Italy’s Carlotta Ferlito apologized Tuesday on Twitter for comments she made at the world championships in Belgium. After fellow Italian Vanessa Ferrari and Ferlito finished fourth and fifth on balance beam just behind Biles Ferlito said with a laugh, “I told Vane that next time we’ll have our skin black also so we can win, too.” Biles won the all-around title earlier in the week, the first black gymnast to become world champion. At last year’s London Games, Gabby Douglas became the first black woman to win the Olympic all-around title. On Tuesday, Ferlito tweeted, “I want to apologize with the Americans girls. I didn’t want to sound rude or racist. I love Simone and I’m a huge fan of USA gymnastics.” She then added, “I’ve made a mistake, I’m not perfect … I didn’t think about what I was saying. I’m just a human. I’m so so sorry.” In trying to explain Ferlito’s remarks, a federation spokesman may have further inflamed the issue. A post on Facebook by “Federazione Ginnastica d’Italia,” which links to the federation’s page on the social networking site, attributes different athletes’ abilities to race. David Ciaralli, the federation spokesman, acknowledged to the Chicago Tribune that he wrote the post.
Howard to captain USA again in Dempsey’s absence
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national team in Clint Dempsey’s absence, U.S. Soccer confirmed on its official Twitter feed on Wednesday. Friday’s World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., will mark the third time this year that Howard wears the armband for Jurgen Klinsmann. The Everton and USA No. 1 goalkeeper captained the Americans in February’s World Cup qualifier in Honduras and again in August’s friendly at Bosnia & Herzegovina. If the USA sweeps both qualifying matches against Jamaica and Panama, then Howard — assuming he starts — would tie Kasey Keller for the most wins for a goalkeeper in USA history with 53. Howard is also currently tied with Tony Meola for second most clean sheets in USA history with 32. As for Dempsey, he was left off the USA roster given his recent hamstring injury, although he is expected to take part in the Seattle Sounders’ league clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday night. Dempsey last played Sept. 13 against Real Salt Lake as a substitute, and he has yet to score in five games with the Sounders since joining the club from Tottenham this summer. “For Clint, it is really important to pick up the rhythm, to get back into shape and play games,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com. “He needs to train very intensely and get as many sessions as possible. He had injury problems, the transfer was done late and he didnt have a proper preseason, and hes running behind.