Stalemate secures Black Cats safety

first_img The Black Cats needed a point to avoid a nervous final day of the season at champions Chelsea on Sunday. Despite Arsenal having plenty of chances to put the match beyond Dick Advocaat’s side and so secure third place, the hosts were left frustrated following a resolute display by Sunderland, which leaves Newcastle and Hull now alone in facing the scrap for survival. Press Association Sunderland battled to a 0-0 draw at Arsenal, which was enough to keep them in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal, who started the day two points ahead of Manchester United in their quest to secure automatic Champions League qualification, had opened brightly. On 14 minutes, midfielder Jack Wilshere, making a first start since November, was played into the right side of the Sunderland penalty area by Alexis Sanchez, but goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was out quickly to block, taking a blow to his knee in the process. Wilshere, now back to full fitness following another injury-hit campaign and expected to be involved again with England in Thursday’s squad announcement, volleyed high into the Clock End after being set up by Aaron Ramsey following another quick Arsenal counter-attack. On 30 minutes, Mesut Ozil was picked out by a perfectly weighted chip from Wilshere, but the German crashed his half-volley over. Arsenal continued to probe, with Wilshere again the provider as his dinked pass into the left side of the penalty area was pulled back across goal and just wide of the far post by Olivier Giroud. When Sunderland did make a rare break, midfielder Adam Johnson drilled his 20-yard rising effort over. Despite all of Arsenal’s possession, Pantilimon was not really tested as the first half faded out. Sunderland manager Advocaat, who has never been relegated, looked to freshen things up for the second half as Jack Rodwell and Steven Fletcher replaced Connor Wickham and Danny Graham. The Gunners were defeated 1-0 in a smash-and-grab raid by Swansea on the Emirates Stadium last Monday night, and were almost caught out again following the restart. Arsenal goalkleeper David Ospina had to be alert to come out and block an angled shot from Graham and then stood up at the other post to deny left-back Patrick van Aanholt, who had surged forwards on the overlap. That scare sparked Arsenal into life, with Giroud getting on the end of a whipped ball in from the right by Hector Bellerin, which Pantilimon turned away at point-blank range before the Sunderland goalkeeper plucked a goal-bound header from Kieran Gibbs out of the air at the far post. Arsenal opened Sunderland up again as Ozil picked out Sanchez in a crowded box, but his shot was blocked. Sunderland broke suddenly as Fletcher latched onto a long ball down the left, and sprinted into the Arsenal penalty area. His attempted chip, though, was palmed behind by Ospina. Wilshere was replaced by Theo Walcott with 23 minutes left, the England forward making his 300th Arsenal appearance. Sunderland should have taken the lead moments later when Van Aanholt played the ball across the Arsenal penalty area from the left, and Fletcher got ahead of Laurent Koscielny but could only stab the ball over the crossbar from six yards. Walcott was played into the right side of the Sunderland penalty area between the defenders but, although he tapped the ball past the keeper, Sebastian Coates came across to hack it off the line. Sunderland then enjoyed a huge slice of fortune as a cross in from the right was sliced by Coates onto Billy Jones, and the ball cannoned back up onto the crossbar before bouncing clear. Arsenal continued to press Sunderland back, with substitute Tomas Rosicky, Giroud and Walcott all going close, but the visitors held on, sparking wild celebrations among the travelling support at the full-time whistle. last_img read more

Simon Harmer extends contract with Essex

first_imgLondon: Former South Africa off-spinner Simon Harmer has signed a one-year contract extension with Essex. The deal will see him with the club until the 2022 season. The 30-year-old had arguably his most impressive season to date, taking 83 Championship wickets as Essex claimed a second Championship title in three years, as well as captaining the Essex Eagles to a maiden T20 title.”I’m really excited to sign an extension and commit my future to this great club,” Harmer said in an official statement.”From the moment I arrived three years ago, I was made to feel part of the group and at ease in Chelmsford, and it is now a place I consider my home, so it was an easy decision for me to make.”Harmer, an Essex’s fan favourite, won numerous accolades along the year including the PCA Overall MVP, the Cricket Writers’ Club County Championship Player of the Year, the PCA Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year as well as the Essex Player of the Year, Essex Players’ Player of the Year and Essex Bowler of the Year. IANSAlso Read: All-Rounder Ben Stokes Bags PCA Player of the Year AwardAlso Watch: KMSS staged a protest near Deputy Commissioner’s office in Golaghatlast_img read more

