NFL and Players Put National Anthem Protest Policy on Hold

The NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.

Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read. “The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

The issue has dominated headlines over the past two seasons, caused division and alienated some fans.

The NFL rule that was passed in May forbid players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but allowed them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The policy said teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during the anthem while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players.

None of the team policies had been made public until the AP obtained a copy of Miami’s nine-page discipline document. It included a one-sentence section on “Proper Anthem Conduct” and was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

The Dolphins said in a statement: “The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open.”

Miami can choose not to issue any suspension nor fine any player guilty of “conduct detrimental to the club.” Other violations under that label include drug use or possession, gambling, breaking curfew and riding motorcycles as a driver or passenger from the start of camp until the last game of the season.

Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests — and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.

The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union. The NFLPA said the NFL policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the players union, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. Now, the two sides are hoping to reach a solution without litigation.

Dolphins veteran receiver Kenny Stills took a knee with a hand on his heart during the anthem throughout last season. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips put his arm around Stills before one game. Two other players who knelt — safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas — are no longer with the team.

Defensive end Robert Quinn, who raised his fist during the anthem while with the Rams, is now with the Dolphins.

“Players who are on the field during the Anthem performance must stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” says the 16th and final bullet point on Miami’s list of conduct considered detrimental, below disparaging teammates, coaches or officials including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 — the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem, and the demonstration spread to other players and teams.

Critics led by President Donald Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.

Trump’s criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season.

The league and a coalition of players have been working in tandem to support player initiatives for a variety of social issues. The NFL is committing $ 90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves league players.

Kaepernick didn’t play at all last season and still hasn’t been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami, AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak in New York and AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York contributed to this report.

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Jack Robinson Wins 2018 Rip Curl Cup on Swell of the Year at Padang Padang

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Bali,  Indonesia – Thursday, 19th July 2018: Patience was rewarded at Padang Padang Thursday for the Finals of the 2018 Rip Curl Cup. After playing coy last year and withholding the world-class waves required to hold the WSL specialty event, Padang Padang returned with a vengeance in 2018, producing one of the most spectacular two days of barrels ever seen at The Rip Curl Cup.

Jack Robinson was also rewarded for his patience. The 20-year-old barrel maestro has been invited to the Rip Curl Cup since the age of 15, but never made it to Finals Day until 2018. On the heaviest day at Padang in recent memory, Robinson went on a tuberiding tear, scoring three 9-point rides and a perfect 10 en route to perhaps the most impressive achievement of his young career.
Robinson’s 19.90 Finals total was the highest of the event and left his fellow finalists in a combination situation they could never recover from. Uluwatu local and Trials surfer Agus Setiawan finished in second place with 17.15, followed by Bol Adi Putra (IND) with 15.75 and 2016 winner Mega Semadhi (IND) with 11.00.
“It was worth the wait,” said the young Western Australian Robinson. “This is one of the best contests all year and one of my Top 3 for sure. It might not be a QS or a CT, but it’s against the best guys at one of the best waves.”
Several of Robinson’s double barrels on Thursday recalled Jamie O’Brien winning the Rip Curl Cup in 2009, the last time a swell this monstrous rocked Bali.
“This was the best waves I’ve seen at Padang since Jamie O’Brien won it back in 2009,” said Robinson, a regular visitor to Bali during Rip Curl Cup season. “I was a little kid watching it then and I always wanted to be in it from that day on. Jamie was a big influence.”
After completing Rounds 1 and 2 at Padang Padang on Sunday, eight surfers remained for Thursday’s Finals Day. Things kicked off with a bang as Semifinal 1 saw more 9s and 10s than the entire two opening rounds. Spitting tube after tube roared through the Padang reef, making the judges in the tower moan with envy.
Semifinal 1 belonged to the locals, as Agus Setiawan and Bol Adi Putra finished first and second, respectively, and eliminated Day 1 standout Jacob Willcox (AUS) and Brazilian tube assassin Bruno Santos.
The highlight of Semifinal 1 was Bol Adi Putra’s incredible double barrel for a 9.55 that saw him soul arch through the gaping inside double-up, get spat out across the reef, emerge from the spit and ollie over the nose of a jet ski caught on the shoulder.
“The wave was spitting and I couldn’t see anything, so I just jumped,” said Bol. “Luckily I jumped high enough to clear the ski.”
In Semifinal 2 Jack Robinson went to work, hooking inverted backside snaps under the lip and clinging to the ceiling of several breathing Padang caves for the heat win. Nipping at his heels was defending Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi, who also booked his ticket to the Finals.
The Final featured three Padang local surfers alongside Robinson, the lone international and the lone regularfoot, sparring with the treacherous caverns on his backhand. For both Semadhi and Adi Putra it was their record fifth Rip Curl Cup Finals appearance, and both local legends were vying to become the first three-time champion in Rip Curl Cup history.
In addition to the maxing swell, a slight side chop and rising tide heading into the Final added an extra degree of difficulty to emerge from the tight end section. The tricky exits would prove pivotal in the Final, as several would-be high 9s and 10s ended prematurely.
In the decisive set of the Finals, Robinson snatched up the first wave and scored an impossible 9.90. All three locals followed with incredible screaming tubes of their own, but all got clipped or bucked off before finding an exit. Defending Champion and Padang local Mega Semadhi in particular had a surefire 10 but was axed by the lip.
Robinson would go on to back up his 9.90 with another impossibly long ceiling climber before getting spat out in the channel. The judges had already dropped the 9.90 and had nowhere to go but up. Robinson had a perfect 10 and the field was comboed and essentially all needing two perfect 10s. The local boys continued to put up a good fight, including a 9.5 from Bol, but in the end the day belonged to the young man from WA.
It was all smiles from all four finalists on the podium, who all knew they had just feasted on the best day of waves at Padang in years.
“I’m feeling pretty lucky,” Semadhi said on the winner’s podium. “I’ve got the whole collection of Finals trophies: fourth, third, second, and first. It was such an amazing two days of surfing. Everyone got so barreled. You can’t ask for more.”
For Robinson, a longtime annual visitor to Bali, it was just another day of trading epic waves with his Indonesian mates.
“We’re pretty much neighbors,” Robinson said. “I live down in West Oz, only three hours away. It’s the same ocean, and I’ve been coming here and surfing with my friends since I was a little kid. To be able to surf a day like this at Padang with all of them, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
FINAL
1st Jack Robinson (AUS) 19.90
2nd Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (IND) 17.15
3rd Made Adi Putra (IND) 15.75
4th Mega Semadhi (IND) 11.00
Semifinal 1
1st Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (IND) 19.85
2nd Made Adi Putra (IND) 19.05
3rd Jacob Willcox (AUS) 18.15
4th Bruno Santos (BRA) 13.10
Semifinal 2
1st Jack Robinson (AUS) 18.60
2nd Mega Semadhi (IND) 17.85
3rd Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.40
4th Garut Widiarta (IND) 14.65
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Miami Dolphins to Discipline Players Who Protest During National Anthem With Fines, Suspensions or Both

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

Miami’s anthem policy comes after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies have been made public.

The NFL rule forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during the national anthem, but allows them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union.

The NFL declined to comment. Team officials had no immediate comment.

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AP sports writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.

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More Than 140 Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Survivors Honored With ESPY Courage Award

(LOS ANGELES) — More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs.

The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports.

Gymnast Aly Raisman, softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Sarah Klein, who said she was Nassar’s first victim 30 years ago, took turns speaking. Klein chided the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for placing “money and medals above the safety of child athletes.”

Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won a leading three ESPYs, including best female athlete, while Alex Ovechkin claimed best male athlete.

Kim had tears in her eyes as she listened to the Arthur Ashe recipients.

“We must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations,” Klein said. “If we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it.”

Raisman added, “For too long we were ignored. It could have been avoided. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar.”

The audience gave the group a prolonged standing ovation and remained on its feet while the women spoke.

Ovechkin joined Roger Federer and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White as double winners. Ovechkin was in Russia with his wife, Nastya, who is 8½ months pregnant.

Newly retired racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first woman to host the show at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Her opening monologue mostly fell flat, with athletes sitting stone-faced or wincing at many of the jokes.

Kim took female athlete honors over Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, WNBA player Sylvia Fowles and soccer player Julie Ertz.

“This year has been filled with so many incredible memories I will hold onto the rest of my life,” Kim said as she held the silver trophy. “I really want to thank my family. They’ve sacrificed so much for me.”

Kim also claimed trophies for best female Olympian and female action sports athlete. At the Pyeongchang Games in February, she became the youngest to win a snowboarding medal when the then-17-year-old claimed gold in halfpipe.

Ovechkin, who led the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship, also won for best NHL player. He beat out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and fellow first-time nominees Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and James Harden of the Houston Rockets for male athlete.

Federer’s five-set victory at the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam singles title earned honors for record-breaking performance and he also received best male tennis player.

White won best Olympic moment with his final-run performance in South Korea featuring back-to-back 1440s to take gold, and best male Olympian.

The Astros were honored as best team for winning the franchise’s first World Series.

LeBron James, soon to be starring across the street at Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers, won best NBA player for the third straight year on his 14th consecutive nomination in the category.

Brady claimed best NFL player, while Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won MLB player.

On a big night for Olympians, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned best game honors for their shootout victory over Canada in the gold-medal game in South Korea.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz earned breakthrough athlete honors.

Quarterback Nick Foles received the championship performance trophy for leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title.

The Minnesota Vikings earned best moment honors for beating the New Orleans Saints on the last play of the NFL championship game.

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale won in the best play category for hitting a buzzer-beater in the NCAA women’s title game.

The best coach award was given posthumously to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, all of whom died in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Former quarterback Jim Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his struggle with jaw cancer. Fellow NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway presented Kelly with the honor.

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Santa Cruz Surfer Hospitalized After Slamming Into Cliffside at Steamer

This past weekend in Santa Cruz, a man is hospitalized after slamming into the rocks at Steamer Lane off the point by the Lighthouse.

Brian Hart, 53, was swept away by a breaking wave and pushed into the cliffside. Surfer’s in the lineup rushed to his aid once they realized what happened. This included Santiago Hart, 15, the injured surfers son and professional surfer Nat Young.

Out in the water the surfers used Brian’s board as a make-shift gurney, hoisting him up the cliffside.

Upon medical assistance arrival, Brian Hart did begin to lose color and Veronica called out to her CPR trained son, Santiago. He assessed the situation and began his training. Once the color returned to his face and help arrived, the family rushed to Dominican Hospital to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Brian Hart was helivac-ed.

“The whitewater annihilated him into the cliff,” Hart’s wife, Veronica, said. It was reported that Brian has a large gash on his head but no skull fractures. He also stayed conscious throughout the entire dramatic experience. Hart had multiple fractured vertebrae: “two of them, we’re keeping an eye on,” Veronica Hart said.

Before the accident, Brian Hart was in good-health so the family continues to stay positive. Hart lives in Santa Cruz and has surfed since the age of 13. This just shows you that no matter how experienced you are, it is important to surf with others just in case.

With head-high south swell at Steamer, surfers are forced to congregate more north and closer to the cliff while taking off deep. “That’s when it’s the most dangerous,” Young said. “When there’s a south swell and it’s high tide, it comes in at an angle. The Lane’s the most dangerous when it isn’t that big.”

Nat Young also made a statement that this was one of the worst accident’s he’s seen at Steamer Lane in recent times.

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MLB Pitcher Apologizes After Racist and Homophobic Tweets Surface During All-Star Game

A pitcher’s Major League Baseball All-Star debut was tainted Tuesday night as years-old racist, homophobic and sexist tweets from his account surfaced and started to trend on Twitter during the game.

Immediately afterwards, Josh Hader, a 24-year-old Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, apologized and told reporters he was “young, immature and stupid” when he posted the tweets.

“There’s no excuse for what was said, and, you know, I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on,” he said. “It doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.”

The tweets, many of them from seven years ago when Hader was 17, spurred controversy and uproar from MLB fans and viewers during the All-Star game.

Hader’s Twitter account did not appear to be active Wednesday morning. According to screenshots shared by numerous Twitter users, Hader posted tweets in 2011 that included racist, sexist and homophobic slurs – including one that read “white power.”

Months after posting the tweets, Hader was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 MLB draft. He joined the Brewers in 2015.

“I assume when you’re a kid you just tweet what’s on your mind,” Hader said Tuesday night.

Hader gave up a 3-run home run during his appearance in the All-Star game, which helped the American League defeat Hader’s National League team 8-6.

The MLB has not yet released a statement regarding the situation, but Dan Halem, the league’s chief legal officer, said baseball officials may consider commenting later this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hader told reporters after the MLB All-Star game he is willing to accept any punishment that comes as a result of the tweets.

As the controversy unraveled during the game, fans wearing shirts with Hader’s name reportedly turned them inside out and officials gave members of his family wearing his jersey generic ones, according to Yahoo Sports.

Hader’s racist tweets are just the latest to raise questions about whether young athletes should be held responsible for their behavior on social media in the past. With the internet, the racist, homophobic, sexist or offensive thoughts of a teenager can be resurfaced years later. Earlier this year, a number of tweets with racist language from top NFL draft pic Josh Allen emerged, according to Yahoo Sports.

Allen, who drafted to the Buffalo Bills, had a similar excuse for the tweets. The 22-year-old told ESPN he was “young and dumb” when he posted the tweets several years ago in high school.

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A lawsuit by four former Ohio State University wrestlers alleges the school failed to stop “rampant sexual misconduct” by a now-dead team doctor despite being repeatedly informed about his behavior.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, four Ohio men listed as John Does say Richard Strauss sexually assaulted or harassed them in the late 1980s or 1990s. The wrestlers’ lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

The university didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Tuesday.

An independent investigation about Strauss began after such allegations were raised earlier this year. Ohio State says the allegations involve men from 14 sports

Strauss worked for the university for two decades, retiring in 1998. He killed himself in 2005.

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Controversy, Joy and Politics: 5 Takeaways From the World Cup Final

Six goals, pitch invaders, controversial decisions and excitable world leaders: the final of one of the most open and exciting World Cup tournaments in years didn’t disappoint.

France beat Croatia 4-2 to take their second trophy 20 years after they won their first, when the team’s current manager, Didier Deschamps, captained the side.

It wasn’t just the soccer that caught the eye, though. Here are some of the highlights from the final of what some (including the U.S. President) are calling the best World Cup ever.

Politics finally had an impact

With the allegations of corruption over FIFA’s decision to give Russia hosting duties, the violence of some Russia fans at the Euro 2016 tournament in France and, not least, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive behavior toward the West, the World Cup was expected to be far more marked by political controversy than it ultimately was.

Indeed, it took till the final for any action of note—a pitch invasion early in the second half, responsibility for which was claimed by Pussy Riot, the anti-Putin activist group. Four people dressed as police ran onto the pitch—one woman high-fived French striker Kylian Mbappé, while two men were tackled off the pitch by security with assistance from annoyed Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

The protest group put out a video and a tweet saying the World Cup showed “how well Russian policemen can behave. But what will happen when it ends?” They also shared their five demands on social media, including a call for political prisoners to be freed and for “political competition” to be allowed in Russia.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that the group had been charged with “violating spectators’ rights” and “illegally wearing police symbols,” citing Russia’s Interfax news agency. The group posted on Facebook that they were worried about further criminal charges and said they had been unable to see their lawyer.

France celebrated hard—including the President

For 90 minutes, at least, any geopolitical concerns appeared to be on pause for the world leaders watching from the VIP box—Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović wore her country’s football jersey, while Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron wore their more usual suits. The formal wear didn’t stop Macron from leaping about in joy as France took the lead and ultimately the match. The photo of him on his feet, arms in the air as the rest of the box sits straight-faced, went viral—and he was later spotted on player Benjamin Mendy’s Instagram Story with Paul Pogba, doing the “dab” dance move, often used in soccer celebrations.

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Macron’s was not the only celebration that made headlines—the entire French team crashed the Deschamps press conference, spraying the manager and the press with champagne and water, and climbing onto the tables. Deschamps praised his “crazy” team: “They are young and they are happy.”

Putin looked after number one

The Russian President may have given the media no reaction of note in response to the pitch invasion, but he managed to make headlines at the medal-giving ceremony. After a dry game, the heavens opened as the players queued for their medals, and only one of the assembled leaders and dignitaries had an umbrella: Vladimir Putin.

As Macron and Grabar-Kitarović enthusiastically hugged players from both teams, getting soaked in the process, Putin stood under a giant black umbrella being held by an assistant. Eventually more umbrellas appeared to cover the rest of the leaders, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The players, however, remained in the rain.

