Afghan peace talks open in Doha, 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attend the signing of a US-Taliban agreement in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020. – Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a landmark deal in Doha that would see them agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images The opening ceremony for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents began in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, marking the start of negotiations aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. The 19-year conflict is also the United States’ longest overseas military action, vexing three successive presidents. The ceremony began at 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) with a recitation from the Koran, followed by opening comments by …

4 members of Congress question NFL on concussion payments

Four members of Congress sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell questioning the league’s formula for making concussion settlement payments to Black former players September 2, 2020, 5:29 PM • 3 min read WASHINGTON — Four members of Congress sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday questioning the league’s formula for making concussion settlement payments to Black former players. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.) signed the letter seeking explanation of a race-based formula for payments, how it was developed and has been used. “If these allegations are true,” the letter said, referring to a lawsuit filed last month against the NFL, “the algorithm used to modify the results of your cognitive evaluations appear to have the effect of denying Black players — a historically disadvantaged and legally protected group — compensation to which …

Trail Blazers, UConn Great Cliff Robinson Dies At 53

Cliff Robinson, 18-year NBA veteran and legendary UConn player, has died at age 53. #BREAKING The family of Cliff Robinson, former NBA All-Star, UConn alum and Riverside High graduate says he has died. @WGRZpic.twitter.com/2EYf0e0NPx — Claudine Ewing (@ClaudineWgrz) August 29, 2020 The cause of death has not yet been made public. Robinson, born in Buffalo, New York in 1966, was instrumental to setting up UConn as national contender in college basketball. Coach Jim Calhoun was hired in Robinson’s sophomore year, and the change in coaching paid off in a big way. Robinson learned how to fit into Calhoun’s plans and together they helped UConn gain national notice for the first time ever when they won the NIT championship in 1988. That set the stage for UConn’s future prominence, and Calhoun said on Saturday that Robinson was UConn’s first great player. Jim Calhoun on Cliff Robinson: “He was our first great …

Colin Kaepernick Writes LeBron James, Thanks Him After NBA Walkouts Over Jacob Blake Shooting

LeBron James has been extremely vocal this past week following the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, and amid the NBA’s walkouts in response. Colin Kaepernick is right behind him. Colin Kaepernick writes LeBron James, thanks him for protesting “Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick wrote to James. “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward.  “Thank you for staying true.” Yahoo Sports James shared the letter on his Instagram story on Friday afternoon. “Standing/kneeling right next to you brother! Appreciate you,” James wrote on the story. The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to stage a walkout on Wednesday afternoon after Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back multiple times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police on Sunday as he tried to get into his car. He is now …

Apple suspends Fortnite maker Epic Games’ App Store account

Fortnite Source: PlayStation Apple on Friday said it suspended Epic Games’ developer account. It follows a temporary restraining order on Monday evening, in which a judge ruled that Apple can block Fortnite but not Epic’s developer account. However, Apple said it terminated an Epic developer account that does not include the Unreal Engine that’s used by third-party developers to make 3D games, which keeps the move in line with the judge’s order. “We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store. We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases,” Apple said. “The court recommended that Epic comply with the App Store guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines …

Kamala Harris delivers scorching rebuke of Trump’s Covid response ahead of his RNC speech – live

4.39pm EDT 16:39 Roads near the National Mall will be closed tonight, as the president accepts the Republican presidential nomination in a speech at the White House. National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) Roads in the immediate vicinity of the Washington Monument will close at 6:30 p.m. tonight to create a safety zone for the fireworks display sponsored by the Republican National Committee. All roads should be reopened by 2 a.m. on Fri., August 28. More at https://t.co/yNWX7Fy6K3 pic.twitter.com/a6q6BTt0tz August 27, 2020 The National Park Service said in a statement, “Roads in the immediate vicinity of the Washington Monument will close at 6:30 p.m. tonight to create a safety zone for the fireworks display sponsored by the Republican National Committee.” Multiple protests are also expected in Washington tonight as Trump accepts the nomination. 4.26pm EDT 16:26 A senior adviser to the Trump campaign responded to Kamala Harris’ speech today by asking why …

NBA to resume playoffs, but Thursday’s games postponed

The decision comes after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play on Wednesday. August 27, 2020, 4:22 PM • 2 min read The NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs, though there will be no games on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Games could resume as early as Friday, sources told Wojnarowski. The Milwaukee Bucks decided on Wednesday to not take the court for Game 5 of their series in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this week. Their decision had a ripple effect on the sports world — other NBA teams, WNBA teams, MLS teams, MLB teams and other athletes joined the work stoppage to take a stand against systemic racism and police brutality. Blake was shot seven times in the back by police after leaning into his car and is paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family. The shooting …

