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Premier League gets green light for June re-start

first_img‘We are just people too’ Players have voiced their concerns at the prospect of being rushed back into training and, eventually, into playing a contact sport at a time when the rest of the public remain encouraged to abide by social-distancing guidelines.The UK has been one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic, with the government officially recording nearly 32,000 deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19.”We are just people too,” tweeted Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell on Sunday.There is also disagreement over where the remaining 92 matches of the season would be played.League chiefs believed they would only get the government’s green light to restart if matches were held at a limited number of neutral venues to reduce the medical, police, security and broadcast personnel required.A number of clubs near the bottom of the table have spoken openly of their opposition to the plan as they believe it would increase the risk of being relegated.”With all these compromises and health risks we are asked to finish a competition that bears no resemblance to the one we started,” Watford’s chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club’s website.Those higher up the table are also concerned at the prospect of having to reimburse sponsors who have paid for naming rights on their stadiums.”I think everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible. And I think it’s clear to see that some clubs feel more strongly about that than others,” added Masters.”We are in contact with the authorities and listening to that advice while also representing club views in those discussions.”The prospect of appeasing the clubs struggling at the bottom by ruling out relegation this season also appears over after the English Football Association rejected that idea and told the Premier League that final standings must be based on “sporting merit” if no more games can be played.Masters admitted the Premier League had for the first time held discussions on how the league would be decided if matches cannot restart, but said no clubs had asked for relegation to be scrapped.”All I can go on is what we’re discussing in our meetings. And you specifically asked about scrapping relegation while playing out the season, and that has never been raised in our formal meetings at all,” he said.”It was the first time we discussed curtailment – it’s still our aim to finish the season obviously but it’s important to discuss all the options with our clubs.”No conclusions were reached on any other models. Those are future conversations we may need to have.” Brighton confirmed on Sunday that a third member of their squad had tested positive.Cases have also been found in squads in Germany, where the Bundesliga is due to restart this weekend, as well as Italy, Spain and Portugal in recent days.”We have protocols created and reviewed, we have a testing company appointed, but the important consultation with players and managers is the next step,” said Premier League CEO Richard Masters.”No decisions will be made until after we have talked to players and managers and those meetings are scheduled for later this week.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he believed the return of sport on TV would “provide a much-needed boost to national morale.”Supporters face a long wait to be allowed to attend matches, though, with the latest guidelines recognizing a return to sport in front of a crowd “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”.Premier League clubs had been planning for a return to action no earlier than the week beginning June 8.Before the resumption of matches can be considered, protocols need to be agreed on how to return to group training safely and on how the Premier League would deal with positive tests. Topics : Premier League clubs received a boost to their hopes of completing the season on Monday as the government published a “roadmap” that could see the return of elite sport in England from June 1.As the 20 English top-flight clubs met for further talks on “Project Restart”, ministers announced plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown.Under step two of that process, which cannot begin any earlier than June 1, sporting events would be allowed “to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”.last_img read more

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EU to blacklist 31 Belarus senior officials over election, diplomats say

