Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

April 23, 2018

29 y.o. MasterChef Semi-finalist Collapsed and Died During London Marathon

Matt Campbell on the right was running his second marathon in two weeks

[From the BBC]
A MasterChef semi-finalist has died after collapsing during the London Marathon, it has been confirmed.
Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and died later in hospital.
He appeared on the BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals in December 2017, and had been running the race - the hottest on record - for his father who died 18 months ago. 
His social media posts said that it was his second marathon in a fortnight. 
The Kendal chef was running the race for The Brathay Trust in honour of his father Martin. 
On 8 April Mr Campbell completed the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. 
Helen Hokin, who was Mr Campbell's PR consultant, said: "He was a lovely, kind-hearted and down-to-earth man. I believe he was poised to become the next great innovator in British food.
"He was in the middle of a roadshow tour and he had such a way with inspiring young chefs. This is so sad."
Mr Campbell began his career working in Michelin-starred restaurants after finishing second in the BBC's Young Chef of the Year aged 20 in 2009. 
According to his website he left the UK for the French Alps and worked in private villas and "award-winning luxury" ski chalets.
A spokeswoman for MasterChef said: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Matt Campbell, one of our talented contestants from last year.
"It was a privilege to have him on the show. He will always be remembered for producing some of the most innovative and groundbreaking food that we saw on the series.
"From the whole MasterChef team, our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends." According to his Justgiving page, he only completed his first ever marathon with his late father Martin and brother Josh in 2016. 
Speaking of his father he said: "The past year and a half have been the toughest of my life but his spirit and energy live on in me.
"He was the most inspirational man in my life and was the one who said: 'go on, why don't you give it a go? I know you can do it' and entered me into my first marathon."  Godfrey Owen, chief executive of the Brathay Trust paid tribute to Mr Campbell.
"He was a real creative chef and one of the things he was very keen on doing was sharing that knowledge with young chefs who wanted to get involved in the industry,"
He was such a great athlete and also a wonderful supporter of Brathay." 

January 17, 2018

21 Yr Old Washington Quarterback Found Dead of Gunshot Wound, Note Found

 21 yr old Tyler, too young for everything. What did he hate?

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn't show up for practice Tuesday. A rifle "was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found," according to the Pullman Police Department.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing," Washington State coach Mike Leach said in a statement. "He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Hilinski was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season. He started Washington State's Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State after Luke Falk was unable to play due to a wrist injury.

"The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all. Tyler was a tremendous individual, great friend, and teammate, and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends," interim athletic director John Johnson said. "Earlier tonight, the football team was brought together and informed of the tragedy. There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including athletics' on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with WSU Athletics medical team. The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as long as needed."

Hilinski appeared in eight games during his sophomore season, throwing for 1,176 yards and seven touchdowns. His most memorable outing came in the second week of the season when he led Washington State from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 47-44 in triple overtime. Hilinski threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns coming off the bench and was carried off the field after the victory.

His only start came in the bowl game against Michigan State, although he played extensively in a loss to Arizona.

Washington State v Arizona
This is heartbreaking and tragic.
Three weeks ago, Washington State Cougars back-up QB Tyler Hilinski got his first start during the 
Holiday Bowl against Michigan State. And while the team lost, Hilinski played great, putting up272 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception.
It would be the final time his teammates saw him in uniform after he was found dead on Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


November 5, 2016

Harvard Soccer Team Sidelined After Sexist Vulgar Emails

 Harvard Boston, Mass

The Harvard men's soccer team has been suspended for the remainder of the season after the school discovered the team had repeatedly written and circulated vulgar, sexually explicit "scouting reports" about new recruits on the women's team, in a practice that continued up to this year.

"The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential," Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement Thursday. She wrote that "both the team's behavior and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community."

Men's soccer coach Pieter Lehrer said the team was "beyond disappointed" to see the season end this way, but would respect the decision.

"Actions have consequences, and character counts," Lehrer said in a statement. "We accept responsibility for our actions, and I know that we will use the experience of this terribly unfortunate situation to be better."

The suspension follows a story by The Harvard Crimson, the university's student newspaper, revealing that in 2012, the soccer team had circulated a "scouting report" on the new freshman recruits for the women's soccer team.

