NWSL players kneel during the national anthem

NWSL players kneel during the national anthem

Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. The players also knelt during a […]

Lewis Hamilton condemns Ecclestone’s ‘ignorant’ racism comments

Lewis Hamilton condemns Ecclestone’s ‘ignorant’ racism comments

LONDON, – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton condemned Bernie Ecclestone for “ignorant” comments about racism after the sport had distanced itself from the 89-year-old former supremo. Ecclestone had earlier told CNN in an interview that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what white people are.” Formula One, whose chairman Chase Carey […]

Simmons highlights Holder, Stokes rivalry

Simmons highlights Holder, Stokes rivalry

MANCHESTER, England – West Indies head coach Phil Simmons expects the rivalry between leading all-rounders Jason Holder and Ben Stokes to be one of the highlights of the upcoming Test series. Holder, the West Indies captain, has emerged as Test cricket’s leading all-rounder, while Ben Stokes is ranked number two in the ICC charts. “The […]

Loose uncapped Holder on England, urges former Test opener

Loose uncapped Holder on England,  urges former Test opener

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Former Test opener Philo Wallace has urged West Indies tour selectors to hand Chemar Holder his debut in the first Test against England next month, contending the uncapped speedster can shock England and lay the foundation for a series win. The 49-year-old, who played seven Tests and 33 One-Day Internationals, argued Holder […]

Sammy wants all cricket boards to support Black Lives Matter movement

Sammy wants all cricket boards to support  Black Lives Matter movement

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its member cricket boards to speak out against social injustice and racism, amid public outrage in the United States and across the globe over the death of a Black man in police custody. Sammy, stressing that the […]

Raptors guard VanVleet says people ‘fed up’ with racism and discrimination

Raptors guard VanVleet says people ‘fed up’  with racism and discrimination

Fred VanVleet says people in the United States are reaching a boiling point after hundreds of years of racism.  The Toronto Raptors guard was asked on Monday what he thought of the protests  in major cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Hew was killed after a police officer […]

Michael Jordan joins sports world’s call for change after death of George Floyd

Michael Jordan joins sports world’s call for change  after death of George Floyd

LOS ANGELES — National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Michael Jordan decried “ingrained racism” in the United States as the sports world’s reaction to the death of unarmed black man George Floyd leapt leagues and continents. “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan said on Sunday as protests over Floyd’s death on May […]

Japanese-Haitian tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete

Japanese-Haitian tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete

Tennis Star, Japanese-Haitian tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete According to Forbes, the Japanese-Haitian athlete earned a total of $37.4 million USD from prize money and endorsements between June 2019 and May 2020. Osaka is currently backed by 15 endorsement partners ranging from Nissan Motor, Shiseido and Yonex, with almost all of […]

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for cricket’s first-ever biosecure Test series to proceed behind closed doors in July. In a statement on Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and after pouring over detailed protocols already being engaged “to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned”. Under the current plan, West Indies will leave during the first week of June for the three-Test series scheduled to bowl off July 8 at biosecure venues like Old Trafford in Manchester and the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The series was originally scheduled for May but had to be postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has resulted in 271,000 infections and 38,000 deaths in the United Kingdom. “The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” the regional governing body said. “These discussions involve the local and international logistics and protocols which are already being put in place to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned. “CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a biosecure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.” The board said permission would now be sought from various Caribbean governments for players and officials to be transported by charter, and to also be tested for COVID-19. Nearly all Caribbean nations have closed their borders to air passenger traffic due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Players and officials will be flown from their various territories to Antigua, from where they will then travel to the United Kingdom. “CWI’s management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various national governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes, and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party,” the statement said. “CWI will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the ECB whilst they await final UK Government approval of their plans for a biosecure tour, with all three Test matches being played behind closed doors.” A 30-man provisional squad was identified by CWI selectors recently, who began training this week in several territories. Once the squad is whittled down to 25 they will fly by charter to the UK where they will undergo two weeks of quarantine before being moved to a biosecure playing venue. Both teams will be prohibited from contact with the public during the series and will undergo strict social distancing protocols. Selectors have been forced to increase the squad to 25 to allow for preparation matches and injury replacements, as the touring side will not be allowed to engage English sides in warm-up matches nor call up injury replacements.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for cricket’s first-ever biosecure Test series to proceed behind closed doors in July.  In a statement  on Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and after pouring over detailed protocols already being engaged “to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned”.  Under the current plan, West Indies will leave during the first week of June for the three-Test series scheduled to bowl off July 8 at biosecure venues like Old Trafford in Manchester and the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.  The series was originally scheduled for May but had to be postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has resulted in 271,000 infections and 38,000 deaths in the United Kingdom.  “The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” the regional governing body said.  “These discussions involve the local and international logistics and protocols which are already being put in place to minimise risk and optimise the health and safety of all concerned.  “CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a biosecure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.”  The board said permission would now be sought from various Caribbean governments for players and officials to be transported by charter, and to also be tested for COVID-19.  Nearly all Caribbean nations have closed their borders to air passenger traffic due to the outbreak of the pandemic.  Players and officials will be flown from their various territories to Antigua, from where they will then travel to the United Kingdom.  “CWI’s management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various national governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes, and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party,” the statement said.  “CWI will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the ECB whilst they await final UK Government approval of their plans for a biosecure tour, with all three Test matches being played behind closed doors.”  A 30-man provisional squad was identified by CWI selectors recently, who began training this week in several territories.  Once the squad is whittled down to 25 they will fly by charter to the UK where they will undergo two weeks of quarantine before being moved to a biosecure playing venue.  Both teams will be prohibited from contact with the public during the series and will undergo strict social distancing protocols.  Selectors have been forced to increase the squad to 25 to allow for preparation matches and injury replacements, as the touring side will not be allowed to engage English sides in warm-up matches nor call up injury replacements.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for cricket’s first-ever biosecure Test series to proceed behind closed doors in July. In a statement  on Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales Cricket Board […]

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