How will Trump’s immigration ban affect sports?

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Many in the sports world are trying to figure out how President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration will affect their respective sports.

The executive order blocks entry into the United States from seven predominantly Muslim Nations – Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan – for 90 days.

It also suspends the entry of all refugees for 120 days and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Over the weekend, sports officials sought to understand the implications of the President’s ban, and whether athletes from the prohibited nations could enter the U.S to compete, especially in the initial 90-day period.

The NBA has already contacted the U.S. Department of State in an effort to deduce how the ban might affect player travel.

“We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in out league who are from one of the impacted countries” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the best best players from around the world.”

(Can I just mention how much I appreciate both the NBA and WNBA for their consistent fight for equality and inclusion and their willingness to stand up for civil rights and social issues?)

Here in Los Angeles, Laker forward Luol Deng finds himself at the center of this mess.

Deng was born in Sudan (now called South Sudan) and fled before the country split in 2011. As noted, Sudan is one of the countries whose inhabitants have been banned from entering the US for three months.

Deng managed to escape the country’s Civil War and travel to Egypt with his father, finally finding asylum in the United Kingdom.

But his is a dual citizen and his British passport do not guarantee re-entry into the US.

Under Trump’s executive order, dual citizens are at risk of being detained and deported upon their return.

Basically, no one knows what the hell is going on.

Meanwhile, the #LA2024 Bid Committee, led by Chairman Casey Wasserman, CEO Gene Sykes, and Mayor Eric Garcetti, is wondering what impact he ban will have on their effects to bring the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the city of Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti has been very vocal regarding his stance against Trump’s immigration orders. He has let it be known that Los Angeles will continue to accommodate all refugees.

“Los Angeles will always be a place of refuge, where the most vulnerable people fleeing war, or religious political oppression, can find a safe and welcoming home,” Garcetti said.

The International Olympic Committee will meet on September 13th in Lima, Peru, to choose the host city and this immigration ban has no doubt thrown a wrench into LA’s bid.

Richard Perkin, a member of the IOC who will be voting in September for the 2024 host city posted his concern via Twitter that the actions of the President may cause our city to lose out in the bidding.

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The stakes are high for athletes and the city of Los Angeles regarding Trump’s new regulation restricting access to America.

And the frustrating part is, we have no idea how this is going to play out or how we should prepare.

Stay tuned.

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#SportBits … Russia Accused of “Systemic Doping”

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the second part of their report into allegations against Russia of state-sponsored doping, particularly involving the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Lead investigator Richard McLaren alleges that systematic doping took place between 2011-2014, and that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over the four-year period.

 

The report confirms the information released in the first report back in July of this year. But it expands its findings to include evidence of tampering with doping samples involving 12 Russian medalists in Sochi. That number includes athletes who won four gold medals.

As reported here last summer, it was the recommendation of WADA after the first report surfaced to ban the entire Russian Federation from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. The International Olympic Committee officials rejected the outright ban, however, and instead required the international federations that govern each sport to decide which Russians should be allowed to compete.

This decision was widely criticized after roughly two-thirds of the Russian team ended up participating in Rio. With the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, pressure is mounting to react more harshly to this latest allegation.

The IOC has established two commissions to address the situation, especially the allegation of swapping dirty samples for clean ones at a Russian lab during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. No athletes were named in the report: however, their identities were provided to the respective international federations for possible disciplinary action.

This is a sad story with which to end what has been an exciting year in sports. I feel for all the athletes who worked hard and made sacrifices in order to pursue their goal of winning a medal in the Olympics, only to face an uneven playing field. I feel sorry for the fans and spectators who have been deceived, and I strongly believe that ANYONE, whether it be an official or an athlete, who took part in such a deliberate and dishonest manipulation of the system should be banned from all aspects of their respective sport FOR LIFE.

Three strikes and you’re out. #consequences

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#SportBits … America’s Top Gun Kim Rhode

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I love the Olympics! Everyday I learn about some badass athlete who has accomplished something amazing…usually by overcoming adversity or controversy. It’s inspiring!

Today meet Kim Rhode… one of America’s least known Olympians who is one of the most successful Olympic medalists in U.S. history. On August 12th, Kim Rhode will have the chance to bring a medal home for a record-setting sixth Olympics in a row, as she competes in the skeet event.

Rhode made her debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games days after her 17th birthday, and promptly won gold in the double trap. In London while pregnant, she set an Olympic record by hitting 99 of 100 targets in the finals. Badass, right?

