Pac-12 football players lead way as college athletes speak out

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It was a rare and dramatic power play from a group of organized college athletes. But how it was delivered to reporters was noteworthy, too. The message came from the Gmail account of Valentino Daltoso, an offensive lineman at the University of California, and offered the personal email addresses of the other players so reporters could contact them.

“The interests of athletes aren’t always in line with the institutions and coaches,” said Andrew Cooper, a Cal cross-country runner who helped organize the effort. “It was important that we talked directly to the media.”

As college sports navigate their returns, enveloped by issues of racial justice, safety and amateurism, athletes have advocated for themselves this year in unprecedented ways. That’s including how they have delivered their messages.

Many college athletic departments prohibit players from talking to journalists without team permission. Some team handbooks urge players not to speak to the media at all. Others, including at the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia, have policies against freshmen speaking to the media during the regular season. And many schools have policies that monitor or even restrict players’ social media accounts.

But in their efforts to advocate for change this year, players have increasingly cut out their athletic departments. The Pac-12 players maintained correspondence with reporters over several weeks about their negotiations with the conference. When Florida State’s football coach said in an interview that he was having one-on-one conversations with players about George Floyd and racial justice, defensive lineman Marvin Wilson tweeted that it wasn’t true. Clemson’s football program recently eliminated a long-standing rule barring players from using social media, after star quarterback Trevor Lawrence tweeted about players’ rights and the return of the season over the summer.

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Monte Lynch reveals racist abuse from players and supporters during playing career

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Former England international Monte Lynch has become the latest player to reveal that he experienced racial abuse during his time in county cricket.

Lynch, who was born in what is now known as Guyana but moved to London as a 13-year-old, enjoyed a long country career with Surrey and then Gloucestershire. He also played three ODIs for England in 1988 and, since his retirement as a player, has enjoyed a secondary career as a coach.

Now, in an interview with The Cricketer magazine, he has claimed he was abused by both fellow players and spectators during his playing career and that he intends to release a tell-all autobiography in 2021.

“Racist notes were slipped under my hotel [room] door,” Lynch said. “My coffin was filled with orange juice and milk. There were lots of issues.

“At Headingley, when I played the ODI, three Yorkshiremen walked past and said: ‘We are going to give you black ***** a good ******* hiding tomorrow.’ We were often called ‘chocs’ and referred to as ‘you lot’.”

Lynch’s comments are the latest in a series of such revelations that have rocked English cricket this year. Perhaps inspired by events in America, and the death of George Floyd in particular, a series of former players have come forward with details of their own struggles with racism in cricket.

Among them, Michael Carberry suggested “cricket is rife with racism”, and Azeem Rafiq suggested Yorkshire, as a cricket club, was “institutionally racist”.

Meanwhile, Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent provided compelling experiences of their own on the issue for both ESPNcricinfo and on Sky.

As a result, Yorkshire has called for an investigation into the allegations while the ECB is in the process of setting up a Diversity and Inclusion taskforce.

“Sky asked me on with Ebony Rainford-Brent and


Sporting Kansas City to host top college players 2020 College Invitational Combine

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Sporting Kansas City announced Thursday the club will host the 2020 College Invitational Combine for elite college soccer players from around the United States to get exposure in front of MLS and USL Championship scouts.

The combine will take place from Nov. 13-15 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, featuring college seniors and select underclassman as its participants. The players will split into four teams for 60-70 minute matches to take place throughout the weekend.

“With no MLS combine on the calendar, Sporting Kansas City is excited to host its own showcase for the country’s top seniors and underclassmen,” Sporting Kansas City technical director Brian Bliss said in a statement provided by the team. “The College Invitational Combine will give aspiring college players a platform to be seen, as many universities and conferences are not playing their fall seasons. With Sporting’s central location and world-class facilities, we believe this is a tremendous opportunity for players and for clubs evaluating talent.”

Technical staff and scouts from nearly 40 MLS and USL clubs will be in attendance at the combine.

Read more about the event here.

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‘Some Chelsea players have to wake up if they want to have a career!’

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Mason Mount was “awful” against Tottenham, according to Frank Leboeuf, who has warned Chelsea that “some players have to wake up if they want to have a career”.


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Chelsea missed out on a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after being beaten on penalties by Tottenham in the round of 16 on Tuesday night.

Frank Lampard saw his side gain an early lead when Timo Werner fired in his first goal for the club since his £47.5 million ($61m) move from RB Leipzig, but Spurs hit back deep into the second half via an Eric Lamela strike.

The contest was ultimately decided via a penalty shoot-out, and both sides converted their first four spot-kicks before Kane also found the net from 12 yards to leave Mount needing to score to take the game to sudden death.

The England international saw his effort strike the outside of the post, which confirmed a dramatic victory for Spurs and ensured that Lampard’s wait for the first trophy of his reign at Chelsea will go on for a while longer.

Leboeuf felt Mount underperformed throughout the 90 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and has urged him and some of his team-mates to raise their game in order to carve out successful careers in west London.

“We saw so many defensive mistakes from Chelsea last season. And they still have work to do,” the former Blues defender told ESPN.

“But it’s not just the defenders, it’s the midfielders too, they have to work and come back. Mason Mount was awful all game.

“He’s a very talented player but some players have to wake up if they want to have a career.

“A career is not only six months or a year, it has to be more.”

Leboeuf went onto


Boston College says football team is following COVID safety protocols following controversial video of players celebrating after win

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A video of Boston College football players celebrating after a comeback win against Texas State has caused some controversy on social media. But the college says the team is following safety protocols amid the COVID pandemic.

“The team celebrated for a short period of time, roughly 30-60 seconds after the win,” said Jason Baum, senior associate athletic director for Boston College.

The players in the video, tweeted out by Boston College, had all been recently tested and quarantined until the game, he said.

“Per ACC regulations, the Boston College football team is tested three times per week for COVID-19,” he said. “The team was tested Friday afternoon and was quarantined in a hotel until the game on Saturday. The momentary post-game celebration in the locker room involved team members who had zero positive COVID-19 tests.”

Boston College said that out of the 3,700 tests that have been administered among the football team since they returned to campus in early June, only one test has come back positive. They also noted they will continue their regular testing, which includes three tests a week.

Newton City Councilor Alicia Bowman shared the video on Twitter noting her disapproval saying, “#COVID19 is real and deadly but clearly no one here cares about that.”

“As an elected official in #NewtonMA where much of the @BostonCollege campus is located, this video upsets me,” Bowman’s tweet said. “@BCFootball players do not live in a bubble. #COVID19 is real and deadly but clearly no one here cares about that.”

She also pointed out that Boston College has recently had more than 100 students tested positive for COVID-19 with the Baker administration stepping in to conduct contact tracing, hoping to contain the outbreak. She also pointed to a study about false negatives.

“The chance of false negatives seems

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