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Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi sentenced to life in Prison

first_imgMorsi was found guilty on charges of espionage.Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to life in Prison.Morsi will have to spend 25 years in jail which is the maximum sentence for life imprisonment .He was found guilty on charges of espionage.The court still has to decide whether to confirm or commute death sentences it handed down against Morsi in a separate case related to a 2011 prison break.General guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to 25 years in jail on spying charges on Tuesday. The court handed town a total of 17 life sentences on charges of spying.Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and two others were sentenced to death in the same case.Death sentences were also handed to 13 other defendants in absentia.Deposed President Mohammed Morsi had been preliminarily sentenced to death on charges of escaping from prison.The Court has referred the papers of Morsi and 104 others to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top Islamic scholar, for confirmation of the death sentences.Morsi was officially ousted as president by Egypt’s armed forces on July 3, 2013.Following the army’s announcement, which was televised, millions of protesters celebrated countrywide, reportedly shouting phrases like “God is great” and “Long live Egypt.”Not long after the announcement was made, Morsi stated that the Egyptian military’s measures “represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation” via his Twitter page.Morsi’s removal from power led to unrest across Egypt with clashes taking place between his supporters and detractors. The Egyptian government killed some pro-Morsi Muslim protestors during this time.The government also arrested and tried some of his supporters as well. That November, Morsi himself was put on trial for allegedly inciting the murder of several protestors in December 2012.He told the court that “this trial is illegimate,” according to a report in The New York Times. Morsi claimed to still be the rightful president of Egypt. After only one day in court, the trial was postponed until early 2014.last_img read more

Struggling Man Utd must improve quickly, says James

first_img Loading… Daniel James admitted Manchester United’s performance against Burnley “simply wasn’t good enough” after an embarrassing defeat that darkened the mood at the troubled club.Advertisement Burnley triumphed at Old Trafford on Wednesday for the first time since 1962, with Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez scoring in a 2-0 win.United have now lost more Premier League games than they have won since Solskjaer’s permanent appointment in March and are 30 points behind leaders Liverpool, who also have two games in hand on their rivals.The Norwegian boss reportedly retains the backing of the United hierarchy despite the club’s dismal run, but Wales winger James knows they must improve quickly.“Obviously disappointing,” James said following the defeat. “Today obviously wasn’t good enough. We know that and obviously the fans know that as well.“We need to, as a team, take chances better. Today we had quite a number of shots.”James bemoaned a lack of cutting edge during a promising United start that quickly unravelled, with Solskjaer’s side mustering little response to Burnley’s goals either side of half-time.Rodriguez’s stunner early in the second half led to renewed, furious chants calling for owners the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to leave, with thousands of fans rising to their feet as “Stand up if you hate Glazers” echoed around the ground.There were jeers at the final whistle but there was still support for Solskjaer and the players between songs aimed at the club hierarchy.“I think every week, home and away, they cheer us on and stick by us,” said James. “We’re obviously going to react to this. We know that wasn’t good enough today.”United have a frantic fixture schedule coming up, with an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Tranmere or Watford on Sunday.A trip to Manchester City for the second leg of the League Cup semi-final, a match they head into 3-1 down, follows on Wednesday, before attention turns to narrowing the gap to the top four, with United still fifth.Struggling Man Utd must improve quickly, says James https://t.co/W2j3DS2Mif pic.twitter.com/7Zk1Iejdqf— CLEANSHEET (@Cleansheet) January 23, 2020Read Also: Man United Launch £30m Bid For 16-Year-Old Bellingham“I think that’s obviously still up for grabs,” James said of the Champions League spots. “We’ve got to keep fighting.“We’ll reflect on this game and then see what obviously went wrong today. Then we’ve got two big cup games coming up. We’ve got to go into that with heads held high.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldCrazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift Owns5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love Withlast_img read more

