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African Players Walk Out on Russian Soccer Club After

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Igor Gamula  photo from www.independent.co.uk.comAfter the coach of a Russian professional soccer club made offensive comments last week regarding his African players, the players have refused to train with the team.On Friday, coach Igor Gamula of the Russian club FC Rostov said his club had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things,” according to Thestar.com.Paul Mitchell, agent for Rostov’s South African defender Siyanda Xulu, told thestar.com that the five African players “are not prepared to train under the current coach until such time as the situation has been dealt with.Gamula’s comments are just the latest in a head-spinning spate of racist comments and actions directed at Black athletes. While racism in sports is hardly new, the latest incidents still seem shocking at a time when Blacks seem to be such a dominant force in the sports world.Of course there was the infamous case of Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was caught on tape making racist comments just before last year’s NBA playoffs. The team responded by dumping their Clippers warmup jackets and pants on the court to show their disgust with Sterling. The NBA owners voted to remove Sterling from the NBA by forcing him to sell the team.More recently, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson offered to sell his portion of the team when he found an e-mail he had written two years ago that he considered to be “inappropriate and offensive.”In the international arena of soccer, racism has been a continual problem. In 2007, Serge Branco, a midfielder from Cameroon who played in a Russian league, endured constant racial abuse from fans of the Zenit St. Petersburg soccer club, according to the New York Times. In 2008, Zenit manager Dick Advocaat reportedly said, “I would be happy to sign anyone, but the fans don’t like Black players.” It was in 2011 when a Zenit fan offered a banana to Roberto Carlos, a Brazilian player. Zenit was also the last top-level Russian club to have never signed a Black player until September 2012, when it signed the Brazilian forward Hulk and Belgian Axel Witsel.In hockey, P.K. Subban, the Black defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, was bombarded with racist tweets after his game winning goal in double overtime against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the series. Using Twitter, Bruins fans broadcasted their offensive and racist language. read more

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OK Should The Cavs Start To Worry Now

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Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (April 16, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris recap the first games of the NBA playoffs. They focus on the weekend’s big storylines: The Pacers trounced the Cavs in Cleveland, the Blazers had no answer for Anthony Davis, and the Sixers looked like real contenders.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris wrote about how Ben Simmons is outsmarting his defenders.

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Wilmington Rotary Club To Hold 4th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge On

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — For the fourth straight year, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be hosting an Ice Bucket Challenge at Rotary Park, with all proceeds going to the Angel Fund. The last three years, the Club has raised over $11,000 total to donate to the Angel Fund to support research the cure ALS,This year, Rotary is also having an online Facebook auction. With all proceeds going to the Angel Fund, please bid on two Red Sox tickets to their Monday, August 20 game against the Cleveland Indians. First pitch is at 7:10. The seats are third base grandstand (Section 24, Row 9, seats 9 and 10). Also included is a $50.00 gift certificate to the Red Sox Souvenir Shop, and a $50.00 gift certificate to Eastern Standard, a restaurant just five minutes from Fenway Park. This package is worth hundreds, so get your bid in by either calling “Scooter” Cunningham at 978 944-0155, or by commenting on this Facebook post.Rotary is hoping to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s and would love your help to bring people together and to raise funds for research to find a cure for the terrible disease of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It will be taking place on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Rotary Park.Please:Send a donation of any amount to Wilmington Rotary Club at P.O. Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887.Contact people you know — your child’s coaches, teachers, tutors, etc.Spread the word; the bigger the crowd the larger the impact.Athletic Director TIm Alberts has committed many of the high school fall teams to attending and participating. Come meet some of the local athletes!Rotary is also soliciting corporate donations. All businesses sponsoring $200 will have a sign that they provide prominently displayed during the ice bucket challenge event.All donations will go to the Angel Fund for A.L.S. research.Please call organizer Mike Burns (508-574-7897) or email (mburns4447@aol.com) with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Community”last_img read more

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Families Opting Out Of STAAR Find Alternative School

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first_imgLaura IsenseeTeacher Sam Brower leads a class at an alternative learning environment for students who are not taking the state standardized exams this week. Brower said that his lesson tries to teach about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.This week thousands of Texas students are taking state standardized exams, called the STAAR. But in Houston about 80 kids have signed up to do something totally different.Tuesday morning, a bunch of them were playing with a swing outside a community center in North Houston. Third grader Lucia Zuniga explained the game.“We’re playing with the rope and whoever catches it gets to swing on it,” she said.This is not what she normally does at school. “This school is a school for no testing,” Lucia said.It’s called the Opt Out Academy. It’s a temporary, alternative school this week that the advocacy group Community Voices for Public Education organized for students who boycott state exams. The group estimates that as many as 500 families in Greater Houston have opted their child out of at least one standardized exam this year.Lucia’s mom Julia Kramp signed her up because she believes high stakes tests hurt her daughter’s education.“It takes away from the time that she could be learning,” Kramp said. “So they spend a lot of time every year doing practice exams, learning how to take the STAAR, learning how to bubble in correctly.”At this alternative school, Lucia loves having lots of recess. And her mom likes the creative lessons. In the first one Lucia learns about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.Kramp and other parents hope their boycott changes the way tests are used in school.“For us it’s about kind of changing a system that’s in place,” said Sam Brower, a parent and also a teacher at the alternative academy. “Because it’s not just the week of STAAR tests, but it’s all the test prep and all the practice exams and the mock exams that take place leading up to the STAAR. And then this week there’s the added stress, there’s the added pressure.”Results factor into teacher evaluations and, in certain grades, they may determine if a child moves on to the next level.But this year the Houston Independent School District approved a new policy saying students won’t be punished for not taking the STAAR. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:35 X Sharelast_img read more

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