The average Arsenal player salary in the Premiership, where no salary cap exists and where big money rules, was $6.39 million in 2018-19. In the capped MLS, the entire Rapids payroll adds up to a reported $8.036 million. But the hosts never stopped
'COMMERCE CITY — For a friendly, the scoreline was anything but. Arsenal F.C.’s Gunners — well, the Gunners reserves — held off the Colorado Rapids — well, mostly Rapids reserves — 3-0 on Monday night in an international exhibition, also known in world soccer as a “friendly,” at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Both franchises are owned by locally based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, but the similarities largely end there. Arsenal is a storied English soccer power out of London,a nd the Gunners are stalwarts of the Premier League and one of the biggest sporting brands in the world, holding a position within British sports culture what Notre Dame football — for better or worse — is to ours. To put it another way: The average Arsenal player salary in the Premiership, where no salary cap exists and where big money rules, was $6.39 million in 2018-19. In the capped MLS, the entire Rapids payroll adds up to a reported $8.036 million. But the hosts never stopped swinging, and Colorado’s Sebastian Anderson, a 16-year-old out of ThunderRidge High School, was named man of the match. Arsenal midfielder Gabriel Martinelli, who had come close to notching the Gunners’ second goal in the 17th minute, made it 3-0 on a header at the hour mark, sending the pro-Arsenal throng at Dick’s into another wave of rapturous chants. This was the first of four preseason contests in the United States for the Gunners, who have finished among the top six in the 20-team Premiership for 24 straight seasons. Arsenal manager Unai Emery filtered in some of his more familiar names after Martinelli’s goal in order to get them loose, most notably star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang and Alexandre Lacazette. The Rapids’ starting 11 only featured one holdover from the club’s 2-2 draw at Portland on Saturday — midfielder Cole Basset. The visiting Gunners opened, as expected, with a lineup composed almost entirely of reserves and youth stars. One of those young stars, Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka, a 17-year-old who had made his senior squad debut last November, opened the scoring in the 12th minute. The teen neatly chipped the ball into the net past the lunge of Rapids defender Axel Sjorberg, who couldn’t stop it trickling into the twine behind him. The Champions League contenders doubled their advantage 17 minutes later, when midfielder James Olayinka stole the ball near the box and unleashed a laser of a strike into the upper right corner over the outstretched fingers of Colorado keeper Clint Irwin. Rapids forward Niki Jackson had nearly evened the contest at the 15-minute mark on a charge up the right side of the box, but his shot bounced left and just wide of the net. The Gunners next head to Los Angeles for an International Champions Cup contest with Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The Rapids host New York City F.C. on Saturday night at 7.'
Excerpts from the Harper’s Index : Factor by which more migrants with criminal records are apprehended at the Canadian rather than the Mexican border: 3 Estimated percentage of Mexican immigrants to the United States who are undocumented: 45 Of
NFL celebrations will be a little bit smaller next season. On-field group celebrations can now only include the players in uniform, the league’s competition committee ruled, according to Pro Football Talk. Players who do come off the sideline will
'It's ugly and it's got to change.'
'The head of a leading anti-hate group says Facebook’s CEO failed a critical test in removing toxic speech from its service. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent justification for not removing a doctored video depicting the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amounted to an ethical failure, said Jonathan Greenblat, who leads the Anti-Defamation League. “He refused to offer the kind of answer responsible people would expect … It’s ugly and it’s got to change,” Greenblatt said at Fortune’ s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. on Monday. Zuckerberg defended the decision against removing the video, which falsely depicted Pelosi slurring her speech, by saying Facebook shouldn’t censor everything that is false. However, he added that the company should have done more to stop the video going viral. Joining a growing list of critics, Greenblatt also blasted Facebook, along with Google and Twitter, for failing to confront a rising tide of white supremacy, which he described as a “scourge” sustained by social media. While extremism and hate are age-old problems, Greenblatt says social media has given rise to new and dangerous strains by allowing disturbed individuals to find each other in online communities like 4Chan. He added that people engage in behavior on these platforms that would never be tolerated in most other places online. “If you go to Shake Shack and yell “Die dirty Jew,” they will throw you out,” Greenblatt said, asking why tech platforms like Facebook don’t operate their businesses in the same fashion. “It shelters the sociopaths and encourages the kind of intolerance we’d never tolerate in the real world.” Greenblatt also offered a series of practical suggestions for tech companies to combat the spread of toxic behavior. Notably, he suggested that the firms reset their algorithms to screen for hate, and “slow it down” so that what people upload doesn’t always appear instantly. Greenblatt also called for eliminating or at least labeling social media bots, and also demanded that companies stop making a profit from hate speech through their advertising. “It’s long overdue for Facebook, Google, and Twitter to take people spewing racism, anti-Semitism and hate and throw them out,” he concluded.'
