Myles Garrett reinstated, NFL racism remains – WW commentary

first_imgClevelandOn Feb. 12, the National Football League reinstated Myles Garrett, a Cleveland Browns defensive end who was indefinitely suspended in November after a fight with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.Myles Garrett during ESPN interviewBoth teams and a number of their players, including Garrett and Rudolph, were fined after the incident. Two other players, Larry Ogunjobi of the Browns and Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers, were suspended for one game and two games, respectively.But Rudolph, the only white player involved in the melee, was not suspended at all.The altercation began Nov. 14, with the game almost over, after Garrett tackled Rudolph. Video footage shows Rudolph tugging on Garrett’s helmet and going for his groin, after which Garrett pulled off Rudolph’s helmet. In a Feb. 13 interview with ESPN reporter Mina Kimes, Garrett recalled that he only hit Rudolph with Rudolph’s helmet after Rudolph charged Garrett.What is key to understanding the racist character of the suspensions — and for that matter the NFL —  is Garrett’s recollection that Rudolph also called him a racist slur.Not meaning for this to be made public, Garrett brought up the slur in a Nov. 20 grievance hearing before NFL Appeals Officer James Thrash. But the NFL then claimed that no audio existed from the hearing to confirm Garrett’s allegation and suspended him indefinitely.The punishment meant Garrett was not allowed to play for the rest of the season, and if the Browns had qualified for the playoffs, he could not have participated.  Until his reinstatement Feb. 12 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Garrett was barred from practicing with his teammates.When someone present at the Nov. 20 grievance hearing leaked the accusation of a racist slur to the media, Rudolph vehemently denied the charge. And Garrett was immediately criticized. The assumption was that if the slur had happened, then he would have made the claim right away and not waited until the hearing, where he was represented by the NFL Players Association.In the Feb. 13 ESPN interview, Kimes asked Garrett to recall what happened Nov. 14. Garrett then asserted, in a summation of the events leading up to his suspension, that Rudolph “called me a stupid N-word.” He suggested that the NFL does indeed have access to audio to confirm this.Garrett expressed regret over the assault, but stated his view that conduct off the field, such as domestic violence, should draw harsher penalties than violence that occurs when tempers flare in a heated game situation.Now Garrett is being criticized for repeating the allegation, even though he only restated the incident after the interviewer asked him about what had happened. If this was part of his experience, how was he wrong to include it?Rudolph has again denied using the N-word and his legal representatives — California-based sports law specialists Younger & Associates — tweeted: “This obviously was not the first time Mr. Rudolph had been sacked by an African-American player.” (wkyc.com)In other words, they are claiming that Rudolph can’t possibly be a racist, because if he were, he would already have used the slur against Black players who tackled him in the past.The law firm further claims that “Mr. Garrett maliciously uses this false allegation to coax sympathy.”However, like Colin Kaepernick, Myles Garrett was punished for speaking out against racism.Garrett’s union fought with him to get him back in the game — demonstrating that every worker, even an extremely well-paid professional athlete, needs union representation.Now Cleveland Browns players and fans are welcoming back the talented athlete, who was a top defensive player in the NFL before the suspension and played in the 2018 Pro Bowl. One fan tweeted, “He’s Baccckkkkk! Let’s go.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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J.R. Holmes

first_imgRecently J.R. Holmes, the head basketball coach at Bloomington South High School, passed the legendary Jack Butcher as the winningest coach in Indiana boys basketball.  This win total was 807 which when this article appears I am sure will be higher since Bloomington South is one of the state’s 4A favorites to reach the state finals.Butcher was a coach at Loogootee and has been retired for several years.  Holmes began his coaching career at Cannelton High School in the early 70’s.  Some people will argue that Holmes reached this level simply because he has coached that long.  My theory is, you only get to coach this long if you keep winning.  In Indiana, you win or you find something else to do.Congratulations to J.R. Holmes for the basketball program he has developed at Bloomington South High School.last_img read more

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Seahawks star makes big play, talks bigger

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman celebrates after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — When Richard Sherman gave Michael Crabtree a pat on the backside, got shoved in the face and made a choke sign toward the San Francisco bench, he was just getting warmed up.Get ready for two more weeks of the unfiltered Sherman with the Seattle Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl.“I hadn’t gotten many opportunities all game and I’m happy. I’m happy about that,” Sherman said. ” I’m sure if our team knew it was going to come down to a play like that they would be pretty confident going into it.”Sherman stole the attention on Sunday, first by deflecting a pass intended for Crabtree in the corner of the end zone with less than a minute left, right into the arms of Seattle teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawks’ 23-17 win.But then came the antics and Sherman’s words that revealed a deep dislike for Crabtree and satisfaction in Seattle knocking off its division rivals to reach the Super Bowl.While Smith was celebrating the interception, Sherman exchanged words with Crabtree, got shoved in the face as a rebuttal then made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was intended for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Asked about the incident afterward by Fox reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman lit up Twitter with a rant that began: “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”Sherman didn’t back down even after getting some time to collect his thoughts. He apologized to Andrews, then proceeded to call Crabtree “mediocre,” making sure to annunciate each syllable of the word.“I was making sure everybody knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver that’s what happens.”It was a fiery, emotional rant from Sherman, who celebrated his first conference title by racing around the field after Russell Wilson took the final knee, then leaping into the first row of seats in the south end zone to celebrate with fans.“I know how passionate he is about the game of football. He said to me before the game it’s going to come down to us making big plays. We’ve got to do it. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to make big plays,” said teammate Doug Baldwin. “(Sherman) has been doing it all season. He is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. They were trying to stay away from him the whole game. Eventually they were going to have to go his way and eventually they did and they made a mistake.”Sherman was rarely targeted by San Francisco, with most of the throws going toward Sherman’s teammate Byron Maxwell. But when Kaepernick had to make a throw in the final seconds, he decided to challenge the All-Pro.Sherman stayed with Crabtree, leaped and batted the ball into the air with his left hand. That allowed Smith to run underneath and make the interception that clinched the victory. It was San Francisco’s third turnover in the fourth quarter.“I knew if I tipped it high enough someone would get there,” Sherman said.Sherman then ran over to Crabtree and gave him a pat on the backside, then appeared to extend his arm for a handshake. Instead, Sherman got shoved in the face before picking up his personal foul as his celebration continued.“Sherman made a good play. That’s probably the only play he made all game,” Crabtree said. “I ain’t getting into that, he knows what time it is. When we’re on the field, he ain’t doing nothin’. That’s one play, you know what I’m saying? … He’s a TV guy, I’m not a TV guy. I play ball.”Sherman said his issues with Crabtree go back to something that happened during the offseason. He would not go into detail about what happened.“He said something personal face to face,” Sherman said. “He knows what he said and he knows I’m going to be tough on him the rest of his career.”___AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers wants Hendry out of Celtic

