An Israeli judoka won a gold medal on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament, but had to sing his own private “Hatikvah” because the organizers refused to play the Israeli national anthem.
He also had to celebrate his victory under the International Judo Federation’s flag, because the emirate banned the display of Israeli symbols.
Tournament organizers did not play Israel’s national anthem as Tal Flicker stood on the podium after receiving his medal in the men’s under-66 kilograms (145 pounds) category.
With the medal around his neck, Flicker sang his own “Hatikvah” while the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) anthem played in the background.
Gerald Harris’ 11-year MMA career came to an end over the weekend, and what an ending it was. Harris , a former UFC fighter who took part in “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” faced Matt McKeon on Saturday at an Xtreme Fight Night event in Tulsa, Okla., and let’s just say McKeon at this moment might wish he hadn’t stepped inside the cage. Why? Because McKeon (4-5) was the victim of a violent slam finish by Harris (25-5) that left him with a broken arm.
High School Volleyball Player Makes An Incredible Save!
A SATRI ANGTHONG goalkeeper faced the ultimate humiliation after he wildly celebrated a penalty miss, only for it backspin beyond the line. The Thai side faced Bangkok Sports Club in a cup semi-final clash on Saturday, where the shot-stopper's blunder cost his team-mates the chance to compete in the final.
Mexican Jonathan Paredes capitalized on a late mistake by six-time champion Gary Hunt to win his maiden Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in Chile on Saturday.
The 28-year-old watched as Briton Hunt accidentally added an extra twist to his final dive, giving him a zero for the effort and opening the door for Parades.
The Mexico City native nailed his fourth and final dive to raise his World Series total to 720 points and take home the 2017 King Kahekili trophy.
Hunt ended the 2017 season with 710 points while fellow Briton Blake Aldridge finished third overall with 580.
On the women's side Australian Rhiannan Iffland defended her crown to win her second title at the iconic waterfall setting in Lago Ranco.
Iffland overcame injury to finish the season with 890 points overall, 150 points ahead of her countrywoman and second place finisher Helena Merten. Mexican Adriana Jimenez finished third with 690 points.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series began in 2009 and takes place across six locations worldwide. It sees competitors attempt multiple twists and somersaults mid-air from heights as great as 90 feet (27 meters).
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Marshawn Lynch was ejected from the Oakland Raiders‘ 31-30 win against the Kansas City Chiefs midway through the second quarter Thursday night for making contact with an official.
Lynch ran off the sideline and into a scrum after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late, drawing a flag for a personal foul. Several Raiders offensive linemen went after Peters, an Oakland native and close friend of Lynch.
“I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we’d be in good shape,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “I told him you can’t leave the bench like that. That was about it. Next thing I knew, he was being tossed. The referee told me he had actually put his hands on him.”
Physical contact with an official carries a fine of $30,387. If the NFL suspends Lynch for coming off the bench to join the altercation, it would cost him a game check of $79,411.
More than 200 NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem, far more than the half a dozen players that Goodell claimed.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell falsely claimed that only “six or seven players” were actually protesting the national anthem during a press conference following the annual fall owners meeting on Wednesday.
A reporter asked Goodell about the NFL players manual which states:
“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.”
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
“Well, I think one of the things we need to keep the focus on is, again, we believe our players should stand for the national anthem. That’s an important part of our game and our moments, and we believe in that,” Goodell responded.
“I think we also have to keep focus on [the fact that] we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point,” Goodell continued.
Goodell’s claim that only about a half dozen player are involved in the national anthem protest is blatantly false.
The New York Post reported in September:
“More than 200 NFL players defiantly took a knee during the national anthem at their games Sunday while hundreds of other grid stars locked arms with their coaches — and even some team owners — in protest of President Trump, who had ripped the league over the weekend.”
James has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and spoke at length about his social activism at the Cavs' media day.
"I will in my voice, I will in my passion, I will in my money, I will in my resources to my youth and my inner city and outside my inner city to let these kids know that there is hope, there is greater walks of life, and not one individual, no matter if it's the president of the United States...can stop your dreams from becoming a reality," James said.
During the national anthem before the game, all Cavaliers players stood while linking arms, while the Celtics players stood as normal.
In September, after NFL players sparked debate within that league over protests during the national anthem, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he expected NBA players to stand during the national anthem.
"We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem," Silver said. "It's been our rule as long as I've been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem."
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“The league has agreed to finance a social activism boot camp at Morehouse College in February,” ESPN’s Jim Trotter reported on Monday.
