Rioters Topple Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt Statues in Portland; Museum Windows Smashed

Rioters toppled statues of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday night — the latest attacks on monuments in several months of left-wing unrest.

According to, the statues in the South Park Block were toppled during an “Indigenous Day of Rage.” The nearby Oregon Historical Society Museum was also reportedly attacked.

Video of the toppled statues showed they had been vandalized with the words “STOLEN LAND” spray-painted on their bases. The Roosevelt statue was also vandalized with “MURDERER.”

Portland Police had warned those attempting to topple statues: reported:

As the crowd gathered, a group threw chains on ropes on the statue, a bronze sculpture officially titled “Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider,” as others took a blowtorch to its base and threw red paint on the statue. They began to pull until the statue rocked from side to side before falling down at 8:51 p.m.

The group then turned to the nearby Abraham Lincoln statue, pulling it to the ground at 8:59 p.m. Spray-painted on the base of the statue was “Dakota 38,” a reference to 38 Dakota men executed after the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862, the largest mass execution in a single day in American history.

Afterward, people in the crowd began smashing windows at the Oregon Historical Society, unfurling a banner that read, “Stop honoring racist colonizer murderers.” A mural on the attached Sovereign Hotel building depicting the Lewis & Clark expedition was splattered with red paint.

The crowd then moved through downtown, breaking windows and destroying a sign at the Portland State University Campus Public Safety office and other buildings.

Police did not apparently intervene in time to save the statues or protect the museum.

The protest appeared timed for the eve of Columbus Day, which is observed in some parts of the U.S. on Monday.

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Europe hopes the military will topple Lukashenko

The formula, according to which 3.5% of the protesting population is enough for a change of regime in the country, does not work in Belarus because of the law-enforcers, who support the will of the majority.

MEPs urge Belarus generals not to obey Lukashenko

A group of members of the European Parliament called on the commanders of the armed forces of Belarus not to obey President Alexander Lukashenko.

The appeal was signed by 25 out of 704 MEPs, DW reported on October 7. The letter is addressed, in particular, to the Minister of Defense of Belarus, Viktor Khrenin, Chief of the General Staff Alexander Volfovich and others – 24 Belarusian top military officials in total.

The MEPs called Lukashenko “the mastermind of the violent seizure of power and a coup d’etat.” Therefore, any instructions that come from him, in their opinion, are illegitimate. The MEPs note that giving and executing illegal orders is a crime that the international community will not disregard.

The generals should decide for themselves whether they should be devoted to the oath to defend the people of Belarus or follow illegal instructions from the illegitimate usurper, Alexander Lukashenko.

According to the MEPs, “the people of Belarus consider Svetlana Tikhanovskaya the winner of the elections and the legally elected president of Belarus.”

Belarus generals dissatisfied with political leadership

As the Telegram-channel “Trykatazh” points out, the appeal from the MEPs will fall on fertile soil, because “there are seeds of doubt among the generals.”

According to the channel’s authors, the top commanders of the Belarusian Armed Forces is not happy with Viktor Khrenin’s insecure, village style of command. They are also unhappy with the fact that his predecessor, Andrei Ravkov, was forced to write a resignation report after the story with 33 Russian “terrorists” of whom he reported to Lukashenko.

The political leadership is trying to set Khrenin up. Reportedly, there is a leaked audio recording made by one of the highest officers at a meeting with Khrenin, in which he called for harsh suppression of protests in Belarus.

The Telegram channel quotes a document that says that there was a conspiracy among the generals. One of the conspirators was Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus, Andrei Vtyurin, who is serving a sentence for corruption, and several high-ranking officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defense, of whom three have already been arrested.

The conspiracy was codenamed “Change.” The purpose of the conspiracy is to prevent a new presidential term for Lukashenko, whom the conspirators considered the main and only obstacle for the normal development of Belarus. They were elaborating several possible scenarios – from Lukashenko’s voluntary refusal to participate in the elections through the influence of Russia or his closest circle, to supporting a strong alternative candidate, or even the physical elimination of Lukashenko, Trykatazh Telegram channel pointed out.

There is no smoke without fire

It is an open secret that the support of security forces is of decisive importance for the continuity and stability of power. Despite the tremendous pressure that has so far been put on Nicolas Maduro with the introduction of parallel power structures in Venezuela, he cannot be overthrown only because of the loyalty of the army and security services. They are now trying to implement a similar scenario in Belarus by legitimising Svetlana Tikhanovskaya as a parallel leader.

Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist from Harvard University, coined the so-called 3.5% rule. She believes that as long as 3.5 percent of the population takes to the streets to hold peaceful protests, this percentage of the population may be enough to topple a dictator. It is worthy of note that Minsk, the capital of Belarus is a 2-million-strong city.

According to Chenoweth’s rule, Lukashenko’s regime should have fallen on July 30, during Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s pre-election rally, which gathered, according to human rights activists, as many as 70,000 people. However, in Belarus, the 3.5% formula does not work, nor does it work in Venezuela for one simple reason – security forces support the will of the majority of the people, but  not the will of 3.5% of them.

Lukashenko should sit down and think: such appeals as the ones from members of the European Parliament do not emerge for no reason. The Belarus military cannot be satisfied with the fact that their secret information leaks online, nor can they understand what stops Lukashenko from imposing martial law against the background of large-scale protests and clashes with civilians. The crisis in Belarus may exacerbate at any moment, and it will be the military to blame for it in the first place.

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Hurting Force aim to topple Brumbies

The Western Force have set their sights on producing a famous underdog triumph when they take on the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday night.

The Force were thumped 57-5 by the Queensland Reds last week in one of the worst losses in the club’s history.

The wooden spoon certainties face another monumental challenge on Friday when they take on the ladder-leading Brumbies.

When the teams met a month ago, the Brumbies won 24-0.

Most betting markets have ranked the Force a $10 outsider to knock off the Brumbies in the rematch.

Force coach Tim Sampson believes his players will thrive off that underdog tag.

“There’s been some great underdog stories in the past. Let’s hope we wake up Saturday morning and it’s another one,” Sampson said.

“We won’t have any problems getting up for this one.”

Captain Ian Prior said the team went through a brutal review of their performance against the Reds, and would come out firing against the Brumbies.

“A few guys were pretty emotional after the game,” Prior said.

“They’ve invested a lot into this club, and were disappointed with the result.

“It was the players’ idea to watch the game together there at the end of the game. We wanted to go through it with the staff. It’s never easy watching yourself or your teammates making mistakes.

“But it was a process we had to go through. It was pretty brutal, but it was needed.

“We’ve got great characters. We’re a bunch of fighters and are going to come out swinging this weekend and rectify that result.”

The Brumbies have made just one change to the starting line-up from last week’s 38-11 win over the NSW Waratahs – the inclusion of scrum-half Joe Powell.

The Force have recalled centre Henry Taefu and utility back Marcel Brache, with former All Blacks centre Richard Kahui going to the bench.

Brumbies: Tom Banks, Andy Muirhead, Solomone Kata, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Bayley Kuenzle, Joe Powell, Pete Samu, Will Miller, Lachlan McCaffrey, Cadeyrn Neville, Murray Douglas, Allan Alaalatoa (capt), Connal McInerney, James Slipper. Res: Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Darcy Swain, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Reesjan Pasitoa, Len Ikitau.

Western Force: Jack McGregor, Marcel Brache, Kyle Godwin, Henry Taefu, Brad Lacey, Jono Lance, Ian Prior (capt), Henry Stowers, Kane Koteka, Fergus Lee-Warner, Ollie Atkins, Jeremy Thrush, Kieran Longbottom, Andrew Ready, Pek Cowan. Res: Feleti Kaitu’u, Chris Heiberg, Tom Sheminant, Tevin Ferris, Brynard Stander, Nick Frisby, Richard Kahui, Jake Strachan.

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The secret visit that helped Grant Hackett topple King Kieren

To really understand the interest and pressure on Australia’s athletes at the Sydney Olympics, you have to go back and look at the numbers. Not the times, or the heights, or the weights or distances, but the television ratings.

