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Tom Brady Sports Buccaneers Uniform for First Time

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first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady, starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has just been fitted with his new uniform.After 20 seasons and six Super Bowl victories with the New England Patriots, semi-retired Tom gathered his family and headed for the warm weather of Tampa in March.To add insult to injury for Patriots fans, the Buccaneers showed off their prized offseason acquisition Tuesday, unveiling 41 photographs of Brady in his new uniform.They include him in Tampa Bay’s red, white and black jersey options. Some have Brady wearing a helmet. Others don’t.Some say terrific Tom Brady a will MVP threat now that’s he’s with a new team and surrounded by talented receivers and tight ends.last_img read more

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FBI: Epstein’s Former Girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, Arrested

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first_imgThe FBI is confirming that Ghislaine Maxwell, the long time friend and confidante of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested and the charges sealed.Maxwell’s arrest is welcome news for many alleged Epstein victims living in Palm Beach County. Media reports say the alleged madam was taken into custody for her alleged involvement in Epstein’s sex crimes against underage girls.The FBI took Maxwell into custody this morning in New Hampshire. Maxwell dated Epstein and remained close to him for decades.Epstein committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell last summer after being charged with exploiting underage girls.last_img read more

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PowaKaddy support England Golf players

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first_img24 Jun 2014 PowaKaddy support England Golf players PowaKaddy, the number one name in golf trolleys, is backing England Golf’s elite amateurs and has presented a fleet of its latest FW7 model to the national men’s squad. The trolleys, which combine the latest lightweight and super strength materials with a modern design, have been customised with all-white frames, which feature the England Golf logo. The presentation took place at Seaton Carew Golf Club, in County Durham, on the practice day for the Brabazon Trophy, the English men’s open stroke play championship, which gets underway tomorrow. Another fleet will be presented to the England Golf women’s Performance Squad at the English women’s amateur championship at St Enodoc, Cornwall, in July. PowaKaddy are the official trolley supplier to England Golf and marketing manager Mei Tierney commented: “Our aim is to ensure that the best equipment is placed at the fingertips of the country’s elite amateurs and give them every chance to succeed. “Technology is a key part in the game at the highest level and I believe our top-of-the-range FW7 model will help the players to keep one step ahead of the competition.” Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, remarked: “It’s vitally important that players conserve as much energy as possible during their rounds and these trolleys will help them do that. That fitness benefit, when playing 36-holes of competitive golf in a day, can give them a real edge. “I am delighted that PowaKaddy are continuing to support us by providing equipment which will help our players produce their best performance.”   Caption: Members of the England men’s squad are pictured with Mike Conlan of PowaKaddy at the presentation of the new fleet of FW7 electric trolleys. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

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Rose Ladies Series: Toy flies the flag at Royal St George’s

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first_img9 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Toy flies the flag at Royal St George’s Emily Toy became the latest England women’s squad player to push the professionals all the way with another quality performance in the fourth event of the Rose Ladies Series at Royal St George’s.The reigning British Women’s Amateur champ had leader and eventual winner Gemma Dryburgh firmly in her sights for most of her round and was in hot pursuit as she approached a tough closing stretch of holes.Eventually, Toy signed for a two-over par round of 72 to finish in a tie for fourth and three shots behind Scots ace Dryburgh who followed up her win last week at Buckinghamshire Golf Club with another landmark success on the Kent coast.Playing in the first ever professional ladies’ event at the Open Championship venue, Toy proudly blazed a trail on behalf of England Golf alongside fellow England internationals Charlotte Heath and Amelia Williamson.For the fourth week in a row, an England Golf amateur player was able to claim a top ten finish in a field of mostly LET professionals. Lily May Humphreys, Annabell Fuller, Samantha Fuller and Mimi Rhodes had previously gatecrashed the professional party.Toy proved last summer that she had the game for tough links conditions having claimed the British Amateur crown at Royal County Down.On a course playing all of its 6,300 yard length with a very tough par of 70, Toy’s latest showing will give her great belief going into the rest of an abbreviated season of events.Two consecutive birdies on the sixth and seventh holes allowed the Cornish golfer to reach the turn in level par.Four straight pars from the 10th kept Toy (pictured below) level with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull just a shot adrift of Dryburgh before the setback of a bogey six at the tough 14th.A dropped shot on the testing 18th should not take away from Toy’s showing in another superb field.Elsewhere, there were positives for the other England Golf participants.Heath showed real nerve and ability to win the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship in January.In very different, blustery conditions on the Kent coast, the Yorkshire golfer was out in the first group of the day and once again showed signs of her talents.An eagle two at the 360-yard ninth hole helped the England women’s squad player reach the turn in one over par.Another two, this time at the 175-yard par three, 11th hole, was another highlight of a day which saw the 18-year-old eventually sign for an eight over par round of 78.Also joining her on that score was England overseas squad member Williamson (pictured above).The 20-year-old from Norfolk was looking forward to testing herself on one of only four English courses currently on the Open rota.For the University of Florida student, 11 pars and a birdie at the par 5, 15th hole will give her plenty to build on in the weeks ahead.Full scores from the fourth event in the Rose Ladies Series can be found here.The next tournament will be staged on Thursday 15 July at the JCB Golf and Country Club. Tags: Amelia Williamson, Charlotte Heath, Emily Toy, Rose Ladies Serieslast_img read more

