Reporter’s reaction to his own backwards basketball shot is too perfect



Backward basketball shots and pieces to camera are both pretty difficult, so putting them together is surely utter madness, right?

Well, TV journalist Patrick Reincke makes doing both look too freaking easy. And he knows it.

Reincke was finishing off a piece about the Olympics for Southern Cross News in South Australia, when suddenly — ball in hand, back turned — he went for a shot of the basket behind him.

The video was uploaded by Alison Drower on Friday, but the reaction from Reincke will live on forever.

Let’s just see that reaction one more time. Read more…

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Edmund Clark’s best photograph: echoes of Guantánamo in a children’s slide

‘This is from my Guantánamo series about the homes of ex-detainees. The architecture of the room is very confining’

This is a house in Kuwait. It belongs to the brother of an ex-Guantánamo Bay detainee. I’m not going to say who he was. The architecture of the room struck me as incredibly confining. The contrast between the bare walls and the ornate carpet was striking, plus the innocent child’s plaything – the slide – has been put right up against the wall in an uncomfortable way. Then there’s the basketball hoop in red, white and blue – an American presence in this country, in this person’s life.

Related: The idyllic art of Bagram airbase: Edmund Clark’s Mountains of Majeed

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LeBron cashes in, highest-paid in NBA next season

BREAKING NEWS: @KingJames announces on UNINTERRUPTED he will sign a new deal with the @Cavs.https://t.co/CXZ5qFK5o6 — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) August 11, 2016 What do you give the player who has everything? Well, money is always welcome. And if anything, LeBron James certainly has that, and more, now that his contract extension with the Cavaliers is official […]


Rio Olympics: Fiji win rugby sevens gold, GB cyclists win men’s team sprint and more – live!

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Despite the pre-game brouhaha Spain are leading Nigeria 81-74 in the fourth quarter.

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More on that controlled explosion at the basketball arena from Reuters:

Fans missed the start of the men’s Olympic basketball contest between Nigeria and Spain on Thursday after an unattended backpack was found in the arena, triggering a security alert and a controlled detonation of the bag.
Television images showed the players, including Spanish NBA star Pau Gasol, starting play against the backdrop of tiers of empty seats after security held back crowds from entering the arena.
The backpack was carried away by a robot and detonated, a spokesman for Rio 2016 confirmed. Detonating unattended bags has been common this Games amid concerns over security at South America’s first Olympics.
A security agent said the backpack was discovered after the Brazil-Croatia game.
A tablet computer, some socks and a jacket were found inside the backpack following the detonation. The public were allowed into the arena immediately afterwards, a spokesman said.

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Olympic Basketball Coach Has Flawless Response To Sexist Question

Geno Auriemma keeps fielding the same sexist questions.

According to the sports website For The Win, Auriemma, the coach of the U.S. Women’s Olympic basketball team, was recently asked if he thinks it’s bad for basketball that his team is so dominant.

While it’s true ― the U.S. Women’s team is steamrolling the rest of the world when it comes to basketball ― Auriemma wants to know why people aren’t asking the same question of Michael Phelps or the men’s basketball team, who are also dominating in their respective sports.

According to For The Win, a reporter asked Auriemma: “People have been asking about whether the dominance of the USA team is bad for the game, but that’s not being said on the men’s side. What are your thoughts on that?”

Revel in Auriemma’s response below: 

We live in that Trumpian era where it’s OK to be sexist and degrade people that are good, just because they’re the opposite sex. We are what we are. We’re never going to apologize for being that good. We’re never going to apologize for setting a standard that other people aspire to achieve.

We got a guy in the pool with a USA swim cap on who nobody can beat. And if he wasn’t in swimming, there would be a lot of other guys with gold medals. So, it is what it is. The world needs times when such great, great teams or great individuals are doing great things, that other people can talk about and other people say, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to be at that level?”

These are Olympians. They’re supposed to play at a high level. They’re professionals, they’re supposed to put on a show, they’re supposed to entertain. So, what are we supposed to do? Just go out there and win by a little? We’re not bad for women’s basketball, just like I say at UConn, we’re not bad for women’s basketball.

What’s bad for women’s basketball is when nobody’s great, because then you could say, “You know what? I don’t think anybody really knows how to play this game.” I think people will say that there are some really good teams out here and when you see them play each other, they’re great games. Serbia was up 20 the other day and lost to Canada. These are great games. We just happen to be somewhere else right now. That’s okay. I don’t mind.

Auriemma also coaches the UConn women’s basketball team, which is dominant in their league as well. The 62-year-old coach fielded the same question about that team this past March and he had a similarly awesome response

Perhaps we can stop asking questions about female athletes we wouldn’t ask about men?

