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It was fitting that the Premiership dropped into the United States last weekend in a month when high‑profile players have added their support to calls Adidas Chris Conner Authentic Jersey for strike action as a last resort should proposals to expand the season by a month from 2019-20 go ahead.Professional sport in the US has a history of strikes. The 1994-95 dispute in baseball was the longest, lasting 232 days and making 1994 the first year without a World Series for 90 years. American football, basketball, ice hockey and even football have all been hit by walkouts, with salary caps and owners’ demands to be compensated for the loss of players as free agents usually at the centre of a dispute. In rugby union, players in the professional era have tended to be spectators as clubs and unions exchange threats and point to the law courts, but the unilateral decision of Premiership Rugby this year to increase the length of the season from 2019, when campaigns in Europe will start at the beginning of October rather than September, has aroused anger among the participants in a sport that is taking an increasing physical toll. How many matches have there been in this season’s Premiership without a player going off for a head-injury assessment?The English clubs moved quickly after the agreement earlier this year to better align the seasons in the two hemispheres, seizing an extra month of the year and persuading the Rugby Football Union to lobby the Six Nations committee and the four home unions committee to reduce the length of the championship and a Lions tour respectively.The union found itself in a minority on each occasion and the clubs, most of whom are still struggling to achieve profitability 22 years after amateurism’s drawbridge was hauled up, have suggested that England and France sit out the opening weekend of the Six Nations, which would allow the league programme the previous week to include national Jerome Brown Authentic Jersey squad members, and play each other on week three, the first fallow weekend of the tournament. It was not that long ago that there was a lobby for England and France to meet on the final weekend of the championship as they were the most likely winners of the tournament and by trying to draw up the fixture list in a tournament they are not part of, the clubs are crossing a boundary. The RFU, under new management, should not be pushed around.The clubs point out that the assets of the teams in the Six Nations are their employees and they, naturally, want them for more league matches than they are available for currently. Expanding the season, even by four weeks, will Men's Spud Webb Authentic Red Adidas Jersey: NBA Atlanta Hawks #4 Throwback free up weekends, but just as owners assert their proprietorial rights, so the players have grown fed up of being taken for granted and squeezed for every last drop. By seeing a longer season as a way to greater revenue, the clubs resemble evening newspapers of 20 years ago who responded to falling circulations by continually bringing deadlines forward to ensure longer shelf time, reaching the point where they were printed overnight to compete with the mornings. A number have since closed.It is questionable now whether players have a long enough break at the end of the season, especially at clubs who are involved in the final knockings of tournaments in May. Maro Itoje played 22 matches for Saracens last season and five for England, missing November through injury, and in the summer made six appearances, two off the bench, for the Lions. He has started his club’s first three games of the season, and is young enough physically to cope with the strain of playing and training. But mentally?“Professional sport is hard; not just physically but mentally too,” said the Northampton second row Christian Day, the chairman of the Rugby Players’ Association. “I have broken more bits of my body than I would care to mention. I have undergone surgery multiple Eagles Jersey times Eagles Authentic Jersey and Adidas Flyers Jersey been Adidas Flyers Authentic Jersey hospitalised many more. The constant pressure of performance and results is a relentless cycle that never seems to stop until the final whistle of your final game.
Green and Bounds met with Eichorst earlier Thursday, and Green and Bounds met with Carter Hutton Jersey Nebraska coaches to inform them of the decision. According to the university leaders, Eichorst's dismissal does not impact Riley, who is 16-13 in his third season at Nebraska after six losses in nine games that followed a 7-0 start last season. "This is not about Mike Riley right now," Bounds said. Eichorst may still have been fired this week if the Huskers had beaten Northern Illinois, Green said. "We want to compete," Bounds said, reiterating the theme of his and Green's message. "We're going to figure that out." Eichorst said in a statement that he was "deeply disappointed" in the decision but "grateful" for his time at Nebraska. "I am proud of how our student-athletes," Eichorst said. "Coaches and staff represented this great university and state, and I am confident that the future is bright for Nebraska athleticsGreen, hired in April 2016, said the university will reach out to "stakeholders knowledgeable of Nebraska athletics," as well as other athletic administrative leaders around the country, to help in the search. "Winning can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality college programs that work to ensure the success of the student," Green said in a news release. "That's our expectation. We take pride here in doing things right and doing the right thing, and that won't change. This is not an either-or equation. We can and should win in that kind of environment." Eichorst fired Pelini despite a 67-27 record at Nebraska, saying at the time that the Huskers "weren't good enough in the games that mattered." But many attributed the move to a personality clash between Eichorst, who did not hire Pelini, and the polarizing coach, who criticized Eichorst and called him vulgar names during a final meeting with Huskers players. Former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong said Thursday via Twitter that he and his teammates felt disrespected by Eichorst at the time of Pelini's firing and that Eichorst failed to properly explain why the move was madeFormer cornerback Josh Mitchell also tweeted about the firing, writing that he felt the Eichorst never supported the teamEichorst hired Riley from Oregon State, noting that his track record on the field and his personality fit well with the culture at Nebraska. However, Riley hasn't matched the level of on-field success Nebraska enjoyed under Pelini. Earlier this year, Riley's contract was extended through 2020, and Bounds told the Omaha World-Herald last week that the school expected to tack on another year in December. Eichorst drew criticism last week when the Big Ten announced future schedules that did not include Nebraska's traditional regular-season finale on Black Friday. Following pressure from fans and the media, Eichorst Amos Youth Jersey issued a statement saying that he would do whatever he could to ensure Nebraska's Black Friday tradition would continue. Nebraska hosts Rutgers on Saturday to open Big Ten play. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report
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Martin Glenn, the Football Association’s heavily criticised chief executive, faces further embarrassment after admitting the organisation Adidas Patrick Maroon Womens Jerseydeliberately chose a black woman to investigate the Mark Sampson race allegations – without apparently realising the FA’s lawyers had already sent a letter to the Guardian warning such a claim was “plainly false”.Glenn, one of the executives most under scrutiny after Sampson’s sudden sacking on Wednesday, promised he would offer a personal apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence if the controversial and reopened independent inquiry found that the now‑deposed England women’s manager had made racial comments to the two players. However, Glenn also went on to say he had made it a condition to have a woman who is not white in charge of the inquiry, without appearing to realise that the FA’s solicitors, Farrer & Co, had written to the Guardian on 25 August to say that any suggestion that it had deliberately chosen a black woman would be inaccurate and construed as a personal attack. “That suggestion is plainly false and categorically rejected,” it read.In an even more strongly worded letter, the same legal firm followed that up on Thursday by saying that the colour of Katharine Newton’s skin had been “utterly irrelevant” in the selection process and only an issue for those who did not understand, or wished to undermine, the investigation.Yet the FA’s inability to get its stories straight resurfaced when Glenn agreed to face the Guardian’s questions about the criticisms of the initial internal review – carried out by the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, and the human resources director, Rachel Brace – in the face of criticism from the Professional Footballers’ Association that it was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “a sham which was not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson”. Glenn defended his colleagues but admitted he was still not fully satisfied at the end of the initial review and said he had brought in Newton – whom he referred to as “Kate” – because he had decided the second investigation could not be overseen by a white person.“I wasn’t certain that two Adidas Martin Brodeur Youth Jerseywhite people [Ashworth and Brace] – two middle-aged‑ish white people – doing the inquiry may have seen some of the shades of the issue that Eni was trying to get at. So, quite deliberately, I said: ‘I want an independent look at this and, to be blunt about it, I want it to be an employment expert, I want it to be female and I’d like it to be of a different ethnicity to us,’ in case we were missing things and in case Adidas Devils Jersey the Adidas Devils Authentic Jersey way Oilers Jersey we Oilers Authentic Jersey had done the inquiry may not have made people of a different ethnicity comfortable to speak up.”That, according to Glenn, was “above and beyond what normally would have been done. I feel good about doing that. You can pick holes but I’m not going to get into a ‘he said, she said’ about why some things were raised. You can deal only with complaints that get raised, not total hearsay. It was a full investigation.” Glenn and his top-level colleagues, in particular Ashworth and the chairman, Greg Clarke, are under scrutiny after Sampson’s dismissal and being forced to admit they had never fully looked into the safeguarding investigation surrounding a complaint about his behaviour and relationship with players at Bristol Academy, his previous job.With the FA still under pressure to resolve the escalating story involving Aluko and Spence, Newton’s investigation has led to criticism Men's Adidas Miami Heat #2 Wayne Ellington Authentic Black Road NBA Jersey from, among others, Kick It Out, the PFA and Women in Football. Glenn, however, appeared to indicate that Spence was at fault for not coming forward earlier. “If someone has had something said to them, the thing you would expect them to do is raise a complaint. The specifics of that complaint could then be dealt with. If you worked your whole life on hearsay, you’d never be able to run a classroom let alone the Football Association.” Spence, then 22 and on her first England camp, chose not to make a complaint about an alleged incident at the China Cup in 2015 because she feared it would end her international career almost before it had begun.Instead, it was Aluko who raised it with the authorities.

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Three of the players whose names appeared on an August memo seeking a push from the NFL into social activism struck an amicable but businesslike tone Thursday, saying there was no bigger platform from which to achieve their goals. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called it an "opportunity for us, being a sport that brings people together naturally to also use that ability to actually effectuate some real change." "One of the main things for us is changing the narrative and controlling the narrative," said Jenkins, who joined Eagles receiver Torrey Smith and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett in commenting a day after news broke of the memo, which outlined a series of goals it hoped to achieve in conjunction with the NFL, including designating November "a month of Unity" when individual teams would "engage and impact the community in their market." "I think one of the reasons you've seen players protesting is because there is no bigger platform than the NFL," Jenkins said. "And to be able to use that exposure and educate people to what's going on around the communities is huge. That can be even more amplified if the NFL actually steps in and helps aid that education to the public about what's going on in these cities that NFL stadiums are inBennett said it "takes a lot for a business or an organization to get behind certain issues," but that he felt he had the support Charles Johnson Womens Jersey of commissioner Roger Goodell "as a person and a player." "I've never had an issue with him," Bennett said. "We've always had good conversations since I've known him." NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who was asked if there were any plans to make this upcoming November the "Month of Unity" as has been proposed, said the league continued to speak directly with the players but wouldn't comment further. "These conversations are private," McCarthy said. Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday night the letter was prepared shortly after Goodell spoke with several players who had protested on game day before the regular season kicked off. "We haven't gotten a reaction just yet," Bennett said. "Hopefully we'll have another meeting in the near future. Hopefully something comes out of it. But it's just the thought of a lot of players coming together and having some ideas about how we can move forward and be able to impact the communities around the United States in cities that NFL teams are in, is just what it's aboutEarlier this month, Goodell and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did agree to a "Listen and Learn" tour that gave them an up-close look at different parts of Philadelphia's criminal justice system. The group met with police commissioner Richard Ross, former inmates and community advocates of criminal justice reform and observed several bail hearings at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. "That came from those conversations," Jenkins said. "That's ongoing. We're still working on the next steps. But obviously, there is at least interest to listen and see what players are doing and what's going on in these communities around the NFL." The NFL stands to benefit from partnering up with the player movement, Smith explained. A lot of backlash the league faces is a result of people misunderstanding why some players are demonstrating during the singing of the national anthem prior to kickoff. Helping to educate the masses could lead to greater acceptance, Smith said. "And guys are fighting for what's right," Smith said. "I think if it was something that put people in a bind, I would understand. I think it's also important because the league catches a lot of heat for protests and things like that, so it's important for people to know there's work being done beyond the protest, just as it's important for people to know that it's not an anti-police or anti-military thing. It's just about finding solutions to issues we're having." Smith was asked if greater league involvement, in turn, would lead to fewer protests, as the issues they're demonstrating for would be recognized. "I can't speak on that, but I know it would definitely go a long way towards it," Smith said. Former Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, who retired from the NFL in late August, was also named as a co-author of the memo. Bennett, who said the memo's writers hadn't intended it to become public and that he wasn't sure how it was leaked, described what the "Month of Unity" might entail. "It would be like where people could wear different shirts about equality, including gender, race, different Wily Peralta Womens Jersey issues around the United States that we could bring awareness to pertaining to different communities around America," Bennett said. "It would be like something like that, where you wear a shirt, you talk about it. It can bring awareness to different issues going on." Bennett also pointed to the NBA as a leader in fostering awareness of social issues"I think the NBA has done a great job of being able to continuously make money and play a great sport and still be socially aware," Bennett said. "I think we have to be able to find that same balance in the NFL, be able to play great games, give the fans what they want, but also continuously be human beings and talk about the things that affect us on and off the court. And I think that's what's going to make us a unique league on top of all the great players that we have, is what kind of impact we can have in the community on top of what we do on the field." Information from's Tim McManus and Brady Henderson was used in this report
