Mavericks owner Cuban will push for fan-less NBA return

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first_img “There will be protocols we can have confidence in. We’re not going to do anything until it’s absolutely, positively safe.” Among the ideas for finishing the season has been the notion of gathering teams in one city and playing games in an empty arena while sequestering players, perhaps for months, away from families to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to see the NBA return to finish a season halted by coronavirus, but only after it’s safe for players, even if that means playing in empty arenas Read Also: Aguero decorates sitting room with hat trick match balls, EPL awards “If we can play with no fans, I’m certainly going to push for it and I think the league will do it. I think we have a moral obligation to do it,” Cuban said. “We’re dying for content. We’re dying for teams to root for. We’re dying to get excited about games, just ready to go and cheer as a community. “If we’re able to pull it off without fans we’re certainly going to do it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to see the NBA season resume even without spectators, but only with precautions against the coronavirus are in place to safeguard “players and important personnel”. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he believes it will be at least May before the league can make any decision on resuming the 2019-20 season halted by the coronavirus pandemic Cuban, who spoke Sunday night on CNN, says there is no timetable for the league to return after going on hiatus March 12 when Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. NBA clubs reportedly will open team facilities for individual workouts starting Friday in states and cities where government leaders have eased stay-at-home rules to allow for such moves. By the start of May, that could be an option for up to 10 NBA franchises, based on announced plans. Some players from franchises in states where the lockdown remains in force had asked team officials about the possibility of going to Georgia, one of the first states to announce a relaxation, and working out in gyms there, a move team general managers did not favor. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says it will be May before the league moves forward with any plan regarding a possible restart to the campaign, which ended with about a month remaining in the regular season ahead of the scheduled two-month playoff run. “The minute it’s safe, we want to try to get back and get the guys practicing and getting ready for games – but we’re not there yet,” Cuban said.center_img Loading… last_img read more

Taylor pens new Swansea deal

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first_imgDefender Neil Taylor has extended his stay with Swansea after agreeing a new four-year contract. The left-back, who joined the club in 2010 from Conference side Wrexham, has been named in the Wales squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff next week. Taylor admits the progress made by Swansea meant it was straightforward for him to sign a new deal. “It was an easy decision,” he told swanseacity.net. “I’m glad we’ve managed to get it done early. Both myself and the club wanted it to happen, I’m really happy and focused on Swansea. “We’ve been so successful in recent years and the club is really moving forward now. “Last season was our best yet. We have a young, hungry manager and everything is progressing here both on and off the field. “The training ground is being developed at the moment and each year we seem to be making big strides. “But we know that next season this group of players is able to make another big mark on the Premier League and we’re hoping we can do great things again. “I think we’ll strengthen again this summer, so as a player there is no other place you would want to be right now.” Press Associationcenter_img The 26-year-old, who had been linked with West Brom, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, had 12 months remaining on his existing deal but has ended any speculation about his future. Taylor was a key member of the side which finished eighth in the Premier League last season, making 34 league appearances. last_img read more

Opinion: Yes, The Lockdown Was Necessary – And Yes, It Was Worth It

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first_imgBy Stephen DienerAmongst all of the debates to ensue during the Coronavirus pandemic, there is one that has stood above all the rest.And no, it’s not whether or not Trump wants us to eat Lysol, or how many ice cream bars Pelosi has in her freezer.The most hotly contested issue has been whether or not the lockdown was necessary, or if it was even worth it considering the economic toll it has taken on millions of Americans.I’m not going to pretend like this is an easy question with an easy answer, because it’s not. Both the question and answer have many layers and sub layers to it. So I will boil it down to these simple points…You can get a job back, but you can’t get a life back.The economy will bounce back, but those who lost a loved one because of this virus, young or old, will never see them again.Make no mistake about it, this country has been fighting a war since March 11th and we were all asked to play a part in the battle. Our role was to stay home and to stop the spread of infection. That was the mission and now we are finally turning the tide.I know it has been extremely difficult, maybe for some more than others, but this was the best battle strategy for the situation that we were presented with.Some opponents of this strategy have pointed to Sweden in their success of herd immunity. They kept schools open, bars open, and life moving on. The result so far?… Twenty one thousand cases and close to three thousand deaths. Those in favor of this strategy would say that is a win all things considered.But keep one very important fact in mind when making the Sweden argument.Their population compared to ours does not even begin to compare. At last check, Sweden has a population of 10 million people. To put that into perspective, Florida and New York combine for 40 million Americans alone.Lest we forget the whole point of the “stay home, stay safe” strategy in the first place was to avoid the country’s medical system from becoming overwhelmed with the over 330 million Americans. Could you imagine the entire country looking like New York did at their height of the virus? Not a pretty picture.And now that it hasn’t happened, our reaction is, “well, that wasn’t as bad as they said it was going to be. We did this all for nothing.”Understand something, the plan worked!The worst predictions did not come to pass because we all bought into social distancing and staying home. You win any war by sticking to a battle plan, this has been no different.last_img read more

