Indianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator Jean Leising from Oldenburg to reduce emotional support animal fraud passed the Senate today by a vote of 38 to 10.Senate Bill 240 would allow individuals offering to rent or make available a dwelling to those with emotional support animals to request written proof of their need for the animal from a health service provider if their disability is not apparent.The bill would also make it a Class A infraction if an individual submits a request for an emotional support animal that falsely suggests they have a disability, entitling them to have the animal in a dwelling.“Emotional support animals are well-disciplined, important assistants to people with disabilities, but far too many people are claiming their pets are emotional support animals so they can live in a building that doesn’t allow animals,” Leising said. “These pets can be a nuisance to other residents and cause damage to the establishment. We need to reserve these rights for real emotional support animals and protect the integrity of those who truly need the animals’ assistance.”SB 240 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
Loading… Real Valladolid coach, Sergio Gonzalez, blasted Barcelona rival Quique Setien after Saturday’s defeat. Setien refused to credit Real Valladolid for largely stifling Barcelona during the Blaugrana’s 1-0 win on Saturday, which brought about a response from Sergio. Quique always tries to minimise us, he already did it when he was at [Real] Betis,” Sergio said. What the coach is referring to is a match last season when Valladolid picked up all three points away at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. On that occasion, Setien argued that it was tough for Betis to attack when the other team has 10 players in their own box.Advertisement read also:Setien, Suarez back Griezmann after difficult first Barcelona season “The answer has been on the pitch,” Sergio added after losing to Barcelona. “If there has been a team that has generated dangerous chances, it has been us. “The heat and the pitch were the same for everyone.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
APPROXIMATELY 25 racquet-wielders converged on the Anna Regina Secondary School’s auditorium on Friday, August 18, to participate in the Essequibo Sub-Association’s table tennis competition, which was held for the first time in almost 20 years, according to one of the organisers. The event proved to be quite exciting with a number of thrilling finishes as the players enjoyed the atmosphere and vocal fans.Among the winners of the various categories were Under-13 – 1st Timothy Theophil and 2nd Royden Morris; Under-15 – 1st Jean Marc, 2nd Timothy Theophil and 3rd Emanuel Jeffrey; Under-17 – 1st Emanuel Jeffrey, 2nd Marc Mahase and 3rd John Applewhite-Hercules; Under-21 – 1st Emanuel Jeffrey, 2nd Navindra Sorujlall and 3rd Romario Persaud. Meanwhile in the open category, former national Under-19 cricketer Nathan Persaud proved too dominant, relegating Romario to second place and Sephron Dyal third.The winners were all presented with trophies which were donated by well-wishers including the Department of Youth. The organisers were Region 2 Sports Officers Debra Daniels and Nathan Persaud.More competitions are scheduled for other venues as the Association seeks to develop, sustain and promote the sport in Region 2. (Errol Stephney)
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Published on October 8, 2018 at 12:08 am Comments For the first time since 1991, Syracuse football started its season 4-0. But since then, the Orange (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) have lost two straight games headed into their lone bye week of the season. Below, The Daily Orange football beat writers answer three questions surrounding the team following its recent skid.Will Syracuse suffer the same fate it has in each of the past two seasons?Andrew Graham: Nope. This week’s loss was particularly disheartening because of how badly Pitt’s top-two backs bashed the front seven, but a bye week to get healthier and rested comes at a perfect time. With a couple very winnable games — North Carolina and yes, Louisville — still on the schedule, Syracuse should still reach the six-win threshold without any trouble. Considering the other matchups — at Wake Forest, North Carolina State at home, then at Notre Dame and Boston College — there might be one or two more wins in there. If Syracuse figures out its run defense, eight or nine wins still doesn’t seem ridiculous, but that feels like a big ‘if’ right now.Matt Liberman: Definitely not. The past two weekends were very deflating for Syracuse, which is why the bye week comes at the perfect time. It gives the team a chance to rest, nix any of those “owies,” as head coach Dino Babers likes to call them, and to hone in on what it must do moving forward. After the bye week, Syracuse has a very favorable schedule in its next four games. Louisville and North Carolina are both home games that should come as relatively easy wins based on the way both teams have played this season. Plus, Wake Forest on the road is certainly not out of the question. The Demon Deacons lost by 60 on Saturday to Clemson. I’d still expect seven wins from SU.Josh Schafer: Syracuse will still make a bowl game. With six games remaining and only two