The boot camp will reportedly take place over two days and will include professional athletes from other leagues besides the NFL. “And then, the organizers of that curriculum will work with the players throughout the year to try and teach them to get their message out and be most effective with it,” Trotter added.
The NFL has also reportedly agreed to back criminal justice reform legislation recently introduced by a bipartisan group of senators.
Choirul Huda was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital with head and neck trauma following the accident with teammate Ramon Rodrigues.
This is the hilarious moment a goalkeeper's pre-match warm-up went horribly wrong when he fell into the back of the net and caused the goal posts to COLLAPSE. Lincoln City FC goalie Paul Farman had been having a kick-a-round with team mates as part of a training drill before their game with Forest Green Rovers last month. But as the 28-year-old tried to header the coach's over-hit pass, he can be seen comically stumbling back and getting tangled up in the net. The whole of the goal frame then suddenly collapses sending Farman flying over advertising hoarding and into the stands.
FROM NEW YORK POST- A soccer player in the Netherlands failed to score on an open goal, and the crowd’s reaction says it all. Dennis van Duinen, who plays for the Harkemase Boys, a Dutch fourth-tier team, broke through the opposing team’s defense, only to punt the ball over the empty net.
Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling on Congress to end the tax-exempt status of the NFL’s business office in the wake of controversy over players and team owners kneeling during the national anthem.
Gaetz, Northwest Florida’s Republican congressman, took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday and said players have a constitutional right to free speech, but Americans shouldn’t subsidize a sport whose players act unpatriotically.
Washington Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor apologized Wednesday for cursing at and giving the middle finger to a Kansas City Chiefs fan following the teams’ game earlier this week. But he also said his behavior was a response to being called the N-word in that instance and several others that night.
“Being called [the N-word] several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from the 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem,” Pryor wrote in an Instagram Story post. “I choose not to kneel because as a team we decided to be the one and stand … but as I walked in tunnel hearing some one call me [the N-word] and say F you to me..me flicking the person off is more deserving.
“I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us The N Word .. we going to start acting up. #straightlikethat”
Two Texas teenagers were kicked off their local football team for protesting during the national anthem prior to a Friday night game.
Both players, who are cousins, chose to protest in different ways. Larry McCullough, 18, chose to kneel while his younger cousin, 16-year-old Cedric “CJ” Ingram Lewis, raised his fist in salute, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.
The coach immediately made the duo take off their uniforms and leave the field, the boys said.
“He said, ‘Take off your uniform, right now,’ and he had me and CJ strip down in our uniform — pads, the pants and all, in front of everyone,” McCullough told CNN affiliate KTRK. He and his cousin said they were humiliated.
“He’s a pastor,” said Rhonda Brady, Lewis’ mother. “The way he handled it is almost a slap in the face.”
Cam Newton on Sunday became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 50 career touchdowns.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback then celebrated by holding up a clenched fist.
Newton said the fist was to signify “black power.”
“I did it to show black pride, because I am an African-American,” Newton added. “I wanted people to see the joy that I go out there and play with.”
Newton said sports have a way of unifying people.
“Unity is something that is going to cure a battered mentality in this country,” he said. “I feel as if we all stick together, if we all come together and listen here, speak, we can better help the situation.
The 49ers showed a display of unity prior to playing the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and urged others to follow their example.
The 49ers players, coaches and staff formed two lines along the team’s sideline at University of Phoenix Stadium. Approximately 30 players took a knee during the playing of the national anthem, while the remaining members of the sideline staff stood behind them while saluting the flag.
It was the 49ers’ first game since President Trump, in a Sept. 23 speech in Alabama, advised NFL owners to get rid of any player who kneels during the national anthem.
Earlier this month, Mary blogged about Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett claiming that he was racially profiled and victimized by Las Vegas police. Bennett, an early supporter of former 49er Colin Kaepernick’s anti-American protests, further claimed that one of the officers threatened to “blow [his] head off.”
Police responded to reports of gunfire in a casino, appropriately entered the casino with guns drawn, ordered those present to get down, and saw Bennett fleeing the scene.
Additional police body cam footage, along with various security camera footage, has been released and shows that Bennett defied police orders and ran from the casino. We do not hear whether or not Bennett was threatened with having his head “blown off,” however, because that officer’s body cam was not on. This officer may be disciplined for the lapse.
