Athletes show wide support for BLM

first_imgMinnesota Lynx WNBA players honor Philando Castile, killed by police in Minneapolis.The Republican National Convention, which nominated the white supremacist, fascistic Donald Trump as its presidential candidate, has added fire under an already burning cauldron of police war against Black and Brown people.On July 18, the opening night of the RNC, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke labeled the Black Lives Matter movement an “anarchy” and had the racist crowd cheering as he gleefully announced the third acquittal of another cop accused of murdering Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man, in Baltimore last year.Then Trump, during his 75-minute rant on July 21 as he accepted the nomination — which took on the feel of a Ku Klux Klan rally — went on a vicious anti-immigrant tirade, along with deploring the killings of police. But of course the self-proclaimed “law and order” Trump did not mention the police killings of people of color.Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics and other players were fined by the league for wearing protest t-shirts.Ironically, just hours earlier in New York City, the Black Youth Project 100 and Million Hoodies NYC had heroically occupied the Lower Manhattan offices of the racist Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association “to call attention to the multiple institutions that hamper police accountability in the city.” ( groups and others are in the forefront of carrying out direct, in-your- face protests against police brutality. They promise more coordinated actions at police stations and offices around the country —  indicating  they don’t give a damn about who is running in the elections.Refusing to be silentThe Workers World Party 2016 election campaign issued a July 12 statement entitled “Defend Black Lives Matter, end the police war on Black and Brown people.” It reads in part: “In the aftermath of the Dallas shootings of police, the capitalist political establishment has so far not been able to freeze out or push back the movement. It’s not that they haven’t tried. The pro-cop talking heads have been all over the media trying to blame and demonize the movement for cops killed in Dallas.”The statement reinforced the fact that neither Trump nor the liberal facade of Hillary Clinton or even the ongoing police war have held back or silenced the Black Livers Matter struggle or diminished its impact on other sectors of U.S. society that have influence on the masses.Seattle Storm player Sue Bird posted this with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”Take sports. Professional athletes have been vocal, especially on social media, about police brutality. These include National Basketball Association players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick characterized the murder of Alton Sterling as a “lynching.”But the action that has rightfully garnered the most recent attention in the sports world and social media came from team members in the Women’s National Basketball Association. Following the Dallas shootings, members of the New York Liberty, Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury teams wore warm-up black T-shirts that listed the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, along with Black Lives Matter, on the back along with #Dallas5 in smaller type. On the front, the shirts read “Change Starts with Us.”Citing a violation of league rules and uniform guidelines, the WNBA hierarchy fined the Liberty, Fever and Mercury teams $5,000 each and fined individual players $500 apiece. Once the fines were announced, players from the Liberty and the Fever carried out a “media blackout” protest — they would only take questions from the media about Black Lives Matter and their actions, not about basketball. They also created the hashtag #Wewillnotbesilenced.When these players refused to back down, a groundswell of support exploded for them, especially on social media inside and outside the WNBA, mainly around BLM. While the WNBA is over 70 percent African American, high-profiled white players such as Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart from the Seattle Storm expressed solidarity on their Twitter feeds with #Black Lives Matter and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King’s statement: “There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal.” The Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics players also voiced their support for their fined sisters.Carmelo Anthony said the fines were unjust, and the National Action Network volunteered to pay them.  With so much outrage building for these players’ right to free speech, the president of the WNBA, Lisa Borders, announced July 23 that all fines would be rescinded.Many asked the important question: Would these athletes have been fined at all if the issue of BLM had not been raised so prominently, as opposed to violence in general?“It’s a huge win overall,” said Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings, president of the players’ union. “I think more than anything I told [Borders] at times you’re going to agree to disagree. With this, I’m really proud of the players standing strong and for utilizing their voices. Change starts with us. We have a social responsibility as well.” (, July 23)Whether it’s with direct action by shutting down interstates or police stations on the part of young Black activists or on the courts, athletes are using these arenas for their voices to be heard. And no one is waiting to see who wins the White House. They’ll keep building a movement against unjust killings and racial profiling in general by the police.Moorehead is the 2016 presidential candidate of Workers World Party.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist In Danger annual report urges authorities to “rescue press freedom”

