extreme,” said Kurt Nortin, a 55-year-old substitute teacher who saw Biden speak in St. Louis on Saturday.Sanders fell short of his primary performances against Hillary Clinton in 2016 when he pulled off an upset in Michigan and lost by a whisker in Missouri. On Tuesday he lost handily in both those states, places where he hoped to demonstrate his strength among Midwestern voters. Sanders only pulled off a win in North Dakota, a small state with few delegates. In Washington state, Biden and Sanders were in a virtual tie with more than two-thirds of the votes counted. Topics : “Last night obviously was not a good night for our campaign,” Sanders told reporters in his hometown of Burlington on Wednesday. He insisted he was staying in the race and would draw a sharp distinction with Biden in a televised debate scheduled for Sunday in Arizona.Sanders said he was winning “the ideological debate” on issues such as universal healthcare that are popular with many Americans, as well as the “generational debate” with his appeal to younger voters. Yet he acknowledged many Democrats were still choosing Biden because they believe the former vice president is the best candidate to defeat Trump.”Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion,” Sanders said. “But that is what millions of Democrats and independents today believe.”Sanders had promised his platform of ambitious social programs and raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy would expand the electorate. Instead Americans of all stripes turned out for Biden: women and men, white and black voters, those with or without college degrees, and self-described liberals and moderates. Sanders only dominated among young voters and Latinos.U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders announces that he will be continuing his campaign for U.S. president at least through his March 15 debate with former Vice President Joe Biden as he holds a news conference in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)State after state, voters by roughly 2 to 1 said they would rather pick a candidate who can beat Trump than one they agree with on major issues, according to Edison Research exit polls in the states that voted on Tuesday as well as last week’s Super Tuesday contests.The overwhelming majority of these voters who cited beating Trump as the top priority – 61% in Michigan, 67% in Missouri, and 82% in Mississippi – voted for Biden, the polls show.It was a stinging setback for Sanders, who just two weeks ago was riding high with back-to-back strong showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.Wall Street investors fearful of a government takeover of healthcare dumped shares in health insurers, while Democratic Party insiders sounded the alarm that the self-described democratic socialist would not only lose to Trump in November but would also hurt the party’s chances down-ballot.Biden, the moderate former vice president under Barack Obama, was helped in part by a wave of endorsements from moderate Democrats and former rivals, including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar who ended their own presidential bids and rallied behind him. On the eve of the pivotal Michigan primary, former rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker stumped for Biden at a Detroit rally.But progressives, whose loyalties had been split between Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the race on Thursday, have yet to close ranks around Sanders.While nearly all of Biden’s moderate rivals endorsed Biden after ending their own presidential bids, Warren has yet to throw her support behind her longtime progressive ally.Some Warren supporters said they were unable to overcome concerns about Sanders’ electability or the perceived divisiveness of his supporters, despite agreeing with much of his policy platform.Dooley, the Michigan teacher who voted for Biden, said she liked the platforms of both Sanders and Warren. But when Warren dropped out, Dooley said her personal admiration for Sanders could not bring her to vote for him. She said she was thinking about November.“For the general population, I feel that (Sanders) might be a little too liberal, Dooley said.On Tuesday, even voters describing themselves as liberal broke for Biden in Missouri and Mississippi and were evenly split between Biden and Sanders in Michigan, according to exit polls.At the same time, many of the ideas Sanders has been taking around the country for the better part of the last five years appear popular among voters. Even in Mississippi, where Sanders was routed by a 66-point margin, 60% of voters said they favored the idea behind Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, replacing private healthcare with a single government plan for everyone.“Democrats right now aren’t necessarily voting on policies,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic political consultant in Washington.“The reality is they’re prioritizing electability because of the unique threat of Trump, and they’re saying that Biden is across the board more electable,” he said.Bernie Sanders closed campaign headquarters sits empty in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Kyle Grillot)TAKING ON THE ESTABLISHMENTAfter losing the Democratic nomination to Clinton in 2016, Sanders built a formidable campaign apparatus for his 2020 run, bolstered by an army of devoted supporters who contributed small donations to his campaign in unprecedented numbers.It all seemed to be paying off when he emerged out of Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses as the clear delegate leader after three states had voted.But exuberant crowds of 10,000 people or more at Sanders’ rallies masked his narrow coalition of voters. His mostly young supporters did not turn out to the polls in large numbers, while Biden dominated among the older voters who did show up.In Michigan, even as turnout surged from 1.2 million in 2016 to an estimated 1.7 million in 2020, Sanders’ core base – voters between the ages of 18 and 29 – made up just 15% of the Democratic primary electorate, down at least 4 percentage points from four years ago.Sanders showed little interest in reaching out to the Democratic Party’s moderate wing, fueling criticism that he, and his fiercest supporters are sowing intra-party division ahead of a bruising general election battle against Trump.When Sanders’ campaign on Monday held a call with former Warren supporters to get their input on how to court those who have yet to back him, “it did not go well,” according to a person familiar with the call.The Warren supporters suggested adopting some of her policies and addressing the abusive language of some Sanders backers online, but found the campaign unwilling to take responsibility for the behavior, the person said.The Sanders campaign did not respond to a request for comment about the call.When Sanders emerged as a front-runner, Republicans began casting November’s vote as “America vs. Socialism.” Sanders’ Democratic rivals warned that his history of positive comments about left-wing governments like Cuba and Venezuela would damage the party and play into some Americans’ fears of a socialist takeover.Gary Williams, a 64-year-old physical therapy assistant from Detroit, said he did not see Sanders as a socialist, but that he had a “message for the people.”Still, Williams said he feared that with what he called the “establishment” of the Democratic Party against Sanders, Biden was a better bet to beat Trump.“If you were to ask what Biden’s message is, I don’t even know,” said Williams. He said he voted for Biden anyway.That kind of singular focus among Democratic voters was on display at Biden’s St. Louis rally.Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill after a primary night speech at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )Nortin, the substitute teacher, showed up wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with AOC, the acronym for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive lightning rod who has challenged the party’s Old Guard and supports Sanders.But 55-year-old Nortin said he’s casting his lot with Biden with one thing in mind: “We gotta get (Trump) out.”center_img Michigan voter Monique Dooley believed in Bernie Sanders’ forceful message of support for America’s working class.So she cast a ballot Tuesday in Detroit for the Democratic candidate she believes can win back the White House: Joe Biden.“If we are going to be unified, I think we should go with him,” said Dooley, an African-American fifth-grade teacher.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces Two New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases, Legislative Action to Aid in Swift Response

