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You’ll Need A QR Code To Access Certain Parts Of Paris During The Summer Olympics 

During this year’s Summer Olympic Games, the French capital of Paris will be split into zones for security and safety reasons. If individuals want to enter certain areas, it will be required that they have a pass on their phone in the form of a QR code. 

Special measures will be implemented throughout the entire city starting in July with the Games. Residents themselves will need to apply for a special game pass, “Pass Jeux,” on a platform run by police in order to enter certain zones of the city. 

This system will mainly apply to people who are driving, however, pedestrians will also be required to show a QR code in any areas labeled “gray zones,” which will mainly be around the River Seine around where the opening ceremony will be taking place.

According to Metro UK, the codes will be checked at various access points along the entrances of each zone, which will be guarded by officers. 

Applications for the passes have been opened to the public, and requires individuals to upload various documents in order to be authorized. 

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The opening ceremony gray zone requirements will be in place 24 hours a day for an eight-day period from July 18th to the 26th. 

Once the games officially begin the gray zone will be lifted but drivers will still need their passes at the perimeters of the “red” and “blue” zones which also cover significant areas around the city. The gray zones cover areas where events are taking place. 

“To be granted a pass, people must show proof of identity, an identity photo, their address, and potentially other documents including vehicle registration documents or proof of their employer,” according to Metro UK.

Safety is a huge concern for authorities during this year’s summer olympics. The UK government has warned that terrorists are likely to carry out attacks in France. 

“Zones prohibiting road traffic once the games begin are designed to protect the flow of spectators from the Olympic and Paralympic venues,” organizers said.

“They will be activated each day of the event on the site, 2.5 hours before the first competition and 1 hour after the last.”

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MLB Planning To Modify Uniforms Ahead Of 2025 Season Following Multiple Complaints 

Major League Baseball (MLB) is planning to modify its uniforms ahead of the 2025 season following complaints from both players and fans, according to reports

The MLB Players Association (MLBPA) sent a memo to players stating that the league is planning to make modifications to the uniforms including “a return to larger lettering on the back of jerseys, remedying mismatched gray tops and bottoms and addressing the new Nike jerseys’ propensity to collect sweat.” 

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The league also wants to fix the pants, as a lot of players complained about them being see-through. Players and fans were also concerned over the new jerseys that were worn during spring training and at the start of the season, which is what led MLBPA executive director Tony Clark to talk about the pants. 

“A lot of the rhetoric is confirmation that the pants are see-through. It’s been an ongoing conversation where each day has yielded something new that doesn’t seem to make as much sense as you would like it. Universal concern is the pants.”

Back in 2019, the MLB, Nike, and Fanatics announced a 10-year partnership when Fanatics began to manufacture the on-field player uniforms for Nike in 2020.

In the recent memo sent out regarding the uniform changes, the union absolves Fanatics of any blame regarding the uniforms. 

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“[We] recognize the vital importance of soliciting Player feedback, obtaining Player buy-in and not being afraid to have difficult conversations about jerseys or trading cards. Our hope is that, moving forward, Nike will take a similar approach.”

“This has been entirely a Nike issue. At its core, what has happened here is that Nike was innovating something that didn’t need to be innovated,” the memo said.

“We cautioned Nike against various changes when they previewed them in 2022, particularly regarding pants,” the memo added. 

“MLB had been, and has been, aware of our concerns as well. Unfortunately, until recently Nike’s position has essentially boiled down to: ‘nothing to see here, players will need to adjust.’”

Track And Field Olympic Athletes Call Out Nike Over ‘Sexist’ Uniforms 

US Track & Field female athletes are calling out Nike over their uniform kits for the Olympics, stating that the uniforms leave them very exposed, especially compared to the men’s uniforms, ahead of the summer Games.

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Former Lions Defensive Back Cameron Sutton Turns Himself In After Police Searched For Weeks 

Cameron Sutton has officially turned himself in after a weeks-long search for the former NFL DB (defensive back) who was wanted on a domestic violence warrant. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced that 29-year-old Sutton arrived at a jail in Tampa, Florida last Sunday night. Sutton’s attorney informed authorities that he would be turning himself in nearly a week prior, according to the Guardian

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“After weeks of evading law enforcement, this man has finally made the right choice to turn himself in,” Hillsborough County sheriff Chad Chronister said. 

“Domestic violence has no place in our community, and no one is above the law here in Hillsborough County. My thoughts are with this woman as she continues to heal from this man’s gruesome actions.”

Reports state that Sutton’s initial arrest warrant charged him with a felony, but on Monday prosecutors stated he was formally charged with misdemeanor battery. 

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A misdemeanor battery charge has a maximum sentence of one-year jail time. The state attorney’s office stated that Sutton was released from jail on Monday on his own recognizance. 

