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Arsenal confirm Bukayo Saka has signed new long-term contract

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal confirm Bukayo Saka has signed new long-term contract Bukayo Saka has agreed a new long-term contract at the Emirates (Picture: Arsenal FC)Arsenal have announced that Bukayo Saka has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the club.The Gunners had been sweating over Saka’s contract situation, with the 18-year-old’s previous deal due to expire in 2021, but the youngster has finally put an end to the uncertainty over his future.Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool were both monitoring proceedings over recent weeks and months and Mikel Arteta will be relieved that the club have managed to tie down the versatile midfielder. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 1:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arteta previews Arsenal’s clash with Norwich CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 16:36FullscreenArteta previews Arsenal’s clash with Norwich City is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website: ‘Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances. ‘I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.’center_img Comment Saka has been one of Arsenal’s shining lights this season (Picture: Getty)Technical director Edu added: ‘This is something everyone involved wanted to happen and we are delighted that Bukayo has signed a new long-term contract. ‘He’s making great progress and is one of a number of young players who have developed through our academy. ‘This is so important for us as we move forward as a club.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSaka, who has been with Arsenal since the age of seven, broke into Unai Emery’s first-team midway through last term and made his debut at home to Qarabag in the Europa League.The England Under-19 international has impressed in a number of positions, filling in as a makeshift left-back for much of this season while Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have been out injured.Saka has racked up an impressive tally of 11 assists this season making him the first teenager to hit double figures since Cesc Fabregas way back in Arsenal’s 2006/07 campaign.MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lining up Memphis Depay as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette replacement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sweden’s AP3 sets sustainability targets, seeks to treble green bonds

first_imgSwedish buffer fund AP3 has set sustainability targets for the first time and plans to more than treble green bond holdings over the next three years.The targets come after the fund signed the Paris Pledge for Action on 24 November before the UN climate change conference (COP21) in the French capital last month.The targets are to be reached by 2018 and due to be monitored yearly.The SEK304bn (€33bn) AP3 fund is aiming to halve the carbon footprint of its holdings in listed equities and credits, compared with that in 2014. The fund is also calling for improvements in disclosure by companies, “urging” them to issue reports regularly on their carbon footprint by 2018 at the latest.AP3 sold all its shares in coal mining companies in May last year to reduce the carbon footprint of its portfolio, despite its being “climate-neutral”.It has specified that it will more than treble holdings in so-called green bonds by the end of 2018, from SEK4.5bn to SEK15bn, to help develop that market “in accordance with COP21”.It also aims to double its strategic sustainability investments, including in water treatment, from SEK10bn to SEK20bn.AP3 first invested in green bonds in 2007, according to the fund. As at 30 June, nearly 40% of AP3’s investments were in fixed income, including index-linked bonds. Green bond holdings of SEK15bn would represent 13% of this asset category.  The fund is also setting its sights on sustainability in real estate, saying it would work with Vasakronan, Scandinavia’s largest real estate company and in which AP3 has a 25% equity stake, to ensure it would “continue to lead the way in sustainability in the real estate sector in Sweden”.Other real estate companies in which the fund is invested, such as Hemsö, Trophi and Regio, should also adopt ambitious sustainability policies as they mature, said AP3.The announcement of its sustainability targets comes after Sweden’s buffer funds reached agreement on how they would report the carbon footprints of their investments.The targets are the latest output of AP3’s focus on sustainability over the last 15 months or so, according to Mårten Lindeborg, AP3 deputy chief executive and CIO.“First in order, in 2014, was to calculate the fund’s total carbon footprint – i.e. establish the current situation,” he told IPE. “The result was satisfactory because the total CO2 footprint was more or less zero, as AP3’s listed equity holdings’ negative impact was neutralised by a positive contribution from AP3’s timberland.“However, we want to improve because a more sustainable portfolio can improve both the return and the risk profile of the fund.“Setting targets and working toward them will gradually achieve that objective.”The targets could also influence other investors to be transparent about their sustainability strategy, he added.last_img read more

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Indiana State Police hiring regional dispatchers

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test. Two years of public safety communications experience and an emergency medical technician certification are preferred but not required. The applicant should also reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center located in Versailles, Indiana.Pay starts at $30,082 per year. The deadline for applications is October 22, 2018.For more information and to apply, go to (Job Opening #2018-128). Once on the website, click ‘Apply for State Jobs’. Then type ‘Regional Dispatcher’ in the Keyword box. The job opening should appear. Persons that are interested may also contact Sarah Collins at the Versailles Post for assistance. (812)689-5000.last_img read more

