Euthanasia referendum: ‘THE SAFEGUARDS ARE INADEQUATE’

first_imgEuthanasia referendum: All you need to know about what your vote meansNZ Herald 25 April 2020Family First Comment: “The safeguards are inadequate, the principle is unsound. And I think underneath all of this is a frightening fear of what it is to be disabled. People say ‘I don’t want to be wiped, I don’t want to drool, to be dependent. To me, that’s saying ‘I don’t want to be you’. I have a huge problem with that.”#rejeactassistedsuicide are the arguments against?Many of the arguments against euthanasia also came from deeply personal experiences, including people with debilitating conditions who had recovered to live a long, fulfilling life.One of the main concerns raised by opponents was that a law change would make disabled and elderly people more vulnerable. They could be pressured into ending their lives, possibly by family members who were exhausted by looking after them, fed up with the costs of care or medicine, or who wanted their inheritance earlier.Older or disabled people could feel a “duty to die” because they believed they were a burden on their families.Anti-euthanasia groups said it was simply not possible to safeguard against abuse or wrongful death. Protections which might seem strong in theory had never been tested by the realities of underfunded health systems or stressed families.Governments could use assisted dying to save health costs. And euthanasia could worsen existing discrimination against poorer or Maori and Pacific families.Another common argument was the slippery slope, which is mostly based on the experience in the Netherlands and Belgium, where euthanasia was extended to younger people after initially being limited to adults. Opponents say broader laws may not need Parliamentary approval, and instead could be gained through a court challenge.There was concern about the absence of a stand-down period between first deciding to get euthanasia and when it can occur. “It would be possible for a person to receive a diagnosis of terminal illness on a Wednesday, gain the necessary approvals under the bill that same day, and be dead before the weekend,” said National MP Chris Penk, one of the bill’s most vocal opponents.Some doctors objected to the change, saying it went against their core principle of not doing harm. They were also concerned about how difficult it was to accurately predict when a person might die, and the potential for misdiagnosis.Some felt that the law change went against the Maori worldview, in which care and respect is shown for elderly and sick people and life and wairua are valued. Religious groups argued that life was sacred and that only God should decide life or death.How does it compare to other countries?New Zealand would become the sixth country in the world to legalise euthanasia or assisted dying. Several states in the United States and Victoria in Australia have also legalised.New Zealand’s legislation is stricter than in the Netherlands and Belgium. The Netherlands allows people as young as 12 to request assisted dying, and it is available to non-terminal patients. Belgium has no age limit for children, but they must have a terminal illness to qualify.Canada and the state of Victoria have similar regimes to New Zealand, limiting euthanasia to terminal people with six months to live – though Victoria extends that threshold to 12 months if the person has a degenerative neurological condition. Both Canada and Victoria also have stronger safeguards than New Zealand, because they require written confirmation from witnesses that a person is expressing their free will.Victoria and some US states also have a “cooling off” period, or minimum time between a person deciding to die and when it can occur.The Ministry of Justice has not done any analysis on how many people might apply for euthanasia if it were legalised. In a comparable jurisdiction, Victoria, demand far exceeded expectations. It was predicted that one person a month would choose to end their life, and since it has been introduced the rate has been closer to two a week.‘THE SAFEGUARDS ARE INADEQUATE’As an Anglican priest and disability advocate, Dr John Fox has been at a few deathbeds.“I know what disabled life and disabled death looks like and the fairly severe sense of vulnerability that one has,” he said.Fox, from Christchurch, will vote against the euthanasia referendum this year, saying it puts disabled people and others at risk.“The safeguards are inadequate, the principle is unsound. And I think underneath all of this is a frightening fear of what it is to be disabled.“People say ‘I don’t want to be wiped, I don’t want to drool, to be dependent. To me, that’s saying ‘I don’t want to be you’. I have a huge problem with that.”The 37 year-old has a painful neuromuscular condition called spastic hemiplegia, and believes this would have qualified him for assisted dying under the originally drafted End of Life Choice Act. Eligibility for assisted dying in the legislation has now been narrowed to terminal patients with six months to live.Fox said no matter how strict the safeguards were, legalising euthanasia meant that there was a fundamental shift to accepting that some lives were “not worth protecting”.If the circumstances were extreme enough, anyone could understand why euthanasia could work in principle, he said.“But we’re not talking about a thought experiment in a philosophy class. What we’re talking about is an actual category of people and it will be applied down at Middlemore Hospital in real life, in a place where funding is short, where there are bureaucrats and forms and power dynamics and difficulties.”Even if he were not religious, he would oppose the bill on moral grounds.“What I would ask people to think about is what disabled life and death is worth. My position is that if you wouldn’t do it to a rugby player, if you don’t do it to Dan Carter, you shouldn’t do it to me.”READ MORE: (behind paywall)last_img read more

