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When the offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh Steelers, stood with his hand over his heart near the tunnel to his locker room, when playing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ his former Army Ranger was the only team member to do so.

By the time, Soldier Field was playing the game against the Chicago Bears.

Villanueva, a Bronze Star recipient said that his decision was not a deliberate infringement of the order from coach Mike Tomlin to remain in the hall until the anthem was over. It was Villanueva’s insistence that the crew members change their original plan due to the messages that the disabled veterans had sent to ask him to stand up for the anthem.

Instead he stood at the front of the tunnel with star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and other captains of the squad. Chaos followed and Villanueva stood alone a few yards behind him with his teammates.

Several things happened in 24 hours: Tomlin sharply expressed his discomfort, Villanueva held a press conference that expressed his embarrassment that he had been the focus; his NFL gear shortly outsold that of all the players in the NFL; and he offered fans who were frustrated by national anthem demonstrations in the NFL the justification to continue watching.

Anthem demonstrations started in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick, then San Francisco 49, was sitting down and knelt later on during the anthem, accompanied by numerous other players in other teams. It was an important factor in the average 8 percent plunge of a league that was historically considered nationally a major unifier.

The plunge continued next year, the first year in office of President Donald Trump, when the protests grew. The plunge was 9.7 percent at the time.

Over the centuries, the NFL was the glue that gave a man in his playroom in East Palestine, Ohio, a deep bond with a man in a penthouse in Manhattan due to their team passion. Instead, the League became an association for social justice that no longer kept them together.

Last week Steelers played their first season game with a message on their helmets about social justice. Villanueva, who completed 3 tours in Afghanistan, wanted to remember a deceased soldier, Alwyn Cashe, who passed away in 2005 when Iraq was invaded by the United States.

On the back of the helmets the rest of the squad honoured Anson Rose Jr. A white police officer shot Rose, who was black, in June 2018. The former Pittsburgh police officer was found not guilty by a jury of three black jurors after deliberating for 3.5 hours.

Many news outlets reported reports according to: “The name of the survivor of helmet fire with the name of military veteran in St. Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva.”

More introspective and meaningful is a version of “Steelers’ veteran Alejandro Villanueva, honours fellow soldiers who have fallen.”

Perhaps the titles were rampant, since too few people have a link with a military family member and don’t understand what it means for a soldier to lose someone in the region of war. Perhaps it’s because less than half of 1% of the public works in the military.

Villanueva didn’t decide not to respect Rose. Instead, he called attention to another black life lost. If you really think that every Black life matters, Cashe, a Black man who died in Iraq after trying to save soldiers from a burning vehicle, should be just as important and honoured.

In this country there are men and women who find a way to do the right thing, who do not comply, who do not live up to it if the view prevails. Rather, they become a forum for voiceless people.

When he was asked to focus on the antithem demonstrations by Kaepernick in 2016, his reaction crystallised what a lot of people believe: “I don’t know if the most productive way is to sit with a government that gives you independence during the national anthem, giving you $16 million annually … when black minorities are dying for less than $20,000 a year in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

One game of the Steelers’ week, one of two Monday Night Football matches, saw another giant NFL ratings. Compared to last year’s first football Monday night, spectators fell 17 percent. The League continues to experiment with social justice and apparently has wanted to gamble on its fan base for the next generation, but it has figured out that the age group does not have the baby boomer of allegiance or followers of Gen X football.

The young people in the League are more fictional. Older fans are tired of politics infecting everything they do: they support or don’t want to have a game without lectures.

What the NFL needs is many more people like Villanueva, not because of his patriotism, but because he is prepared to reach above what everybody else feels he should do.

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Twins slug four home runs in win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO — Jorge Polanco giveth, and Jorge Polanco taketh away.

Filling in at shortstop for Andrelton Simmons, who had to remain in the United States this weekend, Polanco helped give the Toronto Blue Jays the lead with his arm and helped take it away for good with his bat.

Polanco committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the second that directly led to two runs, and then quickly helped the Twins swipe the lead back in the top of the third, hitting the first of back-to-back-to-back home runs in the Twins’ 7-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at the Rogers Centre.

“It’s easy to know what to do when you’re making great plays and everyone’s smiling and that’s fine. But what do you do when stuff’s hitting the fan?” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “What he did was just kind of bear down, got back to what he knows. … Started out not the best day, ended up a great day.”

Polanco’s two-run home run — one of three hits on the night for him — in the third gave the Twins a 4-2 lead at the time. Josh Donaldson, a former Blue Jay who got a standing ovation before his first at-bat, followed with a home run of his own.