Ezekiel Elliot’s dramatic offseason has taken another twist. The Cowboys star running back privately claimed he will hold out of training camp unless he’s given a new contract, according to Pro Football Talk. Dallas’ current extension discussions
Telling foreigners to go back where they came from is as American as pulled pork, high-school football and the Ku Klux Klan, and as old as the republic itself. As far back as 1783, barely two years after the British surrendered to George Washington,
'Telling foreigners to go back where they came from is as American as pulled pork, high-school football and the Ku Klux Klan, and as old as the republic itself. As far back as 1783, barely two years after the British surrendered to George Washington, the Freemen of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia were voting to “mutually pledge ourselves to expel, with infamy . . . those degenerate and apostate sons of America who hold principles incompatible with our republican government” and recommended that they be sent to “the new-erected town of refugees in Nova Scotia.” Eight decades later, President Abraham Lincoln was suggesting in his December, 1861 Message to Congress that both free and enslaved African-Americans be shipped, at government expense, to the newly-minted enclave of Liberia in West Africa, and noting that “If it be said that the only legitimate object of acquiring territory is to furnish homes for white men, this measure effects that object; for the emigration of colored men leaves additional room for white men remaining or coming here.” So it was hardly revolutionary over the weekend to hear Donald Trump call for four far-left, first-term Democratic members of Congress to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” even though three of the four were born in the United States and the fourth is a nationalized U.S. citizen, a blessing she shares with two-thirds of Trump’s wives and his current Slovenian in-house in-laws. “They hate America,” the president doubled down on Monday, steamily addressing a stunned but mostly appreciative gathering of domestic manufacturers on the South Lawn, seething by name at Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and alleging without substantiation that the Somali-born refugee was wont to “hold her chest out” with pride at the depravities of al-Qaeda while spewing nothing but contempt for the Land of 10,000 Lakes and its conterminous sister states. “If you’re not happy here, then you can leave,” Trump said of Omar and, by extension, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayannah Pressley of Massachusetts, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the native-born acetylene torch whose riding includes parts of the president’s personal borough of Queens and the Trump-branded golf course in the Bronx that was built atop a former garbage dump and that once was labelled by the New York Daily News as a “$230-million sand trap for taxpayers.” “Where should they go?” reporters plaintively pressed from behind the ropes, but the president paid no heed. “As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here you can leave,” Trump persisted, echoing the long-dead Freemen of Philadelphia. “That’s what I say all the time. That’s what I said in a tweet that I guess some people think is controversial. A lot of people love it, by the way. A lot of people love it. But if you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply you can leave. You can leave right now. You can come back if you want, don’t come back, that’s OK, too.” “When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” responded Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On cue, Trump spat back that Pelosi’s tweet was itself “racist,” and trumpeted the six million jobs that have been added since his election and the record-low unemployment rate among African-Americans and other minorities, a statistic that can partially be explained by the fact that so many of them have been elected to Congress to impeach him. “When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said,” Trump tweeted. “So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!” What the president was happy with on Monday was the Dow Jones Industrial Average and such non-imports as the Airstream travel trailer, irrigation pipes, and mountain bicycles arrayed on the executive fescue, plus a couple of cabin cruisers that, while beyond the reach of the vast majority of Americans, were mere rubber duckies compared to the $100-million, 281-foot Trump Princess (on-board heliport, cinema, discotheque, and medical clinic) that Trump lost to creditors in 1991 during one of the King of Debt’s periodic illiquid periods. Also on display on the South Lawn was a Thermal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system camouflaged in desert tan and equipped with one rocket that appeared to be aimed at Barack Obama’s residence two miles northwest of the White House. Although Trump did enter the Airstream and climb aboard one of the motorboats, he was not seen to mount the THAAD and ask “What does this button do?” While Democrats seethed in rare unison at Trump’s imprecations on Monday, most Republicans were as mute as the late Lincoln. They were exemplified by Sen. Lindsey Graham, the inalienable presidential golf partner, who went on FOX News to wanly advised the president (if not the THAAD) to “aim higher” while defaming Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, at alia as “a bunch of communists.” “Republicans with a conscience are cringing,” reported POLITICO, quoting a “Trump ally.” “Here we go with the Fake Polls,” tweeted Donald Trump. MORE ABOUT DONALD TRUMP :'