Grant Hackett had an inkling of what was to come the year before. His enlightenment would take place at the dentist, where he flicked through the pages of a sports magazine while he waited to have his teeth cleaned.

Celebrity had already come to Hackett by that stage, whose arrival as heir to the Olympic throne of Kieren Perkins put him sharply in focus ahead of a home Games. Their rivalry and Perkins’ stature as somewhat of a national treasure would ensure the build-up to their 1500m freestyle final was second only to Cathy Freeman’s 400m masterpiece on the track.

“It was funny,” Hackett recalls. “One of the things I remember, which blew me away, I was in the dental surgery and there was a sports magazine. I decided to open it up and have a browse and what was in there was the ratings for 1998.

“There was the AFL grand final, NRL grand final … but I think the most-watched sporting event was the race between Kieren and I at the Commonwealth Games, the 1500m freestyle.

“It was around 3.1 million or something and I was like … what? I couldn’t really fathom that. It gave me a bit of perspective as to what was about to happen. I read a stat about how many people watched our 1500m final at the Olympics and something like 95 per cent of TVs were tuned to that race.

“To think you are involved in something like that … you’d never imagine in a million years that people would be that interested in a 1500m freestyle race.”

With all of those eyes on him, Hackett would proceed to “unseat an icon”, in the words of Dennis Cometti, as Australia hit pause to watch the 20-year-old from the Gold Coast go to the wall and beat the twice-Olympic champion with a bold, front-running performance.

It was an epic triumph, an ascension, and he found enough strength in his arms to smash the water with delight upon victory as Perkins leaned over to congratulate him on his gold.

It was also on the verge of never happening at all. Struck down with illness and mentally drained as he struggled through the early days and disappointments of the meeting, Hackett managed to find a way to get himself up for the fight. Now we know he had a little help along the way.

The search for answers

Hackett knew something was amiss in the months leading up to the Games, which also happened to coincide with a resurgence in form from Perkins as he threw everything he had at trying to win a historic 1500m three-feat.

Blood tests showed he was suffering from glandular fever, although his coach Denis Cotterell never passed on the diagnosis, something that remains a mystery to Hackett to this day. So, in search of answers, he was back to the dentist once more.

“I knew I just wasn’t as strong as the year before. That was a problem. This was around trials, so four to five months out. I knew my speed wasn’t great … I always like to feel easy with the speed. That was a concern the whole preparation for me but my endurance was good and I was there for the 1500m,” Hackett says.

“I tried everything. I got my wisdom teeth out because I was getting sick all the time. There was a heap of things that added up to me not being 100 per cent. My glands were up but I thought it was my teeth.”

Hackett and Perkins on the dais with their gold and silver medals respectively.

Hackett and Perkins on the dais with their gold and silver medals respectively.Credit:Craig Golding

The impact of the illness manifested at the worst possible time. Hackett made the finals of the 200m and 400m but swam well below his best and failed to win a medal. To add insult to ailment, he was dropped from the 4 x 200m relay after a sluggish heat swim, an omission which still cuts him deeply.

Hackett was a famously focused competitor but trying to compute what was happening was stretching his resolve to breaking point. Physically, he was suffering and the flow-on effects were potentially fatal to his 1500m prospects against a resurgent Perkins.

“I was gutted through all of that. It was shattering. But I couldn’t sit there and dwell on that. I had to refocus for the next day, so you can’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself,” he says.

“But I did feel sorry for myself. I was in tears that week back in the room when it was all happening. There was a lot to deal with emotionally to get myself right for that main race. You just try to do all you can. But at this point it’s not about the physical anymore. It’s the emotional.”

The team manager at the time, Alan Thompson, was among those who feared that the biggest meet of Hackett’s career was about to be a wipeout. A plan was hatched to smuggle in Hackett’s family for a pep talk and the wheels were set in motion.

“He was struggling health-wise. He’d spent a couple of days in bed and we were really worried about him,” Thompson says. “He was really close to his mum and dad and his brother, so we thought it was a good idea to see if that could happen.

