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Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world’s most populous nation.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver even went as far Thursday night to suggest that the sport could provide a reprise of sorts to the phenomenon known as “pingpong diplomacy” — when table tennis players from the U.S. and China played in the early 1970s and essentially began a major mending of relations between the two countries.ADVERTISEMENT Silver said he’s discussed the issue at length with former NBA star Yao Ming, the biggest name in Chinese basketball.“I am not concerned at this time,” Silver said during his annual state-of-the-league address prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “Of course, we’re not immune from global politics. It’s something that we’re paying a lot of attention to. I look, though, to sports — and this is something Yao and I have discussed — where we can use basketball maybe in the way pingpong was used in the days of Richard Nixon. There could be something called ‘basketball diplomacy.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe NBA’s ties with China have never been stronger: The Chinese National Team has been invited to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July, the league is sending LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to China for a pair of preseason games in October, and the FIBA World Cup will be held across China from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.But the political ties are severely strained right now. The Trump administration has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports and is planning to tax the $300 billion in imports that have so far been spared — with the Chinese responding this week by saying they may be willing to escalate matters into an all-out trade war. He also spoke of entertainer Drake’s antics when he sits courtside in Toronto, including an in-game shoulder massage he gave to Raptors coach Nick Nurse during the Eastern Conference finals.“We certainly appreciate his superfan status, and I know he’s beloved in the community of Toronto,” Silver said. “I think certainly we don’t want fans, friend or foe, contacting an NBA coach during a game.”FORMAT CHANGESSilver has had exploratory talks with the National Basketball Players Association about certain changes that may become formal proposals in the coming years, such as the adding of a midseason tournament, but stressed that everything remains in the earliest exploratory stages.EXPANSIONAs he has said before, Silver reiterated that expansion is not in the NBA’s current plans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Game 1 of the Toronto-Golden State series is the first to be played on something other than U.S. soil.“This is truly a homecoming that here we are all these years later with our first finals game ever outside the United States and for the first time here in Canada,” Silver said. “So we’re thrilled to be part of it.”CLIPPERS ARENAThe Los Angeles Clippers are trying to bring a new arena to their city in the next five years, and Silver said the NBA is supportive of an idea where the team would have its own home.The Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers currently are tenants at Staples Center, along with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.“I think from a league standpoint, if you had both teams in the playoffs, plus a successful hockey team there, it becomes very difficult for us for scheduling purposes,” Silver said. “So in terms of the overall marketplace and the concert marketplace, I can’t speak to that. But maybe purely out of self-interest for the NBA, it would be helpful to have another arena in town.”FAN BEHAVIORSilver addressed a number of high-profile fan incidents, including the one where Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook was heckled and allegedly was on the receiving end of racist taunts by a courtside ticketholder in Utah.He said he did not believe the league needed to step in at that time, because he said the Jazz franchise’s reaction was spot-on.“We have such tremendous confidence in the Miller family, and Gail Miller as the principal owner, I thought by her taking the court prior to the following game, speaking directly to the people in that community and saying, ‘This does not represent our community,’ I think that was much more powerful than me issuing a statement from all the way across country in the New York,” Silver said. “I think they handled it very well.” LATEST STORIES Silver sees these times as a chance for basketball to, again, bring cultures together.“I think with the World Cup of Basketball coming to China in September, with our continuing to play preseason games there, with the attention on our Finals right now, I see it as an opportunity, again, to demonstrate to people that through sports there’s commonality,” Silver said. “And we can use the values of sports hopefully as a positive force to continue to bring people together.”In other matters addressed by Silver on Thursday:O, CANADASilver took note of the fact that Game 1 of the NBA Finals was being played about a mile away from the site of the first NBA game — held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1946. 