People also tend to get sick this time of year, and you need to be healthy to give blood. (WBNG) — January marks National Blood Donor Month, making it a great time to get out and give blood. “There’s been times where, let’s say there’s been a common cold going around and a good amount of people can’t donate blood because we need people to be healthy and make sure that they’re feeling well to donate blood, so unfortunately that can have an impact as well,” said Gutierrez. “It could be a little bit more difficult just because the snow is here and it’s the Southern Tier, and maybe people are busy with work, but now we’re just starting off the new year so if people could really take time out of their day to make a difference, one blood donation has the power to save three lives. So think about that, they could really have the power to make a difference,” said Broome County account manager with the Red Cross Esperanza Gutierrez. The American Red Cross says this time of year is a great time to spread awareness about making a difference, because during the winter it can be tough to maintain a sufficient blood supply. “I’ve come across so many people in the Southern Tier, that they’ve needed blood before in their lifetime, so this is a problem here in our local area, as far as a national perspective as well. There’s always going to be a need for blood. It could be somebody in my family one day, it could be somebody in your family one day,” said Gutierrez. If you give blood before January 19, you can be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. For anyone who donates this month, the Red Cross is giving out free reusable bags. That’s in part because of the winter weather, causing blood drives to be canceled and making it harder for people to get out. And while it’s National Blood Donor Month, the Red Cross’ mission hits close to home.
Jol was happy with the performance of his side, bar the late lapse in concentration which led to the Baggies levelling matters. “If you soak up pressure in the last 10, 15 minutes, it is always possible to concede a goal,” Jol added. “It is always the same in football. If you score one goal and they smell blood, you have to score another one. “I haven’t experienced three offside goals in one match before, especially the one from Berbatov. I thought that probably was not offside. “The third one with Bryan Ruiz, he should have scored. He was six or seven yards out and he hit the bar.” Ruiz will undergo a scan to determine the extent of his injury while Berbatov went off with a hamstring problem. If it felt like a defeat for Fulham and Jol, West Brom boss Steve Clarke was content. McAuley has now scored in three successive games after twice netting for Northern Ireland on international duty. “He’s had a good goalscoring run and for us a really important goal,” Clarke said. “I thought we played well. Certainly better than our last performance at home (a 2-0 loss to Swansea). “I thought second half we were good, we played good football. We created some really good chances that on another day, when your confidence is a bit higher, become goals. “The belief of the players, the character of the players to keep chasing the game and to get the goal in injury time was great. “It shows you the character of the group of players I’ve got.” Victor Anichebe and Morgan Amalfitano made their Baggies debuts and showed some potential, but another deadline day arrival was absent. Clarke hopes issues over Stephane Sessegnon’s paperwork can be resolved in time for next week’s clash with Sunderland. “When you transfer from one club to another you have to reapply for your work permit,” added the Albion boss, who is optimistic Shane Long’s knee injury is not too serious. “There was a little glitch in the process yesterday that delayed it and unfortunately for us he wasn’t available. “Hopefully it will be resolved over the weekend, or Monday at the latest, and he’ll be available to face his old club next Saturday.” Gareth McAuley scored West Brom’s first goal of the Premier League season in stoppage time to cancel out Steve Sidwell’s strike and extend Fulham’s winless streak at Craven Cottage to six games, since the April 1 defeat of QPR. Dimitar Berbatov had twice netted when offside and Bryan Ruiz, who went off on a stretcher with an ankle injury, hit the crossbar before McAuley met Chris Brunt’s corner with an emphatic header. Press Association The draw prompted a vocal minority of Fulham fans to call for Jol to be relieved of his duties at the final whistle. “If we would have been bottom of the league I would have understood it,” Jol said. “But we are 12th in the league now ad we were a bit unfortunate. “We should have had six points, so that is a bit disappointing that people boo. “I always say to the players as well, it is very hard to fight expectations and expectations can make you very unhappy. “It is the same with women as well. If you expect too much of them, you could wake up in the morning with a big shock. “If you don’t expect a lot of things… I think we are 12th in the league so for me it is not a big problem. “It is a bit disappointing that there are people that probably think we should be (doing a lot better).” Fulham boss Martin Jol believes the displeasure which greeted his side’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at home to West Brom was a result of unrealistic expectations from the home fans.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers was still raving about the defensive effort his team gave in its 112-91 victory over Denver on Saturday.But even more impressive to Rivers was it represented the fourth consecutive game the Clippers held an opponent to fewer than 100 points in a game.“I do like the trend,” Rivers said. “I think we’ve been trending that way for a while defensively and it’s nice. My belief is you can play defense every night, offense you can try to play every night but it might not work out for you. You can miss open shots and just have a bad night, but your defense should always be there. At least the effort.”It’s not just at one end of the court, either. The Clippers limited Denver to six fast-break points in addition to the Nuggets’ 35.7 percent shooting from the field. Recently, the talk of the Clippers’ defense has started with the almost fanatical way Jordan has embraced his role as the defensive captain.“It starts with our bigs. DJ and Blake (Griffin) have been amazing,” Rivers said. “DJ’s leadership defensively – It’s funny, he’s mad the most on defense now, which I love because he takes it so personal when anybody scores.“Earlier in the year I thought he took it personally when his guy scored. Now he’s taking it personal if a guy’s making a 3 on the opposite side of the floor.“That’s what you need to take scoring personal and I think our guys are starting to do that.”Chirp chirpRivers was asked if the Clippers were the type of the team that could get under the skin of the other team on the court.“I noticed that last year. We probably talk,” Rivers said, “I don’t know what the hell’s going on out there. I really don’t.“We’ve just got to keep playing. I hate when we get distracted by it. I think we’re getting better but that’s an area we still have to improve in. We’re getting better also at leaving the officials alone and playing. We still have to get better there.”As if to prove that point, less than two minutes into the second quarter Jordan picked up his third foul. And a technical foul.Less than five minutes later, Rivers picked up a technical of his own. “We’ve had the effort in my opinion all year. We just weren’t in the right places all year and now we’re starting to get to the right places, the right spaces, and our talk defensively has been phenomenal. Our weak side defense has been improving. “Last night was one of our better nights because Denver runs. Against them that’s saying a lot . We’re starting to obey our rules, which is nice.”Opponents are noticing too. It didn’t surprise Minnesota coach Rick Adelman.“They certainly had the tools to do that,” Adelman said. “They had the size with (DeAndre) Jordan, and they’re active, and Chris (Paul) has always been one of the better point guards defensively too. It’s just something that as they play more under Doc, they’ll continue to get better defensively.”It’s personal now Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Adam Silver confirmed kneeling during the national anthem is against the NBA rules, but added he respects peaceful protest and acknowledged “these are highly unusual times.”The 2019-20 NBA season is set to return Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic. As well as the global crisis, the season’s suspension has coincided with a period of protest across the United States and beyond following the death of George Floyd in police custody. Players, coaches and trainers must stand and line up in a dignified posture along the foul lines during the playing of the American and/or Canadian national anthems.Silver recognizes such demonstrations are especially important in the NBA, a predominantly black league, where he revealed Floyd’s death almost halted the season.”It’s been part of our history. I think of it as part of the DNA of this league,” he said. “You think of Bill Russell and some of the early players, their activism over the years. Now an issue like the killing of George Floyd comes and you have a league, in the case of the NBA, that is roughly 80% black — similarly with the WNBA. These are issues in terms of racial inequities in society that are near and dear to their hearts. Right at the time that we were making plans to relaunch the season is when the death of George Floyd occurred.”It frankly nearly prevented us from relaunching the season, given the turmoil and how emotional people were around the league — and around the country, for that matter. It was very important then when we came together to think about what we could do to use this platform to affect change. The messaging is just part of it, but the images show the court saying Black Lives Matter on the floor, plus the players will be wearing messages on their jerseys. Beyond that, we’re working collectively with the 30 NBA teams on a foundation dedicated to economic empowerment, specifically focused on black Americans. This has been a part of the league forever.” The incident brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the fore, with its message to be painted on the floor for the upcoming games in Florida.Here is the NBA restart court in Orlando: the spaced out chairs are the socially distanced bench, Black Lives Matter is written on the court. pic.twitter.com/XGJu1w4QLC— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 21, 2020NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explainedSports stars across the world have subsequently taken to kneeling before games, echoing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 national anthem demonstration against racial injustice and police brutality. WNBA players preferred to remain in their locker rooms during the anthem.Further protests are anticipated in the NBA, starting with Thursday’s opener between the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.There’s growing consensus among NBA players to kneel during the national anthem when season restarts Thursday, our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports. pic.twitter.com/6HrdbDdruz— Stadium (@Stadium) July 28, 2020But commissioner Silver is understanding of his players’ desire to make a stand.”The NBA has had a rule on its books that preceded David Stern, which was standing for the national anthem,” Silver told Good Morning America on ABC. “Having said that, I respect peaceful protest. I’m not sure what our players will do when they come out tomorrow night and we’ll of course address it at the time, but I also understand these are highly unusual times.”MORE: NBA season would ‘cease completely’ following coronavirus outbreakThe NBA rule for the anthem can be found in the league’s rulebook: