‘No more racist police killings!’

first_imgHouston Los Angeles Atlanta Philadelphia Bostoncenter_img Rochester, N.Y. New York Times Square July 11 — Hundreds of protests, militant marches and highway blockades have been held across the country in the past week as the killings of Black people by racist police continue with impunity. The July 5 murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., by two white cops was videotaped and seen worldwide. The day after, police in Falcon Heights, Minn., shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile; his fiancee videoed the aftermath of the gunshots.In Baton Rouge, some form of protest has been held every day since Sterling’s death. Neighborhood gatherings have grown into marches to the police station. Peaceful protest has been met with cops in riot gear, pounding batons on shields. Hundreds have been arrested.Five thousand marched in St. Paul, Minn., after Castile’s death and hundreds protested at the Minnesota governor’s mansion on July 7. An into-the-night blockade of Interstate 94 beginning on July 9 ended with police violence and more than 100 arrests.Scores have also been arrested and threatened by police in various cities as militant demonstrations took place. An uprising against racism and police terror continues to grow. The following summaries from WW activists show the breadth and depth of protest in a few cities across the U.S.Albany, N.Y.: ‘Enough is enough’More than 200 people rallied July 8 in Albany, N.Y., organized by the Upstate New York chapter of Black Lives Matter, to protest the police killing of five Black and Latino men in the U.S. in the last seven days: Alton Sterling, Delrawn Small, Anthony Nuñez, Philando Castile and Pedro Erik Villanueva. “We raise up our voices and say enough is enough is enough,” emphasized Patrick Avery, pastor at Kingdom Reigning Worship Center. (timesunion.com, July 8)The rally ended with a stirring speech by 11-year-old Alicia Clemente. “I’m afraid to walk to school,” she yelled into a megaphone. “I’m tired of being scared. I’m scared to be next. I’m scared of the next. I don’t want to hear ‘Say her name’ every time I turn on the news. I don’t want to see bombs go down in Afghanistan. I don’t want to see it anymore.” — Chris FryAtlanta: 10,000 marchDetermined demonstrators have marched, chanted, blocked traffic, shut down interstates, danced and sung for hours every night since July 7. These protests covered miles of Atlanta streets, beginning in the early evening and lasting until the following morning. Despite attempts by police agencies to thwart movement with barricades and patrol cars, the marchers have stayed in the streets, joined by new recruits and supported by motorists caught in traffic.On July 7, some 1,000 people, mostly youth, blocked the Downtown Connector of I-75 and I-85 that passes through the heart of Atlanta. The following day, 10,000 people took over key sites, from the CNN Center to Peachtree Street and Centennial Olympic Park. For more than five hours, thousands faced off against a small army of police and state troopers at the Williams Street entrance to the interstate. Participants represented every segment of the Black community, including families, elders, and faith and Civil Rights organizations.Black Lives Matter activists were key to six- to eight-hour protests on July 9 and July 10. A dozen or so were arrested. A July 11 action is moving to the affluent Buckhead neighborhood, where two elite shopping malls are located.While many signs and chants refer to Sterling and Castile, the names of local victims of police violence — Anthony Hill, Kevin Davis, Nick Thomas, Alexia Christian and others — make clear that Atlanta families have suffered similarly and received no justice. — Dianne MathiowetzBaltimore: protesters criminalizedOn July 8, some 1,000 people, organized by the People’s Power Assembly, shut down traffic coming off Interstate 83 as protesters marched to Baltimore police headquarters.Two PPA organizers, one of whom is five months pregnant, plus two other people were arrested and handed a number of various charges. Released the following afternoon, one of the four was hospitalized after being attacked and beaten by police.In an attempt to criminalize and violence-bait protest, the Baltimore Sun printed mug shots of the four, along with their ages and city of residence, in an article in the “crime” section of the website on July 10. In an earlier article the Sun reported, ominously, that along with police helicopters “officers were positioned on rooftops along the route” of the march. (July 8)On July 9, marchers took over downtown streets and blocked the main police headquarters. They also shut down Interstate 83, a major Baltimore artery, and blocked traffic on East Pratt Street. — Sharon BlackSan Francisco Bay Area: ‘Shut it down!’Thousands turned out in the Bay Area to angrily protest the police killings. In Oakland on July 7, crowds gathered downtown at Oscar Grant Plaza in response to a call by Live Free, the Anti Police-Terror Project and the Frisco 500. People took the street and marched to the Oakland Police Department Headquarters for another brief rally.The crowd marched up the I-880 freeway off-ramp adjacent to OPD’s headquarters, shut down one side of the freeway and then climbed over the barriers to shut down the entire freeway in both directions. Led by members of the clergy, marchers linked arms at the front of the crowd.Someone with a projector displayed images of Sterling and Castile on the side panel of a friendly semi-trailer truck. Marchers chalked graffiti about