Elliott is joint-third on that list – behind Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey and Henry, and level with the Cleveland Browns’ Nick Chubb – after amassing 5,405 rushing yards in his four years in the NFL, over 1,000 more than any other back in that timeframe.His detractors may counter that Elliott has benefited from playing behind perhaps the best offensive line in the league in that time, though he has clearly been riled by suggestions his impressive numbers should come with any caveat.”There are a lot of great backs in this league but I don’t understand why the media has to talk down on my game just to uplift other backs,” he wrote on Twitter. “We all are talented football players and can ball.”Check the stats. Since I entered this league I have dominated year in, year out. Put some RESPECT on my name.Check the stats. Since I entered this league I have dominated year in, year out. Put some RESPECT on my name.— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) July 16, 2020″Women lie. Men lie. The stats don’t. Go do your homework.” Elliott, a three-time Pro Bowler, had 1,777 yards from scrimmage last season – second behind only McCaffrey’s astonishing 2,392.He produced those numbers having held out of training camp to try and get a new deal, a request the Cowboys granted they when they agreed terms of a six-year, $90 million contract less than a week before their regular season began.”Almost 1800 scrimmage yards and 14 TDs with no training camp and now I’m not the same back,” Elliott added. “I do appreciate the standard you guys hold me to though lol. But I promise you no one holds me to a higher standard than myself.” Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott hit back at his critics in a series of Twitter posts on Thursday, calling for his naysayers to “put some RESPECT on my name”.The 24-year-old’s standing in the NFL’s running back hierarchy has been a topic of discussion this week, with the Tennessee Titans agreeing to a long-term deal with Derrick Henry, and the Madden video game releasing their latest rankings.
Anybody who is tired of watching Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominate NASCAR Cup Series races in 2020 caught a break with Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track’s one and only event on the NASCAR schedule.That is, unless that person also doesn’t like Brad Keselowski, who won Sunday’s race at New Hampshire for his third victory of the season. The dog days of summer continue to hound @KyleBusch.His day is done at @NHMS. pic.twitter.com/ov3JIH1vZY— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 2, 20203:13 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 is underway.The lobster hunt at @NHMS is green!📺: NBCSN 📱: https://t.co/BHXvTwJmNc pic.twitter.com/iDbSRwRpmI— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 2, 20203:04 p.m. ET: Engines fired.2:05 p.m. ET: NASCAR announces pre-race penalties issued to the teams of Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie for improperly mounted ballasts. Both cars must start at the rear of the field, and their crew chiefs are suspended for the entirety of Sunday’s race. Austin Dillon also is forced to start the race from the back of the pack because of unapproved adjustments. Hamlin, who has won a series-high five Cup races in 2020, entered the race as the driver with the best career stats at the flat, one-mile oval in Loudon, N.H. Hamlin indeed was strong Sunday and finished second, but Keselowski got the best of him on a late restart, and the race ended with a long green-flag run (83 laps) that made it impossible for Keselowski to be caught.RETWEET to congratulate @keselowski for winning at @NHMS! 🏁🦞🏁 pic.twitter.com/5bAIODUuiJ— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 2, 2020Harvick, the series points leader and the winner of four races in 2020, finished the New Hampshire race in fifth place.Sporting News tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Below are the results from the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.MORE: Watch NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)NASCAR at New Hampshire resultsKeselowski finished 1.6 seconds ahead of Hamlin, and Hamlin finished 4.4 seconds ahead of third-place Martin Truex Jr. Which is fitting, because Keselowski and Hamlin clearly had the two best cars in the field throughout Sunday’s race.Below are the complete results from the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire.Pos.Driver1.Brad Keselowski2.Denny Hamlin3.Martin Truex Jr.4.Joey Logano5.Kevin Harvick6.Matt DiBenedetto7.Aric Almirola8.Cole Custer9.Chase Elliott10.Tyler Reddick11.William Byron12.Jimmie Johnson13.Austin Dillon14.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.15.Alex Bowman16.Ryan Preece17.Kurt Busch18.Clint Bowyer19.Michael McDowell20.Ryan Blaney21.Ryan Newman22.Ty Dillon23.Bubba Wallace24.Erik Jones25.Chris Buescher26.Daniel Suarez27.Brennan Poole28.Christopher Bell29.JJ Yeley30.James Davison31.Garrett Smithley32.Quin Houff33.Timmy Hill34.Joey Gase35.Corey LaJoie36.John Hunter Nemechek37.Matt Kenseth38.Kyle BuschKyle Busch was knocked out of the race early when he popped a right front tire and hit the wall in Turn 3. Matt Kenseth and John Hunter Nemechek suffered the same fate later in the race.NASCAR at New Hampshire highlights6:24 p.m. ET: Brad Keselowski wins the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Career win No. 33 for Brad @Keselowski ties him with Fireball Roberts on @NASCAR’s all-time wins list!LOBSTAH TIME for the driver of @Team_Penske’s No. 2 car at @NHMS! pic.twitter.com/6gJy5aXohN— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 20206:13 p.m. ET: With 20 laps to go, Brad Keselowski is nursing a 3.5-second lead over Denny Hamlin.5:56 p.m. ET: Christopher Bell blows a right rear tire, but he keeps the car on the apron of the track and gets to pit road safely. The race stays green with 50 laps to go and Brad Keselowski leading.5:41 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with 83 laps to go. Denny Hamlin takes the lead, but Brad Keselowski takes it back a few laps into the run.5:35 p.m. ET: Caution. John Hunter Nemechek slams the Turn 3 wall after cutting a left front tire. He’s knocked out of the race..@JHNemechek’s car is absolutely destroyed. @NHMS // @NASCAR // NBCSN pic.twitter.com/TzxEWWpawY— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 20205:32 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 209. Chase Elliott takes the lead.5:28 p.m. ET: Caution. Here we go again. Matt Kenseth blows another right front tire and hits the Turn 3 wall for the second time in a few laps. This time Kenseth takes it back to the garage.Mostly all of the leaders are coming for tires and fuel, as they are in now in the fuel window to the end of the race.Race off pit road: Logano, Hamlin, Ty Dillon, Byron, Keselowski, Truex Jr., Johnson, DiBenedetto.Staying out: Elliott, Stenhouse, Bell, Blaney, Harvick.— Kyle Souza (@ksouza261) August 2, 20205:25 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on with 100 laps to go. Brad Keselowski takes the lead.5:21 p.m. ET: Caution. Matt Kenseth blows a right front tire on the backstretch and hits the Turn 3 wall.More trouble for @mattkenseth.BUT, the tire blew way earlier than it did for @KyleBusch, meaning the No. 42 barely brushed the wall. #NASCAR #Foxwoods301 pic.twitter.com/m6bgMI4NJL— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 20205:18 p.m. ET: Green flag. Stage 3 begins on Lap 192. Denny Hamlin takes the lead from Brad Keselowski.5:12 p.m. ET: Brad Keselowski wins Stage 2 after edging Denny Hamlin. Caution comes out for the stage break.WHAT A FINISH to Stage 2!Brad @Keselowski passes @DennyHamlin for the win. That’s a valuable playoff point for the @Team_Penske driver! pic.twitter.com/GOHg5yxjaR— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 2020Stage 2 Top 10 at @NHMS:1. Keselowski2. Hamlin3. Logano4. Almirola5. Byron6. Bowyer7. Austin Dillon8. Truex Jr.9. Elliott10. DiBenedetto#Foxwoods301— PRN (@PRNlive) August 2, 20205:10 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with just two laps to go in Stage 2.5:06 p.m. ET: Caution. Matt Kenseth spins by himself coming off of Turn 2, but he avoids the inside wall and sustains no damage. Bubba Wallace gets the free pass..@MattKenseth must have a four-leaf clover or something.He’s lucky not to get into the inside wall here. @NHMS on NBCSN. pic.twitter.com/tSQmiNj32b— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 2020″Did we get help there, what was the deal,” Chad Johnston asks @mattkenseth who replies, “I just spun out.” He was trying to pass his @CGRTeams teammate @KurtBusch @NHMS #NASCAR— Lee Spencer (@CandiceSpencer) August 2, 20205:04 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with nine laps to go in Stage 2. Brad Keselowski edges Austin Dillon for the lead.4:58 p.m. ET: Caution. Christopher Bell blows a right rear tire and spins with 14 laps to go in Stage 2. Bell keeps it out of the wall and sustains minimal damage. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (20th) gets the free pass.Big strategy implications after this spin by @CBellRacing!Do you come in to pit or gamble and try to make it to the end of the stage? pic.twitter.com/ZlRrlPn7uq— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 2, 20204:45 p.m. ET: Brad Keselowski catches Denny Hamlin and passes him for the lead on Lap 147.4:22 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 101. Kevin Harvick edges Ryan Blaney for the lead. A couple laps later, though, Denny Hamlin runs down Harvick and passes him for the lead.4:19 p.m. ET: Martin Truex Jr. is penalized for an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop.🎶You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel. 🎶Disastrous pit stop for Martin Truex Jr. pic.twitter.com/WOFp7yf6ZG— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 20204:13 p.m. ET: Caution for rain. It’s a small band of light showers, though, and NASCAR expects it to pass quickly.4:07 p.m. ET: Green flag. Stage 2 begins on Lap 83.3:59 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1. The caution comes out for the stage break.Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1. Others getting stage points:2. Truex3. Harvick4. Bell5. Keselowski6. Blaney7. Bowyer8. Logano9. Preece10. Almirola— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 2, 20203:54 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with eight laps to go in Stage 1.3:53 p.m. ET: Chase Elliott is penalized for speeding on pit road. He must restart at the rear of the field.3:51 p.m. ET: Caution. Jimmie Johnson spins coming off of Turn 2 after making contact with Clint Bowyer. Johnson avoids hitting the wall, so the damage is minimal..@JimmieJohnson’s luck in 2020 has yet to turn around.He spins at @NHMS in stage 1 on NBCSN. pic.twitter.com/Wp9faUdGOA— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 2, 20203:48 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin runs down Brad Keselowski and takes the lead, but Keselowski takes it right back with 14 laps to go in Stage 1.3:36 p.m. ET: Restart on Lap 35. Brad Keselowski keeps the lead, and Denny Hamlin charges to second place ahead of Ryan Blaney and Clint Bowyer.3:32 p.m. ET: The competition caution arrives at Lap 31. Brad Keselowski is leading. Erik Jones gets the free pass.3:27 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 22.3:26 p.m. ET: Erik Jones is penalized (one lap) for pitting outside of his box during the caution. He was running ninth.3:21 p.m. ET: Caution. Kyle Busch blows a right front tire and slams the wall in Turn 3. It’s a single-car accident, and he’s knocked out of the race.
DES MOINES — The Iowa House has embraced a plan that would automatically give felons who’ve completed their sentences the right to vote in Iowa.The idea, in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment, has been one of Republican Governor Kim Reynolds’ priorities. The House voted 95-2 in support of the concept. House Republican Leader Chris Hagenow called it a “bipartisan accomplishment.”“Because our governor set this forth, it gave us maybe a little extra wind in our sails to get this done,” Hagenow said.Republican Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton indicated legislators will decide later how much restitution and fines must be paid before a felon gets to vote and whether some felons may never qualify to vote again.“I do not believe that rapists, child molesters or murderers should ever have those rights back,” Kaufmann said.Iowa and Kentucky are currently the only states in the country that force felons to apply to the governor to get their voting rights back. House Minority Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City said Democrats are enthusiastic supporters of getting rid of that system and instead give felons their voting rights back when they’re paroled.“If you believe in the concept of redemption and that people can change and that they can come back into and be a functioning and contributing member of society, this is that bill that allows, in a large way, that chance,” Prichard said.Representative Vicki Lensing, a Democrat from Iowa City, said she’d prefer the governor take action now with an executive order and immediately restore felon voting rights,“I know with a constitutional amendment, it’s still going to take a little time,” Lensing said, “but I appreciate that we are on the right track with this.”Key GOP senators like Brad Zaun of Urbandale have said they’re reluctant to automatically give any felon the right to vote after they’ve been released from parole.“The bottom line here is that it’s going to be an uphill climb,” Zaun said.Governor Reynolds issued a written statement Thursday afternoon, praising the “strong bipartisan vote” in the House and vowing to “continue working with members of the Iowa Senate to move the process forward, allowing Iowans a vote on this important issue.”
The all-time worst flood to hit Davenport is no longer the flood of 1993. The Mississippi pushed past the record level Thursday and it’s still slowly rising, approaching eight feet over flood stage. Meteorologist Rich Kinney, at the National Weather Service in Davenport, says the river has surpassed the record of 22-point-63 feet set in July 26 years ago.“Last weekend, there were significant amounts of rainfall, two or three-plus inches across the area,” Kinney says, “and that really fueled this latest rise that we’re seeing.” Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to survey the damage in downtown Davenport this (Friday) morning. The crest is expected soon and the river may fall about a foot over the weekend, but Kinney is worried about the potential for more rain Sunday through Wednesday.“That, if it occurs, would lead to renewed rises and we’re already at a very high level,” Kinney says. “We’re certainly very concerned about that and even after the crest, folks cannot let their guard down because the river will start to fall a little bit but we could be back on the rise again next week.” He notes, the Quad Cities weather service is a “24-7 operation.”Kinney says the employees are very busy providing the “latest and best” information to many cities, counties, emergency managers, the news media, and others. Its forecast area includes the Upper Mississippi River between Dubuque County, Iowa and Hancock County, Illinois.
MASON CITY — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Georgia man accused of taking $3000 from a Mason City woman by claiming to be a “United Nations courier”.41-year-old Imonije Emuobosa is accused of depriving and defrauding the woman in February of last year, with a criminal complaint stating that he allegedly portrayed himself as an agent from the United Nations diplomatic courier service and promised to deliver a box in exchange for $3000.A nationwide warrant was issued last June for Emuobosa’s arrest on a charge of second-degree theft, with Emuobosa being taken into custody in February.Emuobosa’s trial was scheduled to start on June 18th, but online court records show that Judge Adam Sauer has scheduled a plea change hearing in the case for July 2nd in Cerro Gordo County District Court.
DES MOINES — Republican lawmakers are proposing an amendment to the Iowa Constitution, in response to Iowa court rulings that struck down abortion restrictions.Republican Representative Steven Holt of Denison gave a loud Marine Corps “oorah” on Tuesday when Governor Kim Reynolds mentioned it in her Condition of the State message.“When the Iowa Supreme Court struck down our 72-hour waiting period and our heartbeat legislation, they created a fundamental right to abortion in the Iowa Constitution that is subject to strict scrutiny, which is a higher standard even than is on the federal level, so I have deep concerns, as do a lot of legal scholars, that nothing we have in (state law) right now for protections may stand up to that,” Holt told Radio Iowa, “and we could even end up with taxpayer-funded abortion.”A subcommittee in the Iowa Senate Thursday gave its approval to a proposed amendment that states Iowa’s Constitution does not “recognize, grant or secure a right to abortion.” Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, said the amendment will over-rule the decisions of un-elected judges, “reigning in judicial judicial activism and so we’re very excited to get this across the finish line.”If this year’s Republican-led legislature endorses the language, it must also be approved by the legislature sometime in the following two years. That means 2022 is the earliest Iowans could vote on the amendment. Chapman said voters will clearly understand what’s being proposed.“The power resides with the people. It resides with them at the ballot box,” Chapman said. “It will reside with them when they have an opportunity to vote on this constitutional amendment and we need to respect the will of the people.”Critics like Reverend David Sickelka of the United Church of Christ in Urbandale said the amendment would set a dangerous precedent.“I think that it is wrong-headed to focus on what rights are not in our constitution,” he said.Jamie Birch Elliott of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa also testified at today’s statehouse hearing.“This proposed constitutional amendment is one of the most extreme attacks on women’s health in Iowa history,” she said, “and if it passes would take away Iowa’s right to make the private health care decisions that are best for their own unique circumstances.”The proposal cleared the first hurdle in the legislative process. It will now be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
DES MOINES — A new report ranks Iowa as one of the best states for children. The fourth-annual study released by the non-profit group Save the Children ranks Iowa fifth in the nation for child well-being.The report found Iowa’s rankings for child food insecurity and high school dropout rates improved from 2018, while rankings for infant mortality, teen births, suicides and homicides stayed the same.Mark Shriver, a senior vice president at Save the Children, says top-ranked states like Iowa invested in high quality early childhood education.“Children are faring better in states that spend more on their needs and have elected officials who serve in Congress and state houses prioritize child-focused legislation,” Shriver says.The report found just nine percent of Iowa’s kids didn’t graduate on time. This improves the state’s rank from 2018 and makes Iowa first in the nation for high school graduation rates.Nikki Gillette, a researcher with Save the Children, says this year’s report broke down data at the county level for the first time.“We know or rather we suspected that state level data hide huge inequities,” Gillette says. “That’s why this year we did a county ranking.”The report found Dallas, Warren, Grundy and Bremer counties were among the top 50 in the country for children. It ranked Lee County as the worst in the state.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused his successor Gianni Infantino of showing a lack of respect for him in an interview with the BBC.The 80-year-old — who on Monday lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a six year ban from football for a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to then UEFA boss Michel Platini — said Infantino had dropped by his house once since he was elected in February and Blatter had raised matters he thought should be dealt with.“I am definitely not a happy man (with) what happened with FIFA,” Blatter told the BBC.“I have never seen in any company that the new president… was not paying respect to the old president.“After his election we had a very good contact and he stopped at my house and we had a chat. I told him I have a list of questions that should be solved in Fifa which has not been solved before.