• NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte

    Comments Off on NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte
    February 28, 2017 /  Basketball

    LAS VEGAS—Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.

    The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.

    But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team’s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

    “We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”

    The city, and the franchise, has been looking for a fresh start. The Hornets were a ticket-selling powerhouse for years, leading the league in attendance eight times and selling out 364 straight games in their turquoise, white and purple uniforms. The city bonded with a charismatic team that included such as stars Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson and fan favorite Muggsy Bogues.

    But the franchise fell on hard times under previous owner George Shinn, who took to the team, and the Hornets name, to New Orleans. The NBA brought an expansion team back to Charlotte two years later, a team nicknamed the Bobcats in part due to founding owner Bob Johnson’s name.

    The brand never resonated with the people the way the Hornets did, in large part because the team only has had one winning season and one playoff appearance in its first nine years of existence. The Bobcats, with their nondescript orange and grey color scheme, won just seven games two years ago and only 21 last season. So they are hoping the energy brought by the name change, even if it will take another year to set in, will somehow help galvanize a young team.

    “We want to reach back and grab some of that equity that the Hornets earned in our community,” Charlotte COO Fred Whitfield said. “They did a lot of great things off the court. They were involved in the community. They became very accessible to the Charlotte fans and citizens of Charlotte. We want to reach back and grab some heritage and use it as we move forward to build a brand with our young team that continues to improve.”

    The Bobcats’ website hailed the return of “Buzz City” and team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders turned out at a downtown party that turned into a celebration of the name change. Bogues and other former Hornets including Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill attended as well.

    Commissioner David Stern said that he had heard pleas from Charlotte basketball fans for years to give them back the Hornets nickname, and he initially brushed those aside with a “get over it” view of the complaining. In time, however, he came to understand how important the name was to the community.

    “It stayed there, bubbling below the surface, and there is something to it,” Stern said. “I think that the team is going to receive support from fans who think that this is a step in the direction that the fans have been asking for, and this is an attempt to both satisfy the fans and its accompanied by a kind of very specific market research that allows the Hornets to say, yes, this is what the market is asking for and they’re very much serving their market by making this change.”

    The board also gave final approval to several rules changes, most notably expanding instant replay in the final two minutes to help officials with the block/charge call, perhaps the most difficult judgment in the game. If an official reviews a play to see if a defender’s feet were in the restricted area or not on a block/charge, the official can now also review whether the defender’s feet were set for a charge or if his body was still moving for a blocking foul.

    “You always try to level the playing field and basically get it right,” said Kiki Vandeweghe, the league’s new vice president of basketball operations. “That’s the main focus is getting calls right.”

    Officials now will also be able to review whether an off-the-ball foul occurred before or after a player started his shooting motion on a made shot, or before or after an inbounds pass. And during any review, the referees will also be able to now decide if any unsportsmanlike or “unnecessary” acts, including flagrant fouls, merit further punishment.

    Two rules changes were adopted as well:

    —It will no longer be a clear path foul if the defender gets ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt before the foul is committed.

    —If a player on offense stands out of bounds on purpose to create more spacing for his teammates, the offensive team will lose possession of the ball.

    Tags: , ,

  • Li-Ning Basketball Sponsor Indonesia

    Comments Off on Li-Ning Basketball Sponsor Indonesia
    February 28, 2017 /  Basketball

    Li-Ning’s enthusiasm in supporting sport in Indonesia apparently not kidding. This time, the China-based company also appreciates to sponsor two basketball teams Indonesia, Satria Muda Britama and Indonesia Warriors.
    Both Indonesia’s basketball team got a contract with a duration of 3 years. Previously, Li-Ning enthusiasm seen as sponsoring Indonesian badminton. Not only that, the sport product manufacturers are also sponsors athletes from many different sports such as, Petennis Maric Cilic, pole vaulter Elena Isinbayeva and sprinter Asafa Powell.
    According to the Director of the Li-Ning, Mahender Kapoor, signing a new contract with the Indonesian Basketball aims that it is not only sponsoring the sport of badminton, but with also with the other.
    “70 per cent for Asia is badminton. Our priority is not just to support badminton, but also other sports. We also sponsor the NBA’s top players, “said Director of Li-Ning, Mahender Kapoor in Jakarta, Tuesday (9/7).
    While Andi Kurniawan, as the representative of Indonesia Sport Venture, revealing, in collaboration with Li-Ning, all team apparel will use the product in accordance with the contract clause.
    Andi added, that the consideration to working with Li-Ning as a company from the bamboo curtain is a brand that is quite advanced. “For a nominal contract we can not mention, which is obviously the duration of the contract runs for three years,” he replied in the same place. [Cr / bnt]

