Sophomore Alabama running back Kenyan Drake (17) avoids defenders during a game against Kentucky Oct. 12 at Commonwealth Stadium. Alabama won, 48-7.Courtesy of MCTThere are few things that bring us together as a country like football.Small towns everywhere gather together under Friday night lights to bask in the glory of high school games. College towns huddle together through scorching heat and blistering cold for the love of the game. Even big cities jump on board to cheer on their own professional teams.Quite simply, football is inescapable. Hell, other countries call it American football. It’s ours. We made it and we love it. We have parties based around it, and companies across the nation bid for their advertisements to be featured alongside the game.So to imply that half of the population can’t follow football is insulting and downright sexist.Yet, here we are. Bring in University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, who tweeted Jan. 20 from his personal account, @KDx17, “Most girls like basketball more than football (because) they can follow it alot (sic) easier.”Sure, we can blow it off as another stupid thing an athlete sent out to the cyber world and another thing for which an athlete received a major repercussion (re: backup OSU quarterback Cardale Jones’ infamous tweet about how he didn’t come here to “play school” but rather to play football). But to me, it’s more than that.The idea that women can’t “follow” football easily is a blatant exclusion of women from part of the American identity and it’s downright insulting. Football has always been a boy’s club, sure, but there would be a great deal fewer fans without women filling the stands.But let’s play along with his stereotypes.All those women who cook your meals before games and after practices (because that’s where women belong, right? In the kitchen?) don’t know what’s going on in the game. They’re just there to serve you.Same with that woman who knows how to get grass, blood, mud and the smell of sweat out of your uniform. Football is too complicated for her to realize how all those stains got there, but thank God she can wash it for you.And don’t forget the cheerleaders who follow you to every game, throwing themselves in the air to celebrate your achievements? Surely they have a man nearby telling them when to cheer because they’re too stupid to know what’s happening by themselves.Most importantly, what about all the mothers out there? All the mothers who drive their sons to practices, adorn themselves with buttons with their son looking dashing in his uniform so they can properly cheer him on, pray for his safety in every single play and never miss a game — all those mothers are so blissfully ignorant of what their son is doing.Of course, football has always been a male-dominated sport. It takes almost no common sense to figure that out. But to say girls can’t follow it is sexist, insulting and dated.Sexism starts in the most basic jokes. Saying someone can’t follow something or that they follow a certain stereotype, even in a joking matter, makes sexist comments down the line seem less insulting and detracts from the reality of exclusion.The worst part to me is that Drake later retweeted Iowa State redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Duaron Williams (@UntamedBigDawg), who replied back “Or cuz they basic lol,” as a response to his first tweet. He isn’t sorry for what he did and he doesn’t realize his actions are insulting.But football has and always will be a part of my life that I definitely can follow and no, I’m not “basic.”
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed that he regrets playing against Leganes before the club’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of AS RomaJust a few days earlier, manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a strong side for a 3-1 win over the lowly Leganes at the Camp Nou with Lionel Messi grabbing a hat-trick.The win restored their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.But Suarez feels that they paid a dear price for the three points with the majority of the squad feeling fatigued afterwards.Barcelona would then spectacularly blow a 4-1 aggregate lead from the first leg to lose at the Italian capital in the return leg 3-0.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Roma would progress to semi-finals on the away goal ruling.“I really regret playing against Leganes last year at home,” Suarez told RAC1, via Marca.“I played the whole game when we had so many points advantage in the league and three days later we had the ‘final’ against Roma.”Barcelona will begin their Champions League campaign on September 18 at home to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.
The Football Association technical director will join Brighton and Hove Albion in the spring and the team’s chief executive has praised his workFootball Association technical director Dan Ashworth will leave his job with the England national teams in January.He spends six years with the FA and in the spring he will joining Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League.There, he will be in charge of player recruitment, the academy, and the medical department.And everybody is excited. Like Brighton’s chief executive Paul Barber.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Dan Ashworth is one of the most sought-after technical directors in world football, his reputation has grown enormously over the last few years. We are delighted to have him,” he told Sky Sports.“We are lucky to have an owner who is committed to the club and Dan is really looking forward to the stability that the club can provide and take us to the next level.”“We want our academy to be as productive as possible when producing young English talent. Dan has got a great track record not just with the FA but also with West Brom in the Premier League,” he added.“To ensure that we would continue to play in the top flight, we felt we needed some more senior football experience in our management team. We started the search process eight or nine months ago and Dan was already high on our list. We are delighted that Dan has agreed to join us.”
