You might ask why the national anthem was being played during a pep rally.

You might also ask why a teacher felt the need to promote her political beliefs at a homecoming event. Both are fair questions. But there is a larger question that needs to be addressed here, and it has to do with with the dangers of forced conformity.

The U.S. Supreme Court warned against this threat to liberty in 1943, when it ruled that West Virginia school officials could not force school kids to say the pledge of allegiance or salute the flag. Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters, the court wrote in a landmark ruling whose meaning is being forgotten today.

According to public accounts, there was no student fallout from Pappas’ display. Nevertheless, school officials later visited her classroom and escorted her to the parking lot, where she was told to leave campus. After the administration conducted an investigation, she returned to work Tuesday.

If accepted, it is hoped that membership will pave the way to poledancing becoming an event at the Olympics, which would see it join recently incorporated fixtures such as baseball, karate and surfing.

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The announcement follows more than a decade of campaigning by Ms Coates, a pole dancing instructor, who set up the federation in 2009 after her petition for sports status garnered more than 10,000 signatures.

Jared Goff faced a tough test last week. It’s about to step up a notch.

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Goff, who was off to a very strong start to the 2017 season, didn’t implode against the Seahawks, but it wasn’t all that pretty, either. He posted a Total QBR of 34.6, though the rest of his team played well enough that the Rams nearly pulled off the victory and, frankly, Goff threw a pass that could have been a game-winner.

That was against the Seahawks, who have held opponents to the sixth-lowest Total QBR this season. The Jaguars are league best in the category.

The Rams rank 24th in expected points added per run play this season, which isn’t ideal against a Jacksonville offense that is seemingly trying to run its whole offense on the ground.

The challenge for Cleveland will be mounting enough offense to avoid playing catchup against New York’s dominant bullpen. The Indians struck out 25 times in back-to-back losses in New York, and several Cleveland hitters appear to be pressing in the absence of designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, whose ankle injury kept him pinned to the bench in the Bronx. The Indians have hit .173 as a team with 46 strikeouts in 133 at-bats through the first four games of the series.

If Encarnacion is able to return to the lineup for Game 5 as Francona expects, it will help provide a tangible and emotional lift for the Indians. They’ll also have the support of a home crowd that got all dolled up in red during the first leg of the series and is hungry for the city’s first World Series title in 69 years.

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Roberts flew to Tampa to join the team there, and Tricia packed up their houses in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Eh. The Hornets were always falling here. Batum’s injury stabs at their softest spots: a thin bench, and an unreliable cadre of guards behind Kemba Walker. Batum effectively serves as the backup point guard, and Charlotte cratered in the minutes he played without Walker, per Walker is the only Hornet who can create something from nothing as the shot clock ticks away.

Things are dire without Batum; an obsessive win-now franchise is suddenly reliant on Michael Carter-Williams, Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon. Expect the Hornets to trawl the veteran free-agent bargain bin.

“I had to do it in three days,” she says. “Otherwise, the doctor wouldn’t let me travel and have the baby in Boston. In the end, it was probably the best thing that could have happened to us, but at the time, it felt like the worst.”

Both the Dodgers and Red Sox made the playoffs that year. The Sox, however, made history.

Cut to the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, Fenway Park. The Red Sox are about to be swept by the Yankees, because they’re trailing 4-3 in the game, and the great closer Mariano Rivera is on the mound. But he walks Kevin Millar on five pitches to lead off the inning, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona turns to Roberts, winks and says, “You know what to do.”

Looking back on the moment, Roberts has said, “Wills once told me that there will come a point in my career when everyone in the ballpark will know that I have to steal a base, and I will steal that base. When I got out there, I knew that was what Maury Wills was talking about.”

John Farrell’s eruption ends in ejection from elimination game

In an attempt to defend one of his players, Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected from Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

The Red Sox ultimately lost to the Astros, 5-4, as Houston advanced to its first AL Championship Series.

Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role reversal of aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday in Game 4 of their playoff matchup.

Lori Clark was floating on the river with friends and their children when her tube capsized. She struggled to keep afloat while suffering cuts and bruises from the rocks underneath the swift current. Sefolosha and his family came upon Clark, and the 6-foot-7 Swiss forward lifted her into their raft.
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He didn’t realize I was really in dire straits, Clark said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune. He really did save my life that day.
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A humble Sefolosha asserted, I didn’t save nobody, but was surprised that he was asked about the rescue.

