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Sep 25, 2017

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Although tension pulls you in various directions today, you possess a composure that enables you to move gracefully through any unexpected challenges. You are blessed with a healthy dose of confidence...

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  • Singer of national anthem at Seahawks-Titans game takes a knee

    Meghan Linsey, the singer performing “The Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans game in Nashville, took a knee on a field with no players present after finishing her rendition of the national anthem. Linsey, a former contestant on "The Voice," was receiving rapturous applause for her performance at at Nissan Stadium when she chose to bend down on one knee -- a move that has become political symbol over the past year and particularly over the weekend after President Trump called for the firing of NFL players who kneel in protest during the anthem. This afternoon, both the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans made separate announcements that there will be nobody from either team on the sidelines for the anthem.

    Good Morning America
  • Mother finds daughter collapsed on kitchen sink after she choked to death on after-dinner snack

    The 29-year-old was found dead by her parents, Fionuala and Shannon, the next morning.

  • Brady on boos during anthem: I’ve got a lot of love for my teammates

    Before Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to a comeback win over the Texans, he stood for the national anthem with one arm intertwined with wide receiver Phillip Dorsett and the other over his heart. Brady was asked about that after the game and said his message was “there’s just a great love for [ more]

    ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports
  • Trump Invites Russian National Basketball Team to White House

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—One day after rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors, Donald J. Trump invited the entire Russian national basketball team to celebrate with him at the White House. Trump said that he looked forward to welcoming the Russian team, calling them “much, much better basketball players than those Golden State losers.” When reporters pointed out that the Russians had won only a bronze in the 2012 Olympics and failed to qualify for the 2016 event, Trump was dismissive, calling the Olympics “rigged.” “You ask anyone who knows, Steph Curry is nowhere near as good as Vladimir Ivlev,” Trump said. But Trump’s plan to replace the Warriors with the Russians hit

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  • Klingons on 'Star Trek: Discovery' feel a little too real in the age of Trump

    The Klingons are back on Star Trek: Discovery — and they're more scary and interesting than ever. They've come a long way over the years. On the original series, they were mostly scheming, villainous foils to the Enterprise crew. In the early movies, their forehead ridges and warrior aesthetic were further developed.  SEE ALSO: 'Star Trek: Discovery' announces companion show for fans who can't get enough Then, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, we got an in-depth look into their history, religion, and social hierarchies. So when I heard they'd appear in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, I got excited. How would the alien race evolve in the J.J. Abrams era? Turns out, they wouldn't:

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  • Harvard had every right to reject child killer Michelle Jones

    How committed is Harvard University to ensuring a diverse student body? Not very, according to critics of the school’s decision to rescind its offer of admissions to Michelle Jones. Jones applied to its Ph.D. program in American studies last year and was rewarded with a full scholarship by the department’s admissions committee, but that decision was overruled by the university’s administration after it learned more about her background. Until last month, Jones, a black woman, was in prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son more than two decades ago. Jones says the child was a product of nonconsensual sex Jones had when she was 14 with a high-school senior and that her mother beat her as a

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  • Laver Cup finishes with a flourish as Roger Federer heroics cap hugely successful event

    Judging by the way the inaugural Laver Cup panned out, Roger Federer is almost as good at organising events as he is at playing in them. The whole shebang came down to a highly charged showdown between Federer himself and Nick Kyrgios - and that is a combination anyone would pay to see. The two most gifted shotmakers in the game fought out a two-hour classic which could live alongside anything we have seen this year. Kyrgios even discomfited his host by using some of his own cheekiest tactics against him, including the so-called SABR, in which you charge the net as your opponent’s serve is coming down. But to upstage Federer at his own party would have represented a serious case of lese-majeste. Kyrgios came up just short, failing to take a match point at 9-8 in the deciding tie-break and finally going down by a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 margin. The Laver Cup was thus claimed by Europe, who had collected 15 points to the World’s nine. (Had each match counted for one point, as might make more sense to the sporting purists, the score would have been 8-4.) No-one knew what to expect from the Laver Cup at the start of this weekend, not even the players who had signed up for it. But the format has delivered in spades. The black court looked novel and stylish. The compressed matches amplified the tension. And the most unique element of the broadcast has been provided by the reaction shots, whether of the World team performing their choreographed celebration routines, or of Rafael Nadal throwing his head back in anguish every time a European misses a shot. This is truly sport for the 21st Century: tennis crossed with Gogglebox. For the Win!#LaverCup Champions @RogerFederer + @RafaelNadalpic.twitter.com/UlGwGnm0l3— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) September 24, 2017 There is an element of contrivance in the scoring system, which ratchets up the value of matches over the course of the weekend as a way of preventing a premature result. (First-day wins are worth one point, second-day wins two points and so on.) Did the players also collude to produce a memorable finale? It’s possible, given that this is still an exhibition – if a uniquely high-quality one. But if they did so, they did it with great subtlety. The overall impression was of 12 gifted athletes trying their socks off. And the tears shed by Kyrgios, as he sat on the World bench after the last point, told their own story. Even though he missed that final forehand, Kyrgios produced the most compelling matches of the weekend, delivering the sort of mercurial brilliance we too rarely see from him in regular tournaments. The tennis tour – especially grand-slam events that require the champion to play seven best-of-five-set matches in a fortnight - is set up to reward physicality and stamina as much as superior racketwork. Kyrgios is never the best conditioned athlete, and admits that he also struggles with motivation in early-round matches against lesser opponents. But this environment - which uses champions’ tie-breaks instead of third sets, and also brings a ready-made cheer squad to the side of the court – is perfect for him. This Laver Cup was shunned by two of the sport’s biggest organisations - the International Tennis Federation and the Association of Tennis Professionals - which is hardly surprising. From the ATP’s perspective, it steals attention from their simultaneous events in Metz and St Petersburg. To the ITF, it is a threatening rival that treads – or even stamps - on the toes of their own Davis Cup. Rafael Nadal coaching Roger Federer. How phenomenal is this? pic.twitter.com/GvEFFeoMmR— Pedro Lavandoski (@plavandoski) September 24, 2017 The Davis Cup has 117 years of tradition in its favour, and the advantage of playing for your country, rather than nebulous continents or geographical regions. But it also suffers from a dysfunctional governing body, which has lost the confidence of the leading players. The Laver Cup is a less demanding commitment physically, and a better-presented product. Crucially, it can also inform everyone where the next instalment will be staged a whole year in advance. Next September, it will reconvene in Chicago. For the moment, the Laver Cup’s greatest asset is the presence of Federer and Nadal, whose combined star power could turn a village fete into an international sensation. Its detractors will ask where this event will go once those twin legends have sheathed their rackets for the last time. Yet that much-feared moment will present an existential challenge for tennis at large. Perhaps some of the young talents who graced the stage in Prague – Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Frances Tiafoe – will have grown famous enough by then to carry the sport on their shoulders, but no-one can say for sure. At the end, Federer caught a jubilant Nadal as he jumped into his arms. He then turned to the microphones and switched straight into his new role as impresario. “Time will tell how big the Laver Cup will become,” he said. “I just hope to leave a legacy behind, not for me personally but for the game, because it deserves it. It deserves the players, and the legends of this game deserve the recognition they deserve. The future players deserve a massive platform to play tennis in.” As for Nadal, his summation was simpler. “For me it was unforgettable weekend.”

    The Telegraph

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