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Former Ravens Cheerleader Sentenced After Raping Teenager

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Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15 year-old boy while at a vacation rental home in Delaware.

Shattuck, now 48 years-old, fell to her knees sobbing at the sentence. She was given a wholly suspended prison sentence of 15 years, ordered to report every second weekend to a probation centre in Delaware, was registered as a sex offender, and must continue therapy.

The parents of the then teenaged boy had urged the judge to send Shattuck to prison as a warning to other potential paedophiles.

“At the end of the day, there’s nothing we can do to take this pain away from him,” his father told The Associated Press.

Shattuck pled guilty to one count of fourth-degree rape. The plea came only days before her scheduled trial on two other counts of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and three counts of providing alcohol to minors.

The young boy (a classmate of one of Shattuck’s children at the McDonogh School in Owing Mills, Maryland) told police that last September Shattuck began an inappropriate relationship with him near Baltimore. He alleged the relationship culminated in sexual activity at a vacation rental home in Bethany Beach over the Labour Day weekend.

The indictment against Shattuck alleged she provided alcohol to three boys under the legal drinking age on August 30 and 31 last year and that she had sexual contact with one of the boys on August 31.

Shattuck apologised to the teen, who was not in court, on Friday, and to his parents.

“I take full responsibility for what I did. I never, ever, ever intended, obviously, to hurt anybody. I will spend the rest of my life making this right.”

Shattuck’s lawyer told the court how his client had been publicly humiliated by the press coverage. He stressed that Shattuck was a “… caring, empathetic, good and decent person.”

Prosecutor John Donahue, however, disagreed, “This was not a momentary lapse in judgement. She (Shattuck) groomed him, seduced him, supplied him with alcohol, (and) then took advantage of him, all for her own gratification.”

NFL Player’s Second Job

JJ Watts image: https://twitter.com/jjwatt

NFL superstar JJ Watt is a big man.

In an interview with ESPN he spoke about what it takes to get and stay that big.

The man from Houstan, Texas says he eats between 6,000 and 9,000 calories each day, depending on his level of activity.

To consume this massive amount Watt targets food high in protein and quality fats (not all fats are bad). But he admits he does have ‘cheat days’ where he just eats what he wants.

As an example: Watts would eat eight chicken breasts in a single sitting. But his trainer suggested wrapping three of them in bacon and adding sweet potatoes, pasta and olive oil (fats) to boost his calorie intake.

While Watts was reluctant to reveal his specific diet he did admit it would take about 20 chicken breasts, 13 avocados, and 50 slices of bacon to reach the target of 9,000 a day.

This makes eating his part-time job!

Watts added, “I love brunch. Brunch is my favourite meal. I had brunch, had a massive potato pancake omelette, which is an omelette inside a potato pancake. Then I had stuffed French toast with berries and stuff. My cheat meals aren’t even that exciting. That was my cheat meal. The omelette is still pretty darn healthy. The stuffed French toast was the cheat meal, but that was delicious.”

But it’s not all fun. Watts admitted, “It’s exhausting. You have to force feed. You have to force yourself to eat food.”

Oh, and Watts has to train like a demon too – let’s not forget that.

Kody ‘The Power’ House Set to Debut Against NSW

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Kody ‘The Power’ House is hanging up her lingerie league gear and stepping in to play in the Queensland Women’s Rugby League team.

House played in the Australian version of the Lingerie Football League and believes the change of codes will do her good.

House makes her debut for Queensland against perennial foe New South Wales. The Queenslanders have 17 straight interstate victories, but find themselves going into this game as underdogs.

The side has been decimated by injuries, including the loss of star Ali Briggenshaw, and will field 9 debutants!

House is a qualified diesel mechanic from Central Queensland. She is a big, powerful woman who has earned her nickname and the respect that comes with it.

At 80kg of cut muscle House will line up in the centres. She says she is a direct ball runner, preferring to steamroll through tacklers rather than sidestep them.

And she is an athlete.

House began her sporting career as a star soccer player. She made the top grade in Brisbane before switching to sevens rugby union, where she played for Queensland.

FHouse then code-hopped to AFL; then moved again to American football and the Lingerie Football League.

She has the glam and she has the wham.

The game kicks-off at 1300 Smiles Stadium (home of the NRL Cowboys) at 2:45pm this Saturday.

Fans are promised lots of action, lots of hits, and plenty of skill as this fierce rivalry continues.

Kody Power image: www.youtube.com

Kody Power image: www.youtube.com

Alli Alberts Sets Hearts Racing with MVP Celebration

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Super-babe and lingerie league standout Alli Alberts sent hearts a-flutter after being named MVP after the Chicago Bliss stomped the Omaha Hearts 49-0.

After hearing she’d won the coveted prize Ms Alberts ran onto the middle of the gridiron and chugged a whole beer.

Male footy fans were in raptures.

Alberts has been a football fans’ favourite since she joined the lingerie league. She is smokin’ hot, she plays at safety with brutal efficiency, and she is currently a dentist in training to be a prosthodontist – the perfect combination of beauty, athleticism, and brains.

Oh, and she apparently doesn’t mind a drink or two.

Social media exploded in the wake of Albert’s being named MVP and her very public celebration.

She has been described as a badass with a great-ass.

Randwick Rugby Club Trials Concussion Patch

randwick concussion patch

Randwick Rugby Club is the first Australian team to trial a new concussion patch that monitors data from head impacts and allows medical staff to make better decisions around head injury treatment and prevention.

The first grade team wore the small patches behind their ears at the opening round of the Shute Shield competition last weekend, and will continue to use it in every game from now on.

