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Surrogacy has something to offend everyone

first_imgMercatorNet 22 June 2016Family First Comment: Great read.I am an outspoken critic of gestational surrogacy, in which the gestational mother carries a child to term for another person or couple. I have noticed that many people do not understand the stakes in this issue. Pro-life people think, “gosh, surrogacy makes babies, how can that be bad?” Feminists think, “gosh, surrogacy allows people to meet their reproductive goals, how can that be bad?”Read on. Surrogacy has something to offend everyone.Pro-life reasons to oppose surrogacyEvery surrogacy procedure retrieves eggs and fertilizes them outside the body. These are now tiny human beings. (That is why adults are willing to pay for them.)Abortion: If the doctor implants multiple eggs hoping some of them will survive, the surrogate is sometimes contractually required to do “selective reduction,” and abort some of the babies.Frozen Embryos: If “extra” embryos are created and not implanted, they are frozen indefinitely, destroyed immediately or “donated” for research.Eugenics: Surrogates are sometimes contractually required to abort babies that do not meet the specifications of the “commissioning parents.”Pro-woman reasons to oppose surrogacyBroken bonds: The gestational mother’s bond to the child is treated as if it were important during the pregnancy, and completely irrelevant afterwards.Objectifying women: The gestational mother is used for her womb and then is legally – and perhaps emotionally – set aside.Fewer rights for the mother, compared to adoption: If the gestational mother grows attached to the child, as mothers often do, or if she has concerns about the “commissioning parents,” too bad. Mothers who agree to place a child for adoption can almost always change their minds after the baby has been placed in their arms. Denying gestational mothers the same right is, quite simply, inhuman.Pro-child reasons to oppose surrogacyPsychologically risky for babies: Infants attach to their mothers in the womb. Will the infant’s attachment to the surrogate transfer over to the commissioning mother? We have no idea.Medically risky for babies: Babies conceived through In-Vitro Fertilization are at risk for premature birth, low birth weight, cerebral palsy and other problems. Surrogacy procedures require the use of IVF or similar techniques.Risk of rejection for imperfection: “Commissioning parents” have been known to abandon the child they commissioned due to birth defects, leaving the child with the surrogate mother in a legal limbo.Progressive reasons to oppose surrogacyEconomically exploitive: Surrogacy exploits poor women for the benefit of the rich, who can afford the use of surrogates to achieve their “reproductive goals.” See the second half of this video, “Outsourcing Embryos,” about the surrogacy industry in India.Introducing the profit motive into baby-making (which should be about love): The surrogacy industry isestimated to be a $30 billion business worldwide.Rejected by progressive countries: Surrogacy is illegal in many countries, including progressive countries like France and Finland. The European Parliament recently rejected a proposal to legalize surrogacy throughout Europe.Pro-liberty reasons to oppose surrogacyReducing the private realm: Surrogacy drags the law into baby-making, an arena that ordinarily takes place in the most private and intimate realm of love. Removing the sperm and egg from the body places those gametes in the realm of commerce and law. Surrogacy may involve as many as 5 separate individuals: egg donor, sperm donor, gestational carrier and one or more “commissioning parents.” The law must decide which of the adults shall be the legal parents of the child. In natural conception, the law’s role is strictly limited to recording the natural parents of the child.Artificial, state-created separations between parents and children: The woman who carried a child for nine months has no legally recognized parental rights or responsibilities. The law makes egg and sperm donors into “legal strangers” to the child.And the ultimate pro-liberty reason to oppose surrogacy:Creating a market in human beings: Allowing some people to buy other people, even if they are really young and small, is not a pro-liberty policy.With all these disadvantages of surrogacy, we should look for other solutions to the problems that surrogacy is supposed to solve. We need natural solutions, such as NaPro Technology, for medical infertility. We need more love between men and women to solve the socially-caused infertility of being unable to find a suitable co-parent of the opposite sex.Whether you are progressive or conservative, feminist or pro-life, straight or gay, surrogacy is not the answer.http://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/surrogacy-has-something-to-offend-everyone/18275last_img read more

