Football player – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 00:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Football player – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ 32 32 Karim Benzema crowns national team comeback with France Football Player of the Year award https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/karim-benzema-crowns-national-team-comeback-with-france-football-player-of-the-year-award/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 07:58:49 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/karim-benzema-crowns-national-team-comeback-with-france-football-player-of-the-year-award/ Benzema edged out two previous winners, Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante, in the France Football poll announced on Friday Karim Benzema has scored nine goals for France since his return. PA Paris: Karim Benzema crowned his surprising rehabilitation with the Blues by being named Soccer Francenational player of the year. The Real Madrid striker has […]]]>

Benzema edged out two previous winners, Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante, in the France Football poll announced on Friday

Karim Benzema has scored nine goals for France since his return. PA

Paris: Karim Benzema crowned his surprising rehabilitation with the Blues by being named Soccer Francenational player of the year.

The Real Madrid striker has been recalled by French manager Didier Deschamps after he was let go by him at the end of 2015 following a scandal involving a sex tape featuring a former team-mate.

“It’s been almost six years since I last played, I had to fumble around a bit, watch, adapt. It didn’t take long,” said Benzema, who turned 34 in December, to France Football in an interview published on Saturday. .

Benzema edged out two previous winners, Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante, in the France Football poll announced on Friday, despite receiving a one-year suspended sentence in November.

Benzema is appealing his conviction for aiding and abetting in a bid to blackmail former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.

Benzema has scored nine goals for France since his return.

Filling the role of a traditional central striker, he has integrated well with the other two forwards, Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

“I find myself in the best circumstances” in the France team, he confided Soccer France, claiming that the partnership with Mbappe and Griezmann is ‘working well’ and has turned out even ‘better’ than when he first returned last summer.

“Now when one goes down, the other goes long, and vice versa. That’s better,” he said.

Benzema scored four European Championship goals, including a pair as the world champions were surprisingly knocked out in the round of 16 by Switzerland, who responded with two late goals to draw 3-3 and then won at the shoot to the net.

He ended the calendar year on a high, scoring five goals in four international matches as France bounced back by winning the Nations League and finishing a successful World Cup qualifying campaign.

“I just have to stay at this level,” he said. “Now we have to win collective trophies,” he said.

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Karim Benzema snatches the France Football Player of the Year award from Kylian Mbappé https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/karim-benzema-snatches-the-france-football-player-of-the-year-award-from-kylian-mbappe/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 00:50:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/karim-benzema-snatches-the-france-football-player-of-the-year-award-from-kylian-mbappe/ Karim Benzema lands France Football Player of the Year award for Les Bleus team-mate Kylian Mbappé… even though the PSG striker has scored more goals in 2021 than the Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has been named player of the year 2021 by France Football PSG striker Kylian Mbappe had won the previous two editions […]]]>

Karim Benzema lands France Football Player of the Year award for Les Bleus team-mate Kylian Mbappé… even though the PSG striker has scored more goals in 2021 than the Real Madrid star

  • Karim Benzema has been named player of the year 2021 by France Football
  • PSG striker Kylian Mbappe had won the previous two editions of the award
  • Mbappe finished with more goals in 2021 than Benzema but still lost
  • Benzema scored 47 goals, most shined at Euro 2020 and Nations League
  • Mbappe has become just the 20th player to score 50+ goals in a calendar year











Karim Benzema ended Kylian Mbappe’s mini-dominance by winning France Football’s Player of the Year award after the Real Madrid striker was handed the award for 2021.

The 34-year-old enjoyed a spectacular year for club and country which saw him score 38 goals for Los Blancos from January to December, before being called up to the France squad where he shone in the Euro 2020 and won the Nations League.

But even though Mbappe became just the 20th player to score 50 or more goals in a calendar year since the turn of the century this year, it was Benzema who claimed one of the highest individual honors in France .

Karim Benzema (above) has been named France Football’s Player of the Year ahead of Kylian Mbappe

Benzema (left) won the award over Mbappe (right) despite the latter scoring more goals in 2021

Benzema (left) won the award over Mbappe (right) despite the latter scoring more goals in 2021

Mbappe took the time to congratulate Benzema on the award despite the PSG star's loss to him

Mbappe took the time to congratulate Benzema on the award despite the PSG star’s loss to him

Mbappe also won the previous two editions of the award in 2018 and 2019, but Benzema won his first version of the award in seven years, meaning he has now won the award four times.

