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LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes and other stars sign letter to fight voter suppression

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, track star Allyson Felix and numerous other athletes have signed a letter with More Than A Vote to combat Black voter suppression in 2020.

The letter, which was shared with The Undefeated, is addressed to “our fans of every age, race and gender.”

“We saw you in the streets,” the letter reads. “We saw your social media posts. Your voices are breaking through, but it’s now time to do more. We know you have the ability to organize. So join us and take your protest to the election and fight to keep our community from being silenced.

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“The most important thing you all need to know is Black voters matter more than ever.”

Led by James, a long list of high-profile athletes and entertainers announced in June the start of a nonprofit organization called More Than A Vote that is focused on getting more African Americans to the polls. Last week, the organization announced that it was partnering with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make Dodger Stadium a polling place for the November general election, marking the first time a Major League Baseball team has offered its facility as a voting center.

In Monday’s open letter, the organization states that “one solution that More Than A Vote is working on is to convert as many arenas and sports facilities as possible into voting precincts.”

James said More Than A Vote was formed in the midst of the current fight against police brutality, social injustice and other racial issues that were sparked after George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died while a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25 in Minneapolis.

“This all came together during the protests against police brutality,” James said in a statement to The Undefeated. “All of us were angry, which we still are, and wanted to do something with real impact right now. We didn’t want to talk about it. We organized around voter suppression in our community because it’s very real and if we want actual change, it’s going to start by educating, energizing and protecting Black voters in 2020.”

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Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots former player Ty Law before Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Others who signed the letter are Emmanuel Acho, Ray Allen, Jozy Altidore, Tim Anderson, Mo Bamba, Odell Beckham Jr., Eric Bledsoe, Toni Braxton, Bun B, Caron Butler, Carlton Davis, Skylar Diggins, Jeremy Ebobisse, Mike Evans, Draymond Green, Brittney Griner, Kevin Hart, Udonis Haslem, Andrew Hawkins, Jason Heyward, DeAndre Hopkins, Alvin Kamara, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, CJ McCollum, Renee Montgomery, Justin Morrow, Arike Ogunbowale, Dare Ogunbowale, Chiney Ogwumike, Jeff Okudah, Kendrick Perkins, David Price, Jalen Rose, CC Sabathia, Ben Simmons, Sloane Stephens, Marcus Stroman, Maria Taylor, Kristi Toliver, Michael Vick, Bobby Wagner, A’ja Wilson and Trae Young.

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“Athletes have a tradition of speaking out against injustice, but we want to take it to the next level through More Than A Vote by tackling voter suppression against Black people in all of the ways it manifests itself,” said Montgomery, who plays for the Atlanta Dream but decided to skip the 2020 WNBA season to pursue social justice reform. “We’re in a unique position to energize and speak directly to young Black people about the importance of voting in this election and we can give them the tools to fight back against the forces that want to prevent them from doing so.”

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‘Too hard on him’: Paige Spiranac defends ‘insane’ Tiger Woods cheating scandal

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Instagram sensation and former golfer Paige Spiranac has defended Tiger Woods from the criticism he received after his infamous cheating scandal following the release of a new documentary.

Woods’ world came crashing down in 2009 when it was revealed Rachel Uchitel was just one of a number of mistresses for the golfing legend.

The saga prompted his marriage breakdown to Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

But further details of Woods’ love affairs have been revealed after the release of the two-part series on the golfer’s life.

This prompted former golfer, turned Instagram sensation, Spiranac to defend Woods from the fierce criticism he continually receives.

“Even when all this was happening, I think people were being too hard on him,” she said on her podcast Playing A Round with Paige Renee.

“You look at your own life and the things you’ve done, no one lives a perfect life, we all make mistakes.

“It’s not like he killed someone, he cheated. A lot of people cheat in their lifetime.

“Probably 99.9 percent of people have done something bad in their life.

“It’s not for people to sit on their couch and make him out to be a monster when I don’t think anyone could have handled that any better than he has.”

Spiranac went on to claim the spotlight Woods received in the wake of the scandal was “insane” and she believes he handled the situation well.

Woods’ agent slams documentary
Based off a biography written about the golfing legend in 2018, the documentary delves into many different parts of Woods’ complicated life – from his relationship with his late father Earl, his well-documented affairs and subsequent marriage breakdown, to the incredible career turnaround that culminated in a 15th major title at the 2019 Masters.

