Westminster seminar explores ‘conflict and reconciliation’ in the Anglican Communion

first_img By Lynette Wilson Posted Dec 13, 2019 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Westminster Abbey is hosting a series of five daylong seminars between November 2019 and April 2020, in advance of the Lambeth Conference, to be held July 23-Aug. 5, 2020, in Canterbury, England. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – London] As bishops from across the Anglican Communion prepare to gather next summer in Canterbury for the 2020 Lambeth Conference, human sexuality remains a divisive topic, though reconciliation may be possible through appreciation for creation, deep listening and following ecumenical examples toward unity.“God committed God’s self to diversity by the act of creation,” said the Rt. Rev. Victor Atta-Baffoe, bishop of Cape Coast in Ghana, as outlined in the first two chapters of Genesis, and a Christian theology of cultural diversity must be based in two fundamental church doctrines: the act of creation and unity of the human race, and the universality of the church.“The church is a messenger of Christ and must keep in mind the cultural dimensions and identities of human communities; the existence of the multicultural identities in the church is to help improve our knowledge and experiences of the creation of God. It [the church] is also called to denounce all forms of isolationism in order to promote cultural diversity, sensitivity and reconciliation,” continued Atta-Baffoe, reading from his paper “Cultural diversity in the life of Christ,” presented Dec. 9 during an ecclesiological seminar at Westminster Abbey.Atta-Baffoe was among six speakers to present papers during the seminar exploring “Conflict and reconciliation within the Anglican Communion.” The presenters represented four Anglican provinces – the Church of the Province of West Africa, the Church of England, The Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church of Canada – plus one ecumenical partner.This was the second of five daylong events in a seminar series hosted by Westminster Abbey, in partnership with the Anglican Communion Office. The one-day seminars have been scheduled between November 2019 and April 2020, in advance of the 2020 Lambeth Conference, to be held July 23-Aug. 5 in Canterbury, England. Admission to the seminars is free, but tickets are required and seating is limited. Some 40 people attended the Dec. 9 seminar in the abbey’s Jerusalem Chamber.The first seminar in the series explored the fundamentals of Anglicanism. The next seminar, “Harvesting the fruits of international dialogue,” is scheduled for Feb. 17. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge will publish a volume of the papers presented during the series.“One of the offers that the abbey can make to the wider Anglican Communion is the ability to convene and to put together projects which can be of help for the wider communion,” the Rev. Jamie Hawkey, the abbey’s canon theologian, told Episcopal News Service during the lunch break. “So, I thought in advance of the [Lambeth] conference, one of the things we could do would be to offer to the communion this series of five days’ symposia looking at the identity and the nature of Anglicanism at this point in the 21st century.”At the moment, the Anglican Communion is undergoing considerable strain, and the inclination is “to move into ever more bureaucratic ways of managing difference,” Hawkey said. “The answer, I think, to ecclesial difference, the answer to ecclesial diversity, is to intensify the gift of communion.”Pictured at the Dec. 9 seminar at Westminster Abbey are from left, the Rt. Rev. Victor Atta-Baffoe, the Rev. Susan Durber, the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, the Rev. Phil Groves, the Rev. Mark Chapman, the Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt and the Rev. Jamie Hawkey. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceFounded in 1867, the Anglican Communion is the world’s third-largest Christian communion, now with 40 provinces in 138 countries. The first Lambeth Conference was called in 1867 to address disputes that had arisen in South Africa over the practice of polygamy and other theological teachings. Then-Archbishop of Canterbury Charles Longley invited all 144 of the communion’s bishops to the first conference, but only 76 attended, in part because some felt the gathering would only increase confusion about the controversy, according to an 1889 book.“It’s important to note that the Anglican Communion was born in conflict and concern,” noted by the Rev. Mark Chapman, in his paper, “Conflict, Sexuality, and Identity, 1998-2019,” at the seminar’s outset, giving the historical context of the conflict in the communion.Unlike other worldwide religious communions, such as the Roman Catholic Church, no real binding laws exist in the Anglican Communion, said Chapman, a priest in the Church of England and a professor of history and modern theology at the University of Oxford.“Despite calls for a centralized pattern of authority, the resolutions of the bishops have been nothing more than advisory and have no canonical status. Instead, individual churches are free to act as they see fit,” he said.“Nevertheless, from the mid-19th century, when the communion began to develop as a backdrop to the spread of the British Empire, and to some extent, also to the American influence overseas, consultative bodies have emerged for the different churches to discuss matters of mutual concern.”The Lambeth Conference of Bishops convenes approximately every 10 years. It is considered one of four “Instruments of Communion,” or “Unity,” along with the archbishop of Canterbury, who is considered to be the bishops’ “first among equals”; the Primates Meeting, established in 1978; and the Anglican Consultative Council, created at the 1968 Lambeth Conference.The Anglican Consultative Council, or ACC, and the Primates Meeting emerged “out of the need to make decisions more efficiently and in between the gatherings of bishops,” said Chapman.As in 1867, the archbishop of Canterbury issues invitations to the Lambeth Conference. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has invited bishops and a majority of spouses from the Anglican Communion’s 40 provinces and its five extra-provincial areas (Ceylon, Portugal, Spain, Bermuda and the Falkland Islands) to the 2020 gathering at the University of Kent in Canterbury.In February 2019, however, Anglican Communion Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon announced via a blog post that Welby would not extend the invitation to spouses of bishops in same-sex marriages.In the blog post, Idowu-Fearon wrote that the invitation process needed to take into account the Anglican Communion’s position on marriage, which is that of a lifelong union between a man and a woman, as laid out in the much-debated Lambeth 1998 Resolution 110.As it stands, Welby’s decision applies to three bishops – two in the United States and one in the Anglican Church of Canada; however, two additional bishops in same-sex marriages have been elected in The Episcopal Church with consecrations scheduled for February and April 2020.The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and House of Bishops, as well as a number of