FROM Ann Killion
The Sports World's Mad Weekend Sports fans will be hitting remote buttons hard for the next few days. The final four play off against each other in college basketball over the next three days. Major League Baseball opens the season on Sunday with the Red Sox going up against the Yankees. But the biggest moment of all might be Tiger Woods -- at a microphone. Veteran sports columnist Ann Killion writes for Sports Illustrated.com and Comcast SportsNet.
Football and the Cost of Concussions At a congressional hearing last month, California Democrat Linda Sanchez accused the National Football League of being in a state of denial, comparable to the tobacco industry's refusal to admit the link between tobacco smoking and cancer. The issue was growing medical evidence about the relationship between concussions on the football field and brain disease in players' later lives. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the NFL's committee on brain injuries resigned and some new rules were instituted.
Football and the Cost of Concussions As a long weekend full of football gets under way, the National Football League is on the defensive over the long-term effects of concussions. There's increasing evidence that multiple head-pounding produces brain disease akin to Alzheimer's, but official recognition has been a long-time coming. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the NFL's committee on brain injuries resigned and some new rules were instituted. As of this weekend, independent neurologists will advise team doctors, coaches and players on how soon, if ever, players who've been knocked silly can return to the game. Has the NFL been in a state of denial? What's the message for college football and parents whose kids play football in high school?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?