Pittsburgh Steelers kicker fails miserably at NFL’s version of a rabona

Inside every NFL kicker, there is a frustrated soccer player. The Steelers Chris Boswell may want to stick to his day job

Inside every NFL kicker, there is a frustrated soccer player. The Steelers Chris Boswell may want to stick to his day job.

With Pittsburgh trailing with time ticking down in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, Boswell attempted an onside kick, allowing his team to recover possession. Boswell decided to execute with a flourish and a rabona that turned into a farce. The Steelers went on to lose.

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The @Steelers just tried a rabona onside kick.

It. Well… did not exactly work out. #PITvsBAL https://t.co/1HcbTVfnQi

November 6, 2016

Elsewhere, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was ejected after complaining to officials for not calling a pass interference penalty, then whipping his towel at the official as if it was a flag.

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Chiefs’ TE Travis Kelce doing what we’ve all wanted to do to an official at one time or another #DoItForTheFans https://t.co/q40kizJT2r

November 6, 2016

The Pro Bowl tight end was hit with two personal foul penalties and sent to the locker room with the Chiefs leading 16-7 early in the fourth quarter.

Both of the penalties were enforced, resulting in 30 yards of penalties and taking the Chiefs out of field-goal range.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid grabbed Kelce as he was walking off the field and gave him a stern talk. After the ejection, Kelce whipped his gloves into the crowd as he exited the field.

Kansas City went on to win the game without Kelce, with the final score ending up 19-14.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/06/travis-kelce-kansas-city-chiefs-ejected-throwing-towel-nfl

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How the sugar industry sweetened research in its favor

(CNN)Scientists began to uncover a link between sugar and heart disease about 60 years ago, and now, the general consensus among experts is that sugar intake is associated with heart disease risk.

But why did it take so long for researchers to inspect this link?
A new historical analysis published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday claims that the sugar industry sponsored research that cast doubt about sugar’s health risks and promoted fat “as the dietary culprit” in heart disease — and didn’t disclose it.
A group then called the Sugar Research Foundation funded some of the early research on fat as the primary risk factor for heart disease, a “sophisticated” tactic to overshadow other research that placed blame on sweets as a risk factor, according to researchers.
The foundation, now called the Sugar Association, questioned the new paper’s findings in a response to CNN, saying it’s “challenging for us to comment on events that allegedly occurred 60 years ago, and on documents we have never seen.” The organization was founded in 1943 by members of the American sugar industry and was dedicated to the scientific study of sugar’s role in food, as well as communicating that role to the public.

No.

“We acknowledge that the Sugar Research Foundation should have exercised greater transparency in all of its research activities, however, when the studies in question were published funding disclosures and transparency standards were not the norm they are today. Beyond this, it is challenging for us to comment on events that allegedly occurred 60 years ago, and on documents we have never seen,” the statement said.
The New England Journal of Medicine, where the first sugar industry-sponsored paper was published, didn’t implement a conflict-of-interest policy to disclose research funding sources until 1984. JAMA followed suit a few years later.
“Generally speaking, it is not only unfortunate but a disservice that industry-funded research is branded as tainted. What is often missing from the dialogue is that industry-funded research has been informative in addressing key issues,” the Sugar Association statement said. “Most concerning is the growing use of headline-baiting articles to trump quality scientific research — we’re disappointed to see a journal of JAMA’s stature being drawn into this trend.”

The deadly legacy of heart disease

As the debate around risk factors for heart disease continues, it remains the leading cause of death in the United States. About 610,000 people die of heart disease nationwide each year, about one in every four deaths.
Additionally, rates of obesity — which puts people at a higher risk of heart disease — have skyrocketed among both children and adults since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the CDC. As for Americans 20 and older, 30.4% reported that they were obese last year, up from 29.9% in 2014.
“We’re fatter than we’ve ever been, and we have diseases, epidemics of chronic diseases, related to sugar consumption,” Schmidt said. Meanwhile, the prevalence of diabetes has quadrupled in just over three decades.
“A third of the population is walking around with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The main risk factors for that are heavy sugar consumption, trans fat consumption and obesity. It’s soon to be the leading cause of liver transplantation in America,” she said, adding that even though sugary beverage intake among Americans has increased over the past couple of decades, it now seems to be on the decline.
“Particularly, sugary drinks have gone down a lot, which is really promising.”

