Who can we trust on local TV news?

first_imgI was appalled to see Liz Bishop kowtowing to Sinclair Broadcast Group and spewing its propaganda. Disgusting. She is so much better than that. I worked for TV-10 and the state Health Department for many years and never did I lie.A couple of times I came close to being fired, but I stood my ground. What the heck happened to Liz? I am so disappointed. This is why I don’t watch local TV news anymore. When they can turn Liz, no one can be trusted.Kristine SmithDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Decatur County road closes for bridge work

first_imgDecatur County, In. — Decatur County Road 1100 South between County Roads 300 West & 400 West will be closed on Wednesday, August 22 from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a bridge deck pour. Weather conditions could change the work schedule.About 45 days from now a similar closure will be conducted in order to pour the deck on the other side of the bridge.last_img

Whicker: Free agency proves the NBA is a league for all seasons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt shows how the NBA virtually dominates our entire calendar.It is also one of the great legacies of LeBron James.As we await the leakage of the white smoke that will tell us where Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant are playing next year, we are reminded of the way Durant lured the Warriors to the Hamptons three summers ago and signed what would become two championship banners.We remember how James tantalized us with The Homecoming to Cleveland in 2014, and how he interrupted our Sunday cookouts when he committed to the Lakers. (He never called it a Homestaying.)For that matter, you heard the huzzahs from every beach a few days earlier, when the Lakers got Steve Nash. In real terms this began in 2010, when James put Clevelanders through an emotional car wash and announced, at the end of a tawdry 30-minute ESPN special, that he was taking his talents to South Beach. The subsequent burning of No. 23 jerseys was the most famous Cleveland fire since the Cuyahoga River.Sure, stars had left before, like Shaquille O’Neal left Orlando for L.A. in 1996. But the Larry Bird free agency clause, allowing teams to exceed the salary cap to keep their own players, usually held sway.It promoted stability. Bird, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan are associated with one uniform (no throwbacks or alternate jerseys, either).There were trades. The 76ers gave up Caldwell Jones and a first-rounder to get Moses Malone and, ergo, a title in 1983. The Celtics picked up Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in trades that cost them Theo Ratliff, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and three first-round draft choices. This left them with a skeleton crew that Danny Ainge artfully fattened with James Posey, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Tony Allen. The Celtics pulverized the Lakers in the 2008 Finals.But James was the NBA’s first real Lone Arranger, the one who became director, producer and casting director.None of these free agents will have James’ influence, but they will be the primary determinants of the 2019-20 season.As it turned out, the Toronto-San Antonio trade was the defining moment of last summer. Leonard and Danny Green became Raptors, DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl became Spurs. The risk was that the rehabbing Leonard would play a sabbatical season and then sign elsewhere. Instead, he and Toronto won a championship and now there’s every reason for Leonard to stay.This, of course, is a delicious time for a league that once begged for attention in January. And remember when Jordan was going to retire and take all the NBA’s eyeballs with him?Years ago, the NBA generally had one game on Christmas Day, matching teams that moaned about sacrificing the holiday. Now there are five Christmas games, all status symbols. Imagine Christmas 2019 and a menu of Lakers-New Orleans, Toronto-Philadelphia, Houston-Golden State, Clippers-Milwaukee and Denver-Portland. Or make up your own lineup.Then the NBA takes us to the All-Star Game and the trade deadline and the playoffs. Shortly after that comes the sensory overload that has become the draft, with a televised combine as the lead-in.Then come the NBA Awards, on a Monday night with a red carpet and the whole league on hand. Remember when they used to parcel out those awards at halftime during the playoffs, and when Dirk Nowitzki glumly accepted his MVP long after the top-seeded Mavericks were eliminated? This is much better.Then comes free agency, followed by the bewildering success of the NBA Summer League.It is quite a takeover, fueled by a procession of identifiable stars and a sudden sense of unpredictability. Wasn’t Boston supposed to win the East? Weren’t the Lakers supposed to make the playoffs? Wasn’t Giannis Antetokounmpo a stretchy No. 10 pick in the first round, and nobody’s idea of an MVP?The league that compensates its players like no other is also the league that encourages their free expression and nurtures their humanity. It captures our consciousness, year-round, because it deserves to.The Decision moved this process. Like most decisions, it had consequences. On Sunday, the 10th official day of summer, we will play volleyball, grill some tri-tips, ride bikes and watch basketball.The season itself might not be endless, but the game is.The Free Agent Shopping Network has become the most consequential day in every NBA season that does not have a Game 7 in the Finals.It is certainly more compelling than anything else going on in sports that day, with sincere apologies to the U.S. Women’s National Team and the various home run/strikeout practitioners around us.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Valentine Holmes misses Australia, but his ‘best is yet to come’ in the NFL

