October 20

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 9

first_imgDemocrats are doing harm to the countryThe purpose of this is to help make The Gazette great again and to debunk some liberal talking points used by Doug McFadden in his June 29 letter (“Support getting rid of Trump, McConnell”). He attempted to discredit Jane Pauze’s June 22 letter (“Enough effort wasted investigating Trump”) that spoke to the damage the progressive liberal wing of the Democratic party is doing to this great nation.Mr. McFadden’s claim that “Trump tried hard to obstruct justice“ is said honestly as, “tried hard to defend himself. “Gone it seems are Ronald Reagan’s “blue-dog“ and John Kennedy’s “Ask what you can do for your country.” Democrats were  shamefully replaced by the liberal progressives that condone killing live-born babies and open borders that will allow other 9-11 — butchers to prey upon the innocents.Create sanctuary cities such as Saratoga and Albany that harbor illegal Democratic voters, a.k.a., immigrants.Worse is their attempt to discredit, damage and destroy Donald Trump, his family and anyone ever associated with him. This is a blatant attempt to destroy us and our way of life.As Ms. Pauze said, ”He ate your lunch.“ Tough – suck it up and love your country.What’s also sad is that many opinion page authors unwittingly support these hate groups.God did indeed “bless America.“ Don’t screw it up,  Libs.Jack OsterlitzGlenvilleDemocrats in Albany show their humanity In response to Jennifer Richards’ July 2  letter (“Prioritize humans over animals in NY”) in which she criticizes the recent ban on declawing cats passed by the state Legislature, she should read and think about the quote from the great Mahatma Gandhi of India, who said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”Cat declawing is inhumane and should be outlawed. I hope it passes in every state soon.Ms., Richards also states that the Democrats, who now control New York state government, should pay more attention to “dignity-of-life” issues, especially on the issue of banning abortion.It seems that the pro-life movement condemns all abortion, period.They are hypocrites when they ignore or minimize life after birth. Issues like poverty, education, income inequality and the inhumane treatment of migrants in cages don’t seem to matter. I’m proud to be a Democrat and animal lover in New York state.Lori HudsonPattersonvilleMelania stays quiet on border situationBorder Wall – where is Melania Trump? Any other first lady would have voiced their opinion on the abuse the children are experiencing at our border.Joseph RownySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump family never served in militaryJust a reminder for those readers who reveled in Donald Trump’s 4th of July “Me Day” parade, the Trump family has lived in the United States for more than 150 years, and not one of them, not one, has ever served in the U.S. military. Walter WoukSummitlast_img read more

August 27

Kawhi Leonard already taking Raptors to new heights: ‘There’s more to come with this guy’

first_imgThis year, LeBron’s shadow no longer looms over the rest of the East. And even if it did, Leonard has already defeated James in the postseason, the same year he took home the Larry O’Brien Trophy and NBA Finals MVP honors.The only person in the Raptors locker room qualified to speak on Leonard’s ability to win a championship is the man who won it with him — and Green says leadership is not an issue here.”He’s one of the best players in the game — period,” Green told Sporting News. “He’s leading this team and doing exactly what he needs to do.” Here’s Kawhi Leonard doing whatever the robotic equivalent of laughing is. pic.twitter.com/2ZzHM0B7nY— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) September 24, 2018NBA WRAP: Bucks improve to 2-0 against RaptorsAfter 28 games, Leonard and the Raptors are having plenty of fun, and the rest of the league isn’t laughing much.Powered by a healthy Leonard, the Raptors boast the NBA’s best record at 21-7. Leonard is the league’s eighth-leading scorer (26.1) and has notched eight games of 30-plus points.The scary part? He can get better.”I keep telling everybody, I think there’s more to come with this guy,” Raptors first-year head coach Nick Nurse said.I asked #Raptors head coach Nick Nurse where he believes Kawhi Leonard currently sits in MVP discussions.”It’s early and I think he’s on the outskirts of those talks or entering them. I think there’s more to come with this guy.” pic.twitter.com/vTSQuKEEiu— Mark Suleymanov (@TheMARKOut1) December 7, 2018A lingering quad injury limited Leonard to only nine games last season. Questions surrounded the 27-year-old, with doubts emerging about him being able to return to the form that made him a two-time All-Star, NBA Finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Months of reports suggested Leonard wanted out of San Antonio.The Raptors, fresh off another early LeBron James-led postseason elimination, wanted significant changes. It started with the coaching staff and was completed when Toronto dealt longtime franchise linchpin DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs in a blockbuster trade to acquire Leonard.DeRozan, one of the most productive and important figures in franchise history, finished eighth in MVP voting last season. It was the second-highest MVP finish for a Raptors player since Chris Bosh came in seventh back in 2007.And yet, despite all that DeRozan had done, Ujiri had to pull the trigger on the deal. Top-five players rarely hit the trade market. Leonard is making that summer move look like a home run so far. He has re-emerged as one of the league’s elite two-way talents — and he has the chance to take Toronto to a higher level than ever before.An MVP contender — or the favorite?In his new environment, the only player Leonard had teamed with previously is Danny Green, who was part of the Spurs’ trade package to Toronto. But Leonard has already made a strong first impression with his Raptors teammates.Nine-year veteran Greg Monroe bounced around to three teams last season before he signed with Toronto over the summer. He’s only appeared in 11 games so far, but watching from the sidelines, Monroe believes Leonard’s efforts have put him firmly in MVP discussions.”I don’t know the exact numbers for other people, but what he has done for our team, our record and everything that usually goes into the MVP award, he definitely has to be, if not in the lead, he has to be in the top three,” Monroe told Sporting News.WATCH: This Leonard sequence is exactly why Raptors traded for himMonroe saw another MVP candidate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, up close and personal over the course of the last three seasons. At this juncture, Antetokounmpo is considered by many an early favorite for the award.Speaking as a former teammate of “The Greek Freak” and current teammate of “The Klaw,” Monroe gives the edge to the latter.”[Leonard is] having a great season,” Monroe said. “Individually and as a team, we’re playing really well, so he has to be in contention.”The only thing that may hurt Leonard is the Raptors’ early precautions. After last year’s injury trouble, Leonard has yet to play in the second game of a back-to-back set this season. His personal statistics, however, have never been better.In 22 games, Leonard is averaging career-highs of 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 34.7 minutes per game. His steals (1.9) and assists (3.0) are right in line with his career averages.”It’s early,” Nurse said. “I think he’s maybe on the outskirts of the [MVP] talk or he’s entering it because he’s starting to score a little bit more now.”Rediscovering old KawhiFour of Leonard’s eight 30-plus point games this season occurred in his first 12 games. The runner-up for NBA MVP in 2016 has since netted 30-plus points in four of his five last six games. Not only is he scoring at will, but Leonard has also shouldered a significant load late in games.On Nov. 29 against the defending champion Warriors, Leonard matchup against former MVP Kevin Durant, who finished with 51 points and sank a pivotal 3-pointer to force overtime. Kawhi Leonard (season-high 37 PTS) and Kevin Durant (season-high 51 PTS) go back-and-forth as the @Raptors prevail in OT for their 7th straight win! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/uc0UAqxCoM— NBA (@NBA) November 30, 2018″The games I’ve had, if anybody is playing better than Kevin Durant, I don’t know him,” Nurse said. “He dropped 50 on us. He looked pretty good to me.”MORE: NBA coach, scout evaluate top rookiesLeonard firmly contested Durant all night, but he still shot 18-of-31 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. However, late in overtime, Leonard used his trademark defense to force a Durant turnover that helped the Raptors close out a 131-128 win. Leonard finished with 37 points on an efficient 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) shooting night.In Wednesday’s 113-102 win over the 76ers, Leonard dropped 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams. Leonard also wreaked havoc with his trademark defense, snagging five steals (without a single personal foul) and frustrating star point guard Ben Simmons for a good portion of the contest. “People always want to describe him as a defensive player, but he’s a scorer — he scores the ball at a high level,” point guard Fred VanVleet told Sporting News. “It’s something where you let the outside world shape the way you think about things.”Coming in, you think of him as a two-way player, which is a respect to his defense, but he’s a hell of a scorer.”Even in losses, Leonard has shown himself to be a difference maker. In an overtime loss to the Nets on Friday, Leonard finished with 32 points, including all seven of Toronto’s points in the extra period. For someone who missed most of the prior season with a leg injury, Leonard supplied further proof that he is quickly rediscovering his dominant form.Hustlin’, hustlin’, hustlin’ pic.twitter.com/J0U9LsI0Gg— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 8, 2018KAWHI THO! pic.twitter.com/I2jikpfFMf— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 8, 2018″I think his legs are feeling better, I think his defense is picking up and [he’s] shooting the ball even better,” Nurse said. “I think he’s going up higher on dunks, the 3-ball is going in a lot more.”The leadership questionLate last month, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said that while the talent is missed, Leonard was not a leader during his seven-year tenure in San Antonio.”Kawhi was a great player, but he wasn’t a leader or anything,” Popovich said. “Manu [Ginobili] and Patty [Mills] were the leaders. Kawhi’s talent will always be missed, but that leadership wasn’t his deal at that time.”MORE: Leonard responds to Popovich’s leadership claimsLeonard addressed Popovich’s comments by describing himself as someone who “leads by example.” His teammates backed up that assertion.”On the court, he’s a great player, great defender, great two-way player,” Raptors guard Malachi Richardson told Sporting News. “I think that’s been the biggest thing for us. Off the court, he fits right in with us, so it works out.”With Leonard leading the way, the Raptors are off to their best start in franchise history, an impressive early run considering the team finished with a franchise-record 59 wins just last season. However, that version of the Raptors never advanced past the Eastern Conference finals. Kawhi Leonard’s introduction to the Raptors was literally a laughing matter.Seated to the right of team president Masai Ujiri at his introductory press conference in September, Leonard, a star known for his quiet demeanor, proclaimed himself a “fun guy” before he let out his version of a laugh. The clip went viral; it was remixed in dozens of ways and even elicited a ridiculous reaction from comedian Kevin Hart.last_img read more

