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Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Air Force is mostly... 2021-07-07 17:32 1KB www.chron.com

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Euro 2020 soccer: England beats Denmark, reaches final

Harry Kane scored an extra-time goal as England edged Denmark 2-1 in their semifinals match Wednesday at Wembley Stadium to advance to the 2020 European Championship soccer final against Italy. 2021-07-07 23:29 3KB www.upi.com

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Eric Adams gets ear pierced after winning NYC mayoral primary

Less than a day has passed since Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was declared the winner in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary and he … 2021-07-07 22:59 1KB thehill.com

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Sha'Carri Richardson, you used pot to grieve. That shouldn't kill your Olympic dreams.

On Tuesday, USA Track & Field officials announced what many of us dreaded was coming: Sha'Carri Richardson, a stellar Black female athlete who earned the right to … 2021-07-07 21:46 4KB www.usatoday.com

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Roger Federer Loses at Wimbledon, Maybe for the Last Time

The tournament’s eight-time champion was overpowered in his quarterfinal match on Centre Court, losing in straight sets to 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. 2021-07-07 18:32 5KB www.nytimes.com

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Two US soldiers injured in Iraq rocket attack

Two U.S. soldiers were injured during a rocket attack on Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq Wednesday, Army officials reported. A series … 2021-07-07 21:24 2KB www.foxnews.com

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NBA finals: Suns forward Saric out with torn ACL in right kne

Dario Saric is one of the team's main contributors off the bench, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in about 11 minutes per game. 2021-07-07 21:08 1KB www.pressherald.com

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Olympics: They qualified to compete but getting to Tokyo is another hurdle

Travel restrictions, border closures, and flight cancelations have affected athletes at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. 2021-07-07 21:15 2KB www.deseret.com

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Georgia golf pro was gunned down after he witnessed a crime, police say

A golf pro who was gunned down Saturday at a suburban Atlanta country club by a man who had driven a pickup truck onto the golf course was not the gunman's target but was killed because he had "witnessed an active crime taking place," the police said Tuesday. 2021-07-07 20:15 3KB www.wral.com

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Remaining metal fencing around Capitol set to come down

Removal could start as soon as Friday and finish within three days. 2021-07-07 20:42 2KB www.politico.com

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Bruce Springsteen's daughter Jessica makes Olympic equestrian team

The daughter of rock icon Bruce Springsteen has been selected as one of four riders on the U.S. jumping team that will compete at the Tokyo Olympics. 2021-07-07 14:04 1KB abc7chicago.com

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All-Star Lynn wins 6-1 as White Sox improve to 10-2 vs Twins

Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings in his first start since earning a berth on the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox … 2021-07-07 22:46 3KB www.foxnews.com

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Lightning try to clinch Stanley Cup at home: What to know about Game 5 vs. Canadiens

The Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 continued a playoff trend for the defending Stanley Cup champions. … 2021-07-07 16:38 3KB www.usatoday.com

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How Eric Adams Did It

The likely next mayor didn’t look like it at the start of the campaign, running as a former cop when “defund the police” was ascendent. 2021-07-07 12:33 3KB nymag.com

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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom will not participate in MLB All-Star Game

NEW YORK — The best pitcher in baseball will not take the mound at this year's All-Star Game. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom … 2021-07-07 23:11 2KB www.usatoday.com

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Celtics’ Tatum eager to wear Kobe’s Olympic number

Like Kobe Bryant did in two Olympics, Jayson Tatum will wear No. 10 for Team USA at the Tokyo Games. 2021-07-07 18:10 5KB www.pressherald.com

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5 Rays pitchers no-hit Indians for doubleheader sweep

Five Tampa Bay pitchers combined for seven hitless innings, and the Rays beat the Indians 4-0 Wednesday for a doubleheader sweep. Collin McHugh (two … 2021-07-07 23:22 5KB www.foxnews.com

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Cubs’ Jake Arrieta sure looks done, but his eyes don’t see it that way

His earned-run average balloons to 6.30 after giving up seven runs in 1 2⁄3 innings Tuesday. 2021-07-07 18:47 4KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Winner Josh Murray Hit by Drunk Driver

Former 'Bachelorette' winner Josh Murray was involved in a car accident on July 4th. 2021-07-07 18:13 3KB heavy.com

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Some of Fiji's Olympians Taking Freight Flight With Frozen Fish to Get to Tokyo

The contingent includes the defending gold-medal-winning men's rugby sevens team as COVID-19 regulations in Asia have forced altered travel arrangements. 2021-07-07 13:49 2KB www.newsweek.com

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This version of Luke Voit is Yankees’ best hope

If the Yankees’ offense is ever going to reach its potential this season, Luke Voit will have to start hitting like Luke Voit. Sidelined by … 2021-07-07 18:23 2KB nypost.com

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6 months after Capitol assault, DC still needs statehood

Six months have passed since the Capitol insurrection. In that time, members of Congress sought to create a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the attack, … 2021-07-07 18:52 5KB www.rollcall.com

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Banned at Olympics, Caps for Black Swimmers Get One OK

The International Swimming Federation says it's reviewing its decision to ban from competition a swimming cap designed to accommodate natural Black hair after critics claimed... 2021-07-07 13:14 2KB www.newser.com

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Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations says sudden death of goalie has ‘far-reaching effects’

John Davidson says, ‘This is a devastating loss for all us, one that will always be with us.’ 2021-07-07 23:21 4KB www.pressherald.com

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Follow These 7 Olympic Athletes On TikTok For Inside Looks At The Games

You don't have to be in Tokyo to get that Olympic vibe — you can just follow these Olympians on TikTok. 2021-07-07 23:10 3KB www.bustle.com

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Formula 1 driver Carlos Reutemann dies at age 79

He made his debut in the sport in 1972 and raced until 1982 for Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams. He was on the podium 45 times and registered six pole positions. 2021-07-07 20:57 1KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Sports Digest: Belgian rider wins Mont Ventoux stage at Tour de France

Wout van Aert takes a stage win after a double climb of the iconic mountain, while Tadej Pogacar maintains his overall lead. 2021-07-07 20:41 3KB www.pressherald.com

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Ducks add Newell Brown as assistant coach, his third stint with the team

He also was an assistant to Craig Hartsburg from 1998-2000 and served on Randy Carlyle’s staff from 2005-10. 2021-07-07 19:13 1KB www.ocregister.com

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BYU will be well-represented at U. S. Senior Open this week with 4 former Cougars in the field

Masters champion Mike Weir is one of four former BYU golf standouts playing in the U.S. Senior Open, which begins Thursday at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska. 2021-07-07 18:04 7KB www.deseret.com

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Ariana Grande and Ty Dolla $ign Team Up For a Sultry Performance of "Safety Net"

Ariana Grande recently partnered up with Vevo for a series of performances from her Positions album, kicking off with "POV" and "Safety 2021-07-07 17:30 1KB www.popsugar.com

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How Big Business Uses Big Government To Kill Competition

Corporations can afford robots. Their competitors often cannot. 2021-07-07 16:39 4KB reason.com

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Myers, Machado lead Padres to 7-4 win against Nationals

A night after hitting a home run clocked at 116 mph, All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres showed off his … 2021-07-07 11:39 3KB www.foxnews.com

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NBA’s Mills to be one of Australia’s Olympic flag bearers

SYDNEY (AP) — San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and swimmer Cate Campbell were named Wednesday as flag bearers for the Australian Olympic team at the opening… 2021-07-07 09:40 1KB wtop.com

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Ohtani hurls 7 innings, hits RBI double, Halos top BoSox 5-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and hit an early RBI double, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over… 2021-07-07 05:45 5KB wtop.com

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NASCAR Teams Embrace Bizarre Paint Schemes at Atlanta

The Xfinity and Cup Series head to Atlanta Motor Speedway July 10-11. Joe Gibbs Racing will use the race to unveil a scheme featuring Denny Hamlin's face. 2021-07-07 22:24 5KB heavy.com

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Here's How Often You Like To Have Sex, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Not only will learning about different zodiac signs' sex drives teach you about yourself, but it can also help you navigate sexual relationships. 2021-07-07 17:50 8KB www.elitedaily.com

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Crystal Dunn and USWNT want historic back-to-back World Cup championship and Olympic gold

US Women's National Team player Crystal Dunn has gained confidence as an outspoken player since their 2019 World Cup win. … 2021-07-07 13:16 903Bytes www.usatoday.com

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Is Football Really 'Coming Home' or Will England Choke Like They Have So Many Times Since 1966?

England will be hoping to use home advantage to overcome Denmark in the Euro 2020 semifinal on Wednesday night. The winner will play Italy, who overcame Spain in a... 2021-07-07 10:45 6KB sputniknews.com

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Pro golfers and their coaches also went virtual during the pandemic.

It has been well over a year since Lucas Herbert, the Australian golfer who won the Irish Open last week and is playing in this … 2021-07-07 10:43 2KB www.nytimes.com

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Kalei Mau cleared by FIVB to play for Philippines

The Philippine women’s volleyball team got a timely shot in the arm as it gears up for the Asian Senior’s Women’s Volleyball Championship next month. … 2021-07-07 10:34 2KB sports.inquirer.net

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7 Shows Like ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

Shonda Rhimes’s hit Scandal ran on ABC during many of the same years as How to Get Away with Murder , and the two still work … 2021-07-07 23:20 4KB decider.com

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2021 Home Run Derby Competitors

Monday, July 12At Coors Field, DenverAMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals AMERICAN… 2021-07-07 22:55 848Bytes wtop.com

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NHL’s Panthers reveal plan to get involved with NIL deals

The Florida Panthers may soon be signing a quarterback. Or a center who plays basketball. Or a goalie who plays soccer. It all makes sense. The Panthers are the… 2021-07-07 22:34 2KB wtop.com

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2-year jail sentence for golfer Cabrera over assault charges

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentinian golfer Ángel Cabrera, a former Masters and U.S. Open champion, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison on assault… 2021-07-07 22:21 2KB wtop.com

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Young Defender Named Player Lions Cannot Lose Next Season

The Detroit Lions have a player that they cannot afford to lose in the future in the form of safety Tracy Walker according to an analyst. 2021-07-07 22:10 4KB heavy.com

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Iowa State Patrol shares letter, drawing of slain trooper by Special Olympics athlete

Matthew Pearson, from Washington, sends letters and art to law enforcement nationwide honoring those who have died in the line of duty. 2021-07-07 21:33 2KB eu.desmoinesregister.com

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Legendary Cape Elizabeth swimming coach Don Richards dies at 83

The town named its community pool after Richards, who guided his teams to 11 state championships and was named Maine Swimming Coach of the Year eight times. 2021-07-07 21:03 5KB www.pressherald.com

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Billy Hamilton Somehow Got A Hit On A Pitch That Bounced In Front Of Home Plate

Hamilton couldn't help but laugh after he beat out the most absurd infield single of the season on a pitch that bounced before he hit it. 2021-07-07 21:01 2KB uproxx.com

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The Easiest Way To Match With Olympians On Tinder

Find out how to use Tinder passport to match with athletes going to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. 2021-07-07 20:59 3KB www.bustle.com

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Zoom meetings built chemistry for US Women’s Volleyball team

When the pandemic hit last March leading to a one year postponement of the Olympics and the inability of teams to practice and play together, the U.S. women' 2021-07-07 20:46 5KB wtop.com

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Trump issued QAnon influencers press passes for Florida rally

"We are the news now," one QAnon influencer declared 2021-07-07 20:44 3KB www.salon.com

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10 pool accessories to help you dive into summer

Start the summer with a splash with these Intex pool floats and loungers, a Bluetooth speaker, pool games and more. 2021-07-07 19:52 5KB www.cbsnews.com

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Hopeful of new era, Bayern presents coach Julian Nagelsmann

BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich have won an unprecedented nine straight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and the Champions League twice in the past decade. 2021-07-07 19:07 4KB wtop.com

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What the Meow? Clueless Cat Gets Pecked in Back by Sneaky Bird

Cats like to chase birds, but sometimes it can be the other way round, like in this video from the Philippines, where a little birdie pestered a poor, unsuspecting cat. 2021-07-07 19:00 1008Bytes sputniknews.com

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Cowboys Could Cut Veteran Player Months After Signing Him

Thin ice. 2021-07-07 18:47 3KB heavy.com

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WNBA Star Nneka Ogwumike Could Play For Nigeria After Her Team USA Olympic Snub

Ogwumike's sisters, Chiney and Erica, could join her as teammates. 2021-07-07 17:55 4KB uproxx.com

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Diana Matheson Retires Vowing To Help Create Professional Soccer League In Canada

After an 18-year career which encompassed three FIFA Women's World Cup finals and three Olympic Games, Canada's Diana Matheson brought down the curtain on her playing days today promising to do everything she could to bring professional soccer to her country. 2021-07-07 17:45 6KB www.forbes.com

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Teachers’ Unions Are Pushing Back Against Attacks on Anti-Racist Education

Unions are pooling resources to defend educators from an onslaught of attacks from Republicans and right-wing media. 2021-07-07 17:39 6KB truthout.org

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Central Florida's women's basketball team becomes first sponsored team in NIL era

There will be many first during the new era of college sports that allows athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness. College Hunks Hauling Junk … 2021-07-07 17:24 2KB www.usatoday.com

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Nets Star Explains Why His First Playoff Run ‘Didn’t Feel Special’

One Nets star explains why his first playoff run with the team didn't feel special. 2021-07-07 17:05 4KB heavy.com

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Wimbledon: Shapovalov into first Grand Slam semi-final with five-set win over Khachanov

Denis Shapovalov, who won 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in an engrossing tussle, will play defending champion Novak Djokovic. 2021-07-07 16:55 2KB scroll.in

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‘My grandma, she’s the triple OG’; former Dudley High School football star opens up about his college football journey

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Jurriente Davis was a star football player at Dudley High School and even helped the Panthers win a State Championship. While Jurriente had the talent to play in college at the division one or two level, he didn’t get the chance. He’ll be the first to tell you why. “In high […] 2021-07-07 16:06 3KB myfox8.com

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NC State Stuff: Baseball's CWS exit is convincing even some doubters that it's real

When the NC State baseball team was sent home from Omaha a win away from the Championship series due to COVID-19, Lauren Brownlow thought it was time to update her NC State Stuff podcast series. Will this crazy event convince even skeptics that the phenomenon is real? 2021-07-07 16:06 20KB www.wralsportsfan.com

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WATCH: NFL QB Tom Brady Smashes 390-Yard Drive In ‘The Match’ Against PGA Pros

Tom Brady is perhaps the Greatest Of All Time to ever play professional football. With seven Super Bowl wins, Brady has more rings than any … 2021-07-07 15:58 3KB www.dailywire.com

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Revisit the 75 best photos from the 2016 Rio Olympics

It's too easy for Usain Bolt. Neymar after winning gold for the host nation. An Australian archer takes aim with a Rio favela in … 2021-07-07 15:35 4KB www.businessinsider.com

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This ‘Animal Crossing’ Monopoly Board Game Will Make You Do A Double Take

Hasbro and Nintendo teamed up to create ‘Animal Crossing’ Monopoly based on the hit New Horizons gameplay, and it hits stores in August 2021. 2021-07-07 15:17 2KB www.elitedaily.com

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Heat Guard Plans to ‘Really Put Some Weight On’ This Summer

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro details his goal to obtain 'more of an NBA body' this summer. 2021-07-07 15:16 3KB heavy.com

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Wrestler Natalie Cortes leaves title legacy at Lane

Cortes is the first Public League girl to win a championship in the IWCOA state series. 2021-07-07 14:49 4KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Player In Baseball History To Be Selected To All-Star Game As Both A Pitcher And A Hitter

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Los Angeles Angels pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani has been on fire at the plate. And he can … 2021-07-07 14:15 4KB www.dailywire.com

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The Surprise Key To Winning

Every organization I’ve led—from TD Ameritrade to football at Coastal Carolina University—succeeded or failed based on the self-awareness of its team and their willingness to take responsibility for successes and failures. 2021-07-07 13:47 6KB www.forbes.com

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LaMelo Ball Becomes General Partner, Board Member Of Powerhandz

The No. 3 overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft joins double-minority-owned athletic training and rehabilitation product tech platform Powerhandz as part of its $3 million Series A fundraise. 2021-07-07 13:30 5KB www.forbes.com

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Bennett, Shaked split on kicking rebel MK Chikli out of Yamina

Bill enabling MKs to split off of Likud passes into law, Edelstein expects it to "boomerang" against the party's rivals. … 2021-07-07 13:27 699Bytes www.jpost.com

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Barcelona Midfielder ‘Wants’ Summer Transfer, Says Club Chief

The club has been "negotiating directly" with Barcelona and is confident of securing a transfer. 2021-07-07 13:17 3KB heavy.com

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Marlins Beat Dodgers 2-1 On Wild Pitch, Error In 10th

Automatic runner Starling Marte advanced to third on Blake Treinen’s wild pitch and continued home when catcher Will Smith threw wildly past third base for a game-ending error in the 10th inning. 2021-07-07 12:42 3KB miami.cbslocal.com

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How Retailers Can Win With A Blended Service Experience

The goal of a blended service experience is for your customers to shop in-store and online or to take advantage of a hybrid approach. 2021-07-07 12:30 6KB www.forbes.com

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Olympic Games in for a rude awokening, focus on wrong kind of ‘race’

The Olympic Games in Tokyo are doomed. Before the opening ceremony, before even the torch is lit, it’s not going to be OK. The Games, I’m … 2021-07-07 12:28 5KB nypost.com

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Who Needs Practice? Not Alexander Bublik

The unseeded player representing Kazakhstan would rather hone his game during Wimbledon matches than overwork his shoulder with practice serves. Whatever works. 2021-07-07 12:22 5KB www.nytimes.com

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Meet the 2021 All-Livingston County girls track and field team

Who were the top girls track and field athletes in Livingston County in 2021? 2021-07-07 12:18 10KB eu.livingstondaily.com

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Opinion: Why Olympic gymnast Yul Moldauer believes medals can save his sport

OKLAHOMA CITY –  Yul Moldauer had been an Olympian for the better part of a week, and still, he was having trouble processing his new status. … 2021-07-07 12:09 7KB www.usatoday.com

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Sports Are Already Getting Less Political

For better and worse, the post-Trump era is looking like a return to a less opinionated time across the world of athletics, Will Leitch writes. 2021-07-07 12:00 6KB nymag.com

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‘Little Chicken’ carries Vietnam’s hopes for Olympic boxing glory

When a 13-year-old Nguyen Van Duong stepped into the ring for the first time he weighed just 33 kilograms and was promptly nicknamed “Little Chicken” … 2021-07-07 11:19 3KB sports.inquirer.net

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Attack The Root Cause Of Cyber Threats, One Employee At A Time

In the fight against cyber threats, the best defense is a good offense. 2021-07-07 11:10 6KB www.forbes.com

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5 sports campaigns that scored for clients

As part of The Drum’s Sports Marketing deep dive, Cat Hartland, head of The Drum Recommends, shines a spotlight on five campaigns by five independent agencies that scored for their clients. 2021-07-07 10:30 818Bytes www.thedrum.com

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Georgia Oboh: Nigeria's first Ladies European Tour player

When Nigerian Georgia Oboh began playing golf, she struggled to identify role models in her sport, so she took inspiration from elsewhere -- in particular, from tennis greats Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. 2021-07-07 09:13 5KB edition.cnn.com

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What is the driving force behind South Korea's astonishing Olympic archery dominance

South Korean archers have ruled the sport for decades, winning 23 out of the 34 Olympic gold medals awarded since 1984, including all four golds at Rio. 2021-07-07 09:05 5KB scroll.in

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Tommy Fleetwood Is Working on a Year of Possibilities

He gets excited talking about the Olympics and the Ryder Cup. 2021-07-07 09:00 4KB www.nytimes.com

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5 Players to Watch at the Scottish Open

The golf tournament serves as a tuneup to the British Open, which is a week later. 2021-07-07 09:00 5KB www.nytimes.com

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Messi Ruthlessly Mocks Former Barcelona Teammate [WATCH]

The forward could not contain himself at the Copa America 2021-07-07 08:59 4KB heavy.com

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The Latest: Danes to bring handful of soccer fans from home

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Will it be England or will it be Denmark against Italy in the European Championship final? The two teams will… 2021-07-07 08:59 2KB wtop.com

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Cricket: Playing for Pakistan has become too easy, says former captain Shahid Afridi

Afridi hit out at the selection policy adopted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. 2021-07-07 07:28 3KB scroll.in

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Faster, brighter: Olympics a ‘game changer’ for rugby sevens

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For six days, fit, strong Olympians hurled themselves at each other and at the try line in short, sharp bursts. Australian gold. 2021-07-07 07:25 6KB wtop.com

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Shooters Saurabh, Mairaj lead UP's charge at upcoming Tokyo Olympics

Read more about Shooters Saurabh, Mairaj lead UP's charge at upcoming Tokyo Olympics on Business Standard. Eight athletes from Uttar Pradesh will represent India in five disciplines -- shooting, racewalking, javelin throw, boxing and hockey -- at the Tokyo Olympics beginning July 23 2021-07-07 06:43 4KB www.business-standard.com

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PH Olympic athletes to honor AFP colleagues in C-130 crash

—Soldier-athletes bound for Japan will pay tribute to their fallen and wounded comrades in the C-130 plane crash when they compete at the … 2021-07-07 06:39 2KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Cricket: Ashwin in talks with Surrey to play first-class match before Test series against England

The off-spinner has played for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire in the past. 2021-07-07 06:10 1KB scroll.in

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Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack
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Federal judge faults US Air Force over gunman's history for Texas church attack that killed more than two dozen people
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Federal judge largely faults Air Force for 2017 Texas church shooting
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Judge Rules Air Force ‘60% Responsible’ For Texas Church Shooting That Killed 26
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Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack
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Air Force Failed to Notify FBI 6 Times of Felony Convictions for 2017 Texas Church Shooter
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Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack
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Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack
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Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting in Texas, judge says
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Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack
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Federal judge finds Air Force ‘60% responsible’ for 2017 Texas church massacre
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Air Force 60% responsible for 2017 Texas church shooting, judge rules
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Judge: Air Force Was 60% Responsible for Mass Shooting
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Judge rules Air Force mostly responsible for Texas church shooting
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Euro 2020 soccer: England beats Denmark, reaches final
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July 7 (UPI) -- Harry Kane scored an extra-time goal as England edged Denmark 2-1 in their semifinals match Wednesday at Wembley Stadium to advance to the 2020 European Championship soccer final against Italy. During the first period of extra time, Kane slotted home a rebound after Denmark goaltender Kasper Schmeichel saved Kane's initial penalty-kick attempt. The goal gave England the lead in the 104th minute and earned them a spot in the Euro final Sunday. "Unbelievable. What a game, though, credit to Denmark," Kane said after the win. "We dug deep and we got there when it mattered. We reacted really well [and] we're in a final at home. What a feeling. "We know it's going to be a very tough game against Italy. We've had a great tournament so far. One more game to go at home and we can't wait." England entered the match as favorites to win the tournament out of the remaining teams, but Denmark grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when Mikkel Damsgaard lasered a precise free kick past English netminder Jordan Pickford. The goal was the first scored from a direct free kick at this summer's Euro Championship and ended Pickford's run of clean sheets at the tournament. He blanked Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic during the group stage, then held Germany and Ukraine scoreless in the knockout rounds. England, however, quickly drew level through Simon Kjaer's own goal when he slid to deflect a cross intended for Raheem Sterling. In doing so, he redirected the ball into his own net to make it 1-1 in the 39th minute. Kane then scored his fourth goal at the 2020 Euro tournament -- which was postponed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- to clinch the victory. "It was a top performance," said Sterling, who drew the penalty kick when he was brought down by Joakim Maehle in the box. "We had to dig deep. It was the first time we had conceded in the tournament, [but] we regrouped well and showed a great team spirit to win the game. "We just had to stay patient. We knew that with the aggression we had in the team, the pace, the power, it was a matter of time before we brought them down and we got the penalty in the end. It is another step in the right direction." England, playing in their first major tournament final since defeating West Germany at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, now faces an Italy team that has won all of their matches to this point in the tournament. Italy beat Spain 4-2 on penalties Tuesday in the semifinals.
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Eric Adams gets ear pierced after winning NYC mayoral primary
(13.99/17)

Less than a day has passed since Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was declared the winner in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary and he says he’s already fulfilling a campaign promise. On Wednesday, the New York Democrat took to Twitter to share footage of him getting one of his ears pierced. The move fulfills a promise Adams said he made to a group of young people he met while campaigning. “On the campaign trail a group of young people met with my son & me. They asked ‘how do we know you’re not like other politicians who make promises they don’t keep,’” he captioned a video of him receiving the piercing on Wednesday afternoon. “They said we’ll trust you if you promise to pierce your ear when you win the primary. Promise made, promise kept!” he wrote. In footage of the moment, Adams, who sported a New York Mets mask at the time, also references the promise briefly in remarks at the end of the clip after his left ear is pierced. “Already lived up to my first promise to that young man. So, if you see it on social media, young man, I told you I was going to do it and I just did what I promised,” he said. “Day one living up to my promise.” Adams, a former police captain, won the primary after fending off a crowded field of Democrats in the city’s ranked-choice election. He will face GOP candidate Curtis Sliwa in general election later this year, which he is widely expected to win.
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Sha'Carri Richardson, you used pot to grieve. That shouldn't kill your Olympic dreams.
(11.92/17)

On Tuesday, USA Track & Field officials announced what many of us dreaded was coming: Sha'Carri Richardson, a stellar Black female athlete who earned the right to represent her country, would be denied a spot on the U. S. Olympic relay team. It was her last chance to get to Tokyo. She tested positive for doing what millions legally do every day: consuming cannabis. And she apologized for breaking the rules. As a consumer of cannabis and an advocate of social equity, I want to say to Richardson: Sis, I see you, and I want to thank you. I want to thank you for being that girl, unapologetically fast and human. I see how the war on drugs and all of the misconceptions around this plant continue to negatively impact people like Richardson every single day. The fact of the matter is that she didn't need to apologize because she has nothing to apologize for. She exercised her right to consume cannabis. The only difference between her and the millions of people who do the same is that an antiquated rule made her pain and grief front and center for the world to see. There is so much more we need to know about this plant and how we can use it to care for ourselves. But here is what we do know: People should never be shamed into apologizing for needing help to cope with the emotional toll of losing a loved one. Richardson had learned that her biological mother died right before the Olympic trials. That alone is difficult. But Richardson learned about it in a way that most of us can't imagine. The track star recounted on NBC's "Today" show being shocked when she heard the news from a reporter during what she thought was going to be a routine interview. Last year, we watched helplessly while millions of Americans died due to COVID-19 and while our country deemed cannabis an essential business. It was essential because so many people, just like Richardson, rely on cannabis to cope with difficult situations. Two in three Americans support cannabis legalization, and about 43% of Americans have access to legal cannabis where they live. These statistics continue to evolve every day. Our collective truth is that we are not bad people because we consume cannabis, we are human. The love on display between Richardson and her grandmother, and the connection she shared with her grandmother after her qualifying heat, will forever keep Richardson in our hearts. Richardson should not have to apologize and justify her decision to use cannabis as an aid to process and cope with the trauma of losing her mother. I hope that as she prepares to continue bedazzling us on the track, she's going to take the time to heal and grieve in whatever way makes sense for her. Those who are in control of policies and laws that restrict access to this plant for athletes should hear us. We will not stop fighting for fair regulations surrounding the use of this plant. I'm not advocating lawlessness, but I do think there’s room for an honest assessment and critique of the rules. Especially rules that reflect U. S. laws related to the war on drugs – laws that we know disproportionately impact communities of color. We have the right to take care of ourselves, and we have the right to utilize this plant as a part of that care. I am so glad that Richardson's spirit does not appear to have been broken by misguided and outdated rules that led to a detrimental decision about her future in the sport. Whether she knows it or not, there are millions of us who are standing with her. Khadijah Tribble is the vice president of corporate social responsibility at Curaleaf, a cannabis company.
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Roger Federer Loses at Wimbledon, Maybe for the Last Time
(10.99/17)

On the grass court where he won a record eight men’s singles titles, Roger Federer was defeated,6-3,7-6 (4) 6-0, by Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Shanking forehands and misjudging volleys, Federer,39 and seeded sixth, was far from his finest on Centre Court, but Hurkacz, the 14th seed, still had to summon the power and gumption to knock him out. Hurkacz, a good-natured Pole who is based in Florida, had never been past the third round at Wimbledon or any Grand Slam tournament before his visit this year to the All England Club. In 2019, he lost to Federer in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., in their only previous singles match. But this quarterfinal match, which lasted just 1 hour 49 minutes, will be the one that will remain most embedded in both men’s memories and quite a few more, if it turns out to be Federer’s final match here. He first played at Wimbledon in 1998, winning the boys’ singles and doubles titles, and became a star in 2001 by upsetting the seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round in his first match on Centre Court. In 2003, he won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, defeating Mark Philippoussis in the final. Though Federer is Swiss, Wimbledon has long felt like home turf with the largely British crowd warming to his elegant game and understated on-court presence. He has experienced great success here but also great disappointment. In the 2008 final, he lost to his younger rival Rafael Nadal in one of the best matches ever played. In the 2019 final, he was unable to convert two match points on his way to defeat against his other signature rival, Novak Djokovic. The match, one of the most deflating of his long career, could have been his last at Wimbledon. He lost the tournament at age 37. Instead, he chose to play on despite two knee surgeries and the long hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic. Returning to Wimbledon was his biggest motivation as he pushed himself through rehabilitation, and though he was the oldest man in the Open era to reach the quarterfinals, he could not go further. Though Federer has long made tennis look easy, that was not the case on Wednesday. Though he has often glided across the grass as if it were a dance floor, it seemed as slippery for him as it has for many others these last 10 days. After losing the first set, he failed to maintain an early lead in the second set, mis-hitting his forehand and failing to return Hurkacz’s big first serve consistently. He finished with more than 30 unforced errors and won only 35 percent of his second-serve points. Hurkacz,24, like Federer, is an all-court player with fine volleys and a taste for the trick shot: His tweener is one of the flashiest on tour, and he won his first significant title in April at the Miami Open against an understrength field. But it was still quite a surprise to see him finish off Federer in straight sets at the tournament Federer holds dearest. Could Hurkacz have imagined defeating him in this manner? “Probably not,” Hurkacz said in his on-court interview as he smiled with his left hand on his hip. “Playing here in front of you guys, and I mean the special things that he has done here throughout his whole career, so it’s a dream come true, and I really thank you guys for coming here and cheering.” After losing the second-set tiebreaker, the third set was over in what felt like a flash — just 29 minutes — after all the time Federer has spent on Centre Court. As he faded, the faithful on Centre Court who have cheered him for so long grew more urgent in their support. “Let’s go, Roger, let’s go!” came the chant when he trailed,0-3, in the third. “You got this!” one fan shouted as Federer went down another break point. The more desperate began cheering Hurkacz’s errors, including one loud “Allez!” from a fan in French after the Pole missed a groundstroke. There were even a few claps for one of Hurkacz’s missed first serves, a rarity at Wimbledon. But even extraordinary measures were of little help. Federer’s increasingly frequent errors elicited gasps that turned to sighs as the crowd grew more resigned to the outcome. “Are you feeling OK?” one fan shouted as Federer chose not to challenge a close call down,0-4. There was a loud ovation as Federer stepped to the line to serve down,0-5, with many fans standing. When it was over, Federer packed his bags without delay and waved to the crowd with a brief pirouette before he walked off the grass and returned to the clubhouse, head slightly bowed and a bag slung over each shoulder. “One more year! One more year!” pleaded one fan as he disappeared from view. That will be up to Federer, who will turn 40 in August.
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Two US soldiers injured in Iraq rocket attack
(7.99/17)

Two U. S. soldiers were injured during a rocket attack on Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq Wednesday, Army officials reported. A series of at least 14 rockets hit the Iraqi air base housing both U. S. and international forces, along with structures in the surrounding area. U. S. officials told Fox News that one of the American service members injured during the rocket attack suffered a concussion while the other had minor scrapes following the incident. A spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the operational name for the military intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, confirmed that at around 12:30 p.m. local time, rockets landed on the "base and perimeter" and prompted "force protection defensive measures" to be activated. The attack Wednesday is the fourth attack this week, following a drone strike Tuesday near the Erbil airbase, preceded by a second attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase and an attempted drone strike near the U. S. embassy in Baghdad Monday. None of the previous attacks resulted in reported injuries or causalities. It remains unclear who is responsible for the recent increase in attacks. A spokesperson for the Iraqi forces did not clarify who attacked the base Wednesday but designated the rocket fire as a "terrorist" attack. "Once again, the enemies of Iraq are intrusive and targeting the country’s security and sovereignty, and the safety of citizens through a new terrorist attack," Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for the Iraqi Army said in a statement posted to Twitter. OIR spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said that local homes and a mosque were also damaged in the attack Wednesday, though it remains unclear if any Iraqi civilians were injured.
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NBA finals: Suns forward Saric out with torn ACL in right kne
(6.44/17)

PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric has a torn ACL in his right knee that he suffered during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA finals on Tuesday night. Saric’s right knee appeared to buckle when he landed on a jump stop while trying to score against Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez. Shortly afterward, he limped off the court and into the locker room. The team confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday. “It’s just one of those situations that literally breaks your heart,” Suns Coach Monty Williams said. “Dario is a guy that I’ve been with twice. I coached him in Philly, and to get a chance to be with him here, he’s what Suns basketball is about. Hard worker, unbelievable guy and he was so looking forward to playing in these finals. “And to play a few minutes and have that kind of injury, it was a tough thing to hear this morning.” The 6-foot-10 Saric is one of the team’s main contributors off the bench, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in about 11 minutes per game. The team has relatively thin depth in the frontcourt, and turned to Torrey Craig and Frank Kaminsky to fill most of Saric’s minutes in the 118-105 victory in Game 1. Craig has been a regular part of the playing rotation, but Kaminsky hasn’t seen much time in the postseason. Comments are not available on this story. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous
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Olympics: They qualified to compete but getting to Tokyo is another hurdle
(4.32/17)

Usually, phrases like “journey to the Olympics” or the “path to the Games” refer to something more abstract than literal travel. But for many athletes this year, actually traveling to Tokyo has proven a significant challenge to their Olympic dreams, Bloomberg reported. With 18 days till the Tokyo Olympics begins, athletes from remote corners of the globe have a major challenge in front of them, said The Associated Press. Related Athletes around the world face logistical difficulties for their travel to Tokyo. For some, the challenges come from lack of commercial airfare opportunities. For others, the difficulty comes from their country being banned due to COVID-19 outbreaks, reported Axios. Brazilian Olympic Committee President Paulo Wanderley Teixeira — who has been coordinating logistics for Brazil’s 300-person Olympic team — said travel changes ”demanded creativity.” The Brazilian team had tickets onboard Air Canada only to have their flights canceled, reported Bloomberg. Now, the team will fly through Europe. The chief executive of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee Lorraine Mar said travel has been a “logistical challenge,” per the AP. “Fiji Airways isn’t doing any commercial flights at the current time so we’re going up on a cargo run.” For Sri Lanka, domestic coronavirus outbreaks have made international travel difficult. Usually, the Olympic athletes would fly through Singapore to reach Tokyo, but Singapore has banned anyone with a recent history of travel in Sri Lanka from even transiting in the city-state, reported Fortune. Related The travel complications do not end when athletes arrive in Tokyo. Athletes will likely face the same logistical difficulties when returning home, reported the AP. These disruptions will likely continue to affect the outcomes of the Tokyo Games. Start your day with the top stories you missed while you were sleeping. Check your inbox for a welcome email.
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Georgia golf pro was gunned down after he witnessed a crime, police say
(4.23/17)

