Wizards go retro
Adopting a retro-style look from their glory days in the 1970s when they were nicknamed the Bullets, the NBA’s Washington Wizards revealed their new uniforms, colors and logo on Tuesday. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, who took over the club last year, said fans told him they wanted the older look, so he ditched the blue and gold coloring and a logo featuring a wizard holding a basketball. Instead, the Wizards will have a red, white and blue color scheme and lettering with the nickname similar to that used by the Bullets, a nickname that was dropped in favor of “Wizards” by former owner Abe Pollin in 1997. “They will look even better when we’re a really, really good team,” Leonsis said. The Wizards struggled to a 23-59 record last season, brightened only by the performance of top overall draft pick John Wall.
Haye, Klitschko trade barbs
David Haye couldn’t resist directing a few more insults at Wladimir Klitschko ahead of their title unification fight, saying the Ukrainian was “killing” the heavyweight division. The two boxers are set to meet in Hamburg on July 2 and Tuesday saw them promoting the fight in Haye’s home town of London, a day after a similar press conference in Germany. WBA champion Haye promised to knock out Klitschko, the holder of the IBF, IBO and WBO titles, insisting his opponent had done much to lower the prestige of what was once boxing showpiece’s division. “I’m really happy the fight has finally been signed and I’m happy I’ve got my man,” Haye said in a press conference televised by Sky Sports. “You are going to see a unified heavyweight champion. I believe Wladimir Klitschko is solely responsible for killing the heavyweight division … The average boxing fan has turned off to it. Finally they have come back to it for this particular fight, and that’s because of me — my speed, my athleticism and what I do inside the ring.” However, Klitschko hit back by saying: “I saw the Hayemaker magazine, and I opened it — [it was about] me, me and more me. With this magazine, you could change the H to a G, it would be funnier and better for sales,” Klitschko said.
Forman, Riley share award
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman and Miami Heat president Pat Riley, whose teams are on a playoff collision course, were named on Tuesday as co-winners of the NBA Executive of the Year award. Each received 11 of 30 possible votes from a panel of fellow NBA club executives, marking the first time since the award was created in 1973 that it was given to more than one person.
Stanford to stand trial
Financier and cricket mogul Allen Stanford has been scheduled to stand trial in September for an alleged US$7 billion Ponzi scheme, court records showed on Tuesday. Stanford was sent to a US prison hospital for drug addiction treatment in February after a judge ruled he was temporarily unfit to stand trial. Government psychiatrists and Stanford’s legal team testified that he was suffering from bouts of delirium linked to his dependency on powerful anti-anxiety medication. The flamboyant Texan has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen counts of fraud, money laundering and obstruction. He faces up to life in prison if convicted. The trial is set to begin on Sept. 12. Stanford created the Stanford Super Series Twenty20 cricket competition, appalling many in the cricket world by challenging the sacrosanct traditional cricket establishment.