NFL ace Umenyiora tasks stakeholders on poverty, education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora believes it is time to get more practical in solving social problems.The Two-time Super Bowl winner says the NFL need to move on from ‘symbolic gestures’ and address social issues with ‘real resources and real funds’.The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last month have been two high-profile cases of police brutality in America.But it has long been an issue in America – well before Colin Kaepernick took the knee before a San Francisco 49ers pre-season game in 2016.The ostracised former quarterback has been without a team since the end of that season, and while many players will follow his lead this season, Umenyiora wants players to find other ways to enact social change.‘I think that it is time for more substantive action to be taken as opposed to just taking the knee. Everybody is doing that, it’s becoming mainstream,’ Umenyiora said.Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora‘It’s the popular thing to do. To say black lives matter, to take a knee, post a black square. But what are you doing outside of that?’‘For me I feel like it’s time for players to be getting involved and actually doing things other than protesting. At this point everybody knows what you are talking about, so what are you protesting right now?‘We need to find a way to get the heart of a lot of these issues: the poverty, the lack of education, a lot of these different things that can really make a difference in people’s lives and the way they interact with each other‘I think it’s time for us to get doing that by committing real resources and real funds to that as opposed to just making symbolic gestures.’ After six months of unexpected and profound change, the two-time Super Bowl winner is not predicting a revolution in the NFL on the field.Read AlsoEx-NFL wide-receiver Reche Caldwell, 41, shot dead in ‘targeted robbery’‘It’s going to be the same old teams. You’re going to see a lot of the veteran teams in there, the teams that have a well-established head coach, the well-established franchises,’ he says.Teams have been forced to adapt to Covid protocols. They have not had a pre-season to scout talent and many will play without fans.center_img Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running Art7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Bronze for Gallagher

first_img Gallagher, who is part of a six-strong team of British athletes in La Molina, is competing in four more alpine disciplines, with the super G next up on Thursday. Competing for the first time in the Championships with guide Charlotte Evans, Gallagher added to the slalom silver and giant slalom bronze she won in Sestriere in 2011. Gallagher said: “This is only the fourth downhill we have done together so we are really delighted to win a medal at this level. We feel we have the ability and motivation to do even better.” Northern Ireland skier Kelly Gallagher claimed the third IPC World Championships medal of her career with a bronze in the women’s downhill in La Molina on Wednesday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Toronto Blizzards continue winning ways

first_img… cart off Legends title at Toronto Cup 3By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Their opponents were the same. The city was different but the result remained the same. At June month-end, Toronto Blizzards defeated New York Hustlers by seven runs in a highly entertaining contest in the Legends Over-50 final, as part of the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) annual Independence Cup, played at the Canarsie ground, Brooklyn, New York.MVP Jaimini Singh collects his MVP award.Last Sunday, Toronto Blizzards were again victorious, thrashing their opponents by 37 runs at the University of Toronto ground when the third edition of Toronto Cup, organised by the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) climaxed here.Boasting a lineup consisting of several former Guyana national players and one who previously represented Canada (Desmond Chumney) at the ICC World Cup, Toronto Blizzards lived up to their pre-tournament bidding, once again playing unbeaten on their way to claiming the top prize.Led by a brilliant 76 from opener and former Guyana batsman Jaimini Singh, who creamed six fours and cleared the ropes on four occasions, Toronto Blizzards were paced to 160 for five in their allotted 20 overs after being asked to take first strike.The Essequibian-born Singh dominated an opening stand of 56 with his skipper Shivnauth Seeram (15) and added a further 52 for the fourth wicket with Mohan Harihar whose contribution was 16 (one four and a six). Lalchand Shivraj weighed in with 18 towards the backend of the innings, hitting a four and a six.The victorious Toronto Blizzards team members pose with their winnings.Rajpaul was the best bowler for the visitors, bagging two for 24 while there was one wicket each for Qayaam Farrouq, Cedric Beaton and Eustace Dodson for 25, 26 and 29 runs respectively.New York Hustlers’ lone resistance came from veteran Ken Sanichar whose 42 was decorated with four sixes as wickets tumbled around him.Shivraj returned to claim three for 17. Terry Mathura, who had the unique distinction of being part of three championship teams in 2018, was also among the wickets with two for 16 while the wily Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran claimed one for eight.Jaimini Singh was deservedly named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the final. He also took home the prize for scoring the most runs (196), Balkarran for the most wickets (eight) and also had the best bowling figures (three for six) in a match, copping prizes for both achievements. Singh was also the recipient of a gold chain, compliments of Gologistics and it was engraved by Trophy Stall.Toronto Blizzards winnings were US$3000, the highest among the three categories based on the number of teams who participated in the category. They also took home the Trophy Stall trophy while runners-up New York Hustlers received US$200 and the runners-up trophy. All the players collected medals.OMSCC president Azeem Khan, while praising all the teams for their participation in the three-day tournament, was delighted with the presence of Toronto’s deputy mayor Michael Thompson and councillor Jennifer McKelvie of Ward 25 – Scarborough Rouge who readily accepted the invitation from the league.Toronto Blizzards owe their formation to businessman Nasrudeen Baksh, an ardent enthusiast and supporter of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC).last_img read more

Marcel Desailly statue to be unveiled

first_imgRetired Ghanaian footballer and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Marcel Desailly will be honored on Friday by UK based company Images & Likeness with a bronze statue at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra.The huge bronze sculpture in the image of the former French captain, Desailly will be unveiled in honor of the legend at a ceremony which will witness several presentations on both aspects of his life as a footballer and an international ambassador.According to the organizers, Image and Likeness, the statue is in recognition of Desailly’s outstanding performances as a footballer and the impact he has had on the lives of children in his numerous roles as an ambassador.Dr Gerry Waldron who designed the statue said, “The decision to honor the Ghanaian born French star is to reflect on his personality and uniqueness, celebrate the difference in him and what he has achieved, his contribution to his community and country”.Desailly was a member of the charismatic French team which won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 European Championship. Following those triumphs, he led France to victory in the Confederations Cup held in South Korea and Japan in 2001, a feat he repeated two years later in France.He is the owner of the Marcel Desailly Investment Limited and the Lizzy Sports Complex which houses a training center and a football academy for talented footballers.last_img read more