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  • NASCAR unveils schedule updates through Aug. 2

    06/06/2020 5:46:28 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 11 replies ^ | June 4, 2020 at 3:28 PM | ByStaff Report
    NASCAR announced its third installment of the rebuilt 2020 schedule on Wednesday, a 23-race update that begins at Pocono Raceway on the final weekend in June and ends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a NASCAR Cup Series race on Aug. 2. The final breakdown: seven points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races, six NASCAR Xfinity Series races, five NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races and three ARCA Menards Series events. The schedule also includes the annual NASCAR All-Star Race and NASCAR All-Star Open, slated for July 15 (a Wednesday night) at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a format to be...
  • Motorcyclist Who Identifies As Bicyclist Sets Cycling World Record

    06/06/2020 4:20:59 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies ^ | October 25th, 2019
    In an inspiring story from the world of professional cycling, a motorcyclist who identifies as a bicyclist has crushed all the regular bicyclists, setting an unbelievable world record. In a local qualifying race for the World Road Cycling League, the motorcyclist crushed the previous 100-mile record of 3 hours, 13 minutes with his amazing new score of well under an hour. Professional motorcycle racer Judd E. Banner, the brave trans-vehicle rider, was allowed to race after he told league organizers he's always felt like a bicyclist in a motorcyclist's body. "Look, my ride has handlebars, two wheels, and a seat,"...
  • Bill Belichick’s silence becomes conspicuous

    06/06/2020 3:56:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 5, 2020 | Mike Florio
    In this historic moment, there is no middle ground. The choices are to support the notion of equality, liberty, and justice for all, or not to. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the 2019 NFL defensive player of the year, left no doubt regarding his position on the matter, given his involvement in the powerful and moving video produced by several prominent NFL players. So where does his boss stand? The question of Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s silence has been raised by Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston. At a time when more and more coaches are speaking out in compelling fashion...
  • Utah suspends DC Morgan Scalley for texting racial slur in 2013

    06/05/2020 7:49:46 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    ESPN ^ | June 5, 2020 | Mark Schlabach
    Utah has suspended defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley and launched an external investigation concerning a 2013 text message he sent that included a racial slur, Utes athletics director Mark Harlan announced Friday on social media. Harlan said that he was made aware of the text message Wednesday and that he had spoken to Scalley, who "is very contrite and acknowledged that the text was sent and that it did include a derogatory and painful word."
  • Drew Brees' Instagram Message To President Trump

    06/05/2020 7:44:53 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 146 replies
    Instagram ^ | June 5, 2020 | Drew Brees
    To @realdonaldtrump Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities. We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. We are...
  • Braves’ Marcell Ozuna injured after wife allegedly hit him with soap dish

    06/05/2020 7:11:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 5, 2020 | Lia Eustachewich
    The wife of the Atlanta Braves’ Marcell Ozuna was busted on domestic battery charges for allegedly hitting the outfielder with a soap dish, according to a report. Ozuna suffered a “small laceration” to his face in the scuffle with his wife, Genesis, Miami radio host Andy Slater tweeted on Friday.
  • NFL Players Ask League to Condemn ‘Systematic Oppression of Black People,’ Admit Wrongs in Ending Anthem Protests

    06/05/2020 5:14:38 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/05/20 | Warner Todd Houston
    A group of NFL players from across the league have gathered for a 70-second video demanding that the NFL deliver a clear message about racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd.The video starts with Saints receiver Michael Thomas saying, “It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered.”Then comes DeAndre Hopkins to ask, “What will it take?”“For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?” Browns receiver Jarvis Landry adds.“What if I was George Floyd?” Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson asks.“If I was George Floyd,” Giants running back Saquon Barkley also asks.“What if I was...
  • NFL Condemns “racism and systematic oppression of black people

    06/05/2020 3:59:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 57 replies
    June 5, 2020
    A few minutes ago from the spineless Roger Goodell We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange
  • Trump: I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high

    06/05/2020 3:08:33 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 5, 2020 | Donald J. Trump
    I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high
  • Galaxy part company with Katai after wife's racist posts

    06/05/2020 1:03:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2020 | Staff
    The Los Angeles Galaxy parted company with midfielder Aleksandar Katai on Friday, days after the player's wife sparked outrage with a series of racist social media posts. A single sentence statement posted on the Galaxy's website said former Serbia international Katai had now left the club by mutual agreement. It came after Katai's wife Tea had mocked the Black Lives Matter movement and urged violence against people protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. The posts on Instagram were subsequently deleted after the Galaxy condemned them as "racist and violent".
  • Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva blames media for backlash against Drew Brees

    06/05/2020 8:55:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    MSN ^ | June 5, 2020 | Curt Popejoy
    here are few players in the NFL more qualified to discuss the national anthem and the flag than Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva. He served multiple tours of duty in the Army and is highly decorated. When Villanueva went on 97.3 The Fan on Friday he was asked about the comments of New Orleans Saints quarterback about the national anthem and the heat Brees took, finally forcing him into an apology. Villanueva is a smart guy and rather than get baited into an answer, he put it squarely back on the media. “It was taken out of context the...
  • Alvin Kamara explains why he can 'kneel confidently' in protest