PSG striker Mbappe, who was heavily linked with the team with Benzema at Real in 2022, took the time to praise his compatriot on Instagram for propelling him to the award.

Other winners in recent years include Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, striker Antoine Griezmann and former PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Only one player has now won the award more times than Benzema, as Thierry Henry won the award five times between 2000 and 2006 when he was at Arsenal.

Benzema has scored 38 goals for Real Madrid in 2021, five less than Mbappe's PSG tally

Benzema has scored 38 goals for Real Madrid in 2021, five less than Mbappe’s PSG tally

Benzema finished the 2020-21 season with 30 goals in all competitions for Real, but the Spanish giants ended the season trophyless as city rivals Atletico won the LaLiga title.

The striker went on to score four times at Euro 2020 for Les Bleus, who crashed out in the Round of 16 against Switzerland on penalties, despite Benzema scoring twice in regular time.

France had better luck in the Nations League final later that year as Benzema scored in the semi-final and final wins over Belgium and Spain respectively to claim another trophy for Didier Deschamps’ team.

Mbappe, meanwhile, scored 43 goals for PSG in 2021 as they won the Coupe de France this season, plus another eight for France – one less than Benzema at international level.

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Former Ferris State football player to serve jail time by plea deal https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ferris-state-football-player-to-serve-jail-time-by-plea-deal/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:59:11 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ferris-state-football-player-to-serve-jail-time-by-plea-deal/ BIG RAPIDS – A former Ferris State University football player will serve at least 24 months in prison under a plea deal he accepted for his role in a home invasion and attempted sexual assault. Marcus D. Matiere-Bey, 24, appeared Monday for a settlement conference hearing before the 49th Mecosta County Circuit Court. Matiere-Bey has […]]]>

BIG RAPIDS – A former Ferris State University football player will serve at least 24 months in prison under a plea deal he accepted for his role in a home invasion and attempted sexual assault.

Marcus D. Matiere-Bey, 24, appeared Monday for a settlement conference hearing before the 49th Mecosta County Circuit Court.

Matiere-Bey has been charged with several counts of First Degree Trespassing, Attempted First Degree Criminal Sexual Behavior, Assault with Intent to Enter and Obstructing / Resisting a Police Officer.

The charges stem from a May 2021 incident where Matiere-Bey allegedly attempted to sexually assault a woman, inside her residence, on two separate occasions on the same night, according to a Big Rapids police report.


The victim said she was awakened by Matière-Bey, who was naked at the time, pulling her to the edge of her bed and attempting to assault her.

When the victim resisted, Matiere-Bey fled the apartment, but returned later as the victim called 911 a second time, the report says. When the victim cried out, Matière-Bey again fled on foot.

Big Rapids police then spotted Matiere-Bey running near the apartment – still naked from waist to toe – as they questioned the victim, according to the report. He was caught after a short foot chase.

Mecosta County District Attorney Amy C. Clapp reviewed the terms of a plea deal for Matiere-Bey during Monday’s hearing.

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Former St. Thomas football player sentenced to one year in prison for rape in dormitory https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-st-thomas-football-player-sentenced-to-one-year-in-prison-for-rape-in-dormitory/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:39:58 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-st-thomas-football-player-sentenced-to-one-year-in-prison-for-rape-in-dormitory/ A former St. Thomas University football player was sentenced to one year in the Ramsey County work house for the rape of another student in a dorm in 2018. Nicholas Robert Schnack, 22, was convicted of rape in October and remained on bail until his conviction Friday in Ramsey County District Court. Judge Joy Bartscher […]]]>

A former St. Thomas University football player was sentenced to one year in the Ramsey County work house for the rape of another student in a dorm in 2018.

Nicholas Robert Schnack, 22, was convicted of rape in October and remained on bail until his conviction Friday in Ramsey County District Court. Judge Joy Bartscher ordered Schnack on 30-year supervised probation and fined him $ 500 along with his one-year incarceration in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility, also known as the Workhouse.

Bartscher was sentenced to 12 years in prison, a downward deviation from state guidelines.

Schnack is required to attend a sex offender program. He cannot vote or own a firearm and is randomly tested while prohibited from consuming alcohol or controlled substances. Other conditions include a ban on pornography, strip clubs, and adult shops.

According to court documents, the rape took place at the university’s Brady Hall dormitory in November 2018. Schnack went to the victim’s bedroom after a party at another dormitory.

Two of the woman’s friends visited her moments later and saw that she was injured. The victim said in the complaint that Schnack bit his lip, spitting blood, before assaulting him for an hour over repeated objections. The woman attended campus health services the next day, where an examination revealed multiple injuries to various parts of her body.

She retired from St. Thomas, as did Schnack, who in the fall of 2019 joined the Drake University football team in Des Moines. After being charged with rape in November 2019 and the complaint was filed, he left Drake.

Editor-in-chief Paul Walsh contributed to this report.


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Former high school student Marana, AU football player Christian Lopez remembers as a leader, a fighter | national https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-high-school-student-marana-au-football-player-christian-lopez-remembers-as-a-leader-a-fighter-national/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:47:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-high-school-student-marana-au-football-player-christian-lopez-remembers-as-a-leader-a-fighter-national/ Sergio Lopez would like it to be known that his son has not lost his battle with cancer. The decision was made this week to disconnect the oxygen that was helping to keep Christian Lopez, a former lineman at Marana High School and the University of Arizona, alive. His family determined that he had suffered […]]]>

Sergio Lopez would like it to be known that his son has not lost his battle with cancer.

The decision was made this week to disconnect the oxygen that was helping to keep Christian Lopez, a former lineman at Marana High School and the University of Arizona, alive. His family determined that he had suffered enough.

So it was Tuesday afternoon that 24-year-old Christian died after a fight of more than three years with a type of cancerous brain tumor known as glioblastoma. Christian’s family – parents Sergio and Dora and his brother Diego – were by his side at Banner-University Medical Center. One of his favorite songs, “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship, played in the background as Christian breathed his last around 4:30 pm.

“He was so calm about it, so strong,” Sergio Lopez said. “The nurse was crying. It was very moving. They’re not used to seeing a 24 year old (die) like that. I said, ‘Don’t be sad. He’s going to a better place. ‘”

Christian Lopez was a notable two-way lineman at Marana High School who joined the UA program in 2015 as a preferred substitute under the guidance of Rich Rodriguez.

Former Tigers coach Andy Litten gives Lopez credit for helping change the culture in Marana.

The year before Litten became Marana’s coach – 2011, Lopez’s freshman year – the Tigers went 0-10. They never finished above .500 the next three seasons, when Lopez was a key starter. But he did help lay the groundwork for teams that would go 9-3 in the 2016 and 2017 campaigns.

“It’s been huge in terms of creating the culture that has really helped transform this program,” said Litten, who is now a coach at Scottsdale Horizon High School. “He was just a great guy. He was fierce, tough. Off the pitch he cared about his teammates. He made the others better. I don’t know if we would have been a game-changer without the leadership he has. provided.”

Lopez’s teammates elected him captain when he was a senior. He received the most votes of any player Litten has ever coached.

Litten recalled that Lopez took time over lunch to give math lessons to his teammates. He taught them geometry on the same whiteboard in the locker room where the coaches wrote the pieces.

“He realized the kids needed help,” Litten said. “He would do whatever it took, whatever we needed. He was one of those guys who was never afraid of work.”

This also applied to the weight room. Sergio Lopez said whenever a trainer asked him if he wanted to do more reps or more weight, he always said “both”.






Christian Lopez, left, works with fellow UA offensive lineman Gerhard de Beer before training in spring 2016. Lopez spent about 18 months with the Wildcats after a remarkable career at Marana High School.




Christian Lopez spent about a year and a half with the UA football team. In the fall of 2018, he started having seizures. An MRI revealed a tumor the size of an orange. He had surgery to remove it and appeared to be fine for a while. But at the end of 2020, the tumor started to grow again.

Lopez underwent another surgery last January, but his condition worsened. He had no more than 16 months to live.

“Nobody knows what causes these tumors, especially at this age,” his father said. “Everyone has their own hypothesis.”

Sergio Lopez became Christian’s primary caregiver in the last year or so of his life, and the two grew closer to each other. Christian also embraced Christianity to an extent he had never known before.

As Christian Lopez’s pain increased and his health declined, the family had to make a call.

