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- 09/01/15--14:42: Two Kansas City Royals Players Have The Chickenpox
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- 09/02/15--12:57: Serena Williams Just Served All Her Body-Shamers
- 09/02/15--15:01: Fitness Professionals Try Pilates For The First Time
- 09/02/15--15:34: T-Pain Singing The National Anthem Without Auto-Tune Is Incredible
- 09/03/15--05:31: We Asked Premier League Star Harry Kane To Label NFL Teams On A Map
- 09/02/15--22:06: Novak Djokovic Just Invited A US Open Fan On Court For A Dance Off
- 09/03/15--09:23: Venus Williams Receives Degree From Indiana University East
- 09/03/15--07:16: Judge Overturns Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension
The Swansea City football mascot’s face was the very definition of “ZOMG!”
The home side won the game 2-1, but the real winner on the day was a young Swansea mascot.
This brilliant Vine captures the moment that the young lad realised he was standing next to Wayne Rooney.
Head coach Jay Gruden on Monday said Kirk Cousins will be the team’s 2015 starter.
Robert Griffin III
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After three seasons as the Washington Redskins's starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III — widely known as RG3 — was benched in favor of Kirk Cousins, head coach Jay Gruden announced during a press conference Monday.
"It's Kirk's team," Gruden said.
It has long been rumored that team owner Dan Snyder instructed the coaching staff to stick with RG3 as the starter no matter the circumstance. Tensions between the new coaching staff and the alleged demands of the front office reached a breaking point during an Aug. 21 preseason match against the Lions, when Gruden kept RG3 in the game behind an alarmingly subpar offensive line.
RG3 completed two of five passes and was sacked three times — for a combined 17 yards lost. He took several hard hits, and many wondered why Gruden let him get pounded.
RG3 left the game with a pinched nerve and a possible concussion. Later that week, the team announced that an NFL neurologist cleared RG3 to play. But, the next day, the same neurologist walked back his decision and the team announced their starter would sit out for "one to two weeks" before being re-evaluated.
Reports later surfaced that Gruden was increasingly unhappy that team management wanted to stick with RG3 as starter. The ordeal led the 25-year-old quarterback to say, "I just work here," during a press conference.
Gruden on Monday praised Cousins' performance in offseason training camps over RG3's continually changing health status.
"Robert has done some great things, no question," he said. "But moving forward, with all the things we've studied over the course of training camp and [organized team activities], we just feel like Kirk has earned the right to be the starting quarterback for 2015."
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The Redskins drafted RG3 in 2012, after his Heisman-winning season at Baylor University. The team traded away their first-round picks through 2014 and their second-round pick for 2012 to take the promising, mobile quarterback.
RG3 was named starting quarterback before Week 1 of his rookie season, and played 15 total games. He took a hit to the knee late in a game mid-season, and Cousins was brought out to finish the game and start against the Cleveland Browns while RG3 recovered. That year the Redskins earned their first playoff berth since 2007, but RG3 suffered a knee injury during the first round of the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks and the team didn't advance.
In that playoff game, then-head coach Mike Shanahan left RG3 in despite it being obvious to opposing players — not to mention viewers at home — that he was playing on a weakened knee. While attempting to recover a fumbled snap, RG3 planted his foot, but his knee gave out, tearing his ACL and LCL. The team has not appeared in the playoffs since.
The second-year starter performed poorly in 2013, and was shut down with three games left to go in the season. Cousins, his backup, finished out the year. In 2014, RG3 was again plagued by injuries, and was benched for Colt McCoy until he too was injured.
Overall, Cousins has started nine regular season games with Washington. In 2014, he completed 126 of 204 passes for a 61% completion rating. But he threw nine interceptions over those six games — four of those in one game. Cousins' statistics have improved so far this preseason.
"It's a good problem to have to have three quarterbacks that are competing and working their butts off and I feel like all three of them are capable quarterbacks," said Gruden.
Veteran artist Jane Rosenberg said her instant fame after drawing a curious-looking photo of the Patriots quarterback has been “a nightmare.”
