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Primary teacher job threat over gay marriage storybook (UK)

first_imgThe Christian Institute 8 Mar 2013A primary school teacher faced disciplinary action because she didn’t want to read to her class from a storybook about gay penguins.The teacher, who has not been named, works in a school in a London Borough and her case has been told to a committee of MPs looking the gay marriage Bill.Another teacher, from Scotland, says he was pressurised to promote gay marriage against his will and it contributed to a breakdown.The two teachers have remained anonymous because they fear for their careers, but have permitted a lawyer to outline their cases to Parliament.The teacher from London, referred to as “Mrs A”, began reading a book called “And Tango Makes Three” to her primary school class.When she realised the book was advocating gay marriage, she stopped reading it.She is a Christian and she told the class that there are different views about that issue in society.But the school’s head teacher said Mrs A had broken the law, and she would not be allowed to have her own class in the new school year.Another teacher, referred to as “Mr X” in the evidence given to MPs, teaches in a secondary school in Scotland.He was prepared to teach about marriage and sexuality in a balanced and objective way, but could not in all conscience say gay marriage was the same as straight marriage.But the head of department was angered by Mr X’s stance, and the head teacher said Mr X must toe the line and keep his views to himself.Mr X said this contributed to “a breakdown and being signed off work for several months with stress”.http://www.christian.org.uk/news/primary-teacher-job-threat-over-gay-marriage-storybook/last_img read more

Van Gaal hails Anfield victory

first_img Press Association Juan Mata scored in each half, either side of Reds captain Steven Gerrard getting sent off just 43 seconds after coming on as a substitute at the interval, and although Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back United could still afford to miss an added-time Wayne Rooney penalty. The visitors were the dominant force in the first half having got their tactics spot on and Van Gaal said they used Liverpool’s own strengths – their intent to press and attack at speed – against them. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hailed one of the most important wins of his career after a 2-1 victory over 10-man Liverpool at Anfield opened up a five-point cushion in the race for Champions League football. “He has saved us a lot of times this season but I cannot remember a save.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted his side’s failure to get going, even before Gerrard’s moment of madness, cost them. “We were never in position. The second half the players showed why we have been on the run with the character and the resilience and we were still in it right to the end. “They take great credit from that. The first half cost us more than the second. “In that system you have to be able to press well and pass well and if you don’t do both elements of the game it becomes much more difficult for you. “In the first half we weren’t passing it anything like well enough, We didn’t play well enough, you have to accept that.” A win would have taken Liverpool above United into the top four for the first time since the opening day of the season but now they have to make up five points in the remaining eight matches. “It is a big challenge but when I looked at the 10 games that were remaining, it was always going to be difficult to win all 10. We built in a loss and some draws,” he added. “We hoped to win this game against a rival but it is still very much possible. There are five points between us and them. “We need to recover and use this as a springboard as we did when we last played them (their last league defeat before this encounter). “We are more than capable of winning the next game.” There was some suggestion Liverpool could have had Martin Skrtel sent off in the final action of the match for a lunge at De Gea but Rodgers rejected that. “It looks like it when it is slowed down he has caught him with intent. I didn’t see it like that. He is trying to get the ball,” he added. “You see his foot up. That is a symbol when a player is just trying to get his toe on the ball because if he does that and the keeper brings him down, it is probably a penalty.” “We beat them again with their own weapons and the pressure on the ball,” he said. “Now the gap is five points ahead of Liverpool and six ahead of Tottenham and Southampton so the moment to win is one of the most important in my career. “The first half was very good because I knew in advance Liverpool would press us and they did and we played them off the pitch. “We scored a fantastic goal and gave nothing away so it was a superb first half. “I come in the dressing room and I give all my compliments again but then in the second half everything changed because of the red card and we did not play like a team any more. “We were running with the ball, unnecessarily losing the ball and when we didn’t have the ball we didn’t press the opponent with the ball and that was different. “The second half we were not so good and that is amazing a little bit because we played 11 against 10 and it should be easier but it was not. “Nevertheless we didn’t give many chances away because I cannot remember (David) De Gea making a fantastic save. last_img read more