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Schmidt, Kearns and Glantz have done the science community “a great public service” by resurfacing the history of funded heart disease research, said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, in an editorial accompanying the new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“As George Santayana famously said in ‘Reason of Common Sense’ (1905), ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,’ ” she wrote.
Just last year, Coca-Cola was exposed funding health research to claim that exercise can mitigate the effects of excessive consumption of its products, according to a written statement from Dr. Jim Krieger, founding executive director of the nonprofit Healthy Food America. Krieger was not involved in the current study.
“We have to ask ourselves how many lives and dollars could have been saved, and how different today’s health picture would be, if the industry were not manipulating science in this way,” he said in the statement. “Only 50 years later are we waking up to the true harm from sugar.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/12/health/sugar-industry-heart-disease-research/index.html

Simone Biles finally met her #1 crush, Zac Efron

Zac Efron gives Simone Biles a perfect selfie pose.

Image: Twitter: @USAGYM

Is there anything Simone Biles can’t do?

The unstoppable gymnast just won her fifth medal of the Rio Olympics that’s four gold, one bronze and is now pretty much universally regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time. You’d think things couldn’t possibly get better, right?

Then Biles met Zac Efron, her well-documented #1 crush.

According to many, many gleeful snapshots posted to Twitter, Efron took pics with the entire U.S. Gymnastics team and, of course, some solo shots with Biles.

And videos. And Boomerangs.

Efron even pranked Biles by pretending he was taking a photo, then suddenly kissing her on the cheek. Then, everyone giggled. It was like a movie scene.

Biles is a national treasure. Frankly, Efron doesn’t deserve her but her laughter is our laughter, and her joy is our joy.

Congrats on a banner two weeks, Simone.

Bonus: Simone Biles is living her best life

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/16/simone-biles-met-zac-efron/

Singapore’s first-ever gold medal winner met Michael Phelps as a teen

Joseph Schooling of Singapore, right, shares a moment with Michael Phelps of the United States after winning the men’s 100-meter butterfly final at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 12, 2016.

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Joseph Schooling brought home gold for his home country of Singapore Friday night, but the historic moment was made even sweeter as he beat his idol, Michael Phelps.

Phelps, who has picked up 22 gold medals so far in his career, met Schooling back in 2008 in Singapore, when the now-rival swimmer was 13 years old. Schooling led throughout the 100-meter butterfly and Phelps couldn’t catch up. Schooling finished the race in 50.39 seconds.

Phelps’s 51.14 second swim let him tie for silver with South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. No bronze medal was awarded.

While Schooling makes history as Singapore’s first-ever gold medallist, his grand uncle Lloyd Valberg had a notable Olympic moment of his own. Valberg was the country’s first representative to compete at the Olympics, qualifying for the high jump at the 1948 games in London.

“He’s been swimming great,” Phelps told a poolside NBC reporter of Schooling after the race. “My hat’s definitely off to him.”

From idol to equal.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/12/singapore-gold-joseph-schooling-michael-phelps/

Democrats, LGBT activists sinister plan to crack down on Christian schools | Fox News

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If California Democrats have their way, Christian colleges and universities will no longer be allowed to require students attend chapel services or require them to profess a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Senate Bill 1146 would close a loophole that lawmakers say allows Christian universities to discriminate against students based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

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All students deserve to feel safe in institutions of higher education, regardless of whether they are public or private, said Senator Ricardo Lara, the author of the legislation. California has established strong protections for the LGBTQ community and private universities should not be able to use faith as an excuse to discriminate and avoid complying with state laws.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and is expected to clear hurdles in the Assembly. Thus far, Lara has refused to compromise with the states Christian colleges and universities.

