St Ann Development Company (SADCO) proved they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Sandals Resorts International St Ann/St Mary Business House Football Competition by edging highly rated Beaches Ocho Rios 1-0 in an action-packed encounter at Drax Hall on Friday. Demar Stone scored a peach of a goal in the first half to seal the issue. The wily striker collected a pass inside the 18-yard box before thundering a vicious shot past the hapless Beaches goalkeeper. The match, however, was an evenly contested affair with SADCO employing a slick short passing game to counter the speedy Beaches aggregation. Both teams had a number of good chances, but failed to convert. In the other match played on Friday, Police recorded their first win of the competition by defeating Sandals Ochi 3-1 in a match the hotel men had been expected to dominate. Sandals Ochi’s midfielder Roy Ricketts continued his rich vein of form by scoring in his second consecutive match. Another big double-header will take place today at Drax Hall as C & J Enterprise tackle Margaritaville MoBay at 4 p.m. C & J coach Gregory Brown will be hoping that goalkeeper Shamar Beckford and top players Bebeto Brown and Rushane Jarrett report in top form. In the main encounter at 6 p.m., the big guns Gran Bahai Principe and the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), will meet in a clash of unbeaten teams. Gran Bahai will as start favourites, but word is that the NERHA team will be going all out to upset the apple cart.
Western Bureau: Four football titles will be on offer for rural high schools next season, but none more important than the highly coveted daCosta Cup, the undisputed symbol of rural schoolboys football supremacy. Aaron Lawrence, coach of many-time winners Rusea’s High, has his eyes focused on the 2015 daCosta Cup crown. Rusea’s last won the daCosta Cup title in 2011 before being supplanted by St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) as the dominant force in rural area football, and with defending champions Clarendon College set to be inspired further by the return of experienced coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis it shows the difficult road ahead for the former winners. Unperturbed, Lawrence, who is serving only in his second season in charge of the former ten-time champions, told The Gleaner of his optimism heading into the long arduous season. “Pre-season is ongoing and we like what we are seeing so far. I think the team has grown from last year and we are expecting a good run this year,” said Lawrence. “Where we may end up I cannot say, but we have our target and like every other school, we are in it to win it,” he added. Rusea’s are among a handful of schools sporting real pedigree in line to claim the title, and this year is really no different. The core of last year’s team is still present with a few additions, Lawrence said, noting his expectation is for greatness this year, putting behind them the disappointment of falling short last time around. He said the programme is geared towards driving the team no less than the semi-final round and to be in among the favourites also for the Ben Francis KO crown. Doing so will prove no easy task for Rusea’s. However, Lawrence said with the prospects he has at his disposal in the attacking third of the field and with a very good defensive backline, including his sure-handed goalkeepers, the school’s supporters will have a lot to cheer about. “We are a championship school. We thrive on competition and will raise our game and level each match. The heritage here is massive and Rusea’s High will be one of the schools to watch this year,” Lawrence reasoned. “I know the supporters are looking forward to a great start and even moreso to a great ending to the season. We hope to deliver something special for them this year,” he said. Rusea’s High School has won 10 daCosta Cup, four Ben Francis and six Olivier Shield titles. – daCosta Cup titles (10): 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990,1992, 1993, 2002,2010 and 2011. – Ben Francis K.O. titles (Four): 1985, 1987, 1992 and 1996. – Olivier Shield (Six): 1985, 1989, 1990 (shared), 1992, 1993 (shared) and 2002.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):A Brazilian court has frozen assets of Barcelona star Neymar, his family and related businesses valued at US$48 million.The Sao Paulo federal court said yesterday that the 23-year-old is alleged to have evaded almost US$16 million between 2011 and 2013. He moved in 2013 from Brazilian club Santos to Spain’s Barcelona.In a statement, Judge Carlos Muta said Neymar only declared assets worth a little less than US$5 million.However, Iagaro Jung Martins, an auditor with Brazil’s federal tax agency, said that Neymar isn’t likely to go to jail if he pays what he owes.”He will be able to discuss the frozen assets in a civil court,” Martins told The Associated Press (AP). “But legislation in Brazil isn’t too harsh. If Neymar pays what he owes, he is very likely to be free from any other punishment.”Contacted by AP, Neymar’s father Neymar da Silva Santos, who serves as the player’s business manager, called the charges “unjust.””Neymar Jr is not a partner in any of those companies and, therefore, he cannot declare something he does not own,” he told AP. The elder Neymar said that Brazil’s tax agency “doesn’t understand” his son’s tax obligations.His father also said his son’s case had yet to be heard by the court.In May, a Spanish court alleged Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell evaded millions in taxes after signing Neymar.
GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd used what would have been Steve Camacho’s 70th birthday yesterday to praise the late former West Indies Cricket Board chief executive officer for his sterling contribution to Caribbean cricket.Camacho, who spent 18 years as the first CEO of the WICB, died earlier this month in Antigua following a battle with cancer.Describing him as a “friend”, Lloyd recalled Camacho as someone “who loved and lived cricket”.”I knew Steve for many, many years. We played for Guyana together and he always stood for what is good about the game. He lived and loved cricket,” Lloyd said.”On the tour of England in 1968, we were roommates and we spent a lot of time talking cricket and we got along very well. He was a solid, determined batsman, who was technically sound. He was a good team man and could ‘read’ the game very well. He had a terrific memory and an intelligent cricket brain.”Camacho played 76 first-class matches as a right-handed top-order batsman, scoring 4,079 runs including seven centuries and 24 half centuries.In an 11-Test career between 1968 and 1971, Camacho scored 640 runs, and played in several outstanding West Indies teams alongside Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks, Rohan Kanhai and Lloyd.However, it was in the area of administration that Camacho made his mark, also serving as a Test selector and West Indies team manager”Over the years, he would make a fantastic contribution to the West Indies Cricket Board and to the game in the region. During my time as captain, he was the manager at various stages and he was very organised and well respected,” Lloyd added.”After that, he did a marvelous job as chief executive officer. He didn’t have much staff and had limited resources in the early days but made things work. He was very thorough, very efficient and demonstrated the highest levels of management.”He never craved the limelight, but simply did his job well and led from the front.”West Indies players wore black armbands on the first day of the opening Test here Wednesday, as a mark of respect for Camacho.Lloyd, who currently serves as convenor of selectors, was the mastermind of West Indies’ world dominance in the 1970s and 1980s.He led the Caribbean side to back-to-back triumphs in the 1975 and 1979 World Cup, and set in train one of the greatest periods of dominance by a single team in the history of sports.
Wolmer’s captain Jahwani Hinds has been the rock, leader and chief organiser behind a water-tight Wolmer’s defence that has conceded just four goals in all competitions this season.In the Manning Cup only Camperdown have breached the nation’s meanest schoolboy defence, and that was in the first round of the competition.But the big centre-half, who moved over from Calabar three seasons ago, hopes to use all his experience and know how to bring the Manning Cup back to Heroes Circle for the first time in 22 years.”We at Wolmer’s know that defence has been our strength, so we have to keep doing what we have been doing from season and don’t concede. It’s just to keep the run going. I have to motivate each and everyone, so they know we can do it, because being captain of previous youth national teams gives me the opportunity to bring back my experience to the school and let them know how it is overseas and on the international scene.”This is my fourth Manning Cup season so I hope to just use all that experience to help each and everyone in the team,” he told The Gleaner.- L. S.
Bolt was also quick to dismiss any possibility of him taking a break after next season and returning to competitive action a couple years later for a chance to add to his nine Olympic gold medals. “I’ve discussed that with my coach and he always says I should never retire and come back to the sport and that I have to be sure when I retire. This is why he always tells me to take it one season at a time to make sure I am ready when I am ready. Most athletes that leave the sport and come back – it never goes well. Track and field is very difficult, so if you leave and put weight on and do no running, to come back two years from that and compete again, it would not be the same,” Bolt reasoned. “A lot of people at 30 have not accomplished, what I accomplished so I think I have accomplished all that I wanted to. And the thing that he is most looking forward to doing after retirement? “I’m pretty much looking forward to doing nothing, just knowing that for the rest of my life, I don’t have to go to training and anything like that, that I don’t have to go to the track unless I really want to go – that’s what I am looking forward to.” – Andre Lowe Won’t be returning MONTE CARLO, Monaco: “Nothing.” That’s what nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt says he is likely to be doing this time next year, but as it stands, it will come with knowing that he has missed out on an important target – running below 19 seconds in the 200m. Bolt says he has basically given up on lowering his own 19.19 seconds 200m world record. It’s a large reason behind his decision to only focus on the 100m in his farewell season in 2017, with the sprinter, while noting that its not an obsession, accepting that he does stand a better chance of testing his 100m mark of 9.58 seconds before he calls it a day. Since setting the double world records at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, Bolt has only one comparatively ‘close’ once in the 100m – his 9.63 win at the London Olympic Games, with his best 200m time since then being 19.32 also recorded at London 2012. “That’s the one thing that I missed out on (not breaking the 19-second barrier),” said Bolt yesterday. “I wouldn’t say it’s a regret, but not breaking 19 seconds is probably the only thing that I missed out on. It wouldn’t be a regret because no-one thought I would run 19.19 – not even me, so it was something that was possible and I missed out on that.” Bolt noted that not testing the record despite his best efforts at this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro provided the clearest indication yet that it was unlikely to happen again. “After last season, I kind of figured out no matter how hard I work at this point, it’s going to be hard to get the 200m world record right now, plus it’s a lot more work. For me, coming to the end of my career, I am not trying to do more work than I have to do. If I only run the 100m and 4x100m, then my workload will be cut – I wouldn’t say significantly, but it will be cut down because it’s just the 100m and I wouldn’t have to do so much work in training,” Bolt added. “When I came off the track in Rio de Janeiro, my coach looked at me and asked if I really thought I could break the 19 seconds barrier, and said that I couldn’t. So I asked him why he didn’t tell me that before. In my mind, I genuinely thought I could have run under 19 seconds until I came off the corner and my legs decided they were not going to do anything about it, but it’s just one of those things,” he said.