Isiah Thomas’ Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice

first_img Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career.The Olympics. Inside the Soviet Union. During the Cold War.Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team — that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. But he could have been an Olympian 12 years earlier, had the Americans not boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games.Thomas, then a 19-year-old, would have been on that team. When the decision was made to boycott, he remembers crying.“You know how competitive I am and how I want to win in somebody else’s building, on somebody else’s turf and territory,” Thomas said. “Hey, that’s right up my alley. From a competitive standpoint, I was ready to go in 1980. I was definitely ready, and we all wanted to go and win and compete.”So, Thomas missed his chance at Olympic gold.History repeated itself, sort of, for Thomas in 1992. It was no secret that Thomas and Michael Jordan weren’t exactly the best of friends — Thomas was part of the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons, the team that battled Jordan and the Chicago Bulls for years. And it been largely believed for the better part of three decades that Jordan, at least on some level, played a role in keeping Thomas off the 1992 team.“The Dream Team, based on the environment and the camaraderie that happened on that team, it was the best harmony,” Jordan said in the ESPN-Netflix series “The Last Dance” that aired earlier this year. “Would Isiah have made a different feeling on that team? Yes.”Thomas was amused that so much was made of his relationship, or lack thereof, with Jordan during the documentary series. He played for the U.S. team that won gold at the 1979 Pan Am Games and felt he should have had some backing by decision-makers, whether that meant what was then called the U.S. Olympic Committee or USA Basketball in 1992.“I thought I had built up enough goodwill with the USOC and USA Basketball and what I had done in the Pan Am Games,” Thomas said. “And, I don’t know. I don’t know.”Larry Brown was one of the assistant coaches on the 1980 Olympic team that never made it to Moscow; it wound up making a six-city tour of the U.S. against an NBA All-Star team and the 1976 U.S. Olympic squad, going 5-1 in those games.Thomas would have been the second-youngest player on that team, just a couple months older than Rodney McCray. But Brown didn’t need any convincing that Thomas, then a guard for Bob Knight at Indiana, belonged.“He was phenomenal,” Brown said. “He wasn’t just good. He was phenomenal. You never know what would have happened at those Olympics, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Isiah was going to be a star.”Olympic gold is all that could be argued is missing from Thomas’ collection. He won an NCAA title at Indiana, two NBA titles with the Pistons, was the NBA Finals MVP in 1990 and went into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.These days, he’s a television analyst and his business portfolio is booming — highlighted by Cheurlin Champagne, which has partnerships with the Pistons, the Phoenix Suns and the National Basketball Players Association. He’s also invested in cannabis oil and CBD companies.As someone who grew up impoverished on the west side of Chicago, he’s not complaining about missed Olympic chances.“I’m not one that holds on to stuff,” Thomas said. “People are like, ‘Why do you smile all the time?’ Well … I’m happy. I mean, coming from where I came from, wouldn’t you be happy too?” COMMENT FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 12:35 IST Isiah Thomas’ Olympic Hopes Were Denied, Not Once But Twice Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career.center_img First Published: 13th August, 2020 12:35 IST LIVE TV Written By Associated Press Television News last_img read more

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Ilma Kazazic reached the quota for Performance in South Korea

first_imgA member of the ski club “Ilmer” from Sarajevo, Ilma Kazazic, made an incredible performance at the Super Cup Europe in the Swiss town Veysonaz. Kazazic, as the first competitor from Bosnia and Herzegovina, has reached the quota for participation in the Paralympic Games in South Korea.On this prestigious competition, that is reserved for the best in the discipline in giant slalom, Ilma managed to put down points to 235 and thus provide herself and Paralympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a safe path to the XII Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea in 2018.This young skier and freshman of information technology university in Mostar, completed the ski season 2016/17 with a great performance.(Source: NV)last_img read more

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Mulindwa eyes return at FUFA?

first_imgMulindwa has also had a troubled relationship with his successor Moses Magogo, his former right hand man at FUFA. Speculation of Mulindwa returning to FUFA started when he constructed a new stadium for his club Vipers FC.Share on: WhatsApp UOC president Blick (left), FUFA VP Mbidde (middle) and Magogo (right). PHOTO BY FUFAFormer Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Lawrence Mulindwa could be eyeing a return to the position he left in 2013.While at a graduation ceremony for his daughters held at the newly built St Mary’s Stadium Kitende, Mulindwa reacted to comments made by FUFA Vice President Dennis Mbidde who had labelled him a “leper” among other things on a social media post.“I willingly left but if such insane remarks continue uncontrolled, then I will be left with no option but return and show some of these people the class I am made of”, Mulindwa reportedly said.last_img read more

