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Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:55 PM
— Team USA gymnastics member Gabby Douglas came forward with her own allegations against team doctor Larry Nassar, saying she, like her teammate Aly Raisman, was sexually abused.
Douglas issued a statement via Instagram on Tuesday claiming she was sexually abused by Nassar.
“First, I want to reiterate my apology for responding the way I did to a comment that one of my teammates posted,” she wrote in response to her comments on Raisman’s own accusations against Nassar. “I know some of you may take what I am about to say as insincere, but I still wanted to provide context.
“The day before I commented, I was at an event where hundreds of children and young adults came to spend an evening with me. It’s very humbling when many people look up to you as an example,” she continued. “I take my job as a role model very seriously and I always want to do my best to represent all the best qualities that a role model should embody. I admit there are times that I fall short.”
On Friday, Douglas responded to Raisman’s tweet in which she called out victim-shamers after making allegations against Nassar.
“However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd,” Douglas wrote in the since-deleted tweet.
Fellow Olympic gymnast and Team USA member Simone Biles promptly called Douglas out.
“Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears (because) as your teammate I expected more from you and to support her,” Biles tweeted. “I support you Aly and all the other women out there! STAY STRONG.”
Douglas apologized later that day, later providing more context for her remarks in her Wednesday Instagram statement.
“I didn’t view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you,” Douglas said Wednesday. “It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar. I didn’t publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent, and honestly some things were extremely painful. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them.
“I understand that many of you didn’t know what I was dealing with, but it is important to me that you at least know this. I do not advocate victim shaming/blaming in any way, shape or form! I will also never support attacking or bullying someone on social media or anywhere else,” she wrote. “To every other individual that commented to or about me hatefully, I apologize that I let you down too. I will never stop promoting unity, positivity, being courageous and doing good instead of evil. I have learned from this, and I’m determined to be even better.”
Raisman responded to Douglas’ statement with support.
“I applaud your bravery @gabrielledoug I support you,” Raisman tweeted Wednesday morning.
“Love you so much. So glad you know I would never attack you and that I support you too because united we stand, divided we fall,” Douglas responded.
I applaud your bravery @gabrielledoug I support you.— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 22, 2017
USA Gymnastics also tweeted its support for Douglas.
“We admire the strength shown by Gabby and her teammates in speaking out publicly to hold a predator accountable,” the tweet said as part of a longer statement. “The organization has taken specific and concrete steps to prevent future abuse by adopting the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy.”
We admire the strength shown by Gabby and her teammates in speaking out publicly to hold a predator accountable.— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) November 22, 2017
The organization has taken specific and concrete steps to prevent future abuse by adopting the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy. pic.twitter.com/MzgtWfHBvA
Douglas joins dozens of other women, several of whom are former athletes, who have accused Nassar of abuse.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:22 PM
DAYTON — College basketball coaches could make direct contact with recruits from the 2020 class for the first time Friday. That meant they could talk to the players on the phone or via text and direct messages.
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Here’s a quick glance at players Dayton has contacted, according to reports:
• Max Amadasun, 6-foot-10, center, Bronx, N.Y.: Jacob Polachek, of D1Vision, reported Dayton, Holy Cross, Tulane and Colorado reached out to Amadasun, who attends Our Saviour Lutheran School.
• Posh Alexander, 5-10 guard, Bronx, N.Y.: Alexander also attends Our Saviour Lutheran. He’s a four-star prospect who ranks 93rd in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports.com. Andrew Slater reported Dayton, Pittsburgh, La Salle and West Virginia were among the schools to contact Alexander on Friday. Alexander received a scholarship offer from Dayton last summer.
• Luke Kasubke, 6-6, shooting guard, St. Louis, Mo.: In addition to Dayton, numerous schools contacted Kasubke on Friday, according to Jake Weingarten, of StockRisers.com, including Iowa, Xavier and Stanford.