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ LATEST STORIES Berchelt set the tone early in the 12-round clash at the Los Angeles Forum as he dropped Miura late in the first round and rocked him with a hard punch in the fifth round that snapped the challenger’s head back.Down on points heading into the sixth round, Miura went looking for the knockout and it didn’t seem like a bad strategy for the Japanese dynamo who had 24 career knockouts coming into the bout.But Berchelt’s defence was too strong and his plan to land a mixture of head and body shots allowed him to score ample points with the judges.Miura took the fight to Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) in the seventh round as the Mexican appeared to tire, pawing at him instead of landing solid blows like earlier in the bout.Berchelt also had to deal the non-stop attack of Miura, who wouldn’t yield an inch, despite taking a massive amount of punishment to the head and body.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (L) of Mexico connects with a left against Takashi Miura of Japan in round three of their title fight, July 15, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckMiguel Berchelt retained his WBC world title Saturday with a unanimous decision over former champion Takashi Miura in the first defence of his super featherweight belt.Mexico’s Berchelt won almost every round and it showed on the lopsided scorecards but the unflinching Miura fought on pride and looked like he could have knocked the champion out at any moment.ADVERTISEMENT Berchelt wobbled Miura in the eighth with a left hook but he couldn’t finish him off.Miura showed he has a steel chin and still had an opportunity to win the fight heading into the 11th round but only if he could score a knockout against Berchelt, who was in excellent condition. Asked if he was interested in a fight with the top fighter in the division, Vasyl Lomachenko, Berchelt said yes.“I beat Vargas, I beat Miura. I am ready to fight the best,” he said.On the undercard, champion Jezreel Corrales got the majority decision over Robinson Castellanos after the WBA super featherweight world title fight was stopped 31 seconds into the 10th round because of an accidental head butt. Corrales won by scores of 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “I was prepared because I knew I was facing an ex champion,” said Berchelt. “He has the toughest left hand in the division. He was hitting me and hurting me sometimes.“But I was always the better fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The judges scored the fight 116-111, 120-109 and 119-108 for the 33-year-old Berchelt who won the title with an 11th round upset victory over Francisco Vargas in January.Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) was hoping to reclaim the WBC title which he held for more than two years before losing to Vargas in 2015. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ About 200 law enforcement officers hit the streets yesterday to nab foreigners linked to international terror groups, those without valid documents and those suspected of illegal activities.Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan later confirmed that the operation was held as part of preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on Aug 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Concentrating on the city centre around Jalan Masjid India, security personnel in full tactical gear were not only armed but also equipped with radionuclide identification devices (RID) to detect radioactive material.Counter Terrorism Division officers, along with their comrades from other units such as the Special Action Unit, General Operations Force Tiger Platoon and Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, took part. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Most residents cooperated when the authorities came knocking, with documents in hand for verification.Those who ignored the knocks soon had their doors and locks broken.Some units where the occupants refused to cooperate were found to be full of foreigners with incomplete papers or none at all.Police also detected fake passport makers and seized some RM54,000 along with 70 passports, including 67 Indian passports, and a machine used to forge Immigration stickers.Resident Annuar Amin, 43, said he was shocked to see dozens of suspects tied up at the apartment courtyard as they awaited processing.“I was about to go back upstairs, but I saw people being rounded up,” he said.“Then I heard loud noises, so I decided to just wait below until everything was over.”DCP Ayob said the 409 foreigners detained were brought to Bukit Aman for further screening.“They were from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Oman, Yemen and Nigeria, among others,” he said.“We held those suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. The others were handed over to Immigration for offences under their jurisdiction. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ KUALA LUMPUR- A total of 409 foreigners were picked up and a passport-forging syndicate masterminded by a Pakistani man was busted in the first ever large-scale joint operation led by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Other agencies involved were the Immigration Department, Atomic Energy Licensing Board, National Registration Department and Interpol.Weekenders flooding the streets were initially shocked to see such a huge deployment of manpower.Public buses were also stopped for checks and in one instance, a Nigerian man ran so fast to escape that bystanders commented that he was faster than Usain Bolt.Police personnel managed to catch him, although it took five of them to overpower him.In a raid on the Menara City One condominium in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, multiple enforcement teams made their way from the top and lowest floors simultaneously, with armed officers at stairwells to block escape routes.ADVERTISEMENT “(The op) is focused on the Klang Valley. Our top goal is to nab foreign terrorist elements.“We are being proactive in dealing with possible threats.,”DCP Ayob also said the operation did not detect any radioactive material, but his division will continue to use RID in future operations.“Given that terrorists are becoming more creative in using radioactive devices, we have to be equipped with the right tools,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