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Now at 37, she’s got more on her mind than just history. Fame and recognition as one of the best shooters in the world have put her in a unique position to become more politically active. After taking the gold at the London games, the first question asked wasn’t about the win, but rather, “Can you comment on Aurora” – a reference to the mass shooting in a movie theater that left 12 people dead.

“No other sport in the Olympics gets that,” she says. “They don’t ask the swimmers to comment after somebody drowns.”

Kim Rhode started shooting when she was 10 years old. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, guns and shooting have always been a part of her life. Recently she has decided to take a stand against gun control laws, offering full support for carrying concealed weapons, and attacking gun legislation in her home state of California.

“I’m definitely becoming more vocal because I see the need,” said Rhode. “We just had six laws that were passed in California that will directly affect me. For example, ammunition law. I shoot 500 to 1,000 rounds a day, having to do a background check every time I purchase ammo or when I bring ammo out for a competition or a match – those are very, very challenging for me.”

She said one of the new laws in California that curtails the flow of guns will actually prevent her from inheriting her own father’s guns or giving hers to her children. Rhodes feels that many of the recent mass shootings have occurred in cities where anti-gun legislation is already in place – suggesting that those shootings are examples of why gun control doesn’t work.

Being in a sport surrounded by controversy hasn’t been easy. Rhode spends a lot of time studying gun laws because she knows that will be the focus of her press conferences. Also, she says the stigma attached to shooting has affected her ability to get endorsements.

Whether you agree with Rhode’s views or not, you can’t argue with her place in Olympic history, and I for one will be rooting for her to break the record and become the first summer Olympian to win an individual medal in six straight Olympics. #Badass

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#SportBits.. Meet Teen Olympian Sydney McLaughlin

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Sixteen-year-old New Jersey native Sydney McLaughlin is headed to Rio Di Janeiro for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Her record-setting performance in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon secured her a spot on the USA track and field team. Here are some fun facts to help you get to know this young Olympian – so when you’re with friends or family watching her race at the Games – you can impress everyone with your knowledge!  #SportBits

1. McLaughlin will be the youngest Team USA track athlete to compete in the Games since 1972 when a 15-year-old Cindy Gilbert competed in Munich. McLaughlin turns 17 on August 7th…two days after the Opening Ceremonies.

2. Her event is the 400-meter hurdles and there is no one her age that has run this event faster. At the Olympic trials, she finished third with a time of 54.15 – setting a new junior record.

3. She is a rising high school senior from Dunellen, New Jersey with a 3.55 GPA. She has not lost a high school race since June of 2014 when she was 14 years old.

4.  She probably didn’t see herself in Rio 2016 after beginning her school track season with mononucleosis which kept her out 1 ½ months. She probably didn’t see herself at the Espy Awards in Los Angeles a few weeks ago either. But she was there rubbing elbows with the most famous pro athletes – taking home the award for the girls’ national prep athlete of the year.

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5. She holds so many records that I can’t even begin to write them all …but you can find them here.

It’s hard to forget that McLaughlin is only 16 years old. She’s so accomplished and appears so full of confidence. But inside – she has doubts just like anyone else. At the Olympic trials in Eugene she said:

“It was me doubting everything I’d done so far this season not understanding that I’ve worked to get where I am and that I deserved to be here and just thinking, ‘I’m 16 and these girls are all professionals.’ I definitely had a moment where I didn’t think I could do it, and they told me ‘You’re getting on the line and running this race.’ That put me where I am today.” 

McLaughlin is a star with a very bright future ahead. Even her competitors gush over her. American Kori Carter, who finished 4th behind her in Eugene, said, “She’s a beast. She’s the truth. I was in every single heat with her, and she carries herself like a pro. I know she’s going to represent the U.S. amazingly.”

I’m excited to see how this teen performs on the biggest sports stage in the world! You can watch her at the Olympics starting August 5th on NBC. Follow me onsocial media for more Olympic news, scores, and updates.

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#SportBits … Sports Promoting Peace

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When I feel like the world is going to hell in a bucket, I turn to sports. Watching athletes work together to achieve their goals through hard work and dedication is inspiring. It can take my mind off the ills of the world. Another healing power of sports is its authority to promote peace. Next month in Rio I look forward to focusing on these stories, highlighting how the Olympic Games can bring together people of all ethnicities, faiths and genders – uniting and building bridges between different cultures.

