Another killing by cops in Minnesota. Games Are Canceled in the Twin Cities

The non stop wanton brutality by out of control cops defies the imagination.  

No matter how many riots, protests, calls for calm and hand wringing American law enforcement first response is to shoot first. There is no such thing as “progressive law enforcement” in America in 2021.

The terrible irony of the latest State sanctioned killing by a cop is that it took place in the very same City where Derek Chauvin is on trial for murdering George Floyd last year.

One would think that law enforcement would have learned some lessons. Obviously not.

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Following the police killing of Daunte Wright just outside of Minneapolis, three major league games have been called off.

The question that looms is what impact canceling these games will actually have. It’s understandable that some would be cynical. But by taking this step, teams are at the very least doing something that I would describe as “puncturing privilege.” The white fans of these teams may have the luxury of not caring about Daunte Wright, of not even learning his name. But there is no turning away from this when SportsCenter is leading with this story and your game tickets are, at least for one night, worthless.

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The police killing of Daunte Wright just outside of Minneapolis is creating reverberations throughout the sports world. First the Minnesota Twins, then the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, and then the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild all canceled their games. And they didn’t do it out of fear of riots, as some sportswriters erroneously (and inexcusably) tweeted.

Here is the statement that the Twins issued regarding the decision to postpone Monday’s contest against the Boston Red Sox.

Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game. The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. Information regarding the rescheduling of today’s game, and corresponding ticket details, will be released in the near future. The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.

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Statements that followed from the other teams were similarly vague, but still significant. These statements are a critical sign of the times. Sports teams are realizing that performative gestures just aren’t going to cut it anymore—not with players and not with the young fans every league is desperate to attract. By canceling the games, the executives and owners of these franchises are acknowledging that reality.

Today’s cancellations happened for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that Minneapolis is in a profound state of crisis, with the killing of Daunte Wright taking place during the trial of George Floyd’s killer Derek Chauvin. The Twin Cities and surrounding areas are already on edge. This latest outrage could push things right over, especially if it looks like nobody gives a damn. It has fallen to major league sports to send the message that this problem is so significant that the games simply cannot go on as usual.

The other reason teams took this step, I would argue, is the influence of NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLS, and MLB players who refused to take the field following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. They laid down a marker, withdrawing their labor in the face of injustice. In Minnesota, teams are getting ahead of that possibility. As difficult as these times are, the move shows just how much has changed in less than a year. And even if the leagues’ statements aren’t as strong as everyone wants, it’s striking that these owners are even aware of the world outside their arenas. Compare that to 1992 during the LA rebellion against police brutality, when the sports world barely blinked. It’s blinking now.

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https://www.thenation.com/article/society/daunte-wright-minnesota-twins/

People of all ages cycle and rally for a permanently car free JFK Drive

On a beautiful Sunday morning in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park a large throng of citizens of all ages rallied and cycled for a permanently car free JFK Drive.

The main thoroughfare has been closed to cars for the past year.

Thousands of citizens who have enjoyed this pedestrian and cyclists area in the Park will do whatever it takes to ensure that JFK Drive remains permanently car free.

Supporters of a permanently car free JFK face a tough battle. The entrenched monied and political interests in San Francisco will ferociously push to bring back cars to JFK Drive. The monied and political Class feels its right to dictate public policy is being questioned.

The push to bring cars back to JFK is all about money. Period.

The ability to drive and park in Golden Gate Park is crucial to the bottom line of DeYoung Museum and Steinhart Aquarium corporate management and their wealthy benefactors.

What this Power Elite knows full well and refuses to bring into the discussion is that an 800 car parking garage is situated directly underneath the DeYoung Museum and Steinhart Aquarium.  There is plenty of parking.

There is also a Muni transit line, Number 44, which stops directly in front of the DeYoung Museum and Steinhart Aquarium.

I  have included a haunting instrumental piece from the soundtrack of the documentary The Way West. “Lakota Death Song.” It’s  appropriate listening as we think about what unfettered Greed has done to the environment in Golden Gate Park.

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Photos – Liz and Lee Heidhues – Cyclists in San Francisco for nearly 50 years.

