Τρίτη 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2019

Rape convictions: Justice system near 'breaking point', says watchdog

The CPS chief inspector says cuts mean police lose a "damning" number of cases during investigations.

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The gender gap is on course to close.... in 99 years

Global gender inequality will take a century to eradicate and the UK's ranking has fallen six places.

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Sanna Marin: Estonia apologises after minister mocks Finland PM

Far-right interior minister Mart Helme described Finland's PM Sanna Marin as "a sales girl".

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General election 2019: 'It feels like starting Hogwarts'

Nadia Whittome and Ian Levy head to London to start their new roles as MPs.

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Τα όπλα των Θεσσαλονικέων για τις αρχαιότητες στο Μετρό - Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών

  1. Τα όπλα των Θεσσαλονικέων για τις αρχαιότητες στο Μετρό  Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών
  2. Το ΚΑΣ της Μενδώνη αποφασίζει για την τύχη των αρχαιοτήτων του μετρό Θεσσαλονίκης  Documento
  3. Θεσσαλονίκη: Συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας για την προστασία των αρχαίων στο σταθμό Βενιζέλου  Documento
  4. Συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας για τα αρχαία στη Βενιζέλου την Τρίτη  Voria
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Τραγωδία στη Βάρκιζα: Εκτός φυλακής η μητέρα του μωρού που ... - Newsit

  1. Τραγωδία στη Βάρκιζα: Εκτός φυλακής η μητέρα του μωρού που ...  Newsit
  2. Τραγωδία στη Βάρκιζα : Ελεύθερη η 30χρονη που είχε αφήσει μόνο το μωρό της και κάηκε ζωντανό  In.gr
  3. Οικογενειακή τραγωδία στη Βάρκιζα: Αποφυλακίσθηκε η μητέρα που είχε αφήσει το μωρό της να καεί!  Athens Magazine
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LA Kings Put Ilya Kovalchuk on Waivers for Release

December 17, 2019 at 03:06AM

Kovalchuk hasn't played for the Kings since Nov. 9 and went on waivers one day after he received a $2.65 million bonus, which leaves his remaining salary for the season at the league-minimum $700,000.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Veteran forward Ilya Kovalchuk left the Los Angeles Kings and was placed on waivers Monday after a mutually disappointing 81-game stint with the last-place club.

The Kings made the move ''for the purpose of terminating his contract with the club,'' they said in a statement.

The 36-year-old Kovalchuk hasn't played for Los Angeles since Nov. 9. Kovalchuk went on waivers one day after he received a $2.65 million bonus, which leaves his remaining salary for the season at the league-minimum $700,000.

Kovalchuk's decision to officially leave the Kings should speed up the process of severing ties between the Russian star and the struggling team that seemed to regret signing him shortly after the deal was reached last year.

Kovalchuk is expected to become an unrestricted free agent by the end of the week. The moves also mean Kovalchuk is walking away from $4.25 million in salary for next season.

The former 50-goal scorer and three-time All-Star rejoined the NHL with the Kings in 2018, agreeing to a three-year contract worth $18.75 million after a five-year stint in Russia. Los Angeles beat out several NHL teams interested in Kovalchuk's services, but became increasingly focused on youth and rebuilding while its losses mounted last year.

Kovalchuk had 16 goals and 18 assists in 64 games last season, but struggled for consistent ice time and a cohesive role with the Kings, particularly after a coaching change from John Stevens to Willie Desjardins.

The Kings made another coaching change last summer, and Kovalchuk didn't fare much better under Todd McLellan.

He had three goals and six assists in 17 games this season, but has been held out of games by the Kings as a healthy scratch for the past six weeks while they attempted to trade him. Kovalchuk still skated and occasionally traveled with the Kings over the past month.

Kovalchuk has said he wants to stay in the NHL if he becomes a free agent, but he likely could get a lucrative deal to return to the Kontinental Hockey League.

Kovalchuk began his North American career as the No. 1 overall pick by Atlanta in 2001, and he has scored 40 goals in six NHL seasons. He got a 15-year, $100 million deal with New Jersey in 2010, but left for Russia in 2013.

Man says O.J.'s Heisman sold to Reno collector

Tom Kriessman, the Philadelphia man who purchased O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy at auction in 1999, confirmed to ESPN that he sold the trophy a year ago to sports memorabilia collector Rick Reviglio, who resides in Reno.

