MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL has denied advertising space in the Super Bowl program for a veterans group that declined to alter language about standing for the national anthem. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed Tuesday that American Veterans, or AMVETS , submitted an advertisement last week to the third-party publisher of the game program with the message, "Please Stand." McCarthy said the league, which has editorial control over the content, asked AMVETS to consider other options for the message, such as "Please Honor our Veterans" or "Please Stand for our Veterans." The two organizations were unable to agree on language in time to meet production deadlines. McCarthy said a separate ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars group with the words "We Stand for Veterans" was approved.
(CNN)Entertainer Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, prompting the singer to retire from touring. "I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," Diamond said in a statement. "My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows." The singer had been planning a March tour of Australia and New Zealand as a part of his 50th anniversary tour. Those performances have been canceled, according to the statement. Diamond, 76, known for such hits as "Sweet Caroline," said he plans to continue writing and recording.
Masters: The National Football League, still arguably the most popular sport in America (some polls say otherwise), has endured its share of controversies and blunders over the years. But it is safe to say 2017 was a year unlike any other for the league. Certainly there have been high points, including Texans star J.J. Watt's awe-inspiring efforts to bring help and hope to hurricane-ravaged Houston. And the end zone celebrations have been spectacular, effectively diminishing the "No Fun League" moniker (my personal favorites have been the Kansas City potato sack race and, of course, Irish Dancing). But the inordinate number of serious injuries, sagging attendance and ratings, and particularly the controversy over the national anthem protests cast a shadow over the season. And the NFL still struggles to find answers to these and other significant issues, even with all the resources of a multibillion-dollar business. I have a proposal. Ask the women. read more
If this doesn't inspire and bring a tear or 10 to your eyes you are not human.
President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor's determination that such testing wasn't necessary. "I have no concerns about his cognitive ability," Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday. He said the testing was conducted at the President's wishes, and the results were normal. Ahead of the exam, the White House said that tests for mental acuity would not be included. The question arose after a week of speculation about Trump's mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump's own aides worry about his stability. read more