Mookie Betts is the only Dodger kneeling during the anthem. Cody Bellinger has his hand on his shoulder. pic.twitter.com/6DIOzAdtLF— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 24, 2020″I think everybody’s on board with what’s going on in the world, how we have to make some change. It starts here and we have to do our part,” Betts told ESPN’s Michael Eaves. “It’s amazing to know that everybody here is on board with something that, like I said, we have to find a way to make change and this is the first step.”Before the anthem, everyone except Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod knelt for a moment of silence in an act of solidarity with recent nationwide protests against police brutality. Coonrod told reporters after the game (per Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic) that, as a Christian, kneeling would have made him a hypocrite. He also expressed concern about things he has read about the Black Lives Matter organization, which it should be noted is now part of a much broader movement that transcends its original framework.More Coonrod: “I’m a Christian and I can’t get on board with a couple things I read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean toward Marxism. And they said some things about the nuclear family. I can’t get on board with that.”— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 24, 2020MORE: Yankees, Nationals kneel before anthem in D.C. openerThis week has marked a surge in activism among MLB players, who have historically been quiet on the subject of racism. Reds first baseman Joey Votto was among several players to kneel during the anthem in exhibition games when he made the gesture Wednesday afternoon.MORE: MLB players explain sudden decisions to kneelBaseball is not the only sport finding its social justice voice during the U.S. response to the killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd by police in May. NASCAR, which has also typically steered clear of race-related issues, has voiced support for the country’s protests against unnecessary law enforcement violence toward Black people.Led by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL players introduced kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest in 2016. The gesture has been controversial among fans since its inception, causing a rift in pro football between Black activists and league interests. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts knelt during the national anthem before Thursday’s game against the Giants in apparent support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Betts, who is Black, was the only Los Angeles player to kneel during the playing of the anthem, though teammates Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy placed their hands on his shoulders. Ten members of the Giants organization knelt, including manager Gabe Kapler. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently apologized to players for not supporting their protests in the face of criticism.The NBA, which has been more active on such issues, is allowing players to replace their names on jerseys with messages supporting social justice causes.Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension with the Dodgers on Wednesday. He had never protested during the anthem before Thursday’s opener but did express regret at not speaking up more about racism in the past. He said after the game (per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register) that he isn’t sure whether he will continue to kneel.
Warm-up matches Thursday, March 10: vs India – Eden Garden, Kolkata Sunday, March 13: vs Australia – Eden Garden, Kolkata Super 10 Group 1 matches Full match schedule Wednesday, March 16: vs England – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Sunday, March 20: vs Sri Lanka – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Friday, March 25: vs South Africa – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur Sunday, March 27: vs Qualifier 1B – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur ST JOHN’S, Antigua: Johnson Charles has been named to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. The tournament will be played in India from March 8 to April 3. The 27-year-old Charles is a top-order batsman who can also keep wicket. He is also an occasional medium-pace bowler. He has represented the West Indies in 23 T20 Internationals so far, and was member of the team which won the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. During that tournament, he was Man of the Match against England with a match-winning 84 at Pallekele in the quarter-finals. The West Indies are due to arrive in Kolkata on March 7 ahead of the tournament. They will have official warm-up matches against India on Thursday, March 10, and against Australia on Sunday, March 13. West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage, where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor.
More than one week after a pedal cyclist was struck down by a motorcar along the Reliance Public Road, Essequibo Coast, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Sunday evening.Dead is 21-year-old Arbie Stephens of Reliance, Essequibo Coast.Based on information received, the driver of motorcar HC 2886 was proceeding along the Reliance Public Road at a fast rate of speed when it was alleged that Stephens suddenly rode across the road and into the path of the car.As a result, the car collided with the pedal cyclist thus causing him to fall unto the roadway and sustain injuries to his head and other parts of his body. He was picked up and rushed to the Suddie Hospital where he was admitted a patient. Due to the extent of his injuries, he was transferred to the GPHC where subsequently died.The Stephens family preparing for wake at their Reliance Public Road, Essequibo Coast homeThe 31-year-old driver of Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, was detained but later released on station bail.Dead: Arbie StephensHowever, in light of the death of Stephens, the driver was rearrested and is expected to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, the dead man parents, Davindra Bhajan and Salome Stevens said that Arbie was their only son and that they have five daughters. The parents explained that Arbie was assisting them financially in keeping three of his sisters in school. When this publication visited the young man’s home, his relatives were preparing for wake.