A golf pro who was gunned down Saturday at a suburban Atlanta country club by a man who had driven a pickup truck onto the golf course was not the gunman’s target but was killed because he had “witnessed an active crime taking place,” the police said Tuesday. The gunman, who the authorities said had not been identified, fled after the shooting at the Pinetree Country Club near Kennesaw, Georgia, leaving behind a pickup truck that held in its bed the bodies of two other men who had been fatally shot. The gunman was still at large Tuesday evening, three days after the shooting. The Cobb County Police Department said that investigators were still trying to determine a motive in what they were treating as a triple homicide but that there was no “active threat to the public at large and there was not a directed threat to residents of the neighborhood.” The golf pro was identified as Gene Siller,46, a father of two young sons who was the director of golf at the country club. A GoFundMe page that was started on behalf of his family had raised more than $500,000 by Tuesday evening. One of the men found in the truck was identified by the police as Paul Pierson,76, who was the truck’s registered owner. The police said the third victim had not yet been identified. At about 2 p.m. Saturday, officials said, Siller was walking toward the 10th hole at Pinetree when he saw a white Ram 3500 pickup truck on the course. The gunman shot Siller in the head and fled, officials said. When investigators arrived, they also found Pierson and the third victim in the bed of the truck, dead from gunshot wounds, the authorities said. Both men found in the truck had “no relation to the location at all,” the police said. “We are aware that the public has many questions, the most pressing one being why this happened; however, it is too early in the investigation to speculate as to motive,” the Cobb County police said in a statement Tuesday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not been asked to assist, said Nelly Miles, a spokesperson for the GBI. Derek Easterling, the mayor of Kennesaw, said that while the shooting had taken place just outside his city’s limits, the community was still “grieving for all of the victims.” Easterling described the neighborhood near the country club as quiet. The golf course is surrounded by rambling suburban homes on wooded lots. “It’s just tragic,” he said. Corey Evans, an instructor at the country club, told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that Siller had dropped by the club Saturday to remind his staff that the driving range would be used to set off fireworks that weekend. Evans said the club had been thriving under Siller’s leadership. Brian Katrek, a golf analyst for TV outlets and a member of the Pinetree Country Club, told CNN that Siller “would do anything he could do to make your day better.” One donor on the GoFundMe page wrote of Siller: “He always carried himself with class, and was a gem of a guy. It’s no surprise that he built a great career and family.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times .
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Remaining metal fencing around Capitol set to come down
(4.20/17)

The remaining metal fencing surrounding the Capitol is set to come down more than six months after the worst attack on the building since the War of 1812. The removal is expected to begin as early as this Friday and finish within three days, weather permitting, according to a memo from House Sergeant at Arms William Walker that was sent to all members of Congress and staff. The barrier, which surrounds the grounds immediately outside the Capitol building, is one of the last remnants of security infrastructure built after the insurrection on Jan.6. The memo also notes the Architect of the Capitol “has the ability to and will expeditiously reinstall” the fencing if needed. And according to a similar memo sent to all Senate offices on behalf of the Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson, the Capitol Police will still use bike racks to block off access to parts of the Lower West Terrace and the East Front Plaza of the Capitol. That memo did not note if the usage of bike racks as barriers would be temporary or permanent. Lawmakers had debated the future of the barriers for months after the attack as they tried to strike a balance between open access to the Capitol and security. Few expressed any willingness to keep the fencing, and additional funding to maintain or alter the structure was left in doubt when the House’s $1.9 billion emergency security funding package stalled out in the Senate. An outer perimeter fence that closed off several blocks around the Capitol was removed in March, and the Capitol Police Board abandoned plans to reconstruct it in the days leading up to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress in April. The campus is still closed to most members of the public, with tours halted for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, and the memo notes current restrictions on access to the Capitol "will remain in place." The three-member Capitol Police Board, a normally obscure panel, had the final say on the fence’s removal after the Capitol Police recommended it be taken down. Its voting membership is composed of the Architect of the Capitol and the House and Senate Sergeants-at-arms, with the Capitol Police chief attending as a non-voting member.
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Bruce Springsteen's daughter Jessica makes Olympic equestrian team
(4.11/17)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The daughter of rock icon Bruce Springsteen and singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa has been selected as one of four riders on the U. S. jumping team that will compete at the Tokyo Olympics. U. S. Equestrian announced Monday that Jessica Springsteen would be making her Olympic debut. The 29-year-old has said being selected would fulfill a lifelong dream. Springsteen will team with Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut and McLain Ward when the equestrian competition begins Aug.3. The team will be led by chef d'equipe Robert Ridland and Lizzy Chesson."I feel very confident that the seasoned group of riders that we will be sending to Tokyo is in top current form and peaking at just the right time," Ridland said in a statement. Farrington is 40, Ward 45 and Kraut 55, and the trio has competed at a combined seven Olympics. Springsteen, ranked third behind Kraut and Ward, will be riding 12-year-old stallion Don Juan van de Donkhoeve.
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The sports world is punishing Black women for being themselves
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Bruce Springsteen Daughter: Who is Olympic Star Jessica Springsteen?
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 12 /94 

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All-Star Lynn wins 6-1 as White Sox improve to 10-2 vs Twins
(3.17/17)

Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings in his first start since earning a berth on the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Wednesday after cutting outfielder Adam Eaton. Tim Anderson had four hits and Leury García hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning and added a run-scoring triple and a single. Chicago is 10-2 against Minnesota this season, outscoring the Twins 91-47. The White Sox had 15 hits for the third time this season to go along with 18- and 16-hit games. Lynn (9-3) was picked Sunday for his second All-Star appearance, his first since 2012. The 34-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and three walks, striking out six. He surrendered a season-high six runs in a loss at Houston on June 19 but has allowed two runs over his last three starts and 15 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.99. Four relievers combined for three scoreless innings of two-hit relief. Michael Pineda (3-5), returning from more than three weeks on the injured list due to right elbow inflammation, allowed a career-high 12 hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings. Eaton was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for outfielder Adam Engel, who was activated off the injured list after recovering from a strained right hamstring and went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. The 32-year-old Eaton hit.201 with a career-low .642 OPS in 58 games during his 10th major league season. Rookie Trevor Larnach led off the fourth with his seventh home run, a drive into the bullpens in left-center. Minnesota has lost seven of nine, including five against the AL Central-leading White Sox. García's third homer and Anderson's RBI double in the fifth built a 3-1 lead, and García hit a run-scoring triple in a two-run sixth that included Jake Burger's RBI double. White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal had surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn tendon in his left knee. Grandal, who was placed on the injured list the previous day, had returned to Chicago for further testing. The White Sox expect him to return this season but will update the original diagnosis of four-to-six weeks.... Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring, Donaldson will go through a full workout before Thursday’s game before determining his status.… RHP Griffin Jax was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul to make room on the roster for Pineda. White Sox: LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-3,4.48 ERA) will start Friday’s series opener in Baltimore. Keuchel has allowed 12 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings over his last three games, including two starts. Twins: LHP J. A. Happ (4-4,6.09) starts Thursday as Minnesota opens a four-game home series against Detroit. Happ is 2-4 with an 8.62 ERA over his last 10 starts. The Tigers are scheduled to start LHP Tarik Skubal (5-7,4.35).
All-Star Lynn Wins 6-1 As White Sox Improve To 10-2 Vs Twins
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All-Star Lynn wins 6-1 as White Sox improve to 10-2 vs Twins
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Rodón sharp on a rainy night as White Sox beat Twins 4-1
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Lance Lynn sharp in All-Star tuneup, White Sox take series from Twins
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 13 /94 

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Lightning try to clinch Stanley Cup at home: What to know about Game 5 vs. Canadiens
(3.10/17)

The Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 continued a playoff trend for the defending Stanley Cup champions. That game marked the fifth time in six series that the Lightning had lost their first opportunity to clinch. But in the other four series, Tampa Bay always won the next game. A lot of that has to do with goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who hasn't lost two in a row in the playoffs since 2019. The Lightning, up 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final against the Canadiens, will try to clinch the championship at home Wednesday night. No team has done that since the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the Lightning that year. What to know about Game 5: The game broadcast is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at Tampa's Amalie Arena. The game will be shown on NBC. It also can be streamed on NBC Sports live. If the Lightning win, it would be the last NHL game shown on NBC, with the league shifting its national broadcast partners to ESPN and Turner Sports. The league is monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Elsa, which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday morning north of Tampa. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press that the league has flexibility in its schedule if need be. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said Tuesday afternoon she expected the game to be a go. Coach Dominique Ducharme's lineup changes paid off. Defenseman Alexander Romanov, added to the lineup, scored a goal that was assisted by Jake Evans, another of the additions. Josh Anderson, who was moved to a different line, scored twice, including in overtime. The Canadiens killed all five Lightning power plays, include a late double minor to Shea Weber. Montreal also played a physical game against the Lightning's top stars. "Every night, you have to continue to do the small, little things like putting the puck in deep and banging the body," Canadiens forward Corey Perry said. "It takes a toll on guys." Montreal forward Nick Suzuki has a three-game point streak. His linemate, rookie Cole Caufield, has three points over the past two games. Tampa Bay's Brayden Point has no goals since his nine-game goal streak ended five games ago. He has no points in his last three games. Weber delivered several big hits against him in Game 4. "You just try to fight through it," Point said. "You don’t try to change the way you play. You try to embrace it and try to find a way to get things done." If the Lightning win Wednesday, forward Nikita Kucherov (32 points) and Vasilevskiy (four shutouts) would be the front-runners for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.... Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he doesn't expect any lineup changes and injured Alex Killorn isn't likely to play.
NHL Playoffs Daily: Keys to victory for Lightning, Canadiens in Game 5
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn doubtful for Game 5 vs. Montreal Canadiens
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Lightning look to be 1st team to win Cup at home since 2015
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Lightning look to be 1st team to win Cup at home since 2015
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How Eric Adams Did It
(2.46/17)

None of that ultimately mattered thanks to an election that played out in a city recovering from a pandemic and grappling with a sharp uptick in crime and chaos. Adams won by constructing an old-school political coalition of labor unions, political clubs, religious leaders, and homeowners in the majority Black precincts of Brooklyn and Queens. He warded off a late surge in the Democratic primary by Kathryn Garcia, who swamped him in most of Manhattan, winning in famously liberal neighborhoods like Park Slope and the West Village while also winning in famously conservative white neighborhoods in the outer reaches of Brooklyn and Queens. The final result revealed a city sharply divided among racial lines, as Adams, who would be only the city’s second Black mayor, winning easily in most Black and Hispanic neighborhoods and Garcia splitting the white vote with Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer who was eliminated under the city’s new ranked choice system in the penultimate round despite finishing higher in the initial tally than Garcia. Wiley surged late as well after getting endorsed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but her third-place showing reveals that the city’s left is not yet a potent political force, but also that it can be mobilized quickly around one candidate once leaders like AOC get involved. (The results won’t be certified until next week, and both the Wiley and Garcia campaigns are exploring their legal options. Neither conceded.) Tuesday’s tally came after another debacle of a day from the Board of Elections, which never said when results would be made available, but wrote in a tweet reply that the results would be “more brunch special vs. club hours.” After brunch hours ended with no result, the BOE sent another tweet saying that results would come by 7:30 pm. In the end, they came around 6:40 p.m., just as a thunderstorm with hail, torrential rain, and strong winds descended on the city. Adams still has to get past Republican talk show host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa in the general election. In statement after the Board of Elections released preliminary vote tallies, Adams took dead aim at his general election rival without mentioning Sliwa by name: “Now we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers.” But in a city in which Democrats outnumber Republicans by 7-1, at this moment Adams’s ascension to City Hall is all but assured.
Who is Eric Adams, New York City’s likely next mayor?
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Eric Adams is poised to be New York City's next mayor. Who is he?
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 15 /94 

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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom will not participate in MLB All-Star Game
(2.08/17)

NEW YORK — The best pitcher in baseball will not take the mound at this year's All-Star Game. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom confirmed that he doesn't plan to play at the Midsummer Classic next week in Colorado. DeGrom leads the league with a 1.08 ERA after yielding two runs in seven innings on Wednesday. The Mets may use him as an opener on short rest Sunday against the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates. "Being named to an All-Star team is a great honor but I'm going to take that time and just enjoy it with my family, whether I pitch Sunday or not," deGrom said after the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader. "Hopefully (Taijuan Walker) gets in there and takes my place." DeGrom was scheduled to start Tuesday of this week and then again Sunday, giving him a reason to miss the festivities at Coors Field. However, the weather foiled that plan – his turn in the rotation was pushed back a day due to a rainout Tuesday night. For now, his priority is leading the first-place Mets on a deep postseason run. "He could use (Sunday) as his side work and give us a couple of innings and play it like a bullpen day," manager Luis Rojas said. DeGrom would have been an obvious choice to start the All-Star Game after striking out 146 batters in 92 innings. However, deGrom has dealt with a litany of health issues this season, including shoulder soreness and right flexor tendinitis. He went on the IL in May due to tightness in his right side. Besides, the 33-year-old has already made three trips to the All-Star Game, most recently in 2019. "He doesn't want to expose anything in a game that doesn't mean anything for the Mets," Rojas said. "He has respect for the event and wants to be a part of it. But with everything that's happened this season, his mindset is that if he's going to pitch, he's going to pitch here." The Mets don't have a starter lined up for Sunday right now, so deGrom could fill a hole. Rojas pointed out that deGrom would go about 10 days without an appearance if he wasn't used in the weekend series against the Pirates. "We'll see how it goes (Wednesday) and how he responds over the next couple of days," Rojas said. "But let's see what happens and what the decision is for Sunday." Sean Farrell is a sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. Email: farrells@northjersey.com; Twitter: @seanfarrell92
New York Mets ace Jake deGrom says he's skipping All-Star Game
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Mets have a new plan to keep Jacob deGrom out of All-Star Game
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Jacob deGrom announces his MLB All-Star Game decision
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 16 /94 

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Celtics’ Tatum eager to wear Kobe’s Olympic number
(2.05/17)

LAS VEGAS — Jayson Tatum was 15 when he made his first USA Basketball national team. It was 2013, when he got picked to play in the FIBA Americas U-16 championships at Uruguay. And one of the biggest thrills from that experience was getting his jersey. It bore No.10. Kobe Bryant’s number. Tatum’s favorite player’s number. Bryant wore No.24 and No.8 with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he donned No.10 for USA Basketball when he helped the Americans capture gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Tatum has worn that number as part of U. S. teams several times since — and will wear it at the Tokyo Olympics, where the Americans will aim to capture a fourth consecutive gold medal. “With this being the first Olympics since we lost him, it holds that much more value,” Tatum said. “It’s not something I take lightly.” There is a significance to the No.10 jersey across sports, particularly soccer, where it always seems to be adorning the best players. Pele wore 10 for Brazil. Diego Maradona wore it for Argentina, and Lionel Messi does now. Landon Donovan wore it for the U. S. men’s soccer team when he led that program; it has since been passed to Christian Pulisic. For the U. S. women’s soccer team, it belongs to Carli Lloyd. For USA Basketball, it was Bryant’s. When he decided not to play in the 2016 Olympics, the number ended up with Kyrie Irving — another player who idolizes Bryant, just as Tatum does. And now, as was the case when the U. S. went to the Basketball World Cup two years ago, the jersey is Tatum’s. “For JT to have this moment, I’m happy for him, genuinely,” U. S. center Bam Adebayo said. “I’ve known JT since I was 12. He deserves everything he’s getting and he’s going to keep deserving more because he’s such a great player. I’m happy for him. That’s his idol, and he gets to represent that number. I know he’s going to have that ‘Mamba Mentality’ when he puts that 10 on.” Adebayo is another player who makes no secret of his affinity for Bryant, the five-time NBA champion and now Basketball Hall of Fame enshrine who died in a helicopter crash along with one of his daughters and seven other people in January 2020 on their way to a basketball tournament. He’s worn Bryant’s shoes for games, and said he’s devastated that he never got to meet him. Tatum knew Bryant well. They worked out together and Bryant offered him advice many times. “I remember one talk, it might have been after a game, and he was saying that a lot of people won’t understand what you do,” Tatum said. “He said, ‘What I mean by that is, the ones that really want to be great and really want to be special really take that whatever-it-takes mentality.’ He told me it takes sacrifice, because the ultimate question is about how much are you willing to give up to be great.” U. S. coach Gregg Popovich still laments that Tatum got hurt at that World Cup in China. That team was built for Tatum to be, as Popovich put it, “the go-to guy” — just as Bryant had been for past U. S. teams. When Tatum was ruled out of the World Cup with an ankle injury, the Americans sputtered and wound up finishing only seventh. Popovich said Tatum is even better now. “He’s become more of a two-way player,” Popovich said. “He’s way more confident. He’s developed more skills. He’s, on top of that, more aggressive and knows that he can dominate people.” People would say the same things about Bryant as well. “I remember that first team when I was hoping, wishing, that I got No.10,” Tatum said. “Kobe, everyone knows that was my favorite player. I was 15 years old and got to wear the number of my favorite player. It just felt like I had some level of connection with him.” The connection carries on this summer. He doesn’t remember if he had to ask for the jersey in 2013; this summer, he didn’t have to ask anyone. USA Basketball simply put out a list of names and jersey numbers, and Tatum got No.10. For now, it’s Tatum’s jersey. To him, it still belongs to Bryant. “It’s a tremendous honor,” Tatum said. “And I’ll wear it proudly.” Success. Please wait for the page to reload. If the page does not reload within 5 seconds, please refresh the page. Enter your email and password to access comments. Forgot Password? Don't have a Talk profile? Create one. Invalid username/password. Please check your email to confirm and complete your registration. Create a commenting profile by providing an email address, password and display name. You will receive an email to complete the registration. Please note the display name will appear on screen when you participate. Already registered? Log in to join the discussion. Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login to participate in the conversation. Here’s why. Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous Next »
Jayson Tatum says he's honored to wear Kobe Bryant's No.10 for Team USA, doesn't take it lightly
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Jayson Tatum On Wearing Kobe Bryant’s Team USA Number At The Olympics: ‘I’ll Wear It Proudly’
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 17 /94 

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5 Rays pitchers no-hit Indians for doubleheader sweep
(2.04/17)

Five Tampa Bay pitchers combined for seven hitless innings, and the Rays beat the Indians 4-0 Wednesday for a doubleheader sweep. Collin McHugh (two perfect innings), Josh Fleming (7-4 after allowing one walk in 2 2/3 innings), Diego Castillo (one out), Matt Wisler (one inning) and Pete Fairbanks (one inning) combined for the hitless performance in a game shortened to seven innings under pandemic rules. The game will not go into the official list of no-hitters. MLB’s eight-man committee on statistical accuracy decided in 1991 that a no-hitter was a game of nine or more innings that ended with no hits. Arizona's Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta in the second game of a doubleheader on April 25, another that did not officially count. "I don't have a whole lot of opinions about it... I'll probably leave that one to Bumgarner to talk about," McHugh said. "We celebrated like it was. Really, that's all that matters to us, is having a good time with it." There have been seven official no-hitters this season, one shy of the high set in 1884, the first year overhand pitching was allowed. Cleveland had just three baserunners, including Oscar Mercado, who reached against Josh Fleming after third baseman Wander Franco and shortstop Taylor Walls collided on a routine grounder leading off in the third. Originally scored as an infield single, the call was changed one inning later to an error on Franco for running into Walls. "I just assumed it was a hit," said McHugh, who didn't immediately realize after the final out that Tampa Bay had now allowed any hits. "So there was a little confusion on our part but we had a good time with it." In the fifth inning, Franco was credited with an infield single after third baseman Owen Miller made contact with shortstop Amed Rosario as he was fielding a grounder. Major League Baseball could change decisions by official scorer Tim Clodjeaux. "I mean, it's kind of hard to understand how the one for them is a hit but ours is an error," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "I'm guessing that a couple days from now they'll have to go back and un-celebrate that, They'll probably change it, but that doesn't change the fact, what the score was and what we did or didn't do." Clodjeaux said after reviewing the play, without the contact Walls would have thrown Mercado out at first. 9.12 of the Official Baseball Rules states: "the official scorer shall charge an error to a fielder who causes another fielder to misplay a ball." Walls helped start a nifty double play to end the third when he slid to field Ernie Clement’s grounder. Franco also made a pair of nice defensive plays on fourth-inning grounders. Walls put the Rays up 2-0 in Game 2 on two-out RBI singles off Sam Hentges (1-4) in the second and fourth. Yandy Díaz extended the advantage to 4-0 on a fifth-inning two-run single against Nick Sandlin. Hentges gave up four runs and five hits over 4 1/3 innings. Kevin Kiermaier homered and drove in a career-high five runs, Vidal Bruján had an RBI single in his major league debut, and the Rays win the opener 8-1. Franmil Reyes homered for the Indians, who have lost nine in a row. He homered and tied a career-high with five RBIs in Monday night’s 9-8 loss to the Rays. It is the longest losing streak during Terry Francona’s managerial time with Cleveland. The Indians dropped eight straight from Sept.8-16,2020, and from June 2-10, 2013. "We're not, obviously, firing on all cylinders." Francona said. "I think that's an understatement." In the opener, Kiermaier had a two-run double in the first and connected on a three-run shot off J. C. Mejia (1-4) during the third. "I’m starting to feel a lot more locked in and, hopefully, I can just find that consistency along the way," said Kiermaier, who went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .239. "Just anything you can do to help the team win and create momentum for you and the boys out there, that’s what it is all about." Kiermaier’s second homer of the season gave Tampa Bay a 6-1 lead in the third and ended Mejia’s day. Brandon Lowe and Brett Phillips added solo drives for the Rays. Michael Wacha (2-2) allowed one run, four hits and struck out six in six innings. Ryan Sherriff worked the seventh to complete a four-hitter. Mejia gave up six runs, four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Bruján had a remarkable first inning in Game 1, which saw the 23-year-old take away a hit from Amed Rosario in the top half by diving to his left on a hard-hit grounder. Bruján followed that up later in the inning with an RBI single, then stole second and scored on Kiermaier’s double for a 3-0 lead. The doubleheader included a makeup of a game postponed Tuesday night due to Hurricane Elsa. Indians: OF Eddie Rosario went on the 10-day injured list with a right abdominal strain. Rays: OF Manuel Margot (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL and is expected to be out two to three weeks. Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (4-3), out since May 26 with a broken right thumb, will return to start Thursday night’s game against Kansas City. Rays: Shane McClanahan (3-3) will start Friday night's game with Toronto.
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Five Rays pitchers throw MLB’s second seven-inning no-hitter
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 18 /94 

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Cubs’ Jake Arrieta sure looks done, but his eyes don’t see it that way
(2.04/17)

Professional athletes have always had difficulty telling themselves it’s time to retire, but fewer than ever seem to know when enough is enough. You can blame Tom Brady for that. He won a Super Bowl last season at 43, turns a year older next month and apparently plans on playing and living forever. Suddenly, lots of athletes in their competitive golden years think that if they stop eating tomatoes, as Brady did, they can play at a high level into their 40s. This has to be killing the BLT lobby. No one knows if Brady has discovered some nutritional secret to being able to play longer than everybody else or if he’d be just as successful on a diet of Big Macs. It doesn’t matter. Everybody thinks it’s the former. This brings us to Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who is 35 and struggling to do what he used to do so well. I don’t know if he has looked to Brady for inspiration, but Arrieta has been a big fan of cutting-edge diets and exercise programs throughout his career. If he was being reticent during his 2015 Cy Young season, all a reporter had to say was, “Where can a guy get some decent kale juice in this town?’’ and Arrieta wouldn’t shut up. Brady’s success at an advanced age and his disavowal of some common foods – I’m talking to you, strawberries and eggplants – resonates with a certain kind of athlete. The problem for Arrieta is that there doesn’t appear to be a secret recipe to stop the steady decline of his career. Since that magical 2015 season, when he had a 1.77 earned-run average and led the National League in victories, starts, complete games and shutouts, he has gotten worse every year. His ERA is an elevator that only goes up: from 1.77 to 3.10 to 3.53 to 3.96 to 4.64 to 5.08 to this season’s 6.30. Former Cubs president Theo Epstein saw the decline happening fairly early and was smart enough to make Arrieta a contract offer he could refuse in 2018. Jake went to the Phillies, where the downturn accelerated. With Epstein gone, the Cubs reverted to their age-old habit of nostalgia when they signed Arrieta to a one-year contract before this season. And it looked good for a while, didn’t it? He was the Jake of old in his first five starts, with an ERA of 2.57. But he went downhill after that. In his last two starts, he hasn’t made it out of the second inning, including an outing Tuesday in which he gave up seven earned runs and was pulled after 55 pitches. Afterward, Arrieta was stubborn in the face of evidence, and reporters’ questions, that more than suggested he might be on his last legs as a productive pitcher. “There is still a lot left in the tank,’’ he said. “No question about that. The stuff plays. The execution is not there. It hasn’t been for a while, but I’ve been in similar situations in my career. I’ve been in worse situations than this.’’ Athletes are taught to never quit. It’s an excellent mindset when you’re down 20 points in the fourth quarter of a basketball game. It’s problematic when you’re past your prime and hurting your team. The loss Tuesday was the Cubs’ 11 th in a row. Arrieta clearly isn’t the team’s only problem, but that doesn’t make him any less a problem. “I have all the tools,” he insisted. “I know what needs to be done.” It’s not easy giving up the thing you do best, especially at an age considered young by any standard except pro sports. We see it all the time, with athletes trying to hang on because they have no idea what else to do with their lives. There are always a few Olympians who refuse to leave the stage, but at least they can argue they don’t make the ridiculous money that athletes in the major sports do. Arrieta has made more than $100 million in his 12-year career. With a bit of belt-tightening, I think he’ll be OK. He got knocked out of Tuesday’s game so early he could have watched Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It might have given him ideas. Suns point guard Chris Paul, who is 36, scored 32 points and had nine assists in a victory over the Bucks. If it inspires Arrieta to play better, great. If it inspires him but he can’t play better, then maybe the facts are exactly what they seem to be: evidence that it’s time.
Jake Arrieta and the Cubs are having an epic meltdown
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Cubs' Jake Arrieta says he's not finished after another short outing as Chicago loses 11th straight
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 19 /94 

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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Winner Josh Murray Hit by Drunk Driver
(2.04/17)

Getty Images Josh Murray. A former star of “ The Bachelorette ” and “ Bachelor in Paradise ” was involved in a bad car accident over the Fourth of July holiday, and is currently recovering. Josh Murray, who was previously engaged to Andi Dorfman and Amanda Stanton — was riding in a car that was struck by a drunk driver. While Murray is okay, he revealed that one of his friends was very badly injured. “Sorry if I’ve been MIA for a couple days to those asking, figured this was easier to write here – my friends and I were hit by a drunk driver on the lake a couple days ago after the fireworks,” Murray posted on his Instagram story, according to Page Six. Here’s what you need to know: A post shared by Josh Allan Murray (@joshmurray11) Murray has been relatively quiet on social media lately. His last Instagram feed post was uploaded on June 19, and he’s only posted to his Stories since. While Murray didn’t provide any details about the accident itself — or where it occurred — he let fans know that while he wasn’t badly injured, one of his friends was. “One of my buds got hurt bad but thankfully will recover after many surgeries. Others were shaken up obviously. I’m fine physically for most part,” he wrote. He continued, “Anyways, hope y’all had a great 4th and be safe out there. Just got my phone back, so sorry for no responses for a couple days. Say a couple prayers for my bud when u get a chance,” he concluded, adding the praying hands emoji. A post shared by Josh Allan Murray (@joshmurray11) It’s unclear where Murray and his friends were when the car they were riding in was struck by a drunk driver. According to his Instagram, however, Murray calls Atlanta, Georgia, home. He owns an F45 gym in a shopping area called “Buckhead.” Murray has taken a break from reality television in recent years. He last appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” back in 2016, where he met and fell in love with Amanda Stanton. The two tried to work on their relationship after leaving Mexico, but ended up splitting a short while later, according to People magazine. After two failed engagements (he also proposed to Andi Dorfman on her season of “The Bachelorette”), Murray tried his luck on another reality dating show called “Famously Single.” In 2017, he joined the cast of MTV’s “The Challenge,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since then, however, Murray seems to have left his reality television career behind. In December 2019, he chatted with E! News about his experience on the “Bachelor” franchise and how the aftermath sort of left a bad taste in his mouth. “Just all the negativity afterwards, and all the lies, and all the dishonesty, and all the hyperbole and the statements that were out there. It was just very tough dealing with that. I’m a people pleaser, so I enjoy people in general and what happened was very tough on me having to deal with people believing certain things that weren’t true. And I guess I have got to take responsibility because I also put myself in those situations,” he told the outlet. READ NEXT: Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Ben Higgins Admits ‘Breakdown’
‘Bachelorette’ alum Josh Murray and pals hit by a drunk driver
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‘Bachelorette’ Alum Josh Murray Reveals He and His Friends Were ‘Hit by a Drunk Driver’
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 20 /94 

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Some of Fiji's Olympians Taking Freight Flight With Frozen Fish to Get to Tokyo
(2.04/17)

Various members of Fiji's Olympic team will take a freight flight to Tokyo as COVID-19 restrictions have caused commercial flights to and from Pacific countries to dwindle. Lorraine Mar, the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee chief executive, said that making travel arrangements for the Fiji athletes was a "logistical challenge." About 51 athletes and officials, consisting mainly of the men's and women's rugby sevens team, will be on Thursday's flight, Mar said. The two teams were recently in Australia, where the men's team won the Oceania Sevens title in Queensland two weeks ago, and were expected to travel directly to Tokyo from there. However, newly enacted COVID-19 regulations in Asia forced the teams to alter their travel arrangements. Apart from the sevens teams, the Fiji team includes one track and field athlete, two swimmers, a female table tennis player and a judo competitor who currently is based in Japan. Mar said dealing with athletes' departures from Japan also is a challenge. The IOC requires athletes to vacate the Olympic village within 48 hours of the conclusion of their events. Fiji has a flight booked from Tokyo to Nadi on July 29, after the sevens tournament has concluded and which could also carry other athletes who have been eliminated or have finished competing. Another flight is booked on Aug.10. Mar hopes the IOC will grant dispensation for athletes who are unable to immediately obtain flights home to remain in the village until travel is available. Among other Pacific Island nations, Samoa has already withdrawn its three-member weightlifting team from the games because all are based in Samoa and the Samoan government is concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. Eight Samoan athletes who are based overseas will still compete. They comprise two boxers based in Australia, four sailors and canoeists based in New Zealand, a track athlete based in the United States and a judoka based in Japan. Tonga will send six competitors, all but two of whom are based overseas. They include Pita Taufatofua—the "naked Tongan"—who was a bare-chested sensation when he carried the Tongan flag in the opening ceremony of the Rio games. Taufatofua, who will compete in taekwondo in Tokyo, also represented Tonga in cross-country skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang,South Korea.
Olympic travel a big challenge for some Pacific Island teams
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Olympic travel a big challenge for some Pacific Island teams
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This version of Luke Voit is Yankees’ best hope
(1.04/17)

If the Yankees’ offense is ever going to reach its potential this season, Luke Voit will have to start hitting like Luke Voit. Sidelined by a torn meniscus in his left knee that led to surgery in spring training, then a right oblique strain that landed him back on the IL again, Voit has hardly looked like the player that led the majors in home runs last season upon his return. But in Tuesday’s 12-1 rout over the Mariners, Voit had a career-high five hits. What pleased the first baseman and manager Aaron Boone just as much was the fact that three of the hits went to the opposite field — including an eighth-inning double. “I’m finally hitting the ball over to right field,’’ Voit said after the game. “He’s not just adding the length, he did a good job using the whole field,’’ Boone added. “He hadn’t used right field [recently].” It’s something he’s done less this year than at any other point in his career. Both Boone and Voit noted for him to be successful, he can’t get pull-happy. After producing well initially after his return from the oblique strain, Voit went through a 2-for-24 skid with just one extra-base hit from June 26 to July 3. And he entered Wednesday’s game still not having homered since June 25. “It’s been pretty frustrating,’’ Voit said. “I felt like I was 0-2 going up to the plate sometimes.” The lack of home runs has been especially noticeable. His home run/fly ball rate has gone from 34.9 percent a season ago to 13 percent this season, according to Fangraphs. And Voit has made less hard contact than at any point of his career. Perhaps some of that is due to the fact he hasn’t played in long stretches yet this year. He also might be a victim of the new ball. Voit has acknowledged several times this season he’s tried to make up for lost time and gotten away from his approach at the plate, which has cost him. “I’m not just a power hitter,’’ Voit said. “I need to take my hits. I was pulling off balls. I need to get back to what I was doing last year.” He hit balls hard consistently Tuesday at T-Mobile Park, but one of the problems Voit has faced this season — along with plenty of other Yankee hitters — is hitting more ground balls than usual.
Stanton’s homer starts barrage, Yankees thump Mariners 12-1
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6 months after Capitol assault, DC still needs statehood
(1.02/17)

Six months have passed since the Capitol insurrection. In that time, members of Congress sought to create a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the attack, but they were stymied by the Senate filibuster. Despite that, a House select committee is poised to look into the insurrection, and we must take steps to ensure nothing like it ever happens again. The first action, to fence the Capitol, may have been necessary for a brief period of time, but I’m glad to see much of the fencing has come down. A walled-off Capitol is not how things should be. It is the people’s place and should have only what is necessary for security. During my three terms in the Senate, the Capitol and adjacent office buildings were open to the American people, so anyone could come see me and my staff about their concerns. I loved seeing D. C. families sled down the Capitol lawn each winter when so many of us were away from our families. The second action, bringing to justice those who committed crimes, has proceeded, with more than 500 people arrested or charged so far. That is crucial, not just to hold the rioters accountable but also because sensitive materials, including laptops, were stolen from Capitol offices. A third action is to monitor online planning of violent actions. This is a different challenge from what we faced when I chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it’s essential to stave off further violence. Lastly, the Jan.6 attack reiterated the importance of statehood for Washington, D. C. The District of Columbia reached a less-recognized but crucial milestone on April 22, when the House voted for D. C. statehood. Washington is best known as the nation’s capital, but it is mostly residential and has a long-standing and vibrant community of 700,000 people — more than Vermont or Wyoming. Residents pay federal and local taxes, register for the draft, serve on juries and have all the duties of other citizens. D. C. also has a large share of residents who serve in the military and is home to 32,000 veterans. But they have no voting representation in the House or Senate, so their license plates read “taxation without representation.” D. C.’s second-class status means it does not control its own national guard. So on Jan.6, when it became clear the Capitol Police would need help, D. C.’s mayor lacked the authority to order D. C.’s National Guard into action. Instead, the request for support was delayed while awaiting approval from Pentagon officials. Once the Capitol was finally secure later that day, D. C. residents, who did not incite the riots, were subjected to a curfew. Congress then debated accountability for the Jan.6 riot and subsequent impeachment, but D. C. residents — including those in the Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, and D. C. National Guard — had no say because they have no representation in the Congress some of them had defended. The D. C. statehood bill got a hearing last month at the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Michigan’s Gary Peters and on which my own Arizona senator, Kyrsten Sinema, serves. My former colleague Joe Lieberman, a strong supporter of Republicans such as John McCain and Susan Collins, made an impassioned plea to the committee to grant equal rights to D. C. residents through statehood. The last time the Senate voted on granting equal representation to D. C. was in 1978, when Barry Goldwater and I represented Arizona, and both of us supported the legislation. Eighteen other Senate Republicans joined Goldwater in voting for the bill. This was consistent with historical Republican support for local self-government and equal rights under the law. President Dwight Eisenhower argued in his 1954 State of the Union address, “In the District of Columbia, the time is long overdue for granting national suffrage to its citizens.” President Richard Nixon told Americans in 1969, “It should offend the democratic senses of this nation that the… citizens of its capital … have no voice in the Congress.” Despite opposition from current Republican leadership, supporting full voting rights and representation for 700,000 of our fellow Americans is clearly the right thing to do. As a Democrat, I have crossed party lines to back Republicans several times because I felt that, on the merits, those were the right votes for our country at the moment. Equality for D. C. residents, on the merits, should have bipartisan support as it has received in the past. As state legislatures pass voter suppression laws, I hope our senators realize that the right to vote and be represented is sacrosanct, and Americans should not forfeit it just because they live in our capital. Dennis DeConcini represented Arizona in the Senate as a Democrat from 1977 to 1995. He chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee from 1993 to 1995.
Hunt for Capitol attackers still on 6 months after Jan.6
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Banned at Olympics, Caps for Black Swimmers Get One OK
(1.02/17)

