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Nike’s New England Men’s Soccer Shirt Is Causing A Stir With Its Recolored Flag

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LONDON — England’s new men’s soccer team shirt is out, There is a flag generating a lot of fuss. Some people are concerned about more than just the cost.

Nike’s decision to modify the colour of the St. George’s Cross on the new shirt from the traditional red and white has prompted the prime minister and the man expected to follow him to express their disapproval.

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Nike’s New England Men’s Soccer Shirt Is Causing A Stir With Its Recolored Flag

By early afternoon Friday, a Change.org petition seeking a design change received more than 22,000 signatures.

The new Nike-designed shirt, modelled by various players, including England captain Harry Kane, is being released ahead of this year’s European Championship in Germany. It features an altered cross on the back of the shirt collar, modified with purple and blue horizontal stripes.

In reference to the training uniform the England team wore at the 1966 World Cup, the men’s team’s lone major tournament victory, Nike describes it as a “playful update” to the shirt ahead of Euro 2024. England will begin the competition this summer as one of the favourites.

Keir Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labour Party and a supporter of Premier League leaders Arsenal, said he thought the flag, which has an image of the St. George’s Cross, was a “unifier” and that Nike should “reconsider” its decision to change it.

“It doesn’t need to be changed,” he told The Sun. “We just need to be proud of it.”

During a visit to the north of England, Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was also quizzed about Nike’s decision.

“Obviously, I prefer the original, and my general opinion is that when it comes to our national flags, we shouldn’t mess with them because they are a source of pride, identity, and who we are, and they’re perfect as they are,” said Sunak, who supports Southampton in their bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

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Nike’s New England Men’s Soccer Shirt Is Causing A Stir With Its Recolored Flag

In this year’s general election, opinion surveys show Labour will defeat the Conservatives, and politicians of all colours will undoubtedly be asked to speak out on a number of cultural topics.

Nike and the Football Association, which controls the England national team, have stated that they will not change their strategy.

Despite the criticism, the FA defended the design, stating that it was “not the first time” that various coloured St. George’s Cross-inspired designs appeared on England jerseys and that it is “very proud” of the original cross.

“The new England 2024 home kit has a number of design elements which were meant as a tribute to the 1966 World Cup-winning team,” said a spokeswoman for the team. The cuff’s colored trim and the collar’s back design take their cues from the uniforms worn by England’s 1966 heroes.

John Barnes, one of England’s finest players, said he didn’t understand the controversy and prefers to avoid culture battles.

“I think it’s much ado about nothing,” remarked the 60-year-old ex-winger.

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Nike’s New England Men’s Soccer Shirt Is Causing A Stir With Its Recolored Flag

Most people will be more concerned with the flag’s price than its colour. An “authentic” version for adults costs 125 pounds ($155), while youngsters pay 120 pounds. That’s a significant expense when household finances have been stretched due to one of the most severe cost-of-living problems in decades.

The Football Supporters’ Association has long complained about the exorbitant cost of replica shirts, arguing that a “sell-by” date should be added on kits so buyers know how long they will be in use until a fresh version is produced.

“An unwitting parent could easily buy a kit for Christmas or a birthday only to find it’s ‘old’ within a matter of months,” a representative for the group said.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

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NEW YORK — Rick Tocchet was named NHL coach of the year Wednesday after leading the Pacific Division champion Vancouver Canucks to their second playoff appearance in nine years.

Tocchet appeared on 109 of 114 Jack Adams award ballots submitted by NHL Broadcasters’ Association members, receiving 82 first-place votes, according to the NHL. He became the Canucks’ third coach to win the award, following Pat Quinn in 1992 and Alain Vigneault in 2007.

Nashville’s Andrew Brunette finished second. He appeared on 57 ballots and received eight first-place votes. Winnipeg’s Rick Bowness finished third. He announced his retirement this month.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

“This really is a team award, and I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our staff and complete buy-in from the players,” Tocchet stated. “I am truly honored and humbled by this achievement and look forward to getting back to work this summer as we continue to work on improving our hockey team.”