Not even one month ago, veteran courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg saw her portrayal of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady go viral immediately after a Deflategate hearing in a federal court in Manhattan.
Fans of the club are not happy – though fans of other clubs think it’s hilarious.
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Surfing isn’t just something you do on the internet.
Surfer collective Brown Girl Surf has uploaded a video about Ishita Malaviya, India's first female surfer, who is introducing the sport to young girls in the country.
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Malaviya talks about how she learnt such a niche sport in India, and how she is passing on her knowledge to help youngsters fall in love with surfing too.
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Malaviya also talks about the difficulties involved with encouraging women to take part in sports in India, particularly the obsession with fair skin.
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Bet she can inspire you to pick up a surfboard as well. Get to know more about her story here:
Speculation and deception run rampant Tuesday as a federal judge prepares to make his decision in the Tom Brady vs. NFL saga this week.
Judge Richard Berman
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Judge Richard Berman on Tuesday said he expects to announce his Deflategate decision in the lawsuit between the NFL and its players union on behalf of Tom Brady within the week.
Fans and other stakeholders have been pinning for an end to the drawn out drama, in which the New England Patriots are accused of deflating footballs used in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
At a court hearing Tuesday, Berman hinted that could announce his decision later in the day or on Wednesday, although attorneys could appeal. The whole ordeal over Deflategate could also be booted back into NFL arbitration.
For fans, the legal back and forth and drawn out arbitration process has been taxing. And on Tuesday afternoon, as Deflategate pivoted to "Deflatewait," someone created a Twitter account with the handle @JudgeBerman, and posted the following tweet:
Anxious fans fell for it, and Berman's deputy immediately received "several phone calls from reporters" asking about the validity of the account. Over the phone, a person in Berman's court said he "definitely did not tweet that he's issuing a decision at four."
The practice of creating fake accounts to dupe users is a long-held tradition in Sports Twitter. Fans create accounts that look like those of national reporters, using deceptive character tricks, such as an uppercase "i" to substitute a lowercase "L" for a news-breaker like baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal.
But Tuesday's trolling still left those who wrongly believed a federal judge would break all established protocol to tweet a legal decision left wanting to know exactly how it would be disseminated.
Here's how the decision will likely unfold:
The decision will be filed to court records, which will be quickly available online. Based on Berman's previous decisions in similar cases, it will likely be about 20 pages in length. Everyone with access to an online records program such as PACER — Brady, Goodell, attorneys, and reporters alike — will then find out at about the same time.
News reports will then no doubt be sent into a frenzy — just watch out for the fake accounts.
Outfielder Alex Rios and relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera are infected.
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Two members of the Kansas City Royals — outfielder Alex Rios and relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera — have contracted the chicken pox, the Kansas City Star reported. Each player could be out for up to two weeks.
The Royals, who are in good standing for the playoffs and expect to play into October, are taking precautions to keep the chickenpox from spreading to more players, according to the Star. Rios, who was scratched from Saturday's lineup about an hour before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida, is believed to be the first player to get sick. He was sent home via a private jet, the Star reported. Herrera soon reported similar symptoms and was quarantined and sent home.
Chickenpox is significantly more dangerous in adults than it is children, Rafael Harpaz of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Star. "The likelihood that they'll end up getting pneumonia is much higher. That's pretty rare in children. So there's a number of complications that are more common in adults than in children," he said.
The Royals have asked players to confirm with their parents that they are immune to chickenpox, or get vaccinated. The virus is highly contagious, and can be contracted through "air or bodily contact," which makes a baseball clubhouse an easy place for it to spread.
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During a press conference Tuesday, manager Ned Yost addressed Rios and Herrera's health and other members of the team were asked about whether they were concerned about getting sick. Yordano Ventura and recently acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes answered in jest:
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t fail this quiz.
OK, so there haven’t been any titles in a while, but the last 25 years haven’t been all bad for Liverpool fans. How many of these iconic goals can you remember?
“It’s me, and I love me.”
Tennis star Serena Williams is NOT unfamiliar with being subject to body-shaming, and in a recent interview with Good Morning America she had the best response to her haters.
