How Deion Sanders Is Fueling the Rise of HBCU Football – Sports Illustrated

How Deion Sanders Is Fueling the Rise of HBCU Football – Sports Illustrated

Marcus Smith/Sports Illustrated; Styling by Dominique Jasmin-Pasley. These days, this is the situation Sanders is addressing: transforming Jackson …
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European Charts Dominated By Nintendo Switch Sports In May

Though sales overall have dipped Everyone expected Nintendo Switch Sports to sell well. And, after it snuck in at fourth in last month’s European charts despite only being out for a few days, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the family and online-oriented sports game is the number one selling game for the month of May across Europe. That’s mightily impressive given that Nintendo doesn’t share digital sales and that this is based only on the physical. However, it’s not exactly had stiff competition in what has been a quiet month. No new game releases have charted in the European top 20. Looking ahead to this month, we expect that will probably change. The quiet month was felt across the board, with sales dropping 29% compared to this April, and 21% compared to May 2021. But Switch Sports still sold incredibly well, with half of its sales coming from France and Germany, and it also topped the charts in Spain and Italy specifically. With the console supply issue easing — and next-gen consoles generally selling better (though the PS5 is still struggling compared to 2021) — the Switch has remained consistent, with console sale numbers this May almost identical to last May. Here’s the complete European top 20 for May 2022. As always, those asterisks-marked games don’t include digital sales. Interestingly, in the UK’s overall charts for May, LEGO Star Wars topped the overall sales, with Nintendo Switch Sports placing third behind FIFA 22. We wonder whether the better summer weather will encourage more people in the UK to get up and waggle their Joy-Cons. As we suggested above, June is likely going to be much busier. We’re in trailer season, after all! But Mario Strikers: Battle League and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes both launch this month, so we expect we’ll be seeing a few new names in the top 20. RPG lover first and Nintendo fan second, Alana is often found overthinking battle strategies, characters, and stories. Fortunately, she’s also easily pleased by anything Yoshi-related, creepy-but-cute Pokémon, and SEGA air pirates. Weird how half the top10 are sports and racing. People must be preparing for a summer season. Horizon Forbidden West is in there because all the PS5s are now bundled with it, whether you want it or not so it’s an artificial number ‘sold’. What I want to know is who the heck is STILL buying enough copies of Minecraft on the Switch to keep it in the top 20? The way I see it, Switch Sports has a 141.6% chance of staying on top. The numbers dont lie. And they spell disaster for Microsoft and Sony at Sommer Game Fest. Maybe the positive sales numbers of Switch Sports will encourage Nintendo to support it more. I’ve been enjoying my weekly Switch Sports sessions on the weekend whenever a new item set gets released. Fun game! Year-to-date Switch sales are up 20% in the tracked European regions, which is quite remarkable given how old the platform is. “Something something Switch Sports…something something Celebrating Mediocrity….something something Deep Discount” best selling game in Europe and once again the opinions in here made no difference and don’t reflect the real world. Always the same and will never change, which as you say is great for some light entertainment. The majority of Switch owners will buy Switch Sports, will play it and have lots of fun, oblivious to all the moaning on various internet forums, from the real fans. And that Fifa keeps getting away with it too, why can’t everybody see what the internet experts see, a travesty for sure. The console is a mega hit, and could be the best selling ever, depending on when Nintendo announce a Switch 2 of course, but it will be close to the PS2 and DS.
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Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy provide similar perspectives on players departing PGA Tour for LIV Golf

More players than expected have jumped to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, but the PGA Tour has still retained the ones it needs the most. Two of those, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, will tee it up at the RBC Canadian Open this week where McIlroy is the defending champion. As two of golf’s foremost ambassadors and two of the great modern champions, they were asked about the inaugural LIV Golf event in London this week. Unsurprisingly, they had plenty to say. Thomas went first and focused on the people — some of whom are friends — playing in London for the Saudi Arabian government-funded $25 million purse this week. “It’s a bummer. I mean, I think a lot of us are — I don’t know if annoyed or tired is the right way. I mean it’s just one of those things,” said Thomas. “I’ve thought a lot about it and it’s like, look, like, people are entitled to choose as they wish. “I don’t dislike D.J. now. I don’t think he’s a bad dude. I’m not going to treat him any differently. It’s, like, he’s entitled to choose as he wishes. I think that the day and age that we live in now, it’s just so negative that you see it in everything. Sport, politics, whatever it is, it’s, like, if you disagree with someone you just feel that you’re entitled to, like, hate them and talk bad about them and just bash their decision, when everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, you know what I mean? “Like I said, it doesn’t make him a bad person. Now I’m disappointed, and I wish that he and others wouldn’t have done it, but that’s their decision. I’ve said it all along, it’s like guys can do as they wish. If they want to go, they can go. If they want to stay, they can stay. “Selfishly, I think and I know that the PGA Tour is the best place to play in the world and it’s just the decision is theirs and it is what it is, but … I wish that it wouldn’t take away or I wish it wouldn’t be taking away from the great storylines and things that are going on on a Tour that’s been around for a very long time and is in one of the best places it’s ever been. It’s just a bummer that those guys won’t be a part of it.” Really good, really well said. Loving people whose decisions you disagree with is the opposite of how the world has gone over the last 10 years.pic.twitter.com/ic8ZS1MSCr It’s an extraordinary viewpoint that J.T. has evolved into as he’s grown up on Tour, one that takes a lot of humility and good perspective to espouse. Thomas, it seems, has taken away a few things from McIlroy’s press conferences, which have been must-see over the past several years. He was again on point with the LIV situation on Wednesday. “I think my stance on it has been pretty clear from the start,” said McIlroy. “It’s not something that I want to participate in. I certainly understand the guys that have went. I understand what their goals and their ambitions are in their life. I’m not, certainly not knocking anyone for going. It’s their life, it’s their decision, they can live it the way they want to. “But for me I want to play on the PGA Tour against the best players in the world. And I think for me, speaking to a few people yesterday and one of the comments was … any decision that you make in your life that’s purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way. Obviously money is a deciding factor in a lot of things in this world, but if it’s purely for money it’s not, never seems to, you know, it never seems to go the way you want it to.” Bryson DeChambeau was reportedly given $100 million to make the move, which means that LIV Golf has (reportedly) spent nearly half a billion dollars on DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. “And I’ve had that before a couple of times in my life, and there’s other things that are a part of it, too,” McIlroy continued. “But it’s a weird time in professional golf, and I said it a couple weeks ago, we’re just going to have to see how this season plays out and if any other guys decide to go another direction than the established tours, I guess, and see what the … consequences are. “For me right now, I can only speak personally, it’s not something that I envision ever doing. I’m happy playing on the PGA Tour and I have a nice schedule that I can pick for myself. I can spend a lot of time at home with my family if I want to, prioritize the majors, and yeah, there’s nothing about my schedule or my life or my earning or anything that I would change.” In a week that’s not been great for the PGA Tour, this was a silver lining. Two of the most important people in golf riding for the Tour’s future. Whether that’s sufficient to buoy the Tour as it attempts to ride out this storm and remain wholly intact remains to be seen, but after several days of absorbing blows, the folks running the Tour have to find some solace at who they still have in their corner.
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