Steve Kerr on Donald Trump and LaVar Ball: “Two people that are seeking attention”

NEW YORK — The story disturbed Warriors coach Steve Kerr for so many reasons.

After China allowed three UCLA players, including LiAngelo Ball, to return to the United States after shoplifting Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, declined to credit President Donald Trump for his role in the Chinese government releasing them. On Sunday, Trump then criticized LaVar Ball in a tweet before saying about the three UCLA players, “I should have left them in jail!”

“Modern life. Two people that are seeking attention, and they’re both getting it,” Kerr said. “I’m sure both guys are really happy.”

Kerr, who has frequently criticized Trump for his divisive rhetoric, was not happy though.

“You know what would help, if all of you guys just stopped covering both of them,” Kerr said. “Is that possible? You probably could stop covering LaVar. I don’t think you can stop covering the President. I don’t think that would work. But it’d be nice for all of us if both of them would be quiet. Wouldn’t that be great?”

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CCS football playoffs: Video recap of this weekend’s games

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The Bay Area News Group’s Darren Sabedra and Mike Lefkow discuss the highs and lows of the first weekend of the Central Coast Section football playoffs, including big wins by the top seeds in the Open divisions, Milpitas, Serra and Half Moon Bay.

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They also have high praise for Live Oak and Terra Nova, which both survived road games in the Open Division III bracket.

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DC’s Unity March For Puerto Rico Wants Action Now

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Demonstrators in Washington, D.C., are marching in support of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico.

Thousands attended the Unity March for Puerto Rico to stand in solidarity against laws that organizers say “have been systematically oppressive and crippling to the people of Puerto Rico and the socio-economic growth and sustainability of the island.”

Roughly two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall there, Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover. Many on the island have unreliable power or no power at all.

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And Ricardo Ramos, the former head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, just resigned, potentially complicating the issue further.

Demonstrators specifically called for the repeal of The Jones Act of 1920, which says goods shipped between U.S. ports must be carried on U.S. ships. The act’s critics say it’s bad for Puerto Rico’s economy.

And while Puerto Rico was burdened with massive debt and poor infrastructure before Maria, the storm made the situation worse. Now, marchers are asking that all $73 billion of the island’s debt be erased and that the island be rebuilt to above pre-Maria standards.

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Boulder resident is among 32 U.S. Rhodes scholars

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The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African-Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a graduate of Fairview High School in Boulder, a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before.

The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Among them: the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point; a wrestler at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who’s helping develop a prosthetic knee for use in the developing world; and a Portland, Ore., man who has studied gaps in his hometown’s “sanctuary city” policy protecting immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.

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“This year’s selections — independently elected by 16 committees around the country meeting simultaneously — reflects the rich diversity of America,” Elliot F. Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said in a news release announcing the winners Sunday. “They plan to study a wide range of fields …read more

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