FLASH: 49er legend Clark, who made “The Catch,” announces he has ALS

Monday, outside the Bob Evans restaurant on University Boulevard in Moon Township

The San Jose Mercury News picks up the details that were first revealed on his blog.

“I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,” the legendary 49ers wide receiver wrote. “Those words are still very hard for me to say.”

Clark was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in late 2015, he wrote, after visits to six neurologists and three ALS specialists. …

“I’ve been asked if playing football caused this. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did,” he wrote. “And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.”

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ABC News: FBI director Comey to blow huge hole in Trump’s wiretapping claims

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

The story from ABC News begins with this:

Within the first minutes of a much-anticipated House hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey is expected to officially undercut the wiretapping allegations that have been promoted by the White House for more than two weeks, according to sources familiar with Comey’s thinking.

Later, it adds:

Asked whether Comey will make clear Monday that there is no evidence to support White House claims of Obama-era wiretapping against Trump associates, [Adam] Schiff [D-California] said, “I expect that he will, and I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false.”

[Eric] Swalwell [D-California] called the wiretapping claims a “smoke bomb” intended to “fog up the place and obstruct” investigations into ties between Trump circles and the Russian government.

Even [Devin] Nunes [R-California] acknowledged there is no evidence indicating the Obama administration was eavesdropping on the Trump campaign.

“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No. There never was,” Nunes told Fox News on Sunday.

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Wife of Wichita State basketball coach escorted from arena after game

Public Domain photos

The Associated Press has the details, which suggest Lynn Marshall displayed incredibly poor behavior.

A security guard asked the wife of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall to leave the lower bowl of Bankers Life Fieldhouse after she started loudly cursing shortly after Sunday’s 65-62 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.

NOTE: There are other websites offering more graphic descriptions of Lynn Marshall’s actions. I’m intentionally not linking to them.

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BREAKING: Irish soccer player McBride dead

May 23, 2014 Before the strong winds and pounding rain made taking pictures at the Bray Wanderers-Cork FC soccer match impractical

The Irish Times has the details, which are still scarce.

The 27-year-old centre back, who resides in the shadow of Brandywell Stadium, is understood to have been found dead in his bedroom earlier Sunday evening.

The cause of death is not known at this stage.

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Dad (Trump): Buy American. Daughter (Ivanka): Uh, no.

The Huffington Post examines the evidence that while her father promotes a buy-American philosophy, Ivanka Trump is dealing in China.

More than 53.5 metric tons of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, bags, and clothes were sailing to American ports in eight shipments “even as he spoke,” according to customs receipts obtained by French news organization Agence France-Presse.

President Trump promised to bring more factory jobs to this country and accused China of stealing manufacturing work. But at least one shipment per business day of Ivanka Trump’s shoes and other offerings continues to be sent from China, according to the AFP investigation, and the Global Times reported last month that a Chinese factory has already received an order for 10,000 Ivanka Trump shoes for next season.

In fact, “almost all of her goods are made overseas,” according to the New York Times.

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The UK started it, but…

…will other nations follow?

By now you know that the United Kingdom is about to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union. Voters decided in the “Brexit” referendum last June that they wanted their country of the multi-nation bloc.

There’s been much written about whether other nations would make the same decision. The head of the European Commission offered a rather emphatic answer to that question in an interview with a German newspaper. In its summary of that newspaper story, Reuters notes

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not worried about other EU countries leaving the bloc after Britain because Brexit will make them see it is not a good option

He almost certainly is right.

There is one large trouble spot: French voters opting for Marine LePen as its next president. The Irish Independent reminded its readers that although a LePen presidency is unlikely

we cannot bank on that. After the Tories overall election win in Britain in May 2015; the Brexit vote on June 23 last year; Donald Trump’s win in the USA; and the rise of radical far-right candidates across Europe; we know there is a strange mood of disenchantment with traditional politics.

A LePen victory would trigger a similar divorce referendum. If it were to pass, the EU would have seen two of its most economically powerful nations pulling out. Its demise could follow.

Setting that aside, losing the UK could mean getting Scotland.

It’s no secret that Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants her people to decide whether to separate from the UK, a move that would open the door for Scotland to request EU membership.

The Guardian’s Simon Jenkins believes it is hypocritical for British politicians to deny such a vote. One of them is former Prime Minister Gordon Brown,

Bollocks, according to Jenkins. Get on with the referendum question about leaving the UK, he says, arguing that

The issue is not whether a Scottish break with England makes money or sense, or is even comprehensible. The issue is whether the people of Scotland want it. Next week, the Edinburgh parliament is expected to articulate that want. In a democracy, if a dissident province wants partition from a dominant neighbour, that should be its decision, not the neighbour’s.

Indeed. That’s how democracy works.

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Purdue expels three football players linked to sexual assault

FOX 59 reports that although three Purdue football players will not be charged for sexual assault, they

have been expelled from the school and kicked off the team in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

According to the law firm that represented the family of the alleged victim, Massillamany & Jeter LLP, the move came after an investigation from Purdue University’s Administrative Board.

The players involved were not named, but GoldandBlack.com believes it knows two of them:



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