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A short while back, there was a dispute about which day exactly we should celebrate the festival of Holi or Phagwah. Thankfully, that has been resolved, but this year Guyanese are confronted with another challenge: what to do when the agreed-to date for Holi happens to coincide with the date when the present Government loses its legitimacy through the operation of the Constitution, which both parties across the divide, the PPP and PNC (forget about the “others”: they are “rounded up”), agree on the supremacy of that Constitution? How should we Guyanese deal with the intersection of these two putatively unrelated events??Interestingly enough, the festival of Phagwah – which, after Christmas, has become most widely celebrated across the various divides – itself offers a perspective on the matter. As most Guyanese ought to know by now, Hindu festivals are meant to inscribe particular values in the society and its people by celebrating “the conquest of good over evil”.But each festival contextualises this eternal struggle based on narratives from different places, times and circumstances. This makes it easier for us in the present to imbibe the particular value — if we can relate to its application — in our own lives.Phagwah commemorates – indeed celebrates – the instance when a king who had acceded to power quite legitimately allowed that power to go to his head and inflate his ego. He began to believe he was greater than even the entity from which all power flows – the Supreme Being – according to the beliefs of his society, and that he could make or break the rules to do whatever he wanted. His people were oppressed and quite unhappy, but what were they to do??The son of the king – still at an age when he was in school – answered that question. He started to tell everyone that the king was not the Supreme Being, and that therefore they did not have to obey his biddings any longer.The king, not surprisingly, became furious, and ordered the boy be silenced through all sorts of machinations; one of which was that he be immolated in a fire in the lap of his aunt Holika, who was immune to fire.But the boy survived all his challenges and continued to invoke the Supreme Being, who appeared one day to destroy the king by cutting through all the immunities with which the Supreme Being had once conferred him.Phagwah/Holi celebrates the victory of the boy, who held true to the principles that when power is conferred on a ruler, it ought to be used for the benefit of the people, and not for his/her self-aggrandisement. The lesson, I believe, is quite apropos to the circumstance in which we find ourselves in Guyana today.We have a President/Government which acceded to power quite legitimately, but became intoxicated with power, and focused only on living the good life while leaving the people “on their own”. Through the actions of one of the President/Government’s own MPs, who invoked the Supreme Law/Constitution, the latter mandated that the term of the President/Government be ended immediately and they should elect another President/Government in three months.Sadly, the President/Government has refused to comply with the dictates of the Supreme Law/Constitution, and as such, we have reached a very dangerous impasse.What do we do, when the President has all the forces at his command to quell any rising up of the people, who subscribe to the Supremacy of the Constitution? I believe that the followers of the President’s party have a special responsibility at this time. They should understand that when they once supported an earlier leader to break the rules of the Constitution with impunity, what tragedy befell our dear land of Guyana.Those who ignore the lessons of history – much less the message of this ancient festival – are doomed to repeat them. Surely, we cannot take that risk. We are on the cusp of so much wealth flowing into Guyana that we do not have to view politics as a win-lose game, but one which can be win-win if we stop supporting rulers who are only obsessed with power for their own aggrandisement.Happy Holi, this March 21. And may the Supreme Constitution also triumph through our efforts and unity against possible tyranny.
The qualifiers will be held in round robin format in South Africa in November.“We know it will be very competitive. Just like the Series, teams are improving and gone are the days when you could walk over teams in the region. Look at Brazil, who would have thought they will push us and Scotland in London? Teams are getting better day by day.“We have watched Zimbabwe play in the Series qualifiers and they are very good. They are close to South Africa which gives them exposure. They also have a lot of players playing in United Kingdom. Namibia will be coming from World Cup and I’m sure they will include some experienced players,” Ochieng cautioned.-Highest level- The head coach who joined the team mid-season after the resignation of South African Paul Treu, guaranteed Kenya Rugby Union and rugby enthusiasts Kenya will not struggle in the coming season where he has been set a top ten target.“We will always compete to the highest level and I assure the rugby family from today going forward, those are the last worse performance you will see in Kenya Sevens. The board and the sponsors require us to be accountable, we would like to forget this season very quickly and move on.”Ochieng told Capital Sport at least three changes are expected in the team as part of his team rebuilding during off season to be ready for the qualifiers that that will take place November 15.With veteran and former skipper, Humphrey Kayange considering international retirement and fly half Lavin Asego nursing long term ankle injury, Ochieng revealed he would consider under-19 players and Kenya Cup as recommended by their respective coaches.“The training will be very competitive because regular players will be looking up for Olympics selection. All players will be given opportunity but only those who will stand out in training will be picked.“We will be working around the clock to ensure we prepare well in pre-season. We are not taking the qualifiers lightly; we are going to ensure we use our experience to see Kenya remain competitive which I know will be very tough.”Series champions Fiji, New Zealand and Great Britain also automatically for Rio from the HSBC World competition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rugby 7s head coach Felix ‘Totti’ Ochieng (R) is received by Sports Commissioner, Gordon Olouch upon return from HOng Kong 7s last year.NAIROBI, May 19 – National head coach, Felix ‘Totti’ Ochieng has warned qualifying for Rio 2016 via continental qualifiers is not a foregone conclusion despite Kenya being overwhelming favourites to join South Africa as the first African rugby 7s nations at the Olympics.The Blitzbokke nailed automatic qualification for Rio by clinching a top four place at the HSBC World Series while Kenya, who slumped to 13th, have to beat Zimbabwe, Namibia, Madagascar, Tunisia and Uganda and others to clinch the remaining berth as rugby 7s makes its Olympics debut next year.