The document — which appeared to be part of an annual tradition — described the female players in graphic, frequently degrading terms. It ranked their attractiveness with numerical values, assigned them sexual positions, theorized about their sexual behavior and described their physical attributes in terms that were variously crude and insulting.

After that story, Harvard ordered a review of the team's behavior. The review found that the "scouting report" was, indeed, a tradition.

"I understand that this practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016, and that current students who participated were not immediately forthcoming about their involvement," Athletics Director Bob Scalise wrote in an email to the student body on Thursday.

He said that "immediate and significant action is absolutely necessary."

The university has "zero tolerance" for such behavior, he wrote, and the team will be forfeiting its remaining games this season and will not participate in the Ivy League championship or the NCAA tournament.

"The decision brings to a sudden halt the season of a team that had a record of 10 wins, three losses and two ties, and was likely to win a championship berth if it won a scheduled Saturday game against Columbia University," Reuters reports.

We'll give the last word on this story to those players from the women's team who were described so graphically in the 2012 document uncovered by the Crimson.

Brooke Dickens, Kelsey Clayman, Alika Keene, Emily Mosbacher, Lauren Varela and Haley Washburn, the incoming recruits that year, wrote a response to the story that ran in the newspaper a few days later. It read in part:

"We do not pity ourselves. More than anything, we are frustrated that this is a reality that all women have faced in the past and will continue to face throughout their lives. We feel hopeless because men who are supposed to be our brothers degrade us like this. ...
"Having considered members of this team our close friends for the past four years, we are beyond hurt to realize these individuals could encourage, silently observe, or participate in this kind of behavior, and for more than four years have neglected to apologize until this week."
The women said they read their classmates' lewd and mocking words in their entirety and were "deeply hurt," but that they hoped this story would catalyze a change in culture. They concluded:

“Finally, to the men of Harvard Soccer and any future men who may lay claim to our bodies and choose to objectify us as sexual objects, in the words of one of us, we say together: 'I can offer you my forgiveness, which is — and forever will be — the only part of me that you can ever claim as yours.' "

August 2, 2016

NFL Responds to Trump and Denies Sending Him Any Letters


“Well, I’ll tell you what I don’t like. It’s against two NFL games. I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘This is ridiculous. Why are the debates against—’ ‘cause the NFL doesn’t wanna go against the debates. ‘Cause the debates are gonna be pretty massive, from what I understand, OK? And I don’t think we should be against the NFL.”
Now, aside from the obvious questions of why the NFL would be sending Trump a letter about this, rather than the Commission on Presidential Debates, it appears that this is one of Trump’s most blatant lies yet. CNN’s Brian Stetler says the NFL responded by disavowing any contact with Trump at all:
“While we’d obviously wish the debate commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Trump.”
And there it is. Most politicians who are given to lies will at least attempt to lie in such a way that it’s hard to prove, even with a statement from whomever or whatever they’re lying about. Not Trump! No…he’s so important that it doesn’t matter that the debate schedule has been in place for a year already. Agencies like the NFL will communicate to him first, because he’s just that crucial to the whole process.
Why is this significant? Because it’s not a gaffe. A gaffe is when a politician, pundit, or someone else heavily involved in politics accidentally lets loose what’s really on their minds. Romney’s 47 percent comment four years ago is a gaffe. Trump, however, commits gaffes and also tells outright lies. And because of that, it’s virtually pointless to fact-check him, because even with a statement from whoever he’s lied about, he’ll double down on it.
If nothing else, this lie, while seemingly stupid, provides a deep look into the psyche of the man who is Donald Trump. He’ll say whatever he wants – he doesn’t care. And if the NFL wants to take him down a notch or twelve by denying they even communicated with him, then he’ll make sure they’re sorry for making him look like the fool that he is. Or he’ll ignore them altogether.
His façade is coming down, and only the truly brainwashed voters, along with the white supremacist masses he’s attracted, remain willfully blind to his lack of honesty. The NFL is a major organization. They just made Trump look very bad indeed.