Deputies investigating after body found near Loxahatchee Groves canal

first_imgPolice are investigating a body that was discovered Friday afternoon on the bank of a canal in Loxahatchee Groves.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 14500 block of North Road at 2 p.m. and found a person who told officers he was fishing in the area when he discovered the body.Investigators said there were no signs of trauma found on the body.The victim was later identified as Daniel Lehnert, 36.last_img

Farfan & Mendes Junior Squash tourney.. Wins for Wiltshire, Fernandes and Harding on final day

first_imgIT was high action as the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) in partnership with Digicel wrapped up its annual Farfan and Mendes Junior Squash tournament yesterday at the Georgetown Club. The day saw the continuation of play in all categories as the final matches were played off. In category A, unbeaten Shomari Wiltshire faced Taylor Fernandes.Shomari continued his unbeaten streak as he dispatched Fernandes 11–6, 11–5,11–6. The second game in this category saw Alex Cheeks knocking off Anthony Islam 13-11, 11-3,11-4.In category B, Rebecca Low came up against Makeda Harding. Low was undefeated coming into the matchup and lost to Harding who showed improvement after losing to Samuel Ince-Carvalhal earlier in the tournament.Low won the first game 11-5 but lost form and fell in the remaining three games 11-4, 11-5, 11-7. In the match between Gianni Carpenter and Maya Collins, Gianni prevailed in three close games, 11–10, 11–9, 11–8.In category C, unbeaten Michael Alphonso knocked off Demetrius De Abreu in four games. Alphonso won the first game 11 – 5, but lost the second game 9 – 11. However,he won the remaining two games 11-8 and 11-7. In a sibling matchup between Lucas and Ethan Jonas, the younger Ethan won in three straight games, 11 – 5, 13 – 11,11 – 9.In category D, Madison Fernandes faced Kirsten Gomes and secured a well-deserved victory. Both were previously undefeated and the match was close coming down to the deciding fifth game. Fernandes won games one and three 12-10 and 11-6,while Gomes won games two and four 11-7 and 11-6.The fifth game was tightly contested with Fernandes winning 12-10. In the other match in this category Aliyah Persaud defeated Jason Gomes 11 – 9, 9 – 11, 11 – 4, 11 – 6.Meanwhile, the overall winner of category A was Shomari Wilthshire with Alex Cheeks coming second and Taylor Fernandes third. In category B it was Makeda Harding taking first, Samuel Ince-Carvalhal second and Rebecca Low third.The overall winner of category C was Michael Alphonso with Ethan Jonas second and Demetrius De Abreu coming third. In category 4 Madison Fernandes finished first with Kirsten Gomes second and Abosaide Cadogan third. It was James Mekdeci who finished first with Mohyryan Baksh second, Zachary Persaud third and Paige Fernandes fourth in category E.In category F, Louis Da Silva finished first, Mikhail Persaud second, Nicholas Verwey third and Liam Carpenter fourth. For category G, Jahcinta Adams came first, Teija Edwards second and Beau Fernandes third.Elan Rahaman finished first with Rayad Boyce second and Rayden Persaud third in category H, while in category I Noah Rahaman won while Dhiren Persaud finished second with Aishani Persaud and Malia Maikoo placing third and fourth respectively.Kirsten Gomes and Alex Cheeks took home the awards for most improved girl and most improved boy respectively. Madison Fernandes got the award for most outstanding girl while Michael Alphonso got the most outstanding boy award.Prizes were presented to the winners by Mrs Karen Gomes who is a representative of the sponsors Farfan & Mendes.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night: WABU President Urges More Corporate Support for Boxing

first_imgTo sustain the momentum, the WABU President urged other corporate organisations to take a leaf out of GOtv’s book, as doing so will ensure Nigerian boxing’s return to full health will be quicker.“I want to use this opportunity to plead with corporate organisations to join in the efforts to take Nigerian boxing back into the big time. With more corporate support, it will happen faster. The fact is under five years of sponsoring GOtv Boxing Night and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, Nigerian boxing has regained prominence on the African and Commonwealth scenes. Our boxers are sought after, as many champions have been made. We need to go a few notches higher and that will happen if others show similar commitment,” he stated.GOtv Boxing Night is approaching its 18th edition, which is scheduled to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (formerly Liberty), Ibadan, on Sunday. The eight-fight show will feature two international duels, the ABU lightweight title clash between Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph of Nigeria and Ghana’s Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh and an international light middleweight clash between Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku of Nigeria and Ekpresso Djamihou of the Republic of Benin.Also on the card is the national super featherweight title bout between Ridwan ‘Scorpion” Oyekola and the champion, Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga. Other boxers in action include Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, WABU welterweight champion; Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole, Tope “Esepo” Agbaje, Michael “Holy Mike” Jacobs, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi and Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the West African Boxing Union (WABU), Remi Aboderin, has called on corporate organisations in the country to emulate pay television service provider, GOtv’s support for Nigerian boxing. Aboderin, who is also the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) made the call in Lagos yesterday at the offices of Flykite Promotions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, which has been sponsored by GOtv since 2014.He noted that the intervention of GOtv in Nigerian boxing has revived the sport, adding that there is a need for many more organisations to support boxing to ensure a speedier return to health.“Nobody connected to Nigerian boxing can fail to see the strides being made by the sport since GOtv intervened in 2014. Their intervention, which has seen them invest huge sums, time, organization, logistics, especially the live broadcast of the event by SuperSport, has rescued our beloved sport from irrelevance. I can tell you that we at the NBB of C are happy, boxers are happy, sub-regional and continental boxing bodies such as the African Boxing Union are also happy for GOtv’s support. The fans, who are crucial to the sport, are similarly delighted,” he said.last_img read more

Message sent to Turnbull, Davies

first_imgFinal year means big yearRepresentingone-fourth of the 2007-08 senior class, defenseman Kyle Klubertanz has assertedhimself both on the ice and in the locker room. His presence has been vital inthe development of the three freshmen blue liners. “I thinkhe took a step this summer when he was elected an assistant captain and wantingto be a leader,” Eaves said. It’sKlubertanz’s final season, and he’s trying to make the most of it. That notionhas showed in his preparation this summer and in his practice routine. “I thinkthere’s external motivation beyond that in terms of he’s a senior,” Eaves said.“He knows that if he wants to do something at the next level, he has to have abig year. “And histraining this summer was the best he’s ever had, and it’s showing in the way heplays.”Thus far,Klubertanz is having a career year. Already, he has tied his personal best withfour goals and is on pace to set a new mark in points by midseason. JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoTwomembers of the men’s hockey team were held out of Saturday night’s game againstMichigan Tech. PodgeTurnbull and Michael Davies sat out the Badgers’ 4-2 victory over the Huskiesafter the two didn’t put forth the effort head coach Mike Eaves was expectingfollowing two weeks of preparation. He hopes that the benching will not onlymotivate Turnbull and Davies to play better, but get the team to up itsintensity as well. “Being ayoung team, knowing that we want to be a successful team and knowing that thefoundation of that success has to be built on the hard part of the game, thiswas a message to the team and to these young men that they’ve got to step it upa little bit,” Eaves said during a press conference Monday. “So if I was intheir shoes, I’m probably going to have the best practice of my career(Monday).”SophomoresZach Bearson and Andy Bombach skated in their place. Save the rust of nothaving played at all this season prior to Saturday, Eaves thought they gave theteam some good minutes. “They didpretty good. They gave us what their strengths were,” Eaves said. “There wereshifts they came out for — they knew that had slipped a little bit, but that’sto be expected [because] they haven’t played a lot lately.“They hadsome good practices, and we needed to shore up the other side, so the time ofall this was good.”In fivegames this season, Davies had scored four points in five games and Turnbull hastallied three. Smith’s still getting defensiveAsimpressive as freshman blue liner Brendan Smith has been with the puck thisseason — scoring a goal and adding five assists through six games — he is stilllearning his role as a defenseman. The first-roundselection by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft made the switchto defense about two years ago. It has showed as Smith has been caught severaltimes this season below the tops of the offensive circles — meaning that he’sgetting too far up. However, what’spositive about the entire situation, according to Eaves, is that it’s mucheasier to teach a player defense than the skill set needed on offense. “Defensivethings that you’re talking about are things that you can learn,” Eaves said.“The things that we can’t teach are his offensive skills and his ability totake what’s given and be creative with the puck in a tight situation. He canmake something out of nothing.”Givenassistant coach Mark Osiecki’s success at transitioning former forwards intosolid defensemen, Smith should only get better. “He’s in agood situation, and I have no doubt that at some point, it’ll all come togetherfor him,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Syracuse prevails 72-58 over Colgate in the Carrier Dome