Students voice support for phase two of Expo line

first_imgOn the same night USC students voiced their opinions at an Expo Line Construction Authority Board meeting about the benefits of the new light rail, the board voted unanimously to extend the line from Downtown to Santa Monica.Full steam ahead · Construction on phase one of the Expo line is underway by USC, and construction of phase two is expected to start before the end of the year now that the plan has passed. – Geo Tu| Daily Trojan Undergraduate Student Government President Holden Slusher and about eight other students went to the meeting to lobby for passage of phase two of the light rail. Phase one, which extends from Downtown to Culver City and runs along USC’s main campus, had already been approved.Later, after students and other advocates had spoken, the board voted 6-0 to extend the rail the seven miles from Culver City to Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street, in the heart of Santa Monica.The public meeting lasted several hours, as hundreds of residents and students voiced their support for or concerns about phase two of the Expo line project.Though Slusher did not get a chance to speak at the hearing, he said it was good that other students went and made their voices heard as he believes this issue is important to students.“We need a way to get around the city,” Slusher said after the meeting.Officials hope construction will begin on the Santa Monica portion of the line later this year. Construction on the Downtown to Culver City portion is already underway.“It’s a really great thing for students,” said Helen Moser, USG director of Campus Affairs. “Santa Monica is a really big draw.”Representatives for Expo Rail reached out to students at USC and UCLA, asking them to show support for phase two at Thursday’s meeting. Moser helped organize a group of students from USG and other campus organizations to speak about the impact Expo Line would have on students.“This is obviously a great benefit to the students and the faculty,” said Samantha Bricker, chief operating officer of the Expo Line Construction Authority. “It will connect Downtown to Santa Monica and provide linkages to other transportation centers. It will also bring people into the USC Exposition Park area and provide an alternative to the 10 Freeway.”Some who attended Thursday’s hearing said they worried that at-grade crossings at busy intersections would be dangerous. Others fretted that the crossings would create traffic jams in already congested areas. Officials are considering raising the line above some intersections, which would cost millions of dollars.The extension will cost an estimated $1.5 billion, funding officials say they’ve already secured from local and state sources. They hope to have the Culver City to Santa Monica portion running by 2015.“I think the Expo Line will be really great for ’SC students, and I hope that they do extend it out to Santa Monica,” said Madeline Azevedo, a freshman majoring in business administration. “There is so much to do out there, but without a car, it’s almost impossible to get there.”Azevedo also said she would be interested in taking the train because of its low environmental impact.Moser said, “We live in this amazing city, and it’s important that students are able to explore it.”Whitney Blaine contributed to this report.last_img read more

Can Haden turn USC’s basketball program around?

first_imgThe lackluster history of USC men’s basketball should quell any hopes of a return to national prominence. At first glance, USC seems like an ideal place to play basketball.  Los Angeles is the No. 2 media market in the country, the weather is sunny year-round and the Galen Center is just two miles away from Staples Center. Why wouldn’t anyone want to play here?It’s a sentiment that USC Athletic Director Pat Haden boldly believes. As he’s previously stated, he’s convinced that the Trojans can become a basketball powerhouse. This all sounds good.But take a closer look and it’s obvious why so many recruits, local and otherwise, have passed up on the chance to put on a USC uniform: The Trojans have no men’s basketball history. No championship banners. No legendary coach calling the shots. And, quite frankly, there are no signs of hope for the future.Since its basketball program began back in 1922, USC has made the NCAA tournament just 16 times. Yes, 16 times in 91 years. So in any given season, the Trojans have less than a one-in-four chance to make the postseason.They’ve been the regular-season champion of their conference only seven times, most recently in 1985. They’ve won their conference tournament once, in 2009. And their last Final Four appearance? You’d have to go all the way back to 1954, when the NCAA tournament field only consisted of 24 teams.Why does any of this matter?Because besides lacking historical draw, USC has also done a poor job of recruiting, especially as of late.According to Rivals’ ratings system, USC’s last five-star recruit was DeMar DeRozan in 2008. Meanwhile, their last two four-star recruits have either transferred in their first season (Bryce Jones in 2011) or underachieved (J.T. Terrell).For USC to turn their men’s basketball program around, they need to stop heavily recruiting three-star recruits and junior college transfers. It’s almost impossible to yield a tournament team in a major conference without top-tier talent.In this day and age, most four- and five-star recruits focus on a few factors when choosing a school: the program’s history, their chances of advancing deep in the NCAA tournament, their playing time and the coach’s ability to prepare them for the next level.At this point, USC can only offer players one of those opportunities (you can guess which one). And the biggest hindrance of all, which is the most difficult to deal with pride wise, is the fact USC’s crosstown rival, the UCLA Bruins, are almost always going to have the first pick in local and national recruits.Just as USC has dominated the college football recruiting landscape in Southern California, UCLA has done the same on the hardwood. Since DeRozan’s departure to the NBA, UCLA has had three five-star recruits and eight four-star recruits. That’s something the Trojans could only dream of.As the Trojans continue their search for a coach, this much is clear: They need to hire a top-notch coach who not only employs a player-friendly and successful style of basketball, but can also recruit upper-echelon players. It sounds simple, but who fits the bill?There are certain names floating around the rumor mill, and a few attractive options, but no one has the pizzazz needed to drastically shift USC’s reputation in a short amount of time.It’ll take another five years or so, at the least, to turn the program around from the doldrums of the 2010 sanctions and the turmoil of having three different head coaches in a span of less than four years. It’s possible, but not probable. The past does not dictate the future, but it can help predict it. If the USC men’s basketball team’s historic struggles are any indication, we can expect history to repeat itself.Jovan Buha is a junior majoring in print journalism. AD Pat Haden has promised to turn the USC men’s basketball program into a winner — and we should believe in him. When the Trojan basketball team was defeated by No. 6 Arizona on Saturday, it definitely hurt. USC is a school accustomed to high standards in all facets of performance, be they academic, artistic or athletic. Unfortunately, the Trojans haven’t been able to expect that same high level of performance from the men’s basketball team in quite some time now — three years to be exact.The issue at hand is whether USC Athletic Director Pat Haden can field a competitive basketball program as promised and the answer is, unequivocally, “yes.”The first issue that should be noted is that Haden was appointed athletic director in August 2010. As such, he inherited a basketball team in the throes of self-imposed sanctions related to the NCAA violations surrounding O.J. Mayo in 2007-08. The Trojans were docked one scholarship for two years in a sport that routinely sees top recruits leave for the NBA after a single season at the college level. Recruiting itself was made increasingly difficult because of a 20-day truncation of the recruiting season, another condition of the self-imposed sanctions.Furthermore, though the timing of former USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s firing might have come as a surprise, it opened the door for speculation with regard to the basketball program’s future. The firing itself was never really in question and had been speculated since last August, when ESPN LA reported that O’Neill had sold his downtown condo and moved 125 miles south to Coronado. Though O’Neill insisted that the move would not affect his coaching responsibilities, many saw it as a sign that O’Neill was not confident in the team’s ability to deliver on what had become a bubble of expectations, inflated by the acquisition of highly touted transfers such as junior guard J.T. Terrell and junior center Omar Oraby.O’Neill was replaced by Cantu, who will have the rest of the season to make a case for his head coaching candidacy. Should he receive the position, he will have an opportunity to continue recruiting for the Trojans. Cantu’s recruiting track record has been solid over the course of his career, including signings of Trojan standouts Nick Young, Taj Gibson, Mayo and DeMar DeRozan. Cantu’s recommendations of other potential standouts were eventually vetoed by head coaches; one such player was Klay Thompson, who ultimately landed at Washington State and is now starting for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. If Cantu is given full rein to recruiting responsibilities, building a strong program could just be a matter of time.Finally, the truest test of Haden’s ability to make good on his word to strengthen the basketball program has yet to come: the decision of either hiring a new head coach or retaining Cantu, which can be made easier or more difficult depending on how the Trojans finish this season. To assert that Haden is unable to deliver on his word at any point before then would be premature.Stinging losses, such as the one suffered Saturday night to Arizona, might linger in the mind, but before the Trojan faithful break out pitchforks and torches, it’s important to hold the right people accountable. In this case, Haden is not culpable for the basketball team’s performance –— yet.Instead, it is far more likely that Haden is thinking with the men’s basketball program’s long-term interest in mind. Constructing a top-tier basketball program doesn’t get underway without a little initial demolition work, and Haden’s firing of Kevin O’Neill was one step in the right direction. Whether Haden takes the next step forward and hires the right architect to draft a blueprint for success remains to be seen.Euno Lee is a junior majoring in English and philosophy. last_img read more