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Clemson will be without place-kicker Greg Huegel for the remainder of the season after junior tore his ACL in his right knee on a field goal attempt late in Wednesday's practice. Huegel was a Groza Award semifinalist last season and a fixture on Clemson's national championship team. He booted two field goals last week in a win over Louisville, including a career-long 49-yarder"It was a freak accident," coach Dabo Swinney said. "We were in the two-minute drill, which we do at the end of every Wednesday practice. A defensive player rolled into him after his kick." Huegel walked off the field after practice, but tests later revealed the extent of the injury. Junior Alex Spence is expected to take over kicking duties. He had six kickoffs last season and connected on the lone PAT of his careerHall of Famer Charles Barkley is "angry" that the NBA moved up the start of the season to decrease the number of back-to-back games and eliminate any teams playing four games in five nights. Speaking at Southern Methodist University on Wednesday, Barkley sarcastically said he wanted to "commend the NBA" for cutting the number of back-to-back games its teams must play. The 2017-18 schedule reduces the back-to-back games to an average of 14.4 per team, down from 16.3 per team last season. No team has more than 16 back-to-backs this season. "You know, these Michael Raffl Youth Jersey poor babies can't play back-to-back games. They're making 20, 30, 40 million dollars a year. But we want to make it convenient for them. ... We can't stress 'em out. So we're just going to make it more comfortable for them. The private jets and four-star hotels is not enough," he said, continuing his sarcastic toneHis tone then became serious as he expressed his disappointment with the league. "I am so angry -- angry -- at the NBA for [not] telling these guys, 'Wait a minute, we're paying you guys 30, 40 million dollars and you can't play basketball two days in a row?' I think it's a travesty that the NBA didn't just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row," he said. "Moving the season up, it's just a joke to me." Barkley pointed out that when he was playing, players "flew commercial and we were able to play back-to-back." "I've sat with older guys who took trains and played three days in a row," he said. "I think it's a joke and travesty that these guys won't pay back-to-back games with all Authentic Brooks Robinson Womens Jersey the private jets and stuff that they get. The NBA caved in, instead of making them play back-to-back games. ... I think it's a jokeHe said the notion that today's players "want to rest is crazy to me" and said players are being disrespectful to fans when they decide to sit out a game, especially when that game is the only time a team will visit a particular city. "I never came close to making 20, 30, 40 million dollars a year. No. 1, God bless them, but I would feel an obligation if I was making that type of money," he said. "I would [be] like, 'This dude is paying me $40 million. I'm gonna play two games in a row.' I played two games in a row and flew commercial. I played four games in five days and flew commercial. "... And it's sad, to be honest with you. It's just sad because you're just disrespecting the fans. You know they're only going to get to see you one time a year in some of these situations, and you would think a guy was like, 'You know what, they're only going to see me one time a year, I'm going to play in that city.' The notion the commissioner has to come in and talk about it but also extend the season is just ridiculous. Flat-out ridiculous
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BOSTON -- Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His Amos Youth Jersey lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders"We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," attorney Jose Baez said. Hernandez was 27 when he killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE. "When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed," he said. "But you don't know." CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players' safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father's companionship. "Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts," the lawsuit said. "Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts." NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did Authentic Evan Turner Womens Jersey not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football. The "loss of consortium" lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind. "If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it's something we're prepared to do," he said. Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston. Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words "God Forgives" to commemorate the crime. Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence. "It's Joe Klecko Authentic Jersey something I deeply regret," Baez saidA star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting. In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract. But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed
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