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REGINA — Quarterback Zach Collaros made no excuses after the Toronto Argonauts upset the two-time defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23 Sunday in the CFL title game.

Collaros, the reigning two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player, sat in front of the media after the stunning setback and tried to explain why the heavily-favoured Bombers lost to the Argos.

“I don’t think that we got into a good rhythm at any point in the game offensively,” said Collaros, who finished 14-of-23 passing for 183 yards and one interception.

“We were able to put together a few good drives here and there, but we weren’t efficient enough on first down, running or passing the football, and that starts with me. I have to do a better job to help the team win.”

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The Bombers, who topped the West Division with a 15-3 regular-season mark, looked to take control of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter. Janarion Grant returned a punt 102 yards for a touchdown to put the Bombers ahead 23-14. It was the longest punt return touchdown in Grey Cup history.

Just over two minutes later, Toronto kicker Boris Bede narrowed the gap to 23-17 with a 36-yard field goal. The Argos restored their lead with 3:24 remaining in the contest on a five-yard touchdown run from A.J. Ouellette.

Toronto looked to build on its lead with 2:09 left with a 42-yard field goal attempt by Bede, but it was blocked by the Bombers. Collaros then led Winnipeg into field-goal range with kicker Marc Liegghio to attempt a 47-yarder with 54 seconds remaining.

Argos defensive end Robbie Smith blocked the kick and Toronto ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Collaros, who suffered an ankle injury in the West Division final against the B.C. Lions on Nov. 13, didn’t appear to be limited by the injury. He did, however, have issues eluding the Argos pass rush, which collected four sacks.

“You’ve got to play four quarters, so credit to them. They never gave up … From an offensive standpoint, I just wished we did more to stay on the football field,” said Collaros. “We’ll watch the tape and be disappointed, but again, it was an amazing year and I’m just really proud to be a part of this team.”

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The Bombers were chasing their third straight Grey Cup championship, a feat last achieved by the Edmonton Eskimos who won five straight titles from 1978 to 1982.

However, Collaros doesn’t believe the lofty expectations put additional pressure on the Bombers.

“I really don’t think so. I’m not sure that ever truly puts pressure on any team and we certainly have a very mature group, a veteran laden team,” said Collaros. “We just care a lot, so we put pressure on ourselves, no matter what. The guys worked their tails off all week long preparing for this football game, because it was the next game.

“Somebody’s got to win.”

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Although Collaros felt there were things the Bombers could have done better in order to win, he also credited the Argos for their performance. Specifically, the play of Argos backup quarterback Chad Kelly, who took over from starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the fourth quarter after he suffered a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand.

Kelly set up Ouellette’s touchdown with a 20-yard scramble on a second-and-15 play from the Winnipeg 36-yard line. He eluded two Winnipeg defenders in the backfield before streaking downfield and getting the first down.

Ouellette scored three plays later. It was his second rushing touchdown of the game.

“They never gave up. For Chad (Kelly) to come in and do what he did, that was impressive,” said Collaros.

“They had a good game plan. They pressured a little bit more on second-down situations. They were able to get home a couple of times. They kind of did what we were anticipating they were going to do for most of the football game and they did a better job than us.”

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Iran vs USA Prediction: World Cup | 29.11.2022

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Group B ends on Tuesday, all four teams could still qualify. Amid all the possible outcomes, however, we will see a replay of one of the most politically charged World Cup games in history. Tensions are already building but will history repeat itself and will Iran make it to the last 16?

Preview of the 2022 World Cup

One of the big matches that all fans from all over the world have been waiting for finally takes place in Group B on Tuesday. The stakes will be high for both Iran and the United States as a win for both would secure entry into the next round. Meanwhile, a draw should also be enough for Iran.

Tensions have already risen in the run-up to the game, with the USMNT showing an image of the Iranian flag without the Islamic Republic’s emblem, apparently expressing its support for the protesters in Iran ahead of the game. The move drew critics in Iran, who were quick to signal that they wanted the United States kicked out of the World Cup.

