Damian Jones Tears Pectoral Muscle, Return Date Unknown

Damian Jones tore his left pectoral muscle in the third quarter of the Golden State Warriors loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Although his return will be determined after meeting with a specialist, he is expected to miss a significant portion of time.

Jones was averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. With DeMarcus Cousins still recovering from injury, the Warriors have no healthy centers listed on their roster. 

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Bulls Fire Fred Hoiberg, Promote Jim Boylen To Head Coach

The Chicago Bulls have fired Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg was named Chicago’s head coach on June 2, 2015 after spending five seasons as head coach at Iowa State. During his time with the Bulls, he coached the team to a record of 115-155 (.426).

Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” said John Paxson. “After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”

Floorball: Singapore in sight of top-12 finish after beating Japan 9-5 in World Championships group game

SINGAPORE – The national men’s floorball team are on course to at least match their best finish at the World Floorball Championship (WFC) after they secured a hard-fought 9-5 Group D win over world No. 16 Japan at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on Monday (Dec 3).

In the WFC, 16 teams are divided into four groups. The two best teams from Groups A and B proceed to the quarter-finals. The bottom two teams from Groups A and B will play the top two teams from Groups C and D for the remaining four quarter-final spots.

Following Sunday’s 4-4 draw against world No. 12 Canada, the Republic (17th) are now second in the group with three points (two points for a win) and in the driver’s seat to qualify for the top-12 playoffs.

World No. 10 Slovakia lead the group with four points after beating Canada 12-3 on Saturday and Japan 15-1 on Sunday. Canada are third with one point and Japan bottom with two losses.

Singapore will make the top 12 with a draw against Slovakia or if Canada fail to beat Japan on Tuesday. If Canada beat Japan, Singapore will have to ensure they have a better goal difference than the North Americans.

In Monday’s thrilling end-to-end match, Singapore took the lead thrice in the first two 20-minute periods but each time, Japan had an answer and pegged them back at 1-1, 2-2, and 5-5.

Attacks down the flanks seemed to pay dividends for the Republic as R. Suria set up Hafiz Zubir for the opener after four minutes, but Danjiro Maeda equalised three minutes later.

Defender Hamka Shah regained the lead for Singapore with a long-range effort in the 10th minute, but Maeda replied with an almost identical effort right after the restart.

Mazran Sutiman was the beneficiary from fine assists by Tan Yiru and Siraaj Ramadhan to make it 4-2 for Singapore by the 17th minute, before Ichiro Ueda reduced the arrears with a 19th-minute penalty.

Singapore goalkeeper Jay Pal Singh Sindhu made a big save from Kaimu Abe’s penalty in the 24th minute, which paved the way for Gary Wong to open up another two-goal lead after being set up by Vignesa Pasupathy.

But defensive lapses allowed Ueda to complete his hat-trick in the last three minutes of the second period to set up a nerve-wracking final period.

However, Vignesa stepped up to the plate and was in the right place at the right time when he latched on to Nicholas Chua’s 48th-minute rebound off the back board and Siraaj’s 55th-minute cut back from the flank to make it 7-5 before Ng Juin Jie and Hafiz scored clinically to improve Singapore’s goal difference in the final two minutes.

The resounding victory was Singapore’s first WFC win over Japan and sweet revenge for defeats in the 2010 and 2012 editions which consigned the Republic to last-place finishes.

Should the Republic make it to the top 12, it will be the first time they escape the wooden spoon. They finished last out of 12 teams in the inaugural tournament in 1996, and 16th in 2010, 2012 and 2016.

Olympics: Broadcasters gear up for the biggest show on earth

MADRID (AFP) – Clock-watching is an integral part of any Olympic Games but even the most eagle-eyed sporting anoraks might be forgiven for missing the fact that Sunday marks 600 days until the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

For most people, it is not actually a particularly significant milestone but for 160 people of 35 nationalities beavering away in a building overlooking a highway in Madrid, the pressure of organising the biggest television show on earth just went up a notch.

These are the people of the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), a wing of the International Olympic Committee responsible since 2008 for providing the pictures of every competition which are beamed around the world.

The size of the audience is phenomenal as is the money that is generated.

Over five billion viewers tuned in for the last Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as opposed to 3.4 billion for this year’s football World Cup.

Television stations from around the world have dished out more than six billion dollars for the rights to the Games in Tokyo – broadcasting the event is a complex, lucrative business managed from the Spanish capital.

“Preparing and planning for the games is an ongoing function, so as we speak we are obviously very close to the finalisation of our plans for Tokyo,” says Yiannis Exarchos, the imposing Greek boss of the OBS.

“But we have already started quite detailed planning for the winter games in Beijing (2022) and we have already started engaging with Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028).”

The first time pictures were beamed live from the Olympics was Berlin in 1936. It wasn’t until the 1964 Games, also in Tokyo, that pictures went live around the world.

Back then it was the responsibility of the host nation to provide the coverage and that is how it stayed until 2008.

“During the games we employ a team of more than 7,000 professionals coming from 90 different countries, we have 1,000 cameras, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of cables,” says Exarchos.

“This started to become a big burden for the organising committee as the Games grew bigger and more complex.

“As early as the Games of Atlanta (1996), it was made clear that the IOC should do something to support the cities.” So it was that the IOC created OBS in 2001 to provide coverage of all Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Beijing 2008 marked the OBS’ first outing and it comes as no surprise to discover that Sotiris Salamouris, who is in charge of technology at OBS, was back in Beijing last month to discuss the next Winter Olympics in 2022.

“We need to have a good number of discussions with the organising committee in terms of the infrastructures they need to make available for us,” says Salamouris. “The IBC, that is the priority.” The IBC is the International Broadcast Centre, a bustling hub set up in each host city where television channels from all over the world get the signal from OBS to broadcast back home.

“We need to work quite early with the organising committee to find this facility, to secure it, to agree about timelines, additional works necessary.

“This is what we have begun with Paris,” says Salamouris looking ahead already to the Summer Olympics of 2024.

Given that the IOC is based in Lausanne, it may raise an eyebrow to see that the OBS is centred in Madrid.

“It does not come from heaven, it comes from (Manolo) Romero,” jokes IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs whose father served 21 years as president of the IOC.

A Spaniard and in charge of radio and television coverage of the Games since Mexico in 1968, Romero was appointed head of OBS when it was created and insisted on the headquarters being in Madrid, where he lived.

‘Lifeline’ for sport

“Major sports events remain the holy grail of broadcasting,” says Exarchos.

Demand for television rights is constantly on the increase, and this, he points out, will continue with the emergence of new digital players in the market.

“Ninety percent of the TV rights go for the support of the Olympic movement and the development of sport,” he says.

The IOC keeps the rest.

“The funding that comes from the television rights of the Games is a lifeline for the support of sports.” “The vast majority of the sports which are in the Olympic programme would have a hard time surviving if it were not for revenues coming from the rights.” And with that, Exarchos returns to work, ticking off another day on the road to Tokyo.

Bowling: Singapore qualify for World Men Championships team semis, assured of at least a historic bronze

SINGAPORE – The national men’s team will pick up a historic medal at the World Bowling Men’s Championships on Tuesday (Dec 4), after qualifying for the semi-finals, which assures them of at least a bronze.

This will be the Republic’s first medal at this tournament – renamed the CGSE. Million Tinkle World Men Championships – after Basil Ng, Jonovan Neo, Joel Tan, Darren Ong, Jaris Goh and reserve Keith Saw finished fourth out of 46 teams in the team-of-five event yesterday.

That allowed them to o qualify for the last four at the South China Athletic Association bowling centre in Hong Kong.

With each of the five keglers bowling six games, Singapore notched 6,130 pinfalls, and will meet the American top seeds (6,373 pinfalls). The other semi-final will see Canada (6,242) take on Italy (6,132) before the final later in the day.

While the Americans were way ahead after five games, leading second-placed Canada by 142 pins, just 112 pins separated the chasing pack of Canada, France, Indonesia, Singapore and Italy going into the final game.

