Silver says NBA ‘unlikely’ to pause season for Olympics in 2021

first_img“We’ll consider it. I think it’s unlikely at the end of the day that, if we start late, we would stop for the Olympics,” Silver told NBA TV.”It’s not just a function of stopping for the period in which they are competing over in Tokyo, they require a training camp and then they require rest afterwards.”Since professional players were allowed to compete at the Olympics, beginning with the 1992 Games in Barcelona, the United States has won six out of seven gold medals with star-studded squads made up primarily of NBA players.With more than 100 international players in the NBA, Silver added that he also had concerns for other countries – some of which have yet to qualify for the Olympics and will be competing in qualifiers next year.”There are so many incredible players, beginning with the USA team, we’ll be able to field a very competitive team,” Silver said.”I’m a bit worried about some of the international teams, because some of their stars play in our league and their absence would make a huge difference for those national teams.”I’d only say these are such extraordinary circumstances that, even if we set out to plan for the Olympics, how can they even know what the world is going to be like next summer and whether they can go forward?”Topics : The NBA is not likely to have a break next season when the postponed Olympics are held, league commissioner Adam Silver said, casting doubt on the availability of NBA players at the Tokyo Games.The Olympics were postponed by a year, to July 23-Aug. 8 next year, because of the novel coronavirus, which also led to the NBA season being suspended, leading to a delay in the start of the new season and the conflict in schedules.The NBA season usually runs from October to June but with the 2019-20 Finals series now finishing this month, the new season is expected to begin in January with plans for the usual 82-game campaign and playoffs to follow.last_img read more

Derby vs Ipswich: Live commentary, team news and kick-off time

first_imgIpswich are still searching for their first win of the season as they travel to Pride Park.Under new boss Paul Hurst they’ve yet to really get going, but scrapped out a 1-1 win against Aston Villa at the weekend despite going down to ten-men.What time is kick-off?This midweek clash takes place on Tuesday, August 21.Kick-off is at 7.45pm.Derby have a rotten record on home turf against the Tractor Boys and haven’t beaten there here in the last ten meetings.How can I listen on talkSPORT?The match is being broadcast live on talkSPORT2.Tune in from 7.30pm for coverage using either your DAB radio or our web player. FOOTBALL LATEST Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 1 NEW ERA ALTERED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday possible standings Fixtures come thick and fast in the Championship.Frank Lampard got off to a flier when his Derby side beat Reading on the opening day, but since that victory they’ve been beaten soundly by Leeds and Millwall. Lampard’s side are looking to avoid three losses on the spin Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal Getty What are the confirmed teams?Derby: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Forsyth, Evans, Bryson, Mount, Bennett, Lawrence, Nugent.Ipswich: Bialkowski, Donacien, Nsiala, Chambers, Knudsen, Chalobah, Skuse, Nolan, Ward, Edwards, Harrison. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

Village of Deering suffers flood from nearby river

first_imgThe Northwest Arctic village of Deering declared a disaster this week after a nearby river flooded the only road to the local airport. Spring and fall-time floods are becoming more common and the community is learning to adapt.Download AudioThe road to Deering’s airport flooded from an ice jam in the Inmachuk River. (Photo courtesy of Denise Iyatunguk.)Deering sits on the southern side of Kotzebue Sound at the mouth of the Inmachuk River. The village of about 120 sees planes coming in and out daily, with most going to and from Kotzebue.But Alvin Iyatunguk said that service stopped earlier this week when flooding prevented a plane from landing.“That plane circle and took an observation of the road and flats back here, but had to report back to Kotzebue,” Iyatunguk said.Iyatunguk is the Vice President of Deering’s Village IRA. He said an ice-jam from the Inmachuk River flooded the road to the airport.“With the high temperatures, everything has just been melting all at once,” Iyatunguk said.Jeremy Zidek is with the State of Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Operations.“2015 and 2016 we had very low snow around the state and very warm temperatures,” Zidek said. “With those record temperatures come different events and different issues.”Both Deering and the Northwest Arctic Borough issued disaster declarations this week in response to the flooding. Zidek said the borough requested the use of some Department of Transportation equipment to manage the situation.In the meantime, Alvin Iyatunguk has been using some of his own equipment to help people get to from and Deering’s airport.“I got an 18 ft. Lund boat here,” Iyatunguk said. “That’s my personal boat. I gased it up and pushed it into the water and got it going.”Iyatunguk said he’s gotten used to the flooding. In fact, he said it happens twice a year now—once in the spring and once in the fall. Deering is working on building a road to the airport that would be outside the river’s floodplain.Iyatunguk said it’s a consequence of global warming. Just like a lot other communities in rural Alaska, he said Deering will have to adapt to warmer temperatures, rising sea levels and eroding landscapes.“We’re in the same boat as everybody else, I guess,” Iyatunguk said.last_img read more