Arsenal to play MLS All-Stars NEW YORK (AP): Arsenal will play Major League Soccer’s All-Stars on July 28 at San Jose, California. The Gunners also said yesterday they will play Mexico’s Chivas of Guadalajara three days later at Carson, California, as part of the two-game US tour. Previous clubs to play the MLS All-Stars include Chelsea (2006 and ’12), Everton (2009), Manchester United (2010 and ’11), Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham (2015). Arsenal visited the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2014. Manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement his team enjoys “tremendous support across America” and looks forward to “giving our US. fans the chance to see the team play live”. San Jose also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2001. Sunderland fire Adam Johnson SUNDERLAND, England (AP): Sunderland have fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial. Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child. Sunderland dismissed Johnson ahead of his trial, resuming today at Bradford Crown Court. In a statement, Sunderland announced yesterday that “in light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.” The former Manchester City player joined Sunderland in 2012 for US$14.5 million. Payet signs new West Ham contract LONDON (AP): West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has agreed a contract which will keep him at the club until 2021. The Premier League club announced the deal yesterday which comes eight months after the Frenchman moved to England from French side Marseille. He has scored six goals in 18 Premier League games with West Ham in sixth place. Payet has played 15 times for France and could be in contention for the national squad at this year’s European Championship, which is being held in his native country.
Alia Atkinson was the fastest in the world in the 100-metre breaststroke for 2015. At the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Dubai on November 6, the iconic Jamaican swimmer produced 1:05.93s to win gold.Not only was it the fastest time in the world for 2015, it was one of the fastest times in history and a new National Record.As she continues her preparation for the Olympics in Rio 2016 where she intends to win her first Olympic medal, Atkinson knows she has to be faster than ever to have a shot at that elusive medal.This past summer, Atkinson became the first Jamaican ever to win medals at the Long Course World Championships in Kazan, Russia, where she won two medals. Already, she has an idea of what it will take to win an Olympic medal.PLENTY COMPETITION”There is a number in my head, but in swimming, there is always a youngster that will just pop up, so I have a time, but there are also eight or nine people who can get that time to win a medal, so probably a low 1:05,” she said.The world record in the event is 1:04.35, set by her arch-rival, Ruta Meilutyte, in 2013.The reason behind Atkinson’s burgeoning confidence can be linked to her success in the pool since London 2012, when she finished fourth. In December 2014, she became the first black woman to win a World title at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Doha. She won the 100m breaststroke in a World Record 1:02:36 ahead of Meilutyte 1:02.46. Since then, she has set several national records and taken on and beaten the world’s best in the FINA World Cup series, establishing herself as an elite swimmer.Along the way, she has become a lot more confident.”That Alia was still lacking in confidence. She was shocked every time she made it into finals, and she felt like this was fine. The Alia now is like, ‘You’ve made it to the finals. This was my plan, so now let’s make it onto the podium.’ The difference now is that I have the confidence, and I know I can do it.”She revealed that when she set the world-best time in Dubai, she didn’t feel as if she was close to her limit.”I felt like the 1:05.93 wasn’t everything that I had. I still feel like I could produce a faster time right now. So if I think I can produce a faster time with more training and tapering down again, I should be able to get a little bit faster to 1:05 low, or, hopefully, even 1:04,” she said. “But for me, it’s confidence, because I have to have the confidence to go out fast and know that I can come back fast.”