dioceses, have objected to Welby’s decision, though by inviting “every active bishop,” Welby has gone further than then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who refused to invite the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson to the 2008 Lambeth Conference.The 2008 Lambeth Conference made international headlines when it was thought the Anglican Communion would split over issues of human sexuality and progressive Western influence, precipitated in 2002 when the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Westminster Synod approved blessings for couples in same-sex unions. And, then in 2003, The Episcopal Church elected and later consecrated Robinson, now-retired New Hampshire bishop, as the first openly gay, partnered bishop in the Anglican Communion.Not unlike in 1867, some bishops decided to boycott the 2008 Lambeth Conference and met instead as the Global Anglican Future Conference, or GAFCON. The same bishops plan to boycott Lambeth 2020 and again will hold an alternative conference of bishops in Rwanda in June.The Canadian and American churches’ actions led to the publication of the 2004 Windsor Report, which called for an Anglican Covenant to address common identity and exercise of autonomy, among other communion issues, and for a moratorium on future actions until the church could be of one mind.Then, in 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, The Episcopal Church amended its marriage canon in favor of marriage equality for all Episcopalians.Meeting in October 2017 in Canterbury, the primates issued a communiqué that reiterated their overwhelming desire to walk together in unity, albeit from a distance when faced with differences over issues of human sexuality, such as marriage equality, in their respective provinces. The communiqué built upon a commitment first stated in the 2004 Windsor Report in regard to unity and the Instruments of Communion.“What this bears witness to is the understanding that the churches of the Anglican Communion, if that Communion is to mean anything at all, are obliged to move together, to walk together in synodality,” the report read.The concept of “synodality” was something Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt addressed in his paper, “Walking together and walking apart: Explorations in Anglican Synodality.”The Windsor Report, “to avoid walking apart, called for moratoria across the board on the consecration of bishops in same-sex relationships and on the authorization of liturgies for blessing same-sex relationships and on cross-border interventions,” said Bauerschmidt. “The language of walking together and walking apart has persisted in the communion, though usage has developed even as the moratoria Windsor called for went unobserved in many places.”In January of this year, Bauerschmidt announced that Bishop Brian Cole of East Tennessee will “provide pastoral support” to couples, clergy and congregations who want to solemnize same-sex marriages in Bauerschmidt’s diocese, the Diocese of Tennessee. His announcement came in response to the 79th General Convention Resolution B012, which said that bishops who do not agree with same-sex marriage rites “shall invite, as necessary,” another Episcopal Church bishop to provide “pastoral support” for same-sex couples wishing to marry in their dioceses.Earlier this year, during its General Synod, the Anglican Church of Canada failed to pass a resolution to amend its marriage canon to expressly allow for the solemnization of same-sex marriage, but later its House of Bishops issued a communiqué allowing diocese-based decisions on same-sex marriage according to their contexts and convictions.“We all desire to belong to be welcomed and loved in a community whether in our family or in other communities, we yearn for that place. Such places where you are known and loved even if and when you fail to live up to the values you profess, a place that calls for the best from you and will forgive your failures. A place to give to others from your own gifts, a place to serve and be served, and a place where glimpses of the kingdom of God have seen,” said Archbishop Linda Nicholls, in her paper, “Reconciliation: Our Call and Vocation.”“This is the promise of the family of God, loved and forgiven. We belong by baptism to that family and are called to offer the same to others drawing the circle wide so that all may know the salvation of God,” she said. “That same community that can love and forgive also has the potential to be shattered by our inability to live into all that is required, through lack of forgiveness, selfishness, greed, lust or any of the sins of in life that individuals and communities commit resulting in broken relationships. If we are to be faithful to God and to our baptism, we are called to create communities of grace and practice reconciliation as an essential and daily habit.”Nicholls was elected 14th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada during its July synod. During that same synod, the Canadian church expanded its “full communion recognition” with The Episcopal Church.Nicholls, as with the Rev. Phil Groves, who later spoke, was involved in Continuing Indaba, a project intended to encourage dialogue among Episcopalians and Anglicans across the communion.Beyond issues of human sexuality and despite economic, societal and other cultural differences, communion members share many of the same concerns, including those related to climate change, human migration and authoritarianism.“The resilience of the Anglican Communion should give us hope. We just have those bonds of affection that will take us into the future,” said Groves, the former director of the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process launched in 2009, in a conversation with ENS following the seminar where he presented a paper, “Confidence in Communion.”“Those [bonds of affection] are far stronger than we ever imagined,” said Groves, who is now the convener of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network.Christian churches outside the Anglican Communion have recognized it for the value it places on peacemaking and reconciliation, said the Rev. Susan Durber, moderator of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order and a minister in the United Reformed Church in England.“Those of us outside the communion have seen with admiration how you have worked hard to find ways to find reconciliation, for example, through that Indaba process, through the slow kind of authentic conversation that is about furthering and deepening relationships, and community life rather than simply solving problems,” said Durber, offering the ecumenical perspective.“The Anglican Communion, I can see, has a real commitment to resolving disharmony into reconciliation and often exhibits a level of patience that the wider world simply finds incomprehensible,” she said. “In a world so fractured by difference while also so immediately in touch with itself all the time, the commitment to the slow, deep and face-to-face conversations that you have is not only encouraging, but inspiring.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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Indian Premier League MS Dhoni leads from the front, gives Chennai Super Kings a narrow win over Rajasthan Royals