Who told you about the lady? Sefolosha said. Wow, that’s random.

After reaching dry land, Sefolosha told Clark he had recently moved from Atlanta to Utah for work. They exchanged phone numbers to check on how Clark was recovering following the ordeal.

When I asked him where he worked, he just said he worked for the Jazz, not that he played for them, Clark said. I kind of figured he was a player because his feet were so big.

That was something rather unexpected.

Emily Kaplan: So much to unpack on the ice (Alex Ovechkin is on pace for 82 hat tricks! Start planning Toronto’s parade down Yonge Street!), but for me the most significant story happened just off the ice. Tampa Bay Lightning winger J.T. Brown raised his fist during the national anthem on Saturday, and that is important for the sport. In the NHL, players — stars, and certainly non-stars — are expected to bow their heads and conform to norms.

The Red Raiders did most of their work on the ground, though, their high-flying offense under coach Kliff Kingsbury showing remarkable balance in a 65-19 rout of the hapless Jayhawks.

Desmond Nisby ran for 94 yards and four touchdowns. Justin Stockton had a career-best 161 yards and another score. And the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) piled up 313 yards rushing in cruising to their 11th consecutive victory over the Jayhawks dating to an overtime loss in 2001.

Saquon’s going to end up popping one off at some point, McSorley said. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when. That’s kind of how we feel about him.

Penn State: Barkley showed how dangerous he can be even when he’s being held in check. McSorley delivered another strong performance and the defense again gave an opponent little room to move.

Limited Kids Tedric Thompson Jersey I think we felt like we weren’t playing hard enough and the urgency wasn’t there the first couple games in general, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. Every guy felt like we all had better to give and you see the result you get tonight when we do that.

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I am very probable on Eli at this point. Both Super Bowl (wins) are important. But it’s not only getting there. It’s being the MVP of both games and leading his team against what I think were some pretty great teams in his era. He’s an easy choice for me right now, but I always reserve judgment to change.
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For the same reason, I probably would not vote for Philip Rivers. His numbers are fantastic and certainly better than some guys who are in the Hall. But I prescribe to the theory that the No. 1 task of quarterbacks is to win. I know he had some winning seasons and playoff appearances but not enough to justify going into the Hall in my book.
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Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: Shepard limped off the field during the second quarter, attempting to put minimal pressure on his left foot. Giants trainers attended to him on the sideline, but he did not return to the locker room. Like Marshall, he was declared questionable to return with an ankle injury; also like Marshall, he was later ruled out.

Dwayne Harris, WR, New York Giants: Harris left on a cart in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. While Harris is primarily a special-teams contributor, his injury left the Giants with two healthy wide receivers on the active roster. During the fourth quarter, the Giants announced that Harris suffered a fracture in his foot. Sunday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Harris will miss the rest of the season with the injury.

I’ve continued to get better and better and better.

Cam Newton was MVP of the league in 2015, then bottomed out to a 52.9 completion percentage in 2016. Following offseason shoulder surgery and minimal training camp activity, Newton’s 2017 got off to a rocky start. But his completion percentage is 65.2, which would break his previous career high by 3.5 points if it held up. And his yards per attempt are at 7.9, which is a higher figure than he posted in his MVP season. Panthers people to whom I’ve talked are still saying they’re not worried about Newton or his health — that a slow start was expected after the offseason inactivity. They have faith and confidence in him. They just hope he rewards it by bouncing back off a down 2016. So far, the jury is out. Veteran Derek Anderson, who has started 47 career games but has won only 20 of those, is the backup.

Luck, who has missed 14 games over the past two-plus seasons, won’t put a timetable on when he’ll return, but he was adamant in saying that he will play this season. Pagano has already ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Brissett will continue to start until Luck is ready to start for the Colts (1-3).

“I wish I would wake up tomorrow morning and feel incredible and the whole thing was a dream,” Luck said. “But I know that’s not the case and I know that’s not the reality. And I understood when I elected to have surgery to try not to be surprised by anything, and understand it’s going to be a long process. A really, really long process. I’m not surprised in a sense that we’re here now.