(Newser) – The International Swimming Federation says it's reviewing its decision to ban from competition a swimming cap designed to accommodate natural Black hair after critics claimed the move was another barrier to minority ethnic athletes. FINA initially said it wasn't aware of any need for the Soul Cap—which does not "follow the natural form of the head," as required in its rules for swimwear —at international competitions, including the Olympics. "Understanding the importance of inclusivity and representation," it now says it will review that stance. "FINA appreciates the efforts of 'Soul Cap' and other suppliers to ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy the water" and is "committed to ensuring that all aquatics athletes have access to appropriate swimwear for competition where this swimwear does not confer a competitive advantage," reads a Friday statement, per NPR. Alice Dearing, the first female Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Tokyo and a Soul Cap ambassador, predicts "a happy ending," per Sky Sports. "I don't want little Black girls and little Black boys to look at elite swimming and think it is not open to them" but "I really hope that with it being under review that some agreement will come about," says the Black Swimming Association co-founder. It's unclear if FINA will rule before Dearing competes in the 10-kilometer open water marathon in Tokyo. The body said it would speak with Soul Cap's manufacturer about using the caps at its development centers. It noted the caps are allowed in recreational and teaching environments. Noting the caps "can reduce barriers to the sport for under-represented groups, including Black people," Swim England is allowing them at domestic competitions, per the Independent. (Read more swimming stories.)
Olympic swimming faces racism charges after afro swimming cap banned
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Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations says sudden death of goalie has ‘far-reaching effects’
(1.01/17)

Matiss Kivlenieks traveled to Michigan with teammate and close friend Elvis Merzlikins for the wedding of the daughter of Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender coach Manny Legace and a Fourth of July celebration. The festive weekend ended in tragedy Sunday night when the 24-year-old goaltender from Latvia, who was spending the summer in the United States, was killed in a freak fireworks accident at Legace’s house in Novi, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit. Now the organization for which he played since his professional career began in 2017 is in mourning, working with his family in Latvia to arrange memorial services and making mental health counselors available for those who need it, said John Davidson, the Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations. “This has far-reaching effects,” Davidson said Wednesday. “This was Manny’s daughter’s wedding, and all those people were there and this tragedy happened. We’ve got to deal with it, we’ve got to deal with it in the right way, which I’m very confident we are.” Kivlenieks was fatally injured when a he was hit in the chest with an errant firework while trying to get out of a hot tub, police said. A mortar tube tipped and angled toward Kivlenieks, who had been in the hot tub near a swimming pool. The blast hit him in the chest, police said. The investigation is still being conducted and police have not yet issued a report or said who was in charge of setting off the fireworks. A coroner ruled that Kivlenieks’ death resulted from the fireworks blast. Initial reports said he fell and hit his head while trying to exit the hot tub. Davidson said this has been especially difficult for Merzlikins – who is also Latvian – and his wife, Aleksandra. “They were Kivi’s closest friends, and they were with him that night,” Davidson said. “This is a devastating loss for them and for all us, one that will always be with us.” Legace, a 48-year-old former NHL goalie who played mostly for the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues in his 11-year career, coached Kivlenieks for his entire professional career. The young player from Riga signed with Columbus as an undrafted free agent on May 25, 2017. Kivlenieks played in 85 games for the Cleveland Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, and in eight games for the Blue Jackets in the past two seasons. He was considered the No.3 Blue Jackets goaltender and a candidate to be No.2 if Joonas Korpisalo or Merzlikins is traded, which is widely expected. “I think our players who played with him said it the best, that he always came to the rink with a smile on his face and a great positive attitude,” Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. “We’d watched him play in the (United States Hockey League) and thought greatly of his potential, and a big part of that was his attitude.” Davidson was hired by the Blue Jackets as president of hockey operations in 2012. He spent the last two years in the same position for the New York Rangers before being fired and then hired back by Columbus. He recalls meeting a wide-eyed Kivlenieks four years ago when the goalie was signed, then watching him come of age in a win over Davidson’s Rangers at Madison Square Garden. With Blue Jackets goalies nursing injuries, Kivlenieks made his NHL debut on Jan.19,2020. He stopped 31 of 32 shots to beat the Rangers 2-1. “It was a special interest to watch the young man play,” said Davidson, a former goalie. “He passed, he passed the test in a tough building, one of the great buildings in the world for sports. And that’s something that’s on his resume forever.” Comments are not available on this story. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous
Davidson: Sudden death of goalie has "far-reaching effects"
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Follow These 7 Olympic Athletes On TikTok For Inside Looks At The Games
(1.01/17)

Social Media MyKayla Skinner and Alex Morgan are showing off their moves on the video-sharing app. It might be 2021, but the Tokyo Olympics that were supposed to be in 2020 are about to begin. From July 23 through Aug.8, some of the top athletes in the world will compete for about 5,000 medals across 33 sports. If you’re looking to get hyped about the games, finding Olympic athletes to follow on TikTok can help pump you up. Even if you’re not generally into sportsball, the Olympics often has a kind of irresistible allure. Some of that comes from the fact that the games only happen every four years (plus, it’s been five years now, because of the pandemic). Another pull of the summer Olympics is just how many different sports it offers. The 2021 Olympics are going to feature everything from the classics — think swimming, gymnastics, and tennis — and some newbies, like surfing, skateboarding, and karate. As thousands of athletes head out to Japan to compete, you can grab yourself a part of the action on TikTok. Whether you’re wondering why Olympic divers don’t get dizzy while they’re flipping over and over in the air, or want to know what TikTok-viral dance moves Olympians are obsessed with, these seven Olympic athlete TikTok accounts will have something for you. Just because you're an Olympian doesn't mean your TikTok has to be all about the game. Basketball player A'ja Wilson's TikTok features her catching up on her dance moves and having fun with TikTok memes and challenges. Not many of Team USA’s famed Women’s Gymnastics team is on TikTok, but MyKayla Skinner, who’s headed to the Olympics for the second time, serves up all the mat content you need to get excited for the Games. Ever watched pro divers flip over and over and over in the air and wonder how they don’t get sick from dizziness? Olympic diver Sam Fricker’s TikTok doesn’t have an answer for you — but he is open to fielding your questions. Need a dash of inspiration for your next sprinting workout? Watching Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse fly across your feed can give you everything you need to get you ready to run. You can get your fill of a range of content — from sports to cute babies — on soccer player Alex Morgan's TikTok. You'll learn on her feed that fancy footwork and apple sauce definitely go together. Whether you want to watch him dive or see him and his friends hang Christmas lights, you can check out diver Jordan Windle’s TikTok for laughs and swimspiration. There aren't exactly a lot of videos on Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky's TikTok — but the vid that exists is a real charmer. You'll learn how to balance a glass of chocolate milk on your head while swimming a full lap in the pool. According to Ledecky, step two involves a very simple direction: "don't spill."
Sky get refocused with one game to go before Olympic break
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Formula 1 driver Carlos Reutemann dies at age 79
(1.01/17)

Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann, who won 12 Formula 1 races, died on Wednesday at the age of 79. He made his debut in the sport in 1972 and raced until 1982 for Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams. He was on the podium 45 times and registered six pole positions. Reutemann was the title runner-up in 1981, finishing one point behind Brazilian Nelson Piquet. “Daddy went in peace and dignity after fighting like a champion, with a noble and strong heart that followed him to the end,” his daughter Cora Reutemann said. The former driver, who also had a career in politics, was hospitalized last month with digestive problems. His health started to deteriorate in 2017 after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Reutemann was twice elected governor of his province of Santa Fe, and since 2003 he sat in the country’s Senate.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Carlos Reutemann dies, aged 79
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Sports Digest: Belgian rider wins Mont Ventoux stage at Tour de France
(1.01/17)

Wout van Aert of Belgium twice conquered the daunting and grueling Mont Ventoux to win the prestigious Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Van Aert was part of a breakaway that formed in the early stages of the nearly 200-kilometers trek in southern France featuring an unprecedented double climb of the iconic mountain known as the “Giant of Provence.” Race leader Tadej Pogacar was fourth, one minute and 38 seconds behind, and kept the yellow jersey. The defending champion was briefly dropped by Jonas Vingegaard near the summit on the second ascent of the iconic mountain but erased the 38-second deficit in the downhill run to the finish. Pogacar has an overall lead of five minutes and 18 seconds over Rigoberto Uran, with Vingegaard in third place,5:32 off the pace. Brown is the third new assistant added to Coach Dallas Eakins’ staff during the offseason. Brown spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the Vancouver Canucks, where he was in charge of the team’s power play. He and fellow new assistant Geoff Ward likely will be asked to fix the Ducks’ power play, which was the worst unit in modern NHL history last season, scoring on just 8.9% of its chances. Brown was an assistant with the then-Mighty Ducks from 1998-2000 and again from 2005-10. He was part of Randy Carlyle’s staff in 2007 when the Ducks won their only Stanley Cup. Brown spent two stints as an assistant with the Canucks, including a role on their back-to-back President’s Trophy winners in 2011 and 2012. Anaheim hired veteran coaches Ward and Mike Stothers last month as new assistants to Eakins after the Ducks (17-30-9) finished with the worst record by points percentage in franchise history and the second-worst mark in the NHL. The pandemic-delayed Olympics open in just over two weeks on July 23. IOC President Thomas Bach is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo on Thursday, when he will be greeted by the rising cases as he self-isolates for three days in the International Olympic Committee’s five-star hotel in the capital. A new state of emergency could lead to a ban even on local fans. That decision on fans is expected Friday when local organizers meet with the IOC and others. The present quasi-state of emergency ends Sunday. Tokyo reported 920 new cases on Wednesday, up from 714 last Wednesday. It is the highest total since 1,010 were reported on May 13. He made his debut in the sport in 1972 and raced until 1982 for Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams. He was on the podium 45 times and registered six pole positions. Reutemann was the title runner-up in 1981, finishing one point behind Brazilian Nelson Piquet. He was hospitalized last month because of digestive problems. His health started to deteriorate in 2017 after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Comments are not available on this story. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous Next »
Tony Martin crashes out during Tour de France Ventoux stage
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Ducks add Newell Brown as assistant coach, his third stint with the team
(1.01/17)

Newell Brown rejoined the Ducks coaching staff Wednesday, beginning his third stint as an assistant coach with the team. He was an assistant to Craig Hartsburg from 1998-2000, and he also served on Randy Carlyle’s staff from 2005-10, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. Brown spent the past four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and his duties included overseeing their power play units. Vancouver had the NHL’s fourth-best power play in 2019-20, but slipped to 25th this past season. The Ducks’ 8.9 percent on the power play in 2020-21 was the worst in league history. In addition to the Ducks and Canucks, Brown also has been an assistant with the Arizona Coyotes (2013-17), the Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-04) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1996-98). He was on Alain Vigneault’s staff from 2010-13, his first stint with the Canucks. The Ducks hired Geoff Ward and Mike Stothers last month. The addition of Brown completed an assistant coaching shakeup on Dallas Eakins’ staff. Darryl Sutter, Mark Morrison and Marty Wilford were Eakins’ assistants the past two seasons.
Newell Brown joins Ducks for 3rd stint as assistant coach
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BYU will be well-represented at U. S. Senior Open this week with 4 former Cougars in the field
(1.01/17)

Former Masters champion Mike Weir is a legitimate contender to win his second event as a member of PGA Tour Champions, former pro Eric Rustand just wants to make the cut as a weekend-playing amateur and first-time qualifier, and Sandy’s Steve Schneiter hopes to keep his momentum going after severely slicing the index finger on his right hand in a 2018 accident. Steve Schneiter — 6:25 a.m. (10th tee) Stan Souza — 8 a.m. (10th tee) Mike Weir — 12:58 p.m. (10th tee) Eric Rustand — 1:30 p.m. (10th tee) Note: Listed tee times are MDT Meanwhile, the fourth former BYU golfer who will tee it up at the U. S. Senior Open this week in Omaha, Nebraska, just hopes to survive. Stan Souza, a 66-year-old Hawaiian who played for famed BYU golf coach Karl Tucker from 1974-78, is not looking forward to walking the course, which is required at all USGA events unless one has a medical exemption. The major championship for golfers 50 and older will be played Thursday through Sunday at the par-70 Omaha Country Club, which measures at 6,891 yards. “It is getting harder and harder every year,” said Souza, who also qualified in 2018. “The older I get, the harder and harder it gets.… This is probably the hilliest golf course I have ever seen in my life. So it is a really tough test of golf. It is survival out there.” Related Throw in the heat and humidity, and Souza is happy that he’s been training and preparing for this week for quite a while. “You have to walk, and trust me, it is tough,” he said. “You see everybody out there huffing and puffing, and saying, ‘Oh my.’ And the rough is ridiculous. It is a U. S. Open, so they make it hard. There is a premium on driving, and of course the greens are very undulating.” Souza was a little more than four months removed from hip surgery when he played in 2018, and wasn’t at his best. He did make a hole-in-one on the fourth hole of his first round at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I am really looking forward to playing this week,” he told the Deseret News, having qualified with a 69 in Hawaii. Scott Brandt of St. George was the first alternate with a 71 and former BYU golfers Jimmy Blair (72) and Dean Wilson (72) tied for third. Souza, Weir and Rustand were planning to play a practice round together on Wednesday, but practice rounds “got messed up” by the weather, Souza said. A golf equipment and apparel rep for 22 years, Souza now works for Hilton Grand Vacations and hones his game at Wai’alae Country Club on Oahu. Souza played in the same era as Pat McGowan, Jim Nelford, Mike Reid and Blair and remembers a fun game in which the golfers, most of whom were roommates, would make the golfer with the highest round in a particular tournament eat an entire green bell pepper. “And let me tell ya, it was torture,” he said. “We all hated green bell peppers. Whoever had to eat it, they were in tears. And so I ate it once, and I said, ‘never again.’” “Those were fun times that we had,” Souza said. “We just had a really good bunch of guys.” Another 66-year-old, former BYU golfer almost made it five Cougars in the 156-player field, but Orem’s Mike Reid was the seventh alternate as of Monday and unlikely to get in. Reid shot an even-par 72 to finish as the first alternate at the Colorado-based qualifier where Schneiter qualified with a 71. “Former Cougars are out here representing,” said Rustand,52, a reinstated amateur who tied for medalist honors in the qualifying at Phoenix’s Arizona Country Club with a 3-under-par 69. Rustand, the older brother by 11 years of former Utah Valley University golf coach Clark Rustand, attributes that impressive number to legendary BYU golf coach Karl Tucker, who coached the Cougars to a national championship in 1981 and died in 2010. “Coach Tucker recruited a lot of great players. He was a great coach. He was never a technical golf coach. But he taught you a lot about life and a lot about competition and prepared you for life,” Rustand said. “You have got a lot of guys who took the game very seriously, and thought of BYU as a great place to be able to hone their skills and potentially make the jump to the professional ranks.” Of course, Weir is the most accomplished of the former BYU greats in the field, and is looking for a second title since turning 50 last year. Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, won the Insperity Invitational on May 2 at The Woodlands, Texas, in a tournament reduced to 36 holes by heavy rain earlier in the week. Weir is paired the first two days with fellow pros Alex Cejka of Germany and Jim Furyk, who is also playing in his first U. S. Senior Open.Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. Steve Stricker won the 2019 USSO by six strokes. Schneiter,57, played for the Cougars from 1985-87 out of Jordan High and is making his third trip to the U. S. Senior Open. “It’s wonderful,” Schneiter told Gary Baines of the Colorado Golf Association. “There’s nothing like playing in a major — whether it is a senior major or a regular major.” Schneiter was operating a sand spreader at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Sandy, the course his family owns, when he got distracted while cleaning it out and flicked some sand and ended up cutting his finger down to the bone, severing all the tendons. Related As for Rustand, who played for BYU from 1987-88 and from 1991-94, he arrived in Omaha on Saturday had played the course a couple times. “It is an unbelievable golf course, and very challenging, and a tremendously difficult walk,” he said. An All-American in 1994 at BYU, Rustand played on the Asian PGA Tour from 1994 to 2001. He played in four PGA Tour events, and recorded a T-7 at the Tucson Open in 1999, fitting since that’s his hometown. He regained his amateur status in 2006 and has played in two Mid-Amateurs and three U. S. Amateur Four-Ball events with his brother, Clark. “I mean, my legitimate goal for this week is to try to make the cut,” Rustand said. “There are all kinds of dreams and aspirations of finishing higher than that, but just the difficulty of the golf course is different than what I have played in amateur golf for the last 20 years. It is a fantastic test.” Rustand missed a family reunion of 107 people in Prescott, Arizona, to play in the tournament, but his father, Loren, his wife, Tina, and sons Austin and Jackson made the trip to Omaha. Tina was on the bag when Rustand was a pro. Now, Austin and Jackson will take that honor. His favorite memory at BYU doesn’t involve green peppers. Rather, he recalls a stacked-field tournament in Fresno in which Weir made a birdie on the final hole to give the Cougars the team win. “It was in a tournament that we weren’t the favorites to win,” he said. “That was pretty special and ranks right up there.” Get the inside scoop on your favorite team in this email for true Cougar fans. Check your inbox for a welcome email. Start your day with the top stories you missed while you were sleeping. Check your inbox for a welcome email.
Cejka seeks 3rd major at US Senior Open; Els, Furyk in field
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Ariana Grande and Ty Dolla $ign Team Up For a Sultry Performance of "Safety Net"
(1.01/17)

Ariana Grande 's Vevo performances are the gift that keeps on giving. After dropping a stripped down version of "POV" back in June, the 28-year-old teamed up with Ty Dolla $ign for a sultry performance of their duet "Safety Net" on July 7. Both performances feature the singer on a stage surrounded by flowers under a purple spotlight. Grande performed alongside The Weeknd at this year's iHeartRadio Music Awards and she parodied Hairspray with James Corden on The Late Show, but her "POV" performance marked her first solo one since she tied the knot with Dalton Gomez in May. Grande has partnered with Vevo to release live performance videos with songs from her Positions album, so there's definitely more to come. We're hoping she and The Weeknd reunite for a rendition of "Off the Table" next! Fingers crossed!
Ariana Grande And Ty Dolla Sign Hype ‘Safety Net’ With A Live Performance Video
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How Big Business Uses Big Government To Kill Competition
(1.01/17)

Politicians say they pass laws to "protect Americans from big business." People like hearing that. Many don't like big business. Unfortunately, most people don't realize that those laws often help big business while hurting consumers. "Big business and big government are not enemies like a lot of people think they are," says American Enterprise Institute fellow Tim Carney in my new video . "When government gets bigger, whether it's through spending or taxes or regulation, the big guys, big business benefits." Consider the $15 minimum wage. People think of that law as pro-worker. But big companies like Walmart, Costco, and Amazon lobby in favor of it. Why? Because big business can afford robots. Their competitors often cannot. "Capitalism is a cutthroat thing," says Carney. "But this isn't capitalism. When you turn to government to regulate your competitors out of business, that's where we need to say this is wrong." "Maybe you're too cynical," I suggest. "Maybe [Amazon founder Jeff] Bezos really just does want people to be paid more." "If Jeff Bezos wants people to be paid more," Carney responds, "he can pay people more! But what Bezos is trying to do is outlaw competing business practices." He's not alone. When the big toymaker Mattel was caught selling toys that contained lead, its lobbyists got Congress to force all toymakers to do expensive lead testing. That sounds like they just want to protect children, I tell Carney. "If you're trying to test 1,000 Barbie dolls," he replies, "that might be fairly efficient. But if you are a grandpa making little wooden handmade toys, you'd have to hire some third-party tester. That could cost you $1,000, and you're not going to sell your wooden toy for $1,000. It effectively outlawed handmade toys." After small toymakers screamed about that, Congress exempted toymakers that make fewer than 7,500 toys per year. So small toymakers must stay small. "Maybe what [Mattel] did," says Carney, "is say, 'This is our opportunity through regulation to kill some of our competitors!'" Facebook tries to do that, too. At an international conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said, "We don't want private companies making so many decisions about how to balance social equities without a more democratic process." In other words: "Government, please regulate all of us." That sounds noble. Carney points out the catch. "He's calling for a mandate that platforms impose some sort of artificial intelligence to weed out misinformation or hate speech. Facebook can afford that, but Zuckerberg's smaller competitors [like Odysee, Rumble, Parler]…would struggle to pay the thousands of content moderators and the expensive artificial intelligence that Congress may require. New social media sites may never even start." That last sentence is a key point that we often miss. "Regulation doesn't just kill existing businesses," says Carney. "It keeps new businesses from ever entering." Big business has always pushed for regulation. More than 100 years ago, Henry Heinz, founder of Heinz Ketchup, started using refrigerated rail cars because, says Carney, "he could get fresher tomatoes, and therefore he could make a ketchup that didn't rely on sodium benzoate as an artificial preservative." "Everybody loved Heinz ketchup, and it rose up to be about half of the market," Carney continues. "But sometimes people who are half of the market want to be all the market. So Heinz himself started lobbying to outlaw sodium benzoate." Sodium benzoate is a preservative that Heinz's competitors used. Heinz claimed it wasn't safe, but it is safe. It's still used in Sprite, Jell-O Kool-Aid Gels, and other foods. Henry Heinz almost got those products banned, says Carney. "He almost got Teddy Roosevelt on board, which would have outlawed all of his competition. Sometimes businessmen hate nothing more than competition." Not "sometimes." Usually. Almost all businesses hate competition. But competition is what helps us consumers most. When big government colludes with big business to kill competition, we all pay the price. COPYRIGHT 2021 BY JFS PRODUCTIONS INC.
Big business loves big government
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Myers, Machado lead Padres to 7-4 win against Nationals
(1.01/17)

A night after hitting a home run clocked at 116 mph, All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres showed off his cannon arm. Tatis, voted to start in the All-Star Game next week in Denver, nailed Starlin Castro at the plate in the second inning on a relay throw that was clocked at 96 mph, the defensive highlight of a night that otherwise belonged to San Diego's offense in a 7-4 win against the Nationals. Wil Myers hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs, and Manny Machado celebrated his 29th birthday with three hits and three runs. Castro tried to score on Yan Gomes’ double into the left-field corner. Jurickson Profar fielded the ball and threw to Tatis, who was set up on the line on the outfield grass and fired a one-hopper to Victor Caratini to get Castro. "The big thing about those is they're such momentum plays, and they can shift one way or the other," manager Jayce Tingler said. "For us to execute that right — Profar gets to it, gets it to Tatis and throws a very good long hop in where Victor can handle it and tag, and it just swings momentum." Tingler said it also gave rookie left-hander Ryan Weathers "confidence to get right back in the zone and get going. It's nice to see everyone pick everyone up. We needed that today." Castro tried to score on Yan Gomes’ double into the left-field corner. Jurickson Profar fielded the ball and threw to Tatis, who was set up on the line on the outfield grass and fired a one-hopper to Victor Caratini to get Castro. "Obviously that's a game-changer," Weathers said. "It's nice getting an out any way you can and an out like that is pretty cool. I was backing up so I got to see the whole thing happen." Asked to guess the speed of Tatis' throw, Weathers said: "Hard." Myers homered to right-center off Erick Fedde (4-5) for a 3-0 lead with no outs in the fourth inning. It was his 10th. Machado was aboard on a leadoff double and Eric Hosmer on a single. "The right-center home run was big," the right-handed Myers said. "That's definitely something that is a key for me when I'm going well, that's what I'm doing." Josh Harrison tied it with a three-run homer to straightaway center field off Weathers with no outs in the fifth, his fifth. Starlin Castro was aboard on a leadoff single and Yan Gomes on a double. The Padres chased Fedde in the three-run fifth. Trent Grisham hit a leadoff single and All-Star Jake Cronenworth walked with one out. Machado singled in Grisham and that was it for Fedde. Sam Clay came on and allowed Eric Hosmer's RBI single and Myers' sacrifice fly. Machado doubled with one out in the seventh and scored on Myers' double. Weathers (4-2) was trying to go six innings for the first time but got the hook after allowing All-Star Juan Soto's solo homer with one out in the sixth that cut the Padres' lead to 6-4. Weathers allowed four runs and seven hits, struck out two and walked none. All-Star Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances. LHP Patrick Corbin (5-7,5.56 ERA) of the Nationals and RHP Chris Paddack (4-5,4.56) of the Padres are scheduled to start Wednesday night in the third game of the four-game series.
Myers, Machado lead Padres to 7-4 win against Nationals
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NBA’s Mills to be one of Australia’s Olympic flag bearers
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SYDNEY (AP) — San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and swimmer Cate Campbell were named Wednesday as flag bearers for the Australian Olympic team at the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Games. Mills becomes the first Indigenous Australian to carry the flag at an opening ceremony. He is also the third basketball player to be an Australian flag bearer, joining Lauren Jackson at London in 2012 and Andrew Gaze at Sydney in 2000. “As a proud Kokatha, Naghiralgal and Dauareb-Meriam man it’s incredible,” Mills said. “A very passionate moment I can feel in my bones. As the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag bearer my connection between our country — the land, the sky, the sea, our culture, our history and this particular moment runs extremely deep.” The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23. ___ More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/olympic-games and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
Patty Mills, Cate Campbell Australia flag bearers for Tokyo Olympics
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Ohtani hurls 7 innings, hits RBI double, Halos top BoSox 5-3
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Boston manager Alex Cora remembers marveling at Shohei Ohtani’s raw pitching talent when the Red Sox visited Anaheim in 2018. He also recalls the Red Sox chased the Angels rookie after just two innings. Ohtani’s pitches are still incredible three years later, but Cora saw them coming from a fully formed big-league starter Tuesday night. “Yeah, he threw hard, all that, but he pitched today,” Cora said. “You see him out there now, and he knows what he’s doing. It’s amazing what he’s doing. Unreal.” That’s foreboding for the rest of baseball, and it was bad news for the AL-leading Red Sox. Ohtani pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and hit an early RBI double, leading Los Angeles to a 5-3 victory over Boston. The Angels’ two-way star yielded two runs and struck out four, winning his matchup with fellow All-Star Nathan Eovaldi in their final mound starts before next week’s game in Denver. Ohtani (4-1) didn’t walk a batter in a strong rebound start after a terrible outing last week at Yankee Stadium, where he walked four in the first inning. “I felt like I had good rhythm, good mechanics,” Ohtani said through his translator. “It was a lot different from my last start.… I’m a student of the game, and this is my fourth year, so I do feel like I need to grow every year, and I think I’ve been able to do that.” Although he went 1 for 4 at the plate and failed to homer for the second straight game after hitting 14 in his previous 17 games, Ohtani still cracked a double in the first inning that drove in the Angels’ first run. He has a 1.054 OPS to go with his 3.49 ERA roughly halfway through the season. “We all romanticize what it would have been like to watch Babe Ruth play,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “You hear this stuff, and it’s a larger-than-life thought or concept. Now we’re living it. So don’t underestimate what we’re seeing. We always romanticize the past, and sometimes you miss what’s going on right in front of your very eyes.” Ohtani looked comfortable again at Angel Stadium, where he has a 1.87 ERA in eight starts. He pitched steadily into the late innings and had several moments of brilliance: In one at-bat against Danny Santana, he followed a 67-mph curveball with a 97-mph fastball. “That’s just not fair,” catcher Max Stassi said. Stassi hit a two-run homer and doubled and singled for the Angels, while David Fletcher went 4 for 4 in their fifth win in six games. Raisel Iglesias gave up Hunter Renfroe’s two-strike, two-out homer in the ninth, but finished strong for his 17th save. J. D. Martinez drove in both of Boston’s runs against Ohtani, but the Red Sox lost for just the second time in 12 games. Eovaldi (9-5) yielded nine hits and five runs while pitching into the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out nine, but the Angels matched the second-highest hit total against Boston’s All-Star selection this season. “The Stassi at-bat where he hit that home run, that’s one I wish I could have back,” Eovaldi said. “We were behind the entire game after that. Their defense had a couple of really nice plays out there. I was able to keep it to soft contact after that, but they just kept finding ways on the basepaths.” Kiké Hernández ripped a double on Ohtani’s third pitch and eventually scored on Martinez’s sacrifice fly. But after Fletcher extended his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games with a double on Eovaldi’s first pitch, Ohtani drove him home with a sharp double to right. Stassi followed two batters later with his sixth homer. Ohtani kept Boston off the board again until the sixth when Connor Wong doubled and scored on Martinez’s single. Eovaldi left after issuing his first two walks in the sixth, and Fletcher beat out an RBI infield single that put Los Angeles up 5-2 before Brandon Workman struck out Ohtani with the bases loaded to end it. BIG SNAG Angels center fielder Juan Lagares ended the sixth inning by robbing Xander Bogaerts of a two-run homer, timing his leap perfectly. The catch was payback for the Angels, who lost a homer to Hernández’s glove on Monday. “Lagares made a great play,” Ohtani said. “I think that was a homer in most ballparks.” FLETCH PART 20 Fletcher’s hitting streak is the longest in the AL this season and the longest for the Angels since Kendrys Morales also got a hit in 20 straight in 2009. TRAINER’S ROOM Red Sox: OF Marwin González was out with right hamstring tightness after getting hurt while running the bases Monday. He’s not likely to play again until Friday, manager Alex Cora said.… LHP Chris Sale threw live batting practice Monday, Cora said. The seven-time All-Star likely will throw one more simulated game Saturday in Fort Myers before taking a minor league rehab assignment. Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon went on the 10-day injured list for the third time already this season with a left hamstring problem. The $245 million slugger has six homers, and he will miss 31 of the Angels’ first 89 games. UP NEXT Andrew Heaney (4-6,5.40 ERA) tries to bounce back after posting a 9.64 ERA in his last three starts when he takes the mound for the Halos in the series finale. Boston counters with Eduardo Rodríguez (6-4,5.42), who threw six scoreless innings in Oakland last week. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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NASCAR Teams Embrace Bizarre Paint Schemes at Atlanta
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Getty Denny Hamlin (center) races at Road America. The NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series take on Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10-11. The races will mark the final outings before major renovations change the 1.54-mile oval, and some teams will head onto the racing surface in some wildly fascinating paint schemes. Joe Gibbs Racing, in particular, is highlighting two of its drivers in a unique way. JGR unveiled two special schemes on July 7, which feature Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin and Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton. Both men will head to the track with Offerpad as their main sponsor for the weekend, resulting in bright orange stock cars with white accents. However, the designs feature large photos of the respective drivers on their hoods. Awkward? Nah, it’s #AwesomeDifferent! @dennyhamlin ’s face will be all over his @Offerpad Camry on Sunday 😀 https://t.co/seHrRwR2Ig pic.twitter.com/FXzfWQAuBW Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 7, 2021 Hamlin — or Dragon as he dubbed himself while referencing the movie Step Brothers — will head to Atlanta with two photos of himself on the hood of his No.11 Offerpad Toyota Camry. The two versions of Hamlin look in opposite directions while in front of a cloudy background. Burton — or Nighthawk — opted for three different versions of himself. The center image features a determined NASCAR driver with his fist in the air. The photo on the left shows a contemplative Burton with his chin in his hand. Finally, the right photo features the Xfinity Series driver with a horrified expression on his face. A picture is worth a thousand words. Or at least two, Awesome Different. 😂 #AwesomeDifferent| @Offerpad pic.twitter.com/cXbcjjHeFF — Harrison Burton (@HBurtonRacing) July 7, 2021 The Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart will mark the second consecutive week that a NASCAR driver heads to the track with his own face on his stock car. Bubba Wallace did so on July 4 at Road America. Though he had no choice in the matter. The fans voted on a Dr. Pepper design that featured Wallace on the hood of the No.23 Toyota Camry with a can of soda in hand. The rear of the vehicle had the text “Eat my bubbles.” A few more looks at the new @oscarmayer scheme for Atlanta! pic.twitter.com/cL0ySzEqpC — Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) July 7, 2021 While the two JGR drivers put their faces on their respective stock cars, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman created concerns with a lunch-themed design. The driver of the No.6 will head to AMS with a bright yellow Oscar Mayer scheme. Following the reveal of the design, many members of NASCAR twitter asked a very important question. Does the yellow body resemble the hot dog bun or the mustard? The hood, roof, and trunk area of the No.6 Ford Mustang prominently feature a hot dog with some mustard drizzled on the center. However, the same shade of yellow takes up the bun area of the stock car. Roush Fenway Racing did not provide any answers to the numerous questions. Instead, the race team simply said “yes,” leaving multitudes even more confused about the paint scheme. Of course, some NASCAR fans proclaimed that they knew the reason behind the bright yellow stock car. They explained that the No.6 RFR Ford Mustang bears a striking resemblance to the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the massive hot dog-shaped RV that roams the country. Coming soon to Hotlanta, New Hampfire and Hotkins Glen: the @PilotFlyingJ Spicy Chicken Sandwich No.1 Chevrolet. pic.twitter.com/7pf4Il6zqV — JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) July 5, 2021 Food and beverage companies will take a prominent role during the race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman will drive the No.6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang, but he will not be the only one advertising food. A JR Motorsports driver will also take to the track during the Xfinity Series race with a special spicy theme on the No.1 Chevrolet Camaro. Michael Annett will compete in the Credit Karma Money 250 on July 10 while driving a colorful stock car featuring massive spicy chicken sandwiches. He will partner with sponsor Pilot Flying J to showcase the food item at three different tracks, starting with Atlanta. Similarly, Xfinity driver Joe Graf Jr. will head to AMS with a paint scheme that highlights the act of making delicious food. He will drive the No.07 Chevrolet Camaro with sponsor Z Grills on the side. The primarily black car will include flames, grills, and hunks of tasty meat on the side to make fans hungry during the race. READ NEXT: Post Malone Dons a Firesuit for NASCAR-Themed Video
Atlanta Starting Order Highlights Cup Series Champions
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Here's How Often You Like To Have Sex, Based On Your Zodiac Sign
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A Cancer's sex drive is surprisingly high. If you've ever dated a Scorpio, you probably know that astrological signs can tell you a lot about a person's sex drive. Have you ever wondered about how your sign affects your sex drive? If so, you're in luck. To find out how often each zodiac sign likes to have sex, stay tuned. Not only will learning about the different zodiac signs’ sex drives teach you about yourself, but it can also help you navigate sexual relationships. When it comes to negotiating your sex drive in comparison to a partner, finding a balance is part of maintaining a healthy relationship. According to Dr. Jessica O'Reilly, a sex and relationship expert, "Compatibility isn’t something you find, it’s something you cultivate, so you can make things work even if you experience different levels of sexual desire." O'Reilly also adds that stress levels, medications, menstrual cycles, relationship duration, relationship satisfaction, communication, sleep habits, exercise, fitness, mood, and hormone levels can all affect a person's sex drive. That’s a lot to factor in. "You can be perfectly healthy and want sex once a year, or not at all. On the flip side, you can be perfectly healthy and want sex all the time," she says. Every couple can also become sexually mismatched at some point in time, she adds. Even if you work well together at first, things can shift over time, so she stresses that it’s important to talk about sex with your partner throughout your relationship. Don’t be shy. Communication is key. When it comes down to it, numerous factors can influence your sex drive, and you and your partner's signs could show you a lot about how you work together. An Aquarius sex drive may be completely different than a Pisces sex drive, but understanding where you’re both coming from can help you find the perfect solution for everyone involved. If you want to get a full analysis of your sexual desires, you might also want to consult your full birth chart. Kristina Semos, an astrologer and owner of AstroOils, says that your sex life can come through when you’re looking in your fifth house (your inner child), seventh house (partnerships), and eighth house (transformation) of the 12 houses in astrology as well. That’s why not every Gemini is exactly the same, and why two Capricorns may want to have sex at very different rates. Everyone is unique, but if you wan to see how your sun sign can influence your sex drive, check out the following predictions! Aries are classic fire signs, with maybe the most significant need for sex. In fact, they’re one of the most sexual zodiac signs alongside Taurus and Scorpio. Typical Aries are strong-willed and don't let anyone get in their way. This means that they're interested in hookups that feel good and don't leave them questioning where they stand with someone. This sign knows what they want and how to get there. Taureans are glamorous and magnetic, with a penchant for loyalty. Whether they're coupled up, or have a (few) FWBs, they like their hookups to be on their A-game. If this means they wait all week for a sex-filled weekend, then so be it. Taureans believe that they deserve nothing but the best — and the bedroom is no exception. Astrologer Lisa Stardust even tells Elite Daily, “Tauruses like to feel their partner and connect with them on a deep physical level.” If you’re looking to try something new for your weekend full of sex, you might want to try a few sex positions that Taureans will love. Geminis are tricky to understand, even to themselves. Their sex drives are very atypical, and frequently fluctuate (typical air signs). Geminis could go weeks or even months without sex simply because they're focused on other things or goals. That being said, when they focus on something, they really throw themselves into it. So, if a Gemini has found a partner they work well with, they could easily want to sleep with said person every day. Cancers, by nature, are very loving and caring people. Their “ intimacy and mood is tied in directly with sex,” according to astrologer Cindy Mckean. This means that they can be very giving physically, and love “cuddling, spooning, and rubbing noses.” Because of this, Cancers could be DTF any time and any day when they have the right person, and even interested in multiple rounds. Ahhh... Leos. These folks are effortlessly beautiful, and are fire signs to their core. Much like their gorgeous looks, they also have very determined spirits. If they're in the mood to have sex, they will definitely find a way for it to happen. However, sometimes they can be preoccupied with other goals and responsibilities. They will probably make sure to have weekly sex as long as it doesn't get in the way of their ambition. Virgos are unsung heroes in the bedroom. This is because not only are they consistent with rules, planning and the specifics of life, they also love to prove themselves and their skills. Virgos like sex and they're good at it — like they are at most things. And much like other earth signs, they like showing off how good they are at said things. Virgos work with the partners present in their life, so if their partner is down to clown every day — so are they. However, if they can have sex twice a week, you know they will give it everything they've got. Libras are the most flamboyant babes of the zodiac. Not only are they magnetic and artistic, when they want something they don't hide it. In this vein, Libras love to be appreciated, and they're no stranger to pleasure. They likely masturbate quite often and, if they deem a person appreciative of all they have to offer, will likely invite them into their bed a few times a week. The stereotypes are true: Scorpios are mad sexual. Given the option and an equally matched sexual partner, Scorpios would likely never leave their bedroom, and they probably don't on weekends. During the week Scorpios likely, grudgingly, commit themselves to other priorities out of necessity. But in all likelihood, it's fine to assume that they're interested in sex around the clock. Sagittarians can be wayward individuals. Full of thoughts, independent spirit, and a need to pave the way for themselves — sex isn't a necessity in their daily lives. That being said, when they find someone they are compatible with intellectually, spiritually, and sexually — they will not forgo the chance to have amazing sex. They're an extremely all-or-nothing sign, and whoever is lucky enough to be their partner would tend to agree. Capricorns, a classic earth sign, are very rigid about schedules and rules, and aware of what they should or shouldn't be doing. As a result, things can be challenging for them when it comes to sex because it's often hard for them to be both flexible and meet their high expectations of themselves. Capricorns are interested in sex, and definitely have wants and needs, but getting themselves to loosen up and let people in can be difficult. As a result, they likely schedule frequent masturbation and, when they have a good partner, are likely to plan their sex lives in great detail. Aquarians are challenging to understand at times. As air signs, they often feel a distance from others, and the way to overcome that distance can be a challenge. As a result, it can be hard for Aquarians to have relationships that are in sync romantically, emotionally, physically, and sexually. Aquarians may not have sex super often, but not for lack of wanting. It just takes a concerted effort for them to really feel connected. This could take weeks or months. However when they really feel in tune with someone (even a FWB), all bets are off, and the sex is bound to be great. Pisceans are very protective of their sensitive hearts. When they're in love, they could be down any time. They're creative and emotionally intelligent, and this extends to all areas in life including sex. So this means that their baseline sex drive is decently high, and then if they're truly in sync with someone, the limit does not exist. By knowing both your sign and your partner's sign, you can make sure you maximize your compatibility both inside and outside of the bedroom. Hopefully, whatever your sign, your sex life is exactly the way you want it. And if it's not, maybe the universe has something exciting in store for you. Experts: Dr. Jessica O'Reilly, sex and relationship expert Kristina Semos, astrologer and owner of AstroOils Lisa Stardust, astrologer Cindy Mckean, astrologer Editor's Note: This story has been updated by Elite Daily Staff.
8 Things You Need To Know About The Zodiac Sign Of The Season, Cancer
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Crystal Dunn and USWNT want historic back-to-back World Cup championship and Olympic gold
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US Women's National Team player Crystal Dunn has gained confidence as an outspoken player since their 2019 World Cup win.
Crystal Dunn and USWNT want historic back-to-back World Cup championship and Olympic gold
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Is Football Really 'Coming Home' or Will England Choke Like They Have So Many Times Since 1966?
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The Danes have been getting steadily better after a poor start but England have been consistent throughout and their success has been built around a tight defence, which has not conceded a single goal yet. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have scored three goals each and have been linking up well in attack. The last time England played Denmark in a major tournament - in Niigata, Japan during the 2002 World Cup - they ran out winners 3-0 but lost to Brazil in the next match. Today is the day. Come on England! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 pic.twitter.com/x4lhG92mrp But England's main problem could be a mental block - the team have not reached the final of a major tournament since they won the World Cup in 1966. Here is a reminder of some of those painful matches. England were the holders going into the 1970 World Cup in Mexico but their preparation was impaired when captain Bobby Moore was arrested for stealing a necklace in Colombia, where the team had been undergoing altitude training. Alan Mullery and Martin Peters had put England into a 2-0 lead and it looked like nothing could stop them. But the Germans were determined to avenge their 1966 defeat and came back with goals from Franz Beckenbauer and Uwe Seeler in the second half. The game went into extra time in the searing Mexican heat and in the 108th minute Gerd Muller broke English hearts. After Sir Alf Ramsey retired as manager, England struggled at the international level, failing to qualify for the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, getting knocked out early in 1982 and doing little at the European Championships. But Bobby Robson took over as England manager in 1982 and four years later hopes were high, as a team which included strikers Gary Lineker and Peter Beardsley, midfield star Glenn Hoddle, and legendary goalkeeper Peter Shilton headed off for another World Cup. Mexico hosted the World Cup again that year after Colombia pulled out for financial reasons. Lineker's goals pushed England through to the quarterfinals and, in front of 114,000 people at the Stadio Azteca in Mexico City, they faced Diego Maradona's Argentina. Four years earlier, hundreds of Argentinian soldiers and sailors perished during the Falklands War and the men from Buenos Aires were determined to gain revenge on the football pitch. In the 51st minute Steve Hodge's fluffed clearance looped up in the air and Maradona challenged Shilton for the ball. Seconds later the ball was in the net and despite furious protests, the referee refused to disallow Maradona's notorious "Hand of God" goal. Four minutes later, Maradona danced around half the England team to score a sensational second goal and despite Lineker's late goal it was time for the English to head home. In 1990, England's team relied on Lineker's goals again but also the magisterial talent of midfielder Paul Gascoigne. England overcame Belgium and Cameroon but needed extra time in both matches and were into the semifinals, where they would play their old adversaries West Germany for the right to play Argentina in the final. Andy Brehme put West Germany ahead but Lineker equalised on the hour and then, in extra time, Gascoigne was booked for a foul. The booking meant he would miss the final and he was on the verge of tears. It would become an iconic moment in English football history. The game went to a penalty shootout and the Germans scored four in a row while England left back Stuart Pearce - nicknamed "Psycho" - missed and when Chris Waddle put his over the bar they were out. In 1996, England hosted the European championships and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner composed a catchy song - Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) - which captured the "30 years of hurt" and the endless optimism of England fans. England played well in the tournament - famously dispatching the Dutch 4-1 with a bravura performance - and again reached the semifinals. The opponent would be... Germany, of course. Alan Shearer headed England into an early lead but Stefan Kuntz equalised in the 16th minute. The game went into extra-time and England came agonisingly close to scoring the winner - Darren Anderton hit the post and Gascoigne was a whisker away from converting a cross by Shearer. But it came down to penalties. Germany were again flawless - scoring six in a row - and England also dispatched five without error. Up stepped defender Gareth Southgate and his penalty was saved. Southgate today is the England manager and he mentioned the penalty miss in the run-up to last week's victory over Germany. Portugal were hosts of the European championships in 2004 and in the quarterfinal in Lisbon they faced England. Michael Owen gave England an early lead but with just seven minutes to go Helder Postiga equalised. In the 90th minute Sol Campbell's goal was disallowed for reasons only the Swiss referee could explain. Portugal took the lead in extra-time but Frank Lampard equalised with only five minutes left on the clock. The game went to penalties again and Portugal won it after David Beckham and Darius Vassell missed their kicks. In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England played well under manager Gareth Southgate and made it to the semifinal where only Croatia stood in the way of them reaching their first major final in 52 years. Once again England struck early with a sensational Kieran Trippier free kick after just five minutes. But Ivan Perišić equalised in the 68th minute and as the game went into extra-time England tired and Croatia came on strong. This time England fans were praying for a penalty shootout but it was not to be, with Mario Mandžukić scoring the winner in the 109th minute. Croatia were defeated 4-2 by France in the final while England fans were once again left with a feeling that their team had choked again.
Bring It Home! BoJo Wants UK to Host 2030 World Cup as England Prepares for Match vs Denmark
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Pro golfers and their coaches also went virtual during the pandemic.
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It has been well over a year since Lucas Herbert, the Australian golfer who won the Irish Open last week and is playing in this week’s Scottish Open, hit balls in front of his swing coach, Dominic Azzopardi. With Herbert living in Orlando, Fla., and Azzopardi in Western Australia, traveling has not been possible, particularly with a strict quarantine for people entering Australia. The men went virtual last summer, using the golf teaching app Skillest during the lockdown to film Herbert’s swings, send annotated feedback from coach to player and even have live sessions — albeit early morning for Herbert and late night for Azzopardi. The men, who missed working side-by-side, said the system had worked surprisingly well. “It’s 10:30 p.m. in the evening here, and Lucas is about to go and practice at 8:30 a.m., so the time zones make it so different,” Azzopardi said. “Instead, I wake up and see his swings, view them, draw lines on them and do a voice-over. It’s just been a really easy way to communicate.” And Stephen Ames, who won the Players Championship in 2006 and now plays on the PGA Tour Champions, said that during lockdown at home in Trinidad and Tobago he began scrolling through Instagram like other bored golfers. He landed on an instructor in Canada, Shauheen Nakhjavani, and liked what he was posting. Pretty soon they were mixing in-person and virtual coaching. “It’s not that coaches are hands on,” Ames said. “They’re looking with their eyes. And I realized it was the same with the camera.”
Even Pro Golfers Have Turned to Remote Learning
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Kalei Mau cleared by FIVB to play for Philippines
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The Philippine women’s volleyball team got a timely shot in the arm as it gears up for the Asian Senior’s Women’s Volleyball Championship next month. Kalei Mau, the Filipino-Hawaiian ace, has been cleared by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) to represent the country in international play, the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) said Wednesday. Also, the PNVF announced Brazilian coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito has secured his Philippine visa in Brazil with the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs. “These are a couple of good news for Philippine volleyball. With Coach Jorge flying in soon and Mau already available to play for the country, we can now go on full throttle for the women’s national team training,” said PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara. The FIVB informed the PNVF and USA Volleyball as well as the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation on Tuesday with regard to Mau’s eligibility status. The 6-foot-2 Mau, who is a dual citizen of the Philippines and United States, was supposed to suit up in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, but was disallowed because of her affiliation with USA Volleyball. The 26-year old Mau is currently seeing action in Puerto Rico’s Liga De Voleibol Superior Femenino as an import for Changas de Naranjito. Mau, who played for US NCAA Division I school University of Arizona, first played in the country in the Philippine Superliga in 2018 with United Volleyball Club before moving to F2 Logistics the following year. Since Mau’s mother is a Filipino, she was treated as a local player despite being a member of USA Volleyball. So far, majority of the 16-member national women’s team, also preparing for the 31st Southeast Asian Games to be held in Hanoi in November barring postponement, are already in a bubble training camp at Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena in Laoag City. Under the FIVB Regulations, a player can only be permitted to change federation of origin once and may not revert back to the original federation of origin or to a third federation of origin.
Marañon granted Filipino citizenship, can now play for Azkals
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7 Shows Like ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

