NFL will play Black National Anthem at games

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWhen Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem to bring awareness to social and other injustices faced regularly by Black and Brown individuals in America, the National Football League, President Donald Trump, and others wrongly associated the quarterback’s actions as a protest against the U.S. flag and the nation’s military.In the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd, protests and demonstrations have awakened America and most of the world to the plight of African Americans who long have suffered injustice, inequality, and an overall lack of understanding.The NFL remains at the forefront of the new understanding, and now they’ve taken that knowledge, and, in an unprecedented decision, the league announced it would play Lift Every Voice and Sing – the Black National Anthem – before every opening day game this year.The performance of the song will occur before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the NFL said. The league’s season opener is scheduled for September 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.“The league taking the opportunity to play “Lift every voice and sing” (the Black national anthem) is sweet. It’s a great way to honor those who started this movement year and years ago,” tweeted Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley.“For those who aren’t familiar with it, this song seeks to remind us of our past as a country and to strive to be better. It speaks to all of us, not just Black people, even tho it became a rallying cry for Blacks in the Jim Crow era. It is a beautiful message birthed from pain,” Conley added.“To those claiming the song is derisive, I ask which part? Much like America the Beautiful is played to honor, this song is the same. It’s isn’t for “just Black people” it’s for all who acknowledge the past and press toward a better future.”As noted in Sports Illustrated, Lift Every Voice and Sing has an extensive history since its first inception as a poem in 1899. According to the NAACP, its lyrics were penned by writer and NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (a Jacksonville native). It was eventually adopted for music by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson. Years later, it was adopted by the NAACP as the organization’s official song.According to the NAACP, the song was first performed in Jacksonville at a school where James Weldon Johnson was the principal. As part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1900, Lift Every Voice and Sing was publicly performed by 500 school children at the Stanton School.The NFL has recently acknowledged it was wrong in how it handled Kaepernick, who has mostly been black balled from the game. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he now would encourage teams to sign the former Super Bowl quarterback.Because Goodell has reversed course and said he would allow kneeling, the league came under enormous criticism from President Donald Trump, who now is calling for a boycott of the NFL.Sen. Ted Cruz called the decision to play the Black National Anthem “asinine,” further fueling racial tensions that have already boiled over since the Floyd killing.last_img read more

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Shaw set for €42.5m Man United move

first_img Shaw will view with French international Patrice Evra for a place in the first team under Louis van Gaal.  26/06/2014 Upd. at 23:44 Southampton have lost their manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham and striker Rickie Lambert to Liverpool.  Another who made his World Cup debut in Brazil, he is also wanted by Liverpool. Manchester United are close to signing Luke Shaw for €42.5million from Southampton.center_img They face a struggle to keep hold of talented midfield playmaker Adam Lallana. The left-back made his World Cup debut this summer and will become their second signing after Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.  Sport EN CESTlast_img read more

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Eto’o makes his Ballon d’Or prediction: Messi then Neymar

first_img “Neymar has huge potential. After the domination of Messi and Cristiano [ends], he will surely be the No.1. Antalyaspor player-manager Samuel Eto’o has given an interview to ESPN, during which, among other things, he spoke about the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi and Neymar.  Sport EN Upd. at 19:52 “He he has to remember, though, that [his future] depends heavily on everything that he does.  Eto’o said he is sure how the Ballon d’Or podium will line up next month: “First place will be for Messi, Neymar will be second and then Cristiano Ronaldo will be third,” he said, before tipping Neymar to have a splendid future in the game.  24/12/2015 “When the team was winning, that was my responsibility, but when losing, you’re singled out by the press and the fans as the one responsible for all the problems,” he indicated. “He has talent and he now has to train, train and train, because you can’t succeed with talent alone.”  Eto’o pointed out the responsibility that comes with wearing No.10 when you play for Brazil, a situation similar to the one he experienced with Cameroon.  CETlast_img read more