While Singapore produced a mediocre total of 958 pinfalls in the last round, they were helped by Indonesia (927) and France (918) doing worse, as they squeaked into the semi-finals ahead their Asean rivals by 18 pins, but finishing two pins behind the resurgent Italians (1,044).

Ong, one of just two players, along with France’s Gaetan Mouveroux (1,361) to bowl more than 200 pinfalls in all six games, said the reason for their success was “the belief in everyone’s abilities and sticking together during bad frames to push each other on throughout the tournament”.

Goh added: “We kept focusing on the process and stayed in the zone, and did not think about the bad frames when they happened.”

The semi-finals will be played in a best-of-three Baker format. In a team of five, this means the first player bowls Frames 1 and 6, the second player bowls Frames 2 and 7, and so forth.

Arguably, the United States are the favourites as they boast three Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Players of the Year in Andrew Anderson (2018), EJ Tackett (2016), Tommy Jones (2005/06) and Chris Barnes (2007/08), who is also a PBA Hall of Famer.

But national head coach Helmi Chew insisted his team will not be fazed by the occasion.

He said: The plan for the semi-final is to follow the process we have been working on the whole week, bowl their hearts out, and put on a good show against the top seeds.

“The Americans being the top seeds won’t scare our boys. We are prepared for any challenges along the way and they will do whatever the lanes require them to do.

“Our focus will be on staying in control of the things we can control. We will have a practice session before the semi-final and look at how fast our bowlers match up to the conditions to determine the final line-up but we believe all six boys have the ability to take on the role when called upon.”

LeBron James Launches DTC Supplement Company Called Ladder

LeBron James has launched a supplement company called Ladder alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lindsey Vonn, and Cindy Crawford.

The company will be in the direct to consumer supplement space.

James began developing his own food supplements after the 2014 Finals, and eventually mentioned his regime to Schwarzenegger.

“He explained to me that the whole idea behind it was that he cannot afford to be tested and not pass a drug test,” Schwarzenegger said. “I found that fascinating, because that was always my complaint about the (protein) products, that they don’t know what is in this. You know that, ‘OK, this is protein or this is whey protein or this is milk protein or this is egg protein. You know that, but you don’t know exactly what is in it.”

Vonn is in a similar situation as James as she can’t afford to fail a test.

Kemba Walker Pushed Agent To Accept Charlotte’s $10M Per Season Offer In 2014

Kemba Walker entered the NBA without a reliable perimeter jumper, but he has transformed himself into one of the best three-point shooters off the dribble in the league.

Walker shot 30 percent on three-pointers as a rookie and a combined 31.8 percent on threes over his first four seasons.

“I never saw myself playing at this level, and shooting the ball like this,” said Walker. “I guess you could say I’m surprised.”

“He and Dame [Lillard] are the closest things to Stephen Curry,” said James Borrego.

When Walker was negotiating a contract extension in 2014, his agent Jeff Schwartz pushed for $12 million per season. Charlotte’s best offer was $10 million per season and as the deadline approached, Walker pushed Schwartz to accept. Walker even threatened to call the Hornets to accept it himself. Charlotte, however, eventually offered a four-year, $48 million extension that was accepted. 

As Walker approaches a pivotal free agency, he talked about his love for Charlotte.

“These guys believed in me,” Walker said. “I couldn’t care less about big markets. That’s not who I am. I want to make this place big. I want to be in the playoffs every year. I want to make Charlotte pop.”

NBA Reaches Deal To Distribute Real-Time Data For In-Game Betting

The NBA has announced a deal with Genius Sports and Sportsradar to distribute real-time, official in-game data to sportsbooks.

“We feel strongly that official NBA betting data provides the best experience for our fans,” NBA vice president and head of fantasy and gaming Scott Kaufman-Ross told ESPN. “We want all legal operators to be using official data, and this framework ensures that there is a competitive marketplace for it.”

The NBA says the value of the official data feed lies in its reliability and transmission speed, which is critical for the growth of live in-game betting.

United Kingdom bookmakers say more money is bet during a game than before it.

“We see the market evolving more and more toward live betting, and having the ability of providing reliable, accurate and timely information to the [bettors] is absolutely crucial,” Sportradar U.S. president Matteo Monteverdi told ESPN.