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Cycling by the DeYoung Museum

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Mayor of Golden Gate Park – David Miles

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San Francisco State legislator David Chiu addressed JFK Car Free supporters
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Under the radar State murder in Russia. Lawmakers decry ‘torture’ of Navalny

By many Press accounts Russian disident Alexei Navalny is being slowly tortured to death in a Penal Camp.

Navalny returned to Russia several months ago from Berlin, having recovered from a poisoning instigated by Vladimir Putin. The world renowned dissident was immediately taken into custody, tried in a sham trial and sentenced to prison.

Alexei Navalny is now engaged in a hunger strike and it is beyond dispute the Russian authorities are responsible for his deteriorating health.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 4.10.2021

As Alexei Navalny’s health deteriorates, German lawmakers have called on the Council of Europe to look into the conditions of his imprisonment in Russia.

He was arrested in January after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering from the assassination attempt with the nerve agent Novichok, which he blames on the Kremlin.

The treatment of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a Russian penal colony amounts to “targeted torture,” members of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament said on Saturday.

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Bundestag members pledged “full solidarity” in a letter to Navalny, who is currently engaged in a hunger strike and is reportedly suffering from back pain and numbness in both legs. He has also complained of a heavy cough and fever.

The initiator of the letter, Greens politician Manuel Sarrazin, told the newsmagazine Der Spiegel that reports on the hunger strike were “depressing” and that “we mustn’t look the other way when the Putin system is putting Navalny in danger again.”

Navalny’s supporters say he is not receiving adequate medical treatment in the IK-2 penal colony east of Moscow, where he is serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for violating the probation terms of a previous fraud sentence.

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The deputies decried the conditions of Navalny’s imprisonment, saying it violated the UN Convention Against Torture. They also called  for Navalny’s case to be investigated by the Council of Europe.

Even before his current imprisonment and a 2020 Novichok poisoning attack, Navalny fell ill in a Moscow jail cell in 2019 and needed to be hospitalized. He believes he was poisoned.

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His trial in February aroused widespread outrage in Russia and abroad. Critics say all charges against him are politically motivated, with Navalny being seen as the most prominent rival to longtime President Vladimir Putin.

Both Brussels and Washington have called for Navalny’s release and have imposed sanctions on Moscow for the nerve agent poisoning.

https://www.dw.com/en/german-lawmakers-decry-torture-of-navalny/a-57155903

Companies say cheaper to pay for IVF than have workers do it on their own

I was fascinated by the following Wall Street Journal piece which digs into Company policies regarding benefits for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Adoption.

It’s clear for reasons I can’t comprehend that couples who choose to go the IVF route rather than Adoption get a lot more love and support in their compensation package.

Why?  Good question.

The WSJ piece doesn’t  touch another issue of family planning and companies supporting a woman’s right to choose. Translation. Paying for Abortions.

Excerpted from Wall Street Journal 4.3.2021

Few companies offer to help employees who want to adopt, and they’re often less generous when they do

Some companies have decided it’s cheaper to pay for employees’ fertility treatments than to let employees pursue them on their own, since employers can end up covering many of the related costs anyway. If an employer is footing the bill for IVF, it can specify, for example, that doctors implant only one embryo at a time.

That cuts down on the odds of twins or triplets, where pregnancy and delivery is often complicated—and expensive. A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that the delivery and care of a singleton baby costs about $20,000 for insurers and patients. Twins cost $100,000; triplets, $400,000.

Sarah Mahalchick and her future husband talked on one of their first dates about wanting to adopt. There were lots of children out there who needed parents, they told each other from the start.

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But when they were ready to expand their family, they opted for fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization. It seemed to make sense: Ms. Mahalchick’s employer would pay for a large chunk of the treatments through her health insurance; it offered almost no help on adoption.

Fertility benefits are becoming almost trendy at blue-chip companies, with more firms offering to help with the costs of IVF and egg freezing. But in many cases, companies that offer fertility benefits give no financial assistance to employees who want to adopt, and when they do their adoption benefits are often much less generous.

Estimates on how many companies offer fertility or adoption benefits are fuzzy. Most employers give neither. But the gap is clear.