NegOcc sets up more sweeper flights for stranded residents

first_imgAfter that, the Bacolod-Silay Airport will already be opened to commercial flights. BACOLOD City – The provincial government has arranged sweeper flights with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for the repatriation this week of residents stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions brought by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).On Monday, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod-Silay Airport manager Percy Malonesio led the inspection of the installation of thermal scanners and swab-testing booths for COVID-19 at the airport located in Silay City. Magallanes-Tan said the provincial government organized these sweeper flights to ensure that LSIs and returning Negrenses will be given priority in all flights until June 15. Passengers on the special flights are paying for their own fare, she added. Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City can also book for seats on a return flight scheduled at 1 p.m. On Monday also, eight overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are residents of Bacolod and 13 others from this province were repatriated aboard an AirAsia sweeper flight from Manila around 12:50 a.m. Magallanes-Tan said those who have previously bought tickets from PAL for Bacolod-bound flights need to rebook to take either of the sweeper flights. The provincial government warned that anyone misrepresenting his or her identity, residence and other personal details to obtain a ticket will be blacklisted and subjected to criminal and administrative action.center_img Some 21 OFWs and a child – all from Negros Occidental – also landed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport around 2:50 a.m. on June 7. Twelve Bacolodonons were also on the same flight.Later that day, a total of 102 LSIs who are residents of this city arrived on a PAL special flight around 3 p.m. “PAL will just refund the payments made for commercial flights,” she added. The trips from Metro Manila depart around 11 a.m. and arrive in Bacolod-Silay Airport around 12:30 p.m. A new batch of repatriated Negrense Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental on June 9 undergo swab testing for coronavirus disease 2019 at the booths of the airport arranged by the provincial government. More residents of the province who are stranded in Metro Manila are set to be repatriated this week. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Charina Magallanes-Tan, spokesperson of Provincial Incident Management Team for COVID-19, said the three-day repatriation flights started yesterday. On June 6, a PAL sweeper flight carrying 14 Negrense and three Bacolodnon overseas workers landed at the airport around 2:15 a.m.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

The Latest: Germany plans to test soccer players for doping

first_imgMaracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics. April 23, 2020 Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums. Associated Press The Latest: Germany plans to test soccer players for doping ___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area. Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event. ___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year. Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect. The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities. Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.” NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___ UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete. German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___ France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”last_img read more

Hamilton disappointed with past champions’ comments on racism

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has hit back at past Formula One champions Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart for their comments on his anti-racism stance and push for greater diversity in the sport.Andretti, who won his title in 1978 and is now 80, was quoted by the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio as saying he had a lot of respect for the six times world champion but asked why he had ‘become a militant’.The American great also spoke, in comments translated into Spanish, of “creating a problem that doesn’t exist” and added that “in motor racing colour doesn’t matter; you have to win your place with results, and that’s the same for everyone.”. Triple champion Stewart, 81 and Britain’s most successful driver until Hamilton came along, had told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he did not think Formula One had as big a problem as it might seem.Hamilton is the only Black driver in a sport that is heavily white and male. “This is disappointing but unfortunately a reality that some of the older generation who still have a voice today cannot get out of their own way and acknowledge there is a problem,” Hamilton said in an Instagram story. “Again, this is plain ignorance but that will not stop me from continuing to push for change,” he said of Andretti’s comments.“It is never too late to learn and I hope that this man who I’ve always had respect for can take the time to educate himself,” added the Mercedes driver.Of Stewart’s comments, the Briton wrote: “Again, another one. Just disappointing.” Championship leader Hamilton has taken a knee before all three of the season’s races so far, wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and using his platform to speak out against racial injustice.In Hungary last weekend, where the drivers’ pre-race anti-racism gesture appeared hurried and disorganised, the 35-year-old called on Formula One in general to do more in the fight against racism.last_img read more

