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  • Colin Kaepernick vs. Vince Lombardi

    08/30/2016 9:18:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The season hasn’t even started yet and the NFL is already running a 40 yard dash into trouble. Colin Kaepernick, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, with electrified hair by Chia Pet and a body so tattooed that it resembles an East LA viaduct, sat through the National Anthem during last week’s exhibition game versus the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick’s reasons for disrespecting his nation and the veterans who gave their lives and limbs for his freedom was your typical idiotic leftist rant, with a touch of Black Panther thrown in for bad measure. “I am not going...
  • Don't judge Colin Kaepernick until you've walked a mile in his shoes

    08/30/2016 7:52:38 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 63 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 8/30/16 | Steve Deace
    The scars of racism are lasting, and they are terrible. After all, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first arrived on the national scene when his white coach, Jim Harbaugh, stuck it to him by benching another white guy. Thus allowing Kaepernick to take over the most important position in all of sports, for a team that would end up playing in the Super Bowl. No wonder #BlackLivesMatter has become so important to him. His life didn’t matter to such an extent that he is now filthy rich to the tune of a $125 million contract. Have talent, get paid. That sucks,...
  • Retired Police Officer Writes Open Letter To Colin Kaepernick- Goes Viral

    08/30/2016 7:47:12 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose ^ | 8/30/16 | Dylan
    An Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick, Dear Colin guess you have been pretty busy these last few days. For the record I don’t think any more or less of you for not standing for the National Anthem. Honestly, I never thought that much about you, or any professional athlete for that matter, to begin with. I’ve read your statement a few times and want you to know I am one of the reasons you are protesting. You see I am a retired police officer that had the misfortune of having to shoot and kill a 19-year-old African American male. And...
  • Colin Kaepernick Just Went Beastmode On Hillary Clinton

    08/30/2016 5:54:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 30, 2016 | Bre Payton
    San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who recently refused to stand during the national anthem at a preseason game, just unloaded on Hillary Clinton. “We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate,” he said, referring to the 15,000 emails Clinton “wiped” from her private, unsecured server she used during her tenure as secretary of State. “That doesn’t make sense to me.” “If it was any other person, they’d be in prison,” he said.” So what is this country really standing for?” Attorney General Loretta Lynch has publicly stated that the...
  • Colin Kaepernick Takes the Easy Way Out… Victimhood

    08/29/2016 10:20:19 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 42 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-29-16 | Vince
    ] Colin Kaepernick is certainly an articulate young man. That was obvious from his interaction with the press in the locker room where he faced a phalanx of reporters asking him about his decision to sit through the national anthem to bring attention to the "oppression" of black men. Given that this is the first year he has sat through the national anthem he was asked how his position has evolved over the years. He answered: “It's something that I've seen, I've felt, wasn't quite sure how to deal with originally. And it is something that's evolved. It's something that...
  • 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick: I’m not standing for the anthem of a country that oppresses blacks

    08/29/2016 9:18:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Dan Calabrese
    The nation's fiscal house is collapsing, but we're talking about this crap I don’t think he deserves the attention that a column about him brings, but Colin Kaepernick’s stunt this past weekend of refusing to stand for the national anthem in a preseason game did generate a couple of thoughts I wanted to share. One concerns the increasingly commonplace (and thus, increasingly meaningless) use of gestures like this by athletes to showboat about issues they really don’t understand. The other concerns the growing inclination of normal Americans to proceed into histrionics about people not standing, not saluting, not putting their...
  • Colin Kaepernick Not a Fan of the Flag by AlfonZo Rachel

    08/28/2016 11:12:10 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/28/16 | Alphonso Rachel
    Examining Colin Kaepernick's self righteous sit out during the national Anthem.
  • 2016 FReeper Pick'em Football League

    08/27/2016 9:11:01 AM PDT · by texas booster · 6 replies
    Uahoo! Fantasy Football ^ | Aug 27, 2016 | Texas Booster
    I started the 2016 Pick’em fantasy football team. FREEPER_PICKEM_FOOTBALL Group 476 Been going on for about a dozen years. The Pick’em league is simple - just tell us each week who will win, and assign a point value to the win. FReepmail me if you want to join, and I'll send you the password.
  • Reports: 97.5 The Fanatic manager to meet with local Black Lives Matter organizer

    08/26/2016 7:29:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 25, 2016 | Nick Vadala
    One 97.5 The Fanatic manager will meet with a prominent local Black Lives Matter activist this week over the “Dwayne From Swedesboro” scandal that has rocked the sports radio station. As Philly In Focus reports, Fanatic program director Matt Nahigian will meet with Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania organizer Asa Khalif on Friday at 10 a.m. The well-known activist most recently made headlines after placing a Ku Klux Klan hood on the statue of Frank Rizzo in Center City, and calling for it to be tossed into the Schuylkill River during a protest this month. PIF reporter and activist Christopher “Flood...
  • Wait . . . what? Today Show staff in meltdown because Al Roker said Ryan Lochte lied

    08/25/2016 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Matthew Vadum
    The poor dears get very upset when someone eschews the BS and speaks plain truth. I’m not going to pretend I’ve been following the Ryan Lochte story. Nothing about the Olympics really interests me, including this. But it does interest me when people who merely tell the truth about things find themselves taking heat for doing so - and that is now happening to NBC’s Al Roker because he went so far as to express his indignation over Lochte’s false story of what happened to him in Brazil. According to a report out today, Today Show staffers are beside themselves,...
  • Piers Morgan criticises India’s Rio performance, gets trolled on Twitter

    08/24/2016 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | August 25, 2016 | Sarit Ray
    British journalist and television show host Piers Morgan criticised India’s performance at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, provoking anger in Twitter users from India. Morgan took to Twitter to call India’s celebration of two Olympic medals exaggerated. He tweeted: “Country with 1.2 billion people wildly celebrates 2 losing medals. How embarrassing is that?”
  • Todd Marinovich, former USC and Raiders quarterback, arrested naked with marijuana, police say

    08/22/2016 2:10:50 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 54 replies
    OC Register ^ | 8/22/2016 | Joshua Sudock
    IRVINE – Former USC star and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with marijuana in someone else’s backyard, police said Monday. The 47-year-old was cited for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Irvine police Commander Mike Hallinan said Monday.
  • Gold Medal Olympian Speaks for Self Defense; Against Second Amendment Infringements

    08/21/2016 4:17:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
     Image from sgvtribune.com When Olympic athletes speak out in favor of "progressive" causes, they make front page news in the United States.  But when a multiple gold medal winner at multiple Olympics speaks in favor of the Second Amendment and self defense, it was the foreign press that covered the issue. Multiple gold medal winner Kim Rhodes spoke out on 5 August in Rio de Janeiro.  From the independent.co.uk: Ms Rhode said she was “becoming more vocal” about her opposition to what she sees as restrictive new gun control measures, including in the context of recent terror attacks. “When...
  • Germany narrowly defeat Sweden in Olympic Women's final

    08/19/2016 3:37:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    kickoff.com ^ | 20 August 2016 | Staff Reporter
    Germany were made to work for their gold medal as they recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Sweden in the Olympic Women's final. Dzsenifer Marozsan netted a beauty for the Germans just after the break and Linda Sembrant scored in the wrong net to double the opposition's lead before Stina Blackstenius pulled one back for Sweden. The Swedes had booked their place in the final with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Brazil in the semi-finals to come up against a German outfit that had cruised past Canada in their previous fixture. With 12 goals en route to the final...
  • NewsAlert:Canada loses to Germany in soccer semi

    08/16/2016 2:09:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    therecord.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | The Canadian Press
    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — There will be no shot at Olympic gold for Canada's women's soccer team. Second-ranked Germany defeated No. 10 Canada 2-0 in the semifinals today in Belo Horizonte. The loss ended Canada's four-game winning streak at the Olympic tournament. Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz scored for the Germans, who will play No. 6 Sweden for gold at the storied Maracana in Rio. The Swedes defeated No. 8 Brazil on penalties in the other semifinal. Germany has a chance at an Olymic soccer double with the men facing Nigeria in Wednesday's semifinal. Canada will face the Olympic hosts...
  • NBA Players Should Boycott Their All-Star Game

    08/15/2016 4:14:01 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 9 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 8/14/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    If the malevolent hypocritical fools in charge of the NBA don’t reverse their decision to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of the city of Charlotte, every NBA player with a shred of sense of what is good and right should refuse to play in the mid-season contest. As they rush to see who can grovel the most upon the blood- and semen-stained altar that houses the perverse priests and priestesses of the LGBT movement, many of the major U.S. professional sports organizations—but especially the NBA—are taking nearly every opportunity to undermine eternal truths on sex, sexuality, and the...
  • Germany bumps Canada 2-0 in women's beach volleyball quarter-finals

