Sculptor Anish Kapoor, who created ‘Sky Mirror’ for the Dallas Cowboys, lashes out angrily at the NRA
British artist Anish Kapoor, whose work is well known to fans of the Dallas Cowboys — he created Sky Mirror, the lavish, $13 million outdoor sculpture at AT&T Stadium — issued a scathing denunciation of the National Rifle Association on Monday, angrily citing its use of one of his works in an NRA promotional video. In at least two videos, ArtNews reports, the NRA used an image of Cloud Gate (2006), Kapoor's bean-like reflective sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park, which is a popular tourist attraction known as "The Bean." Cloud Gate carries with it many of the same design elements as Sky Mirror, which serves as the signature piece of the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection. Kapoor decried the NRA video, accusing it of seeking "to whip up fear and hate. It plays to the basest and most primal impulses of paranoia, conflict and violence, and uses them in an effort to create a schism to justify its most regressive attitudes. Hidden here is a need to believe in a threatening 'Other' different from ourselves." In an email to ARTnews, Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, wrote: "The NRA's dangerous agenda is on its way out — millions of Americans are rising up to demand a nation in which our loved ones are safe. We are grateful to Anish Kapoor and everyone who continues to spotlight the issue of gun violence, and speak out against groups who would prioritize profits over public safety." Art must stand clear in its mission to recognize the dignity and humanity of all, irrespective of creed or racial origin." About Sky Mirror, Lee added: "And this is going to be very successful as well.
Oklahoma's Trae Young sat with his head between his hands, waiting patiently with his teammates to hear their named called for the NCAA tournament. ""I've been comfortable throughout this whole week, this whole process, until the last minute and a half." Oklahoma was off the bubble, they were given a second chance — they were given life. But the Sooners can breathe a sigh of relief, they're going dancing despite losing eight of their last 10. Now, thanks to the selection committee the Sooners will have a chance at redemption. "Everybody's zero and zero now," Young said. "The first team to win six will be champion." After the Sooners found out who they would play, they sat and listened to the analysts discuss their chances at advancing. "I do not think they deserved to be in, and they're going to lose to Rhode Island," TNT analyst Charles Barkley said. Fans booed while the Sooner players sat and listened.
Of the past 100 teams to make the Final Four, dating back to 1993, just 41 have been conference champions. Only 12 of the past 25 national champions were also conference champs. The Tar Heels are trying to make it three straight Final Fours, a feat only three teams (Kentucky, 1996-98; Michigan State, 1999-2001 and UCLA, 2006-08) have accomplished in the past 25 years. The top 10 3-point shooting teams in this year’s tournament include Purdue, Michigan State, Arkansas, Nevada, South Dakota State, TCU, Kansas and Villanova. Of the past 12 No. Davis’ team was the only one to win the national championship. What does that mean for this year? Experienced lineups like Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Gonzaga, Michigan and North Carolina seem to fit the winning mold. Over the past 10 years, only 16 of the 40 teams that reached the Final Four were in the top 100 nationally in free-throw percentage. Some of the teams that fit that criteria this year are Virginia, Cincinnati, Michigan, Texas Tech, Michigan State and Purdue.
Why Rangers would still gladly still take underwhelming Shohei Ohtani and circus that comes with him
"He looks like he's going to be a good hitter," Colon said when asked what he thought of Ohtani, who singled off him in the second on a fastball down and in that caught too much of the plate. "But it's up to them to make the decision whether he's going to pitch and play." Ready or not, Ohtani will pitch and play, or this grand experiment will look like a big, fat bust. Now, I know what you're thinking: Given the modest price and the Rangers' prospects, they'd have taken even a mini-me version of the Japanese Babe Ruth. Even if Ohtani had been as good as Darvish in his first big league spring, with 12 hits and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings, the Rangers would still be short in the rotation. Ohtani, Kershaw concluded, had already made up his mind. Of his three at bats Sunday, making him 2 for 14 for the spring, Ohtani said his "timing was a little off once again. Changing things up every at bat." For instance, on a 1-2 pitch from Scott, Ohtani flailed wildly at a two-seam sinking fastball off the outside corner. And even if it's been nothing special so far, the Rangers would sure take it.