“(Infantino) said ‘I will work on that’ and he never came back.”Blatter said Infantino, who was UEFA secretary-general under Platini, had not returned his phone calls since that meeting.“I have asked him, I have sent him a letter and I have his personal number and I was told that it’s still correct. Never never an answer – never,” said Blatter.Blatter, who served as FIFA president for 18 years but was subject to withering criticism during his tenure, claims he is too trusting and as a result he and his team never expected the FBI investigation that exposed massive corruption involving senior FIFA members. “I think people are good, and they are not good,” said Blatter.The Swiss, who served as the faithful secretary-general under his similarly disgraced predecessor as FIFA president the late Joao Havelange, also claims he came perilously close to death late last year.An unusually dishevelled and unshaven Blatter had alluded to this when he held a press conference last December but he went further with the BBC.“It was 1 November 2015. I was at the cemetery in my home village — where we have a family grave. And I was there… very, very weak, I couldn’t move,” he said.“They brought me immediately to a hospital in Zurich and they thought I was going to die in the next hours. Seriously.“It was a lady doctor there and she (asked) me: ‘Who should I phone?’ And I said: ‘No, no, no, I will go home tonight.’ And she said: ‘Oh no.’“They brought another doctor and he said: ‘OK calm down, calm down.’“I had time enough in the hospital to think that life is (more) than only football.”Share on: WhatsApp
Last month, she bantered with Franck Ribery after the French winger cheekily untied her shoelaces while preparing for a free-kick when she officiated a German Cup first-round match.“For me and my referee colleagues, the fact that I am a woman hasn’t been an issue for a long time,” Steinhaus said on the Hertha website.“But we probably all need to accept and deal with the fact that it will continue to be considered a big deal in the media for now.” Hertha Berlin player in trainingBerlin, Germany | AFP | Hertha Berlin are offering women half-price tickets for Sunday’s German league match against Werder Bremen with Bibiana Steinhaus set to make history as the first female referee in a top European league.The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed the 38-year-old will take charge of the Bundesliga clash at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to become the first female ref in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues.Hertha are offering up to 500 “Bibi-Steinhaus-tickets”, only available to women, at half-price.“We want to offer all women the chance to experience this historic moment,” said a statement on the Hertha website.Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and earned her right to whistle in Germany’s top flight after officiating the women’s Champions League final this year and the 2012 women’s Olympic tournament final in London.The police officer has already proven she can handle Bundesliga stars.As an assistant referee, she shrugged off an attempted hug by ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during a pitchside exchange in 2014. Steinhaus insists she has earned the chance to referee in Germany’s top tier on merit, but accepts she is now a role model.“I’m a Bundesliga referee because my performances have been good enough, not because I’m a woman,” she said“That’s a big difference. “If, because of that, I am considered a role model for young girls or a pioneer for equality, then that makes me even happier.“I have a lot of experience now, which is an advantage in many situations.I have different ways of dealing with and reacting to certain situations in the game now.“On top of that, I have also overseen many games as a fourth official, in order to take in the pace of the Bundesliga.”Both Bremen and Berlin coaches welcomed Steinhaus’ debut.“She has earned it through very good performances, at the end of the day that is the main principle, whether you are a man or a woman,” said Bremen coach Alexander Nouri.Berlin coach Pal Dardai added: “If someone refs so well, it doesn’t matter if she is a man or a woman. She has already reffed in the second league and error-free, I believe, which is wonderful.”Share on: WhatsApp
“Today the planets aligned, you must never lose faith,” Varela had said on the Estadio Rommel Fernandez pitch in the capital following the match.Although not Panama’s national game, football is rapidly catching up with baseball and boxing as the country’s favourite sport. Panama City, Panama | AFP | Panama president Juan Carlos Varela declared a national holiday in celebration at the central American country’s first ever qualification for the World Cup.“It’s a historic day for the country. Tomorrow (Thursday) will be a national holiday for public and private sector workers,” Varela said on Twitter on Wednesday.Panama came from behind to beat Costa Rica 2-1 on Tuesday and book a ticket to Russia 2018.The victory left them third in the CONCACAF area qualification behind Mexico and Costa Rica, and sensationally helped knock the United States out of contention.Thousands of Panamanians celebrated long into the night in the capital Panama City as a cacophony of car horns greeted the historic news. Share on: WhatsApp