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24 марта, 00:35

The NCAA Will Keep Events Out Of North Carolina Unless HB2 Is Repealed

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The NCAA will not hold any of its college sports championship events in North Carolina for at least the next five years if the state’s legislature fails to repeal an anti-transgender law it passed last year, the NCAA said Thursday. Last year, the NCAA moved seven championship events ― including men’s NCAA Tournament games ― out of North Carolina after the passage of HB2, a law that prohibited localities from enacting laws to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and required that students at North Carolina schools use bathrooms matching their gender assignment at birth. Next week, the NCAA will begin selecting the hosts of championship events that will be held between 2018 and 2022. North Carolina cities have submitted bids for many of those events. But if the state doesn’t repeal HB2 soon, it won’t win hosting rights for any of them. “Absent any change in the law, our position remains the same regarding hosting current or future events in the state,” the NCAA said in a statement Thursday, citing the need to “assure a safe, healthy, discrimination free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events.” NCAA reaffirms North Carolina championship stance. pic.twitter.com/2XqPodlQUP— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 23, 2017 Lawmakers filed legislation to repeal HB2 in the state Senate earlier this week. The repeal bill passed its first procedural hurdle Wednesday. A previous attempt to repeal HB2 after the election of Gov. Roy Cooper (D) ― who ran on his opposition to the law ― failed after a compromise fell apart at the last minute. Cooper renewed calls for the law’s repeal on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of HB2’s passage. His statement referenced sporting events the state had lost; in addition to NCAA events, the Atlantic Coast Conference relocated its championships from the state, and the NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans. “Today marks a dark anniversary for our state. For one year now, HB 2 has harmed our reputation and cost our economy thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars,” Cooper said in a statement. “I have offered numerous compromises and remain open to any deal that will bring jobs and sports back to North Carolina and begin to repair our reputation.” “North Carolinians have spoken clearly that HB 2 does not reflect our values and must be repealed,” he continued. “Legislative Republicans have been all too happy to use their supermajorities to pass damaging partisan laws. It’s time for them to step up, meet halfway, and repeal HB 2.” North Carolina’s two most prominent college basketball coaches renewed their previous criticisms of the law during the NCAA Tournament last week, after Duke lost its second-round game to South Carolina. The game would have been played in Greensboro, but the NCAA moved it to Greenville, South Carolina, because of HB2. “It would be nice if our state got as smart and also would host not just basketball tournaments but concerts and other NCAA events. But maybe we’ll get there in the next century,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the loss. “Look, it’s a stupid thing. That’s my political statement. If I was president or governor I’d get rid of it.” “It shouldn’t just be about athletic events,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said this week. “It should be about what’s right and wrong. And what we have now is wrong.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 марта, 21:30

New England Patriots to visit White House April 19

The Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots will celebrate their victory during a visit to the White House April 19, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday. “The New England Patriots will be visiting the White House to celebrate their latest, and what will probably be a continuation of many more to come, Super Bowl win,” Spicer said. Spicer noted April 19 marks the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the start of the Revolutionary War. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a friend of President Donald Trump, and coach Bill Belichick is a member Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s “winter White House.” The day before the election, then-candidate Trump read a letter from Belichick and claimed that Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady voted for him. However, not all of the Patriots will be making the trip to the White House. At least six Patriots have publicly said they would skip the visit. Although championship-winning professional athletes often miss the visit to the White House, some of the Patriots who announced they are skipping the event have said they are doing so for political reasons. "Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty told Time magazine. “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't."Spicer also joked with Reuters’ reporter Jeff Mason about how Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys were stolen by a member of the international media. Brady’s jerseys from this year's Super Bowl and the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win were recovered in Mexico. “Do you know anything about Tom Brady’s jersey?” Spicer said. “Is this the true confession?”

23 марта, 20:47

Trevor Bayliss: I’m not a dictator, says England cricket coach

Before the Champions Trophy and an Ashes series the Australian intends leaving no stone unturned watching emerging players in the County ChampionshipA few things have become familiar in Trevor Bayliss’s time as England coach. The wide-brimmed floppy on his head and permanent long sleeves – Bayliss, like so many Australians, is well aware of the sun’s threat to those who spend a lifetime working in its glare – is one. A grinning, if not always winning, England team is another. So are the stern look and discreet style – pronouncements, public or private, come only when absolutely necessary. Related: Jason Gillespie checks in with Kent for short-term assistant coaching role Continue reading...

