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NFL faces intense backlash, calls for firings over Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion injury

  • The NFL is facing intense backlash after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a serious head injury that could have been prevented.
  • During yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tua was quickly rushed to the hospital after sustaining head injuries from a sack.
  • Former players, health experts and commentators are outraged that Tagovailoa was permitted to play in Thursday’s contest in the first place after he sustained a similar head injury this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills
  • “I don’t care if you clear concussion protocol, it doesn’t mean you’re perfectly healthy,” former offensive lineman Emmanuel Acho said in a TikTok post. “Your eyes should tell you what a concussion test doesn’t even need to.”
  • Prior to his injury, the Samoan American quarterback was having a career season, leading his team to a perfect 3-0 record.

The NFL is facing intense backlash after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a serious head injury that could have been prevented. 

During yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, nose tackle Josh Toupou sacked Tagovailoa in the second quarter. Tagovailoa crumpled over upon impact and his fingers temporarily contorted as he stared blankly at the ceiling after Toupou slammed him headfirst onto the gridiron. He was quickly stretchered off the field and rushed to the hospital and has since been seen back in South Beach wearing a neck brace. 

Tennis star and certified ARMY Naomi Osaka meets BTS’ SUGA in Japan

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  • Olympic tennis star Naomi Osaka made her ARMY dreams come true when she met BTS’ SUGA on Friday.
  • Both sat courtside for the NBA Japan Games’ first match between the Golden States Warriors and the Washington Wizards.
  • Osaka, who used to run a BTS fan account, told SUGA “Autumn Leaves” was a great song.

Tennis Olympian Naomi Osaka, who has been an ARMY for years, finally met BTS’ SUGA at an NBA preseason game in Japan. 

Osaka said during a 2019 press conference for the Madrid Open, “I got into BIGBANG and 2NE1, especially CL. I don’t know the year, sort of like when ‘Crush’ and stuff came out. And then I just saw BTS doing a lot of related stuff, so I was like, ‘Who are these kids?’ Then I slowly started getting into them during the ‘I Need U’ era.”

Video: BTS’ SUGA meets NBA star Stephen Curry in Japan

Curry met Suga
  • BTS member SUGA visited the Golden State Warriors’ star point guard Stephen Curry in Japan, where the team is set to play two NBA preseason games against the Washington Wizards.
  • The Warriors’ official Twitter page posted a video on Thursday of the two global stars with the caption: “Stephen, meet SUGA!”
  • The two also posed for a photo in which they held signed items from each other.
  • SUGA, a known basketball fan, had earlier posted a photo of himself with an NBA jersey in the Warriors’ signature blue and golden yellow colors.
  • Yuta of the J-pop boy band NCT also welcomed the entire team via a video uploaded on the Warriors’ YouTube channel.

BTS member SUGA and Golden State Warriors star player Stephen Curry met in person for the first time in Japan. 

The two global celebrities posed together in a video uploaded by the Warriors’ official Twitter page on Thursday with the caption: “Stephen, meet SUGA!”

Long-lost Korean twins who reunited after 36 years team up on ‘Amazing Race’ to ‘spend time together’

reunited twins join amazing race
  • Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell, long-lost twins who reunited decades after being separated at birth, are racing around the world against other teams in the 34th season of “The Amazing Race.”
  • The sisters, who were separated as infants after being adopted by different families 37 years ago, joined the show not just for a chance to win a million dollars, but to spend time together.
  • Their participation in the globe-trotting show provides a unique opportunity for them to make up for their years apart.
  • Among the Asian contestants in this season include “Big Brother” star Derek Xiao, who will compete with his fiancée Claire Rehfuss; motivational speaker Richard Kuo, who will compete with his fiancée Dom Jones; and engaged couple Aastha Lal and Nina Duong.

Long-lost twins who were reunited decades after being separated at birth are among the 12 pairs competing in the 34th season of “The Amazing Race.”

Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell, who met for the first time on their 36th birthday last year, are racing around the world against 11 other teams in the adventure reality TV show for a chance to win a million dollars.