“I went to Glenn Tasker, who ran the swim meet, we talked to FINA, some of the guys from the organising committee … we were lucky because we were all close. It just worked itself out … we had to push but pushing with people we knew.”

The reunion was kept secret, partly because of the security issues surrounding bringing in non-accredited visitors to secured areas and partly because team management didn’t want anyone to know Hackett was having serious health issues.

“We got them into the pool. The Athletes’ Village was policed by the IOC so that was more difficult to do. Our contacts were around the pool so that’s where we went. We didn’t tell anyone or say anything. And we also didn’t want anyone to know that he was struggling,” Thompson says.

“You could see the change in him. He was just in bed and under the weather.”

Hackett now remembers that meeting as a sliding-doors moment during his Games. He walked back out determined to lift himself off the canvas and claim the gold medal he had been dreaming of since he first swam in the Sydney Olympic pool as a 14-year-old.

“I can remember (media manager) Ian Hanson organised me to see my family in an office. That really helped me, seeing my family rather than just talking on the phone. That really put things in perspective for me and it was a real turning point,” he says.

“You can take family and friends for granted when things are going well. It’s in those situations when you really need that love and support and perspective and I saw that as a massive turning point in terms of my overall mood and psyche.”

Hackett enjoys the moment in Sydney.

Hackett enjoys the moment in Sydney.Credit:Craig Golding

Thompson remembers another meeting that he felt helped Hackett take charge of his fortunes again that week; a rev-up from motorsport legend Peter Brock.

“One of our athlete liaisons was Brocky. I’d come from seeing Grant in his room, taking him some medication maybe, and I bumped into Peter right out the front,” Thompson says.

“I told him I thought Hacky could do with a bit of spirit lifting at the moment, he likes fast cars, Holdens, so Brocky went and saw him as well. It might have been a combination of a couple of things.”

Focus to win

A switch had been flicked in Hackett’s mind. Now he thought only of finding a way to beat Perkins, who looked as if he was timing his final Olympic run to perfection.

“The real challenge was that Kieren was swimming the fastest he had been swimming in six years. He came to play and I wasn’t playing that well. The stars were un-aligning for me,” Hackett says.

“You wouldn’t change it for the world now. The icon of the sport was getting back to his previous best and it’s a fairytale for me now because of the outcome. But it could have been a nightmare.”

Perkins had put the writing on the wall with a sub-15 minute heat to qualify fastest, with Hackett almost 10 seconds slower going into the final. Yet from the moment he walked from the marshalling area to the blocks, Hackett could feel the life and energy starting to surge at last.

“This is the weirdest thing I know about myself and I know this doesn’t work for everybody. Because every time I walked out, there was a sense of freedom. I loved it. I enjoyed that moment more than any other moment other than winning,” he says.

“That’s why on most days I was able to get the most out of myself even in an adverse situation. I was good in that pressure and I thrived. That day was no different. I loved my name being called out and getting up on the blocks. I was ready to fight.


“At that point, nothing else matters. The talk from the media, the build-up … it doesn’t matter. Nothing is going to help you now except yourself. I perceive that as a sense of freedom.”

Swimmers can extract vast quantities of information from their first few strokes in the water, or in the case of a 1500m, the first few laps. Hackett felt some of his speed return and his mood and confidence soared accordingly.

“I felt better than expected. I got a lead on Kieren that was easier than anticipated. So when I got that lead and it didn’t kill me, that was when I thought ‘I’ve got a chance here’. I was back in the fight and that’s what happened in those first two laps,” he says.

Hackett established a two-second lead that he carried to the 1000m mark. Perkins was hovering, swimming defiantly, and many expected the old lion to mount one final charge as the race entered the final third.

Instead, it was Hackett that went further ahead, breaking Perkins’ heart despite the defending champion being roared on by the Sydney crowd. It would be the culmination of a meet where everything went wrong until the moment it went so spectacularly right.

“If you look at the video, I look up at the scoreboard because I’m like ‘let’s make sure’. I slowly looked across my name, saw the number one and I filled up really quick,” Hackett says.


“It was every childhood dream, every up and down, that feeling of winning at a home Olympics. Not even the great Michael Phelps had a chance to do that. It was that good and then some.”

