On Wednesday, March 3rd, linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. has confirmed that he will sign a one-day contract next week to officially retire with the Panthers. Previous to this news, everyone thought he was set to become a free agent. The Panthers made Davis the 14th overall choice in 2005, and he played 14 seasons in Carolina. He won Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014 and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2015.
Davis, 37, previously announced his retirement in December.
“The time has finally come and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me along this journey,” Davis wrote on social media. “The Washington Football Team has agreed to release me so that on March 11th, I will officially be returning to the place that my heart has been all along. By signing a one day contract, I will retire from the @nfl as a Carolina Panther. @panthers thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity.”
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Dress Like an All-Star with the NBA’s Latest Partnership
Posted on March 3, 2021, 10:00 am
It has been reported that Canada Goose has announced a multiyear partnership with the National Basketball Association that makes Canada Goose a Proud Outerwear Partner of NBA All-Star. In support of the partnership and timed to the NBA’s annual All-Star celebration, Canada Goose will develop an exclusive design collaboration each year for players and fans alike. This year’s design partner is Los Angeles-based brand, RHUDE, known for balancing luxury techniques with streetwear elements.
“We are excited that Canada Goose will be recognizing the players and their accomplishments with their All-Star collections in the years ahead,” said Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global Partnerships. “Canada Goose will bring its legacy of style and innovation to the league’s global celebration of the game.”
The inaugural year of the partnership will launch with the Play in the Open challenge, born from Canada Goose’s Live in the Open ethos – the brand’s invitation to express oneself freely and without judgement. The Play in the Open challenge will launch on TikTok on March 4 with a Tip Off Crew performing their best basketball trick. The Tip Off Crew, including RHUDE’s Founder, Rhuigi Villaseñor, and NBA center James Wiseman, will challenge followers to join in with their best spin, dunk or dribble and challenge three people to do the same – all in the spirit of coming together while staying apart.
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MLB slated to bring back in-game Video for Players in 2021
Posted on March 2, 2021, 10:00 am
For most MLB players, like Chris Owings’ first seven years in the majors, he could pop into the video room to take a look at his at-bats during a game. However that all changed last season, and the utility infielder for the Colorado Rockies had to make due with a printout.
“You’d come back in the dugout and you’d say, ‘Hey where was that pitch at?'” Owings said in a recent interview. “It would be like it is on the MLB app, where it just shows where the pitch crossed the plate. You go from seeing every pitch where it crossed, where your swing was, to just being able to see where the pitch was on a piece of paper.”
For decades, baseball players retreated to a clubhouse video room to check out their at-bats or take a closer look at a reliever entering a game. Then Houston was penalized in January 2020 for an electronic sign-stealing scheme during the Astros’ run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. The coronavirus pandemic also led baseball to limit clubhouse access.
It was a jarring change for some hitters during a down year for offense during the pandemic-shortened season. But Major League Baseball has cleared the way for the return of in-game video on dugout iPads beginning on opening day, with catcher signals clipped when they are displayed on a computer.
“It definitely made it a little more difficult for hitters,” Texas Rangers outfielder David Dahl said. “You can’t go back and look at where was that pitch, how are they throwing me, what my timing looked like, little things like that that I checked out in the past.”
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, hired in October, likes how players will be in the dugout with the iPads rather than going back to the video room. La Russa said, “If you’re always going in the clubhouse to watch your at-bat and then you come out after three outs, you lose a sense of the game.. I think the fact that they would have it in the dugout is a step in the right direction.”
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Los Angeles Welcomes The Giltinis
Posted on March 1, 2021, 10:00 am
In one month, Los Angeles will welcome its newest professional sports franchise to the City of Angels. The LA Giltinis will begin play at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as a member of the Major League Rugby with their first league match to be held March 20th vs. the New England Free Jacks.
MLR was founded in 2018 with seven teams and has since expanded to a total of 13 teams – 12 which will be competing this season and an additional expansion team, the Dallas Jackals will join the league in 2022. The current teams in the league are: Austin (TX) Gilgronis; Houston (TX) Sabercats; New England (Boston) Free Jacks; NOLA (New Orleans) Gold; Old Glory DC (Washington, D.C.); Rugby ATL (Atlanta); Rugby United New York; San Diego Legion; Seattle Seawolves; Toronto Arrows; Utah Warriors; and the newest addition to the league, the Los Angeles Giltinis.
“I’m very excited to have Rugby return to the LA Coliseum for the first time in 65 years,” Joe Furin, General Manager, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The LA Giltinis will be led by former Australian Wallabies player and senior sports executive Adam Freier as General Manager.
MLR has continued to prove that fans across North America are falling in love with rugby because of the duality it offers. For some it’s the intensity, physicality and speed of the game that get them hooked. For others it’s the communal celebration after every match where players and fans from both teams come together to celebrate over food and drinks. Los Angeles, after hosting its first LA Sevens, World Rugby Sevens Series to a rousing success, will now have its very own professional Rugby franchise, the LA Giltinis.
“Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event on the planet, and many would agree that Los Angeles is the sporting capital of the world, so it became imperative for this city to have its very own Rugby team in the LA Giltinis,” Freier said.
The LA Giltinis headquarters and practice facility will be located in El Segundo, CA. The Giltinis will play all home matches at the legendary and renowned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, known as “The Greatest Stadium in the World.”
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Global Tennis Star Andy Murray Announces Long-term Partnership
Posted on February 26, 2021, 10:00 am
Andy Murray, to the team as a brand ambassador and investor for Halo Hydration. Andy is a passionate believer in the importance of hydration as a key part of wellbeing and will support HALO as it continues to disrupt the hydration beverage category.
“To perform at your best, every detail matters and something as fundamental as hydration can dramatically affect your performance. Importantly, HALO’s products are free of artificial sugars, unlike many of the competing brands. I’m looking forward to working with them on the development of other products,” said Murray.
Speaking of the partnership, serial entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder Anshuman Vohra, said – “As an avid tennis player myself, it is a huge honor to welcome Andy to the team. HALO is blessed to have a roster of celebs and astute global investors on board, and Andy’s incredible successes, and commitment to HALO’s mission are sure to complement that. I look forward to his involvement in catapulting HALO’s growth”. Robin Shobin, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, added – “Having developed a formula that works for elite athletes (and therefore, for everyone else), getting the seal of approval from a sportsperson of Andy’s caliber is truly humbling.”