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/40/d3/valentine-holmes-081619-getty-ftrjpg_pkn3jis2vu6v1touu0pakep8f.jpg?t=-1703654396&w=500&quality=80 But there’s something that has been on the superstar rugby player’s mind since he jumped across the pond and joined the New York Jets this offseason.”Probably coffee, is the main thing,” Holmes told Sporting News, with nostalgic eyes. “The one thing I always think about is coffee. They don’t really do nice coffee here — sorry.”2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:How Jets will fare in AFC East, conferenceIn a nutshell, that’s Holmes: calm, collected, unconcerned. He welcomes the stage of the big city and the big moment. While coffee is a good wake-up call, the 24-year-old rolling the dice on an NFL career probably comes on like a brick to the face.Going from being a record-breaking superstar in the National Rugby League to trying to break in with an NFL team is no easy task, but Holmes has made his presence felt with the Jets. As part of the NFL’s International Pathway program, Holmes has found himself in the mix returning punts and getting a few snaps out of the backfield as a running back.A gridiron is just a bit different from the rugby pitch, on which Holmes set records and won championships. He was a member of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, making his pro debut at age 19, and was a winger on for the championship squad in 2016. Holmes also helped secure a World Cup for Australia as a member of the the Australian rugby national team in 2017.”Helped” might be an understatement: Holmes was the tournament’s top try scorer with 12, a record. He also set the record for trys, with six, in the semifinal matchup vs. Fiji.Those records, respectfully, mean nothing in Florham Park.MORE: NFL QBs with most to prove in 2019Holmes is starting from Square 1 in a brand new sport and is competing in a loaded running back room — led by superstar free-agent signee Le’Veon Bell and veteran Ty Montgomery — and finding a niche as a punt returner. While he’s competing, Holmes is finding a lot of value in learning, as well — and his teammates are a big part of that, including fellow Aussie and Jets punter Lachlan Edwards.”(Lachlan) helped me out when I first came in April for preseason,” Holmes said. “He just let me know what it’s like, what to get used to. ‘It’ll get easy as you stay longer, you get to know the boys.'”I don’t really see too much of him, because he’s a punter. He goes to different classrooms and trains at different times. But I catch up with him every now and then at lunch.”The learning didn’t stop with Edwards, though.”It’s awesome — just coming to training everyday, hanging out with the running back class, even these other boys, all the offensive players,” Holmes told SN. “It’s awesome just to rub shoulders and communicate with them, learn off each other.”Just today, I was learning off of Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Eli (McGuire) and (Trenton) Cannon, what they were doing. It’s been great since being here, they’ve been helping me out a lot.” FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Valentine Holmes misses home.Now on the opposite end of the globe from where he was born and raised, there’s a lot about Australia for which he yearns: his wife and puppy dog, the weather, the beaches — even if it’s winter there currently — chief among them. With the preseason yet to unfold — while the same can be said of Holmes’ NFL career — there are many questions left unanswered. Playing time and position are the most obvious. Holmes is unsure how it’ll shake out. He is adamant he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him as he continues to learn and grow.But there’s a simple message he’d like to deliver to as it all happens.”The best is yet to come. Just hold on.” The education seems to be paying off and turning some heads. Montgomery believes Holmes is the “LeBron James of rugby.” Coaches and teammates have been impressed with his toughness. But more than his reputation or his aura, Holmes has sure hands and seems to find himself in the right part of the field at the right time — two key aspects to becoming an NFL player — while demonstrating a dose of signature rugby toughness. It has caught the eyes of some coaches, including the man in charge.”He’s picking up the offense, that hasn’t really been his issue,” Gase told media after practice earlier in August. “It’s just when everything starts moving super fast, he’s trying to get used to that, and I think it’s starting to work for him. It’s slowing down for him and I think it just keeps slowing down.”Gase praised Holmes’ ability to pick up on the playbook — a daunting task for anyone, let alone someone learning a brand-new sport — which is an impressive feat in itself. Given Gase’s reputation for being an offensive guru whose scheme features intricacies and high-level concepts, Holmes’ grasp of the playbook is more impressive.That doesn’t mean Holmes is guaranteed a spot on the roster come September; Gase stressed that there’s still room for growth.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS:Jets surge upward with new look for 2019While Holmes is learning what to do on the field, learning to play it in the biggest sports market in the world just adds to the equation. He’s not totally foreign to the area, after all — he’s actually pretty familiar with New York; he has been to the Big Apple more than a handful of times and got his first taste of appreciation for American football some years ago.”I was a fan of the Giants,” Holmes said with a guilty smile. “That was the first real, live NFL game I went to — Giants vs. Colts. Since then, obviously they’ve had some real classy players, classy years. That’s the team I’ve mostly supported.”Holmes’ fandom for football goes beyond just the Giants, though. While he made a name for himself playing rugby, Holmes has wanted to compete in the NFL for a long time, with interest coming to a head back to the international pro day in Los Angeles in 2016. Holmes said roughly 15 teams were interested in him following that workout.”What it came down to, I just wanted to test myself as a player, a person, an athlete and see if I can come over here and test myself among these guys. So far, I’m here now, just finishing up training camp, I’m just having fun at the same time, enjoying it. It is a lifelong dream.”Holmes understands that all of Australia has its eyes on him as he trains and tries to steal a roster spot, but he isn’t losing sight of the true reason he made this move to the NFL.”I’m just doing this for myself, my family,” Holmes said. “I’m not really thinking about anyone else. Some people are supporting me and following me, some people aren’t. Obviously, I would like to do everyone proud who has supported me, I don’t want to look like a bust out here.”last_img read more