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Ronaldo to earn 20 million euros net per season as he lands new deal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s new contract just needs the signature after his agent Jorge Mendes and Real Madrid’s general director Jose Angel Sanchez polished out the final details of the new terms this week.  Ronaldo’s demands have been captured in a document which asks for three additional seasons – which would take him up to 2020 – and a salary of around 20 million euros net each season.  He made it clear he wanted to stay during the club’s Champions League celebrations at the Santiago Bernabeu this week, saying “this shirt fits me fucking well.”  Sport EN The talks had been put on hold before the Champions League final, although most things had ben talked about in previous meetings. Finally, though, the Portuguese international will land a new long-term contract which will allow him to continue at Madrid until he’s 35.  Upd. at 20:00 Over the past few months there has been speculation that he would leave Madrid for a stratospheric offer from Paris Saint-Germain. Other clubs such as Manchester United were also hoping to lure Ronaldo away from Spain. 01/06/2016 CESTlast_img read more

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Thomas Muller: Pep Guardiola was in his own world

first_img Sport EN 26/08/2016 Thomas Muller says that Carlo Ancelotti is closer to Bayern Munich’s players than Pep Guardiola was, with the now Man City coach in ‘his own world’. CEST Upd. at 22:08 center_img “All day long he’d think about how he could move players by two, three meters in a certain situation on the pitch to find a perfect solution. That was crazy in a positive sense.” Muller told Bild: “Pep was thinking about solutions all day long. “Ancelotti is a bit closer to the players. Pep was somewhat in his own world.last_img read more

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Bale: Hopefully I am a bit fresher than maybe some others

first_img Sam Marsden Upd. on 16/03/2017 at 16:02 CET The Welsh forward scored on his return to competitive football, coming as a second half substitute against Espanyol to score the second goal in a 2-0 win.  @samuelmarsden 19/02/2017 “Every cloud has a silver lining, hopefully I am a bit fresher than maybe some others,” Bale told reporters at the Bernabeu after the game. Looking for positives, he now hopes his injury layoff will leave him in good stead to finish the season strongly as Madrid look to win La Liga and the Champions League.  “It can work in my advantage to be out for a little bit, but the important thing now is to get back to 100 percent and playing well and to help the team.” Gareth Bale hopes he will end the season fresher than other players after making his Real Madrid return on Saturday after 88 days out of action. center_img “I was happy just to be on the pitch. There have been some tough moments, but we have an amazing medical team here. Jaime Benito (physio) has been incredible for me, my family have been amazing, my fiancee, my kids. After three months out, it’s important that he doesn’t ask too much of himself too soon.  “It’s been a difficult time but when you get a reception like that it makes it all worth it. “I plan not to get injured any more,” Bale added. “Hopefully now I can keep building my fitness up over the next few weeks… hopefully I can be fit for Real Madrid as soon as possible to play 90 minutes, and obviously for Wales as well. Madrid face difficult back-to-back away games over the next week against Valencia and Villarreal and Bale admitted he may not be able to play a big part in both of them.  “I’ve been out for three months so it will take a few weeks to get back to 100 percent, it’s just about managing my game time. “It depends how I feel game-by-game. Today was 20 minutes. I will speak with the manager about Valencia and Villarreal.”last_img read more

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Jesus Navas picked ahead of Dani Carvajal for Spain

first_img CEST 05/09/2019 Upd. at 20:22 IN SPORT.ES Jesús Navas pasa por encima de Carvajal Spain XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Jesús Navas, Llorente, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Saúl, Fabián Ruiz; Paco Alcácer, Rodrigo, Dani Ceballos. Sport EN Kepa Arrizabalaga is chosen ahead of Manchester United’s David de Gea. The Sevilla man plays from the off in Bucharest, getting in ahead of his Real Madrid counterpart. Saul also starts in what had looked like Dani Parejo’s spot.  Paco Alcacer plays up front with Rodrigo and Dani Ceballos also forming part of the attack. Robert Moreno picked a somewhat surprising line up to face Romania in his first game after being officially appointed coach. Jesus Navas starts at right-back for Spain, ahead of Dani Carvajal.last_img read more