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers has cleared the air regarding the future of Jack Hendry at the club, after revealing he wants the defender to go out on loan.Hendry joined Celtic from Dundee United for £1.5million last January but has struggled to impress.A string of mistakes, due to his inability to pass the football properly has seen him fall largely out-of-favour at Celtic this season.After seeing his game time reduced drastically over the last few months, Rodgers has revealed his plans for Hendry. Speaking to the BBC earlier today, the former Liverpool manager stated the following:Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He’s played really well in games and played in other games when there’s been pressure, so he’s had to deal with all of that.”“He’s at that age when he needs to be playing for the continuation of his development.”“The next best thing for him over this six-month period is to get games at the highest level he can in a good environment.”last_img read more

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Importance of breakfast for diabetic patients

first_imgYou have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast, as the name implies, is to break the fast between dinner and lunch. It is well-established that starting the day with a wholesome breakfast can benefit everyone. If you have type 2 diabetes (T2D), breakfast is necessary and it can have real benefits. Do you think that skipping breakfast can help manage your blood glucose better? Researchers say the opposite is true. In a study, 22 people who controlled their T2D with diet alone or diet plus metformin were studied on two different days. On one, they ate three identical meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the other, they ate only lunch and dinner. On the days they skipped breakfast, their peak blood glucose was 36.8 per cent higher after lunch and 26.6 per cent higher after dinner than on the days they ate breakfast. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnother study highlighted that a high-energy intake breakfast of around 700 kcals (vs a low energy breakfast of 200 kcals) decreased the overall high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) in T2D patients over the entire day. It has been established that better management of blood sugar has been associated with preventing complications of diabetes. Regular consumption of breakfast is potentially important for preventing T2D. A recent study tested 17 healthy adults on three separate days: Once when they skipped breakfast, once when they had three regular meals and once when they skipped dinner. Skipping breakfast led to higher glucose concentrations after lunch than skipping dinner. The key to a healthy morning meal is to choose a variety of foods to get a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and other nutrients like vitamins and minerals — along with the much-needed fibre that helps manage blood-sugar levels. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Here are some options to consider: Whole grains: Oatmeal, muesli with no added sugar, wheat flakes with added bran, whole-wheat daliya/chapatti/khakhra/paratha/ bread, whole grain millet (ragi, jowar, bajra) preparations. Whole grains are a good source of carbohydrates (including fibre), vitamins and minerals. Dairy: Use non-fat or low-fat milk instead of whole milk. If you don’t drink milk, try non-dairy milk alternatives like soy, almond, coconut milk, etc. Choose plain rather than sweetened versions. Fruits and vegetables: Fresh fruit is a great addition to any breakfast given that they provide fibre, vitamins and minerals. However, limit fruit juice. Vegetables (like carrot, French beans, capsicum, leafy greens like palak, methi, etc.) can be added to all the traditional breakfast foods. Lean protein: Protein foods may help control hunger, manage blood sugar and maintain lean body mass; so include protein at breakfast. Sources of protein include low fat milk/curd/yoghurt/paneer/cottage cheese, eggs, tofu, whole pulses like moong, channa, vatana, rajma, among others, and split pulses, which are all the dals. Healthy fat: Fat can help you feel full but it is important to choose wisely. Go for nuts and seeds, avocados, among others in small to moderate mounts.last_img read more

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Canada Jetlines picks Halifax Stanfield to be its Eastern base

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Canada Jetlines picks Halifax Stanfield to be its Eastern base VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines has set its sights on Canada’s east coast by selecting Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) as its eastern operational base.As such, the ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) will offer ultra-low fare service from the airport when it begins flight operations next summer.“We are pleased to announce the selection of Halifax Stanfield International Airport as our eastern operations base. Halifax is the leading airport of the Atlantic provinces and we look forward to lowering the cost of air travel to and from Atlantic Canada with our ultra-low fares,” said Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines stated.This announcement marks the third airport that Jetlines has agreed to terms with, in addition to Hamilton, ON and Abbotsford, B.C.Bert van der Stege, Chief Commercial Officer at YHZ added: “We’re delighted that Canada Jetlines has selected Halifax Stanfield as one of their first airports in the country. Experience has shown that the model of low-cost and low-fare travel stimulates demand and we look forward to offering passengers more travel options between Atlantic Canada, Hamilton and Abbostford.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCanada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ULCC airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada as well as nonstop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. During a teleconference in September, Gadek said fares would be “about the same price as a pair of jeans” and announced a “low-fare guarantee” that promises Canadians the lowest fares in the market.Ticket sales will begin through its website at jetlines.ca in Spring 2018. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 last_img read more

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