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LeBron James group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day. The idea, which comes after Kentucky used large facilities in its June 23 primary, is to use large spaces that allow for in-person voting while still enforcing social distancing guidelines. It also underscores the attention on the mechanics of voting amid the pandemic, with the intensity already reflected in both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden warning that state and local officials have the power to “corrupt” the election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called her “partnership” with the Pistons an “blueprint for other teams and leagues seeking to advance our common goal of protecting access to the vote for all.” Lloyd Pierce, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, said the arrangement in his city ensures “high turnout” in a safe environment. Benson, Pierce and David Fizdale, former New York Knicks head coach, will advise NBA franchises and arena management entities around the country on how to replicate the existing deals. The Milwaukee Bucks also confirmed they are willing to use their home arena as a voting site in the most populous city in the key battleground of Wisconsin. The coordinated push is a turnabout, of sorts, in the often-partisan jousting over voting procedures. Some Democrats panned Kentucky elections officials for limiting in-person June primary voting in the state’s two most populous counties to Louisville’s Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. Voting rights advocates argued in federal court that the plan, part of culling voting sites statewide amid coronavirus concerns, would harm minority voters. A federal judge rejected their claims, and voting proceeded without the melee that some advocates had forecast. Now, Benson, a Democrat, is pushing the arena model not as an example of potential voter suppression, but a way to fight it. “One of our greatest challenges in protecting voters’ access to democracy this November is identifying accessible locations where citizens can safely vote in person,” she said. Amid COVID, that could outweigh potential logistical difficulties of large sites. Lines for such venues can still be long — just as with normal polling locations — as was seen in Lexington at some points on primary day. Voters also could face traffic jams or public transit hiccups given the number of people involved. General elections also have considerably larger turnout than primaries. Nonetheless, there’s a growing bipartisan push for large-venue voting. NFL executive Scott Pioli last week presented the National Association of Secretaries of State a plan for widespread use of professional and college sports facilities. James’ group is officially nonpartisan. But the NBA star has been open about its emphasis on the Black community, where Trump faces intense opposition for his white identity politics. James has not endorsed Biden, but he endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Bucks owners, the Lasry family, are major Democratic Party donors. Bucks executive Alex Lasry helped lead the effort that landed the Democratic National Convention in the city.  .....»»

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Lakers ni James magkakampeon

BUONG season, paborito ang Los Angeles Clippers dahil kina Kawhi Leonard, Paul George at Patrick Beverly......»»

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Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA s return on July 30

New York -- The NBA will offer a tasty Western Conference matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers when play resumes after a near four-month shutdown on July 30......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 28th, 2020Related News

Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA’s return from COVID-19 hiatus

NEW YORK — The NBA will offer a tasty Western Conference matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers when play resumes after a near four-month shutdown on July 30. The game is one of two on the slate for the opening night of play in the season re-start, which will be taking place […] The post Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA’s return from COVID-19 hiatus appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2020Related News

Lakers-Clippers, Jazz-Pelicans to usher in resumed NBA season

On hiatus since early March due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the premier basketball league is returning with 22 of its squads to compete in 88 seeding games before going into the playoffs......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 27th, 2020Related News

Clippers complete purchase of Forum

  Steve Ballmer finalized his $400 million purchase of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Monday, allowing the Los Angeles Clippers to move closer to building their new arena in the neighborhood. CAPSS LLC, formed recently by Clippers owner Ballmer, bought the Los Angeles Lakers’ former home from Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. MSG, which […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsMay 5th, 2020Related News

Study: Knicks, Lakers arenas most popular for fans

Gathering data on 29 different arenas used by the 30 NBA teams — both the Lakers and the Clippers use the Staples Center — the study crunched the numbers on the most frequented arenas......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsApr 30th, 2020Related News

Expect Kawhi, PG in phenomenal shape, says Rivers

  MANILA, Philippines – Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be in “phenomenal shape” after the NBA suspension . Leonard, the 2020 All-Star MVP, has been going through injury management while George missed some games this season due to a hamstring ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 22nd, 2020Related News