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (8-1) escaped its matchup with Colgate (3-6) on Saturday with a 72-58 victory in the Carrier Dome. Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett led the way in scoring with 24 and 20 points respectively. Syracuse allowed Colgate to accumulate 14 3-pointers on Saturday, which amounted for 72 percent of the Raiders scoring. Here are the best images from Saturday’s victory. Comments Published on December 9, 2017 at 8:21 pmlast_img

Couple Caribbean-American heritage with a cohesive Caribbean-American community

first_imgJune is again being commemorated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month, highlighting the strong contributions Caribbean immigrants have made to American history and development. Unfortunately, the significance of this contribution is still relatively unknown by a preponderance of Caribbean-Americans, and hardly recognized by the average American.Dates to the 17th centuryCaribbean American heritage dates to the 17th Century when slaves were brought to Boston, US from Barbados.  Since then Caribbean immigrants have contributed to various areas of American live, having excelled as inventors, educators, medical practitioner, attorneys, journalists, entrepreneurs, cultural and sports icons, politicians, and civil rights activists. Placed unique influence on AmericaCaribbean immigrants didn’t arrive in America simply to make “quick money,” then return to their respective Caribbean homelands. Rather, they saw and seized opportunities to place their unique influence on America, their adopted country.  Not content to be inferiorVery few, if any, Caribbean immigrants were content to retreat to the back of the bus heading to an inferior, segregated, humiliating destination, away from a ‘superior’ white race.  Caribbean people do not regard themselves inferior to anyone, a fact that is too often misunderstood by some African-Americans who, unfortunately, endured years of racist humiliation. This misunderstanding has resulted in the occasional criticism of Caribbean migrants as “uppity blacks”. But most Caribbean immigrants do not regard themselves as better than other black people. It’s just characteristic of Caribbean-Americans that they are not content to be considered inferior. People like Jamaican Marcus Garvey tried to show the entire black race it was, in fact, a superior race.Maybe, even President Trump, in paying tribute to Caribbean-Americans in his recent proclamation of Caribbean-American Heritage month, doesn’t fully understand the uniqueness of Caribbean immigrants, and the contribution they have made to this country. Neither did his predecessors. Because the contribution of Caribbean-Americans may not be fully understood, neither is this contribution appreciated.  It can only be hoped that as another Caribbean-American Heritage Month is commemorated and highlighted the full worth and significance of the Caribbean migrant will be recognized and appreciated.Community’s diverseness is a challengeBut maybe the Caribbean-American community itself is to be blamed for being under appreciated. Unlike other American ethnic groups, the Caribbean-American community, is comprised of people from several different nations. This diverse characteristic has cost the Caribbean-American community its cohesiveness. While, undoubtedly, several Caribbean-Americans and their descendants have independently made worthwhile contributions to American history, the community of an estimated 7 million people, is still, in general, in the growing stages of becoming a powerful community. The only way this power can be ascertained is by a deliberate attempt by those who originate from different Caribbean countries to recognize themselves as being, and act as, a member of one Caribbean-American community. But this is no easy task. The same chauvinistic factors that foiled the success of a West Indies Federation decades ago mustn’t be allowed to foil the cohesiveness of the Caribbean-American community.Much to be accomplished For most of the millions of Caribbean-Americans who, along with their ancestors, have played major roles in the development of several aspects of American society, there’s still much to be accomplished in America. They deserve and must continue to seek similar recognition given to immigrants of other ethnic origins, like Hispanics and Jews. Caribbean-Americans are not content be considered as just Black Americans, though they are. They want to be considered a community with a distinctive culture; an  influential political constituency, and formidable business sector. Caribbean-Americans want to, and should, be recognized, unconditionally, as an autonomous American ethnic community, period.People of Caribbean heritage should take advantage of every Caribbean-American Heritage month to educate America of the impact they have made on this country since the 17th century and are continuing to do.Caribbean migrants must continue relentlessly to carve out their indelible niche in American society, never losing their uniqueness.  Outstanding Caribbean-Americans like Shirley Chisholm, Colin Powell, Sydney Poitier, Malcom X, Claude Mckay, Tim Duncan, Madge Sinclair, current Democratic candidate Kamala Harris, Una and Yvette Clark, Hazelle Rogers, Dale Holness, and Yolly Roberson, all icons of Caribbean-American heritage sought, and are seeking to make their, and other communities better. They ensured the Caribbean influence integrated firmly with the American way of life.Fighting for rightful place in societyThe work is far from over because as a people, a community, Caribbean-Americans still haven’t been given their rightful place in American society. One month of commemoration and accolades cannot be the objective. American history is resplendent with the contribution of Caribbean migrants.  Now, Caribbean-Americans must continue to strive for permanent recognition; in the US Census; in city, county, state and federal legislatures, and in the general society. Caribbean-Americans helped build, and still are helping to build America. And while it is appropriate that these achievements be recognized, it’s imperative that Caribbean-Americans also build the infrastructure that ensures their identity as a formidable community.last_img read more

