Washington NFL team plans to retire nickname
Just less than two weeks after one of his most prominent corporate sponsors urged him to change the name of his football team, Washington owner Daniel Snyder plans to announce the retirement of the “Redskins” nickname and reveal a new team name Monday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY. The new name remains unknown, but Warriors, Red Wolves and Redtails have ranked among the post popular choices among fans on social media. Snyder has long ignored requests of Native American tribes and other organizations to change the name because some deem the term offensive, citing the fact that the dictionary classifies it as a racial slur.
Tucker Carlson expected to discuss ex-writer’s racist, sexist posts
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is expected to address the racist and sexist comments of now-former writer Blake Neff on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” according to an email sent from Fox News leadership to its employees. CNN reported Friday that Neff has been using a pseudonym for years to post on AutoAdmit, an unmoderated online platform. The CNN report also alleged that Neff has maintained a “lengthy thread in which he has derided a woman and posted information about her dating life that has invited other users to mock her and invade her privacy.” Neff, who resigned before the CNN report published, joined “Tonight” shortly after it launched on Fox in November 2016. Carlson also credited Neff in the acknowledgments of his 2018 book, “Ship of Fools.” Carlson came under fire last week after he suggested that Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill and other Democratic leaders “hate America.”
Ford to unveil new Bronco as event shifts from O.J. Simpson’s birthday
Ford Motor Co. will unveil new models of its popular Bronco on Monday in partnership with Disney. The automaker is expected to reveal the 2-door and 4-door versions and a smaller Bronco Sport. The new model has been in the works for years after the old model was in production from 1966 to 1996. Ford originally scheduled the Bronco launch for July 9, which is also O.J. Simpson’s birthday. Simpson, a Pro Football Hall of Famer turned TV pitchman and actor, famously rode in a white Ford Bronco during a California police chase that aired on live TV in 1994 after he was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Training camps open for the restart of the NHL season
The National Hockey League is opening training camps Monday in preparation for the completion of the 2019-2020 season. If all goes as planned, 24 teams will report to hub cities in Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, on July 26, the playoff qualifying round will start on Aug. 1, and the Stanley Cup will be awarded as late as October. The league, which went on hiatus on March 12 because of the coronavirus, will have an extensive series of return-to-play protocols including testing, social distancing and hygiene. Players are not being required to stay in a “bubble” like the NBA is mandating. But no one can leave the hub cities except for a medical appointment or a family emergency and quarantine will be required when returning.
Federal appeals court rules to allow first federal execution in 17 years
The first federal execution in 17 years will go forward Monday, despite concerns raised by the victims’ family members that the resurgent coronavirus risked the health of those who planned to witness Daniel Lewis Lee’s death by lethal injection. A federal appeals court found that the family’s argument “lacks any arguable legal basis and is therefore frivolous.” Lee, a 47-year-old once-avowed white supremacist, was sentenced to die for his role in a brutal slaying of an Arkansas family in 1996. The timing of Lee’s execution comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country, particularly the federal prison system, where nearly 100 inmates and one staffer have died. At the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, where the execution chamber is located, one inmate has died, according prison system records.