Andrew J. Pennington, 90, Laurel

first_imgAndrew Jackson Pennington, age 90, of Laurel, Indiana died Monday, January 7, 2019 at his residence in Laurel.Born March 5, 1928 in Clay County, Kentucky he was one of fifteen children born to the late Jesse & Nancy (Tincher) Pennington.He was retired having worked for much of his life as a mechanic. He was a charter member of the Buena Baptist Church. In his leisure time he enjoyed working on cars, camping & boating on the Ohio river, and raising mules.Survivors include five daughters, Linda Kaster of Shelbyville, Indiana, Donna (George Ellis) Cowan of Laurel, Indiana, Gail Pennington of Rushville, Indiana, Sandra (Kelly) Gay of London, Kentucky, and Andrea (Danny) Coker of Connersville, Indiana; two sisters, Ruby Hurley of Idaho and Ruth Ann (Edward) Randolph of Fresno, California; a brother, Dale (Marilyn) Pennington of Rushville, Indiana, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 11 brothers.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church, 25220 Chapel Road, Laurel, Indiana.Rev. Rob Edwards will officiate the Funeral Services on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church; burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in Rush County, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pennington family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 to power Olympic torch with hydrogen for first time

first_imgRelatedPosts If we don’t have Tokyo Games, we’re unlikely to have Beijing 2022 — IOC member Tokyo 2020: Olympics will be ‘simplified’ in 2021 COVID-19: IOC to bear $800m cost of Tokyo 2020 postponement Hydrogen will be used for the first time to power the Olympic torch during its journey through Japan, organisers said on Monday, as part of Tokyo 2020’s efforts to hold an environmentally friendly Games. Organisers aim to offset all carbon emissions generated during the Games and also use the Olympics to boost awareness of environmental issues in Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said certain stages of the torch relay will use hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide when it is burned. It will also fuel the ceremonial Olympic Cauldron featuring in the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. The organisers said in a statement: “Hydrogen will be used to power the torch on its journey through the prefectures of Fukushima and Aichi, as well as parts of Tokyo, with gas used in other stages of the relay. “During its preparations for the Games, Tokyo 2020 has consistently promoted energy conservation and the use of renewable energy with the aim of supporting the realisation of a carbon-neutral society.” About 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles will also be used during the Olympics, which run from July 24 to August 9. Other initiatives to cut the environmental impact of the Games include beds made from recyclable cardboard in the athletes’ village, Olympic medals made from recycled consumer electronics and the torches themselves, formed of aluminium waste. The torch relay begins in Fukushima on March 26 and will visit all 47 of Japan’s prefectures ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony. Reuters/NAN.Tags: HydrogenOlympic torchTokyo 2020last_img read more

Spot-kick decisions irk Mourinho

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes a wrongly-awarded penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton denied his side an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Blues are six points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in-hand, but for the second successive match against Southampton, Mourinho bemoaned decisions by the match officials. Mourinho was fined £25,000 for saying there was a “clear campaign” against his side after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and booked for diving instead in the December 28 draw at St Mary’s. Press Association The Blues boss on Sunday was frustrated Nemanja Matic was penalised – allowing Dusan Tadic to score from the spot and cancel out Diego Costa’s first Premier League goal for almost two months – and Branislav Ivanovic was not awarded a spot kick at the other end. “I’m happy with the situation. I’m happy with the six-point lead, but I’m not happy with the result,” Mourinho said. “If you remember our two matches against Southampton: in one game, one penalty that is not a penalty and in another game a penalty that was not given. You are speaking about six points transformed into two points.” Mourinho was clearly upset with the penalty decisions, but bit his tongue on this occasion. He said: “My opinion is not important. Important is Mr Mike Dean (the referee). “His decision was a penalty and his decision was no penalty on Ivanovic.” Ivanovic may have been clipped by Tadic, but fell theatrically, dissuading Dean from pointing to the spot. Asked about the fall, Mourinho deferred to his media officer sitting alongside, saying: “You have to control me, if not…” Mourinho was told television pundit Graeme Souness – with whom he had a public exchange of views this week after the Scot criticised Chelsea’s conduct in the Champions League exit to Paris St Germain – thought Matic had conceded a penalty. “Graeme Souness says also that it’s more a reason to criticise a player who asks for a yellow card than a player who kicks somebody in the chest,” Mourinho added. “I went to Sky and they told me their pundits said it’s a penalty. I went to BBC and they told me it’s not a penalty. I went to the radios and they told me it’s not a penalty. “Pundits are paid to wear my suit, but I’m not paid to wear their suit or to comment on their comments. “If one day I become a pundit, I will wear a manager’s suit. I will win every game, because pundits win every game, and then I can be critical and I can be phenomenal like they are.” Matic was replaced by Ramires soon after a second-half foul on Sadio Mane which could have seen him booked for a second time and sent off for a second successive Premier League game. “When that penalty is given you have to believe that the second yellow card can come,” said Mourinho, who referred to Ramires’ sending off at Aston Villa last season. Mourinho was pleased with his players’ response to the European elimination on away goals to PSG as their grip on a first title in five years tightened after Manchester City lost at Burnley on Saturday and Chelsea drew on Sunday. “I’m happy with the players’ reaction,” he said. Mourinho feels third-placed Arsenal, who are seven points behind, are still in the title race, but does not know what to expect from the Gunners, who the Portuguese believes have an easier run-in than the Blues. “More teams are in the race,” Mourinho said. “For me, which momentum? 3-1 against Monaco or 3-0 against West Ham? It depends on the momentum. “If somebody tells me in August that at the end of March we are six points in front and one match in hand, I would sign immediately. No doubts.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was “very pleased” with his side’s display. “To get a good result against them you need luck, you need a great goalkeeper, you need great organisation in a team and we had that,” Koeman said. “(I am) proud of the team. That gives a very good feeling.” The Dutchman felt Saints – for whom Mane and goalkeeper Fraser Forster starred – deserved a spot kick, but refused to criticise Dean for not dismissing Matic early in the second half. “In my opinion it’s a penalty, yes,” Koeman added. “It’s difficult jobs for referees. (Matic on Mane) is a foul that maybe can be a yellow card and that means his second one. “It’s always difficult. I’m not supporting referees showing eight, nine, 10 yellow cards every game. “In my opinion the referee did a great job today.” last_img read more

South Florida Congressman Says Impeachment is Already Underway

first_imgCongresswoman Louis Frankel, who represents the Palm Beach district that includes Mar-A-Lago, echoes Pelosi’s sentiment. She tells our news partner, CBS12, “[Impeachment] is the start of the process that has to go to the Senate, and without question, the Republicans in the Senate would protect the President and probably try to exonerate him. My message to people who do not want to see President Trump in office – and I’m one of them – is in the end, it’s going to be the 2020 election.”Deutch explains that an investigation into “abuse of power” by President Trump has been underway in the Judiciary Committee since last March, and that the panel’s chairman has the necessary authority and subpoena power. He adds, “No additional step is required. No magic words need to be uttered on the House floor. No vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry is necessary.”According to The Sun Sentinel, Deutsch is the 16th of 24 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to support impeachment. A South Florida politician says the impeachment process against President Trump has already begun.Congressman Ted Deutsch writes in an op-ed piece published in The Sun Sentinel,  “The question is no longer whether the House should vote to proceed with a formal impeachment inquiry. The inquiry has already begun. The Judiciary Committee may refer articles of impeachment to the whole House for a vote at any time.”While Deutsch supports impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that she is not ready to formally support it.Only Congress can hold the President accountable for obstruction of justice. I support an impeachment inquiry. We don’t need a House vote. We are already in one. Read my @SunSentinel op-ed:— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) August 1, 2019last_img read more

