Cancellation of March Madness

Due to the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 the NCAA cancels march madness in response. The people in charge of this cancelation are the President Mark Emmert and the board of governors; they made this decision to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The CDC reports that groups of 250 or more should not be together preventing fans, teams, and workers to be able to watch games. 

The tournaments held by the NCAA  are the biggest events for them for the year which doesn’t help them and drops their profits and viewings. Some of the coaches were disappointed to hear the news and some weren’t so disappointed because some of their teams were already canceled for the rest of the season. 

“Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few was live on ESPN when news of the cancellation broke. He said that he was “extremely disappointed” and that he felt the tournaments could have been postponed.”     -NBC News 

In the history of sports this was called the biggest decision made by the body of sports in the history of response to an outbreak. Even other sports like Major leagues such as hockey, soccer, and baseball have either canceled their season or postponed their season. NCAA’s division 1 mens basketball tournament has been held every year since 1938; it wasn’t even canceled when former president Ronald Reagan was almost assassinated the same day as the tournament. Which causes this to be such a big deal in the body of sports and fans.

“As much as I dislike having to say this, I can’t see putting players out on the floor in the current climate,”          -Bilas

Cleveland Browns player smuggles 157 pounds of marijuana across a US border

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 15: Offensive tackle Greg Robinson #78 of the Cleveland Browns on the bench during the second half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 38-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns player, Gregory Robinson, was arrested for possessing 157 pounds of marijuana in a rental car. Robinson also had Jaquan Bray in the vehicle while crossing the border. They are both being charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession intent to distribute. If the two are convicted they could face up to twenty years in jail. 

The two were approaching the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint Station when a canine unit alerted the border patrol agents to their rental car. During the investigation of the car the found approximately 157 pounds of marijuana in multiple duffle bags in the trunk. 

Robinson arranged for an Uber driver to drive them. But then pulled over in El Paso and had Bray switch. He then stated he would pay the two to claim the marijuana. The two then told Robinson they would not have driven if they had known about the drugs. 

Robinson was set to become an unrestricted free agent. The Browns had no intentions of re-sign him so his next steps are uncertain. Especially in this case because his possible charges could seriously affect his career in the NFL. Bray is also awaiting the decision of his college football team. 

The border patrol said they found twenty three mason jars, a can sealing machine, an electronic sale, and 3,100 in cash in Bray’s jeans. Robinson and Bray are both facing up to twenty years in jail. 

While Robinson’s career will be majorly affected, Bray’s won’t be. Bray never really caught on to any team in the NFL. He most recently was playing for the Montreal Alouettes. Robinson was supposedly informed the Brown’s will not be bringing him back for the 2020 season. For Robinson his NFL career is over. 

The New Look Red Sox

With the Red Sox getting rid of familiar faces and a few being fan favorites they will have a different look this season. The Red Sox are going to need to have guys step up this season in order for them to succeed. 

Mookie Betts, David Price, Brock Holt, Rick Porcello, and Sandy Leon are all gone and are leaving big shoes to fill even Sandy Leon who was the backup catcher because he caught number one pitcher Chris Sale. Betts a fan favorite and arguably the best player on the team. Price and Porcello both good starters and both had a key role in winning the World Series in 2018. Holt another fan favorite was Mr. Utility he would play wherever he was asked and gave the starters a break.

The Red Sox hired a new Chief of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom wanted to cut some money out of the luxury tax and that was mostly the reason for the trade of Betts and Price. Bloom came from the Tampa Bay Rays who have a lot lower budget than the Red Sox. The Red Sox payroll last year was $187,232,500 compared to the Rays $49,084,731 so Bloom knows how to get a lot of talent with a little amount of money to work with. 

Players like Xander Bogarts, Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez needs to repeat the numbers they put up last season for the team to succeed. Andrew Benintendi underperformed last season and will also have to perform well this season and he’s very capable of doing as in every season except last season he had an average over .270. 

Benintendi in an interview said, “ it was very out of character for me… I was striking out a lot and swinging at pitches I usually don’t.”

The pitching staff will need to be a lot better this year as dominant starter Chris Sale had one of the worst seasons of his career and never really looked himself all year. He will miss the beginning of the season because of elbow problems and the Red Sox are being extra careful. He wasn’t the only one who had problems last year as the bullpen was terrible last season; they were one of the worst in the league for both blown saves and bullpen ERA (earned run average). 

The Sox can still be a good team and possibly make the playoffs but they’re going to need everyone to play well and to fill those big roles other guys left.