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Alan Pardew expects Stoke to be affected by League Cup exploits

first_img Pardew has also made little secret of his desire to prioritise the competition this season, believing it represents a fine chance for his team to win a trophy, and when asked about playing opposite Hughes in the 1990 final when the then-Manchester United striker’s equalising goal denied Pardew and Palace success, he said: “He was a fantastic player. “And it doesn’t always translate (to management), he’s one of the few great players that has turned into a great manager, and there’s not many who’ve done that, so hats off to him. “Stoke’s result (at Liverpool), which was tough on them, because I thought they probably deserved to go through, will make it a game that’s important for both clubs. “We both sense it’s a competition we can win. We feel we can win it. Over 90 minutes of football it’s a more even playing field, and therefore we’re going to attack it. “I’d be foolish to say we haven’t got an advantage, we have. A tough game they had this week, and probably Mark is toying over what’s his best team, who’s got the energy to go and play a tough cup game. “It is a little bit easier for us in terms of decision making, and going to the game. Those factors might play a part. (But) they might not, sometimes the mid-week game gets you in the zone, so you can never really tell.” Saturday’s fixture represents Palace’s first since the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer until the end of the season, but despite his team’s recent impotence in front of goal Pardew will resist starting him in the belief he remains short of match fitness. “Ade won’t start on Saturday, this guy has not been around the action enough,” he said. “Whether he’ll be involved or not I’ll have to see, that’s a decision I’ll make with Ade. He doesn’t look too far away, that’s the good news.” Hughes has impressively rebuilt the reputation that was damaged by his sacking at QPR in 2012 by transforming Stoke from a one-dimensional, direct team into one that is both fluid and attractive. His recruitment of talents like Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri gives them a reasonable chance of success in the cup, but after their Capital One Cup semi-final penalty shootout defeat at Liverpool on Tuesday there is a risk they will be under-prepared for Saturday’s fixture. Alan Pardew has praised Mark Hughes as a “great manager”, but believes he faces a simpler task than his rival when Crystal Palace host Stoke in the FA Cup’s fourth round on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Former NHL enforcer Laraque fighting coronavirus

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that players would — at a minimum — need to follow quarantine protocols if they were to arrive in Canada while the border remains closed due to the pandemic.“I think it’s a question we’ll have to look into,” Trudeau said. “Certainly at a strict minimum, anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner, but we’re not there yet in our discussions with the NHL.”“We recognize that it’s a possibility, but it depends on an enormous amount of things, and I don’t want to speculate on this until there’s more discussion,” he said.The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Edmonton and Toronto were being looked at as possible “hockey pod” cities that could host the remainder of the NHL season during the summer months. Games would be played in air-conditioned arenas without fans.___ The Latest: Former NHL enforcer Laraque fighting coronavirus Associated Press Now, the former NHL enforcer’s biggest challenge is trying to breathe clearly as he fights COVID-19 from a hospital in Montreal.“Now I can’t even get up without losing my breath. It’s insane,” he said.In a series of videos from his hospital bed, the 43-year-old said he began feeling symptoms a week ago Sunday when he was helping to deliver groceries to vulnerable people in his community.Over the next days, his condition deteriorated.“I have pneumonia in both my lungs, they’re affected by the COVID because I have asthma, I have to have oxygen blowing through my nose,” said Laraque, who wore a hospital gown and could be seen coughing at times during the videos. May 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A couple of weeks ago, former Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque was running five or six days a week as he trained for a marathon. ___Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities.The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.All players were expected to be tested for COVID-19 before resuming their training sessions. Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Renaud Lavillenie of France tied for the gold medal Sunday during a men’s pole vault competition held in their own backyards. It was a rare sporting event held during the coronavirus pandemic.Duplantis and Lavillenie each cleared a height of 5 meters (16 feet) 36 times over a span of 30 minutes that was broadcast by World Athletics on its social media channels. Both had one miss. Sam Kendricks of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times.They tried to figure out a tiebreaker before electing to award double gold. The 20-year-old Duplantis initially pushed for a three-minute playoffs, while the 33-year-old Lavillenie nixed the plan.Lavillenie did clear his 36th bar seconds before Duplantis. The event was split into two 15-minute sessions with a short halftime.The trio collaborated on the unique competition format since adjusting the bar wasn’t practical without officials in place.center_img Duplantis competed from his base in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kendricks was at his farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and Lavillenie took part from Clermont-Ferrand, France, as he pushed the family’s trampoline to the side in order to jump.It was billed as the “Ultimate Garden Clash” and could be a model for future track events. The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the Tokyo Olympics being moved to 2021, along with the track and field season being put on hold.___All Serie A clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government.A week ago, the government had said that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers. Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Then over the last couple of days, several regional governors said teams in their areas could resume training individually at club training centers.Now the government says all athletes are allowed to take part in “individual sports activity, in public or private areas, while respecting the safe distance of at least two meters (yards) and respecting the ban on any form of gathering.”Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.___The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums.The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.Parish says “I want to complete the competition for reasons of sporting integrity. I want to crown Liverpool champions and give every other club a fair crack at the best league position they can achieve.”Palace is 11th in the 20-team standings with nine games remaining.Parish says “I certainly don’t want to have difficult conversations about curtailing, voiding and points per game. The ramifications of each are complex and could involve legal challenges that run on for months, if not years.” The Spanish league is expected to resume sometime in June.___Serie A soccer clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centers on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training. Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari. “The nights are the worst,” he said. “At night, I have fevers a couple times a night. I have to get up and take pills.”Laraque thanked the staff at Charles-Le Moyne hospital who have been taking care of him, and told people not to feel sorry for him because, “I’m not the only one fighting this.”Laraque played parts of 12 seasons in the NHL from 1997 to 2010, including eight with Edmonton. He capped his career with two seasons in Montreal.___The NHL could face another hurdle if the league decides to continue the 2019-20 season in the near future — getting non-Canadian resident players across the border to join their teams.last_img read more

