Silver defends NBA employees’ right to free speech as China cancels broadcasts

The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, is scrambling to appease sponsors and broadcasters in China while still preserving the leagues progressive image The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Moreys since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after Chinas state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking on Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are apologetic that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Moreys tweet but insisted that the executive …

Manchester United to meet Facebook over Paul Pogba racist abuse

Manchester United will meet Facebook after Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were subject to racist abuse on social media after missing penalties Manchester United are to meet representatives of Facebook following the online racial abuse of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. The attacks on the players came via Twitter after penalty misses, Saturdays defeat by Crystal Palace. United were already due to meet Twitter and have now decided discussions with Facebook are required because of the trend of online racism aimed at players. The club recognise the problem is less pronounced on Facebook but are determined to be as proactive as possible. Ole Gunnar Solskjr said he was lost for words after the abuse of Rashford. Pogba himself has vowed …

Tottenham agree 55m fee with Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign Giovani Lo Celso for 60m and also hope a deal for Fulhams Ryan Sessegnon can be completed before Thursdays deadline Tottenham have reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign Giovani Lo Celso for a club record-equalling 60m (55.3m) while Mauricio Pochettino is also hoping a deal for Fulhams Ryan Sessegnon can be completed before Thursdays transfer deadline. On a busy penultimate day of the transfer window Spurs finally struck a deal for the Argentina midfielder Lo Celso after failing with attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, although last month to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs but it is believed Pochettino would prefer to allow Sessegnon …

The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an idea to host an 18-game season but limit the number of individual games each player can play to 16. Yes. You read that right. The league wants to hold a competitive, multi-billion-dollar competition that would see its best, most marketable …

Andy Murray and brother Jamie advance to quarter-finals at Citi Open

Andy Murray and brother Jamie battled past French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Citi Open in Washington Andy Murray and brother Jamie battled past French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Citi Open in Washington. The former world No 1 has so far been restricted to doubles action since returning to the game following his hip resurfacing operation in January, and played in the mixed event alongside Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Murray, who has

Premier League 201920 preview No 6: Chelsea

Frank Lampards arrival is a popular move with fans but he cannot make any new signings and Eden Hazard leaves an enormous gap Guardian writers predicted position: 4th (NB: this is not necessarily Jacob Steinbergs prediction but the average of our writers tips) Last seasons position: 3rd Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 33-1 As a player Frank Lampard became a European champion, scored the goals that ended Chelseas 50-year wait for a league title and went to training with the sole intention of bettering himself every day. A relentlessly hard worker, he has thrown himself into management with a zeal that set him apart during his playing career and has earned a reputation for playing attractive football and …

Rafael Nadal riled by Nick Kyrgios but sees him off despite underarm ace

Rafael Nadal emerged victorious against Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 but the bad feeling between the two showed no signs of easing in a spicy second-round Wimbledon contest Nick Kyrgios discovered on Thursday evening that you provoke a champion at your peril as Rafael Nadal husbanded his controlled fury over four engrossing sets to grind down an opponent who had taunted him beforehand as a bad loser and whose tongue later let him down like rarely before. In a staggering admission, Kyrgios said he deliberately hit a ball at Nadal in the third set. He did not apologise at the time and it did little but lift the fuming Spaniard as he drove on to complete a 6-3, 3-6, …

Megan Rapinoe refuses to back down over Donald Trump and White House

Megan Rapinoe has urged her USA teammates to think hard about associating themselves with Donald Trump, saying his administration doesnt fight for the same things we fight for Megan Rapinoe has urged her USA teammates to think hard about associating themselves with Donald Trump. The 33-year-old found herself embroiled in a row with Trump after footage shot earlier this year emerged showing her saying: Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Scotland crash out of Womens World Cup after dramatic Argentina comeback

Scotland drew 3-3 with Argentina and have crashed out of the Womens World Cup despite having a three-goal lead in the second half Scotland crashed out of the World Cup in dramatic style after throwing away a three-goal lead against Argentina. They looked to be cruising to victory until a five-minute capitulation saw Milagros Menndez score and goalkeeper Lee Alexander deflect the ball into her own net to put Shelley Kerrs side on the brink of disaster. In added time Florencia Bonsegundo pushed Scotland over the edge from the spot. Alexander thought she had saved Scotland with a fine stop but the penalty was ordered to be retaken after intervention by the VAR. Bonsegundo made sure with her second effort …

Former baseball star David Ortiz wounded in Dominican Republic shooting

Former Boston Red Sox slugger was at an entertainment centre when the shooting took place Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz has been shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic. His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday. They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical centre, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred, Leo Ortiz said, adding: At the moment, everything is confusing. Dominican national police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50pm on Sunday when the …