Mexican president sticks to no-war approach after shocking cartel video

first_imgMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would maintain a less confrontational approach to battling drug gangs even after one of Mexico’s most powerful cartels showcased its firepower in a video that stunned Mexicans.A video purportedly shot by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), showing dozens of armed gang members in bullet proof vests in front of armored cars painted in military-style camouflage, went viral on social media on Friday.Lopez Obrador said he would not repeat the mistakes of previous administrations that failed to contain cartel violence, which surged after former President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led crackdown on the gangs in late 2006. “Violence cannot be confronted with violence, fire cannot be extinguished with fire, evil cannot be confronted with evil,” he said. “Evil must be confronted with good.”Lopez Obrador said his government would face down gangs with intelligence rather than force, focusing on poverty and other root causes of crime.”We are not going to declare war,” he said.With homicides reaching record levels, the president has come under growing scrutiny over his security policy, dubbed by Lopez Obrador as one of “hugs, not bullets.”Many analysts argue his approach has emboldened criminal groups. Murders in Mexico in the first six months of the year hit an all-time high, data showed on Monday.  Topics :last_img read more

Allen aces Arlington foes for checkers at Grams Memorial

first_imgBrett Allen led every time around the track in winning Arlington Raceway’s Dan Grams Memorial main event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Allen led every lap of the Dan Grams Memorial at Arlington Raceway. When the $500 perfect attendance bonus and late contributions to the purse were figured in, the checkers were good for $1,450. ARLINGTON, Minn. (July 13) – If he could have picked the night to get his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car victory of the season, Brett Allen would have selected Saturday.  After drawing the outside pole start, Allen flew down the backstretch and never looked back, working through lapped traffic in what proved to be a caution-free race.center_img Michael Stien worked up from his third row start but settled for second, ahead of Jesse Cripe, hard charger Neil Stevens and Javen Ostermann. Feature results – 1. Brett Allen; 2. Michael Stien; 3. Jesse Cripe; 4. Neil Stevens; 5. Javen Ostermann; 6. Billy Johnson; 7. Brandon Allen; 8. Trevor Serbus; 9. Jeremy Schultz; 10. Dave Becker; 11. Nathan Showalter.last_img read more

Wenger to accept FIFA role

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsene Wenger will reportedly accept a technical director role at FIFA as the former Arsenal boss continues to wait for the right managerial project to come along.The Frenchman has been out of work since leaving the Emirates in May 2018 after 22 years at club, during which he won ten major trophies.Since leaving Arsenal, Wenger has been approached with a number of managerial opportunities but has so far declined all of them.According to ESPN, the technical role at FIFA is not completely defined, but it will be an important one in which Wenger’s voice will be heard and opinions considered.However, the former Gunners boss has emphasised that his main priority remains finding a job in club football soon.Wenger recently admitted in an interview that it was a dream of his to manage a country at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Tags: ArsenalArsene WengerFIFAlast_img read more

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Eight-man football arrives in Ellsworth

first_imgELLSWORTH — 2019 marked the inaugural season for the Maine Principals’ Association’s eight-man football class, and one local program was part of history as one of the new classification’s 10 founding members.Ellsworth/Sumner, which entered the season with a roster size of just 15 players, found itself at home in a new league that made life much easier for teams with smaller roster sizes. The Eagles were competitive in nearly every game they played and posted wins over Sacopee Valley, Traip Academy and Gray-New Gloucester.Eight-man football arrived as schools throughout the state have seen drops in numbers over the past decade. Play is mostly similar, though offenses use two fewer linemen and one fewer back than in 11-man play, and fields are shortened in width from 53 1/3 yards to 40 yards.The league was split into two divisions based on enrollment. Ellsworth/Sumner competed with Gray-New Gloucester, Maranacook, Mount Ararat and Yarmouth in the large-school division. Mount Ararat, the large-school champion, claimed the Gold Ball with a 58-25 win over small-school champion Old Orchard Beach in the first eight-man state title game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEight-man football will get another Hancock County participant next year as Mount Desert Island makes the move from Class C North. The Lewiston Sun Journal reported last Thursday that Dirigo and Spruce Mountain will also ask to play eight-man in 2020, and other newcomers could be on the way as well.last_img read more