Reports: Video, Messages, Testimony Show Cover-up in NFL Arrest Case

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first_imgA search warrant obtained by the New York Daily News shedding new light on the recent arrests of two NFL players from South Florida.New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar were taken into custody for an alleged armed robbery that occurred on May 13 in Miramar.The warrant cites evidence that was collected through previous warrants, including video footage and direct messages that allegedly show witness Dominic Johnson oversaw the payoff of Baker’s and Dunbar’s four alleged victims on May 15 at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.Johnson is the witness who is referred to as “Coach” in the original arrest warrant. He who told police that he has known Baker and Dunbar since they were children.He refers to himself as the CEO of Lockdown Promotions, a nightlife promotions company based in Miami.Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, recently claimed to have testimony that two witnesses never saw his client pull a gun or rob anyone.However, Johnson’s Instagram messages also “corroborate a robbery had occurred and those who were charged were the participants,” the warrant states.All four of the victims in the case have given sworn statements that they were paid at the office that day, in order to recant their sworn initial statements against Dunbar by signing affidavits.The four men say they were paid a total of $55,000.Detective Mark Moretti of the Miramar Police Department, who submitted the warrant reviewed by Judge Marina Garcia Wood, also pointed to direct messages between Baker and Johnson on Instagram that implicate Baker in the situation.“There appears to be several phone calls between Baker and Johnson,” the warrant continues.The warrant goes on to say that CCTV video evidence shows Grieco, Johnson, an unknown individual, and the four alleged victims at the attorney’s office on May 15, apparently making the payoff.Johnson leaves the office, then returns from the lobby with another person.During that elevator ride, the person with Johnson removes a “black bag” from his shoulders, “opens it and removes money.” He also “shows the open bag to Johnson and you can see a large quantity of money. Johnson then takes the bag,” the warrant reads.At that point, everyone meets in front of Grieco’s office before going inside.#BREAKING: Arrest warrants issued for two NFL players following an incident at a Miramar, Fla party last night. NY Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar are wanted for multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault. pic.twitter.com/IEtGKXCNFr— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) May 14, 2020 Moretti says he received notification from Grieco later that day, indicating there had been a change in the testimony of the victims and witness.One victim says he received $30,000 in Grieco’s office. A second person says he received $20,000 in the lawyer’s office.Meanwhile, a third victim alleges he only received $5,000 and gave half of the money to a fourth victim.One of the four victims says “he was being directed that he didn’t see what he thought he saw” on the night of the alleged armed robbery, the warrant states.Additionally, the victim who received $5,000 said Grieco walked back into the office “just after the transaction had occurred” and said “there is no way he (Grieco) could not have seen this transaction.”“On 5/15/20, I was contacted by Michael Grieco, attorney for Dunbar, stating the victims and witness have recanted their sworn/recorded statements against Dunbar,” the warrant reads.It goes on to say, “However, I also want the court to be aware that all five individuals have been threatened and have expressed extreme concern to me regarding their safety. One of the individual(s) was forced to move out of his apartment. The other was receiving texted messages containing pictures of his passport, the same passport that was stolen during the robbery.”Johnson also sent his friends Instagram messages about his involvement in the case.“After the papers were signed, Johnson made a phone call to Dunbar, while in Grieco’s office,” the warrant says. “Johnson was also communicating with Baker via direct messages, but it could not be determined if they actually met up.”“Johnson’s actions contaminated the integrity of the investigation as he made the victims recant their statements, only after given them cash,” the warrant adds.The 22-year-old Baker and 27-year-old Dunbar turned themselves in to the Broward County main jail on May 16.They were later released on $200,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively.Baker ultimately pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.The State Attorney’s office is deciding whether to file formal charges.The NFL is also still investigating the incident.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli badly wanted to score this hundred: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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first_imgVirat Kohli scored his 42nd century in ODIs and eighth against Windies.Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 4/31 to boost India.Kohli went past 2000 runs in ODIs vs West Indies and also hit 200 fours. New Delhi: Virat Kohli is acknowledged as a remarkable run-making machine in ODIs, having become the fastest to 11000 runs and having an average close to 60 in the format. He is second in the list of ODI centuries and is on the cusp of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s overall tally of tons. However, in 2019, Kohli had experienced a lean trot when it came to centuries. In the World Cup, he smashed five consecutive fifties but failed to convert it into centuries. Heading into the second ODI at Port of Spain, Kohli’s last ton had come five months ago against Australia in Ranchi. However, Kohli overcame the conditions and blasted his 42nd century to help India reach a good total. He broke plenty of records in the process, going past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 11363 runs in ODIs and also becoming the first player in history to score 2000 runs and hit 200 fours against the West Indies.Speaking in the post-match press conference, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also played a vital role in India’s 59-run win via DLS method with a haul of 4/31, said Kohli wanted to score the hundred badly. “From Virat’s expression you could see that he badly wanted to score a hundred not because he was out form but because he was getting out in the 70s and 80s and he’s always known for scoring big runs. The wicket wasn’t easy, when Virat came back to the dressing room he said after the ball gets old it’s not easy to score runs,” Bhuvneshwar said. During West Indies’ revised chase of 270 from 46 overs, the hosts were in the chase with Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran looking in good form. However, Bhuvneshwar changed the course of the game with two wickets in the 35th over, that of Pooran and Roston Chase as India won the match. Bhuvneshwar revealed the strategy behind his spell. “When I came to bowl I was just thinking I have to bowl economically, get more dot balls. I feel getting wickets is a byproduct of bowling tightly. I wasn’t thinking much about the result because we knew if we get one or two wickets we will be back in the game. I just caught it. I wasn’t expecting it. Pooran’s wicket was the main wicket for us because we all know how he plays and he can change the game. So his wicket was the key for us. Roston Chase also the moment he came he started taking singles. So those two wickets were crucial for us,” Bhuvneshwar said.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

