Colombia Bogotá Bans Weapons

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2012 Bogotá’s Mayor Gustavo Petro, center, alongside Army General Gabriel Pinilla, left, and Police Colonel Hermilson Orozco, announces the implementation of a three-month trial ban on carrying weapons in public in Colombia’s capital. The ban started on February 1 and ran through May 1, 2012, to determine if homicides were reduced in the capital. Source: The Associated Presslast_img


Update on the latest sports

first_img March 12, 2020 Packers get cap relief by releasing tight end Jimmy GrahamUNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released tight end Jimmy Graham after the 33-year-old veteran spent two seasons with the franchise. The move creates about $8 million in cap space for the Packers.Graham caught 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns last season. He had 55 receptions for 636 yards and two scores in 2018. The five-time Pro Bowl selection previously played with New Orleans and Seattle. He has 649 catches for 7,883 yards and 74 touchdowns in 153 career games with 111 starts.In other NFL news:— A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Dolphins have decided not to pick up a contact option on center Daniel Kilgore, and he’ll become a free agent next week. Kilgore started 13 games for the Dolphins last season, when they ranked 27th in offense and went 5-11. The team is expected to have four new starters in the offensive line in 2020. — The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20. The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off. The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open. The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris.— Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. Opening day had been scheduled for March 26. MLB also has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule. MLB had continued to play into Thursday but changed course after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he strongly recommended to local authorities and organizers that they limit all mass gatherings. The March 26 start had been baseball’s earliest scheduled opening other than for international games. MLB had not had a mass postponement of openers since 1995, when the season was shortened from 162 games to 144 after a strike.MLB-NEWSBraves killer Ozuna now trying to push Atlanta over humpNORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — After ruining the postseason for Atlanta in 2019, Marcell Ozuna hopes to help the Braves get over their playoff hump once the season begins. Ozuna signed a one-year, $18-million deal with the Braves to fill the cleanup spot held last season by Josh Donaldson. Ozuna had a bit of a down year with the Cardinals, but he came up big in the NL Division Series against Atlanta. The outfielder delivered several huge blows that carried St. Louis to victory in the five-game series. The Braves are going for their third straight NL East title but they have lost a record-tying 10 straight postseason rounds.  Elsewhere in the majors:— Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini has undergone surgery for colon cancer. The team said a malignant tumor was discovered last week. He had surgery on Thursday to remove the tumor from his colon. Lab results and the timetable for Mancini’s recovery will not be known until next week. Mancini turns 28 next week. He hit .291 with 35 home runs last season while playing the outfield, at first base and as a designated hitter.NFL-NEWSPackers release GrahamGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released tight end Jimmy Graham after the 33-year-old veteran spent two seasons with the franchise. The move creates about $8 million in cap space for the Packers. Graham caught 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns last season. He had 55 receptions for 636 yards and two scores in 2018. The five-time Pro Bowl selection previously played with New Orleans (2010-14) and Seattle (2015-17). Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMarch Madness: NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The move puts an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned. Elsewhere in the NFL:— Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward earned the most in the NFL’s performance-based pay program, getting an additional $654,750 out of an overall pot of just under $148 million. Ward, who was not selected in the 2018 draft, received nearly 15%t more than his 2019 salary of the league minimum for second-year players ($570,000).  He started all 16 games during Chiefs’ championship season, playing in nearly 95% of the Chiefs’ defensive plays, as well as almost 26% of the special teams plays.PGA-PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPMatsuyama matches record score easily forgotten at SawgrassPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fans scattered around the ninth green saw Hideki Matsuyama roll in a 25-foot eagle putt to tie the course record at the TPC Sawgrass and take the lead in The Players Championship. RUSSIAN DOPINGRussia restricted to 10 athletes in track at Tokyo OlympicsMONACO (AP) — Russia’s track team was limited to 10 athletes for the Tokyo Olympics and the country’s federation was fined $10 million by the sport’s governing body on Thursday.World Athletics passed the latest package of sanctions after the Russian track federation’s new president accepted charges that fake documents were used under the previous management to give a top athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.World Athletics will restart a system to vet Russian competitors and allow them to compete as neutral athletes. They will be limited to 10 athletes at major events, but that limit can be raised later if World Athletics feels Russia is making progress on reforms. The decision comes a day after the NCAA announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on but played in mostly empty arenas. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league from the NBA to MLB put the brakes on its season due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA has canceled all of its spring championships in every sport, which include hockey, baseball and lacrosse.In one of the stranger sports developments, Creighton and St. John’s played 20 minutes of hotly contested basketball Thursday afternoon in a mostly empty Madison Square Garden. Then the Big East Conference called off the rest of its postseason tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic. Only a few hundred fans were on hand as part of the restricted attendance policy. By the time some of them were able to grab a drink or return from the restroom, TV broadcasters had announced the rest of the tournament was scrapped. Moments later, the news came over the public address system. And fans soon filed for the exits.In other virus-related developments:— The Toronto Raptors say their players, coaches and traveling staff have been advised to isolate themselves for 14 days because they recently played the Utah Jazz. Utah’s star center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) tested positive for the virus COVID-19, prompting the NBA to suspend its season until further notice. A second member of the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell, has since confirmed he has also tested positive for the coronavirus. The team says all members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus and await the results. Toronto is one of five teams that have played the Jazz since the start of March. The others are Boston, Detroit, New York and Cleveland. — The Tennessee Titans have waived linebacker Cameron Wake after one season into what had been a three-year contract. The Titans also announced Thursday they waived running back Dion Lewis, who still had two years left on the contract he signed in March 2018.SPORTS BETTINGVirus-related sports cancellations leave little to bet onATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There’s still darts. Or New Zealand cricket. The fast-spreading coronavirus has led to an unprecedented slew of cancellations or suspensions of most major professional and college sports events in the U.S., particularly within the last 48 hours. Baseball, basketball, hockey, pro soccer and college basketball all announced they were either suspending or postponing the start of their seasons due to the virus.  For those who routinely bet on sports, it has taken most of the action off the board. Its impact on sports books could depend on how long the shutdowns last.GREECE-OLYMPIC FLAME Associated Press — The Washington Wizards say their players, coaches and basketball operations personnel will self-quarantine for the next three to four days because they played at the Utah Jazz on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz. The Wizards say any players, coaches and staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for The NBA suspended its season until further notice on Wednesday night after learning that a Jazz player had tested positive for the virus.— The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is pausing its season with the hope of resuming it later and awarding the Stanley Cup. The move comes a day after the NBA suspended play following a player’s positive COVID-19 test. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for the virus. The NHL is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season and sparking uncertainty about how many more if any could be go on before the playoffs. A handful of European hockey leagues have already called off the remainder of their seasons.— NFL teams are curtailing or completely stopping scouting operations as a safeguard against the spread of the new coronavirus. The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets have ordered their scouts and assistant coaches to return home. Other teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have cut back on scouting in what is usually a busy time for evaluating college players. The NFL draft is schedule for April 23-25 in Las Vegas. The league canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.— The PGA Tour plans to keep playing, just without anyone watching from outside the ropes because of the coronavirus. Commissioner Jay Monahan says fans will not be allowed for the final three rounds of The Players Championship and the next three weeks up until the Masters. That affects the Valspar Championship in Tampa, the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Augusta National has not said what it will do for the Masters. Monahan says golf is different from other sports canceling events because it’s outdoors over expansive property.— IndyCar and NASCAR will both race this weekend without spectators over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. IndyCar is scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Only essential personnel will be permitted to attend. Competitors will also undergo a questionnaire for health screening before entry. NASCAR will race this week at Atlanta and next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway under similar restrictions. The NHRA has canceled much of the GatorNationals and IMSA rescheduled the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. Amid virus precautions, Tokyo Olympic flame is lit in GreeceATHENS, Greece (AP) — The flame for the Tokyo Olympics was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in a pared-down ceremony because of the coronavirus.Standing in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia, a Greek actress playing the part of a pagan priestess used a concave mirror to focus the sun’s rays on a silver torch, causing fire to spurt forth.Fears of the coronavirus forced Greek officials to ban members of the public from attending the ceremony and severely curtail the number of invited officials and journalists. Normally, several thousand people from many countries gather on the earthen banks of Olympia’s ancient stadium to watch the ceremony.The International Olympic Committee has stressed that the July 24-Aug. 9 games will go ahead as planned and urged all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympics. And after Thursday, that’s all they’ll see.Even with the best in the world competing for the richest purse in golf, The Players Championship felt like an afterthought amid rapid developments with the new coronavirus that led sports around the world to stop playing.Golf goes on — but without fans.The PGA Tour said it was banning spectators at all tournaments for at least the next month. The policy starts Friday, the first time one of the best theaters in golf will be virtually empty.NFL-NEWS Russia must pay $5 million of its fine by July 1, with the remainder suspended for two years, to be paid if the federation commits another anti-doping offense or fails to make what World Athletics considers “meaningful progress.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