first_imgRajasthan started the run-chase in a rather jittery manner as even they lost three early wickets in Ajinkya Rahane (0), Jos Buttler (6) and Sanju Samson, the centurion from the last game for eight. Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith put their heads down and stitched together a useful stand of 61 runs in 41 balls. Just when it seemed Rajasthan Royals were on course, Imran Tahir removed Tripathi after the batsman racked up 39 runs from 24 deliveries.Steve Smith’s struggles ended when he was dismissed for 28 off 30 balls. Ben Stokes took charge and played some decent strokes to keep the Royals in the hunt. However, with Rajasthan Royals needing 12 off the last over, Chennai Super Kings got rid Stokes with Dwayne Bravo dismissing him for 46. Jofra Archer kept Rajasthan Royals in the hunt but Bravo held his nerve to give Chennai Super Kings their third straight win in IPL 2019.Rajasthan Royals will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh stadium while Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in their next encounter. Rajasthan Royals lost their third game on the trot. Chennai Super Kings won the third game. MS Dhoni was awarded the man-of-the-match for his knock of 75.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: MS Dhoni’s blazing 75, including three sixes in the final over bowled by Jaydev Unadkat and some calm bowling from Chennai Super Kings’ bowlers in the face of a late assault from Ben Stokes (46) gave the defending champions their third straight win in IPL 2019 with a narrow eight-run win against Rajasthan Royals at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday. Dhoni’a late onslaught made the difference after he helped Chennai Super Kings recover from a precarious position and it highlighted yet another dimension to his batting On a slowish Chennai wicket, Rajasthan Royals’ inserted Chennai Super Kings in and the way the innings proceeded for Chennai Super Kings, it looked that Ajinkya Rahane had made the right decision. Rajasthan Royals dented their top-order easily,with Jofra Archer getting rid of Ambati Rayudu after which Ben Stokes accounted for the prized wicket of Shane Watson. Jaydev Unadkat joined in the fun by dismissing Kedar Jadhav, who hit two fours before getting dismissed. However, in a tough situation, tough men stand up and for Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina did that.Both batsmen took their time and it was Raina who changed the momentum of the match by smashing two boundaries off Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham. The left-hander was in the zone and he found the boundaries at regular intervals. Just when Chennai Super Kings were beginning to make a revival with a 61-run stand for the fourth wicket, Unadkat bowled Raina for a 32-ball 36.However, the partnership had given Chennai Super Kings the platform for a final flourish and Dhoni found good company in Dwayne Bravo. The former West Indies all-rounder blasted two boundaries off Ben Stokes and the carnage for Rajasthan Royals began in the 18th over. Dhoni smashed a six off Dhawal Kulkarni’s no-ball and Bravo ended the over in grand style by hammering a six and a four. Dhoni notched his half-century in 39 balls but Jofra Archer claimed the wicket of Bravo for 27 off 16 balls. The last over changed the entire complexion of the game with Dhoni slamming three sixes and remaining not out on 75 runs from 46 balls as Unadkat’s final over leaked 28 runs and Chennai Super Kings ended on 175/5.last_img read more

