Hornets top Spurs, leaving Popovich win short of NBA record
Terry Rozier scored 31 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat San Antonio 123-117 on Saturday night, leaving Spurs coach Gregg Popovich a victory short of tying the NBA record. San Antonio has lost four straight since beating Washington on Feb. 25 to move Popovich within one of Don Nelson’s record of 1,335 regular-season victories. LaMelo Ball added 24 points for Charlotte, P.J. Washington and Montrezl Harrell each had 15 and Mason Plumlee had 13 rebounds.news.yahoo.com
2020 Olympics in Tokyo: Felix adds to medal total; US has gold medal bonanza
TOKYO (AP) — The second to last day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics produced a gold medal bonanza for the United States. And the American men finally delivered a sprint gold medal in the 4x400-relay, the final track race of the Tokyo Games. The gold medal wasn’t secure until Durant made two free throws with 8.8 seconds left. GOING THE DISTANCESifan Hassan won the 10,000 meters for her second gold and third medal of the Tokyo Olympics after entering three long-distance races. WOMEN’S GOLFNelly Korda gave the U.S. a sweep of gold medals in golf, holding on for a one-shot victory.mlive.com
USA Basketball tops France, secure fourth-straight gold medal
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game. The summer started with two exhibition losses, the Olympics started with a loss to France, and none of that seemed to matter much at the end. Jrue Holiday now is an Olympic gold medalist, just like his wife Lauren was twice with the U.S. women’s national soccer team. JaVale McGee now has Olympic gold, just like his mother Pamela won with the U.S. women in basketball at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. “Definitely a great summer,” Holiday said.mlive.com
Australia's hopes for Olympic gold vanish against the US
Gregg Popovich wrapped his arms around Australia's Patty Mills when it was over, and even the coach of the U.S. team was struck by how the losing team must have been feeling at the final buzzer. A medal was in Australia's hands. “I’m thrilled with the victory, obviously,” Popovich said.news.yahoo.com
Lillard says no time to panic after U.S. collapse against France
Panic? You won’t find any in Team USA’s Damian Lillard—not even after the U.S. men's basketball team’s late collapse to France on Sunday in their opening game at the Tokyo Olympics. It was the first American men’s basketball loss at the Olympics since 2004 and only the sixth in the history of the tournament.
‘Education theater’ is more prized than actual education. Stop dumbing down schools.
In both Kentucky and in the rest of the United States, we are dumbing down education in a way that may be irreparable for generations to come. I grew up in an era where grades held merit. In that time, when a student had a straight A report card, it was accepted that those grades correlated with the positive aptitude, attitude, and discipline of an individual.news.yahoo.com
Stan Albeck, former Bradley and Chicago Bulls coach, dies at 89: ‘He brought a bright light to wherever he was’
“Coach Albeck wasn’t just important to the Spurs, he was what I call a lifer,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “People like myself don’t come close to loving the game as he did, and his whole family did. They participated in so many ways and followed him so many places.chicagotribune.com
Defensive struggles, cold shooting and other Pistons takeaways from loss to Spurs
The Detroit Pistons have had their struggles on offense this season, but they have tried to hang their hats on their defense. On Monday though, the San Antonio Spurs used a big second quarter to beat the Pistons, 109-99. Here are some takeaways:Quiet night on defense: On Saturday, the Pistons held a Brooklyn Nets team averaging 121.1 points per game to 100 points. San Antonio carved up Detroit for 69.6 percent overall shooting in the second quarter, and outscored the Pistons 36-26. It was the first time the Pistons took fewer than 27 three-point shot attempts.mlive.com
Spurs' Gregg Popovich rips Texas governor for lifting mask mandate: "Just seems ignorant"
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott's decision to soon lift the statewide mask mandate on Tuesday. Before the Spurs' 119-92 win over the Knicks, Popovich took issue with Abbott's move to get rid of the requirement to wear masks, saying he's worried about the people in the state. Health data also shows the state continues to record worrying new cases of COVID-19 and hospital admissions, making it one of just three "red states" — states with the most concerning test positivity data. Popovich joined local Democratic leaders in their criticism of Abbot, who governs the country's biggest red state. However, Abbot still cautioned at a news conference Tuesday that lifting the mask requirement "does not end personal responsibility."cbsnews.com
Becky Hammon becomes first woman to coach NBA team
Becky Hammon would have preferred a victory over history after becoming the first woman to coach an NBA team. The assistant coach took over the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. San Antonio Spurs coach Becky Hammon questions a call from official Derek Richardson (63) in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at AT&T on Dec 30, 2020. "Well deserved," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. A recently unveiled mural in San Antonio pays homage to her trailblazing career.cbsnews.com