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Qatar to leave OPEC from January 2019

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first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Qatar PetroleumWorld’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter Qatar has decided to step away from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Speaking at a news conference, Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs, Qatar Petroleum’s president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the country is set to withdraw effective January 1, 2019.Al-Kaabi, said, “Qatar has worked diligently during the past few years to develop a future strategy based on growth and expansion, both in its activities at home and abroad.”The decision follows Qatar’s revision of its international role as well as its long-term strategy that will put even more focus on its natural gas industry.Al-Kaabi added that Qatar is set to attend this week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna. OPEC members will be meeting in Austria to discuss supply cuts.Qatar, currently producing 77 mtpa of LNG has devised plans to increase the production capacity to 110 mpta.last_img read more

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Spring Breaker Apologizes for “If I Get Corona, I Get Corona” Comment

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first_imgA South Florida spring breaker who was seen in a viral video last week saying, “If I get corona, I get corona” has apologized for his reaction to coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.Brady Sluder posted on Instagram:The 22-year-old college student from Cincinnati told a news crew in Miami last week that he was not going to allow concerns over the virus to change his party plans.The video was then shared across social media.Watch it here:”If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”Miami spring breakers vow to keep partying despite coronavirus lockdown. https://t.co/Mppjm2qvHP pic.twitter.com/65GGomSpxB— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2020last_img

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COMMENTARY: What a season of high school sports it’s been

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first_imgEvery two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.Depending on whether you’re reading this online or in the newspaper, it’s either the very end of May or the first day of June. Either way, the end of the high school sports season is fast approaching.To say it’s been a fun one to follow would be a massive understatement. From the moment football and soccer kicked off in September to the closing innings of the baseball and softball regular seasons, there have been plays, achievements and teams we will never forget.One of the first games I covered for The Ellsworth American was a boys’ soccer game between Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy in September. In that game, Ellsworth came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. After Colby Clarke scored the game-winner, the team sprinted to the hill on the opposite side of the field to celebrate with the student section.I’ll never forget the looks on the faces of both teams after that game. To borrow an old sports cliché, it showed every aspect of the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The raw emotions present on the field at Ellsworth High School that day were a reminder that, although a sporting event might be “just a game,” it can mean so much more.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPerhaps it was just a gut feeling, but I knew from that moment that the upcoming season was going to be a special one. That gut feeling was correct; fall brought about Bucksport football’s bounce-back season, state and regional titles for the GSA girls’ cross-country and boys’ soccer teams, respectively, and Mount Desert Island’s first Northern Maine football title.Winter brought basketball season, and with it came the excellence of the GSA boys’ basketball team. From Taylor Schildroth’s 61-point game to Jarrod Chase’s title-winning shot and everything in between, the Eagles were appointment viewing every time they took the court. It’s not easy to live up to the kind of hype GSA had before when the season began, but Dwayne Carter’s team answered the call every step of the way.The MDI boys did the exact same by winning their first Gold Ball since the school’s consolidation in 1968. On the girls’ side, GSA earned the No. 2 seed in Class C North and made it all the way to the regional title game. In the process, the Eagles ended a three-year hex of falling one game short of the Cross Insurance Center.Then, there was wrestling. Of all the unforgettable moments from this past sports season, the roar from the crowd and the tears in head coach Dan Ormsby’s eyes after Bucksport’s David Gross recorded a pin to win the state’s heavyweight title might be at the very top. As Bucksport fans celebrated afterward, the champ’s father said it best: “It doesn’t get better than this.” It’s hard to disagree.There have been other moments, too. The Ellsworth and MDI swim teams finished their seasons on high notes at the state championship meet in February, and it’s likely that at least a few Hancock County baseball, tennis and track teams will add to the list over the next two weeks. After all, playoff games and championship meets are where some of the best and most emotional stories are written.In a way, sports journalists aren’t the only people who write those stories. We do type, research and report them for all to see, but in order to find them, someone has to put them in motion. In sports, that “someone” can come in the form of a player, fan, coach or anyone else who defines what these events can bring to our daily lives.Before long, it will be time for football, soccer and cross-country again. In the endless cycle that is the world of sports, there are also endless opportunities. As long as sports stay around to influence who we are and what we do, so too will the stories they tell. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more

