Premier League clubs to replace Black Lives Matter logo on jerseys

first_img The league released a statement on June 30 saying it did “not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity”. Premier League captains were consulted over the change during a conference call on Thursday.Advertisement Instead of the BLM badge, the players’ shirts will have a new slogan reading “No Room For Racism” when the 2020⁄21 Premier League season starts on Saturday. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackling discrimination. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters Read Also: Liverpool cannot match Chelsea spending power –  Kloop “Players rightly have a strong voice on this matter, which we saw last season. We have continued to talk and listen to players on this issue and will support them as well as continuing to emphasise the Premier League’s position against racism.” The league said it would continue to support players who take the knee before matches in solidarity with the BLM movement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Premier League chiefs say Black Lives Matter badges on team shirts will be replaced by patches promoting the organisation’s own anti-discrimination campaign. The badges were worn by players last season following the global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States at the hands of a white police officer. However, the Black Lives Matter group in Britain has been accused of anti-Semitism and criticised over calls to defund the police. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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DRC defender allegedly has four birthdays

first_imgThe age cheating problem that has dogged African players for some time, resurfaced in the past few days, with reports in England alleging that Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has four birthdays.Currently listed as a 20-year-old, a Sportsmail report claims Mbemba, who is set to join Newcastle United in an 8.5m pounds deal, has at other times had different birthdays.When Mbemba started his career in his homeland, he was said to have been registered as an August 08 1988 birth, while on joining Anderlecht in 2012, his new birthday was stated as August 8, 1995.He was said to have been registered with a November 30, 1991 birthday during qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, while the report claimed the player himself had indicated in an earlier interview that he was born in 1990.However the birthday discrepancies do not seem to bother Newcastle as they press ahead with the signing of the player they regard as the best defender in the Belgian Jupiler League last season.– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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Dodgers’ Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are on the mend

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw preferred to work in relative silence as he threw his final bullpen session before his 2019 debut.Rich Hill grunted and groaned his way through four simulated innings at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Good, bad or ugly, Hill followed each of his 46 pitches with a primal moan that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the tennis courts of Indian Wells.You wouldn’t know if you were within earshot, but Hill left the mound feeling encouraged. Kershaw remains on track to start Monday. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who played long toss without impediment, didn’t appear too far behind his teammates. Friday was a good day for the Dodgers’ injured starters.“I didn’t feel anything. It felt great,” Hill said. “The ball came out great. Very good curveballs, fastballs, was able to shape my breaking ball better.” The manager had less incentive than usual to make a decision public. The Brewers started left-hander Wade Miley in Game 5 of last year’s NLCS, only to replace him with right-hander Brandon Woodruff after Cody Bellinger walked to begin the game.Roberts all but ruled out the possibility of an “opener” – a tactic the Brewers deployed against the Dodgers in the NLCS.  This strategy requires the first pitcher to record six outs or less, and another pitcher to record the plurality of outs in relief. Miley’s start in Game 5 was an extreme example.“You could” use an opener, Roberts said, “but with these guys, Cain hits in the 1, Yelich in the 2, and then they kind of flip-flop the third hitter. It’s really not ideal but you could do it. Yelich hits lefties. Cain hits righties. So this is not typically a team that an opener advantage is that beneficial.”ALSOCatcher Russell Martin (lower back stiffness) still hasn’t taken part in baseball activities since he went on the injured list Wednesday. … Max Muncy wasn’t in the starting lineup one day after a ground ball clipped his right index finger, causing swelling and a blood blister. Roberts said Muncy was available off the bench. … Three members of Jackie Robinson’s family – wife Rachel, daughter Sharon and son David – will participate in Jackie Robinson Day celebrations prior to Monday’s game against the Reds. Hill hasn’t pitched since spring training due to a left knee strain. He pitched to two minor leaguers and utility player Chris Taylor, and allowed two or three hits. (Since there were no fielders behind him, it was impossible to know for sure.) Hill threw an additional 15 pitches without a batter in the box, bringing his total to 61 pitches.The left-hander will make a four-inning rehab start in five or six days, Manager Dave Roberts said. The location is to be determined. Triple-A Oklahoma City begins a homestand next Tuesday. Double-A Tulsa and advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga begin homestands Thursday.Hill threw with a brace wrapped around his left knee. That will continue, he said, once he begins pitching in games. The brace holds one positive side effect when he throws sidearm, which Hill called a “silver lining.”“It forces me to throw the ball a little more correctly instead of getting out of sync with where my release point is,” he said. “The quality of the pitch is way better.”Speaking of silver linings, Ryu is expected to throw a bullpen in the coming days after straining his left groin Tuesday against the Cardinals. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s probably been a best-case scenario since what transpired that first game in St. Louis,” Roberts said.GRANDAL RETURNSYasmani Grandal returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since he signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Grandal, who played 510 games for the Dodgers from 2015-18, received his National League championship ring. The catcher was greeted with a brief tribute video prior to his first plate appearance, eliciting mostly loud applause.“This is like coming back home,” Grandal said. “When hitting early BP, seemed like I was hitting at home. Only difference is I’m going to be in the other dugout.”It was an interesting about-face. The Dodgers dispatched the Brewers in a seven-game NLCS last October, though Grandal barely played after struggling to hit during the Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.He was benched in favor of Austin Barnes for all but two games in the NLCS. Grandal went 2 for 11 with six strikeouts in the series. He also committed two passed balls, an error, and a catcher’s interference in Game 2 alone.The Dodgers tendered Grandal a qualifying offer after the season, but he declined. Milwaukee gave him a one-year contract with a 2020 option that will pay a minimum of $18.25 million.“I knew they were going to make a qualifying offer,” Grandal said. “Besides a game, it’s a business, and they didn’t want to lose a draft pick. I also knew that there are other guys here who need to get their shots to play. Barnes has been up here for a while, and you have (Will) Smith and (Keibert) Ruiz in the minor leagues, a lot of guys who I worked with who I believe can do really good in the big leagues. Those guys need to get their shot at the big leagues. I was in their shoes not too long ago in San Diego.“I knew they believed in those guys and they need an opportunity to play, so knew there wasn’t going to be too much contact. I was prepared for that.”OPENING ACTRoberts still had not named Saturday’s starting pitcher when he addressed reporters prior to Friday’s game. The Dodgers will either rely on a “bullpen game” – using their existing relief pitchers to record 27 outs – or recall a starting pitcher from the minor leagues.Related Articleslast_img read more

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‘Sign Schneiderlin; buy Kane for £10m!’ – How Wenger should spend his 2015 summer transfer budget

first_imgIt was a valiant effort, but in the end Arsenal couldn’t do enough to squeeze past Monaco and into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.While a number of Gooners have taken this as evidence that the club are still going in the right direction, there are large swathes of supporters who feel that something needs to happen during the summer months.With that in mind we asked how Wenger should spend his 2015 summer transfer budget, and the responses were interesting.Click the arrow to see some of the more sane and outlandish suggestions below…Arsenal fans, how do you think Wenger should spend his 2015 summer transfer budget? Comment below… Arsene Wenger will likely be handed a sizeable transfer budget 1last_img

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