Racing school for minorities extends olive branch to Larson

PHILADELPHIA — Jysir Fisher was whisked into victory lane at Dover for a whirlwind of hugs and high-fives with race winner Kyle Larson. Fisher never really watched NASCAR and had no idea who Larson was when they were seated only days earlier at the same table at an awards banquet for a youth racing school. The Philadelphia teen’s interests lean toward engineering, yet there he was last October, soaking in the spoils of winning a playoff race with his new favourite driver.

The two formed an instant bond at the banquet: Larson used his Chevrolet connections to get Fisher into the race, and three nights after they met, the driver won his only NASCAR race of the 2019 season. Larson even gave his email address to Fisher and told him to write any time.

“He’s like the real-deal racer,” Fisher said he thought of Larson.

The next time Fisher and Larson spoke face to face, the topic would have seemed inconceivable at that October ceremony for the Urban Youth Racing School.

Larson, an advocate for the Philly-based program that creates opportunities in racing for minorities, was caught using a slur during an iRacing event in April. Larson lost his NASCAR ride, his sponsor, his multimillion-dollar contract — and perhaps shattered his reputation with the kids and the school where he stood as a role model. That’s what led Larson back to the school as part of his racial repentance tour — which included a visit to the site in Minneapolis where George Floyd died — and he met with students, their families and instructors to have real conversations about the hurt he caused.

The 28-year-old Larson wanted to apologize to Fisher for the slur, not by Zoom or text, but eye to eye in the same room. Unsure how he

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Filipino BL and GL creators, stars rally online behind SOGIE equality bill

“Boys’ Lockdown” actor Ali King, “Gameboys” and “Pearl Next Door” actress Adrianna So, “Gaya sa Pelikula” stars Ian Pangilinan and Paolo Pangilinan. Image: Instagram/@rafiecake, @adriannaso_, Twitter/@gayasapelikula,

As the SOGIE equality bill faced another day in Congress, stars of Boys’ Love (BL) series made their voices heard in support of the legislation.

Opposition toward the bill was seen in the online hearing held today, Nov. 4, from members of the House of Representatives who hold conservative and at times, misinformed beliefs about the bill and the LGBTQ+ community.

BL and GL writers, actors and fans were one with the LGBTQ+ community and its allies in taking a stand on Twitter using the hashtags #SOGIEEqualityNow and #PassADBNow. The anti-discrimination bill or ADB is the previous name of the said bill.

“Gameboys” writer Ash Malanum shared a video of the show’s cast members — Adrianna So, Kokoy De Santos and Elijah Canlas — stating “Gay rights, period,” along with Malanum himself and director Ivan Andrew Payawal. So, who stars in her own Girls’ Love series “Pearl Next Door,” was among those who retweeted the video.

Among the statements he questioned was one from televangelist Rep. Eddie Villanueva, who claimed that the bill would be discriminatory against straight people.

“Discrimination against the straights??? You really want to be oppressed so bad?” wrote Malanum.

“Gaya sa Pelikula” creator Juan Miguel Severo, meanwhile, clapped back at unfounded statements made by Lyndon Caña of the Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines (CCFP).

Caña claimed that the LGBTQ+ community has become a “super special elite class.”

“Members of an elite class don’t get their murderers pardoned by

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You can’t write Tiger Woods off but it’s hard to see him lift 16th major at the Masters

Tiger Woods is over a week away from competing in his 23rd Masters, his first time back at Augusta National since storming to a stunning victory nearly 19 months ago.

It feels like a lifetime since the American defied the odds to clinch a 15th major title, capping an incredible comeback from multiple injuries and scandals that dogged his career in recent years.

Eight knee and back surgeries left him wondering at times whether he would be able to rediscover that old magic. But around the pristine greens of Augusta, he is like a different animal, having captured the famed green jacket on five occasions.

Turning 45 next month, he may lack that same consistent winning ability, yet still remains one of the most intimidating and ruthless players in the game.

But when Woods steps out onto the first tee next Thursday, it will be different without any of the patrons tracking his every move. It will be different too as nobody knows what firepower he will bring.

Expectations are lower than 2019, with just one top-10 finish from eight tournaments this year, that coming in the form of a T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open back in January.

Yet aside from that promising result at Torrey Pines, his form reads 68, T40, T37, T58, T51, MC and T72 over the last nine months. Inconsistencies that have seen the 44-year-old slip from sixth in the world rankings to 32nd at present.

Even a return to Sherwood Country Club last weekend – a course he has won at five times – he failed to produce any of that old wizardry, finishing 72nd out of 77 players. A staggering 22 shots behind winner Patrick Cantlay.

His inconsistencies over the course of the year can be attributed to his inability to find greens

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