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Tennis Tournament: ‘Sick To My Stomach’ Over Police Shootings

Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Wednesday, which organizers later announced would be paused for one day, after a wave of protests in other sports over the police shooting of Jacob Blake and other Black men and women. The two-time Grand Slam winner was slated to play in the semifinals in New York City on Thursday against Belgium’s Elise Mertens. Following the lead of players in the NBA, WNBA and on some Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer teams, Osaka said she would not play as a protest against the continued police violence against Black people. The WTA later announced that the tournament would be paused on Thursday to recognize the moment. “Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman,” Osaka wrote in a statement posted on social media in both English and Japanese. “And as a black woman I feel as though …

Obama Praises Players’ Walkout In Solidarity With Jacob Blake: ‘I Commend’ Them

Former President Barack Obama praised professional sports teams that boycotted scheduled games on Wednesday following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “I commend the players on the Bucks for standing up for what they believe in,” Obama wrote on Twitter, pointing to Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and the broader NBA and WNBA organizations. “It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.” I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values. pic.twitter.com/rUGETgAt7P — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 27, 2020 The NBA postponed all playoff games on Wednesday night after several teams said they would not participate. The move followed the Milwaukee Bucks’ walkout during a game against …

Western Carolina football players propose boycott over video

A football player at Western Carolina University has called on his teammates to boycott team activities after several racist videos involving students at the school circulated on social media August 25, 2020, 11:22 PM 4 min read WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Western Carolina University football player has called on his teammates to boycott team activities after several racist videos involving students at the school circulated on social media. Sophomore safety Jaylon McMillon said he and other members of the Catamounts football team agreed during a Zoom video Sunday not to take part in workouts — practices started back in mid-July — and other activities in preparation for what will be just a two-game fall non-conference season in November, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. The players have the backing of head coach Mark Speir, who called the videos reprehensible. On Tuesday evening, the school announced that the five students who appeared in …

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich: Champions League final – live!

3.33pm EDT 15:33 33 min: Coman is a growing threat. He nutmegs Kehrer and pings in a wicked cross that Silva does well to head away. 3.32pm EDT 15:32 31 min: A cool challenge in the box by Kehrer, who kept his eye on the ball as Coman tried to dance past him. But Bayern recycle possession and work it out to the right, from where a dangerous cross come in from Kimmich. It takes a nick off Kimpembe but Lewandowsk adjusts quickly, arcing back to direct a header on target rom six yards. Navas reacts just as sharply to bat it away! 3.29pm EDT 15:29 29 min: Neymar’s freekick is headed out of the box. Herrera’s lashes it back towards goal but it deflects wide. 3.28pm EDT 15:28 28 min: Davies booked for pulling down Kehrer near the touchline after misjudging a bounce. PSG have a frekick in a …

FDA allowing saliva-based test funded by NBA

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization on Saturday allowing public use of a saliva-based test for the coronavirus developed at Yale University and funded by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. The test, known as SalivaDirect, is designed for widespread public screening. The cost per sample could be as low as about $4, though the cost to consumers will likely be higher than that — perhaps around $15 or $20 in some cases, according to expert sources.   Yale administered the saliva test to a group that included NBA players and staff in the lead-up to the league’s return to play and compared results to the nasal swab tests the same group took. The results almost universally matched, according to published research that has not yet been peer-reviewed. The leading coronavirus saliva test, developed at a Rutgers University lab and given the same …

Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA writes new ice cream truck jingle to replace one with racist past

Hip hop icon RZA has released a new ice cream truck jingle in collaboration with Good Humor in the hopes of replacing the iconic “Turkey in the Straw” tune that first gained popularity in American minstrel shows. “Do you remember that ice cream jingle?” RZA asks in a promotional video posted to Good Humor’s website. “We’ve come to find out that it has racist roots.”   The Morning Rundown Get a head start on the morning’s top stories. “Turkey in the Straw” originated from British and Irish folk songs and was a popular tune among fiddle players dating back to the early 1800s. Yet, in the 19th century, the song was adopted in minstrel shows, which relied on racist tropes and were performed by mostly white people wearing Blackface. Many people were unaware of “Turkey in the Straw’s” racist history until public policy scholar Theodore R. Johnson wrote a viral …

2022 World Cup further behind schedule with Asian games off

All Asian qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup scheduled this year have been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic GENEVA — All Asian qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup scheduled this year were postponed to 2021 on Wednesday, adding to a global fixture backlog for soccer‘s biggest competition caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation issued a joint statement saying the delay is to protect the health and safety of all participants from COVID-19. The games will be rescheduled in 2021. Each of 40 nations involved were due to play three or four rounds to complete the current phase of World Cup qualifying in Asia which now fell further behind schedule with no games played in 2020. FIFA’s global calendar of national-team games now has too few dates to complete the qualifying program as originally planned after the latest round of postponements. …