SBC Awards caps ground-breaking 2017 for SBC Events

first_img The disco-themed SBC Awards provided SBC Events with a fittingly stunning finish to 2017, a year in which both its headline conferences recorded growth of more than 100%.The success of the ceremony at the Artillery Garden, which featured a silent auction that raised £1,700 for GambleAware and saw bet365 collect the Bookmaker of the Year prize for the fourth year in a row, consolidated a ground-breaking year for the news and events company. For the official photos of the SBC Awards 2017, click here.The fourth edition of Betting on Football at Stamford Bridge in May attracted more than 1,100 delegates, a 150% increase from 2016. Networking space at the event was trebled to cater for 40 exhibitors, while the conference area played host to more than 140 speakers including Chris Kamara, one of many sporting stars to support SBC Events in 2017.Betting on Sports 2017, held in September at Olympia Conference Centre, took this progression to another level by welcoming more than 1,300 delegates, a 120% climb from the previous year. There was space for over 60 exhibitors, while delegates were treated to parties at two of London’s most spectacular venues, Altitude 360 and Under the Bridge.SBC Events presented the most comprehensive agenda the industry had ever seen, with more than 44 sessions and 180  speakers including 70-times capped Scottish rugby union player Kenny Logan, while the exhibition space featured the chance to ‘meet and greet’ Michael Vaughan, England’s most successful Test cricket captain and Mr Green ambassador.Betting on Sports also introduced the ‘Betting on Esports’ track, which will be expanded on for the Esports Insider Super Forum, one of three exclusive new events to be launched at Betting on Football 2018 (20-23 March) alongside the Affiliate Insider Bootcamp and SBC Sponsorship Forum.Planning is also well underway for the five other tracks at #bofcon2018 – World Cup and beyond, Global Market Profiles, Leadership, Customer Journey and Betting on Innovation, a series of presentations by companies attempting to grow their business by bringing an innovative product to market.The list of confirmed speakers includes the likes of Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink and Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin, alongside SBC Events debutants such as Paddy Power Betfair Fraud Director Jacqueline Hart.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron said: “It has been a landmark year for SBC Events. With the support of our sponsors, we have overseen huge growth of the Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences.“This has been mixed with the successful running of a series of well attended one-day events featuring sporting stars, including the H20 Data Seminar with Ruud Gullit and John Barnes, the SBC Snooker Forum with Ronnie O’Sullivan and the SBC Gibraltar Forum with racing legend Richard Dunwoody.“Plans are already well underway for the fifth edition of Betting on Football, which has been brought forward from May to March to address key industry issues ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup. We look forward to welcoming the entire sports betting industry to Stamford Bridge in just a few months time.” Submit Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Lallana: I’m good friends with Pochettino… but I don’t want to leave Liverpool

first_imgAdam Lallana insists he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Tottenham this summer.The midfielder’s former manager at Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino, is eager to be reunited with the 28-year-old at White Hart Lane.According to widespread reports, Pochettino has made Lallana his top summer transfer target and Spurs have set aside £20million to try and lure him away from Anfield.But, while Lallana admits he is still close to the Argentine, the 28-year-old says there is no reason for him to leave Liverpool.After a slow start to his Reds career, the England international has become a key part of the team under Jurgen Klopp and is set to start Wednesday’s Europa League final.“I’ve got three years left on my contract here,” Lallana said.“It was only last season that people might have read that I was leaving and thought ‘Yes, let’s get him out’. But football changes very quickly and I’m really enjoying my football under this manager.“I’ve always had a good relationship with Pochettino. We are very good friends off the pitch now. But it would be very difficult (to leave).“I am at a massive club here and playing some of my best football for the club, getting to cup finals.” 1 Adam Lallana shares a joke with Danny Ings during a Liverpool training session last_img read more