NBA 2K Players Tournament to air on S+A and iWant

Missing the NBA? Well, Filipino fans will finally get some “NBA action” as ABS-CBN Sports brings the first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament to free TV on S+A this Thursday, April 16, with livestreaming on iWant.  Headlining the inaugural 2K20 tournament organized by the NBA Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with videogame company 2K and the NBA were erstwhile champion and MVP Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets, ice-cold scorer Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz, former Los Angeles Lakers' big man DeMarcus Cousins, and Phoenix Suns' hot shooter Devin Booker.  Booker emerged victorious in the event for a cause, which brought players and fans together, albeit only online, as the global pandemic caused suspension of sporting events, including NBA games. His $100,000 cash prize went to a charity of his choice.  Watch NBA stars try to replicate their winning ways in the court in the popular video game starting with the first round match-ups at 1:30 p.m. featuring Kevin Durant against Derrick Jones Jr. followed by Patrick Beverley and Hassan Whiteside’s showdown. At 4:00 p.m., it’s Rui Hachimura taking on Donovan Mitchell followed by DeMarcus Cousins against Andre Drummond. The quarterfinal round on Friday at 1:30 p.m. features Hachimura vs. Booker and Jones Jr. vs. Harrell, followed by Ayton vs. Young then Beverley vs. Drummond at 4:00 p.m.  The semifinals match between Booker and Harrell will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. followed by Beverley and Ayton clash for the last Finals seat at 4:00 p.m.  The championship round between teammates Booker and Ayton will air on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The games will also be on replay every weekday at 11:00 a.m. beginning April 23 after “The Score.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 14th, 2020Related News

Devin Booker wins NBA 2K20 Players in all-Phoenix Suns final

Devin Booker won the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament on Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines), sweeping Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the best-of-three final. “I played a lot growing up,” Booker said. “It's all about timing and eye coordination.” ESPN broadcast the three-day, 16-player Xbox One competition. The last NBA games were played March 11, the day Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Booker’s Houston Rockets topped Ayton’s Los Angeles Lakers 72-62 in Game 1 and the star guard directed the Denver Nuggets to a 74-62 victory over thee Milwaukee Bucks in the second. “Anyone who thinks they can play 2K, let's get it,” Booker said. Booker earned a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of his choice. Seeded fifth, he beat Denver's Michael Porter Jr., Washington's Rui Hachimura and the Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell to reach the final — also sweeping those matchups. Ayton topped Chicago's Zach LaVine, Atlanta's Trae Young and the Clippers' Patrick Beverley, using his own Suns to top Beverley in the semifinals. “I said in the beginning that it was going to be Deandre and I in the championship — and that's the way it ended up,” Booker said. The players were seeded by their NBA 2K player ratings......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 12th, 2020Related News

Blackhawks’ ‘Whitey’ succumbs to stroke

Former three-time NHL All-Star Pat Stapleton, known affectionately as “Whitey” for his shock of blond hair, has died after suffering a stroke. He was 79. Stapleton, who was a mainstay on the Hawks’ defence for eight seasons and captained the team in 1969-70 campaign, passed away on Wednesday night, the National Hockey League team announced […] The post Blackhawks’ ‘Whitey’ succumbs to stroke appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 10th, 2020Related News

Clippers working out together via video during shutdown

Clippers working out together via video during shutdown.....»»

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Chris Paul and Trae Young Headline First-Ever NBA HORSE Challenge

ESPN, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced that 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 2020 NBA All-Star Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and newly elected Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings headline the list of eight NBA and WNBA players and legends who will participate in the new NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm, exclusively on ESPN and streamed via the ESPN App.  Beginning Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. ET (Monday, April 13, 7 a.m. Philippine time), Paul, Young, Catchings, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, three-time WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. and NBA Finals MVPs Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce will match shots against one another in a single-elimination HORSE competition from their respective, isolated home courts. ESPN NBA commentator Mark Jones will serve as the official host. State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts. This donation builds on the more than $74 million that has been contributed by the NBA Family to date to support coronavirus relief efforts through its NBA Together campaign. NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm participants will be divided into two groups of four, with the winners of the first two games in each group meeting in the semifinals.  The winner from each group will move on to the championship round.  ESPN will present the four quarterfinal games on Sunday. The semifinals and the championship game will air on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. A coin toss at the start of each game will determine who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails.  Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated. NBA HORSE Challenge presented by State Farm participants:   Group 1: Group 2: Chauncey Billups NBA Legend, ESPN Analyst Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls Tamika Catchings WNBA Legend Chris Paul Oklahoma City Thunder Mike Conley Jr. Utah Jazz Paul Pierce NBA Legend, ESPN Analyst Trae Young Atlanta Hawks Allie Quigley Chicago Sky   ESPN NBA HORSE Challenge presented by State Farm schedule:   Date Time (ET) NBA HORSE Challenge Sun, Apr. 12 (Mon, Apr. 13 in the PHI) 7-9 p.m. (7-9 am) Quarterfinals Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups     Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.     Quarterfinals Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce     Quarterfinals Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley   9-11 p.m. Quarterfinals Encore Presentations Thu, Apr. 16 7-9 p.m. Quarterfinals Encore Presentations   9-11 p.m. Group 1: Semifinals     Group 2: Semifinals     HORSE Championship Game ESPN will televise the NBA HORSE Challenge as it continues its commitment to bring the sports community together through its #oneteam initiative.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 9th, 2020Related News

NBA to host lockdown H-O-R-S-E competition

Among those expected to participate are Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young and the Chicago Bulls swingman Zach LaVine......»»

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Durant upset, Young dominates in NBA 2K Players Tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Top-seeded Kevin Durant got the boot early in the inaugural NBA 2K Players Tournament as he suffered a first-round exit to Derrick Jones Jr (No. 16) on Friday, April 3, in the US (Saturday, April 4, Philippine time). Using the Los Angeles Clippers, Durant fizzled out in ........»»

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Aussie league denies claim NBA hopeful Ball bought team

Sydney-Australia’s professional basketball league denied on Friday that it had agreed to sell the Illawarra Hawks to LaMelo Ball, who solidified his 2020 NBA Draft top pick contender status playing for the team last year......»»

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NBA top-pick hopeful LaMelo Ball buys Aussie league team

    LOS ANGELES, USA – LaMelo Ball, who solidified his 2020 NBA Draft top pick contender status playing for the Illawarra Hawks, has purchased the Australian club, his manager told ESPN on Thursday, April 1. "We own the team," Jermaine Jackson said. "It's a done deal." Ball went Down Under in August and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 3rd, 2020Related News

Boon or bane?

In the midst of the National Basketball Association’s suspension of its 2019–20 campaign, not a few quarters have argued that the development benefits the Lakers’ LeBron James. After all, they claimed, he’s a relatively old 35, with significant miles on his odometer and in need of rest. Significantly, it’s a narrative that he’s pushing back against. And it isn’t merely because, prior to the league making the decision to hold the season in abeyance, he had just come off a productive weekend that saw him lead the purple and gold to victories against the Bucks and Clippers, noted powerhouses and deemed to be their biggest stumbling blocks en route to a projected championship......»»

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No fans, no work: Arena workers caught in sports shutdown