    Tags: , ,

  • Olympic athletes become ‘Victims Twitter’ again

    Comments Off on Olympic athletes become ‘Victims Twitter’ again
    February 27, 2017 /  Football, Sports Rule

    London – Michel Morganella, sport of football athletes from Switzerland, will no longer appear in the 2012 Olympics. He crossed the booms due to a nuanced Swiss racism on Twitter.

    After Switzerland defeated South Korea 1-2 in a match Sunday (07/29/2012) and then, Morganella were certainly disappointed over losing his singing on his Twitter account.

    That became a problem, which is addressed to chirp contents stronghold South Korea is not only rude but also nuanced racism. Morganella then reportedly already deleted the tweet, but the investigation is still being done. Moreover, the Swiss media have also been busy preaching chirp 23-year-old athlete.

    In the process, chairman Gian Gilli contingent Swiss Olympic team ensures that Morganella has lost his right to appear at the 2012 Olympics with Switzerland. He could no longer automatically defend Switzerland for the match against Mexico on Wednesday (1/8).

    “He is discriminating, insulting, and degrading of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” said Gilli told Football Italia.

    Morganella itself is the second athlete in the 2012 Olympics after the team returned catapult inappropriate chirp on Twitter. Previous Greek athlete Voula Papachristou also suffered a similar fate due to mocking African immigrants.

    Tags: , ,

  • Windstar Offers Ultimate Grand Prix of Monaco Experience with Themed Cruise, Excursion Package

    Comments Off on Windstar Offers Ultimate Grand Prix of Monaco Experience with Themed Cruise, Excursion Package
    February 27, 2017 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    Windstar Cruises combines its distinctive yacht style cruising with the glamour and excitement of the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix to offer guests a VIP experience during this world famous Formula One event. Guests have two voyage options to choose from: a complete Grand Prix themed cruise on the May 21, 2014 Grand Prix of Monaco voyage onboard Windstar’s newest yacht Star Pride; or a Grand Prix excursion package on the May 20, 2014 Yachting the Riviera cruise onboard Wind Surf, the largest of Windstar’s three sailing yachts.

    “Windstar’s Grand Prix of Monaco packages offer the ideal opportunity for guests to cruise through all the pleasures of the Riviera combined with a chance to take part in one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “These experiences are just another way Windstar is able to bring its guests closer to the local flavor of each region we sail to.”

    The Grand Prix themed cruise onboard Star Pride will be hosted by John Bisignano, a former Formula One pit reporter and includes the chance for guests to cheer on their favorite driver from Grand Stand seats during the qualifying races on Saturday, May 24, 2014, and the finals on Sunday, May 25, 2014; as well as delighting in a post-race cocktail reception at the luxurious Hotel de Paris in the heart of Monte Carlo. Before arriving along the French Riviera, guests will also enjoy a special cocktail reception and Grand Prix dinner in addition to other onboard surprises including a Grand Prix gift package. Star Pride’s seven-day Grand Prix of Monaco voyage sails round-trip from Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy on May 21, 2014, and visits Portoferraio, Portofino and Portovenere, Italy; Cannes, France; and Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    Guests onboard the 310-guest flagship Wind Surf Yachting the Riviera voyage also have the opportunity to attend these unforgettable races with Windstar’s Grand Prix excursion package, which includes Grand Stand seats for the qualifying races and finals, as well as an exclusive onboard cocktail reception and a Grand Prix gift package. Wind Surf’s seven-day Yachting the Riviera voyage sails from Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy on May 20, 2014, to Nice, France and visits Portoferraio, Portofino and Portovenere, Italy; Nice, France; and Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    For more information about Windstar Cruises’ Grand Prix of Monaco experiences and to book, contact a travel professional, call Windstar at 800-258-7245 or visit http://www.WindstarCruises.com.

