Roman Abramovich, Bob Kraft in Talks for Chelsea-Revolution Match Combating Antisemitism

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Say what you want about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as they are two extremely rich, prodigiously powerful and extremely polarizing men, but they are on the right side of history with this initiative.

As part of Chelsea’s aggressive antisemitism initiative, the west London club is in talks with Major League Soccer club New England Revolution, another team owned by Robert Kraft, to stage a friendly where the proceeds raised will go towards fighting antisemitism.

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Ryan Leaf EXCLUSIVE: Former QB Opens Up About His Addiction and Recovery

In the first college football game I attended as a student, the visiting team scored an 80-yard touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage. The visitors, Washington State, would go on to win and play in the Rose Bowl against that year’s eventual national champions, Michigan. The home team, my alma mater of Illinois, wouldn’t even win a single game that year.

More than 20 years later, I’m sitting in a Cadillac Escalade, rolling down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and the quarterback who threw that 80-yard TD pass, Ryan Leaf, is now granting me an exclusive interview; and the topic of football is ancillary to the purpose of our discourse.

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Xherdan Shaqiri Not Playing in UCL Match Due to Sociopolitical Concerns

Liverpool FC has decided not to travel attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri to their UEFA Champions League group stage clash tomorrow night at Red Star Belgrade. The decision was made due to off-the-pitch, not on-the-pitch concerns with reports circulating that the Swiss international, due to his Kosvan-Albanian heritage, would be the subject of political protests in Belgrade this week.

LFC posted the following statement on their website, attributed to manager Jurgen Klopp:

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Nemanja Matic Reveals Why He Won’t Wear a Poppy on his Shirt

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic took a lot of heat on social media over the weekend due to his controversial stance on the poppy emblem. Matic was the only United player not to wear the poppy emblem on his kit during Saturday’s 2-1 win at AFC Bournemouth, and this decision drew a lot of ire from football fans.

The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, and represents a common or field poppy. Matic wore the symbol on his jersey last year, but has since reversed course on the practice. He took to Instagram to explain why.

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Ryan Leaf Overcame Opioids, Prison to Become Inspirational Recovery Advocate

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Ryan Leaf is known by many football fans as perhaps the greatest bust in NFL Draft history. His career began with an endless debate about who should be taken first in the 1998 draft- himself, or the man who did get selected first overall, Peyton Manning. While Leaf only saw 25 games of action over the course of three seasons, Manning went on to win five MVP awards, two Super Bowls and get selected to 14 Pro Bowls.

Given the elite level of Manning’s many prodigious accomplishments, Leaf’s washing out of the league by age 26 seems even more disappointing by comparison. That’s extremely unfair on many levels to Ryan Leaf, but unfortunately that is how this chapter in the book of sports history has been written.

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Luke Shaw Gives Touching Message to Leicester City After Helicopter Tragedy

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Manchester United left back Luke Shaw was among the many in the football world who paid their respects to the lives lost in the Leicester City tragedy on Saturday. Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, along with the four other people on board his private helicopter, passed away after the aircraft crashed in the King Power Stadium.

Sunday and Monday has seen tributes for the 61-year-old Srivaddhanaprabha and Leicester City football club come in from all over the world, and the English international posted the following message on his official Twitter account:

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Liverpool FC Owners Pay Respect to Lives Lost in Leicester Helicopter Crash

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It was routine on match days at the King Power Stadium to see the helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha take off from midfield after the contest was over. On Saturday however, this routine became devastation and tragedy. The helicopter lost power and plummeted to the parking lot where it crashed and burst into flames.

The Leicester City owner was one of five lives lost in the crash, and Sunday saw respects being paid from all over the world. Not just the soccer/football/futbol world, but everywhere in sports, moments of silence were held for the Thai billionaire, Leicester City football club and the LCFC community.

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Serious About Sport? How to Progress Faster

By Peter Dunn

Have you already decided to start playing a sport, but you’re not sure what type of training to go for? Perhaps you wish to do it just as a hobby, or you might decide to eventually do it professionally. Whatever your choice is, it is important to know exactly what it is you want, and how to go about it correctly.

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New Jersey Sports Betting Grows Nearly 100% in September; More States to Legalize?

Last Friday, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released its September sports betting numbers, and the results were astounding. Sports bettors wagered a whopping $184 million, good for a 96 percent increase from August’s total of $95.6 million. Considering that sports gambling has only been legal in the state since June 14th, these numbers beat even the most optimistic of expectations.

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Man United Tweet Photo of Kanye West in Club Jacket, Fans Get Confused

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As we speak, Kanye West is the top trending term of Twitter nationally due to his lunch at the Office and conversation about prison reform with President Donald Trump. While West has zero governmental policy making experiences or true sociopolitical credentials on which to stand, there he was drawing the attention of the nation’s media.

Attention that could be placed on the historic natural disaster tearing through the southeastern part of the United States today.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Lawyer Acknowledges 2010 Kathryn Mayorga Settlement

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a new criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas, Peter S. Christiansen, and he went on the offensive Wednesday, blasting media coverage of a rape claim made against his client. Kathryn Mayorga, a Nevada teacher and former model, alleges that the footballing superstar raped her during a 2009 encounter in a Las Vegas hotel.

Christiansen maintains that media reports of the 2009 Ronaldo-Mayorga encounter are due to electronic data leaks of documents that he said were stolen by a hacker from law firms and other entities in Europe and then put up for sale.

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Kathryn Mayorga Civil Case, Criminal Investigation Concerns Cristiano Ronaldo Sponsors

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The allegations of rape made by Nevada woman Kathryn Mayorga against Cristiano Ronaldo are raising concerns among the footballing superstar’s sponsors. Last week Las Vegas police decided to re-open the criminal investigation into Mayorga’s accusations, which stem from a meeting on June 13, 2009. 

Additionally, Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit last week against Ronaldo, and all of the negative publicity surrounding the two cases has raised concern among the Portugese superstar’s commercial endorsement partners. Ronaldo, who was not called up for Portugal this international break, has denounced Mayorga’s claims as untrue on multiple occasions.

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