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Tennis News Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran wins second round of qualifier, comes closer to sealing entry in main draw

first_imgMelbourne: In-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran inched closer to his maiden Grand Slam appearance with another straight-set win but Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were ousted from the Australian Open Qualifiers after suffering narrow defeats, here Thursday. Prajnesh, seeded sixth, got the better of Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3 6-3 in the men’s singles second round.  “I played a better match than yesterday and remained solid throughout. I broke three times and there were not too many games where my serve was in danger. I played good mentally as well. I did the right things, attacked when I got chances. Looking forward to the final round tomorrow,” Prajnesh told PTI. The world number 112 will next take on Japan’s Yosuke Watanaki, ranked 192 in the world.         If Prajnesh wins tomorrow’s match, it will be his first main draw competition at a Grand Slam. He unfortunately missed out on playing at 2018 French Open when as a lucky loser he made the main draw but since he had left Paris and entered a Challenger tournament, he missed out on the chance. Injured Yuki Bhambri had played in all four Grand Slam main draws in 2018.Read More | Federer, Djokovic aim for seven-star performance in AustraliaPlaced 132 in the world rankings, Ramkumar played a very close match before losing 7-5 5-7 6-7(6) to Germany’s Rudolf Molleker, ranked 207.  Read More | Mary Kom scales summit, becomes No.1 in latest AIBA Boxing rankings”I served well in the match and had a break point at 3-3 in the final set but missed the backhand down the line. It was just a few inches wide. You have to take those chances,” rued Ramkumar.In the women’s singles, Asian Games bronze medallist Ankita also had a one-set advantage but went down 6-4 2-6 4-6 to Spain’s 29th seed Paula Badosa Gibert, world number 142.            “I tried to play attacking tennis but I felt I slowed down a bit in the second set. I was aggressive again in the third. But the girl (opponent) was serving big today which was the deciding factor,” said Raina. The Australian Open will begin on January 14, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic aiming to add to their record tally of six titles in this tournament. Federer has won this tournament in the last two years, winning in 2017 by beating Rafael Nadal and winning in 2018 against Marin Cilic. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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UW athletes take stand against sexual assault

first_imgIn a two minute YouTube video, four University of Wisconsin varsity athletes took a stand and raised their voice against sexual assault on campus.UW’s new student organization, We’re Better Than That: Men Against Sexual Assault, produced the video, which featured men’s basketball players Nigel Hayes and Aaron Moesch, men’s football Dare Ogunbowale and men’s soccer Drew Conner.The four sat down for candid interviews where they spoke openly about women. The conversation began lightly, with the four talking about their “favorite thing about women.”Hayes described himself as a “teeth guy,” and loves nice smiles.But, the conversation quickly took a turn for the serious.The athletes were asked about sexual assault in light of the recent Association of American Universities report which showed more than one-in-four women will be sexually assaulted during their time on campus.Report: More than one in four women sexually assaulted at UWUniversity of Wisconsin released data Monday, Sept. 21, showing nearly 28 percent of undergraduate females reported experiencing sexual assault involving force or Read…Their faces swiftly shifted from giddy to dismal upon hearing the numbers.“That’s startling,” Conner said.All four agreed that something needed to be done on the matter, and men are the ones who need to change their actions and perspectives in order to be part of the solution.Watch the full video below:last_img read more

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Mr Green lists up on main Nasdaq Nordic market

first_img Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Per NormanThe governance of Mr Green & Co (Mr Green) has confirmed that the company has officially moved its main market listing from Sweden’s mid-size AktieTorget, to floating on the Nasdaq Nordic Market (Stockholm).The European igaming operator becomes the 76th enterprise to list at Nasdaq’s Nordic markets in 2016. This November, Mr Green’s governance announced that it would change main listing for the bigger Nasdaq market stating that it viewed its decision as a ‘logical step’ for the company’s long-term progression.Commenting on the firm’s Nasdaq Nordic listing Mr Green CEO Per Norman stated “We launched our new technology platform earlier this year and have already started to implement and deliver on our new business strategy, and there is no doubt that our customers like the new Mr Green”“I am happy and proud of what our organisation has achieved in such a short period of time and look forward to our journey of change towards continued growth”.In its November  update to corporate stakeholders,  Mr Green governance detailed that its placement on the Nasdaq’s main Scandinavian market would help the operator ‘attract a broader range of investors’ as the company continues to target international growth. Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020last_img read more

