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January 28, 2020

Grammy Tribute to Kobe Bryant With Boyz to Men, Alicia keys

At the start of this year’s Grammy telecast, Alicia Keys led a tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant with the help of Boyz II Men. Together, they sang a somber rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” in the middle of the Staples Center, Bryant’s home court for almost every one of his 20 years as a Los Angeles Laker. Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people were aboard the helicopter that crashed this morning in Calabasas, California, killing everyone aboard. The Grammys quickly pulled together a remembrance for the NBA star, and Lizzo dedicated her show-opening number to him as well. The Recording Academy released a statement regarding Bryant before showtime tonight that read in part, “All of us at the Recording Academy is deeply saddened by Kobe’s sudden passing, and our hearts go out to his family during this time.”


Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 29, 2019 in Los Angeles.
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April 10, 2019

If President Obama Accomplished IT Then It Must Be Bad ~Trump Will Tear It Down~ Good For The Nation? It Never Crosses His Desk

The Trump administration has canceled a deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would have allowed Cuban players to join professional teams in the U.S. and Canada.
Under the four-month-old agreement, a major league club seeking to sign certain Cuban players would have to pay a release fee – 25 percent over the player's signing bonus – to the Federation. The player would also have to pay Cuban income taxes on foreign earnings.
The deal, which was initially negotiated under President Barack Obama, met with immediate opposition from the Trump administration.

Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, seen in 2017, was one of the Cuban players who survived a risky, secret journey to the U.S. to play baseball.
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It was designed to end the often dangerous pattern of ambitious Cuban stars seeking to join the major leagues by defecting and arranging to smuggle themselves out of Cuba with the aid of human traffickers. Under the agreement, Cuban players may return to the island during the off-season, unlike those who defect.
A senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said in a briefing that the agreement itself was a form of "human trafficking" by the Cuban government and that the Cuban Baseball Federation is a subsidiary of the Cuban government.
"We look forward to the day that Cuban baseball players can fully contract with Major League Baseball like players from every other country in the world and not as pawns of the Cuban dictatorship," the official told reporters.
Major League Baseball defended the plan.
"We stand by the goal of the agreement, which is to end the human trafficking of baseball players from Cuba," said league vice president Michael Teevan, in a terse e-mailed statement.
The administration blocked the baseball deal just a few days after the Cuban federation released the names of 34 players eligible to sign with MLB teams. Cuban players older than 25 years old and with six years of experience were eligible for the arrangement. Younger players were required to get the Cuban Baseball Federation's blessing to play for MLB teams. "The agreement with #MLB seeks to stop the trafficking of human beings, encourage cooperation and raise the level of baseball," the Cuban Baseball Federation said in a message on Twitter as quoted by Reuters. "Any contrary idea is false news. Attacks with political motivation against the agreement achieved harm the athletes, their families and the fans."
Some Florida lawmakers had opposed the baseball agreement for being an accommodation with the Cuban government. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, in December, called the deal "both illegal and immoral."
Among the Cuban-born players who have defected and struck it rich signing with MLB clubs in recent years are Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets and Yasiel Puig of the Cincinnati Reds.

February 21, 2019

Martina Navratilova Ties Have Been Cut to an LGBT Group Because a Transexual Issue in Competition

Martina Navratilova has come under fire for her comments
 I don't like to post about dissagreements within a family unless it could be translated into a teaching moment. We sometimes refer to "gays" as anyone on the LGBTQ group. Most people do it to shorten the phrase and make a connection that this group have things in common. But this group of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals and Queers have very little in common in biological or at least sexual orientation terms. We could call a gay person which is usually reffer to also as a homosexual or a man that  whose sexual orientation is another man but we can't call him a lesbian which is a woman attracted to other women or sexual orientation to a women. Even a bisexual is not like a gay person. A true bisexual is a man or woman attracted to both sexes. That is very important to a gay man who wishes to have a monagamous relationship but might be reluctant to go into a relationship with a bisexual man because of the fear that one day this man might need a vagina to make his day a better day.  Now when we go to the transgender part of these letters things get even more diffiucult to lump together. This is what she is is saying. When a man goes through the process of biological changes in his body, the end result will be a man that looks like a woman and mentally a woman, whose always been a woman and thought as a woman. But what does not happen is that biologically even with the sex organs of a female, biologicaly this woman will have the physical strenght  as she did with a body of a man. So for a competition sake this gets dicey. I don't have any problems to bring this forward because it makes a difference in athletes life's and competion should be fair. Now what is happen is that an LGBT sporting group has cut its ties with tennis legend Martina Navratilova in a dispute over transgender sportswomen. But I don't think that is as important than being fair to this transexual athletes.                      Adam Gonzalez