    About Windstar Cruises
    Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for their intimate yacht-style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry fewer than 300 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In February 2013, Windstar entered into an agreement to purchase three all-suite motorized yachts with a capacity of 212 passengers each. Under the project name Global Windstar, the expansion will double the size of Windstar’s fleet, making the company the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths. For more information including rates and itineraries, contact a travel professional or call Windstar at 800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at WindstarCruises.com or Blog.WindstarCruises.com. Windstar Cruises can also be followed on Windstar’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages.

    Tags: , ,

  • Grand Prix of Baltimore adding Budweiser Party Zone

    Comments Off on Grand Prix of Baltimore adding Budweiser Party Zone
    February 27, 2017 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    BALTIMORE – Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT today announced the Celebration of Acceleration will include a Budweiser Party Zone where adult event-goers can experience a unique sports bar venue and great live musical entertainment throughout Labor Day weekend.

    Located along Light Street near the main straightaway and Turns 1 and 2, the Budweiser Party Zone will be an ideal setting for spectators 21 years of age and older to gather, enjoy a range of Budweiser products and take in all the racing action at one of the street course’s most exciting locations.

    The Budweiser Party Zone will offer a range of great food offerings, live radio broadcasts with 98 Rock (WIYY-FM) and live musical performances throughout the weekend by Sly 45, the Doyle Brothers and Levi Stephens.

    “The Budweiser Party Zone is a great addition to the Celebration of Acceleration,” said Debbie Bell, vice president of sales and marketing for Race On, promoter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. “Our goal is to provide fans of all ages with three days of great entertainment in downtown Charm City, and the Budweiser Party Zone is the perfect place for those 21 and older to enjoy this dynamic three-day event.”

    “The Grand Prix of Baltimore is one of the largest and most exciting sporting events on the East Coast, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Brian Hartlieb, sales and marketing manager for Winner Distributing. “The Budweiser Party Zone will be the ultimate destination for fans who want to relax with their friends, experience the best racing in the world and take in some truly amazing bands.”

    Live musical entertainment will begin in the Budweiser Party Zone on Friday, Aug. 30 at noon*, with local favorites Sly 45 performing its unique fusion of jazz, blues and pop. Baltimore’s 98 Rock will broadcast live on Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will kick off the day’s festivities with Bacon and Bud.

    On Saturday, Aug. 31, Sly 45 returns to the Budweiser Party Zone from noon to 3 p.m*. The Doyle Brothers, a New York-based band that combines the timeless classics of the Everly Brothers with the modern swagger of Michael Bublé and Bruno Mars, will perform from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.*

    The Doyle Brothers open Sunday’s entertainment in the Budweiser Party Zone, performing from noon to 3 p.m.* Levi Stephens – whose music ranges from R&B to soul, rock and gospel – will perform from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.*

    Tags: , ,

  • ISSI pengda Jakarta Holds Open Sprint Championship

    Comments Off on ISSI pengda Jakarta Holds Open Sprint Championship
    February 26, 2017 /  Racing, Sports Rule

    Pengda ISSI DKI Jakarta Gelar Sprint Open Championship

    ISSI pengda Jakarta will hold sprint cycling championships or the Sprint Open Championships in Velodome, Rawamangun, East Jakarta, on 28-29 September to map the strength sprinter sprinter-national.
    According to one board member ISSI DKI Jakarta, Inu Febiana, championships conducted ISSI Jakarta to revive the sport of cycling in Jakarta that had been dropped.
    “Because of the nature of open so everyone can take part, not just cyclists, cycling enthusiasts and community members can also participate. From this activity we will map out national sprinter sprinter-because there has been no data yet. And for the record in sprint has not been solved for 12 years because no championship is held, “said Inu Febiana on the sidelines of an iftar together at the residence of Sports Promoters who is also chairman of ISSI DKI Jakarta, Raja Sapta Oktohari, in West Housing, Sunday (21/7 ) night.
    Inu said that the decline in achievement and interest in bicycle racing lovers in Jakarta due to the lack of a championship that was held in Jakarta.
    For that it would hold an Open Sprint Championships event on a regular basis once per three months.
    “This activity is also to add a championship so that it can improve the performance of cyclists DKI Jakarta,” he said.
    Inu further said that his department has recruited 12 cyclists to tier II to be developed as a professional athlete.
    “We’ve cut one generation in the second tier and now we have to get a new best athletes of the selection results.
    They are still our coaching to be able to compete in the national and international arena. Our target they can win at the Asian level, “Inu said.
    To be able to bring the Indonesian athlete to appear in the world takes time and a lot of fund.
    But there are two ways to overcome that cycling championships held in Indonesia that Indonesian athletes could easily collect points.
    “As staged event like the Tour or Tour d d Batur Indonesia. However to do so requires funding not less. Another way is to establish a continental team and follow world events,” he said.