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Other Sports Road to F1 has become tougher, says Arjun Maini after shock sports car switch

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first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian driver Arjun Maini’s road to Formula 1 has become tougher with his shock switch to sports car racing but he says it is a matter of time before he is back in a single seater series to pursue his “ultimate dream”. The 21-year-old from Bengaluru announced his switch to endurance racing last week and will be doing a full season of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) besides making his debut in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.The move was unexpected, to say the least as he was trying to find his feet in the world of single seater racing including F2 and F3, which are considered as feeder series to Formula 1.”To be honest, I wanted to remain in single seaters but there were not many good options for 2019. A full season of endurance racing and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans is what I have in hand and I am looking forward to this new challenge. Having said that, reaching Formula 1 remains the ultimate dream,” Maini told PTI.After an underwhelming F2 season last year when he felt let down by his own team, Trident, Maini could not secure a drive with another outfit for the following season. He also tested for Team Le Mans in the highly competitive Super Formula in Japan but, by his own admission, did not do enough to seal a seat. Arjun Maini’s road to Formula 1 – Pursue his “ultimate dreamIndia produced two Grand Prix drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karun ChandhokJehan Daruvala won two races in Euro F3. “I reached Suzuka the night before the test and when you don’t know the circuit that well, you need some time to get up to speed. The team had already finalised its drivers so there was not much I could do anyway.”I realised how competitive the racing scene is in Japan and you have to really stand out amongst a high quality of drivers,” said Maini, who was also a development driver with Haas F1 Team for the past two seasons but did not get a test drive.He and Jehan Daruvala are seen as Formula 1 hopefuls from India, a country which has so far produced only two Grand Prix drivers in Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.The 20-year-old Daruvala, who won two races in the Euro F3 over the previous two seasons, has joined Prema Racing in 2019 for the all-new F3.While Daruvala too has not been able to attract the attention of Formula 1 teams, Maini feels his contemporary has been wiser with career choices.”He has definitely been more clever, has done the right things at the right time. Looking back, I feel I should not have rushed into F3 after finishing second in British F4 back in 2014. Maybe I was better off doing Formula Renault 2.0 before moving up to F3,” said Maini.He says there is no point being an also-ran in F2 or F3 and “you must finish in the top three” to attract the attention of Formula 1 teams.Considering that the ELMS has only six rounds, Maini is exploring limited single seater opportunities, including another appearance at the Macau Grand Prix.last_img read more

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FDU seeks revenge on LIU Brooklyn

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first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press FDU seeks revenge on LIU Brooklyn Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLong Island-Brooklyn (12-15, 7-7) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (8-17, 6-8)Rothman Center, Teaneck, New Jersey; Friday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Long Island-Brooklyn goes for the season sweep over Fairleigh Dickinson after winning the previous matchup in Brooklyn. The teams last met on Jan. 11, when the Sharks shot 50 percent from the field while holding Fairleigh Dickinson’s shooters to just 45 percent en route to the 84-70 victory.center_img February 20, 2020 TEAM LEADERSHIP: The explosive Raiquan Clark is averaging 20 points and 7.4 rebounds to lead the way for the Sharks. Ty Flowers is also a key contributor, maintaining an average of 14.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The Knights have been led by Kaleb Bishop, who is averaging 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Jahlil Jenkins has had his hand in 43 percent of all Fairleigh Dickinson field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 25 field goals and 14 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Sharks are 0-8 when they score 66 points or fewer and 12-7 when they exceed 66 points. The Knights are 0-10 when they fail to score more than 66 points and 8-7 on the season, otherwise.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Sharks have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Knights. Fairleigh Dickinson has 44 assists on 90 field goals (48.9 percent) over its previous three games while Long Island-Brooklyn has assists on 48 of 82 field goals (58.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn is rated second among NEC teams with an average of 76.6 points per game. The Sharks have averaged 79.7 points per game over their last three games.last_img read more

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British sprinter Henry says will put health before Olympics

