Rodgers, NFL players urge league to eliminate turf, go with grass
Aaron Rodgers and his NFL colleagues are calling for teams to tear up their grass playing surfaces and replace them with grass. The outburst comes a week after NFL Players Association president JC Tretter called on six venues to switch field types immediately, saying artificial turf in those stadiums was causing higher injury rates. Players are concerned about non-contact and lower extremity injuries. The NFL said its data shows injury rates are similar on turf and artificial turf. Rodgers says owners could “put your money where your mouth is if player safety matters.”
Sports construction is going through economic uncertainty
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — With the galloping horses long gone, the Chicago Bears see 326 acres of opportunity at the closed Arlington International Racecourse. Even the Buffalo Bills are planning a new home. Same for baseball’s Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Royals, and so on. When it comes to sports construction, today’s economic uncertainty is nothing compared to tomorrow’s promise. Interest rates, inflation and supply chain issues are affecting the plans, according to construction and financing experts, but they haven’t been in the way.
Number of women working in the NFL steadily increasing
From the owner’s suite to the front office to the sideline, the number of women in the NFL is steadily increasing. And I’m here to stay. Kalen Jackson was born into football, one of three daughters of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. His introduction to sports came from attending community events. She now has a place at the table for the owners’ meetings. Sam Rapoport fell in love with soccer the first time she held a ball and threw a spiral when she was a 12-year-old growing up in Canada. Rapoport ended up becoming a professional quarterback in a women’s soccer league and spent two decades working to expand career opportunities for women in the sport.
Verlander, Alcantara are unanimous winners of the Cy Young Award
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander of Houston in the American League and Sandy Alcantara of Miami in the National League are both unanimous selections for the Cy Young Award. It’s the second time the winners of both leagues have been unanimous since the award’s inception in 1956. The 39-year-old Verlander won the award for the first time, having previously won in 2011 with Detroit and 2019 with Houston. He is the eleventh player to win it three times. Verlander missed nearly all of the previous two seasons while he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. He led the AL in ERA. Alcantara led the majors in complete games with six.
Hunter scores 26 points, No. 11 Texas dominates the no. 2 Gonzaga 93-74
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tyrese Hunter scored 26 points and led a string of 3-point shooting for No. 11 Texas that led the Longhorns to a 93-74 win over No. 2 Gonzaga. Last season’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year at Iowa State shot 9-of-14 and made five of Texas’ 13 3-pointers. Hunter made three from distance in the opening minutes of the second half as the Longhorns took control and extended their lead to 20 points. Gonzaga All-American forward Drew Timme had 18 points but was mostly held in check when the game was still close.
Curry scores 50 points, but the Suns beat the Warriors 130-119
PHOENIX (AP) — Cameron Payne scored a season-high 29 points, Devin Booker added 27 and the Phoenix Suns easily surpassed Stephen Curry’s 50-point mark as they beat the Golden State Warriors 130-119 on Wednesday. The Suns controlled most of the game despite Curry’s score. The eight-time All-Star hit 17 of 28 shots, going 7 of 11 from 3-point range. The problem for the Warriors was that nobody else was helping. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points but shot just 6-of-17. The Warriors – defending NBA champions – fell to 6-9. Payne, starting in place of the injured Chris Paul, made 9 of 17 shots, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.
The World Cup draws attention to equal rights, including clothing
Official-looking flyers have been circulating on social media describing the cultural expectations of fans attending the World Cup in Qatar. Some include rules for women’s clothing such as shoulders and knees must be covered. It’s false. The local organizing committee suggests fans “respect the culture” but no one will be arrested or barred from matches in Qatar over clothing choices. Persistent rumors swirling about appropriate attire at soccer’s biggest tournament have also drawn attention to the country’s record on equality.
Chinese mascots for the Paris Olympics fuel criticism in France
PARIS (AP) — The mascots of the Paris 2024 Olympics are a symbol of the French Republic. Most of them are made in China and this is not good in France. Phryges mascots are produced by the French companies Gipsy Toys and Doudou et Compagnie. They will use fabrics developed in the Brittany region of France, but the toys will be mainly produced in China. Only about 8% of the mascot will be made in France. French government spokesman Olivier Véran says the production of the mascots in China is due to “a structural problem”.
Universities focus on athletes’ mental health after seizures
There is no playbook to instruct how athletic departments should respond to the tragic death of one of their athletes. But those who have lived through the trauma say the increased emphasis on mental health care in athletic departments and universities generally — spurred in part by the pandemic — helps when a crisis strikes. Tragedy struck the University of Virginia earlier this week. Three members of the football team were shot and killed while on a bus returning to the Charlottesville campus from a school trip to Washington.
Prosecutor: The witness told police that UVA suspected that they had targeted the victims
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A prosecutor says a witness told police the University of Virginia student is suspected of opening fire on other students as they bused back from a school field trip targeting specific victims. The prosecutor gave a brief account of what police believe happened Sunday night during the suspect’s first court appearance on Wednesday. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was ordered to be held without bond. His attorney has not addressed the substance of the allegations against him. The school also announced Wednesday that it was canceling the final home game of the season scheduled for the weekend against Coastal Carolina. Sunday night’s violence left three football players dead and one player and another student injured.
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