By Sonshine Wiley
Mark Knight of the Australian Newspaper, the Herald Sun, decided that in the wake of all the controversy going on around the US Open match Between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka he’d toss his hat in the ring. King created a racist cartoon that depicts Williams with over-sized features in a complete frenzy destroying her tennis racket perceivably because she wasn’t winning.
He is sure to include a pacifier so that it is clear she is portrayed in a toddler tantrum like form. One thing to notice as well is that he decided not only to retain the features in the umpire, Carlos Ramos who also was a part of the interaction, but significantly reduced the stature and features of Williams Opponent, Osaka. She is not recognizably Haitian or Japanese. She looks like a blonde caucasian woman.
Knight is undergoing much backlash for his tasteless caricature of a life altering day for both Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. His responses to critics have been brash and sarcastic. As of now, this has not been retracted nor has there been an apology from the Herald Sun.
Much is to be recognized about this and the societal norms surrounding the perception of women in prestigious places especially those of color. Women are not given the same treatment as men who also have done and exceeded the level of passion or resistance Williams displayed in the US Open tournament. Women are not expected to respond with such fervor to male authority figures, and this is the sad reality.
Women's rights have been fought for and many achieved but are still not recognized or respected by many. In the wake several social movements, much is still to be done for those breaking barriers in Women's equality.
By: Jimmie Sykes
GM Ryan Pace made a big decision to bring back the Monsters of The Midway, welcome to Chicago Khalil Mack.
The Monsters of the Midway are calling back home again!
The Chicago Bears had a nice offseason. With the eighth pick, the drafted Roquan Smithout of the University of Georgia (paid him), acquired former Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson, Superbowl winning TE Trey Burton, and speedy receiver from the Falcons Taylor Gabriel. On top of that, the Bears took what may be one of the biggest threats at WR in the draft, which is Anthony Miller.
Now, Chicago went full out to bring in the Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack. Welcome to the Bears Khalil Mack.
If Bears fans are doing cartwheels down the street, just let them. It's been a very tough decade of football in the Midway. Coaching and injury woes, the Jay Cutler era, coming up short in the NFC Championship game, retirement, and the list just goes on. Chicago is looking legitimacy right in the face. Ryan Pace, what an bold move. The next step is to pay Mack and hope the move pays off.
When you add a player like Khalil Mack, it just changes everything for a team like the Chicago Bears. First things first, this guy is a future HOF no doubt. Too big, too fast, and just too strong for opposing lineman. Adding him to an already solid front seven is just calling for an overkill. This secondary just got a lot more comfortable as well. More pressure on opposing QBs is coming. The Bears finished top 10 in sacks with no super standout pass rusher last season. That is changing with Mack coming into town. Chicago just made the move that narrowed the gap between their defense and Minnesota's defense.
Mack is the 2016 AP Defensive Player of the Year, a 3-time Pro Bowler, 2-time 1st-team All-Pro, 40.5 career sacks in 4 seasons. Plus you know availability is the best ability. He started all 64 games in 4 seasons with Oakland.
This team still has to bank on Trubisky tremendously this season, but he seems ready to take the role. It's more than enough weapons around him to connect with. You will never catch Mitch shying away from his young leadership role. Plus, the thunder and lightning strike, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, will take a load off of Mitch in the backfield. Just watch out for this Chicago team. As for the Raiders, all I can say is good luck for now without your best player.
The Bears open up the season Sept. 9 on NBC's Sunday Night Football against their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers.
BLVDAVE First interview featuring Marissa Golliday of the LFL's Chicago Bliss. We talk about her start in sports with running track, how she got into the LFL, more specifically how she got on the Chicago Bliss , rituals before the game, etc.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was slapped with a $13,369 fine by the NFL for invoking an infamous comedy sketch while celebrating a sack in a preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Inspired by Hingle McCringleberry, a fictitious receiver made famous in a "Key & Peele" comedy sketch, Ngakoue gave three pelvic thrusts after making the sack and was hit with an excessive celebration penalty on the field.
In the comedy sketch, McCringleberry is penalized for doing the same thing, despite the rule book dictating that two pelvic thrusts was the maximum allowed.
Following the game, Ngakoue said he didn't realize he would draw a penalty or that it was considered an obscene gesture.
"I did not know that would be a penalty, but you know, it is what it is," said Ngakoue. "You learn from it, and you got to move forward."
Ngakoue, 23, is in the third year of a four-year, $3.48 million deal and will make $735,101 this season ... assuming he can keep his celebrations under control.
A third-round pick by the Jaguars in 2016, Ngakoue has 20 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 53 tackles in 32 games (31 starts) as a pro.
Simone Biles is making history again. The star gymnast recently competed at the U.S. National Championship for women’s gymnastics on the weekend of Aug. 17, where she won five gold medals. The new accomplishment makes Biles the third female gymnast to sweep the highest medal in all events in the sport’s entire history.
Biles reportedly took first place in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and in the all-around. It is the first time a gymnast has swept all gold medals since Dominique Dawes made history in 1994. Before that, Joyce Tanac became “the first” in 1969.
