Tiffany Van Soest gets opponent for MMA debut, Invicta FC 19 card finalized – MMA Fighting

Tiffany Van Soest finally has a dance partner for her mixed martial arts debut. The champion kickboxer and top-ranked Muay Thai fighter?will face fellow rookie Kalyn Schwartz on Sept. 23?at Invicta FC 19, the promotion announced Tuesday.

Van Soest (0-0) is widely regarded as one of the best female stand-up artists in the world.?A former Lion Fight super bantamweight and featherweight champion, the 27-year-old American also holds a karate black belt and captured the WBC Muay Thai international super bantamweight title. She will compete in the strawweight division in MMA and has trained for several years alongside?UFC fighters Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne.

“It finally just got to a point where I’m like, you know what, I’ve got to at least give it a shot,” Van Soest explained recently on?The MMA Hour. “I’m young enough, I’ve got the skills enough, I’ve got the resources. I don’t want to think ?what if.’ I don’t want to spend my whole life wondering, ?what if I did do MMA?’ So I felt like I won a few titles in Muay Thai in two different weight classes. I felt like I’ve done a lot for the sport, done a lot for myself. I’m proud of what I’ve done in Muay Thai, and so I figured why not pursue something else? Why not give it a shot?”

In Schwartz (0-0), Van Soest will meet?a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who counted six victories to her credit over her amateur career.

Invicta FC 19?takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

The addition of Van Soest vs. Schwartz rounds out an eight-fight card. Invicta FC 19 is headlined by two title fights, as Jennifer Maia takes on Roxanne Modafferi for the interim flyweight title in the night’s main event, and Ayaka Hamasaki looks to defend her atomweight belt against top prospect Jinh Yu Frey in the co-main event.

A finalized Invicta FC 19 fight card can be seen below.

Tiffany Van Soest gets opponent for MMA debut, Invicta FC 19 card finalized – MMA Fighting


Scenes from the World Gravy Wrestling Championships – FOXSports.com

Englands greatest gravy wrestlers gathered in?Lancashire, England, to grapple in a pool full of 1,500 liters of gravy for the annual?World Gravy Wrestling Championships, which drew a crowd of more than a thousand spectators. Each bout lasts two minutes, and the winner is determined on the basis of wrestling skill and entertainment value. According to the Manchester Evening News, Rachel Williams was the champion of the women’s tournament, while Paddy Sharky from Whitworth was the men’s winner.

Getty Images photographer Oli Scarff attended the festival of wrestling last year and captured some truly stunning scenes.

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Scenes from the World Gravy Wrestling Championships – FOXSports.com


San Francisco police want the NFL and 49ers to apologize for Colin Kaepernick’s ‘ill-advised’ comments – Los Angeles Times

The San Francisco Police Officers Assn. sent a letter to the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, telling the organizations they should apologize for “the recent ill-advised statements made by your employee, Colin Kaepernick.”

The 49ers quarterback has been refusing to stand during the national anthem this preseason. He told reporters on Saturday: ?I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.??

“While we certainly acknowledge Mr. Kaepernick’s first amendment right to remain seated during the National Anthem, as inappropriate as that may be, we will not stand by while he attacks police officers in this country with statements such as, ‘People are on paid leave while people of color are killed,’ ” SFPOA Martin Halloran said in a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers President and CEO Jed York and cc’ed to Kaepernick.

“Not only does he show an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and ‘officer involved’ shootings, but also shows a naivety and total lack of sensitivity towards police officers.”

San Francisco police want the NFL and 49ers to apologize for Colin Kaepernick’s ‘ill-advised’ comments – Los Angeles Times


Colin Kaepernick protest: Trump tells NFL player to quit US – BBC News

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The quarterback says he plans to remain seated during the national anthem until he sees progress with race relations in the US

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should “find a country that works better for him” said Donald Trump after the player’s national anthem protest.

The Republican presidential nominee weighed in on the San Francisco 49er’s decision to sit during The Star-Spangled Banner in a pre-game ceremony.

Mr Kaepernick said he will continue to sit out the national anthem until he sees improvements in US race relations.

Mr Trump called the quarterback’s controversial stand a “terrible thing.”

“I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him,” Mr Trump told KIRO radio in Seattle. “Let him try. It won’t happen.”

Mr Kaepernick, 28, stirred controversy on Friday when he sat during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.

The National Football League (NFL) player refused to stand in protest at the oppression of people of colour in the US, he said.

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Basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar has backed Kaepernick, calling him a true patriot

Racial tensions are mounting in the US, where a string of recent police killings and subsequent revenge killings have sparked protests across the nation.

But his actions have ignited a debate about respect, patriotism and the right of free speech.

The response of Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost three limbs in Iraq in 2004, has been shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook.

“Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed. We live in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is. Where women are beaten and killed in honour if they are raped, where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60s, that’s just a little taste of what oppression is.”


The US national anthem dos and don’ts

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  • code is enshrined in law but not enforced
  • stand and face the flag
  • put right hand over heart
  • military in uniform and veterans should salute

What should you do during the US anthem?


Basketball legend, actor and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in the Washington Post that the NFL player deserved plaudits for his patriotism.

“What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracisation and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities.”

The White House said it disagreed with Mr Kaepernick’s protest but that he had a right to express his views.

And the NFL world has been divided over it.

Jim Brown, former Cleveland Browns running back, said: “He’s within his rights and he’s telling the truth as he sees it and I am with him 100 percent.”

But Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, said he wholeheartedly disagreed.

“He can speak out about a very important issue. But there are plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.”

