Monthly Archives: August 2019

FIBA writers make their picks: Will USA retain their crown; will Giannis win MVP?

BEIJING (China) – Keeping up the usual practice before a big event, we have gathered our writers who will be on site to give you all the news from China. Time for them to be in the role of interviewee for once. Continue reading

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Canada sets its roster for FIBA World Cup

Canada’s is appearing in the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010. Canada’s men’s basketball roster has been set, but it doesn’t much look like what many envisioned several weeks ago. Almost every celebrated Canadian player on a NBA contract – 17 in total – inexplicably pulled out of the World Cup with the exception of guard Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings) and forward Khem Birch (Orlando Magic). Forward Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat) – like Joseph a longtime combatant for the country – was forced to pull out due to injury suffered in an exhibition game against Nigeria in early August. Two players under contract with the Toronto Raptors also left the team. 

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Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA’s main event

SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin.

Many of the world’s top players — and a couple of the world’s top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Continue reading

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Q&A with a new NBA champion: Marc Gasol

“I’ve been surprised how many people are genuinely happy about it,” Marc Gasol said of his having become an N.B.A. champion for the first time | Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

By MARC STEIN

My old ESPN colleague Kevin Arnovitz was the first one to call me on it five years ago. Others in the business have noticed it since.

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The owners of the forest: how to determine the champion Russian lumberjacks

In August, the Russian championship amongst loggers was completed in the Arkhangelsk region. What tests did one have to pass in order to win it, and about the “towns” and “golf balls”

The Lumberjack of the 21st Century (12+) is a large-scale tournament in which workers of the largest logging companies participate. It was first held in Ustyany in 2015. Over the past five years, the tournament has grown significantly, and now, according to the organizers, it is the only professional competition in the world where participants compete with the latest models of equipment from all leading manufacturers. Continue reading

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Russ Conway, 70, dies; His reporting led to a hockey boss’s downfall

While the Canadian sports media was mute, a US journalist detailed the corrupt acts of Alan Eagleson, the head of the NHL players’ union – a former Tory Party president – laying the groundwork for successful prosecutions in the United States and Canada. One of the most important conclusions, although not dealt with in this article by RICHARD SANDOMIR of The New York Times, is how easily the media back then was fooled by so many spinmeisters like Eagleson. As today, there was no shortage of journalists reporting that everything was hunky-dory in the NHL. 

The sportswriter Russ Conway in 1999 after learning that he would be receiving the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for his reporting on the head of the N.H.L. players’ union | Carl Russo

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Israel won’t allow Palestine Cup soccer game, cites ‘security reasons’

Palestine Football Association slams reason behind refusing entry for Gaza team members as ‘a complete lie’ after Shin Bet argues they’re associated with terrorism | JACK KHOURY in Haaretz

Palestine Cup Opening match, the Gaza Strip, June 2019 | SAID KHATIB / AFP

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