Scudamore under increasing pressure

first_img Stoney said in the Daily Telegraph: “We are trying to get to a world without discrimination and to have somebody in such a high position in football making derogatory comments about females is not acceptable. “How would he feel if these comments were written about his daughters? “It is up to the powers that be whether he stays on but talking about women in such a derogatory way makes his position very difficult. Whether it’s a private email or not, he has written them and he has only apologised because he has been caught.” Brown-Finnis told BBC Sport: “It’s not just about women who are involved in football, it was an insult to all women. “However jokey he was trying to be with that, it’s just totally unacceptable in this day and age. “It’s zero defence for me. Private emails when are you head of the Premier League don’t really exist. “Is a sorry enough? Probably not, but I do think the way to move forward is for the Premier League to follow their protocols just like they would with other employees and I’m sure they have policies which would sanction him appropriately for his misconduct.” Scudamore is also facing increasing pressure on his position after principal sponsor Barclays expressed disappointment to the league over the email exchange with a lawyer friend. The furore over sexist emails sent by Richard Scudamore has intensified with a number of England women internationals calling for action against the Premier League chief executive. Press Association England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis said the emails were an “insult to all women” and that Scudamore should be sanctioned, while former England captain Casey Stoney said his position was now “very difficult”. The group Women In Football has written to all 20 Premier League clubs and main sponsors asking for an “independent review” of the league’s practices. Edward Lord, an equality campaigner who is a member of the Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB), has suggested Scudamore’s position is “untenable”. The emails, which have been described by FA chairman Greg Dyke as “totally inappropriate”, referred to women in a derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendoes, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. The league would not comment on Friday on the latest developments but the involvement of Barclays raises the stakes ahead of a meeting of the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, on Monday to discuss the case, which will also be the subject of a special meeting of the IAB on Tuesday. After the story broke in the Sunday Mirror, Scudamore issued a statement apologising for the emails, which were sent from his Premier League email account and seen by a former temporary PA who leaked them to the newspaper. last_img read more

Faugheen strolls to Champion glory

first_img The seven-year-old took his record to a perfect 10 out of 10 to give Willie Mullins yet another Grade One winner. Ruby Walsh was allowed to dictate matters at his own pace and did not appear to be going much of a gallop until quickening the tempo four from home, after which it was pretty much plain sailing. Faugheen lived up to the hype with a flawless display in the Queally Group Celebrating 35 Years In Naas Punchestown Champion Hurdle. Arctic Fire and Paul Townend tried to close coming out of the back straight, but as soon as Walsh gave Faugheen (1-6 favourite) a squeeze the response was immediate and the race was over, with the winning distance eight lengths. “That was a good performance. Ruby didn’t hang around and kept applying the pressure from the front. It was a gutsy ride,” said Mullins. “On the book he had one horse to beat and that was Arctic Fire. He wasn’t on the bridle at any stage, though, and when he’s not on the bridle you know he’s going some pace. “Arctic Fire is a fair opponent and Ruby wasn’t going to let him into it and use his speed. He was just afraid of Arctic Fire’s speed and piled it on from the front to dampen his fire. “From a mile out he started to apply it and I was wondering if he’d crack from so far out, but he knew what he had underneath him. His jumping is better going faster. Ruby kept asking the questions and at every hurdle he picked up. “He’s done it now in year one and we’ll let him tell us how good he can be. Our Conor looked invincible when he won the Triumph, but fate can go against you. “I believe in him, but he has to stand the test of time. He’s very, very good. We’ll see now if the handicapper puts him past Hurricane Fly.” Walsh added: “As Paul Townend pulled up there, he was making the sound of a jet and that is what Faugheen is. He is incredible.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Canada T20 Niagara Fest returns July 16

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – With the Global T20 Canada unlikely to play this year, several Canadian national players are expected to participate in the Canada T20 Niagara Fest which makes a welcome return on July 16. According to ANI/PRNewswire), cricket-hungry fans across Canada and around the world will witness what is expected to be a spectacular tournament as it bowls off the at Niagara Cricket Centre.Spread over seven days, the T20 tournament will host 12 league matches for six days followed by one qualifier semi-final on July 22. The grand finale will be played on the same day from 13.00 hours. The league matches will be scheduled at 9.30 hours and 13.00 hours on July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.Among the icon players slated to be in action are Rizwan Cheema, Bhupindar Singh,Harmandeep Singh,Navneet Dhaliwal, Ravindrapal Singh and Cecil Pervez. Four teams Vancouver Stars, Moncton Heroes, Toronto Tigers, and Niagara Wonders would be participating in the tournament with the winners guaranteed $50 000 (Can).The tournament has been given the green light from the Cricket Council of Ontario and is being organised by Niagara Cricket Club and Virsa Foundation. The objective of the event is to bring cricket back for the fans, boost local talent and the cricket of Canada.The event is one of the most anticipated sports events as it is expected to light the flame of hope and happiness amongst everyone across the world and is seen as a kick-start to sports events that had taken a hit because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.Canada T20 Fest is slated to be the first official big cricket tournament to resume post the lockdown and fans will be given the opportunity to witness Canada T20 Niagara Fest live on One Sports, the channel partner. The print partners for the event are Mid-day and Gujarati Mid-day. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more

Women of Troy defeat Oregon, Oregon State

first_imgIn search of an emotional lift after a tough stretch of hard-fought losses, the USC women’s soccer team scored golden goals in consecutive overtime games this weekend, and return from a road trip to the state of Oregon with two conference victories.Roasted Duck · Freshman midfielder Sydney Sladek provided the deciding goal in a crucial double-overtime win over Oregon on Friday. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojan Freshman midfielder Sydney Sladek slotted home the winner in a 1-0 victory over Oregon (6-8-2, 2-5-1) on Friday, while senior midfielder Alex Quincey did the same in a 2-1 win against Oregon State (0-14-3, 0-7-0) on Sunday.Heading into the weekend, the Women of Troy (10-5-2, 4-4-0 Pac-12) had dropped four of their previous five matchups, all in Pac-12 play. The stretch was especially frustrating because all five games were played at home, and despite amassing 56 combined shots in the four losses, the Women of Troy only found the back of the net once.“We needed to get hungrier, particularly offensively,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “Every team in this conference is talented and scouts well, and so we need to do a better job being aggressive and ready to go.”The team rose to the occasion in their Friday matchup against a tough Duck squad. After an intense back-and-forth scoreless regulation period, the two teams went into overtime to determine the outcome of the match. Neither team was able to break through in the first OT period, setting up Sladek for some late-game heroics. In the 104th minute, Sladek struck a beautiful shot from 25 yards out that floated over the head of Ducks goalkeeper Abby Steele into the nylon netting of the goal for the walk-off winner.The golden goal helped the team build some much-needed momentum heading into their second match of the weekend, against the hapless Beavers.