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Louisville coach Pitino supports gun control

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Louisville coach Pitino supports gun control

Count Rick Pitino among basketball coaches supporting gun control.

The Louisville coach was asked Friday during a news conference at the team's practice facility about his reaction to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's comments Monday assailing the nation's gun culture following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Pitino agreed with Boeheim, and said he couldn't understand why people wouldn't support gun control.

On consecutive days, Boeheim and Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey used postgame news conferences to express sympathy for victims' families and stress the need for reforms to avoid another tragedy.

Pitino followed by adding that society doesn't need guns.

He says, ``The fact that every single person does not want it would be a mystery. This is not the beginning of American civilization where we need guns like it's the wild, wild West.''

Pitino said he was unaware of Boeheim's comments following the Syracuse coach's milestone 900th career victory Monday night. Told what his colleague said, Pitino said Boeheim was right and similarly expressed empathy for victims' families.

The Louisville coach seemed saddened over the grieving process the town is going through, believing it might never end. He said he still grieves for brother-in-law Billy Minardi, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Pitino created an annual game in Minardi's honor - beating his son, Richard, and Florida International on Wednesday night - but said he thinks about his good friend every day. And he figures the families, friends and neighbors in Newtown will be hurting for a long time as well.

``I don't know how anybody can ever close their eyes in those families,'' Pitino said. ``There can be no good that comes out of that except immediate gun control.''

Pitino went more political, believing that members of Congress on both sides have been around too long to effect change. If they were doing what's right for the country, he said, the nation ``would demand'' gun control.

He had little to say about the National Rifle Association, which held a news conference Friday in Washington saying that schools should have armed officers for protection.

``I don't care about those people. They have their own agenda,'' he said. ``I don't respect people who have their own agendas.''

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Here's how MLB will experiment with crowd noise at Nationals games

Here's how MLB will experiment with crowd noise at Nationals games

Crowd noise made its way into Nationals Park on Wednesday. It’s not the only place, and it will continue.

Major League Baseball teamed with the video-game maker MLB The Show to pull together audio which can be used during fan-less games across the league in 2020.

Its initial use received good reviews from Nationals players, according to Davey Martinez. All sides were also working to temper the volume in an empty, echoing stadium. Sounds on the field come across different than in the dugout. The Nationals players asked for the crowd noise to be turned down later in their intrasquad game on Wednesday. Everyone was pleased once that happened.

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Martinez said they plan to use the fake noise throughout the season.

Here are the details from an MLB spokesperson of how the crowd-noise experiment will work:

  • All Clubs will use ambient and reactionary background audio to create crowd noise during the 2020 season.
  • MLB is providing each team with an array of crowd sounds and a touchpad device that can be integrated into their ballpark sound system to help manage the playing of these sounds. The crowd sounds will be audible to on-field personnel and during television and radio broadcasts.
  • Clubs will begin to use and test the sounds during Summer Camp workouts and exhibition games to be prepared for the start of the season.
  • The crowd backgrounds and reactions provided to the Clubs are all derived from exclusive, original source audio recorded by MLB The Show developers at MLB regular season games. The audio was meticulously edited into sound cues used in MLB The Show 20, with a focus on authentically replicating crowd sound and behavior. Selected content was then further refined for real-time playback over ballpark audio systems and allows for around 75 different effects/reactions to be used during a game.
  • The crowd sounds will work in conjunction with stadium announcers, walkup music and in-stadium video to replicate the in-game experience as closely as possible.
  • Clubs can use a different audio provider if they choose, but all will be provided the MLB system.
  • The Home team will operate and manage the playing of crowd sounds, as they do with other audio and video content. Clubs will be required to project the type and volume of audio in a way that otherwise mimics the sounds that would have been present in the park had fans been in attendance.
  • With the energy of fans in attendance being a key element missing from games right now, MLB developed these audio enhancements to help improve the in-game experience for both players and personnel at the ballpark as well as fans watching and listening at home. In the event fans are permitted in ballparks, we will revisit audio policies for those games.

 
Is it fans? No. Is there a, “Nats, Nats, Nats, Woooo!” chant when they score? No.

Is it an improvement over the silence pervading the park during prior workouts? It is.

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5 new fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

5 new fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

As Washington continues to evaluate what the next name of the team will be, numerous ideas have been thrown around. One of the favorites from the beginning has been the Warriors.

Of course, this means social media has been filled with fan-made concepts that detail what a potential logo and uniform could look like under the new name. After finding some of the best initial designs, here's a look at some of the newest Washington Warriors creations.

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