Let’s look at two great stories about the healing power of sports.

“Sports can create hope when once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments when breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela proved just that. In 1995, a year after the first multiracial democratic election in South Africa, the country hosted the Rugby World Cup. Rugby was an Afrikaner sport that represented apartheid and racism. So when Mandela appeared at the tournament final wearing the green and gold Springbok jersey, a symbol loathed by the nations black community, he sent out a strong message of peace and unity.

South Africa won the Cup that year and when the blond captain of the Springbok team shook hands with the black freedom-fighter-turned-president, they instantly forged one of the country’s defining images of racial unity.

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In 1971 at the World Table Tennis Championships in Japan, an unlikely friendship between two players from the United States and China paved the way for improved relations between the two countries. After the Championships, China invited the American players for a visit to their country and the world watched as diplomats thawed years of war and misunderstanding over a game of ping-pong.

“Never before in history has a sport been used so effectively as a tool of international diplomacy.” ~ Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai

When Chou En-Lai greeted the first American delegation to set foot in China since the Communist takeover in 1949, his welcoming was seen as a gesture of friendship and peace after nearly two decades of hostility towards the United States. Who would have thought fifteen American table tennis players and three journalists would make such a political breakthrough? That very same day, President Nixon announced that the United States would lift sanctions on China and he would soon become the first American President to visit the People’s Republic.#pingpongdiplomacy

So, while the media (myself included) have been focusing on the problemsfacing these Rio Games, let’s also remember how the Olympics, and sports in general, can unite and promote peace during difficult times. I look forward to bringing you some of these storylines next month.

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#SportBitsDaily … #TGIF

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Happy 4th of July weekend #SportBits readers! Hopefully, you are all where you’re going to be for the big day, because traveling today will be a nightmare. You might need some satellite radio, portable charges, and lots of patience to get you through the traffic jams and long security lines. Thankfully, I got to my destination yesterday….so good luck to you. Stay strong!

CWS: This is what it looks like when a school wins its first National Championship in program history.

Coast Carolina won the College World Series yesterday, beating Arizona 4-3 in a hard fought and tense Game 3. Severe weather in Omaha, Nebraska caused the game to be postponed from its original Wednesday night start time. Head coach Gary Gilmore won his first title after 21 years of coaching, and the Chanticleers (it’s a rooster!!) capped off their improbable run with its first National Championship.

NBA: Let the CRAZY off-season deals begin…..

  • The Los Angeles Lakers will pay the 7-1 center Timofey Mozgov, who will turn 30 in two weeks, $64 million over the next four seasons. The Cavaliers traded two first-round picks to the Denver Nuggets for Mozgov in January 2015. DUDE IS 30 AND COMING OF MAJOR KNEE SURGURY. #wtf
  • Free agent DeMar DeRozan has agreed to a five-year, $139 million-plus deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors.
  • Free-agent center Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks are working to finalize a deal in the range of four years and $70 million-plus.

More free-agency news here. And there is more to come…. #Durant #Gasol #Howard ~> stay tuned.

MLB:

The Cleveland Indians won their 13th straight behind Carlos Carrasco‘s 14 strikeouts last night. The win gave the Indians their longest winning streak in nearly 65 years

IT IS PANIC TIME FOR DODGER FANS. Superman ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw has a herniated disc and has been put on the 15day DL. The Dodgers quickly scrambled to beef up their ailing pitching staff by acquiring right-hander Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves. Holeeeeee hell this is not good.

Love me a good comeback: The Detroit Tigers began an 11-game road trip yesterday with a WICKED ninth-inning rally v. Tampa Bay. The Tigers trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits, overcoming a five-run deficit win 10-7.

More MLB news and yesterday’s scores…here.

 Wimbledon:

Of course it’s the fashion getting all the news. Nike’s “lingerie” dress is really irritating some people. Many feel the free flowing outfit belongs in the bedroom and not the All England Tennis Club. Jeez-Louise…everyone needs to lighten up! Thoughts?

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No. 8 seed Venus Williams won her match v.  Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, on the smaller, outer court 18 yesterday. Afterwards, she said she didn’t mind playing on the outside court as long as EVERYONE has to, insinuating that the scheduling is not fair. When asked if she could imagine a five-time male champion being on an outside court, Venus said with a smile, “I haven’t seen that in the scheduling yet.” The rain is wreaking havoc, so scheduling matches is proving to be quite a challenge. Guess you can’t please everyone.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has not decided if he’s playing in Rio. “I’ve been trying to reach out to Brazilian friends and acquaintances, [to] get information … When I get more, I’ll be able to make my final decision.” #RioWorries

The biggest upset yesterday was No. 2 seed and French Open winner Garbine Muguruza losing 6-2, 6-1 to Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova who is ranked No. 124. The match took less than an hour. Ouch.

