The winners are the mainstream right whose candidates held on easily to the regions they already controlled. One of them the former minister Xavier Bertrand, whose fief is the northern Hauts-de-France region, is now openly a candidate for the presidency next year.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Heartbroken North Koreans have been worrying tearfully about leader Kim Jong Un‘s “emaciated looks,” state media quoted a local resident as saying, in a rare acknowledgement of foreign speculation about his weight loss.
The comments were seen as an effort to boost domestic support for Kim’s efforts as he grapples with deepening economic hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, mismanagement, UN economic sanctions and natural disasters, some experts said.
Our people’s hearts ached most when we saw (Kim’s) emaciated looks, North Korean state TV cited the unidentified male resident wearing a straw hat as saying on Friday. Everyone says their tears are welling up in their eyes naturally.
In recent state media photos, Kim has appeared to have lost a considerable amount of weight. Some North Korea watchers said Kim, who is about 170 centimetres (5 feet, 8 inches) tall and has previously weighed 140 kilograms (308 pounds), may have lost 10-20 kilograms (22-44 pounds).
Kim’s health is the focus of keen outside attention as the 37-year-old leader hasn’t publicly anointed a successor who would take charge of North Korea’s advancing nuclear arsenal targeting the United States and its allies if he is incapacitated.
Some analysts in Seoul said Kim is likely to have gone on a diet to improve his health, while others speculated that his weight loss might be related to health issues.
Kim, known for heavy drinking and smoking, comes from a family with a history of heart problems. His father and grandfather, who ruled North Korea before him, both died of heart issues.
In recent months, Kim has called for stronger unity to overcome what he calls “the worst-ever” crisis caused by pandemic-related border closings that have sharply reduced North Korea’s international trade, persistent US-led sanctions and crop-killing summer storms last year.
Justin Casterline/Getty Images
A new era in college sports begins this week.
Following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order allowing college athletes to be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness — known by its abbreviation “NIL” — at least seven states will put into effect NIL laws, on Thursday. The laws allow athletes to make money for things like endorsement deals, signing autographs and social media content.
That’s been prohibited under NCAA rules, but now, the organization is in the process of reforming those rules. Especially after the recent Supreme Court decision weakened the NCAA’s long held, but increasingly outdated, notion of amateurism in college sports.
States take the lead
In 2019, California struck the first blow against the NCAA, in a very California way — a bill signing by Gov. Gavin Newsom on the set of Lebron James’ HBO show, The Shop.
The state’s Fair Pay to Play Act, the first NIL bill, reflected the growing discontent about the NCAA’s shaky ideal of amateurism, with so-called amateur athletes in the major sports generating vast revenues and not sharing in them.
For the NCAA, California signaled the start of a problem. A state-by-state patchwork of NIL laws would create recruiting advantages — athletes choosing schools in states allowing NIL payments — and thus create competitive imbalance.
Although critics say that imbalance has long existed in big time college sports.
But the NCAA failed to come up with a one-size-fits all plan. A vote set for January of this year was indefinitely delayed.
Now, the NCAA finally appears ready to act, but only after the states did.
“It’s the NCAA’s fault for not taking action,” said New Mexico State Sen. Mark Moores. The former college football player was the primary sponsor of his state’s NIL law, one of those going into effect Thursday, July 1.
“States are sovereign powers,” Moores said, “and when we see a situation that’s unfair and needs to be addressed, we’re going to use our ability to pass laws to address those issues.”
A payoff for hard work
With NIL, schools don’t pay athletes, third parties do. And New Mexico’s law is one of the least restrictive when it comes to compensation.
“The gold standard,” said longtime college athlete advocate Ramogi Huma.
Among other provisions, the statute lets athletes have their own shoe deals and allows third parties to pay for an athlete’s food, shelter and medical expenses.
New Mexico State sophomore basketball player Molly Kaiser says it’s amazing athletes will finally benefit from their name, and appropriate, she says, since they work hard to get their name out there.
“I’m honored to be a part of the start of that,” Kaiser said. “I think it’s going to be pretty cool, and now I can continue to make YouTube videos and actually profit off of it.”
