Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $72,846
Woo hoo!! And now less than $15.2k to go!! Let's git 'er done. Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Sports (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Church of Sweden Officially Drops Calling God ‘Lord’, ‘He’ to be More Inclusive

    11/23/2017 10:25:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 23, 2017 | Virginia Hale
    The Church of Sweden has voted to adopt a controversial new handbook which says masculine references to God, such as “He” and “Lord” should be scrapped so as to be more “inclusive”. Despite heavy criticism from organisations including Royal Swedish Academy, on Thursday the church approved the new handbook with a large majority.
  • Sumo: Hakuho crashes to 1st loss in Fukuoka

    11/22/2017 10:38:21 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 11 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | November 22, 2017 | Mainichi
    FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- Mongolian grand champion Hakuho saw his overnight lead trimmed to one win after suffering a shock first defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho got quickly rammed out by sekiwake Yoshikaze in the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center but in a rare act unfitting of a yokozuna, raised his arm in protest at the referee's decision. Hakuho took his foot off the pedal after the charge, suggesting he thought Yoshikaze (6-5) had made a "matta" false start. He left the ring shaking his head in disbelief after dropping to 10-1. "The yokozuna...
  • I Saw The Buttfumble Live And It Fractured My Family

    11/22/2017 5:08:17 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    Deadspin ^ | November 22, 2017 | Jon Eiseman
    Sometime in the winter of 2010, my dad sat my younger brother and me down for a talk. He was getting older, he said. His side of our family was becoming increasingly distant due to age and sickness and death and divorce, and because there were no women in our family—my mom died when my brother and I were kids, none of my grandparents are alive anymore, and my dad’s two brothers are both divorced with sons—he told us that as we got older there would be no one to wrangle the family together, no one to plan events and...
  • The predictable LaVar Ball-Lakers war is coming

    11/22/2017 11:22:55 AM PST · by conservative98 · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2017 | 10:06am | Hannah Withiam
    A father who didn’t think a couple high school basketball coaches were qualified to coach his sons isn’t stopping with the professionals. It took less than five weeks into Lonzo Ball’s rookie season for LaVar Ball to blame the Lakers’ coaching staff for not translating his son’s talent into production. Naturally, the basketball dad pumped himself up as the man for the job. “They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” LaVar Ball said of the Lakers staff in a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the...
  • Team USA Doc Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Gymnasts

    11/22/2017 10:07:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies ^ | 11/22/17 | tmz
    Dr. Larry Nassar just pled guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting multiple girls while working as a doctor for Team USA gymnastics and Michigan State University. Nassar appeared in a Michigan courtroom early Wednesday morning dressed in his jailhouse orange jumpsuit where he entered the plea. He now faces 25 to 40 years in prison. Nassar was accused of molesting dozens of high profile athletes -- including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney -- while telling the women he was simply performing routine physical exams.
  • The Thanksgiving Day Game That Defined American Football

    11/22/2017 6:15:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | November 22, 2017 | Terry Jeffrey
    A group of students from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia met at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City on April 28, 1882 and made an unambiguous decision: The United States was declaring its independence from British football. "A proposition to adopt the English rugby rules was unanimously rejected," the New York Daily Tribune reported on May 1, 1882. The basic concept at the foundation of American football originated in ancient Greece but came to the United States through Britain. As early as the 12th century, the English were playing "football" games -- particularly on Shrove Tuesday. William Fitz-Stephen...
  • Texas A&M plans to fire Kevin Sumlin after LSU game

    11/22/2017 7:45:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 21, 2017 | Brent Zwerneman,
    Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be fired following the Aggies' regular-season finale at LSU on Saturday night, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said. Sumlin is expected to be dismissed in the day or days following the A&M game against the Tigers. The Aggies are a double-digit underdog to the Tigers, and an A&M victory wouldn't save his job at this point, the sources said.
  • Week 13 college football schedule, TV coverage for Top 25 games

    11/22/2017 7:22:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Sporting News ^ | November 20, 2017 | E.Jay Zarett
    Week 13 of the college football schedule features multiple rivalry games between ranked opponents. No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn in the latest edition of the Iron Bowl, No. 9 Notre Dame faces No. 20 Stanford and No. 22 South Florida matches up with No. 13 UCF.
  • College Football Playoff Ranking - Week 12 - Nov 21, 2017

    11/22/2017 7:08:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    College Football Playoff ^ | November 21,.2017 | Staff
    1 University of Alabama 2 University of Miami 3 Clemson University 4 University of Oklahoma 5 University of Wisconsin 6 Auburn University 7 University of Georgia 8 University of Notre Dame 9 Ohio State University 10 Penn State University
  • LaVar and LaMelo Ball cause bedlam in Hong Kong as LiAngelo touches down in LA (snip)

    11/21/2017 5:46:36 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 37 replies
    south china morning post ^ | Nov. 15, 2017 | Nicolas Atkin
    The eccentric basketball family bring their Big Baller Brand to Tsim Sha Tsui as hundreds line up to hand over their cash – but questions about LiAngelo’s detainment in China are ignored. [snip] LaVar eventually turned up 20 minutes late, flanked by his burly security guards and choosing not to respond to questions about his other son, LiAngelo ball – the UCLA basketball star who was detained on suspicion of shoplifting with two teammates in Hangzhou last week. “What do you think about Donald Trump helping with LiAngelo?” one reporter asked Big Baller Brand manager and Lavar associate Alan Foster,...
  • Millions of Dish customers lose CBS signals, face Thanksgiving without network's football