Will Japan Hold the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

TOKYO, JAPAN – FEBRUARY 17: Commuters wearing face masks walk on February 17, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

As of 21:20 local time on the 23rd, Japan’s local time, a total of 838 cases of new Coronavirus has been confirmed in Japan and 3 have died. The spreading epidemic has aroused national anxiety, and 60% of the people have called for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled.

The Japanese government announced that there was no “Plan B”, and it was reluctant to cancel it, but it also postponed the volunteer training activity scheduled for February 22. Japan bets on the Tokyo Olympics of the National Games, will it really be cancelled?

Recently, a local Internet poll in Japan showed that only 10.5% of citizens who were in favor of the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled, and 18.3% suggested that it be postponed, and 62.4% of citizens called for the Olympics to be cancelled directly. The main reason is the outbreak of Corona virus.

The Japanese government will not take the initiative to cancel the Tokyo Olympics. It’s because they have paid too much.

Data show that Japan’s funding for the Tokyo Olympic Games that is directly related to the operation of the Olympic Games is $ 12.1 billion. Although it is the Olympic Games with the lowest budget since 2000, it is not easy for Japan, whose economic conditions are not good. The overall cost of the Tokyo Olympics is currently estimated at $ 24.1 billion. Coupled with other supporting and large investments related to the Olympic Games, the budget invested by Japan is definitely not a small figure.

The Olympics is a sporting event, and it is not just a sporting event. Just as 56 years ago, Japan announced that it had returned to the world stage and emerged from the ruins. Japan put everything on 2020 Olympic. 

First, reshape the image of the country. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Japan and its nuclear leak at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station hit Japan hard. Nine years have passed, and Japan wants to use the Olympic Games to convey to the world the belief that Japan has recovered from the “Eastern Japan Earthquake” and take the opportunity to thank the people of the world for their assistance and reshape Japan’s image.

Besides, the Japanese government wants to boost national confidence. Holding a world-class event at home can inspire national pride and passion. The Japanese government hopes to use the power of the Olympic Games to sweep the stalemate and burnout that permeate the whole society.

Third, save the Japanese economy. Japan has gone through two “lost decades”, and its economy is still not improving. The economic effects brought by the Olympic Games may become a cure for the Japanese economy. On the one hand, Japan can take the opportunity to show and use new technologies to attract many investors to seek cooperation opportunities; on the other hand, the tourism heat and exposure brought by the Olympic Games can stimulate economic development.

Therefore, the Tokyo Olympics has become a game that Japan cannot afford to lose.

Pre Lives

Steve Prefontaine began running for the University of Oregon in 1970 under coach Bill Bowerman who in 1964, founded Blue Ribbon Sports, which would later become Nike. 

Before Nike and their ”poster child, ” Steve Prefontaine, many runners around the world wore brands such as Adidas, Puma, and Reebok. 

Phil Knight, was unhappy with the types of running shoes available, and decided with Bill Bowerman, to form a company that would market the shoe Bowerman had designed.

Phil Knight would eventually co-found Nike with Bill Bowerman.

After coming up with the name “Nike,” Phil Knight needed a logo design, so he asked one of his students at Portland State to design a logo.

Carolyn Davidson, a graphic design student, ended up coming up with the Nike swoosh, Knight loved it and paid the student $35 to buy the design.

In 1971, Bowerman poured rubber into a waffle iron in his kitchen, this led to the birth of the waffle sole, which would become the best selling shoe in the entire country.

A vintage Nike t-shirt design made to honor the creation of waffles by coach Bill Bowerman

At first, the shoes were designed poorly as seen in a clip from the movie Prefontaine, after just one mile on the track, Pre’s feet were busting at the seams of the prototypes.

Prefontaine hated the shoes at first, but with more updates and innovation, he grew to love them.

Nike spike worn by Steve Prefontaine at Niketown Eugene in Eugene, Ore. (Photo by Kirby Lee/WireImage)

During his years running at Oregon, Pre became the first major track person to wear Nikes.

One of the first public advertisements for Nike was centered around Steve Prefontaine and his running legacy.

Steve Prefontaine Nike commercial

Just when Prefontaine was getting started with his professional running career in 1975, he was driving home in Eugene, Oregon one night, and died in a head-on car accident.

Despite Pre’s tragic and early death, he paved the way for the iconic Nike brand which later got promoted by basketball player, Michael Jordan, and is now worn by athletes around the world.

Is O.J. Simpson actually guilty?

All signs point to O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife Nichole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman on the night of June 12, 1994. The murder outside of Brown’s Brentwood, California home still remains unsolved to this day. 