August 16

Davis Cup: B&H-Greece 1:0

first_imgThe B&H tennis team ended the match against Greece with the result 1:0. This game was part of the first round of the second group of the Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup, held in Sarajevo.The first victory for theB&H team was achieved by Mirza Bašić at the stadium “Ramiz Salčin”, who confirmed his status by beating Alexandros Jakupovic with 6:3, 6:2, 6:2.Damir Džumhur (144) and Markos Kalovelonis (619) will hold a match today as part of the program.(Source: Fena)last_img

August 16

Fans making Jokes about Fog in Zenica: What an unseen Match!

first_imgBesides making the playing of the match more difficult, the fog in Zenica during last night’s match between the national teams of B&H and Ireland has brought a salvo of funny comments by fans from both sides.Many fans of Ireland who were following the match in Zenica or on TV commented on dense fog which bothered the players as well as the spectators who could not clearly see the details of the match.“I think this is how it looks like to have glaucoma”, wrote one Twitter user, while another tweet says: “This is one of the foggiest matches I have ever seen”.One fan, however, felt as if he was watching the match in the shower, while another one said that this was the best match he has ever seen.Fog was also commenter about by the users of Facebook, and here are just some of the statuses on this social network:“I think the match is better seen on radio.”“What’s the penalty for fog?”“This is not fog, but the people of Zenica setting fire.”“Fog prevents me from seeing which players are ours.”“When this ends, the referee should announce the result.”“We can bring seven more players in, no one will find out.”“Now we should put one more ball in their goal and hide this one in the fog and there you go – Bosnia 1:0 Ireland.”“I dimly remember watching the match against Ireland.”“Third shift in Mittal came to work.”“I imagine El Classico under fog, and the Spanish commentator yelling: Messi… No, that was Iniesta… If I can see well, this was a good chance.”“What an unseen match!”(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

August 14

LeBron James: Sporting News NBA Athlete of the Decade

first_imgPlenty of bold statements have been made about LeBron James over the past decade. He can spark discussion unlike any figure in recent NBA history, whether it’s coaches, teammates, rivals or blathering TV analysts doing the talking.But the most pertinent statement as it relates to this particular exercise comes from Amy Schumer, who wrote James into her 2015 comedy “Trainwreck.” James plays a (very cheap) version of himself alongside “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader, and he steals the scene just about every time he’s on screen. There is something poetic about James eventually passing the baton to a kid who idolized him growing up. It speaks to both James’ impressive longevity and Doncic’s unrivaled ability for a player of his age.”You never know who you can inspire along your path,” James told ESPN’s Doris Burke after that victory over the Mavs. “And you hope that you can inspire the next generation. And for me, by me playing the game the right way, always getting my teammates involved and playing for the purity of the game, I was able to inspire a kid that wasn’t even in America. And that’s pretty special.”Obviously we see what he is capable of doing. His ability to make plays, not only for himself, for his teammates, the rebounding, just play for the pure love of the game. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.” “I wrote LeBron’s name into the script because he was the only basketball player I knew,” Schumer said.Whether for his off-court exploits or on-court accomplishments, LeBron James is known everywhere, and he had the single biggest impact on his sport of any athlete during the 2010s. There was only one option for Sporting News’ NBA Athlete of the Decade.SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENFL | NBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Women’s boxing | Men’s MMA | Women’s MMAAfter infamously announcing during 2010’s much-maligned “The Decision” special that he would be taking his talents to South Beach, James captured two championships over four seasons with the Heat, beginning a run of eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. That streak, a perfectly balanced four and four with Miami and Cleveland, put him in a category that had been reserved for Celtics players from the 1950s and ’60s, including Hall of Famer Bill Russell.His finest moment, however, occurred on the other side of the country in Oakland, Calif., when LeBron’s Cavaliers clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit against the mighty Warriors and won the 2016 NBA title. Game 7 of that series will always be remembered for James’ iconic block of Andre Iguodala, a highlight difficult to comprehend years later.And yet, despite all his basketball accomplishments, James may have changed the business of the NBA more than anything. That ill-fated “Decision” helped turn the league into a year-round spectacle and opened the door for athletes to control their images and how to disperse the messages they wished to send to the public. His use of specific contract lengths in free agency offered him maximum flexibility and pressured front offices to continue improving the roster around him. He didn’t wait to team up with other stars and chase a ring in his final seasons like those before him — James left Cleveland for Miami, then Miami for Cleveland, then Cleveland for Los Angeles while still in his prime.The irony in all of that? Others utilized his strategy to stop him. Kevin Durant joined the Warriors and bested James’ Cavs two years in a row. Kyrie Irving demanded his way out of Cleveland and James’ shadow. Kawhi Leonard left Toronto after winning a championship and Finals MVP to form a juggernaut with Paul George in LA and fight with James for Staples Center supremacy. MORE: SN’s NBA All-Decade teamLeBron created the blueprint to reach the peak of hoops existence, and others followed it and pushed him back down the mountain.James isn’t done just yet, though. In Year 17 with Anthony Davis by his side — the result of a trade request announced by James’ agent and longtime friend Rich Paul — James is playing at an MVP-level and defying the typical aging curve. He is breaking new ground with the Lakers, on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time in his career. He has a real shot to capture a fourth title, and maybe more.But even if he never wears another Finals patch on his jersey, James’ legacy is secure, a legacy that he largely built in the 2010s. This league is an incredibly tangled web, but start at any key point, and it’s not hard to trace your way back to one man.If you didn’t know anything else about basketball this past decade, you knew LeBron.By the numbers3 NBA championships3 NBA Finals MVP awards4 NBA MVP awards15 All-NBA selections15 All-Star selections6 All-Defensive selections33,000-plus career points (fourth all time)*6,911 career playoff points (most all time)8,900-plus career assists (10th all time)*87 career triple-doubles (fifth all time)*27.6 player efficiency rating (second all time)**As of publish dateWhat they’re saying:”LeBron is one of the best players now and his intelligent combination of team leadership, brawny layups, dominating rebounding and surgical passing is elevating the game to its next level. Just as Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and others did.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar”It’s just beautiful to watch him play. It’s just fun how he rallies everybody. He’s like a magnet and everybody, it’s just beautiful to see him think three or four plays ahead. … When you play with someone great every day, that makes you better.” — Magic Johnson”No one has ever before seen a player quite like LeBron. He’s a five-tool player, fundamentally sound and able to do practically anything on the court. As the NBA continues to evolve, I think he is the model other players ought to emulate. … I also admire him for continuing to improve his command of the game and his basketball IQ, year after year, instead of coasting on his athleticism.” — Oscar Robertson”He’s been able to dominate this era. … In my lifetime, I’ve never seen this. And I’ve played against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played against Michael Jordan. I don’t think any of us have ever seen anything like what we’re witnessing.” — Isiah Thomas”He’s one of the all-time greats. If he doesn’t slow down, like I said before, he’s going to end up one or two [on the all-time scoring list].” — Dirk Nowitzki”[LeBron] has already put himself on that Mount Rushmore. He’s proven to be the greatest player of this generation. I don’t like getting into comparisons and who’s the GOAT and who’s the best. I think it’s stupid. I think it’s impossible to do. I just know that he’s doing some amazing things.” — Grant HillThe next decade belongs to: Luka Doncic, guard, Mavericks”You’re a bad motherf—er.”Those were James’ words to Doncic after the Lakers defeated the Mavericks in one of the most entertaining games of the 2019-20 NBA season. There isn’t a bigger stamp of approval than that.At just 20 years old, Doncic has already worked his way into the MVP conversation by nearly averaging a triple-double and regularly posting lines only Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson can match. The Slovenian wunderkind hits deep 3-pointers off the dribble like James Harden and passes with flair like “Pistol” Pete Maravich.Most importantly, he isn’t filling the box score with empty stats — he is helping the Mavericks win. Dallas should earn a postseason berth in 2020 following a three-year playoff drought, and with the right team around Doncic, the Mavs could quickly become an annual contender.last_img read more

December 26

The players who simply love scoring in Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League games

first_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Theo Walcott scored four goals in 16 Premier League games for Arsenal against Chelsea, giving him a ratio of 0.33 goals per game Eden Hazard has scored four goals in 12 Premier League games for Chelsea against Arsenal, giving him a ratio of 0.33 goals per game 7 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 7 MONEY gameday Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Didier Drogba Chelsea) has scored eight goals in 12 Premier League games against Arsenal giving him a ratio of 0.66 goals/game 7 7 7 NEW ERA At Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, Chelsea have beaten Arsenal 12 times, lost seven and drawn seven. The Blues have also scored 40 goals, with the Gunners managing 29.Chelsea v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 on Saturday 17 August 7 RANKED Ian Wright scored seven Premier League goals in 11 games for Arsenal against Chelsea giving him a ratio of 0.58 goals per game Thierry Henry scored eight goals in 12 Premier League games for Arsenal against Chelsea, giving him a ratio of 0.66 goals per game silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Football news possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more smart causal 7 impact Chelsea v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 on Saturday 17 August here.The London rivals have met 52 times in the Premier League. In the first 26 meetings, Arsenal had a win rate of 54 per cent (W14 D9 L3), while Chelsea have won 54 per cent of the last 26 (W14 D7 L5).If Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores in the game, which is live on talkSPORT, it will be his 150th in the big five European leagues.Here, though, talkSPORT.com is looking at the top scoring players – past and present – in the fixture in the Premier League. highlights Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener ALTERED Robin van Persie scored five goals in 12 Premier League games for Arsenal against Chelsea giving him a ratio of 0.41 goals per game Dennis Bergkamp scored four goals in 17 Premier League games for Arsenal against Chelsea, giving him a ratio of 0.23 goals per game Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decadelast_img read more