Nash named Canada GM
Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns was named general manager of Canada’s national basketball team on Tuesday. Nash, who is Canada’s biggest basketball star, will guide the Canada team as they attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. His appointment comes as a surprise because Nash still plays in the NBA for the Suns. The 15-year NBA veteran will become a free agent this summer. He helped Canada finish seventh at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, a team coach by former Canada Olympian Jay Triano.
Argentine player dropped
The Argentine player filmed training on the Falkland Islands in a controversial video that caused a furor in Britain last week was dropped from Argentina’s final Olympic Games warmup event. Fernando Zylberberg, a 34-year-old midfielder who has captained Argentina, was not included in the 18-man squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia posted on the Argentine Hockey Confederation Web site. The other teams participating in the six-nation tournament from May 24 to June 4 are the hosts, India, Pakistan, South Korea, New Zealand and Britain. A veteran of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, Zylberberg was in the Argentina side that qualified for London as Pan-American champions last year and his absence in Malaysia does not mean he is definitely discarded for the July 27-Aug. 12 Games. The Argentine state-supported television advertisement aired in the run-up to the London Games and featuring Zylberberg was branded by Britain as “tasteless and insulting.”
N Korea to make debut
North Korea will make their debut in the Olympics for the disabled when they take part in this summer’s Paralympics in London, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said yesterday. Chosun Sinbo, a Japan-based paper that reflects Pyongyang’s thinking, said the North were stepping up preparations for the Paralympics, which will take place from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, two weeks after the Olympics close. Athletes and coaches left for Beijing on May 3 to take part in joint training with Chinese counterparts until early next month, the newspaper said on its Web site. The North will field disabled athletes in various sports including table tennis, swimming and athletics, it said. North Korea joined the International Paralympics Committee in March, an official of South Korea’s Korea Sports Association for the Disabled said. The North said in January they would compete in at least seven events in the main Olympics — women’s soccer, weightlifting, the marathon, wrestling, table tennis, archery and shooting. A sports official said at the time it could also send contestants in sports such as boxing, judo and diving.
Street named after Federer
Roger Federer has had his name on the trophy and now he has it on a street sign as well. The town of Halle in western Germany hosts the Gerry Weber Open, a grass-court tournament that serves as a Wimbledon warmup. Federer has won at Halle five times and has a “lifetime contract” with the tournament — if the Swiss great plays a pre-Wimbledon event, then it is the one in Halle. Since the start of this month, a street leading to the stadium, known as Weststrasse, has been called the Roger-Federer-Allee. Tournament officials released a letter from the third-ranked Swiss star in which he said he is “extremely humbled and honored” by the gesture, calling it an “amazing honor.”