Shonda Rhimes’s hit Scandal ran on ABC during many of the same years as How to Get Away with Murder, and the two still work perfectly together. The series is roughly based on George H. W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who served on the series as a co-executive producer. Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, who runs a crisis management firm while she assists at the White House. After serving as a media consultant to the president, Olivia is ready to branch out into her own life, but she can’t seem to clean up the darkness that surrounds her political past. Where to watch Scandal American Crime Story is Ryan Murphy’s glitzy anthology true-crime series, which so far includes The Assassination of Gianni Versace and The People v. O. J. Simpson. New stories are set to be released soon, including Impeachment, which will follow Bill Clinton’s impeachment after his affair with Monica Lewinsky. If you’re looking for more glamorized, high-stakes crime, both series of American Crime Story are your best bet. The series following O. J. Simpson stars Sterling K. Brown, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, and John Travolta, with Gianna Versace’s chapter featuring Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, and Penélope Cruz. Where to watch American Crime Story Yes, that’s Duchess Meghan Markle in Suits. Along with being a killer crime drama, Suits boasts one of Markle’s biggest roles in her TV career. In fact, it was her last before she married Prince Harry. The series follows another super important lawyer, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), who teams up with a brilliant college dropout to solve a high-profile case involving a drug deal gone wrong. Looking for more tense law cases and fancy clothes? Suits is your best bet. Where to watch Suits Dominic West truly understood the assignment of The Affair, because the actor actually went on to have an affair of his own after starring in the series. The steamy saga unfurls as two affairs begin, rupturing marriages, friendships, and family. There’s some mystery afoot when deaths start to rack up and everything starts to truly spiral out of control. Can these families come together to work out their differences, or will the affairs crack through all of the solid ground? Where to watch The Affair Jason Bateman helms Ozark, another drama series filled with thrilling twists and turns that’ll leave you breathless. After a money-laundering scheme flies off the rails, Marty Byrde (Bateman) must relocate his entire family from Chicago to an eerie summer resort community in the Ozarks. Seems like a fun summer vacay — until dire circumstances pop up left and right, leaving the family drained and ready to escape. If you loved the dangerous antics of Annalise Keating, you’re sure to enjoy the chaos of Marty Byrde just as well. Stream Ozark on Netflix Little Fires Everywhere was Hulu’s hit drama last year, based on the mystery book of the same name. The series combines elements of How to Get Away with Murder with Big Little Lies, drawing gossipy drama into murder cases and unsolved mysteries. Two families intertwine in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s — one from wealth, and one that’s lived their entire lives on the road together. The mini-series follows what happens when certain parties from both families become obsessed with one another, spiraling their respective lives out of control. Stream Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu A shocking crime tears a small town apart in Defending Jacob, which stars Chris Evans as an assistant district attorney who must decide between upholding the law and supporting his young son. When the 14-year-old is accused of murder, the family must try to piece their lives back together while the entire town turns against them. If you were a huge fan of the dark mystery cases of How to Get Away with Murder, you’ll enjoy the prestige drama Defending Jacob just as much. Stream Defending Jacob on Apple TV+

 

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2021 Home Run Derby Competitors

Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers Pete Alonso, New York Mets Juan Soto, Washington Nationals Troy Story, Colorado Rockies Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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NHL’s Panthers reveal plan to get involved with NIL deals

The Florida Panthers may soon be signing a quarterback. Or a center who plays basketball. Or a goalie who plays soccer. It all makes sense. The Panthers are the first NHL team, and they believe the first U. S. major pro sports team, to establish an opportunity for college athletes to align with them as part of recent rule changes that allow college athletes to profit off their name and celebrity. Florida unveiled the plan Wednesday, starting the process of gauging interest from athletes who attend college nearest to where the Panthers play — primarily meaning Miami and Florida Atlantic. “Right now, at the very least, we’re getting an understanding of who’s interested,” Panthers Chief Strategy Officer Sam Doerr said. “We’re really trying to understand what schools, who they are, what program, kind of their social media following and then we’ll internally set guidelines about who will qualify for the program.” Doerr is hoping the Panthers can have some deals in place within the next four weeks. The team will value diversity, he said, and wants to ensure women’s athletes and those from Olympic sports are part of the program. Final details on what will be involved are still being arranged, but the Panthers are for now planning to offer merchandise such as jerseys to the college athletes that get signed, along with the opportunity to earn money through a “pretty robust social media marketing campaign,” Doerr said. “They’ll get paid probably per post or per campaign,” Doerr said. “They’ll benefit off of posting. It’s really taking the existing infrastructure of social media influencer marketing and extending it to college athletes, but using a pro team as an extension of that.” There are no NCAA hockey teams in South Florida, but there are many schools with club teams. It remains unclear how, or if, the Panthers may be able to involve some of those players in its endorsement program. “We’re plowing forward,” Doerr said. “I’ve already gotten a bunch of texts from folks at Miami saying they have kids interested. I’m sure we’ll see the same from FAU and some of the other schools. So far, so good, and we’ll see where it goes.” Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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2-year jail sentence for golfer Cabrera over assault charges

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentinian golfer Ángel Cabrera, a former Masters and U. S. Open champion, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison on assault charges against his former partner. A court in the province of Cordoba,500 miles (about 800 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires, convicted the 51-year-old for assaulting, threatening and harassing Cecilia Torres Mana, his partner between 2016 and 2018. Cabrera, who denied in the trial any wrongdoing, will serve his sentence immediately. “His situation is much more complex than this, he has other charges for which there are arrest warrants too. There are other victims,” prosecutor Laura Battistelli told TV channel Todo Noticias. The first charges were brought by Torres Mana, and two other women then did the same. The golfer traveled to the United States in July 2020 without seeking permission, which led the province of Cordoba to request his arrest. Cabrera was arrested by Interpol agents in Rio de Janeiro in January. Last month he was extradited from Brazil to his homeland so he could face trial. He won the U. S. Open at Oakmont in 2007, beating Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by one shot. He also triumphed in a Masters playoff in 2009 and lost a playoff in the same event in 2013 to Adam Scott. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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Young Defender Named Player Lions Cannot Lose Next Season

Getty Tracy Walker in Philadelphia. The Detroit Lions roster is in clear transition at this point in time, meaning there aren’t a lot of players who have a status that’s known for the near and long-term future. As a result of this, projecting which players need to stick around for the future without a doubt can be tough, but that hasn’t stopped some folks from casting a eye toward future events anyhow. Recently, Bleacher Report tried to think about the future in such a way for every NFL team, and it was a tough experiment when it came to Detroit. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Writer Brad Gagnon put together this particular list, and interestingly enough, the Lions had a player in Tracy Walker who was seen to be someone that they simply cannot let go in the future. Explaining why, he wrote: “The Detroit Lions didn’t give us much to work with here. No key young players are on the verge of contract years, and there are no killer potential cap casualties in sight for 2022 right now. But safety Tracy Walker was a strong starter with more than 100 tackles in 13 games in 2019, and the 2018 third-round selection looked solid again before a knee injury derailed his 2020 campaign. He is by no means a superstar, but if he’s healthy, it’s easy to buy his proclamation that he’s “going to have a good year” in 2021. The 26-year-old has room to grow inside or outside of the box and should be worth keeping around beyond this season for a Detroit team that isn’t exactly deep or talented at that position.” It’s true the Lions don’t have a lot of complicated free agency cases on the horizon, but it could also be true that the team needs to think about what kind of role Walker might have within the defense in the next couple of years. Coming into a big season in 2021, Walker has to put his best foot forward and show well in order to prove why he should stick around for the future. To some, he might seem indispensable, but the Lions are ripping everything down to the studs in their rebuild. Detroit’s roster seems to be invigorated by the moves as well, and as more players who were around for 2020 and before speak, the more it becomes obvious that the team had some significant messes to clean up in more than one way on the field and off. Safety Tracy Walker only knew the old regime being he was drafted into it, and judging by his comments, he’s happy to have turned over a new leaf with a new staff led by Aaron Glenn, his new defensive coordinator, as well as Aubrey Pleasant his new position coach. As he said to the media: “Honestly, first off it’s a blessing to be able to play under this coach and this scheme. I appreciate the knowledge I’ve been learning and the tips these coaches have been giving me. I got with them, and I feel like it’s going to be a good year just off of the way the system is ran and how I’m being treated. I believe, and I’m so happy with everything going on right now, honestly.” Dan Campbell and company seem to have won over the veteran players in the room, and this only serves to prove what a mess the Lions were at one point the last few seasons. If Walker can come into his own, that would be a huge development for a Lions defense that badly needs to find a new ballhawk at safety. It’s a pivotal season for the young safety given what he has done to this point in his career. Walker has been decent at times for the Lions, putting up 211 tackles,1 sack and 2 interceptions in his career. Obviously, that isn’t bad, but the team would like to see Walker assert himself more and step up and take command of a starting role in the future. The hope is Walker can get this done, because the Lions need him to badly. If he does, it’s possible the team won’t want to lose him at all. READ NEXT: Todd Gurley’s Final Free Agency Destination Predicted

 

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Iowa State Patrol shares letter, drawing of slain trooper by Special Olympics athlete

An artistic Special Olympics athlete recently honored an Iowa State Patrol officer who died in the line of duty with a drawing and letter. Matthew Pearson, from Washington state, sent a letter to Iowa State Patrol offices which the organization posted on Facebook Monday. "I participate in the Special Olympics and I show support for law enforcement," Pearson wrote. "I would like to express my condolences to Sgt. James K. Smith's family." "We don’t do this often, but your kind words and drawing really touched our hearts," the State Patrol wrote in its Facebook post. The letter included a picture of Smith, who was shot and killed in Grundy Center in April. Smith, a 27-year veteran of the Patrol, died from a gunshot wound after he and other law officers went into a home to arrest Michael Thomas Lang, who was inside. More: Lang, a Grundy Center native, has been charged with first-degree murder in Smith's death. At Smith's funeral in April, public safety officials remembered the 51-year-old trooper as a humble leader known for his goofy sense of humor and commitment to faith. The State Patrol posted they would give Pearson's letter and art to Smith's family. Pearson sends letters to law enforcement agencies throughout the country honoring officers who have died while working, including departments in Tennessee and Ohio. Robin Opsahl covers trending news for the Register. Reach them at ropsahl@registermedia.com or 515-284-8051.

 

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Legendary Cape Elizabeth swimming coach Don Richards dies at 83

Don Richards, the coach who oversaw Cape Elizabeth High’s swimming dynasty in the 1970s and 1980s, has died after a bout with cancer. He was 83. Don Richards died on the Fourth of July at his home in New Port Richey, Florida. He was remembered not only as a successful coach, but as someone who always sought to help others. His son, James, who played golf for and swam for Richards at Cape Elizabeth, said his father loved to compete, but that his true calling was helping others. “I think what was special about my dad was that he approached each individual that he came in contact with from the perspective of, ‘How can I be of service to this person? How can I lift them up?'” said James Richards. “That was his mission. It didn’t matter if you were the best swimmer, the worst swimmer or not even on the team, he was going to be there for you.” Richards, who grew up in South Portland, was a math teacher and the swimming coach at Cape Elizabeth from 1961-91. Over that time, his dual meet record was 727-86-3 and the Capers won 11 state championships, with 15 second-place finishes, and won the Southwestern championships 20 times. His girls’ team won 286 consecutive dual meets from 1968-86. He coached five all-Americans while at Cape Elizabeth. He was Maine Swimming Coach of the Year eight times. In recognition of not only his coaching career but his community service, Cape Elizabeth renamed its community swimming pool the Donald L. Richards Community Pool in 1991, which is when he moved to Florida. There, he taught and coached at Tampa Preparatory School, where his swimming teams had a dual meet record of 176-12-2 from 1991-2000. Overall, he had a career mark of 903-98-5. Phil Emery, the retired Bangor High swimming coach whose teams often went head-to-head with the Capers, recalled Richards as an innovator. “He liked having things first,” said Emery. “His school, Cape Elizabeth, was the first to have an electronic timing system. He was the first coach to put entries on a computer. Remember, this is going back 50 years, so that was something. And he loved to organize things.” Richards would have Emery and Lionel Bishop, the former longtime swimming coach at Old Town, stay at his Cape Elizabeth home two weeks each summer to help run a swim camp. “In addition to being archrivals in the swimming pool, we were close friends,” said Emery. “When we competed, it was knock-down, drag-out. But when the meet was over, we did our thing.” Emery said that friendship continued long after Richards left Maine in 1991. The Richards family would rent a camp on Crescent Lake in Casco and Richards would invite many of his former coaching rivals down just to talk. “We would just sit and talk and he would supply the lobster rolls,” said Emery. James Richards said it wasn’t unusual for his father to get together with his swimming friends. “I think swimming for my dad was a medium to connect with people, with both young people and coaches, fellow competitors,” he said. “He was very competitive and wanted to win, but more than that, he wanted to build relationships with people and build them up and help them see possibilities in them that maybe they didn’t see themselves.” Richards was also an avid golfer and fisherman and maintained his Maine roots. James Richards said his father read the Portland Press Herald daily and would print out its crossword puzzle every day to complete it. “He did the crossword every day up until the day before he died,” said James Richards. “It was his favorite.” Don Richards was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2020. But the induction ceremony was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and rescheduled for this Sept.26. Richards was diagnosed with ampullary cancer, a rare form of the disease in the small intestine, in February. Knowing that he would probably not last until September, his family reached out to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame to see if he could be inducted sooner. So on June 28, MSHOF executive director Bill Green inducted Richards into the Hall via Zoom. It included testimonials from several swimmers that Richards coached at Cape Elizabeth. The champagne bucket trophy was shipped to him. “We wanted to give that as a gift to him before he passed,” said James Richards. “I think that meant everything to him. He saw that induction as the culmination of his life’s work. For him to hear the words and the emotions from so many of the students that he touched over the years, that meant a lot to him.” The family will hold a Celebration of Life for Don Richards on July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fort Williams Park Picnic Shelter overlooking Portland Head Light. Comments are not available on this story. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous

 

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Billy Hamilton Somehow Got A Hit On A Pitch That Bounced In Front Of Home Plate

Hitting a baseball is an incredibly difficult thing to do. The very best people at doing so succeed only about a third of the time, because the very best pitchers are insanely good at their job. With pitchers throwing with more velocity and more movement than ever before — even accounting for the crackdown on sticky substances — there are a lot of swings and misses now, including some that make batters look flat out silly. Every once in awhile, though, a batter gets to turn the tables on a pitcher, taking their best pitch and still managing to turn it into a hit. On Wednesday, White Sox speedster Billy Hamilton did this accidentally, when he gave a half-hearted check swing at a ball that bounced a full foot in front of home plate in a 2-2 count, but somehow managed to get the barrel on the ball as it bounced up for a grounder to the third baseman. Because Hamilton is one of the fastest people in baseball, he naturally beat out the throw for the most ridiculous infield single of the season. watch Billy Hamilton play some cricket and enjoy himself. pic.twitter.com/emialdXbpK Cut4 (@Cut4) July 7, 2021 Look at where that ball bounces! It’s not even close and Hamilton was so fooled by the break that he still tried to swing and accidentally bunted the ball to third. The reaction of Jason Benetti on the White Sox call going, “what in the world was that?!” encapsulates what everyone’s first thought is. The first baseman is in total disbelief that Hamilton got on base off of that pitch, and Hamilton himself has a laugh at first realizing he absolutely stole one.

 

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The Easiest Way To Match With Olympians On Tinder

Tech Let the games begin. If you’ve always had a thing for athletes, the 2021 Olympics may be the best eye-candy people-watching there is. While you may enjoy salivating in front of your TV, actually meeting a single Olympic athlete can be easier than you realize. In fact, with more people on dating apps than ever, matching with Olympians on Tinder is just a swipe away. During the 2016 Olympics, Tinder saw a 64% increase in daily active users in Rio. What’s more, in the Olympic Village area specifically, matches increased by 129%. How’s that for a post-game cooldown? A representative from Tinder elaborated that during the Olympics, Rio became the most searched and used destination for Tinder Passport, a feature of Tinder Plus that lets you swipe anywhere in the world. American snowboarder and Olympic Gold medalist Jamie Anderson experienced Olympic Tinder firsthand back in Sochi, in 2014. “ Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level,” Anderson told Us Weekly. “It’s all athletes! It's hilarious. There are some cuties on there.” So many athletic cuties, Anderson admitted to deleting her Tinder account during the games to better focus on her races. “There was a point where I had to be like OK, this is way too distracting,” Anderson says. As Anderson attested, there is no shortage of athletes that are going for gold on the field and in the swipe zone. Here’s how to match with Olympic athletes on Tinder. If you already live in Tokyo, you may have already seen an influx of sporty hotties in your feed.(Though with the Olympics’ strict social-distancing rules, athletes aren’t allowed to be in close contact with others until after the games are over this year.) But if you’re stateside but looking to match with a medalist, your best bet may be Tinder Passport. Launched in 2015 as a feature of Tinder Plus, Passport lets you check out who’s on Tinder all over the world. To get the feature you’ll need to step up your Tinder game, meaning purchasing a Plus, Gold, or Platinum subscription, ranging from $1.67 a month to $19.99 a month. Subscriptions are available in one-month, six-month, and 12-month options, and are cheaper for the longer options. You can purchase a Tinder subscription by entering “Settings,” the same section you use to change the distance, age, and gender identities you’re interested in. After getting a Tinder subscription, Passport is just a few clicks away. In the same “Settings” section, scroll down to “Discovery” — the same section where “Maximum Distance” and “Age Range” are. Above “Maximum Distance” you’ll see a “Location” tab, listing your current city. If you hit the “Location” tab, you’ll see a blue bar with an airplane saying, “Add a new location.” Tap that, and you’re good to go. There can you pick to search for new crushes in any of the 190+ countries where Tinder is available. When you’re done with your Olympic fantasy, don’t fret. Tinder Passport lets you switch back to your current location easily — just hit the “Location” tab and change it back”. Additionally, switching locations won’t change any of your matches, meaning your local and long-distance lovers will all be there in your chats. Let the games begin.

 

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Zoom meetings built chemistry for US Women’s Volleyball team

When the pandemic hit last March leading to a one year postponement of the Olympics and the inability of teams to practice and play together, the U. S. women’s volleyball team devised a plan. Unable to work together on serves, sets or spikes, they decided to use that extra time to work on culture, relationships and teamwork. What followed were a regular stretch of mostly player-only Zoom meetings coordinated by former UCLA softball coach Sue Enquist that began as weekly sessions and went to monthly as players dispersed around the world for their club seasons. “It was an unorthodox route. That’s not something that our program’s done before,” coach Karch Kiraly said. “A lot of the players on our team felt really strongly about it. They felt so convinced that they convinced me, too. We took a calculated risk in doing something new and different at the time that wasn’t so far away from the Olympics,14 months away.… We had never done it before. So I didn’t know what to expect. But I knew some good things would happen.” The results have exceeded the expectations of both the players and the coaching staff. The hour-long sessions that allowed players to open up to their teammates in ways they hadn’t done before and exposed their personal vulnerabilities helped build a bond on a team that features eight players making their Olympic debut this year. While results may not have always seemed evident during those calls, the difference when the team got back together this spring to prepare for the Olympics was clear, and the players hope that can help the U. S. team get over the hump and win the gold medal for the first time. Enquist had players share what they felt was holding them back individually and as a team, as well as tell their teammates one thing they loved about each other and one thing they should improve. “It wasn’t until we came back together as a group that I realized that each time we met and discussed things and got closer as a group, you’re just making small deposits and all those small deposits led to a big change,” said middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, who acknowledged being initially skeptical of the approach. “So even though we unfortunately weren’t able to be together due to COVID, the time that we spent, those one hour meetings over the course of a year, really made a difference and you felt that once we all came back together.” The process started after a few of the players were on a Zoom call when Enquist made a presentation to several U. S. Olympic teams. A few leaders went to Kiraly and asked if Enquist could work more extensively with the team and she was hired as a consultant. Now a group of players used to being apart for most of the year had a way to bond together, even if it was only virtually. “At the time, we were kind of having some just interpersonal issues on the team,” said Jordan Larson, who is headed to her third Olympics. “We really kind of took it upon ourselves, ‘Hey, let’s try this as athletes.’ It just created a lot of conversations. She’s really trying to facilitate those or taking us through leadership and being a part of a team. She’s been great and very instrumental to a lot of that growth off the court.” Enquist has an extensive history with elite athletes, having been an All-American softball player at UCLA in the 1970s before a long career as a coach at her alma mater and for the U. S. national team. She was part of 11 NCAA champions as a player, assistant and head coach for UCLA before shifting to her next career helping coaches, teams and young athletes on the mental part of the game. She considers herself a disciple of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden where it is more important to be motivated by improving and taking care of each other than winning titles. Those are lessons she didn’t always follow as a coach herself as she once famously had to apologize after throwing a fourth-place trophy in the trash after a tournament in Hawaii in 2000. “I have so much respect for how challenging it is to play as one when you have a whole team of superstars. I knew this was going to take months to build up equity with them,” she said. “Then I had the first Zoom meeting and my jaw dropped. This was a team that was so honest with each other and so caring for each other and unselfish. I thought to myself, we may be able to create that synergy sooner than I thought.” Enquist said she wanted to be hired for a three-month probationary period at first to make sure her message was getting through. An anonymous survey after that stretch showed her it was working and she has remained involved since then. She called the team “one of the most impressive groups” she’s been around because of the way they care about each other and is gratified by the response from the players. “I have so much joy for them that they are reaping the benefits of who they are,” she said. “As much as they may say, ‘Oh, Sue came in and helped us with these areas,’ actually what I did, I came in and I shined a light on who they are.” ___ More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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Trump issued QAnon influencers press passes for Florida rally

High-profile QAnon believers and influencers were distributed press credentials for former President Trump's rally in Sarasota, Florida this past weekend, suggesting that the former president is continuing to welcome conspiracy theorists into his post-presidency operations. The development, first reported by VICE, centers on two prominent members of QAnon. Jeffrey Pedersen, who operates under the moniker "In The Matrixx," announced through Telegram on Friday that he and his podcast co-host, known as "Shady Grooove," had been given media credentials by the Trump Organization. "We are the news now," Pedersen declared. During the rally on Saturday, Pedersen tweeted photos online of himself and his partner holding up their press badges, with the caption: "YEAAAAAA!!!" Pedersen and his partner were reportedly seen in the vicinity slinging insults at other journalists, donning wristbands that read: "Where we go one we go all." Pedersen's posts were originally flagged by Media Matters researcher Alex Kaplan, who noted that this is not the first time members of QAnon were christened as journalists. Back in 2019, Derik Vance, the podcast host of Patriots Soapbox, once described by the Daily Beast as a " 24-hour,7-days-a-week full-face dive into the heart of QAnon," was given a press badge for one of Trump's rallies in Ohio. Trump's then-campaign manager, Brad Parscale, went so far as to pose for a picture with Vance. At Saturday's rally, Trump repeatedly bandied the false (yet somehow undying) notion that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from him due to widespread election fraud. This claim has been largely propelled into public discourse by QAnon believers, which hails Trump as the country's sole antidote to what would be an otherwise authoritarian regime controlled by a cabal of corporate, pedophilic, cannibalistic elites who worship Satan. "We won so much, and then we had a rigged election unfortunately," Trump said recently. "I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I am the one trying to save American democracy." Over the past several years, the QAnon movement has become a mainstay of American political discourse — but research shows support may be tapering off following the Capitol riot on Jan.6. Back in January, a Morning Consult poll found that about a quarter of all Republicans believe in the QAnon conspiracy – a marked 14% decrease from last October. A report from the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensics Lab similarly found that QAnon rhetoric was "evaporating from the mainstream internet." The report speculated: "Decreases in QAnon-related chatter can be attributed to several factors including, but not limited to, major tech platform moderation actions against the conspiracy theory and its digital community; a prolonged silence from the pseudonymous "Q" author; encouragement among community members to mask their language; and President Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election." Although it appears a minority of Republican are Q-aligned, a clear majority of all Republican voters in the U. S. believe that Trump is the "true president" of the United States, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. This belief apparently carries over to GOP political candidates as well: As Salon's Igor Derysh reported, over 700 Republicans running for Congress in 2022 have aligned themselves with Trump's election conspiracy.