At around 5 a.m. on March 7th, the sheriff’s department responded to a domestic violence call that was in progress involving Sutton and a female. Around two weeks ago, the sheriff’s office asked for assistance locating Sutton. 

Soon after the sheriff announced their need for help locating Sutton, Lions president Rod Wood stated that Sutton was at the team’s training facility which is located right outside of Detroit. Afterwards, a member of the Lions staff told Sutton he should turn himself in. 

“Suggested he get counsel and do the right thing to turn himself in. After that, we met the rest of the day and the following morning to decide to release him [from his contract],” Wood told local Detroit station Fox 2.

Laura Kenny, Britain’s Most Successful Female Olympian, Officially Retires From Cycling

Dame Laura Kenny is Britain’s most successful female Olympian. She recently announced in an exclusive interview that she would be retiring from the sport of cycling.

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NFL Superstar Jason Kelce Announces Retirement After 13 Seasons 

Philadelphia Eagles star center Jason Kelce announced in an emotional speech this week that he would be retiring from the NFL in what many are hailing as a Hall of Fame-worthy career.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman Scores Super Bowl-Winning Touchdown: ‘I Blacked Out’

Mecole Hardman of the Kansas City Chiefs told CNN he “blacked out” after scoring the touchdown that would win the Chiefs the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. 

During overtime, wide receiver Hardman caught a pass thrown by Patrick Mahomes to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 after a close game through all four quarters. 

Hardman told reporters that even though the moment was glorious and he was surrounded by the roaring cheers of the crowd, it took him a minute to truly understand that he won the Super Bowl. 

“When I blacked out, I didn’t know what was going on until [Mahomes] came up running and was like, ‘You’re a champion! We just won!.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re right, we did.’ And we started celebrating after that. But I definitely blacked out, for sure.”

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During overtime, Quarterback Mahomes pulled off a 75-yard touchdown drive, which is what led to the three-yard pass to Hardman that won them the game. 

Hardman said he was “just overwhelmed with emotions” when asked what it felt like to win the Super Bowl. 

The Kansas City Chiefs have now won back-to-back NFL championships, something that has not happened in the league in 19 years. The last time a team won back-to-back championships was in 2004 and 2005 with the New England Patriots. 

Hardman also talked about what the environment was like in the locker room during halftime when the Chiefs were trailing the 49ers 10-3.

“Travis [Kelce] said everything, honestly. He definitely had a good little speech to get everybody going, put the fuel to the fire.”

“We came out in that second half like a totally different team,” Hardman said.

swim

Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas Begins Legal Case Against World Aquatics 

Lia Thomas is a transgender swimmer who has begun official legal proceedings against World Aquatics, the governing body of swimming, after they voted to restrict transgender athletes from competing in elite women’s aquatics competitions.

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MetLife Stadium Planning To Remove Over 1,700 Seats In Bid To Host 2026 World Cup Final 

East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium officials are planning to remove 1,740 seats to widen their field for World Cup matches, as the stadium places their bid to host the 2026 final.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto Reportedly Signs With The Los Angeles Dodgers For Huge $325 Million Contract

Sources have told ESPN that Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto is reportedly signing a 12-year $325 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This would mark one of the largest deals for a pitcher in Major League Baseball.

The Dodgers will also pay an additional $50.6 million posting fee to the Orix Buffaloes, Yamamoto’s previous team. Sources also stated Yamamoto himself will get an additional $50 million signing bonus. 

The deal is pending a physical, and marks the end of a massive free agency bidding war. The New York Yankees were the initial favorite to sign Yamamoto with a $300 million offer, but the Dodgers beat them out with their deal. The Dodgers themselves have accounted for more than half of the spending across the MLB free agency this winter season, ESPN said. 

25-year-old Yamamoto has won three consecutive MVP awards and Sawamura Awards. “Over 820⅓ innings, he has posted a 1.65 ERA, struck out nearly five times as many hitters as he has walked and allowed one home run every 28 innings,” wrote ESPN’s Jeff Passan. 

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“With a fastball that runs up to 99 mph, a devastating split-fingered fastball and a looping curveball that often buckles batters’ knees, he brings as good an arsenal as any pitcher who has come to Major League Baseball from Japan. 

At 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, Yamamoto lacks the size of a typical frontline starter, but teams interested in him were not concerned, focusing more on the quality of stuff his body can generate,” Passan wrote. 

MLB teams have been lining up for over a year to sign Yamamoto, including the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, and the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, Giants president Farhan Zaidi and Chicago Cubs president Jed Hoyer all traveled to Japan this year at some point to see Yamamoto in person, as were many others.  

Yamamoto also toured across America during his free agency to meet with each team and see the cities, in the end, it seems like Yamamoto will be heading for sunny LA.