    Tags: , ,

  • So the champion at Wimbledon, Murray praised coach

    Comments Off on So the champion at Wimbledon, Murray praised coach
    February 25, 2017 /  Tennis, Uncategorized

    London – The success of Andy Murray a champion at Wimbledon in 2013 also could not be separated from the role of coach, Ivan Lendl. Murray did not hesitate to give praise for his coach.

    Murray came out as the champion at Wimbledon after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final round on Sunday (07/07/2013) night local time, with a score of 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. The win makes Murray the first British man to win Wimbledon after Fred Perry did 77 years ago.

    Murray has become a more consistent player since handled by Lendl in the early 2012. After being trained by a guy who has eight grand slam titles – except Wimbledon – it is, Murray won several prestigious titles such as the 2012 Olympic gold medal, the U.S. Open in 2012, and now Wimbledon 2013.

    “He believed me when a lot of people do not. He remained with me through some heavy defeats in recent years. He was very patient with me,” said Murray was quoted as saying by Reuters.

    “I’m glad I managed to do this for him. He would love to win here, but I think this is the best thing for him,” added the 26-year-old tennis player.

    Murray specifically mentions that his coach had a major role in polishing mentality. He said that Lendl makes it a lot to learn from previous defeats.

    “He has made ​​me learn more than I can defeat more than ever. He always tells me what he thinks. And in tennis, is not always easy to do that in the relationship of players and coaches,” said Murray.

    “He makes me a little different mentality in the face of matches like this,” said the world number two world ranking was added.

    Tags: , ,

  • Massa: Ferrari at the Hungaroring could Competitive

    Comments Off on Massa: Ferrari at the Hungaroring could Competitive
    February 24, 2017 /  Racing

    Budapest – Felipe Massa was reluctant to accept the notion that Ferrari will be trouble at this weekend’s Hungarian GP. He still has confidence that his team can compete with its rivals.

    Formula 1 tenth series will be held Sunday (28/07/2013) in the circuit Hongaroring. This circuit is known for its characteristic narrow and winding.

    “People say that the characteristics of our car did not fit with this circuit and it will be difficult for us to be able to compete for victory,” Massa said as quoted by Crash.

    “But I’m not sure this is an accurate assessment, because previously there are other circuits in which we assessed will appear tough and the going is not so. Vice versa, the opposite.”

    According to 32 riders this year, as long as can well understand the circuit and find the right settings to devour corners Hungaroring, the opportunity to compete with rival will still be there. He also hopes his team can look slick and reverse the presumption.

    “The most important thing is as soon as possible to understand very well how the car reacts. Circuit requires as much downforce as possible, because of the speed on the straights here not too important.”

    “You need a very stable car and it would be good for the tires to avoid relegation. I think we can be competitive, so I hope our weekend runs contrary to what people expect,” he said.

    Massa is currently still at number seven rider standings with 57 points. He is 100 points behind Sebastian Vettel is on top of the standings. So far he has only once on the podium, while finishing third in the Spanish GP.

    Tags: , ,

  • Though cleared, Redskins will go easy with RG3

    Comments Off on Though cleared, Redskins will go easy with RG3
    February 24, 2017 /  Racing

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Washington Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has ”nothing left to prove” – at least physically – in his return from major knee surgery.

    That’s doesn’t mean he’s all the way back.

    Griffin said Wednesday he won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won’t play in any preseason games. The quarterback who likes to keep the throttle wide open is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan – who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt – try to work together to get him on the field for the regular season opener Sept. 9.

    ”They want to make sure we’re not doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do,” Griffin said. ”Let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason. If it comes around that I’m ready to go, then maybe in the third preseason game, but as far as my understanding goes, preseason’s really not even in the air. … I think Coach feels like I can play without any preseason, so there no need really for that. Patience is the key.”