 

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10 pool accessories to help you dive into summer

CBS Essentials is created independently from the CBS News staff. We may receive commissions from some links to products on this page. Promotions are subject to availability and retailer terms. With in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the nation, it's finally time to reopen your backyard to your friends and family for pool season. Whether you want to host the best pool party on the block or just have a relaxing swim, there's no better time to invest in your pool and pool-side experience. From a light-up Bluetooth speaker perfect for nighttime pool parties to the ultimate poolside daybed for lazy summer afternoon naps to epic pool fountains that install in a snap, there's the perfect swimming pool accessory waiting for you. Here are 10 fun pool accessories you can buy on Amazon right now. This adult-sized pool lounger is, as one reviewer put it, a "legit bed" with extra back support and plush armrests. To ensure a relaxing experience, these inflatable loungers lift you almost entirely out of the water, great for those who want the feeling of sunbathing poolside while still on the water. With convenient cup holders and aesthetically pleasing colors, these King Kool loungers from Intex will be your go-to thrones of choice. This light-up Bluetooth speaker from Blufree has a battery life of 8 hours. Even better, it's waterproof enough to withstand being submerged in as deep as 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Utilizing the gadget's hands free technology, you can even take calls while you float. As the sun sets, switch on one of the seven color-changing light shows and go swimming for a fun underwater party. This inflatable table from Diveblast is perfect for those who can't even unwind without multitasking. With the table's built-in drink holders, multiple snack spots and slot for a, you'll never need to choose between floating and feasting or relaxing and reading again. With this chic deck of clear, waterproof playing cards from Hoyle, pool time doesn't have to end when the card games begin. These ultra-durable, flexible cards are washable and come in a hard plastic case for straightforward storage. The clear design looks uniquely cool while still hiding the faces of the cards for fair, fun and waterproof gameplay. To play poker in the pool without having to go fish for cards, this floating foam card table from Polar Whale might be just the thing. Made of UV-resistant, durable foam, the table can accommodate four to six players. No assembly or inflation is needed, and when it gets too chilly, the table can transition to dry land without so much as a skipped turn. A deck of waterproof cards is included to get the pool party started. This outdoor daybed with a retractable canopy from M&W can be transformed into a patio set with a couch, two chairs, and a lift-top centerpiece that serves as a coffee table or ottoman. Lay out poolside in your own private, personal oasis, or break apart the sectional and welcome friends and family to join. The water-resistant cushions and removable, washable covers make this an ideal post-pool nap spot, and you're sure to sleep soundly under the canopy cover knowing you won't awaken to a comically-shaped sunburn. As the sun goes down, these floating solar globes from Esuper will illuminate your backyard and extend a pool day well into the evening. Fully waterproof (IP68) and durable enough to withstand harsh weather, these energy-saving pool lights float atop the water, or hang from your trees or porch, and look magical wherever they shine. With this inflatable cooler from Intex, you won't need to leave the pool when you crave an ice-cold beverage -- you can float in fully-hydrated luxury alongside this 30-can capacity cooler. With durable handles and the ability to connect to any Intex river run lounger, you can even take it out into the wild for a lazy river day with friends. The cooler's five built-in drink holders and two snack trays will help ensure that your entire party has the sustenance they need to enjoy a day on the water. The Magic Pool Fountain can bring a taste of Bellagio-like beauty to your own backyard. With easy installation and entirely pool water-powered technology, this fountain will provide a near-effortless upgrade to your poolside time. The soothing sounds of the fountain water feature, combined with the LED light show in the evening, make for great ambience. For people who like to combine pool and nap time, this floating canopy bed from Intex might just be the perfect solution. With a detachable sunshade and two cup holders, this pool float is primed for a long day on the water. Invite a fortunate friend to join you on this large inflatable raft, or claim it all for yourself and camp out for a day of relaxation.

 

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Hopeful of new era, Bayern presents coach Julian Nagelsmann

BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich have won an unprecedented nine straight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and the Champions League twice in the past decade. It isn’t enough. Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić said Wednesday they wanted to “start a new era” as they presented new coach Julian Nagelsmann. “Expectations are not small at Bayern Munich,” said Kahn, who took over the club’s top position from former executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge last week. Kahn, a former goalkeeper who helped Bayern win 23 titles between 1994 and 2008, said the club had watched Nagelsmann’s progress at rivals Hoffenheim, then Leipzig and seen “that he has the quality to take teams to the next level.” Nagelsmann’s predecessor, Hansi Flick, left after claiming back-to-back Bundesliga crowns, and a clean sweep of every possible title in his first season. But well-publicized disagreements with Salihamidžić contributed to his decision to leave despite having a contract for two more seasons. “Now we’re looking forward,” said Salihamidžić, who wished Flick the best in his new role as Germany coach. “We’ll stay in touch because he’ll be working with our players, hopefully successfully.” Nagelsmann will be Bayern’s third youngest coach at 34 years and 15 days when he takes charge of the season-opening game against fifth-tier Bremer SV in the first round of the German Cup on Aug.7. “I was already a Bayern fan for many years as a child and teenager. And it was always a dream to be coach here,” said Nagelsmann, who played for youth teams at city rival 1860 Munich and Augsburg before injuries cut short his playing career. Nagelsmann became the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever coach in February 2016 when he took over at Hoffenheim, aged 28. He steered the club away from relegation danger in his first season, then to fourth in his next. Leipzig was paying attention. After taking over at Leipzig in 2019, Nagelsmann led the team to third in the Bundesliga and the Champions League semifinals. Last season, his team pushed Bayern the hardest before eventually finishing runner-up in the Bundesliga. When Flick said he wanted to leave, Nagelsmann was Bayern’s first choice to take over. “It wasn’t easy, but we managed it with Leipzig,” Salihamidžić said, alluding to a bigger than usual settlement fee. “I’m delighted that we have Julian here. We’ve made a statement with the five-year contract. We want Julian to start a new era here. Julian is pure soccer.” Nagelsmann, who is younger than Bayern captain Manuel Neuer, acknowledged he faced a different challenge in coaching a team of stars used to success. “I’d be lying if I said there was no difference,” Nagelsmann said before his first training session. “I think it’s a question of the way and means you use to deal with the players, how you talk to them. Every player at FC Bayern wants talks, that you care for them, that you understand them, try to understand what it’s like in their shoes, their wishes, but also to quietly develop them and make them better.” Nagelsmann said he was hopeful the club would reach a deal with Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, whose contract expires at the end of the coming season. “I’d be very happy to also have him for many years of the era that we’ve talked about already,” said Nagelsmann, who called Goretzka “one of the most dangerous midfielders in front of goal in Europe.” The new Bayern coach also praised the winger Leroy Sané, who endured an ineffective European Championship for Germany. “He has his qualities, heart, unbelievable speed, he’s one of the best one-on-one players, strong with the ball. We’re going to need a lot of that because we’ll often be up against deep-sitting opponents where there’s little room,” said Nagelsmann. “I’m no wizard, no magician. It’s about showing in training the spaces he should be, where he can bring his qualities to the field.” Bayern opens its Bundesliga defense at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Aug.13. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Ciarán Fahey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfaheyAP Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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What the Meow? Clueless Cat Gets Pecked in Back by Sneaky Bird

A hilarious video has been uploaded on YouTube in which a cat can be seen going about its own business on a rooftop, before being rudely interrupted by a sly bird that pecked the kitty in the back. The cat looked around, but did not understand where the annoyance came from and continued its stroll, but the bird was relentless...and the poor kitty was still clueless about its tormentor.

 

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Cowboys Could Cut Veteran Player Months After Signing Him

Getty Jerry Jones Veteran safety Jayron Kearse signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys in March. He might honor less than half of it. Kearse was named by ESPN’s Todd Archer as the one Cowboys player squarely on the roster bubble — “in danger” — entering training camp, which begins July 21. Archer, though, admits it’s a coin-flip between the former Lion and longtime Dallas S Darian Thompson, as there may not be room for both in the club’s suddenly cramped secondary. “The Cowboys do not have a lot of veterans in danger for the traditional reasons, like money, age or draft resources at that spot. So it comes down to Kearse or Darian Thompson, though both could make the final roster,” he wrote. “Thompson started seven games last year and is a core special teamer. Kearse, who is guaranteed just $137,500 on the one-year deal he signed, can do the same. It could come down to the development of sixth-round pick Israel Mukuamu. If he shows he can make the transition from college corner to safety, then Kearse and Thompson will be in a battle. Thompson’s time with the current staff gives him the slightest edge.” The latest Dallas Cowboys news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on Cowboys Newsletter! The 27-year-old entered the NFL as a 2016 seventh-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he would appear in 47 games, starting two. He recorded 51 tackles, two pass breakups, and a half-sack while primarily contributing on special teams. Kearse inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions in March 2020. Last July, he was suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Upon return, he logged 11 appearances and seven starts, posting 59 tackles, two PBUs, and one forced fumble before being waived in December. He finished last season as part of the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. The nephew of legendary Titans pass-rusher Jevon Kearse, Jayron was a three-year standout at Clemson — a first-team All-ACC choice in 2014 and 2015 and first-team All-American selection in 2015. He totaled 164 career tackles (116 solo,11.5 for loss),11 PBUs, seven interceptions, and three sacks with the Tigers. “ At times he looked like a Round 1 talent,” his Bleacher Report scouting profile reads. He’s an ideal single-high safety given his size and range in the middle of the field. His play speed is better than his track speed, and Kearse has shown he can track and cover the ball in quarters or half coverage. An instinctive player, he has the skills to make the calls for a secondary. Kearse needs to be coached up in his effort and angles but has the tools to be a better pro than college player. Kearse was among three safeties added by the Cowboys in free agency. The team also signed former Falcons mates Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee. Neal is expected to move to weakside linebacker while Kazee is in line to start opposite Donovan Wilson. Follow the Heavy on Cowboys Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content! Unlock the latest Dallas Cowboys news, rumors and exclusives — direct to your inbox. ↓

 

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WNBA Star Nneka Ogwumike Could Play For Nigeria After Her Team USA Olympic Snub

WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike could play for Nigeria in the Tokyo Olympics just weeks after being snubbed from Team USA’s 12-player roster. Ogwumike and her sister/Los Angeles Sparks teammate, Chiney, are awaiting clearance from FIBA after the country’s basketball federation announced the duo, along with their younger sister, Erica, were part of the 15-player provisional roster. The eldest Ogwumike spoke about her Olympic snub for the first time, saying she did not want to wait around and be a potential alternate on the American team. “I just wanted to bet on myself and also be a part of an organization that prioritizes me,” Ogwumike said about the potential to play for Nigeria, according to ESPN . “My perspective was like, ‘If it’s not impossible, I’m going to go for it.’ Because I believe I have Olympic status and I plan on being an Olympian.” According to ESPN, both Nneka and Chiney, who have dual citizenship with the United States and Nigeria, have been released by USA Basketball upon request as an initial step to compete for Nigeria. Typically, FIBA holds players who have competed for a country past their 17th birthday to that program for future events. But there is a loophole if the organization’s secretary general believes it’s in the best of interest of the growth of basketball in Nigeria for the Ogwumike sisters to compete. “It’s something I know my family would be very proud of,” Ogwumike said, according ESPN . “For it to happen would be such a blessing. To be able to do something big for a big part of our heritage would be fantastic. I’m hoping it will contribute to the growth we’re experiencing for Africa in basketball.” It was a huge shock that the 6’2 forward — who was the MVP of Team USA’s 2020 Olympic FIBA Qualifying Tournament, was one of eight original invitees to the program’s college tour against top-10 programs in 2019, and won gold medals in 2018 and 2014 FIBA World Cups — wasn’t invited to play in Tokyo. She is the only WNBA MVP (2016) to not make an Olympic roster. “It was more of a hurt than a shock, because I had experienced it before,” Ogwumike, who was cut from the 2016 and 2012 rosters, said to ESPN . “But there are decisions made in this life that you can’t control. I allowed myself to feel the hurt, but moving on, I decided, ‘I’m going to try to put matters in my own hands.'” There was speculation that Ogwumike’s grade 2 knee sprain, which was reported on June 3 to keep her sidelined for four-to-six weeks, was the reason she was left off the team, but Erica publicly refuted that explanation, and Nneka told ESPN she believes she’ll be ready to compete in exhibition games starting next week. Two members of the U. S. Olympic selection committee, University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma and Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, have declined or deferred comment on Ogwumike’s omission. Several people in basketball have come to Ogwumike’s defense: ✔️WNBA MVP & Champion in 2016 (last Olympic year) ✔️6x All-Star ✔️4x All-WNBA ✔️4x WNBA All-Defensive Team ✔️2x FIBA World Cup Gold Medalist ✔️ No.1 pick & ROY ✔️Euroleague Champion ✔️WNBPA President ✔️oh, and she is one of few who went to every Team USA camp the last 5 years pic.twitter.com/iEzDduj4Kj Chiney Ogwumike (@chiney) June 21, 2021 Okay so let's talk about bum ass USA Basketball…. I'm going to preface this by saying I am happy for the players that made it and I have no issues with them whatsoever. They work their butts off for that opportunity and each of them deserves their moment….. — Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021 Brittney Sykes and Kristine Anigwe on Nneka Ogwumike: pic.twitter.com/9kMD1uEdve — Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) June 24, 2021 Candace Parker shared her candid thoughts about Nneka being snubbed by Team USA 😳😳 via @DougFeinberg pic.twitter.com/WZvvb9mrhx — Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) June 23, 2021 https://twitter.com/dame_lillard/status/1407933676625620996 We’ll have to wait and see if FIBA allows Nneka and Chiney to play, but if they’re cleared it won’t take long for us to watch them compete. Team USA plays an exhibition game in Las Vegas on July 18 against Nigeria, which Nneka could play in if she’s healthy. If she chooses to wait until Olympic play, Team USA plays Nigeria in its opening group stage game on July 27.

 

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Diana Matheson Retires Vowing To Help Create Professional Soccer League In Canada

After an 18-year career which encompassed three FIFA Women's World Cup finals and three Olympic Games, Canada's Diana Matheson brought down the curtain on her playing days today promising to do everything she could to bring professional soccer to her country. Since first playing college soccer at Princeton in 2004, Matheson has forged her entire career abroad, something she hopes will not be a choice that future generations are forced to make by bringing a professional National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) franchise to Canada and ‎eventually by starting up a professional league in her country. In August, Matheson will begin an MBA at Queen's and working with a group exploring how to bring a professional women's soccer league to Canada. "We're at the brink of that", she said today, "and as someone who wants to be behind-the-scenes in head offices and to help make decisions, that's very exciting. I would love to help bring a professional league to Canada. A women's professional league that's at least six months, paid salaries, player-driven. We can be really creative and innovative in what we can build here. Of course, you've got to get the NWSL coming to town and hopefully that happens in the near future too." ‎Matheson on the back of Canada's recent success on the international stage and the growing global popularity of women's soccer around the world, the necessary investment can be secured. "I think there's money out there. I think there's a lot of businesses looking to invest in equity and diversity, so that's one avenue. I think too there's different revenue models you can look at. Women's sport is really exciting because of being innovative." "We're not just following traditional ownership models, like with Angel City, or they're not just following traditional revenue models in sports. Bums on seats, ticket sales, is not the number one source of revenue in women's sports, so you don't build a league and you don't build a team around that. You've got three or four other sources - your sponsorship, your academies, your merchandise - you've got a number of other things you want to monetize before that. I think women's sports can look at what E-sports is doing and that industry. E-sports is not making money because it's selling tickets to things. There's a lot of creative things we can do, especially if you're starting from scratch. You can be really innovative". Matheson won 206 caps for her country since she first represented her country in March 2003 at the Algarve Cup. However, she will always be remembered in Canada as the player who scored the last-gasp goal against France in Coventry which earned her nation their first Olympic medal in a team sport at the Summer Games in 76 years. Matheson confessed that "I'm so grateful that I have an Olympic moment and that's the moment that will always define my career and for that to be the case is unbelievable and cool. I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world. It was very much, I think, a watershed moment for Canadian soccer. There was just a different level of attention paid to the women's team, a bigger platform after that." General Secretary of the Canada Soccer Association, Peter Montopoli added "we always remember where we were in 2012, when Diana achieved that marvelous goal for Canada to achieve something we hadn't done in 76 years. I could go on with a long list of her accomplishments on the pitch. I'm equally as proud of Diana for her accomplishments off the pitch and the work she did for the women's national team and the players". "If there's one word that comes to my mind in working with Diana, it's leadership. She's a been real leader of women's sport and will continue to be in her retirement. She will do some great work off the pitch. Diana, thank you for everything you have done for Canada on the pitch and more importantly the work you will be doing off the pitch for women in sport. We look forward to working with you in the next stage of your career". Nine of the current 22-player Canadian Olympic roster is now plying their trade in Europe, something that Matheson herself did when she joined Norwegian club Team Strømmen (now LSK Kvinner) for two years as a 24-year-old in 2008. She explained to me how much she learned from that experience. "I loved to play internationally. I think it's a great experience for any player to go to Europe and play. It's a different style of play. Especially the players now that are going to these big clubs. The tradition of playing somewhere like, you know, a Manchester United or a Barcelona, that's pretty cool. I wish those options had been around earlier in my career, I would have loved to go." "At the same time, do I want to see more Canadians go to Europe? Not necessarily, because I would love to see more Canadians stay at home. Once we have NWSL and our own league as an option, I think we can start to have more Canadians playing at home which is what we need as well. The Canadians go to Europe and the United States because they have to, right? So, yes I want to see Canadians continue to go and experience that culture, experience the big clubs, play at the highest level but at the same time, I want more and more Canadians playing in Canada too."

 

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Teachers’ Unions Are Pushing Back Against Attacks on Anti-Racist Education

The president of one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions on Tuesday pushed back against a nationwide campaign by Republicans and the right-wing media to manufacture controversy around critical race theory and anti-racist education in public schools, pledging to defend members who teach “honest history.” In a keynote speech before the union’s virtual national conference, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten said a campaign by “ Fox News and some lawmakers” to “distort history” and “limit learning” is an effort to stoke fears about public schools. “These cultural warriors want to deprive students from a robust understanding of our history,” Weingarten said. For months now, right-wing outlets and operatives have conflated critical race theory, an advanced field of study developed by Black legal scholars decades ago, with broader conversations around systemic racism, racial justice, anti-Blackness and United States history in K-12 education. The campaign has fueled lawsuits, divisive protests and legislative efforts in at least 27 states that seek to restrict education around racism and related topics or ban critical race theory (CRT) from the classroom outright. Fox News alone has already mentioned “critical race theory” more than 1,800 times in 2021. Educators targeted by right-wing legal groups and news outlets say the stories fed through the media about anti-racist education in public schools are often distorted if not completely inaccurate. “Let’s be clear: Critical race theory is not taught in elementary schools or middle schools or high schools,” said Weingarten, an attorney and social studies teacher. “It’s a method of examination taught in law school and in college and helps analyze whether systemic racism exists, and in particular, whether it has an effect on law [and] public policy.” “But culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism and discrimination as CRT to try to make it toxic,” Weingarten continued. “They’re bullying teachers and trying to stop us from teaching students accurate history. This harms students.” Weingarten said the union has established a legal defense fund for any member who “gets in trouble” for teaching “honest history.” Weingarten appeared to be alluding to lawsuits recently filed against school districts by right-wing groups and the potential enforcement of laws aimed at restricting what teachers can say in the classroom that were inspired by anti-CRT hysteria and passed in at least six states. Experts have panned these laws as overly vague and unconstitutional, but the consequences for educators remain to be seen. Weingarten’s announcement comes just days after the nation’s other major teachers’ union, the National Education Association (NEA), was targeted by the right-wing media during its annual conference. Conservative and conspiracy theory outlets seized on reports that the NEA had approved a plan to “promote” and “publicize” critical race theory in public schools, calling it “indoctrination.” They pointed to a resolution adopted by the union last week and picked up by bloggers. According to text of that resolution, the NEA would seek to “share information already available about CRT — what it is, and what it is not” and create a team of union staffers to push back against anti-CRT rhetoric that is being used to attack public educators. The union also said it opposes attempts to ban critical race theory as well as the New York Time’s 1619 Project on slavery. The New York Post, a right-wing tabloid, erroneously claimed the resolution conveys the union’s support for pushing critical race theory into the classroom. Instead, the resolution conveys support for “accurate” and “honest” discussions about social studies and history, including “age-appropriate” accounts of unpleasant parts of U. S. history such as slavery and the oppression of Indigenous people. The resolution says it’s reasonable for curriculums to be informed by academic frameworks, including critical race theory. After all, lawmakers are calling to ban from public education one particular academic framework that some educators undoubtedly encounter during their own studies. In a statement, NEA President Becky Pringle said pundits and politicians known for pushing conspiracy theories have “manufactured outrage” to push a political agenda and stoke fears about public education. Teachers are now being targeted for doing their jobs as result. “Let’s be clear, educators believe that all students deserve honesty in education, and it is educators — not pundits or politicians — who will know how to best design age-appropriate lessons for students,” Pringle said. “Educators must continue to ensure their students learn the complete and honest history of our country so that they have the skills needed to better understand problems in our society and develop collective solutions to those problems.” Both the NEA and AFT are opposed to restrictions on what educators can teach students and are pooling resources to defend teachers from the onslaught of controversy and legal actions from the right. Well-funded networks of right-wing think tanks, foundations and legal groups are behind the attacks, which have actively sought to drain resources from individual school districts and have a history of undermining public education. Republicans may also hope that stoking outrage among conservative parents could help them win back Congress in the midterm elections. In response to the controversy, educators say students should be exposed to accurate information about civics and U. S. history in order to understand the world around them, especially in the wake of the uprisings for racial justice that exploded across the country after George Floyd was murdered by police. Today,93 percent of college students — including 73 percent of Republicans — say their high school curriculums did not focus enough on the impact of racism on U. S. history. Mike Ludwig is a staff reporter at Truthout based in New Orleans. He is also the writer and host of “ Climate Front Lines,” a podcast about the people, places and ecosystems on the front lines of the climate crisis. Follow him on Twitter: @ludwig_mike.

 

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Central Florida's women's basketball team becomes first sponsored team in NIL era

There will be many first during the new era of college sports that allows athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness. College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving has become the first sponsor of an entire team, announced a deal with Central Florida's women's basketball Wednesday. The Florida-based company has been aggressive in taking advantage of the NIL rules. It is also sponsoring Miami (Florida) quarterback D'Eriq King. "As a former college basketball player and father of three daughters, this is such an honor for our organization to be able to support these outstanding female athletes and teammates who work so hard at their craft," College Hunks co-founder Nick Friedman said in a statement. "Through our partnership with the UCF women’s basketball players, we hope we can help further their growth as they look to make a big run in the NCAA Tournament this year while also navigating school and life." No financial details were announced. "College Hunks is an organization that cares for the community, which is clear from their charitable program that provides free moves for survivors of domestic violence," Central Florida women's basketball player Rebecca Rae Ripley said in a statement. "My teammates and I are looking forward to working with College Hunks and aligning ourselves with this first-in-class brand." The Knights finished 16-5 last season after losing to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

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Nets Star Explains Why His First Playoff Run ‘Didn’t Feel Special’

Getty James Harden #13, Kevin Durant #7, Joe Harris #12, and Jeff Green #8 of the Brooklyn Nets look on during the second half against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. If you are a fan of NBA basketball, then chances are that you already knew Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was a special talent. And for those who did not know, they were put on notice during the Nets 2021 playoff run. Despite a disappointing ending to the playoffs, KD proved that he is arguably the best player in the world. Coming into the playoffs, the Nets were viewed as the heavy favorites to win this year’s NBA title. They looked good in the first round but in the second round disaster struck as both James Harden and Kyrie Irving suffered injuries in their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! If the Nets had just mailed the season in after Harden and Irving went down, many people would not have even questioned the decision. Durant himself had already missed 23 games earlier this season with a hamstring injury. This was coming after an 18-month layoff due to a torn Achilles that he suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals. For Durant to be asked to carry a load that heavy by himself would have been a great risk. Durant never complained though. Instead, he rose to the challenge. In Game 7 of the series against the Milwaukee Bucks, he dropped 48 points which is the most points scored in a Game 7 in NBA history. Unfortunately, Durant’s historic performance came in a losing effort as the Nets lost in overtime to the Bucks. Even with the Nets’ elimination, Durant was lauded for his ability to push the Bucks to the brink despite the Nets being hobbled. But none of that matters to the two-time NBA Finals MVP because, in the end, the Nets fell short of their goal of winning a championship. “I’m getting so many congratulations now: I didn’t do anything. We lost,” Durant said on the Boardroom: Out of Office” podcast. “I knew I could play; I knew I was nice. I’ve scored 48 before. I had big games before, I made big shots before. So, it didn’t feel like anything special to me because we lost.” Follow the Heavy on Nets Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content out of Brooklyn! Although Durant and the Nets fell short of their goal of a championship, they did secure one win in this postseason. That being that in a city that is considered a Knicks town, they have started to develop their own separate identity across the bridge. Durant can feel the culture shift happening in Brooklyn and knows that it will only improve with time and hopefully a championship. “Just the camaraderie we built with the fans. The culture we kind of built around Barclays and just Nets culture in general,” Durant said. “People kind of look at the Nets now and like, ‘All right, they can be contenders next year.’ I like that part of it. I was excited about that going forward. I was excited about that even in the regular season. It felt pretty solid to start to build a culture. I feel like a lot Nets fans feel like, ‘Yo, we got a chance.’ To make some noise next year.” KD and @richkleiman talk the new Nets culture, how great the fans have been (shout-out @BryanCranston), what it's like playing in Brooklyn + much more on a new Out Of Office. Listen + subscribe 🎙: https://t.co/Ws6y6l2YS1 pic.twitter.com/zKK5cSXMBr Boardroom (@boardroom) June 24, 2021 Trading for a superstar midseason often depletes your roster and leaves many holes to be filled. Coming back with three healthy all-stars and a complete offseason to prepare the Nets have a great shot to win the 2022 NBA Finals. READ NEXT: 5-Time All-Star Has Brooklyn Nets Atop His Trade Destination List: Report Unlock the latest Brooklyn Nets news, rumors and exclusives — direct to your inbox. ↓

 

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Wimbledon: Shapovalov into first Grand Slam semi-final with five-set win over Khachanov

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reached his first Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday beating Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4,3-6,5-7,6-1,6-4 in an engrossing tussle that lasted 3hrs 26 mins. Shapovalov will play defending champion Novak Djokovic in Friday’s semi-final. “Obviously he’s the best player in the world but I think anything is possible,” Shapovalov said. “When you look at the scoreboard first thing it will be 0-0. Nothing else matters. It’s a tennis match and it can go either way. I have full belief in myself and my team. Anything is possible.” The 22-year-old, who is also into his first Grand Slam semi-final, is the first Canadian man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since Milos Raonic in 2016. A wonderful encounter in which Shapovalov hit 59 winners saw the vibrant Canadian take the first set after breaking Khachanov at 4-4. The 25-year-old Russian, like Shapovalov appearing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final, hit back by taking the next two sets. Whilst he was content to largely stay at the back of the court playing some delightful groundstrokes, especially his backhand, his opponent varied his game more with his drop shots highly effective. However, it was the Russian who wilted as Shapovalov romped through the fourth to take it into the deciding set. The decider looked a tight affair but in reality Khachanov was hanging on saving his service on a couple of occasions. Finally, though, the Russian – who had been involved in a record 13 breaks of serve in the fifth set of Monday’s win over Sebastian Korda – was broken and Shapovalov served out the match with aplomb. He fell to the ground on securing the last four spot, dusted himself down and led the standing ovation for his gallant Russian opponent as he walked from the court. “I have to thank you guys,” said Shapovalov addressing the crowd. “There was so many time I thought Karen (Khachanov) was playing too good but you guys kept me going. Thank you so much. “It was super tough, especially not converting 0-40 in the fifth set. I told myself play every point as hard as you can in the fifth. “Luck was a bit on my side but it was also a great week from Karen, we both deserved it today.” Shapovalov could be joined in the semis by a second Canadian as Felix Auger-Aliassime plays Matteo Berrettini in the match following his on Court One.

 

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‘My grandma, she’s the triple OG’; former Dudley High School football star opens up about his college football journey

by: Danny Harnden GREENSBORO, N. C. (WGHP) — Jurriente Davis was a star football player at Dudley High School and even helped the Panthers win a State Championship. While Jurriente had the talent to play in college at the division one or two level, he didn’t get the chance. He’ll be the first to tell you why. “In high school early on I was getting offers but I couldn’t really go because of what I’ve done, my GPA, my grades weren’t up to par,” said Davis. Jurriente learned a lesson and he passes that message along to kids whenever he can. “I advise them to do their work, school is first, then rely on football because at the end of the day you’re going to need school”. Jurriente found another option: Junior College. He got an offer from Hutchinson JC in Kansas. “It’s not nothing bad, some people bash the juco route,” said Davis. “I feel like the juco route made me to what I am today, I’ve matured, I know how to communicate well.” And the football part of it worked out great: Just last month Davis helped Hutchinson to the National Championship as he led everyone with 10 tackles in the title game win over Snow college. Davis opened the eyes of Division-1 recruiters and this fall he’ll play linebacker for Middle Tennessee State. It’s been quite the journey, but the one person who’s been there the entire way: his rock, Sheryl Davis, his grandmother. “My grandma, she’s the triple OG. She the goat. Me and my grandma have a bond that no one can touch. I love her so much.” SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S. C. (WSPA) - Three people have been arrested after deputies responded to a large crowd shooting off fireworks on July 4 in Spartanburg County. Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Campus Evolution Apartments off Valley Falls Rd. Sunday at about 11:35 p.m. in regards to a "large disruptive crowd" shooting fireworks, according to the sheriff's office. KING, N. C. (WGHP) — One person is dead after an explosion at a King home where investigators found chemicals used for making fireworks, according to Fire Marshal Scott Aaron. At about 6:55 p.m Tuesday, crews responded to a report of an explosion on the 300 block of Northfield Drive. PAWLEYS ISLAND, S. C. (WBTW) -- Pawleys Island police issued a warning Tuesday night about a possible plot to steal golf carts. The department received a tip from another agency that people may be planning to go to Pawleys Island to steal golf carts, according to the post on the department's social media pages.

 

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NC State Stuff: Baseball's CWS exit is convincing even some doubters that it's real