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Karim, Deopersaud lead Albion to Sarwan Under-17 triumph

first_imgALBION pulled off a 42-run win over arch-rivals Rose Hall Town as they were crowned the 2019/Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Ramnaresh Sarwan Under-17 Tournament champions. Playing at the Area H Ground last Thursday, Albion, spearheaded by Reyad Karim’s even 50 and a fine spell of left-arm spin from the talented Kumar Deopersaud (4-16), wrapped up a much-needed win after they had lost both Busta Champions of Champions 40-Overs and Ivan Madray 20/20 finals to Rose Hall Town over the past few weeks.Albion in the end made 198-8 off 50 overs with Sarwan Chaitnarine (33) supporting the half-centurion Karim. Matthew Pottaya was the best of the Rose Hall Town bowlers with 2-31 with Johnathan Rampersaud chipping in with 2-149.Needing to score 199 from 50 overs to retain their 2018 championship title, Rose Hall Town were bowled out for 156 in 46.5 overs.It was 14-year-old Kumar Deopersaud who led the way with 4-16, while a few other bowlers grabbed two wickets each. Rampersaud (40), Jeremy Sandia (39) and Ricardo Ramdehol (29) were the main scorers in a losing effort.After the match, Rose Hall Town/BCB president Hilbert Foster, who was accompanied to the presentation ceremony by several board members including Chairman of the Competitions Committee Leslie Solomon and his deputy Neil Rudder, hailed the tournament as a success.Foster expressed gratitude to Ramnaresh Sarwan, former West Indies captain for his support of Berbice Cricket, and hailed him as a true friend of the Ancient County.Albion received the winners’ Sarwan Trophy and $60 000 while the runners-up carried home $30 000 and a trophy. Karim was named Man-of-the-Final by selector Leslie Solomon and collected a cash prize and trophy.last_img read more

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USC ties with UCLA in rankings

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan USC ranked 23rd on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report National University Rankings, tying with Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, University of Virginia and Wake Forest University. Both USC and UCLA increased their rankings after tying for 24th place last year.“Universities that tie for the same place can be alike in some ways. For instance, USC and UCLA are both fairly large, research universities,” said Jerome Lucido, research professor of education and executive director of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. “But there are other universities that are not alike, such as Rochester and Caltech, that you find it hard to believe the same criteria can be used to rate its quality.”U.S. News and World Report  altered its methodology for determining the rankings this year, putting less emphasis on freshman academics and more emphasis on graduation rates.“Graduation rates are an important measure of commitment to student goals, an area where USC has excelled,” Lucido said. “This is one of the values of the rankings because universities commit to greater student success.”Lucido noted that though the rankings might seem like an easy, objective comparison of a wide variety of schools, they can overlook important factors that define a particular university.“The rankings are a statement of wealth and selectivity and less about quality,” Lucido said. “Frankly, you can’t tell if one institution is better than another. Students should look at the character and environment of the school as well. People use [the rankings] for reassurance and external validation.”Some students agreed with Lucido that rankings are not the best way to determine a school’s quality.“I do think rankings are a little important because a lot of students tend to make their decisions based on it even though they’re not the best predictor of a school,” said Achyuth Sriram, a junior majoring in neuroscience. “If we are tied with a good school, it can help us. I think the rankings are important -— but only for prospective students, not for students who already go here.”Many students felt USC’s improvement in the rankings over the past few years reflects well on the school.“Hopefully this increase in rank is only the beginning of USC’s rise to the top,” said Kevin Liu, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering.last_img read more

