Fulham v Aston Villa: play-off final player ratings

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Aleksandar Mitrovic: 7Did well to hold the ball up against an experienced defence, and drew the challenge from which James Chester was booked.Oliver Norwood: 8Brilliant, late challenge denied Conor Hourihane from a dangerous position. Tomas Kalas and Cyrus Christie also did well defensively when they later came on as as substitutes too. Denis Odoi: 5Produced a potentially-crucial block from Lewis Grabban’s close-range shot but was sent off following a second yellow, which invited pressure.Matt Targett: 6Unusually offered little going forward, largely because of Villa’s second-half response.Kevin McDonald: 7Midfielder provided the discipline his team required as they sought to stretch Villa.Embed from Getty Images See also:Jokanovic wants Fulham to spend after promotion triumphFulham want Jokanovic to sign new contractFulham’s Fredericks looks set to join West Ham Fulham are back in the Premier League. Tom Cairney’s goal at Wembley gave them victory in the play-off final, taking them into the top flight after a four-year absence. Here’s how we rated each Whites player in the win against Aston Villa. Marcus Bettinelli: 6Produced a fine save to deny Jack Grealish at 1-0 up in the second half.Ryan Fredericks: 7Attacking threat often forced Grealish to defend and abandon his attacking instincts.Tim Ream: 6A calm presence in a defence that was under consistent pressure throughout the second half.Embed from Getty Images Stefan Johansen: 6Wasted a fine chance to put Fulham 2-0 up, settle their nerves and arrest Villa’s momentum. But overall he did well in midfield.Tom Cairney: 8His composed finish gave his team the lead they deserved and provided the platform for victory.Aboubakar Kamara: 8Came close to scoring, at 0-0, with a promising chance he created for himself, and was unfortunate not to be rewarded with a goal.Ryan Sessegnon: 8Again demonstrated his potential and vision with the superb through-ball that created Cairney’s goal.Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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UFC champion Henry Cejudo makes it to the Guinness Book of Records amid COVID-19 crisis

first_imgLast Updated: 27th March, 2020 16:45 IST UFC Champion Henry Cejudo Makes It To The Guinness Book Of Records Amid COVID-19 Crisis UFC double champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records after accomplishing a remarkable feat. COMMENT Raj Sarkar Written By LIVE TV ‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo is regarded as the “king of cringe” in the UFC universe but that doesn’t change fact that he is the only individual on the planet to win an Olympic gold medal and two different titles in UFC. The unfortunate outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has forced UFC to cancel their three upcoming events.Henry Cejudo, therefore, is going to remain inactive in combat sports for the next couple of weeks. However, that hasn’t stopped him from accomplishing greatness amidst such a medical crisis. Henry Cejudo has added one more feather to his cap by cementing his name in the Guinness Book of Records.Also Read | Coronavirus update: Conor McGregor Donates €1 Million To Help His Country Battle Coronavirus PandemicUFC: Henry Cejudo record makes it to Guinness Book of Records ESPN MMA recently posted a video from their official Instagram handle in which ‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo is spotted showcasing the Guinness Book of Records to the fans. As Henry Cejudo went on to turn the pages, he found himself in the book. Henry Cejudo is mentioned in the book as the first Olympic gold medallist and UFC champion of the world. UFC fans have been buzzing with excitement since ESPN MMA revealed the video through their Instagram handle.Also Read | UFC President Dana White Finalises UFC 249 Location, Reiterates ‘behind Closed Doors’ RuleUFC: Coronavirus updatecenter_img The unfortunate outbreak of coronavirus has forced UFC to cancel and postpone their upcoming events. However, UFC 249 headlined by Khabib vs Ferguson is still scheduled to take place on April 18. UFC president Dana White recently claimed that they have finalised a location for UFC 249 and Khabib vs Ferguson is going to take place with just ten people in attendance behind closed doors.Also Read | Guinness Book of records:  Dwayne Johnson Is In Guinness Book Of Records And It Is Not For WrestlingAlso Read | UFC 249: Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeats Tony Ferguson In Official UFC Simulation Game(Image courtesy: ESPN MMA and UFC.com) SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 27th March, 2020 16:45 IST WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Two wins for Ireland on Hickstead opening day

