August 12

Don’t expect to see Kaepernick on an NFL field soon

first_imgIn this Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) It certainly doesn’t mean Kaepernick will have a job in the NFL this upcoming season. Not in Seattle, which declined to sign him, and probably not among the other 30 teams that — in different circumstances — would be lining up to outbid each other to sign a quarterback of his talent.A lot of NFL fans think that’s a good thing. They hate the idea that Kaepernick wouldn’t stand for his country’s national anthem, and hate any suggestion that the team they love might sign a player so publicly out of touch with how they feel.New York Giants co-owner John Mara said as much when he told The MMQB last month that Giants fans made it clear to him that Kaepernick — who the Giants were not pursuing — would not be welcome at the Meadowlands.“It wasn’t one or two letters,” Mara said. “It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”Perhaps that’s what the Seahawks discovered after bringing Kaepernick in a few weeks ago to sound him out about backing up Russell Wilson. The team isn’t explaining why, but their interest in Kaepernick suddenly waned to the point that on Monday they signed Austin Davis — who didn’t even play last year — instead of the former San Francisco 49er.Not exactly the kind of move you’d expect a team to make when they had a chance to pick up a quarterback that just five years ago led his team to a Super Bowl.If Kaepernick is too toxic for Seattle, he’s not likely to be welcomed anywhere else in the NFL. There are no other teams courting him — at least publicly — and time is running out as teams get their rosters ready for the opening of training camps next month.No, he’s not officially blackballed from the league. But he might as well be as teams in the last few months have signed lesser quarterbacks like Case Keenum and Mark Sanchez without even picking up the phone to see if Kaepernick is interested.Taking a stand often means paying a price. In Kaepernick’s case, not standing up for the national anthem may cost him his career.He acknowledged as much at the time, knowing what he did would not be popular among the majority of NFL fans. Indeed, the backlash was so severe that some blamed Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the anthem for a decline in the NFL’s television ratings.But Kaepernick said he could not show pride in a flag of a country he believes oppresses Blacks and other minorities.“If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right,” he said at the time.Take away the controversy, and Kaepernick would seem an attractive candidate for any team looking for another quarterback. Though the 49ers went 1-10 behind him last year, he threw for 16 touchdowns against only four interceptions.He’s not dealing with any injuries, is well-liked by fellow players and donates his time off the field to several charities. He’s also reportedly indicated he would stand for the anthem this upcoming season should a team give him a chance to play.Still, there are no takers. Aside from Seattle, no team has expressed any real interest.“He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine that somebody won’t give him a chance to play,” Carroll said last week.Actually, it’s pretty easy to imagine.You can kill dogs, be involved in sexual assaults or do any number of bad acts and still get a second chance in the NFL, assuming you have enough talent. Disrespect the flag in a league that sells patriotism at every turn, though, and good luck finding a job.Kaepernick is smart enough to know that. Yet he felt his cause was so just that he took a knee with the 49ers anyway.Praise him, if you like, for bravely going where other players feared to go. Condemn him, if that’s how you feel, for going about it the wrong way.Just don’t expect to see him on the field anytime soon.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or No less of a coach than Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks believes that Colin Kaepernick is “a starter in this league,” whatever that means.last_img read more

August 5

Bitter loss for Warriors

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August 5

It’s ‘probably’ Bassett

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August 3

Galway Win Allianz National Hurling League Title

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway captain David Burke with President Michael D Higgins and GAA President Aogan O’Fearghail Here is another chance to hear the commentary of that incredible game with Sean Walsh, Conor Hayes and Niall Canavan.center_img Galway’s Senior Hurlers became Allianz National Hurling League Champions for the first time since 2010 with a 3-21 to 0-14 win over Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Sunday Afternoon.last_img

May 14

PNG U20 women win first match in USA tour

first_imgAlthough Ramona Padio secured the win for the team by scoring both goals, the match reflected a team effort with all 21 field players participating in the game, allowing every team member to showcase their skills in front of PNG coach Lisa Cole before final team selection.The scheduled match against Seattle Pacific University on August 15, but Papua New Guinea was unsatisfactory to the girls which saw them going down against dominant Seattle University side.The team hopes to continue a winning streak for the remaining five trial matches as part of their development while preparation before the World Cup is the top priority.Between the team’s training schedule and matches, they have filled spare time by gaining inspiration from other football teams including Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink field, an experience Cole described as an amazing opportunity for the PNG team.last_img read more

January 14

Are our leaders concerned about the plight of those voters?