The nine-time Wimbledon champion and LGBT campaigner was accused of being transphobic after saying that it was "cheating" to allow transgender women to compete in women's sport, and claimed they had a physical advantage.
In an article for The Sunday Times, Navratilova wrote: "A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires."
She added: "It's insane and it's cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair."
The column caused a backlash among other LGBT campaigners and sportspeople, including Rachel McKinnon, the first transgender woman to win a world track cycling title, who called the comments "disturbing, upsetting and deeply transphobic".
Navratilova’s friend and former coach is Renee Richards, who was born Richard Raskind and competed in the US Open as a man before having gender reassignment surgery and competing as a woman.
LGBT group Athlete Ally said Navratilova's comments were "transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence".
The group added: "This is not the first time we have approached Martina on this topic. In late December, she made deeply troubling comments across her social media channels about the ability for trans athletes to compete in sport. We reached out directly offering to be a resource as she sought further education, and we never heard back."
A Stonewall spokesperson told The Telegraph: "Sport should be welcoming to everyone, including trans people. We need clubs and governing bodies, as the experts, to consider how their sports’ individual policies can work to be as inclusive as possible, and what advice and guidance they’re giving to ensure all people, including trans people, can take part in sport."
Richards suffered death threats and other players would walk off the court when she appeared, but others including Chris Evert and Virginia Wade did play against her. She now describes herself as a “reluctant pioneer”.
Navratilova ‘came out’ as a lesbian in 1981 and campaigns for LGBT rights. In 2017, she wrote an open letter criticising Margaret Court, the former world number one, for “demonising trans kids and trans adults” by claiming that gender dysphoria was the work of the devil.
Telegraph UK

January 22, 2019

Premier Footballer Emiliano Sala 28 Plane's Has Gone Down Over Chanel Islands

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Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft which went missing over the Channel Islands.

The £15m Argentine striker, 28, was one of two people on board the Piper Malibu which lost contact off Alderney in the Channel Islands on Monday night.
Cardiff City, which signed Sala from French club Nantes in a record deal on Saturday, said it was "very shocked".
Guernsey Police said there was "no trace" of the Cardiff-bound flight and his family said they felt "desperate".

Live: Cardiff striker Sala missing
Sala - born in Argentina, made in France
Sala - timeline of Cardiff City signing
Sala's father, Horacio, told Argentine TV channel C5N, he heard the news from a friend.

"I didn't know anything. I couldn't believe it," he said. "I'm desperate. I hope everything goes well."
Meanwhile, John Fitzgerald, chief officer of the Channel Islands Air Search, said the probability of finding anyone alive from the missing aircraft was "reducing very rapidly".

 Map showing location of Alderney and lighthouse
"I think with the sea temperatures and the sea conditions the chances of finding anybody alive are reducing all the time," he said.
"The sea temperatures are very, very cold and just sap the core temperature of anybody in the water very, very quickly."

The plane left Nantes in north west France at 19:15 and had been flying at 5,000ft when it contacted Jersey air traffic control requesting descent, Guernsey Police said.

The plane lost contact while at 2,300ft and disappeared off radar near the Casquets lighthouse, infamous among mariners as the site of many shipwrecks, eight miles (13km) north-west of Alderney.

The force added UK authorities have been calling airfields on the south coast to see if it landed there but there had been no confirmations and a decision about an overnight search would be made at sunset.

Media captionCardiff City signed the 28-year-old from French club Nantes
A spokesman for the French Civil Aviation Authority said the Piper PA 46 Malibu aircraft was French but had not been registered in France.

"We can confirm Emiliano Sala was on board," he said.
"This morning, the French research started with one French national navy ship and one aircraft. The investigation will determined which authority will take the lead on the research."
Sightings of red flares were reported during a lifeboat and helicopter search, but "nothing of significance was found", a Channel Islands Air Search spokeswoman said.

Police said on Tuesday more than 100sq miles had been searched by five aircraft and two lifeboats. The search had resumed after being called off overnight "due to strengthening winds, worsening sea conditions and reducing visibility".

Cardiff Airport confirmed the aircraft was due to arrive from Nantes but a spokeswoman said there were no further details.
Guernsey harbour master Captain David Barker said no distress call had been received and if the search continues into the night it is unlikely to have a good outcome.
"It's far easier to see something on the surface in daylight," he said. "We are looking for any traces of an aircraft, a life raft, persons in the water, life jackets."
Flowers have been left outside the Cardiff City Stadium

Flowers have been left outside the Cardiff City Stadium

The Met Office said conditions were not "too intense" at the time the aircraft went missing but had become wetter and windier later in the evening.
John Fernandez, a reporter for BBC Guernsey, said it was a difficult area to search.
"A number of search vessels are out searching the area. It's known for its strong currents - there are a number of shipwrecks," he added.
"The search area is absolutely massive at the moment. They're searching a number of different spots at the moment - they're not sure whereabouts this plane might have gone down."
'Last goodbye'
Cardiff signed Sala for a club record fee after protracted negotiations with Nantes and he was due to join his new teammates for training on Tuesday. Training was cancelled.
In a statement, the club's chief executive Ken Choo said they were praying for "positive news" for the player and pilot.

Emiliano Sala told Cardiff City he wanted to "start training and get down to work"
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Media captionEmiliano Sala told Cardiff City he wanted to "start training and get down to work"
He added: "We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing. We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team.
"Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation."
He has been among the top scorers in France in recent years and had scored 13 league and cup goals this season, third behind Kylian Mbappe and Nicolas Pepe.
When his move to Cardiff was announced, he said: "It gives me great pleasure and I can't wait to start training, meet my new teammates and get down to work."
The most recent tweet from Sala's account was a picture of him and his former team-mates, captioned "La ultima ciao", or "the last goodbye".

 Twitter post by @GaryLineker: Terribly worrying news that @CardiffCityFC’s new signing, Emiliano Sala was on board the small plane that has gone missing. Hopefully, somehow, they’ll be found and safe.Image Copyright @GaryLineker@GARYLINEKER
Sala began his playing career at Argentine side Club Proyecto Crecer, before moving to French club Girondins Bordeaux in 2012.

His previous side, Nantes, has postponed its games against Entente on Wednesday and St Etienne on Saturday, according to its match schedule.
Local journalist Arnaud Wajdzik said the atmosphere in Nantes is "very emotional", and people planned to gather in the town square this evening for a vigil.

Reacting to the news at Cardiff City Stadium, Keith Morgan, chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters Trust, said he was shocked by the news.
"We're obviously still hoping it's not confirmed but when or if it is, we will contact Nantes offering all our help," he said.

"I think fans realise what's important and things like this put everything into perspective. Football is important in all our lives but not more than a person's life."
Supporter Christopher Jenkins, 45, of Caerphilly, said: "I was nearly crying with my wife - it's a massive shock to everybody."

February 14, 2018

Adam Rippon Wins The Hearts of Americans at The Olympics, Openly In Commentaries and Orientation

It’s the quandary that faces every Olympic athlete. 
OK not quite. The Olympics are infamous for providing more condoms than any group of several thousand people could go through in a year, let alone two weeks. 
Yet openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon took to Instagram last week to lament the quality — not necessarily the quantity — of the condoms provided to the athletes by the host committee.
“Like, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting,” Rippon said, as transcribed by the Huffington Post. “I thought maybe they’d have like Olympic rings on them or they’d be all different colors, but, no. It’s all a myth. 
“And I’m not, like, upset,” he said with a long pause. “I’m disappointed.”
None of this is a surprise coming from Rippon, who has made a name for himself with some Johnny-Weir-esque commentary
The fact that he talked about wanting to have a Xanax and a “quick drink” with the judges after his competition Monday just about explains it.
Rippon won a bronze medal — and the hearts of Americans — with his performance in the team event Sunday night.

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September 24, 2017

After Trump Rescinds Invite of S.Curry to WHouse Golden State Warriors Not Going Either

After Trump called out Stephen Curry in a tweet this morning (rescinding his invitation to the White House), his team stood with him and announced they will not be attending the White House visit at all.

"While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House," the statement read, "we accept President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited."

"We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them," the statement continued. "We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.

Big picture, from Axios' Mike Allen: Trump is wading into culturally sensitive territory that could freshen opposition elsewhere, and ignite a debate wholly unrelated to anything he's trying to accomplish.

Trump's tweet: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

LeBron James' response: "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"


September 17, 2017

Son of Coach Sandusky Going to Jail Like his Dad for Child Sexual Abuse

Jeffrey Sandusky, one of the sons of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse Friday in Pennsylvania.
One of the sons of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse in Centre County, Pa.
The Centre Daily Times reports that the younger Sandusky was charged earlier this year:
"Jeffrey Sandusky was charged in February after state police at Rockview began an investigation when a 16-year-old known to Jeffrey Sandusky reported that he had sent the minor text messages asking for nude photos in March 2016. Another minor told police that Jeffrey Sandusky had asked her to perform sex acts on him when she was 15 years old, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office."
Due to go on trial next week, Sandusky, 41, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and 12 felonies in a deal with prosecutors, under which he would serve three to six years in prison. The judge isn't bound by the deal and could sentence him to up to eight years.

Centre County District Attorney Stacey Parks Miller said the plea spares the victims the trauma of testifying. "We are happy that these girls can move forward and experience a life with adults that deserve their trust," she said.
The elder Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Earlier this year, three former Penn State officials were given jail sentences for failing to report him to authorities. Former head coach Joe Paterno, who died in 2012, was fired in 2011, also for failing to adequately report Sandusky.

The case of Coach Jerry Sandusky which shook University Coaches and how close they could get to some players:

August 29, 2017

American Olympic Swimming Team Member David Torrence Found Dead

David Torrence, seen here during the 2014 Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, has died in Scottsdale, Ariz.Icon Sports Wire/Corbis via Getty Images

David Torrence, an athlete who ran in last year's Summer Olympics and had been training for more races, was found dead in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday, according to local news reports and Torrence's friends.
"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today," USA Track & Field said in a tweet about the 31-year-old runner's death.Torrence, a popular member of America's running community, was found at the bottom of an apartment complex's pool Monday morning, the Arizona Republic reports, citing Scottsdale police. 
A cause of death has not been reported; his death is under investigation.A California native, Torrence was a middle-distance runner who holds the American indoor record for the 1,000 meters. From 2009 to 2011, he won three straight USATF Road Mile titles. 
Torrence won silver medals at the 2014 IAAF World Relay Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games."Today we lost an amazing athlete and an even greater friend," Kyle Merber, another elite runner and a friend of Torrence, said via Twitter.Merber added, "I was going to pick David up at the airport in a few days to come to my house like he does every September. He was going for #3 this year." 

July 2, 2017

No Pride at The W.H. But Plenty from Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy on His Undies

Trump broke with another tradition at the White House besides having not having honor for the heritage of the place and refused to honor Pride or even mention the word. I remember President Obama with his Vice President Joe Biden walking down the outside of the Oval Office in the White House with two humongous Pride flags. We won't see this again may be forever unless LGBTQ people understand our political system together with the millennials and know that voting for someone you don't love (you are not supposed to love politicians anyways) keeps you from getting the one the ass crazy dude loves.

Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy one of the celebrities who is “celebrating him selves” by stripping down for an inclusive Pride month effort.