“[Oregon] was a fantastic and much-needed win for us,” McAlpine said after the match. “I am very happy with the contribution that every player made tonight.”The Women of Troy were able to do just that in Sunday’s matchup with Oregon State, though it was by no means a clean victory. The Beavers put up a surprisingly solid defense, partially due to a little home-field help: Rain fell throughout the game, creating a very wet and muddy surface out of a field that was already fairly torn up from the OSU men’s soccer team.“The field conditions Sunday were pretty poor,” junior defender Whitney Pitalo said. “It was raining the whole time. Our jerseys and socks were covered in mud by the end of the game.”Much like the weather, the game got off to a bit of a dreary start, as Oregon State broke a 0-0 tie early in the second half with a ricochet goal in the box in the 49th minute from OSU defender Miranda Stiver. The goal was just the third of the season for the winless Beavers.Instead of burying their heads in the mud, however, the Women of Troy responded just four minutes later with an equalizing corner kick header from Pitalo, assisted by junior midfielder Jamie Fink. It was Pitalo’s first goal of the season, and it came at a crucial time for USC.“[Freshman midfielder] Nicole Molen and I are two of the players who are supposed to be in the box looking for headers on corner kicks,” Pitalo said. “We had been struggling a little bit to put away chances this season, so on Sunday, when the chance came to me, I said to myself, ‘This needs to happen.’”Not only was the score a crucial response for the team, but it meant a little something extra for Pitalo, who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.“I’m from Oregon,” she said. “For me, it was really exciting to play there and do well in front of my loved ones.”Pitalo’s goal was the last of regulation, and once again, the Women of Troy found themselves facing an overtime situation. With the confidence they gained after Friday’s double-overtime victory, however, they were prepared for the do-or-die atmosphere. In the 96th minute, Quincey buried her team-best 10th goal of the season into the back of the net, securing the victory for USC and sending the Beavers home. The victory brought the team’s Pac-12 Conference record back to even, at 4-4.The Women of Troy now will have the week to prepare for a two-game road trip to Washington this upcoming weekend, where they will face No. 18 Washington on Friday followed by No. 24 Washington State on Sunday. Both games will be huge contests for USC, who will need to perform well in order to keep their playoff aspirations alive. The game Sunday at Washington State will be especially meaningful, as it is a homecoming game for McAlpine and his staff, who left the Cougars’ program at the end of last season to take the job at USC.Though the team still faces a tough path in the weeks ahead, the two road victories should help the Women of Troy to restore a sense of confidence that has been missing in the last few weeks.“Keidane {McAlpine] told us going into this past weekend that when aggression meets aggression, talent will prevail,” Pitalo said. “We are a great team and know we have the talent, so now it comes down to our mentality and being able to match the opposition’s aggression.”last_img read more

