Beau Lund April 13, 2018 /Sports News – National Ex-Dolphins cheerleader alleges religious and gender discrimination: ‘They brought up my virginity’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABCNews.com(MIAMI) — A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has filed a complaint alleging religious and gender discrimination by the cheerleading team and the National Football League.Kristan Ware, a Dolphins cheerleader for three seasons beginning in 2014, claims she was held to “different standards than the male football players” regarding her outward expression of her Christian faith.Ware said she felt compelled to quit a couple of weeks prior to the end of her contract in spring 2017 and did not try out for the another annual contract because she felt “she was just not accepted on the team if she was a Christian,” according to the complaint filed this week with the Florida State Labor Board.Ware says in the complaint that although she was co-captain of the cheerleading team and a fan favorite she suffered harassment from some representatives of the squad because of her social media postings about her faith andafter it became known that she was a virgin and planned to remain so until marriage.Ware contends problems began after she posted a photo of her April 10, 2016, baptism on her public Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.“I got sat down in an interview with my director and my coaches and they brought up my virginity, which was kind of shocking to me,” Ware told ABC News.Ware said she had not publicized her decision to wait to have sex until marriage but that the topic had come up months earlier, in fall 2015, during a conversation with fellow Dolphins cheerleaders in front of other staff.The Dolphins responded to Ware’s complaint in a statement to ABC News on Friday: “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”Ware alleges in her complaint that in her annual tryout-interview in spring 2016, she was told her she was “not allowed to speak about anything related to her virginity to anyone” and that she “needed to develop into a woman.”A few months later, in September 2016, the cheerleading director and coaches told the co-captains, captains and some other cheerleaders that they could change their Instagram accounts to Dolphin Instagram accounts “under certain conditions,” Ware alleges in the complaint, adding that they were told that on their Dolphin Instagram accounts, they were talk about “fashion and fitness and cheerleading.”Ware claims that when she said she wanted to continue “share her faith, post Bible verses and to be a role model for little girls” on Instagram, she was told by one of the coaches that “you cannot be ‘too much, you cannot mention Jesus or anything like that.’”The complaint further alleges that a month after the discussion about Instagram, the cheerleading director became physically aggressive with Ware at a fashion show for the Dolphins.After Ware went to human resources about the alleged mistreatment, the harassment became more pervasive, she says in the complaint.During the course of the 2016-17 season, Ware said she became depressed and anxious because of the treatment by her supervisors and began taking medicationThe breaking point came in April 2017 after Ware was asked by the Dolphins to write a motivational blog post for women trying out for the cheerleading team, and some of her allusions to her faith in the post were removed.“I was told that I wasn’t allowed to mention God and what really broke my heart is seeing how public football players can be about their faith,” Ware told ABC News.“Dolphin football players are allowed to maintain and express their faith in any way,” the complaint alleges. “Several players prayed on the 50-yard line before a game. They profess their faith online, on social media, to fellow players, to the public … with complete freedom.”Ware’s allegations follow a complaint filed last month by another former NFL cheerleader, Bailey Davis, who was with the New Orleans Saints cheering squad.Davis alleges in her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was fired on Jan. 23, 2018, for posting a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a one-piece bodysuit, breaking a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from posting revealing images on social media, a rule which her complaint says does not apply to men.“I obviously want equal rules for the players and cheerleaders, I want to be treated like a professional athlete just like the professional football players are treated like professional football players,” Davis told ABC affiliate WPVI-TV Philadelphia last month.The Saints deny that Davis was discriminated against because she is female.“The New Orleans Saints is an equal opportunity employer, and it denies that Ms. Davis was discriminated against because she is female,” the NFL organization said in a statement to ABC News. “The Saints will defend these allegations in due course and in the appropriate forum, and the Organization is confident that its policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny.”In response to the recent cheerleader complaints, the NFL told ABC News in a statement: “The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices. Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws. Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Albuquerque, NM) — The Bees gave up a pair of runs in the eighth inning and fell to the Isotopes 6-4 in Albuquerque.Akeel Morris surrendered a pair of sac-flies in the frame to take the loss. Chris Carter and Jabari Blash each hit their 13th home runs in defeat.The Bees fell to 25-and-20 and play the second-of-four in Albuquerque tonight. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovell Written by May 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Isotopes Edge Bees
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Late Wednesday, Dixie State women’s golf was picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.The Trailblazers placed two players on the all-RMAC preseason team, senior Katie Ford of St. George, Utah and Desert Hills High School and sophomore Cailyn Cardall of Rocklin, Calif. and Rocklin High School.The defending conference champions, the Colorado-Colorado Springs Cougars, are the favorites to repeat, netting 10 of the possible 13 first-place votes.Ford earned first-team all-Pac-West honors and became only the second Trailblazer in program history to qualify for NCAA postseason competition.Cardall made the all-Pac-West third team after posting five top-20 finishes in nine events.Dixie State will host one tournament this season, the Dixie State Fall Invitational at the Golf Course at Sand Hollow Resort of Hurricane October 1 and 2.The Trailblazers’ season commences at the RMAC Fall Preview September 17-18 at Grand Junction, Colo. Written by August 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Women’s Golf Picked To Finish Sixth in RMAC Poll Tags: Cailyn Cardall/Dixie State Women’s Golf/Katie Ford/RMAC Brad James
Brad James Written by Other finalists include Baylor outfielder Richard Cunningham, Oregon State outfielder Bryce Fehmel, Northern Kentucky catcher/outfielder Will Haueter, Norfolk State senior outfielder Justin Hayes, Louisiana left-handed pitcher Gunner Leger, Mississippi State outfielder Jake Mangum, Air Force infielder Nic Ready, Wichita State infielder Luke Ritter and Florida Atlantic pitcher Zach Schneider. To be eligible for this award, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. This season, Hale currently has 34 hits, 32 runs scored, seven doubles, seven home runs, 25 RBI and 24 walks. The winner will be announced during the College World Series at Omaha, Neb. this June. Tags: Brock Hale/Bryce Fehmel/BYU Baseball/Gunner Leger/Jake Mangum/Justin Hayes/Luke Ritter/Nic Ready/Richard Cunningham/Senior CLASS/Will Haueter/Zach Schneider FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOVERLAND PARK, Kan.-BYU baseball senior outfielder Brock Hale has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate baseball. April 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Baseball’s Brock Hale Selected As Senior Class Award Finalist
July 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Coco Gauff, 15-year-old tennis phenom who beat Venus Williams, is out at Wimbledon Beau Lund Coco is terrific! https://t.co/13vsVKdjFP— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 5, 2019“She’s one of my role models,” Gauff said of Obama’s tweet about her, according to People. “So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.”But above all, it’s Gauff’s athletic performance on those famed grass courts that has garnered attention for the young phenom.After beating Williams, she beat Magdaléna Rybáriková to reach the third round, where she faced Polona Hercog of Slovenia.That match on Friday cemented her place in history, as she fought back from two match points, including a second set tiebreak, to come out on top. In doing so, Gauff became the youngest player to make it to the second week of Wimbledon since 1991.Gauff also caused some conversation with her entrance in the mixed doubles Wimbledon tournament, when Brit Jay Clarke left original partner Harriet Dart to instead play with Gauff at the last minute. They did, however, lose in the opening round.“If somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” Gauff said after her loss on Monday. “But I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.”“I’m only 15,” she continued. “Like, I’ve not nearly gotten or developed my game. I started tennis at six. I’m so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, what other success I can do in the future.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailShi Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) — Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis player who burst onto the professional scene with a stunning victory over Venus Williams last week, is leaving Wimbledon with a loss in straight sets — and a host of new fans ready to motivate her for the next tournament.“Your journey is far from over, @CocoGauff,” tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted. “Looking forward to watching your future successes on the court and off. #BigFan”Gauff’s eye-catching debut at Wimbledon came to an end Monday in the fourth round with a loss to Romanian star Simona Halep, 27, who was seeded No. 7, 6-3, 6-3. Written by The No.1 Court crowd rises to acknowledge all the excitement @CocoGauff has given us And remember – this is just the beginning… #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/UBiOYSxPeU— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019“I hope they learned about me that I’m a fighter,” Gauff said in a post-match press conference after her loss about her new fans. “I’ll never give up. I hope they learned from me that, I mean, anything is possible if you work hard, just continue to dream big.”It’s likely Gauff’s Wimbledon success, which made her an overnight sensation, will outlive her loss. In the first round of ladies’ singles, Gauff beat her icon, Williams, 39, 6-4, 6-4. To get there in the first place, Gauff became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon.She and her parents became visibly emotional after that match, and they quickly won over tennis fans everywhere. In an interview with GMA, Gauff’s parents credited Venus and her sister Serena Williams for paving the way.“We hadn’t seen many African-American women in the sport, so when they started winning and having success and trailblazing, some of the challenges that they went through made it a lot easier to get into the sport and it allowed us to be a lot more confident about choosing [tennis],” Gauff’s father, Corey, said.Gauff, who has been competing while taking school tests, has been humbled and excited by the attention she’s getting — including from Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, Jaden Smith and Michelle Obama.
