David Blough, Lions rooting on Melissa Gonzalez will warm your heart
David Blough and theDetroit Lions threw a watch party to see his wife Melissa Gonzalez qualify for thewomen's 400m hurdle semifinals on Friday. While Melissa Gonzalez competes in the 2020 Tokyo Games for Colombia, her husband David Blough and his Detroit Lions teammates are rooting her on ba ck in the United States during their training camp. Gonzalez and Blough are high school sweethearts from Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas. Blough went on to play quarterback for the Purdue Boilermakers in the Big Ten, while Gonzalez stayed in-state to run track for the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12.
The British and Irish Lions will return to Jersey after Saturday's final game against the Springboks in Cape Town. © Getty Images The players started their campaign in Jersey and will bring it to a close on the island
The squad convened on the island in June for a 10-day training camp in preparation for their South African campaign.
They will be welcomed back on Monday to recuperate.
Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said it was "fitting" the Lions started and ended their campaign in Jersey.
"The training camp was a period of intense preparation, when they had limited time to enjoy the island," he said.
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Calvin Johnson left the NFL long before it was his time to leave. It's just the greatness he showed with the Detroit Lions. Johnson will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. But the early retirement also changed his legacy. He didn't have the early-retirement cache of Gale Sayers, Jim Brown or Barry Sanders, especially playing a position in which his numbers won't look so dominant as passing stats keep going up. Johnson's sudden retirement was complicated. He became a clear Hall of Famer when he retired.
"This time, coaches and players will reunite with their families and will be able to properly see what the island has to offer."
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No formal community events will be arranged while they are in Jersey and the cost of the visit is said to have been met by the team.
All players and coaches will be PCR tested for Covid-19 every day for their first 10 days in Jersey.
They will also be required to isolate until they receive a negative arrivals test, while those who are not fully vaccinated will isolate for five days from arrival.
The Lions won the first Test against South Africa but lost the second game last weekend, setting up Saturday's series decider.
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McGeechan fears lives could be lost unless rugby cuts substitution numbers .
Four-time British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan is among a number of rugby greats who have warned that lives could be lost unless the sport reduces the number of substitutions allowed in a game. In an open letter to global governing body World Rugby, McGeechan and fellow 15-a-side 1970s stars Willie John McBride, Gareth Edwards, Barry John and John Taylor cite former Lions skipper Sam Warburton's words in 2019 that someone "will die duringIn an open letter to global governing body World Rugby, McGeechan and fellow 15-a-side 1970s stars Willie John McBride, Gareth Edwards, Barry John and John Taylor cite former Lions skipper Sam Warburton's words in 2019 that someone "will die during a game in front of TV cameras" if