Li Haotong ready to carry China’s hopes at the WGC HSBC Champions

first_img WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 10 months ago China urges UK to quickly identify smuggling victims Chinese golfer, Li Haotong, is all set to spearhead China’s hopes at the WGC HSBC championships to be played from October 31, at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, China. The world no. 59 is well aware of the fact that it will be not an easy task to win the tournament as the world’s top golfers will be contesting for the World Golf Champions trophy.A fine display from Chinese golfersHaotong is of the opinion that many of the Chinese golfers performing well all around the globe in different tournaments will be a boost for the home golfers at the only WGC championship to be held in Asia every season at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai.An attempt to recover from a dismal startMeanwhile, World No. 64, South African golfer, Justin Harding, is hoping to recover from the disappointing form that led to him missing the final cut in three of the last five tournaments. A two-time winner at the Asian Tour, Harding started the 2019 season with a win in Qatar that was followed by a decent 12th place finish at his first Master’s tournament. Although, Justin’s form has been inconsistent throughout the season but he plans to finish this year on a high note.Read: Golf Star Tiger Woods Announces Plans For A New Memoir ‘Back’World No. 263 Australian golfer, Scott Hend, will also be looking to end the year on a high note after winning his 10th Asian Tour title in Malaysia. He has struggled to maintain consistency after his Asian Tour win and a few changes that he made to his game.Read: Golf: Anika Varma Earns 5th Spot In Hero Women’s India OpenWGC-HSBC ChampionsThe WGC-HSBC Champions is a yearly golf tournament held in China. It was inaugurated in the year 2005 and since the year 2009, it has been a World Gold Championships tournament that is the only World Championships tournament to be played in Asia. Although it is the 4th tournament on the WGC calendar alongside the WGC-Dell Match Play, the WGC-Mexico Championship, and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational events, that are all played in North America.Read: Donald Trump Blindsided By 2-headed Russian Bird With Golf Club US EmblemRead: Donald Trump On Course With Pro Golfers Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods(With inputs from agencies) Written By 10 months ago China slams US for ‘economic bullying’ of Huawei, ZTE WATCH US LIVE Ruchit Rastogi First Published: 30th October, 2019 00:45 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 00:46 IST Li Haotong Ready To Carry China’s Hopes At The WGC HSBC Champions Chinese golfer, Li Haotong, is set to spearhead China’s hopes at the WGC HSBC championships to be played from October 31 at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai 10 months ago 2 men rescue puppy from canal in China, incredible video wins internet SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 10 months ago 67-year-old becomes China’s ‘oldest new mother’ 10 months ago US Ambassador Juster visits India’s Tawang – Deja Vu for China?last_img read more

