UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens won’t have Michael Brockers on their retooled defensive line after all, and now he’s headed back to Los Angeles. Baltimore reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Rams free agent last week but the deal was never sealed in part because Brockers could not take a physical at the team’s training facility due to restrictions by the NFL regarding the coronavirus.The Ravens had concerns over a lingering ankle sprain after Brockers had a physical administered by two independent doctors. Baltimore and Brockers ultimately failed to reach an agreement on an amended contract.In other NFL news:— The Dallas Cowboys say they have agreed to deals with kicker Greg Zuerlein and defensive tackle Dontari Poe. The Zuerlein agreement gives Dallas competition at kicker because they’ve also re-signed Kai Forbath. He was last year’s replacement for a shaky Brett Maher. Zuerlein was similar to Maher in being strong from 50-plus yards but struggling on shorter kicks. Zuerlein’s accuracy has tailed off since making a career-best 38 field goals on 40 tries in 2017. A deal with the nearly 350-pound Poe is another sign of the Cowboys seeking bigger defensive tackles under new coach Mike McCarthy.— Former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon says one of the biggest takeaways from his futile holdout in Los Angeles last year was realizing he still has so many detractors. This despite scoring 49 touchdowns at the University of Wisconsin and another 47 in the NFL. Gordon says he’s driven to prove he’s still an elite running back after scoring nine touchdowns in a dozen games once he ended his holdout last season. Gordon will now be teaming up with fellow Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay in a dynamic Denver Broncos backfield. — Santa Anita has stopped live racing because of the coronavirus after receiving instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to run eight races when the cancellation was announced. It’s not immediately known when racing will be allowed to resume. The Santa Anita Derby won’t be run on April 4 as scheduled. It’s the major West Coast prep for the Kentucky Derby, which itself has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has joined the field for IndyCar’s inaugural online race as he contemplates driving in that series following his retirement from full-time stock car racing. IndyCar has followed NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One in setting up a virtual racing series to give fans content during the coronavirus pandemic that brought sports to a halt. IndyCar’s first race is Saturday and Johnson is the 26th driver to enter.— Commissioner Roger Goodell has told NFL teams that the draft will go on as originally scheduled next month. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said the draft will still take place April 23-25, but will be scaled down and “televised in a way that reflects current conditions.” It was originally planned as a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were told to plan “to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.”— The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. Tests stopped today and will resume on April 6. Associated Press Update on the latest sports NHL-NEWSDucks sign ZegrasUNDTED (AP) — Trevor Zegras has signed a three-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Zegras was the ninth overall pick in last year’s NHL draft. The center had 11 goals and 25 assists in 33 games as a freshman at Boston University. He was tied for second among NCAA freshmen in assists and tied for third in points and points per game. Zegras was on the United States team at this year’s World Junior Championship. He was only the second player since 2004 to have nine primary assists in a single tournament.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA-HAMMONDS-NBAGeorgia’s Hammonds entering NBA draft, protects eligibility Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball ‘til Christmas?UNDATED (AP) — The final pitch of the 2020 baseball season could be thrown closer to Christmas than Halloween. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union that provides for $170 million in salary advances and guarantees service time to players even if no games are played due to the new coronavirus. The season was to start Thursday and Game 7 of the World Series was on track to be Oct. 28. Union head Tony Clark says big leaguers would play as long as they could to get in as many games as possible. — Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), his wife and their foundation are donating about $1.1 million, to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.—Anyone who scoffs at the idea of shutting down sports to deal with the coronavirus outbreak needs a primer on the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals. It’s right there on the silver chalice, engraved alongside all the championship teams. The words: “Series Not Completed.” A little over a century ago, the final between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans had to be called off before the decisive game when Spanish flu swept through the teams. One of the Canadiens’ star players even lost his life. That series serves as a sobering, worst-case scenario of what can happen during a pandemic.— Ottawa Senators radio color commentator Gord Wilson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Wilson’s wife, CTV Ottawa anchor Patricia Boal, confirmed the news Friday night during a newscast. The 59-year-old Wilson is recovering at home and both he and Boal, who has not tested positive for the coronavirus, have been in self-isolation since March 18. Boal said the diagnosis was confirmed Friday, about 11 days after Wilson was first tested.NFL-NEWSRavens lose DT Brockers, who returns to Rams for 3-year deal ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds says he is entering the NBA draft while protecting his college eligibility.The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Hammonds averaged 12.