Striker Tomasz Radzinski and defender Candace Chapman lead the list of players eligible for Canada Soccer Hall of Fame consideration in 2018.Radzinski, Canada’s Player of the Year in 1998, won 46 caps for Canada and had a fine club career in Canada, Belgium, England and Greece. Chapman, a member of Canada’s bronze medal-winning team at the 2012 Olympics, won 114 caps over her career.Fourteen other players are eligible for consideration in the “modern Canadian player” category. One male and one female player will be voted into the Hall, with the Class of 18 announcement coming in May. Read more: Canadian soccer's past marvels at present, future stars … [Read more...] about Canada Soccer Hall of Fame announces new rules, list of eligible modern players
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LOS ANGELES: Russian center Timofey Mozgov, who played a reserve role in this year’s NBA title run by the Cleveland Cavaliers, signed a four-year deal worth $64 million with the Los Angeles Lakers. Mozgov, who turns 30 on July 16, averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Cavaliers in their championship campaign. The 7-foot-1 (2.16m) standout made only $5 million last season. “Timofey is a player who has shown the ability to change the game at the defensive end and fills an area of need for us at the center position,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “We are very pleased to add him to our team.” Mozgov hopes to follow in the legendary footsteps of a host of iconic Lakers centers who have won NBA titles, including Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spain’s Pau Gasol, Wilt Chamberlain and 1950s star George Mikan. In six NBA seasons, Mozgov has averaged 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Denver … [Read more...] about Russia’s Mozgov joins epic list of Lakers big men
BEHIND her powerful arms and legs, a young petite lady gave Philippine sports a lift it badly needed in the year just passed. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz gave this country of 100 million people something to cheer about at the break of dawn one rainy day in August after copping an Olympic medal that was long overdue during the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games. A combination of hard work, effort, heart, and sheer luck paved the way for the 25-year-old pride of Zamboanga City to run away with the silver in the women’s 53-kg weight division behind eventual winner Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei. Diaz totaled a combined 200 kgs in both the snatch and clean and jerk to the 212 of the Taiwanese bet. An Airwoman First Class at the Philippine Air Force, Diaz was only hoping for a bronze medal finish, but ended up a surprise runner up when fancied Li Yaiun of China—who earlier set an Olympic record in the snatch —failed to complete her final two attempts in the clean and jerk. “I … [Read more...] about Sportswriters name Diaz as Athlete of the Year
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games is just five months away and we are yet to hear reassuring and comforting words from our Brazilian hosts that it’s a go for the greatest sports show on earth. The country’s President facing impeachment and the state-owned Petrobras mired in a corruption scandal are just two of the many political issues hounding the Games, the first to be staged in South America. Construction of venues for the various disciplines is reportedly only 95 percent complete, a claim that betrays the fact that the infrastructure binge is actually behind schedule. Where no pounding of nails or sawing of lumber is necessary, the picture does not get any better, with waters designated to be sites for sailing events said to be “badly contaminated” as to pose serious risks to athletes. Just as when this year’s Olympic hosts thought that they can samba through the headaches, here comes the Zika virus giving those planning to compete or to just watch a health … [Read more...] about Is Brazil ready for the Olympics?
Tony Parker refused to consider it, though it can't be ruled out. Those last, agonizing moments of the NBA Finals may have been the last we see of these San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Parker have been together for more than a decade, through more than 100 postseason victories. They are proud winners who have endured some crushing defeats, but nothing ever hurt like this NBA championship that got away. ''It's tough to come so close,'' Parker said. ''Those last two games are tough, especially Game 6.'' San Antonio officially lost its chance for a fifth NBA title with its 95-88 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Thursday night. But the Game 6 defeat, when the Spurs couldn't hold a five-point lead in the final half-minute of regulation, is the one they might lament far longer. The Spurs have always gotten back up when knocked down, even when it was done in such a tough manner. When Derek Fisher's stunning shot with 0.4 seconds left helped send the Los Angeles … [Read more...] about Was last game the last of these San Antonio Spurs?