first_img News December 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist In Danger annual report urges authorities to “rescue press freedom” Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Organisation February 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Journalist In Danger (JED), the partner organization of Reporters Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, paints a bleak picture in its annual report published on 28 December and calls on the government to put an end to the growing crackdown on the media.The report was published in the wake of a disputed election and while the country was still gripped by tension. Joseph Kabila, acknowledged by the Supreme Court as the winner of the election, was sworn in on 20 December. His main opponent, Etienne Tshisekedi, who believes himself to have won the ballot, was also sworn in, at his home on 23 December.In the report, which focused mainly on attacks faced by the media during the election period, JED referred again to the “propaganda frenzy” which it had already deplored when it was monitoring the media during the campaign.It criticised the disastrous performance of the country’s journalists which, combined with “tension and political intolerance” as well as “incitement to hatred and violence”, was at the root of more than half of the 160 attacks on press freedom identified in 2011. The organization reopened the question of professionalism in the news media and questioned the credibility of news organizations, which it said was seriously damaged by the behaviour of journalists during the campaign.The figures for this year are indisputable: JED recorded the murder of one journalist, in Kirumba in June, 42 arrests, 57 cases of threats or assault, 43 cases of censorship or restrictions on the flow of information and 17 cases of pressure on news media.JED condemns the “growing crackdown” on the Congolese press in 2011, which intensified substantially around 28 November, polling day in both the presidential and parliamentary elections. It called on the highest authorities to take urgent action to “rescue freedom of the press”.The organization also recommended that the head of state abolish the Higher Council for the Audiovisual Sector and Communication, which it said had been conspicuous in recent months because of its lack of independence and avowed incompetence, and called for its replacement by a more credible and competent body.Finally, the organization compiled short summaries of conditions in eight other countries of the Central African Early Warning System (Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda).Download the Journalist In Danger annual report in PDF form, in French : February 16, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica RSF_en Related documents JED 2011 ReportPDF – 4.64 MB Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Receive email alertslast_img read more

Russell Freeland

first_imgOn April 2 of this year, Russell “Deke” Freeland passed away in Napierville, Illinois, at the age of 85.  He was the star guard and leading scorer for future Hall of Fame Coach, Bud Bateman, at Lawrenceburg High School in the late 40’s.  His team made 4 consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.In 1988 Freeland was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  After Lawrenceburg High School, Freeland went on to star in basketball for 4 years at DePauw University where he would lead them in scoring in 1949-50.  He was the first African American student athlete to also play football at DePauw, and just for good measure, he earned 3 varsity letters in baseball as an infielder.According to an article in the Lawrenceburg Register, Freeland went on to a great career with International Harvester, and when he retired he was a corporate director of technical administration for Navistar International Transportation in Chicago.last_img read more

Brand South Africa engages industry key players at the RapidLion Film Festival

first_imgBrand South Africa is proud to have collaborated with RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival – for the third consecutive year, hosting a panel discussion under the theme, “taking local cinema to South Africa’s masses”. The creative industry in South Africa evolves in leaps and bounds at an ever-increasing pace, and for this reason it is necessary to take stock of the strides taken and to identify tangible and sustainable opportunities for mass audience to have access to South African films and local cinemas.Brand South Africa’s participation at the RapidLion Film Festival extends from the 2018 Nation Brand Forum, where the role of film and the creative industries in shaping the Nation Brand was a vibrant topic on the agenda.The session sought to delve deep into the state and accessibility of South African cinema and exposure to local content by the masses. On the panel was actor and director of LK Theatres, Hlomla Dandala, Kasi Movie Nights’ Producer Thapelo Mokoena and The Peoples Fund founder, Luyanda Jafta, who gave us an extensive framework of just how much the film industry has improved since the traditional bioscope era.Although much growth has been achieved over the years, a great need remains to expose the broader South African audience to local content and films. This would, however, require an appetite for local authentic stories, adequate investment and financing from industry and ease of access for people to enjoy a cinematic experience, particularly, outside of urban areas.Watching a locally-produced film used to have limited audiences, but with product offerings like Kasi Movie Nights and LK Theatres, the script has been flipped. The panellists spoke about the different means in which they’ve packaged their cinema offering, taking cinema to eKasi (townships). These production houses have put research, innovation and fun behind taking the films into the community, aiming to create an experience beyond the classic 22-metre screen, popcorn and Coca Cola-style.“The South African Nation Brand is influenced by creative industries including music, film, visual arts and design (to name a few). This is definitely one-way of utilising a positive brand image of the country that is influenced by its people, telling their own stories through the film industry. The RapidLion Film Festival is a perfect fit in gaining insight from the creative industry on measures to advance South African arts and be recognised as competitive global player,” said Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus De Kock who moderated the panel discussion.The Film Festival kicked off on Friday 1 March 2019, and is still currently running at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, until 10 March, ending off with the prestigious Awards ceremony.About RapidLionRapidLion recognises the achievements and excellence of filmmakers who are born in Africa, are members of the African diaspora and are citizens of BRICS countries.last_img read more

