Canfield native to do obstacle course race
Former Canfield wrestler Vinnie Dangerfield has qualified for the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in Ontario. The races run Saturday and Sunday.
Dangerfield has been training in the sport for the past three years and is a current member of Cleveland Obstacle Race Alliance. He now lives and trains in Columbus.
Irving throws shade at Cleveland
Boston star Kyrie Irving has added more spice to the Celtics-Cleveland season opener.
Irving, who asked to be traded out of Cleveland and wound up with the Celtics this summer after three straight NBA Finals trips with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, says he sees “a vast difference” between the cities.
“Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?”’ Irving told reporters Wednesday, in comments published by The Charlotte Observer.
“A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston,” Irving also said. “You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”
Remember, Irving and the Celtics open in Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Ditka apologizes for oppression remarks
Mike Ditka is apologizing for saying he wasn’t aware of any racial oppression in the U.S. over the last 100 years.
The famed former Chicago Bears coach issued the apology Tuesday, a day after he made the comments during a radio interview while discussing National Football League players kneeling during the national anthem.
Ditka was harshly criticized for seemingly ignoring Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation and the lynching of blacks that occurred well into his lifetime.
In a statement later posted on WGN-TV, the Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl-winning coach said he was talking about the NFL, not society overall.
His radio comments came ahead of the Bears’ game Monday night.
49ers won’t force players to stand
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.
The San Francisco 49ers won’t be forcing their players to stand during the national anthem, safety Eric Reid said Wednesday.
Reid, the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in protest last season, said he had a conversation recently with 49ers CEO Jed York, who indicated he will continue to support his players if they decide to kneel during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
Reid said: “He’s expressed very clearly that he wants to support us, that he’s not going to force us to do anything.”
More than 20 49ers kneeled during the anthem during the last two games, while teammates stood behind them with hands on their shoulders. That was in reaction to President Trump’s condemnation at a rally last month of any player that didn’t stand. Trump called for owners to release players who did not stand.
Auburn investigating academic fraud
Auburn has hired a law firm to review allegations that a part-time academic staffer took an online test for a football player.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported Wednesday that a mentor took the final exam for a player from the 2015 team. An Auburn spokesman confirmed that the university has hired Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White to look into the allegation.
President Steven Leath said in a statement that an independent investigation hasn’t found any evidence supporting the allegations, but that he is “actively engaged as the investigation continues.” An athletic department statement says the player had returned to school to complete his degree and denies the allegation.
The Birmingham law firm is already looking into the softball and men’s basketball programs for unrelated issues.