Fashanu opens up on racial abuse

first_imgRelatedPosts Manchester City end EPL campaign with battering of Norwich City + final table EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton EPL: Burnley beat Norwich to keep Euro bid alive Former England international John Fashanu has recounted the “heavy” racial abuse he and his late brother Justin faced growing up in Norwich.The former footballer, best known for his eight-year stint at Wimbledon when he won the FA Cup in 1988 and scored more than 100 goals in all competitions, spoke during his stint on Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. The 57-year-old is one of the 12-strong line-up of famous faces being put through their paces by chief instructor Ant Middleton and his directing staff to see if they have what it takes to pass SAS selection.Fashanu faced an interrogation session from the directing staff after he was unable to control his aggression while tackling Rudimental’s Locksmith (real name Leon Rolle) in a task called Murderball, which saw the teams fight for possession of a tyre and drive it across the opposing team’s goal line.Asked about the day’s events, he said: “You know, I let myself down. I think to myself, I’m 40, come on, push, push, you can do this. But actually I’m 56…”Recounting his childhood during his Celebrity SAS interrogation, he told how he and Justin were foster children.He said: “We were fostered… and they had fostered us in Norwich, a white couple, wonderful couple. We were the only black kids in the whole of Norwich, you just don’t see black people there. The racial abuse was pretty heavy.” His late brother Justin, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he took his own life in 1998 at the age of 37.When Justin moved clubs in 1981, he commanded a £1 million transfer fee, making him the first black footballer to do so.In 2018, former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker John told Good Morning Britain about paying Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death.Fashanu described his brother as a “wonderful footballer”, and said: “He was the first black £1 million footballer but he was gay… we just could not accept that at all, as a family, the whole family.”The footballer, the second oldest contestant after 59-year-old Anthea Turner, said he still felt guilt, and added: “There’s not a time when he doesn’t come into my mind.” Tags: John FashanJustin FashanuNorwich CityWimbledonlast_img read more

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Cesar Sayoc sentenced to 20 years in prison for mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats, CNN

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who mailed more than a dozen pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.Earlier this year, Sayoc, 57, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Manhattan to four sets of charges — 65 counts total — for sending 16 packages containing explosive material and glass shards to liberal politicians and others who support liberal policies, such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Robert De Niro. Current presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden were also included as targets in the string of package bombs.Sayoc attached a picture of the intended victim marked with a red “X” outside each improvised explosive device.During the plea hearing in March, Sayoc indicated that he did not mean to injure anyone but acknowledged that the devices could have detonated.In defense filings, Sayoc’s lawyers stated that he “lost everything in the Great Recession” and had “cognitive limitations and severe learning disabilities.” The filings also stated that Sayoc was “abandoned by his father and sexually abused by a teacher at his Catholic school.”The FBI and U.S. Postal Service began finding the IEDs on Oct. 22 — the first one found was addressed to billionaire George Soros in New York — and continued to locate more until Nov. 2. Sayoc mailed the devices over the course of five days in October, prosecutors said.Sayoc was arrested on Oct. 26 in the parking lot of an Autozone in Plantation, Florida, about 20 miles northwest from his home in Aventura, after the packages triggered a nationwide manhunt for the culprit.Investigators identified him after finding a fingerprint on one of the packages sent to California Rep. Maxine Waters and matched it to a print Sayoc provided during a previous arrest.Sayoc had been primarily living in a white van covered in political stickers supporting President Donald Trump at the time of his arrest. Inside the van, FBI agents seized a laptop that contained lists of physical addresses that matched many of the labels on the envelopes he mailed.Sayoc became “more isolated,” anxious and paranoid as he aged and his steroid use increased, his attorneys said in a sentencing submission in July, which requested a sentencing of just over 10 years.He was critical of those he perceived to be enemies of the president and “came to believe that prominent Democrats were actively working to hurt him, other Trump supports and the country as a whole,” according to the defense’s filing.Federal prosecutors requested that Sayoc be sentenced the maximum of life in prison, stating that he “perpetrated this attack intending to injure and silence public servants and private citizens based on their civic activities.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Squash prodigy Ahana is top of ESF ranking chart

first_imgNew Delhi: Rising squash star Anahat Singh has become Europe, Asia and India’s No.1 in the girl’s Under-13 category. As per the European Squash Federation rankings published recently, Anahat is ranked No.1 in Europe in GU13. Earlier this month, Anahat’s brave run ended in the U-13 girls’ title round when top-seeded Egyptian Amina Orfi defeated her in the British Junior Open squash final in Birmingham. IANSAlso Read: Siblings Amira, Anahat Singh win bronze at Scottish Junior OpenAlso Watch: AASU Activists waved Black Flag at Assam Minister Pijush Hazarika’s Convoylast_img read more