Here are all your results and match updates.

Olympic News:

22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to qualify for 5 Olympics yesterday when finished first at the men’s 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials. This sets up a Friday night showdown between Phelps and longtime competitor Ryan Lochte in the final of the 200-meter individual medley.This one is especially significant for the 31-year-old Lochte, given it’s his only real shot at swimming a race of his own (rather than a relay) at the Olympics.

L A S T L Y :  #JohnnyFootball Update: Johnny Manziel’s dad called him a “Druggie” who would best benefit from some time in jail. Johnny responded maturely with this instagram from Costa Rica with caption #HiDad.

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His trouble continues as yesterday the NFL announced Johnny has been suspended for the first four games of the season…making his return to the an even bigger uphill battle. He’s a free agent.  Who is going to take a chance on him?  I’m all for second chances, but ya gimme something to work with. #maturity #commitment

Ok. That’s it…so now you know. Enjoy your 4th! Lot’s of good sports on this weekend. Watch…learn…and chat it up around the BBQ. And can I recommend a digital thermometer. It really is THE ONLY WAY to get those burgers, steaks and chicken cooked properly. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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#SportBits… Monday Recap … #jumpin

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Hello #SportBits reader! Thanks for stopping by. It tells me you DO want to know a little bit of what’s happening in the world of sports…for whatever reason. Now if you would just leave me some comments below, I could fine-tune this bad boy to make #SportBits even more enjoyable for YOU! #jumpin

It was a beautiful weekend here is Southern California…one of those weekends where it was really hard to be inside watching sports. But for you loyal readers, I made sure to catch the noteworthy contests.

First up in Maryland, we had the running of the 141st Preakness. After a decisive win at the Kentucky Derby, undefeated Nyquist hoped to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. It was a day of rain and fog, which many felt favored Nyquist’s main competitor, Exaggerator. Jockey Kent Desormeaux ran a beautiful race and guided Exaggerator to a 3-½-length victory over Cherry Wine on the sloppy track. Nyquist finished third. If you missed it, you will get a chance to watch these two compete again in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes. It will be their 6th time running against each other, with Nyquist up 4-1. #rivalry

At the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in Irving Texas, Spaniard Sergio Garcia made par on the first playoff hole on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player. #vamonos

The 2016 French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, kicked off at Roland Garros stadium this week. Sunday started with cloudy and soggy conditions, forcing play to stop. Rain continued to fall today/Monday, causing additional delays after only 10 of 32 scheduled matches were completed on Sunday. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that plays on a clay court, and so weather conditions can have a huge impact. This year, top seed Serena Williams will be playing for her 4th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title, which would tie her with Steffi Graf. Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic will be playing for the only Grand Slam title missing from his impressive résumé. Check in HERE for scores and match schedules. And for more French Open analysis, see my article on HerDaily. #crosspromotion

The NBA playoffs continue. In the east, the Toronto Raptors won Game 3 at home on Friday, 99-84. Cleveland leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is tonight in Toronto, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

In the West, the OKC Thunder clobbered the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, 133-105. The Thunder leads the series 2-1. Game 4 at OKC, Tuesday, 9pm ET on TNT.

ICYMI: the NBA lottery took place last week and the Philadelphia 76ers won first pick. The LA Lakers got second and the Boston Celtics took third. The draft is June 23rd in New York, with LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram considered the top two picks.

The WNBA season is just underway, and the league is getting great PR from some of their NBA counterparts. Golden State Warrior Draymond Green said last week: “In the NBA there’s always a guy who is only around because he can jump. He doesn’t have a clue about the fundamentals. I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.” And when Clipper star Blake Griffin guested on Broad City last month, he said the WNBA was, “So good. I literally steal moves from them all the time.” He then went on to say, “Some of the moves they do, I can’t even — like — I can’t even think of in my head. It’s just like the best version of basketball there is.”

The WNBA is where it’s at, people. Check it out. Here is a great place to start.