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring, behind freshman Anthony Edwards, who also has entered the draft.While Edwards could be the top pick in the draft, Hammonds’ draft outlook is far less certain. When announcing his plans on his Twitter account on Friday, Hammonds said he is protecting his option to return for his senior season.In other men’s basketball news:— Kentucky reserve guard Johnny Juzang will enter the NCAA transfer portal after one season with the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 freshman from Los Angeles can transfer to another school without restrictions per NCAA rules. Juzang played well down the stretch for Kentucky, scoring in double figures twice the final nine games. He made 10 of his final 20 3-point shots to finish the season shooting 33% from beyond the arc. OLYMPICS-FINANCIAL LOSS-VIRUSOrganizations veering toward crisisUNDATED (AP) — Olympic sports organizations in the U.S. are veering toward crisis. With the coronavirus spreading across the globe, they have canceled no fewer than 8,000 events and are on pace to lose more than $121 million. A database analyzed by The Associated Press shows projected losses of more than $32 million for one of the country’s national governing bodies between February and June. Two others will lose more than $10 million. In all, the organizations combined to total $685 million in revenue last year. About half of the 50 companies operate on budgets of less than $5 million a year. One of their best hopes might be applying for small-business loans that will be available in the $2 trillion stimulus package on its way to being passed by Congress.OBIT-HUNTERLes Hunter has died March 28, 2020 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for the Tokyo Olympics will keep their spots for the rescheduled games in 2021. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Still to be determined is how the rest of the spots at the rescheduled games will be allocated. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures.— The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes. That includes sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Those players had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar relief to winter sport athletes, such as basketball and hockey players and wrestlers, will also be considered although there does not appear to be support for that.— Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Other Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.— ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus. Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert had tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date and fought through her symptoms to work that night. She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday. — The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with linebacker Reggie Ragland, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Ragland started 32 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champions, making seven starts. He had two sacks.— The Minnesota Vikings re-signed two more of their own free agents, with new contracts for running back Ameer Abdullah and center Brett Jones. Abdullah had 203 yards from scrimmage with one receiving touchdown in a reserve role. Jones joined the Vikings in a trade with the New York Giants in 2018.— The Las Vegas Raiders have announced the additions of free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib. All three players agreed to deals last week but those weren’t announced until after they all passed physicals. The Raiders also announced that long snapper Trent Sieg has signed his exclusive rights tender.— Terry Tausch, an All-American offensive lineman at Texas and eight-year NFL veteran who played for the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 61. The Longhorns announced that Tausch died Wednesday night at his home in Plano, Texas. His older brother, Gary Tausch, told San Antonio TV station KENS that the death was “sudden.” Tausch was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1982, playing seven seasons for them. He was their starting right guard for five years, until joining the 49ers in 1989 in what was his final NFL season. It ended with a Super Bowl ring.—Stefen Wisniewski’s (wihz-NOO’-skee) nomadic football journey has come full circle. The veteran NFL offensive lineman is now a Pittsburgh Steeler after agreeing to a two-year deal with the club. Wisniewski grew up in Pittsburgh and played on Heinz Field as a high schooler. Wisniewski helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl in February. Though the Chiefs expressed interest in bringing him back, Wisniewski says the chance to play for the Steelers was too good to pass up. CHICAGO (AP) — Les Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago’s barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday. He was 77. Hunter helped Loyola — with four black starters — break down racial barriers and capture what remains the only NCAA Division I championship for an Illinois school by beating Cincinnati. The 6-foot-7 center from Nashville averaged 17 points and 11.4 rebounds as a junior that season and followed that up by turning in 21.4 and 15.3 as a senior. In an era when freshman did not play with the upperclassmen, Hunter had 1,472 points in three seasons and 1,017 rebounds — second on the school’s career list. He and LaRue Martin are the only Loyola players with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The initial proposal from SCA included adding a plaque to the exhibit critiquing Wayne’s anti-indigenous and racist work and beliefs. While many students supported this proposal, others argued that the only solution would be removing Wayne completely from SCA. The School of Cinematic Arts will decide if its John Wayne exhibition will be removed by the end of this semester, an SCA official announced at a Wednesday discussion hosted by the school’s Council for Diversity & Inclusion. Nearly 50 students attended the discussion prompted by a protest from