Shaq's shortcut: Buy Bill Russell's rings in auction
Bill Russell Auction Basketball FILE - NBA great Bill Russell reacts at a as he learns the most valuable player award for the NBA basketball championships has been renamed the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award during a news conference Feb. 14, 2009 in Phoenix. Basketball fans hoping to buy something from Bill Russell’s memorabilia collection should expect some big-name competition. An online auction with 429 lots began last week and will culminate in a live event at the TD Garden on Friday. “I’d like to take some of that stuff off their hands,” O’Neal said on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Tuesday night. “You think about Jackie at that point in the country’s history, and Bill taking that stand, at a really volatile point in the country’s history,” Hunt said.wftv.com
Charles Barkley donates $1,000 to each school employee in his Alabama hometown
Charles Barkley donation Charles Barkley gifted $1,000 to every school employee in his hometown of Leeds, Alabama. (Lisa O'Connor/AFP via Getty Images)LEEDS, Ala. — Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley continues to give back to his Alabama hometown. >> Read more trending newsBarkley, who graduated from Leeds High School in 1981, has gifted $1,000 to each Leeds City Schools System employee, the school announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday. He also got donations from Clorox to help the Leeds City School staff keep facilities sanitary, WTVM reported. “Although it’s been challenging, the Leeds staff has persevered and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.wftv.com
Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on
Election 2020 Arizona Audit Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. A few weeks ago they were holding them up to ultraviolet lights, looking for a watermark rumored to be a sign of fraud. “They lost and they can’t get over it," said Grant Woods, a former Republican Arizona attorney general who became a Democrat during Trump’s presidency. No evidence of fraud sufficient to invalidate Joe Biden’s narrow victory in Arizona and Maricopa County has been found. There are no watermarks on ballots in Maricopa County.wftv.com
Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on
On the floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where Sir Charles Barkley once dunked basketballs and Hulk Hogan wrestled King Kong Bundy, 46 tables are arrayed in neat rows, each with a Lazy Susan in the middle. Seated at the tables are several dozen people, mostly Republicans, who spend hours watching ballots spin by, photographing them or inspecting them closely. This is Arizona’s extraordinary, partisan audit of the 2020 election results in the state's most populous county — ground zero for former President Donald Trump and a legion of his supporters who have refused to accept his loss in Arizona or in other battleground states.news.yahoo.com
Elgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86
FILE - Elgin Baylor stands next to a statue, just unveiled, honoring the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers great, outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, in this Friday, April 6, 2018, file photo. Elgin Baylor, the Lakers 11-time NBA All-Star, died Monday, March 22, 2021, of natural causes. The Lakers announced that Baylor died in Los Angeles with his wife, Elaine, and daughter Krystal by his side. When the Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Baylor became the centerpiece of their Hollywood revival. A Los Angeles County jury unanimously ruled in the Clippers’ favor in March 2011, refusing to award any damages.
Embiid emerges as NBA MVP front-runner for East-best 76ers
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Philadelphia. “The fans are always there for me when I play,” Embiid said. Ad“It’s nice to have a big guy in the MVP talk,” Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal told The Associated Press. AdHe is trying to become the first Sixer to win NBA MVP — the fans call it an MVBiid campaign — since Iverson in 2001. Nobody can guard you.’ I think that’s a big reason he’s having the season he’s having.”Morey, though, is fine with Embiid shooting from deep.
James, Durant choose their teams for Sunday's All-Star Game
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. 1 overall pick on Antetokounmpo — the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP from Milwaukee — in the draft for Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta. Kevin Durant, who will not play in the All-Star Game because of injury but still is the captain for Team Durant, took Brooklyn teammate Kyrie Irving with his first pick. This is the fourth year of the NBA's playing captain format for the All-Star Game. It’s the All-Star Game, so there’s going to be some shenanigans out there.
Suns keep rolling, top 76ers 120-111 for 5th straight win
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. Booker scored 36 points, Chris Paul added 18 points and 10 assists and the rising Phoenix Suns beat the Philadelphia 76ers 120-111 on Saturday for their fifth straight victory. Saric and Jae Crowder each hit 3-pointers to open the fourth quarter and extend the Suns' lead to 92-81. The Suns had an 11-2 run which gave them a 113-99 lead with 3:15 left to close out the win. E’Twaun Moore had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, Cam Johnson had nine points and Crowder added eight points and four rebounds.
