Two stories have yanked the world of American sports onto front pages (and to the top of online news feeds). In recent weeks some players in the National Football League (NFL) have knelt during the pregame playing of the national anthem to highlight what they see as racial injustice in society. Meanwhile, the biggest college basketball recruiting scandal in many years – perhaps the biggest ever – has already taken down one of the best-known and most successful coaches, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, who has been fired by the university.
Former West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas and safety Karl Joseph continue to impress through the first half of the 2017 NFL season. Through six games in his rookie season, Douglas has racked up 15 tackles and two interceptions. One of those interceptions came this past Thursday night as he picked off a tipped pass from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Douglas’ interception was a critical turning point in the first half for the Philadelphia Eagles as it set up a key game-tying touchdown near the end of the first half. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 28-23 to move to 5-1 on the year. Though the Oakland Raiders have fallen to 2-4 on the year, Joseph continues to improve during his