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Minneapolis: Minnesota Vikings fire assistant coach for refusing to take COVID vaccine

Minneapolis: Minnesota Vikings fire assistant coach for refusing to take COVID vaccine

By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for MinneapolisNewsAndTalk.Com Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Rick Dennison was fired Friday for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which the NFL has made a requirement for all its top-level employees, according to a report by ESPN. For the past two seasons, Dennison has served as the Vikings offensive line coach and run game coordinator. The 63-year-old is believed to be the first NFL position coach to be terminated due to a refusal to get vaccinated. Assistant offensive line coach Phil Rauscher was promoted to take Dennison’s job, and the Vikings hired Auburn University special-teams…
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Athletes Lead the Way on Mental Health

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Athletes Lead the Way on Mental Health

BY KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Instead of demanding perfection from sports stars who get candid about their health, viewers should admire their perseverance — and take cues from their coping skills. When four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open and Wimbledon because of anxiety and depression associated with compulsory press interviews, many fans were shocked at her bold confession. While most professional athletes rallied to support her “bravery,” some critics dismissed the player, who will represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics, as a “diva” and “narcissistic.” The same thing happened in 2018 when…
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Chicago: Chicago Cubs – Court papers reveal new allegations in Ben Zobrist divorce

Chicago: Chicago Cubs – Court papers reveal new allegations in Ben Zobrist divorce

By Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for ChicagoNewsAndTalk.Com 7-day trial scheduled to begin Aug. 9 in Franklin, Tennessee Several new bombshells have come to light in the bitter and lengthy divorce of former Chicago Cubs player Ben Zobrist and his estranged wife Julianna, who are scheduled to appear in court next month amid a newly filed lawsuit from May that alleges Julianna had a year-long affair with their Nashville pastor Bryon Yawn. Court documents detailed this week in the Chicago Tribunereveal that Julianna accused Ben of “basically giving up” and losing out on income when he “intentionally and voluntarily” took…
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Phoenix: Milwaukee Bucks ticket prices, demand skyrocket for NBA Finals Game 6 vs. Phoenix Suns

Phoenix: Milwaukee Bucks ticket prices, demand skyrocket for NBA Finals Game 6 vs. Phoenix Suns

Jeremy Cluff | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for CNT The Milwaukee Bucks are one win away from winning the NBA title. Fans who want to watch the team have a chance to do so in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals are going to have to fork over some serious cash. As of Monday afternoon, the least expensive tickets for Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee against the Phoenix Suns were going for $1,000 each on Ticketmaster, and those were for standing room only seats with no guaranteed view of the court. The cheapest seats with…
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NFL to play Black national anthem at all league games in 2021

NFL to play Black national anthem at all league games in 2021

By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT The NFL will play the Black national anthem before all games during the 2021 season, including the Sept. 9 kickoff game and the playoffs, as part of a 10-year, $250 million commitment to fighting racism in America, reports say. Additionally, the league announced it will feature social justice messaging on fields, signage and helmet decals and public service announcements, according to a report by Front Office Sports. Rap mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has been advising the league on its “Inspire Change” initiative. The moves follow a league-wide test-run last season in which…
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Paul Orndorff, Hall of Fame wrestler known as Mr. Wonderful, dead at 71

Paul Orndorff, Hall of Fame wrestler known as Mr. Wonderful, dead at 71

By Jesus Jiménez, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT Died Monday in Fayetteville, Georgia; other wrestling legends pay tribute on social media Paul Orndorff, the WWE Hall of Famer known to fans as Mr. Wonderful, who fought against Hulk Hogan in the first WrestleMania, died Monday in Fayetteville, Georgia. He was 71. Orndorff’s death was announced by his son Travis Orndorff on Instagram. No cause was given. “Most of you will remember him for his physique,” his son said in the Instagram post. “Many will remember his intensity. But if I could only get you to understand and see…
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Here’s what the Suns know that will help them eliminate the Clippers in Game 5 at home

Here’s what the Suns know that will help them eliminate the Clippers in Game 5 at home

Greg Moore | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for CNT   The Suns are ready to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns Arena on Monday.  Whether they’ll be able to is an open question, but Phoenix can advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in nearly 30 years by relying on lessons learned so far this series. The Suns know how to win with a balanced offensive attack, like when six players scored double-figures in Game 1. They know how to win with a thrilling play, like Game 2’s Valley Oop! They know how it feels to lose,…
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Phoenix Suns to face Arizona’s most ‘hated’ NBA player, Paul George, in Clippers series

Phoenix Suns to face Arizona’s most ‘hated’ NBA player, Paul George, in Clippers series

Jeremy Cluff | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for CNT   PG13 and Playoff P are a couple of nicknames for Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George. But evidently you can call the forward something else for the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns. Arizona's most "hated" NBA player. BetOnline.ag recently released a map of the most hated NBA player in each state, based on geotagged Twitter data, and George was apparently Arizona's player of choice. Not LeBron James, not Kyrie Irving. Not even Marcus or Markieff Morris, but Paul George. George and Westbrook were the only players to be just one state's most…
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Freddie Freeman carries seven-game hitting streak into Friday

Freddie Freeman carries seven-game hitting streak into Friday

By Gabriel Burns, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Maybe, finally – and another “maybe” for emphasis – Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is seeing his luck turn more favorably. Freeman had two hits in Thursday’s win over the Cardinals, extending his hitting streak to seven games entering Friday. Freeman has hit .400/.441/.767 with three homers and seven RBIs during his season-best streak. Freeman has raised his batting average from .224 to .246 during the run. This has been a maddening season for Freeman, the reigning National League MVP who’s ticketed for free agency this winter. Yet despite his misfortunes,…
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