Black lives all over the road and barriers. When asked by a news reporter about someone needing to get through for an emergency, Pastor Michael McBride responded that his people have been in a state of emergency for 400 years.Protesters shut down the freeway for more than four hours. As they left, they found a display denouncing the police across the entire front of the OPD headquarters. The front doors had been splattered with red paint.The next night a rally began at Chelsea Manning Plaza in San Francisco. Swelling to about 2,000 people, protesters marched to Powell and Market, where people sat down in the street before continuing to City Hall. That rally was co-sponsored by the Answer Coalition, Bayard Rustin Coalition, Justice 4 Alex Nieto Coalition, Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition, [email protected] Young Democrats of San Francisco, San Francisco Black Leadership Forum, San Francisco BLM and West County Toxics Coalition.On July 9, a group of recent high school graduates converged for another protest. The crowd grew to about 500 and began an afternoon-long march blocking three different entrances to the Bay Bridge and entrances to a shopping mall and various shops. — Terri KayBoston: ‘Unite and fight’Hundreds rallied July 9 for five hours of protests and two marches. They targeted the Boston Police Headquarters, located in the Black community, then marched through Boston’s oppressed communities of Roxbury and Dorchester.Protesters remembered police brutality and murders in New England. Many of the families of murdered Black victims attended and spoke, remembering Burrell Ramsey-White, Jeffrey Pendleton and others. Usaamah Rahim’s mother testified that her 26-year-old Black American Muslim son, in a vicious Homeland Security operation, was gunned down by Boston police and FBI agents in 2015 in the Roslindale neighborhood.The day was organized by MASS Action Against Police Brutality, Boston’s Black community, other communities of color, the Muslim community, the Nation of Islam, unions, fast food worker-organizers, Fight for $15 and other supporters. MASS Action called for a protest on July 13 at Boston Police Headquarters to “unite and fight for our fallen.” — Stevan KirschbaumDes Moines: solidarity with BLM“Des Moines in Solidarity with BLM” demonstrators rallied at Cowles Commons and marched through the streets of downtown on July 8. The event was hosted by Black Lives Matter activist Kaija Carter. Members of grassroots organizations such as Iowa Citizens for Justice and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement also attended. The rally was followed by a march to the Des Moines Police Department.Attorney Tina Hassane Muhammad of Justice Law Firm, founder of Iowa Citizens for Justice, told WW that the organizers’ goals were to stand in solidarity and to highlight the police terror and systematic racism that are taking Black lives every 28 hours. — Mike KuhlenbeckHouston: Sandra Bland, now Alva Braziel Daily protests are taking place in Houston, sometimes two or three a day, since the killings of Sterling and Castile. Added to those outrages is Houston’s latest victim of “death by cop.”Alva Braziel, a 38-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed in the early hours of July 9 as he was looking for his stolen horse. Black Lives Matter Houston called a press conference July 9 at Discovery Green, a popular downtown park. As the crowd grew, a decision was made to march to City Hall, where a large rally with an open mic was held. Community members, many of them young people, expressed anger, sadness and outrage. The multinational crowd continued to rally for several hours as Houston cops stood by.Events have been held at a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in MacGregor Park. Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Houston held a militant protest in front of the Houston Police Department headquarters on July 10 and then marched through downtown. Later that day clergy, politicians and police held what amounted to a love-in for the dead Dallas cops. They weren’t pleased when BLM activists appeared and turned attention to the victims of the police.July 10 was the one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland’s arrest in Prairie View, Texas. An event called “The Shout” was held at the site where the arrest took place. There is an ongoing memorial there with fresh flowers, stuffed animals and photos. Some of the activists went to the Waller County Jail, where they plan to spend the next three nights holding vigil until the exact time Bland’s body was allegedly discovered hanging in a jail cell on July 13, 2015. — Gloria RubacLos Angeles: Black and Brown unityMore than 200 people responded July 9 to a call from Unión del Barrio for an emergency demonstration in front of the Los Angeles Police Department. The protest called for unified responses to police killings of Black and Latino/a people in Los Angeles. About 10 organizations were represented, including Workers World, BAYAN-USA, Brown Berets, L.A. Community Action Network, as well as Black activists and spoken word artists. People blocked the intersection in front of the LAPD, which had an almost invisible presence even when the streets were taken.ABC’s Channel 7 asked Maggie Vascassenno, of the People’s Power Assembly, why she was there: “I think it’s very important for white people especially to be here today, in solidarity with our Black and Brown sisters and brothers facing tremendous repression.” John Parker, of Workers World Party, talked of the historic unity of Black and