Bubba Wallace earns award for his philanthropic and anti-racism efforts

Bubba Wallace’s “knees were trembling” when he cast his ballot in his first presidential election. NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver didn’t watch the news before this summer, one of national unrest over politics and racial justice.

He tuned in and quickly became an unwitting national activist. Wallace successfully called on NASCAR to ban the display of the Confederate Flag at races, ran a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme and became the central figure in a sport facing its own racial reckoning.

Wallace overnight had a national audience for his “Peace. Love. Understanding,” mantra and a position to exact change. On Friday, the 27-year-old was named the Comcast Community Champion of the Year, a prestigious industry award that honours NASCAR members for philanthropic efforts.

“I just did what I felt was right and what needed to be said and done and stood behind that proudly,” Wallace told The Associated Press. “To outsiders looking in, they think it takes a lot of courage, but it’s just another day to me.

“I said `Let’s take down the flag.’ It shouldn’t be a big deal, but now people say it is a big deal and its reshaping the sport. I didn’t have my mind set out to do that.”

Comcast donated $60,000 to Wallace’s “Live To Be Different Foundation” that aids individuals in overcoming race, gender, disabilities or socio-economic situations to fulfil their potential.

“Bubba embodies everything this award stands for and we look forward to standing together as he continues to make a positive impact in all of our communities and the industry,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast Vice-President of Brand Partnerships and Activation.

Comcast, a premier partner of NASCAR’s Cup Series and the title sponsor of the second-tier Xfinity Series, has donated more than $700,000 to 18 different charitable organizations since launching the

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Pedro Emanuel must ease pressure building at Al Ain in AGL match-week five

Pedro Emanuel is confident he can save Al Ain from their tailspin when the stumbling giants host Al Dhafra in the Arabian Gulf League’s match-week five.

A heavily deflected, 93rd-minute strike from substitute Fahad Hadeed was required on Tuesday to avoid defeat at struggling Fujairah. This result condemned the ninth-placed Boss to their worst league start in 13 years, ramping up pressure ahead of the Western Knights’ visit to Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday.

“I agree with the fans and respect their point of view,” said Emanuel, who is facing crestfallen opposition thumped 5-0 by rampant leaders Sharjah on Tuesday. “We did not expect to score five points only, but the ‘marathon’ in the league is only at the start.”

Elsewhere, Al Jazira will be determined to terminate a 100-per-cent record for a second-successive game when they meet 2018/19 champions Sharjah.

The Pride of Abu Dhabi’s punctured Bani Yas’ perfect start on Tuesday with an impressive 3-1 away win. There was also a debut goal from Nigeria forward Imoh Ezekiel to celebrate.

Sharjah, however, put in their best domestic performance of the season to date versus Dhafra, Brazilian striker Welliton smashing in a hat-trick to move onto eight goals in nine matches since his return from Al Wasl.

“I expect it to be a fun match, and we will go to Jazira’s stadium to return with all the points,” said inspirational King playmaker Igor Coronado. “The two teams are able to score at any moment and our previous victories there came because we prepared well.”

Stung Bani Yas can hope for an instant retort when they meet lowly Ajman, 2019/20 pacesetters Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club will look to prolific Brazilian teenager Igor Jesus to keep bottom-placed Khor Fakkan pointless and snubbed icon Ismail Matar should underline

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Disney pulls ‘Death on the Nile’ movie off holiday calendar

FILE PHOTO: 90th Academy Awards – Oscars Arrivals – Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 – Gal Gadot. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

LOS ANGELES — Adventure movie “Death on the Nile” was taken off the holiday movie calendar on Thursday, further jeopardizing the chances for a revival this year of the industry.

Walt Disney Co said the release of the mystery adventure, based on an Agatha Christie novel and with a star cast that includes Gal Gadot and Kenneth Branagh, had been delayed indefinitely.

It had been due to open in North America and much of the world on Dec. 18 and was the latest film to be pushed back as the industry struggles to get back to business amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Wonder Woman 1984,” from Warner Bros., is now the last potential Hollywood blockbuster still on the calendar for 2020, with a Dec. 25 release date.

The only remaining Disney-owned movie to be released this year is the independent Oscar hopeful “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand as woman who loses everything in a recession.

Hollywood studios have pushed a string of movies, including the new James Bond film “No Time To Die” and action movie “Black Widow,” into 2021.

Thursday’s move comes after several European countries, including the U.K., Italy and France, reimposed tough lockdowns to combat a surge in coronavirus cases. Movie theaters in the biggest U.S. markets – New York City and Los Angeles – remain shut.

Efforts to get Americans back into theaters after the pandemic shuttered cinemas worldwide in March have proved disappointing given the dearth of new films to attract audiences.

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