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NFL Allowing Players To Take Knee, U.S. Soccer Federation Changing Policy On Anthem, UFC’s Fight Island

FOOTBALL

According to reports, the NFL is close to announcing a decision allowing players to take a knee during the national anthem.  Two years ago the league released a statement with the intention to make players and personnel “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem”. The policy was never enacted due to very public complaints, but teams did have the ability to issue fines if someone didn’t show respect.

SOCCER

The U.S. Soccer Federation is having discussions on changing its current policy against kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. The current policy states, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.” This policy went into effect in 2017 after U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

UFC

Back in April, UFC President Dana White announced he would continue tournaments on “Fight Island“. The details of the fight island have been revealed. It’s called Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi. The UFC will host its first major fight there on July 11th.

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Roger Goodell Records Message, 30 of 32 NFL Teams Make Statements, Nunes Dominates, McGregor Retiring Again

FOOTBALL

Last week an NFL employee Bryndon Minter was disappointed in the league for not responding to the protests so he organized a video featuring some of the NFL’s biggest stars urging the league to “listen to its players and assert that Black Lives Matter.” Commissioner Roger Goodell then recorded his own message on Twitter.

In the NFL, 30 of the 32 teams have made statements or promoted statements about George Floyd’s murder. Noticeably absent is the Washington Redskins (who did participate in #BlackoutTuesday) and the Cincinnati Bengals.

ULTIMATE FIGHTING

If you’re an Ultimate Fighting fan, it will come as no surprise that Amanda Nunes easily beat Felicia Spencer in the UFC 250. According to people in the know, Amanda pretty much dominates the sport.

In other Mixed Martial Arts News, Conor McGregor announced (for the third time since 2016) that he’s retiring and “bored of the game.”

 

 

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UFC First Live Event, Harbaugh’s Proposal To NFL/NCAA, Kraft Auctions SB LI Ring For Charity

UFC

The mixed martial arts sporting event, UFC249, took place on Saturday night without fans but gave the sports world their first live event. Justin Gaethje beat out the heavily favored Tony Ferguson, but Ferguson told fans afterward, “We did this for you, to bring sports back.” Even President Trump got into the action with his taped message on ESPN before the event saying, “I want to congratulate (UFC President) Dana White and the UFC. They’re going to have a big match. We love it. We think it’s important. Get the sports leagues back. Let’s play. Do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do. We need sports. We want our sports back.”

FOOTBALL

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sent a letter to the NFL and NCAA outlining a plan to allow players the opportunity to enter the NFL draft at any point during their college careers and allow them to return to school if they don’t get drafted. Harbaugh insisted he is advocating for a system that “allows for more freedom and self-determination”, but many believe he’s mostly interested in reducing the number of elite players at his rival schools.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to auction his Super Bowl LI championship ring for the fundraiser “All In Challenge.” In announcing his donation, he said, “I’ve been thinking about it for weeks. I finally thought about our experience in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. We were down 28-3 (in the third quarter) and had 99.6% (odds) to lose. And we came back, and we won.” The winner will also receive a personal visit with Kraft and the use of the team plane to get to Boston if the winner lives too far to drive.

 

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Rakuten Monkeys Have Robot Mannequins, Gundy Insists We Power Through, UFC249 Canceled, HORSE Competition On Sunday

BASEBALL

The Chinese Professional Baseball League has gotten creative announcing that the Rakuten Monkeys will have robot mannequins instead of fans in the stadium seats when their season opens on Saturday, April 11th.

FOOTBALL

In college football, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy insisted programs try and “power through the pandemic” and wants his program back by May 1st saying it was time “to run money through the state of Oklahoma.” He went on to say, “From what I read, the healthy people can fight this, the antibodies make it better.”

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Dana White announced he’s canceling UFC 249 which was scheduled for next weekend at Tachi Palace, a casino on Native American tribal land. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, as well as Disney and ESPN, urged White to cancel the event. White still insists the private island “Fight Island” is still a possibility for future fights.

BASKETBALL

Kudos to the NBA for trying to keep us all entertained. The League announced they are airing a “HORSE” competition with current and former NBA players and WNBA players. The game will be a single-elimination contest held remotely. The contest begins on Sunday, April 12th at 7 p.m. ET with NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder), 2020 NBA All-Star Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) and Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings headlining the event. For more information on the tournament, click here.

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UFC Dana White To Buy Private Island For Fights, NFL Draft Virtual, Golf Championships Rescheduled

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

UFC President Dana White announced he’s buying a private island to hold fights during the coronavirus pandemic. He told TMZ, “I am a day or two away from securing a private island. I have a private island that I’ve secured; we’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so I’m gonna start doing the international fights, too. With international fighters, because I won’t be able to get international fighters into the U.S., I have a private island that I’m gonna start flying them all in and doing international fights from there. So as of April 18th, the UFC is back up and running.”

FOOTBALL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell officially declared the draft would be “fully virtual” with personnel in separate locations and communications via phone or internet. The NFL draft begins on April 23rd.

GOLF

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All of golf’s major championships have been rescheduled. The Masters will be held from November 12-15 (previously played in April); the PGA Championship will be played August 6-9th (previously in May) at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco; and the U.S. Open will be held from September 18-21 (previously in June) at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The British Open, however, will be outright canceled for 2020. The Open was supposed to be played at Royal St. George in July but will be rescheduled to July 15-18th, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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UFC Twitter Fight, All-Star Weekend Relocated For HB2, Ray Rice Will Donate Salary

UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship President, Dana White, is not too happy with ESPN analyst Darren Rovell for making fun  of the whopping $4 billion sale of UFC to William Morris and IMG. Over twitter the two went at it with Rovell starting the fight by asking if it was too late for the sale to fall through considering UFC’s main stars have been accused of using performance enhancing drugs. White then responded by calling Rovell some not so nice names. Fun times!