Many piece of evidence show that Simpson was the individual behind the gruesome crimes, including gloves with blood on them, one being at the crime scene and the other being at his mansion, him fleeing to Chicago the next day, his blood-stained Bronco and running from the police after being arrested as the main suspect. 

His blood was even found at the murder scene, and blood and hair from both Brown and Goldman were found in his car and at his home. There were bloody shoe prints on the scene matched a pair of shoes that Simpson owned. 

The story between the two victims is that Brown went to a restaurant where Goldman was a waiter at. Brown forgot a pair of glasses at the restaurant and Goldman offered to drive them to her house after his shift. It is suspected that Simpson was jealous that he couldn’t have Brown for himself which lead him to the decision of killing the two. 

The trial went on for a year and a half, many arguments being thrown back and forth. The bloody gloves were even brought in for Simpson to try on, and he claimed them to be “too small.” 

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” said Johnnie Cochran, one of Simpson’s lawyers. 

Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey, another one of his lawyers, claimed in front of the public on national television that Simpson was framed by racist police. 

Simpson got a verdict of not guilty and walked away a free man on October 3, 1995. 

“My reality isn’t, ‘Oh there might be a guy, sitting across the room, who thinks I got away with murder.’ I don’t work like that. Whatever he’s thinking is his problem.” -O.J. Simpson 

Bethany Hamilton: Soul Surfer

At the age of 13, as a rising surfing star in Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to put an end to her surfing career. 

On the morning of October 31, 2003, Hamilton went surfing with her best friend, Alana Blanchard, and Blanchard’s father and brother at Tunnels Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Kauai, Hawaii.

While lying on her board, Hamilton said she suddenly felt intense pressure on her left arm and was pulled back and forth for a few seconds before the flurry passed. She claimed that she initially felt no pain, but she had noticed the red water around. Her friends reported that they were in shock when they realized her left arm had been torn off and that she had been in a shark attack. 

“I was holding onto my board, with my thumb, because I probably didn’t want to get pulled under. It was like pulling me back and forth, not like pulling me underwater. Just like, you know how you eat a piece of steak? It was kind of like that.”

Blanchard’s father quickly tore off a part of his shirt to wrap around Bethany’s severed arm and led everyone to shore. She was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where Hamilton’s father had to be taken out of the operating room when he was just about to have knee surgery. 

She had lost approximately 60 percent of her blood from the shark attack. But after undergoing several surgeries, it was confirmed that she was safe and secure to go back home.

Bethany claimed that her faith was what gave her hope and strength to keep going. One month after the attack, she got back in the water. 

She published her autobiography, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, which became a bestseller in 2004. She was honored for her courage by MTV, ESPN, and the United States Sports Academy.

Furthermore, she won her first national surfing title in 2005, two years after her attack. She then began competing in the pro circuit in 2007. 

At the age of 17, she was certain about her dream of professionally surfing. She is still a competitive surfer, currently. As a professional surfer, author, and motivational speaker, Bethany has been able to share her message and inspire people all around the world. She currently has her own blog and online course on helping others become unstoppable. 

Even more important, Hamilton demonstrated that the loss of an arm was no obstacle to fulfilling her surfing goals. 

Aroldis the Great

Aroldis Chapman threw the fastest pitch ever recorded at 106 mph, he’s an incredible pitcher. His fame started when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. But as a New York yankee now. Aroldis has another story that I want to tell. It’s where he came from that’s so special.

Chapman was just an ordinary kid from Holguín, Cuba. He had nothing but the special talent hidden in that left arm. He played baseball in the streets with his friends and loved every minute of it. He then worked his way up to play on the Cuban national baseball team and was a star pitcher. He left Cuba in 2009 and signed his first MLB contract with the Reds in 2010.

Chapman was born in 88’ in a three room house with his mom, dad, and two sisters. When he was 15 years old he joined a local baseball team and played first base. The coach recognized that he was an exceptional pitcher and so became one in 2003.

When he came to America he lived in Davie Florida and in 2015 was involved in a domestic violence with his girlfriend. The trade he had with the LA Dodgers was out on hold while the MLB investigated.

Chapman’s father Juan Alberto Chapman Benett, his mother Maria Caridad De La Cruz, and his girlfriend Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas, had to be left behind in Cuba if he wanted to find success in the US and play baseball at the highest level and make his dream come true.

He’s fought for were he is and worked for every strike he’s thrown. He has a 33-26 win loss record, his era is 2.23, he has 883 strikeouts, and 273 saves. When he signed his contract with the Reds in 2010 the end deal was 6 years 30 million dollars. Then in 2016 signed a 3 year deal worth 43 million. Then finally signed a 3 year 48 million dollar deal with the New York Yankees.