How has flooding impacted grain markets?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCIt would seem that the market hasn’t really reacted to the massive flooding throughout the Midwest. This is likely because the amount grain affected, currently estimated at $500 million in Nebraska alone, is relatively small. While that sounds large, the total U.S. corn crop is valued at about $60 billion and the bean crop at $40 billion. So, losses may only total about 1% of the crop across the entire Midwest.About 13% of ethanol production was estimated to have been halted last week. But that demand is small, 2 million bushels per day, relative to the estimates of what have been lost so far of maybe 250 million bushels of corn. However, if those plants stay off line for more than a couple months then the issue could become a bigger problem. Unfortunately, that lack of demand can’t be made up. It’s lost forever because most plants were running at near full capacity.The long-term issue from the flooding may be that fewer acres of corn are planted this spring. This issue will be debated until late June. While there may be some prevent plant acres, there is still time for a lot of acres to dry out before planting. Spring weather will dictate this outcome over the next 60 days.China bought 12 million bushels of corn last week. While this isn’t bearish news, it will take many more purchases for the market to get excited. After all, just 2 weeks ago the USDA suggested the export pace would slow by 75 million bushels this year. It would seem unlikely China would continue to buy substantial U.S. corn when Brazil and Argentina’s harvest will be in full swing next month and priced to move because of limited storage in the southern hemisphere. However, a trade deal could force their hands, if we ever make one.Corn bounced off of a recent low this week, indicating end users may have found a level they are willing to buy. Plus, funds seem less likely to continue shorting the market and may even be covering some of their recent sales back in as we enter the beginning of another growing cycle. Farmers weren’t selling at the bottom, but did show a little interest during this week’s rally. Market actionDuring this ongoing sideways market below breakeven, I continue to sell calls and straddles to pick up premium on my unsold ’18 corn, so I can eventually try and manufacture profitable prices. Following is this week’s trade results. Sold straddleOn 2/22/19 when May corn was around $3.85, I sold an April $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 12 cents total on 20% of my 2018 production. What does this mean?If May corn is $3.80 on 3/22/19, I keep all of the 12 cents.For every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.68.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.92.At $3.92 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against May futures, but I still get to keep the 12 cents, so it’s like selling $3.92.At $3.68 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.68. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing the straddle on 2/22/19This trade is most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If prices don’t rally, I can use this premium to help push a final sale to profitable levels. If the market rallies, I’m happy selling 20% of my production above $3.90. What happened?It’s been a roller coaster ride for corn the last 4 weeks.1st 2 weeks — market fell 25 cents3rd week — market rallied 10 cents4th week — market rallied another 10 cents.On Friday morning when May futures hit $3.80, I bought back both sides of the straddle for 2 cents. After commissions, I made 8 cents profit on this trade (12 cents collected – 2 cents to buy it back and – 2 cents in commissions).I could have just sold corn at this point, and I would have got more versus just selling outright a month earlier when I placed the straddle trade. Corn closed Friday at $3.78 + .08 options premium = $3.86 vs. $3.85 when I placed the straddle trade. I didn’t sell corn Friday because I think there is still upside potential and instead, I repeated this type of trade as well as added another (see below). New corn tradesNew trade – Sold call:On 3/22/19 when May corn was at $3.80, I sold a May $3.80 call for 8 cents – expiring 4/26/19 on 10% of my ’18 production. What does that mean?If corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 8-cent premium and add it to another trade later.If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires I have to sell corn for the strike price of $3.80 PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.88 on May futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 3/22/19Since I still need to sell some of my remaining ’18 corn, but I don’t want to sell $3.80 May futures, this trade allows me to try and get higher values than are available today or even a month ago. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 8-cent premium. There isn’t downside protection with this trade, but that isn’t the goal for this trade. New trade – Sold straddleOn 3/18/19 when May corn was around $3.71, I sold a May $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected 19 cents total on 20% of my 2018 production. What does this mean?If May corn is $3.80 on 4/26/19, I keep all of the 19 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.61.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.99.At $3.99 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against May futures, but I still get to keep the 19 cents, so it’s like selling $3.99At $3.61 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.61. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing the straddle on 3/18/19As always, a straddle trade is most profitable if the market stays sideways. During the market setback over the last few weeks I’ve felt the market is valued too low. I was able to place this exact same trade a month ago at the same price, so repeating it again made sense to me. Similar to the April straddle trade, I don’t expect to make a lot on this trade, but I expect I’m unlikely to lose much on it also.When placing straddles, I’m not worried if the market rallies, because that forces me to sell at a price, I’m comfortable with selling. In this case, I’ll be happy selling another 20% of my production for $3.99. My fear with a straddle trade is always that the market will go lower. What my ’18 corn position could be in 5 weeksNow, 40% of my production is covered with sold calls or sold straddles. If I include the profit from the April straddle trade that expired today, these new trades would allow me to sell the equivalent of $4 against May futures if the corn board is anywhere above $3.80 on 4/26/19. I’ve limited my upside potential if there is a huge rally in the next month, but given the last 8 months, I would be very happy to get $4 on most of my remaining ’18 corn. Even if the market rallies significantly, I can still take advantage with sales on my ’19 unsold corn production. What if corn is below $3.80?I’ll still collect some premium on the 40% of my production until the price hits about $3.60. With the April straddle profit, if corn on 4/26/19 is:At $3.75 I can collect an average options premium of 15 cents or I can sell what is the equivalent of $3.90At $3.70 I can collect an average options premium of 12 cents or I can sell what is the equivalent of $3.82At $3.65 I can collect an average options premium of 9 cents or I can sell what is the equivalent of $3.74. What if corn is below $3.60?I would be frustrated like all other farmers as I won’t have any additional grain sold. I would also lose penny for penny on 30% of ’18 production from $3.60 and lower on this trade. While I’ve been picking up premium every month since last August selling calls and straddles to offset a drop like this, if the price is $3.60 on 4/26, I am chipping away at profits I have been making on previous trades.Historically corn prices are in an upward trend until early summer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t go down. There are still a lot of unknowns:How many planted acres will the USDA estimate on March 29?What will the planting pace be like this year in Mid-April?How could global corn demand be affected by the spread of African Swine Fever?Is a trade resolution with China completed in the next month and what does it look like?Do the funds continue to buy back their short position or add to it?While I’m doing what I think is right for my farm operation, there isn’t a perfect trade out there. I make the best decision with the information that is available to me, while trying to limit the risk exposure to my farm operation. That being said, it will be a long 5 weeks until I see what happens and I might have to make some adjustments if new information becomes available. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Four missing after Assam hydro project pipeline burst

