Points standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester 28 16 9 3 51 31 20 572. Tottenham 28 15 9 4 49 22 27 543. Arsenal 28 15 6 7 44 28 6 514. Man City 27 14 5 8 48 31 17 475. Man United 28 13 8 7 37 26 11 476. West Ham 28 12 10 6 42 31 11 467. Stoke City 28 12 6 10 30 33 -3 428. Liverpool 27 11 8 8 41 36 5 419. Southampton 28 11 7 10 35 28 7 4010. Chelsea 28 10 9 9 42 38 4 3911. Everton 27 9 11 7 49 36 13 3812. Watford 28 10 7 11 29 29 0 3713. West Brom 28 9 9 10 29 36 -7 3614. Crystal Palace 28 9 6 13 31 37 -6 3315. Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 32 44 -12 3216. Swansea City 28 7 9 12 27 37 -10 3017. Sunderland 28 6 6 16 34 53 -19 2418. Norwich City 28 6 6 16 31 53 -22 2419. Newcastle United 27 6 6 15 27 50 -23 2420. Aston Villa 28 3 7 18 22 51 -29 16
Technology that enables people to stalk online and kill real prey has alarmed hunters and lawmakers intent on preemptively blocking the practice. About two dozen states already have outlawed the method, which the Humane Society of the United States calls pay-per-view slaughter. “The animal has no chance. There’s no challenge for you – except knowing how to use a computer and push a button,” Arkansas state Sen. Ruth Whitaker said earlier this year while introducing a measure that calls for banning potential cyber hunting in her state. “You never left your tufted sofa. What’s sportsmanlike about that?” The issue emerged in early 2005, when Texas entrepreneur John Lockwood set up a Web site that allowed subscribing hunters to shoot antelope, wild pigs and other game on his 220-acre San Antonio spread via remote control – from anywhere. Lockwood offered to send the animals’ heads to subscribers. During a demonstration, a friend of Lockwood used a computer 45 miles away to shoot a wild hog as it fed at his ranch. But, according to news reports, he only wounded the animal. Lockwood, who was on site, finished the kill. Lockwood’s venture barely got started before Texas lawmakers swooped in and shot it down. Since then, other states have hustled to get something on their books barring the practice. Even die-hard hunters are opposed, saying that shooting an animal via computer isn’t sporting and doesn’t require the element of fair chase in conventional hunting through forest, field or marsh. Some states have posed similar objections to “canned” hunting, during which big game is hunted in captivity as trophies. “We believe sick ideas have a bad way of spreading, so want to make sure we nip this in the bud and ban it in all 50 states,” Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society, said of cyber hunting. The group also is pressing for a federal ban. Slouched at a computer, the “hunter” perks up as a 12-point buck eases into view on his screen. Maneuvering his mouse, he swivels the rifle and focuses the cross hairs. With a click of the mouse, the rifle fires a bullet, mortally wounding the animal. Call it hunting by remote control. And though still more concept than trend, lawmakers in several states have set their sights on stopping the practice in its tracks. Illinois state Rep. Dan Reitz has proposed banning such hunting in Illinois, saying such “ready, aim, click” kills, or the prospect of them, push the ethical envelope and violate the spirit of “fair chase” hunts. “I just think it’s wrong,” Reitz said, adding that use of such technology – which features a webcam and a .22-caliber rifle atop a remote-controlled rig – would “give all sportsmen a black eye.” Pro-hunting groups including Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association also oppose remote-control hunting. Gary Harpole, an Illinois hunter who figures he’s killed 100 deer, most with a bow, said such a practice “takes away from what hunting really is all about: getting outdoors, experiencing nature.” Bagging a buck by computer, he said, “is a lazy way of hunting.” But Lockwood has said the technology could help people with disabilities or perhaps servicemen overseas shoot game. And an attendant in the blind with the remote-control rifle can override any unsafe or unethical shots. Lockwood could not be reached for this story, but told The Associated Press last year that legislatures barring the practice “have no clue what they’re passing laws against.” “Ever since we stopped running after our prey and killing with our hands, we’ve evolved by distancing ourselves further and further from the game and making it more and more efficient for whatever reason we want to take it,” he said. Reitz isn’t swayed by such arguments. “There’s a lot of opportunities out there for people with disabilities,” he said. “I just think this is a bad way to do it.” His bill, which was referred to an Illinois House rules committee on Feb. 22, would amend the state’s code to bar a person from operating, providing, selling, using or offering “any computer software or service that allows a person not physically present at the hunt site to remotely control a weapon that could be used to take wildlife by remote operation.” Use of such equipment would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,500 in fines. Those who provided the software or services could face a misdemeanor carrying a possible 364 days in jail and $2,500 in fines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN JOSE — Captain Joe Pavelski likely will not play Friday and the availability of some other Sharks forwards is also in question for Game 1 of their second round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at SAP Center.Pavelski is considered day-to-day after he suffered a scary head injury midway through the third period of Game 7 of the Sharks’ series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. Pavelski was at the Sharks’ practice facility Thursday but did not take the ice and was not …
The Texters can run with the Beermen when Smith is on the bench, but when the import is in the game, Racela always calls for Smith to have a touch inside, creating problems for San Miguel’s defense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The rookie coach will almost always clam up when asked about situations in his team—even if the situation he is being pressed about is something major. Like, say, import Joshua Smith’s state of health.And no one seems to mind. What’s important is that his brilliant mind is delivering and he has allowed his team to take momentum in this best-of-seven series not a few have predicted the Beermen will dominate with ease.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeo Austria, meanwhile, is the exact opposite and talks at length whenever asked.“We have less than 48 hours to realize what’s going on,” Austria said, not referring to anything specific after his Beermen trailed most of Wednesday night before failing to cover Smith effectively at winning time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “But definitely, we will make the adjustments,” Austria said.Racela may contemplate on adjustments and convince people he will be busy working on them, but the burden of coming up with new strategies lies heavily on Austria in the 7 p.m. contest slated at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.“We need to contain their perimeter shooters,” Austria said as TNT’s outside guns pelted them with the baskets that mattered in the crunch, with Jason Castro’s triple in the dying seconds putting the Beermen in a 102-99 hole.TNT managed to gut out the win despite playing Smith sparingly—torn ligaments in the import’s right foot make him a liability when the game’s tempo picks up.When he is on the floor, however, Racela has made it sure that the Texters can maximize his imposing 6-foot-9, 330-pound presence in the shaded lane.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino fighter Yabo looks for redemption in ONE Championship MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES TNT KaTropa head coach Nash Racela. PBA IMAGESNash Racela’s young coaching career in the PBA has been predominantly marked by two things: Safe answers during interviews and success.“We will make the adjustments for Game 2,” Racela, with a straight face, said Wednesday night, looking and sounding like he and his TNT KaTropa were the ones on the losing end of a 104-102 decision over favored powerhouse San Miguel Beer at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments What ‘missteps’?