    06/05/2020 8:43:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 4, 2020 | Jason Owens
    The narrative has shifted around NFL players kneeling in protest. With the widespread backlash against Drew Brees for implying that kneeling is an anti-military stance, it’s clear that social justice protest is back in the NFL. And the same sort of protest that ultimately saw Colin Kaepernick banished from the league will have a different tenor when league play resumes. With protestors taking to the nation’s streets on a daily basis in the wake of George Floyd’s death, players who intend to peacefully protest police brutality on NFL sidelines aren’t likely to be swayed by pressure that decries the act...
  • Drew Brees speaks directly into camera to issue another apology: 'I will be a part of the solution'

    06/05/2020 4:54:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 4, 2020 | Jason Owens
    On Thursday morning, Drew Brees issued an apology after a groundswell of criticism for implying that NFL players who kneel in protest of police brutality are unpatriotic. Later Thursday, he delivered another one. This time, Brees used an Instagram video to issue his apology directly into a camera.
  • ‘We will not be silenced:’ NFL stars send video message to league about racial inequality

    06/05/2020 4:19:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 5, 2020 | Staff
    Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality. The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and also includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins. Thomas, the Saints wide receiver who led the league in receptions the past two seasons, opens the video with the statement: “It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered.” “How many times do we need to ask you to listen to...
  • Oregon State dismisses [Redshirt Freshman] player after racist chat surfaces [from 3 years ago] [ed]

    06/05/2020 4:15:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AP ^ | June 4, 2020 | Staff
    Oregon State has dismissed a tight end after a recording surfaced of the player making racist and bigoted comments some three years ago. Oregon State has dismissed a tight end after a recording surfaced of the player making racist and bigoted comments some three years ago.
  • NBA voice Grant Napear was unjustly fired over ‘All Lives Matter’ truth (Author mentions what we say often)

    06/04/2020 6:44:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 4, 2020 | Phil Mushnick
    These days you never know when you’re a goner. You never know if your career and deeds — good deeds, well-intended deeds and honest work — will be hijacked by fringe lunatics or the merely wishful to publicly paint you as what they want you to be, hope you are or read online that you definitely are. Thus you become a racist, because that’s a quick, effective substitute for reasonable, civil dialogue and for dealing with certain clear, present and often unpopular truths.
  • After Drew Brees backlash, the NFL must finally figure out how to handle kneeling protests

    06/04/2020 12:28:59 PM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 4, 2020 | Dan Wetzel
    On Wednesday, citing two grandfathers who fought in World War II, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said that even in wake of the death of African American George Floyd, an incident in which a former Minneapolis police officer is facing second-degree murder charges, he opposed any player kneeling during the pregame national anthem. “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees told Yahoo Finance’s Daniel Roberts. He was immediately ripped by teammates, opponents, other athletes, entertainers and even plenty of fans. By Thursday, Brees apologized.
  • Colts' Chris Ballard on Not Signing Colin Kaepernick in 2017: 'We Didn't Listen'

    06/04/2020 12:00:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | June 4, 2020 | Adam Wells
    Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard discussed his failure to speak out about issues of systemic racism in the past in a conference call with reporters Thursday. Ballard was asked about the team's decision not to sign Colin Kaepernick when it needed a quarterback during the 2017 season. "We didn't listen," he said. "I didn't listen in 2017. I love Darius Butler. He tried to explain it. I thought I heard it. I didn't. We didn't listen."
  • 'Arrest them all': Tennis star's (John Isner) blunt message for 'pathetic' rioters

    06/04/2020 7:56:21 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 26 replies
    Yahoo Sports Australia ^ | June 2, 2020 | Riley Morgan
    America’s No.1 tennis player John Isner has slammed rioters for going about their protests the wrong way following the tragic death of George Floyd. Floyd – an African-American man – died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest on Monday. Nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality gripped the country over the weekend, which prompted many sport stars to voice their opinion. UFC star Jon Jones was one athlete seen on the street confronting protesters during the looting and vandalism that has left cities reeling. Now, Isner has called for rioters...
  • June 4 in sports history: 10-cent beer plus MLB equals toxic brew

    06/04/2020 7:19:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Yardbarker ^ | June 4, 2020 | Staff
    1974: 10-cent beer on a warm night in Cleveland? Hey, what could go wrong? Early in the Rangers-Indians game at dumpy Municipal Stadium, inebriated young fans among the crowd of 25,000 ran onto the field during "Beer Night," some wielding knives and chairs, according to an Associated Press report. Firecrackers were occasionally heard — some were even thrown into the Rangers dugout. Then a naked guy ran onto the field in the sixth inning.