England may consider joint anti-racism protest with West Indies

first_img(REUTERS) – ENGLAND will consider a joint anti-racism protest with West Indies during the three-Test series between the sides next month, pace bowler James Anderson has said.Visiting West Indies skipper Jason Holder has said it would be a team decision for them whether to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis last month after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.“It’s been a very thought-provoking few weeks for everyone,” Anderson told the British media on Thursday.“It’s made me do a lot of thinking. We will have conversations about what we can do as players to make a stand, definitely. I expect that to be a conversation we have.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) usually does not allow gestures supporting “political, religious or racial activities” but has decided to take a “common-sense approach” for any potential Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest by the players.Earlier this week, former England batsman Michael Carberry said cricket was “rife with racism”.Anderson, Test cricket’s most successful pace bowler, said he could not remember experiencing racism but felt players could help tackle the issue.“I wasn’t in New Zealand when (team mate) Jofra Archer was racially abused. But it made me think … ‘Have I turned a blind eye to things?’”last_img read more

UW finishes outdoor season by sending 9 to NCAA meet

first_imgWisconsin men’s track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe won’t admit to total satisfaction unless his team ends a season on top of all others.Though the Badgers didn’t finish at the top of the podium, Nuttycombe nevertheless holds much enthusiasm for the team that overcame injuries to finish second in the Big Ten Championships and collected numerous individual accolades over the course of the 2010 outdoor season.“I think I was overall pleased in the progress of the team in the sense that I definitely think we were better than we were the previous year,” Nuttycombe said. “We competed better at the Big Ten Championships and fared well at the NCAAs, both indoors and outdoors.“I think we had some injuries to some key athletes, and that didn’t help us, but that’s athletics.”Entering the season ranked No. 25, Wisconsin began the first month outdoors strong despite the absence of senior All-American mid-distance runner Jack Bolas, who was sidelined with a leg injury. Breakout performances, however, came soon enough in the Gateway Classic and the Drake Relays.Four Badgers won their respective events in Edwardsville, Ill., for the Gateway: Adam Hexum in the 110 meter hurdles, Zach Beth in the 1,500 meters, Josh Flax in the long jump and Paul Annear in the triple jump.In Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays, Wisconsin laid claim to the Jim Wheelock Distance Medley Relay in school-record-breaking pace. Ryan Gasper, James Groce, Zach Beth, and Craig Miller penciled in the new record at 9:32.84 – the second fastest in the nation at that time – and gave UW their first title in the event at the Drake Relays since 1949.On that same day, while most of the team competed at Des Moines, a few Badgers participated in the UW-Whitewater Invitational where personal bests and titles became abundant, as UW collected five victories in various events.Bolas finally returned to the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. The senior wasted no time in his recovery, winning his section at the Cardinal and then posting a personal-best time in the 800 meters just a week later at the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational. Seven teammates joined Bolas at the winner’s stand at the Twilight, in what was seen as a “tune-up” to the upcoming conference championships.With the momentum at its back, Wisconsin entered the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and pushed to a second place finish after placing sixth in the meet a year earlier.On the first day of competition, true freshman Mohammed Ahmed claimed his first Big Ten title, winning the 10,000 meters in his first race of the outdoor season. The Badgers then closed out the tournament on day three in a flash.Seniors Bolas and Miller finished 1-2 in the 1,500 meters in the first race of the day. Immediately after that, UW surprised some by winning the 4×100 meter relay without even having any relay members participating in the open 100 meters.In the third race of the day, Beth finished second in the 800 meters, totaling seven All-Big Ten performances for the Badgers.“We had a great meet,” Nuttycombe said. “We ended up second – that’s not where we want to be – but it was a very good meet for us and we competed very well.”“I thought it was a phenomenal [third] day, I was very pleased with the way that meet started.”Wisconsin sent nine athletes in five events to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including its 4×100 meter relay for the first time since 1978. Ahmed earned his first All-American honor while Bolas and Miller added their fourth and eighth as their collegiate careers came to a close.With “two very strong recruiting years back-to-back,” Nuttycombe believes the team is on its way bolster the potential even more. What’s more valuable though, is the team’s constant willingness to succeed when needed most, he says.“The last three meets of the year, meaning the Big Ten Championships, the regional NCAAs and the NCAAs themselves, the athletes that competed there competed very successfully and I was very proud of them,” he said. “In athletics, at least in [this] sport, it’s about being good when you’re supposed to be good and you’re supposed to be good during the championship part of the season and I think that we were able to accomplish that this year.”last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 5 North Carolina in overtime despite ending scoring drought in season finale