first_imgThe European Union aims to impose economic sanctions on 31 senior Belarus officials including the country’s interior minister by mid-September, three EU diplomats said, in response to an Aug. 9 election that the West says was rigged.Almost a month into mass demonstrations against the outcome of the contest, in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory to prolong his 26-year-old rule, the EU aims to punish the government crackdown and support calls for fresh elections.”We initially agreed on 14 names but many states felt that was not sufficient. We have now reached consensus on another 17,” one EU diplomat said. “These are senior officials responsible for the election, for violence and for the crackdown.” Topics : EU foreign ministers gave their broad political approval for the sanctions – EU travel bans and asset freezes – at a meeting in Berlin late last month but did not decide who to target.Greece and Cyprus, which are pushing for separate sanctions on Turkey in a dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean, still need to give their support to the Belarus blacklist.All 27 EU countries must agree on such measures and Athens and Nicosia could use their support for the Belarus blacklist to obtain tough measures on Turkey, the diplomats said.Lukashenko spared, for nowcenter_img Names could still be added or taken off the list, but the diplomats said formal agreement is likely to come on Sept. 21, when EU foreign ministers hold their next scheduled meeting. The sanctions coming into effect on Sept. 22.Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia imposed their own sanctions on Belarus officials in late August. EU diplomats declined to say how closely the Baltic and the EU lists are, for fear of alerting those in question to move assets out of banks.Interior Minister Yuri Karaev and his deputy are expected to be on the EU list, along with senior election commission, security and justice officials and ministers.Unlike the Baltic lists, Lukashenko will not be sanctioned. Germany, who holds the six-month presidency of the EU, wants more time for dialogue and to leave open the possibility of adding the president’s name at a later stage.The EU, which has an arms embargo on Belarus, in 2015 eased economic sanctions on Belarus that were first imposed in 2004, seeking better relations with Lukashenko, but now hopes to move quickly to reintroduce so-called restrictive measures.The EU, like NATO and the United States, have been cautious about moving too quickly on punishing Belarus’ officials, wary of provoking an intervention from Russia.Belarus is the ally closest to Russia of all former Soviet republics, and Lukashenko’s fate lies in the hands of the Kremlin, which must decide whether to stick with him as his authority has ebbed. Lukashenko has threatened to retaliate with reciprocal measures should any EU sanctions be imposed against Belarus. last_img read more

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Tottenham star Son returns to South Korea for ‘personal reasons’

first_imgTottenham forward Son Heung-min has been allowed to fly home to South Korea for “personal reasons”. Tottenham have allowed Son Heung-min to return to South Korea for personal reasons Although Britain is on lockdown due to the coronavirus, the Premier League club on Sunday said Son has been given permission to return to Asia. The 27-year-old has been recovering after suffering a fractured arm during Tottenham’s win at Aston Villa on February 16. It was reported Son and his parents arrived in Seoul on Sunday and will spend two weeks in quarantine in line with South Korean government guidelines. Son had already spent two weeks in self-isolation in Britain after returning from South Korea at the end of February, having travelled home for surgery. He will take part in Tottenham’s remote training programme, which is set to begin via video call on Monday.Advertisement Loading… Son was not expected to return from injury this season, but the pandemic has postponed English football until at least April 30. Read Also:Coronavirus: Iwobi, Ndidi, Iheanacho face 20% pay cut Meanwhile, Son’s Tottenham team-mate Steven Bergwijn has travelled to the Netherlands ahead of the impending birth of his child. “The club has given permission for both Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn to return to their home countries,” a statement on Tottenham’s website said. “Both players will continue their individual rehabilitation and training programmes during their time away.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

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Irvine sweeps double Stock Car features at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 5) – Brian Irvine remained perfect on the season Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway. The now part-time IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver earned his fourth win in as many appearances in 2014.Irvine kept his streak alive by winning a pair of features on the 3/8-mile oval, which included the make-up Budweiser Mid-Season Championship event that was postponed due to rain June 28. Outside front row starter Justin Hanson held the early lead in the make-up feature while Irvine worked through traffic from a sixth row starting spot. Irvine settled into the runner-up spot on the fifth circuit and then took the lead two laps later. Irvine led the remainder of the 18-lapper going away to take the victory ahead of Justin Temeyer and Jarod Weepie.His efforts to sweep the night were made more challenging when Irvine was sidelined with a flat tire on lap three of the regular feature. He made a quick tire change while the race was under caution and tagged the tail of the field when racing resumed. Jason Hocken held the point on the restart while Irvine powered into the top six before the yellow flag again slowed action on lap eight. When racing resumed, Irvine entered a battle for the lead with Hocken and Temeyer before taking control with five laps to go. Irvine led the remainder of the event to sweep the evening. Temeyer and Weepie ran second and third in the regular feature, as well. Double features were also held for the Performance Bodies IMCA Modifieds. Outside front row starter Jeff Kriz took command at the drop of the green in the 20-lap mid-season make-up event.Ed Thomas chased Kriz while Vern Jackson raced from a third row starting spot and into contention. Jackson made his way into second following a lap 13 restart and pestered Kriz throughout the waning laps. Kriz held Jackson at bay through two more stoppages to earn his first win in the division in Independence. Jackson and Patrick Flannagan completed the top three. Mike Burbridge led throughout much of the regular IMCA Modified feature with Jake Strayer and Thomas in close pursuit. While the leaders battled, Troy Cordes was making his way into contention from a seventh row start. Working the top side, Cordes raced into the top four before the caution flag waved on lap 10. Cordes worked past Thomas a couple laps after racing resumed and then swept around Strayer and Burbridge with three laps to go en route to his second win of the year. Jackson slipped past Burbridge on the final lap to earn a pair of runner-up finishes on the night. Jenae Gustin continued her dominance in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. Gustin, who started inside of row five, raced to her third straight victory, her fifth win in the last six weeks and overall sixth win of the season in Independence. Jacob Salisbury took the lead at the drop of the green in that 15-lapper and built a sizable lead while Gustin made her way into third on lap five. Caution slowed action and bunched the field with seven laps scored complete.When racing resumed, Gustin took two laps to make her way around Salisbury as she sailed to the victory. Salisbury and Kevin Hurst completed the top three. In the IMCA Late Models, Jon Passick built a huge early lead in that division’s 25-lap feature. Passick set sail while John Emerson, who started 23rd on the 24-car grid, made quick work of the field and raced into the top five on lap five. Passick held a half-straightaway lead by the time Emerson made his way past Curt Martin for second with two laps to go.Emerson swallowed up Passick’s lead in traffic, but came up short at the line as Passick drove to his first win of the season. Martin ran third.Matt White earned his second win of the year in the 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Working the high line, White raced from his fourth row starting spot and into the top three after only three laps. He made his way around Jamie Whitaker and leader Matt Burmeister on the seventh circuit and then held off late pressure from Whitaker to score the victory. Whitaker and Marcus Wayne completed the top three.last_img read more

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GSA cross-country season off to a good start

first_imgELLSWORTH — The George Stevens Academy girls’ cross-country team won the Ellsworth Invitational on Saturday at Ellsworth High School.A pack of three GSA sophomores — Eliza Broughton, Mary Richardson and Zeya Lorio — led the team, finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth place among 68 runners.Of the 10 schools competing, the GSA girls won with 42 points. Orono took second with 64 points, and Caribou finished third with 93.Broughton finished the three-mile course in 20 minutes and 55.39 seconds. Richardson followed in 21:16.63, and Lorio finished in 21:35.26.George Stevens Academy sophomore Eliza Broughton sprints for the finish line at Saturday’s Ellsworth Invitational. Broughton finished fourth in 20 minutes and 55.39 seconds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOrono junior Hannah Steelman won in 19:14.36.While the GSA boys couldn’t overcome the winning team, Orono (35 points), and runner-up Caribou (40 points), GSA junior John Hassett took first among 81 runners.Hassett finished in 16 minutes and 40.90 seconds, nearly 40 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Keresey of Orono (17:18.92). GSA placed third of 12 teams with 95 points.Other top finishers for the GSA boys included senior Will Entwisle (seventh in 18:09.50) and Oliver Broughton (13th in 18:45.29).Other top finishers for the GSA girls included senior Hanna Gutow (12th in 22:19.39), junior Bella Cimeno (16th in 22:58.41) and junior Emma Larson-Whittaker (26th in 23:41.67).As for other Hancock County teams, the Mount Desert Island girls took fifth with 120 points, and the MDI boys placed eighth with 196.Find more results here.last_img read more

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9 Nigerian footballers held in Tripura for illegal entry

first_imgAgartala: Nine Nigerian footballers were arrested in Tripura while they were going to Assam, police said on Friday. According to North Tripura District police chief Bhanupada Chakraborty, seven Nigerian footballers were detained at Dharmanagar railway station late on Thursday night from a Guwahati-bound train.“We have handed them over to Government Railway Police for further legal action,” Chakraborty told IANS over phone from Dharmanagar, 190 km from Agartala.Two other Nigerian footballers were also arrested from a bus stand here on Thursday night. Police arrested them while they are about to board a Guwahati-bound bus.Police suspect that the football players entered Tripura from Bangladesh. They did not have valid passports or travel documents for their entry into India.After preliminary interrogation, police learnt they were going to Guwahati to play for a local football club there.Tripura shares a 856-km international border with Bangladesh of which a stretch of 67 km is still unfenced.Occasionally, Rohingyas (of Myanmar) and Nigerian nationals, besides Bangladeshis illegally enter Tripura in search of work in the northeastern states and other parts of the country. IANSAlso Read: Aussie Women Footballers get pay parity with MenAlso Watch: Watch | AASU along with 30 indigenous organisations staging protest against CAB in Naharkatialast_img read more

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Western Tigers, GDF win on Elite League opening night

first_img… Double-header action today at Den Amstel Community Centre groundWESTERN Tigers and Guyana Defence Force opened their Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League title quest on a winning note on Friday evening, when the country’s top football league kicked off at the Camp Ayanganna ground.Playing in the opening game of the evening, Andrew Murray Jr scored a lone goal which was enough to see Western Tigers past Linden-based Milerock FC. The Golden Jaguars forward scored in the 6th minute.In the night’s second game, a clash between the ‘armed forces’, GDF with goals from Sherwin Caesar (16th) and Jerome Richardson (77th) nailed Guyana Police Force (GPF), one of the new entrants to the Elite League, 2-0.Tonight, at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground, last year’s third-place finishers and home side Den Amstel FC will play Ann’s Grove from 16:00hrs in the second match of the planned double-header.In the opening game, Victoria Kings will clash with Buxton United in an ‘East Coast Derby’ from 14:00hrs.Clubs will compete for a chance to win a grand total of $4.5M, where the winners will pocket $2M, second-place $1.2M and third-place $800 000. The team finishing fourth will take home $500 000.The GFF Elite League is the highest form of competitive football played in Guyana and according to the Rules and Regulations of Season 4, the 10 clubs will play one round of football, resulting in the club acquiring the most points being declared the winners.Match Days will feature mostly double-headers at stipulated venues on Fridays and Sundays with a few match days being scheduled for Saturdays. The overall League Champion Club will be awarded an automatic qualifying spot to the CONCACAF/Caribbean Shield Championships.last_img read more

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2019-20 NBA Eastern Conference preview capsules