• Wendell Green Jr., 5-10 point guard, Detroit Country Day School: Michigan, Xavier and Butler were among the other schools to contact Green, according to Scott Hankamp.
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According to previous reports, Dayton has already offered scholarhips to these 2020 recruits:
• Symir Torrence, 6-3 guard, Vermont Academy.
• Andre Curbelo, 6-0 guard, Long Island Lutheran.
• Zeb Jackson, 5-10 point guard, Maumee Country Day School.
• Devontae Blanton, a 6-4 guard, Lakewood St. Edward.
In other recruiting news, a 2019 recruit, Tyler Bertram, visited Dayton last week.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
PITTSBURGH — Eugenio Suarez homered in the second straight game and Joey Votto celebrated his 1,500th major league contest by going 2 for 4 with two RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 on Sunday.
Suarez turned on a Joe Musgrove (2-2) offering and sent it into the bleachers in left field for a two-run shot in the fourth. Votto hit a drive to deep right-center the fifth to chase Musgrove and give the Reds the cushion they would need to beat the Pirates for just the second time in seven tries at PNC Park this season.
Scott Schebler added three RBIs for Cincinnati, including a two-run home run in the ninth to provide Cincinnati a little extra breathing room after Pittsburgh had trimmed a four-run deficit to one.
Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) surrendered solo home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco but otherwise kept the Pirates in check to pick up his second victory since his return after missing the entire 2017 season with right elbow issues.
Raisel Iglesias allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth and an RBI-single to Austin Meadows in the ninth but managed to record the final four outs for his 10th save, receiving a bit of help in the process.
Iglesias entered with two on and two outs in the eighth and immediately surrendered a double in the gap to Gregory Polanco. David Freese scored to pull the Pirates within one but Josh Bell was out at home trying to score all the way from first
The call stood upon review after the Pirates challenged that catcher Curt Casali illegally blocked the plate.
Cincinnati scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth and finished 4 for 7 with runners in scoring position after going 0 for 19 in the same situation over the first two games of the series, both losses.
Musgrove was charged with six runs in 4 1/3 innings with a walk and six strikeouts as his ERA jumped from 2.16 to 3.68.
Struggling Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton went 3 for 4 to pick up his first multi-hit game in three weeks to lift his average to .197, stole two bases and scored three times. He also made a spectacular grab on a shot to the gap in right-center by Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli in the first.
Hamilton’s full-out extension to rob Cervelli of extra bases earned an ovation from the Pirates catcher, who raised his hands in appreciation of Hamilton’s effort. Hamilton later started the sequence that ended with Bell being thrown out at the plate by getting the ball to shortstop Jose Peraza, who then relayed it to Casali.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:03 PM
— Landon Donovan’s support for Mexico at the World Cup has sparked a pitched battle between the most recognizable name in American soccer and his peers, ESPN reported Sunday.
Donovan has been part of an advertising campaign for Wells Fargo to support Mexico, which opened its World Cup play in Russia with a stunning 1-0 victory against defending champion Germany on Sunday. Critics of the promotion have criticized Landon, calling his cheerleading inappropriate.
Donovan posted a photo on Twitter on Saturday holding a scarf that read “My other team is Mexico.”
Donovan played this spring for León, which is part of Mexico’s Primera Division. Still, some questioned Donovan’s motives.
The tournament is here! USA fans, our team may not be in Russia, but our neighbors to the south are. So join me and their proud #sponsor @WellsFargo to cheer on our other team, Mexico @miseleccionmxEN. ¡Vamos México! pic.twitter.com/YIifLGCT0D— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) June 16, 2018
“Watering it down for beer/banks won’t enrich the rivalry,” ESPN announcer Sebastian Salazar tweeted.
Carlos Bocanegra, the former captain of the U.S. national team, tweeted “Really?”
Donovan tweeted back that Bocanegra should “remember where you came from.”