This is a somewhat mellower Prince, having just won a Golden Globe for best original song, “Song of the Heart,” from that animated penguin movie, “Happy Feet.” Still reeling following the Janet Jackson left bosom halftime scandal, the NFL is counting on a somewhat more subdued Prince on Sunday. You roll the dice, you take your chances. Thursday he wore a bright, velvety orange suit without a shirt that was opened to mid-chest. Pretty sure if you looked hard enough, you could also have seen his left nipple. He took the stage with a four-member band, and a pair of twins wearing something that looked like a man’s shirt the morning after. They danced and sang and spun their hips in ways most of are only vaguely familiar. Every man should have two. There was a third backup singer, and on the final song, he was joined by trumpet, saxophone and trombone players. As news conferences go, it was some production. It was in stark contrast to Cirque du Soleil, which doesn’t speak during its performances but had representatives talking away Thursday, and Joel, who brought what might be called an amusing New York attitude to his news conference. Peppered with questions mostly from the international media, Joel was asked if the singing the national anthem was as exciting as playing on Super Sunday. “I don’t know, I’ve never played on Super Sunday,” he said. Asked how it felt to be the first individual to sing the anthem twice at the Super Bowl, he said: “I don’t know, I haven’t done it yet.” Asked if anyone told him he was starting to look like comedian Alan King: “Yeah, I’ve heard that before. Look, I ain’t no matinee idol. I never have been.” Asked about the gambling interest in the time it will take him to sing the song: “I won’t say anything, because I might be betting myself.” Asked if he was surprised by what an overall entertainment spectacle the Super Bowl has become: “I’m actually surprised doing this (news conference) to sing the national anthem. Prince’s doing the halftime show, he’s really the guy who should be doing all this.” Well, that would have been nice. If that Princely guy was actually talking. When he first took the stage Thursday, Prince took the microphone and announced: “Contrary to rumor, I’d like to take a few questions now.” Somebody started to ask a question and he immediately went into a loud guitar riff to start his opening song, “Johnny B. Goode.” The room at the Miami Beach Convention center was packed. At least 500 press members jammed the room. Not sure I have ever seen so many TV and photo cameras in one room. That NFL, clever all the way. Prince is 48 now and doesn’t appear to have aged a day. Maybe it’s the twins. He still bounds about the stage, still flashes that teasing bedroom-eye look, still manages to be both highly sexual and asexual at the same time. He is once again returning more to the commercial scene, not only performing in the most watched TV program in America, the Super Bowl appearance, but appearing as the closing act in last season’s final episode of “American Idol,” after which the wife proclaimed, “He’s still got it,” not that I took that as some kind of personal message. He wrapped up his mini-concert Thursday with “Get on the Boat” and “Anotherholenyohead.” These could be the same songs he sings Sunday, but who knows? He wasn’t talking. He’s been in this business for 30 years and somehow still manages to be mysterious. This is the man who once had Tipper Gore’s 12-year-old daughter Karrena singing “Darling Nikki,” which only inspired the then-senator’s wife to found Parents Music Resource Center, which slaps those explicit lyrics stickers on album covers. Now he inspires smiles from the NFL, and historic news conferences. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He blew a kiss and was gone. The artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, was off to prepare for Sunday, or ring door bells. Now it’s hard to hold a news conference and not make a statement or take questions, but this is the NFL and Super Bowl week. And history says Prince has a way of doing things his way. Prince is going to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl, one year after the Rolling Stones did the honor. This has to feel a tad sardonic for those in L.A. who remember when he opened for the Stones at the Coliseum in 1981 and was pelted with garbage and booed off the stage. While wearing underwear and a trenchcoat. But, hey, that was a long time ago. Like when L.A. actually had an NFL team. And he didn’t take a single question. It was the only news conference in the history of mankind that consisted of three songs and “Thank you, see you at the Super Bowl. Peace.” MIAMI – In its ever expanding effort to entertain the world, the NFL brought out America’s most famous androgynous, eclectic rock star Thursday in the most decidedly non-news conference news conference ever held. Moments after introducing the Cirque du Soleil as the stars of their Super Bowl pregame show and Billy Joel as the national anthem singer, the NFL brought out that sexually charged Jehovah’s Witness, that 5-foot-2 giant of the music industry – Prince.