The X-patch measures G-force and rotational acceleration to monitor the force, length and location of every blow to the head. The small digital device was created in 2007 by Seattle-based X2 Biosystems for American football and was used for research by the Auckland University of Technology. This study involved examining every hit sustained by a single amateur rugby union team in New Zealand throughout the 2013 season, and was published by the American Journal of Medicine.

The research found that across a 19-match season, the premier-level team experienced 20,687 impacts to the head greater than 10g, which is approximately the impact of a light punch. That equates to a massive average of 77 impacts to the head per player-position per match.

4,452 of these impacts were “above the injury-risk limit” – and this was in the amateur rugby union league.

Wearing the X-patch, according to Dr Matt Matava of the NFL Physician Society, “has allowed us to accurately diagnose concussions immediately following an injury [6 minutes after a hit]. The software also allows up to compare the players’ injury date to their baseline in order to asses changes in mental status.”

The X-patch was adopted by London rugby union team, Saracens, in January. It has also already appeared in NFL, NHL, US Lacrosse and in the coming season will be used by all 20 major league soccer teams in the United States.

The technology is currently focused on simply monitoring head impacts and acquiring data. However, Dr Adrian Cohen of NeckSafe, said at the Randwick club season launch on Thursday: “one of the things that interested me was the role of technology and actually getting some objectivity into what is going on.”

“We can see what is going on and get a firm understanding of the things that lead to injury and what we can do,” said Dr Cohen.

Eventually, when adopted more widely, this technology could revolutionise our understanding of and ability to prevent head injuries in contact sports. It will help in particular to monitor the smaller, repetitive hits, which can do even more damage than the obvious knock out hits.


 

ANZ Netball Championship Ad Causes a Stir

Play Like a Girl. Image: www.mews.com.au

Controversy has descended upon the ANZ Netball Championships latest ad campaign.

The ‘Play Like A Girl’ campaign features a picture of netballer Sharni Layton with a shiner and bloodshot left eye. Critics argue that the ad draws eerie comparisons with domestic violence pictures – especially the recent ‘Get Your Game Face On’ by Covergirl. This campaign was run specifically to draw attention to the recent spate of high-profile US sportsmen involved in domestic violence against their partners.

Channel Nine journalist and sportswoman Sam Squiers (operator of the blog Sportette) said the ad ‘instantly’ conjured thoughts of a domestic violence campaign.

She says she understood what the executives were trying to achieve, but that they had failed miserably

“I’m constantly campaigning for women’s sports,” said Ms Squiers, “and am the first to say the athletes are tough and their game far from slow or weak.

“I urge those unfamiliar with women’s sports to watch the rugby union and league. The hits are hard, the girls are tough. Yet straight away I have a problem when I see this image. It doesn’t sell women’s sports a tough at all.

“There are other ways of conveying that message,” she continued, “without this confronting image. The game has demonstrated inspiring scenes of toughness, heroism, strength, guts and glory thought out its years.

“A bloodshot, black eye doesn’t. Do you need a black eye to prove the players are tough?”

But not everyone agrees. Liz Ellis responded saying she ‘loved it’

Writing in The Age Newspaper she said, “To draw a line between this image and domestic violence campaign is unfair to both, and suggest sadly that we live in an age when the assumption can be made that when a woman is bruised she is a victim.”

She went on to say, “I don’t think this conversation would have happened if it were a blokes sport.”

CoverGirl Get Your Game Face On. Photo: www.wjla.com

CoverGirl Get Your Game Face On. Photo: www.wjla.com

Meet Andrew Luck, the World’s Best Sledger

Andrew Luck. Image: en.wikipedia.org

When it comes to on-field sledging NFL star Andrew Luck is in a league of his own.

The 25 year-old Colts Quarterback has taken the game by storm, throwing for more yards in his first three seasons than anyone else in history and taking his beloved Colts to the playoffs in each year.

Luck has the arm, the timing, and the guts to command respect on the gridiron, but it’s his game sledging that really sets him apart.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark puts it thus: “Among NFL players, the gossip around Luck concerns a peculiar brand of on-field chatter so confusing and brilliant that no one quite knows what to make of it.”

What makes Luck’s chatter so disorienting for the defending side is that he “sincerely and enthusiastically” congratulates defenders when they tackle him hard. In a game of testosterone driven brutality, where aggression is the currency traded between teams, no one knows how to respond.

“In all the years I’ve played football I have never heard anything like it,” said Ryan Kerrigan from the Washington Redskins. He (Luck) will say “Great job!” or good hit!” when someone really sinks in the shoulder.

All the players who’ve heard it admit it is the weirdest thing they’ve ever experienced on the field.

Pass Rusher for the New England Patriots, Rob Ninkovich, said he was stunned last month when, after pole axing Luck after a snap, the quarterback complimented him on the hit.

Ninkovich stumbled for a reply, eventually stammering, “Thanks for … uh … accepting that hit ..?”

Nolan Carroll, a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles, was shocked when he heard Luck say, “Great job Nolan!” as he picked himself up off the Astroturf.

Carroll said it took him a moment to realise that it was Luck who was complimenting him. “I’m like, ‘What’s going on? Aren’t you supposed to be mad?

“You know if you hear a quarterback get mad that you are in his head.

“With Luck, you thought you hurt the guy and you hear, ‘Good job!’ and you just say, ‘Aw man. So then I’m the one who gets ticked off …”

According to the Wall Street Journal article Luck most probably does this because he is a genuinely nice guy. Of course there may be a little gamesmanship as well. But that would be a distant second to his respect for good play and sportsmanship.