NZHerald 17 July 2012A free-speech battle is shaping up at Auckland University tomorrow over a move to boot out an anti-abortion group from university facilities. ProLife Auckland, which claims more than 400 student members, faces disaffiliation from the students’ association after a complaint that it distributed a pamphlet containing “misleading health information”. The students’ association is laying on a barbecue as an incentive to attract the required quorum of 200 students at a special general meeting to consider the motion in the university quad at 1pm tomorrow. Association vice-president Dan Haines said the executive was not recommending disaffiliation but was just putting the motion to the meeting. “People communicated to our women’s rights officers that it was an issue. It was the women’s rights officers who brought it up,” he said. “Personally I think that maybe having a discussion is a good thing. It is a contentious club.” But ProLife president Amy Blowers, a second-year philosophy student, said the meeting was “a direct threat to freedom of expression”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820057UPDATE: Bid to ban anti-abortion club voted downNZ Herald 19 July 2012A move to ban an anti-abortion club from the Auckland University Students’ Association has been defeated overwhelmingly after an emotional debate about free speech. A special general meeting attended by a large and noisy crowd in the university quad voted 227-125 yesterday against a motion to disaffiliate the ProLife Auckland club “for propagating harmful misinformation”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820545
Ivanovic headed in a Frank Lampard free-kick unopposed after 73 minutes as debate raged over whether the Chelsea right-back should even have still been on the pitch. Referee Kevin Friend had booked the Serbia defender moments earlier for catching Christian Benteke with a flailing arm in an aerial challenge which infuriated Villa boss Paul Lambert. Branislav Ivanovic avoided a red card before scoring the winner as Chelsea broke Aston Villa’s stubborn resistance with a 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge. Villa, whose manager Lambert was unhappy the date was moved to the first Wednesday of the season, named 10 of the players who started at Arsenal, the one enforced change as Ciaran Clark started in place of the injured Nathan Baker. Just as against Hull on Sunday, Chelsea started with chants of ‘Jose Mourinho’ echoing around the ground and with a purpose which saw them take an early lead. Oscar fed Hazard in the left side of the area and the Belgian’s shot was blocked by Guzan, but only into the path of Luna who could do nothing about the deflection into his own net. Villa also went behind after six minutes on Saturday, but feared conceding another as Chelsea maintained the intensity with which they began the game. Yet Villa, in contrast to last December, were not as porous and try as they might, with Oscar and Hazard threatening, Chelsea could not breach the visitors’ defence. Ba, playing as a lone striker, was finding life challenging against Ron Vlaar and Clark, who had to be replaced by Jores Okore following a clash of heads with the Senegal striker. Living off scraps, Ba shot straight at Guzan before Villa broke forward, equalising with the last kick of the half. Agbonlahor surged by Ivanovic down the left and cut the ball back for Benteke to shoot left-footed and low into the net. It was the sort of incisive play Mourinho demands of his teams. The ineffective Ba was unable to make space for a shot under pressure from Vlaar as the second half resumed at a frenetic pace, with Mourinho telling his team to be patient. Agbonlahor curled just off target from a Matthew Lowton cross-field pass and Andreas Weimann forced Cech into a save from a Benteke cross. Mourinho lamented the disappearance of Hazard, De Bruyne and Oscar following the opening half against Hull and again his playmaking trio’s influence declined as the match wore on. Mata, in particular, seemed to struggle to get into the game and was replaced by Andre Schurrle, when Romelu Lukaku came on for Ba. Chelsea were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men as Ivanovic challenged Benteke in the air and caught the Belgian with a wild arm. Lambert, who was showing the same energy as his team in a technical area tussle with Mourinho, was furious. Lampard hooked the ball off the foot of Okore from the resulting Ashley Westwood free-kick as Villa threatened once more, but then Chelsea struck. Vlaar shoved over Lukaku and Lampard swung in a free-kick which Ivanovic met unopposed six yards out as all Villa’s strong defensive work was undone with one set-piece. Cech saved well from Weimann and John Terry survived a handball shout following Fabian Delph’s cross as Chelsea clung on. Press Association All the attention was on Jose Mourinho’s return in Sunday’s defeat of Hull, but the self-proclaimed Special One wanted to shift the focus to his team, who endured an altogether more difficult test than on Villa’s most recent visit to Stamford Bridge. Villa were beaten 8-0 last December, but were in buoyant mood following the 3-1 opening day win at Arsenal and determined to claim the scalp of another title contender. Antonio Luna scored late on at the Emirates Stadium and was on target again, only this time into his own net following a Brad Guzan save from an Eden Hazard shot. Benteke, whose double accounted for Arsenal, scored his third goal of the season with the final kick of the first half to equalise. It came after a dart down the left from Gabriel Agbonlahor which is the kind of play which could bring the forward into England contention again. Then, just as Villa looked their most threatening, Ivanovic struck Benteke before breaching the visitors’ defence as Mourinho’s unbeaten home record in the Premier League was extended. The Portuguese has never lost in 62 top-flight matches at Stamford Bridge and next Monday takes his side to Manchester United for an early title bout, where transfer target Wayne Rooney is sure to be the focus of attention. In a match rescheduled from August 31 due to Chelsea’s involvement in the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich a day earlier, Juan Mata and Demba Ba started in place of Kevin de Bruyne and Fernando Torres, respectively, with the latter not even on the bench.