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Safety Blair joins Syracuse’s Class of 2015 after weekend visit, snubs Purdue, Oregon State

first_img Published on June 23, 2014 at 10:20 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Safety Marquise Blair committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2015 on Monday, according to multiple reports. The Wooster (Ohio) High School junior visited Syracuse for his unofficial visit this weekend. He chose the Orange over offers from Purdue, Toledo and Oregon State, among others. Blair, who is listed at 6 feet, 3 inches and 185 pounds by Scout.com, is not ranked or rated by the site. He is the 15th overall verbal pledge to SU’s Class of 2015, but the first safety, and first from the state of Ohio.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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University joins Worker Rights Consortium

first_imgAfter 13 years of petitioning by the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, the university announced that they will join the Workers Rights Consortium.Sweat-free ‘SC · The Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation protested the use of sweat shop labor March 13 in front of Tommy Trojan. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanJulia Wang, the campaign coordinator for the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, said the university’s decision to sign onto the WRC on March 27 is a large historical victory for SCALE as an organization.“We have been asking the university to accept and really uphold our code of conduct for over a decade now,” Wang said. “In the last two years we have been sitting down with these administrators and talking with them to see how exactly USC can really work with the WRC and their code of conduct.”The WRC is an independent monitoring organization that advocates for the rights of workers who make products that are sold in the United States. The consortium specifically focuses on workers who make clothes with college or university logos.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson said the university has high standards with the vendors it hires to produce USC apparel.“USC has a long history of making dedicated efforts to help ensure that USC-branded merchandise is manufactured under safe and fair working conditions,” Jackson said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “The standards and requirements of USC-licensed vendors are among the most stringent in higher education. Joining the WRC serves as another tool to further enhance our social responsibility programming as we continue our commitment to the fair treatment of workers making USC-licensed products.”Wang said that SCALE has been working on the campaign since 2000.“One hundred and eighty universities have already signed on to the WRC,” Wang said. “This was really a move in the right direction I think.”In the 1990s, findings showed that Nike and other large companies were using sweatshop labor to make university apparel. When SCALE was established in 1997, it began to question administrators about the conditions at factories that make USC apparel, Wang said.“After a lot of student activism and a lot of pressure put on by the university, the brands finally disclosed where the factories were,” Wang said.Wang said student activism led the WRC to further investigate the sweatshop conditions, which led to findings of the factories where university apparel was made.“Then the WRC went into a lot of these factories and checked out the locations of where these clothes were made and they found out that they were sweatshops and workers are forced to work overtime without pay,” Wang said.SCALE has campaigned in a variety of ways to bring attention to this issue among the student body.“The most effective actions were the fashion show we had at the beginning of last semester and also the vigil because those are really visible, really attention-getting events,” said Francisco Rios Casas, co-coordinator for student-and-campus worker relations. “We were able to regionalize new people and have a lot of people be involved.”Some SCALE members said that, in addition to raising awareness, they wanted to ensure that action was taken.“We really just wanted to show USC that this is an issue that students cared about [and] that there was a large base of student support on campus,” said Sarah Newell, a SCALE campaign coordinator. “[We wanted to] let the administration know that this is something that the students are truly interested in. From there, the administration was great in working with us to really make this a reality.”Though there were obstacles to reaching their final goal, SCALE members said they understood the university’s need to be thorough. Newell said that the university was outlining a way to monitor when factories made USC apparel, and needed to be convinced that WRC would be adequate and cost-effective.“I think [the administration’s] concern was whether or not the WRC was the absolute best use of USC’s dollars,” Newell said.Though SCALE has been working on improving workers’ rights, specifically in the factories that make university apparel, they have also focused on other human rights areas as well.“We want to continue to empower workers and students together on this campus and internationally with all members of the Trojan family,” Newell said. “We are so excited to have achieved this historic victory and it’s been phenomenal, but I think we are also ready to see how we can help on this campus.”Newell said during its 16 years of existence, SCALE has grown as a “voice of activism” on campus has expanded its goals.The group’s growing success throughout the years has only encouraged them to continue setting new goals for themselves in promoting justice.“We will always be committed to helping workers both on campus, abroad and also throughout L.A.,” Rios Casas said. “We have been in contact with several organizations. For example, there was a dispute over a factory near Downtown L.A. and a lot of students went down to support the workers there and speak with them.”SCALE’s efforts toward human rights are not limited to the global community and the surrounding community. The organization also focuses on the workers at the university.“We hope to have more events in the near future where we can connect USC students and the workers who clean our classrooms and serve our food in the dining halls through events like meet and greets or workers appreciation brunches,” Rios Casas said. “We are still going to continue to support workers as much as we can.”last_img read more

