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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 03:29:14 AM mt

'Junction Boys syndrome': how college football fatalities became normalized




Theres no good reason for college football workouts to be dangerous, let alone fatal. Yet tragedies like the death of Maryland lineman Jordan McNair have become numbingly familiar

When Scott Anderson learned that University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair had died in June following a spring workout, he was saddened but not surprised. The head athletic trainer at the University of Oklahoma, Anderson has spent roughly two decades studying deaths in college football, coming to a sobering conclusion.

The sport is needlessly and heedlessly killing athletes with overly intense workouts.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 03:28:27 AM mt

Heroine agony aunt wise woman: Arethas soundtrack to my life




As a young black British woman, I drew inspiration from Aretha Franklin, and will hold her dear long after the world stops mourning

Several days ago, my mother called me with some bad news. I think Arethas time is coming, she said. Of course, I knew who she meant. There was only one Aretha. A grenade had been dropped. A soft breath came, followed by a silence, then my response. Id heard. My God. Not her too.

We had a conversation then about black icons how quickly we seemed to be losing them, and how Aretha had been part of the soundtrack of our lives, her songs woven through so many crystallised moments.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 03:01:12 AM mt

US Democrats are struggling to make sense of a socialist surge Anne McElvoy




Anti-Trump activists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Socialists of America have galvanised disillusioned voters

On the well-kept shores of Marthas Vineyard, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas arrived this month, still drawing their respective following of acolytes for book signings, cocktail parties and informal think-ins about what Democrats need to do to turn back the tide of Trumpism. The local joke is that when they leave the tiny airport the left turns right to their down-island destination of identical clapperboard summer retreats. Beyond this cloistered world of J Crew and clam bakes, the destination of travel looks very different. As America prepares for electoral combat season in the midterm elections this November, the centre-left is being lured to turn harder to the left.

The hot movement for opponents of Donald Trumps aggressive populism is the Democratic Socialists of America, fiercely competing for political oxygen with Democratic party candidates.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 02:10:14 AM mt

AFL Sunday: Western Bulldogs scrap clear of Carlton to win three in a row




  • Western Bulldogs 10.6 (66) def. Carlton 7.7 (49)
  • Marcus Bontempelli stars with 37 disposals

The Western Bulldogs have out-scrapped Carlton, pulling clear in the last quarter for a 17-point AFL win. After nine lead changes, the Bulldogs kicked four goals to two in the last quarter and finally put away the bottom side 10.6 (66) to 7.7 (49) on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

Only 11 goals were scored in the opening three quarters, despite the closed roof.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 02:10:06 AM mt

Premiership elite players to be limited to 30 games a season




Controversial limit of 32 to be reduced from 2019-20
Enforcement will need effective handling of England players

The controversial 32-game limit for a Premiership player in a season is to change, the Observer understands. From 2019-20 elite players will be limited to 30 lots of 80 minutes or 35 involvements in a matchday squad, whichever comes sooner.

Previously the limit applied only to members of Englands elite player squad but now it is being written into the standard Premiership contract, although it is almost impossible for a domestic player to pass the threshold.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 02:09:57 AM mt

NRL Sunday: Canterbury upset Warriors with thrilling field goal win




  • Canterbury Bulldogs 27-26 New Zealand Warriors
  • Lachlan Lewis scores 79th minute field gold

Canterbury have delivered the Warriors a stark wake-up call two weeks out from the NRL finals, springing a 27-26 upset at ANZ Stadium.

Young five-eighth Lachlan Lewis was the hero for the Bulldogs, slotting a 79th minute field goal to hold off a Warriors fightback.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 02:09:04 AM mt

Brightons Bernardo: In my school I was the only black guy. It bothers me




Brightons new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids

I think I have a Brazilian soul, Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazils social divide on an entertaining afternoon at the Amex Stadium. You see me laughing and joking. But I had a different education from most players because my dad could afford to invest in certain things for me. Most people in Brazil could not have that.

Bernardo, Brighton & Hove Albions new Brazilian defender, is aware of the world around him. His father is Bernardo Fernandes da Silva, a former footballer who won the Brazilian championship with So Paulo in 1986, counted Careca as a teammate, represented Bayern Munich in 1989 and earned 19 caps for Brazil, and he knows that he was lucky to enjoy a privileged upbringing. His parents could afford to send him to a private school in So Paulo, he enjoyed exciting family holidays and his mother, Irene, was happy to give him lifts to training.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 02:08:47 AM mt

Maurizio Sarri emerges with points from new boys wild helter-skelter Amy Lawrence




Italian has good fortune Chelsea have started with two wins while Unai Emery must feel aggrieved Arsenal are stuck on zero

For two managers new to English football, bringing their own ideas and cultures to these shores, it did not take long to experience the full chaos of the Premier League in all of its maddening, unpredictable, helter-skelter glory. At half-time, as Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery went back to their dressing rooms to digest a splurge of goals, misses and some harrowing defending, it must have been a challenge to know where to start to try to make sense of it all. The lurching turbulence and shifting tension was relentless. Sarri did not mind admitting that during the most wayward period for his team he would have been better off smoking than watching.

Related: Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 01:41:19 AM mt

New Zealand's minister for women cycles to hospital to give birth




Julie Anne Genter, who was 42 weeks pregnant, said the ride was mostly downhill

New Zealand's minister for women has cycled herself to a birthing unit as she prepares to have her first child.

Green Party politician Julie Anne Genter posted a picture on Instagram saying she had arrived at Auckland City hospital to be induced and had travelled by bicycle.

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The Guardian
Sunday August 19, 2018 @ 01:40:52 AM mt

In the Cape Town enclave that survived apartheid the new enemy is gentrification




Picturesque Bo-Kaap was for decades the home of Muslim residents. Now, as some cash in on soaring house prices, others want to hold on to their history

Sunday morning in Cape Town. Two days of rain have washed the dust from the air. Table Mountain is etched against a clear blue southern winter sky. Seagulls wheel on an ocean breeze. In the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood of the city, the famous painted houses shine postcard perfect. Children play on cobbled streets. Men in prayer caps watch, deep in conversation, prayer beads clicking.

Yet the apparent calm is misleading. In recent weeks angry young men have burned tyres in the streets of Bo-Kaap. There have been marches and demonstrations. The immediate spark for the anger? Plans to build hotels, luxury apartments and shops. The deeper cause? Fear that gentrification will destroy the community.

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