The action on the pitch should also be entertaining as Iran worked their way into a very strong position to reach the round of 16 in their last encounter. Both goals for Iran in that win came in second-half injury time, with Rouzbeh Cheshmi scoring the first goal before Ramin Rezaelan scored the second.

It hasn’t been the best World Cup for the United States yet, as they haven’t had a win in either of their two games. The United States were beaten by Wales in the opening game before drawing 0-0 with England in the final game. In this last game, however, only one win is enough.

Iran vs USA head to head

Iran are unbeaten in their last two games against the United States. The stunning victory came at the 1998 World Cup, when the United States were eliminated 1-0 and also recorded Iran’s first win in competition.

Iran vs USA prediction

This will be a big game for both nations as they try to reach the last 16. We expect it to be a very low-key affair and neither side is likely to waste many chances. However, it’s hard to look past the United States, which is the better quality across the field.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and that North Little Rock School photo

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What is that if not racism?

What is that if not racism?
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As per the policy, Jerry Jones did nothing wrong. That’s because anti-blackness is never a crime.

A recent report by The Washington Post shows Jones in a 1957 photo in Arkansas amidst a crowd of white students, “standing on the frontlines of one of Little Rock’s darkest segregation battles,” according to the publication’s secondary headline. At the time, white students (and some adults) would show up at school entrances, usually to hurl racial slurs to intimidate black students and prevent them from entering public schools following the Brown v. Board decision. This one was in North Little Rock.

These are the undeniable facts of American history that so many are trying so hard to erase by opposing the Critical Race Theory. Because racism is not real in this country unless there is a “gun smoking”. One of America’s most prestigious newspapers has found an old photo of the owner the most valuable sports franchise in the world Being in a place where racists have been known to congregate and there’s nothing Roger Goodell and the NFL can do about it.

Why?

Because a league with a racist history, which is currently being sued for its racist hiring practices, was smart enough to start one Code of Conduct — where the owners are”should be kept at a higher level‘ – that didn’t list being hateful towards black people as a violation. Potential violations include things like violent crime, sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. These are things the NFL should rightly resist. Racism is conveniently absent from the list. However, that convenience becomes a calculated move when you realize the league’s conduct committee is made up of NFL owners. There is no way a group that has never allowed a black man into their exclusive club would ever punish any of them for being involved in anything hateful towards black people.

Never forget that Jones serves as Dan Snyder’s “best friend” in the NFL, never hired a black head coach and was vehemently opposed to players kneeling to draw attention to police brutality and racism. And if you add that up among other things, it would be easy to list this as one of those “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck” situations. But that’s racism, which means the rules are different.

No matter how damaging the feelings and conclusions can be, and no matter what your gut instincts may tell you, history has proven that white people – and some black people too – deny racism in every form, from micro-aggression to images of NFL… owners in environments of hate until a smoking gun was found, officially classifying it as “racist”.

That’s why so many in the sports world have been silent about Jones. They don’t believe in the image or the damage that moment did then and now. And those who have spoken out have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and support Jones, even if it’s a slap in the face to their race – they’re burning those who have always suffered from racism.

“He doesn’t deserve what just happened,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said of Jones, who couldn’t wait to carry Jones water. “That was at least 65 years ago,” Smith explained as he willingly went “shuck and jive” on national television for a man who doesn’t need additional allies, a move that exemplified why it’s so hard in America to accept the trials and tribulations that African Americans endure on a daily basis.

(Also, don’t overlook the fact that racism doesn’t usually count as racism until the race of people participating sees fit to do so. The screams and accusations of those suffering from it be damned.)

“It’s not who I am and I’m sorry,” Jones said.

That apology was not for the photo. It was taken from a 2017 story in which Jones was sorry for what he had said in the past. “Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding. Well, you know he’s dating a black girl tonight, right?” said Jones in a 2013 video message to a white bride.

Jones’ explanation/apology for being in the photo went something like this:

“That was, my goodness, 65 years ago, and [I was a] curious child back then” he said. “I didn’t know then what a monumental event was really going on. I’m glad we’re still a long way from that.”