Crease Creatures, Grateful Red rough it out for best seats

first_imgAh, hockey season is upon us once again. That wonderful time of year when the beer is cold, the ice is colder and UW students freeze their hockey-loving heinies off waiting for the best season seats available.I swear, that line gets longer every year. But don’t take my word for it … after all, this is only my second year at Wisconsin. But fifth-year men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves had something to say on the topic:”Every year, there’s been a line, but this line seems to be a little longer and it’s been there a little while longer,” Eaves said. “Kids are excited, they see the product, they felt the excitement last year and they want to be a part of it again.”Eaves hit it right on the head; the anticipation for the upcoming season, the passion for watching the national champions protect home ice from the best seat in the house — it all makes sense of those lines reaching ridiculous lengths.And not to leave out Bo’s boys, the Badger basketball fans were also on hand, waiting for those coveted courtside seats. Losing just one player from last year’s squad, head coach Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin basketball squad is looking to perhaps crack the top 10 in the rankings and make some noise on the national stage.Yes, the Crease Creatures and the Grateful Red are back for another season, with more drive and more passion than ever before — made apparent by the students’ resolve in waiting out in the cold for more than a week. As it happens, both sets of student tickets were finally being distributed Saturday, Sept. 30, making the Kohl Center and surrounding areas very chaotic as everyone collected their season stubs.Personally, I think the system sucks. I don’t completely understand — and surely there are other fans with me on this — why the athletic department insists on forcing fans to wait outside, enduring temperatures plummeting to below 40 degrees, for any extended period of time.What’s more, in addition to making fans wait for up to 10 days just to garner decent seats, the department has the gall to mandate what people can and can’t bring! No grills to cook food and tailgate. Understandably, the university doesn’t want any school-related activity leading to alcohol, but what’s wrong with some brats and soda?The rules apply 24/7; if no member of the group is there during any periodic line check — even if it’s 4 a.m. — you all lose your spot. So hey, you want a tent to keep yourself warm at night? Can’t do it. My god, coats are okay, but no blankets! Imagine that: get your basketball tickets here, with a side of frostbite.I know I couldn’t do it, no matter how much I love the game. It’s hard for me to believe that your average Joe Sportsfan would. Even some of the hockey players, including Brian Elliott, Jack Skille and Jeff Likens said while they appreciated and admired the fans’ grand support, they wouldn’t do the same thing if they were in that position.Sure, they might just be talking, but it’s hard for most to fathom waiting outside for most of 10 days, in what turned out to be a pretty brisk September by Wisconsin’s standards.Representatives from the ticket office and a few students said the idea was to allow the most dedicated fans a shot at the best seats. This is an OK line of thinking, but you wouldn’t think the university would condone missing classes and risking health in the name of front-row seats.But when I talked to some of the guys and gals waiting outside the Kohl Center, all bundled up on a frosty Friday afternoon the day before the tickets were distributed, you could just tell instantly that this method was working. These kids wanted to be out here badly, even without any sure guarantee.”You figure that the ideal ticket distribution method would be some sort of way that rewards the most die-hard fans,” senior Dan Herman said. “If you’re going to wait it out here for 10 days, you really like your hockey, so you think that these people up front probably deserve the best seats for making the biggest sacrifice.”Herman, who has experienced this process four years in a row, headed up a group that was ninth overall in line (out of around 300 foursomes), and Herman admitted that he wasn’t even sure to get the first crack at the seats he was hoping to snag.”I think we should probably get first row, but it’s hard to tell,” he said.For the most part, everyone seemed to be making the best of things. I asked a few people what they thought of the system, but it was difficult to get too much of a negative answer. To be honest, most people were too busy enjoying the experience, such as senior Eli Mash, who ended up scoring tickets for basketball in the lower bowl.”I love the situation how it is; everyone’s in this family atmosphere, it’s fun,” Mash said. “I’m looking forward to it being over, but this is the true college experience. I like it all.”With footballs flying around, a hot dog vendor roaming the Kohl Center front yard and dozens of laptops out it seemed that people were — gasp! — actually enjoying themselves.This is the essence of Wisconsin basketball and hockey. True fans will do whatever it takes to get the best seats possible for those two sports.After watching the lines grow longer and longer, Skille of the men’s hockey team said this of UW students:”Wisconsin Badger fans are the best hockey fans in the nation. I don’t care what anybody else says.”I second that, Jack.Aaron is a sophomore intending to major in journalism. He wants to hear your best Kohl Center Kampground story from this year or any others from the past. Post your story below or send it to [email protected]last_img read more