Football: Look at Quintez Cephus’ draft stock before NFL Draft

first_imgFollowing a missed full season in 2018, junior wide receiver Quintez Cephus showed up in a major way in 2019, resulting in Cephus’ decision to enter the 2020 NFL Draft in April.Like fellow junior Jonathan Taylor, Cephus exploded out of nowhere after emerging from high school as a three-star recruit, joining the Badgers in 2016.Cephus’ career took off from there as he finished with 30 catches for 501 yards in 2017, both of which were good enough for second on the team behind tight end Troy Fumagalli. Cephus led the team in receiving touchdowns with six across 10 games.Football: Badgers fall flat in second half, lose to The Ohio State University in Big Ten ChampionshipThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (10-3, 7-3 Big Ten) lost 34–21 against No. 1 The Ohio State Read…After missing the entire 2018 season, Cephus returned for the 2019 season and didn’t miss a beat, emerging as the team’s go-to target in the passing game.Cephus led the team in nearly every receiving category, including receptions (59), yards (901), receiving yards per reception (15.3) and receiving touchdowns (7) as he played in all 14 games.Cephus also played his best in big games against the Ohio State University in the Big Ten Championship (seven receptions for 122 yards) and Minnesota in the last game of the regular season (five receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown). He ended his Wisconsin career with seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against Oregon in the Rose Bowl.Head Coach Paul Chryst also credited Cephus for being a great teammate during his time with the Badgers.“He’s selfless. I think he’s an unbelievable teammate because one, he truly cares about the guys, each individual,” Chryst said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal. “He’ll do anything for them, he’s open to them, he’s got enough awareness that he kind of sees when someone’s working through something. He’s got a spirit about him. He’s got an infectious personality. He will find the good in people. When you get on the field, he loves playing the game and appreciates that opportunity to play the game and I think that’s infectious.”While Cephus proved doubters wrong at Wisconsin, the question now is whether or not his success will translate to the next level as an NFL wide receiver.Football: Return of Cephus brings vitality to Badger air attackBefore the 2019 season began, Badger fans knew little of what they could expect from newly reinstated junior wide receiver Read…Let’s take a look at Cephus’ draft stock with the NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft quickly approaching.As you can see from the above stats, Quintez Cephus performed at a high-level during his junior season at Wisconsin. But, many scouts are concerned that his playmaking ability isn’t there and he won’t be dynamic enough to perform consistently at the NFL level.While scouts have every right to be concerned about Cephus’ abilities, some of the worries associated with Cephus’ play can be attributed to shaky, inconsistent performances from Wisconsin’s quarterbacks in Alex Hornibrook (2017) and Jack Coan (2019).Paired up with an NFL-level quarterback, Cephus could be a great fit for teams in need of receiving help in the league.Football: Badgers dismantle Minnesota, win Big Ten WestThe No. 12 University of Wisconsin football team (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated the No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2, Read…If Cephus wants to make good on his potential, he will also need to work on improving his ability to run crisp routes, as he isn’t what you could consider a receiver with elite speed compared to many NFL counterparts.As an average-sized receiver measuring in at 6 feet 1 inch tall and 207 pounds, Cephus might need to beef up in the gym before the draft as most physically dominant wide receivers in the NFL today weigh 10 to 15 pounds more than Cephus.While Cephus’ on-field abilities come into question among NFL draft scouts, so do potential off-field character issues.Cephus missed all of the 2018 season due to two sexual assault charges raised against him at UW, both of which he was ultimately acquitted of. Despite this, Cephus has not had any other off-field issues — legal or otherwise — during his time at Wisconsin.Still, Cephus will certainly be questioned about the incident during meetings with NFL scouts during the NFL Combine and Wisconsin’s Pro Day, and it will likely have an impact on his draft stock as well.Football: Look at Jonathan Taylor’s draft stock before NFL DraftRunning back Jonathan Taylor has been a crucial piece of Wisconsin’s offense for the past three seasons, making the decision Read…Right now, most mock drafts from around the sports world have Cephus as a Day 3 (rounds 4-7) pick, with a few drafts even listing Cephus as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the draft.With a strong performance at the NFL Combine (Feb. 23 through March 2) and Wisconsin’s Pro Day (likely at some point in March), Cephus could easily find himself as a middle-round pick going to a team looking for a No. 2 or No. 3 option in the passing game.Keep an eye on Cephus as the NFL Draft approaches, as he just might surprise everyone and compete with decent speed (4.5 second 40-yard dash time according to the Wisconsin State Journal) and great hands during his prove-it opportunities in February and March.NFL Draft Projection: 5th-6th Roundlast_img read more

Stronger second half not enough for No. 14 Syracuse in 3-1 loss to No. 1 North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew As Syracuse tried to spark a comeback run in the fourth quarter, Olivia Graham corralled the ball after a North Carolina pass went out of bounds, yet took only two steps before UNC’s Erin Matson knocked the ball away. As UNC formulated another attack, SU head coach Ange Bradley took two steps forward and leaned on her toes, her pink sneakers touching the line, her impatience boiling over. “Move, Orange. Move,” Bradley shouted from the sideline. She crouched down to watch. Syracuse cleared that rush, but minutes later another sweep reached North Carolina’s Catherine Hayden on the left post behind SU’s defense, stick cocked back for a shot.This wasn’t the same Syracuse team that gave up 54 combined shots the last three games — wins against Duke and Cal, a loss against Stanford. For most of the UNC game, possessions stalled before goalkeeper Sarah Sinck was forced to dive for a save. Syracuse outshot the Tar Heels in the second half. Limited the nation’s most potent offense to seven shots. Even tallied a late fourth-quarter goal to inject life into a dormant offense.“We tried a lot of different things,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. And, for the most part, they worked.Hayden wasn’t the only Tar Heel in front of Sinck’s cage. Marissa Creatore joined her, and one-timed Hayden’s quick pass across the circle past Sinck. A two-goal deficit extended to three. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn a rainy Saturday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium, the Tar Heels showed why they’ve been the top-ranked program in the country for the last five weeks. They had the tighter press. The more consistent final pass to set up shots. The smoother ball movement to draw off midfielders and create attacking lanes. Despite a stronger second half, No. 14 Syracuse (8-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped its second-straight match, a 3-1 loss to No. 1 North Carolina (11-0, 4-0), and failed to earn its second win against a top-two opponent in as many weeks.“I think you can see that we played with them really well … and I mean doing that is something can really look forward with,” junior Carolin Hoffmann said.Entering Saturday, Syracuse was beginning to peak as its schedule flipped over the halfway point into October — “season three,” Bradley called it. Senior defender Claire Webb had been back for a month, Sinck had emerged as the starting goalie and Charlotte de Vries continued to produce goals at a rate not seen at Syracuse in recent years. An early-season loss to Cornell and tight nonconference games were becoming afterthoughts as the Orange continued to rise in the weekly rankings, reaching its highest point since Oct. 23 of last year. There were still questions, however. Still hanging thorns that would hurt the Orange in the long-run if not addressed: Why was a Webb-led backline giving up 28 shots? Who will score behind de Vries? Was the win over Duke a fluke? In the opening quarter against UNC, each of those questions surfaced. After holding the Tar Heels to one shot through the first 10 minutes, Matson and her 16 goals weaved between Webb and Tess Queen before jutting a pass up the left side. A quick touch from Creatore from left-to-right found Hayden wide open on the cage’s other side.From there, North Carolina tacked on another goal before halftime when Matson took a penalty corner set and jutted through a pack of Orange defenders, before finishing in the back corner. Those tallies sandwiched possession breakups by SJ Quigley and Graham, the corner defenders. Despite not tallying a shot in the second quarter, Syraucse entered halftime only down two.“I think the defense did well in sticking together and communicating,” Graham said.But the offensive spark that kickstarted past comebacks this season didn’t come until there were nine minutes left. de Vries handled the ball between three Tar Heel defenders before rifling her signature reverse hit that bounced off the post and in. After de Vries’ fourth-quarter goal, the Orange had began to operate with an increased urgency. Midfielders dragged balls at a quicker rate, and after balls entered the UNC circle, earning penalty corners became quests for SU. Better finishes will “keep coming,” Bradley said.With under five minutes left, de Vries saw an opening as Chiara Gutsche cut behind the Tar Heels defense. Gutsche stretched her stick out, but the ball sailed out of bounds. The pair dropped their heads and turned around. Already, North Carolina had begun another rush.Improvements after halftime couldn’t sway the game back into Syracuse’s hands, though. At one point, Cooke tried to draw a penalty corner while driving down the left endline, but ended up flipping a UNC player and earning a yellow card.Nearly 10 minutes after the post game handshake line concluded and SU finished its stretches, the Orange huddled one final time on the field. Heads dropped and feet kicked at the turf, similar to after a tight loss to then-No. 5 UVA on Sept. 20. Some SU players had their orange socks rolled down to shin-level. Others had thrown jackets on and stuffed hands in the pockets.They group of 22 split off and began to stuff sticks into equipment bags, swung them over shoulders and sauntered toward the awaiting families. Sinck and backup goalie Syd Taylor came first. Then, Hoffmann turned the corner with a group of others.The junior’s face was bright red and she weaved through traffic. “Good job, CJ,” a parent yelled out. Hoffmann turned slightly and squeaked a smile out. She knew that on Saturday, SU needed to do more than a “good job” to beat UNC. It had played well, with forwards executing in the few chances they had, with defenders limiting Tar Heel chances. But it still wasn’t enough.  Commentslast_img read more