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Two Chinese female weightlifters have lost their appeals against being stripped of their 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medals for doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday that the IOC was right to disqualify Cao Lei from the 75-kilogram class and Liu Chunhong in the 69-kilo event at their home Summer Games. Both tested positive for GHRP-2, which stimulates production of growth hormone, in reanalysis last year of their samples taken in Beijing. Liu also tested positive for sibutramine, a banned stimulant. Because the cases were similar, the IOC disciplinary commission urged the International Weightlifting Federation to investigate Chinese team coaches and officials. Weightlifting risks being dropped from the 2024 Olympics due to longstanding doping problems, and the International Olympic Committee has requested a "satisfactory report" from the governing body by December. In retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London … [Read more...] about Sports court confirms Chinese doping at Beijing Olympics
The IOC announced on Friday that 3-on-3 basketball would be a part of the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo. Speaking to media on Sunday ahead of Game 5 of The Finals, LeBron James was asked if he would be interested in playing in the half court for his country, and he chose to politely, and self-deprecatingly decline the potential offer. “I’m not very good in a 3-on-3 thing, I’m more of a 5-on-5 guy,” James said. “I stay out of the 1-on-1 matchups during our practice, the 2-on-2s and the 3-on-3s. So probably not. I probably won’t be a part of the 3-on-3 matchup that it has to offer.” The comments don’t come as a surprise – chances are James won’t be playing full court for Team USA either in 2020, having skipped the 2016 games in Rio after winning consecutive gold medals in 2008 and 2012. Even if James did want to play, he may not have had an option to do so. According to Dan Patrick, who serves as a host for … [Read more...] about LeBron James doesn’t want to play 3-on-3 in the Olympics and couldn’t even if he wanted to
Maria Sharapova announced on Monday that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, putting her future on the court in doubt. She is facing a ban from international tennis of two to four years for the positive test. The five-time Grand Slam champion’s suspension will be four years if it can be proved that she took a substance to improve performance, but two years if it was not intentional. In addition to the Grand Slams, Sharapova is also in danger of being banned from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While Sharapova has been provisionally suspended, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation still feels that Sharapova will have a shot to win her first gold medal this summer, denouncing the controversy. “I think this is just a load of nonsense,” Shamil Tarpishchev told the Tass news agency, according the UK Independent. “The sportsmen take what they are given by the physiotherapists and by the doctors. I think Sharapova will … [Read more...] about Russian tennis chief believes Maria Sharapova will play in the Olympics, calls failed drug test ‘nonsense’
Basketball season tipped off this week, and this year’s NBA season offers plenty of compelling storylines for even the most casual fan. And even though most Wall Street executives affiliated with the NBA are best-known for being the owners of pro teams, there’s another big tie-in between the finance sector and the hoops season. There are a lot of ex-athletes populating the halls of the biggest financial institutions out there.Here is a list of 32 finance executives who played hoops at some of the top basketball programs in the US. If we’re missing any big names, please send an email with a quick bio and photo to [email protected] Travis Hansen moved in to private equity after playing for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. After playing college ball at Utah Valley State College and Brigham Young University, Hansen was drafted No. 37 overall in the NBA draft and joined the Atlanta Hawks. He would go on to play basketball in … [Read more...] about Here are 32 of the best basketball players on Wall Street
SAP’s competitors like to paint the world’s largest maker of business applications as an old stodgy company. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff recently called SAP a “dinosaur,” for example. But to the company’s 75,600 worldwide employees in more than 130 countries, nothing could be further from the truth. They see a company with its fair share of young, brilliant leaders. Here’s a short list of some of the behind-the-scenes rising star leaders at SAP, some of whom lead jet-setting lives, others who are creating brilliant technologies, still others who are world-class athletes. All of them want to change the world and think SAP is the place for them to do it. Carlos Diaz: Jet-setting futurist Carlos Diaz Perez, 41, is the head of Innovation in SAP EMEA South in Madrid. He describes his job like this: “I help customers imagining a brighter future. I bring knowledge about how technology can help them achieve what looks like … [Read more...] about 15 rising star employees at SAP that are becoming its next crop of power players