Campaigner’s support for Balotelli

first_img The text then read: “Be like Mario. He’s an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, who speaks English and looks like a Mexican” and went on to describe a black man and a Jewish person. After people criticised the post, he deleted it before writing on his Twitter account that his mother was Jewish. And he issued a statement to apologise, explaining he was trying to be “anti-racist with humour”. Ged Grebby from Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), an educational charity which uses football to promote an anti-racism message, was encouraged by Balotelli’s immediate apology. That was in contrast to other senior figures in football who have been criticised for making racist remarks recently, but who had not fully apologised, he said. Mr Grebby, who is the campaign’s chief executive, said: “I think it says something about Mario that he had the decency to do that.” Mr Grebby said the charity condemned Balotelli’s deleted post, and said it could not be justified. But a major message of SRtRC was to get people to recognise their own racist behaviour, to admit it and then to change. “With Mario, almost immediately, he deleted the post he had done, recognised his mistake and said sorry,” Mr Grebby said. Controversial Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has received the support of a leading anti-racism campaigner – because he immediately apologised for apparently making a racist and anti-Semitic post. The Italy forward has until 6pm on Friday to respond to the Football Association, which has asked him for an explanation, before a decision will be made whether to charge him. Balotelli, 24, had reposted an image from the computer game Super Mario on his Instagram page with the heading “Don’t be a racist”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trenckmann sets MMA volleyball record

first_imgMaine Maritime Academy senior Betsy Trenckmann celebrates aft er setting a single season record for assists during volleyball action last week against the University of Maine – Presque Isle. PHOTO COURTESY MAINE MARITIME ACADEMYCASTINE — In her final games of the regular volleyball season, Maine Maritime Academy senior Betsy Trenckmann set a single season record for assists with 774.In a doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 29, against the University of Maine – Presque Isle, Trenckmann garnered 23 in the first match and 26 in the second as the Lady Mariners notched a pair of 3-0 wins.The Lady Mariners finished the regular season with a record of 15-14 overall and 5-1 in the North Atlantic Conference.Second-seeded MMA will face the third-seeded Husson University Eagles in NAC semifinal action tomorrow (Friday) at 8 p.m. at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn their season finale against UMPI, the Lady Mariners won the first match with set scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-7.Gillian O’Neal led MMA with 12 kills, 11 digs and nine aces.Sydney Robertson, the team’s other senior, had eight kills and added four blocks to her record-breaking career.In the second match, it was MMA by set scores of 25-7, 25-21 and 25-19.Roberson led the way with 11 kills and two blocks, Samantha Ryan had 14 digs and O’Neal had nine digs, six kills and five aces.Men’s SoccerOn Friday in Bangor, the Mariner men fell to Husson Univesity 3-1 in an NAC soccer quarterfinal match, ending their season with a record of 8-8-1.Husson jumped in front in the 12th minute when a ball deflected off a Mariner defender and into the net.The Mariners knotted the score five minutes later when Tom Samson took a pass from David Clough and put the ball into the net.The teams remained tied for the rest of the first period, with MMA holding a 10-6 edge in shots.But the Eagles got what proved to be the game-winner at the 66th minute on a shot by Stephen Berenyi.Husson added an insurance goal in the 90th minute when Andy Stevick scored on a penalty kick.Goalkeepers Marshall Spear of MMA and Brian Potter of Husson each made made nine saves.Cross-countryMMA freshman Zachary Kinsman finished 13th overall, leading the Mariners to a fifth-place finish ast the NAC cross-country championships on Sunday at Castleton State College in Whittingham, Vt.Kinsman was the second NAC rookie across the finish line with his time of 27 minutes and 30 seconds.In the women’s championship, the Lady Mariners placed ninth with Caroline Martin the first MMA finisher, placing 50th among 87 runners with a time of 25:16.Both Mariner squads will be back in action on Saturday in the ECAC Championships at Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass.last_img read more

Paschal Chukwu’s career day comes on the boards in 68-61 loss at No. 3 Virginia

first_img Published on January 10, 2018 at 5:22 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Paschal Chukwu sat under the stanchion, his right leg resting on the ground while he grimaced and held his left in the air. The injury seemed to cast a large shadow on Chukwu’s career night.Seconds before, Syracuse freshman forward Oshae Brissett had received a pass in the left high post and Chukwu, on the opposite high post, ran over to set a screen on De’Andre Hunter, Brissett’s defender. Chukwu briefly set it and then, as Brissett dribbled by, he tried to slip by Hunter toward the basket, but Hunter’s left knee knocked Chukwu’s right and the big man immediately hopped away from the play on his right foot.Syracuse’s star guard Tyus Battle drove into the lane and hit a turnaround jumper, but by then Chukwu had laid down, flipped his goggles up over his headband and tried but failed to get up. The trainer helped him off the court and talked to him extensively on the bench and, suddenly, three minutes later he was back on the floor, doing what he had done all night with a putback lay-in after a Battle missed 3.“After the last game, Coach (Jim Boeheim) really got on us about (rebounding), trying to go harder after every rebound,” Chukwu said, referencing Syracuse’s 42-to-27 rebounding disadvantage in its Jan. 6 loss to Notre Dame. “I was fortunate enough to grab them today.”Syracuse’s redshirt junior center nabbed a career-high 16 boards and scored nine points in Syracuse’s (12-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) 68-61 loss to No. 3 Virginia (15-1, 4-0) on Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. All four of Chukwu’s baskets came off one of his 10 offensive rebounds. He hit one of his two free throws while adding two blocks and an assist. Syracuse’s inability to close the gap enough to press and Frank Howard’s streaky shooting ultimately doomed the Orange, but Chukwu’s presence on the boards allowed SU to hang around for as long as it did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia head coach Tony Bennett said he prepared differently for Chukwu because at 7-foot-2 he’s so much larger than most centers in the ACC. The Cavaliers attempted 27 triples on Tuesday, which is more than its season average of 20 per game. But Bennett said he didn’t mind because it opened up the high post and they were well-rotated possessions and “good looks.”When asked if Chukwu’s presence influenced that increase, Bennett listed Chukwu’s stats and said, “You know you’re going to have to get quality shots from elsewhere (than inside). … You can’t muscle through that guy. There’s not a lot of good stuff happening when you challenge him at the rim.”Bennett also attacked the Orange’s 2-3 zone by trying to stretch Chukwu thin. With shooters on the perimeter forcing Syracuse to play up on the wings, UVA ran redshirt freshman forward De’Andre Hunter to the high post and passed to him. Twice, he turned and lofted a jumper over a late-to-rotate Chukwu, who had been busy accounting for both Hunter and the ball in the corner. Hunter hit a few jump shots en route to 13 first-half points, which would be tied for his third-highest output in a game this season.Chukwu soon learned, though, that Bennett wouldn’t fall into a pattern in the second half. The Cavaliers sent guard Ty Jerome and forward Isaiah Wilkins to the high post to switch up looks.“Sometimes they had a passer or a shooter (at the high post) to make the defense think about the decision,” Chukwu said. “That’s what they did today. Coach (Boeheim) got on me because whenever (Hunter) comes up, he’s just trying to shoot it. And Coach really told me about it and be really aware of that and see who can really make that shot or if he’s there just to pass.”Chukwu’s effectiveness shone after a player shot from the high post, though, because then the center went to the defensive glass and did what he does best for Syracuse.last_img read more