Just as it was for the previous voting exercise, Foster’s Fairplay is in opposition to the thought of the local body casting their ballot elsewhere. It is just not right. If Cameron cannot count on endorsement by his own, will not any attempt to address the woes of the region’s cricket be fraught with foreseeable problems? Even if the financial affairs executive is able to surmount this challenge, will he not be haunted throughout his shift by the recollection that he was virtually red-carded by his homeboys? To be successful in his renewed vigil, they need to be beside in allegiance. This columnist urges a re-think by Heaven and his people. The game is as fragile in its present state as one can ever want it to be. It cannot afford this negative distraction which is a breaking in ranks. There will always be disagreements on one issue or another. That is normal in matters of this nature. A sit-down discussion to iron out the creases is what is required. Emerging from that, there should be a united force ready and willing to move West Indies cricket to the upper floor. What is happening now, save for some top-level limited-over results, is far from being satisfying. Even those advances, in the light of more recent happenings, seem to be suffering from dilution or downgrade. The ultimate cause and priority must be the upliftment of the image of West Indies cricket. The best way to fight for it must be with a unified team. For feedback: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Brighter days Support needed Enter the woman affectionately called ‘Babsy’ in and external to the sporting arena. With contributions from her affiliate body, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), in the sum of $750,000, and a cheque for $2.2m from the ministry, suddenly, the dark side of blind cricket became bright. The team would be on its way at the appointed time. Bravo, Babsy! All that said, and for sheer balance, before taking leave of the topic, a point ought to be made. Any praise or recognition for the current minister should not be taken as in any way, sidelining or worse, disrespecting the previous regime. The predecessor, Natalie Neita-Headley, now the sports’ representative on the Opposition Sportspersons Council, did run a good supporting leg during the period that she held the baton. In furtherance of Foster’s Fairplay’s promise to focus more stridently on cricket, a less healthy position is now highlighted. When it could be thought that lessons were learnt from a similar imbroglio last year, here comes another below-the-belt blow by the JCA. With the president of the newly named, Cricket West Indies, Jamaican, Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, seeking a third term, there is a likelihood of obstruction from the Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven-led JCA. It has been reported that talks are being held along the lines of not supporting that ambitious bid for the top post. Foster’s Fairplay has always deemed the government Minister with responsible for Sports, Olivia Grange, to be the ideal fit for that aspect of her portfolio. Her groundings and those whom she assembles in her support speak to nothing less. Recent reports as to her spontaneous effort to assist cricket for the visually challenged serve to accentuate that view. There is nothing fashionable about cricket for the handicapped. In fact, it is more of a where do they think they are going? situation. As such, whatever goodwill that is held for the sport that has fallen from grace tends to go to the sighted. The fact that, until now, the version that is now being given a most welcome boost, is not recognised or by extension, supported by the regional body, emphasises that point. For those who came in late on this story, a West Indies team in which there are nine Jamaicans was selected to depart for the T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind in India. Then comes the plea for financial assistance, as the funds needed to give life to the effort were short by approximately $3 million. As reported, the shortfall existed despite an input of $700,000 from the coffers of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer Fast bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel combined to share six wickets, however, at tea on the fourth day of the first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test between the West Indies and Pakistan, it is the latter who holds the upper hand. Resuming the day on 201 for four and needing another 86 runs to overhaul the West Indies first innings score of 286, Pakistan were dismissed for 407 on the stroke of the interval for a lead of 121 runs. Bowling with impressive speed and at good lengths for the most part, Joseph and Gabriel claimed three for 71 and three for 92, respectively. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo ended with one for 106, and part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, one for 37, and all-rounder Jason Holder, one for 65. Pakistan captain, Misbah-UL-Haq, who during the day passed 5,000 runs to become his country’s seventh all-time top runs scorer, was left unbeaten on 99. This was after he was dropped twice. He was largely supported by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who hit 54, while Misbah’s overnight partner, Asad Shafiq, who resumed on five, went on to score 22.
NO RIGHT MEDDLING WITH THE GAME The 2017 Senior Cup cricket season is again upon us, but despite the talk of the need to improve the game, to start the competition earlier, to play more cricket, and, hopefully, to get better cricket, it is the same old story. It is the same teams, the same number of teams, including weak teams, and a few matches for the season. There is only one thing new, and that one thing is that there will be no “trial” matches. There is also the problem of a late withdrawal of two teams in protest against what the protesters claim is a breach of promise. There is talk of a new look to the season, and that there will be no more “trial” matches at the end of the season, and that the teams will be placed in groups at the end of the Senior Cup “season”, if one can call it that, to play a super competition, from which the national team will be selected. And again, all this, regardless of the little money coming in, is old shop. It has been tried before, and it is nothing but another spin on things. It is also nothing but another useless attempt to market the game. It has nothing to do with development. CLUB/PARISH SYSTEM NEEDED It is similar to the attempts by previous administrators to meddle with the game by interfering with the orderly and its peaceful running by introducing things such as the “bowl off” of years ago when there was no winner in a game, the idea of the winners during the preliminary round of the competition going through to the semi-final some time ago, the last team dropping out, and the other six playing off for the three places to meet the preliminary-round winners in the semi-finals. I remember that Melbourne, which figured they could never finish last, allowed a couple of their players to go to the United States to play a few games, finished in the middle of the table, and when the players returned home, went on to win the Senior Cup. I remember also that once there was bonus points, and on one occasion when one team defeated another by an innings and runs early on the second day of play, they got less points than another team which won their match by a few runs late on that same second day. First off, the “trial” matches have always been a waste of time. After playing a “full” season of competitive club matches, as they were in the old days, in different conditions and pitches, “trial” matches were nothing but glorified practice sessions, especially whenever “sure”-pick players tried to get their friends into the team. The “trial” matches should have been gone a long, long time ago, and especially when Jamaica’s cricket, as one competition, became islandwide in 1990. The grouping of the clubs and parishes into teams has also been tried before, certainly in the forms of Kingston East and Kingston West, South Zone, Mid Island, and West Zone. Thank God, those are behind us. Those teams have no common ground, nowhere to meet and to train, and after a while, they usually turn up short of a player or two. Clubs are the salvation of sports; they are the life of cricket. It has been so for a long time, and it will remain so for some time. Clubs and communities, like states and provinces, are the welfare of sports generally and cricket particularly. And it is so because people feel they are a part of a club or a community, just as they feel they are a part of a country. Put the clubs together, give them a name, any name, and you get nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean nothing worthwhile. They further state that the JCA had no right in calling a meeting, listening to the meeting, and then when the meeting gave its take on how the competition should be run, the JCA went and did its own thing without even communicating with its members. The JCA claims that the special extraordinary meeting, was not really a special extraordinary general meeting but a meeting, at which there were no minutes, called to get the members opinions on how to proceed with the competition, and that this was relayed to them when they (the JCA) heard of the protest. The people involved claim that except for one terse “one-line” letter, they received no communication on the matter before the fixtures were released. It is difficult to say who is telling the truth, but one thing should be clear: if the JCA did call a meeting on the issue, any meeting involving its members, and if the meeting did decide on the way forward, the JCA had no right to ignore their wishes, or their decision, at least, not without calling another meeting. In an organisation like the cricket association, an organisation of members (or affiliates), the membership has the last say. That is democracy. What Jamaica needs is a club/parish system, and a system with a limited number of clubs, because of its size, but with participation open to all cricketers good enough to be developed into good cricketers to entertain the population and to properly represent the country. It does not need a “franchise”-style system, especially when the quality of play is so weak that nobody will sponsor it and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), with hardly any money, will have to underwrite it. The bad start to the competition saw St Thomas and Kensington pulling out in protest, and their protest follow a grouse with the way the competition is being played this time around. Importantly, however, they also claim that the JCA held a special extraordinary general meeting with the representatives of the clubs and parishes on January 27 last year, a meeting at which the representatives agreed that a new competition was necessary, that the competition would be a two-tier system involving the present 23 clubs and parishes, and that the competition would start later that year. They also stated that the clubs later got a letter from the JCA saying that the competition was put off until 2017 as the clubs said they were not prepared for the change. The idea was that the top-eight teams would play in the top tier and the others in the bottom tier in a promotion and relegation system, system which, however, was tried in the 1990s. It is also a system, or one near to it, that members of the cricket association have been talking about for a long time, but due to the fear of some clubs/parishes that they would not be included in the shake-up, and, probably, fearful of losing their support, because of that, the JCA has been marking time. Those protesting the state of things claim that on March 4 last year, the JCA wrote and informed the clubs of the change in the competition.
“I think it was a learning experience for him,” Reyes said of Standhardinger, whom he ordered back to the locker room – in full view of the fans – with 4:55 left on Thursday night against Iraq. “He had to learn things the hard way.“But,” he repeated. “It’s no big deal. We’re not even making a fuzz out of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Reyes was willing to lose the game against Iraq after Cruz and Standhardinger were caught by game officials giving out cheap shots in obvious retaliation to physical plays earlier in the game.The firebrand coach recalled both to the bench and never put them back in. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur TAIPEI – The Gilas Pilipinas locker room was as normal as it could be early on Friday afternoon, as Carl Cruz and Christian Standhardinger apologized for their physical plays the game before and coach Chot Reyes dismissing everything as “no big deal.”“It’s no big deal for us,” Reyes said a few minutes before giving Gilas Pilipinas final instructions for a critical Jones Cup Invitational clash with Atletas All Stars Lithuania at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Durham tells Meralco teammates: Remember the pain of losing to Ginebra “I don’t like the extra stuff that my other guys did that’s why I took them out of the game,” Reyes had said on Thursday after an 84-75 win. “There’s a fine line between being tough and being downright dirty and that’s not us.“That’s not Gilas basketball,” he said.Cruz owned up to starting it all when he planted a forearm at the back of the head of Navid Khajehzadeh after biting into the 7-foot center’s fake under the basket.The hit left Khajehzadeh on the floor for a while as referees tried to separate members of both teams for entangling further.Standhardinger, after several plays, then gave out a cheap shot on Dhulfiqar Al-hchaimi while both teams were going back to their respective benches for a TV timeout. He was whistled for a second deliberate foul resulting in his ejection.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zulpikar Maimaitiali, right, during their fight for the double title in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)NEW DELHI — Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his fight on Saturday and then offered to give his Chinese opponent’s belt back in a gesture of peace between the two rival nations.The fight against China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali went all 10 rounds with Singh the winner in a unanimous verdict — 96-93, 95-94, 95-94.