The World Surf League Announces Equal Prize Money For Both Male and Female Competitors

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Lemoore, Calif. – Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – The World Surf League (WSL) today announced that it will award equal prize money to male and female athletes for every WSL-controlled event in the 2019 season and beyond, becoming the first and only US based global sports league, and among the first internationally, to achieve prize money equality. The WSL is proud of its commitment to gender equality, and proud to join other organizations beyond the world of sport reaching this important milestone.
WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, “This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women’s surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule. This is the latest in a series of actions the League has undertaken to showcase our female athletes, from competing on the same quality waves as the men, to better locations, and increased investment and support.”

Goldschmidt continued, “This change is simply the right thing to do for the WSL and we would like to thank the many advocates who have worked for decades to help advance women’s surfing. We want to be at the forefront of pushing for equality in all walks of life, starting on the waves, and we feel very lucky to have women on our tour who are highly talented, iconic role models, and more than deserve this recognition as they stand alongside our extraordinary male athletes.”

Stephanie Gilmore, six-time World Champion, said, “This is incredible, and I am thrilled. The prize money is fantastic, but the message means even more. From the moment current ownership became involved, the situation for the women surfers has been transformed for the better in every way. We have been so appreciative, but this takes it to another level. I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honored by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.”

Kelly Slater, holder of 11 World Championships and 55 Championship tour event victories, said, “The women on the tour deserve this change.  I’m so proud that surfing is choosing to lead sports in equality and fairness. The female WSL athletes are equally committed to their craft as the male athletes and should be paid the same.  Surfing has always been a pioneering sport, and this serves as an example of that.”

Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner said, “Today is a huge moment for the sport of surfing. With our 2019 calendar (link below), new season and dates, we are proud to confirm the new prize money equality will be in effect.  This covers all WSL-controlled events: the Championship Tour, the Longboard Tour, the World Junior Championships and includes the Big Wave Tour starting on October 1st, 2018 to March 2019. We will be working with our partners at competitions where we don’t control prize money, such as certain Qualifying Series events, to achieve equality as soon as possible.”

The WSL continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports leagues globally, continually expanding its reach and fan base. WSL content and live coverage is now digitally available in every market and over 100 linear broadcasters now cover its events, including this week’s groundbreaking competition at the human-made wave at Surf Ranch. Surfing has also been added to the roster for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, introducing the sport to new audiences.

In further support of its commitment to women’s surfing, today the WSL also announces three initiatives which will launch in 2019:

  • A global marketing campaign to highlight the women’s tour as well as increase event viewership and fan engagement.
  • An local community engagement program for girls around the world, featuring instructional clinics with WSL athletes at each women’s Championship Tour stop to inspire the next generation to embrace surfing.
  • A monthly content series about the pioneering women of surfing, celebrating them across WSL channels, starting next week with seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley.
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WSL 2019 CT Calendar: www.worldsurfleague.com/press-room Appendix
The World Surf League has continued to feature the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, creating inclusive, exciting, high-quality events enjoyed by millions of fans around the world. A key focus in recent years has been to increase the investment in women’s surfing:

  • Combined men’s and women’s Championship Tour events have increased from four to nine.
  • Women’s Championship Tour prize money has risen by 153% per event.
  • 64 global women’s events scheduled for 2019 – up from 14 just seven years ago.
  • The addition of two historic women’s Big Wave Tour events in Pe’ahi and Mavericks.
  • Appointment of the WSL’s first female CEO in 2017.
  • Development of the co-ed, region vs. region Founders’ Cup, with multiple teams lead by female captains.
*WSL investment timeline in women’s surfing to date:
  • 2013: Eight Women’s Championship Tour events. The WSL now invests in 10.
  • Includes world-class venues Jeffreys Bay, Fiji (now Bali), Trestles (now Surf Ranch) and Maui.
  • Since 2013: Prize money per event for the women on the CT has increased by 153%.
  • 2014: The WSL institutes pay parity for the men’s and women’s Championship Tour (CT) – all surfers, men and women, earn the same average prize money per surfer.
  • 2016: Women compete in the Big Wave Tour at Pe’ahi for the very first time.
  • 2017: The WSL appoints its first female CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt.
  • 2018: The WSL execute world-first co-ed, region vs. region Founders’ Cup.
  • 2018: Two Big Wave Tour (BWT) events scheduled for women: Pe’ahi and Mavericks.
  • 2019: Full prize money equality covering the Championship Tour, the Longboard Tour, the World Junior Championships and the Big Wave Tour starting on October 1st, 2018 (to March 2019).
  • Future: Working with event partners, the institution of equal prize money across all non-WSL-controlled Qualifying Series (QS) and Pro Junior events).

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NBA 2K League Finals Aim To Erase The Line Between Athlete And Gamer

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has taken some bold stances during his time as the NBA head honcho. He’s supported legalizing sports betting, ads on NBA jerseys. But, what he proclaimed on April 4th, 2018 could change the way we view professional sports. He called the NBA 2K League the NBA’s “fourth league” before deeming the 102 draftees as “a new generation of athletes, of NBA players.”

And he’s not lying, once you get a glimpse at the humanity behind the pixels.

Before he’s SavageDoWerk of Cavs Legion, he’s 31 year old Christopher Tracey from Queens, New York, who has been supporting his family before being a professional NBA 2K player was ever a thought. “I work in a residential treatment facility as a crisis intervention specialist. I used to work 16-hour shifts. It was tough,” Tracey told The Shadow League. “[NBA 2K League] could be something that really supports my family without killing myself to do it.”

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The Best Plays From the Overwatch League Season 1 Grand Finals

After hard-fought battles over many weeks, London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion were the two teams to emerge as the finalist contenders. And after two splits of edge-of-your-seat Overwatch action, we have the first team to be crowned best in the world.