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Lambunao’s most wanted person falls

first_imgILOILO City – He was listed as the mostwanted person in the municipal police station of Lambunao, Iloilo. Libuna, a resident of BarangayCabatangan, Lambunao, was facing robbery with homicide charges, it added.  No bail bond was recommended for Libuna’stemporary liberty./PN The Dumarao police staged hisapprehension around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 22. center_img The 38-year-old Roden Libuna was caughton the strength of an arrest warrant in Barangay Aglalana, Dumarao, Capiz, apolice report showed. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Dumarao police station. last_img read more

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ISAT-U develops prototypes of equipment vs COVID-19

first_imgOn the other hand, with the use of the SSF FabLab, the university produced 2,033 improvised face shields that weredistributed to local government units and hospitals and 50 aerosol boxes thatare being used to intubate patients. Being the host of the lone Fab Lab in WesternVisayas, the university feels it has a responsibility to help the governmentfight COVID-19, Muyong said. The study takes time, particularly forventilators, which has to go through testing and analysis, as well as approvalof the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We believe that ISAT-U has a social responsibilityto help our frontliners and health practitioners in fighting Covid-19. As auniversity of science and technology, we have the capacity to produce washableface masks, face shields, aerosol boxes,” Muyong said. “We are closely working with our localgovernment units in the distribution of face masks and face shields,” he said,noting that they produce separate aerosol boxes for pediatrics, Ob-Gyne, andintubation of patients. The issue right now is that the protectivesuits are being disposed of after use so they have to produce more, Muyongsaid. The prototyping development spearheaded by theOffice of Research and Extension, which is supported by the Department ofScience and Technology (DOST) and CHED, began this April and is expected to becompleted by December. “We are very much positive that through thisresearch, we can produce something for humanity,” he said. The department has mass-produced 12,285 washablefacemasks and is working on 15,000 more in preparation for the “new normal”when classes open in August or September. Muyong said they were preparing for the“rebound” when the need for these equipment increases. The university first engaged in the productionof washable facemasks, face shields, and aerosol boxes. They have to prepare for June, July, August,September, and October, he added. The researchers also need the input of medicalprofessionals who would be the end-users of the study. It also assisted the Iloilo City governmentand Iloilo United Hazmat Volunteers in producing protective suits, such ashazmat jumpsuits and protective gowns for health practitioners in variousCOVID-19 centers and hospitals in Iloilo. “We were requested by the chair of CHED(Commission on Higher Education) to work on this, being a university withfacilities on fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab). Our Fab Lab here at ISAT-U is ashared service facility (SSF) provided by DTI (Department of Trade andIndustry),” he said. The UVC sterilizer is essential to allowfrontliners to reuse their hazardous material suits (hazmats). “The new normal will require us to wear afacemask,” he said, adding that the university has 11,000 students in itscampuses, excluding faculty and staff. Muyong added that the completed face maskswere distributed to the city and provincial governments of Iloilo, regionalline government agencies, hospitals, barangays, and pharmacies. The aerosols were produced in consultationwith medical doctors in Iloilo and the DOST through their health research. “In our research, we are investing in theprototyping of ventilators, ultraviolet C (UVC) sterilizer, and swab booth forour frontliners,” said ISAT-U president Dr. Raul Muyong. These boxes were sent to Capiz, Antique,Aklan, Iloilo, and even as far as Puerto Princesa in Palawan. ILOILO City – The Iloilo Science andTechnology University (ISAT-U) is optimistic that its research on theprototyping of equipment that can be used by medical frontliners in the fightagainst coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) would turn successful. “As long as there are requests, we will try toproduce. But the challenge is materials,” Muyong said. (PNA)last_img read more

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Leicester City resist offers for Ndidi