No. 1 Trojans look to keep their record perfect

first_imgThe top-ranked USC men’s water polo team (3-0) will play in its first home match of the season Saturday against No. 17 Cal Baptist (0-2).Leading the pack · Senior two-meter Matt Burton is one of the captains on this year’s squad. He was a third-team All-American in 2011. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanThe match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the annual Alumni Game that follows is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.USC’s McDonald’s Swimming Stadium is hosting both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and NCAA tournaments  this year, so Saturday’s match could be the first of many Trojan home victories this season.USC steamrolled the competition over the weekend, winning their three games by a combined score of 65-10.The Trojans squared off against Cal Baptist in the second weekend of the season in 2011 as well, and defeated the Lancers easily, 14-3.Captain and senior two-meter Matt Burton, however, gave praise to the Lancers’ goalie, Austin Ramer.“He’ll hit a man in stride at any time to create a quick goal,” Burton said. “He’s really dangerous on the counter attack.”While the game will not have the intensity or competition that a matchup against a conference rival brings, it still provides valuable early-season experience.“We did not execute high percentage opportunities enough,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “Some of our returning players did not play their best last weekend, and we want to see improvement on Saturday.”Burton echoed Vavic’s attitude on how the team views Saturday’s game.“It’s kind of like a dress rehearsal,” Burton said. “We’re going to test out plays and make sure we don’t make mental errors. We can get away with those here, but Cal and Stanford will punish you for those [mistakes].”Additionally, these early non-conference matchups give the coaching staff more time to sort out positional battles before the level of competition and pressure increases during conference play.For example, the race is between sophomore Ely Bonilla and freshman James Clark to replace Cutino Award Winner Joel Dennerley in goal.Clark has yet to receive game time, but the talented backup for the Australian Olympic squad this summer is sure to see some action in the non-conference slate.Additionally, the games leading up to MPSF play will give a better insight into who can fulfill the second half of a 1-2 scoring punch with junior driver Nikola Vavic after 2011’s leading scorer Peter Kurzeka’s graduation.Vavic leads the team so far with 10 goals, while sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias is second with six goals. Redshirt junior driver Stephen Siri is third with five goals, while five other players are tied with four goals apiece.In fact, 19 players already have notched a goal this season after 21 individual players put the ball in the net at least once last season.Whether it’s balance or simply a slate of lower-caliber opponents that allow the backups and third-string to play significant minutes, this trend of variety in scoring will be sure to continue this Saturday, as well as throughout the non-conference schedule.last_img read more