After countless hours over many weeks the Overwatch League drew to close this weekend with the Season 1 Grand Final series between Philadelphia Fusion (Fusion) and London Spitfire (Spitfire). All eyes were on Fusion after its incredible display of skill and execution to dispatch the favourites, New York Excelsior, to secure its spot in the finals.

London Spitfire on the other hand, was the dark horse favourite. For most of stage 4 it struggled to find consistent form, often failing to take advantage of key moments. When it came to the playoffs though, everything started working out for the team and their cohesive teamwork was on point.

The stage was set and these two teams went head to head over two days to see who’d take home the $ 1,000,000 USD prize money and be the first inaugural Overwatch League, Season 1 winners!

Day 1

The first map was Dorado, and Fusion looked scary. Carpe was in fine form as per usual, often being everywhere where Spitfire thought he wasn’t. It was clear though that Spitfire made them earn every meter, forcing Fusion to perform some incredible clutch moments in order for it to reach its goal in overtime. The stress was visibly taking its toll and Boombox’s hands told the story:

Spitfire came out strong and took the first two checkpoints with ease. Fusion found their defensive form and dug their heels in tight on the final segment, flanking Spitfire well and timing their kills perfectly, eventually stopping them and taking the first map. This victory was short lived though with Spitfire taking Oasis 2-0, showing its strength and superiority in control map strategies. The first series was a level 1-1.

Eichenwalde was up next with Fusion on the attack. Using a slow and steady strategy and taking advantage of its faster respawn times until it had a player advantage, it took the first point fairly quickly. It was here that Spitfire found Fusion’s kryptonite and continued to dive aggressively, keeping Fusion staggered and stopping it just short of the overpass.

Fusions advantage in defending points with shields and snipers was readily apparent and Spitfire were clearly having a hard time finding an answer to this riddle. Thanks to a standout play from Fury using a well placed D’Va ultimate, Spitfire immediately jumped on the opportunity and stole first point. The plan from here was as plain as day, Spitfire dove the enemy and took all key positions to allow the payload to move. With no positional advantage, Carpe found it impossible to set himself up and even Sado couldn’t manage to break Spitfires backline with his Winston dives. Spitfire rolled forward and took the third map making the series 2-1 in its favour.

The fourth map was Volskaya Industries with Fusion attacking first. Struggling to find early momentum, it took a triple tank dive and a massive Poko D’Va bomb to secure the first point. Profit then switched to Mei to break up the dive tactic and found success, forcing Fusion to revert back to a standard team composition. Immediately, Spitfire started aggressive diving the battered Fusion and managed to keep it from fully capturing the final point.

Switching sides, yet again Fusion stuck to its double sniper and shield defence. Looking solid until the final push, it was Fury’s D’Va yet again that perfectly positioned an ultimate that broke the Fusion gates and allowed Spitfire the first point. It was here that Profit started unleashing his inner beast, nearly capturing the win with his Hanzo, only being stopped by the last millisecond.

Profit wasn’t finished though. Switching to his Tracer, he pulled off the following series of kills that took out nearly the entire team solo and secured not only the map, but the first set, taking Spitfire to a 1-0 lead in the Grand Finals series!

If you want to view the entire day 1 series, it’s up on the Overwatch League’s official Twitch page here:

Day 2

The next day kicked things off with Junkertown and there was a noticeable change in tactics from the Spitfire team. Carpe was being completely shut down. His Widow was getting few final blows and his deaths were relatively high. Fusion’s defence, for the first time in this series, seemed broken and Spitfire took all three checkpoints in comfortable fashion. Less confident on attack, Fusion looked shaky the moment the gates opened and struggled at every turn. Eventually it broke on the final push and Spitfire took the early lead in the second set 1-0.

Unfortunately for Fusion, it seemed just as broken on Lijiang Tower. Much like Oasis, Spitfire held a clear advantage in control maps and never allowed Fusion to formulate a winning strategy. Lost for answers, the first control point even ended on a C9 with Spitfire the victors:

The next control point wasn’t any better for the Fusion team and Spitfire wasn’t wasting any time. Staying in control, Spitfire took the second control point and secured a 2-0 lead on day 2.

The third map was King’s Row and finally Fusion had found a winning attack strategy with its shields and snipers! Carpe was looking like his old self again and this spelled trouble for anyone in his sights. With plays like these, it’s hard to argue against:

Like before, Spitfire made Fusions work hard for it, but Fusion managed to squeeze the final checkpoint in overtime.

With Spitfire attacking, it was clear that Fusion’s defence was still its strongest weapon, and it took a triple tank dive for Spitfire to take the first point in the final minute. Spitfire ran with the momentum and was now reading Fusion like a book, with Gesture picking the Zarya ultimate with a counter of his own just before the second point:

From here, nothing Fusion did could stop the runaway train that was Spitfire as it won with time on the clock and forcing a LAST ATTEMPT with just over one minute on the clock. Learning from its previous winning strategy, Spitfire went a triple tank dive with high sustain in order to slowly pick apart the Fusion defence. It worked as intended and London Spitfire won the map and secured their well-earned first place in the Overwatch League Season 1!

If you want to view the entire day 2 series, it’s up on the Overwatch League’s official Twitch page here:

That’s All For Now

And that marks the end of the first season for the Overwatch League and what has been an incredible series that has showcased many incredible moments and matches. It was obvious to everyone that Profit was the stand out player of the series and he truly deserved the MVP award. No one knows what Season 2 is going to bring us, but if it’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that we’re all looking forward to the action!

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Evelyn Magley has made history as the first African American woman to ever own a male professional sports league in the United States. Magley and her husband, retired NBA player David Magley, are the founders of The Basketball League (TBL), a newly formed minor professional basketball league which acquired the North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) league and is scheduled to debut next year.

“I am thrilled to start a league that treats our players with the greatest level of respect thereby impacting our community in a manner that is consistent with our faith, by serving those who need it the most,” said Magley in a statement. She was named as the CEO of the league while her husband operates as president.

The league has targeted 40 markets in the U.S. and Canada and expects to start with 12 to 16 teams in January 2019. Some of the teams include the Kansas City Tornados, Ohio Bootleggers, Nevada Desert Dogs, Vancouver Knights, Raleigh Firebirds, Tampa Bay Titans, and San Diego Waves. Each team will play 32 games that will be available via livestream.

TBL offers athletes who don’t make it in the NBA or G-League another option to play ball professionally and earn anywhere from $ 1,500 to $ 7,500 a month. TBL is also dedicated to providing families with affordable and quality entertainment as well as community support through the launch of an upcoming philantropic arm, youth camps, clinics, and nonprofit organizations. Plus, the league gives individuals and groups an opportunity to own a professional sports business with a relatively low cost barrier to entry.

David Magley, who most recently served as the Commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada, said Mrs. Magley brings a “unique vision” to the new league as the wife of a pro athlete and the mother of four children who played sports collegiately. “Her passion for people allows us to build on a vision of impacting community through giving young men opportunities that do not exist today, then leveraging our platforms to engage each local market to benefit the youth and non-profit initiatives she is so very passionate about,” said the former Cleveland Cavaliers small forward in a statement. He was drafted in 1982.

According to her bio, Magley is the former Director of Community Engagement for the Brampton A’s of the NBL Canada, where she scaled the forward-facing programming of the NBL team and nonprofit organizations within the community at large. She graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a professional music educator and music therapist. She also co-founded an inner-city ministry focused on mentoring children through the gospel, academic services, food, and music called Children with Purpose.

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For the first time in history, video gamers who lack the physical prowess to make it to the NBA can realize their hoop dreams of playing professional basketball thanks to a new e-sports league.

Last week, the NBA and 2K Sports held an inaugural draft for the newly created NBA 2K League, which selected 70 gamers from around the country to represent 17 NBA teams. The draft was held Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, the home court arena of the New York Knicks.

According to The Shadow League, the virtual league helps legitimize the competitive gaming industry by giving gamers the option to turn a hobby into a sustainable career path. First-round pick Shaka Browne, for instance, plans to quit his job as an Uber driver in Mount Vernon, New York, and to move to Salt Lake City to play for the Utah Jazz affiliate. He, along with the other first-round picks, will earn a $ 35,000 base salary to play in their team’s home city for six months. All other players will earn $ 32,000. In addition, the e-league will pay for their housing, travel, health, and retirement expenses. Plus, the gamers can earn extra bucks through endorsement deals and $ 1 million in additional prize money over the course of the season.

“Gaming is not your typical play this for fun anymore,” Browne told CBS New York. “You can really make a life out of this and a career out of this.”

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Ivy League Doctor Gets 4 Years in Prison for Insys Opioid Kickbacks

A Rhode Island doctor who took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc. officials for prescribing the company’s highly addictive liquid version of the opioid painkiller Fentanyl was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Jerrold Rosenberg, who lost his medical license and was ousted from his post as a Brown University professor, pleaded guilty to taking more than $ 188,000 in kickbacks disguised as speaker fees and creating false patient records to dupe insurers into covering Insys’s Subsys pain medication.

“You in effect sold your medical license to a pharmaceutical company,” U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell Jr. said Friday in federal court. “That’s intolerable.” The judge sentenced him to 51 months and ordered restitution of $ 754,000.

Rosenberg is the fourth doctor jailed over Insys bribes following a federal probe that resulted in the indictment of billionaire founder and Chief Executive Officer John Kapoor and six other executives. The group was charged with orchestrating an elaborate scheme to bribe doctors and defraud health-care providers.

Federal prosecutors told the court Rosenberg ignored and bullied patients who resisted staying on the powerful pain-killing spray. At least one of Rosenberg’s patients suffered an overdose and was “near death” as a result of his wrongdoing, the government said in court filings.

‘Grave Betrayal’

Rosenberg’s son was an Insys sales representative for a year and made “substantial commissions” from his father’s willingness to prescribe the drug, according to prosecutors. The son wasn’t charged in the case.

“The doctor’s conduct showed that he set his financial gain above his patients’ interests,” prosecutors said. “It represented a grave betrayal of the duty every physician owes to his or her patients.”

In a seven-page statement to the court, Rosenberg, 63, recounted his medical career and apologized for his crimes. “I have let a lot of people down including myself,” the doctor said. “I committed errors in judgment and allowed my integrity to be compromised.”

In February, Michigan pain-clinic doctor Gavin Awerbuch was sentenced to more than two years in prison after admitting he took sham speaker fees from Insys for prescribing Subsys for no legitimate medical purpose.

Alabama pain clinic doctor John Couch was sentenced last year to 20 years for racketeering after a jury found he took kickbacks for prescribing Subsys. Couch’s partner, Xiulu Ruan, also was sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in the scheme.

The government contends that when Kapoor saw the bribes were generating more Subsys sales, he pumped more money into speakers’ fees. Prosecutors claim that Kapoor “tightly controlled” the scheme.

Kapoor, who is facing racketeering and conspiracy charges, is slated to go to trial in 2019. He and the other former Insys executives have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The cases are U.S. v. Rosenberg, 17-00009, U.S. District Court, Rhode Island, and U.S. v. Babich, 16-cr-10343, U.S. District Court, Massachusetts.

 

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Kanoa Igarashi To Represent Japan On Elite World Surf League Championship Tour

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LOS ANGELES, California, USA (Monday, February 12, 2018) – Kanoa Igarashi, 20, will represent Japan heading into the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season. A dual citizen of Japan and the United States, Igarashi decided to change his representing country as he eyes the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will include surfing for the first time.

“I am going to be representing Japan this year on the Championship Tour,” Igarashi said. “I am proud to surf for Japan. My parents are Japanese, my whole family is Japanese. I have a lot of support and fans over there. We do not have any Japanese surfers on the CT, so it is something for them to cheer for and have that part in the WSL. I am sure they are really excited, and I am looking forward to it. My family is stoked.”

With this change, Igarashi becomes the first competitor to officially represent Japan on the WSL CT. In 2016, Igarashi joined the CT as its youngest member (then 17) and has proven to be a leader in the next generation of progressive surfers. Igarashi’s career has been decorated with impressive performances as he has ranked in the Top 20 for the past two years. His standout victories include first at the Vans US Open of Surfing in 2017 and a runner-up finish at the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2016.

“I want to be able to compete in the Olympics and represent Japan,” continued Igarashi. “I grew up competing for USA and have a lot of support over here, but this is a different part of my career now. The Olympics is the greatest competition in all of sports and it is something that you dream of doing as a kid. I never thought it would be possible as a surfer. It is a really exciting time for surfing. I am going to do my best to represent surfing in the best way possible.”

Igarashi will compete under Japan for the first time in the 2018 WSL Championship Tour kickoff event, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018.

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World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook Announce Groundbreaking Exclusive Distribution Partnership

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LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Wednesday, January 24, 2018) –  World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook announced a historic partnership today that makes the social media platform the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019. This includes all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

The deal builds upon the non-exclusive live rights agreement that Facebook and WSL struck last year, in which all men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, as well as Big Wave Tour events, were simulcast on Facebook and WSL’s website and mobile app. Aside from the significant reach on WSL channels, more than 13.9 million people watched a World Surf League event on Facebook in 2017 – and they came from countries all over the world. The top three countries in terms of unique viewers were in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

“Facebook fosters a global community and, as surfing is a sport that celebrates and centers around community, we are proud to announce our media rights partnership with the platform,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “This is game-changing for the sport in many ways and, with current and new fans front of mind, we can retain the free offering to fans, and it allows us to deliver the world’s best surfing to even more people on Facebook’s platform.”

“We’re thrilled to become the exclusive home of the World Surf League’s live events for the next two years,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “This is a natural next step in our terrific partnership, which has steadily progressed over the years as the League has expertly used Facebook to distribute content and build community. This was especially true last year, when millions of fans came together on our platform to watch live surfing. We’re excited to help WSL continue to serve and grow this vibrant community and usher in a new era of surf broadcasting on Facebook Watch.”

The relationship has proved to be a model example of a flexible, innovative and collaborative relationship for both parties. All live events will be available globally on Facebook. Those in the U.S. will be able to tune in on Facebook Watch, a video platform where content, conversation and community come together. The partnership also calls for additional Facebook Watch programming, such as Surfing Sundays, which recaps each week’s top surfing action, with more programming planned in 2018 on this platform.

The shows are part of the World Surf League’s robust content offering. The League produces 800 hours of live content a year across multiple disciplines as well as a wide array of static storytelling and educational content covering the sport, history, heritage and culture of surfing, which will be available on WSL platforms alongside Facebook.

When recently analyzed in late 2017 by Sports Business Journal and third-party social measurement company Hookit, the WSL ranked in the top 3 sports leagues in the world in social engagement, alongside the NFL and NBA.

Live Events Overview

Crowning the undisputed men’s and women’s champions since 1976, the WSL’s elite Championship Tour takes the world’s best surfers to Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Mainland USA, France, Portugal and Hawaii in 2018, all of which will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Led by reigning two-time WSL Champions John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS), the first event of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018.

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour: 
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 2 – 13, 2018
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, Tahiti – August 10 – 21, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 – 9, 2018
Quiksilver Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal – October 16 – 27, 2018
Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA – December 8 – 20, 2018

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour:  
Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 10 – 17, 2018
Vans US Open of Surfing, USA – July 30 – August 5, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 – 9, 2018
Roxy Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA – November 25 – December 6, 2018

Supporting the live content of the elite tier will be the Qualifying Series 10,000 events, the WSL Junior Championships and the WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT), taking the world’s best men’s and women’s big wave surfers to Nazaré, Pe’ahi, Mavericks and Puerto Escondido – all events will also stream live on Facebook in 2018 and 2019.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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World Surf League Class of 2018 Determined

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Tuesday, December 19, 2017) – The 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season has come to a close, with John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS) both defending their respective maiden world surfing crowns to become two-time WSL Champions.

The 2018 elite men’s Championship Tour (CT) will be contested by the WSL Top 34, made up of the top 22 finishers on the 2017 CT season, the top 10 finishers on the 2017 Qualifying Series (QS) and two WSL wildcards.

2017 Top 22 CT:
John John Florence (HAW)
Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Julian Wilson (AUS)
Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Owen Wright (AUS)
Kolohe Andino (USA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Mick Fanning (AUS)
Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Frederico Morais (PRT)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Michel Bourez (PYF)
Conner Coffin (USA)
Joan Duru (FRA)
Italo Ferreira (BRA)

2017 Top 10 QS (minus double qualifiers from CT):
Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Yago Dora (BRA)
Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Keanu Asing (HAW)
Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

WSL Wildcards: Kelly Slater (USA) and Ian Gouveia (BRA)

CT Men’s Replacement Surfers:
Michael February (ZAF)
Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)

The 2018 elite women’s Championship Tour (CT) will be contested by the WSL Top 17, comprised of the top 10 finishers on the 2017 CT, the top six finishers on the 2017 QS and the WSL wildcard.