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Told to quit, Benedicto finishes race despite adversities 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas The countries have been involved in a lingering dispute over a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison PLAY LIST 01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:57Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Singh successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and also took his opponent’s WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.Singh hugged top Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities among fans at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai, the country’s financial and entertainment capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Singh then came back into the ring, took the microphone and said: “I don’t want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar.”He added: “I don’t want tension on the border. It’s a message of peace. That’s important.” MOST READ
Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground Senegal’s supporters drum during an AfroBasket match between Senegal against South Africa at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)DAKAR, Senegal — The African basketball championship may lack star power — even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ McGrady, Lobo, Self and McGraw headline Hall of Fame class LATEST STORIES Tunisia won in 2011 but will play without Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, who said that the Mavericks preferred he rest a sore knee. Tunisia hosts the knockout phase after this weekend’s flurry of games in Dakar and Rades. AfroBasket also provides a qualification path to FIBA’s world championship in 2019 and the 2020 Olympics.Top players sometimes opt out because of scheduling conflicts and, especially, their national federations’ unwillingness to pay for insurance. Other NBA players not coming are Cameroonians Joel Embiid, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Pascal Siakam, as well as Congo’s Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay.The delayed tournament also makes it hard for Africans in American schools. Angolan Bruno Fernando, identified by FIBA as Bruno “Fernandes,” has begun his freshman year at the University of Maryland.Still, NBA and other scouts are expected, so players like 25-year-old Ndour, now a free agent, can help themselves as they help their teams. Carlos Morais of Angola was invited to the Raptors’ training camp after earning MVP honors at the 2013 African championship.Silvio De Sousa, who has committed to Kansas for 2018, is suiting up for Angola.Joe Lopez, president of the SEED Academy, said many participants play professionally, “but you have two or three that will be discovered.” He pointed to SEED student Privat Koyamba, 19, of Central African Republic.“This will be for him a golden opportunity to showcase his talent,” said Lopez, who was the starting center on Senegal’s victorious team in 1978.SEED is an international NGO in Senegal that trains promising young players with a goal to build future leaders.Reggie Moore, born and raised in California and a naturalized Angolan, said AfroBasket play is “very physical” but he wasn’t worried about the lack of air conditioning.“It’s not a big deal. We’re used to it,” said Moore, a 6-foot-7 power forward and Oral Roberts University alum. International basketball federation FIBA turned to Senegal and Tunisia as emergency co-hosts of this men’s championship just two months ago because Republic of Congo backed out, as did replacement host Angola. The 16-team tournament was pushed back to September, too close to training camps for many Africans who play in the NBA.Tunisia hosted in August 2015, two months after 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack at a beach resort. As a precaution, games were moved to Rades, outside the capital Tunis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe tournament still carries on, as it has done since 1962.“They always end up finding a way, and it always ends up being a great tournament, so we must find a way to improve it, to get more out of it,” said Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian who is president of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. “I’ve played in that tournament. I’ve coached in it. It’s an unbelievable feeling. There’s a remarkable atmosphere. I wish more people knew about it.” Despite Africa’s basketball potential, Ujiri warns that mismanagement threatens to stall progress. Uriji said governments must take responsibility for neglected stadiums and subpar sports programs. Leaks in the Dakar stadium’s roof were patched up 48 hours before the tournament. It’s the rainy season here.“We’re (Africa) moving forward in technology, we’re moving forward in banking, we’re moving forward in real estate,” Uriji said. “While these things are getting better, sports are being left behind. How is that possible?”The NBA has seen opportunity in Africa and has an academy outside Dakar to train the continent’s top young players. The NBA has put on exhibition games in South Africa and says a regular-season game is coming to Africa at some point.Ujiri said it’s also a good sign that Africans — like him — are earning jobs in leadership positions, including coaching and scouting.“I see that as growth of the game that’s going to help get kids playing at a younger age,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Arenas are abuzz with drumming, dancing, and flag waving. Boisterous Senegalese supporters packed Marius Ndiaye Stadium on Friday hours before their team took the floor, a floor that was freshly painted just three days earlier.Even referees seem to feel it. In a March qualifier, a Malian player sank a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer against Senegal, pulled off his jersey and sprinted toward fans as if he had scored a goal at the soccer World Cup. No technical foul.Wearing national colors is serious business for players, some of whom have grandparents who lived under colonial oppression.“I take pride in it,” said Senegal’s Maurice Ndour, who played for the New York Knicks last season. “It will be my first time playing in Senegal in front of the home crowd. It’s huge.”South Africa’s Chris Gabriel, center front, launches a hook shot over Senegal’s Gorgui Dieng during AfroBasket tournament at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)Senegal, with Minnesota Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng on board, will be under pressure to win the title, something it hasn’t done since 1997. Angola is the 11-time African champion and hasn’t missed the final since 1997. Nigeria captured its first title at the last AfroBasket in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT
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