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Non profit gives tips to deal with harassment

first_imgViktorya Vilk (above), manager of special projects and free expression for PEN America, speaks about dealing with online harassment. (Krystal Gallegos | Daily Trojan)Online harassment is prevalent among journalists, according to Natalie Green, PEN America’s manager of Los Angeles programs. Green and other members of PEN America spoke to students and journalists at Wallis Annenberg Hall Monday about various strategies and resources to prevent such harassment. The event was the first of three sessions on campus meant to promote open conversation about online abuse. PEN America, a nonprofit organization that aims to defend and celebrate the rights of literature and the press, began the discussion with an emotional video displaying harassment female sports journalists receive on the internet. Green said online harassment can range from hateful speech and online threats to trolling and doxing. The organization conducted a study about harassment in November 2017 surveying over 200 journalists targeted by online commenters. Two-thirds reported a severe reaction to harassment, including refraining from publishing work, deleting social media accounts and fearing safety. “We thought that we would be going into newsrooms trying to convince people that this was a problem; [instead] we would go into newsrooms and everybody raises their hands,” said Viktorya Vilk, manager of special projects and free expression for PEN America. The survey also investigated harassment regarding ethnicity, gender and sexuality. “It probably won’t surprise you that women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are much more likely to experience more severe forms of harassment,” Vilk said. Using survey data, PEN America created an online harassment field guide which includes a manual with tactics and resources for writers, journalists and their employers. “We acknowledge that the online harassment field manual, as wonderful as it is, is really a stepping stone,” Green said. The organization emphasizes preparation for harassment to minimize repercussion. This includes heightened cybersecurity, such as covering laptop cameras and turning off geolocation. The conversation also centered on documenting harassment through screenshots and learning to report or block harassers on social media.“People will tell you there is a right way and a wrong way,” Vilk said. “There isn’t actually. There is no right way or wrong way. There is what works for you.”The conclusion of the discussion focused on the relationship between online harassment and mental health. “I thought the [presentation] was really informative on how to respond and steps you need to take if [harassment] ever occurs to you,” said Nicholas Echevarria, a sophomore majoring in sociology.last_img read more

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Alexander: Is Tyronn Lue fiasco another example of too many Laker agendas?

first_imgWhat would Jerry Buss have done in this sort of situation?Maybe the difference was that the patriarch always empowered a strong basketball man, be it Bill Sharman, Jerry West or Mitch Kupchak, with the understanding that he’d use his veto if necessary but preferred not to. Yes, there were likely some fierce debates in the boardroom, but in the end, there was a definite plan in place, and a strong leader to implement it.The current situation won’t change until his daughter brings in someone with similar gravitas and creativity to drown out the competing voices and swap out all of those agendas for one Lakers Way. (And before you ask, I’m not sure Phil Jackson would be the right guy.)“It’s ‘the gift,’ ” Kupchak said, the day he succeeded West in 2000. “When there’s a minute left on the clock on draft day, and there’s three guys that everybody likes and somebody has to yell into the microphone, ‘The Lakers take so-and-so,’ … when somebody had to step forward, that was Jerry West.”Today? There would be three or four people grabbing for the on Twitter Honestly, at this point, I’m not sure what to think, who to believe or in which direction the organizational chart goes (although my guess is sideways). In an organization that seems desperately in need of one voice, one strong individual to steer it in the right direction, there is instead a cacophony of multiple voices and multiple agendas.Related Articles Nothing surprises me anymore with this bunch, and maybe something this wacky should have been anticipated. Kidd has a pretty wide reputation in the NBA as a backstabber, and General Manager/front office survivor Rob Pelinka is developing a similar reputation. (See: Earvin Johnson’s comments the night he walked away from the Lakers.)Kidd and Pelinka in the same organization might be more intriguing than the on-court product was for most of the second half of last season. Or maybe they’d be simpatico because each understands how the other operates.But there is also this: Nick Wright, an FS1 and Sirius XM talk show host, tweeted that a source told him: “The Buss family & Rob Pelinka signed off on hiring Ty Lue last week. Kurt & Linda Rambis were the only parties opposed, and convinced the Lakers to hold off, which (led) to today.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOf course, most mom and pop businesses at least have a plan, and a defined hierarchy, and a fairly detailed idea of who does what. If the Lakers’ current leadership includes any of those … well, we’re still waiting for confirmation on that.The latest lunacy came Wednesday afternoon, when the news broke that Tyronn Lue was walking away from negotiations to be the Lakers coach. He’d been considered the frontrunner from the outset, and an even heavier favorite after Monty Williams cast his lot last weekend with the equally dysfunctional Phoenix Suns. While the process was taking longer than expected, he was about as good a fit as the Lakers could expect, especially because of his pre-existing relationship with LeBron.Was it the money? The three-year, $18 million offer Lue reportedly turned down was absolutely a lowball figure, but dollars and years are negotiable.But ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who has a pretty good track record of being right, reported that the Lakers wanted Lue to include Jason Kidd on his coaching staff because Kidd had made a positive impression while interviewing for the head coaching job.Seriously? This negotiation broke down over Jason Kidd? Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions I think I’ve finally figured out how all of this is going to go.One by one, coaching candidates will weigh (a) the opportunity to coach LeBron James against (b) the “who on earth is in charge here” hijinks of the Lakers’ front office. And, one by one, they will say thanks for the consideration and will pass on the opportunity.And by the time August rolls around, Kurt Rambis will be the last man standing. Hey, he’s coached before – coached the Lakers before, in fact – and his wife, Linda, is the owner’s closest confidant.That pretty much seems to be how the Lakers of Jeanie Buss run their business these days, with an acumen that makes the corner grocery, the stereotypical mom and pop business, look impeccably organized. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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NASCAR ratings get a boost after Confederate flag is banned from races