No university should have a license to discriminate, he said in a statement.

If the loophole is closed, it would only exempt schools that prepare students for pastoral ministry.

It discriminates against religious colleges, said John Jackson, the president of William Jessup University. If we dont play ball with state the state will attempt to drive us out of existence.

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The president of the Sacramento-based university called the proposed legislation chilling.

The passage of this bill would destroy the foundation upon which this university was founded, said Jackson. Systematically discriminating against religious institutions and preventing student access and choice to Christian higher education is bad policy and will have a negative effect on the state of California.

Lee Wilhite, vice president of university communications at Biola University, said they, too, have serious concerns with the bill.

It functionally eliminates the religious liberty of all California faith-based universities, he told me. It really does infringe on how we carry out our mission.

Like most Christian universities, Biola integrates the Bible through all of their courses something theyve been doing for more than 100 years.

If the loophole is closed, it could have a devastating impact on faith-based institutions.

We would no longer be able to require a profession of faith for students, Wichita said. Thats something Biola requires of all incoming students.

Schools would no longer be allowed to integrate faith throughout their teaching curriculum, he added.

Leaders at three universities I spoke to say that they would not be allowed to require mandatory chapel attendance or mandatory core units of Bible courses.

The danger for Biola University is that it prevents us from carrying out our mission the way we have for 108 years, Wilhite said. It would eliminate our ability to continue our mission. Thats why it has our attention.

The legislation would also give students a right to sue if for example — they were offended by a prayer in a class.

Biola and William Jessup refute the notion that LGBT students are discriminated against on their campuses.

We dont tolerate harassment or bullying of any of our students, Wilhite told me.

Many of the schools are working with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities to urge Lara to amend his bill to include a religious exemption.

If passed without amendments, the new law would also very likely disqualify students attending California Christian colleges and universities from eligibility for Cal Grants, a key state-level student aid program, wrote Kurt Krueger, president of Concordia University Irvine.

Azusa Pacific University president Jon Wallace, penned a passionate op-ed for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Sen. Lara wants to safeguard LGBT students. We want the same protection for all students, including members of the LGBT community. The bill calls for more transparency from schools about their beliefs and recourse for unfair treatment. We share his concerns about student safety, transparency and recourse. With every prospective student, we share who we are, we provide the framework for how we build community and do life together and we ask those who enroll to uphold our student standards of conduct. Right now the proposed bill would invite challenges to required chapel attendance and public and communal observation of Christian sacraments such as the Eucharist and baptisms, among other activities central to our identity.

Several of the universities I contacted said they are going to respectfully stand their ground — even if it means taking their case to the Supreme Court of the United States.

We are not willing to change our policies, Jackson said. There is a very intentional attempt to marginalize those who dont accept the notions of sexual orientation and gender identity as the government has framed them.

And Jackson warned that whats happening in California could happen in other parts of the country.

Religious freedoms are in play in California, Jackson told me. Ultimately, Im concerned that what begins in California rolls across the nation.

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Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/06/23/democrats-lgbt-activists-sinister-plan-to-crack-down-on-christian-schools.html

USA 0-4 Argentina: Copa Amrica semi-final as it happened

Minute-by-minute report: The hosts went out in the semi-finals after Lionel Messi and Co put on a show in Houston

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2016/jun/21/copa-america-usa-argentina-semi-final-latest-score

Cristiano Ronaldo sends Portugal through to last 16 after Hungary thriller

Cristiano Ronaldo found his scoring touch as Portugal drew 3-3 with Hungary in Lyon to finish third in Group F behind group winners Hungary

We draw together, we miss penalties together, today we win together, said the banner high up in the stands here before kick-off. Even as he evolves into more and more of a penalty-area predator, such thinking is anathema to Cristiano Ronaldo. On Wednesday, he embraced his habitual position for Portugal of carrying the load single-handedly when others shrink, ensuring his jittery team did the necessary by scraping a thrilling draw against Bernd Storcks lively Hungary.