Do you hate March Madness?It might seem like a ridiculous question for college basketball fans. After all, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is a tradition rich with upsets, brackets and the occasional unforgettable buzzer-beater. How could anybody hate that? We don’t, but there are some things about March Madness that have run their course. It annoys us just enough that, the more we see it, the more we. …MORE: Sporting News’ March Madness CenterThat’s why Sporting News had to create a bracket about the 32 things we hate most about March Madness. We’ll vote all this week to determine what the one thing we hate most about the NCAA Tournament is.Sporting News will run a Twitter poll of each day this week (Monday, March 18, through Monday, March 25) until we find the “champion” among the 32 things we love to hate about the NCAA Tournament. That’s what March Madness is all about, right? How could anyone hate March Madness?We don’t — but we know some do.That’s why SN made an #IHateMarchMadness bracket: https://t.co/VX6nuY4mLP pic.twitter.com/9y4ULWk1oa— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 21, 2019Here’s a region-by-region guide of our selections:I Hate March Madness BracketSocial Media Region Crying fan shots Northwestern kid. Piccolo girl. Who’s next?Crying Jordan memesMade by millennials who think LeBron had a better college basketball career.Drink cup complaint tweetsWe no longer care that you have to drink water out of a cup that says “NCAA” on it. Novelty brackets They have a bracket for everything but the bracket — including this bracket. How meta of us. Is that what meta means?Repeat commercialsWe know Enterprise will pick us up. We also have “That’s Spandau Ballet, man” is still stuck in our head from 2012. TruTV jokesChannel 148 on Dish. Channel 246 on DirecTV. We’re done. #CharbageWelcome to college basketball’s version of, “Is it a catch?”NBA trollsThe quality of play in the NBA is soooooo much better. Hey, did Anthony Davis get traded to Golden State yet?SN REMEMBERS:March Madness heartbreakers | Best March Madness memories”Trash” Talk Region’I called that 2-15 upset’We had the No. 2 seed in the Final Four and don’t want to hear it. ‘I don’t do brackets’OK, but you’re not some moral crusader. We like to waste our money, thank you very much.’My bracket is busted’How is it busted when the first set of games isn’t over yet?’I haven’t lost in any of my brackets’You’re already lying midway through Day 2.’A 5-12 upset happens every year'(All the No. 5 seeds won in 2018, by the way).Sudden basketball expertThey saw Markus Howard in eighth grade because he played for their brother’s friend’s cousin’s niece’s uncle. ‘One Shining Moment’ hot takesLuther sings. Highlights roll. Watch. Don’t watch. Move on. Please move on. One-and-done talkIn a million variations: “Imagine if Duke’s freshmen came back for their sophomore year.” Just leave Zion Williamson out of it, please. MORE: Best bracket names for 2019 tournament”Fix the Format” Region Expanded Selection ShowJust give us the picks! Now! Now! How about now? Dome game shootingU.S. Bank Stadium isn’t really a dome, so. … Play-in gamesWhy can’t be it be 64? Because you have to wait until Thursday morning to finish your bracket, that’s why. Sweet 16 games with double-digit seedsThey’re great to root for in the first weekend. Then you see the ratings on No. 12 vs. No. 13, which gets buried in the late slot on Sweet 16 weekend.Monday night title gameImagine if they did the Final Four on Thursday and Saturday. Now go do it. Bubble team talk/watch partiesThis is why the NIT was created.Weird tip-off timesDon’t worry, that 11:34 p.m. ET tip-off in San Jose will get over before the second round starts. We think. Weird courtsWhy do they have the NCAA logo on it? It’s the NCAA Tournament.MORE: Printable bracket for 2019 tournamentOverkill Region NBA guys in studioYou will tweet the second you see Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith talking about Purdue. Random in-game analystsWhy is that guy calling that game? You’ll have to Google to read more on Jim Spanarkel, too. Celebrity super-fansWe love Sister Jean, Bill Murray and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. We just don’t need to see them on camera every five seconds.Gonzaga’s seedingThis could be the third time they’ve been a No. 1 this decade. It’s old news now.UK’s seed/locationWithin 15 minutes of the Selection Show, John Calipari will let you know how you should think about it. Jim Nantz’s championship one-linerWhat pun works best with Zion? “And the shoe still fits”Cinderella, now happily married in the castle, will not be watching another tournament game until she gets her royalty check. Christian Laettner highlight What does Verne Lundquist say when the shot goes in?