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Major League Soccer made improvements in both its racial and gender hiring practices, according to an annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. Adidas Nmd r2 Ireland .MLS received an overall grade of B+ with a combined grade of 84.7, up by a significant 1.5 percentage points from the leagues 2015 overall grade.Richard Lapchick, the author of the report, said MLSs improvements are encouraging.The league office is doing really in the racial and gender hiring practices and were seeing some increases at the team level as well, so thats definitely a plus, Lapchick told The Associated Press on Thursday.Laphchick said that MLS Commissioner Don Garbers office has been the pacesetter with an A+ in racial hiring and an A- in gender hiring and added, The teams need to follow the Leagues example more closely.For its racial hiring practices, MLS earned 88.5 points, up a substantial 2.1 percentage points from 86.3 in 2015. This resulted in a B+, the same letter grade as last year.MLS received an A- for head coaches, a B+ for team professional administration, and a B for team senior administration and assistant coaches when it came to racial hiring practices. There was a major improvement in the general manager position where four GMs who were people of color were hired, prompting the grade to rise from an F in 2015 to a B+ this year.MLS earned a B for gender hiring practices, the same letter grade as in 2015. In so doing, MLS remains the only other mens professional league other than the NBA with a B for gender hiring practices.The most notable achievement for gender hiring practices came at the league office employee level, where the MLS received an A- grade. The team senior administration received a C- and team professional administration received a C+. There was also major improvement for gender in senior administration where the MLS jumped from an F in 2015 to a C- in 2016, although Lapchick said in his report that area remains a serious concern.MLS earned an A+ for its outstanding diversity initiatives for the eighth consecutive season.Some other notes from the report:- The MLS League Office continued to be the standard-bearer for the entire league with people of color comprising 36.4 percent of all professional positions, while women filled 37 percent of these positions.- People of color with head coaching positions increased from 10 percent in 2015 to 20 percent in 2016. The Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, New York City FC and FC Dallas were the four MLS franchises led by Latinos.- Assistant coaches of color decreased by 5.2 percentage points from 18.8 percent in 2015 to 13.6 percent in 2015.- MLS teams have the worst record in professional sport for hiring people of color as team vice presidents. There was a decrease in vice presidents who were people of color in the 2016 season from 6.4 percent in 2015 to 4 percent in 2016.- Alex Leitao with Orlando City Soccer was the only person of color holding the position of CEO/president.- Earnie Stewart, of the Philadelphia Union, was the first African-American GM in MLS since its inception. Adidas Nmd r1 Ireland . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Mens Ultra Boost Black . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. http://www.nacrides.com/adidas-nmd-runner-17/ . Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. Lee shot a 69 for a 12-under 204 total. "I just love the fact I am in contention and have an opportunity in my first tournament of the year here in Abu Dhabi," Mickelson said. MIAMI -- Its a matchup for the Marlins Park marquee -- Jose Fernandez vs. Clayton Kershaw in a battle of All-Star pitchers.But given the Miami Marlins recent slide out of primary contention for a National League wild-card playoff berth, perhaps this marquee should be shifted off Broadway.Because of the recent slump by the 69-71 Marlins, Fridays matchup may be bigger for Kershaws Los Angeles Dodgers. This will be the first start off the disabled list for Kershaw, who hasnt pitched since June 26 due to a back injury.If the three-time Cy Young Award winner is indeed the Kershaw of old, it would be hugely positive news for the Dodgers (79-60), who lead the San Francisco Giants by five games in the battle for the NL West title.Kershaw, a 28-year-old lefty, was dominant this year before his injury, posting an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA.For his career, Kershaw is 125-58 with a 2.39 ERA. He is the type of pitcher who can push the Dodgers -- if everything breaks right -- a long way in the 2016 postseason.But, to get back to a point in which Kershaw flat-out dominates opponents, he said he will need some time.At this point, its more of a pitch-count deal, making sure I can contribute and not just kind of go out there, Kershaw told media members earlier this week. Were still working the kinks out.Kershaw said that it helps that its after Sept. 1, and the Dodgers -- like all teams -- have an expanded roster and more relievers available in case he doesnt last long on the mound.When hes right, Kershaw features two-seam and four-seam fastballs, ranging between 91 and 95 mph, and mixes in a nasty curve and an even nastier slider.Kershaw will match up against Fernandez, who is four years younger but is already a two-time All-Star and one of the best right-handers in the game.Fernandez is 13-8 with a 3.03 ERA this season. For his career, he is 35-17 with a 2.62 ERA. Fernandez truly shines is at Marlins Park, where he is almost unbeattable at 27-2. Adidas Nmd Ireland. Fernandezs home-road splits have become even more pronounced this year. He is just 3-6 with a 4.46 ERA on the road but is 10-2 with a 1.91 ERA at home.Kershaw, meanwhile, is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA on the road this year.Fans at Marlins Park should be prepared for a show because Fernandez has immense pride and wears his emotions on his uniform sleeves. He will no doubt be jacked up to face a pitcher of the caliber of Kershaw, six-time All-Star and the NL MVP in 2014.I think Jose enjoys these big matchups, Marlins shortstop and fellow Cuban native Adeiny Hechavarria said in Spanish. He belongs in a group with the best pitchers in the league, but I still think he wants to prove it, and thats good.Fernandez will also try to prove himself at the plate, a role he relishes. He is a very good hitting pitcher, as his .273 batting average this season proves.In 128 career at-bats, Fernandez has four doubles, one triple and two homers, and the Dodgers cant take him lightly with a bat in his hands.Most of the time, though, the Marlins will let their real hitters take their chances against Kershaw, and that lineup of batters has received a boost this week as several players have returned from injuries.First baseman Justin Bour (ankle) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (wrist) returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (groin) came back on Tuesday but only as a pinch-hitter.Maybe Marlins manager Don Mattingly will give Stanton -- perhaps the most feared power hitter in the NL -- his first start since the injury on Friday against Kershaw, adding to what would be a crowded marquee.The Marlins, who trailed the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals by five games entering Thursday nights action, can certainly use the boost that Stantons bat could provide. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '