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U.Va. Faculty Calls for Review of Police Response to Protests
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U.Va. Faculty Calls for Review of Police Response to Protests

Protesters: “Disclose! Divest!” In student-led protests around the country, university faculty have stood in support of demonstrators, risking arrest. “He is a professor. He is a professor.” At the University of Virginia, The Times got an inside look at faculty’s role. “I can take you through the blow by blow of the day if you want.” And how their negotiations with police broke down at a crucial moment. “Why is he —” “Back up.” “In a wanton fashion, they allowed the Virginia State Police to come here fully armed, rifles, mace. One of my colleagues was standing right there trying to talk to the Virginia State Police. He got arrested. The other one standing next to him got pushed back behind the line, and he got partially maced. It didn’t have to happen this way.” The night before police rai...
After puzzling decision to let go of Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN’s NBA broadcasts are worse off
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After puzzling decision to let go of Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN’s NBA broadcasts are worse off

It was perplexing last summer when ESPN fired NBA Finals game analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. It was part of the network’s layoffs that Disney seemingly goes through every couple of years, sort of like an NFL team pruning the books to provide room for future million-dollar spends.The Van Gundy salary dump particularly did not make sense, as he was maybe the best game analyst in sports with his gym-rat mentality and “Inside the NBA” quirkiness.In the wake of those moves, ESPN is not nearly as good as it was. With the venerable play-by-player Mike Breen, the Hall of Famer Doris Burke and an on-the-rise JJ Redick, in theory, ESPN should provide an excellent listen, but it takes time to develop NBA Finals-level chemistry.Breen, Burke and Redick don’t have it. With just four months un...
ICJ Expected to Rule on Israel’s Assault on Rafah: Latest Gaza News
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ICJ Expected to Rule on Israel’s Assault on Rafah: Latest Gaza News

A protest near the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem on Tuesday demanding the immediate release of hostages.Credit...Ronen Zvulun/ReutersIsraeli forces retrieved the bodies of three Oct. 7 Hamas attack victims in an overnight operation in northern Gaza, the Israeli military said on Friday, further heightening fears for the fate of the remaining hostages held in Gaza.Israeli officials identified the three hostages as Hanan Yablonka, 42; Michel Nisenbaum, 59; and Orion Hernandez Radoux, a dual citizen of France and Mexico. According to Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military spokesman, all three were killed in the Hamas-led Oct. 7 attack, and Hamas militants brought their bodies back to Gaza.Roughly 125 living and dead hostages now remain in Gaza, according to the Israeli authoritie...
FIFA Bans Luis Rubiales, Former Soccer Chief in Spain, for 3 Years
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FIFA Bans Luis Rubiales, Former Soccer Chief in Spain, for 3 Years

Soccer’s global governing body on Monday barred Luis Rubiales, the former president of Spain’s soccer federation, from the sport for three years over his forcible kiss of a player after the Women’s World Cup final in August.Mr. Rubiales kissed the player, Jennifer Hermoso, during the medals ceremony after the Women’s World Cup final on Aug. 20, a televised action that cast a pall over the Spanish team’s celebrations, drawing attention away from a proud national moment and toward a legacy of sexism in Spanish soccer. It also led to accusations in the days that followed that Mr. Rubiales and others at the federation had pressured the player to say the kiss was consensual.Ms. Hermoso instead filed a criminal complaint of sexual assault, and Mr. Rubiales — who initially resisted calls to resig...
UCLA Police Chief Reassigned in the Wake of a Pro-Palestinian Protest Melee
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UCLA Police Chief Reassigned in the Wake of a Pro-Palestinian Protest Melee

The campus police chief for the University of California, Los Angeles, has been removed from his post in the aftermath of a violent, hourslong attack on a pro-Palestinian encampment at the school, during which security officers did not intervene.The chief, John Thomas, has been reassigned temporarily while the university examines its security processes, according to U.C.L.A. officials.Mr. Thomas had been under intense criticism over the university’s delayed response to the melee on the night of April 30 in which people were beaten with poles or kicked, objects were thrown and chemicals were sprayed into the air. The attack was instigated by dozens of counterprotesters, many of whom did not appear to be students, based on videos of the incident.Even after officers from the Los Angeles Polic...
Israel-Hamas War in Gaza: Live Updates
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Israel-Hamas War in Gaza: Live Updates

As Israel’s invasion of Rafah stretches into its third week, hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the southern Gaza city have encountered miserable conditions in their new encampments and shelters.Shortages of food, clean water and bathrooms have made the experience of relocating particularly dreadful, Gazans say, and price gouging has made the trip unaffordable for those who need transportation, including older and disabled people.“We’re dealing with horrific circumstances,” said Khalil el-Halabi, a retired U.N. official in his 70s who left Rafah last week for Al-Mawasi, a beachside area that Israel has designated as a “humanitarian zone.”“We don’t have what we need,” Mr. Halabi said. “We can barely even find water.”More than 800,000 people have left Rafah in the past two weeks, a Unit...
It’s time for the NHL to stop interference and offside reviews
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It’s time for the NHL to stop interference and offside reviews

The symmetry was almost perfect.In the history of the NHL’s foray into the world of replay review, there are two moments that stand out as crucial landmarks, the key signposts that pointed us toward where we wound up. The most recent came in 2013, when Colorado center Matt Duchene scored a goal despite being roughly a mile offside.The play is, to this day, widely misunderstood. The linesman didn’t somehow miss the fact that Duchene was offside; rather, he thought that the Nashville Predators had directed the puck back into their own zone, which would negate an offside call. But the optics were terrible. Everything about the play looked wrong, up to and including Duchene’s muted celebration. He knew he’d gotten away with one, as did everyone watching. And, eventually, the confusion and frus...
Why Al Jazeera is the Go To News Source for Student Protesters
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Why Al Jazeera is the Go To News Source for Student Protesters

Nick Wilson has closely followed news on the war in Gaza since October. But Mr. Wilson, a Cornell student, is picky when it comes to his media diet: As a pro-Palestinian activist, he doesn’t trust major American outlets’ reporting on Israel’s campaign in Gaza.Instead, he turns to publications less familiar to some American audiences, like the Arab news network Al Jazeera.“Al Jazeera is the site that I go to to get an account of events that I think will be reliable,” he said.Many student protesters said in recent interviews that they were seeking on-the-ground coverage of the war in Gaza, and often, a staunchly pro-Palestinian perspective — and they are turning to alternative media for it. There’s a range of options: Jewish Currents, The Intercept, Mondoweiss and even independent Palestini...
Saudi Arabia Is Sole Bidder for 2034 World Cup
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Saudi Arabia Is Sole Bidder for 2034 World Cup

Saudi Arabia emerged as the likely winner in the abbreviated race to host soccer’s World Cup in 2034 on Tuesday after Australia’s soccer federation announced that it would not bid for the tournament. The decision removed what was the only potential hurdle in the way of Saudi Arabia’s plan to bring the world’s most-watched sporting event back to the Gulf.Australia announced its decision hours before a deadline set by soccer’s governing body, FIFA, for nations to express an interest in hosting the World Cup. Saudi Arabia made clear its intent to bid weeks ago, and FIFA’s rules — and powerful allies — have all but assured that the kingdom will prevail.In a sudden and surprising move earlier this month, FIFA announced a truncated bidding timeline for the 2034 tournament, telling interested nat...