“I didn’t expect to have to plan for the day he was going to die,” Sergio said. “It’s not something I want someone to go through.

“I had to ask God every day to give me clarity. You are always going to be (second-) guessing.”

The family was able to spend Christmas together. Diego, 21, spent every night in the hospital with his brother during his final weeks.

“He was very strong. He never wanted to give up,” Sergio said. “I told him about ‘Rocky IV’, how Rocky should have thrown in the towel. He said ‘No I’m not going to do that.'”

“It’s my job,” his father replied. “To protect you.”

The Lopez family launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for Christian’s funeral and memorial. He had more than tripled his goal of $ 5,000 at the start of the weekend.

A memorial service is scheduled for January 22.

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Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at 573-4148 or mlev@tucson.com. On Twitter @michaeljlev


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QB Dan Villari is the latest Michigan soccer player to enter the NCAA transfer portal https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/qb-dan-villari-is-the-latest-michigan-soccer-player-to-enter-the-ncaa-transfer-portal/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 15:22:24 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/qb-dan-villari-is-the-latest-michigan-soccer-player-to-enter-the-ncaa-transfer-portal/ Another name may soon be deleted from the michigan football listing. Reserve quarterback Dan Villari entered the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday, becoming the fifth member of the team to do so since Monday. Three defensive backs – Darion Green-Warren, Andre Seldon and George Johnson – preceded him. The same goes for linebacker Anthony Solomon. […]]]>

Another name may soon be deleted from the michigan football listing.

Reserve quarterback Dan Villari entered the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday, becoming the fifth member of the team to do so since Monday.

Three defensive backs – Darion Green-Warren, Andre Seldon and George Johnson – preceded him. The same goes for linebacker Anthony Solomon.

Villari will be looking for an opportunity to end his college career elsewhere after playing 26 snaps and making 1 of 3 attempted passes for 26 yards during his stint at Ann Arbor. With starter Cade McNamara in command of the offensive and rookie JJ McCarthy emerging as his winger, Villari and his reserve colleague Alan Bowman were the odd men in the quarter room.

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Villari, a former three-star rookie from Massapequa, New York, was a late addition to Michigan’s 2020 class, as coaching staff scrambled to find a quarterback to replace JD Johnson after the prospect based in Arizona was forced into medical retirement due to a heart problem.

Johnson has always joined the program, received a scholarship and has been a student assistant for the past two seasons. But he, too, entered the portal earlier this month in an attempt to resume his playing career after being cleared by medics.

Villari’s departure will be offset by the imminent arrival of signer Jayden Denegal, a three-star prospect from Apple Valley, California.

Contact Rainer Sabin at rsabin@freepress.com. Follow him on twitter @RainerSabin. Learn more about the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and join our Big Ten Bulletin.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan footballer Dan Villari enters NCAA transfer portal



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German footballer wants to buy Turkish club https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/german-footballer-wants-to-buy-turkish-club/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 10:23:05 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/german-footballer-wants-to-buy-turkish-club/ Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is said to be looking to buy another club after buying a stake in Mexican team Nexaca last year. Fenerbahce man Ozil is eager to buy Turkish third division club Corum FK. Ozil, 33, previously partnered with gorgeous model Kate Upton and Hollywood star Eva Longoria in 2021 to buy […]]]>

Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is said to be looking to buy another club after buying a stake in Mexican team Nexaca last year.

Fenerbahce man Ozil is eager to buy Turkish third division club Corum FK.

Ozil, 33, previously partnered with gorgeous model Kate Upton and Hollywood star Eva Longoria in 2021 to buy a stake in Nexaca. But now the former Arsenal playmaker is considering a full buyout, according to Bild, having invested 50% of the three-time champion Mexico’s capital.

Former Corum owner Fatih Ozcan left his post at the club last week. And he revealed at a departure press conference: “A world-famous player from Turkey is interested in buying the club.” This player is confirmed by Bild as Ozil.

They then report that Corum captain Umut Kaya said: “The contact came from Irfan Can Kahveci, who plays with Özil in Fenerbahce and is from Corum. He called Özcan and asked for details.”

The asking price for the WHOLE club is 20million Turkish Lira, which equates to just 1million, The Sun reported.

With Ozil reportedly earning £ 335,000 a week from Fenerbahce, £ 1million to buy Corum FK is just a drop in the bucket for the former Germany international. He became Arsenal’s signing record when they paid Real Madrid £ 42.5million for him in 2013. Ozil made 254 appearances, scoring 44 goals and helping the Gunners win three FA Cups. And since trading Arsenal for Fenerbahce in January 2021, he has played 31 times for the Istanbul side, scoring eight goals.


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TV Recap: “The Simpsons” Adopt Wayward Soccer Player in Season 33 Episode 11 – “The Longest Margin” https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/tv-recap-the-simpsons-adopt-wayward-soccer-player-in-season-33-episode-11-the-longest-margin/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:58:21 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/tv-recap-the-simpsons-adopt-wayward-soccer-player-in-season-33-episode-11-the-longest-margin/ Hello and welcome to Laughing Place’s regular recap of new episodes of The simpsons on FOX. This week’s episode, titled “The Longest Marge” (a reference to the 1974 prison football movie The longest yard starring Burt Reynolds), is the 11th episode of the long-running animated sitcom’s 33rd season. Table gag: Nothing Gag on the sofa: […]]]>

Hello and welcome to Laughing Place’s regular recap of new episodes of The simpsons on FOX. This week’s episode, titled “The Longest Marge” (a reference to the 1974 prison football movie The longest yard starring Burt Reynolds), is the 11th episode of the long-running animated sitcom’s 33rd season.

Table gag: Nothing

Gag on the sofa: Nothing

“The Longest Marge” begins at an empty Springfield nuclear power plant, where it is revealed that all the workers have gathered in the break room to watch the Atoms football team sign a new player with their first draft. Fans across town revolt in response to the draft, and Mr. Burns watches from his office window, where Smithers reports that revenues are down thanks to Mr. Gentleman of Burns sipping brandy, which is not encouraging. not actually drinking the product. A hip publicity man (guest star John Mulaney) is brought in to help and suggests celebrity endorsement by Springfield Atoms new star Grayson Mathers (Beck Bennett), who is already facing criticism for his direct public demeanor . . “I wish I was half as myself as him,” Lenny said. The publicity man says people look for authenticity, so Burns orders Smithers to hire Mathers and throw the publicity manager into a trap.

A new ad is created showing Mathers drinking Mr. Burns brandy brandy and, in celebration, the football player kisses his new boss, making him dear to Burns. The Simpsons attend an Atoms game in the arena, where Bart notices Mathers looking hungover after his night out at “The Hay” and “The Sack” (where the afterparty). Grayson drops an easy pass and gets angrily booed by the crowd. “The 22-year-old I’m betting my happiness on is nothing but a fiasco,” complains Homer. Mr. Burns is offended by the boos, and Mathers literally gets “Haterade” thrown at him by his teammates, followed by an endless pile of memory-laden thunders and nachos. “There are worse things to be buried under,” says Mr Burns, unusually optimistic.

Later, Burns and Mathers take an ice bath (which Monty calls body temperature) next to each other, and Mr. Burns promises to help the footballer earn the respect of others by bringing him to the table. elementary school in Springfield to talk to children. “I have a question: you suck!” Nelson Muntz said, followed by more insults. “The kids are destroying it with their hot holds!” observes Mr. Burns. Mathers throws a book and breaks the tank containing the Madagascar whistling cockroaches, the school pet. Grayson passes out after drinking too much brandy (“My urethra is on fire!”) So Marge tries to comfort him in the nurse’s office, telling him to slow down. “I know what’s wrong with you: not enough Ferraris! Burns says, but Marge offers to deal with Mathers at the Simpsons. He has dinner with the family and Lisa asks him what he majored in at college. “They never told me. “Oh, that means Communications.”

We get a montage of Mathers’ youth and how he was recruited into college receiving a huge award, but couldn’t spend much time with his parents growing up. He and Bart are fighting over a pork chop, so Marge yells at him for stealing food. “In a family, don’t you do yourself, you do the others? Grayson sleeps on the floor in Maggie’s bedroom and asks Marge if he can stay there for a while. “I’m a lot of work – I need 9,000 calories a day or I’m going to die.” “My husband too.” Another montage shows Mathers life around the Simpsons house, then he goes to church with the family, giving Reverend Lovejoy a wad of $ 100 bills for “some fuel for his private jet.” Burns and Smithers visit Grayson for his birthday barbecue and offer to take him for a night on the town with Duffman, who has been renamed “Brandyman”. Marge refuses to let him go, but Burns complains, “You mollycoddling will have dire consequences!”

In the next game, Grayson scored 53 live points, to the point where the other team retired to try their hand at Canadian football. Mathers refuses to speak ill of the other team to the press, instead proclaiming himself a “mommy’s boy” thanks to his love for Marge and his life-changing efforts. Burns storms the Simpsons house and asks Marge to take back control of the football player: “You have to choose, my boy: me or her?” Grayson leaves the room crying and drives off in his six blue Ferraris. Days later, Homer says neither the NFL nor ESPN have heard from the player, and Marge worries he’ll never see him again. A fancy invitation arrives for Marge to attend the “Sportswardsies,” where she will be Grayson’s plus-one. Arriving at the awards show, Marge discovers that she has been “a parent trick” to sit next to Mr. Burns instead, and toasts the billionaire that they will be “enemies forever.”

Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch the show from their home, and a player accepts an award thanking the assistant he had to hire to carry all of his awards for him. After sharing a few drinks, Marge and Monty state that they will try to be better fake parents for Grayson, together. When Mathers wins an award, he shockingly thanks his fiancée Katelynn, an Instagram model and yogurt entrepreneur and his new business leader. “She’s taking me out of the brandy business and getting me started on something healthier: our new line of hard sodas for all ages.” In the audience, Burns and Marge bond more as they mourn their mutual loss. And in the coda, we see more Sportwardsies, including a promotion for the “Least Racist Team Name” and “Hall of Fame Dullest Speech” awards.

New episodes of The simpsons airs Sunday evenings on FOX.


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Former Ohio football player sues school district and coach for being forced to eat pork – 960 The Ref https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ohio-football-player-sues-school-district-and-coach-for-being-forced-to-eat-pork-960-the-ref/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:51:35 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ohio-football-player-sues-school-district-and-coach-for-being-forced-to-eat-pork-960-the-ref/ TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A former Ohio high school football player is suing his school district and former coaches, claiming they forced him to eat pepperoni pizza against his religious beliefs after he missed a voluntary practice. >> Read more trending news The student, now 18, filed a trial Wednesday in Akron in U.S. District Court […]]]>

TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A former Ohio high school football player is suing his school district and former coaches, claiming they forced him to eat pepperoni pizza against his religious beliefs after he missed a voluntary practice.

>> Read more trending news

The student, now 18, filed a trial Wednesday in Akron in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the Canton City School District and its former coaches. The student and his parents, who are not named in the lawsuit, claim their civil rights were violated when he missed a weightlifting session on May 24 and was forced to eat the pizza, Repository of Canton reported.

The teenager, called “KW” in the lawsuit, and his family are Hebrew Israelites, which means they do not consume port, WOIO-TV reported.

According to the lawsuit, the family seeks $ 10.1 million in compensatory damages and $ 3.4 million in punitive damages, in addition to “the injunction, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, l mental anguish, attorney fees, costs and any other legal or equitable remedy as this honorable court deems fair and equitable.

The defendants in the lawsuit include Canton City School District and Canton City School District School Board; Superintendent Jeff Talbert; and former McKinley High School coaches Marcus Wattley, Frank McLeod, Zachary Sweat, Romero Harris, Cade Brodie, Tyler Thatcher and Josh Grimsley, Repository reported.

In June 2021, the Canton City School Board voted unanimously do not renew the coaching contract of Wattley, the head coach; assistants Brodie and Thatcher; and McLeod, an assistant baseball coach who had related duties in the weight room. McLeod, Sweat and Grimsley were declared ineligible for future coaching positions, Repository reported.

>> Ohio football coach fired after player claims he was forced to eat pork

The former player, who is expected to graduate from high school in June 2022, now attends a school district more than 160 km from Canton, according to Repository.

The trial allegations mirror the claims made by the player’s father and family attorney Ed Gilbert during a press conference in June. Gilbert had threatened legal action, but later said the family were seeking to negotiate a resolution, Repository reported.

“The central facts of this case are undisputed,” Gilbert said in a press release. “The family has had intense settlement discussions with the Canton School District. These discussions resulted in a resolution. However, the district insurance company backed out of the settlement, forcing the family to move forward with the dispute.