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to be a fly on the wall in the Office of the Presidency. The Prime Minister’s office is at the same address, so I would just fly between the two offices. I would like to know who advises the leaders of our country. Do they ever remember that people vote for them? Are they really concerned about the plight of those voters? If so, how do they muster the gumption to speak the way they do and say the things they say?Without batting an eyelid the President said that Lazy man work will attract lazy man pay. President Granger has a great sense of humour and at first I thought he was joking. It cannot be that he was joking because it is over a month now that he made those remarks and he nor his folks have seen it fit to walk those comments back. So I am left to believe that the President was serious in his remarks. The reason I asked about who advises our leaders (and all great leaders have advisers whom they listen to), is because by now, someone should have said to President Granger that he has bought into a long held racist belief that Black people are generally lazy and that he should seek to reword those comments.The President made those remarks as he was receiving the commissioned report on wages for the workers in Guyana’s public sector. The public sector in Guyana is dominated by Black workers; police, nurses, the army, the Government offices workers, etc. And for as long as there have been a public sector in Guyana, for just as long, those workers have been grossly underpaid. Now the time has come to double their wages, or at least, significantly increase it, their President says to them, some of you are lazy, and I will reflect your quality of work in what I pay you.Couldn’t the President have said, “Ladies and gentlemen, now that we have agreed to give you a significant raise of pay, we hope that your quality of work will also be significantly improved? Or, “Servants of the people, the government has decided to stretch our financial limits to accommodate an increase in your wages, we hope that you appreciate what we are doing, and that you will also stretch the standards of your work.” Or something like that. Why did he not use the occasion to speak as a champion of the working class?Then days later we heard the comments of our dear Prime Minister. He said that the doubling of the fees to cross the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) is a “slight” increase. And he did not stop there. It was as if he did not hear what he said. He went on to justify his remarks by comparing the Demerara Harbour Bridge’s toll with that of the Berbice Bridge toll. Now I would think that the Prime Minister would have still been furious with those who continue to poke out the financial eyes of those who are paying those exorbitant fees to cross the Berbice Bridge. After all, he did convince me that he was very angry with those tolls, when he was on the campaign trail. Instead, our dear Prime Minister is arguing that the Demerara Harbour Bridge’s toll needs to be increased so as to create some semblance of “fairness” for those who commute across the Berbice Bridge. Oh what a difference a year makes!Editor, let’s go back to his “slight” remark. Nagamootoo said that to him, there is nothing wrong with the doubling of the fees to cross the DHB. He said that those fees will help with the maintenance of the bridge. Please do the math with me. If I pay $100 a day to cross the bridge for five days that is $1000 a month, extra, that I have to pay. If I live in a double household and we travel separately, that is $2000 per month. By any stretch of the imagination, that translates to a significant amount of money. That is gas, lunch, uniform, utilities, etc. Yet the man I voted for, hoping that he would lower my cost of living (a better life for all, wink wink), is promising to saddle me with another cost and he thinks so flippantly of me that he promises to take another $1000 a month of my money and calls it ‘slight’.Additionally, what about those who inadvertently have to cross both bridges? Do they qualify from some wavier? Finally, guess how much the Prime Minister spends in gas or tolls to cross any bridge. Should he not also contribute to the bridge’s maintenance?Yours truly,Wendell Jeffreylast_img read more

January 3

‘He should focus on winning man of the match first’ – Reaction to Ozil’s huge claim

first_imgYou’ve got to applaud the ambition of Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal and Germany attacker surprised reporters recently by commenting that he has the ability to be crowned Ballon d’Or someday, but it seems as though the only person he has convinced is himself.Speaking ahead of the world champions’ 2-2 draw with Australia, he said: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands. I am convinced that it can happen.”It is certainly an encouraging attitude for a player who has looked downbeat and disinterested at times during his two seasons at the Emirates, but it certainly hasn’t washed with Premier League fans, who have been quick to mock Ozil, as can be seen below…Do you think Mesut Ozil has the ability to be crowned Ballon d’Or someday? Comment below… 1 Mesut Ozil believes he can win the Ballon d’Or last_img read more

December 30

Barcelona starlet will NOT be joining Tottenham on deadline day

first_imgBarcelona are unlikely to allow Sandro Ramirez to leave for Tottenham today.Spurs are in a hurry to land a striker before the window slams shut tonight and had been in regular contact with Barcelona and the player’s representatives throughout January.Ramirez has struggled to force his way into the Barca side this season, making just four starts in La Liga.But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca won’t part with the 20-year-old unless they sign a forward themselves.Tottenham are now expected to turn their attentions back to signing Saido Berahino from West Brom after their pursuit of Fulham’s Moussa Dembele broke down at the weekend. 1 Sandro Ramirez [left] last_img

December 27

Water polo powers clash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3:00 p.m. Two of the CIF Southern Section boys water polo powerhouse programs clash today when Montebello plays host to La Canada at the Commerce Aquatorium. Game time is 4 p:30 p.m. La Canada is ranked No. 1 and Montebello No. 2 in this week’s CIF-SS, Division III.last_img read more

December 24

Dave Rennie: Munster clash will teach me about my players

first_img“I just see it as a chance to learn a bit more about our boys. I know we will have to be good to be competitive.”Glasgow go into the game with three wins out of three but last week’s trip to Cardiff Blues proved a tight affair, with them coming from behind to win 20-19.Rennie says it’s important to concentrate on the basics because they won’t get away with the same mistakes against Munster.“We were a bit frustrated because we created a lot of opportunities but weren’t clinical enough,” he continued. “There was plenty of heart and character in the group so we’re happy to get away with it. We’re always focusing on the basics. “We know the challenge ahead, they’re a good side, really strong defensively and can strangle you down you’re end of the field so we will have to be more clinical and accurate.”The fixture will be Rennie’s first sold-out experience of Scotstoun on a Friday evening and he’s looking forward to the atmosphere.“I really enjoyed it here against Ospreys, they were incredibly vocal. There’s some amount of seats here and the crowd are really into it. “Their support is massive and the boys really feel it on their field. It was great being in the stand experiencing that and I look forward to tomorrow.” Dave Rennie says Glasgow Warriors’ PRO14 clash with Munster will give him the chance to learn more about his players and see how they cope under pressure.The new coach, who will lead his side into their fourth competitive game since taking charge in the summer, will welcome Munster to Scotstoun for Friday’s top of the table clash.Rennie says the fixture will be a marker for how his players have settled since he began his reign because one side will have to drop points for the first time this season. “They’re a top team as Glasgow found out last year,” he said. “It will give us an idea of where we’re at from a physicality point of view, a defensive point of view and we believe the defence will come hard at us and try to strangle us. last_img read more