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Summer Camp Registration at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Currently Open

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Education Specialist, Erin Pilarski came to WBKB News’ studio to talk about the upcoming summer camps that will be offered in late June at the Sanctuary. There will be 16 camps, and 4 different age groups. Sign up and registration is currently available. The age groups are 5 to 6, 7 to 9, 10 to 12, and 12 to 13 years old.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: NOAA, Summer Camp, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Candidate, Dwight Brady Visits Northeast MichiganNext New Deputy in Townlast_img read more

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In praise of Mike Scioscia, the Angels’ shark of a modern baseball manager

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros You only need one hand to count Scioscia’s peers in the other major professional sports. Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs since Dec. 10, 1996. Bill Belichick began his tenure with the New England Patriots in 2000. Critically, Aulet said, each of these men had a star player to help execute his vision. Popovich had Tim Duncan and Tony Parker for the bulk of his run. Belichick has had Tom Brady for nearly his entire time in New England.Scioscia has worked for two owners and four general managers without the benefit of a star player to match his own longevity. Mike Trout was 8 years old when Scioscia joined the Angels. This is akin to being the lone survivor of a meteor that wiped out each of his kinfolk, or at least forced them to manage a different Major League Baseball team.“You just get into habits,” Aulet said. “Those habits create a lack of innovation. You do the same thing over and over again. Sometimes that can be good, but there’s a fatigue factor that usually kicks in. That’s why it’s so unusual that you see someone like a Mike Scioscia or a Bill Belichick. Change is good.”As more and more Ivy League-educated executives occupy major league front offices, this is the message they are hearing about how to run a baseball team. It isn’t confined to sports, of course; Aulet teaches entrepreneurs with ambitions of all stripes. Yet as sports became big business, primarily because of television revenue, some overlap became inevitable.Philosophies will evolve and general managers will change organizations, but a cross-disciplined, 21st-century approach to sports management is here to stay.“It’s not ‘let’s go have a drink, let’s go sit around and smoke cigars and talk about the players,’” Aulet said. “Moneyball changed everything with the ability to collect data. Billy Beane and Bill Belichick have changed things by being more data-driven and just ruthless. There’s no sentimentality to hold on to people for a long period of time.”It’s no coincidence that companies themselves are not as durable as they once were. Aulet pointed to a study by Richard Foster at Yale University, which revealed the average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 has decreased from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today.Related Articles Aulet’s point of view is special if not unique. His résumé reveals the antithesis of an ivory-tower elite. As a young man, he was a professional basketball player. He worked at IBM for more than a decade, embodying the late 20th-century ingenuity that spawned the documentary “Silicon Cowboys.” He ran three companies and now teaches other aspiring entrepreneurs how to do the same.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.From his front-row seat, Aulet has seen MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference grow into the largest student event on campus. He knows that the next general manager of the Boston Red Sox might soon pass through his classroom. If there is an intersection of trends in sports and the American economy at large, Aulet is perched nearby.Multiple reports Sunday indicated that Scioscia will part ways with the Angels after his contract expires this year – his 19th season, all with one team. A couple of days later, I called Aulet. I needed more context about what this means.Forget sports for a second. How does Scioscia’s career fit into the landscape of the 21st century economy – every job, everywhere in the first world?“Scioscia,” Aulet said, “is a Jurassic being.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The text of Mike Scioscia’s Hall of Fame plaque might mention his intelligence, his grit, and the fierce loyalty he inspired as manager of the Angels. It will certainly mention the 2002 World Series and Scioscia’s 1,628 regular-season wins and counting – fewer than only Walter Alston among men who managed a single team, if indeed Scioscia never manages another team.Cooperstown does not permit enough characters on each plaque to explain the thing that separated Scioscia from his peers, however. To appreciate that one must step outside the dugout, out of the ballpark and out of Anaheim entirely. You have to step inside a WeWork.“It’s a co-working space where there’s lots of entrepreneurs,” explained Bill Aulet, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. “If I need help on something, if I have a question – ‘by the way, I’m trying to find Java programmers, you know where I can find Java programmers?’ – ‘oh yeah, there’s this group over here. You can do that.’ And you get just the amount of resources just in the time that you want and you don’t have to own it.”There are 20 WeWorks dotting a map of Southern California, from the 818 to the 714 and points in between. I Googled it. They are some of the most beautiful, open and collaborative office spaces you have ever seen. Most importantly, Aulet said, they are the future of the economy, already encroaching on the present. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The result: Now more than ever, workers hop from one role with one company to a different role with a different company. Only recently did professional sports mimic the same practice. Aaron Boone was a player, then a television analyst, then the manager of the New York Yankees. Dave Roberts was a player, then a television analyst, then a coach, and now manages the Dodgers.The most famous recent example of this phenomenon within baseball is Sig Mejdal. A trained engineer, Mejdal was hired away from NASA by the St. Louis Cardinals. He became the Houston Astros’ director of decision sciences in 2012, then a special assistant to the general manager, then a minor league coach.“This idea of jumping around to get different skills is true; you build up more skills if you jump around,” Aulet said. “If you stay at the same job, your learning curve will start flattening out. In other words, you won’t learn that much.”It would be inaccurate to say the game simply passed Scioscia by. In 2014, his 15th year on the job, the Angels won 98 games, more than any major league team. This was widely perceived as a triumph of the old school, of the hit-and-run, of the sacrifice bunt. And to some extent, it was.More than that, it was a triumph of adaptation. It is impossible – in baseball or in any discipline – to last 19 years without the adaptability of a shark. A few modern species of shark roamed the Earth in the Jurassic period beside the dinosaurs. We devote one week a year to their appreciation. The praise for Scioscia should probably be no shorter.last_img read more

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Willie Cauley-Stein injury update: Warriors center (foot) will miss camp, most of October

first_img“Yeah, Looney probably starts,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I’ve got bigger plans for Looney anyway.”Cauley-Stein averaged 11.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest in 2018-19 while starting 81 games.He’ll join a Warriors team that will be without Klay Thompson (ACL) for most of this year, but acquired D’Angelo Russell via a sign-and-trade deal this summer. Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t want to discuss free agency: ‘It’s disrespectful towards my teammates’ LeBron James on paying college athletes: ‘I would’ve been one of those kids … the university would have been able to capitalize’ Willie Cauley-Stein will miss some time at the start of the 2019-20 season.Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers announced Monday at the team’s media day that the big man suffered a foot strain last week playing pickup and will need some time off for rehab. center_img “He’s going to miss camp, we’ll probably look at him again and give you an update at the end of October, about 30 days from now,” Myers said.Cauley-Stein signed a two-year deal with Golden State this offseason after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Kings. Related News He was expected to start for the Warriors on opening night, but now Kevon Looney is expected to fill the void down low.last_img read more

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Mary Lucas: Consider the ramifications of re-electing Brownback

first_imgThe following is a guest editorial written by Mary Lucas of Winfield, a reader of Sumner Newscow:Mary and Reigner LucasI’m writing this piece in the hopes of cutting through the political noise of the upcoming election. I have a story to tell and I believe it matters.My name is Mary Lucas and I’m the proud mother of a six-year-old boy. We are the face of Governor Brownback’s experiment.I’ve seen his ad featuring “Becky,” a young woman attesting to her belief Governor Brownback’s economic solutions are better for her and her family.I passionately disagree. I’m a single mom. My son is the focus of my energy and I work hard every day with the sole intention of providing for him so he can excel in our world with greater ease than I have known. It’s the wish of every parent.I provide for Reigner on a shoestring budget. There are no handouts. I make just barely enough to keep us from qualifying for any government assistance, including the state’s child care subsidy program and free/reduced school meals program. I am so proud that I do not have to use assistance. It is what I strive for. But it’s frustrating to feel like I am being attacked for trying to get ahead and make things happen for my son. I am a hard worker and a good Kansan and I hate being witness to my governor working against me. It’s a defeating feeling.The Brownback experiment with Kansas income tax reform has enabled my friends with significant six figure incomes to have their Kansas income tax liability reduced to zero. They no longer pay Kansas income tax, while I have seen my Kansas income tax liability increase 50 percent under the Brownback administration.Yes, you read that correctly. Brownback’s experiment has inflicted on the working poor a significant tax increase. Today, as an earner with an adjusted gross income in the bottom 20 percent of Kansas residents, I pay fifty percent more in taxes.Those dollars that “Becky” says Governor Brownback will let her keep? That’s not true, unless she’s among a wealthier tier of the Kansas population.Our governor’s claims ring hollow. The sun is not shining in Kansas. There are many hard working Kansans bringing home less each year because of the Governor’s approved changes to the Kansas food sales tax credit, homestead property tax refund for renters, and dependent child care credit.I don’t begrudge higher earners their income tax relief. But I must ask – is this the outcome we intended?As we near Election Day, I hope every Kansas voter will seriously consider the ramifications of reelecting Governor Brownback. His tax policies are failing the state and while for a few that policy has put dollars back into already rich pockets, the loss of income to those who need it the most is having far-reaching negative outcomes for our state. We cannot afford four more years of protecting the wealthy at the expense of the working class.Kansans didn’t ask to become experimental ground for the long refuted economic policies touted by Arthur Laffer. This failed venture is bankrupting our state and families like mine. We must return Kansas to her glory on November 4th by electing Paul Davis, a man I know represents the best interests of every Kansan, not only those who wield significant financial influence.Mary Lucas, Winfield, Kans.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +22 Vote up Vote down Angel · 301 weeks ago Thank you for sharing. Kansas policies should not hurt hardworking people like this and they have, so it is important to vote for change on Tuesday. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Mel · 301 weeks ago Very well said Mary……… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Whitney · 301 weeks ago Brownback is whack! Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down Taxpayer · 301 weeks ago Elect a Democrat so you can get all your handouts… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -13 Vote up Vote down guest · 301 weeks ago Single parenting is a bad choice for our society unless you have prepared yourself well through job skills and or education. You are doomed to be poorer. Report Reply 1 reply · active 301 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down guest · 301 weeks ago If you are in the income level you claim, you won’t truly realize that tax increase. You will be one of the many who receive a big tax return with a huge earned income credit. If you look closely, you will recieve much more in a tax return then you actually paid in taxes. Meanwhile, those in a higher tax bracket will pay thousands that they’ll never see in return. You are welcome. Report Reply 1 reply · active 301 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Credence · 301 weeks ago Mary’s choice of Paul Davis doesn’t make sense based on her claims. Paul Davis has stated numerous times he intends to raise taxes, so how will this help folks like Mary? I personally find it very difficult to believe that someone’s taxes went up 50%, this sounds like hype to make a point. First of all, does Mary own a home or does she rent? My property taxes have decreased as well has my income taxes so I don’t understand how Mary’s went up 50%. Without more specific information, Mary’s claims don’t appear to be valid. If she doesn’t own a home, where most of the state’s income is derived, what taxes does she pay that would have increased by 50%? Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Clyde · 301 weeks ago Mary must have friends with successful small businesses filing under Subchapter S. I would bet if she researched their personal income tax burden she would be surprised. As for the 50% increase, a 50% increase on zero is still zero. If any other result is derived, find a better accountant. As a true Liberal, you should go ahead and get on those programs and drive your tax burden well into the negative. By golly you deserve it for the choices you were forced to make to put you in your situation. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down guest fed_up · 301 weeks ago Let’s continue to be a parasite on the community and let the burden of the lower class suck the upper class dry! This sounds like a real plan. I got news for you folks, the people that have money will not stand for this and will move someplace where they can keep more of their money, eventually there will be no more people to foot the bill, and then you will truly have to depend on the government, for food, clothing, and a job. They will tell you how you should eat (already are), how to think (already are), and what job you will have (coming soon to your neighborhood). Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Jim · 301 weeks ago Pretty interesting choice of guest editorial on the eve of an election. It would have seemed like more non-biased reporing if done a week ago, Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Out of tune

