Black coordinators make Super Bowl history with Buccaneers

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Diversity matters to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first team to reach the Super Bowl with a trio of Black assistant coaches serving as coordinators. Byron Leftwich calls plays for a potent offense led by Tom Brady, Todd Bowles orchestrates a stingy defense that’s helped the team to the NFL title game, and Keith Armstrong directs the club’s special teams. Coach Bruce Arians didn’t stop there in forming a staff to help him transforming a perennial last-place franchise into championship contenders two years ago. He also hired Harold Goodwin, who is Black, as assistant head coach/run coordinator. In addition, the NFC champions have two women on the coaching staff.last_img

India clamps down on free speech to fight farmer protests

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Media coverage and social media chatter around the tens of thousands of protesting farmers at the edges of the Indian capital have prompted a furious reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Critics say it has used the massive demonstrations to escalate a crackdown on the media and free speech by detaining journalists and freezing Twitter accounts. While some of the accounts have been restored this week, nine journalists and an opposition lawmaker are facing sedition charges for their reporting on the protests. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders condemned the government’s action as censorship. The Editors Guild of India says the cases against journalists are an attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat and stifle the media.last_img