NBA

Bruce SpringsteinThe NBA announced its All-Star weekend will relocate from Charlotte, NC to another city due to the controversy over the HB2 law, which states that people need to use restrooms according to the sex they were assigned at birth versus the sex they identify with.  Many public figures went on record expressing their views, which may have led to the NBA decision. Mike Krzyzewski, legendary coach of Duke’s basketball program stated, “It’s an embarrassing bill,” Many celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr  have also expressed disappointment in the law by cancelling shows in NC.

NFL

Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens before his suspension for domestic violence, said he’d donate his salary to charity if he was signed by an NFL team for the 2016 season. He said, “Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me.” So far no word on a team taking him up on this but stay tuned.

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UFC Fighter McGregor Retiring, Rosenhaus Drops Manziel, Strahan To GMA

UFC

UFC fighter Conor McGregor announced on Twitter he’s retiring early. “I’ve decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. See ya’s later,” the unceremonious tweet read. McGregor is 27 years old and has an incredible UFC record of 7-1, having just lost his first championship fight on March 5th . He’s been MIA since making the tweet, and his spokesman couldn’t be reached. The President of the UFC announced on Tuesday that McGregor has been pulled from the main event of an upcoming UFC spectacle in Las Vegas because he was unwilling to participate in mandatory promotional preparations for the fight. “Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial and be a part of the marketing. He’s in Iceland training,” UFC president Dana White said. “Is Conor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know.” McGregor made history in December by knocking out Jose Aldo, one of the best MMA fighters, in just 13 seconds. Whether McGregor really intends on retiring is still totally unclear.

NFL

Former Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel just can’t stay out of the news. Nike announced they ended their endorsement deal with Manziel. The quarterback was recently released by the Browns for off-the-field issues, and was then dropped by his agent. There’s also a grand jury investigation in Dallas going on now to determine if Manziel assaulted his girlfriend. Sound bad? It’s not over. Manziel was just dropped by his second agent in two months and that’s with an agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who hasn’t fired a single player in 27 years. Manziel has a five-day window to seek treatment if he wants to stay with Rosenhaus. Manziel has never been apologetic about his partying ways, nor has he ever made much of anything happen on an NFL field. If he doesn’t change quickly, his career will be over, virtually before it even began.

OTHER

Michael StrahanFormer New York Giants’ Defensive End, Michael Strahan is leaving his gig as co-host on “Live With Kelly and Michael” and joining the cast of Good Morning America. The producers are hoping Strahan boosts their declining viewership.

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Matt Harvey Undisclosed Medical Condition, Jon Jones Cited For Drag Racing

MLB

It looks like New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey might miss opening day. The player is done for the preseason due to an undisclosed medical issue, and he looks poised to miss Opening Day this Sunday. Mets officials have assured fans there’s nothing wrong with the pitcher’s arm. “His arm is fine! His arm is fine! O.K.? His arm is fine,” Mets Manager Terry Collins was quoted saying. “I think we need to wait for more medical information before we decide it’s of concern, or great concern, or no concern,” the team’s general manager said.

UFC

Drag RacingWhile Mixed Martial Arts fighting is now legal in all 50 states, drag racing is still illegal pretty much everywhere. UFC star Jon Jones was recently cited for drag racing with an illegally modified car in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of the five total citations issued, speeding wasn’t one of them. That’s because, according to Jones and his attorney, the fighter wasn’t speeding at all. “He wasn’t speeding, he was not driving recklessly. All Jon did was rev his engine to acknowledge a fan,” his attorney said in a statement. The key to this mystery may lie in a small detail Jones admitted to reporters. “I regrettably said words to the police officer out of frustration, for which I apologize for, but I do feel this was excessive.” Jones clearly forgot the old adage, don’t bite the hand that issues citations. It should be noted this isn’t his first trouble on the road. Jones was cited in February for driving without a license, registration, or proof of insurance, and he’s currently still under supervised probation for an incident last April when he caused a car accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm, then fled the scene.

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Rousey To Fight Soon, Michael Jordan’s Confidence, Legend Frank Gifford Passes

UFC

In the Ultimate Fighting Championships, just a week after Ronda Rousey destroyed Bette Correia, Ronda’s next fight is already being discussed.  Rousey is quickly becoming a cash cow for the sport, especially because she defeats opponents in under a minute.  Now everyone is talking about  Rousey taking on Kris “Cyborg” Justino.  Justino is at the top of her game in the fighting world, albeit she is older than Rousey.  Nothing is official, and many think that this is Justino’s camp drumming up interest so she can get a big money shot at Rousey.  Rousey said she is ready to fight anyone.

BASKETBALL

Dean Smith and Michael JordanAt Michael Jordan’s basketball camp in California, Michael Jordan had an interesting Q&A session with the kids.  One kid asked… “Who was a better coach, Dean Smith (Jordan’s coach at North Carolina) or Phil Jackson (Jordan’s coach with the Bulls who led him to 6 championships).  Jordan answered immediately saying “Dean Smith”, then followed this with “Phil was lucky, because Dean Smith coached me so well at North Carolina”.  Then, another kid asked if Jordan could beat LeBron 1-on-1.  Jordan said at this point in his life, probably not.  But if he took on LeBron in his prime… no question”.  You have to love and admire Jordan’s confidence.

FOOTBALL

Frank GiffordAnd in some sad news, one of the long time voices of Monday Night Football and a Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford, died at the age of 84.  Gifford was a legend within the NFL.  He was a star for the New York Giants, and then a welcome face every Monday night throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  The League and the entire sports world will miss him.

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