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Cash, Storm not getting overconfident

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first_imgCASH MONEY—Seattle Storms’ Swin Cash from McKeesport, left, and San Antonio Silver Stars’ Edwige Lawson-Wade vie for the ball in the second quarter during a WNBA game June 20, in Seattle. Cash led the team with 22 points. Seattle, halfway to its franchise-record 22 wins set two years ago, is benefiting from some consistency. Bird and two-time MVP Lauren Jackson are in their ninth season together, and Tanisha Wright joined them in 2005. The other two starters, Swin Cash and Camille Little, and coach Brian Agler are all in their third seasons with the Storm.Cash, a McKeesport native, had 22 points and nine rebounds, Lauren Jackson added 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 82-61 Sunday night.Storm players were happy to get a win after just returning from a loss June 17 at Indiana and a win Friday at New York.” We had heavy legs at the beginning,” Cash said. “But we just really fought through it and once we got into a rhythm and started attacking and being aggressive and getting to the offensive glass, I thought that really put a pep in our step.”Seattle is third in the league in scoring (83.3 points per game) and rebounding (36.7). The Storm are outrebounding opponents by 8.4 per game and outscoring them by 10.5— the league’s top margins in both categories. Four players are scoring in double figures, led by Jackson at 20.0 points per game—tied for fourth in the WNBA. Cash is at 15.0, Little 12.2 and Bird 12.0. Bird also leads the league in assists at 6.2 per game.With the latest win, Seattle improved to 8-0 against Western Conference teams and 7-0 at home. The Storm are also the only team in the conference with a winning record.Ultimately, the Storm’s season will be judged by their performance in the postseason. Seattle hasn’t won a playoff series since winning the WNBA championship in 2004, though it reached 20 wins three times in that stretch—including a franchise-best 22-12 record in 2008.“There’s so many things that come into play when you get into the postseason,” said Liberty coach Anne Donovan, who coached the Storm for five seasons, including the 2004 title team. “Health, injuries, match­ups, home-court advantage.”Agler, now 55-28 with the Storm, also coached Minnesota for the franchise’s first three seasons. Before that, he led the Columbus Quest of the ABL to consecutive championships in 1997 and 1998, and was the league’s coach of the year in 1997.“I had a lot of good times in the ABL,” he said. “We won a lot of big games there. I really trusted those teams, and I trust this one as much. They understand what it takes to compete and be successful.” by Vin A. CherwooAssociated Press Writer The Seattle Storm are off to the best start in franchise history with 11 wins in their first 13 games. However, after losing in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last five years, they’re not celebrating.“If anything it keeps us focused,” veteran point guard Sue Bird said. “We didn’t win anything….It’s nice, but we definitely know what we need to work on. ..Right now we’re still learning every game.”last_img read more

