first_imgStoke City Women’s coach Alena Moulton says constant education about black history must continue beyond the annual month of celebration held in the United Kingdom during October.UK Black History Month drew to a close last weekend, but Moulton, who is of Jamaican descent, would like to see a more regular focus on black culture and the black experience.- Advertisement – Ebony Rainford-Brent and Imani Lansiquot Head coach Lloyd Pierce of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after a play against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 2, 2019 in Washington,– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I experienced it when I was younger and I was just somebody who brushed things to one side and didn’t really care, but did it affect me?“Not at the time, I’d probably say no but now I probably look back and think those things are part of my journey.“It’s difficult to pinpoint the one particular thing that’s an issue [with subtle racism]. If someone makes a racial comment to you, you know exactly what it is, there is no grey area about it, but with subtle racism, not everybody understands the context behind it. I have probably experienced more of that’s a coach than as a player.”Black History Month 2020 revisitedLook back at a sample of our features, news stories and video content from our Sky Sports News and our Sky Sports platforms. Check out some of our 2020 Black History Month content here Sport inspires unity, says Ebony Rainford-Brent who opens up to Imani Lansiquot on fighting for diversity and equality “Black History is me. That’s my life. Every day I’m black,” Moulton told the Women’s Football Show.“We’ve just got to keep having those conversations. I’m having those conversations and I’m educating as well, I work in a school, and fortunately I work in an extremely diverse multicultural school.“And it’s brilliant to be able to educate as many different students as possible and have those conversations with them.”center_img 2:09 Derby-born Moulton stepped up from her role as first-team coach to take charge at Stoke having previously coached Nottingham Forest Ladies.She has been coaching since she was a teenager but there have been uncomfortable moments during her career on the touchline. Subtle racism is something the 29-year-old says she has had to deal with, particularly as a coach.“I’ve experienced racism, I’ve experienced subtle racism and the micro-aggressions that come with it. Education about the history of the black experience must be more truthful and not restricted to just one month in a year, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce tells Sky Sports News 1:05 – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at ELLSWORTH — In the world of high school athletics, it’s no secret that roster sizes ebb and flow — just ask Jim Goodman.Goodman, the longtime head coach of the Ellsworth swim team, has seen his teams grow as large as 50 and shrink to as small as 20 over the years. Whether those changes can be attributed to the sizes of incoming freshman and outgoing senior classes, athletes switching sports or a variety of other factors, Goodman knows to expect them.“It’s a cycle that comes and goes,” Goodman said. “Each year is different, and every team has to deal with it.”With 24 swimmers on the Ellsworth roster this year, the Down East Family YMCA pool deck has seen far fewer high school faces on winter afternoons compared to years past. Yet while this Ellsworth team might be rather small in numbers, that’s not something from which the Eagles are shying away this season.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Even though we’re a small team, we’re really powerful for what we have,” senior Caitlin MacPherson said. “We have a lot of talented swimmers, and everyone brings something to the team.”The Ellsworth boys’ team brought in just one new freshman, Robert Springer, after graduating six seniors a year ago. With three other would-be returnees not going out for the swim team this year, the 2019-20 Eagles have a squad of just eight boys.Despite those numerical disadvantages, Ellsworth still managed to go 5-3 in regular season dual meets. The Eagles’ losses came at the hands of strong Bangor, Mount Desert Island and Belfast teams.Having a particularly small roster size has still been a notable challenge for this Ellsworth team, which Goodman said opponents have been able to “outpoint” on roster depth alone. Yet that has pushed Ellsworth swimmers to be more versatile across different events, and the results have been evident in the Eagles’ individual and team successes in the pool.