first_img Loading… Leicester City will resist any offers for Wilfred Ndidi in the transfer window amid speculation linking the 23-year-old Nigerian midfielder with French champions Paris St-Germain and Manchester United. United have been linked with a move for Ndidi and Liverpool have an admirer in Wout Weghorst. As for Ndidi possibly swapping Leicester City for Man United, a report indicated that the Foxes will not sell the holding midfielder who has flourished during Ndidi, still just 23 years old, has grown into his role as N’Golo Kante’s replacement and has been pivotal in Brendan Rodgers’ side sitting in third place in the Premier League with nine games to go. Man United, PSG and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for Ndidi but the best fit would surely be the Red Devils, both for the player and in terms of a prospective new club. Ndidi would be perfect to slot into Man United’s central midfield to add poise as well as power, as his interceptions and reading of the game suit Man United’s counter-attacking style.Advertisement In truth, Ndidi is probably a few seasons away from a ‘big move’ but if he keeps up this form it would be tough for Leicester to keep him, which was the case with Harry Maguire last summer. Staying in the north west of England, Liverpool have an admirer in Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst. The Dutch forward, 27, is looking at a move away from the Bundesliga and his prolific scoring record in Holland and Germany will have plenty of clubs interested. Weghorst is very interested in reigning European champions and current runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool. read also:Bid to replace Ndidi: Leicester battle Inter for Real Betis star “I always found Liverpool very special,” Weghorst told Goal. “I still get goosebumps from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. There are other great English clubs too, and I always liked Milan because so many Dutch played there. I am ambitious and want to get ahead. Maybe at some point play at another club, whether in Germany or in England? But at the moment it is still far away. I feel good and try to achieve the maximum here.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models Ever7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Dodge City checkers fly again for Sproul

first_imgDakota Sproul scored his second straight and third IMCA Modified feature win this season at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 8) – Dakota Sproul made it two in a row in the IMCA Modified ranks Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.  Sproul held off New Mexico’s Cory Davis after a late caution flag to post his third DCRP win of the sea­son.  After starting sixth, Sproul spent the early going working towards the front as Kevin Gray set the pace.  Sproul made it to second by the fourth lap and then slipped underneath Gray in turns one and two on the sixth round to take command. By Lonnie Wheatley center_img With Sproul setting sail, Davis made his way forward from the ninth position to take over second at the midway point. And when a caution flew with just six laps to go that nixed Sproul’s ad­vantage, Davis was there to mount a charge. Kaleb Roach notched his first Dodge City win of the year in IMCA SportMod action, Gregg Schell picked off his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win and Tathan Burkhart scored his second IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win of the year as well. Davis pulled alongside exiting turn four with three laps to go, but Sproul countered and slipped away to secure the victory. Davis settled for second with Odessa, Texas’ Philip Houston snaring the show position. last_img read more

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B’ville football drops first-place clash with Utica Proctor

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillefootball With or without Letizia in the lineup,  B’ville had improved its passing game thanks to senior quarterback Braden McCard, and he generated the Bees’ first points in the opening period with a 30-yard scoring pass to Pat May.Yet it was anther pass that proved costly when Proctor’s Bryce McLean returned a McCard interception 41 yards for a touchdown. That kept the Raiders close despite May’s TD and a 30-yard field goal.Proctor began to take charge in the second quarter with a trio of drives, with running back Taesean Cooper as the driving force. All told, Cooper would gain 189 yards on 20 carries, nearing the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Cooper scored on runs of three and two yards in that second period, and his gains set up Brandon Peterson’s seven-yard TD pass to Zhani James.  Thus, even with McCard’s nine-yard scoring pass to Dan Fabrizio (he finished 10-for-16 for 153 yards), B’ville trailed 28-17 at halftime.And the Bees were unable to do much in the second half against the Raiders’ defense. In particular, Proctor kept B’ville’s runners in check, Willie Strong held to 86 yards on 23 carries, and it added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.May, aside from all of his contributions on offense, also earned a team-best 10 tackles on the defensive side. Dan Ewald had six tackles, with Nate Robinson and Jayden Nanna each getting five tackles as Robinson and Dan Fabrizio earned fumble recoveries.B’ville is now tied with Cicero-North Syracuse for second place in AA-2, both with 2-1 records. The Bees and Northstars face each other next Friday at Pelcher-Arcaro at 6:30, with the winner likely to get a first-round home game in the Section III playoffs. Once 0-2, the Baldwinsville football team had used back-to-back wins over West Genesee and Rome Free Academy to climb back to the .500 mark. More importantly, it shared first place in the Class AA-2 division.To get to the top alone, though, the Bees had to turn back undefeated, state no. 17-ranked Utica Proctor Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, something it could not do as the Raiders got away in the second half to prevail 34-17.B’ville was short-handed going into the game, without its top running back, Mike Letizia, and his presence would be missed even more on the defensive side since, at linebacker, he is consistently one of the Bees’ leading tacklers.last_img read more

