• The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

     

     

     

    1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

     

     

     

     

     

    Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

     

     

    Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

    Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

    Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

    Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

     

     


     

     

    2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

     

     

     

     

     

    Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

    Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

    Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to

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  • May 25, 2017 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Washington Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has ”nothing left to prove” – at least physically – in his return from major knee surgery.

    That’s doesn’t mean he’s all the way back.

    Griffin said Wednesday he won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won’t play in any preseason games. The quarterback who likes to keep the throttle wide open is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan – who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt – try to work together to get him on the field for the regular season opener Sept. 9.

    ”They want to make sure we’re not doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do,” Griffin said. ”Let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason. If it comes around that I’m ready to go, then maybe in the third preseason game, but as far as my understanding goes, preseason’s really not even in the air. … I think Coach feels like I can play without any preseason, so there no need really for that. Patience is the key.”

    Griffin had reconstructive surgery on two ligaments in January after injuring his right knee multiple times in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Team doctors and coaches cleared him for practice within the last week, setting a remarkable pace for a rehab that can typically take a year or more.

    ”In my mind there’s nothing left to prove,” Griffin said. ”And that’s the way you have to approach the game when you’re coming off of an injury. If you pass the test, then in your mind, you feel like you’re ready to go.”

    But Shanahan is determined to play it safe with his franchise quarterback, having said he wants to make sure Griffin is 100 percent before playing in a game. Shanahan will meet with reporters Thursday, but Griffin appeared to lay out the key points in the latest important conversation between player and coach.

    ”I think we’re on the same page,” Griffin said. ”When we sat down and talked about what I was going to do in training camp and the weeks to follow, it was a good moment for me because of all the hard work had paid off. And they’re going to allow me to get back out there and do what I do, and that’s play football and just have fun with the guys.

    ”We all made mistakes last season. We all understand that. We all talked about it, and it’s time to move on. … Me and Mike Shanahan‘s relationship is paramount to this team being successful.”

    Shanahan was not only criticized for leaving Griffin in the Seahawks game too long, but there was also scrutiny over whether the Redskins’ offense – along with Griffin’s aggressiveness – left him too vulnerable. He led the team to its first division title in 13 years, but he missed all or parts of four games with various injuries.

    ”The goal is longevity in the league. You also want to win,” Griffin said. ”And so, as a quarterback, I don’t like to conform and say you can’t win outside the pocket. I think you can win

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  • MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Olympic Committee(AOC) has called on cyclist Stuart O’Grady to step down from its Athletes’ Commission after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France.

     O’Grady, who announced his retirement this week, told a newspaper on Wednesday that he had used the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) before the notorious 1998 Tour, where he became only the second Australian to wear the yellow jersey.

     AOC secretary-general Craig Phillips contacted O’Grady by e-mail asking for his immediate resignation from the 10-member advisory body, the AOC said on Thursday.

     “Members of our London Olympic team, who elected Stuart to theAthletes’ Commission, are entitled to be angry knowing they had supported an athlete who had cheated,” AOC president John Coates said in a statement.

    “Athletes’ Commission members are chosen for their qualities of integrity and leadership and by his admission Stuart does not deserve to be a member of that group.”

     A report by a French Senate inquiry released on Wednesday found the top three finishers at the 1998 tour – Italian Marco Pantani, Germany’s Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich – were among 18 riders who had tested positive for EPO.

    The 1998 race was overshadowed by the scandal involving the Festina team, who were kicked off the race after a medical team member was arrested at the French border and customs officers seized banned substances.

    O’Grady was listed by the French Senate report among 12 riders whose tests were said to be “suspicious” but he confirmed using EPO to the Adelaide Advertiser, insisting he had acted alone in sourcing it.

    O’Grady announced his retirement after helping his GreenEdge team to a team time trial victory in this year’s Tour, saying he wanted to go out on a high despite being expected to race on until 2014.

    The Australian team said it supported O’Grady “as a person and an advocate for a clean sport”.

    “Like the majority of the riders in his generation, he was also exposed to the issues and wrongdoings of the sport and made some wrong choices in that environment,” the team said in a statement on its website (www.greenedgecycling.com).

    “We would like to underline that in all of our interactions with Stuart, he has always been extremely clear about the right path for the sport and we believe that certain mistakes in the past shouldn’t be allowed to tarnish his entire career and his integrity as a person.”

    Cycling Australia also declined to condemn O’Grady, blaming the era and the European “environment”.

    “The late 1990’s was clearly a dark period in cycling’s international history,” the governing body said in a statement.

    “(Australian) Athletes transitioning from the strict anti-doping regimes enforced under the domestic … programs were faced with a very different environment when they landed in Europe.”

    Coates, though, said the “everybody else was doing it” line was no defense for using banned substances.

     “This was a shameful period for the sport of cycling which has been well documented, that is no excuse for the decision taken by Stuart O’Grady,” he added.

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  • May 23, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Naples – Before finally docked to Napoli, Gonzalo Higuain chased by Juventus. Higuain decision was welcomed by Diego Maradona, who is a living legend Il Partenopei.

    After being adrift future, Higuain claimed another step to join Napoli. Real Madrid have received an offer worth 37 million euros given by Aurelio De Laurentiis.

    Higuain is currently reported to be in Rome and immediately undergo a medical to finalize his move to the city of Naples. Higuain arrival obviously be good news for Napoli who had just been left by his goal machine, Edinson Cavani.