Round-up: Terry injury, JFH defends display, Polter switch explained, Jokanovic takes blame

first_imgJohn Terry will be assessed on Monday after suffering an ankle injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at SwanseaThe Blues skipper left the Liberty Stadium on crutches and looks certain to at least miss Friday’s home game against Liverpool.Boss Antonio Conte was quick to play down the significance of the injury, insisting he was “not worried” and describing Terry as a “warrior”.Diego Costa’s late equaliser against the Swans preserved Chelsea’s unbeaten record under Conte.However, a disappointed Conte admitted that his side should have taken all three points.Costa scored a late equaliser for ChelseaThere was also disappointment this weekend for Fulham and QPR.The Whites’ unbeaten start to the season was ended by Birmingham City, who won 1-0 at Craven Cottage.Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic took responsibility for the defeat, admitting that a first-half tactical change backfired.Rangers could only manage a 1-1 draw with bottom side Blackburn at Loftus Road.Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised his players, though, insisting they deserved to win.Hasselbaink also said he took R’s striker Sebastian Polter off at half-time because of a minor injury.Polter did not appear for the second half against BlackburnQPR fans on Twitter have been full of praise for teenage winger Olamide Shodipo, who impressed again.Brentford, meanwhile, won 2-0 at Brighton courtesy of goals from Scott Hogan.There was a win too for Chelsea Ladies, who beat Reading 3-0 to stay in touch with leaders Manchester City.And at the Paralympics, Jordanne Whiley, Mark McCarroll and Andy Lapthorne were all victorious in the wheelchair tennis, while former St Mary’s University student Toby Gold took silver on the track. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pumped-up Jerry Rice says 49ers have ‘a great chance of winning the Super Bowl’

first_imgThe proof was in Rice’s enthusiasm when he was asked what the 49ers need to improve on to make a postseason berth a reality.“Not … Oh, Jerry.Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. You didn’t really say that, did you?Apparently he did. The Jo, Lo and Dibs show has the audio to prove it.Rice recently dropped by 95.7 The Game to discuss the 49ers’ 2-0 start. In one sense, it’s a footnote, two road wins over patsies. In another sense, it’s intoxicating, the first time the team has been 2-0 since 2012.last_img

Agricultural groups concerned about effects of import tariffs on steel and aluminum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early March, President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, action that many agriculture and business organizations warned will have negative consequences.The restrictions are being imposed as a national security measure, according to the administration, which has raised concerns about U.S. reliance on imported steel for defense systems.In a letter to the president, the groups said remedies to curb steel and aluminum imports included in a report issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are “overly broad and will have a severe detrimental impact on downstream users of steel and aluminum.” The restrictions will lead to lost American jobs and could lead to retaliation, including on agriculture exports, from U.S. trading partners, the organizations cautioned.The National Pork Producers Council is also concerned about possible administration action — not sanctioned by the World Trade Organization — against China related to technology transfer and intellectual property. Liu He, a top trade adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, met in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn to discuss the so-called 301 case and the tariffs on steel and aluminum. China is a major exporter of the products to the United States.The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are extremely disappointed in the decision because of the risks of retaliation and the precedent set by such a policy have serious potential consequences for agriculture.“This announcement invites retaliation that we are deeply concerned will hurt American farmers. These tariffs are very likely to accelerate a tit-for-tat approach on trade, putting U.S. agricultural exports in the crosshairs. Already we have seen China discuss tariffs on sorghum. The EU and China have also indicated they will move forward with swift retaliation in the wake of these tariffs,” said Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade.“Everyone agrees we need to hold our trading partners accountable, but taking unilateral action to raise tariffs carries harmful unintended consequences. The agriculture sector knows from experience that our ag exports are the first to be hit by retaliation. Whether it’s our chickens in retaliation for tariffs on Chinese tires, or U.S. apples and wine exports as a result of a Mexican trucking dispute, historically, agriculture always has the biggest target on its back.”last_img read more