first_img March 07, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Two New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases, Legislative Action to Aid in Swift Response SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon confirmed two new presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania. Both individuals are from Montgomery County, have mild symptoms, are in isolation at home and were exposed to an area of the United States where COVID-19 is present.“These new cases bring our total of presumptive positive cases to four in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Even with these new cases, I want to reassure Pennsylvanians that the commonwealth is prepared and responding appropriately and swiftly so that information and resources are available.“I have been coordinating with legislative leaders from both parties, and we have agreed to immediately work toward a package that would provide resources to ensure we are aggressively mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”Resources will help mitigate the spread and strengthen state and local efforts by:Supporting county and municipal health departments;Securing necessary equipment and personnel;Securing personal protective equipment (PPE);Disseminating public health messaging; andSupporting care for seniors, the most at-risk population.“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and that they should be, too,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We are working with the health care community and local community leaders across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients. We are prepared to mitigate the spread of this virus in Pennsylvania.”On Friday, the Wolf administration announced the first two presumptive positives – one adult in Delaware County and one in Wayne County. Both have mild symptoms and are in isolation at home.To date, there are more than 105,000 cases worldwide, including more than 3,500 deaths. There are 401 cases in the United States and 17 deaths to date in the United States. The CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. CDC also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.The Wolf Administration Preparedness ActionsThe World Health Organization first announced the coronavirus outbreak in late January and the Pennsylvania Department of Health has had its Emergency Operations Center set up since February 1. The center allows for a collaborative, concentrated state response, including:Activated of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;Begun testing for COVID-19 at the state laboratory;Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning from areas impacted by coronavirus;Provided health care providers, businesses and education providers with information;Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans to prepare for spread of COVID-19;Increased testing capacity to test 20 to 25 individuals daily;Purchased equipment to increase testing capacity to 125 to 150 individuals beginning the week of March 9.Partially activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA.Governor Tom Wolf signed an emergency disaster declaration March 6 to ensure state agencies involved in the response have the expedited resources they need to continue to focus on the virus and its possible spread.The Department of Health is providing a daily update via statewide press release.About COVID-19Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.Pennsylvanians are reminded to:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.Contain if you are sick, you should stay home until you are feeling better.Comments from State Health Secretary“We are making progress to increase our testing capacity to up to 150 specimens a day over the weekend,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This increased capacity allows us to continue to work with clinicians to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to testing. We want individuals who have potential exposure and symptoms to call us at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur. We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now.“Since the start of flu season, we have encouraged Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of illnesses by washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces and staying home if you are sick. Those are the same healthy habits you should continue to practice to protect your family and yourself against the spread of this virus.“Individuals who intend on traveling outside of the United States are urged to check the CDC’s and the federal Department of State’s travel guidance. Currently there are outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring within numerous countries across the world. The number of countries seeing new cases has increased significantly over the last week.“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website,, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsFind the latest information on the coronavirus here.Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here.Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page: 7 press release on the coronavirus:Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, No New Presumptive PositivesMarch 6 press releases on the coronavirus:Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, Testing Capability at State LabGov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Provide Increased Support for State ResponseWolf Administration Confirms Two Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19last_img read more