    Griffin had reconstructive surgery on two ligaments in January after injuring his right knee multiple times in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Team doctors and coaches cleared him for practice within the last week, setting a remarkable pace for a rehab that can typically take a year or more.

    ”In my mind there’s nothing left to prove,” Griffin said. ”And that’s the way you have to approach the game when you’re coming off of an injury. If you pass the test, then in your mind, you feel like you’re ready to go.”

    But Shanahan is determined to play it safe with his franchise quarterback, having said he wants to make sure Griffin is 100 percent before playing in a game. Shanahan will meet with reporters Thursday, but Griffin appeared to lay out the key points in the latest important conversation between player and coach.

    ”I think we’re on the same page,” Griffin said. ”When we sat down and talked about what I was going to do in training camp and the weeks to follow, it was a good moment for me because of all the hard work had paid off. And they’re going to allow me to get back out there and do what I do, and that’s play football and just have fun with the guys.

    ”We all made mistakes last season. We all understand that. We all talked about it, and it’s time to move on. … Me and Mike Shanahan‘s relationship is paramount to this team being successful.”

    Shanahan was not only criticized for leaving Griffin in the Seahawks game too long, but there was also scrutiny over whether the Redskins’ offense – along with Griffin’s aggressiveness – left him too vulnerable. He led the team to its first division title in 13 years, but he missed all or parts of four games with various injuries.

    ”The goal is longevity in the league. You also want to win,” Griffin said. ”And so, as a quarterback, I don’t like to conform and say you can’t win outside the pocket. I think you can win outside the pocket. You’ve just to be smart about it. And that’s what I’ve learned over the past six months about myself and what we need to do to win. Maybe that’s keeping me in the pocket a little bit more. Maybe that’s throwing the ball away a little bit more.”

    Griffin said he’s been an ”overachiever” his whole life, so the thought of being eased back into the practice routine and skipping the preseason isn’t part of his nature.

    ”If they want to me to patient right now and ramp it up later, then I’m willing to do that,” he said. ”And they know that I’m going to be – I wouldn’t say compliant – but I’m going to follow those rules, follow those guidelines, do as much as I can within that, and when it’s time to go full-go, then I’ll be ready to go.”

    ”If you talk to a lot of the vets, they don’t like the preseason,” he added. ”That’s a well-known fact. Even I know that – and I’ve been the league only one year.”

    Tags: , ,

  • Superbike racer Killed While Racing in Moscow

    Comments Off on Superbike racer Killed While Racing in Moscow
    February 23, 2017 /  Racing

    Pembalap Superbike Tewas Saat Balapan di Moskow

    Moscow – Goeleven Team Kawasaki rider, Andrea Antonelli, was killed in an accident while following motor racing Supersport World Championship in Moscow Raceway, Sunday (21/7).
    In the rain wet track conditions, driver asa Italy’s 25-year-old lost control of his bike on the first lap and his head struck a Honda motorcycle ditunggani compatriot Lorenzo Zanetti.
    Antonelli was immediately rushed to a medical center in the circuit, but because the injury is so severe, it was decided not to take him by helicopter to a nearby hospital and he died after never unconscious.
    The race was stopped and postponed to be held back on the evening of the day before finally canceled. The second World Superbike event was also canceled after Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Goldbet) won the race in the morning session.
    Antonelli from Castiglione di Lago and has 14 times to reach the podium in the European Superstock 600 race and 1000, did start from second position in Moscow.
    Antonelli became the second Italian rider who died on the track in the last two years after the MotoGP rider, Marco Simoncelli, who died in the accident at the Sepang circuit, Malaysia in 2011.
    »(Yamaha rider, Massimo) Roccoli, was hit by Andrea, who had fallen. Zanetti the middle then drove 250km per hour was unable to avoid it, “said Dr. Massimo Corbascio which handles the Antonelli after the accident.
    »He (Zanetti) said he hit the ‘green thing’ before he fell and injured. If a driver blows to his skull exposed by motot bike weighing 160kg with a speed of 250km per hour, what can we do?
    »He went to accompany Marco Simoncelli. We have tried to resuscitate her, but there was nothing we could do. “

    Tags: , ,