However, the golfer’s agent Mark Steinberg has slammed the documentary as just another “unauthorised and salacious” take on Woods’ life.

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The Humble Origin Of Roger Federer and His Major Achievement ; the greatest of all time

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Roger Federer is a Swiss Professional Tennis Player, he ranked No. 7 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP).

He has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, an all-time record shared with Rafael Nadal. Federer has been world No. 1 in the ATP rankings a total of 310 weeks – including a record 237 consecutive weeks – and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles, the second-most of all-time behind Jimmy Connors and including a record six ATP Finals.

Federer has played in an era where he dominated men’s tennis together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have been collectively referred to as the Big Three and are widely considered three of the greatest male tennis players of all-time.

A Wimbledon junior champion in 1998, Federer won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2003 at age 21. In 2004, he established himself as the best player in men’s tennis by winning three out of four major singles titles and the ATP Finals,[d] a feat he repeated in 2006 and 2007.

From 2005 to 2010, Federer made 18 out of 19 major singles finals. During this span, he won his fifth consecutive titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open. He completed the career Grand Slam at the 2009 French Open after three previous runner-ups to Nadal, his main rival up until 2010. At age 27, he also surpassed Pete Sampras’s then-record of 14 Grand Slam men’s singles titles at Wimbledon in 2009.

Although Federer remained in the top 3 through most of the 2010s, the success of Djokovic and Nadal in particular ended his dominance over grass and hard courts. From mid-2010 through the end of 2016, he only won one major title.

During this period, Federer and Stan Wawrinka led the Switzerland Davis Cup team to their first title in 2014, adding to the gold medal they won together in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Federer also has a silver medal in singles from the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished runner-up to Andy Murray. After taking half a year off in late 2016 to recover from knee surgery, Federer had a renaissance at the majors. He won three more Grand Slam singles titles over the next two years, including the 2017 Australian Open over Nadal and a men’s singles record eighth Wimbledon title in 2017 later that year. He also became the oldest ATP world No. 1 in 2018 at age 36.

A versatile all-court player, Federer’s perceived effortlessness has made him highly popular among tennis fans. Originally lacking self-control as a junior, Federer transformed his on-court demeanor to become well-liked for his general graciousness, winning the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 13 times.

He has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times. Outside of competing, he played an instrumental role in the creation of the Laver Cup team competition.

Federer is also an active philanthropist. He established the Roger Federer Foundation, which targets impoverished children in southern Africa, and has raised funds in part through the Match for Africa exhibition series. Federer is routinely one of the highest-paid athletes in any sport, and ranked first among all athletes with $100 million in endorsement income in 2020.

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Srdjan’s Move Against Roger Federer has caused commotions among the Fans , see reactions

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Srdjan’s Move Against Roger Federer cause commotion among the Fans

Srdjan Djokovic’s action against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may not help his son to gain the heart of the fans, and may not even help his career. TENNIS fans on social media have opened up against Novak Djokovic Father , that his reaction may later affaect his son’s reputation.

After a 2020 full of sensational problems, such as the disqualification from the US Open and the disruption of the Adria Tour which cost many infections, Srdjan should tone down. Instead he has been the protagonist of a personal crusade against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for a year now, causing the Swiss and the Spaniard to continue.

Who, until now, as true gentlemen, have never responded to provocations. Nole should try to put a stop to the father’s tongue, trying to understand how much the parent is a problem for the public image of him in the eyes of the world.

Novak Djokovic won the Australians about a month and a half ago, where he beat the competition by taking home his 18th Slam title. Last season an episode inherent to the playing court: the sensational disqualification occurred to Novak Djokovic during his round of 16 match at the US Open immediately comes to mind.

Speaking as a guest on the television show B92 TV Dnevni Red, his father Srdjan Djokovic reiterated firmly that his son did not receive fair treatment in Flushing Meadows. The story is known: a shot from the Serbian accidentally hit a line judge and cost the elimination of the number 1 ATP.

That incident remained in the mind of the 33-year-old from Belgrade for a long time, as he saw the real opportunity to put another Grand Slam title on the table and get closer to the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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