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse had been scoreless for 521 minutes and 41 seconds before finally finding the back of the net Sunday afternoon.But against the No. 5 team in the country, one goal just wasn’t enough.Despite scoring for the first time in five games and four weeks, Syracuse (5-10-4, 2-7-1 Atlantic Coast) lost its season finale, 2-1, in overtime to No. 5 North Carolina (12-2-2, 9-0-1) before a crowd of 563 fans at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. The Tar Heels scored in the sixth minute of overtime, ending the Orange’s season with despair.“Obviously we’re disappointed with the loss. I thought that we did enough to come away with at least a tie,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “In fact, we had those chances in the first half that should have been converted and then we come away with the win.”The game reflected some of the overarching themes of the season as the team once again struggled to create offensively, recording only three shots. The team finished with only one win — a 3-0 win over Boston College on Oct. 4 —in its last eight games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange approached the UNC game with a different offensive game plan that previous games. Because of UNC’s pressing style of defense, Wheddon said his team knew it wouldn’t have the time or space to play a more possession-based game, the game plan was to play more balls over the top and ahead to attackers because of UNC’s pressing style of defense.“We had to bypass the midfield and get the ball forward quickly, which I thought we did,” Wheddon said.Senior forward Alexis Koval thought that the approach worked well, but was still unsatisfied with the team’s performance in the finale.“We did have a couple more opportunities and we just didn’t finish it,” Koval said. “We still need to work on our final-third (passing), but overall it was just the missed opportunities.”SU freshman forward Alex Lamontagne had some good opportunities to tie the game for SU in the first period, following the Tar Heels score 16:38 into the game.Within less than two minutes, two of Lamontagne’s shots went awry. On the first chance in the 23rd minute, she used her speed to separate herself from all of the other players and with two defenders trailing her, she shot from the top of the 18-yard box. But the ball went about 10 feet over the top of the goal.Soon after, Lamontagne created an opportunity for herself in the box, dribbling around a few defenders. She shot again, but this time the ball went left of the goalpost.Syracuse only mustered one second-half shot, but it found the elusive back of the net.The Orange’s Stephanie Skilton was about 10 yards away from the net with two defenders on her, so she threaded a ball diagonally forward to Maya Pitts who was waiting at the top of the 6-yard box. Pitts quickly shot it and the ball snuck past UNC’s Lindsey Harris to even the score in the 72nd minute.“We took our chances — or we tried to,” Pitts said, referencing the team’s capitalization of their limited opportunities.With the Orange failing to create offensively after Pitts’ goal, Paige Nielsen’s score in the sixth minute ended the contest.When asked what he thought about the season as a whole, Wheddon said he was “disappointed,” the same adjective he used to describe the loss.“If we fought like (we did today) every game and had that intensity every game, it probably would be a different story,” Wheddon said. “But it goes without saying that we just aren’t finishing our opportunities and that’s been our nemesis all season long.” Comments Published on November 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm Contact Liam: [email protected]last_img read more

Celebrating diversity

first_imgThe Black Student Assembly closed out their series celebrating Black History Month in Hahn Plaza by hosting a performance on Tuesday. The event involved singing, dancing and a promotion at the end for the future BSA event COLOUR with Tory Lanez, which will be held on March 5 in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.last_img

International Friendly: Ghana 0-1 Montenegro

first_imgA second minute penalty condemned Ghana to a 1-0 defeat in a World Cup preparatory match against Montenegro.Fatos Beqiraj coolly converted the penalty after an untimed tackle from David Addy in the vital area and the men from Montenegro held on despite several incursions from the Black Stars.The Stars dominated for most part of a game that was punctuated with lots of fights and crunching tackles but failed to take their chances. It did not look like a friendly match, as the tackles, shoves, punches flew from all directions but the referee was lenient and did not show a red card even though a number of yellow cards were given.It was Christian Atsu who was presented with a golden opportunity for the equaliser in the 7th minute but he criminally wasted the opportunity with a feeble shot.Michael Essien’s left foot shot from close range was parried to safety by the Montenegro goal keeper few minutes later.Atsu’s appeal for a penalty in the 20th minute was ignored as the Stars mounted pressure for the equaliser. In the second half the Stars introduced fresh legs in Kevin Prince Boateng Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and later Asamoah Gyan in a desperate search for the equaliser but it was Montenegro who had the opportunity to increase the tally but a clever chip whisked over the bar.Kevin Prince Boateng had his shot from a goal mouth scramble cleared off the line before Ghana’s Adam Kwarasey’s last gasp clearance right in the middle of the park saved Ghana from what would have been a humiliating defeat.1-0 it ended in favour of Montenegro, a result that will keep the Stars on their toes as they play in what pundits have described as the World Cup’s group of death.The Group has Germany, Portugal and USA.last_img read more