Cassius Winston on Why He Choose Michigan State Over Harvard

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“Strange, you’re right. He got into Harvard. I mean, I don’t have a lot of guys that do that,” Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo responded when we asked him about his star point guard, Cassius Winston. The query was about how the floor general who wears #5 for the Spartans measures up in terms of book smarts and just overall intelligence, and what kind of intellectualism he has off the court.

It was a natural follow up to what Izzo had said earlier about the Detroit native, describing him thusly:

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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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What Made the 1918 Red Sox-Cubs World Series Weird and Scary (Podcast)

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Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on September 18th, but we have now updated it to include the podcast we did on the book last night (October 23rd)

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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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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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Cristiano Ronaldo Left Off Portugal Squad Amid Rape Allegations

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Another international break begins on Monday and once again Portugal will be without the face of their program, Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal coach Fernando Santos did not call up Ronaldo for the games against Poland on October 11 (UEFA Nations League) and Scotland October 14 (international friendly).

Santos said his superstar will miss the November international break as well, but didn’t specify the reason. Ronaldo is currently the subject of both a civil suit and a criminal investigation regarding a 2009 incident in Las Vegas, Nevada. A woman named Kathryn Mayorga alleges that Ronaldo raped her at his hotel room nine years ago. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Accuser Kathryn Mayorga Not Doing Interviews

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(Update: Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal squad for upcoming international break)

The Associated Press reported Monday that Las Vegas Police have decided to re-open the investigation of a rape claim made against Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. The case was re-opened at the request of an attorney for Kathryn Mayorga, a teacher and former model from Henderson, Nevada who claims that Ronaldo raped her at his Las Vegas hotel room on June 13th, 2009.

The incident is alleged to have occurred during the same summer that Ronaldo was sold from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

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Kathryn Mayorga Accuses Cristiano Ronaldo of Rape, Police Reopen the Case

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(Update: Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal squad for upcoming international break)

(UPDATE: Mayorga won’t be doing interviews, according to her attorney, Ronaldo gives second, stronger statement denying the accusations)

A Nevada woman named Kathryn Mayorga, a former model who is now a teacher, accused Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her on June 13th, 2009 in his hotel room. Mayorga, 34, alleges the rape took place at Ronaldo’s penthouse suite at the Palms Casino Resort when she was age 24.

The very explosive accusations, which Ronaldo publicly denied over the weekend, branding it “fake, fake news,” first became public knowledge via an investigative report in German publication Der Spiegel late last week. Ronaldo has threatened to sue the magazine over their publication of this story, but late Monday the Associated Press report that Las Vegas police have decided to reopen the criminal case.

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