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Video refereeing made a World Cup final first

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its World Cup debut this tournament, and proved decisive throughout. The final was no different, with a penalty awarded to France in the 38th minute coming after a controversial VAR moment: after first dismissing France’s claims of a handball, referee Néstor Pitana reviewed the video footage and decided that Croatian player Ivan Perišić had deliberately handled the ball, and awarded a penalty.

Deflated thereafter, Croatia trailed for the rest of the match. But France’s following goals—one by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, and the other by 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé—showed Les Bleus were determined winners.

New World Cup records made

As well as being a first for VAR, the final was also Croatia’s first—the country of four million had previously sent a team as far as third place in 1998 (the year France last won), but this time made it to the final two. The reinvigorated young French side ultimately won out—with Mbappé becoming only the second-ever teenager to score in a World Cup final, joining Pelé, who scored in 1958 against the host, Sweden.

The Brazilian superstar welcomed Mbappé to the club, and the French player was named young player of the tournament. Now the rest of the world is eagerly watching his next move. The super-speedy youngster is being linked with top clubs around Europe, including Real Madrid, but insisted that he’ll stay at Paris Saint Germain when asked by reporters after the match.

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Surfrider Volunteers Remove 1,493 Pounds of Trash from San Diego’s Beaches After the 4th

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SAN DIEGO, CA – Over 525 volunteers gathered at four popular beaches this morning to assist with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s annual post-Fourth of July Morning After Mess beach series.  By midday, Surfrider volunteers had recovered over 1493 pounds of trash and recycling, which otherwise would have been washed into the sea adding to the already critical pollution problem devastating the world’s oceans.

 

Surfrider volunteers hosted four cleanups in collaboration with I Love a Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Ocean Beach Pier, Fiesta Island, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and the Oceanside Pier.  These cleanup sites were chosen because of the high concentration of beachgoers and notorious reputations for post-4th of July trash.

 

San Diego Chapter Coordinator, Mitch Silverstein, says, “The more people visit the beach,  the more trash ends up on the beach. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Most of what our volunteers pick up could be avoided if we chose reusable items instead of single-use ones. Start simple- reusable bags, reusable water bottle, reusable coffee mug. Those 3 items will cut your waste footprint drastically, and they’ll help keep our streets & beaches clean.”

 

Few holidays generate more trash on San Diego County beaches than the Fourth of July.  Unfortunately, the majority of this litter is made up of single-use plastic, which exacerbates an already critical pollution problem devastating marine life in the world’s oceans.  This year’s Morning After Mess recovered over 8,000 cigarette butts, more than 1535 plastic food wrappers, and a variety of obscure items including a garage door opener and a head massager.

 

For more information on the Surfrider Foundation San Diego, visit www.surfridersd.org or contact Chapter Coordinator, Mitch Silverstein at mitch@surfridersd.org.

 

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‘Let’s Keep Making Noise.’ Serena Williams Dedicates Wimbledon Final to ‘All Moms’

Serena Williams competed in her 30th Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this weekend, in a re-match of the 2016 Wimbledon final when she defeated Angelique Kerber. While Williams didn’t win in their most recent face-off, the fact that she was in the tennis competition’s final a mere ten months after giving birth to to her daughter Alexis Olympia is an impressive feat in and of itself. Particularly as her pregnancy and birth led to a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.” After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms. She wrote that the “past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms” whether they choose to “stay home” or work, adding “you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all.”

Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to express his awe at his wife’s accomplishment. He noted that after her pregnancy lead to a pulmonary embolism that nearly cost Williams her life.

Sports – TIME

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With Flags, Song and Pride, France Celebrates a Unifying World Cup Victory

(PARIS) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.

“It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.

“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”

Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged.

Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.

Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.

A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.

Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.

As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.

The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.

The celebrations were spread across the nation.

For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.

Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.

“We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.

Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.

Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.

“All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.”

But, he added, it must be built on.

“What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?”

That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.

Revelers celebrated the moment.

“We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.

The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.

Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.”

Sports – TIME

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Celebrates Successful Benefit Party and Beach Fest 14th Annual Event Raised Over $250,000 for Local Youth Organizations

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July 5th, 2018 – San Diego, CA – On Saturday, June 30th, Grammy-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT celebrated the 14th annual SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. The annual community celebration and charity event gathered over 15,000people for the free Beach Fest and Surf Contest, which raised over $ 250,000 to benefit local youth initiatives through VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Challenged Athletes Foundation, A Step Beyond, StandUp for Kids, and Rob Machado Foundation. Since the inaugural BRO-AM in 2005, the event has raised over 1.8 million dollars for San Diego youth programs impacting homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged kids.
 
The beachfront concert included performances from SWITCHFOOT, Colony House, Sure Sure, 91X Battle for the BRO-AMwinner Inspired And The Sleep, and a very special appearance by local youth musicians from VH1 Save The Music Foundationwho performed on stage with SWITCHFOOT.
 
In addition to charitable giving and musical performances, the diverse and exciting event included a variety of surf contests. Team Surfin Fire, which included professional surfer Damien Hobgood, took the win for the BRO-AM Team Surf Contest, where a four person team competes riding one wave regular and one wave switch (keeping it more “bro” than pro). Other competitors included three time world champion Tom Curren, world renowned local surf legend Rob Machado and other professional surfers such as Josh Kerr, Timmy Curran, Yadin Nicol, Brett Simpson along with numerous up and coming young surf stars.  The CAF Elite Surf Team took third place showcasing that their physical challenges don’t hold them back from competing with the best. The winner of the Rob Machado Bro Junior Surf Contest, a contest that judges kids on who has the most fun, was Toby Dussalt.  One of the most inspirational moments of the day is the Challenged Athletes Foundation Kids’ Adaptive Surf Series where kids with physical challenges are given the opportunity to compete with surfers from the team contest supporting them in the water and thousands of spectators cheering them on.  First place went to  Landis Sims. BRO-AM’s surf events wrapped with the hilarious Surf Joust Expression Session, complete with battle armor and nerf weapons on soft surfboards, with Kieran Anderson taking home the top prize.
 
Over 200 volunteers supported the event with many of them participating in waste diversion efforts to educate attendees on proper sorting of compost, recycle and landfill in partnership with the City of Encinitas and the Solana Center (a local environmental innovation organization).  BRO-AM uses solar energy to power their stage and sound avoiding approximately 1400 lbs of CO2.  And partnering with the Rob Machado Foundation, free refills of cold filtered water were provided to all attendees to host an event free of single-use plastic water bottles.
 
The BRO-AM kicked off with the BRO-AM Benefit Party hosted by Viasat on Thursday, June 28th, gathering philanthropists and friends for an evening of local food and drinks, silent/live auctions and live performances.
 
“The BRO-AM is bigger than a rock band trying to do some good.  It’s a community of givers and doers who know that collaboration produces exponential impact.  It’s the idea that giving can be fun and meaningful.  It’s incredible to see our dream become bigger than we could’ve imagined.  Surfing, music, raising funds for the next generation.” – Jon Foreman
 
In 2005, after traveling the world, SWITCHFOOT dreamed up an idea to give back to their hometown that supported them as both surfers and musicians, to rally their great community and to invest in kids who might need a hand up. Fourteen years later, the BRO-AM has grown in impact and size gathering over 17,000 people to the beach for   surf contests, free beach concert and numerous vendor booths. The SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Foundation grants focus on initiatives that create a thriving future – Physical and community well being along with opportunity and empowerment through music, art, surfing and education.
 
Beyond their career achievements and creation of BRO-AM, SWITCHFOOT has also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as Food for the Hungry, CURE International, DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, and To Write Love on Her Arms.
 
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France wins second World Cup in a final that had everything

France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup…
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France Just Won the World Cup. Here’s How Much Their Players Get

France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 years, defeating Croatia’s team 4-2 on Sunday to take home the soccer tournament’s iconic trophy, lifelong bragging rights and a whole lot of prize money.

But just how much cash will players on France’s team actually earn from winning the championship? It’s not up to FIFA, or even coach Didier Deschamps. The French Football Federation will decide how to distribute the first-place award.

For winning Sunday’s final, FIFA will give France $ 38 million from its prize fund. (Don’t feel too bad for Croatia — its team gets to lick its wounds with a cool $ 28 million). The money comes out of a $ 400 million pot, according to the Associated Press, which is up 12% from the last World Cup in 2014. In total, FIFA has earmarked $ 791 million to give to various 2018 World Cup teams for their preparations, players and performances.

As MONEY reported last month, the prizes are technically awarded to the various teams’ national soccer federations. Those organizations can then decide how they want to distribute the winnings, which means that players in some countries end up profiting a lot more than others.

The president of the French Federation, Noël Le Graët, has said his athletes will get 30% of the cash they earn. Each player was guaranteed a bonus of €280,000, or about $ 330,000, for making it to the final, according to BFMTV. So they’re at least taking home that much.

At least one player plans to donate his cut to charity. Kylian Mbappé, a forward, announced last month that he intends to give his $ 22,000-per-game fee — along with his bonus — to Preiers de Cordees, a sports charity for people with disabilities.

“When playing a World Cup, it’s a pleasure, because it’s a dream come true,” his teammate Samuel Umtiti told L’Equipe in French. “So yes, there is money at stake. But I do not care. I do not play for that.”

In fact, perhaps the most valuable perk that comes with winning the World Cup is the trophy, which weighs more than 13 pounds and is made of 18-carat gold. Designed by an Italian artist in 1974, it’s worth up to $ 20 million, according to USA Today.

But don’t get too excited: The winning team isn’t allowed to take the actual item home due to a series of misfortunes the original Jules Rimet Trophy encountered in the 20th century. Instead, they get to keep a gold-plated replica.

Sports – TIME

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Mazzeo: Yankees manager Aaron Boone shows he has his team’s back with fiery tirade that leads to ejection

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For the second time in his first season as manager of the Yankees, the typically mild-mannered Boone was ejected over what he thought was a missed call, and then let the umpires have it in an expletive-filled…

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Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams to Win Wimbledon Championship

(LONDON) — Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams in Saturday’s final.

It is the 30-year-old Kerber’s third Grand Slam title. She also beat Williams in the Australian Open final in 2016, then won that year’s U.S. Open.

Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and her 23 major trophies rank second all-time to Margaret Court. This final came just 10½ months after the 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter and dealt with a serious health scare. She was playing in the fourth tournament of her comeback.

Serena Williams holding her tennis racket down during the match against Kerber — the crowd is blurred behind her
Oli Scarff — AFP — Getty ImagesUS player Serena Williams reacts against Germany’s Angelique Kerber during their women’s singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14.

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At 1pm on Wednesday, 7/11/18, The City of San Diego Rules Committee is Scheduled to Vote on The Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance

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SAN DIEGO (July 11, 2018) — The Rules Committee agenda ITEM-2: Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Foam and Restrictions on Single Use Plastics in the City of San Diego, comes after a May 31st joint press conference. Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, Councilmember Chris Ward, as well as Surfrider Foundation, Coastkeeper, 5 Gyres Institute and Business For Good leaders announced proposed regulations that would place restrictions on the use of expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) and reducing the distribution of other types of single-use plastics in the City of San Diego.

The Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance has been advocated by volunteers of the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. Volunteers have successfully advocated for single-use plastic reduction ordinances of EPS in Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Imperial Beach.

The Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter volunteers collected 12,575 pieces of expanded polystyrene from San Diego County beaches in 2017 alone. Unfortunately, the majority is blown into the ocean because it is light in weight and easily breaks into very small, uncollectible pieces. Once in the ocean, polystyrene is often mistaken as food by marine life and ingestion of the single-use plastics can become fatal.

“Expanded polystyrene food ware containers are negatively impacting the environment, marine life, and the public’s health”, said Michael Torti, Executive Committee Chair of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. “Surfrider Foundation’s 250,000 members, volunteers, and advocates support the adoption of the Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance.

The Single Use Reduction Ordinance would restrict the sale and distribution of polystyrene foam products for the use of food service ware, fish and meat trays, egg cartons, and coolers in the City of San Diego. Furthermore, the proposal would make single-use plastic food ware, such as straws and utensils, available only upon request.

 

The Surfrider Foundation advocates for the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves, and beaches by supporting the reduction of single-use plastics.

 

The 5 Gyres Institute’s mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education and adventure.


For additional information, visit http://surfridersd.org/ or contact Michael Torti (info above) or Roger Kube, Policy Advisor for 5 Gyres Institute at 619.701.4027 or roger@5gyres.org

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