March 1, 2016

College Runner is Outed and He is Shock by the way its received

This posting appeared on Outsports last night:    Cavender Salvadori must talk to Jacob Sears. Salvadori starts walking to the party where he saw Sears and sends his teammate a text.
Salvadori left the party shortly after midnight with his ex-boyfriend and walked to the College of William & Mary campus. Now, he can't get back soon enough.
He walks as fast as he can. His heart throbs in his chest. Tears come to his eyes, and he takes deep breaths to keep from crying.
Salvadori's ex-boyfriend told him as they walked away from the party that a week earlier he let Sears know about their relationship.
Salvadori had never told his track and field teammates that he's gay. He'd been outed.
"That freaked me the fuck out," Salvadori says. "I can't believe the moment I've been dreading my whole life is about to happen."
The panic Salvadori felt walking back to the house party that May 2, 2015, night made sense to him. He couldn't comprehend being accepted as a gay athlete. Over the next 13 days, the dread he harbored gradually made less sense. Each chance he gave them, his William & Mary teammates showed they treasured him as a person and openly gay man.
"He's my teammate, and this didn't change anything," Sears says. "He my friend. I love him."
Salvadori's ex-boyfriend asked to not be identified and declined to be interviewed for this story. The name Tizio will be used for him.    

"It was pretty random," Sears says of Tizio revealing his relationship with Salvadori.
Sears worked with Tizio at Ruby Tuesday in Williamsburg. He previously learned Tizio identifies as LGBT, but it surprised him Tizio knew Salvadori let alone that Salvadori is gay.
"That particular way that I found out wasn't the ideal way, but I was determined to try to spin it as positively as I could," Sears says.
It bothered Sears that Salvadori felt a need to keep his sexuality secret, and Sears wanted to talk with his teammate about it. When Sears and Tizio talked the next day, Sears said he wanted Salvadori to know he knew. It took Tizio about a week to talk to Salvadori, but when Sears received Salvadori's late-night text message, the topic seemed obvious.
When the 6-foot-1, 155-pound Salvadori located Sears at the party that night, they went outside. Many of their teammates were inside celebrating successes from earlier that day at the Colonial Athletic Association conference championship meet, so Sears and Salvadori walked a couple blocks and sat at a picnic table outside the School of Education.
It was approaching 1:30 a.m. as they sat across from each other.
"In my head, everything was quiet," Salvadori says. "The only thing that I could hear was the conversation. I was so involved in the conversation itself, because obviously, it was a huge turning point in my life."
Sears tried to ease Salvadori's tension with jokes, and he tried to connect by sharing his own mental health difficulties. Sears also made sure Salvadori knew he loved him.
Salvadori remembers Sears repeated encouraging phrases: "No one cares," "It's what you're attracted to," and "People are people." His first conversation with a straight person, not to mention a teammate, about being gay surprised him.
"It was so relieving, and I felt so strong," Salvadori says.

2. The Consoler

Salvadori planned weeks earlier to start the conversation about his sexuality with his roommate, Faris Sakallah. They had grown close their first two years as William & Mary teammates, but Salvadori repeatedly created reasons to delay the conversation.
Instead of Sakallah being the first to know, he became the person consoling Salvadori after an emotional night.
Around 3 a.m. the morning of Sunday, May 3, Salvadori returned to their apartment from talking with Sears. Sakallah was still awake, and Salvadori asked him to go outside. They walked around the Ludwell Apartment Complex and found a bench. It rained earlier in the night, leaving the sky calm and the campus peaceful.
Once they started to talk, Salvadori pulled the top of the gray sweater he was wearing over his mouth. The tears, which he suppressed talking to Sears, poured now.
"Just say it," Sakallah told him.
Salvadori did: "I'm gay."
Sakallah hugged Salvadori with no regard for the snot and tears.
"It just broke my heart," Sakallah says. "I couldn't bare to see how much pain he was in trying to deal with this."
Their conversation lasted a couple hours and approached dawn in southeastern Virginia. Salvadori explained that the past three months he started using Tinder to meet guys, met Tizio, and developed his first romantic connection. Sakallah learned about the lies Salvadori told to secretly see Tizio. Salvadori explained the betrayal he felt earlier that night to learn Tizio told Sears his secret.
By the end of their talk, Salvadori says, "I remember being emotionally exhausted."
The next day, Sakallah saw Salvadori begin to transform.
"He just looked better," Sakallah says. "He was smiling, which I hadn't seen in a long time. He was just coming back to his old self.” 