S. Korean gold medalist skater officially joins Chinese Olympic team after renouncing citizenship

  • Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun, also known by his Chinese name Lin Xiaojun, is now officially part of the Chinese national team.
  • He was one of the nine men and eight women who the Chinese national team announced on Monday.
  • Lim, 26, will compete under the Chinese flag in upcoming international events, such as the World Cup in Canada next month and the Four Continents Championships in Salt Lake City in November.
  • Lim was involved in a controversy after being banned by the Korea Skating Union in 2019 for pulling down the pants of a younger athlete at Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, South Korea.

Former South Korean short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun has officially found a new team to compete with at the next Olympics.

In an announcement on Monday, Lim, who also goes by his Chinese name Lin Xiaojun, will officially compete for China as part of the country’s national team in the next Olympics. The news came months after the International Skating Union cleared the speed skater to compete in July.

Eileen Gu: Olympic gold medal skier, Louis Vuitton model and now Stanford student

Eileen Gu
  • On Thursday, freestyle skiing superstar Eileen Gu started her college career in California at Stanford University.
  • Gu celebrated the occasion by sharing pictures of herself with her mother — a Stanford alum — and her grandmother in an Instagram post.
  • Her mother’s relocation to the Bay Area “accidentally created a pro skier” when she passed down her passion for skiing to Eileen and enrolled her in skiing lessons.
  • Even though she is one of the sport’s brightest stars, Gu never let her blossoming career get in the way of her academics, attending cram school, scoring a near-perfect 1580 on the SAT and graduating from high school early.
  • Gu has championed multiple social justice causes, including speaking out against the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and opening up about her personal experiences with Asian discrimination.

On Thursday, freestyle skiing superstar Eileen Gu started her college career in California at Stanford University. 

Gu, 19, celebrated the occasion on Thursday by sharing pictures of herself in a Stanford shirt with her mother Han Gu, who also attended Stanford as an MBA candidate, and her grandmother on Instagram in a post captioned, “Day one❤️🌲.” She also shared a series of photos showcasing the opening festivities and her dorm room in a post on the Chinese social media platform Weibo on the same day.

HBO releases trailer for ‘Linsanity’ documentary ’38 at the Garden’

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  • HBO has released the trailer for “38 at the Garden,” a documentary chronicling Jeremy Lin’s amazing run against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Garden during the NBA 2011-12 season on Feb. 10, 2012.
  • Some consider that game to be the moment when “Linsanity,” a cultural phenomenon that took the NBA and the world by storm, was born.
  • The HBO documentary, written and directed by Frank Chi and produced by Golden State Entertainment, will feature interviews with many personalities, including journalist Lisa Ling, comedians Ronny Chieng, Hasan Minhaj and Jenny Yang, and former NBA star Tyson Chandler.
  • “This is who I am. This is what I’m capable of,” Lin says in the trailer, “all you guys need to do is watch and see.”
  • HBO’s “38 at the Garden” will premiere on Oct. 11 and will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.

HBO has released the trailer for the upcoming “Linsanity” documentary “38 at the Garden,” which chronicles former NBA star Jeremy Lin’s spectacular run as he led the New York Knicks to a winning streak.

The documentary will look into how Lin, 34, took the NBA — and the world — by storm after scoring 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Garden during the NBA 2011-12 season on Feb. 10, 2012, resulting in the start of the cultural phenomenon known as “Linsanity.”

Southeast Asian Cup 2022 ‘best female lifter’ breaks her own record by 0.5 kilograms

Farhanna Farid powerlifter record
  • Singaporean powerlifter Farhanna Farid broke her own deadlift world record at the Southeast Asian Cup 2022 on Sept. 16 by 0.5 kilograms (approximately 1 pound) after successfully lifting 201 kilograms (approximately 443.1 pounds) in the Under-52 kilograms category.
  • “I don’t think the surreal feeling will ever get old. I never dreamed of [pursuing] powerlifting this far or representing Singapore, let alone breaking world records,” Farhanna, 29, told The Straits Times. “Although it’s technically just a number, it also represents Singapore’s prowess and potential on the world level.”
  • Farhanna set the previous record at the World Open Classic Powerlifting Championships 2022 in South Africa on June 6 after lifting 200.5 kilograms (approximately 442 pounds).
  • “Knowing that my personal records are not mine alone, there's a significant amount of pressure but also a significant amount of motivation for me as well,” she said. “To a degree, I learned I work well under pressure. I try to channel the pressure into desire and drive.”

Singaporean powerlifter Farhanna Farid broke her own deadlift world record at the Southeast Asian Cup 2022 last week by around 0.5 kilograms (approximately 1 pound).

Farhanna, 29, who competed in the Under-52 kilograms category, managed to break her past record by lifting 201 kilograms (approximately 443.1 pounds) on her second attempt during the four-day Southeast Asian Cup at Hotel Trove in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Sept. 16.

Las Vegas Aces’ assistant coach Natalie Nakase becomes first Asian American coach to win WNBA title

  • Las Vegas Aces assistant coach Natalie Nakase became the first Asian American coach to win a WNBA title after the team defeated the Connecticut Sun 78-71 in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.
  • Nakase, 42, joined the Aces’ coaching staff under head coach Becky Hammon in February.
  • A former collegiate point guard who averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 assists per game for the University of California, Los Angeles, the Japanese American athlete decided to pursue coaching in 2007 following a knee injury.
  • With the dream of becoming a coach in the NBA, she joined the Clippers in 2012 and became an assistant coach to their NBA G League development team in 2017.
  • She then became a player development assistant coach for the Clippers in 2018 and stayed with the team until she joined the Aces in February.

Las Vegas Aces assistant coach Natalie Nakase made history on Sunday as the first Asian American coach to win a WNBA title. 

The Aces captured their first championship title in franchise history by defeating the Connecticut Sun 78-71 in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals.

Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner likely to miss rest of season after shoulder injury

Tyler Buchner injured
  • University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterback Tyler Buchner will likely miss the rest of the season following a severe AC joint sprain in his left, non-throwing shoulder.
  • The 19-year-old sophomore star sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of their match against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday.
  • "The expected recovery time is about four months," Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman said Monday. "We can all do that math. That probably puts us somewhere in mid-January."
  • Junior Drew Pyne will take over Buchner’s position during the period, serving as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback against California in the team’s home game on Saturday.

University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterback Tyler Buchner will miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder during a game over the weekend.

Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman confirmed Monday that the Asian American sophomore suffered a severe AC joint sprain in his left shoulder during the fourth quarter of their match against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday.

Tennis star Alex Eala becomes first Filipino to win Grand Slam singles championship

filipino grand slam
  • Filipino tennis star Alex Eala became the first Filipino to win a junior Grand Slam singles title after winning the U.S. Open girls’ singles championship on Saturday.
  • The 17-year-old athlete defeated Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic in the final match of the tournament held Sept. 4-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • “I wholeheartedly fought for this not only for myself but also to help with the future of Philippine tennis. So, this is not just my victory, but the victory of all of us,” Eala said in Filipino during the awarding of her trophy.
  • Eala, who won the girls’ doubles titles at the 2020 Australian Open and the 2021 Roland-Garros, also participated in the Junior Girls’ Doubles draw with Russian No. 14 seed Mirra Andreeva, but was eliminated in the second round by Germans Carolina Kuhl and Ella Seidel.
  • Eala, who started playing in professional tournaments in January, currently holds two ITF titles: the 2021 W15 Manacor in Spain and the 2022 W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand.

The Philippines’ Alexandra “Alex” Eala became the first Filipino to win a Grand Slam singles championship at the US Open Juniors in New York City.

The 17-year-old athlete, who had previously won two junior doubles Grand Slam titles, was the No. 10 seed going into the tournament, which was held Sept. 4–10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

NBA champion Jeremy Lin signs with CBA’s Guangzhou Loong Lions

  • Jeremy Lin has announced that he will be heading to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as a member of the Guangzhou Loong Lions for the 2022-2023 season.
  • Lin announced his return in an Instagram post which contained pictures of himself wearing his new uniform and signing his new contract.
  • His announcement arrives a decade after Lin first lit up the basketball world during his run with the New York Knicks, which sparked a cultural phenomenon.
  • In the years since, Jeremy Lin has made significant impacts on and off the court, winning an NBA championship and recently opening a basketball school.

Jeremy Lin has announced that he will be heading to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as a member of the Guangzhou Loong Lions for the 2022-2023 season.

Lin shared pictures of himself playing in his new uniform and signing his new contract in an Instagram post, expressing his excitement to “live out his basketball dreams.”