Stern to step down in 2014
National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner David Stern will stand down from his role in February 2014, after 30 years at the helm, the league said on Thursday. Glen Taylor, chairman of the NBA’s board of governors, told a news conference the board had authorized negotiations with NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver to succeed Stern, who is the league’s longest-serving commissioner. Stern, 70, has presided over a period of expansion and growth for the NBA, both domestically and internationally, and last year concluded a new collective bargaining agreement with players after a five-month lockout. “I feel great, I am enjoying my job, but I am looking forward to doing other things. I’m standing down, not retiring. I told them that it’s been a great run, it will continue for another 15 months, that the league is in terrific condition,” Stern said during a news conference in New York. Stern’s departure date will mark the 30th anniversary of his takeover as commissioner from Larry O’Brien.
Farah eyes different double
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah could attempt a 10,000m-marathon double at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, his coach Alberto Salazar said. Farah thrilled a home crowd at the London Games in August when he became only the seventh man to complete the 5,000m-10,000m Olympic double. Salazar told BCC Sport that Farah, who will be 33 in four years’ time, could have lost a “little speed” over the 5,000m by then. “My guess is he will do a 10-marathon double. At Rio, that would be a good shot. We will have a look at the schedule, but if the 10 is first, he would go 10,000 and marathon,” Salazar said. Farah is to attempt to replicate his Olympic double at next year’s world championships in Moscow and could then make his marathon debut in the 2014 London race. However, Salazar added that there was no guarantee that Farah would move up to the marathon.