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino believes it essential they return to winning ways by beating Brighton on Saturday in order to stay on top in the Premier LeagueAfter ending 2018 with a spectacular 5-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield and remaining unbeaten in their opening 20 league games, the new year has brought a drastic change in fortunes for Liverpool.The Reds are winless in 2019 with title rivals Manchester City inflicting a first league loss on them last week before Wolves knocked them out of the FA Cup at the third round on Monday.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Amex Stadium, Firmino stressed the importance of Liverpool rediscovering their winning touch ASAP with City only four points behind the leaders.“It’ll be a difficult game. Losing is obviously always bad; nobody likes to lose, and certainly not me,” Firmino told the club website.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But now we’ve got to bounce back. We’ve worked hard every day so we’re prepared for the weekend.“It’ll be a big game, a difficult game and we’ll do our best to get the three points.“That’s what the Premier League is all about – it’s intensely competitive. If the team at the top stutters, the second place will overtake them.“We know we can’t go to sleep and lose silly points. We must maintain our focus until the end of the season.”The Brighton and Liverpool game will begin at 16:00 (CET).
Keylor Navas revealed that he will only consider his Real Madrid future once it’s crystal clear to him that he’s no longer the first-choice goalkeeperSince Thibaut Courtois’ €35m arrival from Chelsea last summer, Navas has found himself demoted to the bench this season in favour of the Belgium international.Although Courtois’ hip injury could give Navas a chance to have a few games in goal and stake his claim for a regular starting spot to manager Santiago Solari.Amid reported interest from the likes of Juventus and Arsenal, the Costa Rican also made it clear he won’t be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.“The day when I realise that I cannot be the first-choice goalkeeper will be the day I leave,” said Navas, according to AS.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“That is what I have always worked towards, but after that, there is someone who makes the decisions and it’s up to us to train hard and perform well when we get the chance to play.“In the meantime, you have to wait for your turn. We don’t know what’s going to happen [with Courtois’ injury], only the coach knows what the situation is.“I am at the coach’s disposal 100 per cent – we have to be united.”Navas received the Iberoamericana Community Trophy at the National Sports Awards from Spanish King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace in El Pardo in Madrid on Thursday.
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: SEE THE LATEST NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM RINA… ELSEWHERE, TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS. EXTENDED FORECAST :THE SURFACE TROUGH IS EXPECTED TO SHIFT WESTWARDS AND GRADUALLY DISSIPATE THROUGH THURSDAY…WHILE A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO DRIFT ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY.WEATHER OUTLOOK:FORECAST FOR THURSDAY WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: VARIABLY CLOUDY, WARM AND BREEZY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT…BOATERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 85 °F 29 °COVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE 72 °F 22 °C NORTHWEST BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH SPOTTY SHOWERS AND A FEW POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS…TURNING MAINLY FAIR TONIGHT WITH A STRAY SHOWER OR TWO.ADVISORY: EXPECT GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS, BUT FALLING LIGHT & VARIABLE AT TIMES.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. SUNRISE 6:22AMSUNSET 5:25PMMOONSET: 10:51AMMOONRISE: 10:03PMHIGH TIDE: 10:46AM & 11:14PMLOW TIDE: 5:18PM & 5:22AM THU FORECAST FOR FRIDAYWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS BUT INCREASING 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS FRIDAY NIGHT.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN, BUT INCREASING 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS FRIDAY NIGHT. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 8, 2017 – Nassau – PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2017, ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY.GENERAL SITUATION: A SURFACE TROUGH IS NEAR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…WHILE MID TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGHING OVER THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SUPPORTS WIDESPREAD CLOUDINESS WITH INCREASED SHOWER CHANCES.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. FORECASTER: K. WARD-FORBES/vd Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: