Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will drop “Indians” as its name, an official familiar with the team’s plans confirmed Sunday night — a move that comes after years of pressure and protest from Native American groups and others who viewed the name as racist and insensitive.The change, first reported by the New York Times, could be announced as soon as this week, and it follows a similar move by Washington’s NFL team in July to drop “Redskins” as its name and compete in 2020 as the Washington Football Team as it works to rebrand the franchise.It was not immediately clear what the new name for the Cleveland baseball team will be, whether it has been chosen or whether it will be in place for the 2021 season, which is scheduled to begin April 1.The team has been known as the Indians since 1915, but long-standing pressure on the organization to change the name intensified this year during the nation’s public reckoning over race and social justice issues.
Kim Ng has become the first female general manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) history after being hired by the Miami Marlins.She is also the first Asian-American general manager in MLB history.Ng, 51, has 30 years of experience in the major leagues, having previously worked for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.”When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a major league team,” she said.”But I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals.”
John Thompson, the Washington native who elevated Georgetown University basketball to national prominence, earned Hall of Fame honors and carved a place in history as the first African American coach to lead his team to the NCAA championship, has died at 78.
His family announced the death in a statement but did not provide additional details.
Physically imposing at 6-foot-10 and nearly 300 pounds and possessed of a booming bass voice that commanded authority better than a shrill whistle could, Mr. Thompson built his teams around similarly intimidating centers such as Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, and Alonzo Mourning and a physical, unrelenting approach to defense.