Style clash awaits Badgers in Sweet 16

first_imgIf Wisconsin hopes to beat Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, players like Josh Gasser will need to make shots from the outside. Gasser currently shoots a ridiculous 45.6 percent from downtown.[/media-credit]Part of the fun in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the pairing of teams that do not often see each other, creating unique matchups and the clashing of one league’s brand of basketball versus another.The last time Wisconsin crossed paths with Syracuse was in 1999, and the time before that: 1927. Now, both teams are to face something not often seen in their respective conferences.Over the course of Bo Ryan’s 11-year tenure at Wisconsin, the program has become notorious for its patient, halfcourt offensive strategy, which feeds into the Big Ten’s image as a slow-paced and low-scoring conference.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense is a signature of head coach Jim Boeheim and it serves as a starting point for its faster, full court length offense often seen in the Big East.And on Thursday, the two trademark methods of Ryan and Boeheim will clash for the first time.The No. 4-seeded Badgers (26-9) have not seen a defense quite like that of No. 1-seeded Syracuse’s (33-2), even though UW has already faced opponents that have switched in-game from man-to-man to zone.Wisconsin faced a 2-3 zone in the closing minutes of its victory against Vanderbilt last weekend in the Round of 32 and struggled to penetrate near the rim, “settling” instead for three-pointers, according to guard Jordan Taylor.“They (Syracuse) force people where they want them to go and I think when you back down from that and go back into a shell … that’s when they kind of impose their will on teams and get their way,” Taylor said. “You just have to stay aggressive and keep attacking them.“You have to be able to penetrate the zone.”But the Orange’s zone is more kinetic than most.“Some zones are more compact, more stationary,” assistant coach Gary Close said. “This one tries to make things happen for them offensively so it’s very aggressive.”Syracuse’s defense is an especially thievish one, standing at third in the nation with 9.4 steals per game and second with a plus-5.8 turnover margin. The Orange like to quickly turn their takeaways into scoring opportunities in transition, too.And they also happen to be third in country with 7.1 blocks per contest.Like Wisconsin being replete with potential shooters, the Orange have light fingers all across its roster and Dion Waiters is a prime example of the size and depth Syracuse has at its disposal. The 6-foot-4 guard doesn’t even start for the Orange but leads the team with 65 steals on the year.The Orange have five other players with between 31 and 49 steals and only three have started regularly this season. Four of them are forwards standing 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 and the other is a 6-foot-4 guard.“They’re the [No. 3] team in the country in steals and you don’t think that’s going to happen with teams playing a zone ‘D’,” Close said. “That’s how aggressive they are; that’s how long they are, athletic they are, how well they anticipate.”That Wisconsin plays a more methodical game, dedicated to finding the best possible shot, may help the Badgers from getting their pockets picked by the Orange. UW has protected the basketball as well as anyone this year, posting nine turnovers a game, good for second-best in the country.A 2-3 zone defense is more geared toward protecting the rim and leaves the perimeter susceptible – which fits neatly into Wisconsin’s offense. Just under 40 percent of Wisconsin’s shots this year have come from behind the arc with 36.2 percent of those shots connecting.But Syracuse’s defense is big and athletic enough to contend shots from outside and Wisconsin will have to remain just as alert.“You might think a shot is open but they’ll close quickly, so you just got to be ready for that – use shot-fakes, ball-fakes,” said guard Josh Gasser, who averages 7.7 points per game and has a team-best 45.6 shooting percentage from three.Syracuse also is vulnerable on the offensive boards. The Orange has been liable to miss out on defensive rebounds all year due to its defensive configuration.Back in the Round of 32, Kansas State, one of the better rebounding teams in the country, had more offensive boards, 25, than Syracuse had defensive, 23.In the meantime, the Badgers were a middling rebounding team in Big Ten play, coming out with a minus-0.1 rebounding margin.But although Wisconsin struggled to score against Vanderbilt’s 2-3 zone, the win might not have happened if not for two offensive rebounds by forward Jared Berggren and Gasser in the game’s last minute. Both boards gave Wisconsin a brand new shot-clock and allowed UW to drain precious time.“You talk about zones and offensive rebounds, those were two huge ones – Berggren and Gasser’s two rebounds that were able to get us another shot-clock reset,” associate head coach Greg Gard said.While the Badgers can count on more opportunities to put back second chances against the Orange, UW still needs to remain conscious of the way SU compensates via steals and blocked shots.“Any zone, that’s always kind of the Achilles’ Heel,” Gard said. “They do give up some [offensive rebounds] … but they also create a lot of havoc … shot blocking, they get a lot of offense out of their defense, jumping passing lanes, deflections, disrupting offensive flow.“There’s things they trade off for it but they’ve obviously gained a lot more than they’ve given up.”last_img read more

