Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson criticized Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday for “arrogant” remarks about departing superstar LeBron James. \nJackson blasted Gilbert over comments calling James “cowardly,” made after James announced he would leave Cleveland — where he has played all seven of his NBA seasons — for the Miami Heat. \n“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Jackson said in a statement from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality.” \n“He sees LeBron as a runaway slave,” Jackson said. “This is an owner-employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.” \nJackson said Gilbert’s comments were an attack on all NBA players that should be challenged by the league and the players’ union. \nJames, the biggest star in this year’s star-studded crop of NBA free agents, announced on Thursday last week that he would leave Cleveland to play in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade, who opted to stay with the Heat, and Chris Bosh, formerly of Toronto. \nHis decision, breathlessly awaited by fans and several teams across the country, was a huge blow to long-suffering Cleveland sports fans. His decision to announce the move on a one-hour special on cable sports channel ESPN was criticized by some as egotistical. \nMaybe so, but the Nielsen Company estimated that 9.95 million people watched the program dubbed by ESPN The Decision. \nThat made it the third-most watched program on cable television this year, although the ratings paled in comparison to the 28 million people that Nielsen estimates watched Game 7 of the NBA finals, in which Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston for their second straight league title.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017