Monthly Archives: December 2011

English soccer: Racism in the name of anti-racism

THROUGH campaigns such as Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card, FIFA and world football (soccer) have presented themselves as anti-racist while portraying the source of racism as being the people (i.e., fans) and not something condoned by and organized by the highest levels of society. The reaction of two of the richest and most powerful English football clubs to recent allegations of prejudice in their own ranks illustrates the double standards and damning admissions of those professing high ideals. IAN PRIOR of the London Guardian newspaper comments.

Liverpool players show their support for an anti-racism campaign in August, left, and for Luis Suárez. Photograph: Liverpool FC via Getty Images

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Cuba celebrates anniversary of first official baseball game

The 137th anniversary of the first officialy documented baseball game in Cuba was celebrated in the Palmar de Junco Stadium in the province of Matanzas with the unveiling of a plaque marking the historic event of December 27, 1874. Continue reading

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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Doctor Sócrates

Remembering Doctor Sócrates, who made the game beautiful

Corinthians fans held a banner that read “Socrates, rest in peace” before a match against Palmeiras in Brazil (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

By TONY SEED, with files from AIN, Guardian

BRASILIA (December 8, 2011) — A MOMENT of silence was observed in all of Brazil’s soccer stadiums, accompanied by much applause, during the last day of the National Football Championship in memory of the former player and doctor Sócrates, who died during the early hours on December 4 at 57 years of age, as a result of an intestinal infection. Players on the Corinthians team from São Paulo dedicated their fifth title to him with their right fists raised, just as he celebrated his goals as the celebrated captain of the national team during the World Cups of Spain ‘82 and Mexico ‘86. Continue reading

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Doctor Sócrates: his career in pictures

We remember Sócrates, the midfield legend, one of Brazil’s most resplendent footballers, who has died aged 57. Continue reading


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MLSE: Bell and Rogers have too much power


EVERY DAY, I hear from Rogers and Bell customers about overcharging, recurring bill errors and unfair contract terms.

Most people tell me how hard it is to reach these companies, to get through to anyone who listens and can resolve problems quickly. Continue reading

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New international competition plan for baseball

IBAF meeting in Dallas announces that the World Baseball Classic in 2013 will be a World Championship Continue reading

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For those who know …

Make hockey happen

Every year a group of guys leave the city behind and head into the interior of British Columbia for a week of pond hockey. For up to 10 hours a day we play in all conditions and are willing to do anything to Make Hockey Happen. Thanks Marty.

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