Shuttler Lin Dan may face difficulties: Lee Chong Wei

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian badminton great Lee Chong Wei said that it will be difficult for star shuttler China’s Lin Dan to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. “I think it will be relatively difficult if he wants to participate in the Olympics, because only two people from the Chinese team can take part. If he really wants to take part in the Olympics, he has to be in the top two to go.Badminton is about age. When you have grown older, it is really more difficult to compete against younger athletes,” he added. (IANS)last_img read more

ICC World Cup World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka | Dream 11

first_imghighlights New Zealand will play Sri Lanka in first league game. Dimuth Karunaratne will captain Sri Lanka for the first time in World Cup.  Tom Blundell will be behind the stumps in Tom Latham’s absence.  New Delhi: In December and January, New Zealand and Sri Lanka faced off in a bilateral series where the former outplayed the latter completely and finished with a margin of 3-0. A few months later, the two teams are set to lock horns at the biggest stage in Cardiff. The Kiwis had a bittersweet journey in the warm-ups, upstaging India comprehensively. First, Kane Williamson and Co rolled over tournament favourites India and then was easily beaten by the Windies.Their bowlers were excellent versus the Men in Blue but were taken apart by the rampant Caribbean batsmen. The Lankans couldn’t show any fight whatsoever in the practice games and were brushed aside by South Africa and Australia. Prior to that, the Proteas whitewashed them 5-0 and though they won against Scotland, their confidence won’t be on the higher side by any stretch of the imagination.With this, let’s look as what could be the best combined eleven:Wicket-keeper: Kusal Perera and Tom BlundellBatsmen: Angelo Mathews, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Ross TaylorAll-Rounders: Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell SantnerBowlers: Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Trent BoultTeams: New Zealand:Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Colin Munro, Tom Latham, Matt Henry.Sri Lanka:Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Nuwan Pradeep.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bleach: Logic dictates Broncos get BCS shot

