Paul Scholes believes Wayne Rooney should resist the appeal of Chelsea and stay at Manchester United. “It’s up to Wayne – but he’s a top, top player and every player and fan wants him to stay.” Scholes, who made his United debut in 1993 and went on to make more than 700 appearances for the club, does not believe manager David Moyes is under pressure to recruit. The Barclays Premier League champions have made two offers to Barcelona for midfielder Cesc Fabregas, for a reported £25million and £30million respectively, both of which were rejected by the Catalan club. Scholes, who retired from action for a second time in May, added on Sky Sports News: “I don’t think there’s that much pressure. “He’s got a quality squad there, with already 18-20 quality players. “Even if Sir Alex Ferguson was there he would want to sign two or three players. That’s the norm every season – to improve the year after, even if you’ve won the league. “I’m sure David Moyes is trying to get players – and hopefully he’ll get the ones he wants.” The Blues had a bid for the England striker turned down last week – but their pursuit of him is ongoing. However, 38-year-old Scholes said: “I don’t think there’s anywhere better than Manchester United to play your football. Press Association
“I played very well again today,” said Warren, who finished third behind Rose in the Scottish Open. “I drove it really well so I was able to be aggressive due to the conditions and went at a lot of the flags. I gave myself a lot of chances and holed a few more putts today. “Hopefully I can do the same again tomorrow and there is no reason why not the way I am playing.” Warren finished his round in style with four birdies in the last five holes, holing from 15 feet on the 16th, 30 feet on the 17th and two-putting the par-five 18th, one of two holes where the pin had been moved to higher ground due to the wet conditions and a forecast for more rain. Rose had birdied the final two holes of his second round to make the cut with just a shot to spare on Friday evening and carried on where he left off on Saturday. The world number five raced to the turn in just 31 at a venue where he made his Ryder Cup debut in 2008 and finished with three points from four matches, but after picking up another shot on the 13th the 34-year-old’s charge was halted with bogeys on the 15th and 16th. Press Association Rose, who won back-to-back events for the first time in his career in the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open recently, birdied the 18th to complete a 67 and finish four under, one behind clubhouse leaders Marc Warren and Brooks Koepka. “I had it going, five under through 13, so I was looking to get it to maybe seven or eight under for the round and who knows where that would put me going into tomorrow,” a disappointed Rose said. “I would say the winning score is going to be 16 under, somewhere in that realm. When you start even par you’ve got to go all guns blazing. I felt like I could have got halfway there today, but it wasn’t to be. “Some parts of the golf course are really easy out there,” Rose said. “Getting close to the pin with your irons is easy, but that’s if you catch a good lie in the fairway. Obviously the fairways are completely saturated right now and the fact that they are so wet probably is a good thing it’s not picking up much mud. “But if it drys out at all it’s going to be a nightmare out there tomorrow if we don’t get a little rain from now until then. The ball is going to pick up so much mud, which is obviously tough conditions to play in.” England’s Danny Willett had also jumped up the leaderboard courtesy of birdies on the second and third and chipping in for an eagle on the fourth, which had been reduced to 292 yards to allow players to try to drive the green. A birdie on the 10th then took Willett to six under par and just three off the lead held by Rory McIlroy, who had yet to begin his third round. Joint clubhouse leader Warren was enjoying his second experience of the year’s final major after finishing in a tie for 12th on his debut at Oak Hill 12 months ago. Former US Open champion Justin Rose was frustrated not to make the most of a brilliant start as low scoring looked to be the order of the day in the 96th US PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Butler looks for home win vs St. John’s SUPER SENIORS: Butler has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Kamar Baldwin, Sean McDermott, Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden have collectively accounted for 66 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 60 percent of all Bulldogs points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Rasheem Dunn has accounted for 43 percent of all St. John’s field goals over the last three games. Dunn has 16 field goals and 18 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: St. John’s is 0-10 when scoring fewer than 68 points and 15-4 when scoring at least 68.UNBEATEN WHEN: St. John’s is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Red Storm are 10-14 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.DID YOU KNOW: The St. John’s offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.4 percent of its possessions, which is the 11th-lowest rate in the nation. The Butler defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18 percent of all possessions (ranked 257th among Division I teams). March 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSt. John’s (15-14, 4-12) vs. Butler (20-9, 8-8)Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Butler looks for its sixth straight win over St. John’s at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The last victory for the Red Storm at Butler was a 69-52 win on Jan. 25, 2014. Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Clippers’ Terance Mann has ligament surgery on right handLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann has had surgery to repair a ligament in his right hand, the team said Wednesday.The surgery was performed Tuesday. Mann was injured during a game on March 8 while on assignment with the team’s G League affiliate in Ontario, California. No timetable for his return has been set.Mann has averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 assists in 35 games for the Clippers this season. The first-year guard out of Florida State played 20 games in the G League, averaging 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL The team is in the process of notifying anyone who had close contact with the player. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the current medical advice is that people not be tested unless they have symptoms.In other virus-related developments:— The Cincinnati Reds say an employee who worked at Cincinnati’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The team says the employee lives in Arizona and has been self-quarantined, along with other members of the Reds staff who were in close contact. The employee worked at the complex from Feb. 29 through March 14. While players in the NBA and the NHL have tested positive for COVID-19, no Major League Baseball player is known to have been infected. Two New York Yankees minor leaguers have tested positive for the virus.— The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year. Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.” The race had been scheduled for April 19. Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.— Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Motorsport’s governing body FIA said in a statement Wednesday that the change was unanimously approved by all teams. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and the FIA is hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events. Associated Press — The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $5 million fully guaranteed contract, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season in Gregg Williams’ defense, playing in the nickel spot. He had 62 tackles, one interception he returned 15 yards for a touchdown, six passes defensed and a forced fumble in 14 games with 10 starts.— A person familiar with the deal says center Ted Karras has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Karras will replace Dan Kilgore, who is departing in free agency after starting 13 games in 2019. Karras is a four-year veteran and former sixth-round pick who became a starter last year for the New England Patriots.— The Detroit Lions have agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal Wednesday. Shelton started 14 games last season for the New England Patriots. He had three sacks and a forced fumble. Shelton has played five NFL seasons — three with Cleveland and two with the Patriots.— The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Two people familiar with the trade tell The Associated Press that the Titans swapped Casey to Denver for a seventh-round draft pick. Casey is due $11.2 million this season and is under contract through 2022 with a price tag that only rises in the final two years.— Versatile Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Blythe has agreed to a one-year deal to return. Blythe has started all but one game over the past two seasons with the Rams after serving as a backup in 2017 Update on the latest sports — The Carolina Panthers have released Eric Reid, just 13 months after giving the veteran safety a three-year, $22 million contract extension. The decision to release Reid means the Panthers will be on the hook for $5 million in dead money. Reid started 29 games over the past two seasons for the Panthers and had 201 tackles, five sacks and one interception. Reid was the first player to join former teammate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He has also been an outspoken voice in the players’ union.— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter free agency with expectations of signing six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. But there’s already an increased demand for tickets. Within hours of reports of the team closing in on a deal with Brady, the website selling season passes for 2020 showed more than 2,400 people waiting for a chance to make purchases. Tampa Bay ranked 30th among 32 teams in home attendance, averaging under 52,000 per game last season.— The Patriots have agreed to trade safety Duron Harmon to the Detroit Lions, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Harmon played all seven of his previous NFL seasons with New England. He started a career-high eight games last season. Harmon has 17 interceptions, including two last season.— The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Josh Norman to a one-year contract in hopes the eighth-year player can secure a starting job opposite Tre’Davious White. The contract was first agreed to on March 9, and announced by the team Wednesday. Norman was available after struggling to meet expectations before being cut by Washington last month with one year left on his five-year, $75 million contract.— Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Joseph’s contract is for $17 million but could go as high as $19 million with additional incentives. Joseph will be entering his 11th season. — A person familiar with the deal says free agent cornerback Eli Apple has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Apple is the latest free agent addition to agree to the Raiders this week as part of a defensive overhaul.— The Washington Redskins are signing safety Sean Davis to a one-year contract that can be worth up to $5 million. The 26-year-old missed the vast majority of last season with a shoulder injury.— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a one-year contract worth $10 million with pass-rushing linebacker Leonard Floyd. Floyd spent his first four NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.NFL-OBIT-MCPHERSONLongtime 49ers assistant Bill McPherson dies at age 88 This is the second time the 47-year-old Waerner has run the Iditarod. He earned Rookie of the Year honors for his 17th place finish in 2015. Two other Norwegian mushers have won the Iditarod. The final rankings were based on play through March 11, when the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the sport to a halt.