Bacolod city gov’t plays down bizman’s killing

first_imgBacolod City Police Office (BCPO)spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico confirmed that Sacar gave himself upto Police Station 6 in September 2018 in line with the antidrug campaign of thepolice. The BCPO spokesperson, however, saidprobers have not concluded for certain that the killing was drug-related. “We are not disregarding [thepossibility] the case [may have] stemmed from illegal drugs, but we are alsolooking at business interests and personal grudges,” Pico said. Early this week, Sacar was abducted byarmed gunmen as he was heading home to Barangay 10. His body was eventuallyfound at the back of a hotel in Barangay Mandalagan. The incident was believed to be eitherbusiness- or drug-related. Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. center_img As instructed by BCPO director PoliceColonel Henry Biñas, cops were exploring all possible angles, he stressed. BACOLOD City – The abduction andeventual killing of Muslim elder and businessman Ontao Sacar won’t adverselyaffect this city’s image as “most business-friendly”, according to Mayor EvelioLeonardia. According to the mayor, the city’seconomy has remained vibrant despite the ongoing drug war. The Muslim community in the cityexpressed outrage over Sacar’s murder and denied that their elder was engagedin drug trafficking./PNlast_img read more

Marseille announce three suspected cases of COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians French outfit Olympique de Marseille have detected three new suspected cases of COVID-19 among the club’s staff, the Ligue 1 team announced on Tuesday.Marseille were set to play the 2020-21 season curtain-raiser against St Etienne last Friday, but the game was postponed to next month because of four confirmed cases of coronavirus. “Olympique de Marseille has just learned that three new suspected cases of COVID-19 have been detected within its professional workforce,” the club said on Twitter.Marseille added that they had contacted the LFP ahead of their match against Brest on Sunday.French professional soccer’s governing body LFP has set up a “COVID committee” to advise on whether to postpone matches.When a club reports more than three novel coronavirus cases a postponement is likely, based on the protocol the LFP sent out to clubs.France was the only one among the major European soccer nations to end the 2019-20 season prematurely due to the pandemic. Paris St Germain were awarded the Ligue 1 title.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AS St. EtienneCOVID-19Ligue 1Marseillelast_img read more