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After brief stint pitching in Kansas City Royals organization, American’s Lumpkins returns to court to become consistent scorer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Stephen Lumpkins knew his walk from the mound to the dugout on July 31 would be his last.The southpaw had just thrown a wild pitch, walked three consecutive batters and his 19.64 ERA ranked second-worst on the Arizona League Royals.Now, the senior forward leads the American (2-3) basketball team with 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.After being selected in the 13th round of the June 2011 draft, the 6-foot-8-inch Lumpkins left American after his junior season to pursue a professional baseball career in the Kansas City Royals organization. The left-hander spent two years with the Royals’ Arizona League affiliate, but couldn’t make the necessary adjustments to his pitching motion.Lumpkins planned to return to American to earn his degree in business administration, but had to convince head coach Jeff Jones that he genuinely wanted to be a part of the basketball program. Lumpkins’ abilities to score now fill the void left by the departure of the Eagles’ top two scorers from a year ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Junipero Serra (Calif.) High School, Lumpkins made a name for himself in baseball and basketball. Although his baseball talents drew attention from a handful of big-name schools, Lumpkins had his mind set on being a college basketball player.“When I took a visit to American, I really just kind of fell in love with the campus and everything and the basketball program there,” he said. “So I thought it was a good fit for me.”It was at a camp in Kansas where Jones got his first glimpse of Lumpkins, who displayed his rebounding and passing skills well that day, Jones said.When Jones further inquired about Lumpkins and learned of the athlete’s baseball talents, Lumpkins and his father, Larry, made it clear to Jones that baseball would not interfere with his basketball plans.“Essentially, his baseball career would be over after high school,” Jones said.After Lumpkins began his career at American, Larry Lumpkins asked Jones if his son could continue to throw a baseball — nothing more serious than long tossing with his teammates in the offseason — a request that Jones had no issue with and even encouraged.As the forward’s confidence grew on the basketball court, Jones said, he further developed his scoring skills. He averaged at least 13 points per game and eight rebounds per game in his sophomore and junior years.But during the offseasons, Lumpkins continued to pitch outside of American, which hasn’t had a baseball team since 1986. He pitched for an American Legion Baseball team for leisure after his freshman season, his father said, and for a college-level team the following summer.“While I was still focused on basketball as my main focus, I wanted to just make sure I kept up with baseball a little bit,” Lumpkins said. “I knew it was something that I could potentially do after basketball. I wanted to keep a hand in it a little bit.”Lumpkins pitched well enough to draw attention from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who selected the lefty in the 42nd round of the 2010 draft. But he wasn’t willing to leave school with two years left of eligibility.But when the Kansas City Royals offered him a signing bonus of $150,000 the following summer, Lumpkins took the opportunity.“If I wanted to pursue the baseball thing, it was kind of the time I had to do it,” Lumpkins said.In his first season with the Arizona League Royals, he finished with a 2-1 record with a 7.02 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. In his final two outings, he allowed just one earned run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.“I definitely thought that I was starting to figure some stuff out,” Lumpkins said.In 2012, the Royals began to alter his pitching motion with adjustments that Lumpkins couldn’t implement. With his sky-high ERA, Lumpkins left the Royals having allowed eight runs with 11 walks and three wild pitches in just 3 2/3 innings.With his baseball dreams out of reach, Lumpkins headed back to American to finish his education and receive his degree. But if he wanted to play basketball as an Eagle again, he needed to convince Jones.“He and I had a couple of productive talks,” Jones said. “I thought that his heart was in the right place. And he convinced me that he missed it and he really wanted to be a part of the program.”But after 15 months of dedicating himself to baseball, Lumpkins needed to refine his basketball skills.Senior guard Daniel Munoz — a close friend of Lumpkins — said he received texts from the forward about how hard he was exercising at home in preparation for the season. When the season began, Munoz said, nobody worked harder than Lumpkins — whether it was with the coaches or in the weight room.Lumpkins has retaken the role of American’s premier player — he scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 62-57 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Nov. 15 — but now has a stronger mentality. Jones said the forward is “clearly a more confident and mature young man” after his year away from the team.Although Lumpkins visibly has had more success on the basketball court than he did on the baseball mound, he has no regrets about his decision.“It was something that if I didn’t do it, it was probably something I would’ve regretted for the rest of my life,” he said. “Not a lot of people can say they’ve played professional baseball and Division-I basketball. And it’s worked out great that I’m able to come back to school this year and play basketball.” Comments Published on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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Crash in Luzerne leaves one dead

