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Guerin Emig: College football players and the election: ‘We’re the next generation of voices. It’s no longer acceptable to sit on the sidelines.’ | OU Sports Extra

But it still takes effort to fill out and mail in absentee ballots or stand in line at polling places. It takes some initiative.

Players, perhaps spurred by the commotion of their offseason, sound as if they have plenty of initiative.

“It’s a very important year with everything going on,” OU cornerback Tre Brown said. “If you’ve got the right to vote, you’ve got to take advantage of that right because you could be the change. Why wouldn’t you want to vote when you have that chance to make a difference?”

“That’s something as a nation we are gifted to be able to do,” Collins said. “Some people may not have it as good as us. There are a lot of things going on in the world right now, not just in the U.S. but all over the world, that we need to shine light on…

“That’s something we need

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NBA 2K21 gives WNBA players a career mode with The W



a woman standing in front of a crowd: The W is video gaming’s first single-player career mode for a women’s team sport. In NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles, players may create a WNBA player and build out her career on any of the league’s 12 teams.


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The W is video gaming’s first single-player career mode for a women’s team sport. In NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles, players may create a WNBA player and build out her career on any of the league’s 12 teams.

NBA 2K21 on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series will introduce The W, the first-ever single-player career mode to feature a women’s professional league. The next-gen version of 2K Sports’ flagship will also allow players to direct a WNBA team, or the entire league, in a franchise mode called MyWNBA.

“Being able to recognize yourself both on and off the court is incredibly important to us,” Felicia Steenhouse, a senior producer with Visual Concepts, said in a statement on Thursday. “The W helps us elevate women’s basketball, and highlights the star power of the WNBA.”

In The W, players may create their own WNBA player and place

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How former Oregon high school players are faring in Division 1 college football

Last week we posted a list of the nearly 100 athletes we found on Division I FBS college football rosters in 2020.

This week and throughout this strange, coronavirus-altered college football season, we’ll focus on the former Oregon high school football players logging stats at the Division I FBS level this season.

Most of the Division 1 college football players from Oregon high schools play in the Pac-12, which starts Nov. 6-7. But the Mountain West started last weekend, and Nevada’s Cole Turner had a huge game in the Wolf Pack’s debut.

The Clackamas alum had seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in his first game playing tight end as Nevada beat Wyoming 37-34 in overtime Saturday.

Read on to find out which players saw some action in last weekend’s games.

Nick Abbs, Fresno State

Senior

Offensive lineman

Gresham High School

Abbs got in the game but

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Former Oregon high school players competing in Division 1 college football in a season shortened by coronavirus

We’re several weeks into a lot of teams’ college football season, but this is a one-size-does-not-fit-all season from conference to conference because of the coronavirus.

Most of the Division 1 college football players from Oregon high schools play in the Pac-12, which starts Nov. 6-7. But the Mountain West starts this weekend, with Wyoming at Nevada kicking off the conference action at 3 p.m. Saturday on CBS Sports Network.

Nevada has three players from Oregon — Cole Turner (Clackamas), a 6-foot-6 wide receiver converting to tight end this season, along with Wesley Kommer and Grant Starck, two freshmen who won back-to-back state titles for Thurston.

Here are the nearly 100 athletes we found who are playing Division 1 FBS college football in 2020. Did we miss anybody? If so, email Mike Swanson at mswanson@oregonian.com.

Nick Abbs, Fresno State

Senior

Offensive lineman

Gresham High School

Andy Alfieri, California

Freshman

Linebacker

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Meet a few of Miami’s new power players | INDULGE Miami

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How South Florida locals like Dr. Tameka Hobbs (above) are raising the bar in terms of activism, education, business, medical technology and philanthropy.

When a person’s passions include changing the way things are done in their chosen industry and community, life’s work goes beyond philanthropy to innovation. You may not have known their names before, but these South Florida locals are powerhouse influencers who are revolutionizing our world in both big and small ways.

The Activist Historian

For Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, it was an African American history course as an undergraduate at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee that changed the course of her life. “I was riveted,” says Hobbs, a native of Suwannee on Florida’s northern Gulf coast. “It filled in so many blanks and answered questions that I’d always had.” Growing up in post-segregation Florida, she remembers noticing the unevenness of resources in her Black

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With no fall high school football, how has recruiting been impacted for players with college aspirations?

