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Rugby league

Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68 m wide and 112–122 m long. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players, its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators. In rugby league, points are scored by carrying the ball and touching it to the ground beyond the opposing team's goal line; the opposing team attempts to stop the attacking side scoring points by tackling the player carrying the ball. In addition to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals. Field goals can be attempted at any time, following a successful try, the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may be awarded for penalties; the Super League and the National Rugby League are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European and Pacific Island countries, is governed by the International Rugby League.

Rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, is a popular sport in Northern England, North Island in New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Lebanon. The first Rugby League World Cup was held in France in 1954. Rugby league football takes its name from the bodies that split to create a new form of rugby, distinct from that run by the Rugby Football Unions, in Britain and New Zealand between 1895 and 1908; the first of these, the Northern Rugby Football Union, was established in 1895 as a breakaway faction of England's Rugby Football Union. Both organisations played the game under the same rules at first, although the Northern Union began to modify rules immediately, thus creating a new faster, stronger paced form of rugby football. Similar breakaway factions split from RFU-affiliated unions in Australia and New Zealand in 1907 and 1908, renaming themselves "rugby football leagues" and introducing Northern Union rules. In 1922, the Northern Union changed its name to the Rugby Football League and thus over time the sport itself became known as "rugby league" football.

In 1895, a schism in Rugby football resulted in the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union. Although many factors played a part in the split, including the success of working class northern teams, the main division was caused by the RFU decision to enforce the amateur principle of the sport, preventing "broken time payments" to players who had taken time off work to play rugby. Northern teams had more working class players who could not afford to play without this compensation, in contrast to affluent southern teams who had other sources of income to sustain the amateur principle. In 1895, a decree by the RFU banning the playing of rugby at grounds where entrance fees were charged led to twenty-two clubs meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield on 29 August 1895 and forming the "Northern Rugby Football Union". Within fifteen years of that first meeting in Huddersfield, more than 200 RFU clubs had left to join the rugby revolution. In 1897, the line-out was in 1898 professionalism introduced.

In 1906, the Northern Union changed its rules, reducing teams from 15 to 13 a side and replacing the ruck formed after every tackle with the play the ball. A similar schism to that which occurred in England took place in Australia. There, on 8 August 1907 the New South Wales Rugby Football League was founded at Bateman's Hotel in George Street. Rugby league went on to displace rugby union as the primary football code in New South Wales and Queensland. On 5 May 1954 over 100,000 spectators watched the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final at Odsal Stadium, England, setting a new record for attendance at a rugby football match of either code. In 1954 the Rugby League World Cup, the first for either code of rugby, was formed at the instigation of the French. In 1966, the International Board introduced a rule that a team in possession was allowed three play-the-balls and on the fourth tackle a scrum was to be formed; this was increased to six tackles in 1972 and in 1983 the scrum was replaced by a handover.

1967 saw. The first sponsors, Joshua Tetley and John Player, entered the game for the 1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season. Television would have an enormous impact on the sport of rugby league in the 1990s when Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation sought worldwide broadcasting rights and refused to take no for an answer; the media giant's "Super League" movement saw big changes for the traditional administrators of the game. In Europe, it resulted in a move from a winter sport to a summer one as the new Super League competition tried to expand its market. In Australasia, the Super League war resulted in long and costly legal battles and changing loyalties, causing significant damage to the code in an competitive sporting market. In 1997 two competitions were run alongside each other in Australia, after which a peace deal in the form of the National Rugby League was formed; the NRL has since become recognised as the sport's flagship competition and since that time has set record TV ratings and crowd figures.

The objective in rugby league is to score more points through tries and field goals than the opposition within the 80 minutes of play. If after two-halves of play, each consisting of forty minutes, the two teams are drawing, a draw may be

Rachel Keller (actress)

Rachel Rye Keller is an American actress, known for her role as Sydney "Syd" Barrett in the FX television series Legion. Keller was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she attended the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and graduated in 2014 from Carnegie Mellon University. Keller's father is Jewish, she celebrates Hanukkah. Keller began her career with roles in various short films and guest starring roles in the television series The Mentalist and Supernatural. Keller received wider recognition for her recurring role as Simone Gerhardt in the second season of the FX anthology television series Fargo. Between 2017 and 2019, she has starred as Sydney "Syd" Barrett, the female lead, in the FX superhero drama series Legion. In 2019, Keller starred as Cassandra Pressman in the Netflix mystery drama series The Society. Rachel Keller on IMDb

Los Angeles Lakers radio networks

The Los Angeles Lakers radio networks consist of two separate networks for the coverage of Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball. One is an English language network. There are 17 total stations in four states between the two networks. Current announcers for the English-language network include John Ireland as the play-by-play announcer since 2011; the color commentator since 2004 is former Lakers player Mychal Thompson. Thompson, who worked with Spiro Deedes stayed on as an announcer when the broadcasts moved from KLAC to KSPN at the start of the 2009-2010 season. Former on-air personnel for the network have included legendary play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn and former NBA player Stu Lantz as a color commentator. Pat Riley served as a color commentator for the network from 1977 until late 1979 when he became an assistant coach for the team; the English-language Los Angeles Lakers Radio Network is a three-state, 17-station network with KSPN serving as the flagship. Starting with the 2009-2010 season, KSPN took over the flagship position under a five-year deal, thus ending the Lakers' three-decade relationship with KLAC.

KLAC served as the Lakers' flagship station from 1977 to 2009. The Spanish-language network is a four-station network with KWKW serving as its flagship. Broadcast page on the Lakers' website L. A. Times blog: Lakers announce switch to 710 ESPN