Harris shot in final seconds leads 76ers past Lakers 107-106
James’ push of the 76ers big man got him hit with a flagrant 1 and Embiid cried foul. Harris swished a jumper with 3 seconds left, ending the Lakers’ 13-0 run and sending Philadelphia to a 107-106 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The 76ers lead the East at 13-6 and the Lakers are 14-5 in the West. James hit Anthony Davis for the go-ahead basket with 11.2 seconds to go for a 106-105 lead and cap that run. YOU AGAINGreen and backup center Dwight Howard played key roles in the Lakers’ championship last season.
CBS pushing for players to do their part to boost broadcast
FORT WORTH, Texas FORT WORTH, TexasJim Nantz will be alone in the broadcast booth when the PGA Tour resumes its schedule Thursday. In announcing the broadcast and productions plans for the return to golf, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said the network would have what Nantz dubbed a confession cam." McManus also said the network has been working more aggressively to have players wear microphones, and that CBS already has received commitments from some players. If you had a chance to hear from 30 players in the field, you can't imagine what a difference that could make to our broadcast. And he'll be calling action at an event with no spectators, a policy of the PGA Tour for five straight tournaments until the Memorial on July 16-19.
Out of the Woods: Tiger emerges for TV match with Lefty, QBs
Another appeal to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, The Match: Champions for Charity, is a chance to see Tiger Woods swing a golf club for the first time in 98 days. One difference is the players will be in their own carts, whereas the four PGA Tour players last week carried their bags. Mickelson won their first made-for-TV match over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, a pay-per-view event that ran into technical problems and was free for all. Woods was going for his seventh straight PGA Tour victory when Mickelson beat him at Torrey Pines in 2000. After this exhibition, golf has two weeks before the PGA Tour is set to return at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's $10 million charity golf match set for May 24
Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. PGA stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play their long-anticipated rematch on May 24 at 3 p.m., AT&T's WarnerMedia announced on Thursday. The charity golf outing will be held at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. Woods and Mickelson last competed in an exclusive event in November 2018 at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. The pair played in a $9 million winner-take-all prize in Las Vegas, which resulted in Mickelson beating Woods on the 22nd hole.cnbc.com
NBA legend Charles Barkley once left a $25,000 tiphere's why he always tips a minimum of 20%
Former NBA star Charles Barkley is generous with the millions of dollars he accumulated over his 16-season career. That was after he won "about $700,000," he told O'Brien in a separate interview in 2014. "When I'm at restaurants, I am a big tipper," the retired NBA star told Jimmy Kimmel in 2017. As for the valet, they'll get about $300 for parking his car, O'Neal told Kimmel. He seems to follow Barkley's rule of thumb: "The more successful you are, the more you should tip," Barkley told O'Brien.cnbc.com
Charles Barkley told a reporter 'I don't hit women but if I did I would hit you' and then apologized
Charles Barkley is apologizing after making "unacceptable" comments toward a female journalist this week. Axios reporter Alexi McCammond tweeted late Tuesday that the retired NBA basketball player told her, "I don't hit women but if I did I would hit you." McCammond said she immediately objected to the comments, and that Barkley told her she "couldn't take a joke." "My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable," Barkley said Wednesday in a statement issued by representatives. Correction: This story has been updated to correct when Axios reporter Alexi McCammond tweeted about her exchange with Charles Barkley.cnbc.com
Charles Barkley tells Pence to 'shut the hell up' over criticizing NBA
(CNN) - Retired NBA superstar Charles Barkley had harsh words for Mike Pence on Thursday after the vice president accused the league of acting as a "wholly owned subsidiary" of China. The controversy has led to accusations that the NBA is prioritizing business interests over American values, but Barkley pointed out that the US and others do business in China regardless. "Vice President Pence needs to shut the hell up," Barkley said on "Inside the NBA" on TNT, which is a part of WarnerMedia, along with CNN. Earlier Thursday, Pence criticized the NBA in a speech that also chided Beijing for economic and human rights abuses. "In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of that authoritarian regime," Pence said.