Donaldson’s home run knocked Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu out of the game, but the offense still wasn’t done.

“When we score, we tend to score in bunches,” Donaldson said. “And we were able to do that again tonight.”

Miguel Sanó greeted Ross Stripling with a home run, marking the first time the Twins have completed the trifecta since 2019, as the Twins (65-83) did to the Blue Jays (82-65) what their potent offense often does to opposing pitchers.

The Twins got one more home run in the sixth inning from Brent Rooker, who, in his first game off the paternity list since welcoming daughter Blair Evelyn, finished with a pair of hits and two runs driven in.

“You’re never really in the clear when you’re facing an offense like this, so you have to score.And then you have to score some more or else you’re really going to be in for a challenging night. But our guys were up for it,” Baldelli said.

And their pitchers were up for the challenge, too, keeping the homer-happy Blue Jays inside the ballpark. Well, all except for MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who hit his major league-leading 46th home run off starter Michael Pineda in the third inning.

If not for Polanco’s errors leading to a pair of runs, that might have been the only run the Blue Jays would have scored all night against a quartet of Twins pitchers that included Jorge Alcala, Tyler Duffey and Alexander Colomé.

That group held Blue Jays hitters to just five hits as the Twins captured the series opener in Toronto. The Twins have six more games remaining against the Blue Jays, who are now half a game out of wild card position, in the next two series, giving them the opportunity to play spoiler.

But that’s not their focus. Playing good, winning baseball like they did most of Friday is.

“We’re trying to set the tone, not just finish strong this year but leading into next year. We have guys that are going to be here, most likely, going into 2022.  We want to start setting the tone now that we still have the expectations to win,” Donaldson said. “And go out there and play hard to where we roll into spring training, continue setting that foundation that we’re setting now.”

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102 new positive cases Albany County’s Sept. 17 COVID report

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the Coronavirus. 

As of Thursday, September 16, 70.6% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 64.8% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 81.6%. 

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID in Albany County is now at 27,775 to date, with 102 new positive cases identified since Thursday, September 16. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 79.4. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is now up to 4.6%, and the Capital Region’s average rate is now down to 4.3%.

Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, 25 had close contacts to positive cases, 69 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, five reported traveling out of state and three are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

There are now 498 active cases in the county, up from 461 yesterday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine increased to 977 from 913. So far 87,296 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 27,277 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 63 additional recoveries.

The County Executive reported that there were six new hospitalizations since Thursday, September 16, and 36 county residents are now hospitalized with the virus – a net increase of two. There are currently seven patients in ICU’s, unchanged from Thursday, September 16. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 400 since the outbreak began.

“Today marks the second consecutive day that more than 100 new cases of COVID were identified within a 24-hour period. This shows that the spread of the virus doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and we know that even vaccinated individuals can still spread it without actually getting sick,” said County Executive McCoy. “Everyone can play a role in helping us beat COVID-19 for good – whether it’s getting the shot, encouraging others to get the shot, or wearing a mask while indoors and at large outdoor gatherings, especially as we welcome back PearlPalooza to Albany tomorrow.”

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Colorado high school football: How CHSAANow Top 10 teams fared in Week 4

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Class 5A

1. Valor Christian (4-0) won at Mullen, 42-7. Running back Gavin Sawchuk ran in four touchdowns, the last from 20 yards out with 5:15 left in the third quarter, and the Eagles defense didn’t give up a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Next week: vs. Columbine, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

2. Cherry Creek (3-1) won at Arvada West, 52-21. Keegan Holles ran for a touchdown and returned a punt for a TD, while Angelo Petrides blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to help the Bruins break open a game that was 17-7 at the half. Next week: at No. 6 Regis Jesuit, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

3. Columbine (4-0) won vs. Highlands Ranch, 49-21. The Rebels blew open a 7-7 game with 42 straight points to close out the first half, including a pair of touchdown runs from Tyree Hayes-Trusty. Next week: at No. 1 Valor Christian, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

4. Ralston Valley (4-0) won at No. 5 Grandview, 24-13. Quarterback Zach Friedman ran for a touchdown and threw for another, the latter a 47-yard hookup with Brayden Schatz in the third quarter that put away the game for the Mustangs. Next week: at Doherty, 11 a.m. Sept. 25

5. Grandview (3-1) lost vs. No. 4 Ralston Valley, 24-13. After going down 17-0 at the break, Preston Baker briefly got the Wolves back in the game with an 80-yard punt return in the third quarter. But that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Next week: vs. Horizon, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