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSOttawa NHL player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has its first player who has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The Ottawa Senators say an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was experiencing mild symptoms and was in isolation. Ottawa’s final three games of the suspended season were all in California. IDITARODNorwegian musher wins Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog raceANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Norwegian musher is once again the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Thomas Waener of Norway easily won this year’s race, running his sled dog under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome early Wednesday after driving his team off the Bering Sea ice. It took him 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds to travel nearly 1,000 miles across Alaska.Waerner’s closest competitor was three-time champion Mitch Seavey, who was about five hours behind. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime San Francisco 49ers coach and executive Bill McPherson has died at the age of 88. The 49ers said McPherson died Tuesday.McPherson spent 20 seasons as a defensive assistant for the 49ers from 1979-98, helping the franchise win five Super Bowl titles. He was hired in coach Bill Walsh’s first season with the team and was defensive coordinator from 1989-93 under coach George Seifert.McPherson later worked as the team’s director of pro personnel from 1999-2002 and a personnel consultant from 2003-05.McPherson also coached one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and in college for his alma mater Santa Clara and UCLA.NBA-CLIPPERS-MANN March 18, 2020 Kansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton nextUNDATED (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has spent much of the past week mulling ways to commemorate one of the more remarkable seasons in the school’s proud basketball history, one that began with off-the-court distractions too numerous to count and ended in the unprecedented cancellation of the NCAA Tournament.The Jayhawks can start by celebrating their finish atop the final Top 25 from The Associated Press.The regular-season Big 12 champions, who were 28-3 when the season abruptly ended after the first day of the conference tournament last week, received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in balloting released Wednesday. That easily outdistanced No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton, each of which received a first-place vote.Florida State was fourth, easily the best finish ever for the Seminoles, while Baylor rounded out the top five after spending a longer stretch at No. 1 than any other team during a topsy-turvy season. — The Green Bay Packers are extending the deadline for season ticket holders to pay for their 2020 tickets to June 1 to allow them more time to deal with any potential impact from the coronavirus. The previous deadline for season ticket holders was March 31. If a game is canceled and can’t be rescheduled, season ticket holders would receive a refund for the impacted games or could credit that amount to future playoff or regular-season tickets for 2021.— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.— All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA announced that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.” Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen until further notices. This news comes a day after the start of the French Open was postponed from May to September — a week after the end of the U.S. Open. The tournaments affected by Wednesday’s suspensions include events in France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.__ Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic. Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.— The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships. The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. Although information on dozens of contract agreements and a slew of trades has been leaked, teams were not allowed to complete the deals until the 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday start of the 2020 NFL business year. However, all of those transactions now come with the caveat that the signings and physicals need to occur.Several people familiar with a memo the league sent to the 32 teams on Tuesday night tell The Associated Press that while teams can announce reaching agreements with free agents or concluding trades, nothing is official. That also means free agents involved won’t be getting paid until those deals are signed and physicals are taken.The NFL has barred travel to team facilities by free agents and also has banned team personnel from traveling to meet with players as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.In free agency news:— A person familiar with the trade says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to send quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick. The Jaguars are dumping Foles a little more than a year after giving the former Super Bowl MVP a four-year, $88 million contract that included a whopping $50.125 million guaranteed. Foles is due to make $15.125 million in 2020 and would have counted $21.837 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. The Bears are getting a veteran starter to compete with Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled in his third season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNFL-FREE AGENCYAP sources: Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year beginsUNDATED (AP) — The new NFL year has begun, but free agent contracts and trades agreed upon in recent days or weeks won’t become official just yet.