    08/14/2016 2:51:22 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    ctvnews.ca ^ | August 14, 2016 | The Canadian Press
    Canada's Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley were eliminated from the Rio Games on Sunday after dropping a 2-0 decision to Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in women's beach volleyball. The Germans won the opener 21-14 and booked their semifinal ticket by taking the second set 21-14, closing out the match in 37 minutes.
  • PyeongChang 2018 issues a global invitation for Olympic volunteers (South Korea)

    08/13/2016 10:42:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    PyeongChang Olympics ^ | July 1, 2016
    PyeongChang 2018 offered people around the world a chance to participate in the next Olympic Winter Games today with the launch of an online volunteer recruitment campaign. Using a new website for applications, the initiative seeks to recruit 22,400 volunteers to assist with a range of tasks in areas that include sport, medical services, media operations, technology and language services. Volunteers will undergo free training and will be offered uniforms, accommodation, meals, insurance and other benefits. Several Korean universities, volunteer organisations and other groups expressed their willingness to support the Games at a news conference a day before the website...
  • After U.S. Defeat, Goalie Hope Solo Calls The Swedes 'Cowards'

    08/13/2016 12:34:03 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 75 replies
    npr.org ^ | August 12, 2016 | Greg Myre
    U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo's social media commentary earned her the wrath of Brazilians before she arrived in Rio. She dug a much deeper hole for herself Friday by insulting the Swedish team that had just bounced the heavily favored Americans from the tournament in a penalty shootout. "I'm very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I think you saw American heart. You saw us give everything we had today," she told reporters. "Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play. They didn't want to...
  • Tim Tebow invites 30 teams to upcoming workout . . . 30 baseball teams, that is

    08/09/2016 3:00:03 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 78 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/16 | Dan Calabrese
    God's man on the diamond? The sports fan in me says there’s no way. Tim Tebow hasn’t played baseball since high school, and that was 11 years ago. The guy is a very impressive physical/athletic specimen, but the skill and timing required to hit a ball coming at you at 97 miles per hour is not something you can just put aside for more than a decade and then pick up again because you’re big and strong. That’s what the sports fan in me says. I very much appreciate Tebow’s commitment to his faith and his willingness to speak of...
  • USA swimming sensation Lilly King calls out her drug cheat Russian rival

    08/08/2016 11:15:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 9 August 2016 | Pedro Oliveira Jr. and Shekhar Bhatia
    Lilly King put her money where her mouth is on Monday night, romping to victory in the 100m breaststroke final after she called her closest Russian rival a drugs cheat - and took another shot at her minutes after securing gold. Yulia Efimova, who was caught in a doping scandal, was booed when her name was announced in the women's 100m breaststroke final. King started strongly and maintained the lead — with Efimova trailing right behind her. 'We can still compete clean and do well in the Olympic games — and that's how it should be,' said King after finishing...
  • WATCH: American Swimmer Calls Out Russian Competitor for Doping

    08/08/2016 7:14:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 8, 2016 | Josh Luckenbaugh
    American swimmer Lilly King had some choice words, as well as a finger wag, Sunday night for Russian counterpart Yulia Efimova, who was twice banned for doping but was surprisingly reinstated for the Rio Olympics Saturday. Efimova, the reigning world champion in the 100 meter breaststroke, has a long history with using substances to get a leg-up on her competition. She was suspended for 16 months in 2013 when anabolic substances were found in her system, and received a provisional ban (which was later lifted) earlier this year for using meldonium. in their rulings on Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal, The...
  • 2016 FReeper Pick'em Football League

    08/08/2016 12:44:59 PM PDT · by texas booster · 10 replies
    Yahoo! Fantasy Football ^ | 08/08/2016 | Texas Booster
    I started the 2016 Pick’em fantasy football team. FREEPER_PICKEM_FOOTBALL Group 476 Been going on for about a dozen years. The Pick’em league is simple - just tell us each week who will win, and assign a point value to the win. FReepmail me if you want to join, and I'll send you the password.
  • United States vs. France 2016: Final score 1-0, USWNT grabs huge victory at Olympics