The Society for Human Resource Management estimates that as of 2018, 27% of employers offered some form of infertility coverage and 11% offered adoption assistance. FertilityIQ, a website that offers courses and other information on family building, regularly scours benefit disclosures from thousands of employers. In a report released Saturday, it calculates that only one in five companies that offer fertility coverage also offer adoption assistance.

Employers that provide fertility assistance offer benefits worth an average of about $36,000, according to FertilityIQ. Jake Anderson-Bialis, FertilityIQ’s co-founder, said adoption benefits rarely exceed $10,000, and they’re usually far less.

The disparity hurts people who can’t or prefer not to undergo fertility treatments, including women disheartened by too many miscarriages and those who feel drawn to adopting a child who has no home. For gay men, fertility benefits are essentially useless without a surrogate, and using one can easily cost $100,000 or more.

For Ms. Mahalchick, the two years she spent on fertility treatments were miserable. The IVF hormones made her sick. She suffered multiple miscarriages. She and her husband spent some $10,000 on their portion of the treatments. In January 2020, they called it quits.

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They’re now pursuing adoption and wish they had started sooner. “It’s already stressful enough when you’re becoming a parent,” said Ms. Mahalchick, who lives in the Northeast. “But adoption is treated as if it’s a luxury.”

Adoption and fertility treatments alike are out of reach for many families. Adopting a child can easily cost $50,000 or more. (The exception is adopting from foster care, where financial costs are usually minimal.) A single round of IVF can cost $20,000 or more, and many women need multiple rounds.

Lauren Serianni of Tampa, Fla., said she was disheartened that her husband’s employer was willing to foot the bill for three cycles of IVF, a benefit easily worth $60,000, but would pay only $3,000 toward an adoption. She and her husband spent more than 10 times that to adopt their daughter, who is now a year old.

“Any way you’re going to grow a family is beautiful,” Ms. Serianni said. “It shouldn’t be, ‘If it’s not genetically yours then we won’t pay for it.’ ”

In 2018, about 80,000 children were born in the U.S. using IVF and other fertility treatments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, Americans adopted about 85,000 children they weren’t related to, according to the National Council For Adoption, an advocacy group.

Companies that have introduced generous fertility benefits often say they’re responding to employee demand. IVF and egg freezing have become part of white-collar zeitgeist in a way that adoption hasn’t.

Employers can also have logistical and financial reasons to offer fertility assistance that don’t apply to adoption.

Fertility coverage, when offered, is usually provided under a health insurance plan, which means the coverage can be subject to regulation. At least 17 states have passed laws requiring some insurers to cover or at least offer coverage for some infertility treatments.

Anita Jennison, herself an adoptee, had long wanted to adopt. In 2019, she joined lifestyle brand Goop in California and discovered that the company would reimburse employees for up to $60,000 in adoption expenses through Carrot Fertility, a benefits provider.

Ms. Jennison calculates she spent nearly $80,000 to adopt her daughter, who is now a year old. She would have much preferred to save up for her daughter’s education. She has since left Goop but is grateful for its financial support. She knows half a dozen families, at least, who are desperate to adopt but can’t afford it.

Before joining Goop, Ms. Jennison had thought her path to motherhood was closed. “I never expected this to happen,” she said. “This is a godsend, because no one offers this.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/starting-a-family-company-benefits-favor-ivf-over-adoption-11617454800?mod=searchresults_pos1&page=1

It’s time to make permanent a car free JFK Drive in beautiful Golden Gate Park

Lee Heidhues – Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle Editor re Car Free JFK 4.8.2021

It is regrettable that the Chronicle is advocating to open JFK Drive to cars once again.

Publication of two recent letters by car advocates is sending a distressing signal. The Chronicle is ignoring the fact that during the past years thousands of people of all ages have utilized JFK Drive as a sanctuary removed from the automobile.

What is most insidious is the Chronicle’s using the elderly and disabled as political props. I am a senior citizen, 73 years old. I can easily access the venues adjacent to JFK Drive. There are options to use shuttles for those who need it. 

Were the Chronicle to provide the real reason it advocates JFK reopening its argument would collapse. The wealthy donors to the Fine Arts Museum are concerned about revenue.  Car free JFK does not impact their revenue. There is the parking garage. It is total sophistry to argue otherwise. 