Sam Scott can’t help but worry about what football players in other states are doing.



a football player holding a bat: Southington, CT - 9/27/19 - Southington quarterback Brady Lafferty attempts a pass against Enfield at Southington High School Friday night.


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Southington, CT – 9/27/19 – Southington quarterback Brady Lafferty attempts a pass against Enfield at Southington High School Friday night.

Scott, a senior at Simsbury High, is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle with aspirations of playing college football. A member of the National Honor Society with the body type to play football at a high level, Scott is in search of a school that offers both top-tier academics and athletic prestige.

But without a traditional fall high school football season, Scott, like many other junior and senior football players in the state, have had their college recruiting processes thrown off course. With no senior-season game film to send to college coaches this fall, Scott worries that recruiters might look elsewhere.

“Especially us guys in Connecticut, I think we’re

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Field hockey players get creative in gaining the attention of college coaches

But when those events were either cancelled or modified (including the MIAA shifting to 7 vs. 7 play in a truncated 10-game regular season because of COVID-19 concerns), Crowley had to get creative. So she, like many other recruits, put together highlight packages from previous high school games or club tournaments to send to college coaches.

“It was all about sending film, emailing, making yourself known, and making your presence known to all these coaches because you can’t play [in front of] them,” said Crowley, a forward who recently confirmed her commitment to attend Bryant, a Division 1 program in the Northeast Conference.

Fellow Westwood senior Hannah Blomquist re-created various stickhandling videos she found on the internet to send to coaches.

“This spring was so crucial to coaches to see who is able to motivate themselves when you are not actually being forced to go to practice, or signing up

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Black former University of Iowa football players seek $20M in racial discrimination claim

The University of Iowa has rejected a request from several of its Black former football players demanding $20 million in damages over the racial discrimination they faced while playing for the Hawkeyes.

In a letter dated Oct. 5, civil rights attorney Demario Solomon-Simmons — who is representing the players — wrote the university saying that during their college football career the eight players “were subjected to intentional race discrimination by coaching staff and administration.”

“Through the Program’s pervasive harassment, bullying, policies causing disparate impact, and race-based threats and retaliation, our clients were deprived of a meaningful opportunity to pursue a high-quality education while competing at the highest level of collegiate athletics,” Solomon-Simmons continued.

Specifically, the letter was addressed to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, assistant coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Berta, calling for all three to be fired.

In addition to the firings and the multimillion-dollar payout, the

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Eight Black ex-Iowa football players seek $20 million, Kirk Ferentz’s firing

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Iowa’s offensive coordinator is remorseful for his role in negative feelings among some Black former players.

Hawk Central

Eight Black former University of Iowa football players are seeking $20 million in compensation and for athletics director Gary Barta, head coach Kirk Ferentz and assistant coach Brian Ferentz to be fired over what they contend was intentional racial discrimination during their Hawkeye careers.

The group, which includes two of the football program’s most prolific producers in Akrum Wadley and Kevonte Martin-Manley, made the demands in a certified, 21-page letter sent to the UI. A copy of the letter, dated Oct. 5, has been obtained by the Des Moines Register.

The group is represented by Tulsa civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons and has additional demands, including attorney’s fees; the creation of a permanent Black male senior administrator position in Iowa athletics; mandatory anti-racist training for athletics staff; the establishment of a

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Barriers for Latinos in Power 5 football: Told by Hispanic players

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Ruben Garcia, the head football coach and athletic director at Falfurrias High School in Falfurrias, Texas, didn’t think much of the small group chat he created.

The collection of Hispanic high school head football coaches, assistant coaches and athletic administrators in Texas was meant to help each other make connections, share coaching tips and football strategies.

The GroupMe chat that started with less than 20 peers in 2018 is now a coalition of 700 strong. 

“I didn’t realize there was that many Hispanics out there coaching, you know coaching in general,” said Armando Jacinto, the first president of the organization and the Spring Independent School District assistant athletic director. 

Ruben Garcia, head coach at Falfurrias High in Texas, is one of the founding members of the Hispanic Texas High School Football Coaches Association. (Photo: Lourdes Trevino-Cantu)

The feeling of surprise is warranted among the members of the newly formed

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