wins needed, the Orange are still in good position, especially considering their schedule, which includes home matchups with North Carolina and Louisville — both sub-.500 teams. Syracuse led the No. 3 team in the country on the road for nearly the entire game and dismantled Florida State at home. Those aren’t things it did in years past. An improved pass defense, which ranks 11th in the nation in sacks, has helped Syracuse prevent opponents from establishing a consistent passing attack. If the defense can limit opponents’ big gain plays, Syracuse will get its two wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColin Davy | Staff PhotographerSyracuse allowed the Panthers to run for 264 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday.Is there anything Syracuse can do to solve its run defense woes, or will big runs continue to hurt the Orange?A.G.: Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Pitt’s Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall bulldozed through the Orange’s defense the past two weeks, simply because when Syracuse had first opportunities to get them down, they didn’t. After Saturday’s game, Babers said he didn’t want to say anything negative about his players but followed that up by saying: “It’s a matter of getting guys down.” If that doesn’t start happening, I don’t see another obvious fix or improvement in SU’s run defense. With the bye week ahead, now is a great time to spend a week trying to fix the tackling woes that have bit Syracuse in back-to-back weeks.M.L.: Simply hope that suddenly players are able to make tackles at the line of scrimmage. Syracuse does not substitute out its linebackers at all, which means the core three of Andrew Armstrong, Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner are there for the long run. Watching the way that the linebackers and the secondary personnel attempt to tackle some big running backs like Qadree Ollison and Travis Etienne, I don’t see any major changes moving forward that will correct the problems. Many of these players are taking terrible angles, trying to meet players head on and then just getting run over. This is something that will take a year to fix, not two weeks.J.S.: It’s hard to imagine a personnel change at this point in the season. Andrew Armstrong, Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner have taken nearly every snap this season at the three linebacker positions. The Orange have alternated defensive fronts, playing out of both the 4-3 and 4-2-5, while also alternating blitz versus base defenses. All of those have allowed big runs. So to put it simply, it’s hard to believe a bye week solves Syracuse’s run defense woes. As Babers has said, one of the biggest issues lies in Syracuse’s tackling. The Orange have been out of position, but once recovered, haven’t finished the play on first contact. Until the tackling improves, the long runs remain.Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerSeven different SU players caught a pass against Pittsburgh but the Orange has lacked a clear top outside threat like in years past.Has the lack of a clear No. 1 wide receiver, like Amba Etta-Tawo or Steve Ishmael, hurt the Orange?A.G.: In terms of overall production, yes. Through six games last season, SU had 1950 passing yards. This year, through six games, it’s 1426. That’s a pretty marked drop. As far as the route tree, Syracuse has really gotten away from taking shots downfield this season. With little receivers like Sean Riley and Nykeim Johnson thriving in space on the edges, shots downfield to Jamal Custis and Devin Butler have dried up. Notably, Taj Harris has emerged as a target of late, setting a career high in catches against Clemson. He looked good on intermediate routes against Pitt and perhaps could develop into SU’s deep threat.M.L.: It has hurt the Orange in terms of netting the long ball, but I really don’t think it has hurt the team’s production. If anything, I think it might have helped. It means that more people have to step up on the field to produce offensively and the unit as a whole has. Last year the entire passing game was centered around Ishmael and Ervin Phillips. The year before it was just Etta-Tawo. Now, with Jamal Custis, Sean Riley, Devin Butler, Nykeim Johnson and Taj Harris, you never know where the ball is going. The Orange are putting up good offensive numbers this season. Their lowest-scoring output was 23 against Clemson. Offense isn’t the problem, defense is.J.S.: The lack of a true No. 1 wide receiver has hurt the Orange in the deep passing game. Against Pittsburgh, Eric Dungey threw for less than 200 yards on 38 attempts. Syracuse isn’t capable of throwing down the field like it was the past two years with 1000-yard catchers. In times like yesterday’s overtime, having a go-to wideout pays dividends and could’ve diversified the offense from bubble screens and other quick hitting routes. But it’s hard to say how much the lack of a No. 1 wide receiver really plays into Syracuse’s recent struggles. Scoring 37 points should be enough to win any football game. Other holes, particularly on defense, are much more glaring issues for SU moving forward. Facebook Twitter Google+