18-year-old Kaiser says she was raised by a single mom and can envision sending NIL money back home.
“I think it’s all about trying to feed your family and making a way for them,” she said, “and not necessarily about us. At least for me.”
If University of Michigan basketball player Naz Hillmon decides to use the extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA because of the pandemic, she’ll be able to take advantage of Michigan’s NIL law — it’s slated to go into effect in December of next year.
If she does, Hillmon has ideas.
“I would love to do some [basketball] camps,” she said, “whether they be in Ann Arbor or [her hometown] Cleveland. Just to be around in some way, give back to the community and kind of show my face and be appreciative of those who have helped me along the way.”
Hillmon also would like the chance to openly promote friends and family members.
“Some of them have businesses,” she said, “and [under current NCAA rules] I’m technically not allowed to promote them and say ‘go visit them.’ I have to word it in a certain way on my social media.”
In Los Angeles, USC quarterback Mo Hasan is hopeful. The lawmakers behind California’s Fair Pay to Play Act want to move up the law’s start date from 2023 to this September. Hasan, a podcast host, would still be in school and already he’s thinking in terms of NIL.
“I just got off the phone with a podcast network,” Hasan said last week. “They presented the opportunity to sign with them and partner with them in order to continue growing the podcast, and, generating revenue through advertisements.”
The money would “go to me,” he said, adding, “it would be historic because it’s never been done before on a student athlete level. So it’s really exciting to be on the frontier of this.”
Hasan confirms the NCAA’s fear that a patchwork of state NIL laws would affect recruiting.
“I think it’s a competitive advantage for sure,” he said. “If, you know, the state of Florida or the state of Texas (both have laws going into effect July 1) can offer these resources that the state of California can’t, that’s really hard to recruit against. You know, if I’m a top quarterback and I can make over one hundred thousand dollars at the University of Florida and I can’t make that at the University of Arizona, then that’s an easy decision in a lot of cases.”
Plenty of value in athletes
So what can athletes make in the NIL era?
A study in SSRN, the Social Science Research Network, on college athlete’s NIL value, found “the NCAA’S claimed position that student-athletes lack meaningful NIL value is false.”
Studying the potential for monetizing social media accounts, the easiest way to turn NIL rights into dollars, researchers estimated Trevor Lawrence’s Instagram account had a value of more than $330,000. Lawrence was the star quarterback at Clemson and top pick in this year’s NFL draft.
While football and men’s basketball players get much of the publicity in those two major revenue-generating sports, women are not left out of the equation. And in fact, potentially they could eclipse their male counterparts in NIL earnings.
Basing, again, on social media popularity, Axios noted that 8 of the top 10 most followed athletes in the Elite 8 rounds of this year’s men’s and women’s NCAA Division 1 basketball tournaments….were female players.
According to The Washington Post, other research found star athletes in women’s sports and Olympians now competing in college, could make up to half a million dollars a year in endorsements.
That’s big money of course. The majority of athletes, many in so-called non-revenue sports, doing camps and lessons, making occasional personal appearances, or working their social media, there’ll be more modest sums for sure.
You get what you put in
“The reality is, [making money off NIL opportunities] is just like anything else,” said Jim Cavale, CEO of the content-providing software platform INFLCR (pronounced “influencer”). “What you put in is what you get out. Any student-athlete who thinks this is just going be an automatic windfall of revenue, is insane.”
“You’re going to have to work at it. Some athletes will have to do less work than others, just like playing time. Some athletes are so gifted they can get on the field very easily and play and score and do well. Other athletes have to work a little harder. But everyone is going to have to put in some work.”
Cavale started his company in 2017, and is now using the last four years of connections and business to give INFLCR a leg up on the dozens of companies that’ve sprung up to take advantage of the NIL wave. Cavale says more than 100,000 athletes nationwide have the INFLCR app, which helps them manage their name, image and likeness opportunities.
Managing that business, doing the work to create their own brands, that’s a valuable lesson for any athlete, he says. From the star quarterback to the softball shortstop to the setter on the volleyball team.
