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  • The Telegraph

    England become first professional team in UK to stop taking the knee in support of Black Lives Matter

    England have become the first professional team in the UK who have started taking the knee, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, to stop doing so. Both England and the West Indies took the knee throughout their three-match Test series last month. The teams and their support staff made the gesture in unison before the first ball of the three-Test series following talks during the buildup. England and Ireland also took the knee during their recent one-day international series, but neither England nor Pakistan took the knee before the opening day’s play at Emirates Old Trafford. The England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed that they will now stop taking the knee. “The players wore the Black Lives Matter logo and took the knee throughout the West Indies series in solidarity and respect to the message and our rivals,” said a spokesperson for the ECB. “It remains a hugely important issue for both the ECB and the players as there is no place for discrimination of any kind in cricket or society. “The ECB is continuing to develop plans and consult with the game to make cricket more inclusive and diverse, and we recently set out a range of action we are taking to address some of the feedback we've received as we seek to drive real change.” As Telegraph Sport revealed in June, the number of black British cricketers in the men’s first-class game has declined from 33 in 1994 to nine last season. There has been only one black British head coach of a county this century, Mark Alleyne. Alleyne, who won two trophies in his four seasons with Gloucestershire, has said that “the numbers are disgusting”. Last month, the ECB announced a raft of new initiatives to increase diversity in the sport. The governing body launched a new game-wide anti-discrimination charter and code, declared its ambitions to make leadership and governance more diverse, and created a new coaching bursary for future black coaches.

  • The Independent

    Student told to remove Black Lives Matter face mask before graduation

    A black Pennsylvania student was told to remove a face mask displaying the words “Black Lives Matter” minutes before graduating.Dean Holmes, 18, was graduating from York Catholic High on 28 July when a member of the school’s staff reportedly pulled him out of the procession line at St Joseph’s Church.

  • The Independent

    Cecil Rhodes theatre changes name after campaign sparked by Black Lives Matter protests

    A Hertfordshire theatre and gig venue named after the colonialist Cecil Rhodes has officially dropped its 57-year-old moniker amid growing pressure from campaigners who labelled it racist.Rhodes Arts Complex, in Bishop’s Stortford, will now be known as South Mill Arts.

  • The Independent

    One-time homeless Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush overturns Democrat dynasty in Missouri primary

    Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century.Bush’s victory came in a rematch of 2018, when she failed to capitalise on a national Democratic wave that favoured political newcomers such as Bush’s friend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • Yahoo Sports Videos

    PAC-12 players threaten to boycott 2020 season

    PAC-12 players threaten to boycott 2020 season and release a list of demands. Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel break it down on the latest episode of the latest Yahoo Sports College Podcast. Subscribe to the Yahoo Sports College Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

  • The Guardian

    Husband of LA district attorney charged after pointing gun at Black Lives Matter protesters

    Husband of LA district attorney charged after pointing gun at Black Lives Matter protestersDavid Lacey, whose wife Jackie Lacey is running for re-election, has been charged with multiple firearm assaults

  • The Independent

    George Floyd: Leaked police bodycam footage shows how fatal arrest began

    Leaked body camera footage shows George Floyd begging for his life in the moments leading up to his arrest and subsequent death at the knee of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.Video recorded on the body cameras of two other former officers, Thomas Lane, 37, and J. Kueng, 26, shows the initial moments of the confrontation between Mr Floyd and officers outside a Minneapolis shop on 25 May.

  • Evening Standard

    George Floyd death: Leaked bodycam footage shows critical moments before fatal arrest as he begs 'please don't shoot'

    Harrowing new footage has emerged of a tearful George Floyd pleading with officers to "please don't shoot me" in the moments before his fatal arrest in Minneapolis.The new police bodycam footage, leaked to the Mail Online, shows Mr Floyd begging officers not to harm him while passengers in his car insist he is "a good guy".

  • The Independent

    Black Lives Matter: Five times Meghan Markle has spoken out about racism

    After the death of 46-year-old George Floyd triggered riots and protests around the world, the Duchess of Sussex spoke out against racism in a speech to those graduating from her former high school.“I wasn’t sure what I could say to you,” said Meghan in a five-minute long address to Immaculate Heart school on Wednesday.

  • The Guardian

    From Black Lives Matter to Bleak House: David Lammy picks the best books about justice

    From Black Lives Matter to Bleak House: David Lammy picks the best books about justiceThe New Jim Crow, dystopian Dickens and The Secret Barrister … the Labour MP takes in the best books about the legal system