Williams is on her way to becoming the first woman since 1988 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a row, but people won't let go of her athletic figure.
I'm sorry, what were you saying about her toned body?
When asked about her incredible clap-back on Instagram, she responded with a beautiful speech about self love.
"It's me, and I love me. I learned to love me. I've been like this my whole life, and I embrace me. I love how I look. I love that I'm a full woman and I'm strong and I'm powerful and I'm beautiful at the same time. And there's nothing wrong with that. "
She continued by explaining that the negatives just "bring you down," and nobody's got time for that!
“My junk… it’s getting squished.”
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“You’re testing our patience mate…”
Australia's ultimate sporting bad boy Shane Warne has decided to stage a public intervention for tennis player Nick Kyrgios, through the medium of open Facebook post.
Such passionate, heartfelt words from an Aussie hero. But we don't think a Facebook post is doing them justice.
Perhaps the best way to read them would be accompanying pictures of Warnie throughout his career.
Here we go…
"Dear Nick Kyrgios,"
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"We all realise you're only 20 & have a lot to learn buddy."
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No Auto-Tune required.
T-Pain: You know him as the mastermind behind such hits as "I'm ’n Luv (Wit a Stripper)," as a mermaid lover, AND as the patron saint of Auto-Tune.
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What many people still don't know is that T-Pain actually has an INCREDIBLE set of pipes. He just isn't given the opportunity to showcase them too often!
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Monday night was one of those opportunities. The rap icon took the field at Dodger Stadium to sing the national anthem...and he low-key killed it:
Well done, Mr. Pain, and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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NOT IN MONIQUE’S HOUSE!
Two men attempted to steal MMA fighter Monique Bastos and her friends' phones while they were on their way to training in Acailandia, Brazil. Too bad the guys didn't know she could beat the hell out of them and put them in a choke hold.
After noticing they were unarmed, Bastos told MMAFighting.com, "I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one."
And "get him," she did. She happily held him in a triangle choke for 15 minutes until the police arrived, while he freaked out and cried uncle. Meanwhile, her friends went through the guy's wallet to ID him.
LOL, bye, Wesley Sousa de Araujo.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the first time she had to fight off guys on the street. She said, "I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back."
Bayern Munich are raising €1 million for refugees, as well as offering food and tuition.
Now, after the fan-led movement last week, Germany's biggest club, Bayern Munich, has announced that it will work with the German government to help refugees in Munich and Bavaria.
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The club is taking the unprecedented step of holding training sessions for younger refugees. Children and teenagers will also receive German lessons from the club, and will be offered food and clothes.
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Germany is currently experiencing its greatest influx of refugees for many decades. This presents a special challenge to the state and society. FC Bayern München will play an active part in meeting the challenge and, working closely with the city of Munich and state of Bavaria, contribute financial, material and practical help.
BuzzFeed met up with Tottenham striker Harry Kane and basically gave him a US geography exam.
We asked Harry to label the location of some NFL franchises on a map of the US, and here's what happened...
(Yep, we basically gave Harry a US geography exam during his time off of training...)
A victory dance like no other.
During his post-match interview, ESPN’s Brad Gilbert asked Djokovic to rank the fan's dance moves. He said he recognised a man from the past and thanked him for his many years of courtside entertainment.
He was also impressed by the many layers of clothing the spectator was wearing in New York's blistering heat.
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The lucky dude gave Djokovic one of his (many) I <3 NY T-shirts.
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Venus Williams is now an alumna of Indiana University East!
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The tennis star earned her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration after enrolling in IU East's online degree program in 2011.
She was able to finally visit the campus in August while traveling for the Western Southern Open.
IU East / Greg Pyle
One of the main reasons that I chose IU East was because I felt so at home. It was like family, like it was my school, and I was so excited. It's been an incredible journey. I've learned so much. It was always my dream to have a business degree and I ended up going to art school so many times, but in the back of my head I felt like I needed the tools to be a better leader, to be a better planner, to be better at all of the things I wanted to do in my businesses because I'm so hands-on.
Congrats, Venus!!!!!!! You are an inspiration to us all!