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Pick Some Gothic Aesthetic Photos And We'll Give You A Holiday Destination

Are you an E-girl?

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The Family Of A Barnard Student Killed In A Park Said The Police Union Chief Tried To Victim-Blame Her

The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association said on a radio show that 18-year-old Tess Majors was in the park "to buy marijuana."

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Recast "Love Actually" With Gen Z Celebrities And We'll Reveal Your Most Attractive Quality

All I want for Christmas is Shawn Mendes.

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Just A List Of Amazing Places You Have To Eat At In Tokyo

Blue ramen, tiny sushi, fried chicken, oh my!

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Terrell Suggs and Janoris Jenkins Claimed Off Waivers, Josh Gordon Suspended Again

December 17, 2019 at 02:25AM

Also, the NFLPA’s victory over the NFL and the Jaguars, J.J. Watt’s chances of returning by the end of the season, Panthers giving Will Grier a shot and more NFL news and notes.

Week 15 is winding down, with a lot on the line for the Saints tonight …

• The Chiefs claiming veteran LB Terrell Suggs off waivers makes sense on a few levels. First, the team just lost DE Alex Okafor, who played 80% of the team’s defensive snaps against New England last week, to a torn pec. Second, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo coached Suggs as a Ravens assistant in 2013 and ’14. And third, as the No. 26 team in the waiver order, Kansas City knew by claiming him, and the $353,000 left on his contract, they’d block him from going back to Baltimore or to New England, which brings value, even if he refuses to report. 

Can he still play? It’s a fair question. His playing time was steady (he was in on 69% of Arizona’s defensive snaps through 13 games) through the year, and he posted 5.5 sacks over that time. And the Chiefs have Frank Clark and Chris Jones, so (again, providing he reports) they won’t be asking him to move mountains there.

• The other big waiver claim: The Saints were awarded Janoris Jenkins, who shot his way out of New York last week, in part because of insensitive comments directed at a fan on Twitter (comments he later explained were part of his “culture”). At this point, Jenkins is more of a competitive piece to add to a good corner group in New Orleans, rather than some sort of fix. The Saints moved backup Johnson Bademosi to IR to make room for Jenkins, who should push up-and-down No. 2 corner Eli Apple for playing time (This move was in part due, I’m told, to Apple having a bad few weeks). New Orleans picks up the $1.19 million left on his deal for 2019, and essentially has a $11.25 million option on him for ’20. It’s fronted by a $1 million roster bonus, which is due in March and creates an early decision point for the team.

• Josh Gordon, who caught a 58-yard pass agains the Panthers on Sunday, has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy—almost a year to the day from when he was suspended while on the Patriots lat season. To be clear, what Gordon is dealing with is bigger than football, and should be treated as such. But a buzzword describing why New England moved on from him in October: Dependability. The Patriots built a role for him in the offense before losing him to suspension, and the signs were troubling enough that the team didn’t want to roll the dice on his availability down the stretch and into the playoffs this season. Losing Gordon led a makeover of the receiver room (with Mohamed Sanu coming in, and rookie Jakobi Meyers taking on a more prominent role ahead of first-round pick N’Keal Harry’s return).

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NFLPA’s victory over the NFL and the Jaguars forced the team to repay fine money to about 10 different players both currently on Jacksonville and not (including a whopping $700,000 to Dante Fowler). The arbitrator ruled that it was permissible for teams to require players to rehab year-round but not that they do all the rehab on site. I’m told Fowler’s fines were incurred during the January-March window of the 2018 season—which is a “dead period” for players during the year, after season’s end, but before teams open their offseason program.

• The union actually made attempts to settle with the Jaguars and the league over the last few months but was rebuffed. The offer, as I understand it, entailed the players having their fine money repaid, and bargaining between the parties to reach settlement terms. It seems crazy to me that the NFL and a team wouldn’t want this to go away, rather than fight it for months. But that’s the chose they made.

• After Sunday’s win, the Texans now have a game lead on the Titans, and J.J. Watt is eligible to return off of IR for the teams’ Week 17 rematch. Whether he can get back that fast from his torn pec remains to be seen, but that’ll certainly be something to watch over the last 13 days. My understanding is Houston’s not counting on it, which is to say getting anything from Watt would be a bonus.

