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Raiders, 49ers make first-round picks at NFL Draft

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DeForest Buckner

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CHICAGO (Diya TV) — The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders completed their respective selections during Thursday night’s first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. For the Niners, newly minted head coach Chip Kelly was reunited with a familiar face from his days at Oregon.

With the No. 7 overall pick, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke selected Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, a 22-year-old, 6-foot-7, 287-pound defensive end. He was recruited to the Ducks by Chip Kelly during his tenure as head coach at Oregon.

Buckner is an ideal fit in the 49ers 4-3 defensive scheme, a formation which consists of four defensive linemen and three linebackers. Last season, Buckner was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after he recorded 10.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 39 hurries — last season, San Francisco finished the season ranked 29th in the league with just 28 sacks on the year. He has been widely touted as a strong defender against the run game.

Additionally, San Francisco completed a trade nearing the end of the first round to obtain an additional draft pick. Baalke sent their second-round (No. 37), as well as picks in the fourth (No. 105), and sixth (No. 178) to the Kansas City Chiefs for their No. 28 overall pick.

With the pick, Baalke selected Stanford guard Joshua Garnett. He is a human biology major, and wishes to be a trauma surgeon after his football career concludes.

“We looked at the next seven or eight picks and who was sitting there and their needs, and for us, why not?” Baalke said. “We like the guy. We like him a lot. We had that kind of value placed on him. Let’s go get him and let’s not sweat it out over the next seven picks.”

Like his draft counterpart, Kelly revealed Thursday evening he had spent significant time attempting to recruit Garnett to the Ducks while at Oregon.

Joshua Garnett

Joshua Garnett

“He’s an extremely driven person in everything he does, whether it’s academics or athletics,” Kelly said. “I think that’s what you’re looking for, that’s what attracts you to people like Josh, that someone no matter what the challenge is ahead of him, he’s going to attack it with everything he has. I look at that as a positive.

“Josh loves football. The fact that he is actually a very intelligent young man who wants to go to med school doesn’t take away from the fact he loves football.”

The 49ers missed the playoffs for the second time in as many seasons last year, and finished at the bottom of the NFC West table for the first time since the 2005 season.

Across the Bay, the silver and black elected to use their first-round pick to further bolster their defense by drafting West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick.

Joseph’s selection is an obvious choice to add more meat to a diminished secondary after the retirement of Charles Woodson. Additionally, Oakland added safety Reggie Nelson to the secondary this offseason through free agency, as well as cornerback Sean Smith.

Joseph is regarded as a hard-hitting safety, and a Swiss Army type that can defend against both the run and the pass from inside of the box. He played just four games last season before undergoing season-ending knee surgery. Joseph had five interceptions last year and nine in 42 career games in college.

Down south, the reformed Los Angeles Rams used the No. 1 overall pick they acquired in a trade with the Tennessee Titans to draft Cal quarterback Jared Goff.

With the selection, Goff becomes the second straight QB to go No. 1 overall, and the first Cal alum to be selected in the first round since Green Bay Packers quarterback was drafted No. 24 overall in 2005.

The 6-foot-4 Goff started every game during his three-season tenure with the Bears, setting 26 new school records, including recording 977 completions, 12,220 yards passing and 96 touchdown passes. He passed for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns in his last year with the Bears.

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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