3. The wingman

Since Salvadori started running cross country in seventh grade, he liked that a clock, not a person, determined his success.
"It [running] was a way for me to objectively do well," says Salvadori, who earned all-state eight times at his Wilmington, Delaware, high school. "You can't argue a really fast time. My whole life, I wanted to be objectively viewed not subjectively. If someone subjectively viewed me, they could call me gay or something like that."
Ryan Gousse became the third teammate to know Salvadori is gay, and that conversation changed Salvadori's relationship with running by connecting his sexuality with his sport. Salvadori texted Gousse that he wanted to tell him something. When Salvadori stopped for a bathroom break during a long workout, Gousse waited for him to learn what he had to say.
As they ran alone the next 30 minutes, Salvadori talked about his self-acceptance. Gousse remembers Salvadori getting choked up and releasing big gasps as he talked about being gay and how it led him to withhold emotions from friends and teammates, particularly in recent months.
Salvadori says Gousse is the most important person he told, because he helped him tell the rest of the team.
"He was there for pretty much everyone I told," Salvadori says. "He was really good at forcing me to tell people, because he knew I wanted to but was terrified to do it."
Through nearly a dozen face-to-face conversations, Salvadori told William & Mary's other distance runners that he now identified as gay. Gousse went, too, just to sit, listen and smile.
"It was kind of fun, because you could see him becoming less bottled up every time," Gousse says. "The first few people, it would take him like five to 10 minutes to actually say it. Then, it was just right off the bat."

4. The Party 

On the Friday night at the end of finals week, some runners asked Salvadori a question: How much Ben & Jerry's ice cream can he eat? A year earlier, Salvadori inhaled three pints faster than Sears during a competition.
Would a Vermonster, the Ben & Jerry's 20-scoop sundae, be something he could consume by himself? Of course, a confident Salvadori said.
About that time, members of the William & Mary women's cross country team walked into the house. Salvadori suddenly displayed a face-filling smile to see them toting a Vermonster.
In the 14 days since he started telling teammates, Dylan Hassett was the only women's cross country runner Salvadori told he's gay, and Hassett suggested a party for the rest of the women's team to celebrate his self-acceptance. Salvadori liked the idea, but he received no warning when it would happen.
"I wanted him to know that we're really happy for him to be out," Hassett says. "He was really thankful to have so many of us show up and be so supportive."
One of the women tied a rainbow ribbon to the plastic bucket carrying the 1 1/4 gallons of ice cream. There were also two notes written on Post-its. One said, "Ben loves Jerry." The other said, "We love Cav." Salvadori saved the notes and keeps them in the bag he takes to practices and meets.
"It represented the end of my coming out to my friends at college," Salvadori says. "I kept them as a reminder of that period and the positives that came out of it and how all my fears were wrong. ... People still like me and they care about me and nothing is going to change that."
The support from his teammates continued this season. Salvadori, currently a junior academically and a redshirt sophomore athletically, feels free running for the first time as a member of the William & Mary Tribe.
"I want to be happy, and I finally realized that," Salvadori says.
He broke his personal record in the 8,000 meters during the fall cross country season then opened the 2016 indoor track season with personal bests in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
"A happy runner is a successful runner, and that was one of the issues that was holding Cav back that is no longer in front of him anymore." says Chris Solinsky, the William & Mary distance running coach.
Salvadori's enjoying these new, genuine relationships with his teammates from the grand (winning the 2015 CAA cross country team title) to the minute (dancing to Kesha in the locker room).
"When I think of happy or hilarious moments in my life, my friends are always there," Salvadori says. "The really funny, even stupid stuff, those are the moments I enjoy the most.
"Those little moments where you're just driving around with your friends laughing so hard and your cheeks hurt from smiling so much, I wouldn't want to have a life without those moments."
Cavender Salvadori runs cross country and track and field for William & Mary, a Division I school and the second oldest college in America. Salvadori can be reached via email at or on Instagram @Lavender_Salvadoli
Erik Hall is a member of the Track and Field Writers of American. He can be reached at or on Twitter @HallErik.

November 24, 2014

In the UK Male hockey team plays match naked

ONLY fOR 18 and Over

A university hockey team played a match completely naked to raise awareness for an anti-homophobia campaign.
The University of Nottingham Men's Hockey Club stripped off to be filmed playing a cheeky five-a-side match.
And the video has turned them into online stars after 275,000 people watched it on YouTube in just a few days.
It shows the students posing on the astroturf pitch in their birthday suits with just hockey sticks to protect their modesty before playing a match naked.
They also pose for a series of nude photos before the video ends with a team shot of the boys with "No homophobia in sport" painted across their bare chests.
Former club president, Chris Collier, 21, said the players were happy to bare all to make a stand against homophobia.
"It's an important cause and it's at the forefront of sporting issues at the moment so we wanted to do our bit," he said.
Player Piers Denning, 22, added: "On the day of filming it's fair to say we were a little bit apprehensive at first, but as soon as we stripped off it was fine. We had so much fun.
"It was an absolutely freezing day so there was some hesitation to actually get naked but it just made it even more of a laugh."
The idea was the brainchild of the University of Nottingham student-led Voice Your Rights Project who aim to raise awareness of human rights.

February 28, 2014

An Elephant That Put it’s Weight on Gov.Brewer: NFL


Knowing that the Gov of Arizona, whatever her name is, was not going to veto a bill she supported unless there was massive pressure from all sides.  But all pressure sides are not created equal. Some are Elephant weight. Some you will never guess. One of those is the NFL….

You have to give the Arizona legislature credit: They saw the way the tide of history was flowing, and they tried to run their state straight up on a sandbar. The legislature passed a bill cleverly named the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which set out to restore freedom by  allowing businesses to refuse to serve anyone on religious grounds. Even Christians! (Let’s all stop for a laugh as we think about how it would go over in Arizona if a business refused to serve Christians.)

Of course, and undoubtedly, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was designed to discriminate against gay people, since in some places they can now get married and be accepted into society and other things that might be uncomfortable to legislators. (And not just in Arizona.) So they crafted a bill that disguised the anti-gay sentiment as a pro-freedom sentiment. This is, sadly, almost exactly the same way that people will still tell you the Civil War was not about slavery, but about states’ rights. Of course the main one of those rights just happened to be the ability to own slaves.

Here’s the good news: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill! Here’s the bad news: She had to think about it for more than three nanoseconds first. It was not exactly, as my man Charlie Pierce says, a profile in courage.

Brewer might have, in the end, felt the bill was morally wrong. But what she unquestionably felt was pressure to veto the bill from a lot of powerful groups — especially the National Football League.

Arizona has hosted two Super Bowls, and of course it loves the money and attention that comes with the biggest event in American sports. On Tuesday, before Brewer’s veto, the NFL issued a statement about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard. We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

In other words: We’ll take our ball and go home.

That’s not an idle threat. The NFL has already spanked the state once for discrimination — it moved the Super Bowl from Tempe to the Rose Bowl in 1993 because Arizona the state hadn’t yet established a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. And this year’s Super Bowl in New York (OK, New Jersey) shows that the league is expanding its idea of what qualifies a city to host the Super Bowl. For years the league just rotated the game among warm-weather cities, and the Cardinals’ stadium in Glendale was one of the few that met Super Bowl requirements. But if the league is willing to play anywhere, there’s no need to play in a state that discriminates. This is called leverage. People tend to use that in politics.

Some people don’t like politics in their sports — or, I guess, sports in their politics. But there are some moments when sports acts as a clarifying agent. Muhammad Ali gave up his title rather than fight a war he opposed. Nelson Mandela reached out to a white rugby team and helped the healing in South Africa. These past few weeks in Sochi, gay athletes — merely by their existence at the Winter Olympics — showed the profound silliness of Russia’s anti-gay laws. (FYI, Arizona legislators: Vladimir Putin is not the leader you want to find yourself on the same side of.)

The NFL has its own issues to clean up. (Is there a state with the guts to refuse the Super Bowl until the NFL changes the name of the Redskins? Probably not.) But a young man named Michael Sam is about to land on an NFL roster somewhere. There have been other gay players in the past, and there are surely closeted ones on NFL teams now. The NFL is saying, in effect, that it won’t allow its employees to be discriminated against. That’s a simply American value. It’s also the way the tide is flowing, no matter how hard the Arizona legislature tried to bail.