2017 Top 10 CT:
Tyler Wright (AUS)
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Lakey Peterson (USA)
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Sage Erickson (USA)
Johanne Defay (FRA)
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

2017 Top 6 QS (minus double qualifiers from the CT):
Silvana Lima (BRA)
Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Coco Ho (HAW)
Caroline Marks (USA)
Keely Andrew (AUS)
Paige Hareb (NZL)

WSL Wildcard: Malia Manuel (HAW)

CT Women’s Replacement Surfers:
Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Pauline Ado (FRA)
Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

The 2018 WSL Championship Tour season will commence with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast from March 11 – 22, 2018.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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World Surf League Reach Landmark Agreement on Olympic Qualification

La Jolla, California – 20 December 2017 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced an agreement with the World Surf League (WSL) on the qualification principles for surfing in the Olympics Games in Tokyo 2020, ensuring the participation of the world’s best surfers from the WSL Championship Tour (CT) as well as promoting universal opportunities for surfers around the world.

In principle, the agreement will see up to 18 of the 40 places at the Games reserved for WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers (10 men and eight women), with the remaining 22 places determined at the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and a single slot (each for men and women) for the host nation (Japan).

With the support of the WSL, the ISA eligibility rules for Olympic participation will require surfers to make themselves available for their national teams to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2019 and 2020 and, if selected by their National Federation, to participate.

The final decision on the complete process is subject to the approval of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its meeting in February 2018.

The agreement between the ISA and the WSL reinforces both organizations’ commitment to the successful Olympic debut for surfing, showcasing a strong collaboration between an IOC-recognized International Olympic Federation and the professional home of the world’s best surfers.

Surfing was confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020 in August of 2016 after decades of campaigning by the ISA for the global development of surfing. Surfing will also be included in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima. This campaign has been buoyed by the continued improvement in high-performance surfing and mainstream attention of the WSL Championship Tour.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“We are happy to reach this historic agreement with the WSL on the participation of their top stars in the Olympic Games and ISA World Surfing Games. The support, endorsement and collaboration of the WSL and its top professional surfers has always been an important part of our Olympic pathway to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

“This agreement not only underlines our commitment to have the world’s best athletes competing for gold in Surfing’s debut in Tokyo, but also to ensure that the competitions reflect the open access and universality of our sport around the world, in all five continents.

“We are also very pleased to have the WSL’s full support of and commitment to the ISA World Surfing Games between now and 2020. The participation of the top professionals in their national teams will elevate the surfing to new heights, creating additional excitement and drama in the lead-up to the Olympic Games.“

WSL CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt, said:

“The Olympics offers an incredible platform for any sport and surfing stands to benefit from this massive opportunity in 2020 and, hopefully, beyond. It is essential for surfing to showcase its best possible surfing through this opportunity and that requires the world’s best surfers from the Championship Tour to participate. It’s great that the ISA and WSL, in conversation with the athletes, could come to an agreement on the qualification process for 2020. We look forward to enhancing the partnership as we get closer to this fantastic opportunity.”

WSL CT surfer and Men’s Athlete Rep, Adrian Buchan, said:

“Surfing has the ability to reinvigorate the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The athletes are excited to showcase their skills on the world’s biggest sporting platform and the opportunity for surfing to be recognized as a truly professional sport.”

WSL CT surfer and Women’s Athlete Rep, Sage Erickson, said:

“It’s great that the WSL and the ISA have agreed on a qualification path for the Olympics in 2020. It’s a major opportunity for the sport and we need to make the most of it. Showcasing the sport with the world’s best surfers, in the best waves possible, is something we’re all in agreement on.”

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 103 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).

ISA Contact:
Sujit Jasani
VERO Communications
Email: sjasani@verocom.co.uk
Mobile: +44 [0]7940 375 282

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LaVar Ball To Launch A Basketball League For High School Grads

LaVar Ball continues to put his stamp on basketball and the entire world of sports.

He’s already disrupted the college recruiting system, shut down Trump and given the Lakers fits in the PR department. Now word has surfaced that Ball wants to start his own basketball league for high school players who don’t want to go to college.


According to ESPN, the league will be for top-ranked players who graduate from high school but don’t want to go the college route.

“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball told ESPN. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.”

The so-called “Ball’s Junior Basketball Association,” which Ball says will be funded by his Big Baller Brand, looks to pay salaries ranging from $ 3,000 a month for the lowest-ranked player to $ 10,000 a month for a top ranked player. He’s looking for 10 teams and 80 players in total, with teams being placed in cities such as Brooklyn, LA, Dallas and Atlanta.

Ball’s inspiration for the League derives from comments made by NCAA President Mark Emmert when asked about Ball’s impact on college sports.

“Is this about someone being part of a university and playing basketball or any other sport with that school’s jersey on representing that institution, or is it about preparing me for my career, my professional career as a ballplayer,” Emmert responded. “If it’s the latter, you can do that inside a university and that might be a really good way to go. But if you don’t want to and you don’t think that it’s right for your family then don’t come.”

“He was right. Those kids who are one and done, they shouldn’t be there with the NCAA trying to hold them hostage, not allowing them to keep the jersey they wear while selling replicas of them in stores,” Ball said. “So our guy isn’t going to go to Florida State for a year. He’s going to come to our league.”

The League will be sponsored by Big Baller Brand, with all of the players required to wear BBB products, head to toe.

“We’ll give it to them all,” Ball said. “They’ll be wearing our uniform, our shoes, our T-shirts and our hoodies.”

Although they will adopt the rules of the NBA, the BBB league won’t be using a silhouette of of Jerry West dribbling. You already know the deal.


“We don’t need a logo of a guy dribbling,” Ball said, an obvious reference to the NBA’s famous Jerry West silhouette. “Nobody does that anymore.”

So of course Lonzo, now going for a dunk, will be the league’s logo.

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Who’s in The League Of Gentlemen cast? Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Sian Gibson and Jeremy Dyson star

THE League of Gentleman is returning to screens is returning after 15 years away.