• The Panthers are planning to start Will Grier the next two weeks, because the team sees that he’s made progress to the point where they are OK putting him in a game situation. Coming out of West Virginia’s Air Raid, Grier never had a shot at unseating Kyle Allen as Cam Newton’s backup in the spring or summer because he simply wasn’t ready to play—but he is now. His command of the Norv Turner/Scott Turner offense is where it needs to be, which opens the door for the team to get a better look at what the new coaching staff will have in 2020 in the third-round pick.

This week’s MMQB led with Cowboys’ Sean Lee, and I asked him if this will be his final NFL season: "I think it's game-to-game, it's year-to-year. There are times I feel that I can play forever. There are times where I feel that as you get older this game gets harder. I take it one week at a time and try to help any way I can. I love playing. I love being a part of it."

• Falcons QB Matt Ryan had an interesting answer when I asked if the players in Atlanta are in any way playing to keep the band together (Dan Quinn included) in 2020: "I think experience has taught me you're playing for your job every week and every opportunity you have to put yourself on film and go out and compete, you're playing for your livelihood. Guys understand that from a coaching perspective, too. Everybody is in this to win games and I know we all love playing for Dan."

Question or comment? Email us at talkback@themmqb.com.

Blackhawks Suspend Assistant Coach Marc Crawford Until Jan. 2 Following Investigation

December 17, 2019 at 01:57AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have suspended assistant coach Marc Crawford until Jan. 2, 2020 after conducting an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

The Chicago Blackhawks have suspended assistant coach Marc Crawford until Jan. 2, 2020 after conducting an investigation into allegations of misconduct in previous coaching positions, the team

announced Monday. 

"Through our review, we confirmed that Marc proactively sought professional counseling to work to improve and become a better communicator, person and coach. We learned that Marc began counseling in 2010 and he has continued therapy on a regular basis since," the team said in a statement. 

"We have determined that Marc will remain suspended from team activities until January 2, 2020, at which time he will resume his assistant coaching duties, subject to his continued compliance with his contractual obligations and team expectations. In addition, he will continue with his counseling moving forward."

Crawford has been away from the team since early December after former NHL forward Sean Avery told the New York Post that Crawford kicked him after he was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty when he played for Crawford with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006–07 season. A year ago, former NHL defenseman Brent Spoel alleged Crawford used similar physical violence on him. 

"Players like Sean Avery, Harold Druken, Patrick O'Sullivan and Brent Sopel have had the strength to publicly come forward and I am deeply sorry for hurting them. I offer my sincere apologies for my past behavior," Crawford said in a statement. 

"I got into coaching to help people, and to think that my actions in any way caused harm to even one player fills me with tremendous regret and disappointment in myself. I used unacceptable language and conduct toward players in hopes of motivating them, and, sometimes went too far. As I deeply regret this behavior, I have worked hard over the last decade to improve both myself and my coaching style."

The issue with Crawford comes after Calgary coach Bill Peters resigned following accusations he directed racist slurs at a Nigerian-born player with one of Chicago's minor league teams a decade ago. Other players claimed Peters kicked and punched players behind the bench during his recent time with Carolina.

Akim Aliu said Peters ''dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn't like my choice of music.''

The 58-year-old Crawford joined Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton's staff in June. He was the interim head coach for Ottawa at the end of last season. He was also previously the head coach for Colorado, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Dallas, leading the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 1996.

Hamilton still finds Schumacher comparisons 'surreal'

Lewis Hamilton still finds it bizarre to have his name linked with F1's all-time statistical leader, Michael Schumacher, ahead of what could be a record-setting 2020.

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This "Love Actually" Fact About Juliet And Sam Has Rattled Me To My Core

All I want for Christmas is to unsee this.

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17 Questions Non-Americans Have About How Americans Celebrate Christmas

"Why do Americans eat roasted marshmallows and potatoes with their Christmas dinner? I'm disgusted."

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I've Never Related More To Lauren Conrad Than With Her Real Talk About The Holiday Card Struggle

"At this point you're just hoping they are delivered before the new year 🤷🏼‍♀️."

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We'll Guess Which Season You Were Born In Based On The House You Design

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Just 26 Creative And Useful Gifts To Help Check Everyone Off Your List

This is for those who are hard to shop for and you just never know what to get them. Well. Now you know.

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Newspaper headlines: Papers focus on PM's rethink of Brexit deal timings

The front pages look at the PM's Brexit bill, the Labour leadership contest and the UK stock market.

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