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Old 05-14-2014, 04:37 PM
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Tommy Lasorda is a friend of Donald Sterling's & last week was discussing that situation and he had said that he didn't wish her bad luck, but hoped that V. Stiviano got hit by a car. Well today reports are that Stiviano was was driving a Ferrari that Sterling gave her & she did hit a black Range Rover in Beverly Hills while wearing her trademark visor. Witnesses told TMZ that she ''spewed obscenities at the driver.''

I'm having trouble with the link to this story right now, but it's on TMZ's site.

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:35 PM
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Do the authorities Mr Sterling really had something to do with her accident?

How creepy would that be?
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:04 PM
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Well, I think any one of us could have seen this coming:

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Brazilian anti-World Cup protests hit Sao Paulo and Rio

Riot police in Brazil have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro who marched against the cost of hosting the football World Cup.

Some demonstrators hurled stones while other burned tyres and blocked roads.

They say they are angry that billions of dollars are being spent on next month's football tournament, rather than social projects and housing.

Protests also took place in many other cities, including the capital Brasilia.

Teachers and civil servants, among others, were also on strike across Brazil.

In Rio, aerial images showed hundreds of people marching in rush-hour traffic on a main thoroughfare. The city will host the final match of the World Cup on 13 July.

Protesters there and in Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, clashed with police before beginning to disperse.

'More frequent'

The number of people on the streets was much lower than during similar protests last year.

Some of those taking part, however, promised the demonstrations would get bigger and more frequent as the World Cup gets closer.

Last June, more than a million people took to the street over poor public services, corruption and the high cost of hosting the World Cup.

The tournament is due to kick off on 12 June.

The BBC's Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo says that the scale of the protests will be watched closely by the government as an indication of the security challenges they may face during the tournament.

He adds that, with both the World Cup and a presidential election this year, many groups have spotted an opportunity to exert maximum pressure on the government.

The demonstrations began earlier in the day in Sao Paulo, with one of the biggest protests in the city's Itaquera district near the Arena Corinthians stadium, which will host the tournament's opening match.

Protesters there demanded housing, and not stadiums, be built in accordance with Fifa standards, in reference to world football's governing body.

'No panic'

"Our goal is symbolic," said Guilherme Boulos, the head of Homeless Workers Movement.

"We don't want to destroy or damage the stadium. What we want is more rights for workers to have access to housing and to show the effects the Cup has brought to the poor."

The government has tried to downplay the scale of Thursday's unrest, arguing it was not related to the World Cup.

"From what I've seen, these are specific claims by workers. I've seen nothing that is related to the (World) Cup," Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said.

"There's no reason to panic ahead of receiving three million Brazilian tourists and 600,000 foreign tourists (for the tournament)."

The planned protests coincide with a range of strikes, including one by the police force in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco.

The army was deployed there to provide additional support after some robberies and looting, before the strike ended on its third day.

Local media reported that, in the last 24 hours alone, 234 people were arrested. Recife, the state capital, is due to host five matches during the World Cup.
Obviously, this is about more than the Cup, but with the world's attention turned on Brazil, they had to know people would seize the occasion to air their grievances.

Can't wait to see what Rio 2016 is going to look like!
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:47 PM
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How long do you guess the protests will be?
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:00 PM
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I have no earthly idea.

I suppose it depends on how well organized they are, how violent the police reprisals are, if they can manage to make it last till the Olympics start kicking up, and of course if that dengue epidemic officials are predicting affects the protestors.

I've never been involved with this kind of protest, so it's really impossible for me to imagine all the factors that go into something like that.

What would be your guess?
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:02 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if they last until this tournament starts.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:42 AM
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I'd be shocked if they didn't seize that opportunity to at least keep up the protests during the World Cup.

I mean, they'll literally have the attention of the whole world on them.
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NFL players sue league over painkillers

A group of retired American football players have sued the National Football League, claiming it illegally gave them painkillers to keep them playing.

The players named in the suit say they were given narcotics and other drugs without a prescription, and had health issues and addictions as a result.

A NFL spokesman said their lawyers had not yet reviewed the lawsuit.

The league previously settled a case that accused it of concealing it knew the risks of multiple concussions.

It settled that lawsuit for $765m (£454m), without admitting wrongdoing.

In a complaint filed on Tuesday in a US court, lawyers for the eight named players said the NFL had "intentionally, recklessly and negligently created and maintained a culture of drug misuse, substituting players' health for profit".

The retired players include three members of the NFL champions 1985 Chicago Bears - Richard Dent, Keith Van Horne and Jim McMahon.

The suit seeks class-action status, and says more than 500 other former NFL players have signed up.

In addition to unspecified financial damages, the players are seeking to require the NFL to create a testing and monitoring programme to help prevent addiction and health issues from the use of painkillers.

"The NFL knew of the debilitating effects of these drugs on all of its players and callously ignored the players' long-term health in its obsession to return them to play," Steven Silverman, a lawyer for the players said in a statement.

Mr McMahon alleges said he suffered a broken neck and ankle during his time in the NFL, but was never told about those injuries by team doctors. Instead he received medications and returned to play.

The complaint also alleges Mr Van Horne played an entire season on a broken leg, and was not told about the injury for five years "during which time he was fed a constant diet of pills to deal with the pain".