Jones would like us to believe that the black children who made history understood the magnitude of the moment, but he didn’t, despite the opposition of so many white students his age group. He thinks we are stupid and insults our intelligence and history.

“My mother died before she even knew we were being beaten every day at school,” said Elizabeth Eckford, a member of the Little Rock 9, earlier this year. “When I came home, I didn’t talk about what happened at school.” But somehow Jones didn’t realize he was living through a “monumental event,” while Smith wants us to start tap dancing right next to him.

Throughout history, whites have only been moved when racism was inescapable. Sometimes it was the videos and images of police dogs and water hoses used against black people in the 1960s. Other times it was the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Malcolm X, Fred Hampton and Medgar Evers. Or maybe it was the Rodney King band. For others, it watched a police officer kill George Floyd.

That’s how much it takes for the screams of black people to be heard. Because if the smoking gun is appropriate, then racism – or the intent of it – can only be validated.

In the case of Jerry Jones, we have videos and images that serve as evidence that he has been involved in the things that a racist would do throughout his life. The NFL won’t penalize him for it because it doesn’t hurt their policies. And America will shrug because the gun doesn’t smoke, even though it burns hot to the touch.

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Game-fixing bill with stiffer penalties hurdles House

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A view of the Smart Araneta Coliseum hours before the alleged PBA Finals Game 6 tip-off. DENISON DALUPANG/INQUIRER.  STORY: House has been plagued by match-fixing legislation with tougher penalties

A view of the Smart Araneta Coliseum hours before the alleged PBA Finals Game 6 tip-off. DENISON DALUPANG/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines — A bill providing tougher penalties for match-fixing, point-shaving and other similar activities at sporting events, whether professional or amateur, passed the House of Representatives on its third reading on Monday.

House Bill No. 4513, drafted by Isabela, 5th Circuit Assemblyman Faustino Michael Dy III, passed during the plenary session with 249 votes in favour, zero against and abstentions.

The bill defines match-fixing as “any agreement, agreement, scheme or act or series of acts by which one or more persons maliciously engage in, or cause to be engaged in, a sport, whether professional or amateur, in order to obtain a result not determined by “honest game skill or ability.” the player or participant.”

Point shaving refers to any intentional effort by a team or players in a sporting event to limit their point tally in favor of the other team or player.

Machining refers to any other fraudulent, fraudulent, unfair, or dishonest means to influence the outcome of a sporting event. It may be an act of inciting, assisting or inducing any person to commit match-fixing for profit.

Under the bill, match-fixing is considered to be syndicated if it is carried out by a group of three or more condoned individuals.

Those found guilty of match-fixing can face a fine of three years and one day to six years in prison, and depending on the court’s decision, a fine can range from 1 to 5 million pesos.

But if the violator is either an athlete, promoter, umpire, umpire, judge, or coach, then the prison term would increase to between six and 12 years. The fine remains the same.

Life sentences await violators proven to be part of a syndicate, barring a 10 to 50 million pesos fine. Similar penalties apply when the offender is an elected or appointed public official.

A violator will be held criminally liable as a principal if found to have directly participated in, consented to, or knowingly tolerated match-fixing and he or she is a partner, president, director, manager, trustee, executor, or officer of a partnership. Companies, associations or other legal entities.

A foreigner is only deported after the sentence has been served.

In his explanation, Dy said: “It is deplorable that some even treat sports as their true little kingdoms, to the detriment of the individual, the nation and sport in general.

“This proposed measure aims to expand the elements that make up the crime of match-fixing and prescribe harsher penalties to stop widespread illegal practices, thereby promoting the true spirit of sportsmanship.”

There have been many match-fixing allegations in the country over the years, and most of the issues have centered around basketball – arguably the most popular game in the Philippines.

Just this January, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) warned professional athletes that it would remain vigilant and vigilant about match-fixing after a year in which two top-flight basketball leagues — the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League and the Philippine Basketball Association ( PBA ) – have been rocked by allegations of match-fixing.

The PBA, Asia’s oldest play-for-pay league, has had its fair share of several match-fixing controversies over the years, including one in which big man Don Allado was banned from a conference over allegations that basketball games were rigged.

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