    08/07/2016 12:13:25 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies
    sbnation.com ^ | Aug 6, 2016 | Kevin McCauley
    The United States women's national team took a big step towards getting into the gold medal match at Rio 2016 on Saturday. Not only was their 1-0 win over France — the No. 3 team in the world — a big statement to the rest of the field's contenders, but it should get them a top seed for the knockout stage as well. In the first half, the Americans had trouble getting a hold of the game, with France looking like the more likely team to score. Hope Solo came up huge repeatedly, making three big saves. She tipped a...
  • ESPN’s Kellerman thinks Snyder will change [Redskins] team name

    08/06/2016 5:35:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 56 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 4, 2016 5:56 pm | Noah Frank | @NoahFrankWTOP
    RICHMOND, Va. — ESPN’s show First Take, with co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, visited Redskins Training Camp in Richmond Thursday to film on site. Kellerman was asked by the media on hand about the team this year, the NFC East, and the often-discussed controversial nickname. Kellerman said that not only did he think the name should change, but that it would happen under the current regime. “Yes, it will change and Dan Snyder will change it,” Kellerman declared. “And I’m looking forward to that day, because I’m very disappointed in him right now.” Snyder has repeatedly said...
  • Athlete with No Womb or Ovaries but Internal Testes Will Compete with Women in Rio

    08/06/2016 11:16:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 55 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/16 | Selwyn Duke
    Liberalism gave us women's sports. Now liberalism is taking them away With reports of dead bodies and excrement floating in the water, the threat of Zika and the Russian doping scandal, the Rio Olympics appears the Frankenstein of athletic events. And now Rio seems dopey in another way: owing to political correctness, a runner with, reportedly, no womb or ovaries but internal testes will be allowed to compete with women. This person is South African middle-distance competitor Caster Semenya. I wrote of Semenya in 2009, back when Semenya (I’m not satisfied that Semenya is female, so henceforth I’ll refer to...
  • At Olympics, Trans Women Will Be Tested For Testosterone Levels, Trans Men Get A Pass

    08/05/2016 9:57:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 5, 2016 | 3:28 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    The headlines about the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics shout out that for the first time a transgender woman will be featured in the event. But in an article posted on the Telesur website, the push for genderless games does not mean transgender men and transgender women will be treated equally. The last paragraph of the article reveals that male to female athletes will be tested, but female to male persons will not. …
  • Olympic organisers invoke MacGyver to describe spirit of opening ceremony

    08/04/2016 11:29:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 4, 2016 | theguardian
    Olympic organisers invoked the spirit of cult 1980s television show MacGyver to describe their attempts to make Rio’s bargain-bucket opening ceremony live up to the memory of its predecessors. “Athens was classic, Beijing was grandiose, London was smart - ours is going to be cool,” said Andrucha Waddington, the Brazilian film director who is part of the team behind Friday’s ceremony in Rio’s Maracana stadium. The ceremony is a joint creative effort, headed by Italian executive producer Marco Balich, a veteran of 17 such bookends of major sporting events, and creative director Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian whose films include City...
  • Rio Olympics Women's Soccer and USWNT: Full TV schedule, group standings, results

    08/03/2016 7:38:05 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 52 replies
    cbssports.com ^ | August 3, 2016 | Roger Gonzalez
    The summer of soccer isn't over yet. After the Copa America and Euro 2016 on the men's side, the Summer Olympics arrive with the men's and women's soccer tournament. Play begins on Aug. 3 for the women and ends with the gold medal game on Aug. 19. Here are the groups, schedule, TV listings and more for the women's tournament, which features the USWNT.
  • Nevada State Field Target Match

    08/01/2016 9:29:14 AM PDT · by Axenolith · 9 replies
    N.A.G. ^ | July 28 | AirSmithCA
    2016 Nevada State Airgun Field Target - Grand Prix Match Report
  • US sending record number of women to Rio Games

    07/31/2016 4:56:05 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | July 23, 2016 | AP
    The United States is sending 292 women to the Summer Olympics— the most women who have ever competed at an Olympics for a single country.
  • Doublespeak: Columnist Claims Protecting the Second Amendment Diminishes the First