    With equivalent capabilities Cavani, Higuain could predict success at this club as Cavani has been given.

    “Got news that Pipita is the new Napoli striker made ​​my happiness more than doubled,” Maradona said as quoted by Football Italia.

    “I am also delighted at the player who has always been my favorite child. I’m sure he can give satisfaction to the Napoli fans that should be respected by the rest of Italy and Europe because it is a clear example of the values ​​of sport and fair competition,” he continued.

    “It is indeed true Argentinian would never play in Turin.”

    Higuain and Maradona relationship is fairly close as 25-year-old striker was a mainstay up front when handled Maradona’s Argentina in the 2010 World Cup. Naturally, if Maradona Higuaín very excited to play at Napoli, who also made ​​his name.

    “I wish the best for Higuain, Napoli and the rest of the Neapolitan people,” said he.

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  • Swimming pool competition between students LIMA ready to be held, organized swimming competitions Student League will take place over two days on 29-30 June 2013 held at the Swimming Pool Simprug Pertamina, Jakarta.

    Appropriate target LIMA, expressed readiness to join the ten universities, six of whom have completed the requirements prescribed by LIMA, while four other universities are still in the process of completing the requirements document.

    Tenth of the university is the State University of Jakarta, Universitas Mercu Buana, Pelita Harapan University, Trisakti University, London School of Public Relations, University of Karachi Siliwangi, STKIP Pasundan, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, and State University of Surabaya.

    Manager of the Jakarta State University swimming team, Iqbal Hambali, expressed his readiness to compete at Swimming LIMA 2013. “Technically, our team is ready to compete, there are few constraints on the data collection process swimmers, hopefully we can proceed as soon as possible,” said Iqbal.

    At this inaugural season, FIVE Swimming will play 15 numbers for men and women, consisting of freestyle, back, butterfly, and chest each bring into the distance 50m, 100m, and 200m for men and women. Three other numbers came from the 200m individual medley, the team event two freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay for boys and girls.

    FIVE CEO Ryan Widodo claimed it held a swimming competition readiness is one of sport’s measurable. “Pool is a new branch that we want to work on, we’ve worked with PB PRSI and the very productive collaboration. We hope to run FIVE Swimming well,” Ryan said.

    LIMA Swimming is a sport competition organized by third antarmahasiswa LIMA, LIMA has previously held a successful LIMA LIMA Basketball and Badminton.

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  • May 21, 2017 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    Nicky Hayden Terancam Tak Ikut MotoGP Musim Depan

    2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden will not be offered a contract extension by the Ducati team in MotoGP season 2014. Racer whose name is quite popular in the United States that had revealed his future uncertainty in MotoGP next season when convening MotoGP Germany last week.
    Ducati is based in Bologna, Italy is not an offer for a new contract Hayden motorhome Desemosedici for the sixth season. But also do not want to lose Ducati Nicky Hayden.
    As an alternative, offering Ducati rider 31-year-old racer was a different contract. That is offered to be the driver in the event the Superbike World Championship (WSBK).
    There has been no official confirmation from Ducati related to this issue. “We prefer to retain Nicky with Ducati and we have some options that are still to be discussed again with him, including the option to race in the World Superbike,” said Ducati boss, Paolo Ciabatti in MCN.
    But Nicky Hayden admitted, “I really prefer to stay in MotoGP racing with the right bike and the right team, but unfortunately at this time Momennya not so good,” said Nicky Hayden as reported Motorcyclenews.
    Hayden also indirectly agreed that he was ready to move into Superbike racing. Now he’s still wait and see. At least until the end of this season, Ducati will continue to give full support to the two riders, Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.
    “But Hayden Ducati offered at different positions in the Ducati line-up, we are just starting to talk about this time in Germany, and we’ll see,” he said.
    By not offering them by Ducati Nicky Hayden, another speculation that mention Cal Crutchlow will move to replace Hayden Ducati.

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  • May 19, 2017 /  Basketball, Uncategorized

    Las Vegas – After Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers take a player again. Metta World Peace is to ensure that it defends New York Knicks next season.

    Reported Fox, World Peace actually still have remaining almost a year contract with the Lakers. However, the two sides agreed to end more quickly through the amnesty clause.

    The player formerly known as Ron Artest who’s agreed to two-year contract with the Knicks with values ​​touted reach about 3.2 million U.S. dollars (USD 32 billion).

    With this move, World Peace after the first Howard left the Staples Center. Howard crossed to the Houston Rockets after just one season to strengthen the Lakers.

    “I do not care if I’ll be a starter or just sweeping the floor. You hear me? I just want to win,” World Peace said in a press conference as proclaimed ESPN.

    World Peace is ready to work together with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in an effort to win the NBA title. “This is not about someone helping someone else.”

    “It’s about us doing it together., And they (the Knicks) got it. – If I’m not mistaken. They have a strong relationship, and everyone is team mates,” said 33-year-old small forward this.

    World Peace had an average of 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.5 assists in 75 games, including 66 times so the starter with the Lakers last season. He also suffered a left knee injury that required surgery in March.

    Since starting his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1999, World Peace has appeared in 902 games with 832 times to be a starter.

    He once became NBA champion with the Lakers (2010) and had an average of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals in his career overall Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Rockets and Lakers.

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