first_imgThe overnight ratings were up 104 percent “over the comparable race last season,” per Fox Sports executive vice president Michael Mulvihill — a rating of 1.14 compared to 0.56 for the 11th race of the season last year, an event at Dover International Speedway presented on the same channel (FS1).The ratings for Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville also were up 16 percent over the last weeknight race on FS1, the rain-delayed event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28. The Wednesday night race at Darlington on May 20, the first mid-week Cup Series event since 1984, drew a rating of 1.22 on FS1.MORE: Reactions to NASCAR’s Confederate flag banThrough 11 races NASCAR Cup overnight ratings are up +1% on FOX/FS1.This despite a rain-impacted Daytona, a ten-week interruption and an extra race on broadcast through last year’s first 11 races.— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) June 11, 2020NASCAR’s decision to ban Confederate flags at races was met with predictable anger from a portion of its fan base. The comment section below NASCAR’s tweet, for example, was flooded with comments like “NASCAR has gone too far” … “This is the last straw” … “You have lost a customer.”But the move also seemed to open the floodgates for people who previously had shunned NASCAR over perceptions of racism that were reinforced by the presence of the Confederate flag at races. Saints running back Alvin Kamara, for example, quote tweeted NASCAR’s statement and asked, “when (is) the next race?” Driver Bubba Wallace responded, “tonight,” and Kamara proceeded to tweet about the race all night.Wallace, of course, ran a special “Black Lives Matter” car Wednesday night at Martinsville, a paint scheme that drew public praise from LeBron James among other prominent stars outside of NASCAR. Wallace finished the race 11th. Based on the overnight TV ratings for Wednesday’s Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR’s decision to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag at its events and properties did not negatively impact viewership despite pushback from some of its fans. Quite the contrary.Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville, which started just a couple hours after NASCAR released a statement on its banishment of the flag, delivered massive numbers relative to comparable past Cup Series races. BIG S/O @BubbaWallace!! 🤜🏻🤛🏾👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 10, 2020Kamara clearly was not alone in his pivot. The ratings suggest those who claimed on social media they were suddenly interested in watching a NASCAR race in the wake of the announcement did just that Wednesday night.I’m 20 minutes into my first NASCAR race 🏁🇺🇸 #blm #teambubba @BubbaWallace— Violeta Yas (@YasT62) June 11, 2020How long is a @NASCAR race? Where does one watch it? I’ll tune in 🙋🏼‍♀️— cara e. sprunk (@carasprunk) June 11, 2020There were other notable factors at play when it comes to the ratings increase. Wednesday night’s event was the highly anticipated first NASCAR Cup Series night race at Martinsville, a historic track where lights were installed a few years ago. NASCAR also was fortunate to get the race started on time and run all 500 laps despite the threat of rain in southwest Virginia.But it’s clear NASCAR’s audience Wednesday night was supplemented by new viewers, and given the context of the timing, the reason for their arrival is obvious.last_img read more

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