(SL) – One of the dozens of victims expected to testify at the sentencing hearing of disgraced former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar described the sexual abuse Nassar inflicted on her as a child and warned him that ”little girls don’t stay little forever.”
Kyle Stephens was the first of nearly 100 women and girls who will be allowed to speak or will have their statements read by others during the four-day hearing in Lansing, Michigan. ”I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar,” Stephens said to the 54-year-old Nassar, who bowed his head with his eyes closed as she and others spoke.
She said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home. Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsey committed suicide in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.
In related news, the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team says it will not punish gymnast McKayla Maroney for talking about alleged sexual abuse. USA Gymnastics said Tuesday it will not pursue any money from Maroney if she speaks publicly about alleged abuse from former team doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney signed a nondisclosure agreement in December 2016 agreeing to stay quiet about the abuse as part of a one-point-25-million-dollar settlement with USA Gymnastics.
Maroney filed a lawsuit last month claiming USA Gymnastics tried to prevent her from publicly accusing Nassar of sexual abuse in order to allow him to leave quietly. Nassar is being sentenced this week on seven counts of sexual assault, and could get life in prison.
(Seattle, WA) – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested Sunday morning for driving under the influence, according to multiple reports.He was released later in the morning, according to ESPN and others,citing King County court records.
On Monday, Lane tweeted, “Why ppl judge you by what they hear but not what they know !!”
Lane has spent his six-season career with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the 2012 sixth round out of FCS school Northwestern State in Louisiana. He has started 21 of his 70 career games,including six this season.Lane has two years left on a four-year contract, but the rest of the $12 million he is owed is not guaranteed.
(Charlotte, NC) – Danica Patrick is a Bears fan, but her heart now belongs to Packers star Aaron Rodgers. Patrick confirmed she is dating Rodgers, who broke up with actress Olivia Munn in 2017.Patrick, meanwhile,ended a five-year relationship with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in November.”Yes, Aaron and I are dating,” Patrick told The Associated Press.Her confirmation comes hours after a photograph showing Patrick and Rodgers seated next to each other at a group dinner Saturday at The Mission restaurant in Scottsdale, Ariz., were published by TMZ. Patrick and Rodgers have been linked romantically since the start of the new year, right before Patrick began promoting her new fitness book.
She told the AP the two first met at the 2012 ESPY Awards and that despite her allegiance to the Bears, ”I told him a long time ago I’d always root for him as a player.”Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team,” she added.”Take out the word `probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.”Patrick is shifting her career off the race track and into the business of her personal brand. She’d like to close her racing career by competing at next month’s Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, a farewell she’s dubbed ”The Danica Double.”
(SL) – Simone Biles is the latest gymnast to come out and say she was sexually abused by imprisoned former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, who won four gold medals and five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, said on Twitter that she is one of”many survivors” to be abused by Nassar, who also worked at Michigan State. Biles joins fellow gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney to come out against Nassar.
The revelation came in a long statement on her social media accounts — one day before a week long sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in a #metoo post. “I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she continued. “For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others.”
USA Gymnastics and Michigan University are accused of giving Nassar unfettered access to vulnerable girls and women, ignoring signs or complaints of sexual misconduct, and trying to silence victims.
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. More than half of those who have filed complaints are expected to give a statement. Nassar is facing a sentencing hearing today.
He’s already serving 60 years for child pornography and assault.
(Atlanta, GA) – Spencer Dinwiddie scored the go-ahead basket with 11 second left as the Nets slipped past the Hawks, 110-105, in Atlanta. Dinwiddie padded the lead late with two free throws as Brooklyn closed the game on a 6-0 run. He finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the win.
Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points off the bench in 12 minutes for Brooklyn. Dennis Schroder keyed Atlanta with 34 points and seven assists in defeat. Kent Bazemore finished with 16 as Atlanta fell to 11-and-31.
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(Vogue) – Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine’s February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.According to the article, the tennis superstar ”spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.” When Williams originally announced her baby’s arrival, via social media postings in September, she said in a video, ”We had a lot of complications, but look what we’ve got.”
Days after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Williams cut both feet on broken glass while leaving a restaurant, leading to two operations on her right foot. Then she got clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. Those shots led to a pool of blood gathering under her stomach’s skin, requiring another hospital procedure. In all, she was off the tour for about 10 months at the time, returning in 2011.The 36-year-old Williams, who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January 2017. Williams is skipping this year’s Australian Open, which begins next week.
Williams said in the Vogue story that she has her sights on getting to 25 major titles, which would break the all-time record of 24 held by Margaret Court.
(Atlanta, GA) – To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.
Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.”He just stepped in and did his thing,” Hurts said. ”He’s built for stuff like this. I’m so happy for him.”
The Tide might have a quarterback controversy ahead, but first Alabama will celebrate another title.For the third straight season, Alabama played a classic CFP final.The Tide split two with Clemson, losing last season on a touchdown with a second left.What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared this time?
”I could not believe it,” he said. ”There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, `Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”
Smith streaked into the end zone and moments later confetti rained and even Saban seemed almost giddy after watching maybe the most improbable victory of his unmatched career.
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(Atlanta, GA) – The Georgia Bulldogs meet the Alabama Crimson Tide tonight in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Third-seeded Georgia knocked off two-seed Oklahoma, 54-48, in the semifinals on New Year’s Day at the Rose Bowl, while Alabama ripped Clemson at the Sugar bowl, 24-6, to advance.
The Crimson Tide have won four championships under Nick Saban since 2009. Kirby Smart, who was Alabama’s defensive coordinator from 2008 through 2015, has guided his alma mater to their first title game appearance since 1980. Kick-off is at 8 p.m. Eastern and the game will air on ESPN.
Donald Trump is expected to be in attendance. The NAACP is urging people to wear white and hold anti-Trump signs today. Another group says demonstrators will ”take a knee” before the big game to protest President Donald Trump’s visit to Atlanta.
Atlanta police say they worked with the Secret Service on preparations for months before the College Football Championship game between Alabama and Georgia. The NAACP said Sunday that wearing white is meant to mock the ”snowflake” label Trump’s supporters use to describe their opponents.
Another group, Refuse Fascism ATL, says that before kickoff, they’ll ”take a knee against Trump” outside CNN’s world headquarters, in solidarity with athletes who have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
(New Orleans, LA) – – The NFL’s concussion policy is in the headlines again with the Carolina Panthers under pressure from the league for quickly clearing quarterback Cam Newton to return to their playoff game after a hard shot to the head.
Newton collapsed while jogging off the field. NFL officials have contacted the Panthers medical staff about why he wasn’t taken to the locker room when he was being evaluated for a possible concussion yesterday. The staff cleared Newton and he returned to the field for the Panthers’ next possession.
He threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey on his third play back. After the game, Newton said it was his eye, not his head that was injured. The Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints, 31-26.
(Atlanta, GA) – When President Donald Trump swoops into Atlanta for a VIP seat at college football’s biggest game, he’ll enjoy the Southern hospitality of a city he disparaged a year ago as ”falling apart” and ”crime infested.”
The insults tweeted by Trump a week before his inauguration may seem like ancient history to most Americans who follow the president’s voluminous stream of online invective. But Atlanta hasn’t forgotten. ”It was very personal because we live here and we love it,” said Stephanie Langer, a 40-year-old East Atlanta resident whose anger
over the president’s put-downs was rekindled by news of his pending visit.
”I guess it’s just ironic that he’s coming here,” she said. ”I guess things must have improved.” Trump plans to be among 72,000 attending the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday evening between Georgia and Alabama. The game is being held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new $1.5 billion home field of the Atlanta Falcons.
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