By Gene Cherry(REUTERS) – World Athletics said on Monday it was willing to move the dates of the 2021 world championships in Eugene, Oregon, to accommodate postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for a year.“World Athletics has already been in discussion with the Oregon 21 Organising Committee regarding the possibility the Olympic Games may move to next year and they in turn have held discussions with their key stakeholders and have reassured us they will work with all of their partners and stakeholders to ensure that Oregon is able to host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates should that prove necessary,” athletics’ global governing body said in a statement.The Oregon world championships are currently scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021 but Oregon organisers said it would be possible to hold the championships on an alternative date.“The Organising Committee of Oregon 21 is aware of the possibility of date changes should the 2020 Olympic Games be postponed to the summer of 2021,” organisers said in a statement.“We have discussed this possibility with all our key stakeholders and can reassure World Athletics that we will work with them to ensure that Oregon can still host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates should that prove necessary.”
I cannot applaud the actions of the New York Knicks’ Antonio Davis any more than this: I’m writing my first regular column on an athlete from the Big Apple (yech!). I am a Miami guy, which is to say I am about as anti-New York as they come.Jets, Giants, Knicks, Mets, I despise them all. And unless you are talking about the fine side dish at Mickie’s Dairy Bar, the Yanks are a bunch of bums too.But the actions of Davis are so exemplary that they overshadow all my distaste for the city that never sleeps.Last Wednesday night, the Knickerbockers were in Chicago playing the Bulls in what was to be just another boring mid-week NBA contest between two teams going nowhere. In all reality, even the fact that the game went down to the final shot in overtime probably wouldn’t have made it part of the first 20 minutes of SportsCenter.But with just over a minute remaining in overtime, Davis went into the stands to protect his wife, whom he thought was being threatened by a fan during a New York full timeout.Television cameras showed Davis look up into the stands and then briskly make his way to the scorer’s table, which he calmly jumped over as gracefully as a horse in an equestrian competition, and made his way over to his wife, Kendra.That was it. No more. Kendra Davis looked like she told her husband to return to the floor and once security arrived, he did. End of story.Now, the gravity of a player leaving the field (or in this case, court) of play is not lost on me at all. The Indiana-Detroit chaos set off by Ron Artest last year is the darkest moment in the history of the NBA.And if you take into account all the catastrophic events that could’ve occurred once Davis was among the ticket-holders, such as the fan punching him, or some guy tossing a beer at him, then it is easy to say that Davis’s decision was reckless and stupid.However, the most important fact is that Davis wasn’t going after a fan; he was going after his wife, who he perceived was being threatened. A man has to protect his family, period, case closed, end of story. What real man wouldn’t do anything it took to protect his kin?Take Arnold Schwarzenegger. In what movie involving the Governator’s family being taken hostage (which is most of them) does the big guy not risk it all? Sure, he blows up millions of dollars in property and probably causes a few deaths here and there, but in the end he always protects his loved ones. That is why he is a movie hero.In fact, if Davis should be criticized, it should be for not letting loose a haymaker first and asking questions later, which is more then I can say I would’ve done (had it been me, you would’ve seen a lot more Jackie Chan and a lot less Jesse Jackson in my actions).Davis made the right move in running into the stands to protect his family, on multiple levels.First off, Davis is the Knicks’ unquestioned leader in the locker room. Actually, as the president of the NBA players’ association, Davis is the unquestioned leader of every player in the league. What kind of message would it have sent if Davis had not intervened? He acted as a leader should, and led by example.Family is the first priority.Some say it was poor leadership by Davis to go into the stands because it cost New York Davis’ services for five games. That is flat out … Just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend the Knicks lose all five games Davis misses, and that if he had played they would’ve won all five. The Knicks would still be far under .500 and at best scrounging for one of the last two playoff berths, for which Detroit or Miami would reward them with a first-round trouncing.Even Spike Lee (who is usually as overstated about the Knicks’ chances as Wilt Chamberlain was about how many women he slept with) knows the team is going nowhere this year, so Davis isn’t hurting his team at all.Lastly, what about the reward Davis is set to receive? All guys know that women want a man in shining armor (and women, if you think this is stereotypical, then stop going to see movies like “Kate and Leopold,” and “Ten Things I Hate About You”) and Davis was the knight that evening. He risked life and limb to protect his fair maiden and will now be “rewarded” with an 11-day vacation where he will surely find himself being thanked many times, by said maiden. Many times.Damn that Antonio Davis and his luck. Just one more reason to hate New York.