IU East / Greg Pyle
Tom Brady will not be suspended for four games after he was allegedly “generally aware” of a scheme to deflate AFC Championship game footballs earlier this year. The NFL will appeal the decision.
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Tom Brady's four-game suspension by the NFL has been overturned by a federal judge. In a 40-page filing Thursday, Judge Richard Berman sided with the Patriots quarterback and the NFL Players Association.
Though the saga was initially concerned with whether or not Tom Brady was complicit and/or directed a scheme to deflate game-use footballs to gain a believed competitive advantage, the lawsuit was not a judgment of guilt or innocence. Instead, the lawsuit centered on the power afforded to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the NFL and NFL Players Association's Collective Bargaining Agreement, which gives Goodell near-unilateral power when determining a player's punishment for policy violations, and the standard used to impose that punishment.
Goodell and the NFL later announced that they will appeal the decision "to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game."
Brady was suspended for four games after an investigator determined he was "generally aware," if not orchestrated, a scheme to deflate game-use footballs to gain an alleged competitive advantage against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
In his decision Thursday, Judge Berman said that Brady had not been given adequate notice "that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to delate footballs, and non-cooperation with the ensuing Investigation. Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs."
During the lawsuit hearings, Judge Berman repeatedly asked the NFL for clarification on the standard that an investigator used when finding Brady to be "at least generally aware" of tampering. He showed skepticism of the standard on multiple occasions in court. The topic of adequate notice is one the NFLPA on behalf of Brady made a focal point of their lawsuit. He said that the "generally aware" standard had no precedent in NFL sanctions and that Brady was also not alerted to the fact that he could be suspended for not turning over his cell phone to the investigator.
"The Court concludes that, as a matter of law, no NFL policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others. And, it does not appear that the NFL has ever, prior to this case, sought to punish players for such an alleged violation," Judge Berman determined.
In a letter announcing Brady's initial suspension, Goodell said Brady's four games had been determined in reference to the standard discipline for steroid use. In court and in his decision, Judge Berman found that to be baseless.
"The Award [letter announcing suspension] offers no scientific, empirical, or historical evidence of any comparability between Brady's alleged offense and steroid use. Often, steroid use has to do with critical issues of health, injury, addiction, and peer pressure, among other factors. [...] None of these factors is (remotely) present here."
Judge Berman also vacated the suspension in part because Brady and the NFLPA were not allowed to cross-examine one of the co-authors of the initial investigation during a 10-hour appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York. The NFL has said that attorney Jeff Pash did not have a significant role in the investigation, but Judge Berman points out that he had been called "the co-lead investigator" on the report.
"The Court finds that Commissioner Goodell's denial of Brady's motion to compel the testimony of Mr. Pash was fundamentally unfair and in violation of 9 U.S.C. § !O(a)(3). Given Mr. Pash's very senior position in the NFL, his role as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and his designation as co-lead investigator with Ted Wells, it is logical that he would have valuable insight into the course and outcome of the Investigation and into the drafting and content of the Wells Report."
"Commissioner Goodell's refusal to hear such evidence warrants vacatur of the
Award under 9 U.S.C. § 10(a)(3)," Judge Berman determined.
Judge Berman's decision can be appealed to a higher court, but Judge Berman has warned that the entire process could take up to two years to resolve. "And I don't think anyone wants that," he said during a hearing in early August.
The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement were affirmed today by a Federal Judge in a court of the NFL's choosing. We thank Judge Berman for his time, careful consideration of the issue and fair and just result.
This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. While the CBA grants the person who occupies the position of Commissioner the ability to judiciously and fairly exercise the designated power of that position, the union did not agree to attempts to unfairly, illegally exercise that power, contrary to what the NFL has repeatedly and wrongfully claimed.
We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans. This court's decision to overturn the NFL Commissioner again should signal to every NFL owner that collective bargaining is better than legal losses. Collective bargaining is a much better process that will lead to far better results.
We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.
The former Red Sox pitcher continues to face disciplinary action from ESPN as fallout from Nazi-related tweet.
