When NBC’s Super Bowl 52 telecast panned across the Patriots during the national anthem, Malcolm Butler was shown to be teary-eyed. As it turned out, the cornerback who became the unexpected hero of Super Bowl 49 had just found out that he was benched for Sunday’s championship game, one New England would go on to lose to the Eagles in high-scoring fashion, 41-33.Afterward, a disconsolate Butler told ESPN’s Mike Reiss, “They gave up on me. F---. It is what it is.”“I don’t know what it was,” Butler added. “I guess I wasn’t playing good or they didn’t feel comfortable. I don’t know. But I could have changed that game.” Read more: Bill Belichick says he ‘absolutely’ intends to return as Patriots coach next season … [Read more...] about Super Bowl benching a tough blow for Patriots’ Malcolm Butler
Delon Wright had just Euro-stepped his way to another basket, slipping left and then back right and then left again past a perplexed Wayne Selden of the Memphis Grizzlies.And as the Grizzlies took a timeout to take stock of their early predicament Sunday afternoon, DeMar DeRozan leapt off the Toronto Raptors’ bench mimicking Wright’s patented move, waving a towel side to side as he walked out to congratulate his young teammate.It was early in what turned out to be a relatively painless victory for the Raptors, 101-86 at the Air Canada Centre, but it was also appropriate for how the game turned around.A backup unit led by Wright provided the juice the starters didn’t really have, igniting game-changing runs in both the second and fourth quarters to secure Toronto’s 21st win in 25 home games.“I made a joke, saying the old guys can’t get up this early in the morning for the game (noon start), and they came up with a lot of energy and they did what they … [Read more...] about Bench gives Raptors wakeup call in win over Grizzlies
Blake Griffin made his Detroit Pistons debut after being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade. Griffin had to start the second half on the bench because he took off his warmup and realized he wasn’t wearing a jersey. Griffin did score 24 points in the 104-102 win. Blake Griffin made his highly anticipated debut with the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, and while the night will certainly be a memorable one for him, he did momentarily forget something kind of important – his jersey. As the teams were preparing to start the second half, Griffin pulled off his warmup top only to discover that he was only wearing his Nike undershirt. Griffin had forgotten to put his jersey back on. Griffin quickly dispatched an equipment manager to retrieve the jersey in the locker room, but it was too late to start the second half. Griffin was left standing jerseyless and with an embarrassed look on his face as … [Read more...] about Blake Griffin forgot his jersey at halftime of his Pistons debut and had to be briefly benched
A Labour lord has been sacked from the party’s front bench for attending the Presidents Club Dinner. Women were allegedly sexually harassed and groped at the now-notorious all-male event, which was attended by powerful figures from the worlds of finance and politics. Lord Mendelsohn was the Labour spokesman on business and international trade in the House of Lords. Jeremy Corbyn has sacked a Labour lord from the party’s front bench after they attended the now-notorious Presidents Club Dinner where women were allegedly sexually harassed. This week, The Financial Times published a bombshell report about the all-male charity event, reporting that it was rife with inappropriate behaviour and that hostesses hired to entertain the guests at the exclusive event were repeatedly groped. A leaked seating plan included numerous high-profile names from the worlds of finance and politics, and attendees and organisers … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn sacks Labour lord from front bench for attending the now-notorious Presidents Club Dinner
With only months to go to a fall Quebec election, some of the Parti Québécois’ best and brightest are rushing for the exit.On Tuesday, three popular sovereigntist MNAs announced they would not seek re-election in October. The list of those who will watch from the sidelines as Jean-François Lisée fights his first election campaign as leader is expected to grow.To a man and a woman those departing insist they had no quarrels with their latest leader. Instead they all claim to have lost the fire in their bellies.Some of those who are taking their leave from politics have served in the National Assembly for decades. A credible case can be made that they are suffering from battle fatigue and that the latter is exacerbated by the prospect of a return to the opposition benches next fall.But the list of those leaving also includes 40-year-old Alexandre Cloutier, a rare, bright young star in a party that has become too dependent for its own good on the support of aging … [Read more...] about Battle fatigue? Or the prospect of a return to the opposition benches?