Arsene Wenger fears Brexit may rob the Premier League it top place amongst European leagues Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is returning to football after he agreed to become FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development.The move ends speculation linking the Frenchman, 70, with a return to management as Bayern Munich boss.Wenger left the Gunners in May 2018, after 22 years in charge, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. “I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge,” Wenger said.His new role will help to develop men’s and women’s football, as well as technical aspects of the sport.He will now be a member of the technical panel of the International Football Association Board, and chairman of FIFA’s Technical Study Group.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHis career was a celebration of excess. He scored 81 points in 2006 and attempted 50 shots in his final game little more than a year ago. So, of course, he won’t just become the 10th Laker to have his number retired, but the first to have two numbers retired. The festivities will include a street fair the Lakers are calling “Kobeland.”“I’m glad he’s getting both jerseys retired,” Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball said. “I think that’s fitting for him.”A number is an identity. Bryant had two of each. As No. 8, he was the fun-loving sidekick to the greatest center of a generation.Ten years into his career, Shaquille O’Neal had been shipped off to Miami and Bryant was rehabbing his image after charges were dropped in a headline-grabbing sexual assault case. That’s when he became No. 24.He won three titles as No. 8, two as No. 24. As 8, he scored 16,866 points; 24 poured in 16,777 (in 145 fewer games). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Soon, both identities will hang alongside the legends he previously knew only through the grainy VHS tapes his grandparents sent when he was growing up in Italy. When he was traded to the Lakers on draft night in 1996, he knew there was a chance.“OK,” the 17-year-old told himself, “if I do my job, if I work, then one day my name will be up there.”Fast forward a generation or so, and Bryant has mostly kept a distance from the franchise with which he spent 20 years, operating only in the shadows, if at all.He talks regularly to Rob Pelinka, his former agent who now serves as the team’s general manager. Starting Monday, he will quite literally have a presence that hangs over the Lakers, rather than just a metaphorical one.He will be feted in a 21-minute halftime ceremony that is expected to feature former teammates, including Shaquille O’Neal and Lamar Odom.“It’s going to be really emotional, I’m sure,” Bryant said, “going back and seeing a bunch of fans and people who I’ve seen since my rookie season, courtside and all throughout the arena.“And having come full circle to now going back and watching. And it will be a pretty emotional experience I would think.”Bryant has not returned to Staples Center for a Lakers game since April 13, 2016, the night he scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz in the last of his 1,566 games, including playoff appearances.“Been a little busy,” Bryant said. “Been a little busy.”The launch of Kobe, Inc., a company that specializes in telling stories that inspire, occupies his days, while he also coaches the basketball teams his daughters, Natalia and Giannia, play for. He and his wife, Vanessa, had a third daughter, Bianka Bella Bryant, last December.“My kids keep me really, really busy,” Bryant said, “especially around this time of the year where there’s school, there’s after-school activities, there’s sports, not to mention the company that we’re building and the things we’re trying to create. It’s non-stop, man.”The retirement letter Bryant wrote to fans in November of 2015, “Dear Basketball,” has been adapted into a short film animated by Glen Keane (the Disney illustrator behind “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and scored by John Williams (of “Star Wars” fame).The short film was short-listed for an Academy Award.“I never imagined I’d be doing this, you know what I mean?” Bryant said. “But you kind of learn, you follow your passion to what it is that you truly, truly love. And do that process and start trimming the fat, simply focus on the things that are most important.”The fact that he could add an Oscar to a trophy case that includes one NBA Most Valuable Player trophy, two NBA Finals MVPs and five championship rings blows Bryant’s mind.“Just you saying that sounds ridiculous,” he said.It’s possible that Bryant will eventually be recognized as much for his achievements with Kobe, Inc., as for anything he accomplished as No. 8 or No. 24. For the members of the current Lakers roster, there are fewer memories of the earliest days of Bryant’s career while they hold on to first-hand experiences with No. 24.Jordan Clarkson was a teammate with Bryant for the final two seasons of the future Hall of Famer’s career and remembers him as “kind of almost being like a godfather to us, (giving) the blueprint on how to do stuff.”Brandon Ingram, who was born the summer after Bryant’s rookie season, said he has “one or two memories from No. 8.”“But,” he said, “it was really No. 24 for me. Even watching some of the highlights before he changed his number, it’s easy to type something on YouTube. Either number, he was still a killer.”When the Lakers drafted Ingram No. 2 overall in 2016, Bryant’s career had been over for little more than two months. His lockers at the team’s practice facility and Staples Center were cleaned out and prepared for their next occupant, Ingram.It was a strong message from the organization that it believed it had found Bryant’s successor. Ingram was fully aware of the symbolism.“I have to say it’s an honor,” Ingram said. “It’s an honor to try to be there, fill some shoes and just try to come out here and work every day.”That pressure has been there since Inrgram arrived. When, like Bryant two decades earlier, he studied the jerseys hanging above the Lakers’ court and dreamed of one day seeing his name alongside them.“I think to have my number retired one day,” Ingram said, “or be one of the best players who came through here one day is my goal.”Bryant knows that feeling. It drove him.“It’s something,” he said, “that I dreamed of happening.” At 17, Kobe Bryant arrived for the first time at The Forum in Inglewood and looked up, up, up.His eyes moved past the 10-foot rim he would assault night after night in his quest to become a star; past the orange and gold seats that would be occupied by people who would wear his jerseys and name pets and children after him.His gaze settled on the row of retired numbers hanging from the ceiling, stars in the sky.“I had seen it on video so many times because I was such a big Laker fan,” Bryant told the Southern California News Group last week, “but to actually step on the hardwood floor at The Forum and see them for the first time, it gave me goosebumps.”