Fourth stage of An Post Rás takes place today

first_imgToday’s 219-kilometres are an undulating trek to the Val Di Fassa. Today’s fourth stage of the An Post Rás takes the peloton from Bundoran to Buncrana.Dutch rider Dennis Bakker wears the leader’s yellow jersey for the near 152-kilometres through Donegal.Meanwhile after yesterday’s controversies, Tom Dumoulin’s Giro D’Italia lead is down to just 31-seconds ahead of today’s 17th stage.last_img

FOSLA, Excel Clash in NNPC/Shell Cup Final

first_imgFOSLA Academy, Abuja and Excel Education Centre Port Harcourt will today clash in the final of 2016 NNPC/Shell Cup competitions organised for all the 36 Secondary Schools in the Country.FOSLA defeated Asegun Comprehensive High School 3-0 in the first semifinal encounter in the match decided at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.In the second semifinal, Excel defeated Science School 4-0 in another entertaining encounter to qualify for today’s final. So much fireworks could be witnessed in this encounter because the two finalists won their respective semifinal game with high margins without conceding any goal.The External Relations Manager of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Igo Weli, has assured fans that this final will be special in many ways.The players are also aware that the best two players in the competition which will be chosen from the last four teams would be sponsored to Feyenoord Academy training in Holland.A member of the Feyenoord team and former Nigerian international, Mike Obiku, has expressed satisfaction on the standard exhibited by the young lads in the competition.“We have seen so much energy and talents here and we expect more in the final match on Thursday,” Obiku said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UEFA European U-19 Championship: 10-man England Beat Portugal To Win Tournament

first_imgEngland’s youth setup continued their impressive summer on Saturday evening after the u-19 team defeated Portugal 2-1 in the final of UEFA European Championship to win the tournament in Georgia.Aston Villa youngster Easah Suliman gave England the lead five minutes into the second half before Portugal drew level six minutes later following a bizarre own goal from Chelsea startlet Dujon Sterling. Mason Mount thereafter setup Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha for what turned out to be the winner. Keith Downing’s men finished the game with 10 men after Fulham’s Tayo Edun was sent off for two bookable offences in the dying moments of the game.It was third time lucky for England who had lost their last two finals with the team securing a first title in 24 years.It has been a summer of success for the youth teams of England with the latest triumph in Georgia the third title in just two months. England won the Toulon Tournament and the Under-20 World Cup in June. England also reached the semi-finals at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland last month.Relatedlast_img read more

Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell reportedly will decline Team USA training camp invite

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Harrell, 25, will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2019-20 season. Last season, he finished third in Sixth Man of the Year voting after averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.3 blocked shots while shooting 61.5 percent from the field in 82 regular-season games for the Clippers.He and Lou Williams (who won the Sixth Man award for the third time) combined to record the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history – 36.9 points per game – according to the Elias Sports Bureau.One of the NBA’s most prolific and creative sneakerheads, this summer Harrell also reportedly agreed to a shoe deal with AND1. In June, Clippers second-year guard Landry Shamet was among those invited to join a 10-man “select” team comprised of up-and-coming players at Team USA’s training camp.Harrell, who remains active during the offseason, playing in pro-ams throughout the country, also recently re-signed with the Klutch Sports Group, which helped him sign his first NBA contract with the Houston Rockets after they drafted the energetic forward/center 32nd overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img Add Montrezl Harrell’s name to the game of Team USA musical chairs happening this summer. The Clippers’ 6-foot-8 forward/center was invited to USA Basketball’s training camp roster for the World Cup, the organization announced Thursday, but according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Harrell isn’t inclined to accept the invitation to the camp, which opens Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.Harrell was among a list of six additional players who USA Basketball announced Thursday were confirmed to participate, along with Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Denver’s Mason Plumlee, New York’s Julius Randle, Boston’s Marcus Smart and Chicago’s Thaddeus Young.They received late invites because, despite USA Basketball’s dominance, established players such as Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, C.J. McCollum, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap and Tobias Harris all have withdrawn from this year’s FIBA World Cup, which runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China, not long before the first NBA preseason game Oct. 4.Those standouts joined a substantial collection of superstars who previously declined to participate, including new Clippers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, as well as the Lakers’ LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State’s Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Houston’s Russell Westbrook, Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving. Rookie sensation Zion Williamson reportedly said no, too. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Additional players who USA Basketball reported were expected to participate in the World Cup training camp: Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes; Detroit’s Andre Drummond; the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma; Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton; Toronto’s Kyle Lowry; Utah’s Donovan Mitchell; Boston’s Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum; Houston’s P.J. Tucker and Indiana’s Myles Turner.The 2018-20 national team coaching staff features San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, as well as Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright as assistants.Twelve players will make the final cut, with the roster expected to be announced Aug. 17.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more