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Chip Kelly dominates in debut, 49ers beat Rams 28-0

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Quarterback Blaine Gabbert and newly minted 49ers head coach Chip Kelly dominated the Rams on Monday night, 28-0.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Fisher was out-coached, outplayed and dominated in nearly every facet of Monday night’s contest against the 49ers, his Rams were shutout, 28-0.

Chip Kelly, don’t get too excited. This time last year, Jim Tomsula had his first win of the season, in the same stadium, and on the same night of the week. However, it was the 49ers first shutout victory since a 2012 34-0 win over the New York Jets. This year’s season-opening, prime-time victory might be eerily similar to last year’s 20-3 tromping of the Minnesota Vikings, but a smothering defense and pass-rush surely stood alone and shined bright for San Francisco to separate this contest from last.

The 49ers rushed for 150 yards in total, 123 of which came during the first half of play. An 11-yard dash from Carlos Hyde and another 3-yard scramble from Shaun Draughn were enough to send the Red and Gold to the locker room with a 14-0 lead at the half.

Blaine Gabbert, making his first season-opening start since 2013, finished the contest 22 of 35 for 170 yards and one touchdown before being replaced by backup Colin Kaepernick with just 2:31 remaining on the clock.

Gabbert’s passing performance was showcased with an 18-yard reception to wideout Jeremy Kerley under a 4th-and-6 scenario from the Rams 39, it was his second-longest completion of the night. In the fourth quarter, Gabbert connected with Quintton Patton from 35 yards out, that 77-yard drive ended three plays later after he then found Vance McDonald for another touchdown.

Carlos Hyde would cap off the night’s scoring with his second touchdown of the evening after an 80-yard drive. He’d finish the game with 88 rushing yards on 23 carries.

If being shutout weren’t bad enough, there was little, if anything at all, to report in terms of offensive progression for Los Angeles. The unit were limited to a total of 10 first downs and 186 yards of offense in the contest. Of their 14 offensive possessions, 11 ended if punts — the Rams first six possessions all ended in punts, with the exception of one, which was intercepted by 49ers linebacker NaVarro Bowman.

Rams starting quarterback Case Keenum ended the night 17 of 35 for 130 yards and the aforementioned interception. Running back Todd Gurley finished with 47 yards on 17 rush attempts.

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

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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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