D’Antoni to miss Worlds
Mike D’Antoni will not serve as an assistant coach for the US team at the World Basketball Championships because of back problems. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced on Tuesday that NBA Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano will replace D’Antoni on the staff of US coach Mike Krzyzewski for the global showdown between Aug. 28 and Sept. 12 in Turkey. “My back has been something I have been periodically dealing with and after the July Las Vegas training camp, I realized I need to get it better so I can be ready for the approaching NBA season,” said D’Antoni, coach of the New York Knicks. “I regret not being able to be with the team through the World Championship, I wish them the best of luck.” D’Antoni will work with the US squad during their seven-day training camp that starts on Tuesday in New York. Triano will join the team in New York and take D’Antoni’s spot for exhibitions in Spain, Greece and Turkey.
Joint bid for Texas planned
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Houston businessman Jim Crane plan to join together to bid for control of the Texas Rangers baseball team in an auction for the team in a US bankruptcy Court, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. No other details about the bid by Cuban and Crane were immediately known. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Fox Sports Networks, a division of News Corp, said that Fox would not be submitting a bid. “There will be no additional comment at this time,” the spokesperson said. The Rangers, currently fighting for a playoff spot, filed for bankruptcy protection in May in what was considered a procedural move to close a US$570 million sale backed by the league to a group led by former All-Star pitcher and current team president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg. The Rangers’ problems began long before that, however, when creditors declared owner Hicks Sports Group in default on US$525 million in loans in April last year. Those creditors, led by distressed debt investor Monarch Alternative Capital LP, have said the Ryan-Greenberg offer was not the highest and the deal did not give them enough money.
Youkilis injures his thumb
The Boston Red Sox’s injury woes deepened after first baseman Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his right thumb, the team reported on its Web site on Tuesday. Youkilis suffered the injury during an at-bat on Monday and a scan revealed the extent of the damage. His progress over the next few days will determine whether he will require surgery that could end his season. The team’s most consistent player, Youkilis is hitting .307 this season. Youkilis’ problem is the latest in a rash of injuries that have hit the Red Sox.
Guillen explains comments
Ozzie Guillen says his comments about Latino baseball players have been taken out of context. The outspoken manager of the White Sox said over the weekend that Asian players are given privileges in the US that Latinos are not afforded. He said he’s the “only one” in baseball teaching young players from Latin America to stay away from performance-enhancing drugs and that Major League Baseball doesn’t care about that. The White Sox said Guillen was wrong and in Detroit on Tuesday, Guillen said he didn’t mean to criticize Major League Baseball or his team. He said he was trying to explain how hard it is for Latino players to play in the US.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
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