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Rugby Africa cancels 2020 season competitions

first_imgAlthough the official 2020 competition schedule has been cancelled, Rugby Africa says it will support cross-border matches or sub-regional tournaments organised by federations where possible in 2020. But, the medical teams will review such initiatives first to ensure that the health situation and government regulations permit rugby events being held.Rugby Africa Vice President Andrew Owor states that the cancellation was one of the most difficult decisions ever made but it also seems to be the most reasonable option given the current circumstances.“We clearly had plenty of reasons to resume the 2019-20 season but considering the exceptional situation, we must prioritize our community’s health first and foremost. By doing so, we remain true to our convictions. However, we still hope to be able to organize some matches this year,” Owor says.He adds that over the next few months, “we have a single mission: to do our utmost to help our communities to come back stronger and get local-level competition up and running as soon as possible. Given Africa’s size and diversity, a localized approach makes sense.”******URNShare on: WhatsApp Uganda rugby cranes. PHOTO via @Uganda_RugbyKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Rugby Africa, the administrative body for rugby union across Africa has cancelled all its competitions this year including the Rugby Africa Cup which was supposed to start last weekend. The other affected competitions include the U-20 Bathes Trophy, Rugby Africa Women’s Cup and the Rugby 7’s, among others.The decision is an outcome of consultative online meetings held over the last two months with federations and doctors concerning the health situation in a world paralyzed by COVID-19. Through the consultations, it emerged that the current bans on travel, public gatherings and sporting events across Africa mean it is unlikely competitions will start up again on the continent this year.The federations observed that not all African nations will lift restrictions at the same time or in the same way which would compromise some countries’ participation. The other reason for the cancellation was that potential quarantine requirements could require some players to spend much longer periods abroad.The Rugby Africa Medical Committee also highlights that the variable evolution of COVID-19 in different parts of Africa does not enable a clear picture of when the pandemic will peak in Africa and when the end will be in sight.Dr Elvis Tano, head of the Rugby Africa Medical Committee guided that the health and safety of players, fans, staff, partners and local communities remain the top priority of the organisation and added that, “There is still too much uncertainty what course the pandemic will take over the next few weeks to feel confident about resuming competitions.”There is a consensus among the Rugby Africa Executive Committee and its member federations to focus efforts on restarting local-level activities and competitions as soon as health conditions permit. The shared desire is to ensure grassroots rugby is relaunched and get national teams ready in an appropriate manner to restart continent-wide competitions in 2021 if possible.Rugby Africa is also strengthening support for federations and is considering where financial resources allow, the release of a one-off solidarity fund for rugby team activities and preparations.last_img read more

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Taylor, Vikings first out of gates at Big Sky tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsGranite Pointe’s Lauren Taylor didn’t shoot the greatest round but her Vikings still had a great day.Portland State rode the even-par round by Britney Yada to take a one-shot lead into day two of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship Monday at the at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, the defending Big Sky Champs, finished the day with a 303 score, one stroke in front of Northern Arizona and Montana.Yada has a one-stroke lead over three players on the individual leaderboard. She made two birdies and two bogeys, firing nine-hole totals of 37 and 35 to complete the day at even par.Ashli Helstrom and Lauren Howell of Montana, and Bethany Leclair of NAU are all one shot back at 73.Meanwhile, Taylor, 19, and teammate Tiffany Schoning are among a group tied for 21st. Both shot 79 on Monday.The L.V. Rogers Bomber golfing grad went out in seven-over par 43, but rallied to shoot an even 36 on the back nine. The players tee off for round two at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and the same time Wednesday for the final round of the 54-hole tournament played on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort layout.The winner of the tournament advances to an NCAA Regional on May 5-7, likely the West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2017) – Graded stakes winner Texas Ryano heads a very competitive field of 14 older males in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes for 4-year-olds and up going 1 ¼ miles over the turf course at Santa Anita Park.Trained by Carla Gaines and owned and bred in Kentucky by Warren B. Williamson, Texas Ryano comes off a Grade II win in the 1 ½ miles Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 25 earning the 6-year-old gelding by Curlin a 105 Beyer speed figure in the process.A third place finisher in the Grade II, 1 3/8 miles Del Mar (turf) Handicap on Aug. 20 and a second place finisher in the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles John Henry Turf Handicap on Oct. 2, Texas Ryano still managed 100 and 101 Beyer speed figures respectively, even in defeat.In 18 lifetime starts, Texas Ryano has a record of 5-3-3 demonstrating a 61% “in the money” percentage and has amassed earnings of $438,355.Most recently a winner of the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles San Gabriel Stakes, originally slated to be run on the grass but moved to the main track due to weather, Blue Tone will try turf for the first time on Saturday in his fourth consecutive added money attempt.Trained by Bob Hess, Jr. and owned by Beverly Engelberg, Schroeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone is an 8-year-old gelding by Birdstone. He is 25-7-4-3 overall with lifetime earnings of $558,870. A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 119Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 121Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 119Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 121Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 124Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 119Gustnado, Rafael Bejarano, 119Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 119Conquest Daddyo, Luis Contreras, 119Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 121Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 119Hi Happy, Altair Domingos, 119Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 119Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 124 First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For events, table reservations, scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit www.santaanita.comcenter_img THE GRADE II SAN MARCOS STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 9 of 9 – Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PSTlast_img read more