Biles’ competing costume was also significant. The athlete donned a mint and teal leotard in solidarity with the Me Too movement and the countless female gymnasts who stood up against sexual abuse and misconduct. “It is for the survivors, and I stand with all of them,” she said of her decision to wear the leotard. In Jan. 2018, Biles was one of many who came forward to accuse U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Nassar was found guilty and sentenced to 40 to 175 on 10 counts of sexual assault of minors.
This marks Biles second competition since the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She is looking to return to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Check out footage from Biles’ performance at the National Championship above.
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Electronic Arts said Thursday (August 2) that the company did not purposely omit Colin Kaepernick's name from a song it licensed for its latest game.
The video game maker came under fire when it was discovered by a Twitter user that Kaepernick's name was censored from YG's song "Big Bank," which is used in the soundtrack for "Madden NFL 19."
"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement issued Thursday evening. "Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don't have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn't affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake."
Big Sean, who makes a guest appearance in the song and performs the verse that references Kaepernick, weighed in on Thursday before EA issued its statement. Kaepernick later thanked Big Sean in a tweet.
In the song, Kaepernick's name is referenced about halfway through Big Sean's verse when he says, "Feed me to the wolves, now I lead the pack and s---. You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."
Kaepernick drew attention to social inequality issues during the 2016 season by kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protest. He pursued free agency in 2017 but wasn't given a tryout. He filed a collusion suit against the league's 32 owners last October; the case is ongoing.
It's been a long road for former NBA swing-man Lamar Odom. The last time Odom was in the spotlight, it wasn't for a good reason. In 2016, he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. Now, two years later, a seemingly healthy Odom is looking to get back to the sport he loves.
On Thursday morning (July 26), Odom shared with his followers that he will play professional basketball in China (the team’s name is still under wraps). In the post he encouraged his fans to never give up and professed his love for basketball and his children. He also talked about how he admires Stephon Marbury, another former NBA player who has found a home for himself in the Chinese Basketball Association.
In December 2017, Odom checked into the Casa Palmera Treatment Center where he stayed for a month. Upon his release, Odom said his three children served as his motivation. “You become so distant,” he said. “Using drugs, it numbs you to everything. Even your feelings. Being at Casa, I learned how to live in the moment. Being – mentally and physically – is important to me, especially when dealing with my children.”
When it comes to "Big", NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is second to none. From big dunks to big shoes, Shaq's whole life has been about "Big". So when the 4-time NBA champion announce he was opening up a Las Vegas restaurant, it's no surprise that he went big.
Shaq is going all out with his new eatery, Big Chicken. Located on Paradise Road, across from the Hard Rock hotel-casino, the restaurant looks to bring big flavors and variety to one of America's favorite foods. While the new restaurant is big, Dr. O'Neal isn't stopping with just a new place to eat, he is also launching a new Facebook Watch show called Big Chicken Shaq.
Big Chicken Shaq will be an eight-episode miniseries that will chronicle Shaq’s decision-making process in launching the Big Chicken restaurant while simultaneously acting as a collaborative effort between the former NBA star and fans.
“[Viewers will be able to tell me] what kind of dishes they like, decor, probably ask about designs,” O’Neal told Bleacher Report on Wednesday (July 25). “We’re going to make it like a big contest. We’ll be flying people in, inviting people to taste tests, stuff like that…I want [fans] to see that this is what we built together.”
Big Chicken Shaq is set to premiere sometime this fall, with the Big Chicken restaurant opening its doors shortly after.
Tony Sparano, an NFL coach for nearly two decades, has died at age 56.
Sparano had been on the NFL sideline for 18 years including head coaching gigs with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Riders. He was expected to enter another season as an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings when training camp began on Tuesday.
He was discovered unconscious at his home on Sunday morning, according to an ESPN report.
Sparano complained about chest pains this weekend and went to hospital Thursday. Doctors did tests, but released him Friday. He and his wife, Jeannette, were about to leave for church Sunday morning when she found him unconscious in their kitchen. She tried CPR, but he could not be revived.
Sparano is survived by his wife, Jeanette, his two sons and four grandchildren.
When the NFL holds it's annual Hall of Fame ceremony on August 4th, one new member of the Hall of Fame won't even get a mention. The NFL has decided that Terrell Owen's name will not be announced during either the Gold Jacket ceremony Friday or the induction ceremony Saturday. This is due to the controversial former wide receiver's decision to skip the ceremony.
Owens declined his invitation to the ceremony back in June after he failed to be voted in during his first two years on the ballot:
Instead of making the trip to Canton, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga product will be giving his Hall of Fame speech at his alma mater.
Owens' decision to skip the official induction ceremony is unprecedented. As a result, Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker released a statement via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, to address the matter.
"We are disappointed but will respect Terrell's decision not to participate in the enshrinement," Baker said. "While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL's 99th season."
Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan also weighed in on the issue. "The focus is on the guys who are here," Horrigan said, via Talk of Fame Network's Clark Judge, adding: "There's no reason to bring him up as an individual. He's not here."
While Owens will not be a part of the official ceremony, he and seven other legends will achieve football immortality. Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher will be inducted alongside Owens in the Class of 2018.