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Uber driver arrested after student reports he groped her

first_imgLAPD arrested an Uber driver Saturday night after he was accused of groping a female USC student while dropping her off near campus. At approximately 9 p.m. on Nov. 22, the student reported that the driver had groped her from behind as she was getting out of his car. The incident occurred as he was dropping her off on 30th Street, according to CBS Los Angeles. Immediately after the incident, the student used the LiveSafe app on her smartphone to report what had happened to campus security, who received the message at 9:05 p.m. According to CBS, the report DPS officers saw was so clear that they were able to spot the suspect approximately 10 minutes later. LAPD arrested the suspect, who has remained unidentified, and charged him with sexual battery. According to CBS, the driver has worked for both Uber and fellow ride-sharing company Lyft in the past. USC currently operates a free ride-sharing program with Uber in conjunction with Campus Cruiser. Students are encouraged to take Uber in the University Park neighborhood whenever wait periods for Campus Cruiser exceed 15 minutes, and the University covers the costs between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. The USC Transportation website encourages students to “stay Uber safe” by traveling in pairs, verifying the driver and car and using the Uber app’s “share your ETA” function to alert friends to their estimated time of arrival. According to the DPS website, the LiveSafe USC Trojan Mobile Safety App allows users to initiate contact with emergency responders around the University Park and Health Science campuses.” The app is free to download and includes safety features such as immediate calls to DPS, easy reporting of suspicious or criminal activity and location services to notify friends of students’ route through campus.last_img read more

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Badgers extinguish Phoenix, sweep doubleheader

first_imgWisconsin has been hot lately, but it fought fire with fire when it took on UW-Green Bay at Goodman Diamond Wednesday afternoon. But the late-game heroics in both games of the doubleheader powered the Badgers to two thrilling come-from-behind victories over the Phoenix.Green Bay proved it came ready to play as it started off the first game with a pair of runs on four hits in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Marissa Michalkiewicz found a gap in right center and earned herself a double and soon after advanced to third on a single to left field by teammate Shannon Butts. After Butts stole second, her sister Stacey hit the opposite side of the field on a single of her own, knocking home the first two runs of the game.Wisconsin was quick to respond and put up a run of its own on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. After seniors Michelle Mueller and Stephanie Peace both walked, Chloe Miller found an opening in right field and was able to send Mueller home, narrowing the score to 2-1.After a scoreless second inning for both sides, Wisconsin tied the game up as Mueller came back for her second at-bat and homered to center field in what was her fifth home run in the past seven games and 10th of the season so far.The scoring battle continued in the top of the fourth when Green Bay scored another run off a second single by Stacey Butts, which batted in sophomore Brianna Cavin, who had been pinch running for Shannon Butts.Wisconsin fought back in the bottom of the inning and put up another run of its own when sophomore Ashley Van Zeeland crossed home plate on an error by the Green Bay first baseman, tying the score once again at 3-3.Just when it looked like the Badgers would have a chance to breathe, the Phoenix hit a hot streak in the top of the fifth, when a string of singles ended in four runners making it home with the Butts sisters in the middle of all the action once again. The nightmare of an inning finally ended for the Badgers when pitcher Cassandra Darrah struck out junior Miranda Spangberg for the second out, followed directly by a pop up to Peace at short stop.After UW failed to put up any runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, Green Bay tallied an additional run in the sixth when Shannon Butts continued to do damage in the batter’s box by doubling to left field with a runner on third, earning another RBI. Wisconsin responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore Katie Christner, who had tripled to right field, was batted in with a single by teammate Megan Tancill.Trailing by five runs heading into the last of the seventh, Wisconsin had its back against the wall but responded in astounding fashion with one of the biggest comebacks of the year. The rally started with a double by Peace, which sent pinch runner Marisa Gonzalez to third. Miller brought both teammates in when she ripped a double right-center field, scoring the first two runs of the inning. She quickly advanced to third herself off a single by Marissa Mersch.Next, Van Zeeland grounded out to the pitcher, but was still able to advance Mersch to second and send Miller home, bringing the Badgers one run short from extending the game into extra innings. Katie Christner kept the momentum going when she doubled to left field for her second extra-base hit of the night, and batted in Mersch, the score now tied at 8-8 with only one out. Christner advanced to third on a groundout and finally crossed home plate as lead off hitter Mary Massei singled down the right field line, giving the Badgers the win in what is sure to be one of the most memorable moments of the season.Green Bay didn’t let the results from the first game deter them, scoring a run in the top of the first inning as the two teams began the second game of the double header. After two scoreless innings, the Phoenix put up another run in the top of the fourth after a string of singles.Miller finally got the Badgers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the same inning when she homered to right field for her fifth dinger of the year, and apparently jump started the rest of the UW bench, which put up four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.Junior Maria Van Abel started things off with a single off a bunt down the third base line. After Massei and Mersch both reached on errors, one of which resulted in Van Abel reaching home, Mueller stepped up to bat and made Green Bay pay for its mistakes. The senior slugger homered to left field for the second time on the afternoon, adding three RBIs to the team’s total, making the score 5-2, and securing the series’ sweep, which extended the Badgers’ winning streak to seven games.last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball heads to the road