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Every Picture Tells a Story – Ongoing Series

It is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  

Following are several photos taken by Liz Heidhues during our trips to Berlin in 2017 and 2018.

Excerpted from Jerusalem Post 4.7.2021
Israel will once again commemorate the greatest calamity to befall the Jewish people in 2,000 years on Wednesday night and Thursday as the country marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The official state opening ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Yad Vashem’s Warsaw Ghetto Square on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, and will be attended by President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chief rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau and other dignitaries.
This year’s theme has been entitled “Until the Very Last Jew: Eighty Years Since the Onset of Mass Annihilation,” by Yad Vashem, marking the eightieth anniversary of Operation Barbarossa in which Nazi Germany staged a surprise attack against the Soviet Union in 1941 and occupied vast swathes of land in eastern Europe where millions of Jews lived.
It was following this invasion that the mass shootings committed by the Einsatzgruppen, other German soldiers and police forces, along with local collaborators began across Eastern Europe. This continued into 1943, and some 1.5 million Jews were murdered.
Jews were also murdered in similar operations in German-occupied Yugoslavian territory and by the Antonescu regime on Romanian-occupied land.
A new online exhibition by Yad Vashem commemorating this stage of the Holocaust entitled The Onset of Mass Murder – The Fate of Jewish Families in 1941 highlights the stories of 12 Jewish families who were caught up in the Nazi invasion of Eastern Europe.
During the state opening ceremony at Yad Vashem, six Holocaust survivors will each light a torch in memory of the more than six million victims of the Nazi genocide.

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“Instead of protecting life, defendant Hall murdered …with malice aforethought.”

Black people can never expect Justice. That is why the family of Tyrell Wilson who was murdered in cold blood by a Danville cop have wasted no time. The family filed a lawsuit in Federal court today. 

The saddest part is that that the courts will never bring Tyrell Wilson back to life.

Instead, the killer cop walks the streets a free man.

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Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 4.6.2021

The family of Tyrell Wilson, a 33-year-old Black man shot by a Danville police officer last month, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.

“Instead of protecting life, defendant Hall murdered Mr. Wilson, with malice aforethought,” the lawsuit by civil rights attorney John Burris states.

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It comes a day after a bystander’s cellphone video surfaced, showing Wilson and Danville police Officer Andrew Hall standing feet apart in the intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon, shortly before noon on March 11.

Wilson family attorney  Burris displayed large still frames from the video that showed the position of the two men before and after Hall fired his gun while addressing reporters at the Sycamore Park and Ride parking lot near the site of the shooting.

Burris emphasized that he seldom labels a shooting as murder, even if he disagrees with the officer’s actions. “I don’t make that argument very often, but I do make it here,” the attorney said. “This is a situation which was clearly avoidable.”

Wilson’s mother, Diane Wilson, stood behind Burris in the parking lot, along with other family members, advocates and a pastor from the nearby city of Antioch. Through tears, she characterized her son as a kindhearted person with no history of aggression.

“I do not want to see the video,” Diane Wilson said. “I want my last thought and pictures of my son to be the beautiful man he is — or was.”

In addition to demanding unspecified damages, Burris seeks Hall’s termination, which would be up to the sheriff’s office — not the court.

The complaint alleges a series of missteps by the officer — such as not attempting to create space between himself and Wilson, and not taking cover after Wilson allegedly drew a folding knife. It contends that Hall “never made any effort to use reasonable de-escalation tactics, instead shooting Mr. Wilson in the face.”

In the wobbly recording, Hall appears to step toward Wilson as Wilson backs away. For a moment, the cellphone camera dips behind the door frame. When it gets both men back in sight, Hall fires once and Wilson collapses on his back.

Hall had driven to the area that morning to respond to several calls at 11:48 a.m. reporting a person throwing rocks from the Sycamore Valley Road freeway overpass onto Interstate 680. When he arrived, Hall found Wilson standing in the street.

While police have released no evidence so far linking Wilson to the alleged rock throwing, the department published still photographs on its Facebook page of the unhoused man identified as Wilson clutching a knife in his right hand and gripping a shopping bag in his left.

Police said that Hall yelled commands for Wilson to drop the weapon, and that Wilson began advancing toward him.

Tyrell Wilson – murdered by a cop.