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


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Colin Kaepernick

  • 28 years old, mixed race, adopted and raised by white parents in Wisconsin
  • Joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011
  • 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
  • Has signature touchdown celebration known as kaepernicking, involving the flexing and kissing of his right bicep
  • Set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback (181) in the 2012 season play-offs

Colin Kaepernick protest: Trump tells NFL player to quit US – BBC News


The NFL considered hilariously serious military plans to conquer the USFL in 1984 – SB Nation

The Washington Post just made public a vast trove of old documents related to their research on Donald Trump. I’m sure there are plenty of serious, important things in there. There is also this:


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What you’re looking at is?a presentation Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter gave to NFL executives in 1984, when the league felt threatened by the growth of the United States Football League (USFL). Donald Trump owned a USFL team, which is how this all connects.

Founded in 1982, the USFL made some swift and meaningful inroads on the football landscape — they snatched a few big-name players, probed fruitful football markets and actually got some people watching. The league soon unraveled because of instability and mismanagement, and a crucial blow was filing an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the larger league had basically undertaken a targeted bullying campaign against them in hopes of maintaining their American football monopoly. The USFL ended up getting almost no money (three dollars!) from their settlement because the court determined their failure was largely their own fault, but they did technically win the case of proving that the NFL was an illegal monopoly.

One of the big pieces of evidence is pictured here, and it’s hilarious.?Newspapers at the time of the trial spoke of the notorious Porter Presentation, but I don’t believe it’s ever been widely seen?in its whole form. Basically, the idea of an NFL campaign against the USFL was initially floated as a cartoonishly explicit declaration of war. Like, it literally quotes Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War up front:


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… before diving into the previously pictured breakdown of how a strategy of moving the date of the NFL Draft or aggressively pursuing USFL players for NFL contracts equates to “BESIEGING WALLED CITIES.” My biggest unfulfilled wish is that this presentation had been composed in the age of PowerPoint, so bits like this could be followed with sweet explosion-style transitions:


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That’s some Tom Clancy shit!

But yeah,?check out the full document for some pretty fun reading about plans to disrupt USFL gate revenues, send bad players to the USFL, steal the best franchises, and encourage USFL unionization.?As mentioned in the above Times article, the NFL tried very hard to deny ever enacting any of Porter’s plans, but it’s fascinating (and funny) to see what those plans could have been. And, ya know, the NFL lost this case, yet remains an untouchable football monolith, so things turned out fine for those guys.

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The best of 1980s NFL style




The NFL considered hilariously serious military plans to conquer the USFL in 1984 – SB Nation


Teddy Bridgewater suffers ‘significant’ knee injury – NFL.com


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a “significant” knee injury at practice Tuesday and the team is waiting for more information about the exact nature of the injury, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters.

Bridgewater was transported to a local hospital and the team is still waiting for word on an official diagnosis, Zimmer said.

The injury announcement came about two hours after an emotional scene unfolded at Vikings practice when Bridgewater went down with a non-contact injury that ended the session after just 30 minutes. Zimmer said the 23-year-old had to be sedated before undergoing an MRI at the hospital.

When asked if there was a chance Bridgewater could play this season, Zimmer responded, “It doesn’t look good right now.”

“We’re not going to stick our heads in the sand, tuck our tail between our legs,” Zimmer said about the bind Bridgewater’s injury could put the team in. “We’re not going to make excuses.

“Everybody can count us out but I think that’d be the wrong thing to do.”

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bridgewater was grabbing his left knee at practice as teammates prayed around him.

Bridgewater was taken off the field in an ambulance to the hospital, igniting the team’s worst possible fears.


Even though Bridgewater only threw 14 touchdowns last year, he paced a run-first offense that helped the Vikings win the division and come within a missed field goal of beating the Seahawks in the playoffs. Over his first two seasons, he passed for more yards than any quarterback in Vikings history over the same time frame. He also has the highest completion percentage (64.9) of any quarterback over his first two seasons in NFL history. His 3,231 yards passing earned him a Pro Bowl bid and propelled the 2014 first-round pick into his third season. The preseason gave us glimpses of the best Bridgewater yet — something that coach Zimmer was adamant about throughout the offseason.

So it goes during the preseason — one of the most horrifying times for an NFL coach as he tries to balance the importance of practice and the risk of non-contact injuries. Bridgewater started all 16 games for the Vikings a year ago and 12 his rookie season. This preseason, Bridgewater was 18 of 23 (78.3 percent) with 253, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

?Shaun Hill and Joel Stave are the team’s other quarterbacks.

Hill, who is 34, is 16-18 as a starter in his career. The Vikings attempted the fewest passes per game (28.4) last season, which might leave some to wonder why there is so much concern in Minneapolis.

“I have confidence in Sean,” Zimmer said. “I think he’s played great this preseason. He’s been in two-minute drills. He’s done a phenomenal job.

“The thing we have to remember is this is about the team, this isn’t a one-man deal,” Zimmer continued. “We will all feel terrible if it is real significant for Teddy. This is about the team. We have a good team. We have a good defense team. Our offensive line is much better. We have good receivers, maybe the best running back in the NFL. So this is about a team and us trying to figure out how to win football games.”

This offseason, the Vikings spent another first-round pick on a wide receiver — Laquon Treadwell — in the hopes that his playmaking ability could match Bridgewater’s budding promise as a franchise quarterback. Now, the question becomes where — and how — they can find a replacement who can lift the offense in a similar way. Minnesota is stockpiled with mid and late-round picks in the 2017 which may come in handy over the coming weeks. Despite a booming market for veteran quarterbacks, many, like Colin Kaepernick, Josh McCown, Mark Sanchez and Aaron Murray, have not moved as clubs wait for final roster cut downs to make their decisions.

Around The NFL will have much more on the situation when information becomes available.

Teddy Bridgewater suffers ‘significant’ knee injury – NFL.com