Coronavirus: Can Santa Clara's lack of nightlife protect 49ers?
How do you protect young, vibrant athletes from carousing and potentially contracting COVID-19 that could infect teammates?Silicon Valley’s miro-nightlife might help.“On a team like ours, we’re uniquely constructed to deal with this, because obviously we’re in Santa Clara,” cornerback Richard Sherman said Tuesday on a media video conference. “There’s not a huge nightlife.“It’s not like we in Atlanta or Texas or Miami or Las Vegas or L.A., where there are a lot of distractions and a lot of things you can do to get yourself in trouble.”Sherman wasn’t a 49er when multiple players ran afoul of the...
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Mark Zeigler: It's time for college sports to tell athletes take it or leave it
Eventually, and that moment draws nearer by the day, college athletic administrators need to make a choice:Are they going to continue backpedaling, or are they going to make a tackle?Are they going to stand up and stand by their product?Is enough ever going to be enough?Because apparently college athletes – or at least college football players – aren’t going to stop asking for more even as they receive concession after concession. The latest group with its hand out is Pac-12 football players, who issued a lengthy list of “demands” Sunday with the threat of boycotting the season.Here’s a sugges...
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Mike Ditka Tells Kneeling Athletes To ‘Get The Hell Out Of The Country’
Chicago Bears legendary coach Mike Ditka took aim at athletes who have kneeled during the national anthem in a recent interview. “If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” Ditka said. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old-fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel. You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”While this is disheartening to hear it is not surprising considerin...
Trump says ‘the game is over for me’ if athletes kneel to protest police brutality
President Donald Trump, who received low marks for his handling of race relations in a recent poll, renewed his attacks on athletes who protest police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem.Trump tweeted Tuesday after San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler kneeled at the start of an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics.Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Almost two-thirds of U.S. voters, 65%, d...
Naomi Osaka, Stephen Miller lead Olympic athletes for Airbnb's Festival of Online Experiences
Beginning on 24 July (20), when the Tokyo 2020 games were initially scheduled to begin, Airbnb's Summer Festival of Online Experiences will feature more than 100 Olympian and Paralympians as they discuss sport, ambition and life in lockdown.Among those taking part is British paralympian Stephen Miller, who will be discussing the role of positive thinking, while Japan’s two-time grand slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka will showcase her training regime during Covid-19."At a time when it is difficult for people to gather and celebrate the exceptional performance of athletes, Airbnb is proud to hos...
PSC to focus shrunken budget on Olympic hopefuls
The Philippine Sports Commission begins the task of rationalizing a shrunken budget by discussing the Olympic projections of the Philippine Olympic Committee with Tokyo Games chef de mission Mariano “Nonong’’ Araneta Jr.The plan is to focus dwindling finances on national athletes with the best chances of qualifying for the postponed Summer Games.“The POC will know the athletes who have a high percentage of qualifying so we will consult them and move from there,’’ said PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez.Four athletes—pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno and gymnast Carlos ...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
WADA chief Witold Banka in one-to-one talks with athletes
Dubai: Witold Banka, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has decided that a novel one-on-one engagement with athletes is the best way forward.Banka has kickstarted a series of meetings with athletes and athlete groups, following up on his personal pledge to engage meaningfully with the athlete community and on WADA’s overall commitment to be more athlete-centered as outlined within the agency’s recently published five-year strategic plan.A former international-level 400-metre runner from Poland who took over as the WADA President from the start of this year, Banka has shown serio...
Cedric Golden: The shows must go on (or should they?)
Professional athletes are not being forced to play, but the adage “the show must go on” has taken precedence over other pressing issues in our country.No one loves sports more than I do, but like many of you, I have two eyes, and they tell me the health crisis is getting worse, not better.That said, the games appear to be coming.MLB released its 60-game schedule Monday, with the season set to commence July 23, and the NBA will get back to business July 30 inside a humongous bubble in Orlando, Florida.The games we love have always served as a pleasant distraction during times of social and poli...
Inside the trend of Israeli athletes making their way to US colleges
In recent years there has been an influx of Israeli-born and trained athletes who take their talents to America for college. In truth, every facet of Israeli industry experience something similar – from technology, medicine, business, education, and more – however in the sporting world, scholarships and heightened levels of competition in the US often play a big role in the decisions, as well as army considerations.Yet, the majority of these athletes primarily identify themselves as Israeli athletes who just happen to be playing abroad for a few years, they take part on Israeli national teams ...
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Texas' DeMarvion Overshown says he can't 'continue to perform for a program that doesn't show me the same love and support I do for them'
In a lengthy message that was published on his Twitter account on Thursday, Texas football player DeMarvion Overshown announced that he “will be sitting out all team activities.”Overshown’s statement comes three weeks after nearly 40 student-athletes publicly called for Texas to address racial issues on its campus. In a coordinated set of tweets, the protesting athletes called for the changing of some buildings’ names and the replacement of the “Eyes of Texas” as the school’s fight song. The placement of a statue of Julius Whittier, the football program’s first Black letterman, was also listed...