    07/30/2016 6:04:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In a column In the Tampa Bay Times, a writer makes the claim that a law to protect the Second Amendment diminishes the First Amendment.  It is a stretch.  The statute, passed by the Florida legislature in 2011, makes it illegal for local governments to pass regulations and ordinances dealing with guns, gun possession, anything to  do with guns. The law was passed because politicians in large urban centers persistently ignored the previous preemption law.  Local ordinances and regulations created a patchwork of firearms law to entrap any Floridians who exercised their Second Amendment rights. The columnist referred to...
  • Going for Gold: USWNT Olympic Preview

    07/29/2016 11:23:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    thesportsquotient.com ^ | 27 July 2016 | Kevin Luo
    Last summer, the whole nation cheered for the USWNT as they won the Women’s World Cup in Canada. This summer, the team looks to make history in Brazil by being the first women’s team to follow up a World Cup victory with an Olympic Gold Medal. The USWNT have brought home gold at the last three Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012) but they’re not a lock to repeat. Here’s what you can expect from the team in the upcoming weeks.
  • 2016 FReeper Pick'em Football League

    07/22/2016 4:38:04 PM PDT · by texas booster · 9 replies
    Yahoo@ fantasy football ^ | 07/22/2016 | Texas Booster
    I started the 2016 Pick’em fantasy football team. FREEPER_PICKEM_FOOTBALL Group 476 Been going on for about a dozen years. The Pick’em league is simple - just tell us each week who will win, and assign a point value to the win. Ping me if you want to join.Our team number is 1447.
  • Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium

    07/19/2016 11:50:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/16/2016 | Anne Schieber
    When Detroit's semipro soccer team needed a bigger stadium to accommodate its growing fan base, it did something unusual. Instead of seeking tax breaks or subsidies to support its ambitions, it turned to private supporters, mostly fans. It did so with the help of the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or MILE Act. Detroit City FC raised $741,250 from 527 investors to refurbish Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium. The team’s first game at its new home, on May 13, was a sellout with 7,410 tickets sold. That was more than double the 3,500 tickets it was limited to selling when the team played...
  • MI: Second Amendment Night for Battle Creek Bombers Baseball

    07/14/2016 6:10:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from fox17online.com On Friday evening, June 24th, the local ball club, the Battle Creek Bombers of Battle Creek, Michigan, hosted a Second Amendment Education night.  Because of the way Michigan laws have been crafted, open carry was required, if participants were going to carry at the event.  The event gathered enough publicity that the AP picked up the story, making it national. From the washingtonpost.com (AP): “2nd Amendment Education Night” was held Friday at C.O. Brown Stadium as the Battle Creek Bombers hosted the Rochester (Minnesota) Honkers.  Bombers general manager Tony Iovieno tells WOOD-TV there were no security problems...
  • The final countdown as hosts France prepare to meet Portugal in the Euro climax

    07/10/2016 2:21:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 90 replies
    euronews.com ^ | July 10, 2016 | Cinzia Rizzi
    ...“So who better to give us their opinions on how the match will go on Sunday than the Portuguese and French journalists from the euronews sports team Olŕ Bruno, Bonjour Vincent: Bruno who is going to win in the Stade de France?”
  • Rio and the Joys of Multiculturalism and Identity Politics

    07/09/2016 12:35:40 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/09/16 | Jim O'Neill
    Who knows how liberals come up with wonderful ideas like Multiculturalism and Identity Politics I recently read about how early-arriving Olympic contestants in Brazil are complaining about the condition of the waters they train by and in—oil slicks, the odd body part, mosquitoes, “superbugs” and such—picky, picky, picky. It struck me how opposed to the spirit of multiculturalism such provincial and benighted attitudes are—how xenophobic, how paternalistic, how…white. Which led me to think about Kanye West’s recent request that Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other “white” publications stop commenting on black music. Right on Kanye!
  • Euro 2016 semi-final preview: Germany v France

    07/06/2016 11:38:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | July 6, 2016 | Martin Laurence
    The winner of Thursday’s meeting between the world champions and the hosts will enter the final as favourites. The two highest rated sides at the tournament – France on 7.17 and Germany on 7.15 – will be treating this game as if it were the final itself. Joachim Löw’s side are hoping to emulate France’s achievement of holding both the World Cup and European Championship trophy at the same time. France have not been truly tested yet but neither have they breezed through a highly favourable draw. While their first-half annihilation of Iceland in the quarter-finals promised much, it was...
  • Semi-final preview: Portugal v Wales

