Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart meet with survivors of Sante Fe school shooting

first_imgKevin Mazur/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) — Two of the biggest comedians of the past decade took time out from their tour to meet with survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday.Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart met with the students on Friday afternoon, according to Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen’s Twitter page. Rosen shared pictures of the two A-list stars shaking hands and talking with the students.Santa Fe student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly burst into an art room at the Texas school on May 18 with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, killing 10 and injuring 13 others. He was taken into custody and has been charged with murder. Two faculty members and eight students were killed.Students at the school didn’t return until May 29.Chappelle and Stewart performed together on Thursday and Friday nights at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, Texas, and have shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Abraham Chavez Theatre in El Paso, Texas.The tweet from the constable said the comedic duo were also in town to attend the Big 3 Basketball League — a three-on-three league consisting of many recently retired NBA players — which kicked off its second season in Houston on Thursday.Stewart is a well-known advocate for stricter gun control. The former “Daily Show” host dedicated a segment to the Emanuel AME Church shooting in June 2015, not long before he stepped away from the show he made famous. A resigned Stewart said, “I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other.”Chappelle has worked gun violence into his act before. Less than three weeks ago, at a show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the comedian — who has a deal to produce specials for Netflix — joked gun laws would only change if more black people registered for legal guns, according to Philadelphia magazine.The comedians weren’t the first A-list celebrities to visit students from Santa Fe High School. Pop star Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar, who was wounded in the shooting, at the hospital in late May. Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt also visited Salazar after the shooting.The Santa Fe shooting was the second in 2018 at a school in which over 10 people were killed. A former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 and killed 17 students and teachers with an AR-15-style rifle.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FIFA adds voice to protests over Floyd’s death

first_imgBERN, Germany (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has joined sports leagues, teams and players around the globe to express solidarity amid outrage over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States.The National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have put out statements about the racial injustice that sparked protests across the U.S. but Major League Baseball has yet to make an official statement.From those four leagues, 74 of 123 teams (60%) have issued statements on the protests according to research by Axios. Only four of the NBA’s 30 teams have not issued releases while fewer than half (15) of the NFL’s 32 teams and just a third (10) of MLB’s 30 clubs made statements.Across those leagues the loudest support has come from the players, including Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, New Jersey Devils defenceman PK Subban, Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York Yankees slugger Gincarlo Stanton. Charlotte Hornets and owner and former NBA great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods, who rarely speak out on social issues, have also called for change.The voices of outrage, however, are being heard well beyond U.S. borders.Several soccer players protested during matches in Germany’s top-flight Bundesliga at the weekend, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displaying undershirts with the message, ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on Sunday. The German Football Association (DFB) said it was reviewing the incidents.England international Sancho was shown a yellow card after removing his shirt but the DFB said it was not due to his message but because he broke the rules on removing shirts.FIFA UNDERSTANDS FIFA, an organisation that has had zero tolerance for players expressing personal views about politics, religion and social issues on the field, has asked competition organisers to use “common sense” with athletes who show messages of protest over Floyd’s death.In a statement yesterday, the global soccer body said it “fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.” It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who FIFA said “should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.“FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind…. FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices,” it added.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and its member nations to speak out against social injustice. “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind…,” he wrote in a series of tweets.“Now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u,” the St Lucia all-rounder, who led West Indies to Twenty20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016, said. His former team mate Chris Gayle also posted a statement on social media saying “Black life matters just as any other life!”Formula One drivers followed Lewis Hamilton’s lead on Monday after he criticised those in what he called the “white-dominated sport” for failing to speak out about Floyd’s death.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc said on Twitter he had felt “out of place and uncomfortable” sharing his thoughts on social media about the situation but realised he had been “completely wrong”.last_img read more