And former player JD Hill allegedly "received hundreds, if not thousands, of pills from trainers and doctors, including but not limited to NSAIDs [anti-inflammatory drugs], codeine, Valium and Librium", without a prescription or warning of potential side effects.

Mr Hill said he left the NFL - after a career in the 1970s - addicted to painkillers, and became homeless as a result.

In a statement to the Associated Press news agency, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: "We have not seen the lawsuit, and our attorneys have not had an opportunity to review it."
Splendid sport, American football.

They'll give you concussions till your brains actually go the way of Swiss cheese and, just to make sure you get the full package, they'll pump you full of drugs so you can keep on playing till you're good and destroyed.

Look, I know it won't do to look on professional athletes as victims. They get paid plenty for their troubles, right?

Except I'm not sure there's any monetary amount out there that justifies treating people like this...

Either way, I do think we're finding out a whole lot of unsavory things about the sport.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:40 PM
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May be parents won't let their kids play that sport anymore.

High School Coach Placed on Leave After Profanity-Laced Tirade

The athletic director and baseball coach at La Mirada High School was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after audio surfaced of profanity-laced tirade purportedly made by the coach, district officials confirmed.

In the recording, first reported by the Whittier Daily News, athletic director and baseball coach Kim Brooks could be heard yelling at his team after a game.

''If you don't get it, (expletive) get out. Get the (expletive) out! That's the way it's been, and that's the way it's gonna be until I (expletive) die. If you don't like it, it's easy to transfer,'' the coach was heard saying on the recording.

After the recording was made public, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District released the following statement regarding Brooks:

''The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has received a copy of a recording of high school teacher and athletic director Thomas Brooks. The District appreciates the serious nature of the content of the recording, and as such is conducting a full investigation into the matter. Pending completion of the investigation, Mr. Brooks will remain on paid administrative leave in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation process. Because this case involves an ongoing personal matter, the District cannot comment further.

In a telephone interview with the Whittier Daily News on Tuesday, Brooks told the newspaper that his language was inappropriate.

''I was trying to motivate my team after a very poor performance, and I apologize about the language,'' Brooks told the newspaper.

Despite the rant, many parents came out in support of the coach and expressed concern that he could lose his job.

''My son was in that room, he wasn't offended, he wasn't upset about it,'' said parent Tami Knight. ''These are young men these aren't 5-year-old kids.''

''He's just passionate,'' parent Dianne Gramajo said. ''If you know him he's just a passionate person.''

Gramajo was particularly upset to learn that Brooks would not be taking his team to the playoffs.

''It hurt my heart because it came from one of the players it's bad, because if you are on a team and you don't do that to your family'', she said.

I heard clips of this on a local sports talk radio show simulcast. Classic rant. All the profanity wasn't necessary, but that's part of what made it funny. I do feel bad for the teens having to listen to that.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:14 PM
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I kinda doubt anyone's about to stop their kids from playing American football.

Okay, so there probably are some parents who will take these findings to heart, but I seriously doubt it'll make a dent in the numbers of yearly recruits, you know?

As for the guy who swore a lot...

It's interesting that it's the use of profanity that got him in hot water, isn't it?

I would think having that kind of attitude around kids would be grounds enough for administrative... something.

Maybe not leave.

But why is it that we allow coaches to be downright abusive towards kids when a "mere" teacher couldn't get away (and rightly so) with that kind of violent language?
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:59 PM
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Well I haven't heard many teachers or coaches yell like that towards kids, so unsure why it's allowed, but in this case the coach is the A.D. as well.
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What's an A.D.?

Anyway, I have a serious problem with any possible rationalization why such an attitude would ever be allowed around children.

I understand imposing discipline and being strict.

I understand having expectations and being demanding.

Aggression and violence, even verbal, has no place around children.
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It's an Athletic Director.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:26 PM
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Ah, thank you.

Learned something new there.

I also didn't realize high schools had athletic directors.

Mind you, I'm pretty sure my hometown would be considered the "wrong side of the tracks," or however that goes.

So quite possibly, no school I ever went to or no school in my general area had it in their budget to have an athletic director.

Certainly not at the high-school level anyway.
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German World Cup stars in car crash

Two members of the German World Cup squad have been involved in a car accident at a driving event which left two others injured in northern Italy.

Benedikt Hoewedes and Julian Draxler were passengers in separate cars in the Mercedes event on a closed circuit.

One of the cars, with professional touring car driver Pascal Wehrlein at the wheel, struck two men near the team hotel, leaving one seriously hurt.

The footballers were not injured in the accident, and have resumed training.

The other car was being driven by Mercedes Formula One driver, Nico Rosberg.

Hoewedes and Draxler play for German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 and have been selected to represent their country in next month's World Cup in Brazil.

Mercedes-Benz Motorsport said in a statement: "We will work in full cooperation with the authorities in determining the exact circumstances of the accident."

The seriously injured man was a 63-year-old German tourist, local media said.

The other man is believed to be a circuit marshal. Both men were taken to hospital.

Rosberg, currently in first place in the driver's championship, expressed shock at the accident.

"My thoughts are with the two people who were injured and I wish them a fast recovery" he said on twitter.

The German football team will continue to train in the South Tyrol area of Italy until 1 June.
I'm not entirely sure how that even happened.

At any rate, it seems clear the two German footballers weren't in any way responsible.

I think Germany are usually considered a good team in the World Cup, but I don't actually know that either.
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