Online underwear retailer MeUndies unveiled their new rainbow polka dot designs May 23 with a colorful spread featuring Kenworthy and Kiyoko for its “Celebrate Yourself” campaign. But the photo series ― which also features musician Big Freedia and YouTube personalities B. Scott, Stevie Boebi and Ally Hills ― isn’t just an excuse to spot the stars in their skivvies. For every pair of underwear sold, MeUndies will donate $1 to the Los Angeles LGBT Center to help expand its youth center. 

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Key told HuffPost that underwear was “a very appropriate choice” for their new campaign, which was launched to coincide with Pride month in June. “We lift, support and comfort people of all types and ages,” he quipped, noting that much like MeUndies’ polka dot designs, “we’re bold and courageous.”

Given the current political climate, Key said, funding for homeless LGBTQ youth services is more at risk than ever, which is one of the many reasons he’s grateful for the MeUndies campaign. It’s a particularly pertinent issue in Los Angeles, where about 40 percent of the homeless youth population in the city identify as LGBTQ, he said. 

June 6, 2017

John McEnroe Tells Margaret Court Nobody Gives a F* About Ur Homophobic Opinion

 Tennis all time star figure John McEnroe. He has a distaste for homophobia in  his sport.

Tennis legend and now full-time homophobe Margaret Court said last week that “tennis is full of lesbians.” Another tennis legend, John McEnroe, fired back:

“Margaret Court is telling us, ‘Tennis is full of lesbians,’” McEnroe said in a video. “The way I see it, there are three options regarding this statement. Number one ― this is true, and who gives a fuck? Number two ― this is not true, and who should give a fuck? And number three ― this is half-true, and should we really give a fuck?”

Court is against same-sex marriage, same-sex parents and has equated LGBT people with Hitler and the devil. Some players want the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne where the Australian Open is played renamed, but McEnroe is not ready to go that far. He has his own idea:

“When same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia, I will personally call my good friend Elton John to host the biggest same-sex mass wedding ceremony ever seen — in Margaret Court Arena. Margaret, that’s just the kind of guy I am.”

April 19, 2017

Former NFL Tight End Aaron Hernandes Found Hanged to Death

Born on Nov. 6, 1989 in Bristol Connecticut 

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell last night after apparently hanging himself, Massachusetts authorities say:
On April 19, 2017 Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m., lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming his door with various items. The Massachusetts State Police are on the scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a friend who he had become suspicious of for reasons that have never been fully explained. However, he was acquitted last week for the July 2012 murders of two other men outside a nightclub, and per TMZ one of his lawyers in that case, Jose Baez, suspects foul play and has "launched an investigation" into what happened:
We're told Baez believes this could be a murder either by inmates or the folks who run the prison.
Baez says the family is "devastated" and does not believe Aaron was in a frame of mind to take his life.
Baez—who, incidentally, was one of Casey Anthony's lawyers and was accused by a private investigator of having allowed Anthony to pay him via sexual favors—said last week that he hoped to have the Lloyd conviction overturned. (Baez has denied that he had any sexual relationship with Anthony.)
Hernandez has maintained a relationship with his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, since his initial 2013 arrest, and she brought their 4-year-old daughter to his most recent trial. (Though Jernkins-Hernandez has taken Hernandez's name, they are not married.) 
Although he was acquitted of the most serious charges in the double-murder case, Hernandez is known to have been in the vicinity of its victims with a man named Alexander Bradley—who Hernandez's defense team says is the one who actually committed the killings—on the night of the crimes. Bradley, meanwhile, later accused Hernandez in a lawsuit of shooting him outside a strip club in Miami in Feb. 2013.
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Aaron Hernandez’s life sentence for murder has come to an end.
The former Patriots tight end, who scored a legal victory last week, committed suicide in prison last night.
The Massachusetts Department of Correction issued a statement saying Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts around 3:05 a.m. this morning.
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement read. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”
He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday. State Police are investigating the incident.
Last week, Hernandez was acquitted of a double-murder charge, but was still serving life without parole for killing Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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