Visions and Voices event disrupted by RevCom

first_imgGay and Nguyen noted that social media has served as a key aspect of the recent conversational nature of sexual assault. According to McPherson, victims can use social media to share their experiences among one another, forming connections that weren’t previously possible. During the Q&A portion of the conversation, a member of RevCom, a revolutionary communist party, drew ties between Nguyen’s passage of the Survivors’ Bill of Rights and the alleged war crimes under the Obama administration. The question ended with the protester saying that putting a female in charge of the current government system would not change any current injustice. The conversation began with Nguyen detailing her experience with sexual assault. She said that in Massachusetts, where the incident occurred, she discovered her rape kit would be destroyed before the statute of limitations expired. At the event, McPherson delved into her experience with the secrecy surrounding assault in the ‘80s, as well as the recent increase in having public, open discourse about sexual assault and rape, especially in light of the #MeToo movement. “I think we have simply reached a critical mass of suffering,” Gay said. “Women and men suffering from sexual assault have new ways of talking about it.” Nguyen also spoke about the injustice she noticed in the democratic nature of the government. Both rape survivors, Gay and Nguyen discussed their personal experiences with assault, as well as the conversation surrounding assault Nguyen is the founder and chief executive officer of Rise, a nonprofit focused on civil rights. During her introduction, Gay read an excerpt from her 2017 book “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” in which she connects the repercussions of her trauma with her disdain for physical exercise. At the event, she touched on her struggles with writing the memoir in the last few years. Despite the disruption, students said they enjoyed the conversation and the discussion it prompted. Feminist author Roxane Gay and Rise CEO Amanda Nguyen discussed the effects of the #MeToo movement on conversations about sexual assault. (Julia Rosher/Daily Trojan) “It was a good moment to just be surrounded by so many people that feel pretty much on the same page about what the guest speakers were talking about,” said Abeer Tijani, a sophomore majoring in global health and Spanish. “It made me hopeful for wanting to incite change and fix things, especially because I have a lot of friends who have gone through things similar to the #MeToo movement.” Feminist author Roxane Gay and businesswoman Amanda Nguyen spoke about sexual assault  at a Visions and Voices event titled “Survivors Rise: Roxane Gay and Amanda Nguyen in Conversation,” Wednesday night at Bovard Auditorium. Following the event, Gay tweeted that she felt unsafe on stage after multiple audience members disrupted the Q&A portion of the conversation with inflammatory comments. “These spaces have always existed, but with social media, these spaces have more breadth than ever before,” Gay said. “I think right now, what we’re seeing is, in terms of vulnerability, is that many of us who have these kind of stories recognize [social media’s] the only way to really be heard.” “I also think we need to talk about the misogyny of your question,” Gay said. “I understand the critique, but 45 men led this country to where we are today … to suggest that there is a problem with having a woman as president when men have fucked it up…” “With ‘Hunger’, the thought of having these things out in the world terrified me,” Gay said. “People tend to weaponize it and use it against you.” “I told myself, ‘Oh my gosh I have to make a choice, my justice or my career,’” Nguyen said. “That’s not a choice that anyone should ever have to make.” Nguyen said this experience pushed her to work with her nonprofit to create the Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which outlines the right to access information and resources after sexual assault encounters. The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights was signed into law during the Obama administration. Shortly after the question, another audience member interrupted, saying he was skipped over, prompting shocked responses from the speakers. After the event ended,  Gay tweeted, “I don’t like feeling unsafe on stage, but tonight that sure happened.” “I think that there is massive gaslighting in this country that people don’t fully understand that they have the power to change the law,” Nguyen said. “This country, as a democracy, should be of the people, by the people, for the people.” “As a member of the audience, I also felt unsafe, so I can only imagine your experience,” Twitter user ‘LaurenLevy’ commented. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Services, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and the USC Speakers Committee, the event was presented as a part of the Provost’s series on the University’s “wicked problems” to address sexual assault in the current political climate. Tara McPherson, a professor at the School of Cinematic Arts, moderated the conversation.last_img read more

