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Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott itching to play after lengthy soccer hiatus

Desiree Scott has been waiting a long time for her next game.

The 33-year-old midfielder from Winnipeg didn’t play in the NWSL’s Challenge Cup last summer due to family commitments and opted out of the league’s Fall Series. Her last match with Canada was March 10, 2020 — a 2-2 tie with Brazil at a tournament in France.

Next week’s SheBelieves Cup can’t come soon enough.

“It’s really been a long time coming to get on a field with other people,” Scott told reporters Friday from Florida. “So the first [Canada] team meeting, we walked in and I just got teary-eyed because I’ve really missed being in the environment and in that team aspect of things.”

Scott, a tenacious ball-winner who has earned 157 caps, and the eighth-ranked Canadians open play next Thursday against the top-ranked U.S. at the four-country tournament in Orlando.

The Canadian women then play Brazil, tied for eighth in the world rankings, on Feb. 21 and No. 31 Argentina on Feb. 24.

‘What a way to start the year off’

Playing the powerful Americans is always a big ask. Doing it 345 days after your last outing only raises the degree of difficulty.

Canada’s record against the U.S. is 3-50-7. The Americans are riding a 34-game unbeaten streak and have scored two or more goals in 30 of those games. They are also unbeaten in their last 50 home matches (45-0-5) during which they have outscored their opponents 179-27.

The U.S. is coming off a pair of lopsided wins over Colombia last month.

Scott is unfazed, despite a personal 0-10-3 record against the Americans.

“What a way to start the year off after not being together for a year,” she said. “We can come into this camp and make a ton of excuses and look at it that way. But for us, it’s about the opportunity that we have ahead of us.

“You’re playing the No. 1 team. Any time we play them, it’s always a gritty battle. So we’re just looking forward to using that as a measuring stick to gauge where we’re at after not being together for a year. But also just looking at it as an opportunity to shine, see where we’re at, show what we’ve got and really build on that through the rest of the tournament.”

Scott paid tribute to Canadian strength and conditioning coach Cesar Meylan for helping her stay in shape during her time in Winnipeg.

“He’s given me a program that has adapted to the snow, being on my own in my basement. I invested in a treadmill and dumbbells and he’s kind of just adapted my program to that. I’ll work off a wall in my basement.

“I was a bit nervous coming into camp to see where I’m at. Nothing can replicate being on the field. But I’ve been good so far. I’m still standing.”

New era under Priestman

The tournament marks the first outing for new coach Bev Priestman, who spent 2013 to 2018 with Canada Soccer as an assistant coach with the senior side and youth head coach before returning to her native England to take up a similar role with the Lionesses.

Scott says Priestman has her own style and is building off her experience both in England and Canada.

“I don’t think she’s going to come in and overhaul everything. But she just given us new ways to think about some of the small tactical things that we’ve already been doing. Allowing us to get a lot of more competitiveness within training sessions. Nothing is given. You’ve got to earn that and I think she’s really pushing that aspect in training.”

The 34-year-old Priestman took over the Canadian team in November after Kenneth Heiner-Moller accepted a coaching job in his native Denmark.

Scott started her NWSL career in Kansas City and will be back there this season as a member of the expansion Kansas City NWSL side after time with the now-defunct Utah Royals.

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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott says she has given $4.1B US to charity

MacKenzie Scott — philanthropist, author and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — has announced that she has given away $ 4.1 billion US in the past four months to hundreds of organizations as part of a giving pledge she announced last year.

Scott announced her pandemic-era philanthropy in a Medium post Tuesday, The Seattle Times reported. She described the coronavirus pandemic as “a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling,” and noted it has been worse for women, people of colour and those living in poverty.

“Meanwhile,” she wrote, “it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires.”

After donating $ 1.68 billion to 116 non-profits, universities, community development groups and legal organizations last July, Scott asked a team of advisers to help her “accelerate” her 2020 giving with immediate help to those financially gutted by the pandemic.

She said the team used a data-driven approach, identifying organizations with strong leadership and results, specifically in communities with high food insecurity, racial inequity and poverty rates, “and low access to philanthropic capital.”

Scott and her team started with 6,490 organizations, researched 822 and put 438 “on hold for now,” waiting for more details about their impact, management and how they treat employees or community members.

In total, 384 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., will share $ 4.1 billion in gifts, including food banks, emergency relief funds ‘and support services for those most vulnerable.’ Above, Scott with former husband Jeff Bezos in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2013. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In total, 384 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., will share $ 4,158,500,000 in gifts, including food banks, emergency relief funds “and support services for those most vulnerable.” Other organizations address “long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened by the crisis,” such as debt relief, employment training, credit and financial services for under-resourced communities, and education for historically marginalized and underserved people. The money will also support legal defence funds “that take on institutional discrimination.”

Washington state organization Craft3, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on investing in businesses owned by people of colour, including Black and Indigenous owners, received $ 10 million. It is one of several CDFIs nationally to receive an investment from Scott.

“We are incredibly honoured by the recognition that comes with this unprecedented gift. Community Development Financial Institutions are the front line of inclusive, equitable finance in the United States,” Adam Zimmerman, president and CEO of Craft3, said in a statement.