DStv, GOtv to Air Barcelona, Real Madrid Matches

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first_imgReal, who are brimming with confidence arising from their derby victory over Atletico Madrid last week, have hauled themselves into second position and will hope to kick on from there when they host Girona, who are one point above the relegation places, having lost six of their last matches in all competitions and are without a win in their last 13 outings. The match will be beamed live at noon on Sunday on SuperSport 7 and 10 as well as SuperSport Select 2 and 4.Third-placed Atletico Madrid’s title hopes are fast fading after two consecutive losses to Real Betis and Real Madrid. They will hope to return to winning ways when they host relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano. The match is live at 4.15p.m. on Saturday on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.Another mouth-watering clash will see 19th placed Villareal take on fourth-placed Sevilla. It is live on Sunday at 6:30p.m. on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4. Other games on today are Celta de Vigo vs Levante (1 pm on SuperSport 7and SuperSport Select 2 and 4), Real Sociedad vs Leganes (at 6:30p.m. on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4. On Sunday, Valencia will take on Espanyol  (4:15p.m.), Real Betis will confront Deportivo Alaves (8:45p.m.). The matches will be live on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Action resumes in the LaLiga this weekend with league leaders, Barcelona and their eternal rivals, Real Madrid both in action. The games involving the two big timers and other encounters in the LaLiga will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers.Barcelona, the defending champions, will, on Saturday, seek to recover from their disappointing goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao when they host struggling Real Valladolid. The match will be broadcast on SuperSport 7 to DStv subscribers and SuperSport Select 4 for GOtv subscribers at 8.45p.m.Valladolid, with just one win in their last 10 games across all competitions, are mired in the 15th position.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to continue perfect start to conference play