Football seeks revenge in Big Ten opener

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe last time Iowa was on the field at Camp Randall, the Hawkeyes walked off as victors and certifiable party spoilers, defeating the Badgers in then-head coach Barry Alvarez’s final home game. That loss still sticks in the mind of current UW head coach Bret Bielema.”Bottom line, that was [Alvarez’s] last game at Camp Randall,” Bielema said. “For someone that’s established so much at this university, to have it end that way wasn’t a good thing.”On the same account, you learn things along the way, turn negatives into positives, and that’s something we can talk about coming into this game.”In reality, there are enough interesting and compelling storylines for this Saturday evening’s Iowa-Wisconsin matchup to talk about for hours. Iowa enters Big Ten play with something to prove after a disappointing loss to in-state rival Iowa State. So far this season, Iowa’s offense under first-year starter Jake Christensen has been decent, but not spectacular, averaging 341 yards and just over 21 points per game. The Hawkeyes’ defense has stolen the show, however. Through three games, Iowa has given up only six points per game and hasn’t allowed an opponent to reach the end zone — the only team in Division I-A college football that can make that claim.Saturday’s game will feature a strength-versus-strength matchup with Wisconsin’s ground game that averages 215 yards per game and nearly five yards a carry up against Iowa’s stingy run defense that has allowed an eye-catching 2.1 yards per carry this season.In watching the Hawkeye defense, Bielema is reminded of the first Wisconsin defense he coached that started Antajj Hawthorne, Jason Jefferson, Jonathan Welsh and Erasmus James — four eventual NFL draft picks.”It starts up front, multiyear starters, those guys have all been three-year starters or more,” Bielema said. “Solid up front, solid in their techniques and play with great effort.” Across the field, the Wisconsin defense has failed to play up to preseason expectations. Coming off a season that saw the UW defense finish the season ranked fifth nationally in total defense, great things were expected out of the unit that lost only three players. So far, however, the defense has played at a fairly average level, allowing 21.7 points per game and only forcing two turnovers on defense (a third turnover was forced on special teams).Bielema declined to make his defensive players available to media this week, a departure from the conventional weekly schedule.”They want Saturday to be the first time they talk to you,” Bielema said. “What we basically have talked about was even after fall camp there was a lot said about our defense. The bottom line was what was gonna be said is what was gonna happen on Saturdays.”This was another way I could reinforce it to them.””We fed into ‘We think we’re a good defense already,’ and we really haven’t done anything,” cornerback Allen Langford said.One factor working in the Badgers’ favor is the start to the Big Ten schedule. In the first three games of the season, UW faced two spread offenses, a style of play the program has historically had problems with for one reason or another. Very few Big Ten teams play the spread style, opting instead for a more straightforward attack. The defense will have to deal with the two-headed Hawkeye running back combination of Albert Young and Damian Sims. Together, they average 178 yards of total offense and attack defenses with different styles.”They both are not afraid to stick it up in there,” Bielema said. “Damian’s a little smaller, but he’s very stout. They definitely complement each other very well.”For what Iowa does, they’re very good at that style. They’re very patient, and they understand the zone concept.”Wisconsin’s own running back situation is still somewhat undetermined — not who will see the most carries (P.J. Hill), but who the main backup will be.Sophomore Lance Smith has excelled when given the opportunity so far this season, but with a suspension that requires him to miss all the team’s remaining four road games, the coaching staff may end up giving true freshman Zach Brown carries as the main backup to better prepare him for future duty.”Both of them practiced very well (Thursday). … We’ll make that decision [Friday], and then tell them,” Bielema said. “One thing we did a week ago was we told them the order they were going to go in the game. I think that helps out the young players especially.”last_img read more

NBA players, executives share thoughts on a ‘wide-open’ Western Conference next season

first_img Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Other teams are getting more uprooted: Portland, for example, will see key rotation players Al Farouq-Aminu, Seth Curry and Rodney Hood hit the market. While the Clippers hope to hit it big in free agency, many of the veterans who guided them in a six-game series against the Warriors might land elsewhere, highlighted by point guard Patrick Beverley.That’s another argument for the Rockets, Morey said: “Most teams are scrambling to keep their starting unit together. We got ours next year.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile a highly consequential free agency period begins on Sunday, the NBA is already beginning to size up what next season looks like. In the Western Conference, that’s a surprisingly complex question: Most of the contenders, to this point, have obvious flaws of one kind or another, and next year’s potential is mostly in the eye of the beholder.Several Western officials and players questioned about the future of the West at the NBA Awards Show on Monday night foresee a much more “wide-open” conference next season. Among those who will compete to succeed the injury-plagued Warriors, the Rockets, the Nuggets, the Trail Blazers, the Jazz and a few others stand out, as well as whatever foundation the Lakers assemble around All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But few – outside of Morey – are willing to take a stab at who might rise above.Outside of the Lakers, one of the biggest offseason moves so far has been Utah’s trade for Memphis point guard Mike Conley, who they hope will address offensive shortcomings that have bounced them out of the postseason the past two years. Conley already has expressed enthusiasm with his new teammates – “I’m so glad I don’t have to play against Rudy (Gobert) or Donovan (Mitchell) again” – but didn’t want to speculate on who might stand out.“I can’t tell you favorites,” he said. “I can tell you we’re going to be very good and our goal is to win a championship.”While teams certainly will be looking to add players, stability might be a core indicator for others as to which teams might stand out. The Denver Nuggets, for example, have most of their talent under contract: Paul Millsap is the only key contributor who might be a free agent, and he still has a team option. Though capped out, Oklahoma City is also expected to retain a good portion of its starting group, and if Paul George and Russell Westbrook get healthy, they could be considered a threat despite consecutive first-round playoff exits. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img The X-factor is free agency: Last summer, the NBA thought James coming West might rock the playoff picture. Even though that didn’t come to pass, a number of the East’s top players – Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford – are about to hit the market, and there’s a threat that even more stars could switch conferences.The pairing of James and Davis also has captured attention, though many Western competitors didn’t wish to comment much about it.“I think they’re doing everything they can to build the most competitive team possible for the next few years,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “Not much else to say about it.”There are always rising and falling teams as well, and besides the Lakers, other squads on the cusp hope to punch their way into the playoffs next year. Dallas Mavericks wing Luka Doncic looked happy winning his Rookie of the Year award on Monday night, but before the ceremony, he expressed that he thought his team had “a great chance” of signing a big free agent.“I’m excited for next year, trying to get into the playoffs,” he said. “There’s a lot of amazing free agents, so we’ll see.” SANTA MONICA — After a half-decade of Warriors dominance, what will the West look like?Daryl Morey has a suggestion: Keep an eye on his Rockets.The Houston general manager has heard rumblings about his stars James Harden and Chris Paul not getting along and spent the better part of the month trying to quash the rumors. He’s dealt with the missteps of a new owner who has dragged a contract dispute with his head coach into the public light. Still, he wants people to remember that the Rockets twice took Golden State to at least six games, and often looked like the best Western threat to the Warriors’ dominance – why wouldn’t they ascend next season?“It’s been the strangest part of my career with the media,” he said. “There have been times we deserve terrible coverage. It’s not now. The discussion should be we are favorites next year and let people beat that up.” Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more