BERBICE Combined produced an all-round performance to outclass Essequibo Combined by 10 wickets to win the final of the National Secondary Schools (NSS) Combined Phase cricket trophy yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.Kevlon Anderson receives his trophy from GCB treasurer Anand Kalladeen after he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.On a safely negotiable pitch, Essequibo Combined imploded against spin, and apart from their openers, Orlando Jailall and Bomesh Ramdahin, the remaining batsmen lacked intensity in their approach, as they folded for just 71 in 24 overs.Berbice Combined then reached 74 without loss in 8.2 overs to complete an easy victory.There wasn’t much assistance for the seamers but left-arm spinners Kelvin Umrao and Nigel Deodat wreaked the most havoc on a pitch that offered enough turn and bounce.Umrao, who was later adjudged man-of-the-match, finished with 3-6 off six overs, while Deodat had 3-25 off eight overs. Off-spinner Seon Glasgow took the other wicket.The Essequibo Combined batsmen were not only victims of the conditions but their own lack of restraint when the situation demanded more caution than they exercised also accounted for their downfall.GCB treasurer Anand Kalladeen hands over the man-of-the-match trophy to Kelvin Umrao.Earlier, the game was reduced to 40 overs-a-side after the late arrival of the Berbice Combined team. Electing to bat on winning the toss, the Essequibo Combined team were off to a brisk start, with Jailall and Ramdahin maintaining a scoring rate of around five runs an over in the initial stage of the innings.Jailall got off the mark with an elegant boundary through the off-side in the innings’ first ball from Gevon Shultz before hitting Leon Swammy for a straight boundary.The Cinderella County openers were able to find the gaps at regular intervals, but the introduction of the spinners into the attack after six overs helped to turn the tide for the Berbicians.Deodat removed Jailall (18), while Umrao claimed the wicket of Ramdahin (15), and after reaching a comfortable position of 39-2, Essequibo Combined were undermined by the spinners, coupled with careless running between the wickets, and in the process they lost their last seven wickets for just 32 runs. No other batsman was able to reach double figures.The Berbice Combined openers Alex Algu and Junior Sinclair then made a savage reply to the run chase.They got off to an explosive start, with both openers taking the initiative to go all out at the bowlers, hitting nine boundaries and two sixes when the target was achieved.Sinclair remained unbeaten on 36, with five fours and a six, while Algu ended on 31, inclusive of four fours and a six.The victory furnished Berbice with both titles after Lower Corentyne won the Inter-secondary school phase last week.Meanwhile, Mavendra Dindyal (Diamond Secondary School) was named the Most Promising Player in the tournament, while Kevlon Anderson (Lower Corentyne Secondary School) was voted the Most Valuable Player.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCERLondon mayor says it may be too soon to resume planLONDON (AP) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Swedish soccer players won’t be testedSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches.Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.The Swedish league says the principle in the country is that only people who are feeling so ill that they must visit the hospital get a ”full-scale corona test.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-WIMBLEDON — The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium. British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest in sports: Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital.The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”Meanwhile, the Austrian soccer league is set to resume next month in empty stadiums following clearance from the government. Training could resume this week. No Austrian league games have been played since early March.The Danish soccer league will resume on May 28 with games in empty stadiums. The league has been suspended since March 9.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SWEDEN-NO TESTING May 12, 2020 Wimbledon hosts make coronavirus donationsLONDON (AP) — The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak.This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.In other virus-related sports developments: Associated Press
No. 22 Nebraska takes series from Wisconsin softball in LincolnIn a critical road series against perennial powerhouse program Nebraska, Wisconsin found a way to fight back from defeat but lost the rubber match Sunday against the Cornhuskers, 11-2.The loss drops the Badgers to 29-8 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten. UW now sits at fifth in the Big Ten while Nebraska moves up to third (30-9, 8-3).After falling 4-0 on Friday to open up the series, Wisconsin struck back with a 5-2 win on Saturday thanks to a four run sixth inning highlighted by a Shannel Blackshear two-run home run.The series wrapped up a 37-game streak of road games for the Badgers, the longest such streak in the program’s history. Wisconsin will play its first game of the season Tuesday in a doubleheader against Green Bay, marking the latest home opener in Badger softball history.Women’s tennis drops road matches to Purdue, IndianaThe state of Indiana wasn’t kind to the Wisconsin women’s tennis team this past weekend, as West Lafayette and Bloomington served as sites of losses.Falling 5-2 to Purdue on Saturday, the only victories for Wisconsin on the day came from the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. In No. 1 singles, the Badgers’ Hannah Berner defeated the Boilermakers’ Mara Schmidt in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. In No. 2 singles, Wisconsin’s Lauren Chypyha defeated Purdue’s Lynda Xepoleas in two sets, 6-1 and 6-2.No. 34 Indiana made quick work of Wisconsin Sunday, handing the Badgers their ninth-straight road loss 7-0. The only player on UW to win a single set against IU was Katie Hoch.The team heads back home this Friday for a home match against Iowa at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.No. 9 Wisconsin men’s track posts strong performance at Sea Ray RelaysWisconsin senior Maverick Darling claimed a win in the 1500 meters and the Badgers’ captured two relay victories to cap off a successful weekend at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.The relay titles for UW came in the 4×1500 