Women’s golf in the midst of NCAA’s

first_imgAfter winning the NCAA Central Region  championship on May 8, the women’s golf team will test its momentum at this week’s NCAA championships in North Carolina, with play beginning Tuesday and going through Friday.This is the 13th straight year the No. 3 team has advanced to the national championship under coach Andrea Gaston, though she treats every year as a new challenge.“I don’t take the 13 years for granted because, especially now,  I see a lot more competitiveness across the country,” Gaston said.Led by three All-Americans, senior Belen Mozo, junior Lizette Salas and sophomore Jennifer Song, the team will vie for its third national title and its second in three years.Song, who is ranked second in the nation overall, looks to be a key player for the Women of Troy after winning two tournaments and placing in the top three in three other tournaments during the 2009-2010 season. She also spent time on the LPGA circuit while in college, where she competed in the Kraft Nabisco National Championship and placed 21st overall.“She does have the ability to rise and she’s shown that by playing in the Nabisco championship,” Gaston said. “She always has a goal of what she’s trying to accomplish.”The No. 10 Salas placed in the top six four times in her last six events of the season, including second place at the Central Region championship, where she finished two strokes behind the leader.Though hampered by injuries during the season, Mozo ranks 34th in the nation and third for the Women of Troy. She also earned 2010 All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors.Joining Mozo in the All-Pac-10 honorable mention category was freshman Cyna Rodriguez. The newcomer, from the Philippines, finished 10th at the Pac-10 championship and 16th at Central Region. Gaston welcomed Rodriguez and said she has kept the team’s spirits high throughout the season.“She really enjoys the team aspect of golf,” Gaston said.  “Keeping her loose and having her have fun is good.”With classes out of session for the year, the team is usually much more focused and ready to compete after the spring semester ends.“We’re through all the finals and we can come here and focus on golf,” Gaston said.The Women of Troy will play with No. 26 South Carolina and No. 4 Arizona in the first two rounds of the tournament.Across town, the top-seeded UCLA Bruins go into the tournament as another legitimate contender. Golf publications across the nation unanimously rank the Bruins as the No. 1 team in the country.Despite the higher stakes and a shot at bragging rights, Gaston said the team should walk away satisfied no matter the eventual outcome.“This is a culmination of a great year,” Gaston said.  “We want to enjoy the championship and making it this far.”last_img read more

InsiderSport: Is it time to eradicate football’s ‘3pm blackout’?

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit Share Share This season’s transformation of UK football broadcasting has led to the resurfacing of a television coverage issue that has been taken at face value for over 60 years now.InsiderSport details why the ‘3pm blackout’ was introduced, as well as what its role is in the modern game. Does it simply represent a broadcasting hindrance, or is it an imperative protection for lower league attendances?Introduced in the 1950s, the rule came about as the Football Association (FA) sought to protect attendances at English football league fixtures. This was an era where 90% of games were played on Saturdays in the mid-afternoon.The rule means that no live football is allowed to be broadcast on English television between 2:45pm – 5:15pm on Saturdays. However, with the globalisation of the game, the only countries where such a law is still implemented today are England, Scotland and Montenegro.The other reason the FA saw the regulation as crucial was to help preserve grassroots football. It was in the hope that more young players and amateurs would continue playing in the district leagues if the appeal of live football on TV was removed during this time. An old but noble reason.The subject once again kicked off in the UK just three months ago when OTT platform and newcomer to the UK sports broadcasting scene, Eleven Sports, opted to defy the law and showed two live Spanish La Liga fixtures during the blackout period.The online streaming service is the creation of Leeds United’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani. The Italian businessman and his Eleven Sports UK company decided to challenge the FA’s ruling head-on.Eleven Sports currently holds the rights to show La Liga and Serie A football in the UK having outbid Sky Sports and BT Sport, respectively, during the summer. Radrizzani’s organisation eventually had to back down in the argument and agree to adhere to the blackout guidelines.“Out of respect for the wishes of our partners, we will, for the time being, no longer show matches during the Saturday afternoon blackout period,” Eleven Sports said in its official statement on the matter.The firm also went on to add that it felt the ruling was “unfit for the modern digital era”. It was suggested by Eleven Sports that maintaining such a law was simply playing into the hands of illegal streaming and IPTV services.“The blackout is one of the biggest generators of piracy in the UK. These games are very easily accessed on illegal sites online and it is naïve to think that fans do not want them because they are not shown on legitimate platforms, except betting sites,” their statement mentioned.While Eleven Sports may have agreed to abide by this ruling, for now, it is surely only a matter of time before the question is asked again – is there any real benefit to this decision which was taken in the 1950s?This law was passed in an age long before subscription TV services such as Eleven Sports, Sky Sports and BT Sports were available. It was from a time when free-to-air channels were the only signals arriving at your TV and you were at the mercy of what your national broadcaster decided to show on any given day.Fast forward over 60 years and television coverage is widespread, instant, and available on all media platforms. Amazon secured the rights to UK coverage of tennis’ US Open a few months back and it’s only a matter of time before the likes of Facebook, YouTube etc delve deeper into the world of live sports streaming.If you go down the illegal route you will have access to live feeds of any UK match you want from the country’s top two football tiers – the Premier League and the Championship. It is this ‘black market’ area of football coverage that Eleven Sports claimed to be up against during the blackout period.However, as archaic as some codes may seem, when in existence for so many years – one could also argue that because of the age we live in with advanced technology and immediate access to worldwide sports coverage, maybe the 3pm blackout decree is now more relevant than ever.There has been a common theme bemoaned by thousands in the Premier League era – the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Well, the 3pm blackout rule at least tries, in some way, to protect the lower league clubs who need the support of their local communities. These smaller clubs are not sheltered by multi-million pound TV deals. They need the feet through the turnstiles, the people in the seats, the pies purchased at half-time.While we pay more for football coverage to be at the level it is now, there is no harm, and quite a lot of good in preserving one segment of a Saturday afternoon for ‘local’ football. Get your kids out to see their team and maybe they’ll grow to love some small-time heroes instead of the big names we all know of.The 3pm blackout rule is crucial while there are still lower league clubs to support.last_img read more