Hall remains on administrative leave.

His attorney, Michael Rains, said the officer has requested a new assignment with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, which has a contract to provide police services in Danville.

Hall is awaiting a charging decision from District Attorney Diana Becton for a separate killing in 2018 when he fired 10 rounds through the windshield and passenger side window of fleeing motorist Laudemer Arboleda.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/Family-of-Tyrell-Wilson-sues-Danville-over-fatal-16081816.php#photo-20835273

Top photo – During a march to Danville Police Department headquarters, Veronica Benjamin points to where Tyrell Wilson was fatally shot by the same police officer who shot and killed Laudemer Arboleda in November 2018.

 

 

Sick, warped and disgusting twice killer cop should be jailed right now.

Where is the Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton? She needs to do her job and indict this killer cop. It is beyond the pale that a subhuman like this cop, Andrew Hall, is allowed to walk the streets. He should be in jail.

It is a stinging indictment of the American law enforcement system that such a horrid man is walking the streets and responsible for protecting the public.

It’s a disgusting outrage. I can’t even bring myself to watch this video of this murder.

The comments by the killer cop’s lawyer, Michael Rains, a proverbial go to hired gun for out of control cops, is equally appalling. He is excusing the murderous behavior of his client.

Top Photo – A video captured by a motorist who declines to be identified depicts the shooting of homeless man Tyrell Wilson, who was shot at point blank range by Danville police officer Andrew Hall on March 11, 2021 in the intersection of Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon. Wilson died six days later in a local hospital. The officer contended that Wilson was armed with a folding knife he had refused to relinquish and that he had advanced toward Hall, giving him cause to shoot.

San Francisco Chronicle 4.5.2021

A video obtained Monday by The Chronicle shows the fatal shooting by a Danville police officer of 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson, a homeless Black man who had been staying near a public parking lot used by carpoolers.

Wilson died on March 17 at a local hospital. Civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Wilson’s family, said that after seeing the body, he concluded that Hall had shot Wilson in the face.

“It’s startling,” Burris said of the video. “It’s hard to watch what took place… The video confirmed to me that Wilson was not an aggressive person.”

The video, taken by a witness to the shooting, does not appear to capture Wilson advance toward Officer Andrew Hall, as Danville police said he did before he was shot on March 11. It shows the two men facing one another, standing feet apart shortly before noon that day at Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon.

Danville police said Hall had responded to the scene after dispatchers received reports of a person throwing rocks from the overpass at Sycamore Valley Road onto Highway 680. When Hall arrived he saw Wilson standing in the street, police said. The police released still photographs that show Wilson holding the bag in his left hand and a folding knife in his right.

They said that Hall gave commands for Wilson to drop the knife and that Wilson had advanced at Hall, prompting Hall to shoot.

In the video, Wilson can be seen clutching a bag in his left hand. For four seconds, Hall appeared to move toward Wilson, as Wilson appeared to step backward. Hall was pointing his gun at Wilson, who was facing him, then Hall shot once, the video shows. Wilson collapses on his back and Hall stands over him.

The video does not show Wilson make any sudden moves toward the officer.

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The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, which contracts to provide police services in Danville, is working with District Attorney Diana Becton to investigate the incident. Hall remains on paid administrative leave and has requested a new assignment outside Danville, which is pending, his attorney Michael Rains said.

Rains said the video “tells nothing about what occurred there,” because it is shaky and shot from an odd angle, and because a road sign obscures the critical movements that precede the shooting.

The bystander’s vantage point also makes it impossible to see whether Wilson is holding a knife, Rains noted, or to hear the verbal exchange between Hall and Wilson, and assess how Wilson responds to Hall’s orders.

“How can you possibly use that as evidence as anything, when you can’t compare the movement you see to the commands that you know were given?” Rains asked. He said he has viewed another video of the incident, captured from a camera on a Tesla, which he argued is more “illuminating.”

This is Hall’s second fatal shooting as a Danville police officer. He is awaiting a charging decision from the Contra Costa County District Attorney in the 2018 killing of Laudemer Arboleda.

As Wilson’s family searches for answers, activists have turned their attention to Danville, an affluent suburb in the San Ramon Valley that sees one homicide a year, at most, according to federal statistics. After two fatal shootings by the same police officer, it has become a flashpoint in a larger debate about policing.

