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LeBron James speaks out against voter suppression with ‘More Than A Vote’ campaign

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LeBron James speaks out against voter suppression with 'More Than A Vote' campaign

LeBron James has encouraged the Black community to “know their voting rights” after signing a letter to fight voter suppression.

Covid-19 is posing questions about voting safely in the upcoming US presidential election. Four years ago, lower Black participation was blamed on efforts to restrict voting rights as well as online disinformation campaigns and apathy.
The “More Than A Vote” campaign has been backed by James and a number of other Black athletes, including NFL stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Patrick Mahomes and Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix.

LeBron James speaks out against voter suppression with 'More Than A Vote' campaign

James’ Lakers face the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs in Orlando on Tuesday, ahead of which he urged Black voters to make their voices heard.
“A lot of people in our community, in the Black community … one, don’t want to vote because they don’t believe their vote counts,” James told reporters.

“Two, don’t know where to go and vote. Three, they are basically suppressed so much that they were like, ‘I’m not going anyways because it doesn’t even matter. Cause no one cares about us, no one cares about our opinions, or cares about who we’d like to have in office.’

LeBron James speaks out against voter suppression with 'More Than A Vote' campaign

DaQuan Jeffries of the Sacramento Kings defends against James during last week’s game.
“And we’re just trying to change that narrative and let them know that this is important. You are wanted and you are needed.”

‘Giving them the strength’
The coalition of Black athletes and artists formed the campaign ahead of the US presidential election in November and in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor earlier this year.

As well as encouraging voting among the Black community, the campaign intends to help convert unused sports arenas into voting centers, as well as promoting awareness of understaffed voting facilities, broken voting machines and long lines to vote, according to an open letter published in The Undefeated.

“For me to be able to have this platform where I can create something like ‘More Than A Vote,’ by just giving them the tool, giving them the knowledge, giving them the strength to not only actually go out and vote but to actually know their voting rights,” James added.

James, whose Lakers topped the Western Conference standings, is chasing his fourth NBA title and first since joining Los Angeles in 2018.
He is 89 points away from 7,000 postseason points ahead of Tuesday’s game having already become the first player to surpass 6,000.
This week also saw the reveal of the uniform James will wear in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the sequel to the 1996 film starring Michael Jordan that will be released in July 2021.

The light blue uniform, which was posted by the LeBron James Family Foundation on social media, features yellow and red circles and the “Tune Squad” team name — the same team Jordan suited up for in his version of the film over two decades ago.

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Roger Federer: ‘Rafael Nadal is the ideal guy for young people’

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If Roger Federer was a kid while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were playing tennis, who would the Swiss have cheered for? In a recent press conference, the Swiss player said: ‘For sure Rafa. He is exciting, energetic, the ideal guy for young guys.

I appreciate both of them a lot, they play an unbelievably physical tennis, they are younger than me but I feel better physically than how I was doing at 20 years. I keep what I have. I would definitely like to have those powerful serves, you launch the ball and the point is ended, like Karlovic or Isner, or maybe Edberg’s volley because I always loved volleying players.’ Meanwhile, the Rolex Shanghai Masters Tournament Director Michael Luevano confirmed Federer’s commitment to Shanghai: ‘As long as he is playing, he is going to play in Shanghai.

He will put it in his calendar. We have a friendship, he has his co-partnerships, Uniqlo is one of the largest commercial partners in Asia and I would not be surprised to see him many times in Japan in the future. He was in Tokyo prior to Shanghai.

I know he loves Japan, Asia and Shanghai obviously. We are blessed to have the world’s greatest tennis player.

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‘It is sad to see’ – Rafael Nadal disagrees with Novak Djokovic in Monte-Carlo

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The tournament had to be cancelled completely last year, meaning the current edition is the first since 2019, when Fabio Fognini was a surprise winner.
That has come with a trade-off, though, with no fans able to attend due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis

“Sad not to see the crowds here this year after practice,” Rafael Nadal, the 11-time champion, posted on his Instagram story.

Interestingly, that was at-odds with Novak Djokovic’s observations, with the world number one saying the lack of fans has made for particularly good practice conditions for players.

“It is better for training because there are no fans, there are only people from sponsoring companies,” the world number one told the Serbian media.

“Under normal circumstances, it is difficult to provide courts for all players and then practice for an hour here, an hour there at the very beginning of the tournament when there are many players.

“Now I notice that most players train one on one without the need to share the court. That may be a positive thing.

“You play matches where you usually train, meet people and spend time outside.

“Now we have time to look at the trainings of other players, for which we are grateful because we are in safe conditions due to all restrictions and it’s nice to catch some fresh air.”

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Coach: I don’t think people can see how quickly Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hit

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Neil Powell, the coach of Blitzboks — the South African national rugby sevens team — was impressed by the mix of outstanding shots thrown on the court by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during the exhibition that took place on Cape Town Stadium, South Africa, about a week ago.

Neil attended the match with his family and he had a great time seeing the two tennis titans. In an interview for Rugby Rocks, Powell expressed his opinion on the Cape Town exhibition. “It was incredible […] Everybody was filled with excitement for one of the biggest sporting events to ever take place in Africa.

We (Neil and his family) were fortunate enough to get some amazing seats, right by the halfway line and next to the tunnel where the players walk out”. the coach said. Blitzboks’ coach led the team to a first-place finish in the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series, so he knows what talent looks like and how to make it shine.

Yet, he was delighted by the virtuosity of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “I don’t think people watching on TV can actually see how quickly they hit that ball. The ball literally misses the net by millimetres, and it is incredible to see how much spin they can get.

I don’t think they played as competitively as they usually would at Wimbledon, for instance, but their competitive side was definitely still there. That level of tennis was absolutely astounding to see in person”. Powell said.

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