first_imgI am going to try something here. It probably won’t convince the partisan haters. And I am almost certain it is unprecedented in the world of BCS sports writing. Still, someone needs to attempt this: I am going to try my hand at using pure logic – Socrates Style – to prove there is no rational way Boise State can be denied from the National Championship game. I know, a crazy departure from my norm, right?First, let us start with the obvious. The way the BCS selects its champions is subjective. Despite the use of a mathematical formula on an old Soviet Super Computer that had simply been collecting dust in Urkistan since 1982, the majority of the BCS process has no objective basis. It is 2/3 human polls. And alas, we humans are subject to such whimsical notions as emotion and bias, and in the case of anyone from the SEC, pure, unadulterated stupidity. Now, because the BCS is subjective, there is no limit to the evidence that can support one team’s selection over another. There is no mathematical formula that says the two national title contenders will equal “best record times strength of schedule times booster-to-star-ratio.” No, everything must be considered. Obviously some reasons are more valid than others – just hating Nick Saban’s lying face isn’t the best criteria for selecting a team – but as long as a rational argument can be presented, there isn’t any information that can be ruled out. Otherwise, you are just creating arbitrary cutoffs to a subjective conclusion, and that doesn’t make much sense, does it?Remember, we are trying to predict an impossible task; who the top two teams are in the country when they haven’t played against each other. So doesn’t it make sense to use as much information as possible to come up with the lowest margin of error? With that in mind we get to the crux of the matter. Boise State beat Oregon and TCU last season. And that absolutely, 100 percent, definitely matters. The arguments against looking at last year’s performance are simplistic at best and contain about as much depth as a Lou Holtz diatribe. The most common response, even by some pro-Boise State backers, is simply ending the discussion by saying some version of “that was last year and this is a different season.” Which doesn’t actually mean anything; it is just another arbitrary cut-off. It’s not like we are dealing with a normal playoff system as it is. Unusual circumstances – you know, like not having any type of playoff system – call for unusual analysis to determine the top two teams in the land.And it isn’t all that hard to connect last season’s performance to this year. The Broncos returned 20-of-22 starters. They are performing the same way they have the past five years, humiliating conference opponents and putting together convincing victories over AQ-opponents. The 17-10 victory over TCU in the Fiesta Bowl wasn’t a fluke. If anything, seeing as Boise State lost less to graduation and the NFL than TCU, it is pretty convincing evidence the result would be the same this season. Same with Oregon. Boise State took down the Ducks 19-8, stifling the offensive extraordinaire with a stingy WAC defense.This isn’t an extraordinary claim. Think about it. By having only two teams get a shot at the championship, voters are predicting that all other teams would lose to the top two. And we have hard evidence that Boise State would beat TCU and Oregon. Have either of those two teams really become that much better in one season than a Broncos team returning every essential piece? Trying to infuse rationality into a system as flawed as the BCS is like trying to have a reasonable conversation with Glenn Beck. Still, in this mess of a post-season, two teams must compete for the “undisputed” national championship. It may as well be the logical choice.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism, the co-author of Paulbunyansaxe.com, can be followed on Twitter @michaelbleach and can be reached at bleach.michael@gmail.com. Think there was a flaw in his argument? You are wrong. E-mail him and let him explain why you are wrong.last_img read more

Q&A with Wake Forest beat writer Emma Lingan of Old Gold & Black

first_img Published on November 1, 2013 at 1:08 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Terrel Hunt and Syracuse welcome Tanner Price and Wake Forest to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for the second time in three seasons. The Orange is coming off of a bye week, while the Demon Deacons nearly knocked off No. 7 Miami (Fla.) on Saturday before falling 24-21. Emma Lingan, a WFU beat writer from the Old Gold & Black, offered her insight on the first conference meeting between SU and Wake.The Daily Orange: Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has compared Michael Campanaro to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker. Stylistically, is that a fair comparison?Emma Lingen: I think that’s a good comparison. Campanaro has just been unstoppable, especially this season. He’s always found a way to get open, no matter what the situation. He’s Price’s favorite target and defenses have a hard time getting around him.The D.O.: On the other side of the ball, there’s been a lot of praise for nose guard Nikita Whitlock. He’s undersized, so what does he do to make up for that?E.L.: He’s definitely proved that good things come in small packages. I think that’s exactly it, though, is that he takes a lot of offenses by surprise. They don’t expect as much out of him because of his size, but I think he’s very opportunistic. He comes out straight out of the gate always fired up and ready to go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI think prior to the game against Miami last weekend, he had a tackle for loss in every game this season. He always finds a way to capitalize on the opportunities given.The D.O.: That game in 2011 went into overtime. How much does that game come up?E.L.: A little bit. I think right now, the team is more just focused in general on maintaining the momentum that they had gained from the two straight wins over NC State and Maryland. There was a little bump in the road against Miami, obviously, but I think they’re very confident, from what I can tell, about where they are right now. So what happened in Syracuse in 2011 is not as much of a concern because there’s just a different vibe around the team now.The D.O.: What’s the big takeaway from that game against the Hurricanes? Is it more positive or negative?E.L.: At first, Wake Forest fans were heartbroken after that, but I think after a little time to reflect on it, they really did see that it is more of a triumph than a failure because, yes, the outcome was disappointing that it came down to two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Miami. But I would think the fact that the defense was able to hold them to 24 points, that they did lead the game for 49 out of the 60 minutes. That just shows how far they’ve come this season, especially because a lot of people were worried that when they went to play Miami, the same thing would happen there that happened against Clemson earlier in the season. They beat them 56-7. I think the game against Miami proved that they are a different team now.The D.O.: Price started that game in 2011. Now a senior, how much has he grown since that sophomore season?E.L.: I think Tanner Price deserves a lot of credit because he has received some criticisms from Wake Forest fans, especially in the last two years. But I think the only thing that he’s guilty of is doing exactly what the coaches are telling him to do. And I think he did a little experimentation this year to find out what was best for him, and that’s why maybe the first part of the season didn’t pan out as well as we thought. I think it’s pretty much been determined that he runs well enough to do the option offense, but he’s definitely more comfortable as a pocket quarterback.The spread offense has been working out really well. We can see that in the first drive of the Miami game. That was one of their best drives, I think, of the season. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s team finishes 5th at NCAAs; women’s team places 24th