“Even though they [may not make] a ton of money off NIL,” Cavale said, “it’s going to help them make the most of the network and surroundings they have while they’re playing. So they can start to make those connections and build the foundation for the rest of their lives. A lot of athletes, unfortunately, experience the side of the ball being deflated. The game’s over and nobody cares anymore. They don’t care they used to play. They don’t care you were this position on this team. You’re now an adult trying to make it in a very tough world. [So], get a head start.”
The NCAA plays catch up
The question remains, who will have the opportunities?
College athletes in at least seven states will as of July 1st. And it now appears all athletes will be included.
The NCAA’s quick game of catch up has the organization finally positioned to offer NIL rights nationwide.
Meetings last week led to the draft of an interim plan that, if approved, would take effect July 1.
Under the plan, athletes in the states with laws going into effect will follow those laws; in states without laws, schools can create their own NIL policies.
There still are prohibitions included in the NCAA’s plan, including NIL compensation can’t be tied to an athlete’s performance — not allowing, for instance, more NIL money for more points scored. The organization is trying to hold the line against pay for play, a bedrock of the amateurism model the NCAA has preached throughout its history.
But the model has been harder to defend as the money has boomed in big time college sports.
Indeed, last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stinging and unanimous ruling that the NCAA can’t limit athletes benefits that are linked to education. It was a narrow ruling but one that eviscerated the NCAA’s claim that it should be exempt from the nation’s antitrust laws because the athletes are amateurs.
The decision is expected to lead to future challenges to NCAA rules. Patrick Bradford, a veteran anti-trust lawyer based in New York City, was part of a group that filed an amicus brief supporting the athletes in the Supreme Court case. Particularly the African American athletes who comprise the majority of athletes in revenue-generating football and men’s basketball.
Bradford predicts the Supreme Court ruling has a lasting impact.
“I think it’s just a matter of time,” he said, “before the NCAA will have to divorce itself from regulating the economics of student athletes.”
For now, with its temporary NIL plan, the NCAA, which did not respond to a request for comment, is stepping back by allowing schools to create their own policies. But the association also says schools and athletes should adhere to the plan’s guidance “until such time that either federal legislation or NCAA rules are adopted.”
The NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors reportedly will meet Wednesday to make a final decision on the interim plan. If, as expected, the board approves it, the NIL policy would go into effect the next day.
Making the NCAA a partner, albeit belated, in a new era.
For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.
Rescuers continue search in rubble of collapsed Fla. condo » Rescuers are still digging through the rubble of a Florida beachfront condo as families of the missing continue to pray for a miracle four days after the building collapsed.
The daughter of one missing woman said she still can’t believe it happened.
AUDIO: I never thought I’d get a call from my dad in the middle of the night about this. I never—this is unheard of.
As the death toll rose Sunday to nine, relatives were growing increasingly desperate and frustrated by slow progress. No one has been pulled alive from the pile since hours after the collapse on Thursday morning.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said for first responders, it is an extremely difficult and dangerous task.
RUBIO: Inside of there, there is anything from toxic chemicals, fire, smoke , all kinds of other hazards. And they have to be careful. If they move one piece of rebar here, the rest of the pile can collapse somewhere else and either hurt the responders or hurt any survivors who might still be down there.
More than 150 people remain unaccounted for in the Miami-area community of Surfside.
Reaction to Chauvin trial remains mixed » Reaction remains mixed to the sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
On Friday, he received a sentence of 22.5 years behind bars following his conviction on murder charges in the death of George Floyd.
Prosecutors had asked the court to send Chauvin to prison for more than 30 years.
Former Obama White House adviser Van Jones noted that Chauvin might only serve 15 years of that sentence if released early for good behavior. Jones, now a CNN commentator, described the sentence this way…
JONES: It’s a punch in the gut. This guy’s life was worth more than 15 years.
But Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told ABC’s This Week.
ELLISON: You can’t replace the life of George Floyd, so true satisfaction is simply not available to us. But I think this is a sentence that reflects the seriousness.
But Ellison added that the case is not fully resolved. Chauvin is still facing a federal civil rights trial.
