POPEYES MEME KID: I’M A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER!!! … Wants NIL Deal (TMZ)

TMZ: POPEYES MEME KID: I’M A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER!!! … Wants NIL Deal. “Remember the TerRio look-alike who went viral for giving the side-eye at Popeyes??? That kid from the famous meme is now a college football player — and we’re all officially old. TMZ Sports has confirmed … Lake Erie College freshman offensive lineman Dieunerst Collin is, in fact, the little kid in the yellow shirt who became internet famous on now-defunct social media platform Vine back in the day.”

Sportico: Tom Brady, Steph Curry Connection to FTX Highlighted in SEC Complaint

Sportico: Tom Brady, Steph Curry Connection to FTX Highlighted in SEC Complaint. “While spokespersons and endorsers are usually not liable for the unlawful acts of a sponsored company, these celebrities allegedly held larger roles, including as investors and customers, and arguably possessed more knowledge than an ordinary endorser and a higher duty of care. They, in turn, promoted FTX and in some instances urged their fans to take their advice and spend their money on FTX.”

US Soccer: Statement From U.S. Soccer Board Of Directors Yates Implementation Committee Chair Danielle Slaton

US Soccer: Statement From U.S. Soccer Board Of Directors Yates Implementation Committee Chair Danielle Slaton. “As we advance our action plan for addressing the report’s recommendations, U.S. Soccer has now published soccer records from SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database to publicly identify individuals in our sport who are currently subject to discipline, suspended or banned.”

Illinois State University: Musselman Family Photographs now available through Milner Library’s digital collections

Illinois State University: Musselman Family Photographs now available through Milner Library’s digital collections. “In a recent addition to Milner Library’s digital repository of historical circus materials, a singular collection of photographs and ephemera relating to the Musselman family and their long-running trapeze act has been scanned and made available online for public research. The collection includes photos of the family both on and off the trapeze, offering an intimate glimpse into the life of a troupe that was different from most.”

BBC Sport: Homophobia large portion of online abuse aimed at footballers and basketballers – study

BBC Sport: Homophobia large portion of online abuse aimed at footballers and basketballers – study. “Homophobia is responsible for a large portion of abuse aimed at footballers and basketballers in the men’s and women’s game, according to a new report. Of more than 1,500 abusive posts included in the report, homophobic abuse was 40% of posts targeted at male footballers, 27% of that sent to female football players, 46% of the abuse aimed at male basketballers and 19% of that posted to female basketball players.”

Sports Pro Media: Fifa and FifPro rollout social media moderation tool to combat online abuse

Sports Pro Media: Fifa and FifPro rollout social media moderation tool to combat online abuse. “Fifa and FifPro, the global soccer player’s body, are rolling out a social media moderation tool to combat online abuse during international tournaments, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. A recently published independent report commissioned by soccer’s global governing body used artificial intelligence (AI) to track more than 400,000 social media posts during the latter stages of the Euro 2020 and African Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 tournaments.”

Essence: NFL Partners With Chicago Non-Profit To Tell The Stories Of Legendary Black Players

Essence: NFL Partners With Chicago Non-Profit To Tell The Stories Of Legendary Black Players. “The National Football League and NFL Films have announced a new partnership with the Chicago based non-profit, The HistoryMakers to highlight the stories of African American players and others who have played a major role in the league’s history. The NFL will provide the organization, which has the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, funding and hundreds of hours of footage from interviews with Black football legends from the past and present, including Pro Football Hall of Fame players.”

How athletes can return to exercise after COVID-19 infection: New guidance released (ABC News)

ABC News: How athletes can return to exercise after COVID-19 infection: New guidance released. “After two years of research, the American College of Cardiology released guidance Tuesday that states the incidence of heart inflammation among athletes after COVID-19 is lower than originally thought, but they still suggest a step-by-step plan to help competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike that will help them safely return to their activities.”

COVID, scandal, heartbreak: Vincent Zhou tries to move past Olympic nightmare (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: COVID, scandal, heartbreak: Vincent Zhou tries to move past Olympic nightmare. “Vincent Zhou gets another chance next week. It’s not the Olympics. But the skater from Palo Alto whose Beijing Olympics were derailed by a positive coronavirus test will compete in the World Figure Skating Championships, which begin Monday in Montpellier, France.”

Winter Olympics: Andrew Young on cross-country sprint effort after Covid (BBC)

BBC: Winter Olympics: Andrew Young on cross-country sprint effort after Covid. “Three weeks after catching Covid-19 and suffering ‘quite badly’, Andrew Young is just pleased he managed to make it to the Olympic start line. Beijing 2022 is the 29-year-old cross-country skier’s fourth Olympics, and he was coming into the Games feeling in the best shape of his life, with a medal his target.”

BBC: Djokovic Covid tests were valid, Serbian officials say

BBC: Djokovic Covid tests were valid, Serbian officials say. “Prosecutors in Serbia say there is no evidence to suggest that Novak Djokovic submitted falsified Covid test certificates to Australian authorities. A BBC report last week cast doubt over the tests, suggesting the serial numbers were out of sequence with others from a similar time. The tests were provided to exempt him from rules barring unvaccinated people.”

New York Times: No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.

New York Times: No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.. “The conspiracy theory that athletes are collapsing or dying after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine resurfaced this week after two prominent voices advanced the idea. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, spread the falsehood in an appearance on the conservative podcast ‘The Charlie Kirk Show.’”