    11/21/2017 12:40:09 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 21, 2017 | Meg James
    Nearly 3 million Dish Network subscribers in 18 cities, including Los Angeles, have lost access to their local CBS television station — just two days before Thanksgiving, when many Americans want to watch NFL football. The blackout comes amid a contentious fee dispute between satellite TV provider Dish Network and CBS Corp., which owns the television stations. Customers in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Denver and other markets also were hit by the blackout, which in addition to the local stations includes three CBS cable channels: CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel and Pop. Dish has nearly 400,000...
  • Marshawn Lynch's Mother Fires Back At President Trump

    11/21/2017 12:17:32 PM PST · by drewh · 42 replies
    Sports illustrated ^ | November 21 2017 | Nihal Kolur
    Marshawn Lynch's mom, Delisa Lynch, clearly isn't afraid to voice her opinions on Donald Trump. Early Monday morning, President Trump called for the Oakland Raiders running back to be suspended for kneeling during the American national anthem (as he has done all season) and standing for the Mexican national anthem during the Raiders' 33-8 loss to New England in Mexico City on Sunday. While Marshawn has yet to respond, his mother took to Twitter to take a shot at the President. In 2014, Trump attempted to buy the Buffalo Bills franchise after Bills founder Ralph Wilson passed away at age...
  • Marshawn Lynch Stood For Mexico, The Afghanistan Of North America

    11/21/2017 9:31:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 11/21/17 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    In perhaps the most crystallized example of uninformed activism, Marshawn Lynch actually protested police brutality by standing for the Mexican national anthem and sitting for The Star Spangled Banner. Apparently, Mr. Lynch hasn’t heard much about Mexican police. His dissonant display was the moral equivalent of an everyday liberal protesting fascism while wearing a Che Guevara shirt. Newsflash: Guevara was a totalitarian, mass murderer. Breaking: Lynch is about as privileged as they get in America. Reminder: Mexico is the Afghanistan of North America.
  • Bender's NFL LIVE THREAD Week 12

    11/21/2017 4:47:20 AM PST · by Impy · 50 replies
    Bender's NFL LIVE THREAD Week 12 Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 (All times Eastern) Minnesota at Detroit 12:30 pm FOX Ford Field L.A. Chargers at Dallas 4:30 pm CBS AT&T Stadium N.Y. Giants at Washington 8:30 pm NBC FedEx Field Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 Buffalo at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Arrowhead Stadium Carolina at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm FOX MetLife Stadium Chicago at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Lincoln Financial Field Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Paul Brown Stadium Miami at New England 1:00 pm CBS Gillette Stadium Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 pm FOX Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tennessee at Indianapolis...
  • Jana Novotna, former Wimbledon champion and doubles star, dies at 49

    11/20/2017 7:31:56 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 9 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | November 20, 2017 | Kevin Skiver
    Jana Novotna, a Czech Wimbledon champion that garnered fame after crying on the Duchess of Kent's shoulder after losing a 1993 final at Wimbledon, has died at age 49. Novotna had cancer and died in the Czech Republic. The World Tennis Association confirmed Novotna's death in a statement on Monday. Novotna's biggest successes came on the doubles courts. She had 16 Grand Slam championships in doubles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. The full statement from the WTA can be found below: It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on...
  • OU quarterback Baker Mayfield stripped of captain status, will not start against West Virginia

    11/20/2017 12:52:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 20, 2017 | K. QUERRY
    As the Oklahoma Sooners are hoping to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoffs, a head coach is sending a message to the team. While OU was on its way to a blowout win over Kansas, quarterback Baker Mayfield stunned coaches when he made a crude gesture on the sidelines. After throwing a three-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews to put OU up 28-3 in the third quarter, Mayfield twice grabbed his crotch and yelled obscenities at the Kansas bench, all caught on camera by ESPN. After the 41-3 win, Mayfield issued an apology for his actions during the...
  • Trump Calls on NFL To Suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch (stood for Mexcian anthem, sat for USA)

    11/20/2017 11:18:58 AM PST · by drewh · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | 2 hours ago
    President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch Monday morning. After photographs surfaced showing Lynch standing during the Mexican national anthem and sitting during the US national anthem at a game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City on Sunday, Trump called for his suspension. "Marshawn Lynch of the NFL's Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down," he tweeted. The President and the NFL have butted heads...
  • Tears In The Locker Room After Another Big Broncos Loss

    11/20/2017 10:00:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | November 20, 2017 8:04 AM | Staff
    The Denver Broncos saved some of their best defense for after the game. At issue: boss John Elway labeling them soft. It didn’t sit too well with a few of the players, though others welcomed the critique. Yet the comments didn’t stoke the necessary fire, either, as the Broncos lost 20-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals, extending their losing streak to six games. “None of us are soft,” said linebacker Brandon Marshall, whose team met Saturday night to discuss the remarks by their Hall of Fame QB turned general manager. “For him to call us soft, it just rubbed us the...
  • Herschel Walker on Marshawn Lynch Sitting for Anthem: You 'Never' Protest the Anthem

    11/20/2017 9:40:24 AM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 11/2/17 |
    Walker said he's "insulted" by the anthem protests, believing Lynch is "taking this as a joke." The former Dallas Cowboy and Minnesota Viking faulted commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to take a stand when the protests started. "I said guys should be suspended at the beginning. I don't care what people say. The national anthem is the United States of America. ... You never protest that," the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner said He also called on people - even those who disagree with the president - to "respect the White House," pushing back against accusations of racism against President Trump....
  • Time to bring back the USFL?

    11/20/2017 9:20:35 AM PST · by gdzla · 52 replies
    The United States Football League