Rights groups highlight cases of police brutality on National Police’s 74th anniversary

first_imgThe report records various forms of ill-treatment, including persecution, subjective arrests, discrimination toward Papuans, threats to human rights defenders, improper use of firearms and disproportionate involvement in the handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as police officers holding government positions.Kontras also said the police had no priority in law enforcement and acted arbitrarily in the name of “stability”.Similarly, the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) said in a statement on Wednesday that, in 2019, it recorded 56 cases of police persecution against civilians, with 601 victims. The number is double the 27 cases of police persecution recorded in 2018.“Impunity [was] enjoyed by the suspects implicated in the acts of violence,” the YLBHI said through a written statement on Wednesday. Human rights organizations have slammed the police over allegations of excessive force and police brutality in time for the 74th anniversary of the National Police on Wednesday.The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) released on Tuesday a report on excessive force and violence at the hands of the police from July 2019 to June this year.“In the past year, we recorded 921 incidents of police brutality that resulted in 1,627 people getting injured and 304 killed,” Kontras chair Fatia Mauilidiyanti said during a press briefing on Tuesday in Jakarta. Kontras recorded that 4,051 people had been arrested, some of whom were persecuted when exercising their right to protest, including during antiracism protests in Papua and the #ReformasiDikorupsi (Reform the Corrupt) series of rallies in late 2019.Kontras researcher Rivanlee Ananda said the police had no measurable indicators while their subjectivity was very high in regard to civil liberties-related issues.“They often take aim at government critics and use discretion to arrest them,” he said, adding that poor checks and balances within the police institution had resulted in repeated violations of freedom of expression.The YLBHI recorded 67 cases of police involvement in violations against freedom of expression in 2019. “The police involved in the incidents ranged from district units to regional police units,” the YLBHI wrote. “The violations were done in various forms including physical abuse, abduction and the alleged determent of judicial assistance for victims.”Read also: Jakarta riot: Police violence in spotlight after viral beating videoFurthermore, Kontras also found 48 alleged cases of torture committed by police officers: nine toward civilians and 39 toward inmates.The past year also saw a new form of torture, cybertorture, in which the police deliberately use or neglect reports of doxxing and other forms of intimidation, harassment and manipulation of personal information through cyber operations. “Cybertorture causes distress, which could lead to depression and suicide. Victims also lost a sense of security in conveying their feelings in digital space,” Rivanlee said.Kontras highlighted 1,324 incidents of racist and discriminative treatment toward Papuans by the police and 534 shooting incidents resulting in 683 injuries and 287 deaths.“Given the magnitude of shooting incidents, the police should evaluate whether the use of firearms has been in accordance with their regulation,” said Fatia.The report also showed many incidents, besides shootings, in which the police had violated Police Chief Regulation No. 8/2009 on the implementation of the human rights principle in performing duties and Police Chief Regulation No. 1/2009 on the use of force.Kontras reported that the police’s involvement in COVID-19 handling had no accountable indicators and that they tended to abuse their authority, resulting in counterproductive actions and once again, limiting and violating civil rights.Earlier, the National Police chief issued a letter ordering cyberpatrols to monitor the development of opinions in cyberspace during the pandemic. Numerous arrests have been made because the police decided certain expressions had insulted state officials, were considered defamation or spread fake news.“The police should not be at the center of efforts to handle the pandemic. They should stick to their roles and have clear guidelines. Their repressive approach should also be evaluated as it has not done much to curb the virus,” Kontras researcher Danu Aulia Pratama said.The report also highlighted that 30 active and retired police officers held government positions. “Such power relations raise the risk and vulnerability in the use of police force for certain purposes. It will erode police independence,” said Fatia.Given the large number of reported police violations, the YLBHI called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the House of Representatives to push for police reform and ensure that police who violated the law were duly punished.“We also urge the National Police to obey the principles of human rights in carrying out their duties,” it said.Topics :last_img read more

NHL home jersey rankings: The best and worst looks for 2019-20

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/63/cam-fowler-ducks-getty_3vd85t9s878z1hc5uouf9m41d.jpg?t=-496599482&w=500&quality=80 Sure, not everyone will completely agree with this list below, but it’s encouraged that you low-listers take a look at your closet. Look real hard at that raggedy sweater on that creaky wire hanger and think to yourself, “do I even like this jersey?”NHL farm system rankings | Top 50 NHL prospectsJust because you may not like your uniform doesn’t mean you need to change team loyalties; maybe suggest a change to your franchise instead.Since Adidas bought the rights to make NHL uniforms back in 2017, only a few teams have made adjustments. Yes, most teams have alternate jerseys and, of course, every team has an away sweater, but for this list, only the home primaries are taken into consideration. Besides, shouldn’t the host be dressed the best?The rankings are based on a few simple factors including logo, team colors and hidden images with special meanings (who doesn’t love an Easter egg!). Other variables included are the team’s success, fanbase and history.That being said, here are the current home jersey rankings for every NHL team, from worst to first: (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/66/6f/flip-forsberg-predators-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_1fjbjl91a467r1gt7smpxz2kcn.jpg?t=537142964&w=500&quality=80 31. Anaheim DucksA quick reminder, this team used to be called the Anaheim Mighty Ducks — but there’s nothing “mighty” about these uniforms. While expected to be more modern, these Ducks uniforms have little to geek out over and, let’s be honest, the former Mighty Ducks jerseys are preferable to these lackluster messes.By the way, is the letter supposed to be a duck footprint or is the duck footprint supposed to be the letter? Either way, it’s a miss. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f9/17/matthew-barzal-islanders-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_esaj5m8ddnn1kpq0ipfaeres.jpg?t=196308044&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/44/jonathan-toews-blackhawks-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1s3xjl3iowlzz1pxs2mhnqn0v7.jpg?t=443044044&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c8/60/florida-panthers-081919-getty-ftrjpeg_33txcdtxphjf18l1njds9pxr8.jpg?t=-1395649692&w=500&quality=80 23. Philadelphia FlyersMany hockey fans aren’t even sure of what a Flyer is — but I digress.It is a “P” with a wing, we think. It’s not exciting or intimidating or interesting. The fact that the team was part of the 1967 Expansion and has only made a few minor adjustments is essentially the only reason this uniform isn’t lower. There is not much to be excited about — outside of tradition — but at least the Flyers orange isn’t too hard on the eyes . . . unless you’re from Pittsburgh. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c7/3f/alex-ovechkin-capitals-082019-getty-ftrjpeg_1vgvd1txanlot1qep8rzspz22h.jpg?t=-1389352204&w=500&quality=80 21. Buffalo SabresThe Buffalo Sabres are an unsuccessful franchise; if this team experienced more success, their uniforms would rise on this list.Buffalo made the right decision by reverting back to the circular logo with the bison outline and the blue-gold combination. However, unlike with the black-white-red uniforms, the team hasn’t been able to achieve significant success since returning to the old look. I’m not even going to discuss the blue and gold logo preceding this one. As a fan of the animal itself, I would cop one of these uniforms — but I wouldn’t pay full price.Now, having said all that: they are wearing the new “golden jerseys” for 13 home games this season. If those become the norm, they could move up quite a few spots on this list. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/d/patrick-laine-jets-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_rb92qkv04d8d17vhuam5t64tc.jpg?t=444700428&w=500&quality=80 25. Calgary FlamesThe Flames’ jerseys are alright but unfortunately, there are a lot of alright uniforms in the NHL, so they fall to the mid-20s. Calgary’s best jersey is the throwback with the just red, yellow and flaming “C” in white — you know, the jersey they won the 1989 Stanley Cup in. Fun fact: white actually indicates when a flame has reached its hottest point — so, time to rethink the logic, eh? Uniforms: they play a critical role for teams, organizations and fans. Everything matters from the logo to the color scheme when it comes to fans dishing out the big bucks to support their team. And if that team is successful, jersey sales spike and psychologically, it gets fans to love the sweaters — even if some of them aren’t much to write home about.Some uniforms have aged well over time, like the Hartford Whalers’ green jerseys that make appearances in Carolina, while others simply do not — hello, Vancouver Canucks bowling team sweaters, we’re looking at you. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/80/jake-debrusk-bruins-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1kq5cldox8l9a1129cgkd0n32p.jpg?t=460607092&w=500&quality=80 6. Minnesota WildThe Wild’s jerseys are carried by the genius of the logo alone. Khaki isn’t a great accent but because of the nature vibe, it’s acceptable. The creek, sun, trees and shooting star form the face of a bear — this is simply brilliant on the designer’s part.Also, the shooting star is widely accepted as a nod to the North Stars who previously played in Minnesota aka the State of Hockey. Way to pay tribute to the past, Minnesota. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6/7f/oliver-ekman-larsson-coyotes-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_16lrfyv6px9vu1nwgegigrmjtp.jpg?t=536668428&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4a/fd/dylan-larkin-red-wings-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_dh2a5rtch5l61hrh026np01am.jpg?t=202779412&w=500&quality=80 13. Toronto Maple LeafsThe Maple Leafs once again flipped the design of their leaf. This is Canada’s most notorious image and, yes, I understand the previous logo modeled the one on the flag, but something about the contour lines on the current one gives off a better hockey vibe. In addition, it harkens to the beginning days of this Original Six franchise.The blue and white, and the formating of the jersey itself are classic — well done, Toronto. Now that you have the proper kit, go ahead and get yourself another championship.CC: Raptors.NHL free agency 2019: Recapping what all seven Canadian teams did this offseason 14. Edmonton OilersLook, their jerseys aren’t bad and in fact, I like the new shade of orange for Edmonton’s home sweaters; however, there’s still something I can’t quite put my finger on in regards to these jersey’s — thus landing them in the middle of the deck. The dark blue really contrasts the bright orange, which is visually pleasing, but part of that traditional Edmonton feel is lost when you shuffle around with the uniform so much. Sure, Wayne Gretzky is not playing anymore — but I hear that Connor McDavid guy is alright. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9b/83/brent-burns-sharks-getty-ftrjpeg_md8j88jkpx0b17e7kyysf5v1r.jpg?t=444849412&w=500&quality=80 7. San Jose SharksAnother team with a unique primary color: teal. The perfect color for a sea-based mascot and the orange accent serves as a nice, vibrant contrast similar to the neon green of the Seattle Seahawks. Subtle, yet satisfying.The Sharks are fairly used to making minor alterations to their uniforms from season to season but the overall look remains the same. It’s a risky gamble to use a non-traditional color but the reward outweighs the risk. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/49/b8/sidney-crosby-penguins-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_9km67lcp5cuz1fouogn7u0opp.jpg?t=449077916&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d/2a/henrik-lundqvist-rangers-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1eixks894fcah1q29c0q0vfcpf.jpg?t=441397916&w=500&quality=80 24. Nashville PredatorsYellow is not much of a primary jersey color; however, if there is a will, there is a way. The Los Angeles Lakers have made yellow a primary color on their uniforms but the Predators are pushing the envelope of acceptance in the hockey arena.Preds fans seem to have taken to the gaudy mustard ensemble, but the rest of the league ultimately chooses to look away. The sabretooth logo is plenty intimidating; unfortunately, the official color of a sunflower takes away from that intensity. 11. Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Penguins are pretty unique when it comes to making an animated penguin playing hockey work for a professional sports logo. This credit goes partly to originality and partly to team success. Few sports franchises have made their mascot as cartoon-esque as the Penguins and even if they had, even fewer teams stick with the concept (cue the Anaheim Mighty Ducks). However, whether these uniforms would be so widely popular if the team was terrible is a big NO.Fans like to see success and even if it isn’t your team, seeing a franchise as successful as the Penguins draped in animated arctic animal gear — which you, know, Mario wore too — forces you to at least respect the sweater.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/59/7b/mark-stone-041419-getty-ftrjpg_oeec0x6kee1h151pzpbon2c1w.jpg?t=525645146&w=500&quality=80 12. New York IslandersThe Islanders jerseys feature one of the best-hidden gems among all of the team logos across the sports universe. If you look closely at the Islanders logo, the tip of the “I” in “Islanders” intersects with the Long Island map approximately at the location of the Islanders’  still-kinda used arena — Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.Solid usage of orange without falling into the Oilers/Flyers trap because it paid off (as they’re higher on this list). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f8/dc/nathan-mackinnon-avalanche-082019-getty-ftrjpeg_1f2rosynue0i61l4mb0g3frxer.jpg?t=-1318986868&w=500&quality=80 30. Ottawa SenatorsIt’s hard to make a human-based mascot intimidating in the world of Predators and Sharks, and this one is a tough one to fall in love with; he looks like he’s more disinterested than aggressive. The main objective of a Roman general, who was part of the Senate, was to represent strength and determination while defeating their opponents. This one looks like he just wants to relax at home — granted, he is probably watching hockey and you can’t argue with that.Thankfully, per Icethetics, a rebrand is expected as soon as the 2020-21 season. Hopefully, the “O” on the shoulder, which pays homage to the old Sens logo, continues with the next batch of jerseys. 18. Boston BruinsBruins fans have stuck by their uniform for years and fortunately, they get to see different variations during special events such as the Winter Classic. Perhaps, that makes it easier for their fans to see the same black and gold on the ice year after year. Either way, historic teams using their historic looks serve as a staple for the league and fans resonate with them.You do you, Bruins. Never change. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b6/34/connor-mcdavid-oilers-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1b511wpl5c0lh120eg3ozcux9u.jpg?t=452186620&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c9/59/ryan-poehling-canadiens-082019-getty-ftrjpeg_o4c7ftcc3i581bi3dr5hfi3dh.jpg?t=-1347188804&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6/9c/michael-frolik-flames-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_6l7nm9dxlafi1a2bjgvqfb2el.jpg?t=537887604&w=500&quality=80center_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c9/cf/travis-zajac-devils-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_1cd2k6972ah2815g0j4uhjob9v.jpg?t=539429916&w=500&quality=80 4. Vegas Golden KnightsIt wasn’t until recently that charcoal became a popular color, which makes sense since the team is still in its infancy. I think you have to like the color if you’re going to like these uniforms. The red and gold are tastefully used on the sleeves, paying a unique tribute to Vegas being known as “Sin City.”What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but you know it’ll be as luxurious as this jersey.  15. Tampa Bay LightningAlthough I was a fan of the former logo with text, I can also appreciate the simple, sleek look of the lightning bolt across the team sweaters now. The Lightning’s jersey needs to be sleek as they are a team built on speed and skill; however, there’s not much going on with their jerseys which means there’s not much to criticize — landing them at the midpoint of this list. 26. New Jersey DevilsThe Devils have plenty of reasons to be excited this season, but their uniforms are not one. While they’re not terrible, there really isn’t much to be excited about other than an acceptable red, white and black color scheme.Despite the “NJ” forming a disfigured devil — and being the postal abbreviation for New Jersey — there’s not much that pops on this jersey. Multiple thick stripes don’t work well on the sleeves and the design is pretty basic overall. Clean is good, but this needs just a tad bit more oomph.Devils’ P.K. Subban’s top five quotes: ‘I don’t play for New York’ (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c2/cd/craig-anderson-senators-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_11c9757o64ufy1816umzq8hci2.jpg?t=541942964&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/5d/john-tavares-maple-leafs-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_1arbvrkp7bmit16hc0nf5wo7db.jpg?t=195904108&w=500&quality=80 17. Montreal CanadiensLike the Bruins, the Canadiens have not deviated from their classic look either. What gives the Canadiens a slight edge over their Atlantic division counterparts is the “H” in the logo. The white “H,” which some think stands for “Habs,” actually stands for hockey (le club de hockey Canadien). This essentially plugs the Canadiens in as the official hockey team of Canada (sorry everyone else). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/56/bd/jamie-benn-stars-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_14encjllypv0v14ib0qo0yv9cs.jpg?t=461173916&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/96/a5/david-perron-blues-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_j4k1sx5rn5n612h0b2pwp0pa9.jpg?t=462737980&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1e/d1/nikita-kucherov-lightning-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_16vyxvo9mr9x31w9jfxka09p77.jpg?t=452433980&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9e/af/jack-eichel-sabres-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_lkz2r16f7vp81hi28w058ol3e.jpg?t=533806556&w=500&quality=80 1. New York RangersThere is no better uniform than the home blues donned by the Rangers — aka the Blueshirts — of New York City. The biggest market means the most attention and this classic look knocks it out of the park — sorry, the Garden.The Rangers look is clean and classic but offers the perfect blend of flash and style for Ranger fans to love and NHL fans to respect. 3. Detroit Red WingsThe Detroit Red Wings’ uniforms have always been one of the best in the league and it helps that the team is successful, historically, without deviating from their on-ice look. For Original Six teams, tradition plays a major role in their jerseys — and this one really hasn’t changed since 1926. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ad/f5/anze-kopitar-kings-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_157h23x3huozc1jzjvbichfzty.jpg?t=539646044&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/52/cd/cam-atkinson-blue-jackets-getty-ftrjpeg_sfjfay1hjas21qu9u7zlo9nt9.jpg?t=446791476&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c2/69/claude-giroux-flyers-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_15dzopbtb16sf1pr1cmpeumyfn.jpg?t=463005476&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/da/e3/zach-parise-wild-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1pln8i2abdqex1ghgg6lzymm4w.jpg?t=443551604&w=500&quality=80 22. St. Louis BluesFittingly, the Blues rallied behind a song to complete their historic run at the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, no one is playing “Gloria” to strike fear into their opponent and, well, your logo is a blue note.St. Louis’ jerseys are about as neat as the logo will allow and while the throwback uniforms are pretty sweet, it’s the same situation as the Flames (No. 23): the dark logo just isn’t as attention-grabbing as the lighter throwback.The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup champions and we’re just as surprised as you 19. Vancouver CanucksSo a “Canuck” is another word for a Canadian because — if you hadn’t heard — that option was taken already and you can’t just put a human on the jersey. Vancouver went with the orca, which comes from the local whale-watching sites near Vancouver Island where tourists and residents alike can see these amazing creatures in the wild. However, since the name doesn’t match the logo, the Canucks are demoted — but 19 isn’t a bad spot on this list.Side note: the franchise and arena are operated by a group called Canucks Sports and Entertainment — which was previously called Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment  — possibly giving another reason behind the orca being used for the logo. Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment began running the team in August 1995 and the Orca logo emerged in 1997. 9. Colorado AvalancheThe Colorado Avalanche jerseys are fairly different from most of the league. Not only is it a unique color scheme but the abstract waistline matches the angles down the sleeves which appeals to the eyes on a consistency level. The “C” for Colorado on the shoulder nods to the pride of those residing in the state and the logo itself is very strong.The maroon triangle stands for the mountain and the sweeping snow creates the “A” which is made to resemble an avalanche making its way down a mountain. Pure genius. 27. Los Angeles KingsPurple is the color of royalty, but the Los Angeles Kings managed to strip their uniforms of all purple in 2011. They featured some success early on with the new look — winning two Stanley Cups after all — but have since struggled to make a splash.A return to prestigious purple might just be the change the Kings need. You know what they say, “if you look good, you feel good and if you feel good you play good.” It may not be grammatically correct but you get the point. 16. Dallas Stars”Be loud. Wear green. Go Stars.”The franchise has embraced their new “victory green” so much to the point it was included in the slogan for the 2018-19 season. When the fans embrace a franchise rebrand the way the Stars’ fans have, it’s promising for other teams who might be on the fence about rebranding themselves.The brighter green has caught the eye of NHL fans more so than the old black and white jerseys, which only had a hint of color, and the current logo is much crisper.Fun fact: of the 11 professional sports teams in Texas (across the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLS, NWSL and MLB), only three do not have a star in their logo — the Houston Rockets, Houston Dash and San Antonio Spurs.  20. Arizona CoyotesRealistic and still aggressive enough for a sports team, the Arizona Coyotes logo is spot on. The sleeves are confusing but the maroon, black and white is pleasing to look at — although the paw print on the shoulder seems a little forced. The “A” formed by the creases in the paw needs to be a little less bold to be a cool easter egg on the jersey.Phil Kessel excited to begin next phase in Arizona: ‘I think it’s going to be great’ (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/77/11/teuvo-teravainen-hurricanes-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_1c4t5z6j0so0i1aquoe53oqv7b.jpg?t=540041540&w=500&quality=80 28. Carolina HurricanesThe Carolina Hurricanes’ jerseys are not great. They are competing with a number of red and black uniforms across the league and the overall design falls low on this list. The best part of this jersey is the hurricane warning flag bordering the waistline. The large hurricane symbol is not intimidating at all and for that, the look loses points.Children sometimes pick their favorite team based on how the jersey looks but let’s just say, unless you’re from North Carolina, it’s very unlikely you’ll choose the Hurricanes as your team based on these. 2. Chicago BlackhawksYet another Original Six team lands near the top of the list. This uniform contains more colors than any other in the league but the image remains crisp and clear. It’s hard to deny these are beautiful jerseys and it helps that the team’s dynasty has only recently begun to fade. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/98/57/brock-boeser-canucks-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_1n63mofi9533t11jntvkd45my8.jpg?t=194525476&w=500&quality=80 5. Winnipeg JetsThe Winnipeg Jets returned to play in the 2011-12 season and no matter what uniforms they rolled out, they were bound to be better than their original franchise, the Atlanta Thrashers.The Jets jerseys are actually very slick with the aviation wings on the shoulder and the leaf-plane combo in the center. The baby blue is the perfect amount to contrast the navy and white. Winnipeg’s faithful have embraced postseason whiteouts which make their team stand out even more against the pale playing surface in the postseason.’I’m just prepared for anything’: Jets’ Patrik Laine says he isn’t sure what future holds 8. Columbus Blue JacketsSimilar to Texas and Colorado, Ohio is another state with incredible pride. These uniforms pay tribute to the Buckeye State in two ways: the state flag dominating the logo and the cannon on the shoulder which has become a story of its own.The cannon was initially brought in to pay tribute to the Civil War and has since caught on as a trademark for the team — a loud trademark that goes off after every single goal. Yes, EVERY goal. 10. Washington CapitalsMany sports teams across the US find solace in the nation’s colors: red, white and blue. In the capital, it’s almost mandatory (sorry Redskins, but no one knows how you haven’t been forced to change yet).The best part of the Capitals’ uniform is the easter egg on the shoulder. The negative space created by the “W” eagle outlines the top of the capitol building in Washington, D.C. You can see it if you focus on the section under the center of the eagle itself. This is the perfect way to be patriotic without being slap-you-in-the-face-with-an-American-flag patriotic. 29. Florida PanthersIt’s unfortunate when a rebrand goes south, and you can’t get much further south than Florida (pun intended). Although it’s understood why the Panthers felt a change was needed, they made some poor decisions. Clunky shield logos, like the one on this sweater, have generally not made their way to the NHL and that’s not changing anytime soon — which is a good thing. There’s entirely too much going on down the sleeves with another panther and the state flag.As for the panther itself, it went from needing anger management to needing caffeine. And remember the old logo? It’s still on the players’ helmets. But if you’re going to rebrand, you have to let go.Florida Panthers retool lineup, should make deep playoff run in 2019-20last_img read more

Isaiah Papali’i to lead NZ Warriors in pre-season NRL Nines campaign

first_imgThe 21-year-old has been named skipper for the side which also included fellow first-grade regulars Blake Green, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau.Papali’i made his debut for the club as an 18-year-old in 2018, clocking up 48 NRL games since, while also being capped by Toa Samoa and the Kiwis. The squad also features a host of exciting talent including under-20 players Paul Turner, Rocco Berry, Edward Kosi and hooker Temple Kalepo. Other familiar names selected for the pre-season tournament are Chanel Harris-Tavita, Adam Keighran, Sam Lisone and Leivaha Pulu.The Warriors campaign begins against Newcastle on Friday night.Meanwhile, North Queensland have unveiled Jason Taumalolo as skipper, but have resisted the temptation to unleash prized recruit Valentine Holmes.Star back-rower Taumalolo will lead a squad that will feature five players making their debut for the NRL club – Kiwi international Esan Marsters, Connelly Lemuelu, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Michael Bell and Reece Robson.But fans will have to wait to see Holmes in Cowboys colours for the first time after the former Cronulla flyer’s name was missing from their Nines list.North Queensland will still have plenty of firepower with Marsters, Kyle Feldt, Josh McGuire, Coen Hess, Jake Clifford, Jake Granville and Scott Drinkwater included in a strong squad.Gold Coast have also confirmed their Nines squad, including the likes of Jai Arrow, Ash Taylor, AJ Brimson, Tyrone Peachey, Bryce Cartwright and Anthony Don.New Titans coach Justin Holbrook said the Nines was a chance for players to push for selection for next month’s NRL season opener.”There’s always an element of interest in the Nines. Who(ever) does well definitely stakes a good claim for round one,” he said.”They’ll always be young players at every club that really stand out, make the coaches go ‘well jeez he’s really in contention’.”If he was already in contention he could force his way into the side.”The Warriors were drawn in a pool with the Knights, Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers.Warriors NRL Nines squad: Leeson Ah Mau, Rocco Berry, Jackson Frei, Blake Green, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Temple Kalepo, Adam Keighran, Edward Kosi, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Taane Milne, Agnatius Paasi, Isaiah Papali’i (captain), Hayze Perham, Leivaha Pulu, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Paul Turnerlast_img read more