“Most of our boys are qualified in every event because we’re all really good swimmers,” junior Sean Hill said. “It’s nice being able to build the lineup however we want to because we know anybody can swim any event.”Ellsworth’s numbers are slightly stronger on the girls’ side, where the Eagles have a 16-member team. The Ellsworth girls went 6-2 in dual meets with the two defeats coming by fewer than 25 points against Bangor and MDI teams that nearly doubled the Eagles in squad numbers.The Ellsworth girls do boast a six-member freshman class, a group Goodman has dubbed his “Fabulous Freshmen.” Two of those freshmen, Caroline Mazgaj and Ellie Anderson, joined MacPherson and Kristy Barry on the 400-yard freestyle relay team that broke the school record with a time of 3 minutes, 55.66 seconds in the Eagles’ Jan. 10 meet against MDI.“I’m hoping they can set a new record this weekend,” Goodman said. “They’re all swimming very well right now, and we’ll see how that goes.”With such a small roster, Ellsworth had just four swimmers, MacPherson, Danaee Felix, Kristen Moseley and Brianna Simpson, honored for Senior Night festivities Friday against George Stevens Academy. Yet the occasion was still a memorable one for those four seniors with MacPherson (100-yard backstroke) and Moseley (200-yard freestyle) qualifying for states in new events and Felix and Simpson competing in three events apiece.“They have been exceptional teammates,” Goodman said. “Their efforts in swimming and in sportsmanship helped make the team something to be proud of.”The Ellsworth boys’ team will be back in action at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 7, for the Penobscot Valley Conference championships at Husson University. The girls will compete at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the University of Maine.Then, on Feb. 17 (girls) and Feb. 18 (boys), Ellsworth will take part in the state championships at Bowdoin College. Even as they face some of the deepest most talented teams, the Eagles have shown already that they have what it takes to compete.“The important thing is that the kids have worked hard all year and are going to do the best they can,” Goodman said. “They’re going to bring home some medals and ribbons and have fun doing it.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – With India and Australia clashing in a winner-takes-all finale to an enthralling series, the picturesque town of Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills could hardly have asked for a better debut as a Test venue.Both hosts and tourists emerged with their share of glory from the drawn third Test in Ranchi to leave the four-match series on knife-edge at 1-1 going into the decider, which starts tomorrow.While popular wisdom has it that Test cricket must produce more results to survive the onslaught of the limited-overs game, there can be little doubt that the drawn third Test, also at a new venue, produced the best contest of a thrilling series.Cheteshwar Pujara’s more than 11 hours of over-my-dead-body defiance for India was matched by a game-saving final day rearguard action from Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.Australia paceman Pat Cummins also made a roaring return to Test cricket, while India’s Ravindra Jadeja claimed nine wickets to suggest that he is no longer content playing second fiddle to spin colleague Ravichandran Ashwin.After just one hundred in the first two Tests in Pune and Bengaluru, Ranchi also embarrassed the pitch pundits by yielding four centuries, including Pujara’s epic 202.The teams have since moved to the Himalayas and, with so much at stake, the expectation is that the level of cricket will be just as high when the top two sides in the world rejoin the fray under Dharamsala’s snow-capped mountain peaks.Australia skipper Steve Smith believes the momentum is with his team, who only need a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy but will have their eyes on a first series triumph in India for 13 years.“I’m sure they’re hurting a little bit in their change room,” Smith, who made an unbeaten 178 in the first innings in Ranchi, said after Australia’s great escape.“If there’s anything with momentum in cricket it’s probably on our side at the moment. It’s 1-1 all and we have a decider in Dharamsala which is really exciting.”Virat Kohli has rarely seen eye-to-eye with Smith on any issue in what has been a fractious series and the India captain predictably differed on the matter of momentum.“It’s a matter of individual perception … we’re happy where we positioned ourselves,” Kohli said, pointing out his team were not required to bat again after racking up 600-plus runs in their first knock.Keeping in mind the pace and carry associated with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, India are pondering welcoming back fit-again paceman Mohammed Shami.For Australia, the immediate concern is the recovery of their bowlers from their staggering 210-over toil in India’s first innings in Ranchi.Kohli will be eyeing an element of personal redemption in the final match of India’s 13-Test home season, having managed 46 in his five innings against Australia after scoring a double century in each of the preceding four series.The 28-year-old has been in the eye of a storm since his broadside on Smith after the Australia captain’s gesture to the dressing room for advice on whether to review a decision in the second Test in Bengaluru.Kohli missed much of the Australian first innings in Ranchi because of injury but his wild celebrations at the fall of every visiting batsman indicated the shoulder problem was not overly debilitating.last_img read more