Trump rallies Republican voters in Ohio » Former President Donald Trump rallied for GOP candidates in Ohio over the weekend.
TRUMP: We are going to elect an amazing slate of proud America-first Republicans next year, America first…
He showed up in support of Max Miller, a former White House aide who is challenging Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez.
The congressman was one of 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach Trump after the January Capitol riot. Trump has vowed to back those who run against those 10 Republicans.
He also took aim at President Biden, calling his presidency thus far “a disaster.” He once again claimed that he won the 2020 election, and stirred further speculation about another White House bid…
TRUMP: We will make America great again! Thank you, Ohio! Thank you!
The former president drew loud cheers at the mention of the 2024 election.
New poll finds strong opposition to abortion after first trimester » A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center suggests a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal during the first trimester, but most oppose it after that.
In the survey of just over 1,100 adults, 61 percent said abortion should legal in most or all cases during the first trimester.
But in the second trimester, about two-thirds of respondents, 65 percent, said abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.
And in the third trimester, 80 percent of respondents oppose abortion.
The margin of error for the poll was 4.2 percent.
‘F9’ marks return of major summer blockbusters » The summer blockbuster is officially back in a big way.
TRAILER: He’s got his own private army. We need help.
The newest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise is drawing moviegoers back to the big screen in droves. F9: The Fast Saga raked in $70,000,000 over the weekend, easily the biggest weekend haul since the start of the pandemic.
The summer’s other big hit so far, A Quiet Place II finished second with another $6 million in ticket sales.
TRAILER: There are people out there worth saving.
The sequel has now grossed nearly $140 million.
I’m Kent Covington. For more news, features, and analysis, visit us at wng.org.
WORLD Radio transcripts are created on a rush deadline. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of WORLD Radio programming is the audio record.
KINGSFORD — Kingsford High School, in conjunction with Dickinson County Healthcare System/UP Rehab, will offer free sports physicals Wednesday for Kingsford athletes who will be in grades 7-12 for the 2021-22 school year.
The Dickinson-Iron Health Department will also be on site offering catch-up routine adolescent vaccinations as well as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for parents/students who wish.
To help minimize congestion and crowding, students must be signed up for a time slot. Only a few slots remain to be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Face masks are required.
The link for signup is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044BA9A82CABF49-20212022.
Hayley Keith, a barber who works in Wellington, says that liberals mocked Trump for his views about the virus: “Before it was, ‘Oh, he’s crazy,’ with all of them pointing fingers and saying we’re crazy too. And I don’t want to say I told you so, but… “. She fell silent. She knew she had made her point, just as Trump did that night, loudly, from the stage, while his supporters cheered.
“When you look at the Twitter ban and you look at the cryptocurrency ban, it really draws from the same government-driven fear which is: ‘To what extent can we allow Nigerian youths to exercise freedom on the internet?’,” said Senator Ihenyen, head of Nigeria’s blockchain and cryptocurrencies association.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards (CWSA) will present its annual prestigious Honda Cup on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network. Kentucky’s Madison Lilley is one of 12 finalists for the award, having won the Honda Award for Volleyball.
Of all 12 sport winners, the Senior Women’s Administrators from around the country voted on a top three, which will be announced during the show with the three highest-vote getters, and then the winner of the 2020-21 Honda Cup will be announced at the conclusion of the show.
Lilley, a setter from Overland Park, Kansas who led UK to its first NCAA Volleyball national championship this season, won the Honda Award for Volleyball and is looking to attain one of the top-three spots, as well as the Honda Cup.
Kentucky Athletics has never had a winner of the Honda Cup award in its department’s history.
The award presentation will air from CBS Sports’ headquarters in New York City, New York.
Madison Lilley, Kentucky
- 2020 NCAA National Champion
- 2020 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- 2020-21 AVCA National Player of the Year
- 2020-21 AVCA First Team All-American
- 2020-21 SEC Player of the Year
- 2020-21 AVCA Region Player of the Year
- All-time assists leader at Kentucky
- Led the NCAA with 12.37 assists per set
- Paced the UK offense to the highest hitting percentage of any team in the NCAA
- Senior CLASS Award finalist
- Graduated from Kentucky in May with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communication
The Miami football team enters the 2021 season following their best season since 2017 with an 8-3 record in 2020. Miami returns 19 starters in 2021 and is expected to compete for an ACC Coastal Division title. An article posted by Chip Paterson of CBS Sports examined how many wins Miami will have in 2021.
