Monthly Archives: October 2013

Today in sport history. The first African-American in the NBA

US professional basketball was officially segregated until 1950

PLAY (Oct. 31) – TODAY marks the anniversary that basketball great Earl Lloyd, Sr.became the first African-American in the NBA. Lloyd, who was a student at West Virginia State College, was chosen as a 9th round draft pick by the Washington Capitols. He was unaware that he was chosen until a fellow student on campus mentioned a rumor that he’d be moving to Washington. Continue reading

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U.S. school bans fun on the playground

CBS NY –  Officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington are worried that students are getting hurt during recess. Thus, they have instituted a ban on footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that might hurt someone on school grounds. 

Tossing a football during recess has long seemed to be a rite of passage for kids in the school community.

Students were not thrilled about the news.

“Cartwheels and tag — I think it’s ridiculous they are banning that,” one said.

“You go for recess — that’s your free time to go let loose and recharge,” another said.

“That’s all we want to do,” a third student said. “We’re in school all day sitting behind the desk learning.”

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It ain’t cricket: NYPD uses sport for subversion

Police on sticky wicket as they try to court NY’s South Asian Muslim community with cricket. After establishing a youth cricket league as a front, the police department of New York, one of the most heavily militarized cities in the USA – is marred by spying scandal. Kanishk Tharoor in Aljazeera America

NEW YORK (Oct. 5, 2013) — The players in the New York Police Department’s under-19 cricket league refer to one of its oldest supervising officers as “Shabash”(“Bravo” in Urdu). They call him that because he uses the term so often and so indiscriminately. It is the only Urdu word he has picked up in his six years of working with the predominantly South Asian and Caribbean teams.

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