The battle to become Champion has come down to the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters. After a day of action that saw the Men’s Pipe Invitational narrow the list of potential wildcards to four, Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA) discussed their Tour seasons and their gameplans going into Pipe.
He described watching “helplessly” as his mother be beaten when he was a child.
A top NFL executive broke down in a congressional hearing on domestic violence as he recounted as a child “watching helplessly” while his mother was beaten.
“Domestic violence was a way of life in my home growing up,” said Troy Vincent, the executive vice president of football operations for the NFL. “My brother and I watched helplessly numerous times as my mother was beaten and knocked unconscious while we dialed 911. We saw how she struggled to seek help and find the courage to say no more.”
The hearing, comes days after a court reinstated former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who in February dragged his fiancee, now wife, out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. Rice was initially suspended for only two games before a public outcry led NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to indefinitely suspend him. Vincent outlined several steps the NFL would undertake, including a “thorough review” of its personnel conduct policy with the goal of setting “clear rules” of misconduct for its players. Vincent added that the NFL would oversee a mandatory education program, training “critical response teams” to help prevent sexual and domestic violence, as well as raise awareness through collaborations with groups like No More.
Yesterday, Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she totally crushed the 100m breast stroke at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar.
Atkinson completed the short course race in 1 minute and 2.36 seconds, tying the world record, which according to FINA standards counts as its own record. Via Telegraph:
The Texans were off Tuesday.
At 8:30 a.m. on his off day, wide receiver Andre Johnson walked into a Toys R Us near NRG Stadium, found the children waiting for him and gathered everyone together.
“You can go through the store and get whatever you want,” said Johnson, the Texans’ longest-tenured player. “I’ll pay for it. Have a Merry Christmas.”
Empty shopping carts were lined up. The countdown began. Then Johnson briefly paused the rush.
Don’t worry about video-game systems, he said. If you want one, you’ll get one, and a couple games. They’re behind locked doors. Focus on what you really want and you’ll get a free system when your carts are loaded.
They were off. For 80 seconds, children ages 8-16 from the Harris County Department of Family Protective Services tore through open aisles, pulled once-unthinkable items off shelves and kept racing in dreamland.
This is so very generous!
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Channel angle of the Nov 12th swell at Peahi.
Federal agents checked medical staff of the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Seattle Seahawks. The DEA checks were part of an investigation into former players’ claims that NFL teams often gave painkillers. No arrests were made.
Just when you thought life in the US couldn’t get any more Bizarre…
Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.
She says you could tell “they felt like they were kicking a puppy.”The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the rear, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop today. But Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.
“They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws.”
Today at the Rip Curl Pro at Supertubes he was the last man standing and it’s a Mick Fanning signature. He’s done it three times this year; you haven’t noticed he’s even in the event until he’s won it. Bells, J-Bay, and now Supertubes, all won in great waves and with surfing that couldn’t be denied. He now goes into Pipe alongside Kelly and Gabe, and this whole world title thing just got a lot more interesting.
There’s a reason why people refer to 11-time world champ Kelly Slater as “the king”. This clip/maneuver is yet another ground-breaking moment in the history of surfing.