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Revenge of the Confederacy

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first_imgSuper Bowl XLV brought back eerie reminders of Super Bowl XXX, the first loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was the first Super Bowl that Pittsburgh participated in, post “steel curtain” era. That was also the game that seriously questioned the optometrist of Neil O’Donnell, the ex-Steelers quarterback who believed in the art of gift giving. Well darned if we did not hit rewind baby. O’Donnell threw two interceptions to Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown in Super Bowl XXX to set up short touchdown drives in the second half. But wait, there are scary similarities to O’Donnell and Ben Roethlisberger in regards to their game changing gaffes; the difference is O’Donnell seemed to have expected (at least on one of his picks) the receiver to be in a specific area. Big Ben just put on his Kenny Rogers “gamblin” hat and threw the ball up for grabs into double coverage on his first pick as he usually does and on his second he threw into double coverage again as he generally does. Who told him that he had the arm strength to attempt such feats? Maybe on his first errantly thrown ball he thought that if the pass was not caught by wide receiver Mike Wallace, the subsequent pick would be as good as a punt, just like he thought in the Ravens divisional playoff game. But lo and behold, when you take too many risks at the craps table you are bound to roll snake eyes. See Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, whose salaries pale in comparison to Roethlisberger, could have really used that $142,000. Big Ben did not seem to care because hey, he is already paid.Roethlisberger was the main culprit in Green Bay’s victory over the Steelers. When you keep throwing the ball up for grabs, eventually only bad things can happen. From henceforth there must be a certain mode of discipline established and maintained in order for the Steelers to again position themselves as a legitimate power in the NFL. Freelancing on both sides of the ball became the death sentence for the Lombardi trophy aspirations of the Black and Gold.The other prime time gambler was safety Troy Polamalu. Everyone bragged about how he could read offenses and be in the right place at the right time. Well I don’t care how good of a “card counter” you are, the man dealing the cards for “the house” knows a few of your tendencies too. The Packers waited patiently for the Steelers offense and defense to take that fatal risk. They both did and lost. Troy and Ben, two of the Steelers most famous gambling men, gambled away the chances of victory for the Steelers, but again they were both well paid whether they won or lost.In hindsight, Super Bowl XLV seemed destined for failure from the outset. I was waiting for a cab at the airport to take me to the hotel. The concierge told the cabbie as I was loading my luggage into his car; “go ahead and make that Yankee money.”Judging by the look in her eyes, I really think she wanted to say something else but she sized me up correctly. Yes I did have enough money to make bail if she had uttered the “N” word. I still would have been in the press box at 6:29 p.m. in time to witness the most rousing, mistake laden version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ in the history of the Super Bowl rendered by none other than Pittsburgh’s own Christina Aguilera.Super Bowl XLV will now be known for all eternity as ‘The Confederacy Revenge Bowl’. This event was about the Texas sized ego of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. Cab drivers were turning off their meters and charging unsuspecting patrons $150 one way from Dallas to Arlington, a trip less than 20 miles. They said these were “special event” rates. I heartily disagree because these were countdown to “the invasion of the Yankees sucker” prices. Jones and the NFL had their “Barnum and Bailey” show going on, sort of like attracting flies into a Venus flytrap.Logistically this was the most horrible Super Bowl I have ever attended or covered. This was about making “Yankee” money. Jones bullied and cajoled his subordinate, NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell, into staging this debacle because Jones is a cold and astute business person who had to recover a portion of the 1.2 billion invested building his ego-toy. Super Bowl XLV was the ultimate Jones pocket feeder. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone in his organization received kick backs from the cabbies and private drivers. Did any of you notice that during the weather beaten Super Bowl XLV week that Jones was almost nowhere to been seen? See folks Jerry Jones, like Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu is a gambler too but as we all should know; Jerry Jones is the “house” and the “house never loses.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pittsburgh­courier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Schools at a glance that missed NCAA ­cutline