    07/06/2016 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies
    uefa.com ^ | July 05, 2016 | John Atkin
    Proven pedigree meets the darkest of dark horses on Wednesday when Portugal take on Wales with a place in Sunday's UEFA EURO 2016 final at stake.
  • Germany beat Italy to reach Euro 2016 semi-finals after epic penalty shootout

    07/03/2016 7:22:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 102 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | July 3, 2016 | Daniel Taylor
    Briefly, Germany toyed with our minds. For a few moments, they seemed to forget it was not supposed to be in their football DNA to miss from a penalty shootout even when the heat of the battle was dangerously close to intolerable. Yet how typical that, ultimately, it was their players in the victory scrum, chasing one another in euphoria and celebrating another victory from 12 yards. No other side does it better even if, on this occasion, they gave themselves an almighty scare. They certainly tempted us to think they might have suffered a temporary loss of identity when...
  • Italy's defensive shape has taken Euro 2016 by storm,

    07/01/2016 10:33:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 53 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1 July 2016 | Martin Keown
    Italy are the team who have impressed me most at Euro 2016. They don’t really have any star names but they’ve already seen off two sides packed with them — Belgium and Spain — and face another on Saturday. The key to their success is their formation — and how well it is executed. Playing three at the back has often been dismissed as old hat in recent years, but we are beginning to see more teams flirt with the idea. And when you see a team like this employ it to perfection, who can blame them?
  • Young stars shining at UEFA EURO 2016

    07/01/2016 12:17:45 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 64 replies
    uefa.com ^ | 30 June 2016 | uefa
    Europe's top youngsters are vying for the Young Player of the Tournament at UEFA EURO 2016 – and several have made eye-catching contributions in France. Presented by SOCAR, the new award is open to all players born on or after 1 January 1994 and will be chosen by the UEFA technical observers. Led by UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu and including Sir Alex Ferguson and Alain Giresse, the observers are attending all 51 EURO matches.
  • England embarrassed, holders Spain out, Euro 2016's round of 16 exits

    06/30/2016 1:30:20 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 70 replies
    espnfc.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | ESPN staff
    With the round of 16 over, eight teams are going home. Here's a look back at each of their Euro 2016 campaigns. Click on each country's name for an in depth view on what happened in France.
  • Lionel Messi: Argentina forward retires from international football

    06/27/2016 1:57:00 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 99 replies
    bbc.com ^ | June 27, 2016 | bbc
    ...Messi made his debut for Argentina in 2005, going on to make 113 appearances.
  • Reporter's Attempt to Show Ease of Buying an Assault Rifle Backfires

    06/26/2016 11:14:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 22, 2016 | 6:50 PM EDT | Randy Hall
    Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he said, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. When he bought the gun, Steinberg planned to sell it back to the store. However, his purchase was stopped by the gun store, which canceled the transaction during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period after discovering he had lied on his background check about his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. In his article, Steinberg admitted that while...
  • Euro 2016: 10 transfer targets whose stock has risen sky-high in France

    06/26/2016 1:39:03 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | John Ashdown
    Euro 2016 has given these players and managers the perfect platform to impress watching scouts and attract admirers
  • Euro 2016: previews of the last-16 ties

    06/25/2016 12:10:01 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 84 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 25 June 2016 | Martin Laurence
    Have Northern Ireland met their match in Wales? Will Italy thwart Spain? Will Portugal pick up their first win? And will England slip up against Iceland?
  • Euro 2016 group stage summary: Trends of the tournament so far

    06/23/2016 12:21:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    skysports.com ^ | June 23, 2016 | Adam Bate
    The Euro 2016 group stages are at an end and England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all safely through to the last 16. But what have been the trends of the tournament so far? Our man in France, Adam Bate, takes a look at the late goals, striking issues and more…
  • Euro 2016: Who can qualify for the last 16?

    06/22/2016 8:28:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    bbc.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | bbc
    It was never going to be easy. With 24 teams in the group stages at Euro 2016, that does not divide neatly into 16 qualifying for the knockout stages. The best four third-placed teams from the six groups progress to the last 16. So far, 12 teams have made it through: France, Switzerland, Wales, England, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Northern Ireland. BBC Sport helps explain which sides can still go through, why yellow cards could prove crucial and who is in pole position in the 'third-place table'.