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Muslim Women Can’t Play Professional Basketball In A Hijab. But That Could Change Soon.

Muslim American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history last week by becoming the first U.S. Olympian to compete wearing a hijab. It was a historic moment that showed how far the hijab has come in gaining public acceptance.

But there’s still a long way to go.

No hijab-wearing players are present on the basketball courts at the Rio Olympics, for instance ― and it’s not for lack of qualified players. The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, which vets players for the Olympics, has long prohibited athletes from wearing “equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players.” For some reason, FIBA deems hijabs to fall into that category, but a growing body of athletes and advocacy organizations are working to change that.

On Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a major Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on the Switzerland-based organization to lift the ban once and for all

FIBA is due to issue its final decision on the head-covering policy by the end of August ― a decision that will effect not only Muslim women who wear the hijab, but also Sikhs who wear turbans and Jewish athletes who wear yarmulkes.

CAIR, along with Sikh advocacy groups The Sikh Coalition and SALDEF, Muslim basketball players Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Indira Kaljo, and even two U.S. congressmen, mounted pressure on the organization to lift the effective ban on headwear in 2014, at which point FIBA agreed to a two-year trial period. During that time players have been able to wear hijabs and Sikh turbans in select competitions ― which many see as a stopgap measure that has allowed discrimination to persist

“We call on the International Basketball Federation to end the uncertainty on this issue by permanently lifting the ban on hijab and on other religious attire wore by athletes,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a statement. “The only determining factors for athletic participation should be skill and hard work, not what is worn on one’s head.”

FIBA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post but has previously said that their policies “apply on a global scale and without any religious connotation.”

A group of petitions on Change.org have garnered over 90,000 signatures in recent months urging FIBA to remove obstacles for religious athletes who wish to compete and maintain their faith observance. The advocates have also been tweeting their campaign using the hashtag, #FIBAallowhijab.

We have over 90,000 signatures I hope by the next Olympics we will see Hijab & turban players in basketball games #Rio2016 #FibaAllowHijab

— Asma Elbadawi (@AsmaElbadawi) August 9, 2016

“I’ve been dreaming to play pro my whole life, and little did I know that my hijab, the same thing that made me accomplish things that I’ve accomplished so far…was the same hijab that was going to prevent me from reaching my dream,” said Abdul-Qaadir in a speech at an Islamic convention in December.

The athlete had proven her talent as a basketball star at Indiana State University and planned on pursuing her dream of playing professionally when she graduated in the spring of 2014. She soon learned of FIBA’s policy, though, and was thrust in the uncomfortable position of choosing between her faith and her passion.

Abdul-Qaadir chose to give up basketball for the time being and focused her energy instead on petitioning FIBA to change their rules. It’s a decision that would affect dozens of Muslim women basketball players around the world who have been forced to make similar compromises due to their faith.

“Basketball was more, and is more, than just a sport to me or just a game. It was a part of me. It was a part of my identity,” the basketball player said. See her full speech below:

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) also experienced pressure to lift its ban on head coverings in 2012, which it did after a similar two-year trial period. Many hope FIBA will follow suit.

“Women and men who cover their heads for religious reasons should be entitled to participate in international sport free from this kind of discriminatory, ridiculous, and arbitrary interference,” said Muslim writer Nouha Zaabab in a blog on MuslimGirl.com. “No athlete should be forced to compromise his/her beliefs or choose between faith and sport. Period.”

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LeBron James signs new contract that will make him highest-paid player in NBA history



Fresh off delivering the Cleveland Cavaliers their first-ever NBA championship, LeBron James finally signed his new contract. 

It. Is. A. Whopper. 

James himself broke the news in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday evening.

James’ agent, childhood friend Rich Paul, gave more details to ESPN.com. The deal is reportedly worth $100 million over three seasons. The second year will pay James just over $33 million, according to ESPN.com — topping the $33 million the Chicago Bulls paid Michael Jordan in his final season with the team.  Read more…

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USA women’s hoops coach rips ‘sexist’ and ‘Trumpian’ critics of dominant Olympics team



The USA women’s basketball team is so good. They are so, so good. We probably don’t talk about just how good they are as much as we should. 

How good? Try to guess the last time the U.S. women lost an Olympic basketball game. Go ahead, just try to guess; answer comes after the jump.

OK: The USA women’s basketball team hasn’t lost a game in the Olympics since 1992. 

That is so long ago. That is so, so long ago. It is one year less than a quarter century ago. It is so long ago that the side the U.S. lost to in ’92 was called the “Unified Team,” made up of former Soviet republics. Indeed, the Soviet Union broke up only about six months before the U.S. women’s most recent Olympic loss.  Read more…

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