February 26, 2020 /Sports News – National Maria Sharapova announces her retirement Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDonell Woodson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After 28 years on the court, Maria Sharapova is retiring.“Tennis — I’m saying goodbye,” the 32-year-old Russian born player announced Wednesday in an essay for Vanity Fair.Sharapova is leaving the game with five Grand Slams under her belt. She won Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.Her professional career began in 2001 when she was just 14 years old. “In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it everyday,” Sharapova says in the essay. “I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day. I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes—win or lose—and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.”“Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain—to compete on a different type of terrain,” she adds.Sharapova says she is now looking forward to a “few simple things,” like spending time with her family, enjoying a cup of coffee and choosing her workouts.“Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing,” she concludes her essay.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
Associated Press February 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Real Salt Lake plays Orlando City to scoreless draw Written by Tags: MLS/Orlando City SC/Real Salt Lake FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Zac Macmath made two saves for Real Salt Lake in a scoreless draw with Orlando City on Saturday night in their MLS season opener.Orlando City outshot Real Salt Lake 5-2, with two shots on goal to one for Real Salt Lake.Pedro Gallese saved the only shot he faced for Orlando City.
March 17, 2020 /Sports News – National 146th Kentucky Derby delayed amid coronavirus outbreak Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailtraveler1116/iStock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The fastest two minutes in sports will have to wait until the fall.Churchill Downs announced that the 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5.“Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community,” Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO, Bill Carstanjen, said. “The most recent developments have led us to make some very difficult, but we believe, necessary decisions and our hearts are with those who have been or continue to be affected by this pandemic.” The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020Additional Information https://t.co/PTHT2X5Gm2— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) March 17, 2020Ticketed guests will automatically be valid for the new race dates, but if a patron can no longer attend at the new scheduled race dates, information will be made available later this week on the official website for potential refunds. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
December 14, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Football Standouts Net Weekly Pac-12 Honors FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-Because of their contributions in helping Utah upset Colorado Saturday, a pair of Utes football standouts received recognition from the Pac-12 Monday.Freshman tailback Ty Jordan and sophomore placekicker Jadon Redding were named as the conference’s freshman and special teams player of the week respectively.In the Utes’ 38-15 rout of then-No. 21 Colorado at Boulder, Colo., Jordan ran for 147 yards (8.6 yards per carry) and two scores against the Buffaloes.Jordan, a native of Mesquite, Texas, ranks eighth in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in yards per carry (7.3) and ranks 15th in the subdivision in rushing yards per contest (110.8 yards per game).Saturday, Redding symmetrically scored 12 points for the second consecutive week, netting three field goals and three PATs against the Buffaloes.Redding is a native of Fredericksburg, Va. Written by Brad James Tags: Utah Football
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Quarterback Tommy Bryant had two touchdown runs, and Kyle Glover added a rushing score to lead ninth-ranked Kennesaw State to a 37-27 victory over Dixie State.Kennesaw State is 3-0, matching its best start since its 2015 inaugural year. Bryant carried the ball 20 times for 97 yards and completed 3 of 5 passes for 77 yards.Glover had 14 carries for 85 yards, and his 10-yard touchdown run stretched the Owls’ lead to 37-20 with about six minutes remaining.Kody Wilstead accounted for three touchdowns to lead Dixie State (1-3). Written by March 20, 2021 /Sports News – Local Kennesaw State moves to 3-0, beats Dixie State 37-27 Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Football/Kennesaw State Associated Press