Amid a mass of colour and pounding Latin rhythms, revellers at this year’s Bogotá Pride march waved banners stating “not one step back”. They were among tens of thousands who took to the streets to celebrate and support Colombia’s LGBT community. Many annual Pride marches that were once solemn protests against repression have become celebrations of now-existing rights or progress, reflecting the strength of LGBT communities. In Bogotá, for example, the capital of a macho and socially conservative country, there has been surprising progress in LGBT rights. In March, Angélica Lozano Correa, a former member of the Bogotá city council, became the first openly LGBT person to be elected to the country’s Senate. In 2016 the country’s government passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt and marry, and the previous year it granted transgender people the right to change their identity on official government documents – policies … [Read more...] about Which is the world’s most LGBT-friendly city?
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Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 7:51 AM EST Jan 2, 2019 The folly of attempting to orchestrate a 2019 NFL mock draft nearly four months before the actual event takes place is self-evident. One needs look no further than the uncertain status of the draft order itself, the last 13 picks of which won't be fully set until after the playoffs, to highlight the need for any guess at the first round to be written in pencil rather than ink. Add in the incomplete list of early declarations and impending changes stemming from free agency and it becomes clear that this is more of a thought exercise than hard science. Nevertheless, a sketch of how the top picks might shake out can be fun even if not particularly prudent at this point. Just don't point back to this in April (unless any picks are right). 1. Cardinals — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: With the franchise picking in the top spot for the first time since its move to Arizona in 1988, general manager … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft 2019: Where does QB Dwayne Haskins land in first round?
Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 8:52 AM EST Dec 29, 2018 The College Football Playoff gets started with two semifinal matchups on Dec. 29. The winners of both games will advance to the national championship game in Santa Clara, California, on Jan. 7. The second semifinal will take place Saturday evening in the Orange Bowl where No. 1 Alabama faces off with No. 4 Oklahoma. It's the fifth consecutive playoff appearance for the Crimson Tide and the third in four years for the Sooners. A look at which team has the edge in each aspect of the game and four keys to victory for both teams when they take the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. PASSING Alabama's offense hit new heights this season behind Tua Tagovailoa, but the sophomore is still less than 100 percent after suffering an ankle injury in the conference championship game win against Georgia. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa came in second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Oklahoma's Kyler … [Read more...] about Orange Bowl: Alabama and Oklahoma breakdown edges and keys to victory
PHOENIX is an apt home for Stephanie Meadow. The golden girl of Irish golf has had to re-generate her sporting career twice already and is ready to rise again. Both occasions involved the loss of some of the greatest loves of her life – first her beloved father Robert, then the game of golf itself, due to a back injury. Her recovery to regain her LPGA Tour card for 2019 earned her a place in history, as the first ever female winner of the Irish Golf Writers’ Professional Golfer of the Year award. That’s fitting recognition for the fortitude she’s shown in recent years. Asked if she has any siblings, she beams: “Just me – the lucky one!” – but many might query that description after what she’s been through in recent years. Life and golf did seem to come easy for this sunny personality, admittedly. A record-breaking college star at the University of Alabama, she finished an astonishing third in her first major as a professional, the … [Read more...] about Sunny Stephanie Meadow is ready to rise and shine again
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 6:14 AM EST Dec 3, 2018 The fifth College Football Playoff bracket was revealed Sunday with little suspense, practically no controversy and few legitimate complaints from Georgia and Ohio State, who were snubbed for the fourth spot in favor of Oklahoma. Though some of the sport’s tastemakers were swayed by Georgia’s strong performance in a losing effort to Alabama on Saturday, the CFP’s selection committee went by the book in rewarding a conference champion, played it safe in taking a one-loss team over a two-loss team and made the decision to reward the team that had the better season. In other words, the committee did exactly what it was designed to do. But lost in the arguments over the last week about whether the playoff should be four or eight and the hair-splitting bout whether four best teams actually means four most deserving is a structural problem with the sport that the Playoff was designed to solve … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff: With same teams over and over, is it stale?