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On a windy but warm day in Terre Haute, Indiana, the No. 2-ranked Syracuse men’s team finished fifth on Saturday in the NCAA men’s cross-country national championships with 206 points, SU’s best showing in 57 years. The women’s team, running in its sixth-ever nationals meet, finished 24th out of 31 teams.The top finisher for the SU men was junior M.J. Erb, in 37th with a time of 32:52.9 in the 10K.Syracuse’s four other scoring runners were senior Martin Hehir at 38th, redshirt senior Max Straneva in 42nd, junior Dan Lennon finished 45th and freshman Colin Bennie rounded out the Orange at 95th. A steady top-three finisher throughout the season, freshman Justyn Knight dropped to 143rd.This is just the second time since 1957 that the Orange men’s team finished in the top five at nationals.Syracuse finished just behind Northern Arizona, but edged out Oregon, who had the top-two overall finishers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe top runner for the SU women’s team was junior Margo Malone, who finished 63rd with a time of 20:58.3 in the 6K.After that, senior Jessie Petersen placed 130th, senior Maura Linde finished 140th, junior Rebecca Skodis came in 188th and sophomore Sydney Leiher placed 198th.The women’s team regressed slightly from its 2013 performance in the NCAAs when they finished 22nd, but it was SU’s second straight appearance at the NCAAs since missing the competition in 2012.Compiled by Sam Fortier, staff writer, sjfortie@syr.edu. Comments Published on November 22, 2014 at 3:28 pmlast_img read more

Trojan great April Ross excelling in the sand

first_imgEtched into the five obelisks adjacent to USC’s Cromwell Field are the names of some of the university’s most storied Olympic athletes. The Trojans have a long and illustrious history in the Olympic Games, having sent more athletes to the Olympics than any other university.Just beachy · AVP pro beach volleyball star and Olympic silver medalist April Ross won two NCAA championships with USC’s indoor women’s volleyball team in 2002 and 2003 before hitting the sand. – Photo courtesy of AVP/Robert Beck One of those 420 world-class athletes is former Trojan volleyball player and current AVP pro beach volleyball star April Ross. Ross, who hails from Newport Beach, California, took home a silver medal in beach volleyball at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The 6-foot-1, blonde and bronzed Ross looks like the perfect specimen for beach volleyball, but her path to glory on the sand was by no means linear.Ross excelled in indoor volleyball throughout her four years at USC, winning two NCAA championships (2002 and 2003) under head coach Mick Haley, who still coaches the Women of Troy today. In her senior year, Ross led the team in kills, service aces and points, and prepared herself to play professionally. But her first few years of professional indoor volleyball were tough on the former All-American, and almost put an end to her dreams.“From playing indoor here, I actually went and played professionally in Puerto Rico for three years and my body just kind of fell apart,” Ross said. “You have a whole team of managers [in the United States]. You have your coach, obviously, and then your physical therapists that work on you. You have your weight lifting coach who keeps you strong so you don’t get hurt. When I went down to Puerto Rico, I didn’t have any of that. My body broke down. I came home, had surgery on my knee and I was like, ‘I’m done with volleyball. I’m not playing ever again.’”But a twist of fate led to Ross heading down a path she never anticipated. She received a phone call from a former USC teammate, Keao Burdine, inviting her to try out beach volleyball. Ross hit the ground running and never looked back.“I just kind of fell in love,” Ross said. “I was really bad, so it was like starting over again, starting a new sport. I had to learn so much. But I fell in love with the sport and the culture and the people.”Ross’ modesty lent to her willingness to quickly learn the ins and outs of beach volleyball, and as she improved, she was noticed by another former Trojan volleyball star: Jennifer Kessy. Little did the duo know when they paired up that they’d go on to be partners for seven years and represent their country in the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympic Games. Kessy and Ross’ success was especially improbable considering Ross’ feelings toward her future teammate before they paired up.“I played against her one time when I was in high school and she was at ’SC and I remember not liking her,” Ross said. “She, I think, yelled at me through the net one time … And I played against her my first year on the AVP. That did nothing to help my image of her — she always beat me.”But once they got on the same side of the court, the former Women of Troy built instant chemistry — the kind that can only be accomplished by what Ross describes as the teammates’ desire to give their all for each other at every moment. This chemistry allowed the duo to sail through the pro tours and make their way to the Olympics, an experience Ross still has a hard time putting into words.“It’s just the most amazing feeling,” Ross said. “But I don’t think it really, really hit me until we were going out for our first match. We were warming up and it didn’t hit me. I was nervous, obviously, but walking through the tunnel into the big arena with like 15,000 people, that’s when you’re actually competing in the Olympics.”Kessy and Ross fought their way through the first few rounds, and upset the top-seeded team in the Games, Brazil’s Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva, in the semifinals, 15-21, 21-19, 15-12.That set up an All-American gold medal match, where Kessy and Ross came up short against the legendary Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor.“I know it was hard for people to watch and choose to cheer for one or the other,” Ross said about playing against her compatriots. “I felt a lot of love and I felt like a lot of people were on our side. I was bummed that we lost, but to stand up there on the podium with gold and silver for the U.S., I was still really proud and really happy.”Though Ross felt the sting of losing that day in London, it didn’t stop her from teaming up with Walsh Jennings after the Olympics ended. Kessy and May-Treanor both decided to retire, allowing Ross and Walsh Jennings to pair up and become the nation’s new No. 1 beach volleyball team.Ross is embracing the view from the top.“It’s the first time that I haven’t been any kind of an underdog,” Ross said. “It’s crazy to have everyone trying to knock you off all the time and you have to defend your No. 1 standing in the country and, a lot of the time, in the world, this past summer.”But the duo absolutely refused to let anyone knock them off this summer. In fact, they became the first teammates in the 31-year history of the AVP Tour to win all seven tournaments on the schedule.Now, the pair is focusing on gearing up for the next AVP season and preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Ross said the process involves working out in the gym for a few hours every day and doing “brain training,” an activity in which she has electrodes attached to her head that allow her to control virtual situations, like driving a car, only using her mind. Though it seems unorthodox, Ross insists it improves her abilities on the court.“You just have to play with your brain and not try too hard but not relax completely,” Ross said. “You have to find that middle ground, which is essentially where you want to play volleyball.”Should the duo make it to Rio, it would only add to the list of breathtaking places Ross has had the opportunity to play volleyball, such as under the Eiffel Tower and in the Swiss Alps.Despite all her travels, Ross still keeps a close eye on her home, and tries to follow Trojan athletics when she can.“I’m actually really fired up on the sand program,” Ross said. “I want to see some of them come out to the AVP and eventually compete there. So I follow them a lot and I’m hoping they can win a team national championship this year.”While Ross continues to root for USC, the Trojan Family will certainly be rooting for her in her ultimate quest for Olympic gold.last_img read more