“What I know is true, I’ve continued to get better and better and better. And at the end of the day, you take a weeklong snap shot and I know I’m better than I was at this point last week. I got to go out there and throw and do stuff in practice and it felt pretty darn good. That’s where my focus as to be.”vikings_114

Experts almost unanimously agree that legalized sports betting in the U.S. is inevitable.

Nobody was kidding when many of the NFL’s highest-profile owners, including Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, expressed concerns last week that the optics of hundreds of players kneeling, sitting or remaining in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem had alienated many fans at a particularly perilous moment for the NFL. TV ratings for many of this year’s games have continued a slide that began last season; some league sponsors have grown skittish about the backlash; and most surveys have shown that a majority of NFL fans are turned off by the politicization of the game.

Authentic Womens Kris Dunn Jersey There’s so much action coming into these books, both domestic and offshore and everywhere else [during halftimes], Thomson says. An NFL game line that’s posted Monday or Sunday night for the next week has so much time to stabilize. Whereas these halftime markets, it’s totally an unforeseen thing — they open the doors and it’s just a floodgate. Those lines fluctuate quite a bit, and anytime there’s this rapid movement in markets, that’s our opportunity.

Authentic Womens Sam Mills Jersey During the halftime rush, each member of the team is responsible for certain types of wagers. Garrett is in charge of second-half sides. Thomson focuses on second-half over/unders. Sigsbee takes over baseball and preseason hockey.

With momentum for legalization of sports betting in the United States growing, David Purdum gives a snapshot of where the professional sports leagues, Supreme Court, Congress, Nevada and others stand on the issue right now.

In Part 1 of Chalk’s series, we examine how we might get there and what the market could look like.

Texans’ Deshaun Watson, Cowboys’ Dak Prescott share state, number and, now, NFL success

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Deshaun Watson got the W in his first pro start Thursday as Houston topped Cincinnati 13-9. Watson’s 49-yard run in the second quarter was the game’s only touchdown.

Now, don’t get it twisted: It’s way too early to say Watson will match Prescott as NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Watson has a way to go before he can approach Prescott’s proficiency, and Watson doesn’t have the supporting cast Prescott enjoys in North Dallas.

Still, Watson showed enough big-play ability Thursday to make people think he can be a winner in the pros, and as his throwing improves, he can become a dual threat similar to Prescott.

Which means that with 4 and 4 around, Lone Star State fans should enjoy some great debates over the next few years.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers quarterback: By no means, no way shape or form, was there any disrespect intended toward our troops and those that serve this country. We all have the utmost respect for them, obviously. They give us the freedom to play this game. Last night, obviously with all the issues going on if you will, we had a players’ only meeting after the team meeting last night. We decided we were going to talk about what we were going to do because we knew some guys wanted to take a knee, guys wanted to stand.

We said whatever we do, we need to make sure we are unified as one group because that’s what we are about and that is what it should be about. Staying together as one unit, one group, one brotherhood, things like that, so rather than having one guy kneel, one guy stand, the conclusion was made by everybody that the best thing to do was to stay in the locker room and show respect that way. Roethlisberger was not on the field for the anthem, along with most of the Steelers.

Allen was thrilled to get a defensive score.

After rookie backup Pat Mahomes unleashed a series of spectacular passes in the Chiefs’ final preseason game, Smith was spotted on the sideline looking … not enthused. The moment recalled his body language in the midst of losing his starting job to Colin Kaepernick with the 49ers.

Smith never got his starting job back in San Francisco. So far after stepping back into the Chiefs’ lineup, he has not only played well, but so unlike himself.

Smith is averaging 6.8 yards per attempt over his career, which is paltry given he’s completing 62 percent of his passes. Last season, just 8.16 percent of his passes traveled more than 20 yards through the air, according to Cian Fahey’s Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue, fewer than every qualified quarterback except Sam Bradford and Jared Goff.

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Trufant earned Sunday Night Football player of the game honors for his performance against Rodgers.

So it was a big moment for me, Trufant said. It was great, and I’ve got to keep pushing it.

Trufant looked a little rusty in Week 1 against the Bears. It was his first time back on the field for regular-season action since November of last year.
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But there was no rust on Sunday against the Packers. And Trufant has his sights set even higher.

I feel like I’m just tapping what I could do, my potential, and I’ve got a great supporting cast around me, and I’m just trying to be one of the best, Trufant said.

Sunday night, against one of the best quarterbacks in the game, was a good start.