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanFreshman phenom · Freshman Khalia Lanier has made an immediate impact for the Trojans. The outside hitter notched 50 kills and 38 digs at the USC Radisson Classic, earning her MVP honors for the tournament.The No. 24 USC Women’s Volleyball team rebounded from their tough start the first weekend of matches. The team won the USC Radisson Classic, improving their overall record to 3-3. The Women of Troy swept No. 23 Kentucky in three sets (25-20, 32-30, 27-25), Northern Iowa State in four sets (25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23) and No. 22 Creighton in five sets (25-27, 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 15-10). “I like the fact that we came back and fought,” head coach Mick Haley said. Along with claiming the tournament crown, USC had three players make the all-tournament team. Freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and joined by senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins and senior libero Taylor Whittingham on the all-tournament team. “You talk about freshmen coming in and making an impact,” Haley said. “And she’s been really, really good.”Lanier put up 50 kills over the weekend and recorded 38 digs. Lanier has put up four double-doubles in five matches (three consecutively). Against Creighton, she had a season-high of 21 kills, 17 digs and 24.0 points.“She’s carried a heavy load,” Haley said. “But she’s a good one, no question.”During practices last week, one of Haley’s goals for the team was to reduce their number of hitting and serving errors. In the Radisson Invitational, they reduced their errors by roughly a third. “That’s why we felt like we were successful,” Haley said. “But, we need to reduce them a lot more.”Along with continuing to reduce errors, Haley wants the team to be better at attacking when they’re out of their system, meaning he wants the team to always look for the kill even when they can’t run their set plays. Just because a setter received the first ball or they don’t get the best pass off their opponents’ hit doesn’t mean the point is lost. “We’re trying to get our hitters to be more kill-oriented off of the high balls,” Haley said. “We don’t like to play slow but sometimes we have to.”Senior setter Alexa Strange, two-time national champion and All-American with the USC beach volleyball team, decided to leave the team for her final semester at USC. “I tried to get her to stay but I think she’s focused on getting her degree,” Haley said. “She always plays with a fire, and that’s what we lose from [her leaving].”As the Women of Troy head out to Houston, it’ll be their first matches away from home. “That’s probably the first crowd that will be kind of an anti-crowd because we’ve played at home all year,” Haley said. “So we’ll see how we adjust to that.”Despite playing on the road, Haley’s goals for the team remain basically the same.“We’d like to come out of there 3-0. Of course that’s important,” Haley said. “We would like to be able to handle the other teams.”The Women of Troy kick-off the Rice Adidas Invitational against Sam Houston State (4-3) Friday, and Oakland (4-3) and Rice (3-4) on Saturday.last_img read more