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first_img(REUTERS) – British sprinter Desiree Henry will prioritise her health and family’s well-being over competing at the Tokyo Olympics next year if the COVID-19 pandemic has not been brought under control.The Games were pushed back by a year to July-August 2021 due to the new coronavirus and Henry, a 4×100 metres relay bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, urged athletes not to risk their health, saying she wouldn’t “die for the sport”.“We are more than just athletes and performers that want to entertain people in a crowd. We’re humans that have families and lives to think of,” Henry told Reuters.“You have to put your health first. I want to live, I want all the other athletes to live and be healthy. If the pandemic hasn’t been sorted by 2021, I would have to put my health first, I have a family to come back to.“I would personally take a step back, because I’m not trying to say, ‘I’m going to die for the sport’… I’m not going to do that.“I really do care about my own health and my family and I would honestly encourage others to think outside of being an athlete and just remember you’re an individual where people and family love you.”With training centres closed due to lockdown measures in the United Kingdom, Henry has been getting her designated daily exercise on a golf course in London.The 24-year-old said the uncertainty surrounding upcoming events made it mentally tough to “train towards a goal” but she was looking forward to competing in smaller competitions throughout the year.Henry also said she was not worried about being unable to fulfill her potential but that the Olympics postponement must have hit some athletes hard, particularly those who looked at Tokyo as their swansong.“It’s probably the hardest for athletes that are either looking to retire, looking to start a family and their sights were set on making the Olympics one more time as the largest pinnacle of our sport,” she added.“That must be kind of a hard moment where you have to really change everything in your life… I kind of do have age on my side. So I’m not thinking of anything too far ahead in terms of ‘oh, I can never reach my potential’.”last_img read more

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Los Angeles choreographers create open-air dance performances

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first_imgProfessors Alison D’Amato and Patrick Corbin from the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and Timothy Stanton from USC Libraries, have been organizing this event since early 2019. Their goal was to host an outdoor exhibition that shows students what they can create using the video and visual materials from the recently debuted USC Dance Heritage Video Archive and similar library materials.  Pedestrians in the McCarthy Quad, Alumni Park and E.F. Hutton Park will find their regular routes obstructed Thursday at noon by crowds who come to watch the work of Los Angeles-based artists in the Visions and Voices program “Dancing the Archives: Emerging Choreographers and Living History.” L.A.-based artists Chris Emile, Jinglin Liao and Marina Magalhães, who were selected from an application process, were encouraged to use the DHVA, the USC ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the California Historical Society Collection and the Los Angeles City Archives to inspire their new work specific to their presentation locations at the University Park Campus. ‘Dancing the Archives’ panel and related performances use the art form and other interactive experiences to inspire students to use library research and materials in their academic endeavors. (Photo courtesy of Visions and Voices) “This is just sort of an access point to research in general and using archive material for research whether it’s [for] research to do a performative piece or a paper or an article, whatever you’re doing … in any area of study,” Corbin said. “Our entry point is dance, so we thought that that would be … a fun way to get people in to start engaging with archives in general.”  Liao takes a different approach to choreographing her work. The artist said she draws inspiration from animals’ sensitivity, robotic movements and rapid decisions between action and inaction.  “It’s not like going to a theater and seeing a dance that would look the same in this theater as it would across town, as it would in another state,” D’Amato said. “These are works that are responding to the location.” Location is an especially important concept for Magalhães, who used DHVA artist Tonio Guerra’s piece “Snip, Rip, Rumble” in combination with topographical maps and materials that show the relationships between Native Americans and early settlers in California. Magalhães said her work draws upon her relationship with her birthplace in Brazil and discussions about privilege, and she was especially interested in creating a piece that drew upon similar themes of ancestry and diaspora for Thursday’s upcoming performance. “We’re dancing under a big open sky, there’s trees, the elements are super present,” Magalhães said. “Something that I work with a lot is being able to pull from my own African and indigenous ancestry, as a Latin American person, to inform the dance practice and understanding that a lot of these ancestral spiritual traditions are connected to the earth, and understanding that these elements are sacred and we are extensions of these elements, and therefore our bodies are also sacred.” Inspired by Latsky and Goldhuber’s piece “I Hate Modern Dance” in the DHVA, Liao introduces playfulness and audience participation in her work. Her piece aims to engage the audience as it moves viewers around McCarthy Quad, and dancers may draw clueless passersby into the evolving performance as Liao and another dancer act and react to the busy campus around them. Liao said she will use this freedom to pull passersby from the high-traffic crossroads of McCarthy Quad and transport the audience to the center of her piece during the middle of her performance. Magalhães said she will use her dancing outdoors as a way to connect to tradition and spawn memory to land that once belonged to other people. center_img Liao said she was inspired by the emphasis on action and reaction in the archival materials she used and that her performance will employ similar gestures that act upon passersby and respond to their unpredictable reactions. Because it is impossible to choreograph strangers’ movements, the duet must improvise its performance as it navigates McCarthy Quad and its paths and daily traffic that ceases for no one. “Bebe is really well-known for doing projects that engage with questions around not only the documentation of choreographic work but how that can take new life,” D’Amato said. “So it’s not just about having a dance that gets documented and preserved and kind of locked away, but it’s really about engaging with the practice of archival and engaging with questions about memory and its relationship to the body.” Through her piece “Circular” or “Circling Home,” Magalhães said she hopes to create a performance that prompts viewers to question their individual journeys, purpose and relationship with the ground under them. Her work asks audiences to rethink their assumptions, their motives and the extent to which they connect with their ancestral lineage. “I follow the muscle and sometimes, I need to stop and I need jump out of this and then [into] something new,” Liao said. “There’s always … an outside eye who is watching. And for me, when I’m dancing, sometimes I’m completely inside it and sometimes I’m jumping out of myself and watching myself dancing.”  In addition to engaging with the archives, artists will interact with their chosen sites to create original performances catered to their surroundings. Interaction with audience members and surrounding elements will look different depending on each artist’s creative vision.  “I believe there is no such thing as apolitical art,” Magalhães said. “I think all art is political. Even the very decision to call yourself an apolitical artist is already a political stance, so I think it’s inevitable that all performance, all art, is evoking a certain kind of politics.” Following the open-air performances, a panel featuring the artists and moderated by choreographer Bebe Miller will discuss the ways students and community members can embark on their own projects using tools in the DHVA. Jinglin Liao (pictured) pulls inspiration from the alert instincts of animals in her performance and choreograpahy. (Photo courtesy of Monique Corrales) Corbin and D’Amato hope that this visual display will inspire students to conduct their own research and create similar original pieces within their own disciplines.last_img read more

