The world is a scary place right now and with more than 7000 fatalities caused by the virus, one more has been added to the list. On Sunday, a 21-year-old youth football coach passed away after being diagnosed with coronavirus and leukaemia.Source: Talk SportAccording to The Independent, Francisco Garcia experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and tested positive for the virus. However, in addition to the deadly virus, his test also revealed that his condition was declining because of cancer. He was struggling to breathe and was asked to seek medical assistance regarding the symptoms.Atletico Portada Alta released a statement in Spanish after his death saying, "From Atletico Portada Alta we want to express our most profound condolences to the family and friends of our coach Francisco Garcia who has unfortunately left us today. What will we do without you now, Francis? You were always there with us at Portada or wherever we needed you, helping. How are we going to continue to conquer kilometres in the league? We don't know how but for sure, we will do so for you. We will never forget you."Source: MetroGracia was coaching the junior team for Atletico Portada Alta in Malaga and was quite popular in the league due to his exceptional leadership skills. La Liga 2 team Malaga CF tweeted a tribute for him in Spanish. The English translation states, "From the club we want to transmit to @AtlPortadaAlta our deepest condolences for the loss of one of its coaches, Francisco García, as well as sending a warm hug to his family and friends. Together we must stop #COVID-19."Sports seasons around the world have been called off due to the spread of coronavirus. Spain has issued an emergency in the region, and along with Major League Soccer, Major League Basketball and NHL, La Liga management has also postponed the season. Source: Daily ExpressFrom the latest report issued on Monday, 7988 known cases of Covid-19 with 294 fatalities have been reported from Spain. The lockdown is said to last for more than 15 days as extra time is needed to win the battle against coronavirus.
If there is one soccer team that is suffering due to the impact of coronavirus, it is the Italian football club, Juventus. Serie A defending champions are now facing problems because Cristiano Ronaldo has gone back to Portugal to visit his mother who had a stroke. Source: Bleacher ReportAs explained by a training report on Wednesday, the club said, "Ronaldo has not trained and remains in Madeira pending developments related to the current health emergency."Meanwhile, the Italian center back for Juventus, Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for coronavirus and therefore, the Serie A tournament has been called off by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Source: AS EnglishIt was a major setback for the team as they would not be able to compete anyway. Also, other members are being tested for the presence of the pandemic. However, Rugani has said that he feels "fine" and the assurance came right after Serie A was cancelled. "You've read the news, so I want to reassure everyone who's worried about me, I'm fine. I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinction! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us", he tweeted. Rugani's presence has been quite crucial for the tournament as he starred in seven matches but was benched for the Sunday game against Inter Milan. Juventus won 2-0, but there were no spectators to celebrate as the Juventus Allianz Stadium was not open to the general public. Source: The SaxonBut that didn't stop Ronaldo from greeting some imaginary fans as he passed the stands reserved for the crowd. After they won the match, he also thanked the appreciation of the imaginary audience that came out to support Juventus. Watch the full video here:It is reported that all the media, technical staff, stadium staff and high ranking club officials were allowed inside the stadium but after having their temperatures and conditions thoroughly checked. There was no intense atmosphere and appeared almost boring for all those watching on the television. You could clearly hear the football rolling on the field, the coaches yelling orders and there was no sense of excitement whatsoever in the players. The Federation is facing issues as to how they should decide the fate of Serie A because of the current situation. Should they cancel the tournament for this year, should they include staging playoffs, or should they just decide the winner on the current position of the point table? Source: India Today Even though they still have not cancelled the event, the final decision related to Serie A might not arrive until April 3, which is the deadline for the lockdown in Italy. Italy is in a major crisis as the country is the second most affected in the world after China. According to the latest reports by Angelo Borrelli, head of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, almost 250 people had lost their lives in one day increasing the total number to 1200.
One more thing, affected by the deadly coronavirus, has been added to the list as NBA suspends the season due to the risk. A player tested positive for the symptoms of COVID-19 on Wednesday and the game scheduled for the day was postponed.Source: The Wall Street JournalUtah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder players were in the court at the Chesapeake Energy Arena before the game until abruptly summoned to the locker room. The NBA has reported that even though the player who tested positive for the virus was not present, they still had to take precautionary measures. "The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic", said the spokesperson for NBA.Source: NBC NewsThe game between New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings was also cancelled and fans had to leave the court in utter disappointment. The referee who was supposed to mediate the game between the two teams was previously stationed at Utah Jazz game, so they decided to avoid risk and nix the match.Utah Jazz said that a player showed signs of influenza and strep throat on Wednesday but he tested negative for coronavirus. "The individual's symptoms diminished over the course of today, however, as a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19," said the team.Source: NBC 4Now the team management is making sure that whoever works in close contact with the side player is tested, so they do not have to face any more inconvenience. Pistons head coach, Dwane Casey said it was a wise move and all other leagues should cancel events until the authorities get the situation under control. Source: Detroit NewsAlong with the NBA, the National Hockey league is also thinking of suspending the season, but they haven't reached a definite decision yet.
Source: llkley Gazette This international Women’s Day, the famous toy company has introduced a striking line of dolls to empower young minds and raise awareness regarding the significance of female heroes of the sports community. Dina Asher-Smith has a Barbie doll replicated after her to celebrate sportswomen. This is path-breaking as the design values the power of representation to inspire future champions. Barbie dolls have strongly been criticized in the past for endorsing the belief system that women are supposed to look pretty. In fact, deep insecurities root from the so-called toy that perpetuates prejudiced conceptualizations and high beauty standards. Furthermore, young girls grow up idolizing a particular archetype set for the women. This interferes when they grow up and set career goals. Hence, by honoring Dina Asher-Smith, a black sportswoman, several stereotypes and discriminatory standards have been challenged. Young girls will have an idol to look up to. “Shero” the newly introduced line by Barbie is an ode to the fastest sprinter in British history! She currently holds the record of winning the 100 and 200-meter races in 10.83 and 21.88 seconds, respectively! Dina gave her thoughts on the iconic Barbie doll collection on her Instagram account. Source: Instagram Shero pays tribute to many other legendary female sports heroes including French soccer player Amandine Henry, Portuguese surfing champion Teresa Bonvalot, Turkish Paralympic swimmer Sümeyye Boyacı, and Ukrainian sabre fencer Olga Kharlan. “As sportswomen continue to set new records and take center stage around the world, we are proud to honor these amazing women by amplifying their stories and achievements with dolls in their likeness. In an effort to close the Dream Gap, we have a responsibility to show girls they can be anything on and off the field, court, mat, and beyond. ” – says Lisa McKnight, Mattel's global head of dolls, in the Company's press release.
For the last two days, social media has been mourning the death of the 41-year-old NBA player, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and six other people who died in a helicopter crash.Many celebrities, especially those from the sports community, have been posting heartfelt messages on their social media accounts, remembering Bryant and his family in prayers.However, outrage and surprise came in when a journalist from The Washington Post tweeted the rape allegations made by a 19-year-old in 2003 against the late basketball player and well, hell broke loose on Twitter. Source: Dailybuzz.comA national political reporter for the newspaper, Felicia Sonmez faced suspension because she was criticized for tweeting the Daily Beast article 2016 with the headline “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s story, and the Half-Confession”. She posted it when the entire world had received the shocking news of his demise but later deleted the tweet, and it is no secret that it was due to pressure from The Post. “Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality, even if that public figure is beloved and that totality upsetting”. Sonmez wrote and defended her right to speak against Bryant. She also posted pictures of her inbox, flooding with hate mail due to her tweet, along with the name of the senders. However, just like the previous tweets that, too, was deleted. Source: The Washington Post Not surprisingly, many fans exploded on her timeline and demanded that The Washington Post, must fire her immediately for being insensitive to the dead and his family. "@washingtonpost you need to fire Felicia Sonmez ASAP! Her tweets about Kobe Bryant after he & other victims died in a tragic helicopter crash are beyond insensitive. They are cold-hearted & show no respect for his family/friends. Parents & children died today for Christ's sake!" One user tweeted. When the newspaper was repeatedly tagged and called out in the social media posts, one of their managing editors, Tray Grant released a statement to NBC News on Monday saying that Felicia Sonmez “was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweet about the death of Kobe Bryant violates The Post newsroom's media policy”.Source: Nikki Swift However, none of the spokespeople identified the tweet that she was suspended for, because last we checked, she tweeted it from her personal account and holds as much right as anyone else to share her opinion. Sonmez, the journalist suspended over the tweet, was available for a statement on Monday to Wemple, an American journalist and she revealed that due to safety concerns, she stayed in a hotel room on Sunday night. And just like everyone speculated, she deleted the tweets regarding Bryant and hate mail, only after receiving the calls to do so by Grant. The journalist community came to her defense and said that no one should be suspended over their right to tweet the news, especially when it is relevant to the current discussion of Kobe Bryant’s demise and past. "News organizations should protect their journalists, not acquiesce to the mob when it comes for them. The Washington Post not only failed Felicia Sonmez but set a dangerous precedent," Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York magazine wrote on Twitter. Another media person. Anushka Patel, who is the social strategy editor at The New York Times, came in defense of the fellow reporter, criticizing the decision in a tweet. "This is a terrifying way to treat your journalists,'' she said. Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old girl in a hotel in Colorado. However, she refused to come forward to give a statement after possible threats, and a civil suit was settled later. Bryant did admit to having sex with the victim as the medical reports revealed, but he insisted that it was consensual. Source: MSNBC.com Some users on social media came out in support of Felicia, who was also a victim of sexual assault and accused Jonathan Kaiman, the former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in 2018. “The Post should reinstate Felicia Sonmez. An overreaction to the keyboard warriors. While you can debate the timing of the tweets, it's a relevant detail to the life of Kobe Bryant. A newspaper silencing a journalist sets a terrible example”, one user tweeted. Wemple criticized the newspaper saying that historians and journalists should be seen as reliable sources for delivering facts to the public and he is not wrong. With many channels and newspapers doing throwbacks on Bryant and his glamorous NBA career, the aspect of rape allegation was conveniently missed out, and this shows how far we are willing to go to excuse the rapists and silence the voices who then point otherwise. The Post has not yet commented on the criticism, and Felicia Sonmez still remains on administrative leave from her duties.