first_imgWhen this “hallowed” night began in the land of crawfish and “gumbo” the Steelers defense was giving Saints QB Drew Brees “the willies” but when the game ended Brees had sliced and diced up the Steelers “D” like he was the little brother of Freddie Krueger. In reality it was the Steelers offense and “offensive” play calling that time and time again returned the ball to the Saints, leaving the Pittsburgh defense hanging out to dry.Why do you hand off the ball to a back in the I-formation when your offense is “bamming” on the door from the one-inch line and when you have a young strapping center you can follow to gain a few measly inches to an almost guaranteed touchdown. A quick snap, a quarterback sneak and “Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars” you’re in.Also, Saints’ starting cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer were out with injuries but instead of Offensive Coordinator (and I do mean offensive) Bruce Arians taking advantage of an injury riddled, decimated New Orleans secondary it was an aggressive Saints defense that pressurized and applied constant heat to Roethlisberger. The Saints continued to put eight men in the box and dared Pittsburgh to throw. When Roethlisberger did get rid of the ball it was almost like it was a “hot potato” and his “hot” reads seemed lethargic and regularly performed like they were “too hot to trot.” Instead dinking and dunking the Saints defense all the way back to Bourbon Street, Arians called the game like he was experiencing a headache and hangover from too much partying in the French Quarter.The Saints beguiled and mistreated the Black and Gold defense as if they had one of Dr. Buzzard’s “alligator toe” zombie charms hangin’ around their necks. Not only did the Saints “Mojo” work, it performed way beyond expectations. The Saints seemed to even have their swagger back. Drew Brees was lovin’ it. He threw for 191 yards in the second half to finish with 305 yards spread among nine receivers.Big Ben passed for a very “workman-like 195 yards. What about all of the crap about “Big Ben makes our offense more complete.” There were also a few veiled excuses coming out of the Steelers camp. “It was a hostile environment for us. The fans were into it,” Tomlin said. “We struggled a little bit on possession downs because of it, but that’s no excuse…We knew this was going to be a tough place to play coming into it. I was hopeful that we would perform better than we did.” Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah. Pittsburgh was cryin’, New Orleans was howlin’ and laughing at the moon.Roethlisberger appeared to take a tad more responsibility for the wretched performance by the offense. He had this to say. “This is definitely a gut check for us. We got knocked down a little bit tonight and now it will be interesting to see how we bounce back.” Hey Ben, methinks that your analogy was a tad flawed. The Steelers did not just get knocked down, they got body slammed.The remainder of the regular season schedule is as follows: at the Bengals then home to face the Patriots, Raiders and Bills; then to B-More to face the Ravens; back to Heinz to face the Bengals, Jets, and Panthers; finishing up in Cleveland facing the Browns. They could lose four of those nine games, leaving them with a record of 10-6. That will not win the AFC North. Pittsburgh had better get up off the canvas quickly because the playoffs “referee” is always willing and waiting to count them out. They were 9-7 in 2009 and were couch potatoes during the post season. Don’t ask me to pass the dip and chips. I’m fresh out.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741.) Last Sunday night the Pittsburgh Steelers were hangin’ out in the “Big Easy” to “party on Halloween night.” That is just my opinion but they partied oops, I meant played like it was 1999 and they definitely ran out of time, at least the offense did. The Black and Gold gave a decent account of themselves, at least for three quarters but in the end, it was very difficult to do anything right in a place where doing most things is supposed to be “easy.” Dem Dere Steelers bit the dust by a score of 20-10. There are a few “Supreme” haters out there who took offense to head coach Mike Tomlin sanctioning a fifty-one yard field goal attempt by Jeff Reed with time winding down in the first half. I know that the pigskin aficionados with one-half of a brain should be able to figure this one out. After all, Mr. Reed usually has to ply his trade at Heinz Field, AKA “Anchorage Annie” or “The Wind Tunnel,” to name a few penned by yours truly. What’s wrong with attempting to kick a long field goal indoors with no murderous crosswinds to contend with? That strategy seems like a logical step in order to add three points.last_img read more

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An open expression of gratitude for an extraordinary 15-year-old named Coco

first_imgby Vernon WilliamsThanks, Coco. We needed that.Your timing could not have been more perfect. Your youthful smile and enthusiasm is infectious. Your sensible articulation is a throwback to a time when it was common for parents to take pride in well-mannered offspring. Your incredible skills are mind-boggling, but almost incidental. There is so much about you to like.You are a soothing elixir bringing relief at a time during which Black folk are – in the words of Fannie Lou Hamer – are sick and tired of being sick and tired.CocoPeople much older are equally wowed by Coco’s amazing tennis acumen and her intellectual capacity that far exceeds her adolescence. Right now, she doesn’t fully get it. There is no way to make a 15-year-old – no matter how bright – comprehend the depth of the impact of her meteoric rise for people whose good news moments these days come far and few between.To be clear, it’s not that wonderful accomplishments are not being achieved by Black Americans of all ages from coast to coast. It’s just that the media conveniently ignores them; waiting for more sensational negativism. On the stage which Coco is rising, ignoring her ascent wasn’t an option for the press. It was Wimbledon, for God’s sake!To fully grasp the importance of this refreshing young tennis player’s “out of the blue” rise and reactions among people of color, you have to put things in context; you have to be familiar with a time when African Americans were not bombarded with the level and frequency of negative media that they experience today.While this country has never been Utopia for people of color, measuring the level of current-day stress requires application of the concept found in the title of the Les McCann song, “Compared to What?” In other words, pain and suffering are relative.There are still Black folk alive who had to pick cotton as children – or watch parents work the field. Though not slavery, the agonizing drudgery of sharecropping was a thinly-veiled incarnation of that diabolical institution.Then into the 1940s and 1950s, Black people traveling through the South couldn’t even contemplate pulling into one of the roadside hotels for a night’s rest during a weary point of a family road trip. Even Black entertainers performing to adoring crowds in hotel showrooms didn’t enjoy that accommodation.And there was a reason that Black families traveling by car always packed a hearty container of food and drinks. They knew pulling off the road into a restaurant would only bring them the frustration of “white only” signs and glares from people whose snarling expressions said they would rather starve than sup in the presence of people of color.Even entering the 60s, years after Rosa Parks, Freedom Riders were greeted by barbaric brutality by those incensed at the notion of integrating interstate transportation. As in most cases, law enforcement showed up to either participate in the beat down or arrest the bloodied victims in the aftermath. Lynching and violence were bitter realities of a hateful Jim Crow period. Some evildoers wistfully contemplate the resurrection of that horrendous spirit under the guise of returning to a “great” America.Racial affronts in 2019 affirm that mindset as Blacks witness a resurgence of those polarizing times. In media, constant reminders of glaring inequities cut like a knife, leaving viewers the choice of either to ‘grin and bear it’ or turn off disheartening news. Then came this one amazing story — for which there could be no possible negative slant.So inspired were African Americans by Coco’s feat that luminaries in their own right could not contain their enthusiasm. Coco was ecstatic to get a tweet from First Lady Michelle Obama, whom she considered her inspiration. And, there were accolades from so many others—like Magic Johnson, Jalen Smith, and Joel Embid—who compared the excitement of watching Coco play to the seventh game of an NBA championship.American tennis prodigy Cori “Coco” Gauff is the youngest player to advance through qualifying to reach Wimbledon’s main draw; where she defeated compatriot Venus Williams. The Delray Beach, Florida, resident, who’s been touted as the next Serena Williams, told an interviewer for Wimbledon, “I’m still in shock.”In subsequent matches, she proved her first win was no fluke, outplaying the competition. She has reason to feel good about herself, but Coco is confident without an ounce of cockiness. Maybe having mother and father – who also coached her – sitting in the stands was all that was required to ignite her masterful performance.Not even the ugly behaviors and “tweets” of ridiculous racists protesting the choice of a Black actress to portray the main character in the live action version of “The Little Mermaid,” could detract from the moment. The outcome of Wimbledon was secondary. Clearly, Coco emerged from the experience with a sustainable victory. She has won all our hearts.last_img read more