In his first full season in Vancouver, Tocchet won the regular-season award two days after the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the Canucks in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.

Tocchet, 60, led a stunning turnaround in a Canucks club that finished with a 50-23-9 record, the third-most victories in franchise history, and improved from 22nd to sixth in the overall standings last year. Vancouver led the NHL with a plus-38 first-period goal difference and went 42-1-4 while leading after two periods this season, up from 21-1-4 the previous year.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

Tocchet had the advantage of gaining a head start in implementing his system and acquiring a feel for the Canucks after being hired in January 2023, when Bruce Boudreau was sacked with Vancouver at 18-25-3. The Canucks finished the season 20-12-4 under Tocchet, who was an NHL announcer before joining the team.

“Honestly, I don’t know if we would be in this situation. Who knows, but the 30 games were big for me,” Tocchet told The Associated Press last month, reflecting on the impact his departure as head coach last year had on Vancouver’s success this season.

Vancouver marks Tocchet’s third stop as a head coach. He previously spent four seasons with Arizona from 2017-21, during which time he went 125-131-34. He also went 53-69-26 with Tampa Bay from 2008 to 2010.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

Tocchet won two more Stanley Cups as an assistant coach in 2016 and 2017 after winning one as a player for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

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PARIS — Dominic Thiem, a two-time runner-up, was knocked out in the second round of qualifying at the French Open.

Otto Virtanen defeated Dominic 6-2, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Dominic will miss his 11th and final appearance in the clay-court Grand Slam main draw.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

Dominic, who reached the Roland Garros finals in 2018 and 2019, revealed earlier this month that he will retire at the end of the year after struggling to regain peak form following a wrist injury.

Following his defeat, Dominic received a standing ovation during a goodbye ceremony, with chants of “Thank you Domi, Thank you Domi.”

Dominic, a former US Open champion, has plummeted to 131st in the rankings and failed to obtain a wildcard into the French Open. He didn’t keep a grudge.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

“I slowly built up a great, great relationship with the tournament, relationship with all of you guys, with all fans,” stated Dominic. “I’ve really enjoyed every single year of it.”

The 30-year-old Austrian won his only Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows in 2020. Dominic defeated Alexander Zverev in five sets, becoming the first man in 71 years to recover a two-set deficit in a U.S. Open final.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

Dominic also finished second at the 2020 Australian Open, reaching a career-high No. 3 ranking that year. He remained in the top five until June 2021, when he hurt his right wrist, which kept him out for nine months and has hindered his playing ever since.

Dominic has a total of 17 titles.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

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Concord, North Carolina – NASCAR penalized Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 on Wednesday for clashing with Kyle Busch following the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Stenhouse’s father, who participated in the fray, was suspended indefinitely.

Busch was not penalized for his actions during the Sunday night race

The two collided on the first lap, and Busch appeared to intentionally destroy Stenhouse on the second lap. Stenhouse put his damaged Chevrolet in Busch’s pit stall, forcefully mounted the spotter’s ladder, and spoke with Busch’s crew members.

Stenhouse then stormed to his carrier, allowing his car to be taken to the pits.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

He also hinted that he’d return after the race to confront Busch. The two exchanged brief words before Stenhouse, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, delivered a right hook to Busch, sparking a melee involving members of both teams. Stenhouse’s father, who has no association with the team, then confronted Busch, throwing fists.

On Wednesday, NASCAR banned Stenhouse mechanic Clint Myrick for eight races and engine tuner Keith Matthews for four races.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

Stenhouse has pledged to wreck Busch this Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Bring it,” Busch responded. “I suck as bad as you,” meaning that neither driver is having a fantastic season.

Neither driver has won any races this season. Busch is 13th in the points standings, while Stenhouse, a single-car team, is 26th.

Busch’s vehicle owner isn’t taking Stenhouse’s warning lightly, though. Richard Childress has threatened to fight Stenhouse if he gets near Busch’s car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest Cup Series race of the season, so Busch and Stenhouse will have plenty of time to catch up on the 1.5-mile track. They will undoubtedly keep a close eye on the feuding drivers.

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