The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has begun earthworks their Amansaman land which has been earmarked for the Ghana OlympiAfrica Center.The said land was acquired over a decade ago for the project but was not used for its intended purpose. However, a wall built around it to deter encroachers from invading the land.The current administration of the GOC led by Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah is keen on bringing life back onto the site for Ghana to have her share of the OlympiAfrica Center.In view of this, GOC has secured a deal with Decker Engineering and Construction Limited to begin earthworks on the land to make it ready for the necessary architectural works to take place.The GOC held a media tour on the site for the media to have first-hand information on the project and the various facilities that would be built on the site.The President, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah said Decker would clear and level the whole land for free and also prepare it for the first building to be erected on it. He said the GOC did not have the funding for the whole project but called on corporate Ghana to come on board to assist in giving the youth of Amasaman and the country as a whole a place to exhibit their talents.“We have great ideas but funding is the issue so any company that has the development of the youth at heart should come on board to partner with the GOC,” he said.Nunoo Mensah said the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) has agreed to give the GOC $150,000 to begin the work on the site.He, however, added that ANOCA has granted them permission to solicit for funds from corporate bodies to support the project and in return get a naming right for whichever project they support.The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Ga West Assembly, Hon. Clement Wilkinson also added that he was delighted the project has begun and assured his office’s support in realisation the dream. He said his office would also give a portion of their Assembly’s consolidated fund to support the project because when it is completed his constituents would be the first to benefit.Architect in charge of the project, Mr. S.M Quartey from Atelier Architects mentioned that the first phase of the project would an office complex which would house the administrative part of the center and would comprise of offices, kitchen and a conference room.He noted that the next phase would be about five multi-purpose pitches plus an Olympic size football field with tartan tracks. Then a hostel facility would be added to the next phase to cater for the various national teams.
MORE: Playoff picture: Four in, three to watchAs for Sporting News’ rankings, Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan all fell after their respective losses — the latter two in particular after blowout losses to Big Ten rivals. The Crimson Tide, while still ranked in the top 10, have been completely eliminated from Playoff contention and will have to settle for a New Year’s Day 6 bowl. Only one thing separates us from the final pairings of the 2019 College Football Playoff: conference championship weekend.The final Playoff-contending teams were whittled down yet again on Saturday, with fifth-ranked Alabama and eighth-ranked Minnesota losing to Auburn and Wisconsin, respectively, in Rivalry Week. That sets up a mad dash among Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor for the fourth and final Playoff spot, assuming Ohio State and Clemson win this week. Of course, the winners of those respective games all saw big jumps, including the Buckeyes, which leaped LSU for the top spot in SN’s latest rankings. Other movers include Cincinnati, which lost a hard-fought American Athletic Conference matchup with Memphis on Friday, and Virginia, which ended a 15-year losing streak to Virginia Tech to break into the top 25.With that, SN’s full top 25 college football rankings ahead of the Week 15 slate of games:Sporting News Week 15 college football rankingsRankTeamChange1Ohio State (12-0)+12LSU (12-0)-13Clemson (12-0)—4Georgia (11-1)—5Utah (11-1)+16Oklahoma (11-1)+17Baylor (11-1)+28Alabama (10-2)-39Wisconsin (10-2)+810Auburn (9-3)+811Oregon (10-2)—12Penn State (10-2)—13Notre Dame (10-2)—14Florida (10-2)—15Memphis (11-1)—16Boise State (11-1)—17Michigan (9-3)-718Minnesota (10-2)-1019Navy (9-2)+120Iowa (9-3)+121App State (11-1)+122Cincinnati (10-2)-323SMU (10-2)+124Louisiana (10-2)-125Virginia (9-3)NRMoved in: VirginiaDropped out: Virginia Tech
We’ve seen all kinds of mocks: with trades, without trades, the non-obvious ones and even the click-bait ones. That’s just the nature of this time of year, after all. And there’s no certainty when it comes to the NFL Draft, after all.With the 2020 NFL Draft going down on Thursday, a lot of these mocks are about to be finalized. So here’s what you need to know about the draft’s power brokers and how they think it’s going to shake out from Roger Goodell’s basement, with a few notes on each:MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardVinnie Iyer’s mock draft (Sporting News)Sporting News’ latest mock draft, a three-round edition, was unveiled on April 20. Here’s how the first round breaks down:Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsJustin HerbertQBOregon6Los Angeles ChargersTua TagovailoaQBAlabama7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCBFlorida10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Derrick Brown DTAuburn14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry JeudyWRAlabama15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama16Atlanta FalconsJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysK’Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinneySAlabama19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)AJ TerrellCBClemson20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)AJ EpenesaEDGEIowa21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin JeffersonWRLSU23New England PatriotsTee HigginsWRClemson24New Orleans SaintsJordan LoveQBUtah State25Minnesota VikingsJeff GladneyCBTCU26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre SwiftRBGeorgia27Seattle SeahawksYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansZach BaunEDGE/OLBWisconsin30Green Bay PackersRoss BlacklockDTTCU31San Francisco 49ersTrevon DiggsCBAlabama32Kansas City ChiefsCesar RuizOLMichiganNoteworthy:— The Saints find their QB of the future in Jordan Love with their first-round pick. With Drew Brees’ future uncertain past the 2020 season, Love gives head coach Sean Payton a passer to mold while Brees finishes out his Hall of Fame career. His athletic traits, too, are going to give Payton something fun to play with.— The Jaguars passing on wide receivers not once, but twice, seems like a curious move. Especially for a team with limited offensive weaponry and who is currently shopping Leonard Fournette.— The Packer opt not to help the offensive side of the ball and instead take Ross Blacklock from TCU with the No. 30 pick. The Packers aren’t imperfect, but they could certainly give Aaron Rodgers some more help.MORE: SportsInsider.com’s NFL Draft betting preview and prop bets Mel Kiper’s mock draft (ESPN)Kiper’s latest mock draft was released on April 14.Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsDerrick BrownDTAuburn4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6Los Angeles ChargersJustin HerbertQBOregon7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Jacksonville JaguarsJeff OkudahCBOhio State10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCJ HendersonCBFlorida13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Jerry JeudyWRAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJustin JeffersonWRLSU15Denver BroncosCeeDee LambWROklahoma16Atlanta FalconsK’Lavon ChaissonOLBLSU17Dallas CowboysXavier McKinneySAlabama18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Javon KinlawDTSouth Carolina19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Jordan LoveQBUtah State20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Austin JacksonOTUSC21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklaho,a22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama23New England PatriotsCesar RuizOLMichigan24New Orleans SaintsBrandon AiyukWRArizona State25Minnesota VikingsJaylon JohnsonCBUtah26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Josh JonesOTHouston27Seattle SeahawksTee HigginsWRClemson28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-MatosDEPenn State30Green Bay PackersCole KmetTENotre Dame31San Francisco 49ersAntoine Winfield Jr.CB/SMinnesota32Kansas City ChiefsJonathan TaylorRBWisconsinNoteworthy:— The Packers opt to get Aaron Rodgers a franchise tight end here with Cole Kmet, with all of the big wide receivers already off the board.— The Jaguars get their Jalen Ramsey replacement with Jeff Okudah, who falls all the way to No. 9.— Drew Brees gets more offensive help in this draft, with Brandon Aiyuk going to the Saints at No. 24.MOCK DRAFT: What would happen if ‘Madden’ made every 2020 draft pick?Todd McShay’s mock draft (ESPN)McShay’s most recent mock draft released in late March.Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsIsaiah SimmonsLB/SClemson5Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6Los Angeles ChargersJordan LoveQBUtah State7Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDTAuburn8Arizona CardinalsTristan WirfsOTIowa9Jacksonville JaguarsJustin HerbertQBOregon10Cleveland BrownsJedrick WillsOTAlabama11New York JetsJerry JeudyWRAlabama12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersMekhi BectonOTLouisville15Denver BroncosAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia16Atlanta FalconsJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysCJ HendersonCBFlorida18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinneySAlabama19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Antoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Brandon AiyukWRArizona State21Philadelphia EaglesPatrick QueenLBLSU22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin JeffersonWRLSU23New England PatriotsAJ EpenesaDEIowa24New Orleans SaintsKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma25Minnesota VikingsTrevon DiggsCBAlabama26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Joshua JonesOTHouston27Seattle SeahawksK’Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU28Baltimore RavensRoss BlacklockDTTCU29Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State30Green Bay PackersTee HigginsWRClemson31San Francisco 49ersAJ TerrellCBClemson32Kansas City ChiefsD’Andre SwiftRBGeorgiaNoteworthy:— Jordan Love gets the most respect yet, going No. 6 overall to the Chargers, and is taken before Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Herbert lands with the Jaguars at No. 9 overall to compete with Gardner Minshew. — The Eagles opt for D before help on offense, with Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins both on the board. Interestingly enough, Brandon Aiyuk is off the board before both of those guys, going No. 20 to the Jaguars. (Hope you’re ready for the Herbert to Aiyuk connection in Jacksonville.)