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Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reservedPowered by WPeMatico Related iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Every member of the Miami Dolphins is now registered to vote.The Dolphins, in conjunction with the Drum Major Institute, announced that every player has filed the necessary paperwork to vote in the 2018 election. The voter registration initiative began in June, when Drum Major Institute members Martin Luther King III and Bill Wachtel came to a Dolphins practice to register players to vote.The Drum Major Institute’s website claims this is the first professional sports team to have a full roster of registered voters.King plans to spread the voting initiative to other sports franchises, according to the Miami Herald.“I salute the Miami Dolphins for their leadership in realizing upon my father’s dream of a society where all Americans can and do vote,” King said in a statement put out by the Dolphins. “Today, we celebrate the fact that every player on the Dolphins roster is a registered voter. What makes this truly special is that this voter registration effort, which was begun by Kenny Stills, has been spreading throughout the NFL and other sports leagues. As my father often said, that short step into the voting booth is the longest stride for democracy.”The Dolphins statement also announced the creation by owner Stephen Ross and players of an annual fund for advocacy and justice. The fund will provide monetary support for programs surrounding community engagement, education and justice reform.
Swansea manager Garry Monk has told talkSPORT there is no chance captain Ashley Williams will leave the club this summer, amid reported interest from Premier League rivals Everton and Crystal Palace.The Wales defender has been consistently linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium ever since impressing in the Swans’ debut top flight season three years ago.Palace boss Alan Pardew has already been active in the transfer market with the club record arrival of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Yohan Cabaye, and it is believed the London outfit have submitted a formal offer – reportedly around £10million – to make 30-year-old Williams their second big-money arrival of the summer.Everton have also registered an interest, but the centre-back is “very committed” to Swansea and fully focused on the season ahead, according to manager and former team-mate Monk.“Ash will be here, he’ll be here with Swansea,” said the Jacks boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’ve got a good relationship with him, he’s our captain and obviously I played with him for many years as well.“For the past six or seven years he’s been linked with a team in the summer, and whether that’s actual interest or driven by the papers and agents, I don’t know.“But Ash is very committed to the club, he’s our captain and he’s captain of Wales as well, it’s a big year for him with qualification coming up with his country.“I don’t think he’ll want to do anything that unsettles him, I think he’ll want to give himself the best chance to qualify with Wales and have a good season with Swansea as well.“I know he’ looking forward to it and is fully focused on the season ahead with Swansea.”The Jacks were busy in their early stages of the transfer window, bringing in four new faces including £5.2million Portuguese striker Eder.But, when asked if he is planning any more swoops before the window shuts, Monk insisted he is completely satisfied with the squad he has at his disposal.“As a manager, you’re always looking to improve the squad,” the manager added.“We recruited really well last season, which was really important – we moved 12 players out and brought eight back in. This year we’ve brought four in and we managed to get it done early, which is great for the preparation for the season which is vitally important.“Of course, there’s the possibility of doing a bit more business, but I’m very happy with the squad I have.”