The expectation for the Miami football program in 2021 is to reach 9.5 wins. Miami opens the season against Alabama at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and travels to North Carolina on October 16. The Hurricanes are likely to be expected to win their other 10 games of the 2021 season.
After playing Alabama Miami has home games against Appalachian State, Michigan State, FBS Central Connecticut State and Virginia before a bye week and the trip to Chapel Hill. Miami returns home following playing the Tar Heels to host North Carolina State. The expectation is that Miami will finish that stretch at least 5-2.
Miami alternates the last five 2021 games on the road and at home. The Hurricanes play at Pittsburgh, Florida State and host Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. North Carolina is the only Miami opponent in 2021 who defeated them in 2020. Miami did not play Georgia Tech or any of the non-conference opponents in 2020.
Miami (Chip Patterson)
Over/Under 9.5 wins
Wins: Appalachian State, Michigan State, Central Connecticut State, Virginia, NC State, Georgia Tech, at Florida State, Virginia Tech, at Duke
Losses: vs. Alabama, at North Carolina, at Pitt
Analysis: No matter what happens against Alabama, the key is going to be how Miami responds because it should be favored in its next four games and arrive in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with a chance to take the driver’s seat in the ACC Coastal against North Carolina on Oct. 16.
I’ve got the Tar Heels winning that one, but other than a trap-game loss at Pitt on Oct. 30 (more on that below) we’re giving Miami the win on the rest of the slate. While you may argue that flipping Pitt takes this over, I’ll counter by asking if you have confidence in the Canes winning every game in which they’re favored.
If it’s not Pitt, it could be NC State or Virginia Tech. Pick: Under 9.5
In addition to NC State, Pittsburgh, or Virginia Tech as games, the Miami football team seems most likely to lose Georgia Tech should be included. The Yellow Jackets have a two-game winning streak against the Hurricanes. Georgia Tech and Miami did not play in 2020. The game was canceled in December due to Covid.
Miami has dominated Pittsburgh with wins in five of their last six meetings and 21 out of the last 24. The one loss was an infamous defeat that ended a chance at an undefeated regular season in the final game of the 2017 season. That ended a 15 game winning streak overall and 10 games to begin the 2017 season.
After improving from 6-7 during Manny Diaz’s first season in 2019, the Hurricanes improved to 8-3 last season. More development will be expected in 2021. Winning 10 games including a bowl game is a reasonable goal with an ACC Coastal Title possible if Miami can win at North Carolina.
The Tar Heels lost four games last season including at Florida State and Virginia allowing 36.75 points per game. Miami needs a makeover of their defense against North Carolina this season. The Tar Heels lost most of their playmakers on offense but return quarterback Sam Howell. Miami might need QB D’Eriq King to carry them.
If the Miami defense can return to its pre-2020 form, the Hurricanes can be a force in the ACC Coastal and have a chance to reach the ACC Championship Game. Howell and King will be the favorites to earn first and second-team All-ACC. October 16 in Chapel Hill will be considered the de facto ACC Coastal Championship Game.
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas hosts New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium on Sunday, June 27 at 8:00PM. Here’s the Texas Health Sports Medicine Injury Report.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
OUT: Luis Caicedo (Lower Body) Christian Mafla (Lower Body)
Defender Matt Hedges, midfielder Beni Redzic and goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck are unavailable through injury. Winger Szabolcs Schön is still away with Hungary at Euro 2020.
Health and Safety Protocols
A player may be listed as “Questionable” or “Out” due to Health and Safety Protocols for the following reasons:
- Quarantine due to participating in high risk behavior.
- Quarantine related to being a high risk close contact.
- Pending COVID-19 test results.
- An inconclusive COVID-19 test result.
- A positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Other illness not related to COVID-19.