Pressure Mounts on Atletico as Future of Four Stars Doubtful

first_imgAs Atletico Madrid prepares to resume La Liga title chase with a mouthwatering trip to Sevilla next Sunday, uncertainty surrounds the future of its defence, which has been the bedrock of the sustained success under Diego Simeone.Captain Diego Godin leads a list of four players who have all been the fulcrum of that reliable rearguard in recent years but have an unclear status at the club whose fortunes they have transformed.Godin has been the heart and soul of Atletico’s revival and is still revered for scoring the goal which clinched the La Liga title in 2014. Diego Simeone However, the 32-year-old only has six months left on his contract, meaning he is free to negotiate with other clubs and can leave in June for no transfer fee.Atletico and Godin don’t see eye-to-eye,’ Spanish newspaper Marca said on Wednesday, reporting that the player and club made a verbal agreement last August on a new deal after the Uruguayan received an offer from Manchester United, but that no progress has been made on signing a new contract.Spanish right back Juanfran and Brazilian left back Filipe Luis, both 33, are also in the final six months of their contracts with the club, who boast the best defensive record in La Liga for a fourth consecutive season. Atletico is three points behind leaders Barcelona.The uncertain status of the trio appears to signal a changing of the guard in Simeone’s side, but the coach’s long-term plans have also been thrown into doubt by Bayern Munich’s pursuit of World Cup winning defender Lucas Hernandez.Reports that Bayern was ready to trigger the 22-year-old’s £72million release clause rocked Atletico’s Christmas celebrations and provoked a series of hurried denials from the Spanish club.Chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin may have ruled out the player leaving in January, but has left the door open for his departure in July, while Hernandez has done little to stamp out the speculation he could leave the club where he grew up.“There are plenty of European clubs that I dream of playing for. I’m fine here in Madrid, but I would think about leaving tomorrow if a project interested me,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro last week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Derek Jeter is a Hall of Famer, so here are six things that made Jeter, Jeter