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — David Edelman can usually be found at a Denver Nuggets basketball game or a Colorado Rapids soccer game. As an usher, he interacts with fans in a role he calls a staple of his life. But there are no Nuggets games for at least a month. No Rapids games, either. And Edelman has no idea what he’ll do now. “This is what I do for a living,” Edelman said earlier this week, as the realization hit that sports were going on hiatus because of the coronavirus. “This is my income.” Thousands of workers would have staffed the 450 NBA and NHL games that will not be played over the next month in response to the pandemic. And then there are the more than 300 spring training and regular-season baseball games, 130 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tournament games, 50 or so Major League Soccer matches, all international golf and tennis tournaments, and who-knows-how-many high school, small college and other entertainment events canceled or postponed because of the global health crisis. The total economic impact of the loss of sports and other events because of the pandemic — assuming only a month shutdown — is impossible to calculate but will reach the billions, easily. Tickets aren’t being sold, so teams and leagues and organizing bodies lose money. Fans aren’t going to events that aren’t happening, so taxi drivers and ride-share operators have no one to ferry to and from those places. Hotel rooms will be empty. Beers and hot dogs aren’t being sold, so concessionaires and vendors lose money. Wait staff and bartenders aren’t getting tips. Without those tips, their babysitters aren’t getting paid. The trickle-down effect sprawls in countless directions. Some teams are trying to help. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, within minutes of the NBA shutdown announcement, said he wanted to find a way to help workers who will lose money because games won’t be played. By Friday, he had his plan: “We will pay them as if the games happened,” he told The Associated Press in an email. Other teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, have made similar commitments to workers at not just NBA events but also the building’s minor-league hockey games. The Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks were among the earliest NBA franchises to reveal they’re working on how they’ll take care of arena staffs. So have the NHL’s Washington Capitals, among others, and the ownership group for Detroit's Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers on Friday said they were setting up a $1 million fund “to cover one month's wages for our part-time staff for games, concerts and events that they would have otherwise worked." “Our teams, our cities and the leagues in which we operate are a family, and we are committed to looking out for one another,” New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris said. There were many more significant gifts revealed later Friday. Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans said he would “cover the salaries” for workers at the team’s arena for the next 30 days. Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons pledged $100,000 for workers there, the San Jose Sharks said part-time arena workers would get paid for all games not played and Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky said he was giving $100,000 to workers in that club’s arena -- a donation matched by his teammates and followed by another pledge from the team’s ownership group. “This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis,” Williamson wrote on Instagram. At Chicago Blackhawks hockey games alone, about 1,500 workers are in or outside the building on event nights: guest services, concessions, parking, security, box office and so on. “The per game payroll is more than $250,000,” said Courtney Greve Hack, a spokeswoman for the United Center. If that’s the NHL norm — no official numbers are available — then workers around the league would stand to lose more than $60 million if hockey does not return this season. “I get it,” said Chris Lee, who owns a coffee and smoothies franchise in Arizona that draws 70% of its annual revenue sales at spring training and Arizona Coyotes hockey games. “But this is going to be really tough.” Lee was packing up cups that won’t be used when baseball announced Thursday that spring training was ending about two weeks early. He and his staff — one full-timer, 14 part-time employees — aren’t sure what comes next. The enormity of the numbers stacks up quickly. The group that owns the Raptors and other pro sports clubs in Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, says it's trying to help 4,000 workers in that city. Extrapolate that across other Canadian and U.S. pro sports cities, and those teams could be looking at 100,000 workers feeling some sort of pinch — not counting the impact at college and other levels. Cavaliers star Kevin Love pledged $100,000 to help the workers in Cleveland address what he described as their “sudden life shift.” On Friday, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks made a $100,000 pledge on behalf of his family “It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier," Antetokounmpo wrote on Twitter. The NCAA men’s Division I tournament generates about $900 million annually through television and marketing rights alone. In Albany, New York, which was scheduled to host men’s tournament games for the first time in 17 years, organizers estimated the economic loss from the three-day event to be about $3 million. Bars and restaurants bought tons of additional stock and perishables to prep for crowds that won't arrive. It’ll probably take a few years before the NCAA can bring the tournament back to many of the cities slated to host games next week. “It’s incredibly disheartening. There’s no question about that,” said Mark Bardack, president of public relations and management firm Ed Lewi and Associates, which had worked for more than a year on the planning of the tournament in Albany. “To have it all disappear, though obviously no one’s fault.” Some arena workers, many not wanting to be identified because of workplace policies about speaking to reporters, said they are living paycheck-to-paycheck. They’re not alone, of course: A study last fall by the American Payroll Association said 74% of workers in the U.S. would “experience financial difficulty” if their usual payday was delayed by as little as one week. In Philadelphia, Rodney Thompson works on commission selling popcorn and beer at 76ers basketball games, Flyers hockey games and Phillies baseball games. They’re all on hold. "The more I sell, the more I make,” the 56-year-old said. “The less I sell, the less I make. It would hurt me, financially. I would have no income coming in. ... I make pretty good money. But if there's no fans, there's no work.” ___ AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington, AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland, David Brandt in Scottsdale, Arizona, Josh Dubow in San Francisco, Stephen Hawkins in Dallas and Dan Gelston in Philadelphia, and Associated Press Writers Matthew Carlson and Tim Cronin in Chicago contributed to this report. ___ The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 14th, 2020Related News

Carter reflects on NBA suspension, potential final game

Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter may have already played his final NBA game thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, the eight-time all-star said Wednesday. The league has decided to suspend the season after a player tested positive for the illness and anxiety that the virus could spread unchecked among fans at sporting events. Carter has already […] The post Carter reflects on NBA suspension, potential final game appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsMar 12th, 2020Related News