February 26, 2014

‘Michael Sam' Everyone is Looking at Your Penis

While The New York Post was rather bearish with Michael Sam’s 4.91 40-yard dash time at yesterday’s NFL Combine, YouTube user Rob McDonald and Barstool Sports founder-in-chief David Portnoy seemed to come away very, very impressed.
With his penis. Because they were looking at it and, after much scrutiny and deliberation, have deemed it “a boner.” Good work guys. Way to stay on top of his dick.
[Barstool] Rule #1 of becoming the first gay NFL player in the history of the league? Don’t rock a boner at the combine. I mean guys like me don’t care, but you know there are some homophobes who are like “SEE I TOLD YOU!” He can’t even be around dudes in spandex without getting hard! We can’t have this boner popping lunatic beating off to us in the shower and shit.” Come on man. Can’t be dick slanging it at the combine like you’re a straight dude and give the haters something to complain about.
With all the talk of a gay teammate complicating the nudity dynamic in an NFL locker room — players like Jonathan Vilma are particularly worried about having their stuff observed — it turns out the real threat to the privacy of your junk lies with people like McDonald and Portnoy, who are clearly looking.
And judging.
Oh, and for the record, there’s no way in hell you can look at a guy in bicycle shorts and objectively qualify his level of arousal. To suggest Sam has an erection implies Portnoy equates “visible bulge” with “boner.” Without getting too personal here, if you’re wearing spandex and have a adult human penis, it will protrude. Perhaps Portnoy’s own personal experience has lead him to assume that isn’t necessarily always the case.

April 22, 2013

Footballer Luis Suarez Had No Breakfast Tried to Eat Opponents Arm in Liverpool This Weekend

Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez bit the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic after becoming embroiled in a tussle with him. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images
Luis Suárez has confirmed that he has been fined by Liverpool for biting the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday. The striker, who earns £120,000 per week with add-ons, has asked for the money to be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
Suárez said on his Twitter feed: "For my unacceptable behaviour yesterday the club has fined me today, I have asked the club to donate the money to the Hillsborough Family Support Group for the inconvenience I have created to the Liverpool fans and to Ivanovic."
The Professional Footballers' Association has confirmed that Suárez will be offered anger management counselling for the incident.

Suarez has apologised for his "unacceptable behaviour" that has left the Uruguay international facing the prospect of a lengthy ban.
It is the latest in a series of unsavoury incidents in Suarez's career – including a previous biting incident in Holland and an eight-match ban for racist abuse – and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said the players' union would offer the striker help to deal with his temper.
Taylor said: "There is no doubting his football ability, that's why it is so disappointing and embarrassing when he lets himself down.
"We have to work hard on anger management now. We have trained counsellors in this field and we will be offering their services to Liverpool and the player to try to improve matters.”

Pro Basketball Star Brittney Griner Comes Out of The Lonely Closet

Last week, WNBA star Brittney Griner came out of the closet in an interview with Sports Illustrated.Griner is the WNBA’s No. 1 draft pick and one of the most exciting up-and-coming figures in women’s sports, but her revelation didn’t make much of a ripple in the media, including, I’m ashamed to say, on G Philly.
In an opinion piece published this morning on Outsports, local GO! Athletes Executive Director Anna Aagenes writes about “why athletes like Brittney Griner deserve our support and attention.” Here’s an excerpt:
Undoubtedly, Brittney is a basketball legend-in-the-making, and the fact that people aren’t making a big deal out of her coming out is both shocking and disappointing. Imagine if this happened with the same caliber athlete on a men’s team. … I assure you, my Facebook page would be exploding with friends and family saying, “Did you see this? It’s all over the news!” I’d no doubt receive text messages and voice mails from well-intentioned friends about how sports culture has “finally changed.”
With all the recent media frenzy over pro male athletes coming out or not coming out, we lose our focus on the incredible female athletes who have come out. Here are a few recent headlines regarding coming out in sports from this month: “Leagues prepare for day when gay athlete comes out”; “Professional athletes coming out would be biggest step yet for gay rights”; “Major Sports Leagues Prepare for the ‘I’m Gay’ Disclosure.” The list goes on.
I hate to break it to them, but there are already out pro athletes. They are women.
Posted by Josh Middleton

April 2, 2013

Magic Johnson Shows Support for His Gay Son

All smiles: EJ and his parents were all smiles in April 2012 in New York for the documentary about Magic and rival Larry Bird
Magic Johnson Son is gay and has the blessings of his famous father and his mother.
'Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way,' Magic told TMZ. 'We're very proud of him.'
Magic, 53, is best known for leading the Showtime Lakers to five NBA championships in the 1980s with panache and his trademark smile.

