The NFL desperately needs to hire more women — Here's why – Fox News

The National Football League, still arguably the most popular sport in America (some polls say otherwise), has endured its share of controversies and blunders over the years. But it is safe to say 2017 was a year unlike any other for the league.

Certainly there have been high points, including Texans star J.J. Watt’s awe-inspiring efforts to bring help and hope to hurricane-ravaged Houston.

And the end zone celebrations have been spectacular, effectively diminishing the “No Fun League” moniker (my personal favorites have been the Kansas City potato sack race and, of course, Irish Dancing).

But the inordinate number of serious injuries, sagging attendance and ratings, and particularly the controversy over the national anthem protests cast a shadow over the season.

Women are problem-solvers. We bring valuable insights and perspectives, creatively working to create synergies and solutions that are vital to the success of any industry, even the testosterone-filled world of professional football.

And the NFL still struggles to find answers to these and other significant issues, even with all the resources of a multibillion-dollar business.

I have a proposal. Ask the women.

A campaign by Secret Deodorant recently profiled the NFL’s Special Assistant to the Commissioner and COO Kimberly Fields, who noted that women “bring different insights, our creativity for problem-solving … this league needs that type of thought process to continue to move forward.”  Amen, sister!

Fields also spoke of sitting in a room of NFL general managers and owners and counting the women on one hand. And I believe women like her can inspire the change that must happen in order to see the game we love grow and thrive.

Women like Kimberly Fields; NFL Director of Football Development Samantha Rapoport; Dr. Jen Welter (the first woman to coach in the NFL) and others are

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Controversial gaming app features dead Mongrel Mob member – Newshub

The developers of the Mongrel Mob Defence app have been threatened with legal action. Credits: Newshub.

A new gaming app has hit the market that features New Zealand gang members wearing crocs, touting pistols and killing each other.

One of the main players features the face of a recently deceased Mongrel Mob member, and some say it’s not a good look.

The Mongrel Mob Defence app, available on Google Play, was launched on Friday by developer Supremacy.

The app allows the player to pose as a Mongrel Mob member protecting his gang pad from Black Power.

While the app has earned a 4.7 star rating from its users, former gang member Denis O’Reilly says it’s irresponsible. 

“It’s potentially dangerous if people confuse reality and online stuff,” he told Newshub. 

“We’ve spent a lot of time in New Zealand getting people not shooting each other in family houses.”

Mr O’Reilly says gangs will not be impressed, and he doesn’t know anything about Supremacy as a company. 

“Is this some white organisation from America? Are these Russians having a go at us?”

The game presents users with a caricature of deceased Mongrel Mob member Greco, which is made up of a real photo of the late gang member. 

The image is superimposed to include the gang member wearing an iconic Mongrel Mob T-shirt and red Croc shoes, as well as holding two pistols.

Greco’s photo was taken by photographer Jono Rotman in 2008 during a series of portraits he took of Mongrel Mob members.

Mr Rotman was unavailable for comment, but has threatened legal action against Supremacy if the image is not removed, which Mr O’Reilly says the developers should take seriously.

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GameTime: Warriors vs. Rockets Postgame Analysis – NBA.com

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David Aldridge sat down with Commissioner Adam Silver and Executive Director of the NBPA, Michele Roberts, and talked about the refereeing situation earlier this week. GameTime revisits the situation following the busy week and discusses Player and Referee relationships.

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NBA wrap: Rockets end Warriors' 14-game road winning streak – Sporting News

The Rockets are insisting Saturday’s 116-108 win over the Warriors means absolutely nothing, but it certainly feels like something.

Houston won the season series over the Warriors (2-1) with the victory. By doing so without their best defender on the court in Trevor Ariza, the Rockets showed they have what it takes to be a legitimate contender to the Warriors in the Western Conference. 

Now, can they beat them in a seven-game series? Maybe not, but the Rockets certainly have all of the tools to compete with the defending champs in a potential Western Conference finals. 

“We can play a little bit,” Chris Paul told ESPN following the game. “It’s not anything big or anything like that, I mean, it’s January for god sakes, you know what I mean? So, thank God we came out healthy.”

The only question health-wise for the Rockets was James Harden who is just two games removed from missing seven games with a leg injury. The MVP candidate is on a minutes restriction for Houston, but as the clock wound down Saturday, Harden was still on the court, and for good reason. He hit the 3-pointer that put Houston up two possessions late in the game.

THE B3ARD. pic.twitter.com/PaNFlARTT7

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 21, 2018

He then blocked a Stephen Curry 3-point attempt that could have cut the lead to three on the ensuing possession.

#JamesHarden with the timely block!#Rockets

Tune in for the down to the wire action on #NBAonABC! pic.twitter.com/WqTJ2lSGAg

— NBA (@NBA) January 21, 2018

Harden finished with 22 points and eight assists. Paul had 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Studs of the Night

Oklahoma City’s Big 3 looked more like a Big 4 in a 148-124 win over the Cavaliers. Paul George had 36 points and seven rebounds,

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NFL DFS: Best Conference Championship FanDuel and DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football picks – CBSSports.com

For the AFC and NFC Championship Games of the NFL playoffs on Sunday, which includes Jaguars-Patriots and Vikings-Eagles, the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings is running a $1.7 million Fantasy Football Quarter-Millionaire. FanDuel is running a $1.25 million Sunday Million.

Before you enter a daily fantasy lineup on DraftKings or FanDuel, you need to hear what professional DFS player Mike McClure has to say. McClure has more than $1 million in career DFS winnings and rolled through this season, entering multiple lineups that have cashed big.

For DFS tournaments during the divisional round last week, he jumped all over Titans receiver Corey Davis as a strong value play at $3,400 on DraftKings. The result: Davis caught two touchdown passes and easily returned his best DFS performance of the season with 23.3 points on DraftKings. Anyone who followed his advice was well on their way to a huge DFS payout.

Now, McClure has exhaustively studied the matchups, injuries and depth charts for Sunday’s games and locked in his optimal NFL DFS lineup. And he’s sharing it over at SportsLine.

One player he absolutely loves for Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor ($6,200 on FanDuel, $4,800 on DraftKings).

On a slate with only two games, Agholor provides both extreme value and sky-high upside. Minnesota allows just 83.6 yards per game on the ground, and McClure expects the Vikings to continue to stack the box and force QB Nick Foles to beat them through the air.

Expect two-time Pro Bowler Xavier Rhodes to match up with Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery, leaving 39-year-old Terence Newman to chase Agholor, who’s 15 years younger. He had eight TDs during the regular season and should be peppered with targets on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Lock Agholor in at his affordable price

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