Governor Udom Kicks off 2nd Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival

first_imgThe council boss said he was delighted to be part of a festival that has already broken all the records in terms of grassroots sports development and the discovery of talents.He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for putting the festival in place and promised that “Onna Local Government will shock others this year.”He was in the company with his Local Organising Committee members.The Draw Ceremony that will officially herald the “hostilities” will be held at the Civil Service auditorium on Thursday, March 1 2018.The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko, told the media in Uyo that this year’s festival will definitely be an improvement “. . .on the fantastic event we had last year.“This year, His Excellency has approved cash awards to the leadinglocal governments who stand to cart home N10m, N5m and N2m respectively to help develop sports infrastructure in their local government councils” He said.The Commissioner also informed that over 12,000 athletes from primary and secondary schools, 500 officials are set to compete in the 20 sports events lined up for the festival.Oruk Anam Local Government are the defending champions of the Festival.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All is now set for the Second Akwa Ibom State Youth Sports Festival billed for Uyo from March 5 through March 10, 2018.The originator of the festival and Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, is to preside over an elaborate opening ceremony that will have the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung as Special Guest of Honour among other distinguished invited guests.The festival torch that has gone round all the 31 participating local governments in the state, was received in Onna yesterday by council Chairman, Imo Atat.last_img read more

Patrick Mahomes plays 1 drive instead of 1 quarter after Chiefs’ touchdown

first_imgPatrick Mahomes only needed one drive Saturday to lead the Chiefs to the end zone.Mahomes was originally slated to play the entire first quarter against the Bengals. It was an unusual move to start the reigning NFL MVP in the preseason opener, and Mahomes didn’t need much time to show he’s in midseason form. His only drive tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter before backup quarterbacks Chad Henne and rookie Kyle Shurmur took over under center. He completed all four of his pass attempts for 66 yards, including an impressive 36-yard completion to tight end Travis Kelce. Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes breaking preseason tradition, will play first quarter of openercenter_img Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs star (bruised quad) on field in pads after injury scare Nothing has changed. 😏#CINvsKC 📺: KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/DLwXrxesbB— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 11, 2019Mahomes also had one carry for 10 yards. Related Newslast_img read more

“Non-Stop” playing at the Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Non-Stop” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 p.m. and Sunday, 7 p.m. Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 50 minutes.Movie Synopsis: Global action star Liam Neeson stars in NON-STOP, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. NON-STOP, which reunites Neeson with UNKNOWN director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore and will be released by Universal Pictures on February 28, 2014. The StudioCanal production is also produced by Andrew Rona and Steve Richards. (C) UniversalRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 59%. Audience review: 71% approval. Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Next week: Muppets Most WantedComing soon: God’s Not Dead. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

