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Source: Global News

Supporters want Colin Kaepernick hired by NFL season start

Today 02:27 GMT

Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside National Football League headquarters on Wednesday, demanding that he be hired by the start of the regular season next month.

Justice Bill O’Neill wrote on Facebook that he wouldn’t attend any games at which “draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field.”

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Source: BBC

Wayne Rooney: England striker retires from international football

Today 02:28 GMT

England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers.

England's lack of success during his time on the international scene will always be a source of frustration and regret, but history may be kinder to Rooney on reflection upon an stellar career.

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Source: BBC

Celtic in Champions League group stage: Rodgers seeks extended European run

Today 02:28 GMT

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants his team to still be in European football in the new year after they reached the Champions League group stage.

Celtic, under Rodgers, reached the group stage last season but finished bottom of a section also featuring Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. "I think what we would like to do is try to progress this year and be in European football after Christmas."

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Source: Fox News

Court rules high school football coach cannot pray on the field

Today 02:27 GMT

A Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer violated the U.S. Constitution, according to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after football games. Click here for a free subscription to Todd’s newsletter: a must-read for Conservatives!.. "When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected," the 9th Circuit wrote.

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Source: Washington Post

‘The leading edge of a much larger iceberg’: New Jersey high school disbands football team

Today 02:28 GMT

Demographic shifts, concussions, single-sport specialization and cost — among the same issues that have caused youth football numbers to plummet around the country in recent years — have led West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North to drop varsity football this season.

High school football enrollment is down 4.5 percent over the past decade, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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Source: Fox News

Man who shot Ohio judge was father of high school football player convicted of rape, investigators say

Wednesday 01:36 GMT

The man who shot and wounded an Ohio county judge outside a courthouse Monday morning before being shot dead by police was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday.

The gunman was identified as Nathaniel "Nate" Richmond, the father of Ma'Lik Richmond, a Steubenville High School football player who served nearly 10 months of a year-long sentence in juvenile detention after being convicted, along with another high school football player, of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012.

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Source: NBC News

'That’s not the America that I want to live in': Anquan Boldin goes from top NFL receiver to justice trailblazer

Wednesday 21:54 GMT

Anquan Boldin didn’t decide overnight he was going to quit football in order to speak out against longstanding concerns over inequality in America.

The recent deadly and racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, did, however, become the tipping point that caused Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver’s decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons. “I think anybody with any sense can see how divided we are as a country, and Charlottesville only magnified what we were already seeing,” Boldin told The Associated Press by phone Monday.

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Source: New York Times

Anquan Boldin Says Social Strife Prompted His N.F.L. Exit

Wednesday 16:23 GMT

A deadly, racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Va., prompted Anquan Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to his decision to leave the Buffalo Bills and retire after 14 N.F.L. seasons.

Boldin, a former Florida State star, spent his first seven N.F.L. seasons with Arizona, then played three years with Baltimore and three with San Francisco. He spent last season with Detroit, where he had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.

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Source: The Guradian

How one family inspired a football revolution for girls in a village in Pakistan

Wednesday 09:00 GMT

Shimshal is a small village in one of the most northern parts of Pakistan, the highest settlement in the Hunza Valley at 3,800 metres above sea level.

I was more interested in cricket but in Pakistan girls do not have much opportunity to get to a good level so my father took me and my two sisters to a football ground.”

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Source: Common Domain

Compact, cozy StubHub Center could be just the ticket for a unique fan experience and a Chargers rebirth

Tuesday 12:43 GMT

It was nearly the end of the first quarter at StubHub Center when, standing on a concourse overlooking the field, I ran into a fan who had not yet been to his seat.

It’s that shocking, and that close, and with it, the Chargers have finally landed a real shot in their self-proclaimed “Fight for L.A.”. After my first visit to their three-year temporary home Sunday, I can safely claim that, for an NFL viewing experience, StubHub Center kicks the concrete out of the Coliseum.

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Source: New York Times

The Best College Football Team You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Tuesday 17:18 GMT

The final 1943 Associated Press college football poll had a lot of familiar names: Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington and Texas were all ranked in the Top 20.

The world of college football was transformed for a few years during World War II, when military training camps fielded their own teams, which competed with college football’s best. The service teams had the advantage of older players, some of them former professionals, who were preparing for military service.


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