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOscoda, MI — The Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that left one dead early this morning.The accident happened at Mapes just south of Randall Rd in Big Creek Township. An investigation revealed that a 1999 Chevy Silverado was heading northbound on Mapes before veering to the left and crashing into a tree. Twenty-three-year-old Stephanie Cromwell from Prescott, Michigan was found dead when police arrived.An infant was also found in the back seat with serious injuries.The accident remains under investigation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Big Creek, crash, Luzerne, Mapes, Randall, trafficContinue ReadingPrevious Word on the Street: If you could be any animal, which would you choose?Next Alpena celebrates with 4th of July Paradelast_img read more

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Hoornstra: Baseball’s designated hitter rule could benefit from compromise

first_imgThe average game time reached 3 hours, 10 minutes last season, a record. It’s doubtful a universal DH rule would make much of a difference. Last season, the average AL game was less than two minutes shorter than the average NL game.Yet the National League game was better in 2019. It gave us more baseball. It gave us more strategy from the dugout. It also gave us more strategy from the batter’s box. Hitters set new single-season records for home runs and strikeouts in 2019. American League teams combined to hit 180 more homers than their NL counterparts. Despite having the benefit of the DH, American Leaguers struck out more in 2019, not less.So, no, I’m not eager to see the NL game disappear. Maybe the question of whether or not to allow the DH in both leagues is a false dichotomy. Could the two leagues forge a compromise? If so, what might that look like?Here are three options.Option 1.Let the home manager decide whether the DH is in effect on a game-by-game basis.This is my favorite idea, at least in theory. It restores some autonomy to the manager’s seat. It introduces an extra layer of pregame strategy. It gives the home team an advantage beyond batting last in every inning and hearing the roar of the crowd.The biggest implication: pitchers who fail to hit, and hitters who can’t play a position, would be more easily exploited, while a two-way talent would have an even more decisive advantage.Shohei Ohtani could hit on the days he starts for the Angels, and force the other team’s pitchers to bat for themselves at home. On the road, opposing managers might take the Angels’ DH away – but at the cost of forcing their own pitchers to hit. Would Nelson Cruz have to learn a position if he wants to start a game outside of Minnesota? That would be Rocco Baldelli’s problem.Option 2.Allow the DH to stay in the game as long as the starting pitcher remains in the game.If you miss a good starting pitchers’ duel, this option is for you. Say it’s the top of the fifth inning, the pitcher is struggling, and the home team’s DH is due up in the bottom of the inning. Now the manager has an extra decision to make: remove his starter for a fresh reliever and lose his DH, or let the starter try to work out of trouble?Related Articles Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I would not, not force the DH on the National League,” Angels manager Joe Maddon told me in spring training last year, the last time the universal DH suggestion was brought to life.“The National League game is much more thought-provoking,” Maddon said. “If you want more offense, don’t worry about getting one more guy in the lineup. Worry about teaching a different method of hitting a little bit.”“My desire is we don’t sanitize things in the game too much,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told me around the same time. “I think strategic parts of the game are what makes it a great game.”Like Counsell and Maddon, I prefer a game with more strategy, not less. It helps if the fruits of these strategies are readily obvious to fans. Moves and countermoves translate better than launch angles and spin rates.There’s nothing wrong with a faster-paced game. Far from it, in fact. MLB’s pace-of-play initiatives (automatic intentional walks, limiting mound visits, futile attempts at reducing the time between pitches) have had little effect to this point. This year, relief pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, unless the inning ends first, and that might nudge the average time of game downward.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies If you dislike “openers” – relievers who start the game, and only pitch one or two innings – this plan is not for you. Effectively, this option exchanges one layer of strategy for another. It also reduces the impact a DH can potentially have on each game. Cruz, arguably the Twins’ best hitter, would rarely bat in a late-game situation when he’s in the starting lineup. Teams would be incentivized to stash better hitters on the bench, perhaps at the expense of their starting DH.It’s imperfect, but another example of a possible compromise.Option 3.Mandate that starting pitchers bat for themselves, then allow managers to insert a DH once the starter is removed from the game.This is the opposite of Option 2, and it would likely elicit the opposite effect. Openers would be encouraged. The value in having a deep bench would evaporate. Double switches would die. Potentially, we’d see better hitters taking late-game at-bats, but essentially this is what we already see in the National League. Relief pitchers rarely bat as it is, so this change would merely allow the same pinch-hitter to bat for multiple relief pitchers in the same game.If MLB insists that messing with 47 years of tradition would better the game, so be it. But the DH doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. There’s a broad middle ground to be found, if the league wants to look for it. Think the designated hitter is coming to the National League?“The suggestion, often made, that the pitcher be denied a chance to bat, and a substitute player sent up to hit every time, has been brought to life again, and will come up for consideration when the American and National League Committees on rules get together.” Those words were printed in 1906. Even 114 years ago, the chatter around the DH rule was an old one.The National League has mandated pitchers hit for themselves in every non-interleague game since 1973. That might change a year from now, according to a report that surfaced this week. It’s hard to take any such report too seriously until the universal DH becomes part of the league’s official rules. The momentum behind the rule change is obvious: it would achieve one of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s explicit goals of lowering the average game time.It would also tick off some very interested parties. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Cleveland’s Kevin Love posts season-high 32 points against Lakers, dismisses interest in team