Team Scores Oklahoma Cal Rickett (OU) 14.350 H. Justus (OU) 14.800 Suzuki (OU) 14.000 In the final home meet of their careers, seniors Reese Rickett (still rings) and Hunter Justus (vault) each left McCasland Field House with an event title. Tanner Justus finished second with a 14.550. Suzuki placed first with a 14.000 and was followed by Hunter Justus (13.850), Kell (13.200), Ito (13.000) and Anderson (12.250). Justus and Rickett were both honored before the meet for their accomplishments during their time at Oklahoma. As OU finished its 2018 home schedule, Williams was quick to point out the impact that the McCasland faithful have had on the team's performance. Looking ahead, the Sooners will hit the road for the first time in over a month as they travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on Illinois next Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. Williams knows the team has much to work on with all of their remaining meets away from home.
Conference: MAC Coach: Nate Oats Record: 26-8, 15-3 (First in the MAC) Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 78 – AP/USA TODAY: Not ranked Seeding: One of the best mid-major teams in the country, Buffalo figures to fall in the 12-14 range for the 2018 NCAA tournament. Names you need to know: With four scorers averaging over 14 points per game, Buffalo has a lot of weapons. Juniors CJ Massinburg, Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris are all big contributors in the scoring column while senior guard Wes Clark is an effective scorer and distributor. Stats you need to know: With the No. 16 adjusted tempo, Buffalo is going to be one of the more high-scoring teams in the 2018 NCAA tournament. Not many teams in the field count on four consistent double-figure scorers, let alone four guys over 14-plus per game. Big wins, bad losses: Besides for dominating the always-underrated MAC, Buffalo had some respectable losses to teams like Cincinnati, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure and Texas A&M. : Buffalo has won six consecutive games entering the tournament as they beat Central Michigan, Kent State and Toledo to make the Big Dance. : Buffalo reached the 2015 and 2016 NCAA tournament as Oats has made the NCAA tournament in two out of three seasons as head coach.
Moore pitched in a minor-league game Saturday morning, allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 3 2/3 innings. Part of you has to appreciate Moore’s competitive nature even during a minor-league appearance. That’s where some of the frustration goes when I’m not controlling the things I’m good at.” 2. “Curveball, for me, is a feel pitch,” Minor said. Today I tried to throw a couple, but it just wasn’t very good.” 3. He’ll pitch in a minor league game so the Rangers can monitor his workload closely. But much remains unknown about what's next Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks with fans before the game Perez has thrown as many as 70 pitches in live batting practice, but the Rangers don’t have a firm number on Perez’s pitch count. Perez appears to be on track to make the opening day rotation, but the Rangers won’t push him. “Big picture? Banister felt the best part of the Rangers’ 8-2 victory on Saturday was the offense's efficiency.
Both will be first-team All-Americans at the conclusion of the weekend with ensured finishes in the top eight of their events. This will be the OU senior’s third consecutive season to claim indoor first-team All-America honors and her best finish in the event of her three appearances at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She wasn’t having a great day but found a way and that’s what the great ones do. She did what she had to do and found the right energy and it resulted in a third-place finish,” said VanHootegem. Fellow senior Ama Pipi broke the OU program record for the women’s indoor 400 meters with a time of 52.07 in the event’s fourth and final heat of the evening. The Sooners’ senior will compete in the women’s 400-meter final tomorrow at 5 p.m. CT. VanHootegem added, “For Ama that was just fantastic. I think she has a great chance tomorrow and I’m extremely proud of her.” Four other OU entries will begin competition on day two of NCAA Indoors tomorrow afternoon. Freshman Vernon Turner will be the first to compete for the Sooners in the men’s high jump scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Senior Ashley Bryant will participate in the women’s weight throw at 4:30 p.m. ESPN3 will be broadcasting the events Saturday, with coverage to start at 4 p.m. CT. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, ESPN2 will have a tape-delayed broadcast of the championships. For updates and more information on Oklahoma track and field, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_Track) and like Oklahoma Sooners Track & Field and Cross Country on Facebook.