2016 Kansas Wheat Festival is 3 weeks away; Sponsorships are needed

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Kansas Wheat Festival is quickly approaching on July 6-10. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce still has several key sponsorships open. First come, first serve. Sponsorships can be split or shared.  “We are so thrilled to have TECT Aerospace as the premier sponsor this year for the 116th Kansas Wheat Festival,” said Annarose White, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. The following Kansas Wheat Festival events that have sponsorships and those that still need sponsorships: Picnic in the Park - Available (Featuring the Sumner Regional Medical Center, Health Fair)Little Texas (Thursday Night Street Dance) –  Bank of CommerceFriday Night – Kansas Wheat Parade – GKN AerospaceThe Mudbugs (Friday Night Street Dance) – BNSF Railroad Family Fun Day   – $1,500 – Available (Two $750 or Three $500).Across the Pond (Saturday Night Street Dance) – $3,000.Grand Prize – $2,000 – Kansas Star Casino.Downtown Art Exhibit – The Chamber is also looking for donors for this event. Contact Skeet Sirmons at ssirmons@theurer.net if interested in volunteering or contributing financially. ———Banners can be made:The Chamber is also looking for businesses and community groups to also pay to advertise on concert fencing. A $50 donation is available if you already have a banner or $50, plus the cost of making the banner if you need another banner made. There are two companies that can help you make banners:  Sunflower Custom T’s in downtown Wellington and the high school during the school year. There are other contributing sponsorship opportunities available for $250 (like the D&L Train Rides).———This year’s parade theme is:From Wheat To Wings. An entry form sponsored by GKN Aerospace can be found here.———30th Aniversary of the Medallion Hunt – Registration is next Monday, June 20 through Thursday June 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in front of Memorial Auditorium. For additional questions, contact Margaret Horton (mhorton802@gmail.com)———More entry forms are online. The Wellington Chamber can deliver print packet of information to you at http://www.wellingtonkschamber.com/kansas-wheat-festival.———Carnival Posters are in – wristbands are $23 each this year (just like last year).———Little Texas is coming to Wellington.Don’t forget: Little Texas Concert is Thursday, July 7 at 9 p.m. Mark Bowling and Carter Green will be opening up for Little Texas at 8 p.m. There will be VIP seats available at $40 each. ———Button Prizes – Please drop off any button prizes at the Chamber Office – We are specifically hoping for gift certificates. ———The Chamber is also looking for a lot of Slow pitch softball teams.———Also, there is a goal to have an expanded food court.last_img read more

LeBron James says Black Lives Matter isn’t a movement: ‘It’s a lifestyle’

first_imgShe died of gunshot wounds after three officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department executed a no-knock search warrant on her Louisville home, resulting in an exchange of fire between her boyfriend and the officers. It has been said by Taylor’s family that she and her boyfriend suspected a break-in rather than a police raid.MORE: Paul George dedicates press conference to Breonna TaylorJames, also pointing to the death of George Floyd in police custody, insisted officers should pay for their actions.”The same energy we had on the floor is the same energy we have toward having justice for Breonna Taylor and her family,” James said. “It’s unfortunate. It’s fortunate that we had the George Floyd video to see it, but is that what we need to see, a video of Breonna being killed, for people to realise how bad the situation is? I don’t even believe they were at the right place. The cops weren’t even in at the right place. They knocked down the wrong door and started doing what they do at that time and just started shooting away. And that’s just not okay. … We want the cops arrested. Justice for Breonna Taylor is number one on our lists right now.”James spoke of reading about a black man who was trying to buy a bicycle for his son but had police called on him.“It’s just heartbreaking. You guys don’t understand,” James said. “Unless you’re a person of color, you guys don’t understand. I understand you might feel for us. But you will never truly understand what it is to be black in America.”Speaking in a news conference, James also addressed the Black Lives Matter campaign, which has seen a light shone on racial injustices. “A lot of people use this analogy that Black Lives Matter is a movement. It’s not a movement. When you’re black, it’s not a movement. It’s a lifestyle,” he said. “This is a walk of life. I don’t like the word ‘movement’ because unfortunately in America and in society there ain’t been no damn movement for us.”He looked at America’s political change, reflecting on how Barack Obama was in charge of the country four years ago. Without naming Donald Trump, it was clear where James’ message was directed.”You know what’s going on now. Is that progress?” he said. “I think we can all say that’s not progress. The conversations being had right now and how many people are really listening or just having the conversations of trying to make things happen, that’s progress. We got a long way to go.” LeBron James said there has been “no damn movement” for black Americans as he demanded justice for Breonna Taylor.James spoke out on racial oppression after appearing for the Lakers in a 108-104 NBA scrimmage defeat to the Mavericks. In a passionate and erudite assessment of the state of American life, James said he and his teammates were firmly behind the drive for accountability after Taylor’s killing in March.last_img read more