first_imgCLEVELAND >> As the Lakers stomached through another loss, Cleveland forward Kevin Love offered a few daggers that both pierces the team’s present and future.Love posted a season-high 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting in the Lakers’ 120-105 loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. Then he strongly dismissed any interest in signing with the Lakers this summer when he becomes a free agent. “I’m a Cleveland Cavalier,” said Love, a UCLA product. When pressed on if any scenario could entice him to join the Lakers, Love answered, “No.” A Cavaliers official then ended Love’s postgame interview. The Lakers have experienced plenty of rejection lately. Dwight Howard left for Houston two seasons ago after becoming a one-year rental. After unsuccessfully trading Pau Gasol for the past three seasons, they could not convince Gasol to stay instead of joining Chicago. The Lakers could not convince LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, either. The Lakers still have Kobe Bryant, but he is out for the season with a surgically repaired right shoulder.Add it all up, and the Lakers (13-38) lost for the 13th time out of the past 14 games. They also tied a franchise-worst 10-game road losing streak that only the 1957-58 and 1963-64 teams matched. “Not my concern,” James said about the Lakers’ struggles after posting 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. “I don’t get paid from the Lakers to be their GM. That’s up to them. They’ll figure it out.”The Lakers sure hope so.Scott called his players “soft” after the Lakers shot 41 percent from the field and conceded 22 fast-break points. Lakers forward Nick Young continued his struggles with his shooting accuracy (3 of 10) while also picking up a technical in the second quarter after expressing frustration about a missed foul call. As for James, Scott believed his departure partly stemmed from Miami president and former Lakers coach Pat Riley giving a season-ending press conference. Then, Riley argued “it takes guts” to stay after San Antonio ended the Heat’s back-to-back title run. “I think LeBron took that as a challenge,” said Scott, who played for Riley with the Showtime Lakers. “When I listened to that, I was like, ‘Woah.’ I think so did LeBron.” James’ initial departure from Cleveland in 2010 coincided with Scott just taking the Cavaliers’ coaching job. He was fired after compiling a 64-166 record through three seasons (2010-2013)“My thought was going into that year if by December if it wasn’t getting done, then yeah, I thought I should be fired,” Scott said. “When it happened, I was a little disappointed.”Yet, Scott maintains no regrets for taking the Cavaliers’ job, saying, “You don’t know if that better gig is going to come.”“I wouldn’t appreciate where I am right now. I never look back,” Scott said. “I try to focus on the present and the future.”Scott then repeated the Lakers front office has assured him they will have patience amid his latest rebuilding project.But the Lakers’ present contains endless losses. The Lakers’ future entails endless uncertainty if they can attract enough stars to change things back to the way it once was. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more