first_imgJill PeterFor the first time in 2,198 days, the Wisconsin volleyball team watched as its school’s name and logo flashed on the television projector on Selection Sunday as a participant in the women’s volleyball Division I NCAA tournament.Wisconsin (23-9, 21-8 Big Ten) earned the No. 12 seed in the tournament and will host its first round match Friday night against in-state rival Milwaukee at the UW Field House. If Wisconsin were to defeat Milwaukee, it would move on to Saturday’s second-round match to face the winner of North Carolina and California.With the Badgers making their 17th overall NCAA tournament appearance and fourth place finish in the Big Ten, head coach Kelly Sheffield said there has been an obvious sense of enthusiasm with the team since Selection Sunday.“[We’re] fired up,” Sheffield said. “[We’re] excited — it’s a new season. It’s what you want to be a part of. You realize that you’re doing something that the majority of the country isn’t doing.”The Badgers finished their regular season winning four of their last five matches, including back-to-back road victories over top 20 teams in Michigan State and Michigan.Sheffield said it’s easy for a team’s energy to dry up at the end of a grueling regular season, especially in the physically demanding Big Ten conference. But he said the team’s post-season prospects have breathed more life into an already determined Badger squad.“I thought the past few weeks, for the most part, we’d been playing really well,” Sheffield said. “I think we’re getting better, which tells me we haven’t played our best volleyball. You get a little worried when at the end of the year if you run out of gas — our kids haven’t run out of gas. Mentally, they’re fresh, they’re excited. I think we’re in a really good place.”Wisconsin is familiar with its first-round opponent. UW defeated Milwaukee 3-1 on Sept. 14 during the InnTower Invitational Tournament. Wisconsin held the Horizon regular season and tournament champions to a .140 hitting percentage, forcing three Panthers into negative hitting territory.Milwaukee’s senior middle blocker Rachel Neuberger and 2012 All-Horizon League player only had seven kills against Wisconsin early this season, but she registered seven of Milwaukee’s 10 blocks. The Panther’s leading attacker in junior outside hitter Julie Kolinske, who averages 3.28 kills per set, managed 15 kills in four sets against the Badgers.Milwaukee last made a NCAA tournament appearance in 2011, its 10th appearance overall, when the team was knocked out by Iowa State in the first round.Senior libero Annemarie Hickey said there’s some comfort playing a team that Wisconsin has already beaten this year. She said there is also a sense of relief in not having to travel to an unknown gym this weekend.“Just having our fan support here is really great,” Hickey said. “They’re really fired up that we’re back in the Field House.”Wisconsin will most likely face a talented North Carolina squad on Saturday if UW wins on Friday. No. 15 UNC finished the season with a 27-4 record and with three Tar Heels earning All-ACC honors.As the only senior on the team, and with this NCAA tournament her final chance to extend her collegiate volleyball career, Hickey said this is the time to let everything go and have no regrets about how she approaches this weekend. But she said it’s a relief that she can play at least once in the tournament.“[There’s] a lot of pressure off of my shoulders,” Hickey said. “[There’s] just a lot of excitement. The first thing I thought of was, ‘When can we get in the gym? When are we going to be able to play and practice so we can take on our next opponent?’”For Wisconsin, however, the pressure of performing is far from over. Even upperclassmen, like junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman, said they may feel the butterflies in their stomachs when they step out onto the court on Friday night.“I think I’m going to be a little nervous,” Chapman said. “I know that our whole season is riding on these games that we’re playing. Every point is going to mean so much more … we know if things don’t go our way, our season’s over.”Chapman said she hasn’t even watched the annual Selection Sunday in the previous two years — she knew Wisconsin would not be one of the 64 teams announced to play in the postseason.But this season, Chapman and the whole team watched intently to discover Wisconsin would host the first two rounds of tournament play, surprising Chapman.She said the team reacted to witnessing its first NCAA tournament appearance in six seasons with ecstatic hugging, jumping and screaming.“Everyone’s just been so jacked up these past couple of days,” Chapman said. “It’s really exciting.”last_img read more

first_imgShare51Tweet5Share3Email59 SharesApril 14, 2017; SalonDuring Elizabeth DeVos’s contentious confirmation hearing, Senator Tim Kaine asked her if she would “insist upon equal accountability in any K-12 school or educational program that receives taxpayer funding whether public, public charter, or private?” One measure of accountability is whether education funding is spent effectively and wisely. A new report from In The Public Interest, “Spending Blind: The Failure of Policy Planning in California Charter School Funding,” should give educational leaders a reason to take this question seriously. ITPI’s findings tell us that, at least in California, there is a job still to be done.ITPI examined $2.5 billion spent for the facilities used in California’s public charter school sector over the past 15 years. In evaluating how wisely these funds had been spent, it asked several core questions, which would establish the basis for responsible and accountable funding.Were the funded facilities located in areas where additional classrooms were needed?Did the schools using funded facilities perform better than other schools serving the same geography?Were these schools developing new and innovative educational models that could be replicated more widely?Did these schools offer content not available in other neighboring schools?On all of these measures, the report says, California has not gotten the results that this investment should have garnered.Concern over the poor quality of education provided by many traditional public schools has been a major rationale for building a new, market-based, public education system. But ITPI found that public funding was not supporting a superior educational product. In three-quarters of California public charter schools, “the quality of education on offer is worse than that of a nearby traditional public school that serves a demographically similar population. Taxpayers have provided these schools with an estimated three-quarters of a billion dollars in direct funding and an additional $1.1 billion in taxpayer-subsidized financing.” Almost 20 percent of these funds went to schools whose performance was ranked in the bottom 10 percent of all publically funded schools.Across the country, school boards are challenged to align their facilities with the demographics of their districts, placing new schools in neighborhoods with growing student populations and closing facilities where the student population has fallen. ITPI found the California charter sector was not being asked to use this logic. “Nearly 450 charter schools have opened in places that already had enough classroom space for all students—and this overproduction of schools was made possible by generous public support” totaling more than $670 million. What’s more, a large number of these schools were also not performing well academically. ITPI concluded that “one of the key policy judgments normally at the heart of education planning—how to balance a district’s school portfolio to meet the needs of the overall student body—has been declared off-limits for state and local elected officials.”While ITPI used facility funding as its metric, the impact of unwise spending on charter schools goes well beyond the circle of capital funding. Every unwisely sited public charter school bleeds funds from the underlying public school system. With fixed costs estimated at between 35 and 55 percent, shifting students from existing schools to newly created but unneeded public charters forces cuts in educational programs for the students remaining in the traditional system.The problem is not limited to California. Charter and choice advocates have extolled the virtues of school choice and competition with little consideration for the impact of growth with limited accountability and the need for a comprehensive perspective. According to Salon, the findings are “significant on national and statewide levels, especially since California has more charter schools than any other state and the Trump administration has proposed spending $20 billion for a range of ‘school choice’ initiatives, from charter public schools to tuition vouchers for religious schools or to subsidize home schooling. Charter schools are privately run K-12 schools and have become an industry dominated by corporate franchises seeking rapid growth.”The debate now taking place in statehouses across the nation is often posed as binary: pro-market versus anti-market. ITPI’s analysis suggests that policymakers need to consider a different angle. How is the overall effectiveness of our national, state, and local educational systems being held to account? Who is responsible for the whole, and not just one of the system’s many pieces? If the debate could be reshaped, we might see better outcomes for all.—Martin LevineShare51Tweet5Share3Email59 Shareslast_img read more