Big Ten and Pac-12 postpone 2020 football, pushing the college sport closer to total fall shutdown

The Big Ten and Pacific-12 Conferences, boasting some of America’s most elite schools and storied college football programs, postponed 2020 gridiron action on Tuesday because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The 14-team Big Ten and dozen-member Pac-12 both said they hope to play now-postponed fall sports in the spring, if the nation’s struggle against the coronavirus is in a better place. “I’ve said it from the first day that I started at the Big Ten, that the health, the safety, the wellness — both physical and mental — for our student-athletes was going to be at the top of my list,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told the Big Ten Network minutes after the announcement. “The Big Ten will always put the mental and physical health and safety and wellness of our student-athletes at the center.” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren speaks following the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament …

Big Ten To Cancel College Football Season Over Coronavirus Concerns: Reports

The Big Ten conference has allegedly voted to cancel college football season this fall, another blow to the sports world by the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Ten presidents voted 12-2 to not play this fall, according to longtime sports personality Dan Patrick, who first reported the news on Monday. Patrick said that the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences will cancel their seasons on Tuesday. The two schools in the league that voted to play this fall were the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa. The Detroit Free Press separately confirmed reports of the canceled season, citing multiple people who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the decision. HuffPost has not independently confirmed the decision. The conferences included in the National Collegiate Athletic Association are the Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC). The leagues …

Home advantage prevails despite absence of fans, study finds | Football

The absence of fans did not cause footballers to doubt themselves but did make referees think twice, a study of behind-closed-doors football has found. According to researchers from Reading University, playing matches without supporters had a minimal effect on the phenomenon of home advantage but it did correspond with officials showing fewer yellow cards to away teams. In a paper on the effects of behind-closed-doors matches, researchers studied 6,481 games from before and after coronavirus lockdown. In the Premier League and Championship, games played in empty stadiums saw the proportion of home victories drop from 43.4% before the pandemic to 42.0%. This small fall is similar to results in many other leagues that restarted behind closed doors. After apparently seeing a substantial drop in home advantage during early matches, the Bundesliga ended the season with the prospect of a home win having fallen from 40.8% to 39.2%. A similar pattern …

CBS Sports Names Announcers For UEFA Champions League And Europa League Coverage – CBS DC

(CBS Local)- One day after releasing the full schedule of games for the UEFA Europa and Champions League coverage, CBS Sports has announced the commentary teams that will guide fans through the action for the rest of the 2019-20 season. The studio coverage will be anchored by veteran host Kate Abdo, who has covered both the Champions and Europa Leagues before along with coverage of the Men’s and Women’s World Cup and several top flight club competitions in Europe. She’ll be joined in the studio by analysts Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez and Micah Richards. Carragher and Richards both played in Champions League matches during their respective careers at Liverpool and Manchester City. Carragher was an integral part of Liverpool’s 2004-05 Champions League winning side. Martinez is the current manager of the top-ranked international side in the FIFA world rankings, Belgium. He led the Red Devils to a third-place finish at …

Three men injured after alleged stabbing at rugby league game in western Sydney | Australia news

Three men have been hospitalised after an alleged stabbing following an under 20s community football game in Sydney’s northwest. Emergency services were called to Old Saleyards Reserve in North Parramatta following reports of an assault after an under 20s community game between Wentworthville Magpies and Penrith Brothers on Sunday morning. Acting Inspector Grant Morrisey said a kitchen knife with a six-inch blade was used in the brawl which left three men aged 16, 19, and 22 injured. They have been taken to Westmead hospital where two are in a serious condition. Insp Morrisey said it was unclear if the incident was related to the result of the match. Several men fled the scene before police arrived and a 19-year-old man was later arrested at a Cambridge Park home. He was taken to Nepean Hospital under police guard for treatment of an existing hand injury. NSW Rugby League said players from …

Municipal Gem Hosts The PGA Championship – CBS DC

(CBS San Francisco) — TPC Harding Park has enjoyed a long and interesting life on the banks of Lake Merced in southwest San Francisco. The notable history of this municipal course began in 1925, two years after the death of its namesake Warren G. Harding. The 29th president, who enjoyed golf, died at the city’s Palace Hotel, while on a tour of the west. The public gem will add another chapter this weekend when it hosts the 2020 PGA Championship. Renowned course architects William Watson and Sam Whiting built Harding Park Golf Club on 163 acres of city property almost a century ago. (The pair also designed the Lake Course at the nearby Olympic Club.) Watson and Whiting were paid $300 for their design services; the cost of constructing the par-70 course neared $300,000. The course opened as a 6,505-yard, par-73. Harding Park Golf Club’s stature rose fairly quickly. The …