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Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in Boston

first_imgA jogger running past the statue Wednesday said she approved of the decapitation. “Coming out of the Black Lives Matter protests, I think it’s a good thing to capitalize on this momentum,” she told AFP, without giving her name.”Just like black people in this country, indigenous people have also been wronged. I think this movement is pretty powerful and this is very symbolic,” she added.Dozens of American cities have over the years replaced “Columbus Day” in October — which became a federal holiday in 1937 — with a day of tribute to indigenous peoples.But not Boston or New York, which have large Italian-origin communities.Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh condemned the beheading but added that the statue would be removed on Wednesday pending a decision about its future, local media reported. Protesters also defaced a Miami statue of Columbus at a waterfront park with red paint and messages that read “Our streets,” “Black Lives Matter” and “George Floyd,” before police made several arrests, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.In Virginia, protesters used ropes to pull down the 2.44-meter statue and then dumped it in a nearby lake Tuesday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said.It echoed an incident in Bristol, England, on Sunday when demonstrators toppled a statue of a slave trader and dumped it in a harbor during anti-racism protests.Topics : Italian explorer Columbus, long hailed by school textbooks as the so-called discoverer of “The New World,” is considered by many to have spurred years of genocide against indigenous groups in the Americas.He is regularly denounced in a similar way to Civil War generals of the pro-slavery South.  The Boston statue — which stands on a plinth in the heart of town — has been controversial for years, like other Columbus statues across the US, and has been vandalized in the past.Boston police were alerted to the damage shortly after midnight on Tuesday, a spokesman told AFP. An investigation is under way but no one has been arrested, he added. A statue of Christopher Columbus in Boston has been beheaded, police said Wednesday, as calls to remove sculptures commemorating colonizers and slavers sweep America on the back of anti-racism protests.A Columbus statue was also vandalized in downtown Miami, and another was dragged into a lake earlier in the week in Richmond, Virginia, according to local reports.The incidents come as pressure builds in the United States to rid the country of monuments associated with racism following massive demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month.last_img read more

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Tommy Stevens’ transfer portal entrance shows importance of grad transfer rule

first_imgIt worked out for both. It can work out here, too.Stevens will get his opportunity, too. He showed enough in a limited sample size behind McSorley that he will be a productive quarterback somewhere.This is Stevens’ last chance to play in the FBS, and he should be able to do that wherever he wants. If there’s any quarterback that has earned that right, then it’s him. Tommy Stevens waited four years for this opportunity at Penn State, and nobody can say he’s not a team player.Stevens sat behind Trace McSorley the last three seasons. He even played the “lion” position just to get on the field. Stevens waited for his turn, and now that it’s here it’s even more complicated. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25Stevens entered the transfer portal on Wednesday, just four days after junior Sean Clifford completed 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards and rushed for 31 yards in the Nittany Lions’ spring game. Stevens missed spring practice because of an injury suffered late last season.”Tommy’s done everything right,” Franklin said via The Daily Collegian. “For four years there is a huge body of work for what we’ve seen from him. Last year wasn’t fair to him because he was playing with an injury.”It’s fair for Penn State to roll with a different quarterback if Clifford wins the job. It’s also fair for Stevens to test the transfer portal, then come back and compete for the starting job in fall camp.Stevens’ plight backs up the need to keep graduate transfer rules intact for the future. He’s the textbook case of waiting your turn — what coaches like to preach in an era where transfer waivers are being handed out with almost no restrictions — and having a backup plan if it does not work out.The NCAA is considering putting restrictions on graduate transfers, which have become most amplified with quarterbacks shuffling across the FBS. Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, who started in two College Football Playoff championship games, was the highest-profile transfer this offseason.Quarterbacks like Stevens are the biggest reason why those limitations should not pass. He has done everything a student-athlete and team player is expected to do, and there needs to be a reward for that, whether it’s at Penn State or elsewhere.Nittany Lions fans shouldn’t have a problem with that.MORE: Tate Martell shows what’s right and wrong with QB shuffleStevens spoke with Sporting News last summer as part of a profile about McSorley, and was asked why he chose to stick around at a program knowing he would be a backup for three of his four seasons of eligibility.”Quarterbacks transfer all the time, and there’s always a want to play,” Stevens told SN. “I don’t want to make it seem like I don’t want to be the starting quarterback here; because that would be wrong. It’s just, there’s a lot of things that led up to this and led up to me being here, and I still feel like this is the right path for me.”Stevens was genuine. He spoke at length about his team-first mentality, relationship with McSorley and readiness to take advantage of his turn when it came. The fact he might not get that in Happy Valley might rub some the wrong way, but that is a consequence of the dizzying effects of the transfer portal at the game’s most-important position.This is the perfect time to make those decisions, too.The fact Stevens is in the transfer portal this soon after spring practice hints that Franklin likely will roll with Clifford in 2019. It is similar, in some ways, to the Dwayne Haskins-Joe Burrow dynamic in Columbus in spring practice last season.MORE: Ranking best transfer QBs for 2019 seasonBurrow waited his turn behind J.T. Barrett, but Haskins eventually passed Burrow on the depth chart. It worked out for Haskins — he ended up finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting and set Big Ten single-season records in passing yards and touchdowns. It worked out for Burrow, too, who will be a second-year starter at LSU this season.last_img read more

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Wenyen (not Wendell) Gabriel reacts to Kings-Trail Blazers trade: ‘Damn I just got Woj’d’

first_imgSaturday’s trade between the Kings and Trail Blazers is unlikely to greatly impact the Western Conference playoff race, but it did give basketball fans an opportunity to realize that there is not a mystery NBA player named Wendell Gabriel.Portland sent Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to Sacramento in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel. Unfortunately for Gabriel, early reports misnamed him and had to be quickly corrected. Perhaps ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes were victims of the autocorrect feature? Damn I just got Woj’d 😂 https://t.co/6zyJ2AXTZT— UPMΛN™ (@WenyenGabriel) January 18, 2020As for the trade itself, this appears to be about future flexibility rather than the players involved. The Trail Blazers saved more than $12 million in the deal, dramatically cutting down their luxury tax bill. The Kings created a roster spot and acquired two expiring contracts in Bazemore and Tolliver.Sacramento is also scouring the market in the hopes of finding a landing spot for center Dewayne Dedmon, who was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his public comments about wanting a trade. This could just be the start of a busy few weeks for the Kings.The important takeaway here: If Bulls big man Wendell Carter Jr. inexplicably gets moved before the Feb. 6 deadline, don’t call him Wenyen. Portland has traded Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver and two second- round picks to Sacramento for Trevor Ariza, Wendell Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 18, 2020WENYEN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 18, 2020*Wenyen Gabriel* https://t.co/fllXLEMgA1— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 18, 2020NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Latest news, rumors, targetsThe 22-year-old took it in stride, saying he “got Woj’d” on Twitter.last_img read more

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