Erickson: NHL needs more diversity to combat racist slurs

first_imgWhile it’s a topic somewhat removed now, I can’t help but shake off the nagging thoughts that came immediately after the Washington Capital’s right-winger Joel Ward ended the Boston Bruins season.Fans, not only loyal to Boston, but other NHL teams as well, took to Twitter expressing their disappointment in the most racist of ways. Seemingly angry at the prospect that Ward, who is black, scored the game winner, people took to the social networking site and called him the n-word on countless occasions, almost as if to say Boston’s loss was compounded by the color of Ward’s skin.Multiple tweets concerning the issue claimed hockey is a “white man’s game.” One even went so far as to exclaim, “white power!”Here few examples of some of the egregious comments from fans:One fan tweeted “#bruins just got beat by a n* I thought hockey was a white man’s game #wtf fuck ward.”Another wrote minutes later, “Fucking stupid arrogant, smelly, useless, waste of life, sad excuse for a NHL hockey playing N*.”Soon after, another tweeted “Can’t believe Boston just let a sand n* beat them #gobacktothejungle.”Finally one fan just couldn’t string together a competent thought and just repeatedly tweeted the n-word along with a string of other profanities that would surely earn their mouth some quality time with a bar of soap.Fans certainly take sports over the top seomtimes. But to go so far as to react in such a childish and uncivilized way is simply unacceptable. Just because it’s sports doesn’t make racist slurs OK, or any other sort of slur for that matter.Those fans who took to the Internet and expressed their anger at a man not because he scored the game-winner, but because of the color of his skin in addition to scoring the game-winning goal, effectively crossed a line.These racist comments – while unwarranted, unnecessary and completely idiotic – arise out of the fact that there are few black players in the National Hockey League.Ward is one of only 28 active players in the NHL who are at least partially black. During the regular season, teams have a maximum of 23 players on their active roster, making for 690 active players in the league. But they can have 50 players under contract, meaning there at 1,500 players under an NHL contract at any given moment during the season. Essentially, 28 players out of 690 active players is miniscule (about 4 percent), much less 28 out of the 1,500 under contract.Hockey is certainly a sport that needs to diversify. Not that the NHL is a racist organization or anything of that matter. Rather, it’s the circumstances surrounding the game that continue to hold back diversity.If you didn’t already know, hockey is an expensive sport to play. The sheer cost of equipment from peewees to high school to whichever level one continues to play, is astronomical. As a result, in order to play the sport, you have to be able to afford it. For many, the costs are too much and therefore they can’t play.In an attempt to not over generalize here, those with lower socioeconomic status can’t afford to play the game. According to a 2007 study by the National center for Education Statistics, African American children are three times more likely to live in poverty than Caucasian children.In order to introduce more diversity, the sport itself needs to find ways to offer kids the chance to play even if they can’t afford it. The NHL, USA Hockey or various other hockey organizations throughout the country need to host hockey days, particularly in inner cities, giving kids a chance to learn to skate and try the game for free. The costs can be covered through donations and funds that these organizations already have or can start fundraisers for. Either way, if the sport wants more diversity, it needs to help create it.Much like the Mighty Ducks, kids just need someone to show them how to play and find a means of playing. None of them had great equipment – at least until Gordon Bombay helped change that – but they loved the sport so they found ways to play. More kids need that chance which the NHL and other hockey organizations can help provide.Nothing can excuse how the Boston fans reacted to Ward’s goal and simply how degrading their comments were, but one way the NHL can help prevent situations like that in the future is to help create some diversity now and continue to foster it in the future.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. How do you think hockey can create some diversity? Let her know @kellymerickson or send her an email at kerickson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Football notes: Last Saturday served as reminder for Badgers to never overlook lesser opponents