Johnson's professional basketball career was cut short in 1991 after he was diagnosed with HIV and held an emotional press conference announcing his retirement.
  Earvin “E.J.” Johnson III is his name and he is 20. Basketball legend Magic Johnson said a recent photograph of his son walking the Sunset Strip, dressed in fur coat and swinging a handbag — and holding hands with his boyfriend — doesn’t bother him.
So the kid is a little overweight and femme. He still young and Im sure there would be plenty of kids out there wanting to switch places with him.
  The important thing is that he has a basketball legend as a dad who happens to be HIV+ and therefore have torn down many doors for HIV’ers;  Now he is blessed with a gay son and by the support he gives his son he is also knocking down barriers and changing attitudes based on fear and lies about being gay and being part of a gay family.

March 7, 2013

Pro Fighter Fallon Fax First on Record Transgender

Fallon Fox
 Fallon Fox is bracing herself for controversy, and as the first on-record transgender female fighter in mixed martial arts, she's going to get plenty of it. On Monday, the 37-year-old Fox (2-0) revealed exclusively to that she's a transgender fighter -- the first on record, male or female, to compete in the combat sport. Fox won her second professional bout with a 39-second knockout (via knee) last Saturday at Championship Fighting Alliance 10 in Coral Gables, Fla.

Fox, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006 along wPhoto courtesy of Fallon Foxith the supplemental hormonal therapy, is scheduled to fight again for the CFA on April 20 in the semifinals of its eight-woman featherweight tournament. However, Fox's license approval is now under investigation with Florida's Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation.
"Our department is currently investigating allegations pertaining to the information provided on [Fox's] application," wrote Sandi Copes Poreda, Director of Communications for the DBPR, which oversees the Florida State Boxing Commission.
On her application, a copy of which was provided to, Fox stated that she held an MMA combatant's license issued in 2013 by the California State Athletic Commission. However, CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster confirmed that Fox's application for licensure was still under review, though the fighter and her manager, Brett Atchley, believed she had received notice of her licensure in the mail in late February. Licensure secured in other jurisdictions -- particularly in a key state like California -- can weigh heavily on a regulatory body's review of a new applicant's information.
In addition, Fox admits she did not disclose her transgender history, and presumably the pertaining medical documents that would have accompanied her Florida application, because she was not asked to.
In response to inquiries regarding Fox's transgender status or if she was obligated to disclose it, Poreda wrote, "The Florida State Boxing Commission is in the process of updating the rules for professional MMA events and this topic will be included in an upcoming workshop on changes to the administrative rules."
Fox claims her CSAC-issued combatant's license was mailed to her approximately two weeks ago, after she'd spoken with a CSAC representative via phone and submitted an application packet containing the required medical paperwork, as well as a detailed history of her transgender-related surgeries.
CSAC Executive Officer Foster said the state agency had only mailed Fox a receipt for the initial $60 application -- the standard procedure for all athletes who file for licensure consideration. In addition, Foster said that Fox also applied for a national identification card with his office and that approval was also still pending. The card is a second requirement of athletes wishing to compete within most North American jurisdictions, as it connects the fighter's records to a central database those commissions can collectively review. Fox stated she'd been granted the card in Florida. However, the DBPR said this second application was still pending.
"I think it's imperative to remember that the Florida commission allowed this fight, not the California commission," said Foster. "California merely received and is processing the application. We're working on the necessary medical reviews. We simply have an application."
Following his initial review of Fox's packet, Foster said both he and the CSAC's medical review board would require additional documentation from the athlete during its forthcoming vetting process, though he said Fox would be afforded the same opportunity to provide this information as any other applicant.
According to Foster, the CSAC did not receive any inquiries from the Florida regulatory body regarding Fox's purported licensure in California. Foster was initially unaware of Fox's first communication with the CSAC office through another official.
"CSAC staff handled this without notifying me of the unusual circumstances," said Foster. "Because this is the first of its kind situation, this matter should have been referred to me for review under the commission's medical review panel, which ultimately makes a decision in how to proceed in a case like this. I'm taking appropriate actions to make sure this protocol is followed next time."
For her pro debut in May 2012, Fox fought in Idaho for the King of the Cage promotion, which franchises its brand worldwide to multiple, non-affiliated promoters at any given time. Fox said the bout, which she won by first-round stoppage, took place on sovereign land, which is exempt from sports.

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