“The affected child was forced to leave the district due to threats from his teammates and members of the Canton community. The child is mentally devastated.

According to Gilbert, the player was told that his teammates would be forced to do extra drills if he refused to eat the pizza, and that his position on the team could be compromised, The New York Times reported.

Lawyer Peter Pattakos, who represents several of the former coaches, maintained in a statement that the former player’s initial claims were false.

“When this story first broke last spring, we immediately presented evidence – including statements from more than a dozen eyewitnesses – showing that the savage accusations that the trainers forced KW to eat pizza versus religion were false and defamatory, ”Pattakos said. “After Ed Gilbert, his clients and the district officials who falsely fired the coaches refused to withdraw their false claims and reinstate these excellent coaches, we sued them for defamation in a case that was pending in County Stark in July.

“With their efforts to extort a settlement from the district having failed, Ed Gilbert and his clients had no choice but to file this pathetic complaint as a defense to the coaches’ libel claims against them.”

In a statement, Talbert said: “The council will deal with the claims, which it says are unfounded, through legal process.”


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China Spring QB Major Bowden named Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/china-spring-qb-major-bowden-named-mr-texas-football-player-of-the-year/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 18:33:45 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/china-spring-qb-major-bowden-named-mr-texas-football-player-of-the-year/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2021 HOUSTON – Texas Football by Dave Campbell, the leading publication on all things football in Texas, and the TaxAct Texas Bowl are proud to announce that Chinese Spring quarterback Major Bowden is the recipient of the Mr. Texas Award. High School Football Player of the Year 2021. Bowden […]]]>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2021

HOUSTON – Texas Football by Dave Campbell, the leading publication on all things football in Texas, and the TaxAct Texas Bowl are proud to announce that Chinese Spring quarterback Major Bowden is the recipient of the Mr. Texas Award. High School Football Player of the Year 2021. Bowden will be honored on the field at the TaxAct Texas Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston, where the Kansas State Wildcats face the LSU Tigers.

Mr. Texas Football annually honors the most outstanding high school football player in the State of Texas.

Bowden, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound quarterback, is perhaps Texas high school football’s most valuable player as a senior, running 1,866 yards and 23 touchdowns – averaging 8.4 yards per carry – while completing 67% of his passes for 1,432 yards and 27 scores. His Herculean efforts took China Spring to all-time highs: the fourth unbeaten regular season in program history, the first 16-0 season in school history, and the inaugural China Spring State Championship. since 1978, when Bowden won offensive MVP honors. The driving force behind the Cougars’ meteoric rise, Bowden led China Spring to victories over heavyweights Carthage, West Orange-Stark, Cuero and Gilmer in the home stretch for the 4A Division II title. Bowden’s remarkable tenacity and incredible game make him a worthy recipient of the 2021 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year award.

Past award winners include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and overall QB overall pick Kyler Murray (2013 and 2014 winner, Allen), 2012 Heisman QB trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns RB Johnathan Gray (2011 Winner, Aledo), former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated), current Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders (2017 winner, Denton Ryan) and former Cowboys QB of Dallas Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Hallettsville and Texas Longhorns RB Jonathon Brooks won the award in 2020.

For more information on the Mr. Texas Football Award, visit TaxActTexasBowl.com or TexasFootball.com.

About the TaxAct Texas Bowl

The TaxAct Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and locally managed by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The bowl has featured teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the nation’s biggest conferences, since 2014. The TaxAct Texas Bowl has been a huge success both on and off the field for its first 14 years. because it is the fifth most attended a bowl game in the country since 2016. The bowl generates over $ 30 million per year for the Houston economy and has donated nearly $ 2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support for DePelchin Children’s Center, the official charitable recipient of the bowl.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

For over 60 years, Dave Campbell’s Texan football has been “the bible” for millions of football fans across the Lone Star State. The magazine’s annual summer edition remains a rite of passage for all Texans, previewing every football team in the state – from the rabid world of high school football in Texas to the varsity ranks, through the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. Over six decades, Dave Campbell Texan football remains the clear leader in high school football in Texas, college football in Texas and more.

TexasFootball.com is Dave Campbell’s online Texas Football site, covering high school football, college football and recruiting statewide from Lone Star. From stimulating commentary and videos to podcasts and its daily live broadcast, no one covers Texas football like TexasFootball.com.

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