Why not just give everyone a weapon?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlong with every U.S. birth certificate, let’s issue an AR-15 assault rifle. After all, we’re just a bunch of expendable, disposable, replaceable creatures with no lasting significance, so let’s have some fun pulling triggers if we so desire. “Long live the Second Amendment.” I can only shake my head in disbelief.Also, if using the logic that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” let’s give anyone who wants a nuclear weapon his own personal bomb, because nuclear weapons won’t kill people either.Louis Restifo Sr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

Sevilla see off United

first_img On-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin was among the scorers for the Primera Division outfit, who were in Montenegro on Thursday night to complete a comfortable Europa League victory over Mladost Podgorica. While it was only a friendly and most of United’s senior stars missed out in readiness for Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Wigan at Wembley, it does mean they have won just two of seven pre-season matches since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. Lingard just failed to finish off Fabio’s low cross as he slid in at the far post, while a more experienced United outfit – bolstered by the introductions of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Wilfired Zaha – began to take control. Zaha and Carrick both had opportunities to level near the end but were unable to take them. Restored to England’s senior squad for next week’s friendly with Scotland, Zaha almost brought United level three minutes from time, only for Beto to make another smart save. In the end, Bryan Rabello ensured there was no way back for United, although if nothing else, Moyes was able to see the development of his young players continue. “It is good that we are giving young players a game,” he said. “It has always been part of the tradition of this club and I am looking forward to making that happen. “There are one or two who make me think they are not far away. We will push them and see where we get to.” After the match, Ferdinand confirmed his desire for silverware extends to Sunday. “We wanted to win tonight and we are not happy to lose,” said Ferdinand. “But on Sunday we will make sure we go down there to win. “Not many players get to play 10 years at one club and I will be proud when I have finished. But before that I have got things to win.” Ferdinand also reserved special praise for Januzaj, who was awarded the man-of-the-match honour. “Adnan was our best player tonight. That is fantastic for the manager,” he said, before offering his backing to Moyes ahead of the acid test of his managerial credentials over the next few weeks. “We have a new manager in place and everyone needs to get behind him.” David Moyes’ difficult start to life at Manchester United continued at Old Trafford as Sevilla spoiled Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial with a 3-1 win. Following the failure to make any significant signings to date, and the continued uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s future, the result is hardly the ideal backdrop to a Premier League title defence that starts at Swansea next Saturday. Yet, speaking to BT Sport immediately before the game, Moyes insisted he has had a “brilliant” five weeks in charge and he was only encountering issues anyone would have come across, including his predecessor. “Everybody who takes over at Manchester United has testing times,” he said. “Even Sir Alex Ferguson had testing times. It is no different for David Moyes.” Nevertheless, Moyes could not be happy at the ease with which Vitolo and Marin, the latter on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge, got their first-half goals. Prior to the double blow, Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez fired straight at Beto after being sent clean through, while afterwards, Shinji Kagawa should have found the net after being picked out at the far post by Antonio Valencia, only to be thwarted by the visitors’ keeper. Valencia blazed over in first-half stoppage time before Adnan Januzaj was off target with a curling effort just after the break. Januzaj’s presence, along with that of Jesse Lingard, who was introduced at half-time, was a reminder of two young stars that have shone during pre-season. And the pair combined as the Belgian forced another good save out of Beto before nipping onto the rebound and crossing for Valencia to finish off. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse can’t capitalize in 0-0 tie with Cornell

first_img Published on September 11, 2015 at 8:05 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] Jessica Vigna placed her hands on her head as she walked slowly away from Cornell’s goal. At the same time, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon buried his head in his palms. The players on SU’s bench, some of whom had been jumping up and down in excitement, now stood silently. And the Orange fans sitting in the bleachers collectively groaned.Moments earlier, a scramble near the goal left Cornell goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney lying on the ground and Vigna with a shot at an essentially empty net from point-blank range. But Vigna’s shot sailed high over the goal, squandering an opportunity at breaking a scoreless tie with 12 minutes left in the first half.“Those are chances that don’t come very often, and we’ve got to be able to finish those,” Wheddon said.It was one of the few legitimate scoring threats Syracuse managed throughout the afternoon, and “absolutely” its best, Wheddon said. Despite dominating possession for most of the 110 minutes of play, the Orange (2-4-1) finished with just six combined shots on goal in regulation and overtime. The result was a 0-0 tie with the Big Red (3-0-2) at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday afternoon.From the start of the game onward, Syracuse midfielders like Vigna and Jackie Firenze were getting to the ball before Cornell’s players could and pushing it forward into Cornell’s half of the field, where it stayed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust five minutes into the game, a pass from Firenze found Alex Lamontagne, who received it just right of the penalty box. Wheddon, pleased, shouted, “Good! Good!” Lamontagne then crossed the ball toward the goal, but Syracuse couldn’t manage a shot on goal.Later in the first half, forward Sheridan Street moved the ball past midfield and Wheddon yelled to her to “look for Eva (Gordon).” Street did look for Gordon, who was running up the right sideline, but her pass went a little too long and out of bounds.It’s that pass — the penetrating pass, as Wheddon called it — that, on a few occasions, Syracuse failed to connect with.Other times, though, SU players did connect with those passes, but Wheddon said they were still putting each other “in a hole” with the balls they were playing.“We’ll play a ball to someone’s knees or to the wrong foot and then you’re immediately under pressure,” he said.The Orange was most often under pressure around Cornell’s goal. Whenever Syracuse pushed the ball forward, Big Red defenders dropped back close to the goal and left SU’s forwards with little space to attack.“I give Cornell a lot of credit for that,” Wheddon said. “But we’ve got to be savvy. We’ve got to be a little more sophisticated and play in front of them and then pick the seams, try to split them. And we didn’t do that very well.”In overtime, little changed. After an entry pass made from Alexis Koval went long and straight to Tierney, Vigna implored her teammates “to settle down,” telling them that there was still time. But the Orange only got one more shot on goal and failed to capitalize on it.Said Vigna: “We did really well finding numbers in the attack and being dynamic. It’s just the final piece we’re missing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more