two SCA students who held a banner in front of the Cinema Complex, calling for the removal of the exhibit, which they said supports Wayne’s legacy of endorsing white supremacy and the removal of indigenous people. SCA Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Evan Hughes began the event by explaining the Council’s efforts to approach the controversy surrounding the exhibit, which features movie posters and memorabilia honoring the alumnus and football player’s film career. He also said that the conversation would provide recommendations to SCA administration for future action related to the exhibit. “It raises an important question that’s discussion,” Plant said. “Does the institution care about the students that exists? Or does it serve money?” “This has been an issue that the [Council] has debated over a long period of time,” Hughes said. “At the end of last semester, we were trying to figure out different options for paths to move forward with this particular exhibit because not even students, but faculty that have walked by the exhibit said that we don’t think this accurately represents film history as it should probably should be represented.” “Wayne made terrible and condemnable comments … but [that] is not what he is known for,” one student said. “I think there are many positive elements of John Wayne and looking at a figure historically, you have to look at the negative sides and point them out, and I think we should definitely do that, but I also think that he is a net positive figure.” Some students opposed the exhibit’s possible removal, stating the actor contributed to the Western genre in film. They said removing his legacy would erase an aspect of filmmaking history that many students strongly connect with. During the discussion, students were allowed to remain anonymous to create a safe space for conversation. Recent controversy surrounding Wayne arose after a 1971 interview with Playboy, in which the actor expressed support for white supremacy and the removal of indigenous people, resurfaced. Reanna Cruz, a junior majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production, said the exhibit promotes racist attitudes and ideas. Throughout the conversation, some students discussed the lack of diversity in film and said SCA contributes to this by spotlighting white, male Hollywood stars in its curriculum and exhibits. Most students who spoke at the event agreed that SCA should remove the exhibit, and many suggested that the school implement a rotating exhibit highlighting filmmakers of color, who are often ignored. “Since the reemergence of this particular quotes in [the Playboy interview] I have felt viscerally uncomfortable because of the promotion and glorification of a noted white supremacist [and] racist,” Cruz said. “Having his items up is a stance against people like myself. And it honors and therefore by extension … is complicit in the promotion of white supremacy.” Eric Plant, one of the leading protesters of the exhibit who created the banner, was almost unable to enter the event because they are not a current SCA student. Plant, a junior majoring in fine arts, said the exhibit makes students feel unsafe. The exhibit on the second floor of SCA was installed in 2012 thanks to a donation. Hughes suggested that if the exhibit is removed, the contract with the donor would have to be discussed. At the end of the discussion, Cruz said the only solution that she and other protesters will accept is the complete removal of the exhibit but were happy that the discussion provided a range of perspectives they hope SCA will consider. School of Cinematic Arts students were invited to a discussion Wednesday regarding the controversial exhibit dedicated to western film star John Wayne. Students who held a banner in protest last week prompted the talk. (Photo from Eric Plant | Instagram) “I think that the conversation that is happening is a really good one,” Cruz said. “It shows the administration that we are not alone.”
Wealdstone have signed former Watford winger Matty Whichelow. The 24-year-old made 21 league appearances for the Hornets, 17 of them as a substitute, and scored three goals.He left Vicarage Road in 2013 and later signed for Boreham Wood, who loaned him to Chelmsford and then Oxford City last season.Whichelow’s career has also included loan spells at Exeter, Wycombe and Accrington.See also:Marsden takes over as Wealdstone chairmanCambridge youngster joins StonesUnited re-sign defender MoutaouakilFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
17 June 2015The African Union (AU) believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders pledge to accelerate the African Standby Force (ASF).This was of the resolutions adopted at the 25th AU summit, which ended in Johannesburg on 15 June. The continent desperately needs a strong force for peace and security that will ensure Africa has the stability it needs for sustainable development to take root.Such a force is also crucial to counter terrorists groups such as Boko Haram and al- Shabaab that have killed thousands of people and displaced many in west Africa. The envisaged 25 000-strong ASF operating through five regional brigades is expected to be the backbone of the continent’s new peace and security architecture.AU chairperson, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, confirmed that the first training exercises for the force would be held in South Africa towards the end of October. It is hoped that by the end of the year, all regions will be ready to form part of the single force.Reading from the declaration of the summit, Mugabe noted that the “troubling” state of peace and security on the continent needed to be given attention. “We condemn the act of terrorisms committed by extremists across Africa and we resolved to confront terrorism collectively in order to defeat it,’ he said.Female empowermentThe summit, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 7 to 15 June, had the theme “Year of women empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.After two days of