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  • 24 August 2019
    WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan has made another major donation, pledging $5 million to the Smithsonians new African-American history museum on the National Mall.Officials at the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced the gift from the basketball great Monday. The museum is set to open Sept. 24.In recognition of the gift, the museum will name a section of its sports gallery after Jordan. He also donated a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA Finals to the museums collection.I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum, Jordan said in a statement. I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.Museum Director Lonnie Bunch said the gift will aid the museums vision of exploring how black athletes changed sports and changed American society.We are extremely grateful to Michael Jordan for his game-changing support, Bunch said in a statement. His gift will enable our visitors to explore how sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society.Last month Jordan spoke out on racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner also announced he was giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is confident he will be ready for the first Test against South Africa in Perth in November after declaring himself fit for a Sheffield Shield appearance next week.Starc had surgery five weeks ago after a horror incident in which he suffered a deep laceration to his left shin when he slid into the metal plate at the base of a set of stumps during a training drill in Sydney.He was already due to be rested from Australias ODI tour of South Africa and did not play at all during the Matador Cup, but is expected to take the field for New South Wales in their first match of the Sheffield Shield season against Queensland at the Gabba starting on Tuesday.Im hopefully on that plane on Monday to Brisbane and [will] get some good bowling in and get back playing and ready to go for the first Test, Starc told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.Although he has not bowled since the end of Australias tour of Sri Lanka in September, Starc expects to be unrestricted in his output in the Shield match. The round of Shield games will be the only chance for Australias selectors to assess their players before naming the squad for the first Test.Shaun Marsh appears an unlikely starter for the WACA Test after suffering a hamstring injury, which should open the dooor for Joe Burns return to the side after being dropped in Sri Lanka.dddddddddddd Australia must also decide on the make-up of their attack, with the key question being who comes in as the third fast man alongside Starc and Josh Hazlewood.Jackson Bird is effectively the incumbent, having taken seven wickets during Australias win in Christchurch in February, before the selectors reverted to a twin-spin attack in Sri Lanka. However, Peter Siddle could also come under consideration having made his return from injury during the Matador Cup.But assuming Starc is fit, his inclusion is likely to be the key for Australia, after he snared a remarkable 24 wickets in the three-Test series in Sri Lanka. Before his injury, Australias selectors had already decided Starc needed some time at home to freshen up ahead of the Test summer, although several of his team-mates played in the recent ODI series in South Africa.The boys have been on the road for a very long time, theres a lot of time away from home, Starc said. I think theyve had two weeks, maybe three weeks tops between May through to now. I think just being back home might relax everyone a little bit. ' ' '