By Melissa Fares and Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Nike Inc sneaker worn by a college basketball superstar split in half less than a minute into a highly anticipated game between Duke University and North Carolina, prompting an outcry on social media as the company sought to figure out what caused the problem.Zion Williamson, a 6-foot-7-inch freshman forward for the Duke Blue Devils who is anticipated to be the top 2019 NBA Draft pick, suffered a mild sprain to his right knee because of the incident on Wednesday night, according to his coach Mike Krzyzewski.The official Duke Basketball Twitter handle (@DukeMBB) tweeted Thursday evening that Zion was "progressing as expected, and his status is day-to-day." A closeup video replay showed Williamson slipping and crumpling to the ground, clutching his knee in pain. His left shoe is seen split in half, with part of the sole ripped off the base of the sneaker. Williamson did not return to play in the match-up, which ended with No. … [Read more...] about Nike stumbles into social media storm after basketball star’s shoe splits
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By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 24, 2018 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: December 25, 2018 at 10:09 am CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device * * * Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book OAKLAND >> During this holiday season, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob does not have the spirit of giving. Instead, he seems more naughty than nice. Lacob floated the possibility he will sit in his courtside seat sporting one of his championship rings when the Warriors (23-11) face the Los Angeles Lakers (19-14) on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena. He hopes LeBron James notices. “I might wear it for him out of respect,” Lacob said, laughing, while recently sporting the Warriors’ most recent title ring. “I might wear all three.” That would provide a symbolic reminder of the Warriors winning three NBA … [Read more...] about What will it take for Warriors and Lakers to become a rivalry?
Special to The News-Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 16, 2018 (Last season’s records in parenthesis) CLASSIC BRACKET CHARLOTTE (19-7) LOCATION: Punta Gorda HEAD COACH: Tom Massolio TOP PLAYERS: 6-4 SR Ahmad Johnson 6-3 SR Makai Reaves 6-9 JR Faustin Phanor 6-6 SO Tre Carroll TARPONS AT A GLANCE: Coach Tom Massolio (422-190, with ten 20-win seasons) enters his 22nd year in Punta Gorda with one of his more intriguing rosters, a tantalizing combination of experience – 6-4 SR Ahmad Johnson (18.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and 6-3 SR Makai Reaves (9.8 ppg) – blended with the young size of 6-6 SOPH Tre Carroll (7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and 6-9 JR Faustin Phanor. Charlotte, coming off a first-round playoff exit, is hoping the experience of playing in the City of Palms Classic, the Premiere and a trip to Tennessee last weekend will pay off come playoff time. GRAY COLLEGIATE (25-4) LOCATION: West Columbia, South Carolina HEAD COACH: Dion Bethea TOP PLAYERS: 6-0 SR Tommy Brunner 6-0 SR … [Read more...] about City of Palms: Meet the teams in the 46th annual tournament
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByTimothy Bella July 23, 2018 Michael Rapaport is dying to know which of Candace Parker’s opponents overseas do not wear deodorant. With Rapaport’s 8-year-old mutt, Weezy, lying at Parker’s feet during a recent taping of the “I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast,” Parker, the Los Angeles Sparks’ star forward, detailed one EuroLeague rivalry in which armed guards keep order, spit shields protect the benches and fans light coins on fire and toss them at the court. Rapaport, a career actor, basketball junkie and, now, fidgeting interviewer, rephrases his question: Who smells the worst? It’s the kind of “snapping” — a raw form of comedic trash talk that he grew up with in predominantly black neighborhoods in New York — that he has known, used and laced with curse … [Read more...] about Michael Rapaport Won’t Shut Up
Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. If you're LeBron James you apparently can be both in a span of 16 hours. Having announced Sunday night that he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career — this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers, which immediately prompted some folks to label him LA-Bron — James awoke Monday morning to find out the 10-story billboard of him wearing a Cavs jersey on the side of a Cleveland building is expected to be removed by Nike later this week. Yet whatever hurt or anger that might have caused the northeast Ohio native probably was quickly softened by news that preorders for James Laker jerseys through retailer Fanatics were 600 percent higher than they had been four years ago when King James returned to Cleveland from Miami. And given that fact, the reported four-year, $153 million contract James is expected to sign with the Lakers on Friday quite possibly could be dwarfed by such endorsement … [Read more...] about Wiedmer: LeBron to Los Angeles makes Lakers elite again