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Photos: The Sydney Leroux Story

first_imgAdvertisement afhywxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vshc7jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Em( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ocg5Would you ever consider trying this?😱5rfCan your students do this? 🌚x12Roller skating! 4zkoSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morealqzi8uBody tricks that only special people can do pt-14elHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkies2A visualization of how Karma works 9ooyf58azmPowered by Firework Sydney Rae Leroux Dwyer (born May 7, 1990) is a professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist who currently plays as a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). After representing Canada at various youth levels, she chose to play for the United States women’s national under-20 soccer team starting in 2008 and later began playing for the U.S. senior national team in 2012. Leroux has earned over 75 caps with the senior national team and was part of the Americans’ winning squads at the 2012 London Olympics and 2015 Women’s World Cup.Advertisement Leroux played collegiate soccer in NCAA Division I for UCLA Bruins women’s soccer and at the semi-professional level for the Vancouver Whitecaps. She made her debut for the Whitecaps at the age of fifteen, becoming the youngest player ever to play for the team. Leroux was the number one pick by the Atlanta Beat during the 2012 WPS Draft on January 13, 2012. Following the suspension of the league in early 2012, she played for the Seattle Sounders Women during the summer of the same year. In 2013, she made her professional debut for the Boston Breakers in the NWSL during the league’s inaugural season. She was later traded to Seattle Reign FC in 2014, Western New York Flash for the 2015 season and FC Kansas City prior to the 2016 season.Advertisement Leroux played for the Vancouver Whitecaps during the 2005 W-League season, becoming the youngest player to ever play for the team aged 15 years and seven days. She returned to the Whitecaps for the 2011 season. She ranked second in the league for goals scored with 11 finishing the regular season with 24 points in 11 appearances. After helping the Whitecaps advance to the W-League Championship Final Four with a goal during the team’s 4–3 defeat of Santa Clarita Blue Heat in the Western Conference Final, Leroux was named to the All-Western Conference team. Post-season, she was named 2011 W-League Rookie of the Year.Advertisement WPS Draft and Seattle Sounders Women, 2012Leroux was the number one pick by the Atlanta Beat in the 2012 WPS Draft, though the league folded before she could play for the team. During the summer of 2012, Leroux joined fellow U.S. national team players, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Stephanie Cox, and Megan Rapinoe on the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League. Sounders Women head coach, Michelle French, said of the signing, “Sydney is the consummate goal scorer with an incredible attacking attitude. She not only shows tireless effort on the offensive side of the ball, but she is very unique in that she prides herself on her defensive recovery and ability to win the ball back. She makes an impact no matter where she plays on the field.” Due to her national team commitments and preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Leroux made only two regular-season appearances for the club. She scored two goals and served one assist in her 168 minutes on the pitch. With the national teammates’ presence on the team, the Sounders sold out nine of their ten home matches at the 4,500 capacity Starfire Stadium. Average attendance during the 2012 season for the Sounders Women was four times higher than the next closest team.Boston Breakers, 2013Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers) vs.Washington SpiritIn January 2013, Heather O’Reilly, Heather Mitts, and Leroux were the three United States national team players allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She scored her first goal of the season in the 91st minute of the Breakers’ season opener against the Washington Spirit, tying the game 1–1 in stoppage time. Leroux scored the league’s first ever hat trick during the Breakers’ 4–1 win against the Chicago Red Stars on May 4 and was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week. On July 3, she scored another equalizer against the Seattle Reign FC, resulting in a 1–1 draw. A few days later on July 6, she scored two goals against the Portland Thorns FC resulting in a 2–0 win for the Breakers in front of 12,436 fans at Jeld-Wen Field.Leroux’s 11 goals scored during the season tied for second with national teammate Abby Wambach of the Western New York Flash. Lauren Holiday of FC Kansas City was in first place with 12. The Breakers finished the 2013 season fifth in the league with an 8–6–8 record.Seattle Reign FC, 2014On November 18, 2013, it was announced that Leroux had been traded to the Seattle Reign FC for the 2014 NWSL season in exchange for Kristie Mewis, Michelle Betos and the Reign’s first two picks in the 2015 draft. Ebullient Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey hailed the signing of Leroux: “One of the world’s best forwards. She is a young, extraordinary talent with unlimited upside. Sydney will be the consistent goal-scoring threat that we struggled to find last season.”During the 2014 season, the Reign set a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games during the first part of the season. During the 16 game stretch, the Reign compiled a 13–0–3 record. The Reign finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time. After defeating the Washington Spirit 2–1 in the playoff semi-finals, the Reign were defeated 2–1 by FC Kansas City during the championship final. Leroux finished the 2014 season with five goals in 22 games played. In March 2015, it was announced that she was traded to Western New York Flash.Western New York Flash, 2015Due to her participation in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and an ankle injury, Leroux played only three games for the Flash. She scored once in those three games.FC Kansas City, 2016–2017On January 13, 2016, Leroux was traded to FC Kansas City. Leroux announced later that month that she was pregnant. Due to her pregnancy, she missed the 2016 NWSL season. She returned to play for FC Kansas City in 2017. After FCKC ceased operations, her rights were transferred to Utah.Orlando Pride, 2018–presentOn February 2, 2018, Leroux was traded to Orlando Pride for Orlando’s first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Finally, it looks like Shawn Michaels is making a return to WWE singles competition!