Clippers reportedly eyeing Jerry West for advisory role

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error West would instantly enhance the team’s credibility and cachet, especially with Paul, Griffin and J.J. Redick about to become free agents and their decisions potentially upending the franchise’s trajectory.Despite their place as self-described championship contenders, the Clippers have never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs and in April lost to the Utah Jazz in seven games, their second consecutive first-round exit from the playoffs.If he made the surprise move to the Clippers, West would in a sense be following in the footsteps of one of his former Lakers Hall of Fame teammates. Elgin Baylor was the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations from 1986-2008. Before turning their attention to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin later this summer, the Clippers appear focused on another free-agent-to-be.A 79-year-old one.Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Coach Doc Rivers have reportedly met with Jerry West, who built a Hall of Fame career as a player, coach and executive with the Lakers, about joining the Clippers in an advisory role similar to the one he has held with the Golden State Warriors since 2011.According to’s Marc Stein, the Clippers are serious about luring West away from Golden State when his contract ends in July.center_img Why would he leave Golden State? For starters, West continues to live in Los Angeles, shuttling back and forth to the Bay Area for his Warriors duties. Second, he has never been afraid to step away on his own terms. West had been associated with the Lakers since 1960 when he left in 2000, after the first of three consecutive championships, and went on to help rebuild the Memphis Grizzlies before joining the Warriors.A move to the Clippers also would no doubt upset much of the Los Angeles basketball establishment, and irritate the Lakers – something in which those atop the Clippers would take no small amount of pleasure. However, Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss had her chance to prevent what could no doubt make for awkward optics.Before Buss hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in February to lead the Lakers’ front office, West was regarded as a candidate to rejoin the mix, and those close to the Hall of Famer have indicated he was excited about a potential homecoming.“He wanted it more than anything,” one source said.West is reportedly under contract with the Warriors through July, cracking open the door for other teams to try to woo him. However, Warriors owner Joe Lacob has made it clear he hopes to retain West, telling the Bay Arena News Group last month, “We would love him back, and we’ve made that known.”last_img read more

Lamont Peterson retires after loss to Sergey Lipinets

first_img“It’s been a long career, but today is the day and I thank you for the support throughout my career,” he told Fox Sports during an in-ring interview. “I love you all, I’m always going to support this area, but I’m sure it’s time for me to hang it up and I just want to say I appreciate you all, thanks a bunch. I couldn’t go out a better way, at home, main event and this is going to be the last time you see me in the ring. Thanks for everything.”Peterson (35-5-1) finishes his career as a former WBO and IBF light-welterweight champion.Lipinets (15-1) landed the decisive blows towards the end of the 10th round, dropping Peterson. Join DAZN and Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs on May 4After losing, Peterson confirmed the fight — his 41st — would be the last of his professional career. Lamont Peterson announced his retirement after losing to Sergey Lipinets on Sunday.Peterson, 35, was dropped late in the 10th round at the MGM National Harbor after an action-packed fight between the former champions.last_img read more