Posted July 7, 2021 10:30 a.m. EDT Updated July 7, 2021 12:06 p.m. EDT By Lauren Brownlow, WRALSportsFan columnist/reporter All fans feel a certain sense of excitement mixed with dread when a big moment arises for their team, one that will make or break either the game they're playing or even a season. It could end in ecstasy or agony. But for NC State fans, especially over the last 30 years, that feeling has largely been just dread. It's not if it will end badly, it's how. And that phenomenon has come to be known as NC State Stuff: it's the bad ending that they know is coming. They can't really know, of course. And it's not as if every single NC State sporting event has ended painfully in that time span. But any time success seems to approach, so too does that feeling of dread that somehow, it will end badly. Not everyone is a believer in this, of course. But four years ago, I sought to examine this phenomenon. Is it real? Is it unique to NC State fans? Is their streak without a conference title in men's basketball, football and baseball — the longest active streak in Power 5 — the result of some kind of a curse? That feeling that something is going to go wrong is what NC State Stuff — sub out the Stuff for an obscenity by the same letter, and that's how it's more commonly known — is. But does it have some basis in reality? Or is NC State no more or less unlucky than any other team? In 2017, I tried to explore that question with the NC State Stuff podcast via four episodes. And now in 2021, NC State's baseball team getting sent home from Omaha just a game away from the Championship series under the most bizarre of circumstances has reignited this debate yet again, warranting a fifth episode. Even the skeptics seem more willing to listen, says 99.9 the Fan's Joe Giglio, who has covered NC State for decades. "I've had two people who I would say were the biggest anti-NC State Stuff people going. They flat out would deny it till the end," Giglio said. "And one of them in particular said to me, 'you know me and you know I don't believe in any of that, but this is enough to make me a convertor'." Giglio details the baseball team's saga in Omaha, going from being one win away from the Championship series to sent home in just a few days because of COVID-19. After they beat Vanderbilt to put themselves in position to only need one more win, NC State head coach Elliott Avent alluded to the fact that there might be an issue. "(Assistant) coach (Chris) Hart's been sick for probably 5-6 days. J. T. Jarrett caught the bug a couple of days ago. This bug seems to be going around. I've got it a little bit. Thisbug seems to be floating around, and right now I think it's important for the players to get some rest," Avent said. As per policy, NC State's 14 unvaccinated players were tested every other day in Omaha. And Tuesday, there was the first positive test. More would come, including from NC State's vaccinated players, with a total of four before Friday's game. But in the interim, confusion reigned. So much so that on Friday, as NC State was preparing to take on Vanderbilt again, the game was delayed for an hour so that all of NC State's unvaccinated players could get tested for COVID-19, but not long enough so that any of them might get to play in said game. "Elliott Avent has said that about 45 minutes before the game, he finds out that the game is going to be postponed. Here are your choices. You can play the game with the 13 players you have vaccinated or you can forfeit. Those are your two choices. So he tells the team, 'Here's what I think. I think we should play with the 13 guys.' He said it took 6 seconds, and one of the players said to him, 'We're playing the f-ing game.' He was like, 'Let's go then'," Giglio said. Of the 14 unvaccinated players,11 kept testing negative. Giglio said pitcher Reid Johnston, who was supposed to start on Friday, tested negative six times in Omaha, according to his mother. "Now you're having players who are testing negative but not allowed to play. This is obviously frustrating to NC State and to Elliott Avent," Giglio said. Now, though, the vaccinated players are subject to testing as well. Four of those players test positive, and the NCAA sends out the now-infamous tweet to announce NC State's season is over. "I think most normal people, if you said seven of the 27 players and eight total of your Tier 1 personnel, you would say yeah, you have a problem — particularly if it's a variant, and particularly if you're now showing that vaccinated players are testing positive. So it's not just 'oh gosh, let's point the finger and blame the vaccinated players', which we saw a lot of. If you just spell out the numbers, I think most people would have understood at that point," Giglio said. "Now, why was NC State allowed to play with 13 players on Friday but not 20 on Saturday? I don't have the answer for that. I think the NCAA was mostly interested in completing their tournament. They don't want the championship to be awarded on a forfeit. So in theory, if you wait things out, who the heck knows how the testing goes with Vanderbilt? "If NC State's vaccinated players can test positive, then their other vaccinated people have the ability, given how the teams, their families and the fans were intermingling in Omaha — restaurants, hotels — it's not a far stretch to suggest that given the actual proper protocols, then the College World Series would not have been completed. So the most prudent thing for the NCAA to do to protect their own championship was to say — and this is where I don't think it's specific to NC State. I think they were just saying 'we're going to do whatever we can to protect our championship and that means NC State, you're the team with the eight positives. You're going home. We're going to complete this thing' knowing that it was a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday three-game series and you don't know what's going to happen with the rest of those players." But it did have an impact on NC State, and fans who feel as if either the universe or the powers that be (or both, in some cases) are aligned against them felt as if this was yet another example. Giglio, though, doesn't think this qualifies as NC State Stuff. But that might be because he's among those who doesn't believe in it. "In general, I would say that I believe in the concept of karma. I believe perhaps there was a deal made in 1983 that here, you're going to have this most spectacular championship, the most unlikely-— literally, the one that creates March Madness. You can have this one. But what you get next, you might not like. So I believe in that type of concept," Giglio said. "Do I think someone is out there being spiteful against NC State? No. Certainly not in an organized way. I don't believe that. The NCAA, John Swofford, the ACC, North Carolina, Vanderbilt — whatever. I don't believe that people are conspiring — people, or the gods — are conspiring against NC State. I don't believe that." But he does believe in what he calls the Law of the Wolf, which is when you expect the most, you get the least. And vice versa. This NC State team wasn't even supposed to be in Omaha in the first place. They began the season 1-8 in the ACC and overcame any obstacle thrown at them. Even NC State football, with a bunch of staff changes and an unproven quarterback (who later got injured), wasn't supposed to win eight games. But go into a season ranked? Look out. Mark Gottfried's 2012 basketball team goes on a run to the Sweet 16 and ends up No.6 in the preseason the next year, only to disappoint. "NC State football in 2018, they were perched to go to a major bowl for the first time in program history. They have Wake Forest missing a bunch of players, including their starting quarterback, on a Thursday night. They're a three-touchdown favorite. They turn around and lose that game, which is the most difficult loss of Dave Doeren's tenure. Then the next week, they go and play Louisville and just blow them out of the water," Giglio said. "Dave Doeren even said that day, he verbalized my law of the wolf — when people pat us on the back and when people tell us 'atta boy', that's when we struggle the most. We can't handle success. I think there is something to that on all different levels. That's not specific to NC State, the inability to handle when people say nice things about you. There are people in everyday walks of life who struggle with, they need to be motivated by the slights. They need to be motivated by you talking ill about them, not when they compliment you." The baseball team's bad luck is different, though. Avent was bitten by a snake in 2016 while protecting his dog not long before his team literally showed how snakebitten they were, falling in the Regionals at home to Coastal Carolina. It wasn't the first or last painful postseason exit. While NC State has suffered painful losses in its other sports, most of the time, a championship wasn't at stake. But the baseball team is in the conversation most years to win a national championship. "You could have actually done an entire podcast just on NC State baseball. The team in '13 that goes to the College World Series, they beat Carolina in the first game of the College World Series. They're playing UCLA, who as we now know has these two star pitchers — Major League Baseball stars, not college stars. They're in a game where they're either about to score a run and the ball hits a brick behind the catcher. The ball has to hit that brick in such a way that it bounces back to get the player out at home plate. You could probably go out there 100 times and throw the ball off of the brick and 99 of them, they would not bounce that way. So that's '13 That knocks them back into the loser's bracket. They actually end up getting knocked out by Carolina and UCLA goes on, of course, to win the national championship," Giglio said. "In 2015, they're in TCU where they have a lead. A bizarre series of balks and passed balls and errors and all of this other stuff — it's just the Regional round, but they end up losing. "The very next year, Coastal Carolina in the Tournament, in a torrential downpour, a monsoon. The umpires don't call the game. Elliott Avent is not at the game because he was thrown out earlier in the day. So now you have no coach. You have an umpire just kind of running roughshod over what was common sense at the time. Coastal Carolina ends up getting a run and ends up getting runners on base. The game gets picked up the next day after they finally come to their senses and call the game because of rain. Coastal Carolina is down to its last strike. A player gets hit by a pitch, the Chanticleers rally, they go on to win the College World Series. With baseball, it has been completely different — particularly because of the stakes. They're the ones who are regularly in the NCAA Tournament. They're the ones regularly in a position to actually win the national title whereas men's basketball, football, they're not at that level. So it hurts more for NC State baseball than it does the other teams." Is Avent snakebitten in more ways than one, though? Does NC State Stuff exist for baseball and not the other sports? Giglio doesn't think that Avent believes that, and he doesn't either. "Every postseason exit that he's had, he's always explained as 'that is baseball. Strange things happen.' I don't disagree with him. The TCU thing was just so crazy. The Trea Turner thing was even nuts. Part of the problem with Coastal was he had been ejected the previous game. I think Elliott Avent deserves to have his moment," Giglio said. "He went to NC State in 1974, the fall of 1974. So they're coming off this national championship. He is like the biggest NC State fan in the world there is. Forget as a coach, like, as there is. He's developed this relationship over time with David Thompson and all of these other NC State greats, coaches, Jim Valvano, Sam Esposito, you name it. He has truly lived the entire NC State experience. "I went down to Charlotte for the ACC Championship game this year. They lose 1-0 to Duke. Duke turns around and gets smashed in the NCAA Tournament by Liberty and it's like, 'Why?' And then this. They come back after that loss to Duke, beat Louisiana Tech, beat Arkansas beat Vanderbilt the first time they see them, beat (Jack) Leiter, and it's like, why does this have to happen to Elliott, the person who cares the most? My only explanation for that is that life is not fair. If you think about what Elliott's usual explanation is, well that's baseball, this is what life is. We don't get to choose our endings. We don't get to oh man, I did this so therefore I am owed this. Unfortunately, it's not how it works." Avent took heat after the loss to Vanderbilt in Omaha when he said he wasn't going to try to force his views on his players in terms of whether or not to get vaccinated. Turns out, Avent himself was vaccinated in March. But he's not going to allow his players to take the blame, ever. "What he was trying to do, because Elliott was vaccinated in March, what he was trying to do was not put the blame on the players in any way, shape or form. Even when he knows he's right, he's not going to put his players in a position where it makes them look bad. He's going to go out of his way to make sure that doesn't happen, even if it means the perception of him and his reputation takes a hit, justly or not," Giglio said. And the reason behind their not getting vaccinated is more complicated than being anti-vaccine. As Giglio pointed out, NC State's poor start to the season and lack of depth meant that the players likely felt they couldn't afford to miss a game. A lot of NC State's unvaccinated players were pitchers and likely didn't want to risk a sore pitching arm. But either way, Giglio said this sad end to the season was preventable. "When you're in a competition, I think you have to do everything you possibly can to take advantage of all of the rules and all of the external options that you have that give you the best chance to be successful. So I think ultimately, you can chalk this up to if you had followed the protocol 100% like some of the other teams did, and again, I understand why. Vanderbilt is ranked in the top 10, they're in the SEC, they have these two great pitchers and they have the luxury of saying to players you can miss a game, you can miss a series, you can take some time off because we're in a position where we're going to make the tournament no matter what," Giglio said. "I can see with NC State specifically, they also had some players test positive for COVID during the season and then you'd be essentially vaccinated the hard way with a 90-day antibody window there too. So I can see why they didn't, but I think ultimately you have to go back to that choice and say if you had done this, you would have avoided how this ended." A lot of NC State Stuff, whether it's their draconian punishment for NCAA violations in the early 1990s or having one of the best defenses in the country the year AFTER Philip Rivers left, can be chalked up to bad timing. Considering the country is in a weird transitional state where we're over COVID but not quite over COVID, this might be yet another example of that. "Where people get caught up in is the wait a second, you let 14 players play on Friday but you wouldn't let 20 players play on Saturday. Wait a second, you had players test positive. Fine, we all understood that. But you also had players test negative who you didn't let play," Giglio said. "Not only that, you created a situation unlike the NCAA men's or women's tournament in basketball where you had fans and friends intermingling in a downtown area, in the hotels, in the same restaurants and you can't possibly think that was scientifically intelligent." But is it NC State Stuff, or just baseball? Former Florida State head coach Mike Martin went to Omaha 17 times without winning a title in a 40-year career. He's not the only one to get there a lot without winning the whole thing. North Carolina has been plenty of times without a title. "I believe it's the toughest title to win in American sports. The format changes in each round. So you have a double elimination, then a best of three. Double elimination, best of three. So it's not like a 7-game series. It's not a single elimination. So it truly is, especially in college baseball where you don't have an abundance of pitching," Giglio said. "Ask Carolina how many times they've been there. Carolina, Mike Fox had the best program in the whole country. The number of times that they went, all the years in a row in the 2000s and into the middle 2000s, mid 2010s — he had the best program in the country and each time they'd get there and you're like this is our year. Andrew Miller, we've got guys, we're going to do this, Daniel Bard, we're going to do this, and crazy things would happen to them. Because it is baseball, and because that Tournament, it's almost impossible to predict how it's going to go." And yet, NC State is the only Power 5 team this century to not have won at least a share of a conference title (regular season or postseason) in football, men's basketball or baseball. The last one in any of those sports was in 1992. Is it bad luck? "I think you have to point some of it is to mismanagement. Some of it is also to their inability to take advantage of the timing when you have it. If you're NC State, my long argument has always been in football, every four years you should have a team like Dave (Doeren) had in '17 and '18. They're trending towards that now. I pointed that out in '19 when they were bad. I was like listen, they were always going to be average or poor in this season because they have to build back up. If your name is not Alabama or Ohio State or Oklahoma, guess what? You should be in a cycle where your young players take their lumps at the beginning of their careers but by the time they're juniors and seniors, you should have enough of them and the experience that they have that they have a chance at it," Giglio said. "NC State has not been able to take advantage of those chances, and they've had those chances. So you can't just sit here and curse the gods because you can't take advantage of your chances." It's made worse for the NC State faithful by looking at the success their rivals not far down the road have had, mostly in basketball. Giglio thinks NC State Stuff would not be what it is today without that. "If you think about it specifically in men's basketball, and that's where our conversation started, if the deal was made in '83, NC State wins the ACC Tournament in '87 and at that time, I believe only Carolina had more ACC titles. NC State had more ACC titles than Duke. Duke had never won the NCAA Tournament at that time. NC State had two — '74, '83. Duke had none. If you just want to really depress yourself, you can compile everything that's happened since '87. You look at where Duke is now in men's basketball. Carolina has been more consistent," Giglio said. "So to my point about the universe kind of leveling out, and if you ask Michael Jordan and anyone else from the earlier era, they'll tell you, NC State was our rival. Duke wasn't our rival. That's why Roy Williams for all those years would say don't disparage NC State. I want to beat NC State. Don't come out here with this stuff. That's absolutely what makes it worse. If Duke and North Carolina had toiled - think about it from a Carolina lens for like a half of a second. Their biggest disappointment was losing the Villanova game. the very next year, they win the national championship. They lose this heartbreaking game to Villanova on a last-second shot, very next year, win a national title. So it's like even bad things for Carolina lead to good things. That's the biggest problem for NC State. They had something great happen — historic, all-time — happen almost 40 years ago and they're still waiting for something good to happen."

 

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WATCH: NFL QB Tom Brady Smashes 390-Yard Drive In ‘The Match’ Against PGA Pros

Tom Brady is perhaps the Greatest Of All Time to ever play professional football. With seven Super Bowl wins, Brady has more rings than any player in NFL history. But he’s also not too shabby at golf. Brady joined fellow NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and professional golfers Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau for what was touted as “The Match.” Airing Tuesday night, the two pairs matched up for charity at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin golf course in Big Sky, Montana. On the third hole, Brady smashed a drive 390 yards, which ended up just a dozen feet from the pin. “My man, what a drive,” Mickelson said to his partner. This Tom Brady shot 😳 He’s locked in. #CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/oqWlkidfGJ Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 6, 2021 Former President Barack Obama, a part-time golfer who made a cameo appearance on the live TNT broadcast, had only one word to say: “Wow.” Brady’s shot was aided by the altitude: the course is at 7,500 feet above sea level. Rodgers hit one even further than Brady, driving his ball about 450 yards on a 777-yard par 5 that drops in elevation by nearly a football field. The battle went back and forth. “After an iffy start, Rodgers got hot off the tee to lead he and DeChambeau on a stretch of six birdies over eight holes to take the late lead. A quirky one-club challenge gave Mickelson and Brady a chance to cut into the lead, but a missed putt with a 7-iron by Brady allowed the hole to be halved and momentum to be halted. Rodgers made a birdie putt on the par-3 16th to seal the deal,” GolfWeek reported. “I thought we played really well today,” Mickelson told reporters after the round. “We made a lot of birdies, shot quite a few under par, but these guys played better.” Here’s what happened on that 777-yard hole, according to PGATour.com. A 280-foot drop from the tee made a 500-yard tee shot possible. A white line was painted across the fairway at that point. Mickelson’s tee shot caught the small bunker in the middle of the fairway, while Bryson crushed his tee shot. It hung up in the rough, though, and didn’t roll to the bottom of the hill. DeChambeau’s ball still traveled 480 yards. Meanwhile, Mickelson had fairway wood for his third shot after Brady had to pitch out of the bunker. Rodgers piped one from a forward tee, so they used his tee shot, leaving Bryson with just an 8-iron into the hole. He hit it into a bunker but Rodgers blasted out to 12 feet. Mickelson was left with about a 40-footer for par. He conceded after missing and the match was back to all square. But later in the match, Brady wasn’t the GOAT in golf. On one drive, he sliced his ball far into the trees. On another, he shanked an iron. “I’m channeling my inner Charles Barkley,” Brady said, referring to the notoriously golf-channeled NBA superstar, who did commentary for the match. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.

 

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Revisit the 75 best photos from the 2016 Rio Olympics

It's too easy for Usain Bolt. Neymar after winning gold for the host nation. An Australian archer takes aim with a Rio favela in the background. Diving in! England's Brownlee brothers collapse after taking gold and silver in the men's triathlon. Nice dig by China's Fan Wang. There's something exceedingly dramatic about fencing. Polish rowers completely drained after the pair final. Nobody likes to lose. You can't look away from Michael Phelps' pre-swim stretch. Russian and Mongolian wrestlers, wrestling. Weightlifter Ayesha Shahriyar M. Albalooshi of the UAE. Even Olympians get tired after the steeplechase. Tattoos of the Olympic rings are common throughout Rio. Rowers take the water early in the morning. Great Britain's Elissa Downie gives you a sense of how narrow the balance beam is... ... which makes Gabby Douglass all the more impressive. Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger check out a capybara on the golf course. Simone Manuel reacts after winning gold. A tangle of body parts in Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China's routine. Anastasia Gloushkov Leventhal and Ievgenia Tetelbaum of Israel are in sync. How's this for strength? Raven Saunders prepares to shot put. Katie Ledecky, breaking world records. Ledecky, breaking more records. Don't mess with Paula Ungureanu of Romania's handball team. Victory is sweet. Michael Phelps' opponent realizes he's been beaten. Different reactions from USA's Lilly King and Russia's Yulia Efimova as they look at their times. Simone Biles momentarily defeats gravity. A wrestler from Uzbekistan celebrating (not wrestling!) with his coach after a bronze medal. The French handball team roars during a semifinal match with Germany. Good concentration from Segun Toriola of Nigeria. Team USA's Heather Miller-Koch competes in the high-jump portion of the heptathlon. Backstrokers in unison. Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade stretches out on the balance beam. Losing is never easy for Novak Djokovic. Divers plunge into the mysteriously green pool water. Germany's Laura Vargas Koch competes against Angola's Antonia Moreira in judo. Japanese decathlete Akihiko Nakamura stretches out in the long jump. Mo Farah pulls away to win the 5,000 meter gold. The 10km marathon swimmers grab refreshments. Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia lands a high kick in women's taekwondo. Mateus Filipe Gregorio Machado of Brazil lets it all out. Hosam Hussein Bakr Abdin of Egypt is feeling the pain. And Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba is about to feel the pain. Irish boxer Michael Conlan tells the judges how he really feels after a controversial quarterfinal exit. Fencers in action — fencers in flight. Power. Violetta Kolobova of Russia celebrates winning bronze. Celebration and suffering in the men's steeplechase finale. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain warm up ahead of the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard final. Flying horse. Uh oh. Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands with some friendly taunting after defeating Qian Li of China. Boomer Phelps getting ready for 2036? Good concentration from Lin Dan of China. Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir celebrated after winning gold. A Mongolian coach stripped off his clothes in protest after his wrestler lost a gold medal for celebrating too early. Trinidadian shot-putter Cleopatra Borel readies herself. A Croatian water-polo player rises out of the water for a shot. Yang Haeun of South Korea watches the ball. Italy's Paola Ogechi Egonu elevates and detonates over Puerto Rico. Look out. Boogeying? Nope. Race walking. Russian fencers celebrate after defeating the US in the team semifinal. Tania Cagnotto of Italy plummets off the 3-meter springboard. Canada's Jennifer Abel seemingly relaxes in mid-air during the women's 3-meter springboard final. Not a bad view from the women's road race. Great Britain's Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves hike all the way out. Ipanema Beach at sunset. Christ the Redeemer looks down upon some windsurfers. The look on the face of a Brazilian volleyball player after winning gold says it all. A Japanese boat sails on a gorgeous afternoon in Rio. Who's ready for Tokyo 2020?

 

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This ‘Animal Crossing’ Monopoly Board Game Will Make You Do A Double Take

Ready, set, craft. Get ready to collect all the Nook Miles you can because Hasbro teamed up with Nintendo to create an Animal Crossing Monopoly, and it looks too good to be true. For fans of the ever-popular Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this new Monopoly game is just like the your virtual island life, where you’ll need to collect Bells, fossils, and more. If you’re ready to level up your game night with a Nook-approved board game, here’s where Animal Crossing Monopoly for some IRL island fun. The Animal Crossing Edition Monopoly game is available for pre-sale as of early July 2021, and like the video game, it might break the internet. The board game takes classic Monopoly and gives it a major Animal Crossing: New Horizons twist. Replacing the typical pawns, there are four villagers to choose from. Once the game begins, you’ll collect fossils, fruit, bugs, and fish, instead of properties. As you collect, you’ll sell these resources for Bells, Animal Crossing’s in-game currency. Collecting Bells will help you progress through the game, as you’ll spend them to craft special decorations from Nook’s Cranny store. There’s a catch on what you can sell, though — the Nook’s Cranny die determines which resource type Nook is buying on your turn. Once you’ve made a full rotation around the board, you’ll also get to pick a skill card, which will grant you a unique ability you can use throughout the game. You’ll complete tasks and meet some characters you might recognize along the way, earning Nook Miles for each decoration you craft from Nook’s Cranny. You’ll want to craft as much as you can because the player who scores the most Nook Miles wins the game. If an Animal Crossing -themed board game sounds like your ideal game night, you can pre-order it online from games and collectibles retailer Entertainment Earth for $24.99. If you’d rather wait until the game is in stores, Animal Crossing Monopoly will hit the shelves nationwide at major retailers like Target, Walmart, and Amazon starting in August 2021. We only include products that have been independently selected by Elite Daily's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. When heading out to grab your Animal Crossing Monopoly, make sure to check the CDC's latest guidance on social distancing and masking.

 

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Heat Guard Plans to ‘Really Put Some Weight On’ This Summer

Getty Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat handles the ball in the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on May 16, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has big plans this summer. Not only will the 21-year-old guard be a part of the Select Team practicing and playing against USA Basketball Men’s team in Las Vegas, but Herro is also planning to get a legit “NBA body.” The latest Heat news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Heat newsletter here! Join Heavy on Heat! During a press conference on July 6, Herro, who’s currently 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds said he’s going to take all the advantages of having a legit offseason: This summer is a huge summer for me, and I am excited. It is my first real offseason where I am able to focus on different things I want to work on. For one is just getting stronger, my foundation—whether it is my legs or my upper body, just being able to come into more of an NBA body, really put some weight on. I think just being more efficient from 3, continuing to get better, my decision-making in the pick-and-roll. To be a lot more efficient, I feel like I can be a lot more efficient in the midrange, really all around. I am just really excited to put all the time, all the effort in this summer and get better. Getty Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro finished the 2020-21 NBA season averaging 15.1 points on 43.9% shooting and 36.0% 3-point shooting. The Heat went 5-9 in the first 14 games he was in the starting lineup, prompting Herro to be moved to the bench. After starring in the postseason last year, with 16.0 points per game as part of Miami’s run to the Finals, Herro averaged just 9.3 points on 31.6% shooting in this season’s playoffs. When asked if the short offseason affected his performance, Herro said, “No, I don’t think so. Not in any way do I think I regressed at all. You know, obviously, I wasn’t really excited with my performance, but I’m not regressing in any way.” “I am excited to have a full offseason and really just work on some things I want to work on and know I need to work on, and really just continue to get better and not regress.” Getty Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat reacts in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on May 16, 2021. In a twist of fate, Heat’s head coach Erik Spoelstra was selected to be the Select Team’s head coach, which means Herro and Spoelstra will have some extra quality time this summer. “No matter who would have been coaching him in this week, I think it’s a great confidence boost, I think it’s a great basketball experience, it’s a great competitive experience for him,” Spoelstra said. “When you get an opportunity to compete against the main team, there is absolutely nothing you can do in a summer in terms of workouts, player development and open gyms that would surpass the type of experience that not only Tyler will get, but all the members of the Select Team will get in competing against the very best that we have to offer in this country.” READ NEXT: Suns Forward: Miami Heat’s Finals Run Last Year ‘Doesn’t Mean Anything’ Unlock the latest Miami Heat news, rumors and exclusives — direct to your inbox. ↓

 

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Wrestler Natalie Cortes leaves title legacy at Lane

Natalie Cortes wanted to be a wrestler for the longest time. Well, for a couple years anyway. The daughter of a former high school wrestler at Quigley South and Quigley Prep, Cortes hoped to try the sport when she was at Lane Tech Academic Center, an upper-grade facility connected to the high school. But Illinois High School Association rules prohibit junior high athletes from practicing with high school teams, and the academic center didn’t have a program of its own. So Cortes bided her time until she was a Lane freshman and Matt Yan arrived to coach the Indians. That first year wasn’t easy. All the matches were against boys at 106 pounds, either on the freshman level against suburban teams or on the varsity against Public League opponents. Yan tried to keep her spirits up, “Coach Yan never told me I couldn’t or I shouldn’t,” Cortes said. “He told me, ‘You’ve got to stick it out and keep pushing.’ He was always looking out for me.” Still, it was difficult for Cortes, who said she did not win a single match on the mat — though she had a handful of forfeit wins. “I definitely was not having a good time,” she said. “I was getting beat up on in practice and matches. “It was really disheartening. There were a lot of times I was wondering what I was doing.” But that was then and this is now. Cortes is coming off a dominant run to the 101-pound state title at the final Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association girls state tourney (the IHSA will start a girls state series next season). She’s looking forward to the next chapter in her career after earning a scholarship to wrestle at Division II Colorado Mesa. The path to the top of the state rankings and a college career was paved with blood, sweat and a few tears. It began with an offseason trip to a camp in Ohio after that rough freshman season, ”That was the first time she scored a takedown against a guy,” Yan said. “Then I thought to myself, ‘She’s getting it. She’s going to be OK.” Sophomore year, Cortes started seeing more success, especially against other girls. Despite battling a shoulder injury, she qualified for the IWCIA state meet. Then as a junior, Yan named Cortes a team captain and she advanced to state again. But just before the IWCOA finals, the world ground to a halt with the COVID-19 lockdown. “Oh my God, it was so sad,” Cortes said. Like most everyone, she had some ups and downs while normal life was on hold, Cortes lifted weights four or five times a week. Yan helped her get barbells and medicine balls. along with three wrestling mats to provide a makeshift practice facility in the garage of her Brighton Park home. It wasn’t easy. There was down time when Cortes had COVID-19, and also when she had to quarantine after going out of state to compete in preseason club nationals last November. Adding to that, the nature of school during a pandemic was not a good fit for her personality. “I am not a homebody,” she said. “I do not do well with being at home and doing nothing.” But eventually the world began to open up. The IHSA allowed prep wrestling to have an abbreviated spring season, starting in April. As she had throughout her Lane career, Cortes wrestled against boys as the varsity 106- or 113-pounder. And she went unbeaten against girls, pinning her way to the state title match, which she won 4-0. She’s the first Public League girl to win a championship in the IWCOA state series. Though Cortes is moving on, her legacy will live on at Lane. “It’’ll be a huge recruiting tool for us,” Yan said. “The way girls join wrestling is they see other girls doing it.” And in Cortes’ case, doing it uncommonly well.

 

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Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Player In Baseball History To Be Selected To All-Star Game As Both A Pitcher And A Hitter

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Los Angeles Angels pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani has been on fire at the plate. And he can pitch as well. Ohtani was selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, becoming the first player in Major League history to be selected to the All-Star Game as both a hitter and a pitcher. He was selected as a position player by the fan vote, and as a pitcher on Sunday in the team’s announcement. Shohei Ohtani becomes the first player in MLB history to be named an All-Star as both a position player and a pitcher 💪 pic.twitter.com/7ghmh5gUE5 Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 4, 2021 The All-Star Game will take place on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado after Major League Baseball moved the game away from Atlanta, Georgia following outrage from the Left regarding Georgia’s new voter laws. Kevin Cash — manager of the Tampa Bay Rays — will coach the American League team, and has spoken with Angels manager Joe Maddon about using Ohtani as both a pitcher and a hitter. “The conclusion is that he will pitch, but how it’s going to happen has not been concluded,” Maddon said . “There’s different ways to do it, obviously. He could start the game or come in game-in-progress.” Ohtani has been incredible in his fourth MLB season, leading the league in home runs with 31. He’s hitting.276 with 68 RBI’s and 4-1 as a pitcher with a 3.49 era. “The guy’s going to participate in Home Run Derby, pitch in the game, and hit in the game. That doesn’t happen like, ever,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “So this is the one time… even the non-baseball fan can really latch onto this and become interested.” Logistically, there are ways to use Ohtani as both a pitcher and hitter in the game. He could start on the mound and be used as a DH, or he could start as the DH and be brought in later in the game as a relief pitcher. “The conclusion is that he will pitch, but how it’s going to happen has not been concluded,” Maddon said . “There’s different ways to do it, obviously. He could start the game or come in game-in-progress. And how often do you hit him? And don’t forget he’ll be in the Home Run Derby the day before. There’s a lot going on there. But Shohei is into it. It’s not like we’re trying to push him into doing anything. We’re just trying to figure out the best way to do it.” Ohtani was the starting pitcher for the Angels on Tuesday night, meaning he’ll have a full week’s rest before the All-Star Game. Ohtani is baseball’s greatest rising star, doing something that has not been seen since Babe Ruth — dropping bombs and throwing gems. Before Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox,14 of Ohtani’s last 19 hits were home runs Out of Shohei Ohtani's last 19 hits,14 have been home runs 🤯 pic.twitter.com/WlbSDQNzU3 — Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 5, 2021 It’s a fantastic opportunity for Major League Baseball to capitalize on Ohtani’s rising star. Whether they are able to is a different story. Commissioner Rob Manfred has been historically inept at pushing his superstars into the limelight. MLB lacks the pizazz and energy that other sports contain, and coupled with their inability to market their best players, have continued to deal with plummeting attendance numbers. Ohtani is a reason to tune into the All-Star Game. Hopefully, Manfred can figure out a way to properly market him. Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers, and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to sports@dailywire.com. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.

 

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The Surprise Key To Winning

Every organization I’ve led—from TD Ameritrade to football at Coastal Carolina University—succeeded or failed based on the self-awareness of its team and their willingness to take responsibility for successes and failures. When we won, it was always because every single person not only understood their position and what they had to do, but they actually did it and took responsibility for it, from the top to the bottom of the organization. When we lost, it was invariably because we didn’t have that level of self-awareness. This principle works in every industry and has guided my career for more than 40 years. In college football, you have a team of 125 players and another 25 people on the coaching staff. That’s 150 people who all have to work together to win. Each one of them has their own job, from the quarterback to the locker room attendant. As a coach, I would tell every one of them the same thing: “I don’t necessarily need you to be number one. I need you to maximize your potential. That’s your job.” What that means is that if you’re capable of being number one—as a coach or a player or anything else—then you need to be number one. If you’re only able to be number five, make sure you’re number five. What was never okay with me was being 10-2 when you had the potential to be 12-0. It’s not okay if all the analysts say you’re going to earn $1.25 per share and you only make $1.15. By the same token, if the world is blowing up and the best you can do is $0.90 per share, make sure you hit that; understand what your potential is and reach it. And if you don’t, take responsibility for it. You can only maximize your potential if you’re aware of what it is to begin with. Self-awareness is the single biggest factor in football or in business. This isn’t theoretical. Here are two examples from my life that illustrate what I mean. In 2013, Coastal Carolina University—where I was head coach—was the no.11, and we were slated to play no.4 Montana in Washington-Grizzly Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Division I championship. It was freezing there. The game is now considered to be the coldest NCAA football game ever at -5 degrees with a 10 mph wind. No one expected CCU, a school from South Carolina, to compete well under those conditions. A lot of our players had never even seen snow, much less experienced those kinds of temperatures. My coaching staff and players didn’t think they could win either. The problem was, though, that we were capable of beating Montana. I knew that, the coaches knew that, and the players knew that, but because of the conditions, no one thought we could reach our potential. When the coaching staff gathered to plan for the game, the mood in the room was dire. Everyone expected to lose already! They gave all the reasons why: it would be too cold, the players weren’t used to it, Montana was acclimated already. My coaches and team had the self-awareness to realize that there was a problem, but they weren’t prepared to overcome it despite the conditions. Rather than rolling over, we tried to solve the problems we could. We made thermoses of chicken soup, we came up with a warming protocol to keep players from losing body heat when they were on the bench, and we made it part of practice. We did it again and again. By the time we hit the field, we were ready. If we didn’t win, it would only be because we didn’t reach our potential. It would be our fault, not the weather’s. Montana came out in short sleeves. They hadn’t practiced a warming protocol. We won the game 42-35 because of self-awareness (we knew the cold would be a problem) and deciding to reach our potential anyway (by problem-solving, taking responsibility and practicing). In 2005, Ameritrade bought TD Waterhouse for $3.3 billion in cash and stock. I was the CEO of Ameritrade at the time and knew that merging the two companies would be a major task. A big merger is not just a change on paper, it means evolving corporate cultures, changing processes, creating new benefits packages. Everyone has to be at their best. The senior management team thought we were doing a great job and that we could save millions of dollars on synergies and with a new benefits package. This sounded great, of course. Who doesn’t want to save millions? But I asked them, “are people okay with it?” They said of course they were. Every month, I met with our Advisory Board, people from all levels of the firm—not just management—who could tell me about what was working and what wasn’t. Typically I would talk about the numbers, tell a joke or two, and then we’d have a Q&A. This time, there was anger, and I heard something very different than what my executive team had told me. People were upset about the benefits package. Some employees could lose their parental benefits. Low level employees worried they couldn’t afford the new plan. It was a disaster. My executives hadn’t realized they were only perceiving numbers and not the impact the new package would have on our entire team. Worse still, I hadn’t had the self-awareness to realize there was a problem. It was as much my fault as theirs. We risked losing good employees. In these situations,90 percent of the time, executives just say “sorry, but the train has left the station.” But I knew that wouldn’t help us maximize our potential. Instead, I said that what we had done was wrong and took personal responsibility for it. We went back to the drawing board. The next month we had a new plan, and the Advisory Board praised it. It made a difference that we had chosen to take responsibility for what had gone wrong. Only by making the effort to be aware of the problem and by taking personal responsibility for it were we able to reach our full potential. Life is full of setbacks and problems that have to be solved, whether that means creating a new benefits package or playing in the cold in Montana. The real challenge is practicing self-awareness and making it a regular part of your winning formula. I am convinced that the world can be a better place if every person makes the effort to do this and maximize their potential. Everyone has their own versions of these stories. Share yours with me on Twitter @CoachJoeMoglia.

 

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LaMelo Ball Becomes General Partner, Board Member Of Powerhandz

Less than one month after adding NBA Rookie of the Year to his resume, Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is adding General Partner and Board Member to it as well. Ball, the No.3 overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, joins double-minority-owned athletic training and rehabilitation product tech platform Powerhandz as part of its $3 million Series A fundraise. “Powerhandz is a whole vibe that all youth need to know about and train with,” Ball said via email. “They’ve already sold in many countries on their own, I’m just adding some steam to help elevate. It’s cool to work with a Black-woman-owned business in the sports and fitness tech space, that’s rare. We’re about to change the game with our live stream multi-sport training app. I’m just a voice to help amplify what’s already great.” Ball’s first introduction to Powerhandz occurred by happenstance in 2019 when he began using their patented anti-grip weighted gloves to train in Los Angeles. He told manager and trainer Jermaine Jackson about the product because he wanted to buy a pair before going to Australia to play for the Illawarra Hawks. After feeling his physical strength challenged wearing the brand’s weighted Powersuit, Ball sought to get more involved in the company and its The Power to Give Foundation supporting youth athletes. Ball, who averaged 15.7 points per game and 6.1 assists per game last season (51 games), said he’s relying on Powerhandz products this offseason to get stronger and to regain full mobility in his wrist after fracturing a bone in his right wrist in late March. “Anytime I used our products, I felt the results,” Ball said. “As an athlete you are always trying to find an edge and find your rhythm. The more prepared you are the better. I use Powerhandz during training and pre-game warm ups; it just activates everything. I feel more explosive on the court.” Powerhandz was founded in 2014 as just that: an opportunity for athletes to find an edge over their competition. Inspired by Jason Williams’ use of garden gloves to improve his dribbling and ball handling, Powerhandz co-founder Darnell Jones incorporated ankle weights to add resistance to his training. From there, the weights were integrated into anti-grip gloves, and since then, Powerhandz has grown into a multi-sport company offering more than 10 products across basketball, baseball, softball, football, MMA and fitness. As part of its efforts to expand and scale, Powerhandz also today announced a merger with PH Innovation Holdings, Inc. “We’ve been there and done that with the post-and-ghost type of athlete and we’ve learned from that process,” Powerhandz co-founder and CEO Danyel Surrency Jones said. “They don’t move algorithms. We wanted someone that not only moved algorithms but got us into rooms we could not have because of influence that could excite a new generation of youth athletes. “(Ball) was the perfect young creative rare talent based on that organic relationship that then became very strategic to help Powerhandz to scale to continue to be a global, household brand with products, technology and services that we will be launching.” The partnership kicked off at Ball’s youth basketball “1 of 1 Elite Camp” in Charlotte hosted by Puma and Powerhandz in mid-June, where campers trained with the company’s products and gained access to be on the exclusive waiting list for its upcoming “One Ball” collection. Ball will have a hands-on role in creating this custom collection of top-of-the-line training innovation, a multi-sports and fitness technology and services platform, and serving through the company’s charity. “I love the company and what we are creating together,” Ball said. “As a major partner, I’m committed to shifting the training culture for youth. I get to create my own collection and launch technology that teaches you how to ball better. That’s dope. That’s legacy building.” As for the 19-year-old Ball, this is just the beginning of his growing influence and ventures off the court. He signed with Puma in October 2020 ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft in a deal reportedly worth $100 million. “I’m just being me: never force a business partnership and I’m expanding at my own pace,” he said. “My off-the-court interest must connect to who I am on the court. I’m looking forward to the journey of creating an off-the-court legacy similar to those before me like Mike and Magic.”

 

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Bennett, Shaked split on kicking rebel MK Chikli out of Yamina

Bill enabling MKs to split off of Likud passes into law, Edelstein expects it to "boomerang" against the party's rivals.