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first_img Published on January 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm Comments Jacob Klinger (13-2): Syracuse 55, Florida State 50The basement tour continuesFlorida State struggles to find its 3-point shooting stroke – the Seminoles best hope – playing what will be the first game in the Carrier Dome for their players. Expect FSU to heat up partway through the game, putting a scare into the Orange and its understandably jumpy fans before home comfort and SU paint dominance gives Syracuse another win over one of the ACC’s worst. Phil D’Abbraccio (13-2): Syracuse 60, Florida State 52SeminholesThe Orange’s frontcourt — mostly Rakeem Christmas — has shouldered the load for SU so far, and Sunday night will be no different. Florida State’s offense relies on its guards, but FSU shoots just 27.5 percent from 3-point territory, a clip that is next to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference and not a formula for success against Syracuse’s lengthy zone. Christmas again carries the Orange to victory as it continues to stumble, yet without falling, throughout the beginning of its ACC schedule.Jesse Dougherty (13-2): Syracuse 58, Florida State 53Head of stateSyracuse has been lucky with the start of its ACC schedule and it continues to take advantage against Florida State. The Seminoles’ guard-heavy offense starts slow against the zone and never fully recovers in a game that is decided before the final minutes. That’s when FSU claws back but doesn’t have enough in the tank to hold Rakeem Christmas in check. The Orange is going to go as far as its senior center will carry it, and Christmas won’t falter just yet. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Why baseball should be brought back to UW

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first_imgThe University of Wisconsin hasn’t had a baseball team in 28 years. The last time the Badgers fielded a team was for the 1991 season, and it doesn’t appear that they will be fielding a new one anytime soon.Like other UW sports teams, the baseball team competed in the Big Ten conference, where they won Big Ten championships in 1902, 1912, 1930, 1946 and 1950. But the team didn’t manage to win another conference title in its final 41 seasons.The Badgers were fairly mediocre over the years, ultimately becoming one of the least successful programs in the country. The team recorded a 6-22 record in its final season.The team was cut from the university in 1991 to eliminate a $1.9 million debt in the athletic department, who today is prospering from the successes of numerous teams, including football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball.Wisconsin varsity baseball has been gone for 27 years, is return possible?Jeff Block already revived baseball at the University of Wisconsin once. Now, he plans to do it again. In the Read…The Badgers happen to be the only Big Ten university without a baseball team, but fielding one in the near future seems unlikely based upon Athletic Director Barry Alvarez’s lack of interest in doing so over the last several years.Jeff Block, the current head coach of Wisconsin’s club baseball team, has received nearly 8,500 signatures on a petition to bring a baseball team back to the university.Instead, Alvarez and the rest of the athletic department here at Wisconsin have chosen to invest nearly $130 million into renovations of Camp Randall Stadium — easily enough money to field a baseball team for years to come.Block’s team has even proven to be competitive. The Division-I team went 19-4, including 12-0 in the conference, to finish ranked No. 7 last season. This team has proven tough against other club baseball teams, including some others the Big Ten, demonstrating that Wisconsin has the foundational culture and skill to field a varsity team that can compete at the varsity level.But the athletic department is still disinterested. Senior Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty has stated in the past that “Our goal currently is to remain as competitive as we can in the sports we currently sponsor.”So while Wisconsin could field a baseball team, the university is actively electing not to do so because it supposedly isn’t in their best interest. This point-of-view does make some sense — Alvarez likely wouldn’t want to fund a team that may struggle to win games early on after Wisconsin’s athletic programs have seen great success under his stewardship.Still, this disregard for bringing America’s pastime back to UW does not benefit the university whatsoever, because it is clear that a Wisconsin baseball team would draw significant interest from both students and alumni, especially those who have never before experienced college baseball.No man’s Land: The journey of UW baseball’s final head coachHe had coached baseball at the Division I level for 21 years and then one day in May of 1991, Read…The community would welcome a varsity baseball team, as support for the team wasn’t the issue when it came time to end the program in 1991. In fact, based upon the nearly 8,500 people who have signed Block’s petition, it is safe to say that the student body and the community of Madison as a whole are again ready for baseball to be a part of the UW experience.The Badgers would draw interest from the campus and surrounding community alike, and this can be demonstrated by the success of the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods Baseball League, an amateur team who has been playing in Madison since 2001. The Mallards have drawn large crowds for years and even won league championships in 2004 and 2013.Madison Area Technical College also fields a baseball team, which has seen success in previous years, including a 35-22 campaign in 2018 that featured a 17-6 home record.The success of its neighboring college demonstrates just how good Wisconsin could be at varsity baseball, who could utilize students on the current club team as well as players from other surrounding colleges like MATC.So, Madison is a place that has enough potential fan support for a baseball team here at the university. To me, it is frustrating that the athletic department and university are unwilling to even hear people like coach Block out and give them the opportunity to prove that reviving the baseball program is the right choice for Wisconsin.There are numerous reasons why Wisconsin should revive this program, including an already supportive fanbase, a really good club baseball team and the potential for even more revenue to enter the athletic department. Conversely, there are few reasons why they shouldn’t.In the end, it is sad knowing that Wisconsin hasn’t fielded a varsity baseball team in nearly 30 years, yet they continue to field a great club team and they also have local teams in the Mallards and MATC that have proven their worth to the community. All that I ask is that Wisconsin gives another opportunity for the baseball program, for the sake of our campus and for the Madison community.last_img read more