But, what do we know about the programme’s cast? Let’s find out…

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Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss was born in Sedgefield, County Durham on 17 October 1966 – that makes him 51.

He’s an actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He has written for and starred in TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Mark is one of four writers on The League of Gentleman, and is also responsible for playing the following characters:

  • David
  • Val
  • Mickey
  • Brian
  • Hilary
  • Tony
  • Les McQueen
  • Sheila
  • Glen
  • Phil
  • Mr. Chinnery
  • Mama Lazarou
  • Iris
  • Lance
  • Alvin Steele
  • Mick McNamara
Steve Pemberton in The League of Gentlemen


Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on the 1 September 1967 – that makes him 50.

He’s an actor, writer, comedian and screenwriter.

Aside from The League of Gentleman, his other television credits include Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia.

He also teamed up with Reece Shearsmith to co-write and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville and the comedy-drama Inside No. 9.

Steve is is one of four writers on The League of Gentleman, and is also responsible for playing the following characters:

  • Tubbs
  • Harvey
  • Pauline
  • Mike
  • Maurice
  • Charlie
  • Reenie
  • Bob
  • Ernest
  • Barry
  • Dave
  • Herr Lipp
  • Barbara
  • Pop
  • Farmer Jed
  • Ally Welles
  • Mechanic

Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 August 1969 – that makes him 48.

He’s actor, writer and comedian, whose married to Jane Shearsmith, with he raises two children.

His daughter Holly appears in the first episode of Psychoville as the birthday girl who gets a makeover from Mr Jelly the clown, played by Shearsmith.

Reece has also starred in films: Shaun of the Dead, Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Reece is is one of four writers on The League of Gentleman, and is also responsible for playing the following characters:

  • Edward
  • Benjamin
  • Ross
  • Geoff
  • Samuel
  • Stella
  • Vinnie
  • Patch
  • Peter
  • Lisgoe
  • Ollie
  • Bernice
  • Papa Lazarou
  • Judee
  • Pamela
  • Henry Portrait
  • Mike King

The League Of Gentlemen reboot also stars Sian Gibson and Jeremy Dyson, who’s the fourth writer.

What will happen in the new specials?

The specials will pick up with the characters 15 years on.

Reece Shearsmith told the BBC: “Part of the main story arc is about Royston Vasey now and how it’s even further in decline than it was before.”

Steve Pemberton added: “All the episodes of The League of Gentlemen had great moments, and what we’ve tried to do in these specials is give as many characters those special great moments over three episodes as possible.”

When is the new The League of Gentlemen on?

The BBC has confirmed that The League of Gentlemen will return to BBC Two.

There will be three specials to mark 20 years since the show’s radio debut.

The new shows will air December 18, 19 and 20, 2017.

The specials will reunite Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson.

The off-beat comedy finished on BBC2 in 2002 and was followed by a film in 2005, The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse.

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How ‘Justice League’ Sets Up the Future of DC on Film

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Surf Ranch Announced as 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour Venue

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LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Friday, November 17, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, Central California will host the world’s best surfers as part of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) calendar.

“Based on the results of our test event this year and the feedback from surfers training at the facility throughout the season, next September’s event has the potential to be something special for both surfers and fans,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “We’re only scratching the surface of how this technology can be applied and it is completely game-changing for the sport.”

“It’s incredible what the WSL and KSWC teams have developed at Surf Ranch over the past year and California’s Central Valley now boasts a world-class wave,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “This technology, and its ability to deliver high-quality waves at any location in the world, opens so many possibilities for how we can complement and evolve the competitive experience.”

Since coming online in December 2015, the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, California has undergone constant refinement and evolution of its technology. A test event this year in September delivered very positive results in terms of competitive experience and the overwhelmingly supportive feedback from surfers training there throughout the season has encouraged the WSL to pursue an event at the facility in 2018.

“The experience of competing at Surf Ranch is pretty extraordinary,” Adrian Buchan, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “What the team has created is hard to fathom at first – a perfect, 400-yard-long, bi-directional wave in the middle of rural California. I have no doubt that both the quality of the wave and the experience is befitting of hosting a world-class CT event. The Ocean will always be our home, but as we grow, having the opportunity to showcase and share the stoke of surfing to new audiences and schedule with pinpoint accuracy the huge match-ups and drama of the WSL is really exciting.”

“The surfers and the WSL have had a long-running discussion about the whole new set of opportunities that an event at the Surf Ranch facility can offer for the sport,” Sage Erickson, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “We now have the opportunity to schedule events in advance, guaranteed high-quality waves, fair opportunity for all surfers and a totally new and unique environment for spectators. One of the takeaways from this season’s test event is surfers really have to bring their whole arsenal – forehand, backhand, barrels, turns, airs and timing – to make an impact. It’s going to be incredible.”

A full 2018 WSL schedule is planned to be released next week.

The 2017 WSL Men’s and Women’s Title Races are coming down to the final events of the season –  the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons in Hawaii, USA from December 8 – 20, 2017 and the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay from November 25 – December 6, 2017.

For more information, log onto WorldSurfLeague.com.

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‘Justice League’: Cyborg’s Powers Explained

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains very mild spoilers about the Justice League film and the character Cyborg. Proceed with caution.

The Justice League has some pretty heavy hitters, but its most powerful member may be the half-human, half-machine Cyborg.

The character (played by Ray Fisher in the new film), was introduced via cameo to the DC Extended Universe in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Character Origin

Footage of his “creation” was found in the files Wonder Woman hacked. Before his transformation, Cyborg was Victor Stone, a star football player. He was mortally wounded in a car accident, with much of his body beyond repair. Victor’s father, the scientist Silas Stone, was able to salvage his son’s head and upper torso. (Sharp-eyed fans will recognize Silas’ portrayer, actor Joe Morton, as the cybernetic scientist Miles Bennett Dyson from Terminator 2.)

Unwilling to let Victor die, Silas developed a cybernetic body, but couldn’t complete the project. With the help of an alien Mother Box, Silas was able to connect Victor’s human consciousness to an extremely powerful robotic body. Batman and Wonder Woman need extra firepower to combat Steppenwolf, so they recruit Cyborg into the ranks of the Justice League.

Cyborg’s Powers Explained


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Cyborg commandeers an even bigger bot.

So what exactly are Cyborg’s powers?

His cybernetic body grants him superhuman strength and durability. It houses sophisticated systems that allow him to interface with other computers, and also create tools and weapons.

Cyborg’s “organic and biomechatronic body parts” (as Wonder Woman describes them) give him a variety of combat options. His primary weapon is an arm-mounted sonic cannon. He’s able to create a jetpack for flight, and additional armor to cover his human (aka vital) areas.

One trailer shows the hero taking control of an even bigger, heavily armed mech — adding to the League’s firepower.

Justice League opens on November 17 in the U.S. and U.K.

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‘Justice League’: Fans Show Cyborg Some Love

Aw, Cyborg. Some Justice League fans aren’t overly happy with the mechanoid metahuman’s inclusion in Zack Snyder’s film. Some of his critics see his presence as being at the expense of the widely adored Martian Manhunter, who was one of the original founders of the Justice League of America, or JLA for short. That’s alongside prestigious names including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Green Lantern, of course.

It isn’t the fault of the DC Extended Universe, though. DC Comics relaunched their entire comic-book line back in 2011 and it was then that the change was made. We discussed the reasons for Cyborg’s retconned foundership here:

Why Was Martian Manhunter Replaced by Cyborg as a Justice League Founder?

But while a contingent of fans expresses their displeasure, a faction of DC fans has sprung up celebrating Cyborg. They love everything the half-man, half-machine superhero is, and are using the hashtag #borglife to shout about it.

In Justice League, Cyborg joins Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and The Flash as part of a squad of metahumans rounded up by Bruce Wayne to tackle the threat posed by big bad Steppenwolf. His cybernetic enhancements come with heavy artillery built in, giving the team the extra firepower they’ll need to take on their powerful foe.

During a scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we saw Cyborg’s creation, as Victor Stone is transformed by his scientist father using experimental technology following a tragic accident.


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Cyborg will go into battle alongside some famous names… and hold his own.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best posts in celebration of Cyborg, and #borglife. Starting with this person, who has seen the film, praised Ray Fisher’s performance in the role, and is excited for Cyborg future:

And this person, who will be stoked to learn there’s a Cyborg movie in the works:

This Twitter user issued a simple statement:

While the official Justice League Movie Twitter account shared its Cyborg love at the World Premiere:

And also called out Cyborg’s technical expertise:

Cyborg actor, Ray Fisher himself, admits to being moved every time he’s reminded of Cyborg’s origin story:

And all of the people related to this Tweet are totally living the #Borglife — including Ray Fisher and the interviewer:

While this person longs for #borglife:

This Tweeter loves it when Cyborg says his catchphrase:

While this one just loves the way he looks:

This person who has seen the film is very impressed:

And this person prefers Cyborg to Spidey:

This person loves when Cyborg disses Batman:

And finally, this person has words for anyone who thinks Cyborg looks rubbish:

Justice League hits screens in the UK on November 16 and in the US on November 17.

 

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Remember your little league days and you probably got some sort of plastic trophy or medal that did its best to look like a Greco Roman achievement in sport but fell short in terms of actually, y’know, looking good. Back in the day (especially when plastic wasn’t a thing yet) awards, medals, and prizes were pretty snazzy and spectacular, whether for a major sporting event or just for yard games or color-war-type activities. If you want to take a look check out our diverse selection in the Awards & Prizes section of the shop. 

Besides the thrill of seeming like you actually have an achievement in gymnastics or horseshoes, these make for great pieces as an entryway for any guy looking to get into necklaces. By stringing in a simple metal chain or looping a piece of leather through these you have something that meets between workwear and rock star, avoiding going the full Johnny Depp. Wear them at your neck with pride. Just maybe start thinking of excuses to get out of actually having to wow at the uneven bars. 

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Back in March, the first Justice League trailer dropped and stirred considerable excitement. Since then, the DC cinematic universe has been shaken, first by the news that director Zack Snyder was stepping away from the project and then by the tremendous success of Wonder Woman.

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AliceIn Chains founder Jerry Cantrell is known among hard rock fans as one of thebest songwriters of his generation, as well as an innovative guitar god. But some may not be aware of his enthusiasm for pro football.

"Football to me was just always part of neighborhood life. My friends and I

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5 Better DC Villains For ‘Justice League’ Than Steppenwolf

When it comes to setting up a villain worthy of taking on an entire team of superheroes, the Justice League writers chose what many fans consider a “stepping-stone” villain. After all, the name Steppenwolf draws a complete blank for all but the most dedicated comic fans.


Justice League’s villain, Steppenwolf

While we’re sure the Justice League writers and production team know what they’re doing when it comes to setting Steppenwolf up against a lineup of insanely superpowered beings, we found five villains we wished they had chosen to bring to the big screen instead.

Starro



It seems only fitting that the first threat the Justice League ever faced as a team should make this list. Starro is an alien mind-controlling starfish who could cause some serious chaos. With the ability to create hoards of clones and use the clones to take control of anyone in their path, imagine the problems Earth would face if it took over the bodies of Flash and Wonder Woman and turned them against the planet.

And that’s not all he can do. An ability better known as “terraforming,” Starro can change the environment to suit his needs. And while there are some iterations that are impervious to physical harm, Starro can typically regrow from the most minuscule segment that survives the destruction of the rest of the body.

Parallex



The Justice League isn’t complete without Green Lantern, and what better way to introduce the character to the DCEU than with one of his greatest enemies.

The embodiment of pure fear, Parallax has the ability to inhabit beings of his choosing, and set them on murderous rampages against anyone, as seen in the storyline Emerald Night. Twice the villain, with his immortality and his ability to reshape reality, Parallax would be more than a challenge for the combined Justice League, and a great way to bring Green Lantern into the universe.

Brainiac



The entire 31st-century human race (which is pretty far advanced) only adds up to level 9 on the intellect scale. Brainiac has a “level 12” intellect, which should give you an impression of just how smart he really is.

With this incredible intellect, he has an insane grasp of knowledge over pretty much anything, and in turn, he can create some very advanced weaponry. These weapons include a shield capable of taking Superman’s worst, and a shrink ray that allows him to pocket entire cities. His calculation skills make him more than a formidable foe for even Batman to outwit, and he can absorb information from other beings, making plans to attack him fairly useless.

He has even been shown to have the ability to travel and control space and even time. Oh, and he comes wrapped up with the typical super strength, speed, and durability on the level of Superman. Top that, Steppenwolf.

Imperiex-Prime



Out of all the characters on this list, Imperiex-Prime is probably the most overpowered. With the power of the Big Bang in his fist, he has taken out Doomsday in a single punch and destroys entire galaxies on his quest to restart the universe.

In fact, he is so powerful that it takes a team-up of the most powerful beings in the universe to battle Imperiex, including the entire Justice League, Mongul, Doomsday, and Darkseid. However, in the comic, even this team-up is unable to kill him, and they are forced to send him back in time, letting the Big Bang wipe Imperiex-Prime off the face of the universe.

The fact that Imperiex requires such a team-up is the biggest reason he made this list. It’d take some serious cooperation between the heroes of the DCEU universe to battle, and win against Imperiex-Prime. And it would give us a chance to really see Flash in action, not that we won’t eventually see that.

Nekron



The embodiment of Death itself, Nekron‘s full scope of powers is unknown. The Anti-Monitor had no effect on him, he can raise the dead, and kill beings as powerful as the Guardians with a simple touch. He has taken on universal entities such as the Life Entity and survived, and warp reality as he sees fit. Nekron’s resurrection powers alone would be quite a challenge for the Justice League, especially if Batman and his team had to take on a reborn Superman, or even Doomsday again.

Just like Parallax, Nekron has a connection to the Green Lantern Corps as one of their greatest villains (one of his first appearances was in a Green Lantern comic). To take on Nekron, Green Lantern is a must-need. Pitting Death and his Black Lanterns against the Justice League would be a perfect way to bring Green Lantern into the DCEU.



Despite all these other villains being more powerful than Steppenwolf (and much better options), we have faith that he will be plenty of a match for the Justice League.

Justice League: Part 1 hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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NBA Issues a Memo Reminding Players and Coaches They MUST Stand During the National Anthem, Per League Rules [Video]

The NBA sent a memo late Friday to teams reinforcing its existing rule that players and coaches are to stand for the national anthem.

The memo also suggested other ways in which those who chose to might address the recent protest movement sweeping across the NFL and other sports.

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The memo, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, was distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. It instructs teams that “the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem.”

The memo states that individual teams “do not have the discretion to waive” the rule that players, coaches and staff stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule. It is not clear if the league would exercise it in the event of any protest. The league also does not want teams independently disciplining players, sources say, and has encouraged open dialogue within teams.

In the memo, Tatum suggests teams might address the current political climate by having players and coaches give a joint pregame address at their first home games.

“This could include a message of unity and how the team is committed to bringing the community together this season,” the memo states.

The memo also suggests teams might prepare a video tribute or public service announcement featuring “team leadership speaking about the issues they care about.”

The memo comes a day after commissioner Adam Silver said he expects players to stand for the national anthem.

Do you think any players will challenge the rule?

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What Does Superman’s Presence on This New ‘Justice League’ Poster Mean?

Justice League is only a few months away and we’re about to get hit with a marketing hurricane. It was only a matter of time before the marketing revealed that Superman was returning to the fold. The unambiguous ending of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice all but shouted that to the heavens. We’ve seen a few fan-made posters that inserted the Man of Steel into the Justice League lineup, but today gives us our first official look at Kal-El’s return.

Check out the poster, but keep reading because we’ve got a lingering few questions about this revival.


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What About That Black Suit?

The biggest question – other than how they’ll explain away Superman’s revival – is why he isn’t in a black outfit. In the comic book arc The Death and Return of Superman, Clark came back with his powers severely diminished. He was also wearing a black suit (sans cape) with a silver S insignia.


superman black costume death and return of superman

A lot of fans assumed that Justice League would bring this iconic look to the big screen, and they actually got what seemed to be confirmation from Henry Cavill himself. Cavill posted this picture on his Instagram that basically revealed the black costume’s appearance.

So, is the black suit still going to show up? It’s definitely possible. The marketing team might be holding off on showing the black suit for a cool reveal in the movie. It’s also a possibility that the studio doesn’t want the black suited Superman to show up in marketing because of the tonal approach the advertising is taking. Justice League is positioning itself as a fun, almost light-hearted superhero film. Having Superman show up looking like he took his suit to a Hot Topic tailor might smash that image.

Could We See Two Super Suits?

Another theory is that Justice League will take inspiration from The Death and Return of Superman by having Clark show up in the black suit and not have all of his powers. In the comic book, he had to use weapons and gadgets in order to fight his enemies while his body soaked in some solar radiation and recharged his abilities. A similar plot point might be what happens in Justice League, so Clark might have the black suit while he’s powered down and then reclaim the ol’ red and blue duds once he’s back up to full power.

Here’s hoping we get to see some more of Superman in the marketing now that the posters and latest trailer have told us he’s returning. We’ll know the answers to all these questions when justice League opens on November 17.

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