first_imgAt least four technicians are missing after a tunnel pipeline of a public sector hydroelectric project in central Assam’s Dima Hasao district burst early Monday morning.The 275 MW Kopili hydroelectric project at Umrangso was the first that the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) undertook after it was formed in 1976.District officials said the burst led to massive flooding at the power project site and in other parts of Umrangso. The damage is yet to be assessed.A NEEPCO spokesperson said there was a deafening sound as the tunnel carrying water at 12,000 litres per second from the corporation’s reservoir to the hydroelectric project site gave way leading to a water fountain more than a 100 feet high.Three of the missing technicians were identified as NEEPCO employees while the fourth was engaged by a firm engaged in tunnel repair work.“A National Disaster Response Force team has been deployed but the search has been affected by the high level of water of the Kopili river. We have also sought help from an Assam Rifles unit posted nearby,” said R. Phukan, project officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.Officials of NEEPCO have been complaining about the highly acidic water of the Kopili river because of effluents from coal mines in Meghalaya upstream. The acidic water, they said, have over the years damaged machineries and pipelines.last_img read more

Bhartiya Kisan Union hits out at U.P. govt. for booking farmers over power dues

first_imgThe Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) slammed the State government for registering cases against farmers over pending power bills. Addressing a farmers’ meeting in Alipur Aterna village here on Monday, BKU State President Naresh Tikait said that the organisation will not tolerate “atrocities” inflicted on farmers with the State’s power department officials registering cases for not paying electricity bills while sugar mills have not yet cleared dues of the farmers. The Allahabad High Court had last month directed the State government to clear dues of sugarcane farmers.Mr. Tikait criticised the Government for not being “sensitive towards farmers’ problems”.He urged the State to take steps for clearing the existing dues as the new cane crushing season has already started.last_img read more

