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The Summer of Stars: Reflecting on the Purple and Yellow Team’s Dominance in Las Vegas

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That summer, the purple and yellow team drafted Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, but in Las Vegas they also fielded the many talents that had arrived in the previous draft, starting with Brandon Ingram. Among the players on that roster – seen today, eight years later – there are those who became NBA champions, those who were All-Stars, those who won the award for most improved player and those who are regulars in the best defensive quintets. It is not surprising that I won that edition of the Summer League without too many problems.

2024-07-10 11:23:13
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Zoos react to swine fever and bluetongue

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Until recently, Sabrina Linn thought it was out of the question that there would ever be a shortage of space because of the yellow-backed duiker. For years, the few zoos in Europe that housed two specimens of these endangered mammals each tried in vain to breed. And even now, after there were surprising and gratifying breeding successes in Frankfurt and Nuremberg this year, there is of course still no talk of overpopulation.

Nevertheless, the curator, who also keeps the international studbook for yellow-backed duikers, now has a problem with her four animals in Frankfurt Zoo. “We actually wanted to bring a female duiker to Berlin by September at the latest, where she would have more offspring,” says Linn, who points out the great time pressure in the fight to save the species. In addition, the enclosure of the female, which currently has to be housed alone, will soon be urgently needed for the okapis again.

Brush-eared pigs could be restricted

But now it is no longer possible to transport animals. The zoo is also affected by the current animal epidemics. Due to the new type of bluetongue virus and the lack of approval for a vaccine, transporting yellow-backed duikers is currently out of the question, even though there have been virtually no cases of the disease in zoos in recent years. “However, when transporting ungulates, we are still subject to the same rules that apply to grazing animals in order to contain the virus,” says Linn.

The swine fever that is rampant in southern Hesse is also having an impact. Three brush-eared pigs live in the zoo, and Linn expects strict regulations to be introduced soon. “Frankfurt is not yet part of the restriction zone, but that is probably only a matter of time. The wild boars are migrating and will reach our region as well.” There are emergency plans for this, which at least spare the pigs from having to be kept in stables. “As other federal states have already experienced swine fever, fortunately the restrictions have been relaxed in recent years,” says the curator. “We would only have to seal off the area where the animals are kept, which is quite easy for us because of the location of the enclosure.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Caring for the animals: Curator Sabrina Linn with a yellow-backed duiker.Frankfurt Zoo/ Klaus Rudloff

The example shows that when epidemics break out in animal husbandry, things are not much different than in human society. “Just as we had to learn to deal with and live with Corona, the same is true in animal husbandry of the epidemics that are increasingly affecting us and keeping us busy. There is no other option than to act pragmatically,” says Linn. “Otherwise, at some point, disease control would restrict animal protection and impair animal welfare, for example by keeping wild animals in stables that are unacceptable.”

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Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry Endorse Kamala Harris in Bid for Presidential Election

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United States basketball coach Steve Kerr and player Stephen Curry on Thursday gave their support to Kamala Harris, the likely Democratic candidate for the November 5 presidential election after outgoing President Joe Biden withdrew his candidacy.

“Kamala Harris is a great candidate and I will support her,” Steve Kerr assured the American press.

The coach of Team USA since 2021 often discusses social issues in the United States during his press conferences with the Golden State Warriors, the NBA franchise he coaches and has led to four titles since 2014.

“It’s an interesting moment for our country, for sure, after the endorsement of Joe Biden,” his player Stephen Curry said at a news conference. “Vice President Harris is trying to bring her energy to the campaign, and I hope she’s on the ticket to win the election.”

“For her right now, looking at what’s coming next, it’s also about positive energy and optimism, looking at how divided our country is,” added the guard with four NBA titles and two MVP awards, also with the Golden State Warriors. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

“So we’re very excited about where she’s going to go,” Curry concluded.

Reigning Olympic champion Team USA enters the competition on Sunday in a clash against reigning world runner-up Serbia.

(Report by Vincent Daheron, edited by Sophie Louet)

2024-07-25 15:38:42
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Too many mistakes: tears and doubts: handball players lose Olympic start

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Too many mistakes, tears and doubts: Handball players lose Olympic start

Germany’s handball players were completely at a loss after their botched Olympic opening. Photo

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At the Olympics, of all times, Germany’s handball players showed the worst attacking performance of the year. After the game, many tears flowed – and now a medal favorite was waiting.

Germany’s handball players looked as if their exit from the Olympic Games had already been sealed. Only with their last strength could co-captains Alina Grijseels and Emily Bölk hold back their tears after the opening defeat against South Korea. Antje Döll, on the other hand, let her emotions run free. “Sorry,” sobbed the left winger as she entered the interview zone after the 22:23 (10:11) defeat. Then, completely dejected, she looked for explanations for one of the worst attacking performances of the DHB women this year.

“I don’t know what was going on. We worked our asses off for five weeks. It sucks when you don’t get rewarded for it. We lost the game in attack,” analyzed Döll, who was the DHB’s best scorer with six goals. Meanwhile, her teammates shuffled past her with empty looks and hanging heads. Each of them knew that they had just missed a big step towards the quarter-finals.

Difficult tasks await

On Sunday, the DHB women are underdogs in their duel with Sweden. Other opponents in the preliminary round are the top Scandinavian teams from Denmark and Norway, as well as the supposedly weaker Slovenians. The best four teams from the group of six qualify for the knockout phase. The fact is: The team around co-captain Bölk, for whom this was the first appearance at the Olympic Games since 2008 in Beijing, is now under a lot of pressure.

For weeks, the DHB women had been meticulously dealing with the issue of distraction. National coach Markus Gaugisch wanted to ensure that the focus remained on the sport despite all the exciting external impressions. Whatever measures those in charge had taken, they had no effect whatsoever. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Clear error analysis and clear approach

Gaugisch announced a “clear error analysis and a clear speech”. At the same time, the 50-year-old tried to encourage his players: “The tournament is not over,” said Gaugisch. Even Döll had regained her optimism after a few minutes. “Nothing has happened yet,” said the 35-year-old, despite the diminished prospects of progressing.

The DHB team had a nervous start and made too many technical errors. The German defense was good, but the attack lacked precision against the small and agile South Koreans. Bölk, Xenia Smits and Co. hardly had any easy shots at all. After leading by two goals at one point, the DHB team was suddenly 8:10 behind. Gaugisch seemed at a loss on the sidelines.

Döll’s goal brings the turnaround

The DHB team was unable to overcome its lack of concentration after the break. Poor finishes repeatedly ruined the good defensive work. The fact that Germany was still fully in the game, at least in terms of the result, was due to South Korea also allowing too many ball losses.

When Döll finally put her team back in the lead 21 minutes before the end of the game (13:12), there was cheering on the German bench. The South Korean defense seemed to have cracked the code and the DHB team pulled ahead by four goals (18:14). But then mistakes crept in again and South Korea came back into the game. In the end, the DHB women were deeply disappointed.

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