National Football League stars past and present are expressing outrage after President Donald Trump used an address in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday to attack players who protest during the national anthem. Trump did not reference by name San Francisco 49ers former player Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem before games last year to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season's playoffs. Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden's attempts after he swings his arms into contact. The new rules interpretations are being unofficially called the "Harden Rule" and the "Zaza Rule". The Washington Wizards accused the Celtics' Al Horford of a dangerous closeout on Markieff Morris that injured Morris and knocked him out of Game 1 of their playoff series two weeks before the Pachulia-Leonard play.
While UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor did much better than expected against Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside of the boxing ring this past August, the brash Irishman ultimately lost the combat super fight via TKO. McGregor sustained copious amounts of damage along the ropes before the referee jumped in for the 10th-round stoppage. Now that the dust has settled and the “Money Fight” can be viewed from an analytic aspect, Mayweather is giving insight into why he didn’t truly try to put McGregor out and inflict more damage than what was needed to win. “He has a career. You know, he still has a career. He’s still young,” said Mayweather during a recent interview on the Hollywood Unlocked podcast.