After Missouri’s Michael Sam revealed he is the first openly gay NFL prospect, NFL Nation and ESPN The Magazine combined to conduct an anonymous survey last week that indicated most players would have few objections to a gay teammate.Fifty-one players, almost an entire team roster, responded to four true-false questions. Although the survey showed that most players aren’t concerned with another’s sexual orientation, it also made clear the concerns that players would have with learning how to relate to an openly gay teammate.Forty-four players said a teammate’s sexual orientation didn’t matter to them, and 39 said they would be comfortable showering around a gay teammate. But 32 players said they had teammates or coaches who used homophobic slurs last season, and when asked whether an openly gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room, just 25 players said yes; 21 said no; while five declined to answer.One concern for players appeared to be learning how they could relate to a teammate they knew was gay, and whether they would need to behave any differently around him.According to one starting receiver, “Whoever takes [Sam in the draft] should have an open talk at the beginning of camp, where everybody can ask what he’s comfortable with, what offends him, what boundaries there should be. When it comes to race, people already know the boundaries, to a certain extent. But I don’t think football players are overly familiar with what can and can’t be said around a gay person.”Sam, who announced he is homosexual on Feb. 9, said his Missouri teammates rallied around him last season after he revealed his sexual orientation to them.“I’m telling you what: I wouldn’t have the strength to do this today if I didn’t know how much support they’d given me this past semester,” he said in the interview on ESPN.But one NFL starting tight end, who believes Sam will encounter some difficulties in the league, said: “There is a little more of a family environment in college. It was more like having brothers. In the NFL, you have friends, but it’s a more work-oriented environment. I hope guys can be professional and respect who he is and leave his personal life out of it.”Sam, who was co-SEC defensive player of the year last season, is expected to be drafted between the third and fifth rounds in May. He had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013, leading the SEC in both categories.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsSummer Bash *RRThursday, August 15, 5:30 pm – 7 pmLocation: Swain Green near 4th of July BuildingCelebrate the end of summer with an all-ages party on the Swain Green. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of the Squeezebox Stompers – a unique mix of Cajun, Zydeco, Celtic, Country, blues, and jazz featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, saxophone bass, and drums. Dinner is available to purchase from the Fat Belly BBQ and 3rd Alarm Pizza food trucks. Enjoy children’s games and more!GPS Apps *RRTuesday, August 13, 10 amHitting the road this summer? Join us for an overview of GPS apps like Google Maps and Waze that can help you get where you to want to go. Bring your smartphone for hands-on experience.How to Tell Stories through Photography* RRTuesday, August 13, 7 pmA picture is worth a thousand words – are your photos speaking volumes? Join award-winning local photographer Lennie Malvone for a photography workshop to learn how to use your photos to tell a story. The class will cover composition, lighting, and tips for capturing a subject or landscape. The class will start with a short lecture inside before moving outdoors to photograph the Wilmington summer sunset, weather permitting. Smartphones, point-and-shoot, and DSLR cameras all welcome.Walk through the Delta — Blues Concert *RRThursday, August 15, 2:30 pmA Walk through the Delta is both an entertaining and educational overview of early 20th century southern music, primarily from the Black music of the day and its influence on the later jazz, rock music and even bluegrass. Songs are punctuated with foil humor while introducing the audience to the musical styles and key performers of this era. “Poor Howard” Stith has been performing 12-string barrelhouse blues for over forty years in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Joining “Poor Howard” is 40 year veteran harmonica player, Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers.Kids & Teen EventsRead to Thor *RRWednesday, August 14, 5-6:30 pmCome meet and read to Thor, a beautiful dog who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader. Grades K-3Cookin’ the Books: Back-to-School Brunch *RRSaturday, August 17, 11 amKick off the new school year by channeling your inner Iron Chef! Make a recipe from Bobby Flay’s Brunch at Bobby’s cookbook, and bring in a batch to share with other teens as you also sample theirs! Copies are available at the Youth Services Desk beginning July 17. Grades 9-12Movie Matinee: Shazam!Saturday, August 24, 1:30 pmRegistration optional. Popcorn served! Grades 6-12Board Game Club *RRWednesday, August 28, 6:30-8:30 pmLooking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome. Limited space.Library NewsFood For FinesIn lieu of fines, WML will accept items for the Wilmington Food Pantry during August. We ask that the donation be comparable to the fines that are owed.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”
Representational image.Pixabay CommonsYemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched multiple drone attacks targeting Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, a tweet on Sunday by the group’s TV Al-Masirah said.The attacks targeted Saudi drone bunkers and stations in the airport, it added.There was no Saudi confirmation of the attacks.
Shilpa Shetty: Even with a short role in Baazigar, Shilpa Shetty made her presence felt. Kajol: Kajol emerged as one of the most promising stars with her debut film Bekhudi. Raveena Tandon: Raveena Tandon’s spunk in her debut film Patthar Ke Phool won her many applauses. Manisha Koirala: Manisha’s debut role in Saudagar would always be remembered as one of her best roles. Let’s take a look at the top actresses in the 90s and their massive transformation over the years.Urmila Matondkar: Urmila Matondkar made her debut with Narsimha and won everyone’s hearts with her beauty and charm. Rani Mukerji: Rani Mukerji made a rather bold debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat Karisma Kapoor: Karisma Kapoor became an instant sensation with her debut film – Prem Qaidi Aishwarya Rai: Aishwarya Rai made a place in our hearts through her debut film Aur Pyar Ho Gaya. Preity Zinta: Preity Zinta made the entire country go weak in their knees with her fabulous performance in her debut film – Dil Se. Sushmita Sen: Sushmita Sen opted for a rather unconventional debut with Dastak but established her acting capabilities.Other actresses like Madhoo, Ayesha Jhulka, Divya Bharti, Sonali Bendre, Mamta Kulkarni, Mahima Chaudhary, Twinkle Khanna and Tabu proved that there was no dearth of beauty and talent in Bollywood, back in the 90s.