“A lot of this can be solved by de-escalation, and they’re not doing it,” Wilson’s father, Marvin Wilson, told a crowd of demonstrators outside the Danville Police Station on March 28.

Wilson’s voice broke, describing his son as a good-hearted person with a family that cared. Although Tyrell Wilson did not have a home, his father was sending money to support him.

He celebrated his birthday on March 8, three days before the shooting.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/Exclusive-Video-shows-Danville-police-officer-16079082.php#photo-20831758

Nothing is easy. Stanford women hold off Arizona 54-53, win 3rd national title

Stanford knows how to excite its fans and drive them near exasperation.

Just like Friday’s win against South Carolina the women of Stanford had to fend off a last second shot by Arizona to claim its third national championship.

The radio announcer, after it was finished and done, said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer looked more relieved than overjoyed.  That’s the truth.  It’s her third national title since taking over the reins as coach in 1985.

San Francisco Chronicle 4.4.2021

San Antonio, TX. Nearly three decades after the program won its second national title, the Stanford women’s basketball team has earned its third.

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Head coach Tara VanDerveer and the Cardinal withstood a strong defensive effort from Arizona to pull out a 54-53 decision in the championship game in San Antonio on Sunday.

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The Wildcats had a chance to win it at the end. After Stanford’s 21st turnover the game, Arizona inbounded the ball near midcourt with 6.1 seconds left. Pac-12 Player of the Year Aari McDonald got the ball and she got swarmed by Anna Wilson, Lexie Hull and Cameron Brink. McDonald lofted a 3-point attempt that was off the mark, and Stanford had escaped with its second straight one-point win.

Not only is this Stanford’s first national title since 1992, it’s the first for any West Coast team since then.

Stanford won both regular-season meetings with the Wildcats, 81-54 in Tucson on New Year’s Day and 62-48 at Maples Pavilion on Feb. 22.

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Top photo: Kiana Williams #23 of the Stanford Cardinas celebrates after cutting down the net following the team’s win against the Arizona Wildcats in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Alamodome on April 04, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Stanford women’s NCAA nail biting finish. Doesn’t get any more exciting.

In San Antonio The Stanford women survived a potential last second disaster to defeat the South Carolina Gamecocks and moved onto the NCAA championship game on Sunday against Arizona.

Start watching the video at 12:00. It’s something to behold.

Top photo – Stanford players rejoice after sophomore forward Aliyah Boston missed a putback at the buzzer that would have given South Carolina the win. The Cardinal advance to Sunday’s championship to face Arizona.

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 4.3.2021

Stanford’s quest for a national championship nearly slipped from its grip in the final nine seconds of Friday’s Final Four matchup with South Carolina in San Antonio.

The Cardinal, though, will play Arizona on Sunday for the third NCAA title in program history, courtesy of two missed point-blank shots by the Gamecocks in the final frantic moments.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Lexie Hull #12 of the Stanford Cardinal shoots the jump shot against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second quarter in the Final Four semifinal game of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Alamodome on April 02, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Stanford’s winning streak reached 19 by the slimmest of margins. The Cardinal escaped with a 66-65 victory.

Setting the stage … Destanni Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to put South Carolina up 65-64.

Stanford (30-2) had not trailed since late in the first quarter and it would regain the lead seven seconds later. Lexie Hull missed on a drive, but on a scramble for the rebound, Haley Jones corralled the loose ball and dropped home a 15-foot jumper from the left side.

After a South Carolina turnover, Stanford inbounded near midcourt with nine seconds left. The ball went to Cameron Brink. She lost it and the Gamecocks had a fast-break opportunity.

Brea Beal drove to the bucket but missed a layup try that Hull did a nice job contesting. All-America forward Aliyah Boston grabbed the rebound, but her short follow shot bounced off the back rim at the buzzer.

As South Carolina players seemed in disbelief that their season had ended, Stanford players seemed both exultant and relieved that their season will last one more game.

Stanford women NCAA III 4.3.2021

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Head coach Tara VanDerveer of the Stanford Cardinal signals to players against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the fourth quarter in the Final Four semifinal game of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Alamodome on April 02, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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