Brown peoples, from slavery to the formation of the Black Panthers, Brown Berets and Young Lords. Parker praised the Black Lives Matter movement for sparking a struggle that can only get stronger with greater unity.Francisco, a Black veteran, spoke of the irony that the ambush of Dallas police was a tactic the shooter had been taught in order to kill people in U.S. wars abroad. — John ParkerNew York City: ‘No justice, no peace!’For four consecutive days, thousands surged into the streets of Manhattan to express outrage over the police murders of Sterling, Castile and Delrawn Small. Massing at Union Square on July 7, protesters headed north on Fifth Avenue facing rush-hour traffic, tying up Midtown and outmaneuvering the cops. Motorists honked and waved support as marchers chanted “No justice, no peace! No racist police!”The huge multinational and multigenerational crowd headed to Ninth Avenue, then marched across 42nd Street to Times Square. They held that famous intersection until 8:20 p.m., when police attacked, arresting more than 40 people. Nonetheless, protesters stayed in the streets until well past midnight, marching north to Harlem, more than 100 blocks from the starting point.On July 8, demonstrators took to the streets in anguish and rage in many parts of the city, including Harlem and Union Square. On July 9, 1,000 marched from the Brooklyn Bridge to Union Square, where they held a brief rally, and then marched throughout the city. There were a few arrests at Union Square. Demonstrators repeatedly went around the barricades that cops spread across intersections. Marchers took over Fifth Avenue and then 42nd Street until they reached Times Square. Bystanders on sidewalks and in cars clapped and yelled in support. The march went on for hours and eventually shut down the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive.On July 10, hundreds of demonstrators marched through Midtown with their fists raised, chanting “Black lives matter!” — Bill Dores, Kathy Durkin and Brenda RyanPhiladelphia: ‘Racism and capitalism are intertwined’On July 6, the REAL Justice Coalition (RJC) and the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC) responded immediately by calling a “no business as usual” march through Philadelphia’s busy downtown shopping district streets, eventually occupying the on- and off-ramps of the I-676 expressway. Seasoned activists and first-time demonstrators spoke out against police terror for an hour before cops began threatening arrests. Twelve people sat down in a line across the on-ramp. After cops arrested the 12, 50 supporters waited outside the police station until they were released.On July 8, hundreds marched for four hours through North Philadelphia, growing in numbers as they passed through many neighborhoods. Marchers held short rallies wherever there were crowds, and many who didn’t join listened and raised their fists. Outrage against police brutality, poverty and mass incarceration is so common that most people of color easily understand why someone would start shooting at cops, as in Dallas the day before.At the intersection of Erie and Germantown, Shani Akilah of BBWC got the crowd chanting “Racism and capitalism are intertwined.” Protesters then surprised the police by getting on the Broad Street subway bound for City Hall. When bicycle cops later confronted demonstrators at a Center City intersection, protesters briefly surrounded the police. When the cops saw they were surrounded, they quickly retreated.In the third Philly protest in four days, RJC called a Rage Against Police Terror march on July 9 in the oppressed neighborhood surrounding the notorious 25th Police District. Hundreds of activists and Black and Brown area residents marched, stopping at intersections where people were congregated for short open mic rallies. Many residents raised their fists as marchers filed past with a banner that read, “You have nothing to lose but your chains.”Up to 300 participants marched right up to the precinct steps, then stood toe-to-toe against a line of cops for an hour, chanting between revolutionary talks by RJC and BBWC activists, as well as North Philly victims of police crimes. Cops were visibly angry but did not respond. — Joe PietteRochester: Police riotOn July 8, 400 multinational demonstrators stopped traffic in a series of protests in Rochester, N.Y., which began about 4 p.m. at the Liberty Pole downtown and lasted until nearly 1:30 a.m. the following day. The demonstrations were led by BLACK (Build Leadership And Community Knowledge), a local African-American youth group affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.The main confrontation came at about 10 p.m. when demonstrators blocked the intersection of East Avenue and Alexander Street in a gentrified part of the city filled with upscale nightclubs and bars.Although the protests were thoroughly peaceful, city police showed up in full riot gear. In a showdown of more than two and a half hours, they arrested 77 people, including two African-American TV reporters from the local ABC affiliate. The station’s general manager, Chuck Samuels, speculated this was racial profiling: “There were white TV reporters standing right there near them and they were not handcuffed. Whether it was [profiling] or not, I don’t know. But how can you not raise the question?” (democratandchronicle.com, July 10)The police used considerable violence. There were images of one demonstrator with blood pouring from a head wound and reports of demonstrators treated in nearby hospitals. The cops sent squads to forcibly take down individual demonstrators, even though they had complied with orders. — Gene ClancySeattle: War on Black AmericaMore than 1,000 protested the war on Black America on July 8. The multinational demonstration, called by Black Lives Matter, marched to the federal building, the federal courthouse and Seattle police headquarters. Marchers tried a quick rush to take Interstate 5, but were blocked by a huge force of cops, who used stun grenades and pepper spray to repel the militant action.The march also protested the February police killing of Black community member Che Taylor. Investigations have revealed that the gun taken from Taylor’s car had been registered to a county sheriff, raising suspicion that it was planted. Taylor was out of the car, hands up, when he was shot. — Jim McMahanFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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European parliament calls for Ganji’s release, condemns Iran’s many press freedom violations

first_img20. Condemns the arrests and imprisonment of cyberjournalists and webloggers and the parallel censorship of several online publications, weblogs and internet sites as well as the recent arbitrary arrests of journalists and severe restriction of the media in Iran, and therefore calls on the Iranian authorities, especially the Iranian Parliament, to fulfil their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and notably to allow the free expression of opinion on internet sites and in weblogs and the press; Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out more 26. Calls on the Commission to make effective use of the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights in order to intensify contacts and cooperation with Iranian civil society and independent media and furthermore to support, together with the European Parliament, democracy and respect for human rights in Iran; Receive email alerts News March 18, 2021 Find out more ————————————————————————–Paris, 5 October 2005Dear Minister,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to draw your attention to the plight of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, who was returned to Evin prison from hospital on 3 September 2005 after a hunger strike that lasted more than 60 days. There has been no word from him for the past 42 days.Mr. Soleimani, the official in charge of Evin prison, said on 1 October that Mr. Ganji was in solitary confinement and his state of health was good. But we know the Iranian authorities have released false information about the condition of political prisoners in the past. Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi has moreover banned the press from mentioning Mr. Ganji.Mr. Ganji is believed to be in a separate cell in a special section of Evin prison. His solitary confinement flouts international human rights treaties and Iranian law, which is explicit about the rights of detainees to visits by their families and lawyers. The prison authorities seem to have no other goal than to break Mr. Ganji mentally and physically.It is deplorable that the Iranian authorities have not respected the undertakings to release him soon which they gave to him and his family after his hunger strike.At that time, Reporters Without Borders supported negotiations with certain members of the Iranian judiciary with the specific aim of Mr. Ganji’s release.The European Union has in the past demanded Mr. Ganji’s release. We would now like to ask you to arrange for your embassy in Iran to intercede with the Tehran authorities with a view to obtaining a meeting with Mr. Ganji or detailed information about his state of health.We would be very grateful if you would keep us informed of the results of your ministry’s initiatives.Sincerely, Robert MénardSecretary-General————————————————————————–P6_TA-PROV(2005)0382 IranEuropean Parliament resolution on Iran RSF_en (…) Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists 22. Calls on the Iranian authorities notably to unconditionally release Akbar Ganji, who is in poor health after more than five years of imprisonment and a hunger strike of 60 days, having served five and a half years of his six-year sentence for a press- and opinion-related offence, and also to release the lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, detained since 30 July 2005; Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists 23. Calls on the representatives of the Member States in Teheran to make urgent requests to the Iranian authorities in order to obtain detailed information on Mr Ganji’s situation and an authorisation to visit him;(…) Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa N. particularly concerned about the increasing reports regarding arbitrary arrests of and threats against journalists, cyberjournalists and webloggers, notably Ahmand Seraajee, who was arrested on 30 June 2005, while also recalling the continued imprisonment of other journalists for the mere exercise of their right to freedom of expression, notably Akbar Ganji, who was imprisoned over five years ago together with 17 other Iranian journalists and who has been in extremely poor health due to a 60-day hunger strike but whose wife has been denied access to him, IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information A European parliament resolution (see extracts below) yesterday called on the Iranian authorities to “ unconditionally release Akbar Ganji, who is in poor health after more than five years of imprisonment and a hunger strike of 60 days.” It also asked European Union diplomats based in Tehran to “ undertake concerted action with