first_imgIt almost seems like a dirty, wrong thing to say in 2020, but here it goes: Derek Jeter was actually a great player. And now he’s a Hall of Fame one.Isn’t that just gross? “The Captain” and his five rings (of which the Yankees have 27, in case a Bombers fan hasn’t reminded you in the last 15 minutes), are going to be forever immortalized within the walls of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  The thing about Jeter, and it’s no secret, is that he’s equal parts great player and New York media and fan hype byproduct. We all know that baseball isn’t an individual game. You can’t measure individual success on team achievements, but Jeter was a big part of the Yankees dynasty of the ’90s, something that we may have to wait a long time to see again. And while Jeter was indeed a great player, the deifying of No. 2 seems to be a bit, shall we say, excessive.MORE: Nolan Arenado feels disrespected by RockiesJeter’s 72.4 bWAR, his 3,465 hits, his championship rings and his jump throws to first are all good enough reasons to put him in the Hall of Fame on his first ballot, after all.But, jeez. Aren’t you just tired of hearing about Derek Jeter? I mean, we get it! He’s really handsome! He was a superstar in New York! He never got into trouble! What a Goodie 2-Shoes. A real teacher’s pet type. Gag me.But there is, after all, only one Jeter: a lightning rod for criticism and a god among New York sports fans all the same. He was the consummate professional. He gave the media nothin’ while giving the fans everything he had. And that’s what makes Jeter, Jeter.There are many on-field moments that made Jeter what he is, and there are some off-the-field things that add fuel to his myth. The 3,000th hit, The Flip, the gift baskets, the lexicon of supermodels and actresses he’s dated, his SNL skits and his “Seinfeld” appearance are some things that didn’t make the cut.So, without further ado, here are six moments that made Derek Jeter Derek Jeter with a hearty helping of Jeter fatigue, a dash of sarcasm and a sincere congrats:6. He was actually decent in ‘The Other Guys.’Good thing Jeter is (moderately) better at playing shortstop than he is acting.In the 2010 comedy “The Other Guys,” the Yankees shortstop has a pretty small part, but it’s a memorable one: hot-headed New York cop Terry Hoitz, played by noted Boston guy Mark Wahlberg, plants a bullet into Jeter’s leg. “You dick! I’m Derek Jeter, you shot me!” Jeter yells in agony.But that’s not the last we see of the him. In a deleted scene, Jeter warns of a bigger plot afoot, and that Hoitz was actually framed for the shooting.There’s something ironic about Jeter warning about the evils of multi-millionaires, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.Ah, well.5. This commercial with George Steinbrenner.But long before Jeter stole the show in “The Other Guys,” a short commercial clearly showcased his acting abilities.This might come as a surprise, but not everyone loves Derek Jeter. In fact, one guy who kinda owned the Yankees for a long time questioned Jeter’s commitment to the game in the early 2000s.”(George Steinbrenner’s) the boss and he’s entitled to his opinion, right or wrong, but what he said has been turned into me being this big party animal,” Jeter told AP writer Steve Wilstein in 2001, via ESPN. “He even made a reference to one birthday party. That’s been turned into that I’m like Dennis Rodman now.”I don’t think that’s fair. I have no problems with people criticizing how I play. But it bothers me when people question my work ethic. That’s when you’re talking about my integrity. I take a lot of pride in how hard I work. I work extremely hard in the offseason. I work extremely hard during the season to win. My priorities are straight.”Side note: Being compared to Dennis Rodman, a man who vows to bridge the gap between the U.S. and North Korea, isn’t a bad thing, DEREK!Jeter, obviously, resented the thought. No one could work harder than The Captain. (No one out-dated the Captain, either, apparently.)Well, the drama slipped away like a ball under the glove of a diving Jeter, and the Captain and The Boss got together for a pretty memorable Visa commercial that played on Jeter and Steinbrenner’s short-lived, early 2000s feud. The commercial included some of Jeter’s “hard-partying” ways (and no lines).Jeter, being the marketable superstar he is, was also endorsed by Gatorade, Nike’s Jordan brand and Ford in his career, because, surely, the 10-year, $189 million contract he signed in 2001 just wasn’t enough money for him.An aside: If Visa truly is “everywhere you want to be,” then Jeter should have put a credit card to his left on the infield dirt.4. The infamous ‘Shortstops’ picture.Oh, boy. Hide your significant others. Cover the kids’ eyes. This photo is a de-pantsing away from being a Playgirl centerfold. This famous shirtless shortstops photo, including A-Rod & Jeter, was taken this week, 20 years ago (📷 by Walter Iooss/SI)— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 13, 2017I would love to know how the pitch for this came about: SI: Hey, Derek. We’d love to have you in for a photo shoot. DJ: OK, do you have more details?SI: You’ll be there with A-Rod.DJ: Gee, I don’t know—SI: Also, you’ll be wearing white pants. In a white studio.DJ: Guys, let me think about—SI: And shirtless.​ With A-Rod.(We’re beginning to see where the Jeter-Rodriguez relationship went south.)Jeter (far right), shirtless, was flanked by equally as shirtless future teammate Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Renteria, Rey Ordonez and Alex Gonzalez — all hot topics in the ’90s. Alex Rodriguez would go on to become the greatest player in this picture, with Jeter somewhere in second place.Interestingly enough, one of these guys is now a somewhat beloved voice for the biggest sports network on TV and the other is a former shortstop who some feel has disgraced himself with his post-playing day activities.How times change.3. ‘Mr. November.’Of course, the first time in baseball history there were November playoffs, Jeter was at the forefront of it all. Jeter having a dumb “Mr. November” nickname is as good a reason as any to not play baseball in November.In the 2001 World Series, Jeter sent the Yankees to a Game 5 with a walk-off home run off Byung-Hyun Kim, but it was the iconic call from the current voice of the Yankees, Michael Kay, that really cemented Jeter’s legacy.The next time the World Series would creep into November would be 2009, when the Yankees were, once again, a participant, and once again came home with a championship ring. No more November baseball, please.2. His last Yankee Stadium at-bat.Of course, in typical Jeterian fashion, his last hit was a walk-off hit, giving Yankee fans one last bullet in the neverending debate of why Da Captain was so clutch.His last hit, a walk-off single, was eerily Jeter-esque; a little poke on and inside-out swing to right field, an image burned into the retinas of baseball fans everywhere. Pull a baseball, Derek.I mean, this is bad Hollywood cliché writing, so of course Jeter had to cash in. The only thing that could have made it worse is if his Core 4 teammates were there to take it in, too.Oh. Oh, wait.Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera were there, like Force Ghosts from “Star Wars,” ready to hand Jeter his AARP card and probably congratulate him or something. It was like seeing the three specters from “A Christmas Carol.”By the way, can we give some credit to former Yankee great Antoan Richardson for hustling around the bases to score for ol’ Jetes? Or does Jeter get all the credit for a weakly hit single that wouldn’t have scored anyone less fast?Anyways, Jeter got his moment, but the Yankees wouldn’t make the playoffs, finishing third in the division. The Red Sox would go on to win it all once again, their third title since 2004. So, ha! Take that, nerds!1. That stupid play.Oh, you know the one. Not the flip one. The other one.The one that was played on “SportsCenter” ad infinitum like an early 2000s Backstreet Boys hit on pop radio. The play that you were wowed by the first time you saw it, but then realized upon further viewings that it was just OK, like the last “Star Wars” movie.”That stupid play that you were force-fed from MLB Network and Twitter, the one you endured over and over again leading up to his Hall of Fame induction. The one where Jeter’s face lost a fight to an empty chair.Sure, Jeter made a great catch in one of the most memorable regular season games between the Yankees and Red Sox fans of the past 20 years. But let’s not forget that Pokey Reese made arguably a more difficult catch just a few innings earlier.So, of course, selfish Derek Jeter has to outdo Reese. So how does he do it? By jumping into the stands and belly-flopping onto a sea of New Yorkers. Talk about pandering. The crowd surfing plan didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.Debate the play all you want, but the shot of Jeter emerging from the stands is iconic. It was like that scene in “Spider-Man 2” when all the New Yorkers crowd-surf Peter Parker’s body. Just not as cool. Not nearly as cool, in fact. Like Poseidon, Jeter exiting the swath of blue-clad fans like a conquering hero, face cut up and bloodied, is the enduring image of No. 2, thankfully supplanting the shirtless one from above.We’re still going to need a Sports Science segment on whether Jeter could have stopped. The guy isn’t a freight train barreling down on a Volkswagen Beetle at a track crossing. Slide. Veer away. Hit the brakes, man.Congrats, Jeter.last_img read more