The NHL playoffs continue with the Western Conference series tied at 2 after a strong performance by the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 on Saturday. Game 5 v. the San Jose Sharks is tonight, in St. Louis, at 8pm ET on NBCSN.

In the #ECF, the Tampa Bay Lightning staged comebacks scoring two tying goals, the second of which forced overtime with 3:16 to go in regulation in what became a 4-3 overtime victory over the Penguins in Game 5. They lead the series 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win in Game 6, Tuesday night in Tampa Bay.

In MLB news… a few interesting rule changes are in the works. At the owners meeting last week, the Competition Committee approved a change in the strike zone, which now starts below the knee. The change move the zone to the top of the hitter’s knee. Also, if a pitcher wants to walk a batter, he will soon be able to signal the umpire instead of having to throw the old-fashioned 4 pitches to a standing catcher. Both these changes could go into effect next season and are meant to pick up the pace of the game, which is a priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

A crappy thing happened at Petco Park on Saturday night, and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is calling for an investigation. A mix-up occurred at the Padres v. Dodgers game, when a recording of a woman’s voice was played over 100 male chorus members who had taken the field to perform the national anthem. No attempt to stop the recording or usher the singers off the field was made, so the chorus stood there looking embarrassed and humiliated. Donald Trump Fans were heard yelling, “you sing like a girl” as they walked off afterwards. Padre officials said it was a mistake and have fired the person responsible for the error. I hope it was a mistake because that sh*t ain’t cool.

Here is a link to all the scores and current team standings.

In college sports, there are a bunch of tournaments happening, but I’m going focus on lacrosse and softball this week.

In the women’s lacrosse, the tournament final four is set: #1 Maryland will play #4 Syracuse, and #3 North Carolina takes on Penn State in the semifinals on Friday. The championship game will be 12pm ET on Sunday.

On the men’s side: #1 Maryland plays #5 Brown, and North Carolina takes on #7 Loyola (Md) on Saturday, with the championship game on Monday. College lax is fast past, exciting to watch and becoming more and more popular by the day. You should try and catch some if you get chance. Most games are televised on the ESPN networks.

In women’s softball, the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) is the final portion of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The tournament format consists of two four-team double-elimination brackets. The winners of each bracket then compete in a best-of-three series to determine the Division I WCWS National Champion.  The top 4 seeds this year are: Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Auburn. Teams are currently competing in the best-of-three Regional Series. Check here for teams, scores and schedules.

In other news…

Our old pal Johnny Manziel is in the news again. On Friday, Manziel got kicked out of a Las Vegas club for punching a patron in the face at an impromptu Drake concert. Now there is word the NFL is investigating the Cleveland QB’s role in a car crash that happened on the Sunset Strip last month. Manziel was a passenger in the rental car which was heavily damaged. The owner now claims Manziel refuses to pay for repairs – and he is PO’d. TMZ reports the car crash probe is part of a “larger Manziel investigation, which is ongoing.” #staytuned

Today is the deadline for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to appeal his deflate-gate case, and it’s looking like he is going to proceed. Lord have mercy, when will it end? I’m tired of it…You can read more about it here.

Ugh. According to documents obtained by ESPN’s Outside The Lines, a new congressional report is out implying that the NFL sought to “improperly influence” a major government study on connections between football and brain disease. The report says the NFL gave the National Institutes of Health a $30 million unrestricted gift in 2012, but later sought to pull $16 million in funding from that gift away from one researcher, and reroute it to researchers working on the league’s own brain injury committee. When the NIH declined to redirect the funding, the NFL “balked at paying for the study, despite having signed documents it would do so.” Taxpayers were then on the hook to pay for the study. Not cool NFL…not cool at all. The brain injury study begins next week in Boston.

The Olympic doping scandal continues. Over the weekend, Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva accused anti-doping and Olympic bosses of discrimination against Russia and violating her human rights. Russia’s athletics team has been suspended from international competition since November, after the publication of an independent report into systemic doping in Russian athletics. A decision on whether to lift that ban in time for Rio will be made by the International Association of Athletics Federations on June 17.

L A S T L Y…. and let’s see if you made it to the end of this VERY long article… I want you to check out this video from last nights #OKCvGSW game and tell me if you think the kick in the crotch by Draymond Green on Steven Adams was intentional. He was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul which is being reviewed today. Opinions are falling on both sides. I have no question what I think. What do YOU think? #owie

Alrighty then…that’s it for #SportBits. Thanks for stopping by. Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more news and scores and just plain fun.

 

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