American Football player Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem

A US National Football League (NFL) quarterback has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest at what he sees as racial injustice.

Colin Kaepernick, who plays with the San Francisco 49ers, remained seated as the anthem was played.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” he explained.

Some fans booed the player when he took to the field.

But his team said they supported his right to protest, which took place as the 49ers hosted the Green Bay Packers in a pre-season game on Friday.

“We recognise the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the team said.

An NFL spokesman said players were “encouraged but not required” to stand during the anthem.

Colin Kaepernick is 28 years old, biracial, adopted and raised by white parents in Wisconsin

He joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. He was a Former starter who led the team to the NFL’s title game, the Super Bowl, in 2013, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Since demoted to back-up. His signature touchdown celebration known as kaepernicking, involving the flexing and kissing of his right bicep

He set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback (181) in the 2012 season play-offs

Kaepernick has been outspoken on social media about race relations and is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick told NFL Media.

“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He appeared to be referring to police use of deadly force which sparked the Black Lives Matter protests.

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My Betting Tips – 23/08/2016

FC Flora Tallinn – FC Infonet (Home DNB)
Crystal Palace – Blackpool FC (Home Win)
Exeter City – Hull City (Away Win)
AFC Fylde – Salford City (Over 2.5)
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Cambridge Utd FC (Home Win)
Hapoel Beer Sheva – Celtic FC (Over 2.5)
Legia Warsaw – Dundalk FC (Home Win)
Peterborough Utd – Swansea City (Over 2.5)
Derby County – Carlisle Utd (Home Win)

Mourinho explains Mata substitution during Manchester United Community Shield win over Leicester

Spanish midfielder was named on the bench at Wembley, was brought on and then taken off.

Jose Mourinho has revealed he was forced to replace Juan Mata in the final stages of the Community Shield at Wembley because of Leicester’s aerial threat.

The Spaniard came on as a second-half substitute for goalscorer Jesse Lingard but was replaced with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in stoppage time as Mourinho subbed his sub.

Mata looked upset on the touchline immediately after his substition. But Mourinho explained afterwards he was forced to make the change to deal with Leicester’s direct tactics as they chased an equaliser.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late winner was enough for Mourinho to lift his first trophy as United manager after Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Lingard’s opener.

Mourinho said: “Juan played well. He gave me exactly what I need. I have to take the smallest player off because the game will end in long balls.”

The United manager is also looking forward to a free week ahead of the Premier League opener against Bournemeouth.

He added: “It’s very important, very important. One day to rest, one week to work.

“The fact we play Sunday gives us one extra day, it’s a very important week, we have no injuries, of course we have a suspension with Smalling but we have no injuries.

“I think Lingard must not have anything really serious so we are in good condition to work but of course there is a long way to go.”

Credit: Manchester Evening News

Australia’s Surfing Legend Midget Farrelly Passes on

Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly, best known as ‘Midget’ for his slight size, has died aged 71.

Farrelly won the first official surfing world championship at Sydney’s Manly Beach in 1964, and dominated the sport as it gained popularity during that decade.

His achievements included:

Being the first Australian to win a major surfing title in the 1963 Hawaiian championships
Winning the 1965 Australian surfing title
Sixth place at the 1966 world championship
Winning the 1966 Peruvian International Small Waves competition
Winning the 1968 Bobby Brown memorial
Second place at the 1968 world championship

Farrelly was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

“Farrelly was arguably the most successful competitor in the world during the ’60s,” his online Hall of Fame entry says.

“Though always dedicated to the sport, he later became embroiled in a series of disagreements with Australian officials and was banned from entering the 1969 Australian title.”

Farrelly also built surf boards, making his first one in 1958 at the age of 14, and later establishing a board business at Brookvale on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Australian surfer Tom Carroll has paid tribute to the sport’s pioneer.

“One of the beautiful things I remember that I took from him was that he listened and watched his sister who was a dancer, a ballerina and he brought that to his surfing,” Carroll said.

“I just loved the way he surfed and it was really nice catching up with him.”

Credit: ABC News

Novak Djokovic Joins William Sisters In Day Of Shocks In Rio

In a dramatic second day of action on the tennis courts of Rio, world No.1 Novak Djokovic was left in tears after being dumped out of the Olympic Games.

Just hours after Serena and Venus Williams had suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the women’s doubles, world No. 1 Djokovic was beaten 7-6 7-6 by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro, who had spent 40 minutes stuck in an elevator in the athletes’ village earlier Sunday, went up a level as he claimed a hugely impressive victory.

“Delpo was the better player and he deserved to win. That’s sport,” Djokovic told reporters.

“In the decisive moments, he just came up with some extraordinary tennis and I have to congratulate him.

“It’s very sad and disappointing to go out of the tournament this early but I am glad that a good friend of mine, who has struggled with injuries, has won.

“It’s one of the toughest losses in my life and career. The wounds are still fresh.”

Djokovic’s defeat came on a day where the Williams sisters, reigning champions, suffered their first ever defeat at the Games in 16 matches.

Seeded first at the tournament, the Americans were beaten 6-3 6-4 in 93 minutes.

The sisters, who won the women’s doubles title in 2000, 2008 and 2012, were stunned in the first round by the Czech pairing of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

“It was a really tough match for us and a really tough draw, but we’re used to tough draws,” Serena, who is still in the women’s singles competition, told reporters.

“We honestly didn’t play our best whatsoever tonight. We played terrible and that basically showed in the results.

“I don’t know why. I wasn’t playing the way I needed to play, I wasn’t crossing the way I needed to cross, it was what it was.

“I wouldn’t say it’s devastating. We have a chance to compete for our country, we did the best that we can.

“It was a lot of fun and we will always remember these moments and these matches and at the end of the day I think that’s what matters most.”

This defeat capped a couple of miserable days for older sibling Venus, who was dumped out of the singles draw in the first round by Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens.

Earlier Sunday, Serena started the defense of her singles title with a 6-4 6-2 win over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.

She will play Alize Cornet in the second round after the French player overcame Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.

 

Credit: CNN

My Betting Tips (08/08/2016)

FK Gabala – FK Kapaz (Home Win)
Oakleigh Cannons – Green Gully Cavaliers (BTTS)
Shkendija 79 Tetovo – FK Sileks Kratovo (HT/FT – 1/1)
Ruch Chorzow – Wisla Plock SA (Over 1.5)
SK Slavia Prague – FC Fastav Zlin (Home Win)
FC Krasnodar – RFK Terek Grozny (Home Win)
Halmstads BK – IK Frej (Home Win)
FC Spartak Moscow – FC Kryliya Sovetov Samara (Home Win)
Pors Grenland – Fram Larvik (BTTS)
Jong Ajax Amsterdam – FC Emmen (Home Win)

MY BETTING TIPS (FIRST GAMES) 06/08/2016

Hume City – Northcote City (Home Win)
Kashima Antlers – Vegalta Sendai (Home Win)
Urawa Red Diamonds – Shonan Bellmare (Home Win)
Kawasaki Frontale – Ventforet Kofu (Home Win)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima – Nagoya Grampus (Home Win)
Kashiwa Reysol – Yokohama F Marinos (BTTS)
SF Lotte – SV Wehen Wiesbaden (Home Win)
FC Ilves – FC Inter Turku (Home Win)