regard to the abovementioned concerns, in particular striving for the immediate release of the journalists, cyberjournalists and webloggers prosecuted or sentenced for press- and opinion-related offences.”The resolution also condemned the arrests and imprisonment of cyber-journalists and bloggers, as well as the recent arbitrary arrests of journalists and the drastic constraints placed on the news media in Iran.The foreign ministers of the countries that are the current, previous and next holders of the EU presidency (UK, Luxembourg and Austria respectively) received a letter from Reporters Without Borders on 5 October calling for EU diplomats to intercede with the authorities in Tehran in an effort to meet with Ganji or obtain detailed information about his state of health. News A European parliament resolution called on the Iranian authorities to “ unconditionally release Akbar Ganji, who is in poor health after more than five years of imprisonment and a hunger strike of 60 days.” It also asked European Union diplomats based in Tehran to “ undertake concerted action with regard to the abovementioned concerns, in particular striving for the immediate release of the journalists, cyberjournalists and webloggers prosecuted or sentenced for press- and opinion-related offences.” O. also concerned about the solitary confinement of the lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, detained since 30 July 2005, who was a guest speaker in the EP in his capacity as a founder member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre,(…) October 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European parliament calls for Ganji’s release, condemns Iran’s many press freedom violations Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Akbar Ganji is sponsored by Le Devoir, Nice-Matin, La Montagne. The European Parliament,- having regard to its previous resolutions on Iran, notably those of 28 October 2004 and 13 January 2005 ,- having regard to the EU-Iran human rights dialogue that took place until recently and at which the Government of Iran expressed its commitment to strengthening respect for human rights and the rule of law,- having regard to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a party,(…) News News June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further 21. Calls on the Presidency of the Council and the Member States’ diplomatic representatives in Iran urgently to undertake concerted action with regard to the abovementioned concerns, in particular striving for the immediate release of the journalists, cyberjournalists and webloggers prosecuted or sentenced for press- and opinion-related offences;last_img read more

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Missing Cal student last seen at USC party; family offering $100,000 reward

first_imgPhoto courtesy of UC Berkeley Athletic DepartmentEloi Vasquez, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, has been missing since the night of March 27. Vasquez was last seen leaving a party at the USC chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon.Vasquez’s family originally announced to local news stations Sunday night that they would be offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to his location. They have since increased  the reward to $100,000 as of Monday morning.Vasquez, a member of the UC Berkeley men’s soccer team, was visiting USC’s campus along with his friends and teammates Joshua Morton and Marko Helfrich for spring break when he went missing.“At about 1:55 a.m., we called him and he said that he wanted to go to the beach, which was absurd because the beach was like a four-hour walk from [the TKE party],” Morton said.Morton’s and Helfrich’s attempts to call their friend back went through, but no one responded on the other end of the phone. The two eventually assumed that Vasquez likely went home with someone and that they would try to reach him the next morning; however, at around 12:30 p.m. the next afternoon, they became worried when their calls went straight to Vasquez’s voicemail — likely because his phone was shut off.Photo courtesy of LAPDThe last contact anyone had with Vasquez before his disappearance was at 2:18 a.m. on March 28, when he called another friend at Berkeley and told her that he was alone and lost, and that his friends were not picking up their phones, but neither Morton nor Helfrich received any calls from him.Morton and Helfrich filed a report with USC’s Dept. of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Police Department and have spent the past two days passing out fliers near where Vasquez was last seen. Morton said ABC News plans to speak with Vasquez’s family to alert the greater Los Angeles area of the student’s disappearance.The fliers describe Vasquez as 6 feet tall and approximately 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes; he was last seen wearing a white baseball tee with red sleeves.If you have any information pertaining to Vasquez’s please call: 415-209-3992 or 415-209-3990.UPDATE:10:00 p.m. This story was updated to note that the family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Vazquez’s location.Monday 10:50 a.m.: This story was updated to note that the family has increased the reward to $100,000.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s defense exposed by Boston College in 58-27 drubbing