Aroldis Chapman is one of the most intimidating, and dominate pitchers to ever play baseball and will always be known for throwing a pitch faster than any man on the planet.

Cristiano Ronaldo Pleaded Guilty to Tax Fraud.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team, stands accused of tax evasion in Spain. His team, Real Madrid, rushed to his defense. Some sources even suggested that his team would pay the $16.5 million in taxes for him. But the athlete is unhappy, even suggesting that he might leave the team and Spain. It showed that Real Madrid may not pay his tax bill after all, which stands at more than $16.5 million.

Prosecutors stated that Ronaldo set up a company in 2010 to manage his image rights in the British Virgin Islands but then transferred those rights to a second company in Ireland for the purpose of creating a “screen” to confuse Spanish tax authorities.

Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €18.8 million ($21.6 million) for tax fraud on Tuesday. Specifically, he dodged taxes in Spain between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madrid. By agreeing to settle the case, he will avoid a potential 23-month prison sentence.

Ronaldo did not have to serve 23-month in prison. According to judges in Spain, Ronaldo could suspend sentences for two years or less since he was a first-time offender. 

His court appearance lasted about 15 minutes as the five-times world footballer of the year only needed to sign off on the previously settled agreement. After the court, Ronaldo, holding hands with his Spanish fiancée Georgina Rodriguez, came out of the court room smiling, pausing to sign autographs before leaving in a black van.

Ronaldo was not the first soccer player who was accused for tax evasion. Barcelona players such as Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar Jr have also been accused previously and have all been found guilty. Mascherano accepted and paid his fine, while Messi pleaded innocent as he claimed he didn’t handle his personal finances, because his father did. But he had been found guilty and sentenced to about 21 months in prison.

Ronaldo also faced another ongoing legal battle: The 33-year-old was also facing a rape allegation in the United States. Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit in Nevada in September 2018 saying she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Ronaldo had denied the accusation.

How Killer Sally Became Killer McNeil

Valentine’s Day 1995 was when Sally McNeil became “Killer McNeil”. Sally and her husband Ray McNeil had been married for 8 awful years. Both being bodybuilders their marriage was full of jealousy, vanity and muscular machismo. 

Ray was late in showing up to their apartment in Oceanside, California. Sally was furious and ready for a fight when he arrived home after 10 p.m. Shantina and John went to their bedrooms. The preteen children knew the drill. 

“That’s what they did – they hit each other.” Stated the prosecutor of the marriage. 

Ray went into the kitchen and started cooking dinner, this is when Sally asked him where he had been. 

A few minutes later Shantina, 11-years-old, ran out to the kitchen because she heard “gurgling”. Her mother was being choked. 

Sally decided that was the last straw and went into the closet to get a 12-gauge shotgun. She then shot Ray right in the lower abdomen. After he fell to his knees she shot him again in the jaw. 

“Why, oh god, why?” Was heard coming from the background while dispatch was on the phone with Sally. 

“I just wanted him to leave me alone.” A neighbor overheard Sally saying while she waited for police. 

When police arrived Ray was alive and conscious. Sally told police he had choked her, he denied it.  Two hours later he was declared dead and Sally was charged with murder. 

Sally was an amateur bodybuilder. She used her physique to earn money. Her nickname was “Killer Sally”.

Sally’s first husband, Anthony Lowden started she has become “unhinged” after taking up bodybuilding. 

She had been arrested before in 1990 for pulling a pistol on Lowden and shattering his car windows with a crowbar. That same week she had a violent fight with Ray and dropped a 70-pounds weight on his car from a balcony as he was leaving. That same year she was sprayed with Mace after she fought a police officer who was investigating the well-being of her children. 

In 1993 she assaulted a police officer who was called to a bar when she was told by a bouncer to leave and stop dancing on a table. 

“This was not an isolated incident of violence,” stated prosecutor Dan Goldstein. He called her “aggressive by nature.”.

Blood tests revealed that both Sally and Ray were on steroids at the time of the homicide. She tested positive for Deca-Durabolin. 

“The issue in this case is Sally McNeil’s right to use force in an honest and reasonable manner against her abuser, in order to stop the beatings, the rapes, the sodomies, the tortures.” Stated Sally’s attorney Bill Rafael. 

But prosecutor Goldstein countered, “The defendant is anything but a battered wife. She is one of the most violent persons I have ever prosecuted.”.

The Jury convicted Sally of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 19 years to life. Today she is imprisoned today at the state jail for women in Chowchilla.  

“Killer Sally” McNeil crowed, “I am still a lean, mean fighting machine.”.