intense deliberations on the future of the continent, Mugabe said the AU leaders resolved to adopt the plan to implement the first 10 years of Agenda 2063.Agenda 2063 is a blueprint adopted at the AU summit in Ethiopia in 2013. It deals with how the continent should learn from the lessons of the past and take advantage of the opportunities available in the short, medium and long term to achieve a prosperous Africa by 2063, a year that will mark 100 years of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the AU.Leaders also backed initiatives aimed at the empowerment of women. They highlighted what they called “eradication of the hoe” and introducing modern equipment for women working in agriculture.The political crisis in Burundi and ways to fund AU operations were also discussed. The summit explored ways to end the dependence of the AU on foreign donors for its operations – 70% of the union’s budget comes from donors, a state many leaders are keen to change.Leaders resolved to intensify their efforts to address the migration issue. Thousands of African migrants lose their lives in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach greener pastures in Europe, and migration is evidently a worry for the AU. It also resolved to improve infrastructure and technology advancement on the continent.Al-BashirThe summit was, however, overshadowed by the participation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide. The ICC on Sunday urged the South African government to arrest the Sudanese leader.But AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma defended the continental body’s decision to invite al-Bashir to the gathering, saying the AU was not party to the Roman Statute; rather, member states were.“He has always attended our summits; this was not the first time. The AU is not a bilateral meeting; it is a multilateral meeting. When a country hosts an AU summit it sticks by the AU rules. President al-Bashir has always attended our summits and will continue to do so,” she said.Even though the South African government is a signatory to the ICC statute, to act on the court’s request to arrest al-Bashir would have gone against the AU’s decision to grant prosecution immunity for all sitting heads of state.Source: SAnews.gov
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NRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams. We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels. Hereâ€™s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes â€“ Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan â€“ Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin â€“ Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams â€“ Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin â€“ Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Menâ€™s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Womenâ€™s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts â€“ Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James â€“ Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill â€“ NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Support
Roma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca was delighted with Edin Dzeko for the win over Sassuolo.Dzeko struck in the 4-2 victory.Fonseca said, “I spoke to Edin Dzeko a great deal during pre-season. He is a very important player. He scored a goal today, could’ve had more, but he is an excellent forward.“We changed a few things this evening. Pellegrini played as a trequartista. With Jordan Veretout and Mkhitaryan, we’ve got a better capacity for maintaining possession. Everyone played well today.“I tell everyone to press high and that is an important element. It worked well this evening. That does mean running some risks, but the high press is important and, when done well, actually gives you fewer risks in defence.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Speaking at the recent Team Jamaica and Montego Bay City Tour Guides graduation ceremony in Montego Bay, Ms. Roberts said this would mean that a cruise ship would “come to Montego Bay today, tomorrow it goes to Ocho Rios, then the next day it goes to Port Antonio”. Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC), Joy Roberts, says there are plans to encourage ‘multi-porting’ in the local cruise sector, in order to boost the onshore experience of visitors. Story Highlights She noted that this concept will be complemented by plans to theme each port area and promote a different experience to cruise-ship visitors at each stop. Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC), Joy Roberts, says there are plans to encourage ‘multi-porting’ in the local cruise sector, in order to boost the onshore experience of visitors.Speaking at the recent Team Jamaica and Montego Bay City Tour Guides graduation ceremony in Montego Bay, Ms. Roberts said this would mean that a cruise ship would “come to Montego Bay today, tomorrow it goes to Ocho Rios, then the next day it goes to Port Antonio”.She noted that this concept will be complemented by plans to theme each port area and promote a different experience to cruise-ship visitors at each stop.“It is something that we are looking at, but before we are able to do that, we have to first theme the different port areas, which is something we are embarking on right now. By theming, I mean the experience or the things sold in each area would have to be different,” Ms. Roberts explained.“So, you come to Montego Bay, it’s a different experience than when you go to Kingston or Falmouth. This is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism and we would be pushing that,” she added.Arrival figures indicate that the island welcomed just over 4.31 million visitors in 2018, a 5.3 per cent increase over the 4,300,241 tourists who came in 2017. The industry also generated gross earnings of some US$3.3 billion, a nine per cent increase over the 2017 figure of US$3 billion.Jamaica Vacations, under the Ministry of Tourism, is mandated to create the conditions for accelerating the rate of growth of visitors to Jamaica.