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ESPN announced Thursday that baseball analyst Curt Schilling will not appear on broadcasts for the remainder of the MLB regular season and the American League Wild Card game. The remainder of the MLB playoffs, including the World Series, are scheduled to be broadcast by other networks.
Schilling's shaky standing with ESPN, where he's worked since 2010, began in August when he tweeted an image macro that drew a comparison between the number of Nazis and number of Muslim extremists, transposed over a photo of Hitler. Schilling also posted the photo to his Facebook page, which was later discovered to have entire photo albums of his collection of WWII/Nazi-related memorabilia.
ESPN quickly pulled Schilling from that week's broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball and from his Little League World Series assignment. He later tweeted an apology.
Schilling was scheduled to be back for this upcoming Sunday's broadcast, but shortly after midnight on Monday morning he sent a lengthy diatribe to reporter Dan Levy, who writes for sports media site Awful Announcing.
The former pitcher questioned Levy's integrity in covering his Nazi meme–related suspension, linking to an Awful Announcing story written by another writer.
Schilling claimed the nature of the photo had been willfully misconstrued on the site, taking a shot at a fellow ESPN colleague in the process. "Very Chris Mortensen of you," he wrote, referring to Mortensen's reporting on the Tom Brady/NFL saga, which has been largely discredited.
"I don't have a racist bone in my body," Schilling wrote. "Anyone that knows me even a little knows that."
I don't have a racist bone in my body, never have. Anyone that knows me even a little knows that.
Yet you, like so many others, continue to destroy what's left of the publics trust and confidence in media by creating a story of your own design and liking when you didn't need to, and smearing someone's reputation ato do it. Any thought at all as to my children and their thoughts if they read the lie you created? That's an honest question. I dealt with it in my home, but I always wonder when people of your ilk give ruining someone a shot, if you ever do think about the family you impact. Especially when you are creating a story that never happened to do it.
And for what it is worth I apologized for tweeting. The forum was about as poor a choice as I could have made in trying to elicit a potential discussion on that topic. I did not, and will not apologize for the content of the tweet. If you, or anyone else, can't wrap your head around your native language enough to understand that omitting words, or adding them, is plain and simple lying when it comes to journalism. Oh and it changes the content of a quote when you do that too. But you already knew that. But to paraphrase, when a radical minority is opposed by a silent and weak majority, really really bad stuff can, and has, and likely will again, happen.
In the same email, Schilling did offer lengthy praise for fellow baseball broadcaster Jessica Mendoza, who became the first woman to call an MLB game for the network recently and sat in for Schilling on Sunday.
"My suspension or not she deserves to be in a booth calling MLB games," Schilling wrote. "Not to break a barrier, not to enter a new frontier, but because she earned it. She's one of the few still understanding if you work your ass off you can do what you dream."
Awful Announcing did not have a formal agreement with Schilling for the email to be off the record, despite Schilling requesting it be kept private, so after a day of consideration, they published the entire email.
ESPN released a statement, assuring reporters that "We weren't aware of Curt's plan to craft or sent this email."
In a follow-up, Levy published his lengthy response to Schilling, in which he asked the analyst about other offensive posts on Schilling's social media sites.
You know for a fact the post about blowing up prophets was 100% in reference to those unique gentleman on global airwaves daily, talking about the destruction of all non believers, America and Israel.
But that screws your narrative so you act more ignorant than you are, play stupid and try to make the leap, as with the tweet, i meant all prophets. At least you're consistent.
That tweet with Hitler was offensive, he was a despicable, horrible anti-christ of a human.
Did that tweet stir up negative emotions?
It was supposed to do that, albeit again it was idiotic for me to post in that forum.
We are now in a time and place where horrible despicable things are being imparted on innocent human beings around the globe by people who have made it clear they wont stop until ever non believer on the planet is dead.
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Late Thursday, ESPN issued a scathing statement on Schilling's recent — and very public — comments. The emails between Schilling and Levy were not mentioned explicitly.
At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt's actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.
ESPN has not announced who will sit in for Schilling going forward, but intends to finalize and announce a decision soon.