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Thanks to sports, Twitter sets a new record

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Thanks to sports, Twitter sets a new record

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Twitter says its users fired off more than 15,000 Tweets per second when Spain made its fourth goal in Sunday's European Championship final, setting a new sports-related record on the social networking site. The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympics Games in London are expected to bring another unprecedented surge of activity by sports fans on social networking sites. Twitter says total global traffic on its platform peaked at 15,358 tweets per second during the fourth goal Sunday in Kiev, where Spain defeated Italy 4-0. Twitter also registered a total of 16.5 million tweets worldwide during the match. Among those who tweeted was Pele, the retired Brazilian star. He congratulated Spain and said he was looking forward to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Tarik El-Bashir - Capitals Insider

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Tarik El-Bashir - Capitals Insider

Tarik El-Bashir was named Capitals Insider in July 2016 after covering the Redskins for CSN for four seasons.
 
A longtime sports reporter, El-Bashir provides comprehensive Washington Capitals news, analysis and feature reporting for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms. He is also a regular contributor to CSN’s television coverage of the team, including live gameday shows and studio programming.
 
A Washington-area native, El-Bashir joined CSN in May 2012 from The Washington Post, where he spent 13 years in the sports department. During his last two years with the newspaper, he served as the beat writer for Georgetown University men’s basketball and contributed to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir was The Post’s beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years as the lead reporter covering high school sports.
 
A Howard University graduate, he joined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New York Islanders for two years.

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Former Wizard Jason Collins came out to Clintons before sports world

Former Wizard Jason Collins came out to Clintons before sports world

Jason Collins came out as gay at the end of the 2012-13 NBA season after spending that spring with the Wizards. In doing so, he became the first active male athlete in one of America's four major pro sports to publically identify as gay. 

But before he told the sports world, he told the Clintons. That's right, those Clintons, whose daughter Chelsea he befriended as a college freshman at Stanford. 

Collins revealed that he'd confided in the former first family during a speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. 

“Before I came out to the world on the cover of Sports llustrated, I came out privately to the Clinton family," the 7-foot center declared to the audience at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. "I have known their family for almost 20 years. I knew that they would accept me for who I was; and that they would help pave a path for others to do the same.

"I am forever grateful for their words of wisdom back then and their unconditional support. They know that my sexual orientation made no difference in my ability to play basketball, just as someone’s gender makes no difference in his or HER ability to lead our nation.”

Collins was never a star in the NBA, but carved out a 13-year career for himself as a contributor before retiring with the Nets in 2014. 

“My dream was to play in the NBA and live my authentic life as a proud gay man at the same time,” Collins said. “I was able to accomplish both of those goals because of the people who have supported me throughout my life.”

“As both an African American and a member of the LGBT community, the choice for continued progress is clear: This November, we must elect Hillary Clinton as our next president. Thank you.”

You can watch video of the speech here. 

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Loss of Jarrett to injury will have long term effects on Redskins defense

Loss of Jarrett to injury will have long term effects on Redskins defense

The Redskins’ most talked about injury loss on Monday dealt with the Achilles tear suffered by Junior Galette. However, the loss of Kyshoen Jarrett, who was waived with a failed physical designation with neck and shoulder injuries, may have more long-term impact on the defense.

Galette may have been a one-year rental. If he had enjoyed a big 2016 season the Redskins may not have been able to afford to re-sign him. Jarrett appeared to be set to be a long-term piece of the Redskins’ secondary.

The news on the 23-year-old Jarrett didn’t draw the headlines or discussion that Galette’s injury did because the his release was not unexpected. After he was injured in a collision in the “meaningless” regular-season finale in Dallas there was great concern about the seriousness of the injury. He saw a number of specialists (flying to some visits on owner Dan Snyder’s personal jet) in an attempt to find a solution. But when he was seen on the sidelines during minicamp still having obvious issues with his right arm the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Jarrett was drafted as a safety but early in training camp last year the team was short on cornerbacks after a rash of injuries so he volunteered to line up at nickel corner. He played there during the regular season and was a safety in some packages. Jarrett played 616 snaps, had 38 tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Replacing a guy like Jarrett is hard to do because you don’t know how versatile a player can be in the NFL until he gets there. The Redskins are hoping that second-round pick Su’a Cravens will be able to play a jack of all trades type of role on defense but we will have to see how it develops.

Right now Jarrett’s NFL future is very much up in the air. The first step, however, would be for Jarrett to get enough use of his right arm so that he can live a normal life. I’m sure all Redskins fans wish him well in his recovery.