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Trump renews attack on NFL with ‘cratered’ ratings claim

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President Trump on Wednesday weighed in on the low NFL TV ratings for the first week of the season — saying they “cratered” because of players and teams not standing for the national anthem.

The numbers were down roughly nine percent overall from last season according to Sports Business Journal, with the seven game windows averaging 15.8 million viewers, compared with 17.3 million a year ago.

“We have plenty of politics to go around without disrespecting our great American Flag or Anthem,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “I thought the NFL learned their lesson two years ago. The people will not put up with this (again). Just not worth it, hard to watch!”

Certain games, though, did well, including Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay debut against the Saints on Fox, which drew an average audience of 25,848,000, up over seven percent from last year’s season-opening game of 24,216,000. Also, Fox’s regional games landed an average viewership of 13,530,000, which was up 6 percent from last year’s 12,723,000 to kick off the season.

The Sunday Night game on NBC between the Cowboys and Rams did not do well, with an average audience of 18.94 million, a 15 percent drop from last year’s Week 1 game between the Steelers and Patriots.

On Monday night, ESPN averaged 10.8 million viewers for Giants-Steelers, down from 13.5 million for Texans-Saints in the first window of Week 1 last year, but more than the Jets-Lions in 2018 (10.45 million).

The second window between the Titans and Broncos averaged just 7.7 million viewers, the lowest number for a Week 1 late Monday night game since ESPN got the rights to “Monday Night Football” in 2006.

Most teams took part in some form of protest with kneeling players or ones that opted to stay in the locker room during the national anthem.

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“Cold Weather”: Serena Williams Uncomfortable With Playing Conditions of French Open 2020

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"Cold Weather": Serena Williams Uncomfortable With Playing Conditions of French Open 2020

French Open 2020 will kick-off from tomorrow, and unlike earlier tournaments, the conditions will be colder and more humid. Legendary American tennis player Serena Williams even raised concerns over it. The Grand Slam usually takes place in late May and early June. But this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament is taking place in late September and early October.

“I hate the cold. I’m from L.A. (Los Angeles) and I live in Florida,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

The makeshift schedule certainly changes the conditions vastly. Players will have to adapt to them quickly, especially during the night matches where the cold breeze could cause discomfort.

‘I’m dealing with it’– Serena Williams

Serena Williams of the United States reacts against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women’s singles semifinals match on day eleven of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently said in an interview that it will be even more challenging for those who play attacking tennis. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams both are aggressive with their tennis from the baseline. As the conditions are going to be cold, the ball will move comparatively slower. Mouratoglou has encouraged such players to work on their defensive gameplay.

“For half my life I’ve never seen snow. Cold weather and me do not mix. That’s my Achilles heel,” said the 3-time French Open winner Williams.

Serena Williams missed the Italian Open 2020, which was held just before the Ronald Garros due to an Achilles strain. The strain restricted her from running and jumping. But the 39-year-old is completely fit and fine now.

“I’m dealing with it. I’m having a positive attitude about it,” said an enthusiastic Williams ahead of the French open 2020.

The conditions are certainly not favorable for her. Age is another factor that is not on her side at the moment. But Serena has always been a champion. It is this optimistic mindset and ‘Never Give -Up’ attitude that make her such a competitor.

Serena Williams has not won a Grand Slam since 2016. Some legends like Mats Wilander have even said that she hasn’t been that great in recent years. She lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals of the US Open 2020 when she was a set up.

She will face Kristie Ahn in Round One of the French Open 2020 on this coming Monday. Can Serena overturn all the odds and win her 24th Grand Slam?

Also Read: French Open 2020 Draw

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Darren Waller overcame drug addiction, became Raiders’ breakout star

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The Oxycontin use began when he was 15, the drinking a year later, and because he was so respectful and reserved and such a good student, and a hard-hitting safety and towering wide receiver for the football team at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., he was able to hide the pain in his heart.

Until years later, when addiction does what addiction does … rules a life, and in too many tragic instances, ruins a life.

And on the football field, you may hear the cheers that wash over you, but they are drowned out by the boos you direct at yourself, because only you know who you are and what you have become.

“I remember now, like looking back, I didn’t even really like brushing my teeth in the mirror, or just like looking in the mirror,” Darren Waller told Serby Says. “I just didn’t respect who I was because I knew how much I was performing to just impress other people. I was shutting off parts of myself that were authentically me and putting on fronts, putting on a mask just to impress people, just to fit in. And I knew deep down the spirit inside me, it didn’t fit right. So when I would look in the mirror, it was just like I saw a phony.”

Darren Waller is a 6-foot-6, 255-pound matchup nightmare who plays tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders and put on a show Monday night.

But it is his victory over himself that means more to him than any of the wondrous things he can do with his God-given physical gifts as a 28-year-old football unicorn.

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“Football is just an added bonus, honestly,” Waller said. “I’m just more proud of me. I gotta take me everywhere I go. Football’s gonna end some day. I still gotta make sure I got me intact.”

It was such a long road back. If drugs could knock a Lawrence Taylor to his knees, they can knock a Darren Waller to his — and they did, and with a vengeance.

“I started to rely on it for everything, and that’s how it became an addiction — like I had to rely on it to have fun, I had to rely on it to have some peace, I had to rely on it to celebrate, I had to rely on it when I was down about something, when I was lonely,” Waller said. “So it was just like everything in my life revolved around it.”

Waller was suspended for three games at Georgia Tech for what the school called a violation of team rules, but the Ravens drafted him in the sixth round in 2015. It wasn’t long before he was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Then he was suspended for one year without pay for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

“I sabotaged that whole thing myself,” Waller said. “I willingly failed my tests to be put out of the league because in my mind I’d rather have them put me out of my misery, so I literally orchestrated that to happen ’cause that’s how much I wanted to get away and just be by myself.”

It was, naturally, heartbreaking for his parents.

“It was something I thought about every day,” Darren’s father, Dorian, said by phone. “It affected my everyday life. We kind of want to do something as parents, but it gets to a point where you’re almost handcuffed.”

Darren overdosed in his car in Maryland.

“I was asleep. The sun was out, it was like blue sky, and I woke up and it was black outside,” Waller said.

That was rock bottom.

“I was using new drugs that I’d never even used before at that time,” he said. “I thought I had control over things up until that point in my distorted mind.”

The new drugs?

“Cocaine was the main new one,” he said. “I started doing cocaine, and I was doing a lot of it. “

And a lot of the same-old, same-old.

“I was spending like almost $100 on pills a day towards the very end of my using,” Waller said.

He rallied enough to be clean for a month before heading to a rehab center in Camden, Maine.

“I guess it was just like the fact that it was like I shouldn’t even really be alive,” Waller said. “That was enough to rattle my cage. Then once I got to Maine, that was the first time I had taken a rehab program seriously.”

It was a life-changing 34 days.

“He came back a different person,” Dorian said.

“I learned the value of self-awareness,” Darren said. “I learned how to meditate. I learned just getting things off my chest, how good it felt not to swallow things in, and talked about how freeing it is to talk about things that you’re going through. It doesn’t make you a man to go through things by yourself, and to deny your problems. I learned how to just be myself and accept me for me, the good things and the bad things about me, and just start to like myself because I hated myself for it.”

He took a job stocking shelves at a Sprouts Farmers Market.

“I thought it was a humbling experience that I needed,” Waller said. “Pro athletes, most of their life, they have been told how good they are, and celebrated at every turn, and people think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. It just taught me not to take myself so seriously. Things could go back to the way they were if I’m not on my P’s and Q’s.”

Waller began training for a return to the NFL. The Raiders signed him off the Ravens’ practice squad in November 2018, and Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick tries to contain him.

“It was the literal act of playing football,” Waller said “Just the competition of it. How I felt when I made a play, have a team and be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself.”

He has been sober for three years now. He participates in group Zoom meetings once a week. He will hold his inaugural Beyond the Wall gala on Monday, the proceeds of which will benefit The Darren Waller Foundation’s mission to support youth in avoiding and overcoming addiction to drugs and alcohol.

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“The most satisfying thing you can do is really help others,” Waller says, “and I feel like I’m tapping into that now.”

His parents are proud of him.

“They’ve always been there for me. My dad has always seen greatness for me, not only in football but in anything that I ever tried. It means a lot now honoring our family name in a much better way now,” Waller said.

And now, when he looks in the mirror?

“I see someone that’s trying to live with integrity, treat others people with respect, treat myself with respect,” he said. “I try to bring a strong work ethic to everything that I put myself into. I’m present in the day. I don’t look too far in the past, I’m just trying to do the best I can every day, and I trust that that’s not only gonna make my life better, but make other people’s lives better.”

Asked if he likes himself today, Darren Waller says:

“I do. I can honestly say that I do like myself now.”

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Natalie Decker Gives an Update on Her Health After Last Minute Withdrawal From Las Vegas Race

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NASCAR Gander & RV Truck Series driver, Natalie Decker was forced to withdraw just before the Truck Series race on Friday. Back in December 2019, she underwent surgery to remove her gallbladder. Although she managed to make a complete recovery her appearances remained sporadic.

Unfortunately, difficulties arose, and she encountered bile duct complexities. As a result, her recovery took a lot longer than expected. The good news was that she was well enough to turn up to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

As expected, she headed straight to the medical center to seek clearance to race. Her #44 truck was all set to run on the track.

What happened to Natalie Decker?

Unfortunately, the medical staff did not feel that she was fully fit to race. So the 23-year-old was forced to pull out mere minutes from the start of the race and was classified as a non-starter.

She tweeted, “I know you are all wondering what happened and what is going on. We are boarding soon to get back home where there will be more tests run so they can further evaluate and diagnose.

“I will let you know as soon as that is complete. Thank you for all your prayers and support.”

ALSO READ- Female NASCAR Driver Natalie Decker Pulls Out Minutes Before Truck Series Race at Las Vegas

Natalie Decker has been racing on and off in the Gander & RV Truck Series and took part in the race at Bristol. She clearly has talent, as she recorded a 5th place finish at the 2020 Daytona 250.

Unfortunately, her medical condition has wreaked havoc on her 2020 season, forcing her to miss out on quite a few races. It is worth noting that her fifth-place finish is the highest finish by a female driver in the history of the Truck Series.

In all, Natalie Decker missed at least six races, out of which three came at a stretch. She missed races at Atlanta, Homestead, Pocono, Michigan, Dover, and Darlington.

Now, this race at Las Vegas makes it the 7th race that saw Decker on the sidelines. Hopefully, for her and her fans’ sakes, she fully recovers and sees the Truck Series season through to the end.

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