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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Britt McHenry, golfer Paige Spiranac get into it over SI Swimsuit photos

Pro golfer Paige Spiranac is one of several athletes who are appearing in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry does not agree with the message Spiranac, gymnast Aly Raisman and other women are sending.

In advance of the magazine being released on Wednesday, Spiranac shared some photos from her shoot on social media.

After seeing those and some other photos from SI, McHenry decided that she needed to be heard.

While the tweets were not sent directly to Spiranac, the former San Diego State star took them personally and responded. That led to some back and forth between her and McHenry.

Spiranac is an ambassador for the anti-bullying organization CyberSmile, and she broke down crying in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated when discussing how she has been bullied and considered suicide. She credited SI for giving her a platform where she “took back my body and took back my sexuality.”

Ironically, McHenry infamously went off on a parking lot attendant nearly three years ago and berated her about her body. She probably shouldn’t be handing out advice to women about what empowerment is.

Super Bowl selfie kid already set for interview on GMA

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When Justin Timberlake decided it was selfie time at the end of his halftime show at the Super Bowl, he turned one teenager into a viral sensation.

Ryan McKenna, a 7th-grader from Hingham, Mass, saw Timberlake coming and got his phone ready for a once-in-a-lifetime moment and snapped a selfie with the performer:

McKenna spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press after his viral moment and says his phone is nearly dead from all the attention.

“It’s been so crazy,” McKenna said. “I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane.”

“My phone is almost dead,” McKenna added. “I’ve gotten so many notifications. I’ve got like 36 Snapchats, like 21 DMs, and like 150 follower requests on Instagram.”

McKenna is already set for an appearance on “Good Morning America,” which could delay his return home and back to school. That’s a pretty cool reason for missing class.

Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon announces resignation

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Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon announced her resignation on Wednesday amid pressure over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

In a statement about her resignation, Simon expressed regret that she trusted Larry Nassar and sorrow over what happened to the victims.

“The last year and a half has been very difficult for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally. To the survivors, I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician was really such an evil, evil person who inflicted such harm under the guise of medical treatment. I know that we all share the same resolve to do whatever it takes to avert such tragedies here and elsewhere.

“As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger. I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements. Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to put Team MSU first. Throughout my career, I have consistently and persistently spoken and worked on behalf of Team MSU. I have tried to make it not about me. I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement.”

Simon also made clear in her statement that there was no cover-up from Michigan State’s leadership. The school had been presented with allegations of sexual misconduct by Nassar, a physician at the school who was treating athletes, and did not respond to them adequately.

Simon’s resignation comes the same day that Michigan’s House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on her to resign. It also comes the same day that Nassar was sentenced by a judge to 175 years in prison.

Iconic ‘Field of Dreams’ baseball field vandalized by car

The grounds people who are in charge of keeping up the iconic “Field of Dreams” ballpark in Iowa will have a lot of work to do before baseball games are played there again, as the field was vandalized this week.

In a post on Tuesday, the official “Field of Dreams Movie Site” Facebook page revealed that someone drove onto the field with a car and tore up the turf. Photos showed deep tread marks in both the infield and outfield.

Denise Stillman, the owner of the property that was used in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” anticipates that the vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage. She called the act “upsetting,” and field manager Al Steffen said the recent weather in Dyersville, Iowa made the situation worse.

“There are gashes up to four inches deep in the outfield,” Steffen told John Kruse of the Telegraph Herald. “Whoever did it was really able to dig in.”

The park is scheduled to host games in just over two months, so the timing is not ideal. Stillman said the sprinkler system was damaged in addition to the grass, and repairs could take an entire season to complete. Despite that, the field will remain open to the public.

“A lot of people travel (from) all over the world to come see the Field of Dreams, and they don’t always check Facebook to make sure we are open,” Stillman said. “We’ll just have to keep operating as is.”

Idiots are everywhere, unfortunately.

Youth basketball team kicked out of league for racist and offensive jerseys

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A youth basketball team in Cincinnati will no longer be allowed to take part in its recreational league after players wore customized jerseys featuring racist and inappropriate phrases on them.

Tony Rue, a parent who sometimes coaches the West Clermont team in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League, noticed last month that kids from the Kings Mills team had inappropriate phrases printed on their jerseys. Rue’s wife pointed out on Sunday that the Kings team was calling itself the “Wet Dream Team,” and the jersey name plates had racist phrases like “Coon” and “Knee Grow.”

“This isn’t a typo, this isn’t a mistake, these are ideas that were thought of, discussed, agreed upon by adults and kids alike, printed on uniforms…and no one thought this was a bad idea or inappropriate?” Rue wrote on Facebook, according to Chris Mayhew of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

After its fourth week in the league, the Kings team was finally kicked out when a West Clermont representative stepped in to speak to referees during the second quarter of Sunday’s game.

“It was so blatant that it had to be fake,” Rue said. “Sadly it wasn’t.”

The game was called and the players were sent home. Dawn Gould, a spokesperson for the Kings Local School District, said Monday that the team was not associated with the school district but could not say whether any students would be disciplined.

“Today we became aware of inappropriate conduct from a team of students participating in a recreational basketball league that is not affiliated with the Kings Local School District,” Gould said in a statement. “This team has been restricted from any further use of district facilities. Kings Local Schools strongly condemns any type of hateful and racist commentary. This behavior is in no way welcome or tolerated in our schools and community.”

The coordinator for Kings Rec Basketball 7-12 also condemned the inappropriate uniforms.

“When I learned of the uniform infractions last night the team involved was immediately removed from the league and will not be returning to play this season,” Charrise Middleton said. “Kings Rec Basketball for grades 7-12 does not in any way support or condone the uniform infractions that occurred. We strictly follow and support the rules set out by CPYBL and fully support their decision to remove the team from play as well.”

The team’s coach also issued a statement to “sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by the jerseys,” though its hard to understand why they were allowed in the first place. Rue said players on his son’s team were disappointed that the game was called but learned a valuable lesson.

“They were very unhappy when it was called, not because of the game ending but because another team’s dumb decisions caused them to play just over a quarter of basketball,” Rue said. “They learned nothing basketball-wise, they had to learn more about racism and stupidity.”

Rumors are swirling that one of the most controversial professional leagues in American sports history could be coming back, and even they wouldn’t allow some of the phrases that were printed on the jerseys of children.

Craig Sager Jr. says he and sisters were left out of father’s will

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Craig Sager Jr., the son of late sports reporter Craig Sager Sr., expressed frustration on Twitter Tuesday over an ongoing situation involving his family and his father’s will.

Sager Jr. tweeted that he and his sisters were left out of his father’s will. Although that’s something that would bother many children, Sager Jr. says the real issue is that they are being taken to court over the will.

Sager Jr. is one of three children Sager Sr. had with his first wife, Lisa. Kacy and Krista are the two other children. Sager Sr. later married another woman, Stacy, with whom he had two children — Ryan and Riley.

Kacy Sager tweeted her support for brother Craig exposing some of the issues they’ve been dealing with.

So what exactly are the issues dividing the family?

Brenna Simon, the ex-girlfriend of Craig Jr., sent several tweets exposing Craig Sr.’s second wife for being an alleged homewrecker.

Simon’s comment about giving them extra time has to do with Craig Jr. donating bone marrow to his father, which helped Craig Sr. live longer before succumbing to leukemia. She says Craig Jr. was even left in medical debt as a result.

Simon made a few other claims about Sager Sr.’s second wife, Stacy. Simon claims Stacy wouldn’t let Sager’s first wife attend the funeral and wouldn’t let Sager’s first three children visit their father the day before he passed.

The entire situation sounds awful and ugly. It must be especially difficult considering it’s coming a little over a year after Sager Sr.’s death.

Sports world reacts to tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas

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At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 are wounded following a mass shooting in Las Vegas that was the deadliest in United States history.

The shooting took place at a country music festival. A man, believed to be 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, committed suicide after he repeatedly opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers for what witnesses described as a period of 10 minutes. He fired the shots from his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. Horrifying doesn’t begin to describe the scene, and already we are seeing reactions from cross the sports world.

Former MLB pitcher Mike Timlin was at the event, but fortunately he tweeted that he and the group of people he was with were not harmed:

British tennis star Laura Robson also attended the concert. She confirmed to the Irish Independent that she was safe and well on Monday morning.

On days like these, sports seem so trivial. Our thoughts are with any and all who have been affected by this unthinkable tragedy.

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