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8 killed in soccer stampede in Senegal

Published: Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 6:18 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 6:18 AM

Witnesses said at least eight people have died and more than 50 were injured after a stadium wall collapse and stampede at a soccer match in the Senegalese capital.

Those present said fighting broke out late Saturday between rival fans of US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and the wall at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar collapsed as police also fired tear gas.

Government spokesman Seydou Gueye on Sunday condemned the violence, adding that authorities moved the injured to hospitals around Dakar. He said an investigation will be opened into the incident.

The government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the legislative campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.

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This story has been corrected to state that the fighting between rival fans in Dakar took place on Saturday, not Friday.

NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7:20 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7:21 PM

2017 NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited.
AP Photo/Ben Margot
2017 NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

NBA champion Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited, according to a story on ESPN.

"Nah, I won't do that," Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, told ESPN Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now."

The White House has not officially extended an invitation to the Warriors, who defeated Cleveland 4-1 to win the NBA championship in June. Here are some other comments about Donald Trump from Durant, speaking during Kevin Durant Day in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. just outside of Washington D.C.

On why he would skip the White House visit: “I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”

On whether the Golden State organization has adopted his stance: “That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Warriors haven’t discussed White House visit, but Curry, Iguodala don’t want to attend

On whether Trump has escalated racial tension in the country: “He's definitely driving it .... I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided, and it's not a coincidence.”

Read more on Durant, including his thoughts on the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., by clicking here.

Warriors haven’t discussed White House visit, but Curry, Iguodala don’t want to attend

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Golden State Warriors players, coaches and owners hold up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors players, coaches and owners hold up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

If it were up to Steph Curry to decide if the Golden State Warriors attend the traditional White House ceremony honoring their NBA Finals win, Curry would decline.

In a video posted by San Jose Mercury News’ Anthony Slater on Wednesday afternoon, Curry reflected on his comments from earlier this season about if he would attend the White House ceremony if the Warriors hypothetically won the 2017 Finals.

Curry said although the team needs to have a conversation about attending the White House, he still felt the same way about a White House visit on Wednesday as he did earlier this season.

“I think I answered I wouldn’t go (when asked earlier in the season). I still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team, we're going to have conversations... So we'll handle that accordingly and responsibly and like I said, do the right thing for us individually and us as a group."

Curry’s entire response can be watched below.

While Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the decision will be a team decision on ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe’s podcast “The Lowe Post” on Wednesday, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said Curry’s opinion carries a lot of weight.

“We’re going to do what our leader (Curry) does,” Iguodala said, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. “I think we handle (the White House situation) when it gets there. I mean, it may be different. There might be somebody different in (office). That’s a realistic thing to say though, right? So you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

When asked if he would want to attend the White House, Iguodala responded, “Hell, nah,” according to Amick.

The Warriors released a statement on Tuesday saying the team had not yet decided on whether they would attend the White House celebration and had not yet received an invitation.

In his appearance on “The Lowe Post”, Kerr confirmed the Warriors have not discussed the White House visit as a team.

“We haven’t even gotten that far and all those reports are false,” Kerr said. “It may be that a couple of players have been asked about it—I think Andre and Draymond may have been asked about it or David West. 

“We’ve never had any discussion about it, either during the season—that would have obviously been premature, that’d bad karma to talk about that—but after the game, that’s the last thing on my mind. We’re just trying to celebrate and enjoy everything.”

Kerr said with the celebration the Warriors had after their 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night and Larry O’Brien Trophy presentation afterward, it wasn’t on anyone’s minds to take an organized vote. 

“That’s something we’ll discuss if we get the invitation,” Kerr said. “I think there’s a respect for the institution, for the office. There’s a respect for our government that I think you have to take into account regardless of people’s opinions of the person sitting in that chair.” 

The report of the Warriors unanimously voting to skip the White House celebration surfaced on Tuesday morning on Twitter from CNBC analyst Josh Brown, who deleted his tweet late on Tuesday.

In the now deleted tweet, CNBC analyst Josh Brown tweeted on Tuesday morning that the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the upcoming traditional White House invitation for their 2017 NBA Finals win.(Josh Brown's Twitter account)

Conflicting reports, confusion surround LeBron James’ future in Cleveland

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Throughout the past few weeks, NBA sources have commented on LeBron James’ future with the Cleveland Cavaliers more than James himself has.

Wednesday was no different.

Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com started off Wednesday’s speculation about James’ future by reporting the 2017-2018 season will be James' last season in Cleveland.

“He is 100 percent leaving,” Sheridan reported, citing an NBA source. “Relationship with owners beyond repair."

In a series of Tweets, Cleveland.com reporter Joe Vardon rejected Sheridan's report on Twitter citing three sources close to James.

Vardon wrote the information from Sheridan's source was inconsistent with an NBA source “who could speak on (James’) behalf in the way it was reported.”

Fox Sports 1’s Chris Broussard and AmicoHoops’ Sam Amico both reported James has not yet made a decision and the Sheridan report was false.

Broussard cited two sources close to James that confirmed James will not make a decision on his future NBA home until after next season.

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Ric Flair’s fiancee Wendy Barlow says he is still in critical condition, report says

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 8:35 PM

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WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair is in critical condition at an Atlanta-area hospital and has “multiple organ problems,” according to his fiancee, Wendy Barlow.

TMZ Sports reported that Barlow made a post on her personal Facebook page Wednesday saying she took Flair to the hospital Friday and that he had “severe abdominal pain.”

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“From that moment on it all seems like a nightmare ... multiple organ problems. Not to go into too many details (but) I want everyone to know he still needs prayers as he is still in critical condition.”

Barlow said she has been by Flair’s side since Friday and will “continue to make sure he is getting the best care possible,” according to a screenshot of the post obtained by TMZ.

Related: WWE legend Ric Flair in medically induced coma

ESPN picked up the report, adding that the update comes after a WWE rep confirmed Tuesday that Flair was in a medically-induced coma as he awaited surgery.

Melinda Morris Zanoni, CEO of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, has not posted any other updates on Flair since tweeting that he underwent successful surgery Monday.