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football schedule set
With Savannah Chatham Public School teams taking the week off due to the affects of Hurricane Irma, there are a limited number of high school football games this weekend.
Calvary Day announced Wednesday that the Cavaliers will host Montgomery County Friday, with the game being played at Daffin Park with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Savannah Christian’s game against visiting Treutlen will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pooler Stadium.
The schedule of games is listed below, all times are 7:30 p.m., unless noted.
Benedictine at Swainsboro
Richmond Hill at Grovetown
South Effingham at West Laurens
Montgomery County at Calvary Day (Daffin Park)
Treutlen at Savannah Christian (Pooler Stadium)
Statesboro at Effingham, 6 p.m.
Bradwell at Tattnall County, 5 p.m.
St. Andrew’s at Northwood, 7 p.m.
Texans LB Cushing
suspended 10 games
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancers policy.
It’s the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy, testing positive for a fertility drug. Cushing had won 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honor which was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press’ awards panel.
Currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol after being injured in Houston’s opening loss to Jacksonville, Cushing will be eligible to return on Nov. 28.
Cushing has had a checkered career since his sensational rookie season. Injuries curtailed the 2012 and ‘13 seasons, when he got into a total of 12 games. He’s never come close to matching his first-year production of 86 tackles, 47 assists, four sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed.
The 30-year-old Cushing would not have suited up in Thursday night’s game at Cincinnati because of his concussion. Now, the Texans must wait two more months for his return.
Hill’s comments on
Trump spark controversy
BRISTOL, Conn. — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that sports anchor Jemele Hill could justifiably be fired from ESPN for tweets calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and “a bigot.”
“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fire-able offense by ESPN,” Sanders said.
Sanders said she was not sure whether the president was aware of Hill’s comments.
On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Hill, an African-American co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters.
ESPN distanced itself from Hill’s tweets on Tuesday.
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted from its public relations department’s account. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on “SportsCenter” as usual on Tuesday and Wednesday.White House: ESPN could justify firing Hill for Trump tweets