23 марта, 19:30

The Bathroom Bill That Ate North Carolina

One year later, the law that shattered an entire state’s politics is still here. And it's not going away soon.

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23 марта, 18:30

The Transformational Power of Crisis: Michigan's Men in the Sweet 16

Picture the panic in the hearts and minds of the 109 passengers aboard that MD-83 Aircraft—a crew of players, coaches, team staff and extended family, team band-members and cheerleaders—as their plane sped up and then suddenly aborted its takeoff and careened off the runway.

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23 марта, 15:30

Leadership Lessons from the Lacrosse Field

Many times, our activities beyond work improve the skills we use inside the office. Keith Huber of E*Trade used what he learned while coaching his sons lacrosse to help lead his team at work.

23 марта, 15:23

Offbeat Russian entrepreneurs see their bizarre services go viral

Flowers for hire Clients are mostly young girls, but there were also young men wishing to be photographed with branded carrier bags. Source: Press Photo Every girl's dream is to get a million red roses as a present and to impress her friends. This idea must have inspired the creators of a service offering flowers for hire, which flooded social networks in the run-up to International Women's Day. "We opened for business on the eve of March 8, although we had the idea of offering flowers for hire for photographs quite a long time ago," said Alexander, the owner of the Instagram account, @arendatsvetov. The idea is simple: a bouquet of 101 red roses is delivered to your home and you have up to 10 minutes to have a photo session with the flowers. Girls who want their followers on Instagram to be completely smitten can also use the courier to play the part of their boyfriend in the photograph. This indulgence will cost you 1,000 rubles ($17), and for another 300 rubles ($5) a carrier bag with the Chanel, Armani, Tiffany or other famous logo can be added to the bouquet. To Alexander's surprise, there were lots of clients. "Although the service is rather cheeky, in a few days we were approached by over 100 people, and we couldn't provide the service to all those who wanted it," he said. Clients were mostly young girls, but there were also young men wishing to be photographed with branded carrier bags. The service was still in demand even after March 8, and now the owners of @arendatsvetov are devising a new flower project. The female hot-water bottle Viktoria Iv: "I go to a client's home, take a shower, change into my pajamas and go to bed for 15-20 minutes, the bed gets warm, and then I leave." Press Photo Viktoria Iv is a 21-year-old from Moscow who offers to warm your bed on a cold night for a mere 4,900 rubles ($80). Viktoria's main clients are businessmen. "I go to a client's home, take a shower, change into my pajamas and go to bed for 15-20 minutes. I can also have a conversation with a client if they want to. In the meantime, the bed gets warm, and then I leave," Viktoria said about her project. It’s not about intimate services, she insisted, and when she goes to a client she is accompanied by a guard who she can call using the Alarm Button app. So far there’s been no need to, and she’s been lucky with her clients, she said. The service began on Jan. 25, and she earns up to 350,000 rubles [$5,900] each month. She finds herself overwhelmed with clients despite the weather getting warmer. Viktoria pays no attention to criticism, and believes the fact that it has produced such a strong response means she is going in the right direction. She sees herself as a coach. "People spend a third of their life in bed and it’s through bed that their biological energy is affected most. I have no medical or psychological degree but the fact remains that people feel better after contact with me," the young entrepreneur is convinced. The female hot-water bottle website Cat for an hour Cat / Global Look Press In the Russian city of Kirov a new service offers rent-a-cat. "Many people, before they get a cat as a pet, have strong doubts - they have fears about the smell, cat's hair on the floor and the responsibility," the creator of the service, Vasily, told (in Russian) Interfax news agency. His service will help people make the right decision and get rid of their worries, Vasily hopes. Many clients are people who want to try out life with a cat in the house, and to better see whether they need to have a pet. Currently, there are three cats available to clients. Vasily said that all the animals are easygoing with people, although one cat, when with a client, scratched a child by accident. In order not to tire the animals from time with strangers, their "working day" doesn't exceed three hours, Vasily said. The cost of the service is negotiated with each client and ranges from 300 to 600 rubles an hour. In the future, Vasily plans to register his business and hire more furry employees. Read more: Racy raccoon video with naked woman pits zoo against Russian ad agency>>>

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23 марта, 14:40

Lawsuit Claims Lane Kiffin Took Advantage Of Recruiter

Antonio "A.C." Carter has filed a lawsuit against Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the State of Florida, alleging that he was clearly hired to recruit certain football players and serve as an assistant coach, but instead was wrongfully terminated.

23 марта, 14:30

Doug Gottlieb Will Interview For Oklahoma State Job; One Day After Officially Joining Fox Sports

Oklahoma State is looking for a men's basketball coach for the 2nd straight off-season and an unlikely source could be the new head man, TV personality Doug Gottlieb will interview for the position today as the school looks to replace Brad Underwood, who left for Illinois after one year.

23 марта, 02:39

‘The Voice’: Are Blake Shelton and Adam Levine Quitting the Show?

Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have been on 'The Voice' since the very first season. But insiders claim that the two are ready to quit.

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22 марта, 15:32

Everyone in the NBA controversy over resting players is right – and wrong

Adam Silver is correct that teams have an obligation to play star players during big games but coaches’ concerns about the schedule are legitimateFor the last few years, the NBA has mostly avoided the self-created problems that have plagued other US sports. So it was jarring to see a minor concern involving teams resting star players expand into a full-blown crisis in the span of two weeks, with figures on both sides doing their best to fuel the fire.In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent every team a memo on Monday saying there would be “significant penalties” for not following league rules about sending proper notice when resting players fro primetime games. Silver is right to be upset, especially considering the amount of money the NBA receives from their deal with ABC, not to mention that the games in question – involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors – were supposed to draw in casual fans. Continue reading...

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22 марта, 13:59

Former football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 child sexual abuse offences

63-year-old pleads not guilty as he appears via videolink at Chester crown courtThe former football coach Barry Bennell has denied 20 charges of sexual abuse against four boys in the 1980s.Bennell, 63, appeared via videolink at Chester crown court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to all the charges during the 40-minute hearing. Continue reading...

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22 марта, 12:43

Ronnie Moran, Liverpool captain and boot room legend, dies aged 83

• Tributes pour in for Moran, also known as Mr Liverpool • Member of the Anfield boot room for more than three decadesRonnie Moran, also known as Mr Liverpool for his outstanding contribution to the club’s success for almost 50 years, has died aged 83.Moran’s son, Paul, announced the death, which followed a short illness, on Wednesday morning, prompting a flood of tributes to a true Liverpool legend whose impact ranged from making his debut as an 18-year-old in 1952 to developing players such as Jamie Carragher four decades later. Continue reading...