Dodgers 2019 spring training preview: Will 3rd time be the charm?

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco There really is only one way for the Dodgers to silence such talk – get back to another World Series and write a different ending.Flawed though they might have been, individually, the Dodgers shed a lot of productive players this offseason – outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig and pitcher Alex Wood were traded to the Cincinnati Reds, catcher Yasmani Grandal signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and shortstop Manny Machado remains among baseball’s unemployed masses.That group combined to give the Dodgers 421 hits, 81 home runs, 258 RBIs and 223 runs last season, plus Wood’s 151-2/3 innings (second on the team behind Clayton Kershaw). It’s a lot to replace and the Dodgers “intentionally shuffled the deck a bit,” as Roberts put it, betting on a more balanced roster (with the addition of outfielder A.J. Pollock and the return of shortstop Corey Seager), a renewed commitment to grit (personified by veteran catcher Russell Martin) and investment in their bullpen (Joe Kelly).“I think this team is just as talented, for me,” Roberts said, citing one of the deepest groups of starting pitchers in baseball and a bullpen fortified by the signing of Kelly. “And I think in practice it’s better because it’s a more balanced ballclub. Pollock is a big part of that. Now on any given night, regardless of who we’re facing, it’s going to be a tough offense to navigate.“I think getting arguably our best player from two years ago back healthy is something that’s a big deal. … I just don’t see any weaknesses with this ballclub where last year you could argue if we faced a lefty we could be exposed a little bit.”Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spent much of his winter trying to fill vacancies in the front office. Hanging over every move, though, was the overarching question of what it will take for the Dodgers to finish their unfinished business.“A big focus for us this offseason was ‘How do you achieve more consistency?’ ” Friedman said. “I think the team last year was the most talented team I have ever been around. But for a host of reasons, some bad luck, some real, we weren’t as consistent. And I think a big thing for us is to avoid the games where we score zero, one or two runs. As often as we can, score three or more and we will win a lot of games doing that, especially with our pitching staff.”The Dodgers were held under three runs in a game 43 times last season and lost 39 of them, many early in the year as injuries to Seager and Justin Turner fueled a “World Series hangover” that made their sixth consecutive NL West title their most difficult.“Two years in the World Series is fun. Awesome. But that feeling at the end is not,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. “You want to have that great feeling.”As spring training begins, the most significant questions facing the Dodgers are:WHEN WILL COREY SEAGER BE READY TO PLAY?The Dodgers (and Seager) have been cautiously optimistic about his recovery from hip and elbow surgeries last year. But Seager wasn’t scheduled to start taking actual batting practice until right before camp opens and his throwing program only recently progressed to long toss from 120 feet. Realistically, don’t look for Seager to appear in any Cactus League games until some time in March and don’t be surprised if he starts the season on the Injured List with a rehab assignment in the minors to shake off the rust.HOW WILL THE CATCHING TIME-SHARE SHAKE OUT?Russell Martin will turn 36 on Friday and his days of being a 130-game catcher are in the rear-view mirror. Austin Barnes regressed badly as a hitter in 2018 and has to regain the career momentum he had in 2017. The Dodgers will have to sort out how much playing time each can handle – and deserve. However it shakes out, the Dodgers will be hard-pressed to minimize the offensive dropoff from departed Yasmani Grandal.Related Articles WHERE DOES ALEX VERDUGO FIT IN?The Dodgers’ top prospect (unless you prefer Double-A catcher Keibert Ruiz), Verdugo has spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A where he hit .321 with an .842 OPS. He has nothing left to prove there and could start to regress if handed another plane ticket to Oklahoma City. The Dodgers were willing to trade Verdugo this winter. Instead, he comes to camp with a crowded group of outfielders fighting for playing time.WHO WILL BE THE ODD MAN (MEN?) OUT IN THE ROTATION?The Dodgers’ depth in starting pitching is the envy of 29 other teams. Even with the trade of Alex Wood to Cincinnati, they have six players in camp this week who made at least 15 starts for them last season – Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Add in Caleb Ferguson (who pitched well out of the bullpen in the second half last season), Julio Urias (fully recovered from 2017 shoulder surgery), Dennis Santana and Brock Stewart. The spillover will splash into the big-league bullpen or Triple-A OKC’s rotation.HAVE KERSHAW AND JANSEN PICKED UP SPEED?Most Cactus League ballparks come without radar guns so the answer to this might have to wait until the regular season begins. Both Kershaw and Kenley Jansen had – by their lofty standards – sub-par seasons in 2018 with much attention given to decreased velocity on their fastballs. After signing a new contract last fall, Kershaw said he was focused on “proving a lot of people wrong.” Jansen, meanwhile, has put health issues behind him and promised to “get ready” for a bounce-back season. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img If at first you don’t succeed, try – try again?The Dodgers will begin reporting to Camelback Ranch on Tuesday (though many have already moved their offseason workouts to the complex) and open their second consecutive spring training as the National League’s reigning champions.It has been almost two decades since any team went to three consecutive World Series – the New York Yankees did it four years in a row from 1998-2001 – and even longer since a National League team has done it. You have to go all the way back to the World War II era to find a three-year run atop the NL. The 1942-44 St. Louis Cardinals did it.Perhaps more relevant for these Dodgers, only once in major-league history has a team lost in back-to-back World Series (as the Dodgers have done) and then returned to win the championship in the third year (as the Dodgers vow to do) – the 1923 Yankees of Babe Ruth and friends. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Those Yankees did add a future Hall of Famer in Lou Gehrig during the 1923 season (though he played only 13 games in his MLB debut). Much of the focus on these Dodgers has been on what they couldn’t do the past two Octobers or what they didn’t do this winter – sign Bryce Harper or trade for J.T. Realmuto. But rather than focus on what they missed out on, Manager Dave Roberts plans to remind his team this spring what they have accomplished.“I think there’s going to be an intentional shift of narrative for me to the players as far as – this core group has done a lot of great things,” said Roberts, whose teams have won 287 games over the past three seasons and extended a run of division titles to six in a row (the third longest by any team in the divisional era). “This organization is very successful and I think you wouldn’t get that from what’s outside the organization … the people making the most noise.”Roberts refers to the chattering class, amplified by Twitter, that views the Dodgers as merely the last loser for failing to win either of the past two World Series, labeling any season that doesn’t end with a champagne party as a failure.Between vacations in Italy and Jackson Hole, Wyoming – and agreeing to a new four-year contract – Roberts took note.“It was something during the winter – and I can’t recall what moment it was – but it was just really clear to me that this is some unfair criticism,” Roberts said. “When you tell me that there’s one team that wins it all and for us, with what we’ve done, that last year was all for naught? I refuse to believe that. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Josh Gordon timeline: How the WR’s twisting career path led him to latest suspension