#unsponsored thought re: pushing #USMNT fans to root for #ElTriEng . Please don’t do it 🇺🇸 fans. The rivalry, with all its rancor & spite, is THE defining element of ⚽️ in our region. Watering it down for beer/banks won’t enrich the rivalry, just @AlexiLalas & @landondonovan.— Sebastian Salazar (@SebiSalazarFUT) June 16, 2018
“Look around our country, are you happy with how we are treating Mexicans?” Donovan answered. “Open your mind, stand for something and remember where you came from.”
Donovan’s former teammate, Herculez Gomez, an ESPN analyst, criticized that exchange, ESPN reported, tweeting that it was “an incredibly terrible take.”
This is an incredibly terrible take. Questioning ones loyalties to culture and/or heritage because HE questioned YOU for taking marketing dollars to “root” for your SPORTING RIVAL?— herculez gomez (@herculezg) June 16, 2018
You can hate El Tri- this doesn’t mean you have anything against Mexicans. ✊🏼 🇲🇽 🇺🇸 https://t.co/xF9JCI1qBC
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:33 AM
DeGRAFF — Former NASCAR Cup driver Sterling Marlin has seen his share of tracks in his racing days.
Shady Bowl Speedway, though, left an impression on Marlin. And his No. 114 late model.
While local driver Josh Smith was holding off the field for his fourth late model feature win, Marlin was trying to hold his car together.
The two-time Daytona 500 champion smacked the wall during a Friday practice session. Then on Saturday, Marlin got together with two other cars 10 laps into the 72-lap Bobby Korn and Lil’ Bobby Korn Memorial.
“(Shady Bowl is) different from anywhere I’ve been at,” Marlin said of the Bowl’s unique 3/10-mile paved oval with a backstretch that dips coming out of turn two and rises into turn three. “You can’t use all the motor. The car skates and slides. We just missed on the (set up).”
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Marlin finished 19th in the 20-car feature. While his night was done early on the track in front of the packed Shady Bowl stands, he continued to pose with fans for photos and sign autographs at his hauler in the pits.
“I had a lot fans come out and I signed a lot of stuff,” said Marlin, who made the nearly seven-hour drive from Columbia, Tenn., to Shady Bowl. “It’s pretty neat to see people from 25 years ago. … I had a good time and I thank everybody for having us up here. I’ll come back sometime.”
Smith, meanwhile, stalked front-runners Mike Ward and Nic Burnside as they traded the lead in the early laps. Smith worked past Burnside following a restart after 21 laps. He caught and passed Ward coming out of turn four to lead lap 26. He never lost the lead, though Jim Lewis Jr. caught up to Smith’s bumper with 10 laps to go and even pulled up to Smith’s back quarter panel albeit briefly.
“I could hear him back there so I knew he was close,” Smith said. “We have some work to do. We’re always trying to get this car faster.”
Smith was fast enough Saturday to claim the $1,720 win. It didn’t hurt that Lewis scraped the wall coming out of turn two in a last-ditch effort to get alongside Smith. The win kept Smith in the late models points lead. He won the late model championships in both 2014 and 2015.
Smith, from nearby Quincy and sponsored by C&E Auto Reconditioning in Springfield, credited his father and crew chief, Jerry, for getting him to victory lane again.
“They’re never easy to win. It’s a testament to my crew,” the younger Smith said. “They work their tails off on this car day in and day out. It makes my job easier. … I’m grateful for every race we win.”
Smith said he and his crew offered to help Marlin get his car repaired after banging the wall Friday.
“He’s a super nice guy,” Smith said. “You can never underestimate those guys. They’ve got a lot of resources. They know a lot of smart people. He had some unfortunate events this weekend, but it’s always good. It draws in a big crowd.”
Marlin brought a special trophy to share with Saturday’s winner. Smith was awarded a small red paddle with the Confederate flag painted on it with the words, ‘I spanked their butts at Shady Bowl.’ Marlin’s major race sponsor Saturday was Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Lewis Jr. finished second, Ward third, Brian Reeser fourth and Scott Sullenberger fifth.