Refugee team to compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics – IOC

first_imgBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | A team of refugees will again take part at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday, after 10 refugees competed at the Rio Games.The decision was approved at the 133rd IOC meeting in Buenos Aires.Deputy general director Pere Miro, who is in charge of relations with national Olympic committees, said the IOC “has identified 51 athletes living in refugee camps or in refugee conditions”.Among those 51 athletes were the 10 who participated in Rio, he added.Yiech Pur Biel, a middle-distance runner from South Sudan, is hopeful of more than simply making up the numbers after falling in the heats of the 800m in Rio. “We can expect much, in 2016 just we competed, now we are going not only to compete, if we can bring gold or even a final…” he said.“Competing with top athletes is a big challenge, but we hope we will do something in Tokyo 2020.”Two swimmers who fled Syria, a pair of Congolese judokas, an Ethiopian marathon runner and four middle-distance runners from South Sudan, as well as a 400m runner, were part of the refugee team that made its debut in Rio.The group of 51 athletes in contention for a spot in Tokyo are supported by the Olympic Solidarity programme and come from seven different sports, including karate and taekwondo.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Suso is already from Sevilla

first_imgSuso is already a Sevilla soccer player. Yesterday the Nervans found the final agreement with Milan for an 18-month transfer with purchase option, which would be mandatory if the club qualifies for the Champions League and it would cost about 20 million euros. The Cadiz, who will wear the number 14, arrived today in Seville to pass the medical examination and start his new adventure: this morning he left Milan with a private plane from Linate airport. “Say hello to the Tifosi? I’ll talk later,” he told reporters, without giving further statements. Suso leaves the rossonera entity, which he came to in 2015 from Liverpool, after 152 games and 24 goals: With 26 years he wanted a new adventure to be a protagonist and nothing better than Sevilla, where he will meet Lopetegui, the coach who made him debut with the National Team in November 2017.last_img read more

Foul play? Curious Derick questions timing of rejection for CONCACAF presidency

first_imgPresident of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick has expressed disappointment following the rejection of his candidacy for the CONCACAF presidency, this after FIFA announced he had failed an integrity check.In a media release issued yesterday, Gordon, who also serves as the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, noted that he found his non-admittance for the CONCACAF presidential election odd given what he termed the minute nature of the cited offence.CONCACAF, the football authority for the North America, Central America and Caribbean region, is expected to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and is a member of the organisation’s executive committee, which will be known as the FIFA Council.Derrick outlined that he received a letter from FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee chairman, Domenico Scala, on April 12, 2016, which informed him that he could not be admitted as a candidate for the election of the office of FIFA vice-president.He further noted that the correspondence cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hamman matter, which saw several regional football leaders fined and charged with receiving cash payments during Bin Hamman’s failed bid to become FIFA president.BARRED FROM CONTESTINGDerrick noted with interest that he is being barred from contesting for the post for what he deems a minor offence.”Mr Domenico Scala cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand following the Bin Hammam matter, for which I was fined CHF 300, and an ongoing investigation that began over a year ago, on March 6, 2015. I find it curious that the reprimand of 2011 was too minute to warrant an appeal and further that the principal person in the matter was vindicated upon his appeal, yet this was deemed significant enough to derail my candidacy,” read Derrick’s statement.”It is equally interesting that the investigation opened against me by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been prolonged for over a year and was used as the second plank upon which I was disqualified. Given the series of events leading up to this announcement, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless disappointed and concerned,” Derrick said before stating that he is now considering his options.”This disappointment and concern is not just for myself. It extends to football in the region and the course our development agenda seems set to take. I am carefully considering my next move and hope to make a more comprehensive statement in due course,” the statement continued.The development means that Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden and Canada’s Victor Montagliani are the remaining candidates for the CONCACAF presidency.CONCACAF’s last three presidents – Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – have all been booted for their alleged involvement in the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA.last_img read more

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Painters scrape through Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Croatia’s Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic scored his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MOSCOW — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game.“We love to be the underdogs,” Lovren said in the wake of Croatia’s England 2-1 extra-time win over England.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Despite the Balkan nation’s small population, it is a veritable talent factory in a wide range of sports. There’s the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country’s beloved water polo.Most of all, Croatia is an export market for quality footballers, with a squad boasting stars for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.Until now, Croatia’s greatest moment on the football pitch was reaching the World Cup semifinals in 1998, the country’s first tournament after becoming independent.Stars of that team remain household names in Croatia, including the football federation president and ex-Real Madrid striker Davor Suker, who has been with this squad all the way through this World Cup campaign. After the quarterfinal win over Russia, Suker said he’d be delighted if Modric replaced him as Croatia’s greatest player of all time.Instead, he said, “I’ll be the greatest president!”Now that the 2018 squad has gone a step further than the 1998 semifinalists, Lovren and Croatia are creating a narrative beyond anything they experienced as children when the stars of the national team were etched into folk lore following a semifinal loss to France.“I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming, she was crying after the French game,” Lovren said. “After 20 years people will remember us not any more (than just) ’98 — and this is what I wanted.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES With a population of 4.3 million and a history of struggle, it’s easy to see why. Not since Uruguay’s win in 1950 has a country of so few people reached a World Cup final.Croatia’s players were born around the time an independent Croatia emerged from the wars which divided the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Lovren and star midfielder Luka Modric were refugees as children.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Croatia still struggles economically and its football scene has been riven with hooliganism, crime and politics.It’s a country that breeds toughness in its players. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The key to Croatia’s success in Russia, Lovren said, is “Our mentality.”“War, all these things and even now the situation is not the best,” he said. “It’s unbelievable how many talents we have in sports.”Two years ago, Croatia’s campaign at the 2016 European Championship was overshadowed by turmoil in the stands as fans hurled dozens of flares onto the field in protest against the football federation leadership. A year before that, a swastika was drawn on the field before a national-team game.Those episodes have led to sanctions from soccer’s international governing body, but Lovren is hoping the squad’s success at this World Cup will mark a turning point for the country.“It’s not just football, it’s a bigger picture for us unfortunately,” he said. “Us players, now we change something and everyone is proud of us in Croatia.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more