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first_img(AP)—The schools that failed to meet the NCAA’s 925 cutline on the latest Academic Progress Rate report, which was released May 24:Football, men’s ­basketball and women’s basketballJackson StatePrairie View A&MSouthern (La.)Texas SouthernFootball and men’s ­basketballAlabama-BirminghamArkansas-Pine BluffBethune-CookmanDelaware StateGeorgia SouthernGrambling StateHowardIdaho StateLouisiana-MonroeMississippi Valley StateMissouri StateMorgan StateNew Mexico StatePortland StateSavannah StateSouth Carolina StateSoutheastern LouisianaTennessee StateTexas-El PasoMen’s and women’s ­basketballCal State-BakersfieldCoppin StateIUPUIJackson StateNorfolk StatePrairie View A&MSan Jose StateSouth Carolina-UpstateSouthern (La.)Texas SouthernBCS conference schools to miss ­cutlineArkansas, men’s basketball (SEC)Connecticut, men’s basketball (Big East)Georgia Tech, men’s basketball (ACC)Louisville, football (Big East)LSU, men’s ­basketball (SEC)Maryland, football (ACC)Southern California, men’s ­basketball (Pac-10)last_img read more

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Swin Cash Day in McKeesport

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first_imgINSPIRED— Swin Cash with 14-yr-old student Nadiarah Valentine holding autographed photo. Nadiarah says she is inspired to follow her dreams of being an anesthesiologist. Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA star Swin Cash came back home to McKeesport, Oct. 27, at The Palisades to share the story of her latest Olympic journey and raise money for her charitable work with Cash for Kids.McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko was there to provide Swin with a special recognition from the city. Senator Jim Brewster was also invited. Fresh off the heels of her second gold medal victory in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Swin Cash discussed a wide range of topics—from her experience in London, what it was like in the Olympic Village, to her work with E!News and NOC documenting her time at the Olympics.Swin also shared her passion off the court working with children through her own charity, Cash for Kids (CFK), as well as her philanthropic partnerships with excellent organizations such as YouthPlaces in the Pittsburgh and McKeesport communities and Girls In The Game in Chicago. The basketball leagues sponsored by CFK are now run almost year round in McKeesport and have become a favorite pastime of children in the city. Several of the children who have played in these popular and FREE leagues spoke about their experiences with CFK and how the charity has impacted their lives. Representatives from YouthPlaces also shared information about their programming and partnership with Swin.Then on Sunday, Oct. 28, she was the official celebrity Terrible Towel Twirler for her beloved Steelers.last_img read more

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A big fight for Mayweather and some big numbers

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first_imgBoxers Floyd Mayweather, left, and Canelo Alvarez pose during a press conference in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)  LAS VEGAS (AP) — If Richard Schaefer looked a bit nervous standing near his fighters on a massive stage this week at the MGM Grand, he had good reason.In a city of high rollers, on one of the biggest betting days of the year, the head of Golden Boy Promotions is taking the biggest gamble of all. He’s got $60 million on the line that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez will not only deliver a great fight, but deliver at the box office, too.He’s betting the 152-pound matchup between two unbeaten fighters will be a blockbuster, perhaps the richest fight ever. And right now, there are not a lot of wise guys in this gambling city who would bet against him.“My goal is to break the record,” Schaefer said. “I think we will do 2 million homes, which will make it the single biggest pay-per-view in boxing.”If it is, it will be largely because Golden Boy is charging the single biggest price for a boxing match, a whopping $74.95 if you want to watch in HD. That will give boxing fans at home not only the most anticipated fight in years but a 140-pound title fight between Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse that would be a headline bout anywhere else.Want to be there in person? The fight sold out in hours, but you can still find a seat on the main floor for $9,422. If that’s too rich, the cheapest nosebleed seat Thursday on StubHub was $1,687.Schaefer said the fight is such a hot ticket for the celebrity crowd that they’re calling asking to buy tickets instead of getting them free. Magic Johnson wanted some and so did Kobe Bryant, but his choice of ringside seats in the center of the front row were already taken.“Saturday could be a $200 million night,” Schaefer said. “Boxing is hardly a dying sport.”Not when it has the country’s highest-paid athlete. Mayweather will make at least $41.5 million for the 12-rounder, bringing his salary this year to $73 million in two fights. Alvarez, the red-headed star from Mexico, won’t do too badly himself, with a $5 million guarantee and a chance to make double that if the fight is a big hit.For Schaefer and Golden Boy it’s a bit more complicated. They get a windfall guarantee from the Showtime network, which Schaefer says doesn’t even cover Mayweather’s purse. And after splitting with cable and satellite companies they’ll end up with about $35 from every house that buys the fight.Toss in a $19.9 million live gate and a few million here and there from sponsorships and foreign rights sales, and it could be a nice payday indeed for the company Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya founded.“I’m going to obviously get some money Monday morning,” Schaefer said. “But I’m going to be out by the time the first bell rings well over $60 million.”Those in boxing familiar with big fight promotions don’t think Schaefer will have to worry about closing his company’s doors. He begins to make money at about 1.5 million pay-per-view buys, and the indications are that this fight will exceed that, though getting to 2 million might be a stretch (Mayweather’s 2007 fight with De La Hoya is the biggest selling boxing pay-per-view at 2.4 million buys).Mayweather is the big driver behind those sales, of course. He’s the champion in the ring and he’s the champion in selling the fight to those watching at home, though his fight in May against Robert Guerrero was a bit of a box office dud at about 900,000 buys.But the 23-year-old Alvarez is already a huge star in Mexico and is seen as the biggest challenger to Mayweather since he beat De La Hoya on a split decision in 2009. Oddsmakers favor Mayweather by 2½-1, narrow odds by his standards.“Canelo is sort of a trailblazer, comparisons are being made to Oscar,” said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president of Showtime sports, who formerly worked for Golden Boy. “I believe he’s got the ability to cross over the way Oscar did, especially to nonboxing fans and women.”Indeed, Alvarez could be a breakout star in boxing if he wins. But what the sport really needs is a competitive and exciting fight that even casual fans will be talking about.“I’ve been in there with guys who punch hard and guys who try to box,” Mayweather said. “They’re all just the same. They’re opponents in front of me.”“I have my fans, Floyd has his fans,” Alvarez said. “I always envisioned it was going to be a big fight.”Of that, there’s little doubt. It will be a big night for boxing, another big night for Money May and almost surely the biggest night of Alvarez’s life.Whether it’s the richest fight may not even matter.last_img read more