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Ryan happy with ‘attitude’ and ‘workrate’

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first_imgTipp FM’s coverage of the game at Semple Stadium gets underway at 2.50pm on Sunday and will be brought to you in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea and Colm Hanly Tyre Centre, Cork Road, Cashel.We’ll also bring you live commentary on Tipperary V Longford in Division 3 of the Allianz National Football League on Sunday.  Our build-up starts at 12.50pm.  The broadcast will be sponsored by Cleary Motors Renault, Thurles. Although he also says that the standard of play produced in the opening two Allianz National League matches can be improved radically.Following a break Tipp return to action on Sunday when they face defending champions Clare in a DIvision 1A encounter at Semple Stadium.The Premier’s boss thinks his side will need to step it up in order to get the better of The Banner.last_img read more

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Andre Ethier’s southpaw exposure ended long drought

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first_img“No, just because I knew what our bench was at that time,” he said. “We had all lefties besides (switch-hitting catcher Yasmani) Grandal sitting on the bench. Those guys have been used primarily as position players too. You don’t want to burn one of your double-switch guys.” Ethier is not a double-switch guy. His fractured right tibia still hasn’t fully healed, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he can play the outfield if needed.That hasn’t happened yet, in part, because “there’s some other guys defensively that I like a little better,” Roberts said.If anything, Ethier’s plate appearance was a consequence of the Dodgers choosing to keep an extra relief pitcher and only two catchers for the NLCS. Having Austin Barnes on the end of the bench freed up Carlos Ruiz to pinch hit in the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals. Now, Ruiz’s at-bats might go to Ethier — even with a left-handed pitcher on the mound.As his only plate appearance Saturday suggested, that might not be such a bad thing after all. CHICAGO >> Andre Ethier’s pinch hit home run in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday was unusual. Just ask Cole Hamels.Hamels was pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 8, 2013 when he threw Ethier a fastball down the middle of the plate to begin the second inning. Ethier planted the pitch in the right-center field seats at Citizens Bank Park for a home run.Ethier made another 997 plate appearances prior to the NLCS. None resulted in a home run off a left-handed pitcher before Saturday.Was Ethier surprised to be in the batter’s box against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester in the first place? To Trump or not to TrumpRoom-service preferences, family obligations – or maybe politics – will occasionally prompt one of the Dodgers’ players to ask the team’s staff to arrange accommodations at a hotel other than the team hotel during a road trip. When the Dodgers came to Chicago to face the Cubs at the end of May, the team stayed at the same hotel they have been using for years – the Trump International Hotel and Tower near the Chicago River. Their Mexican-American first baseman did not.“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”The inference is obvious. Though he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez grew up in Mexico where his family has deep roots and his father owns a business. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous international competitions including the World Baseball Classic. He has been involved in charitable endeavors in Mexico, including refurbishing the sports complex in Tijuana where he played as a youth. Just this summer, he stepped in to help a youth baseball team from Mexico that was stranded in Los Angeles when its sponsor backed out of its commitment.The Chicago hotel’s owner is, of course, presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Republican nominee has campaigned on a platform that includes promises to “build a wall” on the Mexico-U.S. border to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing, and has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” who bring crime and drugs with them. One recent poll shows Hillary Clinton outpolling Trump 70 percent to 19 percent among Latino voters.Gonzalez smiled as he declined to specify his reasons for not staying at the team hotel in June, saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”Indeed, the Dodgers were in Chicago to play baseball again this past weekend – but they did not stay at the Trump hotel. The reason wasn’t political, however. The hotel required a non-refundable deposit in order to hold a block of rooms for the team. Until their Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals late Thursday night, the Dodgers weren’t sure they would need those rooms. Arrangements were made with a different hotel.Quick hitsThe Dodgers still haven’t chosen a starting pitcher for Game 4. Roberts expressed some uncertainty around Game 3 starter Rich Hill possibly exacerbating a blister on his left index finger. … Left-handers Julio Urias and Brett Anderson (not on 25-man roster) both traveled to Chicago and threw bullpens on Sunday. … With his single in the fifth inning, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has a hit in five consecutive postseason series.Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this reportcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tom Brady doesn’t like ‘Tom Terrific’ nickname, wants trademark so others can’t use it on him

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first_imgAn interesting dispute recently broke out in the trademark world between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and MLB’s New York Mets.Last month, Brady’s company, TEB Capital, made two 1B filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect the use of the term “Tom Terrific,” a nickname by which Brady is occasionally known. Filing 1B means the company has an intent to use the trademarks.  The reported reasons? To protect the phrase for use on shirts, T-shirts and trading cards. On the “Tom Terrific” controversy, Brady said he filed the trademark because he doesn’t like the nickname and didn’t want people using it in connection with him. Said he didn’t mean any disrespect to Tom Seaver. Called the whole thing a “lesson learned.”— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) June 6, 2019MORE: Brady wants to gain weight in offseasonSo … disaster averted? Maybe not. By virtue of the fact that he’s Tom Brady, six-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots, it’s entirely possible more people will start calling him “Tom Terrific” simply to get on his nerves.Of course, this could all be a big ruse to get more people to call him by the nickname, which honestly would be the most Patriots thing ever. MORE: Brady tops NFLPA merchandise sales againThis, of course, irked the Mets, who consider there to be only one “Tom Terrific”: Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, winner of three Cy Young awards who led the team to its first World Series title in 1969.The organization on Sunday pleaded its case to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny the filings — albeit unofficially.Hey @uspto, with all due respect to @TomBrady…There’s only one #TomTerrific to us. #LGM #Mets pic.twitter.com/CvzWY4hu7Y— New York Mets (@Mets) June 3, 2019That leads us to Thursday, when reporters spoke with Brady for the first time about what his intent was in terms of the disputed nickname. According to multiple reports, Brady doesn’t even like it. In fact, he told reporters he made a file for it so others couldn’t use it when referring to him.last_img read more

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