— Despite whispers that Denver wants to move up, they stand pat and take big tackle Andrew Thomas at 15, giving Drew Lock some much-needed protection.Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft (NFL Network)Daniel Jeremiah released his final mock draft on Wednesday, April 22. Here’s the most recent from DJ:Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsJustin HerbertQBOregon6Los Angeles ChargersTua TagovailoaQBAlabama7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Atlanta Falcons (from Jaguars)Derrick BrownDTAuburn10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Justin JeffersonWRLSU14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry JeudyWRAlabama15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama16Jacksonville Jaguars (from Falcons)Javon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysCJ HendersonCBFlorida18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Austin JacksonOTUSC19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)AJ TerrellCBClemson20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)K’Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Jaylon JohnsonCBUtah23New England PatriotsCole KmetTENotre Dame24New Orleans SaintsJalen ReagorWRTCU25Minnesota VikingsYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Cesar RuizOLMichigan27Seattle SeahawksTrevon DiggsCBAlabama28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOTGeorgia30Green Bay PackersBrandon AiyukWRArizona State31San Francisco 49ersJeff GladneyCBTCU32Kansas City ChiefsRoss BlacklockDTTCUNoteworthy: — Could we see six offensive tackles head in the first round? Outside of the group of four, Jeremiah believes that both Georgia’s Isaiah Wilson and USC product Austin Jackson will make the first round. Some predict Jackson to fall into the top of the second.— Jerry Jeudy falls in DJ’s last mock draft, landing at the Buccaneers, pairing with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and more. Not only does he fall, but he’s the third WR taken.— In a projected trade, the Falcons jump up to No. 9 to take Derrick Brown. Most mock drafts have Brown and the Panthers as a lock-fit at No. 7.Peter King’s mock draft (NBC Sports)Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Miami Dolphins (from Lions)Justin HerbertQBOregon4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Detroit Lions (from Dolphins)Jeff OkudahCBOhio State6Los Angeles ChargersAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia7Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDTAuburn8Arizona CardinalsIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson9Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCBFlorida10Cleveland BrownsJedrick WillsOTAlabama11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13New England Patriots (from 49ers)Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina15Denver BroncosJerry JeudyWRAlabama16Atlanta FalconsK’Lavon ChaissonOLBLSU17Dallas CowboysXavier McKinneySAlabama18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)AJ EpenesaEDGEIowa19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Kristian FultonCBLSU20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Justin JeffersonWRLSU21Philadelphia EaglesHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Trevon DiggsCBAlabama23San Francisco 49ers (from Patriots)Joshua JonesOTHouston24New Orleans SaintsAJ TerrellCBClemson25Minnesota VikingsTee HigginsWRClemson26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Austin JacksonOTUSC27Seattle SeahawksYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State28Baltimore RavensKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma29Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOTGeorgia30Green Bay PackersMichael Pittmann Jr.WRUSC31Dallas Cowboys (from 49ers)Cesar RuizOLMichigan32Kansas City ChiefsJeff GladneyCBTCUNoteworthy: In the words of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.”NFL Draft analysts can be stubborn fellows, after all. But even through that, the endless mock drafts this time of year get a little tiresome as we get ready for the real thing on April 23. — King’s mock draft features a few trades — the Lions and Dolphins swapping the No. 3 and No. 5 picks — but none quite as interesting as the Patriots trading up to No. 13 to take Tua Tagovailoa. It’s not a move that says “desperation” but trading up doesn’t seem like it would be the MO of Bill Belichick and the rest of New England’s braintrust. Still, the idea of Belichick pairing Tagovailoa with Josh McDaniels and opening up New England’s offense is a thought-provoking concept. — The Cowboys and 49ers get together on a trade that ends up with Cesar Ruiz as a Dallas o-lineman. After the unexpected retirement of Travis Frederick, this could be the heir apparent.— The Eagles get their future playmaking deep threat to pair with Carson Wentz in Henry Ruggs III. With the Eagles in the market for a speedy receiver in recent years (bringing back DeSean Jackson; reportedly in the market for Robby Anderson), this pick falls in line with what Philly wants.
But the anthem that played for the first Taiwanese athlete to ever win gold — she won gold at the 2004 Olympics in the lightweight taekwondo competition — was not the one Chen heard growing up, nor was the flag in front of her the red and blue of Taiwan.Instead, Chen stood under the white banner of “Chinese Taipei,” a nation that does not exist, the result of a political compromise stemming from divisions that have existed since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.That compromise, which allows Taiwan to compete in the Olympics but not use its own name, flag or anthem, is increasingly starting to rankle among Taiwanese far more assertive of their identity and autonomy, especially in the wake of the election of President Tsai Ying-wen.Changing identitiesWhile Taiwan has participated in every Olympics for the past three decades, the compromise never sat well with many at home, and has grown more controversial as Taiwanese politics shifted in the direction of full independence from mainland China.According to annual polls conducted by National Chengchi University, only 13.6% of respondents in 1991 self-identified as Taiwanese; by 2004, that number had risen to over 45%. A poll conducted this year by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found that 80% of respondents described themselves as Taiwanese.This is particularly true among the younger generations, many of whom participated inwidespread protests against further economic integration with China — the so-called “Sunflower Movement” — and supported the candidacy of recently inaugurated President Tsai.”We definitely want a peaceful relationship with China,” lawmaker and Sunflower Movement activist Huang Kuo-chang told CNN in January.”But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our way of life.”As Taiwan becomes more assertive of its identity at home, many are asking why it should not do so overseas as well.Freddy Lim, a death metal frontman and lawmaker elected at the same time as Tsai, says the name “Chinese Taipei” is “disrespectful.””Taiwan’s Olympic athletes come from all over the country and are of different ethnic backgrounds, so the best name for the team would be ‘Taiwan’,” he told CNN.”I hope the global community could see how Taiwan is treated internationally and support our efforts to participate in international affairs as a normal country.”Coen Blaauw, executive director of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which advocates for Taiwanese independence (Formosa is a historical name for the island of Taiwan), says the use of the name is damaging to Taiwan’s international standing.”Not only is the name ‘Chinese Taipei’ humiliating for the 23 million people of the democratic country of Taiwan, we are concerned that the name will stick,” he told CNN.”China’s veto power and approval over Taiwan’s role on the international stage should not be a prerequisite for Taiwanese participation in international organizations like the Olympics.”DK Dang, chairman of World United Formosans for Independence, says he hopes Tsai’s administration will pressure the IOC to allow Taiwan to compete under its own name.Tsai’s office did not respond to a request for comment.China has maintained that nothing is permissible on the international stage if it suggests there are “two Chinas.”
THIS WEEK’S MATCHESSPORTSMAX 2SATURDAY7:45 a.m. WEST HAM VS SUNDERLAND12:30 p.m. WEST BROM VS CRYSTAL PALACE5 p.m. SOUTHAMPTON VS CHELSEA7 p.m. WATFORD VS BOURNEMOUTH10:45 p.m. STOKE VS ASTON VILLASUNDAYSPORTSMAX 29 a.m. MAN U VS ARSENALSPORTSMAX9 a.m. TOTTENHAM VS SWANSEA