FSU coach: ‘No malice’ from Allen
The Florida State assistant coach who was knocked over the Seminoles’ bench following a collision with Grayson Allen said he’s certain there was no malice in the Duke guard’s efforts.
Assistant Dennis Gates posted on Twitter Wednesday that “I know what a dirty play is and I was not the victim of one” during the teams’ game Tuesday night.
With about 6 minutes remaining in the ninth-ranked Seminoles’ 88-72 victory over No. 7 Duke — Allen’s first road game since returning from a one-game suspension for tripping an opponent — the guard leaped into the Florida State bench while chasing a rebound and his right hand made contact with Gates, who tumbled onto his back.
Gates said Allen made “a great hustle play” and that he “did not in any way feel attacked (or) disrespected” by the player.
The Duke guard received an indefinite suspension from the team — which wound up being for just one game — after tripping an Elon player on Dec. 21, the third time he had tripped an opponent in an 11-month period.
Cubs visiting Obama at White House Monday
President Barack Obama will welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, just five days before he leaves office.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama is “really looking forward to it,” as were a number of West Wing colleagues who are Cubs fans.
“I think anybody who’s a sport fan, even if you’re not a baseball fan and not a Cubs fan, appreciated the historic run that the Chicago Cubs had through the playoffs and to a World Series title this year,” Earnest said.
The president invited the Cubs shortly after they beat the Cleveland Indians in an extra-inning, Game 7 thriller to end a title drought that dated to 1908. Obama has a home in Chicago and is a fan of the White Sox, but he rooted for the North Siders since his favorite team didn’t make the playoffs.
Obama, a prominent sports fan, also hosted the Chicago Blackhawks after their three Stanley Cup championships since 2010, along with other championship teams from college and the U.S pro leagues.
Iverson, Ice Cube founding 3-on-3 league
Ice Cube and Allen Iverson are putting their star power behind a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league.
The entertainment mogul and NBA Hall of Famer announced the launch of Big3 on Wednesday morning at a news conference.
Teams comprised of former NBA stars will play its eight-game season in the summer starting June 24 with each week’s contests taking place in a different city with all eight teams playing each Saturday. It will finish with a two-week playoffs.
Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis and Kenyon Martin are some of the former NBA players who are committed to play in the league include. Gary Payton and George Gervin will serve as two of the coaches.
Furyk named U.S. Ryder Cup captain
Jim Furyk was appointed Wednesday as the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where his team will try to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years.
Furyk was a unanimous choice by the Ryder Cup committee last month.
The former U.S. Open champion, and the only player in history to twice post rounds in the 50s, brings more playing experience than any other U.S. captain. Furyk played on nine consecutive teams starting in 1997, and he was an assistant captain to Davis Love III last year at Hazeltine.
Love will be one of his assistants in France.
“He’s going to be a very tough act to follow,” Furyk said from PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “He put a system in place. He put the players behind it. It won’t make my task easier, but it makes it easier knowing there is a system in place.