first_img 21 June 2013, 13:51 Tags: Two wins for Ireland on Hickstead opening day Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Two wins for Ireland on Hickstead opening day IRISH riders won two out of the three international competitions on the first day (Thursday) of the famous Hickstead Derby Meeting in West Sussex.The opening class, The Camardo Coffee Speed Derby Qualifier, was won by Ireland’s Ger Clarke and the Irish Sport Horse Kellswater Crimson, but Richard Howley and Zantiago RV were less than two seconds behind, with David Simpson providing the third Irish top placing with a fourth on the bay gelding Arantos.A second Irish win followed closely, with Tipperary’s Sussex-based Shane Breen scorching home in the Stone Jewellers Vase class with over three seconds in hand on the bay mare Zarnita. Runner-up was Sweden’s Angelie von Essen and Nickie Mill.Victory in tonight’s feature class, the 1m50 Jump Off, was taken by Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Sharbatly and the mare Buckskin, but Shane Breen also went double clear on the irish Sport Horse Cos I Can to claim third place. Co. Down’s Dermott Lennon and Vampire did not make the second round, but finished in ninth, while Sven Hadley and the Irish Sport Horse Realt na Carraig took tenth place.The famous Hickstead Derby takes place on Sunday.BREEDINGKellswater Crimson (ISH) – 2000 chestnut gelding by Cruising (ISH) out of Cool Rain Clover (ID), by Clover Hill (ID C1). Bred by Rory Fox, Colraine Bungalow, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Owner/Rider: Gerard Clarke (IRL)Cos I Can (ISH) – 2003 bay gelding by Olympic Lux (KWPN) out of Carel View Lass (ISH), by Harlequin De Carel (SF). Bred by John Griffin, Ballyvogue House, Asketon, Co. Limerick. Owner/Rider: Shane Breen (IRL)last_img read more

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Ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel and his family ‘racially abused by Fenerbahce fans’ as Trabzonspor take legal action

first_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels TRABZONSPOR have confirmed an official criminal complaint over racist abuse allegedly suffered by John Obi Mikel.A group Fenerbahce fans are said to have targeted the Nigerian midfielder after their Super Lig meeting on Saturday.Obi Mikel joined Trabzonspor in the summerCredit: Getty Images – GettyLocal media claim that thousands of abusive messages were sent to Obi Mikel’s social media accounts, as well as to his family, as his side won the encounter 2-1.On Monday afternoon, Trabzonspor released a statement announcing their criminal complaint over the matter.It read: “Racism is a refuge for helpless and ignorant people.“Our player, Obi Mikel, condemns the racist attacks after the Fenerbahce match. “We inform the public that we have filed a criminal complaint against the culprits.”It has also been reported, but not confirmed, that the former Chelsea man will file his own case to authorities.Obi Mikel, 32, played the entirety of the match at Trabzon’s Senol Gunes Stadium.This is his first season in Turkey after leaving Middlesbrough in the summer, making 22 appearances so far.In an Instagram post following the win, he chose to pay tribute to his team and fans, writing: “Great victory tonight, amazing team spirit, thank you to our amazing fans.”Turkish keeper Ugurcan Cakir shows off his skills in Trabzonspor training 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures!center_img Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

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F1 Austrian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Bottas WINS, Hamilton only FOURTH after penalty, Norris first podium finish

first_img Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 nWHAT A RACE!!!

nHere’s your top 10

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So here’s how the top 10 finished after Bottas wins in Austria.


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US astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks American spaceflight record