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Miami-Dade students explore options at National College Fair

first_imgMiami-Dade County Public Schools experienced another successful National College Fair last Sunday at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel. “This event is a wonderful and beneficial opportunity for our students to get information and learn about the academic choices that are available to them,” said School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman, who has co-chaired the event since being elected to the School Board many years ago.More than 10,000 students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from some 200 colleges and universities; 25 from around the world, including France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Canada. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools sponsored the free event.last_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Big-contract players Braves, Indians, Phillies should deal for no matter the cost

first_img MLB trade rumors: Everyone wants pitching, but what hitters could Cubs, Phillies, Indians be adding? MLB trade rumors: Unavailable players Dodgers, Phillies, Yankees hope hit open market Big-contract players Braves, Indians, Phillies should deal for no matter the costBraves: Zack Greinke, SP, Diamondbacks, 35 (two years remaining, $32 million per year)This would be completely out of character for general manager Alex Anthopoulos as the team is seemingly allergic to spending money. But here’s the thing, Atlanta is young, they have guys coming off injuries and other players who are nearing career highs in innings pitched.Atlanta will need help in the postseason and Greinke could give them that for the next two years while the Braves wait for Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright to come into their own.The Braves have $131 million in guaranteed contracts this year, according to Baseball Reference, but just $31 million dedicated to next year. They can afford Greinke and if they got him they know what they are getting.He’s a solid pitcher who will give you tons of innings every year and can compete in the postseason even if he has had his struggles. The Braves likely will not do this, but it’s hard to argue they shouldn’t.Indians: Charlie Blackmon, RF, Rockies, 33, (five years, $21 million per year)Do the Indians want to go for it while they have Francisco Lindor? Of course they do. Do they have a little bit of money to spend before they try to extend him long term? Absolutely. So go after Charlie Blackmon.MLB.com reported Monday the Rockies will listen to offers for Blackmon, though it may be unlikely he moves. He has five years and $21 million per year left on his deal. But here’s the catch, he has player options in 2022 and 2023. Lindor will be a free agent in 2022.Adding a player like Blackmon could convince Lindor to stay and you could pay Blackmon for a couple of years before Lindor potentially leaves. This is a deal that could be for two years. It would solidify their lineup it’s not too horribly expensive. And while Blackmon is a right fielder, he can play left, which is a spot the Indians could certainly shore up.Will this get done? Again, probably not, but for at least two years of control at a relatively affordable price — we’d do it. However, while those are the types of players who usually get dealt, there are men out there who aren’t as desirable who can still contribute. The guys who might be a little bit older with a lot of money on their contracts. The big contracts, in particular, are tough to move which is why the Marlins got so little back for Giancarlo Stanton. Having to pay a man for 10 years is a lot for teams to stomach.We’re here to tell you there are guys out there this year like Stanton (money and control-wise at least). There are men teams want to get rid of that contenders may shy away from because of their age and hefty deals. Despite that, we are saying several contenders should go after those guys. You may not agree with us, but if acquiring one means a World Series title either this year or next year, is there really any room to argue? Related News Every team needs something at the deadline and many of them need the same thing. The Dodgers need relievers — as do the Red Sox. The Astros need starting pitching just like the Yankees. And the Phillies need outfielders just like the Indians.But there are only so many players to go around, and further still, only some of them are affordable or even controllable. That’s the ideal trade candidate, a player with several years left of team control at a reasonable price. That’s why everyone wants Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd and Mets righty Noah Syndergaard. MLB trade rumors: Prospects Yankees, Dodgers, Astros, Braves should move but don’t want to Phillies: Jeff Samardzija, SP, Giants, 34 (one year, $19.8 million)The Phillies need pitching help and they need it immediately.Samardzija has been pretty good this year and he’s under control until the end of 2020, just like Jake Arrieta. Philadelphia has money to spend, and with the money remaining on Samardzija’s deal this year plus the $19.8 million next year, that’s not that big of a chunk out of their salary picture.Right now the Phillies could go into the postseason with a compromised Arrieta and Aaron Nola. Beyond that it’s an assortment of pitchers with good-to-great stuff but injury and performance problems. Samardzija might not be a world-beater, but he would give the Phillies an experienced pitcher who has been durable every year. That’s a good bridge to what the team hopes to do in the next couple of years.last_img read more

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