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Bishop McNamara high school shows baseball can beat its diversity problem

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“We are moving out of LA for a number of reasons,” Simmons, 71, told The Post back in March, citing among other gripes, onerous taxes that make California “inhabitable.”

“I’m done [with California],” he said. “There are earthquakes, fires and pandemics every year. Even though there is nice sunshine, I’m done.”

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Tianzhou-2 spacecraft reached the Tianhe station eight hours after blasting off from Hainan, an island in the South China Sea, China Manned Space said. It carried space suits, living supplies and equipment and fuel for the station.

Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, is third and largest orbital station launched by China’s increasingly ambition space program.

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Bishop McNamara high school shows baseball can beat its diversity problem

FORESTVILLE, Md. — When Anthony Sosnoskie confronted his quest to reshape the Bishop McNamara High School baseball program, some people told him he had to start recruiting the right kids.

“But what did they mean?” Sosnoskie told USA TODAY Sports while his team warmed up inside the school’s gymnasium. “They meant a white kid.”

The student body of Bishop McNamara, a Catholic grades 9-12 coed school, is around 90% Black among the 850 students. That percentage is even higher on Sosnoskie’s 2021 roster. None of his 20 players are white – 18 are Black or mixed, and two are of Asian descent – in a sport that remains predominately Caucasian at all levels and in an area where other youth sports are the more popular choices.

Bishop McNamara is a hopeful sign that the lack of diversity in all levels of baseball can one day improve.

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