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NSW Swifts claim 73-72 Super Netball win over West Coast Fever as Sunshine Coast Lightning topple Collingwood Magpies

A Helen Housby intention with five seconds left has handed reigning Super Netball champions NSW Swifts a thrilling 73-72 victory over West Coast Fever.

The Swifts’ acquire adopted the Lightning’s 51-47 triumph in excess of Collingwood Magpies in the opening encounter of Sunday’s double-header at USC Stadium on the Sunshine Coastline.

In a higher-scoring affair, the Swifts produced a different breathtaking 3rd-quarter turnaround as they maintained their unbeaten start off to the time.

After outscoring the Giants 21-13 in the 3rd quarter on their way to victory in the opening round, the Swifts recovered from eight objectives at half-time from the Fever with Sophie Garbin triggering a 27-11 third-quarter demand.

But the Swifts were being once again pushed all the way to the death, with Jhaniele Fowler sinking a few tremendous shots in the last Energy 5 period of time as the Fever closed an 8-target hole in the remaining minutes.

Following Alice Teague-Neeld levelled the scores in the closing moment, the Fever forced two misses from the Swifts attackers in a tense complete right until Housby calmly sealed the consequence with the ultimate shot of the recreation.

With prolific goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler (53/58) in high-quality sort, the Fever led by as numerous as 12 aims in the second quarter and appeared on track to open the season with back again-to-back again wins.

But Swifts coach Briony Akle’s determination to start Garbin in the next 50 percent proved a masterstroke. The 23-yr-old manufactured 21 of 23 shots as the defending champions swung the contest in their favour.

Housby also performed a critical purpose in her side’s comeback, with the Swifts using greater treatment of the ball just after 50 percent-time even though also forcing six Fever turnovers in the decisive 3rd time period.

Lightning defeat Magpies

Star attacker Steph Wooden battled by means of personal injury to assistance encourage the Lightning to their 4-aim victory above the Magpies.


Soon after sitting down out the greater part of the to start with 50 % with a knee problem, Wood’s introduction activated a third-quarter surge as the residence facet recorded their next earn of the year.

A matchwinner for the Lightning in very last week’s time opener from the Queensland Firebirds, the Australia intercontinental dropped out of the starting up 7 times before the opening possession with a knee challenge flaring for the duration of the heat-up.

But with Wooden coming into the sport late the initial fifty percent, the Lightning outscored Collingwood 16-9 in the third quarter to split open up a limited defensive contest.

Langman was the driving force for the Lightning. The 34-12 months-old New Zealand international starred in midcourt with 30 feeds, 15 helps and two intercepts.

With target shooter Shimona Nelson (32/37) participating in her very first sport of the year, Collingwood capitalised on the Lightning’s late line-up adjust to grab an early 6-1 gain.

As Jamaican defender Jodi-Ann Ward amazed together with veteran defender Geva Mentor, the Magpies took a 5-target direct closing in on half-time with intention assault Gabi Sinclair nailing the only effective super shot of the 50 percent.

But Wood’s introduction paid out immediate dividends as she played her element in the remaining two plans to slash Collingwood’s 50 percent-time lead to three.

The Lightning designed their transfer in the 3rd quarter, Koenen nailing 14 of 15 pictures to construct a 37-33 direct prior to a 6-2 start out to the fourth quarter place the match over and above Collingwood’s attain.

Sunshine Coast’s acquire sets up an intriguing round-3 face with the Melbourne Vixens on Wednesday.

The Magpies facial area the Queensland Firebirds on Tuesday with both equally teams desperate to file their initial gain of the time.


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Four People Charged for Allegedly Trying to Topple Andrew Jackson Statue

Four individuals who allegedly attempted to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House were charged Friday with the destruction of federal property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Saturday.

The suspects — Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of Washington, D.C.; Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and 47-year-old Virginia resident Lee Michael Cantrell — are said to have tried both damaging and yanking down the Jackson statue with other unidentified people on June 22.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. stated of the alleged incident:

The complaint further alleges that Cantrell was captured on video attempting to pry the statue off its base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with the aid of a yellow strap.  The complaint alleges that Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue, and that Lane is seen on video affixing a rope to one part of the statue and then pulling on another rope tied to the statue.  The complaint also alleges that video of the incident shows Lloyd as he breaks off and destroys the wheels of cannons located at the base of the statue.  Lloyd is also captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue, and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident. Judd was arrested on Friday and appeared in Superior Court of the District of Columbia today… The remaining defendants have not yet been apprehended.

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will not stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said in a statement. “This Office remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the sacred First Amendment right of individuals to peacefully protest, but these charges should serve as a warning to those who choose to desecrate the statues and monuments that adorn our nation’s capital: your violent behavior and criminal conduct will not be tolerated.”

The arrests came as the Department of Justice announced that Attorney General William Barr was creating a task force to targeting “anti-government extremists,” which will be spearheaded by  Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and U.S. Attorney for the district of Northern Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

“Although these extremists profess a variety of ideologies, they are united in their opposition to the core constitutional values of a democratic society governed by law,” Barr wrote in a memo obtained by the Washington Post. “Some pretend to profess a message of freedom and progress, but they are in fact forces of anarchy, destruction, and coercion.”

Appearing Friday on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) podcast The Verdict, Barr revealed the Joint Terrorism Task Force is undertaking 500 investigations into alleged violence in the wake of protests and violent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died while in Minneapolis police custody.

“We’ve had scores of indictments so far for such things as arson, destruction of federal property. We have right now about 500 investigations underway, so it’s picking up pace,” the attorney general said. “We are committed to holding accountable the people who engaged in this.”

“We are seeing strong evidence of coordination in many of these violent episodes” he added.

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at protecting federal monuments across the country.

“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence,” the president tweeted. “Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!”

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Carlton topple Essendon Bombers in one-point thriller

Essendon’s Jacob Townsend missed a long set shot in the dying seconds as Carlton overcame the early loss of superstar Jack Silvagni to score a stunning one-point win at the MCG.

The Bombers were the fresher side, having had their round-three match postponed following Conor McKenna’s positive COVID-19 test, but the Blues finished stronger to score a 7.10 (52) to 8.3 (51) win.

The Blues trailed by 12 points early in the final term on Saturday night, but goals to Jack Martin and Levi Casboult set up a frantic finale. As the seconds ticked down, Eddie Betts gave away a 50m penalty that allowed Adam Saad to send a long ball into attacking 50, where Townsend took a diving mark.

With his team two points down, Townsend’s set shot from just on the 50m arc was bundled over for a rushed behind, with Carlton players jubilant just seconds later as the final siren sounded.

Even former Carlton star Bryce Gibbs couldn’t posting his support for the win on Twitter.

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It was a super effort given they played most of the night without Silvagni. Bombers star Zach Merrett will come under match review scrutiny after he swung his left arm at Silvagni’s back as he kicked the ball early in the first quarter.

Grimacing in pain, Silvagni immediately went to the bench for assessment and a club official confirmed he had been taken to hospital by ambulance shortly before halftime.

AFL reporter Tom Morris explained why Merrett could potentially cop a one-match suspension for the incident.

“He went to hospital after the first quarter,” Morris said on Fox Footy.

“Initially it was innocuous, but if you put it through the MRO matrix … it’s clearly intentional, it’s to the body, and he missed the rest of the game, so I can’t see if being anything less than medium.

“Medium would be a one-match suspension for Zach Merrett.

“It’s so outcome-based. If he breaks his ribs, it could be even two weeks, which a lot of Essendon fans may think is a bit steep, but that’s just the system we have in play.”

Sam Docherty was superb in defence for Carlton, the co-captain gathering 31 possessions.

David Cunningham (28 disposals), Sam Walsh (23) and Patrick Cripps were important through the middle, while Levi Casboult finished with three goals. Andrew McGrath (20), Dylan Shiel (19) and Devon Smith (18) were influential for the Bombers, who struggled to find a reliable target inside attacking 50.

With Saturday’s win, Carlton slides up to 11th spot on the AFL ladder, while Essendon remains in sixth after suffering their first loss of the season.

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Greater Western Sydney Giants topple Collingwood Magpies in heartbreaking nail-biter

Last year, Collingwood’s season came to an abrupt end after suffering a narrow four-point loss to the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the preliminary finals.

It was a tough pill to swallow for the Magpies, having already defeated minor premiers Geelong in the qualifying final.

Fast forward nine months, Collingwood were yet to register a loss in the 2020 season leading into Friday’s match at Giants Stadium, are were eager for revenge.

But in a cruel twist of fate, history seemingly repeated itself, with Collingwood conceding another single-digit defeat to the 2019 finalists.

The Pies desperately searched for a late winner in the dying moments, but once again, the Giants prevailed, securing a nail-biting 10.6 (66) to 9.10 (64) victory.

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Playing against his former club, Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams exited Giants Stadium with a nasty gash on his forehead.

Late in the first quarter, Adams viciously tackled Giants star Zac Williams after a centre bounce. The 26-year-old continued playing, until he was spotted with blood gushing down his face, and was immediately taken off the field.

“Jeez, have a look at that,” Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor cried.

“Huge claret coming from his face there, Taylor Adams. He will need to get that checked out at quarter time.”

Even former NFL star Pat McAfee — who is slowly establishing himself as one of Collingwood’s biggest fans — tweeted about the injury.

After returning to the field in the second quarter, Adams managed 17 disposals, four marks and 388 metres gained in the gritty loss.

It became quickly evident the conditions were tough for the players in Homebush, the turf regularly being dug up when boots and knees would sink in the grass. As a result, it took almost 12 minutes for either side to finally unearth a goal.

Inevitably, a couple of players suffered injuries, ending their nights — Phil Davis left the field with a hamstring injury, while Williams hobbled back to the bench with a left hamstring concern.

“The injuries are a big factor; it’s something we are going to be mindful of,” Sydney Swans great Jude Bolton told Channel 7.

“They have come off a long lay-off these players back into intense football. We talk about the greasy conditions. We can see the fact it’s a very hard surface here, but it’s quite dewy now.”

With cricket royalty watching on, there were only eight goals in the first half, both sides struggling to convert inside 50 opportunities, particularly the Giants.

“That’s been the disappointing part of the Giants’ first quarter,” AFL legend Wayne Carey told Channel 7.

“They’ve been outmarked in their forward line … they have to give opportunities to their smaller forwards on the deck.”

Scores were level at halftime, but after the main interval, the hosts were able to refine their shots at goal, securing consecutive three goals in quick succession.

However, the Pies fought back to narrow the margin, taking a one-point deficit when the third quarter came to a close.

With nine minutes left on the clock, Jeremy Howe and Jacob Hopper were involved in a horrific collision, which left the duo rolling on the turf in absolute agony.

“It looked a little bit like the old posterior ruckman’s injury, didn’t it,” Taylor said from commentary.

“Ooh no, the side on. That is shocking. Let’s hope Jeremy Howe somehow gets the tick here and not the cross. Ferocious attack on the footy by both players.

“That was awful to watch.”

It was a topsy-turvy final quarter, with each side taking the lead at some stage in the last 16 minutes. However, Collingwood were unable to clinch the much-needed goal in the dying minutes, and “Big Big Sound” started blaring from the ground’s speakers after the final siren sounded.

The Giants slide into the top eight on the AFL ladder with Friday’s victory, recording their first win since before the coronavirus lockdown.

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US protesters topple Confederate statue after Juneteenth rallies

Protesters in Washington toppled a statue of a Accomplice general, following nationwide rallies to desire racial justice on a day heavy with symbolism – the Juneteenth holiday getaway commemorating the close of slavery in the United States.

Demonstrations had been held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington towards a backdrop of months of protests fueled by the fatalities of African People in america at the hands of law enforcement.

In a stark illustration of the tensions roiling the nation, President Donald Trump issued a solemn White Dwelling assertion commemorating Juneteenth, when also threatening protesters on Twitter ahead of his controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.

Juneteenth marks the day – June 19, 1865 – when a Union general arrived in Galveston, Texas and knowledgeable slaves that they were being cost-free – two months soon after the Civil War had ended and two-and-a-half years just after president Abraham Lincoln experienced issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

The day is usually celebrated with prayer services and family gatherings, but will come this year amid a national soul-searching over America’s legacy of racial injustice.

Workers work out how to haul away the George Washington statue in Portland Oregon immediately after it was pulled down on 18 June 2020.


The United States has been gripped by day by day “Black Lives Make any difference” protests due to the fact the May perhaps 25 dying of George Floyd, a 46-year-aged black person killed by a white law enforcement officer in Minnesota.

Late on Friday a statue of Confederate typical Albert Pike was torn down by demonstrators in the funds and set on hearth, in an act labeled a “shame” by Mr Trump.

“The D.C. law enforcement are not doing their career as they check out a statue be ripped down & burn off. These individuals ought to be quickly arrested,” Mr Trump tweeted.

Earlier, numerous thousand demonstrators marched throughout New York’s Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, chanting the names of black guys and ladies killed by law enforcement in new a long time.

George Floyd's name is written on a car windshield as protester John Coy attends a protest near the White House.

George Floyd’s identify is written on a motor vehicle windshield as protester John Coy attends a protest in the vicinity of the White Home.


“This year the entire state has experienced a reckoning,” reported protester Tabatha Bernard, 38, voicing help for growing phone calls for Juneteenth to be declared a countrywide holiday break.

“It is up to us to retain this likely until we have change.”

Protesters in Atlanta, where by a law enforcement officer was charged with murder this week for shooting a black person in the back, marched on the Georgia Condition Capitol.

Much more collected in Washington outside the Lincoln Memorial and around the White Property, although hundreds marched in Chicago and danced at festive rallies in South Los Angeles.

Democratic presidential prospect Joe Biden, who has a good guide above Mr Trump in the newest polls, said Juneteenth reminded People “that our country is capable of the worst violence and injustice but it also has an unbelievable capacity to be reborn anew.”

‘More unity’

In Tulsa – in which Mr Trump on Saturday is set to maintain his first marketing campaign rally considering the fact that the coronavirus pandemic began – a Juneteenth celebration was attended by quite a few thousand protesters.

“We’ve seen extra unity and a lot more blacks and whites collectively in the final three months than we have at any time viewed in a Trump rally,” civil rights activist Al Sharpton explained to a press conference.

Mr Trump had at first scheduled his Tulsa visual appearance for Juneteenth, but was pressured to modify it amid a public outcry in excess of his provocative choice of date and site.

Shawna Jacobs wears a mask with a photograph of 16th Street Northwest renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

Shawna Jacobs wears a mask with a photograph of 16th Avenue Northwest renamed Black Lives Subject Plaza in Washington.


The city’s Greenwood district was the web site of a person of the country’s worst racist massacres, in 1921, when as several as 300 black Americans were being killed.

“We just want the environment to know what happened right here,” stated Greenwood keep proprietor Tony Williams, labelling Mr Trump’s arrival “disrespectful.”

About a mile away, dozens of Mr Trump followers have camped out for several nights forward of the rally in order to get the greatest seats.

“This is a super critical minute for all of us… we’re out in this article supporting Trump,” reported Stephen Corley, 19.

‘A a great deal unique scene!’

Mr Trump, who is facing a challenging re-election struggle in November and has adopted a hardline “law and purchase” stance in direction of protestors, and 1st Woman Melania Trump issued a joint assertion to mark Juneteenth.

“Juneteenth reminds us of both equally the unimaginable injustice of slavery and the incomparable pleasure that need to have attended emancipation,” it mentioned.

At the same time, Mr Trump issued a blunt warning to counter-protesters headed to Tulsa.

“Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are heading to Oklahoma you should recognize, you will not be handled like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis,” he mentioned. “It will be a considerably unique scene!”

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum declared a curfew in the town amid fears of violence but Mr Trump afterwards announced it experienced been lifted for “our quite a few supporters” attending the rally.

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