Sullinger Craft find friendship after rivalry

At a Jan. 18 press conference, Ohio State freshman point guard Aaron Craft was asked if he ever had a “Welcome to Ohio State” moment during summer scrimmages with former OSU players. His teammate, freshman forward Jared Sullinger, took the liberty of answering the question for him.“(Former OSU guard) Scoonie Penn calls him ‘Cheese,’ ’cause his last name is Craft,” Sullinger said. “So that was a ‘Welcome to Ohio State’ moment right there. He won’t tell you all, but I will.”As reporters roared with laughter, Craft took the moment to thank Sullinger sarcastically for sharing the formerly private information with the media.“And now that is outside the team.” Craft said. “Thank you, Jared.”Whether they’re joking around in a press conference or connecting on the court, it’s easy to see Craft and Sullinger have had chemistry — both on and off the court — since the moment they met. Sullinger, however, said his and Craft’s friendship was born out of a rivalry that dates to middle school AAU basketball.“What’s funny is, me and Craft was enemies in the eighth grade,” Sullinger said. “I didn’t like Craft ’cause he played for All-Ohio Red and I played for Columbus Jaguars, and they constantly beat our butt until nationals.”The following season, Sullinger left the Jaguars to join Craft’s All-Ohio Red team. Craft said he vividly remembers the moment he found out he would be teaming up with his former rival.“The first AAU practice we had in ninth grade, Jared wasn’t with us at the time, and after practice, our coach told us that he was going to play with us, and I’m not going to lie, I got pretty excited,” Craft said. “I knew who he was; I knew what he could do; and once I finally met him, we definitely kind of just formed a bond.”Alongside OSU freshmen Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon, who was ruled academically ineligible for Winter Quarter, Craft and Sullinger continued to play for All-Ohio Red in AAU basketball tournaments during the springs and summers throughout their high-school careers. Sullinger said Craft’s abilities always impressed him, even if opposing teams underestimated Craft.“He played on a team full of black guys. You know how there’s that one guy, they classify him as a shooter? So every time Aaron got into the game they were like, ‘Watch the shooter; watch the shooter.’ And the next thing you know, he blows by you,” Sullinger said. “He’s always been the underdog, and he’s always embraced it, and so being with him for the past four years and just watching how everybody attacks him just because of the way he looks, the way he carries himself, it’s pretty funny.”Opposing teams weren’t underestimating Sullinger. After earning a reputation as one of the top players in his class, Sullinger accepted a scholarship offer from OSU following his freshman season of high school. OSU coach Thad Matta enlisted Sullinger to help to fill out the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.“When I committed to Ohio State, coach Matta said we need to add more people to the class. Not more so, you know, top-ranked basketball players, but solid basketball players,” Sullinger said. “I kept telling him about Aaron. I was like, ‘Coach, get Aaron. You got to get Aaron.’”By the time Matta relented to Sullinger’s plea to offer his AAU teammate a scholarship, it appeared to be too late, as Craft had already committed to play college basketball for coach Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.“When I was first committed, I was definitely just kind of focused and trying to enjoy my high school career,” Craft said. “I was glad to have the decision out of the way, and I was happy with my decision.”To the delight of both Sullinger and Matta, Craft reconsidered his options as his junior year of high school came to a close, and he backed away from his commitment to Tennessee. Less than two weeks after de-committing from the Volunteers, Craft was the newest addition to OSU’s 2010 recruiting class.“Once you started hitting AAU, I mean we had Jared over here and Jordan (Sibert) kind of just plant some things in my ear,” Craft said. “I definitely just had to reevaluate the decision I made in the fall.”Sullinger didn’t deny playing a role in recruiting Craft to join him at OSU.“I threw some text messages once I heard he was reevaluating,” Sullinger said. “Luckily, my buddy here, he came to Ohio State.”Craft said he has enjoyed continuing his friendship with Sullinger at the college level.“I’m just very pleased and happy with how everything has worked out,” Craft said. “It’s definitely just been great to have a person like Jared just beside me the whole way, and just to have that calming hand, and he’s definitely just a great guy to have around at all times.”Sullinger and Craft have played key roles in helping advance OSU to its first 20-0 start since the 1961-62 season. Sullinger said the Buckeyes’ addition of Craft has made his college experience more enjoyable — both on and off the court.“With a player like Aaron Craft, it was the best pickup we got,” Sullinger said. “It’s a real pleasure to have him, one as my friend, and two as a teammate.” read more

Silva teases that Brazil have a Plan A B ready

first_imgBrazil captain Thiago Silva has teased that they are well prepared for today’s last-16 game against Mexico with the coaching staff having made a “plan A and plan B” to ensure successToday’s meeting between the two nations will be the 41st time they have faced off against each other with Brazil having won 23 times compared to Mexico’s 10, although the latter has never managed to score against the Canarinho in their previous four World Cup matches.Brazil are determined to right the wrongs of four years ago, where they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup at home soil, and have got off to a steady start at Russia this time around by topping Group E with 7 points from their opening three games.And Silva revealed that the squad are taking no chances as they chase a record sixth world title.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We are well-prepared and we are planning to progress to the quarter-finals. The coach provided us with all the necessary tools, we have plan A and plan B. We hope that tomorrow will be a wonderful day, and Neymar will be as inspired as everyone else,” said the 33-year-old, as stated on FourFourTwo.Brazil and Mexico last met in the World Cup four years ago where they had a goalless draw in a group game.Today’s match will take place at the Samara Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more