Gunners season goes from bad to worse

first_imgWhile tonight’s other first leg sees Borussia Dortmund play host to Manchester City’s conquerors, Monaco.Both games kick off at 7.45. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he’s worried their season is drifting away from them.A 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace leaves the Gunners seven-points adrift of the Champions League places.The meeting of the reigning Italian and Spanish champions is the highlight of the first night of Champions League quarter final action.Juventus meet Barcelona in Turin.last_img read more

Slants Redskins get boost from trademark ruling

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment.“It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito said in his opinion for the court.Slants founder Simon Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that it disparages Asians. A federal appeals court in Washington later said the law barring offensive trademarks is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court agreed.The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office ruled in 2014 that the name offends American Indians and canceled the team’s trademark. That case, before a federal appeals court in Richmond, had been on hold while the Supreme Court considered the Slants case.last_img read more