and the distance medley. The win in the 4×1500 was the Badgers first at the Sea Ray Relays since 2004. Junior Reed Connor put in perhaps the finest performance of any relay runner, participating for both of the Badgers winning relays.Connor contributed the opening 1200-meter leg of the distance medley relay, with sophomore Austin Mudd running the 400-meter leg, senior Zach Mellon the 800-meter and junior Alex Hatz anchoring the race with the 1600-meter leg.Women’s track team claims 4×1500 relay at Sea Ray RelaysWith a time of 18 minutes, 35.73 seconds, the Wisconsin women’s track team claimed the 4×1500 relay at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., helping the program sweep the event on both the men’s and women’s side.The time posted by Wisconsin was almost eight seconds better than the second place time posted by Eastern Michigan.Men’s golf finishes eighth in Hawkeye-Great River InvitationalImproving from their 11th place standing after the conclusion of the first day of action, the Wisconsin men’s golf team mustered a strong final day of play to finish eighth in the Hawkeye-Great River Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.Thomas O’Bryan led the Badgers with a finish of 17th overall with a final score of five over par after three rounds. Teammate John Gullberg finished tied for 18th after posting a six over par.Kansas won the tournament thanks to the winning overall performance of golfer Chris Gilbert, who posted an invitational best five under par.
While crass remarks allegedly made by the US president about Haitian and other black immigrants are revolting, deserving criticism it has attracted, these remarks should be cause for the black immigrant community to be introspective.Don’t be marginalized The first thing the community must be determined to do, is not let the disparaging remarks marginalize it. Immigrants from any country with an overwhelming black population should allow themselves to be offended because neither do they know of any, nor do any of them come from, “Shithole” countries.Reference may have been made to Haitians and Africans coming from these unknown “SH” countries, but it’s apparent the reference was directed to immigrants from black populated countries, generally. This was apparent because preference was expressed for immigrants from white populated countries like Norway.Black immigrant community must be introspectiveOne of the reasons why the black immigrant community should be introspective is because it’s far from being a cohesive community. Frankly, there’s too much hypocrisy and prejudices that permeates this community. While the community is criticizing the president for his obviously ignorant remarks, black people from other countries have openly criticized, and acted prejudicial towards Haitians. It’s no secret that some ignorant people within this community are guilty of referring to Haitians, especially poorer Haitians, in similar vulgar terms. Stop casting negative aspersionsIt’s too common in the black immigrant community for people from one country, to cast negative aspersions and negative labels on those from other countries. There’s a weird sort of nationalist diversity existing within this community that needs urgent attention. White racists hatred of blacks is universal, notwithstanding the country from which blacks originates. All in the same boatImmigrants from various mostly black populated countries came to the US on different ships, but now are all in the same boat. While there’re forces in the US trying to sink that boat, the community must be emboldened to save the boat. The same hands that are determined to deny Haitians extended TPS, may seek to reduce benefits to Caribbean nationals who are not citizens, and ban African Muslims from entering the US.When one nationality in the black immigrant community is targeted, other black migrants must be prepared to react. The tide can turn against them in short notice.Unfortunate Haiti is targeted It’s, however, unfortunate that Haiti has been included in the mysterious “SH” countries recently described. It’s even more painful that in the same meeting in which that ignorant remark was made, it was reportedly asked, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?” Haiti has a very impressive history for which it always seems to be paying a high price for. It’s the first nation that successfully revolted against slavery and oppression in the Caribbean. The resulting Republic of Haiti established on January 1, 1804, was the first nation of free black people, co-existing with nations like the US that were determined to keep black people enslaved. Haiti has been perpetually marginalized by other Western empires since 1804. Scant economic assistance has been offered to Haiti; making it difficult for the proud nation to cast off the curse of poverty.Remarkable resilienceDespite the challenges, Haitians who remained in Haiti, and those who migrated, have developed remarkable resilience. Haitians in South Florida are renowned to be industrious, hard-working people. They pay taxes, are law abiding, artistic, creative, cultural people, firmly interwoven into the South Florida community.Like most other Black immigrants coming to the US, Haitians have focused on improving their educational and job skill levels. They too are in the US to better their lives and know that advancement in education is the best way for a better life.Absurd argumentTo say Haitians, and other black immigrants, are a drain on the US economy is absurd. The US economy would be seriously hampered were it not for black immigrant workers who fill critical, labor intensive jobs most Americans refuse. Hotels, restaurants, and farms, are successful because of immigrant workers. Moreover, today, educated, talented black immigrants function at the supervisory, managerial and executive levels of several companies. South Florida’s medical sector is bolstered by a large component of black immigrant medical personnel.Must be a formidable communityDespite threat of overt racism, the black immigrant community must be entrenched as a formidable community albeit consisting of people from different countries. While the community mustn’t take benefits derived from America for granted, it should strive to make its contribution to America indispensable. Members of the community must also remain committed to the development of the countries from which they originate, remaining vigilant that these countries, or their people, are never described by anyone in such crass, vulgar and ignorant terms.