So it is the Hungarians, the outsiders, who win Group F, and deservedly so, after a mercurial game befitting the suddenly scorching heat in Lyon. Yet Ronaldos top billing is equally merited after his two-goal salvo. One game after setting a new appearance record for Portugal, beating Luis Figos tally of 127, Ronaldo became the first player to score in four European Championships. He also set a tournament appearance record of 17 here, a tribute to the fact that his brilliance is more than paralleled by his incredible perseverance.

A forward like Cristiano without goals feels like he hasnt had anything to eat, said the Portugal coach, Fernando Santos. Ronaldo never takes no for an answer, which is fortunate. As Santos admitted, we were on the way home three times.

Portugal had not lost in 10 previous meeting with the Magyars, dating back to 1926, but after a bright opening, found themselves in trouble from Hungarys first meaningful attack. A corner was cleared to Zoltan Gera on the edge of the area and the former West Bromwich Albion and Fulham midfielder had time and space to chest it down and slam an immaculate half-volley past goalkeeper Rui Patrcio.

The 37-year-old, now back home with Ferencvaros after a decade in the Premier League, has had his moments but this was one of the best, he said after the game. Im not a young boy anymore, he smiled, so every game is a gift for me.

In the immediate wake of Geras goal it nearly got much worse for Portugal, with Patrcio sprawling to block from Akos Elek four minutes later as his defence hoped for an offside flag that never came. By the half-hour Hungary were knocking the ball around merrily to ols from their impressively sized support.

Ronaldo was reprising his role as the frustrated figure of Portugals opening two matches, limited to a couple of those familiar free-kick pot shots; one pushed away comfortably enough by Gabor Kiraly, the other looping harmlessly over the goalkeepers crossbar. Yet he found a way, emerging in the less likely role of provider in the 42nd minute as his sublime pass cut out four defenders and allowed Nani Portugals most dangerous player in the first half to drive the equaliser past Kiraly at his near post.

Santos introduced 18-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches for the off-colour Joo Moutinho at the break, but his best-laid plans quickly went up in smoke. The Hungary captain Balazs Dzsudzsak an authentic striker of a dead ball if ever there was one curled a free-kick towards goal which took a big deflection off Andr Gomes shoulder and flew past Patrcio.

Just as in the first half, Hungary nearly reinforced their advantage immediately, with Gergo Lovrencsics driving into the side-netting. Instead, Portugal were level a minute later, with Ronaldo applying a tidy rabona finish at the near post to Joo Mrios right-wing cross.

Nani was inches away from giving Portugal the lead in a breakneck opening to the second period when Dzsudzsak struck again in similar fashion to his first goal, smashing a left-footer in via a deflection off Nani after his free-kick was charged down. There were still only 10 minutes of the second period gone.

Santos made a necessarily daring change, introducing Ricardo Quaresma for Gomes on the hour, and his impact was instant, with the Besiktas winger presenting his former Sporting team-mate Ronaldo with a simple header via a delicious cross from the left.

By this point Portugals defence was a panicked shambles, with Elek hitting the inside of the post after another counter as the Magyars played with the freedom of the already qualified, despite resting four players on yellow cards, including the impressive young midfielder Adam Nagy. It seemed that Santoss teams only hope of ending this flirtation with a humiliating exit was playing the game in Hungarys half, and both Ronaldo and Quaresma came close to putting them in front again.

As the crowd took a much-needed breather and the game entered its last 10 minutes, Santos finally made his first concession to circumspection, replacing Nani with an extra defensive anchor in Portos Danilo Pereira, knowing that a point would see his side through come what may. Portugal progress in third after Icelands last-gasp winner against Austria but like England, who they would be facing if it were not for that goal, must quickly find their own identity.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/22/hungary-portugal-euro-2016-match-report