first_imgNov. 10, 2019 — Gordon is considered a game-time decision for the 49ers game after getting in his first full practice with the Seahawks on the Friday prior to the game.Dec. 16, 2019 — Gordon is suspended indefinately without pay by the NFL for violating the NFL policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.Contributing: Tadd Haislop Josh Gordon had plenty of opportunities to play wide receiver for the Browns, Patriots and Seahawks. Now suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for the fifth time in his career, he is running close to empty on his chances. He saw his roller-coaster time with Cleveland end after six on-and-off seasons when he was traded to New England last year. After the Pats cut him last month, the Seahawks picked him up on waivers.Here is a look at all the events dating back more than eight years — from his days at Baylor that started to derail him to his consistent relapses while in the NFL — that led to that point of no return in Cleveland, plus his latest issues in New England and now Seattle. Josh Gordon timelineOct. 7, 2010 — Gordon, then a sophomore at Baylor, is found asleep in the passenger’s seat of a car belonging to teammate Willie Jefferson, who also is found passed out, outside of a Taco Bell. Both Gordon and Jefferson were cited on misdemeanor drug posession charges after marijuana was found in the car. Jefferson was kicked off the team with his second such violation, while charges were later dropped vs. Gordon.July 25, 2011 — Gordon is suspended indefinitely from the program by Baylor coach Art Briles for a violation of team rules. It was reported later that Gordon had failed a drug test, as it showed up positive for marijuana.Aug. 25, 2011 — Gordon decides to transfer from Baylor to Utah. “We felt he deserved a second chance, and we gave him that,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said at the time. Before missing the deadline, Gordon had thought about entering the NFL’s supplemental draft that summer. He wouldn’t play a down for Utah.July 12, 2012 — Gordon gets into the NFL’s supplemental draft, the Browns use a second-round pick to select him.July 16, 2012 — Gordon is signed to his first NFL contract, a four-year, $5.3 million deal with the Browns.Sept. 5-Dec. 30, 2012 — Gordon plays in all 16 games for the Browns and starts 13 as an impressive rookie wideout. He posts 50 catches for 805 yards and 5 TDs.June 7, 2013 — Gordon draws his first NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He is forced to miss the Browns’ first two games of the season.Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2013 — Gordon becomes the first NFL player to post consecutive 200-yard receiving games, ripping the Steelers for 237 and then racking up 261 more against the Jaguars.Dec. 27, 2013 — Gordon gets named to the Pro Bowl on the strength of leading the league with 1,646 receiving yards. He also earns first-team All-Pro for this breakout season.July 5, 2014 — Gordon is arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired in Raleigh, N.C. It was reported that Gordon was speeding and had a blood-alcochol content of .09, above the legal limit.Aug. 27, 2014 — Gordon draws his second NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, this time for one full year.Sept. 19, 2014 — Gordon has his suspension reduced to 10 games under the NFL’s new policy.Nov. 17, 2014 — Gordon is reinstated by the NFL. That week, in his first game, he burns the Falcons for eight catches and 120 receiving yards.Dec. 27, 2014 — Gordon is suspended by the Browns for one game, their season finale against the Ravens, for a violation of team rules.Jan. 25, 2015 — Gordon faces a second year-long NFL suspension after testing positive for alcohol use.Feb. 3, 2015 — Gordon is suspended by the NFL for a year again without pay and isn’t eligible to return until the beginning of the 2016 season.Jan. 20, 2016 — Gordon applies for NFL reinstatement.April 12, 2016 — Gordon’s petition for reinstatement is denied because another failed drug test.July 25, 2016 — Gordon is reinstated by the NFL under the condition he can participate in training camp but remains suspended for the first four games of the regular season.Sept. 29, 2016 — Gordon decides to enter a rehab facility rather than try to return from his latest suspension. “This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person,” Gordon said as part of his follow-up statement. “I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.”Oct. 30, 2016 — Gordon is released from rehab after 30 days but remains on the NFL’s reserve/suspended by commissioner list.March 1, 2017 — Gordon applies for NFL reinstatement again.March 29, 2017 — Browns GM Sashi Brown declares the team hasn’t ruled out bringing back Gordon whenever he’s reinstated. “We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself,” Brown said. “Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL and at that time we’ll make a decision when we know what’s going on.”May 11, 2017 — Gordon’s latest petition for reinstatement is denied by the NFL.Nov. 1, 2017 — Gordon is reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis with a chance to return to play for the Browns in Week 13.Nov. 30, 2017 — Gordon is officially activated off the Commissoner’s Exempt list and becomes eligible to play.Dec. 3, 2017 — Gordon is targeted 11 times in his return against the Chargers. He catches 4 passes for 85 yards in a 19-10 loss.Dec. 10, 2017 — Gordon scores his first TD in four seasons in the game against the Packers. He catches 3 passes for 69 yards in a 27-21 loss.Dec. 31, 2017 — Gordon catches 4 passes for 115 yards against the Steelers. It’s his first 100-yard receiving game since ’14 against the Falcons.March 13, 2018 — Gordon is signed to a one-year, $790,000 contract by the Browns.Aug. 18, 2018 — Gordon, after taking some personal time, reports to Browns training camp after missing three weeks.Aug. 24, 2018 — Gordon is cleared to participate in team walkthroughs.Aug. 25, 2018 — Gordon is activated from the Browns’ reserve/non-football injury list.Aug. 27, 2018 — Gordon, dealing with a hamstring injury, is declared ready to play but not start by coach Hue Jackson. Gordon is expected to be on a “pitch count” of snaps against the Steelers in Week 1.Sept. 9, 2018 — Gordon plays 69 of 89 offensive snaps in Week 1 against the Steelers, turning his one catch into a 17-yard touchdown.Sept. 11, 2018 — Gordon is listed as a starter for Week 2 at the Saints.Sept. 15, 2018 — Gordon is ruled out for Week 2 in New Orleans with a hamstring injury despite not missing practice all week. Gordon reportedly injured himself in a non-team photo shoot and NFL Network also reported the Browns had trust issues related to his showing up late Saturday.Sept. 15, 2018 — Gordon is in line to be traded or released by the Browns, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The Browns plan to move on from him because they are concerned about a relapse, per multiple reports.Sept. 16, 2018 — Gordon is confirmed to be facing no further suspension discipline from the NFL, per a report from The Athletic’s Jay Glazer.Sept. 17, 2018 — Gordon is traded to the Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. The Browns fielded calls from eight to 10 teams interested in making a deal for the controversial wideout.Sept. 30, 2018 — Gordon makes his debut for the Patriots. He catches two passes for 32 yards in New England’s 38-7 win over Miami. “I have no doubt I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity,” Gordon said after the win (via Boston.com). “I’m more than blessed, I’m extremely grateful to be put in this scenario. I think the only thing right for me to do is to take full advantage of it.”Oct. 29, 2018 — The Patriots discipline Gordon for lateness, benching him for about one quarter in their Week 8 matchup with the Bills. New England’s decision stems from Gordon arriving late to Gillette Stadium on Sunday before the team left for Buffalo, according to The Athletic.Dec. 20, 2018 — Gordon announces he is “stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on (his) mental health.” Hours later, the NFL announces the Patriots receiver again was suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Although he isn’t around to help the Patriots win Super Bowl 53 over the Rams, his solid contributions to their regular-season receiving production with 40 catches, 720 yards and 3 TDs. He is rewarded with a ring.March 12, 2019 – Gordon receives a second-round tender from the Patriots, ensuring they wanted to keep him upon reinstatement into the league.March 28, 2019 — Gordon is a topic of conversation for commissioner Roger Goodell during his presser at the NFL spring meeting in Arizona, in which he admits league officials hope for Gordon to be allowed to return to action on the field soon.August 26, 2019 — Gordon, after a long offseason of deliberation, is officially reinstated by the NFL. The Patriots learn he can be available to them starting in Week 1.Sept. 8, 2019 — Gordon immediately delivers in his first game back for the Patriots, burning the Steelers for 3 catches, 73 yards and a TD in a 33-3 win.Oct. 10, 2019 — Gordon suffers a knee injury against the Giants; it happens while he attempts to make a touchdown-saving tackle on New York linebacker Markus Golden after a Tom Brady interception.Oct. 23, 2019 — Gordon lands on injured reserve with his knee injury.Oct. 31, 2019 — Gordon is waived from IR to pursue opportunities with other teams. The Patriots, despite some issues at wide receiver even following a trade for Mohamed Sanu, gave no real reasoning for the decision to move on from Gordon.Nov. 1, 2019 — Gordon is claimed off waivers late in the process by the Seahawks at the request of their quarterback, Russell Wilson. (Seattle was the No. 28 team in the waiver order.)Nov. 4, 2019 — Gordon passes his physical with the Seahawks, putting him on track to make his Seattly debut in a big NFC West game at San Francisco.last_img read more