Scott noted that she was “far from completing” her giving pledge, and urged others to follow her lead in whatever way they could: time, a voice or money.

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Trump COVID-19 adviser Scott Atlas resigns from White House job

Dr. Scott Atlas, a science adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump who was skeptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, is leaving his White House post.

A White House official confirmed that the Stanford University neuroradiologist, who had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, resigned at the end of his temporary government assignment.

Atlas confirmed the news in a letter to Trump dated Dec. 1 that he posted on Twitter.

In his letter, Atlas listed what he considered accomplishments in reopening schools and expanding virus testing while also defending himself against his many critics.

“Like all scientists and health policy scholars, I learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information to serve the greater good,” he wrote.

Atlas joined the White House this summer, where he clashed with top government scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 267,000 people in the U.S. Atlas has been sharply criticized by public health experts, including Fauci, for providing Trump with misleading or incorrect information on the pandemic.

Atlas has broken with government experts and the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community to criticize efforts to encourage face covering to slow the spread of the virus. Just weeks ago on Twitter he responded to Michigan’s latest virus restrictions by encouraging people to “rise up” against the state’s policies.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Atlas’s call “incredibly reckless.” “We really all need to be focused on the public health crisis that is ravaging our country and that poses a very real threat to every one of us,” the Democratic governor said.

Atlas later tweeted that he “NEVER” would endorse or incite violence. Fourteen men have been charged in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer.

His views also prompted Stanford to issue a statement distancing itself from the faculty member, saying Atlas “has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic.”

“We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing,” the university said Nov. 16. “We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities.”

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Scott Moir refutes online allegations of breaking quarantine guideline

Scott Moir says he is in Florida during the pandemic to support his fiancee, and not because he’s on “vacation.”

Moir, 32, took to social media on Thursday because he felt he need to defend the couple from online attacks.

The Canadian figure skater posted a video on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday, explaining that he and fiancee Jackie Mascarin are in Tampa, Fla., because Mascarin works as a physician’s assistant in the respiratory unit of a local hospital.

Moir, of London, Ont., also said the pair were planning to return to their home in Ilderton, Ont., next week, though not via plane.

“The people who are stepping foot in the hospital, front-line workers, first responders, they’re heroes in a time like this and they’re putting their families at risk for the good of the society,” Moir said. “And I feel like as a life partner I should stay here in Tampa and support [Mascarin].”

Moir appears to have posted the video over claims he went to a resort outside of Canada in mid-March, after quarantine guidelines intended to help stop the spread of COVID-19 were put into place.

Moir was supposed to participate in the opening act of the figure skating world championships in Montreal, one of the first major events cancelled over concerns about coronavirus. The event was scheduled to begin Mar. 16.

“There’s people saying that I’ve been back and forth and that I went on vacation after worlds and fact of the matter is we’re in Tampa and we have been in Tampa and we’re in isolation and we’re following the guidelines,” Moir said.

Some others are now claiming it is irresponsible for him to return to Canada, citing those same guidelines and saying he could put others at risk by travelling across borders.

In the video, Moir said he and Mascarin would have “an incredible quarantine action plan” upon their return to Ontario.

“We are Canadians and we wanna help and that’s the whole reason Jackie wanted to be a physician’s assistant — she wanted to help people in need — so we decided that we would stay down here for a couple months and now that that’s done we’re headed home next week.”

Moir won five Olympic medals, including ice dance gold in 2010 and 2018, alongside long-time figure skating partner Tessa Virtue. Virtue has remained in Canada throughout the pandemic alongside boyfriend and Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly in Vancouver.

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Sofia Richie on Criticism Over Dating Scott Disick: ‘I Just Don’t Care’

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Beckie Scott, WADA Athletes Committee calls for full Russian ban

The athlete committee of the World Anti Doping Agency is calling for Russia to be completely banned from the Olympics after the country “made a mockery not only those who play by the rules, but those who create and safeguard them.”

The WADA executive committee meets Monday to decide whether to approve a recommendation that would ban the Russian flag from the next two Olympics but would allow some Russians to compete as neutrals if they can prove they weren’t affected by the doping. 

This is the latest in a five-year-old saga.

Last month, WADA’s compliance review committee sent out a report detailing what it called a “stunning deception” by Russian officials who tampered with data at the Moscow anti-doping laboratory that was supposed to be used to help prosecute cases stemming from the Russian scheme.

The majority of the WADA athlete committee agreed to put out a statement this weekend, saying “Russia cannot blame WADA or international sports organisations for enforcing the rules that all must abide by, when they have been caught breaking them over and over again.”

“Athletes are tired of solutions lined with concessions and compromise — and history has proven them ineffective,” the statement said. 

Under the rules in place, the compliance review committee could have called for a full ban, but stopped short of that. The WADA athletes are among a number of athlete groups that say the full ban is what is needed.

Among the findings in the latest investigation was that 145 cases were compromised because of the Russian tampering, and, the statement said, “we will never know who those athletes are, or if they continue to defraud clean athletes, the public and Major Games.”

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Tessa and Scott: Two decades of magic


A look back at Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s figure skating legacy, set to Jim Cuddy’s “Pull Me Through”.​

A look back at Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s figure skating legacy, set to Jim Cuddy’s “Pull Me Through”.​ 4:32

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