SHANGHAI – British Airways, Lufthansa and Air Canada are among 20 carriers that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers its territory, as a part of China on their global websites, in line with Beijing’s demands that the White House called “Orwellian nonsense,” The Associated Press has found.There are just three days left for dozens of foreign airlines to decide whether to comply with Beijing’s orders or face consequences that could cripple their China business, including legal sanctions. Many have already sided with Beijing.The spread of “Taiwan, China” on the drop-down menus and maps of airline websites represents another victory for China’s President Xi Jinping and his ruling Communist Party’s nationalistic effort to force foreign companies to conform to their geopolitical vision, even in operations outside of China. Critics say China’s incremental push to leverage its economic power to forge new international norms — in this case regarding Taiwan’s status — creates worrying precedents.Beyond fiery missives there is little Washington can do to unify a fractured global response and effectively push back against Beijing’s demands.“What’s at stake is that we’re allowing a revisionist regime with a terrible track record on freedom of speech to dictate what we say and write in our own countries,” said J. Michael Cole, a Taipei-based senior fellow with the China Policy Institute and the University of Nottingham’s Taiwan studies program. “If Beijing does not encounter red lines, it can only keep asking for more.”For Beijing, there is only one China and Taiwan, which has been a democracy since the 1990s, is part of it. The People’s Republic of China and Taiwan separated during a civil war in 1949. Washington officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, but despite the lack of formal ties, the U.S. is legally bound to respond to threats to Taiwan and is the island’s main supplier of foreign military hardware.z“We strongly object to China’s efforts to bully, coerce, and threaten their way to achieving their political objectives,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement to the AP. “We call on all countries around the world to stand together to uphold the freedom of speech and freedom to do business. We also call on private firms to collectively reject China’s unreasonable demands to change their designation of ‘Taiwan’ to ‘Taiwan, China.’”Xi has warned a Taiwanese envoy that the issue of unification cannot be put off indefinitely, and the People’s Liberation Army has sent fighter planes near Taiwan’s coast. As China steps up efforts to isolate Taiwan diplomatically, the list of multinationals that have bent to Beijing’s will is long — and growing.U.S. clothing retailer The Gap apologized this month for selling T-shirts with a map of China that omitted Taiwan and pulled the offending merchandise from stores around the world. In January, Delta Airlines, Marriott, Zara and medical equipment maker Medtronic all publicly apologized for referring to Taiwan as a country.“You can’t just say ‘no,’” said Carly Ramsey, a regulatory risk specialist at Control Risks, a consultancy in Shanghai. “Increasingly, for situations like this, non-compliance is not an option if you want to do business in and with China.”The day after Delta apologized for “emotional damage caused to the Chinese people,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China published a notice on its website saying it requires foreign airlines operating in China to avoid referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries.Some foreign carriers began changing drop-down menus on their websites from “country” to “country/region.”But Beijing wanted more.On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a letter to 36 foreign airlines ordering them to explicitly refer to Taiwan as a part of China. The regulator did not respond to requests for comment.In a strongly-worded statement 10 days later, the White House called that demand “Orwellian nonsense.”“China’s efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted,” it said.China’s Foreign Ministry hit back the next day, saying Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are “inalienable” parts of China’s territory and foreign companies operating in China “should respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China’s laws and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people.”A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, led by Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, and Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, offered the airlines support.“As you weigh your response options, you should know that your government stands with you, and will strongly oppose attempts by China or any other foreign government to unilaterally dictate terms to an American company and exert sovereignty over your internal business practices and the content of your website,” the group of eight lawmakers said in a letter dated last week.But a growing number of airlines have heeded Beijing’s call.The AP found that Air Canada, Lufthansa, British Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Asiana Airlines, and Philippine Airlines all have changed the way they refer to Taiwan to bring their global websites in line with the Chinese Communist Party’s vision.SAS airlines, Swissair, Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Air Mauritius, Etihad Airways, Spain’s Iberia, Israel’s El Al, MIAT Mongolian Airlines and Russia’s S7 Airlines all also refer to Taiwan as part of China, but it was not immediately clear how long they had been using that formulation.Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Canada and Finnair said they abide by laws and regulations internationally and in the jurisdictions in which they work.“This includes taking customs of the international clientele into consideration,” Lufthansa said in a statement, adding that we “seek your understanding for the situation.”Finnair said a decision was taken to amend the website earlier this year and “in line with the general view taken in Europe, Taiwan is not shown as an independent country in our list of destinations.”Major U.S. carriers have not yet caved. United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and Hawaiian Airlines, as well as Australia’s Qantas Airways — all of which received April letters from the regulator — did not refer to Taiwan as part of China on their websites as of Tuesday.The airlines told AP they were reviewing the request.But the sweep of concessions will likely make it harder to resist Beijing’s call.“If they make individual corporate decisions, they will likely accede, individually but entirely, to Chinese demands,” said Robert Daly, the director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. What Washington could do, he added, is “launch and sustain a global discussion of the implications of Beijing’s insistence on the worldwide jurisdiction of Chinese law. That kind of effort would require a commitment to global leadership and strong alliances that this administration has not yet demonstrated.”In one apparent exception to Beijing’s rules the national flag carrier Air China seems not to have gotten the regulator’s memo. On its US site, Taipei is a part of “Taiwan, China.” But its Taiwan website lists it as “Taipei, Taiwan.”Air China did not immediately respond to requests for comment.__Associated Press researchers Si Chen and Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this report.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ekinetz