Chief Executive Officer of Bechem United, Kingsley Osei Bonsu, believes the current managerial casualties in the league is as a result of the competitive nature of the league.The Ghana league has seen as many as 7 casualties representing 43.75% of clubs changing managers after only 11 matchdays.Aduana, Kotoko, Inter Allies, Bechem United, Medeama, Dwarfs and now Ashantigold have new men in charge of the club.For Osei Bonsu, the clubs have been competitive.“That should tell you the competitive nature of the league, he told Joy Sports.“I can tell you about Bechem United, we have changed two coaches. “ “The terrain also leads to this. When the system does not fall in line with the coach he has to go.”“For other clubs, I can confidently say that it is due to the competitive nature. If the club administrator is not convinced about the work of the coach, that’s where change comes in.”“It all has to do with the policy of the coach.”Bechem United replaced Seth Osei Wire with Portugese Manuel Zacharias.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
By Cassie Galasetti Wilson goes on to say, “We received about $12,000 in donations.” This gave the group enough funds to pay facilities fees, league insurance, national insurance, a cheer competition, cheering and football uniforms, plus gear, referee fees and more. The phrase is true, it takes a village. Sometimes it takes a village or community to rally together to make a difference in a cause and that’s what happened this past summer. The anonymous Samaritan not only delivered the checks but went to cheer the teams on at the first away game in North Jersey and two home games where his wife made cookie bars for the team. He continues to give updates to his friends with videos from the sidelines and updates them on the team’s wins. Youth football has become one of the most popular sports for young kids because of its physical benefits but also for its encouragement in helping promote teamwork, leadership skills and teaching the players how to work well with others. With the help of their contributions, as well as other anonymous donations, they were able to create two football teams. “With all of the donations it kept us playing football this year and cheering,” said Wilson. “We had two football teams and are looking to keep the same kids and add to it as well. Hopefully next year we can have three teams!” As Wilson said in the Aug. 16 article, it also helps benefit the kids by keeping them off the streets for two hours a day, 10 hours a week and a few months out of the year. He and the team coaches often act as role models and father figures on and off the field. He called and texted a group of friends about the situation and they were more than willing to help. All of the anonymous donors had kids who played sports and knew how much it meant to them throughout the years. As recently reported in The Two River Times, Asbury Park Pop Warner league was in danger of shutting down as they were in need of equipment, uniforms and insurance fees to start the season. The football team of 33 players, ranging in ages from 8 to 11, and the cheerleading squad of 13 put forth their own fundraising efforts with bake sales and canning, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to fully sustain the program. The cheerleading squad for the Asbury Park Pop Warner league were thrilled to benefit from the donations that resulted from fundraising and an Aug. 16 Two River Times article. Photo courtesy Asbury Park Pop Warner After reading the article about Asbury Park Pop Warner in the Aug. 16 edition of The Two River Times, a good Samaritan in the Two River area wanted to help. He contacted the Asbury Park Pop Warner president Teddy Wilson and arranged to stop by a practice to see the kids in action and get the story on how much they needed to raise to keep the season going. “They work hard and deserve a chance to be playing,” said the good Samaritan who wants to stay unnamed. “If they can’t raise the money, we will do our best to help.” “At season’s end, we are trying to raise money to have trophies and a little banquet for the kids as well,” said Wilson. “Send my thank you and nice regards to everyone.” Both Asbury Park Pop Warner teams had phenomenal seasons. The Junior Pee Wees started off with three losses, but then rattled off five wins to make it to the first round of the playoffs where a little bad luck went against them and they lost. Meanwhile, the Mighty Mites team managed to go undefeated in the regular season, 8-0, and won the first round of playoffs.