Irish in action at British Masters

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first_imgGraeme McDowell and Shane Lowry are both in the field at this week’s British Masters.Former world number one Luke Donald is the tournament host this week at The Grove.Lowry, McDowell, Paul McGinley and Michael Hoey are all among the afternoon starters today.last_img

World’s oldest woman caught in the midst of family dispute

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first_imgThe whereabouts of the world’s oldest woman, 117-year-old Violet Moss Browne, remains a mystery after she was reportedly moved from her home by relatives as a family feud boils over her care and treatment.According to relatives who care for Browne at her Duanvale, Trelawny home, she was supposed to be taken to hospital for a medical appointment on Saturday but has not been seen since.Relative refused to bring her back homeChristo Davis, Moss Brown’s grandson, told the Jamaica Gleaner that a woman he identified as Karen Samuel took the matriarch last weekend but has refused to return her to her home.“Karen Samuels told me she was instructed by Barry Russell (Moss Brown’s son) to take her to the hospital to get her hydrated,” he said. “She (Samuels) did not take her back, and we, who have been here with her all these years, have no idea where she is now.”Samuels subsequently confirmed that she was instructed by Russell to remove Brown from her home and not to reveal her whereabouts to anyone.Not pleased with treatmentRussell, who lives in Miami, later told the newspaper that he was not pleased with the treatment his mother was receiving at home and he accused her grandchildren, with whom she lived, of being greedy and uncaring.She is alive and well“I made the decision to move my mother because her greedy grandchildren were not taking good care of her,” said Russell. “I am not going to reveal her whereabouts to them . . . . She is alive and well.”However, granddaughter Lelieth Palmer, the daughter of Moss Brown’s son, Harland Fairweather, who was the world’s oldest person with a living parent prior to his death earlier this year, told the Jamaica Gleaner that since her father died, there had been a family dispute as to who should care for Moss Brown.“She was removed because of this dispute,” Palmer said.The decision to remove Moss Brown from her Duanvale home has also not gone down well with other members of the community and her church family, who view her as a community icon.The Jamaican supercentenarian, shot to fame earlier this year after her status as the world’s oldest person came to light. She has since received many courtesy calls including from the country’s Governor General, Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader peter Phillips.She is also due to be visited by representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records.last_img read more