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Houston Texans players rip superintendent for ‘you can’t count on a black quarterback’ post 

Houston Texans football coach Bill O’Brien and several players criticized a Facebook post made by a Texas school superintendent after the team’s 27-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, that read in part, “you can’t count on a black quarterback,” the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

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Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, apparently was reacting to the final play of Sunday’s game, when Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson held on to the football as time ran out.

The incident occurred Monday, when the Chronicle posted a meme about the play.

Matt Erickson, of Houston, commented that he never watches the "perpetual dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans," KTRK reported.

Redden, who is white, then replied in a public post, “That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL. When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."

The Chronicle obtained a screenshot of the comment, the newspaper reported.

At his Wednesday news conference, O’Brien criticized the comments.

"I don't want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements," O’Brien said. "Deshaun represents everything that's right about football and life. It's amazing that BS exists, but it does."

At the same news conference, Watson said he had experienced racism before but did not comment about the superintendent’s post.

"That's on him – let peace be with him," Watson said. "I'm all about love."

Texans defensive star J.J. Watt said the post “does not deserve any attention from any of us.”

“It's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play,” Watt said. “It's very unfortunate. I trust (Watson). We all trust him."

Redden told the Chronicle in a telephone interview that he regretted making the post, which has been deleted, and thought he was responding to a private message. He told the newspaper he deleted the comment as soon as he realized it was public. He said that he was referring to the statistical success of black NFL quarterbacks, adding that they "have had limited success" throughout the league's history, the Chronicle reported.

The Onalaska ISD school board will discuss Redden's contract during a closed meeting Saturday, the Chronicle reported. In a statement to KPRC, the school board said that it “does not condone negative comments or actions against any race.”

"The district values every individual and therefore the district will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely," the statement read.

NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls at the 2:28 mark.

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The couple already have a 1-year-old son named Noah.

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Russell had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The seven-time All-Star and former MVP is expected to miss preseason and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The Thunder's first game is Oct. 16 at Golden State.

Report Card: Improvements still to be made despite Georgia’s third straight blowout

Georgia football-Report Card-Improvements still to be made despite third straight blowout-Georgia Bulldogs

ATHENS — The highlight of Kirby Smart’s postgame press conference Saturday came when the coach was asked to address the “spat” that occurred between two Georgia defensive players.

Rather than deny or downplay that it happened, Smart had a little fun with it.

Kirby Smart said this dust-up between #UGA defenders Brenton Cox and D'Andre Walker was about "Love." The tough kind, apparently. #Dawgs pic.twitter.com/2yurq1uAUZ — Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) September 16, 2018

Asked what precipitated the shoving match between freshman Brenton Cox and senior D’Andre Walker, Smart grinned and said, “Love.”

“They love each other,” he continued. “Sometimes when you’re playing football you have spats. So sometimes when you care about somebody so much and you want them to do something right, you encourage them to do right. What they did, we’ll handle internally. It’s not a big deal. They’re both over it and I respect both of them. They’re great kids and I’m proud of the way it was handled and the way they both have fire.”

Smart never revealed what actually triggered the confrontation, but he  that the heated exchange was actually a good thing. He compared it to an incident that occurred between some Alabama players right there in Sanford Stadium when Smart was the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator in 2015.

“One of the best teams I’ve been around sat in that stadium right there when I was at Alabama and about killed Reuben Foster because he gave up an 80-yard run to Nick Chubb,” said Smart, referring to a game the Tide won in Athens, 38-10. “I knew then that we had a special defense. Well, today showed me some fire and grit that, regardless of the score, the standard’s here. If you don’t play to the standard, you’re going to be called out.”

Not clear about Saturday’s skirmish was which party was enforcing the standard, but the inference was that it was the senior.

Regardless, with the Bulldogs’ 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee State, No. 3-ranked Georgia improved to 3-0 and continues to look like the dominant team it was predicted to be this season. But no sooner did the Bulldogs bench all their starters and put the finishing touches on their day, than LSU went out and beat Auburn and Alabama went to Oxford and humiliated Ole Miss 62-7.

So, clearly, to be everything the Bulldogs want to be this season, their standards have to be very high. And it’s to that standard that they shall be graded on Saturday’s performance.

Based on that, here’s how Georgia did:

Offense: B

The Bulldogs had 382 total yards and 217 rushing — by halftime. It was at that point that quarterback Jake Fromm and most of Georgia’s offensive skill players took a seat for the day. But there were some concerning moments hidden between the many explosive plays.

Georgia’s No. 1 offensive line gave up two sacks, one of which could have and probably should have resulted in a safety or defensive touchdown. The Bulldogs were flagged a season-high seven times, including twice for holding and twice for false starts.

Again, Georgia produced its first 100-yard rusher of the season in Elijah Holyfield, who had a 66-yard run, and also had a 65-yard pass and another 56-yard run. But for every explosive play the Bulldogs had, they also had a dud.

Defense: B

Middle Tennessee State managed only 288 yards on 68 offensive plays, an average of 4.23 yards per play. That’s a pretty good day’s work. But there were moments of concern.

Especially disconcerting was the 41-yard TD pass by the Blue Raiders. Quarterback Brent Stockstill hit wide receiver Patrick Smith on a quick out in the right flat, then got great blocks from C.J. Windham and Gatlin Casey to turn what should’ve been a short gain into a 41-yard touchdown.

Pressuring the passer continues to be problematic for the Bulldogs. For the second time this season, they exited a game without recording a quarterback sack. They have just one on the season. Smart contends too much is made of that stat, but they also weren’t credited with a hurry. It is paramount Georgia figures out how to affect the passer before it gets to Columbia, Mo., next Saturday.

Special teams: A

If we included minuses, there would be one here. Georgia was penalized four times on kicks, twice for offsides on kickoffs and twice for holding. It blemished what was otherwise an exceptional day.

Mecole Hardman finally broke through and recorded the punt-return touchdown he has so cruelly eluded him. He went straight up the cut with a 70-yarder midway through the second quarter.

Rodrigo Blankenship did not have a field goal attempt but continued his touchback streak despite kicking off into the wind several times. He added eight Saturday to make him 23-of-23 for the season.

Punter Jake Camarda booted another 55-yarder, but that one also rolled into the end zone. That’s four touchbacks on the season. That’s the same number Cameron Nizalek had all last season.

Coaching: B

Again, the Bulldogs were flagged for penalties seven times and generally weren’t as sharp as we’ve seen them this season. But Georgia managed to put together a fairly focused effort despite facing an overmatched non-conference opponent in a game that was moved up more than seven hours two days before it was scheduled to be played.

Overall: B

It was good, not great. The fact is, all of Georgia’s goals remain intact and Bulldogs’ seem reasonably healthy physically and mentally as they prepare for a challenging road trip to Missouri. The Tigers improved to 3-0 when they defeated Purdue 40-37 on a last-second field goal in West LaFayette, Ind.

 

 

 

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge sets world mark in marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a world record in the marathon Sunday, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds, ESPN reported.

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Kipchoge, 33, an Olympic champion, broke the previous world record set in 2014 by 1:18 to become the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes.

"I lack words to describe this day," said Kipchoge, who also won the Berlin Marathon in 2017.

Improving the world record by 78 seconds was the largest improvement to the marathon world record since 1967, when Derek Clayton shaved 2:23 off the time, The Guardian reported.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, ESPN reported. That was a women’s record for Berlin and the fourth fastest time in women’s marathon history, The Guardian reported. Only Paula Radcliffe, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba have run the women’s marathon in faster times. Mizuki Noguchi of Japan set the previous record 13 years ago, The Guardian reported.

UGA vs. Middle Tennessee State kickoff time changed

The University of Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee State football game on Saturday September, 15th has become the latest event to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is on track to effect weather across the Southeast the next several days. 

Kickoff was scheduled for 7:15pm on Saturday but has instead been rescheduled for NOON to accommodate travel for those in areas that will be affected by the storm. 

The latest track of Florence has it moving into the Carolinas sometime in the next day or so, and then potentially making a turn towards Georgia as the storm weakens over land. While wind gusts are expected, no hurricane force winds are expected in Georgia, but outer rain bands could bring with them several inches of rainfall along with gusty winds at times. 

Statement from UGA:

“After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium.”

 

The game will be televised on ESPN News and will stream live on the ESPN app.

 

The University of Georgia encourages fans to support disaster relief efforts through the Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or going online to

 

https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-florence-donations.html/

 

Colin Kaepernick's 'I'm With Kap' jersey sells out in hours

New jerseys supporting Colin Kaepernick are sold out hours after being announced for presale, and he’s still a free agent in the NFL.

USA Today reported that Kaepernick announced that jerseys with “#IMWITHKAP” across the front were up for presale Monday. They have the athlete and activist’s number, 7, on the back, as well as his last name.

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Kaepernick posted on Twitter that a portion of proceeds for the limited edition jerseys, which sold for $99.99 in youth sizes and $174.99 in adult unisex sizes, will benefit the Know Your Rights Camp. The campaign, founded by Kaepernick, raises awareness on self improvement and education and provides instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in varying situations.

Hours after the announcement was made, Kaepernick said in a follow-up tweet that the jerseys were instantly all out of stock, adding that all profits would now go to Know Your Rights Camp.

This is the latest in activism and awareness work for Kaepernick. He is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the brand’s “Just Do It” campaign, and appeared in a commercial for the brand that aired during the NFL season opener game Thursday. Since the campaign was announced, online Nike sales are up 31 percent, despite a number of boycotts across the country.

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UGA at Missouri kickoff time announced

If you're traveling to Columbia, Missouri on September 22nd, go ahead and start finalizing those UGA Football tailgate plans. 

The No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs will kickoff against the Missouri Tigers in the Show Me State at 12 p.m. ET on Faurot Field. The game will be televised on ESPN. 

The Bulldogs have not lost in Columbia since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012, when Georgia welcomed the newcomers to the conference on their field with a 41-20 victory. The most recent trip resulted in a much closer 28-27 victory which included a fourth down conversion for a TD late in the game in 2016. 

Iowa boy, 11, who wanted casket decorated with racing stickers dies

An 11-year-old Iowa boy suffering from leukemia who wanted to decorate his casket with racing stickers died Monday morning, KCCI reported.

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Caleb Hammond, of Oskaloosa, died at 2 a.m. Monday, his mother, Holly Kempf, wrote on Facebook. The boy was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2017, according to the Des Moines Register. Caleb went through several months of unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments and a bone marrow transplant, before he and his family decided to discontinue treatment, the newspaper reported.

Kempf wrote on Facebook Monday: "Our little Mr went peacefully in his sleep at 2:00 a.m. today surrounded by our families. Before I was woken up being told he was getting ready to pass, he was smiling at me while I was dreaming. With my hand on his chest, I felt his last breath and a few last heartbeats."

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Caleb received hundreds of stickers from all over the country, including some from NASCAR and IndyCar drivers, WXIN reported. He also was given the chance to drive a race car on a dirt track and ride in a $3 million race car, KCCI reported. Ferrari dealer Garrett Hayim sent the race car, a driver and a racing suit to Iowa so Caleb could ride at the Iowa Speedway, the television station reported.

On Facebook, NASCAR Off-Track posted that the #TeamCaleb car decal will be run in the boy’s honor Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Twelve NASCAR race cars will honor Hammond today at IMS during the Xfinity race and Brickyard 400, WXIN reported.

Several NASCAR drivers and teams tweeted their condolences Monday.

Funeral services are pending, KCCI reported.

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