first_imgAdvertisement ca5omNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbgzsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7uh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ar2l9y9wWould you ever consider trying this?😱daxfCan your students do this? 🌚wkRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels might finally return to in-ring singles competition. The rumors of his return have been swirling since his confrontation with the Undertaker on the 3rd September episode of Raw. And now, it looks as if it will finally come to fruition.Advertisement Shawn Michaels’ glaring look made the fans wonder if he would come out of retirementIn case you don’t know, the Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels in a Streak vs. Career Match at WrestleMania 26. As a result, the Heart Break Kid was forced to retire and hasn’t competed in the ring again.On the 3rd September episode of Raw, the Undertaker confronted the Shawn Michaels only for the latter to claim that he hadn’t come out of retirement because he respected him. The Deadman replied that he wasn’t coming out of the retirement because of respect, but because of his fear to face him. Shawn Michaels had given a perplexed but glaring look which ignited the rumors of his return.Advertisement WrestleVotes has now added fuel to the fire by tweeting that he will not only return for a tag team match at the Crown Jewel event but also for a singles match against the Undertaker at the Survivor Series or Royal Rumble.WrestleVotes is a very reliable source when it comes to breaking WWE management’s plans. They were the first ones who had broken the news that the Shield would take on the team of Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, and Braun Strowman at the SuperShow Down before WWE had announced it officially. Let’s hope that this rumor also comes true. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho spills out beans about who’s his best buddy in the PL

first_imgAdvertisement 6odNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa01vyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eulp2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5eo5Would you ever consider trying this?😱6noaiCan your students do this? 🌚7jmk2Roller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho might come off to people as someone who has no friends. Weary smiles is the maximum you could yield out of the Portuguese in the name of amicability but Jose does have a few pals in the Premiership.Advertisement In an interview with SoccerAM , Mourinho comes around to who are some managers he is friends with in the PL.Advertisement “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said talking at the Wolverhampton Wanderers boss who was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-4.“Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Advertisement When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.“In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.“That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.”Jose added he may soon be having another old pal joining him in the Premier League.“Take Frank Lampard,” he added. “He’s a Championship manager who will be a Premier League boss really soon.“I hope he one day manages Chelsea. He’s doing well. He’s gone a level below to learn and wait for a chance at the level he was at a player.“He can now prove he can do it. He didn’t phone me for any tips, but we’ve spoken.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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