Thanksgiving is more than just arguing with boomers over dinner. If you are a sports fan, you may choose to let the racist comments slide because you are way too pumped to watch the thanksgiving game. All games held on thanksgiving have been iconic. However, there are a few that are absolutely unforgettable. Here are some of the best NFL Thanksgiving Day games of all time. The 1974 War between Denver Broncos (31) and the Detroit Lions (27) The 1974 match between the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions was the first-ever game that had regular-season overtime. The Broncos played first, and the game ended up with a tie. But they didn’t accept defeat just then. In the Thanksgiving Day game with the lions, they outperformed on the field in the third quarter. With Detroit initially in the lead, the Denver Broncos flipped the game towards the end to claim the victory. Game score: Denver Broncos: 31 Detroit Lions: 27 Source: NFL1984: Detroit Lions Vs. Green Bay Packers - The year when the lions became hopeful! Detroit Lions had never embraced a win on Thanksgiving Day until 1984. In fact, the team was popular as the one that lost every single time. However, on the momentous occasion of Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions played against Green Bay Packers (who didn’t have a good season either). This pairing may have driven the Lions to victory! Game Score: Detroit Lions: 31 Green Bay Packers: 28 Source: Detroit Sports Apparel The revenge of the Green Bay Packers (1986) The Green Bay Packers did not, indeed, pack their bags. Instead, they came back fighting for their next match with the Detroit Lions. The NFL Thanksgiving Day game once again paired the two teams for a battle in 1986, the Green Bay Packers (44) delivered with full rage. As a counter-attack for the 1984 match, the team defeated the Detroit Lions (40) by four points! However, the Lions fought back with the same charisma. The Green Bay Packers did not only defeat the lions, but the game ended up being one of the highest-scoring games in NFL Thanksgiving Day history! Game Score: Green Bay Packers: 44 Detroit Lions: 40 Source: Green Bay Packers The Lions struck again! (1995) The 1995 Thanksgiving Day game did not disappoint. As usual, the Lions started the season with a bang! This particular game had many moments worth remembering. This was the game when Minnesota Vikings player, Warren Moon, threw the football for 348 yards. His record was then broken by Lion’s player Scott Mitchell, who threw for 410 yards. If the excitement wasn’t enough, Barry Sanders made a fifty-yard touchdown! Game Score: Detroit Lions: 44 Minnesota Vikings: 38 Source: Today in pro Football The Lions break a record! (1997) The 1997 Thanksgiving Day may not have been the most exciting, or the most compelling to watch. But this day was when the lions made history! In a match with the Chicago Bears, the Lions made the most points (55) in the history of Thanksgiving Day NFL matches. Game Score: Detroit Lions: 55 Chicago Bears: 20 Source: Heavy The rivalry Continues (2001) The rivalry between the Lions and the Green Bay Packers experienced an all-time rise when the two teams came head to head again in 2001. The Lions were not at the top of their game as they had zero wins throughout the season. However, they still fought hard. This was by far the closest game between the two teams. The lions could almost taste the victory when they scored a touchdown (with 10 seconds left on the clock) intending to achieve the score 29-27. The game could have gone to overtime if the lions had made a two-point conversion. In the end, they failed. Game Score: Green Bay Packers: 29 Detroit Lions: 27 Source: Mental DigestThe Lions lose their mojo (2007) By this time, the lions had become accustomed to losing. However, being paired with the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day should have made them fight harder, but they didn’t. The Lions tragically lost this game, but they did not fail to impress. The 2007 game had many field goals, and Brett Favre gave it his all. This Green Bay Packers player completed 31-of-41 for 381 yards and had three touchdowns. Game Score: Green Bay Packers: 37 Detroit Lions: 26 Source: Bleacher report