 

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Barcelona Midfielder ‘Wants’ Summer Transfer, Says Club Chief

Getty Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena Barcelona is in transfer talks with Getafe regarding a summer transfer for 23-year-old midfielder Carles Alena, according to club chief Angel Torres. The Getafe president told reporters on Wednesday that he is confident a deal can be done to bring the 23-year-old to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez ahead of the new La Liga season, as reported by Diario Sport. “Aleñá’s operation is pending on Messi’s. The boy wants to come to Getafe and Barcelona knows it. I think it will have a happy ending,” he said. “I am negotiating directly with Barcelona and I hope Aleñá is here before we go to La Manga.” Barca is desperate to offload players to trim the wage bill and Alena looks like the next player to leave. It would be no surprise to see the youngster sold given he has never managed to secure regular football at Barcelona and his current contract expires in 2022. The report suggests Barca could sell for a fee of around € 8 million, and the deal could even include a buyback option. Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, r umors and content! If Alena does leave he will become the latest academy product to depart the club in search of regular football. The midfielder joined the club at the age of seven and went rights through the ranks, making his first-team debut in November 2016 against Hercules in the Copa del Rey. Yet Alena has been unable to go on and cement a place in the first team. The midfielder was sent out on loan to Real Betis for the second half of the 2019-20 season and spent half of the last campaign with Getafe. Alena featured regularly for Los Azulones, making 22 appearances in La Liga, and now looks set to make his stay permanent. He will join Konrad de la Fuente, Jean-Clair Todibo, Francisco Trincao, Matheus Fernandes, and Junior Firpo in leaving the club this summer. Barcelona may also wave goodbye to fellow midfielder Miralem Pjanic before the start of the new campaign after just one season with the Catalan giants. The 31-year-old spent most of last season on the bench and admitted he had been left with a “bitter taste” in a post on socia media after the campaign. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona has offered Pjanic the chance to leave for free in a bid to get the veteran off the wage bill. Barca must cut costs to be able to renew Lionel Messi’s contract and still comply with La Liga’s salary cap. Premier League clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be keen on signing Pjanic, as reported by Marca. However, the midfielder is said to be in “no rush” to decide his future. Yet a decision will need to be made soon with Barcelona players due back for medical checks ahead of the start of pre-season on July 9 and 10. The team then has a little over a month to prepare for the team’s first game of the season on August 15 against Real Sociedad. READ NEXT: Messi Ruthlessly Mocks Former Barcelona Teammate [WATCH]

 

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Marlins Beat Dodgers 2-1 On Wild Pitch, Error In 10th

MIAMI (AP) — Automatic runner Starling Marte advanced to third on Blake Treinen’s wild pitch and continued home when catcher Will Smith threw wildly past third base for a game-ending error in the 10th inning, giving the Miami Marlins a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Miami went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position but got a pair of unearned runs as the Dodgers made two of the game’s four errors. Treinen (2-4) got two outs before bouncing an 0-1 slider that bounced away from Smith to the edge of the dirt circle on the first-base side of the plate, Smith’s throw bounced off the glove of third baseman Justin Turner to the low wall behind third base as Marte slid into third headfirst. Marte, who started the inning on base under pandemic rules, got up and sprinted home as left fielder Zach McKinstry’s rushed throw home sailed over Smith as Marte slid in feetfirst. “I was surprised that Star hadn’t taken off earlier,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I thought he would try to run one of those first two hitters early in the count. Then that one bounces away, and it was over. That was a crazy ending.” Smith’s error was the fourth by the Dodgers in two days. “When I got to it, I saw Marte halfway,” Smith said. “I make a good throw he’s out. In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have thrown it.” David Hess (2-0) pitched a one-hit 10th for his second consecutive win of the series. Mattingly and Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts each used six relievers ahead of a likely bullpen game Wednesday. “We got our outs, got the zeroes we needed,” Mattingly said. “We’re still running guys hard. I think the guys understand where we’re at. You’re looking at that 10th inning hoping to get it done there.” Right-hander Jake Reed was called up by the Dodgers, and the 28-year-old made his major league debut as his wife Janie Reed prepares to play outfield for the U. S. softball team at the Olympics. Reed entered in the sixth inning with a 1-0 lead, and the Marlins tied the score when Marte reached on an infield single, stole second and shortstop Gavin Lux committed an error on Jesús Aguilar’s two-out grounder. The side-arming reliever allowed two hits, struck out one and walked one. Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin allowed two hits in a season-high five innings. “We did a great job of preventing runs,” Roberts said. “The bullpen did a really nice job of keeping us in the ballgame. The offensive side we had opportunities but just couldn’t cash in.” Smith hit an RBI single in the fourth after Cody Bellinger led off with a single that culminated a 12-pitch at bat. Right-fielder Garrett Cooper overran the sinking line drive, allowing Bellinger to reach third on the two-base error. Miami’s Pablo López, whose previous start lasted one pitch after he was ejected for hitting Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr., needed 91 pitches to get through four innings He allowed four hits, struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter. “They were laying off good pitches that you’re hoping to get a swing, hoping to get weak contact,” López said. It makes you think that they are on you. You really can’t take any pitch for granted. It becomes a constant battle.”

 

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How Retailers Can Win With A Blended Service Experience

As Sr.Vice President & GM of Oracle 's Service Clouds, Chris leads the continued transformation of CX space. A resilient retail industry ready to thrive emerged from one of the most tumultuous years in history. Small boutiques that operated for decades with no more than a cash register have had to adopt new digital technologies to connect with and retain customers. Large retailers that traditionally relied on in-person shopping are now some of the fastest-growing e-commerce categories. In 2019, only 3.2% of the $777 billion in food and beverages purchased were bought online. By the summer of 2020, 68% of customers were ordering groceries online for home delivery. Many people are ready to return to in-person shopping yet have grown accustomed to the ease and convenience of digital service and will continue some of the shopping habits they picked up during the pandemic. A new study from Oracle confirms this, finding that over 40% of consumers plan to continue using contactless payments and curbside pickup for the foreseeable future. Some will be cautious about in-store shopping even after people are fully immunized and economies reopen. Others with underlying conditions will need to remain digitally connected out of an abundance of caution. How can retailers build on technology investments made during the global health crisis — using them to innovate, competitively differentiate and win loyalty — while also focusing on offering a safe in-store experience that some have missed? Now's the time for retailers to start planning around the blended service experience. What A Blended Service Experience Looks Like The goal of a blended service experience is for your customers to shop in-store and online — or take advantage of a hybrid approach of curbside pickup, for example — and feel as if they have the same great experience every time. This requires quite a few things: • Seamlessly connecting self-service models and assisted customer service from an agent or associate. • Technologies that know when to predict the need for service and what model. • Having a full picture of each customer and your business so that you can deliver personalized, individualized service — how people want it, when and where they need it. Here's an example of what this can look like: Anna purchases a piece of furniture in-store, a king-sized bed frame she's been eyeing on the retailer's website for months. Her in-store experience is great. The sales associate listens to her, helps her find the exact bedframe she's looking for and arranges to have it shipped to her house. About one week later, the bed frame arrives at Anna's house but it’s missing a part for assembling. A bit frustrated, she goes to the retailer's website to get their customer service phone number. Instead, she sees the option to communicate with an AI-powered digital assistant and decides to give that a go. As soon as she states her problem, her message goes into the retailer's service routing engine. Her inquiry is routed to a human agent, who apologizes and informs her that the missing piece will be sent out that day with expedited shipping. The missing piece arrives the following day. Anna likes the bed frame — and the quality of service she received — so much that she goes back to the retailer's website and searches for similar items. She sees a pop-up on the website for proactive web engagement, allowing her to chat with an employee or search for answers in the retailer's knowledge base while browsing their site. She chats with an employee and finds a matching nightstand she loves. After ending the conversation, however, she sees the item is on backorder. Anna contacts a customer service agent to get a time frame on when the nightstand will become available or see if she can have one in-store shipped to her. The agent has an up-to-date thread on all of her interactions with the brand thus far and can help her identify the piece she is interested in. Not only does Anna get everything she needs, but the retailer gives her a 15% discount in seeing that she's a loyal customer. The result: one happy customer and brand advocate. Keeping that example in mind, here are three tips about how to create a blended service experience for your customers: • Equip your staff to be brand champions. Your staff is on the front lines of the customer experience — they are the face of your brand and they are behind every interaction your customers have with your company. Turning your staff into brand champions takes significant investment by the company — in ongoing training and development and in technologies that automate mundane processes to allow them to focus on providing exceptional customer service. Most importantly, companies need to invest in creating an inclusive and positive culture where everyone feels they can grow their careers. The more they believe in your brand, the more they will inspire the same belief (and loyalty) in your customers. • Don't discredit the human experience. Many customer journeys now start in the digital world, but the blended service experience is about both human and digital channels coming together to deliver seamless, effortless service. When it comes to the human experience, focus less on call wait times and how quickly people are getting off the phone and more on high-value customer satisfaction metrics like customer satisfaction score (CSAT), net promoter score (NPS) and customer effort. • Remember: Data is the ultimate foundation. To ensure the success of these technologies and the overall quality of the blended service experience, retailers need to effectively capture, analyze and act on customer data to make every customer interaction matter. With effective data management, retailers can piece together accurate profiles of individual customers based on their interests and attributes, and they can use that information to their advantage. Every retailer needs to understand the importance of this. Nothing’s impossible when you have that elusive golden record of customer data. The realities of retail are changing in a post-pandemic era. Businesses that win customer loyalty and open new doors of opportunity will understand the importance of enabling blended service experiences. Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives. Do I qualify?

 

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Olympic Games in for a rude awokening, focus on wrong kind of ‘race’

The Olympic Games in Tokyo are doomed. Before the opening ceremony, before even the torch is lit, it’s not going to be OK. The Games, I’m afraid, just aren’t woke enough. Apologies to Tokyo and Japan — and #StopAsianHate and so on. But for the international left, sport no longer matters unless it can be used to win on Twitter and advance the War for Progress. Professional football can no longer be about the game. It must be a staging ground for raising awareness of racism and police brutality. Classrooms can no longer be about math and reading. They must be a nursery for implanting and implementing critical race theory. Now, the Olympics must be about anthems, swimming caps — and weed. During the US Olympic track and field trials, Gwen Berry refused to face the flag on the podium and stood with a disinterested mope, before breaking out a T-shirt she had clearly preplanned for the event should she find herself on the winner’s podium. The fact she had not won the hammer event — she finished third — did not deter her. She did, however, trend to the top of Twitter. Several American media outlets lavished praise on her. ESPN ran a full front-page splash — not on the winner of the competition, DeAnna Price, who broke her own world record in the hammer to qualify for the Olympic team. The story, the drama, the viral element was Gwen Berry. What was even more extraordinary about Berry’s stunt was that she claimed there was a large conspiracy to play the national anthem at the specific time that she was standing on the bronze finisher’s podium. The media, of course, mostly went along with this nonsense. Another controversy arose when American sprinter and Olympic gold-medal favorite Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for marijuana use, to which she admitted. She accepted a one-month ban. This effectively eliminated her from competing in the 100-meter heats at the Olympics. There can be a debate about the rule, or if cannabis should fall under an international doping policy for the International Olympic Committee. Federal and state drug laws in the United States had nothing to do with Richardson’s suspension. Yet many in media and the left began to push the debate on decriminalization immediately. President Biden defended the suspension by stating the rules and saying that the athlete should have known to abide by them. It got racial, inevitably. Michael Eric Dyson, a noted professor and political commentator on race, took to Twitter to say: “Smoking weed ain’t the problem. It’s weeding out the hypocrisy of a nation that started a war on drugs to justify its assault on Black folk.” His tweet continued, “What we really need is to smoke out the racism that blunts the lives of too many of our people.” “Weeding out,” “blunts” — such wordplay! They don’t make you a professor for nothing, you know. The IOC is based out of Switzerland. The current president is German and the only American that sits on the governing board of the IOC is an African-American woman. That, of course, did not stop Dyson or several other media outlets and outrage mongers from using this incident as just another racial wedge to justify their petty grievances and causes. Another episode saw opinion columnists work themselves into a lather of indignation about swim caps. Yes, swim caps. FINA, the international water-sports body, had ruled out the use of Soul Cap, a swim cap designed for natural black hair and created by a black-owned brand, on the grounds that the cap does not fit the natural form of the head. Once again, the debate should be centered around the rights and wrongs of FINA’s policy. Oh, no. It became, natch, about structural racism in the United States. Washington Post columnist Karen Attiah attributed the ban to “white folks still trying to think of ways to make it harder for black people to swim,” in a since-deleted tweet. Once again, though, white folks cannot exclusively be blamed for the rule. FINA is not an American organization. It is overseen by Husain al-Musallam, a Kuwaiti national. He was elected FINA president last month. What these stories have in common is that none has to do with racism — unless, of course, you believe, as many seem to, that everything is racism. The anthem was not aimed at Gwen Berry, whatever she believes. Richardson’s suspension is not down to her race, nor is it down to harsh drug laws in the United States that target poor black communities. The ban on a certain type of swim cap was not about white people keeping black people out of swimming pools. However, once again, an event that is meant to bring peoples together in the name of sport must become a woke circus on a world stage where bad-faith actors can take advantage. The anthem will become another kneeling-type BLM controversy. The flag is to be treated as a racist symbol — perhaps as part of a political stunt from a Nike-sponsored athlete with a new range of sportswear coming out soon. These competitors should enjoy the spectacle they create. At this rate, they will be the only ones watching. From The Spectator US

 

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Who Needs Practice? Not Alexander Bublik

Grigor Dimitrov said he had come to Wimbledon, where he reached the semifinals in 2014, “with great hopes just to play some more matches just to get myself a little bit of a rhythm.” Dimitrov’s opponent, Alexander Bublik, had other plans. “You don’t get much of a rhythm with him,” Dimitrov lamented. The 38th-ranked Bublik defeated the 18th-seeded Dimitrov,6-4,7-6 (6),7-6 (4), in a second-round match on Court 12 with his signature game of extremes, pounding 34 aces while also keeping Dimitrov off-balance with occasional off-speed shots. Coming into Wimbledon, Bublik led the tour with 457 aces, well ahead of Reilly Opelka’s 331. Through two matches at Wimbledon, Bublik has added 50 more aces to his tally, all without practicing the shot extensively. “In the past year and a half, I was not serving more than 20 balls in practice,” Bublik said. “I’m not doing baskets — I’m scared to injure my shoulder.” Bublik’s light practice regimen has hardly hurt his results this year. After reaching his first Masters quarterfinals in singles in Miami and Madrid, Bublik and his partner, Andrey Golubev, reached the French Open men’s doubles final last month. It was, by Bublik’s reckoning, “a pure accident.” “Before the tournament, I told Golubev that we’ve got to finish quick because I have a train to Stuttgart,” Bublik said, referring to the ATP tournament in Germany that took place during the second week of the French Open. “No joke — I had tickets to Stuttgart on the third-round day. And then, out of nowhere, we made finals. It’s just a big accident. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not.” Bublik,24, said he hadn’t seen the French Open doubles final “as a big match” until the pair was within reach of the title. “That was the first time I felt a little pressure — when we were serving for the match,” he said. “But I don’t treat doubles like professional tennis, in my opinion. Especially if you’re a singles player and you’re OK in singles, doubles is just for fun, to make some extra money, hang around, make some jokes.” Bublik’s jokes caught the eye of John McEnroe as he called the final for American television, at one point calling out, “Look at Bublik!” as the lanky Kazakh crouched behind the baseline during a mid-rally point. Bublik’s success was no accident for the Kazakh Tennis Federation, which invested in Bublik from a young age and persuaded him to represent Kazakhstan instead of his native Russia. Along with Elena Rybakina, who beat Serena Williams to reach the French Open quarterfinals, Bublik and Golubev’s run to the final was a high-water mark for a country that Bublik said was experiencing a boom in tennis. While his power has proved paramount, Bublik is better known for his off-kilter offerings on court. The second-seeded Daniil Medvedev, who played Bublik in the first round of the French Open, said Bublik was “super different from everybody — and that’s what makes him so interesting.” He recalled an underarm serve Bublik had hit while down break point in Paris. “He goes for crazy shots maybe when there is no need to,” said Medvedev, who grew up playing with Bublik in youth tennis events in Russia. “He has had a crazy talent, crazy touch since he was a young kid,” Medvedev said. “We knew each other for a long time. He was always going for these types of shots.” More than his talent, Medvedev said, Bublik’s willingness to break the mold despite the consequences is what stands out and makes him likable. “So many players nowadays — maybe including me — think, ‘If I’m going to do this, there is going to be 10 comments after the match that I shouldn’t have done it,’” Medvedev said. “We all think about it. He doesn’t.” Bublik, who is scheduled to play the 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz in the third round on Saturday, said that his strategy is staying himself. Given his irreverence and unpredictability, not to mention his big serve, the player to whom Bublik draws the most comparisons is Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios, who does not warm to many of his fellow tour players, embraced being likened to a player who he said was “not conforming to what the sport wants you to play like.” And Kyrgios is a fan in return. “He beat a hell of a player today — Dimitrov has had so much success here,” Kyrgios said of Bublik’s win. “Playing the tennis he’s playing, which is exciting, he’s going to pack out stands.” Calling himself “an old soul on tour,” Kyrgios,26, said it was “good to see another guy like that kind of take my place, when I do eventually go.” He added a prediction: “‘Thank God Kyrgios is gone?’ You’re going to have to deal with Bublik now. That’s just the way it’s going to be.”

 

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Meet the 2021 All-Livingston County girls track and field team

School: Brighton Class: Senior Events: 100,200 Accomplishments: Gray will go down as the top sprinter in Livingston County history after setting county records in the 100 (11.97 seconds at the South Lyon Invitational) and 200 (24.56 at regionals). She won the KLAA championship in the 100 and 200 and placed second at regional in both events. Gray placed 10th in the state in the 100 and 13th in the 200. Coach Sam Etter: “Brooke was obviously a very important and big foundational piece of our team. Clearly, she was one of the best in the conference and the region in all the events she competed in. She’s very hard-working and dedicated. She’s an athlete by every definition.” School: Hartland Class: Junior Event: 400 Accomplishments: Sargeant made all-state by placing eighth in Division 1 in the 400 in 58.34 seconds. She came within 0.03 seconds of the school 400 record and set the 200 mark of 26.04. Sargeant was the KLAA and regional champion in the 400. Coach Matt Gutteridge: “She’s a little bummed she didn’t break the school record in the 400, but that gives her a nice carrot to come after next year and hopefully we can rebuild the 4x4 around her and go for a state berth again. She’s going after some records. She may leave the program as our most decorated athlete.” School: Howell Class: Sophomore Event: 800 Accomplishments: Wright led the county in the 800 (2:20.33) and was second in the 1,600 (5:22.94) and 3,200 (11:22.73). Her 3,200 time is the school record. She placed fourth at regionals in the 800, an event she raced only twice. She was third in the KLAA in the 3,200. Distance coach Clay Woll: “Much like cross country season, she was getting used to running amongst the best and feeling more comfortable with that. We’re happy to have (personal records) and school records along the way. Now it seems like she’s found herself and believes she’s now a part of that elite group of girls.” School: Brighton Class: Junior Events: 1,600,3,200 Accomplishments: Carothers had a significant edge atop the county honor roll in the 1,600 (5:11.34) and the 3,200 (11:08.64). She was the KLAA champion in the 1,600 and the regional champion in the 3,200. She placed 12th in the state meet in the 3,200. Coach Sam Etter: “Katie, for me, was a pleasant surprise, because she performed in cross country, but missed a track season. She came in as a captain and showed great leadership. To be able to see her performance as the year progressed was really incredible.” School: Hartland Class: Senior Events: 100 hurdles,300 hurdles Accomplishments: Pennala won the 300 hurdles and placed second in the 100 hurdles in the regional meet after placing second in the KLAA in each event. She took 18th in the state meet in the 100 in 16.31. Her fastest times were 16.03 in the 100 and 46.71 in the 300. Coach Matt Gutteridge: “I’m a little bit bummed for her missing that junior year. She would have even dropped a little bit more time in both events. Coming back after not having hurdled for that long and it being such a technical event, she almost broke her 300 hurdles record and broke her 100 record. That’s just phenomenal. What a great athlete.” School: Howell Class: Senior Events: Shot put, discus Accomplishments: Daugard became the first county girl to surpass 40 feet in the shot put when she reached 42 feet,11 inches on April 22. She extended the record to 43-2.25 on May 11. She made all-state by placing sixth in Division 1 after winning regionals. In the discus, she had a best of 119 feet, taking third at regionals and 21st in the state. Throws coach Chris Gadjev: “Her last throw her sophomore year was mid-34s, then she threw at the indoor meet this year and took second, out of nowhere throwing 38 feet. She slowly progressed throughout the season and got so many honors. It was just a tremendous senior year of improvement.” School: Hartland Class: Senior Event: High jump Accomplishments: Schram qualified for the state meet both years that she competed in high jump, placing 24th in Division 1 this season. She qualified by clearing 5-2 at regionals, placing fourth. She was fourth in the KLAA meet. She won four dual meets and two invitationals. Coach Matt Gutteridge: “There were a couple points where the season could have gone one way or the other mentally. She just trusted the process and trusted her coach. Between the two of them, they always seemed to put it together at the right time and got her over that 5-2 bar at the regional meet.” School: Brighton Class: Sophomore Event: Pole vault Accomplishments: Gifford ranks third in county history among female pole vaulters with her school-record jump of 10 feet,9 inches, achieved twice. Only Hartland’s Ellie Zimmermann (11-9,2018) and Ashley Esparza (11-1,2007) have gone higher. Gifford won the KLAA title, was third at regionals and took 12th in the state meet. Coach Sam Etter: “Starting off, she was a good pole vaulter, but nothing exceptional. Then she really started performing at a consistent pace toward the end of the season. You could really start to see those heights increase and really see her grow and take it on as a pole vaulter.” School: Hartland Class: Senior Event: Long jump Accomplishments: Caddell broke a 42-year-old school record in the long jump early in the season, then shattered the county record of 18-2 with her second-place jump of 19 feet,0.25 inches in the state Division 1 meet. She won the Midwest Meet of Champions a week later with a jump of 17-8. Coach Matt Gutteridge: “She had goals. She wanted to break that long jump school record and do a couple things and make it back to the state meet after being inches short her sophomore year. She set herself up with good goals.” School: Brighton Runners: Olivia Neuenschander (Sr.), Brooke Gray (Sr.), Amanda Simon (Soph.), Morgan Waggoner (Jr.) Accomplishments: Brighton ran a school-record time of 49.21 seconds in the state meet, making all-state with an eighth-place performance. The previous mark was 49.44. The Bulldogs won the KLAA in 50.11 and the regional in 49.57. Coach Sam Etter: “They were together most of the season. It took a minute to kind of find their rhythm, some slight tinkering. They went way past my expectations. I was really proud of all of them.” School: Brighton Runners: Hannah Tsiang (Jr.), Morgan Waggoner (Jr.), Amanda Simon (Soph.), Brooke Gray (Sr.) Accomplishments: Brighton made all-state by placing fifth in the state meet, the highest finish by a county team in the event since Hartland was fourth in Class B in 1991. The Bulldogs ran a school-record 1:42.61 at regionals, placing second. Brighton won the KLAA championship. Coach Sam Etter: “That one definitely had more tinkering and moving around, shifting people around until we finally found our rhythm. I didn’t have the right order from the get-go. Once we moved them and rearranged them and found their spot, from there it was done.” School: Hartland Runners: Ella Gardner (Sr.), Madison Armstrong (Soph.), Syd Caddell (Sr.), Emerson Sargeant (Jr.) Accomplishments: Hartland had the fastest time of the season in the county, turning in a 4:04.17 performance to place second at regionals. The Eagles were 17th in the state meet in 4:11.30. Coach Matt Gutteridge: “Sydney couldn’t stay for the 4x4 at the conference meet, so we gave Madison a shot. She split 1:03 or something. It was a similar time that Pennala was running, but it freed Pennala up to focus on hurdles. We could bring Armstrong in fresh. Oh, man, she kind of solidified the opportunity to go to the state meet. Gardner has been an anchor on that for three years and Emmy being so special and the guts of Syd, we had a real good shot there.” School: Brighton Runners: Nikki Carothers (Fr.), Amelia Kashian (Soph.), Gabi Bolitho (Fr.), Katie Carothers (Jr.) Accomplishments: Brighton qualified for the state meet by 0.68 seconds with a third-place time of 9:43.32 at regionals. The Bulldogs were 17th in the state meet in 9:48.65 and third in the KLAA in 9:49.55. Coach Sam Etter: “There were six girls competing for the spots. There was moving around and adjustments. Once we found a good relay, we went with it. Going into regionals, the coaches and girls knew they were really going to have to push hard and dig in deep to qualify, and they did, because they had to cut off a lot of time.” SECOND TEAM 100: Emerson Sargeant, Hartland, Jr. 200: Aliana Pietila, Howell, Jr. 400: Mallory Farmer, Pinckney, Jr. 800: Nikki Carothers, Brighton, Fr. 1,600: CeCe Thorington, Pinckney, Fr. 3,200: Mackenzie Wright, Howell, Soph. 100 hurdles: Madisyn Flamini, Fowlerville, Jr. 300 hurdles: Sarah Litz, Fowlerville, Jr. Discus: Carlee Beeney, Howell, Jr. High jump: Isabelle Bowie, Hartland, Soph. Long jump: Jenna Vaske, Charyl Stockwell, Sr. Pole vault: Meredith Lepper, Pinckney, Sr. Shot put: Grace Griffin, Brighton, Sr. 400 relay; Howell (Sophie Daugard, Jaylee Tidwell, Aliana Pietila, Taylor Moyer) 800 relay: Hartland (Syd Caddell, Jaden Frigerio, Ella Gardner, Emerson Sargeant) 1,600 relay: Howell (Ava Donnelly, Lea MacGregor, Aliana Pietila, Taylor Moyer) 3,200 relay: Howell (Ava Donnelly, Lea MacGregor, Mackenzie Wright, Morgan Whitcomb) HONORABLE MENTION Brighton: Morgan Crompton (Sr.), Paris Dickson (Jr.), Carrigan Eberly (Fr.). Fowlerville: Callie Dreher (Fr.), Princess Nzaou-Pambou (Jr.). Hartland: Mackenzie Allan (Sr.), Lexie Brown (Soph.), KC Darish (Sr.), Abby Marry (Sr.). Howell: Tianna Bennett (Soph.). Pinckney: Nicole Darin (Sr.), Vivi Eddings (Sr.), Mia Litzenberg (Jr.), Rylea Mougrabi (Sr.), Brielle Reason (Fr.). Contact Bill Khan at wkhan@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @BillKhan.

 

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Opinion: Why Olympic gymnast Yul Moldauer believes medals can save his sport

OKLAHOMA CITY – Yul Moldauer had been an Olympian for the better part of a week, and still, he was having trouble processing his new status. “Hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he admitted a few days ago. But it’s true — Moldauer is headed to Tokyo as a member of the U. S. men’s gymnastics team. What he did last Saturday night in the U. S. Olympic gymnastics trials turned a long-term goal into a pinch-me reality. He spent years working. Practicing. Trying. Failing. Perfecting. Along the way, he went to Oklahoma and became one of the most successful gymnasts in NCAA history. He won medals at world championships. But now, he has reached the pinnacle. He is living the American dream. On the Fourth of July, the day we celebrate our country’s independence and all its glorious freedoms — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — no one has embraced this land of opportunity more than Moldauer. He was born prematurely to a chemically dependent mom, living the first few months of his life in a South Korean orphanage, then being adopted by American parents. He wasn’t expected to become an Olympian. But even as he achieves what so few thought possible of him, Yul Moldauer wants more. He wants to bring back hardware from the Olympics — and he doesn’t just want it for himself, his family or even his team. He wants it for kids who are dreaming like he did. He wants to save his sport. ••• Yul Moldauer used to scream for hours on end. His parents, Orsa and Peter Moldauer, signed medical forms during his adoption indicating they understood the challenges he would have. The orphanage was so convinced of the serious side effects of the drugs he’d endured in utero that it didn’t believe he would become a productive adult. And his challenges were quickly clear to Orsa and Peter — Yul screamed loudly and almost constantly for the first three years of his life. It was like a release value for his energy. “He needed a place to put that intensity,” his dad told me a few years ago. “And that’s what gymnastics provided.” Moldauer took up gymnastics before he started kindergarten, and the sport focused him like nothing else had. He relished the daredevil nature of it — spinning, leaping, soaring, flying — but he also loved how skills were developed and routines were built. He enjoyed breaking down the component parts, working on the different aspects, then putting everything together. Gymnastics changed his life. Saved it, in a sense, too. Now, he wants to return the favor. ••• Yul Moldauer realized his Olympic dream had a higher purpose during the past year. As the pandemic rearranged his world — he trained in his backyard and garage when the gym at OU closed before eventually leaving Oklahoma and returning home to Colorado to train — he had time to think. About his sport. About its place. “Gymnastics is a huge sport everywhere else besides the U. S.,” he said. “It’s big if you’re a girl, but if you’re a guy, you get zero attention. “It’s always been in my mind throughout the years: ‘Why isn’t men’s gymnastics as popular?’” Because Americans run so hot for women’s gymnastics and so cold for men’s, Moldauer wondered if the answer was in something the women had and the men didn’t. Sure, the apparatus they use are different — both women and men compete on vault and floor, but where the women do uneven bars and balance beam, the men do high bar, pommel horse, still rings and parallel bars — but a vast majority of American fans of women’s gymnastics aren’t sport technicians. They don’t know the names of all the skills and can’t explain the scoring for the routines. Fans aren’t wooed by the events in which the women are competing. Moldauer believes the difference in the popularity comes down to one main thing: results. “At the end of the day, the girls are getting gold medals,” Moldauer said, “and we haven’t gotten on the podium since 2008 at the Olympic Games.” The American men won silver in 2004, then bronze in 2008, but in the two Olympics since, they have won no team medals and only four individual medals. The U. S. women, on the other hand, have taken over Olympic gymnastics. They have won team gold in back-to-back Games and have added 13 individual medals, including back-to-back gold medalists in the all-around with Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. The American women have become such a sensation, they get nicknames. The Magnificent Seven. The Fierce Five. The Final Five. The last time the U. S. men experienced such stardom was in the mid-1980s with Bart Conner, Peter Vidmar, Mitch Gaylord and Co. They got big headlines, magazine covers, even a Wheaties box. That group also won gold at the 1984 Olympics. America’s sports fans love winners, and that’s why Moldauer believes success in Tokyo is paramount. “It is really important that we bring hardware back,” he said, “so people start to look at men’s gymnastics as a sport that you can be successful in.” And he doesn’t just want attention for attention’s sake. Moldauer believes it is necessary to save men’s gymnastics. ••• The year before Bart, Peter and the guys won Olympic gold, there were 111 colleges with men’s gymnastics programs. Now, there are 13. “The NCAA is a crucial stepping stone to getting to the world stage, making the Olympic team, getting on the national team,” Moldauer said. “Every single Olympic team member now went to college, and I guarantee you, if they didn’t go to college, it would’ve been a lot harder journey to get to where they are today.” Unlike female gymnasts who often reach their competitive peak before they finish high school, male gymnasts usually aren’t ready for international competition until their early 20s. The U. S. Olympic Training Center has a few spots for Olympic hopefuls, but college programs are critical to the pipeline. “I’m just fearful if we take away the pipeline,” OU men’s gymnastics coach Mark Williams said, “we won’t be competitive at the Olympic Games. “If we’re working on a base pyramid and you have the elite at the top… at the bottom, we still have a fairly big base. The problem has been, as you’re funneling up, this pyramid is no longer a gradual incline. You get to high school and then it squeezes in. “There’s just so few opportunities.” Moldauer wants to do something about that, and while he could lobby athletic directors or rail against discontinued college programs, he believes the thing he can best effect right now is the success of Team USA. “People want to cheer on teams that are doing well and winning,” he said. Medaling in the team competition at the Olympics, though, will be difficult. China, Russia and Japan have taken over the top spots in the world, and they show no signs of relinquishing them. Moldauer and his teammates will likely need one of them to falter to have a shot at finishing in the top three. Then again, Yul Moldauer knows what it takes to do difficult things. He was once an orphan who wasn’t expected to be a productive adult. Now, he’s an Olympian. “All the work that you put in, starting from when you’re a little kid thinking, ‘I want this’ … and now, it’s finally here,” Moldauer said. “It’s like, ‘Holy cow, you can really accomplish anything you want.’”

 

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Sports Are Already Getting Less Political

There’s a lot going on in American sports right now. There are happy stories (the brilliance of Shohei Ohtani, the appearance of two likable underdogs with long-suffering fanbases in the NBA Finals) — and not-so-happy ones (the suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson, the horrific allegations of assault facing Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer). But I wonder if the biggest event that took place over the July 4 weekend was something hardly anyone noticed at all. On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers visited the White House to celebrate their 2020 World Series title. They sure looked like they had fun. White House vibes. pic.twitter.com/RlhyeCGuHx It was the quiet restoration of a tradition that Donald Trump essentially destroyed. No NBA championship team ever visited the White House during the Trump presidency — not after Stephen Curry proclaimed he wouldn’t go in the aftermath of the Warriors’ first title, with Trump then rescinding the invitation and LeBron James chiming in to call Trump “ U Bum.” College football teams did make the trip, but many seemed to do so under duress; no women’s basketball champions were ever invited, for the first time in decades. For all the talk of his supposed Trumpism, Tom Brady skipped every trip to see the president, as did many of his teammates. The nadir may have been when the Boston Red Sox visited — but essentially only the white players. USWNT star Megan Rapinoe famously summed up the athlete consensus: When asked what the team would do if they won the World Cup, she said, “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” (Trump responded by saying Rapinoe should “win before she talks.” She did end up winning. She still didn’t go to the fucking White House.) There was no drama this time. Almost all the Dodgers were there, no one made any sort of stink, and the whole thing may have never crossed your social-media feed at all. This was a sign that sports, ever so slowly, are getting back to a pre-Trump version of normal. And that normal, for better or worse, means less politics. 2020 was the most activist sports year in modern history, with ramifications that will last for decades to come. But the extent to which it may have been an aberration is becoming clearer. The essence of sports — and the very appeal of the thing to its consumers — is about keeping the real world distant and outside the playing field. Players want to play, executives want to sell tickets, owners want to stay away from controversial topics, and everyone wants to make money. While certain sports may lean more “conservative” (golf, NASCAR, baseball) and others more “liberal” (basketball, soccer, even tennis), at the end of the day, all sports involve intensely focused competitors who make their living by shutting out everything to focus on their craft. LeBron James may be one of the most politically active athletes in the history of sports, but when he’s on the free-throw line, he isn’t thinking about social activism — he’s thinking about making that free throw. Inertia is always going to push anything that’s not about sports away from sports. Certain years are more tumultuous than others, but water is always going to find its level. And sports may be the last place in America where the default setting remains “political agnosticism.” There are still political flare-ups in sports, but they mostly feel like bad-faith actors trying to replay the greatest hits of years past. The most recent “controversy” involved the USWNT, in their last match before heading for the Olympics, supposedly “protesting” the national anthem and a World War II veteran who was playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on a harmonica. Paris Dennard, the national spokesperson for the Republican Party, called it “SHAMEFUL,” and it started a whole Newsmax kerfuffle. The worst people you know all piled on. Thing is: It was entirely untrue. The team’s grand gesture of disrespect was actually an illusion caused by the overhead camera, which didn’t show the flag on the other side of the stadium that the team was actually facing. This was the obvious interpretation for anyone who, like me, was watching the game, and it wouldn’t occur to any reasonable person that anything else was happening. But when you’ve been a jackass hammer for five years now, everything looks like a nail. A nail you keep missing while thwacking your own thumb. To be clear, no one turned their back on WWII Veteran Pete DuPré during tonight's anthem. Some USWNT players were simply looking at the flag on a pole in one end of the stadium. The players all love Pete, thanked him individually after the game and signed a ball for him. That the USWNT, a longtime target in the right-wing world, was trotted back out as a pretend villain was telling: For all the talk of these commentators claiming that athletes are dragging politics into sports, they’re the ones injecting “controversy” wherever they can. That a clearly fake national anthem story is the best they have is a sign not just that they’re desperate, but a sign that they just don’t have that much to hold onto at the moment. This is not to say that political activism will suddenly vanish from sports, nor that it should. The upcoming Olympics is already poised to be a hotbed of political imagery, as the Olympics always are, even with the IOC (but not, tellingly, the U. S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee) trying to crack down on political speech. Organizations like More Than a Vote will remain active, particularly building up to the 2022 elections. The WNBA, in particular, has recognized activism as not just the right thing to do, but as economically advantageous. Athletes recognize their power; their voices will be heard. But also, you know, it’s not an election year, and they’re not in the middle of a pandemic for the first time in two years. Can you blame them for taking a little bit of a breather? Like the rest of us, American sports are trying to return to some semblance of normal, and in sports, that normal, for better or worse, entails silly, harmless championship trips to the White House and big soccer games where everyone just stands and faces the flag during the national anthem so they can just get back to the game. Many fights are on the horizon. But political activism and engagement are just not at the fever pitch they were a year ago. At the moment, almost everyone just wants to play.

