Men’s speedskater Joji Kato and women’s speedskater Tomomi Okazaki are among the athletes who will represent Japan at the world single distance championships next month, the Japan Skating Federation said Wednesday.Hiroyasu Shimizu, who holds the world record in the men’s 500 meters, will also participate in the March 3-6 tournament in Inzell, Germany, as will Sayuri Osuga, who came third in the women’s 500 in a recent World Cup event. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Up to two spots for the Turin Winter Olympics next February can be secured by Japanese who finish in the top three in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 at the four-day meet.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook confronted a man and his wife during a game after the Oklahoma City star says the two racially taunted him.The heated exchange came early in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said. He said they told him to “get down on my knees like I used to.” After that, Westbrook was seen on video cursing at the man and threatening him and his wife.After the game, Westbrook spoke of verbal abuse he and teammates hear from spectators on the road. Much of it has been directed at their families, according to Westbrook. He said he will no longer tolerate such disrespect.“There’s got to be something done,” Westbrook said. “There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. I don’t think it’s fair to the players.”Westbrook recently objected to a young fan touching him on the sideline during a game.Jazz security repeatedly warned fans in the area, and the team said after the game it will investigate what happened.“Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment,” the team statement said. “If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA code of conduct, appropriate action will be taken.”The fan said in a TV interview neither he nor his wife cursed at Westbrook.Westbrook’s teammates came to his defense following the game. Raymond Felton, who did not play, sat near Westbrook on the bench. Felton confirmed he also heard the taunts.“He’s not coming off and talking to the fans, just saying stuff to them and just blurting out words,” Felton said. “He’s not. They’re coming at him first. When is there going to be a point where there’s going to be protecting those players? People can say whatever what they want to say us during games and yell out stuff and talk about our families and talk about our kids.”Westbrook finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Lionel Messi leaves Kazan without revealing Argentina future 30/06/2018 Ivan San Antonio @sanantheone El Mundial, un borrón en el currículum de Messi A STRANGE BODY Russia could have seen the last of Lionel Messi in international football. Qatar 2022 is slowly appearing on the horizon and the No.10 will be 35 then. Predicting his evolution is as difficult as thinking that, even if he does play it, something will have changed for him to have a chance to win his first World Cup. Bloody World Cup! What a grotesque way to dirty the greatest curriculum in the game! Messi, Catalan in Argentina and Argentina in Catalonia, left the pithc at the Kazan Arena with the same face as always, the same one he wore in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Leo was the youngest Argentina player in 2006, he fought for his place, he earned the captain’s armband, runs everything and should be made to feel at home. But not. He never felt like he was at home. Messi has never noticed the warmth that he receives at Camp Nou, nor complicity on the pitch from those that have grown along with him. Not once has he flowed in the Argentina shirt as he does in the Barcelona strip. The 10 on his back, the armband or the Argentine passport don’t mean anything. They don’t add anything. The biggest love stories aren’t built on material gifts. RELATED STORIES Coach Jorge Sampaoli changed his system for the umpteenth time against France. And he could change it as many times as Argentina play games with Messi. There won’t be any improvement. The victories are circumstantial, the same as the losses. The problem is not the set up, nor the players selected. To find the reason why Leo looks like he’s in a strange body when playing for Argentina, you have to rewind 18 years, back to when he was 13, when his destiny changed and football took him to Barcelona. That day, everything changed and Barça’s success would be balanced by Argentina’s failings. Because both things are intimately connected. LAST WORLD CUP? IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 02/07/2018 at 18:07 CEST How many knocks of this stature is one person — who since he was young has been obliged to win a World Cup — capable of taking? Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, where football is a religion, but he became a man in Barcelona. It was also surrounded by the Mediterranean that he was crowned as the best player in the history of the game, a symbolic prize which is only argued about where he was born. And all because of a tournament that is played every four years, a tournament that is whimsical and unpredictable. The hell Messi has to go through every four years is all because of Diego Maradona and his two goals against England in 1986. Bloody World Cup! Messi at his most human as Argentina crash out of World Cup
The Nelson Peewee Leafs have been struggling to find consistency this season on the Minor Hockey circuit. The Leafs, starting the season off on a sour note, are looking to put it all together for the 2011 part of the season.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Nelson Peewee Leafs with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Jared Seminoff, assistant coach Brian Jones, Taylor Cooper, Amit Bhabra, Matthew Jones, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne Mcgeady-Bruce, Justin Podgorenko, Jayden Maida, Merissa Dawson, Everett Hicks and head coach Ron Podgorenko. Front, Joey Timmermans, Kaleb Comishin, Logan Mengler, Ben Woodwar, Jaden Bennett, Jacob Shukin, Bryce Twible, and Curt Doyle. Missing, assistant coach Greg Andrusak, goalie coach Ian Perreault.The Leafs are off to Spokane for a pair of league games Saturday and Sunday.