first_img Related NASA/Bill Ingalls(NEW YORK) — U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson is smashing records left and right.Whitson, 57, broke the record for the most cumulative time in space by an American astronaut early Monday, streaking past the 534-day record previously held by Jeff Williams. The 879-day global record, held by Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, still stands.By the time Whitson returns to Earth in September, she will have spent 666 days in space. She hopes she won’t hold the title for long. It is one of those rides that you hope never ends. I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions! #LifeInSpace pic.twitter.com/msjKSg6WWH— Peggy Whitson (@AstroPeggy) April 23, 2017President Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump called into the ISS from the Oval Office to congratulate Whitson on her achievement Monday morning.“This is a very special day in the glorious history of American space flight…That’s an incredible record to break,” President Trump said. “And on behalf of our nation, and frankly, on behalf of the world, I’d like to congratulate you. That is really something.”Whitson said it was an huge honor to break this record and to represent everyone at NASA “who make this space flight possible and who make me setting this record feasible.”She also said the International Space Station is providing “a key bridge from us living on earth to going somewhere in deep space,” and it is crucial to the Mars mission.President Trump asked about a timeline for sending Americans to Mars, to which Whitson responded, “It will approximately be in the 2030s.”Trump then said he hopes to make that happen in his first or second term, “So we’ll have to speed that up a little bit, OK?” Trump said.“We’ll do our best,” said Whitson, laughing.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticocenter_img At 1:27 a.m. ET on April 24, @AstroPeggy has officially broken @Astro_Jeff‘s record of 534 days in space. Wish her well with #CongratsPeggy! pic.twitter.com/ylZtOwt4lA— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 24, 2017“I’m not here because of the record,” Whitson told ABC News’ David Kerley via video teleconference from aboard the International Space Station earlier this month. “I’m definitely here for conducting the science.”Whitson said the research she’s doing is “a really important stepping stone” to sending astronauts on even longer missions to Mars — “the sooner the better.”“We still have some critical questions to answer,” she told Kerley, including around the medical complications that come with living in zero gravity, like effects on bone density and muscle constriction, she told Kerley.“I think the biggest hurdle probably for the human body is going to be the radiation … and probably the easiest solution is to get there faster so that you take less risk along the way.” she said.Whitson, an Iowa native, is no stranger to shattering records. In 2008, she became the first woman to command the ISS, and just last month — during her eighth spacewalk — Whitson surpassed NASA’s Sunita Williams for the woman with the most cumulative “extra-vehicular activity” time.Her journey hasn’t always been smooth sailing.During re-entry following her second mission in 2008, her Soyuez capsule experienced a technical glitch, sending it hurtling into a violent dive and exposing the crew to forces eight times more powerful than the earth’s gravity for more than a minute.Nevertheless, her time in space is “one of those rides you hope never ends,” Whitson tweeted Sunday. “I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions.”last_img read more

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Five Ravens make the CBS Top 100 NFL players of 2020 list

first_imgS Earl Thomas: OT Ronnie Stanley: No.27 He is the Ravens’ biggest offseason acquisition from aliteral and potential impact standpoint that will greatly improve theirinterior pass rush and has the versatility to line up on the edge as well. He’sbeen a model of consistency throughout his career, recording at least fivesacks in every season dating back to his second year in the league (2009).Campbell seems to age like fine wine and gets better and better as his careergoes along. He’s putting up better numbers in his 30s than he was when heentered the league 13 years ago as a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinalsout of the University of Miami. He amassed 48.5 sacks in his 20s from 2008-2015and since he turned 30, he has recorded 39.5 sacks and counting including acareer-high 14.5 in 2017 when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was third second-year players to break out in 2019by starting all 16 games at right tackle, allowing just three sacks and beingcredited with only three penalties per Pro Football Focus. Brown was a mauler inthe Ravens’ record-setting run game and improved in pass protection as well. Hewas Pro Bowl first alternate and with another year in the league, he could findhimself ranked among the league’s best like his bookend buddy on the left sidewho was an All-Pro first-team selection. In closing, the Ravens were well represented on thelist and tied for the second-most players by any team. However, if Prisco hadincluded specialist on his list or comprised a list of the 100 best specialteams player heading into 2020, the Wolf Pack—kicker Justin Tucker, punter SamKoch, and long snapper Morgan Cox—would definitely crack the top half of thelist with Tuck occupying the No.1 spot.Please follow and like us: He has been an ascending talent since he was a rookieand officially broke out in 2019 by leading the team with a career-high 9.5sacks, tying for fourth in the league in quarterback hits, and getting named tohis first Pro Bowl. The Ravens placed the franchise tag on him this offseasonwith hopes of signing him to a long-term deal or at least having a proven passrush presence on the edge for at least one more season. Since he’ll be playingon a one-year deal, Judon will be as motivated as ever to not leave any shroudpf doubt that he’s worth a significant financial investment. His former teammate in the Emerald City, RichardSherman of the San Francisco 49ers, made an appearance on the list at No.57which is well deserved because he proved that he’s still one of the bestcorners in the league. However, the safety position as a whole didn’t get a lotof love from Prisco with the highest-ranked player at the position being theKansas City Chiefs’ Tryann Mathieu so leaving Thomas off is more of areflection of his view on the position itself more so than the players andtheir value around the league and to their team’s overall success. DE Calais Campbell: No.39 He bounced back as well as anyone could have imagined from his broken leg that ended his final season with the Seahawks after nine great seasons and became a stabilizing force in the Ravens secondary. Thomas was the eraser that helped their defense cut down on big plays down the field once the starting lineup crystallized and a veteran leader in the locker room as well as on the gridiron. CB Marlon Humphrey: 59 For a player that broke out in a big way in 2019 andbecame one of the premier pass-catching tight ends in the game in the process,dead last on the list seems more than a tad bit disrespectful. Especially whenthere are other players at his position and other pass catchers period thatdidn’t have the kind of impact on their team’s offense in the way that the 2019Pro Bowler was for the Ravens last year and projects be heading into 2020 andbeyond. CB Marcus Peters: He is the other half of arguably the best cornerbacktandem in the league that I mention above when referring to Humphrey and he isthe only All-Pro corner not to make list—which is mindboggling. Peters joinedthe team midway through last season and along with the ascension of Chuck Clarkinto the starting lineup, was the catalyst for the secondary and defense as awhole recovering from a rocky start to the season and finishing as a top-fiveunit in the league. He instantly became the ballhawk that they have beenmissing in the backend since Ed Reed left following the 2012 Superbowl winningseason. He went from one of the best young defenders in theleague to just one of the best regardless in 2019 and is the only first-teamAll-Pro corner on the list to rank outside of the top 55. Humphrey highlightsthe best and deepest secondary in the league and is part of arguably the bestcornerback tandem in the league as well. Prisco wrote, “He isn’t great againstthe run, but he’s a smooth cover corner”. While he is spot on about him beingsmooth in coverage with the way he mirrors opposing receivers as if he wasrunning the route right alongside them, he couldn’t be more wrong about hisability to defend the run well. He recorded an interception in his very first gamewith the Ravens and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown, jumped another one afew weeks later and took it back 90 yards for a score and intercepted a pass onMonday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams—the team that traded him tomake room for Jalen Ramsey who hasn’t made an All-Pro team since 2017 yetranked No.26 on this list whereas Peters was off it entirely. OLB Matthew Judon: Humphrey’s physicality at the line of scrimmage whenhe is checking receivers before plastering them all over the field extends tohis mentality when it comes to defending the run. He’s one of the suresttacklers on the team and has made several stops behind the line of scrimmageand deep in the backfield on ball carriers trying to get to the edge. That designation went to New Orleans Saint’s righttackle Ryan Ramczyk. He also made the All-Pro first team like Stanley in 2019but not the Pro Bowl. He is known for being a dominant force as run blocker andwon Pro Football Focus’ Run Blocker of the Year Award for a second straight.However, Stanley was not only the best passing blocking offensive tackle in theleague last season which earned him PFF’s Pass Blocker of the Year award, healso dominated as a run blocker. According to PFF, the Ravens averaged 7.2yards a carry running behind Stanley on the left whereas the Saints averaged arespectable 5.4 running behind Ramczyk on the right. Bud Dupree of the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers also got franchise tagged this offseason after recording a career-high 11 sacks last season made the list at No.60—one spot after Humphrey—but 2019 was his first year of really god production considering where he was drafted whereas Judon, a former fifth-round pick out of a small school, has vastly outplayed his draft status. Not ranked- He broke out last season and was widely recognized asthe best left tackle in the game for his pass protecting prowess and wasinstrumental in Jackson’s dramatic improvement as a passer from his rookieseason because the first-team All-Pro selection kept him upright so that hecould throw his league-leading 36 passing touchdowns which included aleague-high 25 from the pocket. Despite not allowing a single sack last seasonand giving up just six quarterback pressures in 16 games, he wasn’t even thetop-ranked offensive tackle on this list. He’ll be a welcomed addition to the roster as aplaymaker and the locker room as a veteran leader. Many of the defensivelinemen ranked ahead of him on the list are much younger and have beenproductive and dominant but not as dominant as Campbell who could be set up tohave himself another career year with the Ravens this year since they havequality depth behind him and he’ll be able to stay fresh in their regularrotation. The Grand Valley State alum has been much more of a consistent player and edge presence against both the run and the pass than the former first-rounder out of the SEC powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs who only has one season of all-around good play and still didn’t make the Pro Bowl despite recording two more sacks, two more tackles for loss, 14 more total tackles and the same amount of quarterback hits as Judon. QB Lamar Jackson: No.7 He followed a solid rookie season with a sensationalsophomore one where he finished as the team’s leader in receiving yards,receptions, and receiving touchdowns. Andrews was Jackson’s most trusted targetin the passing game during his MVP campaign and was a dynamo for fantasyfootball owners that picked him up in the later rounds. Las Vegas Raider tightend Darren Waller, formerly of the Ravens, also broke out in 2019 and while hehauled in 26 more passes and recorded 293 more yards than Andrews, he caughtseven fewer touchdowns and didn’t make the Pro Bowl yet he ranked 21 spotsahead of him on Prisco’s list. He led off the article mentioning the reigning league MVP that racked up all types of franchise and league records last season, yet he didn’t have him in the top three or even the top five for that matter. To go from being on hardly ranked on any one’s list to cracking the top 10 is a remarkable feat but to have him ranked below players like Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Christian McCaffery of the Carolina Panthers—who were both in MVP discussions with Jackson for part of the year but got no votes when the time came since he became the only player since Tom Brady in 2010 win it unanimously—is downright disrespectful. The only player listed above Jackson heading into the 2020 season with a leg to stand on is Patrick Mahomes who tops the list at No.1 and even that is debatable if you remove recency bias since his incredible playoff run is the last actual major sporting event that we all remember. CBS Sports senior writer Pete Prisco recently released his top 100 NFL player rankings heading into the 2020 season and five Baltimore Ravens made the list. Read about who got ranked where and who got left off below: TE Mark Andrews: No.100 OT Orlando Brown Jr:last_img read more