That’s because the utility has served as City Hall’s piggy bank, a slush fund for the politicians. Every year, the department transfers a huge pile of cash to the city general fund. This year the transfer will amount to an astonishing $185 million. Which is to say, City Hall uses the DWP to suck money out of the LAUSD and the public and funnel it into its own coffers. Or as California Attorney General Jerry Brown put it: “It was a political move. This way the City Council gets more money to spend on their special projects. This takes money away from the schools, the colleges, the Highway Patrol.” Worse yet, it takes money away from all of us. It is taxpayers who pay the bills for these agencies, and taxpayers who will bear all the costs of the litigation of this trial. DWP ratepayers – that is, all residents of L.A. – are also going to be stuck with paying back the $222 million. NOW we know that the politicians in Los Angeles City Hall are so insatiable for ever more money to squander that they’ll even cannibalize our schools to get it. Indeed, they’ve been doing so for a decade. Does it get any lower than this? On Tuesday, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge John P. Wade ruled that the city’s Department of Water and Power overcharged the Los Angeles Unified School District and other public agencies between 1997 and 2006 – to the tune of $222 million, which the DWP must repay. Under state law, the utility was barred from charging these agencies more than cost for electricity, but that didn’t stop the DWP from making a profit on the service. It’s not enough that the DWP needs to repay those it overbilled. Every public official involved in this rip-off must be held accountable. If the mayor and the City Council don’t clean up this mess, they don’t deserve to hold public office. It’s as simple as that.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
When her wedding day arrived, I had big plans and permission to stay up all night. My mom and I went over to a friend’s house to watch the festivities with another mother-daughter team. Little did I know that 750 million other people around the world were doing the same thing. The day was filled with yards of ivory taffeta and lace, a sparkling tiara and flowers galore, but what I really remember is that her hair didn’t hold a curl and she messed up Prince Charles’ name during their vows, calling him Philip Charles Arthur George instead of Charles Philip. But you know what? It made me like her even more. At the end of that summer I got my hair cut short, read every book I could on the queen-to-be and was the envy of all my friends when I received the 2-foot Diana doll – wedding dress, tiara and all. Needless to say, Diana grew up and so did I. Her fairy tale ended long before the car accident that took her life, and at some point I recognized that she had flaws, like the rest of us. Her charisma and high ideals, however, made a difference. People still care deeply about Diana because she took the time to care about them. She believed hope and compassion made the world a better place. It might sound simple, but that’s why her spirit is still alive in the hearts of millions. If I only knew that 16 years after Diana’s magical wedding I’d again find myself up in the middle of the night glued to the TV, along with 2.5 billion other people, watching her boys walk behind her casket. On the casket, tucked into a spray of flowers, was a notecard from Harry that had “Mummy” scrawled on it. This time there were no midnight snacks and cups of sparkling cider. I was alone, humming “Goodbye England’s Rose.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And I did. A preschool teacher was going to marry a prince. So what if he wasn’t handsome? He was a prince. I remember when photographers captured her in a skirt without a slip and the light outlined her legs. While we shared her embarrassment, my mother took full advantage of that moment to remind me why slips are a must. On the day Prince Charles and Lady Diana announced their upcoming wedding, she wore a brilliant blue ensemble that matched her eyes and sapphire-diamond engagement ring. But it was her nervous, shy demeanor, her chewed-on nails and flushed cheeks, that fill my memories. She was beautiful, but not like Barbie or Cinderella. This was genuine, her eyes said so. TEN years and where did they go? I got married, bought a house, had babies. Time flies for me now. But in the summer of 1981, July 29 could not arrive fast enough. I was just 10 years old, and I had Royal Wedding fever. Yes, I was – and still am – a Princess Diana (not Di) fan. My colleagues gasp, my husband chuckles, my boss rolls his eyes, but my affection for Diana remains. From the first time I saw Diana, she melted my heart, but I was too young to know why. I just wanted to follow her every move like the rest of the world.
Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton (Burnley) – Man United loaned Heaton to a number of clubs in the early part of his career and he played for Swindon, Wycombe and Rochdale among others. When they decided to release him he joined Cardiff permanently before moving to Bristol City. Burnley picked him up in 2013 and Heaton was key to their promotion last season, the goalkeeper has also played his way into the England set up at the age of 30, becoming the first Burnley player to play for England in 42 years. There is also a shout for Heurelho Gomes at Watford. Wide forward: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Crystal Palace have been poor this season, but Zaha has still managed to stand out. United paid the Eagles £10m for him in 2013, but the player returned to London for a reported £3m two years later. It didnt work out for him at Old Trafford, but since he has been back he has shone and it looks like hell play for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. 11 11 11 Centre forward: Charlie Austin (Southampton) – Austins problems with injury led to some people writing him off as a top flight striker. While at QPR in 2015 he was linked with a move to West Ham, but chairman David Sullivan has since suggested a dodgy knee prevented any move. In the end Southampton bought him for £4m in 2016 and this season he has excelled as the clubs main striker with six Premier League goals in 12 games. Centre-back: David Luiz (Chelsea) – Other fans laughed at Chelsea when Luiz returned to Chelsea in the summer for £30m. The Blues sold him to PSG for £50m in 2014 and many were astounded anyone was willing to pay that much for him. But now he is back in the Premier League and proving doubters wrong with a series of excellent displays to make Chelseas defence one of the best in the league. Wide forward: Pedro (Chelsea) – At the time of writing, Pedro has had a hand in eight goals in six Premier League games (three goals, five assists) at Stamford Bridge this season. The player had a fairly quiet start to life in London following his transfer from Barcelona in 2015, but is clearly thriving under Antonio Conte and appears to be showing the form that made fans so excited to see him don the blue shirt in the first place. Centre-back: Michael Keane (Burnley) – Like Heaton, Keane was not able to break into the Man United first team and was allowed to leave. The 23-year-old joined Burnley in 2015 and now he is playing regularly in the Premier League has earned an England call-up. 11 Centre midfield: Etienne Capoue (Watford) – Capoue has done extremely well since leaving Tottenham in 2015. He didnt quite cut it at White Hart Lane and had a number of critics among the White Hart Lane faithful, who were no doubt pleased to see the back of him. Hes been able to prove them wrong at Vicarage Road, though. This season the midfielder has scored four goals in his first five Premier League games this season. 11 Wing-back/full-back: Adam Smtih (Bournemouth) – The full-back has become an important part of Bournemouths Premier League side and has popped up with goals and assists from defence. Having come through the Tottenham academy, he was eventually let go in 2014 after a string of loan spells at Torquay, Wycombe and Millwall. Charlie Daniels, meanwhile, has also worked his way into becoming a solid Premier League player since leaving Spurs permanently for Leyton Orient in 2009. 11 Centre midfield: Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – Romeu joined Chelsea in 2011, but found it difficult to nail down a first team spot with a number of different managers coming through the door, while injuries also played a part. He was loaned to Valencia and Stuttgart then snapped by Southampton in 2015. Since Victor Wanyama left in the summer, 25-year-old Romeu has become an important player for the Saints under Claude Puel. Centre midfield: Joe Allen (Stoke) – Allen was sold by Liverpool for £13m in the summer and has thrived at Stoke where he is finally playing regular first team club football. At the time of writing he has scored four times and created another two in 12 Premier League games. He has played in a variety of midfield roles for the Potters and said: “In the last few years at Liverpool I have played more as a holding player. But I feel there are a few types of positions and roles I can do. It’s a good string to my bow to be able to do different things for the team. 11 11 Full-back/wing-back: Victor Moses (Chelsea) – I could see his potential from the first days of the summer training camp, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said, adding he found it incredible someone of his class has been underestimated for so long. Moses has been one of Chelseas best players this season since the Italian took control at Stamford Bridge in the summer. 11 11 Sometimes it takes a while for a player’s career to get going. Sometimes a new environment is what is needed.These 11 players have all thrived under new managers or at a different club and Victor Moses is a perfect example.Scroll through the gallery to see the talkSPORT team in a 4-3-3 formation.For all the latest football news and features click here, or have a look at the talkSPORT Facebook page and Twitter profile @talkSPORT. There is also a great YouTube channel featuring videos to give you a laugh here. 11
1 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has not ruled Moussa Dembele out of the William Hill Scottish Cup final.The French striker pulled up in the first half of the 2-0 semi-final win over Rangers on Sunday with a hamstring injury.It was believed that the 20-year-old would play no further part in Celtic’s season but the Hoops boss claimed he still “has a chance” of facing Aberdeen at Hampden on May 27.“He will be out for the foreseeable future,” added Rodgers ahead of their Ladbrokes Premiership contest with Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.“He had his scan on his hamstring. We will monitor him and assess it over time and see how he reacts.“There is a period of time with individuals with hamstrings which is never to say that he can’t be back within that.“He was on a bike today and moving the hamstring so we will see.“It is a hamstring tear, not overly serious, but we will assess it over the next two to three weeks.” Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring for Celtic