first_imgFive of the top 10 teams in last week’s College Football Playoff Poll, including three of the top five, suffered defeats last weekend, throwing the status quo into complete disarray.No. 2 Clemson University lost 43-42 to University of Pittsburgh on a last-second field goal. No. 3 University of Michigan suffered a similar fate, falling on the road at unranked University of Iowa 14-13 when the Hawkeyes pushed through with a field goal as time expired. No. 4 University of Washington looked uninspired against No. 20 University of Southern California at home during its 26-13 defeat.So when the University of Wisconsin football team learns of its fate in the freshest state of CFP rankings come Tuesday night, UW will be one of the few teams to survive last weekend, following its 48-3 demolition of the University of Illinois Saturday.Football: Wisconsin rolls over Illinois for fourth consecutive winThe University of Wisconsin football team won their fourth straight game Saturday afternoon after cruising past unranked University of Illinois Read…Still, the happenings across college football Saturday served as a tough reminder for the Badgers to never take an opponent lightly — a sentiment that will have to be embodied throughout the final two weeks of the regular season against Purdue University and the University of Minnesota if Wisconsin wants to clinch the Big Ten West title and earn a berth to the conference championship game on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.“You have to take every opponent seriously,” redshirt junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt said. “These guys are getting recruited to play football too.”Players on any team, regardless of record, can turn it on any given Saturday and give even the best teams in the country a run for their money, Watt said. Plus, upsets happen all the time.“You have to know that it’s happened, and it’s going to continue to happen,” Watt said. “So you just have to really block everything out and try not to listen to all the noise, stick to your basics and just handle business.”The mentality of keeping laser focus on the task at hands come straight from the top in UW head coach Paul Chryst, Watt said. Chryst said Monday it’s important for his team do just that.Chryst added getting right into the game film of the next opponent sets the tone for the week.“I think it helps us be in the moment,” Chryst said. “I think that you have to be.”Chryst also said there’s recent history (i.e. last weekend) of the danger of overlooking an opponent. This week, he joked, the coaching staff will have a dictionary lesson with the players on the word “assume”.For senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton, he uses the team’s motto of “Win The Day” to stay in the present. He said the approach has come with experience and maturity, and Shelton knows the team’s bid to the College Football Playoff won’t happen this week or next week, but the opportunity can be lost in any given game — just like what may have happened to Michigan, Clemson or Washington.Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s CFB lineup Nov. 12The Badger Herald Sports section’s weekly double feature is highlighting all of the weekend’s biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday. Read…“You gotta just worry about yourself and stay in your lane, and that’s what we’re doing as a team,” Shelton said. “It’s crazy to see what happened this past weekend and I don’t think we want to put ourselves in that position.“This week is Purdue week. This is all we can worry about,” Shelton said.Injury ReportFor the second consecutive week, UW released a shorter and more promising injury report. Sophomore nose tackle Olive Sagapolu is still out with a right arm injury. Chryst said Sagapolu is “ramping up” his workouts but was unsure of when he would return.Zack Baun, Jacob Maxwell and Austin Ramesh were all listed as questionable.Getting healthyWatt battled a sore left shoulder for a couple weeks, but last week played without a brace and said he experienced no pain.“Overall, I feel really good,” Watt said. “I’m in-season healthy.”Junior cornerback Natrell Jamerson returned against Illinois after missing two months. Shelton said Jamerson was effective on Saturday, noting Jamerson’s pass break-up that was almost an interception on his first play back.“He hasn’t dropped off,” Shelton said. “He had a solid game on Saturday. It’s pretty cool to have him back, to have his charisma back in this group.”last_img read more

TXODDS confirms sponsorship deal with British Boxing champion

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Scottish FA sponsorship deal with William Hill to end February 21, 2020 Share GLMS calls for increased vigilance regarding betting sponsorships July 23, 2020 Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football February 26, 2020 Submit UK-based sports betting data provider TXODDS has confirmed its first ever sponsorship deal with undefeated British and Commonwealth middleweight champion, Tommy Langford.Already a supplier of real time odds data and statistics to leading betting organisations and professionals, TXODDS hopes that the agreement will highlight its specialist data to an even wider audience, and promote an advanced portfolio of products including pre-game/in-play odds feeds and an R-API historical data portal.Langford, who will be promoting the TXODDS sponsorship on his website and sporting the TXODDS logo on his fight kit, claimed the British middleweight belt after a split-decision victory over Sheffield’s Sam Sheedy at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff four months ago.The 27-year-old is back in action against Georgian Avtandil Khurtsidze for the vacant interim middleweight world title on April 22 in Leicester, where he will be hoping to extend his run of professional victories to 19. Khurtsidze has 32 wins (21 by KO), two draws and two losses from his 36 professional fights since October 2002.CEO Einar Knobel commented: “Having worked with some of the biggest names in the sports betting industry, we felt it was the perfect time to take TXODDS into the sports arena. We were attracted to linking up with British Boxing, and in particular the so far undefeated Tommy Langford, with an agreement which comes just before his next big fight at the Leicester Arena in April.”last_img read more