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Son of former NFL player arrested on charges for parents’ murders

first_imgAuthorities have arrested the son of a former NFL player who was found dead with his wife at the couple’s home last week in Long Prairie, Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Sunday.Dylan Bennett, 22, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, Barry Bennett and Carol Bennett. A four-day manhunt ended Saturday in Cancun, Mexico, after his phone and credit card purchases were tracked. “It’s incomprehensible,” said Dave Gibson, Barry’s longtime friend and former high school teammate. “I don’t know what the demons were stirring around in his mind and heart that would drive him to this point.” Andrew Luck retires: Colts quarterback’s NFL career in numbers Lamar Miller injury update: Texans running back (knee) believed to have torn ACL Andrew Luck retires: ‘Injuries have taken my joy of the NFL away’ Barry was 63 and his wife was 66.According to the report, Dylan had contacted Todd County (Minnesota) Sheriff Steve Och and disclosed his intention to turn himself in to the FBI before Mexican law enforcement captured him first. Related News According to Gibson, Dylan struggled with confidence and mental health issues.Barry, who was a defensive lineman during his 11-year NFL career, and his wife were found dead Wednesday afternoon by a friend who went to check on them after calls and texts went unanswered. An autopsy indicated they had been shot to death Monday.Barry played mostly for the Saints (1978-81), who drafted him in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft, and Jets (1982-88). He played one game with the Vikings in 1988. His best season was with the Jets in 1985, when he recorded 7.5 sacks in 16 starts.last_img read more

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Review: ‘Making a Murderer’ depicts justice gone awry

first_img FILE – In this March 13, 2007 file photo, Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis. The Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” tells the story of a Wisconsin man wrongly convicted of sexual assault only to be accused, along with his nephew, of killing a photographer two years after being released. An online petition has collected hundreds of thousands of digital signatures seeking a pardon for the pair of convicted killers-turned-social media sensations based on a Netflix documentary series that cast doubt on the legal process. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) This image released by Netflix shows Steven Avery, right, in the Netflix original documentary series “Making A Murderer.” An online petition has collected hundreds of thousands of digital signatures seeking a pardon for a pair of convicted killers-turned-social media sensations based on the Netflix documentary series that cast doubt on the legal process. (Netflix via AP) NEW YORK | “Making a Murderer” is the latest series to demand you not just watch, but binge.But since its Netflix debut on Dec. 18, it’s become even more encompassing: a Thing, a budding cultural phenomenon, whose subject is emerging as a painful cause celebre.Few series pack a punch like this, and, further stoking your moral outrage, the tale this 10-hour docuseries tells is real.center_img “Making a Murderer” chronicles the hardship of Steven Avery, an otherwise obscure member of a salvage-yard family in Wisconsin’s rural Manitowoc County.It begins in 2003 with video of Avery returning home after 18 years’ imprisonment for sexual assault, a crime of which he was belatedly exonerated thanks to DNA evidence proving him innocent.A stubby overgrown elf with a bushy beard and a beaming smile, Avery, at 41, claims to have left any anger at this miscarriage of justice at the jailhouse door. Calling himself “the happiest man on Earth,” he now is eager to resume normal life.If only.Early buzz for this series has spiked into a roar. Online petitions have sprung to life on Avery’s behalf while passionate comments punctuate social media. A guessing game proposes who should play him in a feature film (among the candidates: Joshua Jackson and Zach Galifianakis). Even a “Making a Murderer” spoof by Seth Meyers kicked off Monday’s “Late Night.”The less you know about Avery’s ordeal, the more you will be rocked by “Making a Murderer.” Suffice it to say, the series depicts a systemic vendetta waged against him by police and the courts. And it only heated up after his rape conviction was overturned.Law enforcement “despised” him, one observer declares in the series’ first moments. “Steven Avery was a shining example of their inadequacies, their misconduct.”And a member of Avery’s family recalls her advice upon his release. “Be careful,” she says she cautioned him. “They are not even close to being done with you.”Make no mistake, Steven Avery is no angel. As a teen, he had his scrapes with the law. “I was young and stupid,” he acknowledges.More problematic, he and his cousin Sandra Morris habitually quarreled. In early 1985, an altercation (Avery bumped her car with his) led to a criminal complaint lodged against him by Morris, who found a sympathetic ear: Her husband was a Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputy.“The Morris case gave them a chance to claim a violent felony had been committed by one of the Averies,” says his court-appointed lawyer, “and, of course, the Sheriff’s Department and the DA took it and ran.”Just a few months later, a prominent citizen was sexually assaulted while jogging on the beach. Despite witness alibis for Avery’s whereabouts, an absence of physical evidence, and knowledge of a plausible suspect (who 18 years later would be convicted with the DNA evidence that won Avery his freedom), Avery was arrested.“The sheriff told me, ‘I got you now’ when I got to jail,” he recalls.After his 2003 exoneration, Avery was a free man, but for just two years. He was then arrested for another crime — this time, a grisly rape and murder. So was his teenage nephew, Brendan Dassey, a few months later.“Making a Murderer” spans more than 30 years, up through 2015, as a gripping thriller of repeated hope and setbacks. Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos draw on archival video, commentary by Avery, footage from courtrooms and police interrogations, and interviews with key figures (including Avery’s supportive, long-suffering parents).The series eschews recreations and other docu-gimmickry, while seizing on a potent visual device: Many audio sequences play over scenes of rusting carcasses in Avery’s Auto Salvage yard. It’s as if to say, the Avery family deals with wreckage in plain sight, rather than the wreckage of a legal system fiercely kept under wraps by its custodians.In the face of what seems, at minimum, reasonable doubt surrounding Avery, now 53, as well as his nephew, the series may offer a broader message: “We can all say that we’re never gonna commit a crime,” says Jerry Buting, one of Avery’s defense lawyers. “But we can never guarantee that someone will never ACCUSE us of a crime.“And if that happens,” he warns, “then good luck in this criminal justice system.”EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at https://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at https://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-mooreOnline:https://www.netflix.comlast_img read more

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Real Madrid legend Guti sticks up for Gerard Pique

first_imgFormer Real Madrid player José María Gutiérrez ‘Guti’, who is loved by all of Madridismo, has given his opinion on the whistles received by Gerard Pique in Spain’s match in Oviedo. He said it’s never “pleasant” when a player is jeered, especially “when it’s with the national team.”  CEST Guti added that Pique, or any other footballer, “can be judged off the pitch”, but that “to whistle during a player during a game is not good, above all because it’s about things which have nothing to do with sport.”  Among the players who came out in defence of Gerard Pique on Saturday after Spain’s win over Slovakia were Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and the Spain captain Iker Casillas. La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque said the whistling was “lamentable”. 07/09/2015center_img In an event for ‘Global Energy’ in Madrid, Guti placed himself on the side of the “players that have said that there should be no jeering” and he hopes that “in Spain they don’t carry on whistling [Pique].”  Upd. at 18:04 EFElast_img read more

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