Puerto Rico: Less than a week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in the U.S. territory, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pleaded with Congress to deliver the funds necessary to avoid a pending humanitarian crisis. As much as 95 percent of cell service is believed to have been knocked out during the storm, while almost the entirety of the island was without power over the weekend. Meanwhile, 70,000 residents living near the Guajataca Dam were urged to evacuate as officials warned of its imminent failure.
Anthem protests: President Donald Trump dedicated some time during an Alabama campaign speech to offer his two cents on professional athletes not standing for the national anthem: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.” His comments were immediately condemned by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as well as the players union who vowed to prioritize “protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks.” Trump didn’t let the matter go, as he tweeted his support for NASCAR, which he said “won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag.”
Steph Curry: Adding to the list of leagues Trump targeted over the weekend, the president pulled his offer for the two-time MVP to visit the White House, as is custom for championship-winning teams. Curry immediately received a wave of support from around the league, with LeBron James sending a tweet telling Trump “Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
NCC Sports Update:
- NCC football easily disposed of Millikin in a CCIW matchup by a 30-point margin. The victory helped propel the Cardinals to a 4th-place national ranking.
- Res/Rec was the scene of a women’s volleyball match for the first time, as North Central played host to the CCIW/WIAC challenge. The Cardinals beat a nationally ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point team, before falling to UW-La Crosse.
- Women’s soccer came up short in a scorcher of a match against UW-Stevens Point, 3-2.
- Men’s soccer also lost, 1-0 at UW-Platteville.
- Women’s golf had a solid showing at the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic where they bettered their 36-hole score by 20 strokes to finish sixth in the nine-team field.
- On the other side, men’s golf finished 16th, aided by an18-hole season low on Saturday.
- Women’s triathlon competed in Iowa where all three athletes finished in the top 15.
- Women’s tennis hosted a triangular meet where they lost to Illinois Wesleyan, but rallied to beat Monmouth College.