22 марта, 10:22

The Hayes Effect: How Badger Basketball's Wins Became Political Statements

Student athlete memes joke about how it’s also a lifestyle, but for Wisconsin basketball star Nigel Hayes, college basketball goes even beyond that — it’s become a political mission, too. The Badgers senior has had a stellar last three years, winning multiple honors and even flirting with the idea of leaving school after his junior year for the NBA draft before coming back for one more go-around at the collegiate level. His return, while shaky, has paid off: the Badgers narrowly upset the heavily favored overall 1 seed Villanova this weekend to advance to yet another Sweet Sixteen. But what makes Hayes so great aren’t his Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year honor this year, or the way he charmed the country in 2015 by dropping unusual words during press conferences — it’s all the ways he hasn’t. In October 2014, Hayes became one of the most notable college athletes to join a list of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NCAA, calling for the removal of rules that “prohibit, cap or otherwise limit remuneration and benefits” for basketball and football players, in addition to preventing the creation of new rules that ban “negotiating, offering, or providing remuneration … in compensation for their services as athletes.” He could’ve quietly added his name to the list of plaintiffs, refused to comment, and played ball like everyone expected him to. But he didn’t stop there. Two years later, when ESPN’s College GameDay showed up to Camp Randall in Madison, Hayes was there, too, holding a sign that read “Broke college athlete — anything helps” with the name of a Venmo account called brokebadger1. (The account belongs to Taurean Villolovos, a former fellow player from Hayes’ native Toledo, OH; Hayes actually intended to donate all funds to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County).  Nigel Hayes has arrived at GameDay and, of course, he has a sign. @darrenrovell pic.twitter.com/tMd5Vk4zT9— Badger Beat (@BadgerBeat) October 15, 2016 The most wild part about all of this? Even if he wins the case and the NCAA changes its rules about potential payment for athletes, Hayes won’t actually see a dime; as a senior, this is his last year of playing eligibility. He doesn’t personally stand to gain anything from a stance that has brought him all kinds of criticism, both from online trolls and commentators like Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy. He just firmly believes that it’s the right thing to do and hopes to help future college athletes. Deeply connected to his activism surrounding money matters is Hayes’ advocacy on racial issues. While fellow Badger Zach Bohannon — an intellectually-bent senior on the team who described meeting Hayes as a “wide-eyed freshman” — was the one who first introduced him to his fight for players’ rights, Hayes credits his “awakening period” to his A.A.U. coach back in Ohio, Quentin Rogers, saying, “[Rogers] gave me some books and some things to read, and it opened my eyes to things I’d never thought of or seen before.” He cites The Autobiography of Malcolm X as one of the books that led to his personal “eureka kind of wake up call.” That wake-up call has led him to tweet extensively about race issues and even call on the University of Wisconsin to make real changes for students of color on its campus. In a statement following the infamous noose incident at a football game earlier this year, Hayes tweeted, “[I]n solidarity with other students on this campus, we implore Chancellor Blank and her cabinet to take action, be visible and leave your ivory tower and speak to the students. Please create real programs, initiate meaningful change and understand that students of color deserve to thrive in this institution just like our peers.” As a student, I demand change from @UWMadison. pic.twitter.com/NZEaqBeevP— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) November 8, 2016 His two causes aren’t unrelated — as Patrick Hruby, who profiled Hayes, explains, Hayes sees a key connection: “Revenue sport college athletes like him are predominantly black. Coaches and administrators are overwhelmingly white. The latter group makes the rules, and controls all of the money.” Hayes isn’t alone in his advocacy, either — as a New York Times interview with his fellow teammates Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig noted, the Badgers’ locker room has been dubbed “college basketball’s most political” ― Hill frequently speaks up on issues like race and police brutality on Twitter, and Koenig is an active advocate for protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an issue he identifies with on a personal level as a Native American himself. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Hayes, Koenig, and Hill set a precedent for college athletes, who may fear speaking out on social issues due to the repercussions on their potential careers. It’s not a completely unfounded fear; as Kain Colter and Johnnie Vassar from fellow Big 10 school Northwestern learned, challenging institutions can lead to complete exile. The same can be said for those who dare to take a stand professionally, like Colin Kaepernick, who has admittedly played poorly recently, but also created more than his fair share of enemies with his national anthem protests. But that’s exactly what makes these three so special. They’re big names with a real shot at big futures, and every time they make big time plays, they’re turning up the volume on the mic for their political messages, too, knowing the risks full well — and the risks of not speaking out. “[A]t the end of the day, the quote I hang my hat on is, I was black before I picked up a basketball, and when I retire, I’ll still be black,” said Hayes in the New York Times. “I’ll be black more of my life than I’ll be a professional basketball player.” Rooting for Wisconsin thus isn’t just about the fun of seeing a “rebuilding” team pull off a major upset and bust everyone’s brackets. Every win now is another chance for Hayes and company to fly in the face of an increasingly divided political climate that is only united on insisting that athletes “stick to sports,” another chance for them to drive home the point that you can be a good player, and a good citizen too. Hayes, Hill, and Koenig might not have the fame or seeming invincibility of Muhammad Ali, but they have the potential to usher next generation of social justice athletes at the collegiate level, especially when one considers the example they’re setting not just for their fellow players, but for all of the kids watching them play at home. It’s more than just a game. Keep on, Nigel. On Wisconsin. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=580272bde4b06e0475953b48,5669a82ce4b0f290e5223231,55d90595e4b0a40aa3ab333e -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 марта, 08:58

25 Hitters with the Most RBI in Major League History

Some players in Major League Baseball history are legends, and among them we have the 25 players with the most runs batted in.

22 марта, 07:26

25 Greatest College Basketball Players of All Time

Even though their NBA careers were pretty hit-or-miss, we looked at the 25 greatest college basketball players in men's NCAA history.

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22 марта, 05:38

Coach Geno Auriemma's Year-Old Take On Body Language Goes Viral And It's Still Worth The Watch

All of a sudden, a year-old video of basketball coach Geno Auriemma's take on body language has gone viral and it's for a good reason.

22 марта, 01:05

The 9 Worst Amazon Original Shows

While there are plenty of great series on Amazon's lineup, not every show is a winner. Here are the 9 worst Amazon original shows to date.

21 марта, 21:43

How REI’s Co-op Retail Model Helps Its Bottom Line

An interview with the company’s CEO, Jerry Stritzke

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21 марта, 20:50

East Coast Bias: Hiring Pac-12 Hoops Coaches

The Pac-12 is the top west coast conference. Where do its coaches come from? You may be surprised.