A canopy walkway linking KL Sports City to the train station makes it accessible to sports fans.PETALING JAYA—As Malaysia rolls out the red carpet to welcome the foreign guests as it hosts the 29th SEA Games, hotels across the Klang Valley are reporting high occupancy, and some are putting in place strict security checks.Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said with the 12 hotels designated for the Games’ participants being almost fully booked, there was a spillover as visitors had to reserve other hotels instead.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (Mita) secretary-general Adam Kamal Ahmad Kamil said tourists could face some challenges getting rooms since there was no Games Village.Despite that, he expected many from Asean countries making the bulk of the visitors.Mita, he added, had been selling special packages for the SEA Games since early this year.“Apart from the Games, there are plenty of side activities like shopping, fun at Genting Highlands and Melaka or visiting theme parks.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate A check at the Eastin Hotel here showed scanners installed at its entrances and exits, and manned by the police.Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners vice-president Mohamad Halim Merican said such security measures were part of the Games’ security requirements.“The sporting event is good for business, especially for those hosting the athletes and delegates,” he added.Halim, who is also Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur general manager, said the hotel was at nearly 80% capacity.“Besides the athletes and delegates, their friends and families will also come to support them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “Big sporting events like this are a boon to everyone.“And this is much appreciated as this year has been a tough one for the industry,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He added that MAH’s 150-member hotels across the Klang Valley would be most busy from Aug 18 to 20.At some hotels, special measures have been implemented to ensure safety throughout the 12-day event, which starts on Aug 19.
____“This is the supremacist attitude at its worst. Trump is dishonoring the country and the flag with such a bold threat.” — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview with The Associated Press.____“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the president. I am disappointed that that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.” — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.____“I support my son 100 percent. I know he respects the Office of the Presidency and I applaud him for standing up for what he believes in.” — former NBA player Dell Curry, Stephen Curry’s father.____“Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.” — New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.____“The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!” — Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Screenshot of LeBron James’ tweetReactions to President Donald Trump’s comments about football players who kneel during the national anthem, and his decision to rescind a White House invitation to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors:At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that he withdrew the invitation to Curry because the two-time NBA MVP hesitated to attend the traditional trip by the NBA champions. 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How to help the Taal evacuees “By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.” — Stephen Curry, on skipping the White House visit, during the Warriors’ media day on Friday.____ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.____FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history.” — DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.____ Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP ____“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane.” — Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.___“Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness. We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites. I know our players who kneeled for the anthem and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone. They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” — Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner and founder of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.____“Steph very well thought, and eloquently presented. Thank you for speaking for the majority. A Mr October tip of the cap.” — baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.____“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for. Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world. The San Francisco 49ers will continue to work toward bringing communities, and those who serve them, closer together.” — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.____“That’s why this is the best country in the world. And that’s why I want to be in this country for the rest of my life because you have freedom of speech and it shouldn’t go away.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, a Swede who wore a Trump sticker on the back of his goalie mask in November. 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Y’all are our stars. You represent us. Y’all are our strong heroes. Let’s show that strength, please.” — music mogul Diddy.___“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.” — Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.RELATED VIDEO “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” — LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.____“In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.” — Statement by the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT