SYDNEY: A promising Australian footballer has put his career on hold, abandoning a chance to play at the Tokyo Olympics in favour of pursuing his dream to make it as a rapper. Winger Joe Champness (pix) is on a three-year deal with the Newcastle Jets in Australia’s A-League and has made several appearances for the national under-23 team, putting him in prime position to become an Olympian. But the 22-year-old missed early pre-season preparations and the club has now given him permission to remain in Los Angeles, essentially on unpaid leave, to try and make it in the music business. “We allowed Joey to head to the United States to pursue a dream in music at the start of last month,“ Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said in a statement this week. “He’s made inroads in the business and the opportunity to remain in LA to chase those dreams is one that’s too big for him to pass up.” The club has agreed that should be return to football in the … [Read more...] about Football or rap? Aussie player ditches Olympic dream for hip hop
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If you are a vegetarian cricket lover who has always felt a little uncomfortable about the cricket ball being made from pieces of leather, well, things may be beginning to change. An English cricket club has now introduced a brand new type of cricket ball that is made without any animal hide. Earley Cricket Club is located 40 miles west of London in the town of Reading. The founder of the club Gary Shacklady decided to become a vegan. This made him uncomfortable with the presence of meat everywhere. To begin with, the fact that the fare at tea consisted of ham sandwiches grabbed his attention. So, the first step was to replace them with vegan food. Then came the question of the ball. This cricket ball that the club has started to use doesn't contain animal hide but is instead made using synthetic material. The covering of the ball is of rubber instead of leather. While the manufacturers of the ball are happy with the results, there are some minor differences in the behaviour of this … [Read more...] about No meat! English cricket club introduces vegan cricket ball!
MARSEILLE: French club Marseille said on Tuesday they had sacked World Cup winner Adil Rami reportedly for “gross misconduct” following a disciplinary procedure. The Ligue 1 outfit gave no explanation for the decision, saying only that they had “decided to end the contract” of Rami, 33, part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad. L’Equipe sports daily, citing a letter sent by the club to Rami, said he had been sacked for “gross misconduct” after he skipped training to take part in a TV reality show. The defender, former partner of ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, had been under investigation since he missed the training session at the end of last season. Rami, who has played two seasons for the club, said he was injured but on the same day took part in the recording of a French TV show that included demanding physical stunts. In July club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud told Rami he needed to think deeply about “his obligations … [Read more...] about French club Marseille sack Adil Rami for ‘gross misconduct’
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who died in the arms of his son in a mass shooting in Ohio was remembered on Saturday (Aug 10) as a loving family man who painted houses and loved to fish and cook. The funeral for Derrick Fudge, 57, was among several being held on Saturday for people who died in mass shootings last weekend in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Investigators say a shooter opened fire in a Walmart store on Aug 3, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Less than 24 hours later, another gunman killed nine people in a popular Dayton nightlife area. Hundreds of mourners, including Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, attended Fudge's funeral at St John Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, the Dayton Daily News reported. Fudge's son, Dion Green, said his father spoke often of his willingness to die for him. Green previously told the Springfield News-Sun he believes his father protected him from being killed. Green told mourners his father was a great person who … [Read more...] about Families mourn, bury those killed in Ohio, Texas shootings
By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press Sun., May 5, 2019 COLUMBUS, OHIO—The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it’s not going to occur on home ice in Game 6. “Things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that — we’ll be back here (in Boston) for Game 7,” Tortorella said after Columbus fought back with a three-goal third period but fell 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night. With their top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand leading the offence, the Bruins hold a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series at it returns to Nationwide Arena for the final time on Monday. Game 7, if necessary, will be in Boston on Wednesday night. “I have no problem with the intensity of our club right on through,” Tortorella said. “It’s just that we need guys being more creative and making more plays … [Read more...] about Columbus Blue Jackets confident they’ll make it to Game 7