Letter: Taking a knee is taking a stand for justice in sports

Sometimes all it takes is one idea to grab the attention of an entire nation. Muhammad Ali refusing to enlist for the Vietnam War, LeBron James wearing Black Lives Matter shirts to protest the death of Eric Garner. The list goes on. Today, we are seeing a new movement mobilizing—one highlighted by a league of professional football players and the most powerful political voice in America. On Sept. 24, the National Football League (NFL) decided to join in solidarity against prejudiced comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump by having players, coaches, and owners join in linking arms and kneeling during the American national anthem. The rebellious showing of unity by the NFL has received mixed reactions from people all […]

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Letter: Nate Behar will prove to be a CU sports ambassador

Before being drafted into the Canadian Football League (CFL) this past summer, Nate Behar was many things during his four-year career with the Carleton football team. Behar was selected fifth overall by the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL draft; he subsequently held out in contract negotiations before finally signing in late June. He was one of six Carleton players drafted. But as an ambassador for Ravens football, Behar stands out from the crowd. Explosive on the field and talkative off it, he was a polarizing figure within Ontario University Athletics football; those he played with loved his energy and obvious play-making ability, while those he played against rolled their eyes at his trash talk and smartly-captioned Instagram posts. His journey […]

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Six Ravens taken in 2017 CFL Draft

Six Carleton Ravens football players were selected in the 2017 CFL Draft, which took place on May 7 in Toronto. Wide receiver Nate Behar was the first Raven picked, selected fifth overall by the Edmonton Eskimos. Ranked ninth in the CFL Scouting Bureau’s prospect list heading into the draft, Behar was the second receiver taken, only trailing McMaster’s Daniel Vandervoort. Tunde Adeleke was the next Raven selected, taken by the Calgary Stampeders in the third round. The defensive back made his mark at the 2017 CFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, the fastest of any participant this year. Fellow defensive back Nathaniel Hamlin went next to the B.C. Lions in the fourth round, while center Zach Annen was […]

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Ravens football players prepared for CFL draft

The Canadian Football League (CFL) Combine is the signature event leading up to the CFL Draft for the nation’s best prospects to show what they can bring to any of the league’s nine teams. Five Carleton Ravens football players were invited to compete at this year’s CFL Combine held from March 23-25 in Regina, Sask., while the 2017 CFL Draft will be held on May 7. The competing Ravens were wide receivers Nate Behar and Malcolm Carter, offensive lineman Kwabena Asare, and defensive backs Nathaniel Hamlin and Tunde Adeleke. Behar is widely viewed as the top prospect at Carleton, based on the previous CFL Draft rankings, and could become the first Raven drafted into the CFL since 1995. “I am […]

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Sports Blog: Former U Sports football players adjusting to pro ranks

Only a few years ago, fullback Brendan Gillanders and kicker Zach Medeiros were university students competing for the Vanier Cup as members of the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees and Western Mustangs, respectively. Now the two players are getting ready to compete in the Grey Cup as members of the Ottawa Redblacks following a 35-24 defeat over the Edmonton Eskimos in the East Division final on Nov. 20. As they prepared for the game against Edmonton, they spoke about what they learned as student-athletes in order to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and compete for a Grey Cup. Both players wrapped up their U Sports football careers close to home, and stressed the importance of a support system, whether it […]

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