Goodell Says No More Mistakes

first_imgNEW YORK — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.At a news conference Sept. 19, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.“Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said. “That starts with me.”The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The Commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.“The same mistakes can never be repeated,” he said. Goodell now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.The Commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Less than three weeks into the season, five such cases have made headlines, the others involving Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer.Vikings star running back Peterson, Carolina defensive end Hardy and Arizona running back Dwyer are on a Special Commissioner’s Exemption List and are being paid while they go through the legal process. McDonald, a defensive end for San Francisco, continues to practice and play while being investigated on suspicion of domestic violence.As these cases have come to light, such groups as the National Organization of Women and league partners and sponsors have come down hard on the NFL to be more responsive in dealing with them. Congress also is watching to see how the NFL reacts.In response to the criticism, the NFL announced it is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center.Goodell also said in a memo to the clubs that within the next 30 days, all NFL and team personnel will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault.The memo said the league will work with the union in providing the “information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault.”The league will provide financial, operational and promotional support to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Red Sox Beat Mets Again, 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — In one month, Joe Kelly has gone from total disappointment to the top of the rotation.Kelly won his sixth straight outing, recovering nicely from a rocky start to outpitch Jacob deGrom and lead the Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets 3-1 on Aug. 29.“It’s been a big point of emphasis that no matter what team we’re facing, I have to throw off-speed. Throwing all fastballs, obviously that hasn’t worked out,” Kelly said.Mookie Betts homered and scored twice as the last-place Red Sox won for the eighth time in 11 games. They have taken the first two this weekend at Citi Field after the NL East-leading Mets returned from an 8-1 road trip.“Our youngsters came in here and they’re growing up before our very eyes,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said.New York has dropped five in a row at home, its worst skid of the season.“We’ve been smashing the ball and today, the last two games, we have not. Today we looked a little tired,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We’ve been dragging a little bit. We’re going to be fine We just had a blip and we’ve got to pick it up.”After giving up a leadoff double and throwing 30 pitches in the first, Kelly (8-6) settled in and shut down the Mets.Sporting his large goggles and a black mustache, he gave up five hits over 7 1-3 innings — matching his career high. “He was outstanding,” teammate David Ortiz said. “He’s going to keep improving.”The right-hander, demoted to the minors in June, became the first Red Sox pitcher to go 6-0 in a month since Pedro Martinez in May 1999. The last to do it in August was Roger Clemens in 1990.“The way he did it wasn’t how you draw it up,” Lovullo said. “He lasted longer in this game than deGrom did. If you were to tell me that was the case after the first inning, I never would have believed it.”The only damage against Kelly came in the seventh on Juan Uribe’s RBI double. Pablo Sandoval made a diving play at third base to prevent another run.The rest of Kelly’s winning streak came with part-time catcher Ryan Hanigan behind the plate — and Kelly credited Hanigan for his stark turnaround. But this time it was rookie Blake Swihart catching after Hanigan was scratched from the lineup an hour before the game with tightness in his right calf.Jean Machi pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, one day after the Red Sox used all seven relievers in a 10-inning victory.Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom (12-7) rebounded from a bout of food poisoning that perhaps contributed to the worst start of his two-year career Aug. 24 at Philadelphia. He struck out 10 in six innings, yielding two runs and four hits.“I felt good today, especially early on. I just struggled there a little bit in the sixth inning,” deGrom said. “It was just one of those days where they were battling me pretty good.”Pablo Sandoval snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth with an RBI double after Betts’ leadoff single.Later in the inning, Brock Holt knocked in a run with a ground-out when fill-in Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy tried for a double play instead of throwing to the plate. It appeared Murphy could have had Sandoval hung up between third and home.Betts homered on an 0-2 pitch from Hansel Robles in the seventh.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Beats Panetolikos, 5-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Olympiacos continued its romp toward lifting its 43rd league title by beating host Panetolikos 5-2 on April 10.Five players scored for the Greek  champion: Costas Fortounis in the 7th minute, Manuel de la Costa (30th), Seba (57th), Alan Pulido (69th) and Felipe Pardo (86th).Panetolikos scored two late consolation goals through Amr Warda (88th) and Leandro Kappel (90th).With one round left to play, Olympiakos stayed 25 points ahead of second-place AEK, a 2-0 winner over Panionios.Also, PAOK beat Levadiakos 2-0, Giannena defeated Platanias by the same score and Atromitos won 4-2 at last-place Kalloni.Iraklis beat host Panthrakikos 3-0, Xanthi drew 1-1 at Veria, and Asteras and Panathinaikos played to a scoreless draw.last_img