6. Regis Jesuit (3-1) won at Smoky Hill, 42-7. Dallas Macias set the tone early with a pick-six, Exander Carroll tossed two touchdown passes and Zavier Carroll ran in two TDs to help the Raiders take a 42-0 lead into halftime. Next week: vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

7. ThunderRidge (3-1) lost at Arapahoe, 38-14. A 21-point third quarter turned a 14-all tie into a rout, as the Warriors became the first team to score more than one touchdown against ThunderRidge so far this season. Next week: at Poudre, 6 p.m. Sept. 24

8. Castle View (3-1) lost at Douglas County, 16-0. Senior quarterback A.J. Jackson found wide receiver Chase Nelson for a pair of touchdown passes, and the Douglas County defense shut out an opponent for the second time this season to claim the “Battle of the Rock.” Next week: at Hinkley, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24

9. Legend (3-1) won vs. Mountain Vista, 34-7. Running back Bryce Vaz found the end zone three times, with his 28-yard scoring run giving the Titans a 34-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. Next week: at Westminster, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

10. Cherokee Trail (2-1) vs. Overland, 6 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at Denver East, 11 a.m. Sept. 25

Class 4A

1. Palmer Ridge (4-0) won at Pueblo West, 41-14. Sophomore quarterback Derek Hester threw four touchdown passes and Anthony Costanzo picked off three passes as the Bears scored 40-plus points for the third time in four games. Next week: at Lakewood, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

2. Dakota Ridge (4-0) won vs. Rampart, 42-2. Quarterback Adam Graves threw three touchdown passes and Noah Triplett scored three times, the last of which triggered a running clock a minute into the fourth quarter. Next week: at Brighton, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

3. Pine Creek (4-0) won vs. 3A No. 8 Discovery Canyon, 45-7. The Eagles registered their fourth consecutive double-digit win to start the season, as quarterback Josiah Roy threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for three more. Next week: vs. No. 5 Chatfield, 6 p.m. Sept. 24

4. Montrose (4-0) won at Palisade, 35-7. Austin Griffin ran for three touchdowns, the last coming from 30-plus yards in the third quarter, and the Indians defense held an opponent to single-digit scoring for the third time this season. Next week: vs. Grand Junction, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

5. Chatfield (3-0) at No. 10 Fruita Monument, 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at No. 3 Pine Creek, 6 p.m. Sept. 24

6. Erie (4-0) won vs. Longmont, 50-6. A depleted Trojans team missing starting quarterback Keegan Patterson and dealing with “quarantine issues,” according to BoCo Preps, could not keep up with the Tigers, who led 37-0 at halftime. Next week: at Skyline, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

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France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal

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PARIS — America’s oldest ally, France, recalled its ambassador to the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger that dwarfed decades of previous rifts.

The relationship conceived in 18th century revolutions appeared at a tipping point after the U.S., Australia and Britain shunned France in creating a new Indo-Pacific security arrangement.

It was the first time ever France has recalled its ambassador to the U.S., according to the French foreign ministry. Paris also recalled its envoy to Australia.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a written statement that the French decision, on request from President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements” made by Australia and the United States.

He said Australia’s decision to scrap a big French conventional submarine purchase in favor of nuclear subs built with U.S. technology is “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners.”

Ambassador Philippe Etienne tweeted the announcements are “directly affecting the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”

The Biden administration has been in close contact with French officials about the decision to recall Etienne to Paris, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said.

“We understand their position and will continue to be engaged in the coming days to resolve our differences, as we have done at other points over the course of our long alliance,” she said in a statement. “France is our oldest ally and one of our strongest partners, and we share a long history of shared democratic values and a commitment to working together to address global challenges.”

State Department spokesman Ned Price also stressed the value the U.S. places on its relationship with France and expressed hope that talks between the two sides will continue in the coming days, including at the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Macron, however, for the first time since he came into office in 2017, won’t be making a speech to the annual meeting of world leaders. Le Drian will instead deliver the French address.

The decision to recall the ambassador represents a shocking turnaround for France under Macron, who — after an increasingly bitter relationship with former President Donald Trump — warmly clasped hands with Biden at a G-7 summit in June and confirmed that “America is back.”

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Tommies volleyball sees progress in loss to Iowa State

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Tommies’ goal at Maturi Pavilion: feel good about how they played

Facing its second Power 5 team in 24 hours, the St. Thomas volleyball team fell to Iowa State 25-12, 26-24, 25-15 in the second round of the Diet Coke Classic at Maturi Pavilion on Friday.

The Gophers will play Iowa State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Freshman Lauren Galvin had seven kills, three aces and 12 digs to lead the St. Thomas (1-9), which is playing its first season in Division I. The Tommies lost to the Gophers on Thursday night. The Cyclones (8-2) hit .322 and recorded eight service aces against St, Thomas.

Tommies coach Thanh Pham said his players learned some good lessons Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to No. 11-ranked Minnesota. He praised the approach and consistency the Tommies showed here Friday against a tough Iowa State team.

“We were a liitle bit more composed today than we were (Thursday),” Pham said. “Playing in this venue is so special for so many of these players, and it was hard to get over those emotions against the Gophers. I thought our team did a much better job today. Obviously, Iowa State is really a good team, and to push them to extra points in the second set was big for us.”

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Police: 18-year-old shot in Schenectady on Albany St.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – A disease deadly to deer is spreading throughout New York State.

On Thursday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has spread to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Oswego, Suffolk, and Ulster counties. The DEC is also tracking suspected cases in Albany, Jefferson, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.

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You Paid For It: East St. Louis School District faces shortage of school bus drivers

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – The East St Louis School District 189 is struggling with a problem that is confronting school districts all over our area, a shortage of bus drivers. 

That’s causing big delays and students having long waits for the bus or the bus not showing up at all. A parent of a seventh-grader in the school district called the You Paid For It Team and told Elliott Davis that the bus has been late every day since the school year began in August.

Erica Marchbanks said she called the bus company hired by the school district, as well as school officials, but got nowhere. You Paid For It reached the district executive director of communications who says the company that transports students is dealing with the same driver shortage as others across the region and the nation.

Sydney Kaufman said there are 64 routes and 57 drivers. She added there’s a new twist because of a new Illinois law. It requires school districts to transport kids who would have to cross street gang activity, which is considered hazardous.

So, the school district went from transporting 2,200 students to carrying 3,600 kids, all with a driver shortage. Parents say better communications might have helped their situation, giving them more time for planning.

The district says often it didn’t know until the last minute how many drivers they would have. 

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Pelé in “semi-intensive” care, daughter says he’s doing well

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SAO PAULO — Brazilian soccer great Pelé “took a little step back” in his recovery from surgery to remove a tumor from his colon but he is “recovering well” at a Sao Paulo hospital, his daughter Kely Nascimento said Friday.

However, the Albert Einstein hospital said the 80-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento had returned to intensive care after “a brief breathing instability” Thursday night. Pelé was currently stable in “semi-intensive” care, the hospital said, and he “continues recovering.” It did not give further details.

Kely Nascimento posted a picture Friday with her father on Instagram which she said she had just taken in his room at the Albert Einstein hospital.

“He is recovering well and within normal range. Promise!” Kely Nascimento said. “The normal recovery scenario for a man of his age after an operation like this is sometimes two steps forward and one step back. Yesterday he was tired and took a little step back.”

“Today he took two forwards!” she added, without giving more details.

The hospital had not previously issued a new statement on Pelé’s health since Tuesday, when he was removed from intensive care.

Later Pelé confirmed on social media that he is feeling well and that he had been visited by family members during the day.

“I continue to smile every day. Thank you for all the love I get from you,” Pelé said.

The tumor was found when Pelé went for routine exams at the end of August. His surgery took place on Sept. 4.

Pelé won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, and remains Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

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Battenfeld: Democrats desperate to revive Donald Trump slime Annissa Essaibi-George

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Like CNN on a slow news day, Boston Democrats and the media are desperate to revive Donald Trump — this time sliming one of the mayoral candidates who has no connection at all to the former president.

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Indianapolis holds Saints to three hits in 2-0 victory

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Miguel Yajure pitched six scoreless innings, and Bligh Madris and Ethan Paul each drove in a run as host Indianapolis rebounded from an 8-0 loss on Thursday with a 2-0 victory over the St. Paul Saints on Friday at Victory Field.

The victory snapped the Saints’ three-game winning streak. Four Indians pitchers held the Saints to three hits by Jose Miranda, Damek Tomscha and Drew Stankiewicz.

Edgar Garcia (4-1) surrendered both runs on three hits and three walks in two innings to earn the loss. Jason Garcia started for the Saints and pitched four scoreless innings, surrendering four hits and a walk. He struck out one.

Tyler Bashlor walked two and fanned two in the ninth inning to earn his seventh save. Bligh doubled home Michael Chavis in the bottom of the fifth inning. Paul singled home BJ Boyd in the sixth inning.

The teams meet Saturday at 6 p.m. for the fifth game of the six-game series.

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