first_img Published on November 2, 2019 at 5:39 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Since surrendering 63 points one early September afternoon, Syracuse has relied on its defense.To get stops when it couldn’t score. To create momentum swings when the offense could make none of their own. To have a chance to win. “They’ve had a better season than us so far and they’ve had our back plenty of times,” tight end Aaron Hackett said.But Syracuse’s (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) defense was missing in action all Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, giving up 58 points, a program-record 496 rushing yards and in a single quarter surrendering four touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Boston College (5-4, 3-3) ran away from the Orange by doing exactly what everyone thought the Eagles would do — ground and pound with play-action passing — and SU looked hapless trying to defend it at times. The result: A 58-27 pounding that kept the Orange winless in conference play and asking questions about a defense that, until today, was the bright spot for Syracuse. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They just got tired of hitting (AJ) Dillon and his backup,” head coach Dino Babers said. “And those play-action passes, they just break your back.”Boston College’s offensive recipe is simple, leaning on NFL-caliber running back Dillon, the other backs and their talented offensive line to blow back opponents and set up the play-action pass. To limit it, you start by stopping Dillon. Syracuse knew as much, as Babers said earlier in the week the game would hinge on the “elephants and hippos” up front. Practices with the scout team were as close to live as they could be the past week, defensive tackle Kenneth Ruff said. With sophomore Markenzy Pierre and freshman Garrison Johnson standing in for Dillon — albeit undersized mock ups — the SU defense practiced all week against the power running Boston College would employ. But familiarity with the problem wasn’t enough to solve it. SU was hurt, in part, because it didn’t have the depth to constantly rotate defensive linemen and linebackers through. They subbed as much as they felt possible, Babers said, but without having the starters out there, SU didn’t have as much of a chance. And even when SU’s starters were on the field and rested, it didn’t matter much. Syracuse didn’t overstack the box with the play-action threat, relying instead on linebackers and linemen to execute their assignments and hope someone cleared their block to get a stop. The Eagles offensive line began manhandling SU’s line at times, firing off the ball on run plays, creating havoc in Syracuse’s front seven and trusting that one of its 235-pound-plus running backs would come out the other side with positive yardage. On Boston College’s only touchdown of the fourth quarter, Dillon took a handoff inside SU’s 10 and didn’t see a hole. Instead, he plowed forward into a clump of one BC blocker and three SU defenders. From the 2-yard line, the 245-pound running back drove the four bodies, and himself, six feet into the end zone.“There’s nothing schematically that you can do,” Ruff said. “It’s like a bar fight. You’ve just got line up in front of somebody and try to beat them. Do whatever you can do to slow AJ Dillon down.”Syracuse would’ve been perfectly happy to let Boston College churn out long, running drives like it did on the first possession of the game: A 13-play, 71-yard drive ending in a field goal. BC steadily picked up chunks in the run game from the start, but the Eagles had to drive “the long way,” as linebacker Andrew Armstrong put it, to 10 first-quarter points. After the first quarter, and Boston College’s incessant run game had netted the Eagles 160 yards, they struck. Safety Evan Foster crashed to the line of scrimmage with the snap of the ball, seeing quarterback Dennis Grosel turn to give the ball off. As a result, he didn’t see Kobay White slip behind him — and the rest of the defense — for a walk-in 64-yard touchdown down the middle of the field on a play-action pass. SU’s safeties got fooled on another near identical look for a 50-yard score 7 minutes later in the quarter.Those scores, sandwiching an SU field goal, put Boston College up, 24-20, and for good. “Anytime a team just continues to keep on running the ball, you get comfortable fitting up stuff,” Foster said. “Sometimes blow a coverage here or there, just gotta be on focus and keying on our man and continue to just do our jobs.”As Boston College surged ahead, Syracuse’s defense crumpled. A three-and-out followed the second passing touchdown. BC got the ball back with around six minutes until halftime. The Orange stuffed Dillon on first down, but on second down he took a trap 51 yards for a touchdown. Another Syracuse three-and-out followed Dillon’s rushing touchdown. Boston College fielded the punt with four minutes left. Then, Dillon’s backup, David Bailey, went 74 yards untouched to make it 38-20. SU fumbled before it could go three-and-out following Bailey’s touchdown. With 2:38 until halftime, starting from the Syracuse 30, Boston College handed it to Dillon four-straight times. Two quarterback sneaks picked up a crucial first down and then, with 26 second left, Boston College ran play-action for a wide open touchdown. “What we really needed to do is limit the big plays,” Armstrong said. “First drive of the game we made them go a long way and they ran the ball almost every play, held them to three points. And that’s what we needed to do throughout the rest of the game.”Syracuse’s defense knew exactly what was coming on Saturday and it still got run over. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Do you know who are the most successful “BH Germans’ except Ibisevic and Barbarez?