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The year of the Black quarterback

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first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier MARC H. MORIAL(NNPA)—“The NFL is entering the golden age of Black quarterbacks.”—Jason McIntyre, writing in “The Big Lead”“Sports” is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus Williams, there is no doubt that African-Americans can excel at the highest levels in any sport if given a chance. Historically, that chance has rarely been given to aspiring Black professional quarterbacks. For decades, the prevailing view seemed to be that while African-Americans made good runners, blockers and receivers, they did not possess the ability or intellect to be quarterback—the on-the-field CEO—of a National Football League team. At one time, a Black NFL quarterback was as unthinkable as a Black American president. But, what was once a rarity is now becoming the norm.In 1920, Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard became professional football’s first Black quarterback, leading the Akron Pros to victory in the NFL’s inaugural championship game. It wasn’t until almost 50 years later on the first Sunday of the 1969 regular season that James Harris, playing for the Buffalo Bills, became the first Black professional quarterback to start on an opening day—and subsequently the first Black NFL quarterback to be a full-time starter at that position. From 1969-1977, with the exception of a six-game start in 1974 by Joe Gilliam for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris was the only starting Black quarterback in the NFL.In 1988, Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl. A stellar few have joined them in the modern era—Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb come to mind. But according to a 2012 article in Pro Football Weekly, “Surprisingly, based on the overwhelming majority of Black players in the league, only four, or 12.5 percent, of the 32 starting QBs in the league on the final day of the 2011 regular season were Black.” The 2013 season has seen that number more than double.The third week of this year’s NFL season saw nine starting Black quarterbacks take the field for their teams—the most in history. They include: Robert Griffin III (RG3) in Washington; Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks; Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders; Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers; E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills; Geno Smith, New York Jets; Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles; Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers. The trend is accelerating, and the new class of Black quarterbacks is making history. Jason McIntyre, co-founder of The Big Lead, a popular sports website, predicts that “It is conceivable that by week one in 2015, half the 32 NFL teams will have a Black starting QB.”This is not to imply that we should only root for Black quarterbacks. I began this column by noting how sports is largely a color-blind meritocracy. As a native of New Orleans, I still root for Drew Brees on Sundays, and most of the Black NFL quarterbacks will tell you themselves that race doesn’t matter.Their only goal is to compete and win. But as we celebrate 50 years of African-American progress, I cannot help but note that another barrier in sports is falling. More Black quarterbacks are getting a chance to excel.last_img read more

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