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10 months agoWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah row

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah rowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk stepped in to end the halftime row between teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal defender Sokratis during Sunday’s 5-1 rout.The Reds centre-back and Gunners defender had to be separated as tempers flared, but the situation was quickly brought under control.Moments before the spat Sokratis could be seen walking off the pitch alongside Mohamed Salah, who netted Liverpool’s fourth goal from the penalty spot.It seems the Greek defender was angry Salah went down a little too easily in the penalty area and wanted last season’s Golden Boot winner to know all about it.Seeing Sokratis shouting at Salah, Van Dijk responded by running over to the Arsenal man and squaring up to him.Sokratis was picking on Mo Salah again for the penalty.Guess who promptly puts a lid on it? #LIVARS#LFC#VanDijkpic.twitter.com/9jU2XkQfML— Léon (@srijandeep) December 29, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoWOMEN’S CONTINENTAL CUP: Man City brush aside Brighton for semi-final berth

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say WOMEN’S CONTINENTAL CUP: Man City brush aside Brighton for semi-final berthby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City easily reached the Continental Cup last four with a 7-1 success over visitor’s BrightonCity finished top of their group and were rewarded with a home draw in the quarter finals of the Continental Cup against Brighton at the Academy Stadium. Their October meeting in the league at Brighton saw City record a comprehensive 6-0 win and they went into this game favourites despite a recent disappointing draw at Bristol City whilst Brighton impressively defeated Liverpool away.A low key first half saw City take an early lead then concede an immediate equaliser before reasserting their authority and going ahead again and dominating the remainder of the half without really threatening the Seagulls goal.In fact the only issue was whether the game would continue as the fog began to settle making visibility across the pitch very difficult.Nikita Parris scored her 50th City goal with a delightful chip after only 6 minutes only for keeper Karen Bardsley to bundle over Ini Umotong moments later and Danielle Buet converted the penalty to level the scores for Hope Powell’s team.City regained the lead midway through the half after Brighton failed to clear and Lauren Hemp pounced with a scuffed effort which squirmed under keeper Sophie Harris.The hosts gave themselves a two goal cushion after a period of sustained second half pressure when Caroline Weir found the back of the net with a fine long range strike.The Seagulls rarely looked like getting back into the game as City played controlled possession football to see off the opposition with Hemp getting her second of the night with five minutes remaining and three more late goals followed, Claire Emslie, substitute Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie.Full Time Man City: 7 (Parris 6, Hemp 21,85, Weir 59, Emslie 87, Stanway 89,Beckie 90)Brighton: 1(Buet pen 19)Att: 786 Venue: Academy Stadium last_img read more

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LSU Releases Awesome “Saturday Night In Death Valley” Hype Video

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU’s Tiger Stadium, colloquially known as “Death Valley” is one of the most intimidating places to play in all of college football. It’s game day environment is outstanding, and the noise inside of it can best be described as deafening.Perhaps that’s why this hype video LSU released is so awesome. It’s called “Saturday Night in Death Valley” and it’s sure to bring out goosebumps on hardcore fans of the purple and gold.[ Saturday Down South ]last_img read more

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