first_imgVedad Ibisevic officially became the most successful BH football player in the Bundesliga, thus overtaking that place from Sergej Barbarez.The current BH national team player scored 97 goals in the strongest German ranks and it is only a matter of days when he will enter the club of greatest who achieved a minimum of one hundred goals in the Bundesliga.However, besides Ibisevic and Barbarez, a bit less is known about the remaining successful “BH Bundesliga” players.For example, besides Barbarez, the title of top scorer of the league have Edin Dzeko, who won the prestigious trophy in Germany just like Zvjezdan Misimovic and Hasan Salihamidzic.In the third place of the best BH shooters in the history of the Bundesliga is Edin Dzeko with 66 goals scored.After him follow Hasan Salihamidzic with 52 goals, Sejad Salihovic with 46, Zvjezdan Misimovic with 37, Demir Hotic with 36, and almost forgotten Idriz Hosic who occupies eighth place with 32 goals.The list of the Top 10 BH scorers in the Bundesliga is concluded by Zlatan Bajramovic and Marko Topic.(Source: fokus.ba)last_img read more

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Neymar world record PSG move imminent

first_imgClubs can be sanctioned by UEFA for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.“We will not accept this money from a club like PSG,” Tebas told Madrid sports daily AS on Wednesday. “Especially when this club is infringing rules and laws.” – Champions League dream –Winning the Champions League for a first time is the dream driving PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to fund a deal that could herald the start of a new era at the elite level of European football.Since QSI’s takeover in 2011, PSG have failed to make it beyond the quarter-final stage – most notably blowing a 4-0 first leg lead to lose 6-1 to a Neymar-inspired Barcelona in the last 16 of last season’s competition in March.Prising Neymar from the grip of Barca would truly announce PSG’s presence as a contender for the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to fear.Neymar has formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in football history with Messi and Luis Suarez over the past three seasons.Together they have won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups, whilst Neymar has scored 105 goals and provided 80 assists in just 186 games.However, his four-year spell in Spain has also been overshadowed by the murky transfer deal which brought him to Barcelona from Santos in 2013.He and his parents as well as Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu face charges of fraud and corruption in an ongoing case brought by DIS, a Brazilian investment company.DIS owned 40 percent of the players’ rights at the time of the deal and believe they were deliberately cheated out of their real share due to the complex structure of the transfer. NOT STAYING: Pique (right) and Neymar (left).Barcelona, Spain | AFP |  Neymar could be presented as a Paris Saint-Germain player as early as this weekend for a world record fee as Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing the Brazilian to stay at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.The player has travelled to Porto by private jet from Barcelona surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr, after saying goodbye to his Barca teammates.Among that party was Wagner Ribeiro, an advisor to the player, who claimed PSG would pay his 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause in the “coming hours”.That would more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) move to Manchester United last year.Media reports suggested that Neymar had gone to Porto, where PSG sporting director Antero Henrique had worked until recently, to undergo a pre-transfer medical.Sources told AFP that he will arrive in Paris on Thursday afternoon.Earlier, Barcelona ended weeks of speculation by publicly confirming for the first time the 25-year-old’s wish to leave after four years at the Camp Nou.“Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club,” Barca said in a statement.“The club have informed them that the buyout clause in his contract, that from July 1 is 222 million euros, must be paid in full.”Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros a year after tax.However, on the field he also faces the challenge of stepping out of the shadow of five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to try and prove himself as the world’s best.“It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr,” Messi posted on Instagram alongside a montage displaying some of the pair’s finest moments together.“I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life. See you soon tkm,” he added. “Tkm” stands for “te quiero mucho” (I love you loads).“Thanks brother. I will miss you man,” Neymar replied.Presuming both clubs don’t come to a late agreement, the buyout clause would have to be paid to Barcelona via Spain’s La Liga to free the player from the contract he signed last year and runs until 2021.However, La Liga president Javier Tebas has threatened not to accept PSG’s money over what he perceives as a failure on the French side’s part to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules (FFP).center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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