 

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‘Little Chicken’ carries Vietnam’s hopes for Olympic boxing glory

When a 13-year-old Nguyen Van Duong stepped into the ring for the first time he weighed just 33 kilograms and was promptly nicknamed “Little Chicken” by the coach. More than a decade later, he will travel to Tokyo as the first Vietnamese boxer to compete at an Olympic Games since Seoul 1988. “I come to the Olympics with the ultimate target — winning a medal,” the 24-year-old featherweight (57kg) fighter told AFP from his training camp in Ho Chi Minh City. Duong’s extraordinary journey from Vietnam’s Bac Giang — an industrial northern province home to factories supplying Samsung and Foxconn — to Tokyo later this month has astounded even the athlete himself. A ruthless performance in 2020 against Thailand’s seasoned Chatchai Decha Butdee — which saw him dispatch his opponent in just 47 seconds to qualify for the Olympics — totally surprised him. “I couldn’t believe that I won the match that quick,” he said. He had lost to the same fighter in a unanimous decision in the Southeast Asian Games final a few months earlier. As a pint-sized 13-year-old who was towered over by other kids his age, Duong initially found it hard to be taken seriously as a boxer. When he appeared one day to train with the national police team, the coach turned to the teenager’s cousin and said: “You brought this little chicken here — how long will it take to turn him into a boxer?” The moniker stuck. But Duong soon surpassed all expectations — winning the National Youth Boxing Championship in 2010, joining the national youth team and becoming a small but lethal force in the ring. This year, Duong has been almost completely locked down for months on end at his training camp, with no athletes allowed out due to the latest coronavirus wave in Ho Chi Minh City. Rising at 5.30 am each day, he works hard on his fitness – running and hoisting dumbbells, aware of the huge challenge that lies ahead of him. “The qualifiers and Olympics Games are totally different, so I must improve in terms of technique, tactics, speed… everything.” But the pandemic has made preparations particularly tough, he admits, and he has previously spoken about the huge psychological and physical toll of the last year. With local tournaments canceled, crucial match practice opportunities were lost. “When I got the ticket for the Olympics, I was in my best form, physically and mentally… I wanted to keep fighting, but the Games were postponed and I felt a little bit down.” Still, he remains determined as he counts down the days to Tokyo. “I will try hard to deliver my best performance,” he said. “To bring victory to my homeland, my country and to all boxing fans.”

 

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Attack The Root Cause Of Cyber Threats, One Employee At A Time

Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency and The Training Arcade - exciting, engaging and educating audiences. Forced to work from home without in-person access to information, minimal human interaction and limited IT support, “disrupted employees” have no choice but to utilize unprotected home networks and personal devices often shared by family members. Burdened by new layers of stress caused by the pandemic and greater pressure to get the job done, they are unaware of the cybersecurity risk of searching, downloading and sharing content including company intellectual property. The distractions that come from a work-from-home environment can also derail important habits critical to cybersecurity — using strong passwords, maintaining digital hygiene, patching computers and updating mobile software. While more than 70% of companies surveyed by Malwarebytes scored themselves high for their readiness to transition employees to work from home, nearly half admitted to not providing cybersecurity training about potential threats. And yet, study after study shows that the overwhelming majority of cyber breaches share one variable in common: human error. Whether failing to install software security updates, not knowing the risks of public Wi-Fi networks or giving up sensitive information to phishing emails, no amount of sophisticated anti-malware, spam filters or detection software can protect against human error. The risk can be costly. According to the IBM Security’s 2020 “ Cost of a Data Breach Report,” having a remote workforce was found to increase the average total cost of a data breach by $137,000, for a total global average cost of $3.86 million in 2020. At the same time, ransomware hacking groups are getting more aggressive and greedier. The average demand for a digital extortion payment shot up in the first quarter of this year to $220,298, up 43% from the previous quarter as reported in the Coveware “Quarterly Ransomware Report.” Compounding the threat is the steady rise in the number of ransomware attacks that included a threat to publish stolen data — 77% in the first quarter of this year, which is up 10% compared to the last quarter of 2020. Chief information security officers (CISOs), once perceived as on-call crisis managers, are now responsible for building resilient organizations armed with the right technology solutions, employee compliance and organizational policies and practices that will level the playing field against attackers. These ultimate protectors of people, assets, infrastructure and technology are also leading the transformation of the post-pandemic workplace that will continue to be a mix of on-site and remote digital workers. In the fight against cyber threats, the best defense is a good offense. Leaders of the most protected companies recognize that simple quick fixes to minimize human error are not enough, nor are stand-alone, well-crafted policies based on trust. The real impact comes from creating and maintaining a culture of well-informed, self-regulating and motivated employees at every level of the organization who are empowered to serve their role as warriors in the fight against cyberattacks every day. The foundation of effective employee cybersecurity training should meet three key criteria: 1. Build and maintain a cybersecurity knowledge base. Terms such as spam, phishing, malware, ransomware and social engineering should become part of company vernacular. Keep employees in the know about how this issue is evolving both within your organization and around the world. 2. Teach cause and effect. Employees should fully understand the financial, operational and reputational cost of these threats to the organization. Sharpen decision-making skills and establish a clear link between their behavior and outcome. 3. Provide an ongoing “safe place” for making mistakes. Training should be interactive and immersive so as to provide a safe environment for employees to test their knowledge without fearing the consequence of a mistake. Better they get tricked into downloading malware in a safe scenario-based training exercise as opposed to in real life. I've seen many companies building upon the foundation of cybersecurity training with games, simulations and interactive videos: • Microsoft’s “Security Adventure” challenges employees to work together to investigate a cyberattack on their company. • IBM's “Cybersecurity Ops: Terminal” put employees in multiple roles such as an IT analyst, a general manager and a chief information security officer. In all cases, employees must troubleshoot suspicious situations. • PWC's “Game of Threats” simulates the speed and complexity of a real-world cyber breach and teaches employees the steps they can take to protect their company. To ensure optimal success, companies are best served to focus on objectives of memorization, judgment and strategy. The pandemic may have caused an increase in cyber threats and disrupted the workplace, but in doing so it accelerated the all-important development of long-term cybersecurity strategies while raising awareness of the prevalence of human error. Investing in employee cybersecurity training and preparedness can no longer be a nice-to-have. The sooner employees become armed and dangerous fighters in the war on cybersecurity, the sooner we’ll see a permanent shift in who holds the power. Forbes Human Resources Council is an invitation-only organization for HR executives across all industries. Do I qualify?

 

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5 sports campaigns that scored for clients

As part of The Drum’s Sports Marketing deep dive, Cat Hartland, head of The Drum Recommends, shines a spotlight on five campaigns by five independent agencies that scored for their clients.

 

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Georgia Oboh: Nigeria's first Ladies European Tour player

"To see someone who looked like me playing at such a top level and is still doing so now was quite inspirational," she told CNN Sport. "For Naomi Osaka, she's part of the new generation of tennis stars and top-level athletes. I just really connect with her in the sense that we're trying to break through in all sports." Just like Williams and Osaka, Oboh was a teenage prodigy. Earning her place on the Ladies European Tour (LET) aged just 17, Oboh became the first Nigerian to qualify for the tour. Now, she wants to qualify for an Olympic Games and become the best golfer in the world. "Being No.1 in the world is a long-term goal," she said. "I think in the short term, really I would be looking forward to potentially playing one or two majors even this year, improve my rankings and eventually play on the LPGA Tour." Route to the top Georgia was born in the northern English city of Manchester, and her parents played a key role in her picking up golf at an early age. Her father was introduced to the game by his grandmother. He then got his wife playing, and it wasn't long before six-year-old Georgia was wielding her first golf club. She moved around, playing at different golf clubs and picking up new skills and experiences, which she believes has held her in good stead on her journey to becoming a professional. "I ended up competing with girls and boys," the 20-year-old remembers. "And eventually, I started to play the US Kids European Championship and then the US Kids World Championship, which I won at age 14, and then I played most of my junior golf, to be honest, in America. "So I spent a lot of my summers and winters abroad. And I like to think I had a broad range of experience playing golf in different countries and in different weather." Oboh's final appearance as an amateur golfer came at the age of 17 when she traveled to Buenos Aires in Argentina for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, finishing tied for 22nd position. After a successful junior career, in which she won numerous trophies, Oboh entered into qualifying school for the LET. After making it through the pre-qualifier, she had a nervy wait on the final day of the actual event to earn her professional card. "On the last hole, I had a par putt that would have put me on the knife's edge," she remembers. "I made that final putt, and then it was kind of a waiting game to see whether I was going to make the cut or not. So it went down to last shots of some of the other players but, at the end of the day, I was able to make the cut and get my card in the end." Oboh turned professional in November 2018 and now hopes to appear in one or two majors this year as well as "improving my status and building my foundations up." Growing the game The LET describes itself as a "diverse and multicultural membership of 316 professional golfers representing 36 countries," but there have been calls by players on the tour such as Inci Mehmet for more programs to increase diversity in golf. "My main concern was playing the best I could," said Oboh as she reflected on the issue of diversity in golf. "I've been to countries all over the world. But I don't try and let things like the color of my skin or my gender stop me from getting to where I need to or want to be." While golf is part of the culture in many corners of the world, in Africa -- outside of South Africa -- it's still a sport that is new to the continent. South Africa has produced successful talents such as major winners Ernie Els, Gary Player, Retief Goosen, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oostuizen on the men's side and Sally Little on the women's side. But due to a lack of "investment and development" at the junior levels of golf, other African countries have not been able to produce golfers of the same caliber. Oboh had the choice of representing the United Kingdom but chose Nigeria instead due to its connection to her heritage. She says her home course is the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, and has won several awards in the country. She even won her first pro tournament in her professional debut at the Cote D'Ivoire Open. As the first Nigerian to play on the LET, Oboh is aware that her accomplishment of reaching the Tour is "an achievement." But she is hoping that she can be an example for others, rather than a flash in the pan for Nigerian golf. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videos "I don't want to be the last Nigerian. We do have some girls in the wings, getting ready in probably five to seven years," she said. "So hopefully by then, it'll be a different story. But just to be able to achieve Tour membership is in itself an achievement. And I don't look at myself as the first to do this, the first to do that. Yes, I'll put it on the list of achievements, but I've set my goals to the next generation."

 

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What is the driving force behind South Korea's astonishing Olympic archery dominance

Bungee-jumping, baseball stadiums and a major car company: the recipe for South Korea’s extraordinary dominance of Olympic archery is unorthodox but pointedly effective. South Korean archers have ruled the sport for decades, winning 23 out of the 34 Olympic gold medals awarded since 1984, including all four golds at the last Games in Rio five years ago. The women have won all eight team titles since that discipline was added on home turf in Seoul in 1988, with the men taking five out of eight. Theories abound to why South Koreans are so good at archery, including vague mumblings about their “sensitive fingers” – a real or imagined physical trait also cited when discussing the nation’s dominance in women’s golf. Archery is unusually lucrative in the country, with businesses and local governments owning more than 30 teams in competitive leagues and paying their members’ salaries – there are more than 140 professionals according to the Korea Archery Association (KAA). And the Olympic selection process is both gruelling and ruthless: the three top male and female archers in multiple trials over several months get the slots, with no credit given for previous victories, records or standings. “There is a saying that if you finish first in South Korea, you can win gold at the Olympics,” said Kim Hyung-tak, who coached the national team for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, where they won their first gold. Even top stars can be cast aside in the relentless pursuit of gold. Among those representing Korea in Tokyo will be a teenager and three women archers with no Olympic experience, while reigning Olympic champions Ku Bon-chan and Chang Hye-jin both failed to make the team. “It’s not that they’ve lost their skill,” explained KAA vice chairman Jang Young-sool. “It just means that South Korea has many skilled archers.” In the 1970s, as tension mounted on the Korean peninsula,South Korea’s then-military government encouraged boys to train in taekwondo and girls to learn archery. Coach Kim trained dozens of teachers from schools across the nation so they could instruct their pupils. Archery had little funding and poor facilities, Kim told AFP, with competitions being held in drained swimming pools and results to match, despite a centuries-long tradition in the sport. Ahead of the Seoul Games, dictator Chun Doo-hwan ordered the country’s major businesses to sponsor national sports federations to try to ensure a respectable performance. Carmaker-to-shipbuilder Hyundai Group was allocated archery, with a son of its founder becoming KAA chairman. It has reportedly pumped at least $40 million into the sport over the past three decades. Top researchers from Hyundai have carried out scientific studies to improve archers’ performances, and Jang says the firm’s long-term backing has been “essential”. The current Hyundai Motor chairman Euisun Chung has been head of the KAA since 2005. Jang credits him with the team’s success in Rio after he provided a customised bus equipped with beds, yoga mats and showers to ensure the athletes were well rested. He even provided bullet-proof cars for their safety. Chung was the first person that Ku Bon-chan ran to after winning the individual men’s gold and the team showed their appreciation by tossing the Hyundai executive into the air. The team has adopted unique training methods, ranging from bungee jumping to control nerves to practising at a full baseball stadium to handle the noise of large crowds. Ahead of London 2012 they studied the British capital’s rain and wind patterns and scoured South Korea for a training location with similar weather, finally picking Namhae on the often damp southern coast. “The weather was actually terrible for the final match,” said Jang, who was the head coach at the time. “The Chinese team were flustered while our archers competed calmly and ended up winning by a single point.” This year the team has practised at a replica of the arena in Tokyo, reproducing even the sounds the archers are expected to hear, from chirping birds to Japanese and English announcements. They have taken into account the possibility of the competitions taking place with no fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, with stand-in television crews simulating the camera noises heard in empty arenas. First-time Olympian Kang Chae-young,25, said Tokyo will be “much more familiar” as a result. “I hope to be able to show my skills and do my best without any regrets,” she told AFP. The pressure on the archers to keep up the run of success can be immense, according to former coach Kim. “We are like a tiger trying not to be bitten by a mob of ruthless rabbits,” he said, adding the current team’s chances were good. “These are the archers that beat the previous Olympic champions. And that says it all.”

 

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Tommy Fleetwood Is Working on a Year of Possibilities

In last October’s Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Tommy Fleetwood of England lost to Aaron Rai of England on the first playoff hole, missing a putt for par. Fleetwood, ranked No.33 in the world, will try again this week, at the Renaissance course, for the third year in a row. He will compete next week in the British Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent, England, and then, with Paul Casey, Fleetwood will represent England at the Olympic Games in Japan. In September, he’s expected to play in his second Ryder Cup. In 2018, he went 4-1 in Team Europe’s victory over the United States. Fleetwood,30, spoke recently about his game and the opportunities ahead. The conversation has been condensed and edited. Can you talk about the course and tournament? I think it should be good for the guys coming over before the [British] Open. It’s as close as you’re going to get to links golf, competition-wise, anywhere in the world at that time, and it’s going to be a really good field of players. How do you feel this year has gone for you? It’s not gone anywhere near how I would have liked it to. I’ve competed at the top of the leader boards very rarely. All the pieces in the jigsaw have been there at different times, but just not all come together. I feel closer now than I have for a few months. How do you feel about going to the Olympics? To be part of the biggest sporting event in the world, with so many of the best athletes, is very special and will be a privilege. I’ve grown up in golf, and we have four majors that define players’ careers, but you get them four times a year, every year. You watch the Olympics and these guys train for four years for this one opportunity, and it’s over in nine seconds. I’ve always been inspired by those guys who train for those moments. You must be excited about another Ryder Cup appearance. Yes. You become such a family. You became so engrossed in it. I’m excited to do it again. That moment that we won the Ryder Cup is just about as good of a moment as I’ve had in the sport. The next few months for you have so many possibilities. It could be the most incredible summer for me. Whatever happens, I’m going to compete in the Open, which is my favorite event. I’m going to be an Olympic athlete. I’m going to play in the Ryder Cup. It’s going to be a bunch of really cool stuff. It puts a smile on my face when I’m talking about it, thinking what’s coming up. Ernie Els was your first idol in the game? Yes. He did a clinic at Wentworth, and I went to it when I was 7 or 8. I’ve still got the picture with him. There was just something about Ernie that I loved. I tried to copy his swing when I was little, and when I got out on tour and actually met him, it was even better. He was so kind to me. He completely lived up to being my hero as a kid. You hopped over the fence at Royal Birkdale in England as a kid, and that was the first tournament you attended? Southport is my hometown, and in 1998 the Open came around, and I was 7. We didn’t have tickets. Back then, there were a couple more gaps than there are now that you could get over. To the side of the 5th tee, Dad launched me over the fence to get in and climbed over himself. Who did you watch that day? I watched everyone. I remember Tiger walking past me on one hole, and I remember the aura he had with him. The Open is such an amazing atmosphere. Being inside the grounds and being a part of that was very cool for a 7-year-old. What are your thoughts going to Royal St. George’s? I don’t know the course. I’ve never played it. That’s a rarity that I haven’t played one of the courses that the Open is on. I’ll prepare as best as I can.

 

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5 Players to Watch at the Scottish Open

This week’s Scottish Open features an excellent field of players, and it is easy to understand why. The tournament serves as a tuneup for next week’s British Open, giving players an opportunity to get acclimated with the challenges of links golf, played on courses on sandy soil near a coastline. Among those who will be in Scotland: the world No.1 Jon Rahm, the winner of last month’s United States Open; No.3 Justin Thomas; and No.4 Collin Morikawa. A number of top players from England will also compete, including Tyrrell Hatton (10), Matthew Fitzpatrick (23), Lee Westwood (28) and Tommy Fleetwood (33). Here are five other golfers to keep an eye on. Xander Schauffele Schauffele, an American ranked No.5, was in the hunt at the U. S. Open in June, finishing in a tie for seventh. He is having another strong season on the PGA Tour. In 17 starts, he has compiled seven Top 10s. In April, Schauffele made a late run in the final round at the Masters, closing to within two shots of the leader and eventual champion, Hideki Matsuyama. Schauffele, however, then made a triple bogey on No.16 after knocking his tee shot into the water. He wound up in a tie for third. At 27, Schauffele belongs on the list of young talents likely to be a factor for years. The tour’s rookie of the year in 2017, he has won four tournaments, including the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions. Schauffele will be making his first start in the Scottish Open. His last appearance in Scotland was in the 2018 British Open. He tied for second, two strokes behind the winner, Francesco Molinari. Scottie Scheffler At 25, Scheffler, of the United States, belongs on the same list as Schauffele. Since Scheffler turned professional in 2018, he has competed in six majors, posting three Top 10s. His best finish was a tie for fourth in the 2020 P. G. A. Championship. Scheffler, like Schauffele, certainly had his chances at the U. S. Open. Going into the final round, he was only three shots back, but ended up finishing in a tie for seventh. Ranked No.19, he has plenty of distance — he averages more than 304 yards — and makes his share of birdies, tied for sixth on the PGA Tour with 4.37 per round. Early this year, he missed the cut in back-to-back weeks at the American Express and the Farmers Insurance Open. Since then, in 15 appearances, he has registered seven Top 10s, including a second at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and a third at the Memorial Tournament. Scheffler will also be playing the Scottish Open for the first time. Richard Bland It is not likely that Bland,48, will walk away with the winner’s trophy on Sunday. Although after what has happened in recent months, the English player is definitely worth watching. In May, Bland became the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour, outdueling Guido Migliozzi in a playoff to capture the Betfred British Masters. For Bland, who turned pro in 1996, the victory came in his 478th tour appearance. He made only one bogey the whole tournament. Then, in the U. S. Open, he recorded rounds of 70 and 67 to seize a share of the lead at the halfway mark. Phil Mickelson’s winning the P. G. A. at age 50 this year was quite a story, but what Bland was pulling off was even more stunning. Bland, ranked No.105, could not keep it going over the weekend. He shot 77 and 78 to finish in a tie for 50th. Earlier this month, he tied for fourth in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Ian Poulter There is not much to indicate that Poulter, of England, is on the verge of doing something special. In his last three starts on the PGA Tour, he has failed to finish better than a tie for 25th at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. However, in May, he tied for third at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and this is a Ryder Cup year, which means there should be extra motivation for him to get his game in top form over the next several months to make the European team again. As it stands, Poulter,45, has not earned enough points to qualify for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup, which will get underway in late September. Yet, given his record in the event — in his six appearances, Poulter has gone 14-6-2 — he stands an excellent chance of being one of the picks that the team’s captain, Padraig Harrington, will make to complete his roster. Poulter tied for sixth in last year’s Scottish Open. Martin Kaymer It is easy to forget that Kaymer,36, of Germany, is a two-time major winner (2010 P. G. A. Championship and 2014 U. S. Open) and a former No.1 player in the world. He has not won a tournament since the U. S. Open, when he prevailed by eight strokes. Lately, though, he has demonstrated some signs that the drought might soon come to an end. In April, at the Austrian Golf Open, he finished third, and in last month’s BMW International Open he closed with a 64, which included 10 birdies, to come in second, two strokes behind the winner. Kaymer’s performance at the U. S. Open also showed some promise. After opening with a six-over 77, he posted rounds of 68 and 69 to tie for 26th. It was his best showing at a major since the 2017 Masters.

 

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Messi Ruthlessly Mocks Former Barcelona Teammate [WATCH]

Getty Lionel Messi celebrates at the Copa America Lionel Messi ruthlessly mocked former Barcelona teammate Yerry Mina during a tense penalty shootout between Argentina and Colombia in the semi-finals of the Copa America on Tuesday in Brazil. Mina missed his spot-kick which prompted a huge reaction from Messi. The Argentina captain pumped his fists in delight and shouted, “ Dance now, go on, dance now, dance now!” referring to how Mina had celebrated a winning penalty against Uruguay. 🗣 “Dance now, go on, dance now, dance now!” Lionel Messi reacts to Yerry Mina missing his penalty. Mina had danced after scoring the winning penalty for Colombia in the Quarter-Finals against Uruguay. pic.twitter.com/xlheQMszQb Newell's Old Boys – English (@Newells_en) July 7, 2021 Mina and Messi played together for Barcelona briefly in 2018. The center-back joined the Catalans from Palmeiras in January but was sold to Premier League side Everton just seven months later. Argentina went on to win the match 3-2 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. The victory sets up a final date against hosts Brazil at the Maracanã Stadium on Saturday. Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, r umors and content! Messi continued the fine form he’s shown at the tournament with an assist for Lautaro Martinez for Argentina’s goal. The captain also played the match despite receiving a hefty challenge to his ankle which caused some damage, as shown by reporter Roy Nemer. Lionel Messi's ankle. pic.twitter.com/O9Ydjymz0M — Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) July 7, 2021 Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez was also a hero for La Albiceleste, saving three penalties in the shoot-out to help his side to victory. The goalkeeper’s trash-talking was also something to behold, as shown by writer Ben Lyttleton. I'm no Spanish speaker but I'm told this is top level trash-talking from Martinez #ARG vs Mina #COL. 'That ball looks big for you… I know you… You're nervous, I can see you're nervous… I know where you're going to shoot… chickenshit…' Thanks @JuanG_Arango for translation https://t.co/asvJfdBYXu — Ben Lyttleton (@benlyt) July 7, 2021 Messi, who successfully converted his spot-kick in the shootout praised Martinez after the match for his penalty heroics, as reported by Goal . “We have Emi, who is a phenomenon,” he said. “We trusted him. We achieved the goal of being able to play all the games and now we are going to the final.” Argentina’s win sets up a mouth-watering final against Brazil which will also see Messi come up against another former Barcelona teammate in Neymar. The 34-year-old admitted he’s looking forward to taking on the Selecao, as reported by Sport. He said, “Brazil with Neymar is going to be very tough. We know his potential, of what Ney does individually.” Neymar has two goals and three assists in five Copa America matches and has once again caught the eye with his skill and flair, as shown by Fox. OH MY NEYMAR 😳😳 He hit 'em with the nutmeg and then picked up the assist to put Brazil on top 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/5UNWUD8ZN2 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 5, 2021 Yet the victory also keeps Messi on course to win a first senior international trophy with Argentina, and the captain admitted it remains his greatest remaining ambition to achieve success with the national team. “What I want most is to win something with the national team. I really enjoyed these 45 hard days, we are very happy and this group deserved it,” he added. “I always tried to leave everything for the national team, to give my best. I always fight to lift the cup.” Messi and his team now have the chance to end Argentina’s long wait for a trophy. La Albiceleste’s last senior silverware came back at the 1993 Copa America but Saturday provides another chance for Messi to make yet more history. READ NEXT: Mbappe Decision ‘Directly Related’ To Messi’s Future: Report

 

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The Latest: Danes to bring handful of soccer fans from home

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ The Danish soccer federation has invited 40 fans to fly to London on a chartered plane to watch the country’s national team face England in the European Championship semifinals. Soccer fans from other countries have been prevented from attending matches at Wembley Stadium this week because of coronavirus restrictions in Britain. The Danish federation says the lucky fans that were chosen to fly on the official delegation’s flight will be in a “bubble and have no contacts with others.” The federation also says about 7,900 tickets for the match have been sold to Danes living in Britain and it has sent about 5,000 Danish flags to them “so Wembley will be as red and white as possible.” Nearly 60,000 fans were at Wembley on Tuesday for Italy’s penalty shootout victory over Spain in the first semifinal match. A similar number is expected for the second. ___ Will it be England or will it be Denmark against Italy in the European Championship final? The two teams will play in the second semifinal match at Wembley Stadium. England has not lost a match nor conceded a goal so far at Euro 2020 and will be playing in its national soccer stadium. Denmark has lost two matches and lost its best player. Midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in the team’s opening match and had to be resuscitated on the field with a defibrillator. He’s now recovering at home but could attend the final. This is the farthest Denmark has gotten at a major soccer tournament since winning the European Championship title in 1992. The final is scheduled for Sunday at Wembley. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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Cricket: Playing for Pakistan has become too easy, says former captain Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi feels playing for the national team has become way too easy and the players should only be picked after spending at least a couple of seasons in domestic cricket. Speaking at a function, Afridi hit out at the selection policy adopted for the national team for red and white ball formats. He was particularly critical of the way players were changed and debuted in the Pakistan white balls squads. “It has become so easy to play for the national team whereas in the past playing for the Pakistan team was the ultimate for any professional cricketer,” Afridi said. He said the pathway into the Pakistan team had become so easy that even players with little domestic cricket exposure were rushed into the side and then dropped and shunned in the same way. “That is why our performances are not consistent with the amount of cricket we play in Pakistan.” The popular all-rounder felt that each player must be given at least two or three years exposure in the domestic circuit before he is considered for the national squad. “Why have we made it so really easy for players to represent their country. I am sad to see that a player gives one or two good performances in domestic cricket or the PSL and he is in the national team.” “What is this? You should make your cricketers play domestic cricket,” Afridi said. Afridi felt that batsmen and bowlers needed at least exposure of two to three years before selectors could judge their talent, temperament and ability to cope with pressure. “The real difference playing international cricket is how strong a player is mentally to handle all the pressures that come in international matches and that includes the criticism and glare of the media and fans. “We must now judge the difference between just talent and mental strength of a player,” Afridi added. The former captain said that when a player appears in domestic cricket for two or three years, selectors and coaches get a chance to judge his temperament. He also called for the selectors and coaches to not shun players after a few chances if he failed to perform. “If you give a chance to a player and he doesn’t perform, he should be sent back into domestic cricket. Don’t make playing for Pakistan so easy. Players must know the value of international cricket. I am totally against players coming into the side on just one or two performances,” he added.

 

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Faster, brighter: Olympics a ‘game changer’ for rugby sevens

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For six days, fit, strong Olympians hurled themselves at each other and at the try line in short, sharp bursts. Australian gold. A sideline marriage proposal from a venue staffer to a player on the Brazilian team (she said ‘yes’). Capped off with a dozen Fijian men in a circle singing a celebratory hymn as a far-away Pacific island nation rejoiced. The debut of rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro delivered what the sport’s world governing body had hoped to achieve: millions of new and a more diverse range of fans. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont describes the Olympic inclusion as “a game-changer for our sport.” “Rugby sevens’ first appearance at Rio 2016 had a profound effect, attracting an estimated 30 million new fans globally, with the history-making story of Fiji’s first-ever Olympic medal one of the most memorable moments of the games,” he said in an email to The Associated Press. “The dynamic, action-packed nature of rugby sevens has captured the attention of fans around the world.” A study conducted by Nielsen Sports showed women and the 18 to 24 age group were “the most strongly supportive of sevens fit with the Olympics” and that two-thirds of all new rugby followers were introduced to the sport from sevens or touch rugby formats. “The future of rugby sevens is bright as the short format game continues to grow, engaging and attracting ever greater global audiences, particularly in emerging nations,” Beaumont said. Japan’s quarterfinal run at the 15-a-side 2019 Rugby World Cup it hosted and its group-stage upset win over New Zealand and fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympics will ensure the sport gets plenty of attention. In 2016, Fiji rugby sevens captain Osea Kolinisau carried his national flag into the opening ceremony and a week later delivered his country its long-awaited first gold. In Tokyo, Black Ferns captain Sarah Hirini will be the female flag bearer for New Zealand, hoping to upgrade a silver won five years ago to gold. The inclusion of rugby sevens in the Olympics increased the reach of the sport in traditional markets such as France, Britain and Australia, but also in the United States and Germany. Other Nielson research in 2019 showed the number of rugby fans across so-called emerging nations has almost doubled since 2013, up to 168 million, with recent surges in India and Brazil. The traditional 15-a-side rugby format was last played at the Olympics in 1924. The sport started staging its own showpiece, the Rugby World Cup, every four years since 1987 but has remained dominated by the traditional powerhouses New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The nature of the 15s format, with set pieces such as scrums and lineouts and based on heavy defense and phased attacks, can sometimes be stop-start across 80 minutes. The bite-sized sevens version gives the game a different appeal. Sevens, as the name implies, features seven players on each team and games are condensed into two seven-minute halves. The emphasis is on attacking rugby — and there’s plenty of it. The lack of set pieces makes size less relevant than skill and speed. The Fijian men were the undisputed kings of sevens playing their national game, were hot favorites in Rio and duly thumped Britain in the final. South Africa beat surprise semifinalist Japan for the bronze. They’ll also be strong contenders in Tokyo. But the Olympic inclusion also gives some big countries with less tradition in the rugby a medal motivation. The U. S. men’s and women’s teams have been near the top of the world sevens rankings in recent seasons. Canada won the bronze medal in the women’s tournament at Rio — immediately before Australia beat New Zealand for the first Olympic gold ever awarded in the sport. China and Russia will be making rugby sevens debuts in the women’s tournament in Tokyo. Chris Brown, who coaches the U. S. women’s sevens team, said standards and competition have increased significantly. Apart from Australia and New Zealand in Rio, Brown said, the women’s tournament was pretty error-ridden in 2016. But “if you look back at the last three years, the duration of play has gone through the roof with how long you have to work to score tries and the ability to keep hold of the ball,” Brown said. “I think there’ll be five teams who can legitimately win gold this time — and I think we fall into that category.” Australia’s women’s coach John Manenti agreed that the 2016 Olympics, when there was “probably three teams in the race,” was a catalyst for increased competition. “The whole scheme of women’s rugby since Rio has gone through the roof,” he said. “Back then we were one of the only centralized professional teams, and now there’s eight or nine teams on the circuit that are fully professional.” World Rugby said sevens has continued to grow since Rio, attracting bigger audiences with the 2019 World Sevens Series — the last full season before the COVID-19 pandemic — producing a year-on-year increase of 64% across video views to 198 million, and more than 749,800 attending tournaments. The diminutive Jerry Tuwai grew up in Fiji in a small house without electricity or running water. He’s now among the national heroes from the gold-medal winning team in Rio and as the player of the decade in the world sevens series. He said the Olympic gold was like the “biggest prize in sport” but he didn’t fully appreciate the impact of their win until their massive reception on returning home. “People from all walks of life were standing there, calling out our names,” he told the Olympic Channel. “Then you realize that you have done something really big.” ___ More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/olympic-games and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

 

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Shooters Saurabh, Mairaj lead UP's charge at upcoming Tokyo Olympics

Eight athletes from will represent India in five disciplines -- shooting, racewalking, javelin throw, boxing and hockey -- at the Tokyo beginning July 23. Veteran skeet shooter, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who is currently training in Italy, will be competing in his second after becoming the first Indian in his category to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games. The 45-year-old Mairaj's major achievements include silver at the 2016 ISSF World Cup at Rio and gold at the Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi in 2010. Saurabh Chaudhary from Kalina village in Meerut will be representing India in 10m air pistol individual and 10m air pistol mixed team events at the Tokyo in his maiden appearance. The 19-year-old has won gold in several top events, such as the ISSF World Cup, World Championships, Youth Olympics and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. He won bronze in the 10m air pistol event and, pairing with Manu Bhaker, the duo won silver in the ISSF World Cup at Croatia. Priyanka Goswami is a track athlete who will be representing India in the women's 20km racewalking at the Olympics. The 24-year-old qualified for the Olympics by clocking 1:28:45s at the National Racewalking Championships in February, which also happened to be the national record. Annu Rani, another Olympic contestant, is a track athlete who will represent India in javelin throw. She has a personal best throw of 63.24m which she threw at the 2021 Federation Cup in Patiala. The Olympic qualification mark is 64m but still she will go through to the Tokyo Olympic based on rankings as she is currently at 19th spot among 32 athletes who are set to take part at the Games in the discipline. Shivpal Singh, born in 1995, is a track-and-field athlete who will represent India in javelin. He had won a silver in the 2019 Asian Championships with a personal best of 86.23m. With a throw of 85.47m at the ACNW League Meet in South Africa, he qualified for the Olympics after the qualification mark was set at 85m. Satish Kumar is an amateur boxer who will be representing India in +91kg category. Some of his achievements are bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. He became the first Indian boxer to qualify when he defeated Otgonbayer Daivii in the Asian Boxing Olympic qualifiers. He plays as a forward in the Indian team and made his senior international debut in 2014 and was also part of the 2014 men's World Cup. Since then, he has been a regular feature for the Indian team, winning the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, a silver medal at the 2018 Champions Trophy and bronze at the 2018 Asian Games. For the 27-years-old, this will be his debut Olympics. He will be pairing up with Arjun Lal after the duo qualified for the Olympics finishing second in the final race of the Asia Continental Qualifying in Tokyo. The two will be the only representation from India at the Olympics in the discipline.--IANS

 

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PH Olympic athletes to honor AFP colleagues in C-130 crash

—Soldier-athletes bound for Japan will pay tribute to their fallen and wounded comrades in the C-130 plane crash when they compete at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “We offer our best performance in our respective events to our countrymen and our fellow soldiers, especially those who suffered in the tragic C-130 plane crash,” Eumir Marcial was quoted as saying. The July 4 plane crash in Sulu, the country’s worst military aircraft disaster in recent history, killed 53 people—50 of the 96 passengers onboard and three local residents. Marcial and fellow soldier-athlete Hidilyn Diaz are both enlisted personnel from the Philippine Air Force. The two paid an online courtesy call on Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana on Tuesday (July 6). Marcial, an airman first class, is currently training for boxing in the United States. Diaz, a sergeant, is in Malaysia to prepare for the Olympics. Diaz is the first woman to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines and the first Filipina to win a medal in weightlifting. Marcial has also won several medals in various international competitions since his boxing career started in 2011. They will represent the Philippines in the international sports event to be held from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo. “With the kind of dedication and commitment that A1C Marcial and Seregant Diaz have, the AFP is sure that they will bring honor to the country,” Sobejana said.

 

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Cricket: Ashwin in talks with Surrey to play first-class match before Test series against England

Premier India spinner R Ashwin could play a first-class game for Surrey as early as July 11 ahead of next month’s Test series against England if he is able to get his work visa in time. Ashwin, who is on a break in the UK like the rest of his India teammates after the World Test Championship final, has played for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire in the past. If he is able to get the visa for Surrey’s game against Somerset at The Oval, Ashwin will get valuable match practice before the five-Test series against India starting August 4. The Oval will host the fourth game of the India-England series. A report in ESPNcricinfo claimed that “both parties (Ashwin and Surrey) are confident it will be done in time for the match starting July 11”. After losing the WTC final to New Zealand, India skipper Virat Kohli had said that the team had asked for a first-class match before the title clash but didn’t get it for reasons not known to him. India are hoping to get a warm up match before the England series. The England and Wales Cricket Board has already stated that plans are afoot to have a practice game for India against a combined counties team before the Test series. Currently on a 20-day break, India players will reassemble on July 14.


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