New England Patriots fans booed their own team on Sunday when more than a dozen players knelt during the "Star Spangled Banner" in a nationwide protest over racial inequality. Many other Patriots locked arms in solidarity, including quarterback Tom Brady, as did the Houston Texans. (Sept. 24, 2017)
Multiple Lille football fans have been injured after part of a stadium collapsed as the team celebrated a goal against Amiens in northern France. There were around 20 fans injured, including up to six seriously, when a barrier gave way at the 12,000-capacity Amiens Unicorn stadium. Horrifying photos and video footage show dozens of fans tumbling down the stand after it gave way. The fans were celebrating a goal by Lille's Fode Ballo-Toure when the barrier collapsed, sending them plunging two metres to pitch level. Firefighters, paramedics, Red Cross emergency workers and the team doctors sprinted onto the pitch from the dugout to offer first aid.
The Legends Football League — made up of women playing in lingerie — have taken an official position on the national anthem … “WE STAND”!
The LFL just issued a video statement on the issue taking over the country — saying the flag, “symbolizes all the blood, sweat and tears that have been shed so that we as Americans can raise our flag across our nation.”
“The LFL salutes all those who make this the greatest the country in the world, and we stand in salute of our flag.”
The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals displayed unity before their game Monday night in an expression of displeasure with comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday .
As the Cardinals were introduced, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, and executive vice presidents Stephen Jones, Charlotte Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr., stood locked arm in arm with Dallas' players, coaches and staff.
Before a giant American flag was unfurled that covered almost the entire field, the Cowboys -- including Jerry Jones -- took a knee briefly as a group. This took place before the national anthem, and led to a smattering of boos from the crowd in Arizona that included a large number of Dallas fans.
But during the national anthem, the Cowboys stood locked arm in arm, and no one took a knee or appeared to show any sign of silent protest.
Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said.
The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday.
They were among 10 people charged in Manhattan federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company. The details were to be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA, federal authorities said.
They said the probe has revealed numerous instances in which bribes were paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student-athletes so the athletes would retain the services of those paying the bribes.
An Eagles fan is claiming Giants receiver Brandon Marshall spit in his face during an argument before Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
There are a few reports of the incident, and a video shows the unnamed fan and Marshall arguing. The altercation took place during pregame warmups after the fan began yelling at Marshall from the sideline.
Additional video by a fan in attendance shows Marshall being calmly escorted away by Giants staff. In a tweet, the fan said, "[Marshall] confronted the fan twice and the fan still talked [trash] to his face."
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin explained on Sunday morning why his team would remain in the locker room during the national anthem in Chicago. He didn’t want his team to be part of a political discussion, or there to be division in the locker room as a result of players protesting or not protesting. But in the end there was one player who took the field, offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva.
Villanueva’s career in the NFL didn’t begin until 2014. Prior to that, he served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he served as a Captain in the army, as well as being an army ranger.
Villanueva was critical of Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest in August of 2016, when he said:
"I don't know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that's providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year ... when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year."
However, he was also quick to acknowledge the problems in this country.
"I will be the first one to hold hands with Colin Kaepernick and do something about the way minorities are being treated in the United States, the injustice that is happening with police brutality, the justice system, inequalities in pay," Villanueva said. "You can't do it by looking away from the people that are trying to protect our freedom and our country."
The Steelers organization has not released a statement following Donald Trump’s statements on boycotting the NFL due to protests during the anthem.
The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium.
Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have more empty seats than fans.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that 63,500 tickets had been sold for the game, but of course, simply selling a ticket doesn’t mean the buyer will actually show up to the game.
It’s hard to believe there are more than 30,000 people in the stadium, judging from the photos.
In many ways, Eddie Hall does not live up to his billing.
Nicknamed 'The Beast', Hall boasts tribal tattoos, a ‘warhawk’ hairstyle and a 28-stone frame (he requires two chairs to sit down). His physical presence is frankly astonishing - but then it would have to be, given that Hall is ranked among the world's top five strongest men. Officially Britain's Strongest Man, Hall has been a mainstay of Strongman competitions for years, making a living by tossing 20kg+ kegs over four metre high walls and lifting 160kg 'atlas stones' onto chest-high plinths.
What is most surprising about this remarkable man, however, is his character. While the above description might call to your mind an air of intimidation and aggression, Hall could not be further from the stereotype. A gentle man with a powerful handshake and an even more powerful smile, the 27-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent turns out to be the most honest and grounded sportsmen I have ever met.
This was the horrific moment a bullfighter, Fernando Quintela, decided to take on a 1300 pound bull with his bare hands and paid the ultimate price and the beast steamrolled over his body.
The event took place in Moita Portugal and despite being rushed to the hospital, surgeons could not save Quintela.