Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I encouraged them to research the speaker, listen to his/her words, and then use their research and intelligence to rebut the speaker during the question-and-answer session.What then to make of the Albany Law School students who walked out of a panel on travel bans to protest one speaker?They’re students at a prestigious institution of legal education. I have friends who graduated from that school and serve in truly distinguished capacities today. These students will be challenged when they argue cases against opposing attorneys and try to convince juries. Why not undertake a challenge now?It’s my hope that the next time said students are again faced with this type of challenge, they’ll stay and question the individual(s) with the intelligence they obviously have in order to attend this school.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam I preface this letter by noting that I mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I made clear to them at the beginning of this semester that should the university extend a speaking invitation an individual whose views they and I would consider reprehensible and repugnant that they shouldn’t interrupt or attempt to shut down the speaker.
When sophomore forward Lin Zastrow went down with an ankle injury with 5:35 remaining in the first half, Wisconsin’s hopes of defeating Kentucky for the second time in the WNIT in three years appeared to go with her.Despite leading 14-8 before Zastrow left the game, UW allowed Kentucky to go on a 22-9 run over the next 14 minutes, as the Wildcats extended their lead to 30-23 following a fast break layup and a free throw for a three-point play by guard Carly Ormerod.Of the 22 points, the Wildcats scored 10 in the paint and five from the free throw line as the Badgers struggled to defend inside with Zastrow on the bench.Fortunately for the Badgers, forwards Caitlin Gibson and Tara Steinbauer stepped up over the final 11 minutes and 40 seconds of play, combining for 13 of Wisconsin’s final 26 points and playing excellent on the defensive end as well.“When we got down by seven we didn’t bail,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “We continued to fight and got great contributions from [Gibson and Steinbauer].”The performance of the two forwards was especially important with UW leading scorer Alyssa Karel struggling offensively Sunday, as she shot just 3-for-18 from the field and 1-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.Steinbauer paced the Badgers offensively, shooting 6-of-10 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line en route to a career-high 18 points against the Wildcats.The 6-foot-1 forward energized the UW squad late in the second half, scoring 13 of her 18 points in the period including a tough layup while falling to the ground, which she followed with a free throw for the three-point play.“Tara had an outstanding game,” Stone said. “[She] made a big three-point play the old fashioned way with a shot to the floor late in the second half that was big, (and) made key free throws obviously.”Gibson, who as a senior appeared determined to not let Sunday’s game against Kentucky be her last at the Kohl Center, recorded season highs in both points and rebounds with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting and five rebounds, all of which came off the defensive glass.After playing just six minutes in the first half, Gibson played all but four minutes in the second half to fill in for the injured Zastrow as she scored six of her eight points in the period.“Caitlin gave us big minutes with Lin being down,” Stone said.Zastrow’s injury threw a curveball at Wisconsin, a team that was already thin in the frontcourt following the dismissal of forward Mariah Dunham at the beginning of February.When Gibson and Steinbauer saw their teammate needing help off the court and to the bench in the first half, they knew they would need to step up in the remaining 25 minutes, especially Gibson who averaged just 6.5 minutes per game entering Sunday’s contest.“When Lin went down, I knew it wasn’t a joke,” Gibson said. “She got a little teary-eyed and she usually doesn’t do that, so I was ready. I was ready to go in, and I just did the best I could.”With Zastrow out, the Badgers showcased their depth Sunday as all 11 players in uniform played at least one minute for Wisconsin.And though Steinbauer and Gibson sat for just a combined seven minutes in the second half, freshmen Anya Covington and Ashley Thomas filled in nicely when they needed to rest.As the Badgers move forward to a Thursday quarterfinal matchup with St. Bonaventure, the Badgers aren’t worried about a lack of depth at the post position.“It’s just next player in,” Stone said of their mentality. “That’s the way it goes and … if Lin can go, she can. If she can’t, then Caitlin’s ready to go.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad returned an all-round bowling performance to defend their low total and beat Rising Pune Supergiants by four runs in a nail-biting Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Tuesday.Batting first, Hyderabad lost wickets at regular intervals and could manage only 137/8 in 20 overs, thanks an impressive six-wicket haul by young leg-spinner Adam Zampa (6-19).In reply, couple of handy knocks by George Bailey (34), MS Dhoni (30) and Ravichandran Ashwin (29) were not enough as Pune fell short of the total, posting 133/8 in 20 overs.Nehra does the job Ashish Nehra (3-29) was the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran and Moises Henriques claimed one wicket each. Chasing a target of 138, Pune got off to a disappointing start losing in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane (0) in the third ball of the innings to have the home side in the back foot right away.His opening partner Usman Khawaja (11) who was looking good after striking couple of boundaries also departed in the fourth over to have Pune in trouble at 19/2.With two quick wickets, Bailey and Ashwin who was promoted up the batting order played sensibly without losing any more wickets to take past 50-run mark after completion of 10 overs. But medium-pacer Moises Henriques returned to provide Hyderabad the much needed breakthrough as he dismissed Bailey in the 12th over to bring a halt in Pune’s run chase. (This is how Sunrisers sealed a thrilling win ) Ashwin, after playing a handy 25-ball 29, too went back to the pavilion in the 14th over to put the home side in a spot of bother. After the dismissal of Ashwin, followed by Saurabh Tiwary (9), skipper Dhoni and Thisera Perera (17) failed to take team to victory.advertisementDhawan shines Earlier opting to bat, Hyderabad got off to a slow start in the first two overs scoring just 34 runs. As pressure mounted on openers Shikhar Dhawan (33) and skipper David Warner (11), seamer RP Singh dismissed in-form Warner in the third over to have the visitors at 18/1.Despite the early wicket, Dhawan played positively sneaking in with ones, twos and couple of boundaries to help team reach 34/1 after completion of powerplay.The left hander was supported well in the other end by incoming batsman Kane Williamson (31).After striking two boundaries and two sixes, as Dhawan was aiming at yet another half-century, veteran off-spinner Ashwin removed him in the 11th over to have Sunrisers at 64/2.Zampa makes a markWith both the openers back in pavilion, Williamson and new batsman Yuvraj Singh (23) took some time in the middle to get settle down but once Yuvraj figured out the wicket well, he unleashed his cricketing shots striking two sixes and one four in three balls to put Hyderabad back into the game.But a much-needed bowling change by Pune skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni worked wonders as young leg-spinner Zampa dismissed Yuvraj to put brakes on the scoring. Soon after, Williamson too departed in the 18th over, followed by Henriques (10) to have Hyderabad in a spot of bother to post a competitive total.Next up, Zampa bowling the 20th over dismissed Deepak Hooda (14), Naman Ojha (7) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1) to claim a brilliant six wicket-haul.