first_imgTeam-by-team preview capsules for the NBA’s Eastern Conference, in predicted order of regular-season finish:1. MILWAUKEE BUCKSLAST SEASON: 60-22, best record in the NBA during the regular season, lost to Toronto 4-2 in the Eastern Conference finalsCOACH: Mike Budenholzer (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Eric Bledsoe (15.9 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.2 ppg), F Khris Middleton (18.3 ppg), F Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.7 ppg), C Brook Lopez (12.5 ppg) COACH: Brett Brown (seventh season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: C Joel Embiid (27.5 ppg, 13.6 rpg), F Tobias Harris (18.2 ppg), F Al Horford (13.6), G Josh Richardson (16 ppg), G Ben Simmons (16.9 ppg, 7.7 apg)KEY LOSSES: G JJ Redick, G Jimmy ButlerKEY ADDITIONS: G Josh Richardson, F Al Horford, F Matisse ThybullePLAYERS TO WATCH: The 76ers will go as far as Simmons and Embiid will take them. Both All-Stars are locked in for years with long-term deals and enter the season as serious MVP candidates. But if even one goes down with a serious injury, the Sixers will be in trouble. Embiid has never played more than 64 games in a season and the Sixers are serious about trying to limit his workload even more during the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs.OUTLOOK: From tanking to title contention, the Sixers believe they are good enough to win the Eastern Conference, and make a run at an NBA championship. The Sixers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight season (on Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer-beater), but they believe signing Horford away from fellow contender Boston can help push them over the top.3. BOSTON CELTICSLAST SEASON: 49-33, lost to Bucks 4-1 in Eastern semifinalsCOACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry RozierKEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen EdwardsPLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving’s departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn’t: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He’ll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It’s an especially big year for Brown, who was given a four-year, $115 million contract extension on Monday.OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role in facilitating offense in the half-court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.4. TORONTO RAPTORSLAST SEASON: 58-24, defeated the Warriors 4-2 to win the NBA titleCOACH: Nick Nurse (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (14.2 ppg, 8.7 apg), G Norman Powell (8.6 ppg), F OG Anunoby (7.0 ppg), F Pascal Siakam (16.9 ppg), C Marc Gasol (15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg)KEY LOSSES: F Kawhi Leonard, G Danny GreenKEY ADDITIONS: F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F Stanley Johnson, G Matt ThomasPLAYERS TO WATCH: A runaway winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award last season, Siakam doesn’t look likely to rest on his laurels. Nurse said he’s seen more maturity and calmness in Siakam this fall, something new for a player whose game was previously all about speed and energy. Thomas has never played in the NBA, but the former Iowa State star shot 48.1 percent (116 for 241) from 3-point range in helping Spain’s Valencia Basket capture the 2019 EuroCup title.OUTLOOK: The defending champions lost their best player when Leonard left for the Clippers and took another hit when Green signed with the Lakers. While those departures might have dimmed Toronto’s hopes of repeating, the Raptors aren’t lottery-bound either. Lowry has made five straight All-Star teams, Gasol is a defensive force in the paint, and there’s talent on the bench in guard Fred VanVleet and big man Serge Ibaka. Expect the Raptors to earn a top-four seed in a balanced Eastern Conference.5. MIAMI HEATLAST SEASON: 39-43, missed the playoffsCOACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9)KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruderKEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers LeonardPLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade – who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he’ll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but he’s missed 94 games over the last three seasons.OUTLOOK: The Heat haven’t won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role – even without Wade, who was the team’s best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he’ll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won’t be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn’t the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.6. BROOKLYN NETSLAST SEASON: 42-40, lost to the 76ers 4-1 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Kenny Atkinson (fourth season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (23.8 ppg), G Caris LeVert (13.7 ppg), F Joe Harris (13.7 ppg), F Taurean Prince (13.5 ppg), C Jarrett Allen (10.9 ppg)KEY LOSSES: G D’Angelo Russell, F DeMarre Carroll, F Jared Dudley, F/C Ed Davis, G Allen Crabbe, G Shabazz Napier, F Rondae Hollis-JeffersonKEY ADDITIONS: F Kevin Durant, G Irving, C DeAndre Jordan, F Prince, F Wilson Chandler, G/F David Nwaba, G/F Garrett TemplePLAYER TO WATCH: Irving. An undeniable All-Star talent who now has to show he has the temperament to handle New York. He asked to be traded from Cleveland, then changed his mind after originally saying he planned to remain in Boston, where the Celtics were a disappointment last season and he acknowledged doing a poor job leading the team. He grew up in New Jersey and wanted to come back home, and now he has to perform.OUTLOOK: The Nets don’t expect Durant to play this season, so they remain a bit weak at the forward spot compared to the top teams in the Eastern Conference. That means it’s possible they won’t even improve off last season’s surprising sixth-place finish. But even if they don’t, they appear well set for the future.7. INDIANA PACERSLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to the Celtics 4-0 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Nate McMillan (fourth season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Malcolm Brogdon (15.6 ppg), G Jeremy Lamb (15.3 ppg), F Domantas Sabonis (14.1 ppg), F T.J. Warren (18.0 ppg), C Myles Turner (13.3)KEY LOSSES: F Thaddeus Young, F Bojan Bogdanovic, G Darren Collison, G Cory Joseph, G Tyreke EvansKEY ADDITIONS: Brogdon, Lamb, Warren, G T.J. McConnell, F Justin HolidayPLAYERS TO WATCH: The big question heading into this season is when will two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo return from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee? He’s not expected back until at least December and when he does start playing, it’s unclear how long it will take him to return to form. Until then, this will be Turner’s team and everyone will be watching how this new starting lineup plays together. Indiana expects Brogdon to play like the $85 million man while Sabonis moves from a valuable backup role into the starting lineup for the first time. Sabonis and Turner being paired together give the Pacers a more traditional two big-man look.OUTLOOK: The Pacers know it will take time for all the new faces to get acclimated in sync, and they expect some rough patches early. But the offseason moves should give Indiana more scoring punch and better balance offensively. Defensively, it will be interesting to see how Sabonis or Turner defends the perimeter. But if the Pacers have a solid start and Oladipo is back to full strength before the All-Star break, they could become a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference.8. ORLANDO MAGICLAST SEASON: 42-40, lost to the Raptors 4-1 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Steve Clifford (second season with Magic; seventh season overall, 238-254)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Evan Fournier (15.1 ppg), G D.J. Augustin (11.7), F Aaron Gordon (16.0), F Jonathan Isaac (9.6), C Nikola Vucevic (20.8)KEY LOSSES: NoneKEY ADDITIONS: F Al-Farouq Aminu, G Markelle Fultz (acquired in February from Philadelphia but didn’t play)PLAYERS TO WATCH: There isn’t a lot of mystery to the Magic entering this season, since they bring back basically the same team and will be adding a former No. 1 overall pick in Fultz who has worked for months to fix his shoulder and shooting issues. Vucevic is coming off a season where he set career-bests in points, rebounds and assists per game. When Gordon scored big, the Magic were really good; they went 16-8 in the 24 games where Gordon reached the 20-point mark. Terrence Ross is basically a sixth starter for Orlando, needing only 26.5 minutes per game to average 15.1 points last season in an instant-offense role coming off the bench.OUTLOOK: The Magic improved by 17 wins last season and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012, doing all that without the burden of expectation. They won’t have that same luxury this year, not after bringing back virtually every part of a team that didn’t just get into the playoffs but did so by going 22-9 down the stretch of the regular season. Getting to the foul line more would be a major help, after the Magic ranked last in free throws made and free throws attempted last season. The biggest challenge for Clifford might be finding ways for his team to replicate the same get-into-the-playoffs hunger it had a year ago.9. DETROIT PISTONSLAST SEASON: 41-41, lost to the Bucks 4-0 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Dwane Casey (second season, 11th NBA season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Reggie Jackson (15.4 ppg), G Bruce Brown (4.3 ppg), G Tony Snell (6.0 ppg), F Blake Griffin (24.5 ppg), C Andre Drummond (17.3 ppg)KEY LOSSES: G Wayne Ellington, G Ish SmithKEY ADDITIONS: G Derrick Rose, G Tony SnellPLAYERS TO WATCH: There are no illusions about Rose still being an MVP candidate, but he averaged 18 points per game last season and could be a real X-factor for Detroit. The Pistons have relied on the trio of Griffin, Drummond and Jackson for a while now, and Jackson has been the most erratic member of that group. If Rose gives Detroit more production at point guard, that could be a big plus for the Pistons, although his health is always a concern.OUTLOOK: Griffin was simply terrific last season, re-establishing himself as one of the game’s stars, but his injury woes popped up again right around playoff time. Detroit would love to manage his minutes in a way that keeps him fresh for the end of the season, but that won’t be easy if the Pistons are on the playoff bubble again the way they were last season. Another postseason berth is certainly possible, and if things break right, maybe Detroit can get a more favorable seed and win a round, but the gap between the Pistons and the conference’s top teams remains formidable.10. CHICAGO BULLSLAST SEASON: 22-60, missed playoffsCOACH: Jim Boylen (first full season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kris Dunn (11.3 ppg), G Zach LaVine (23.7 ppg), F Otto Porter Jr. (13.9 ppg with Washington, Chicago), F Lauri Markkanen (18.7 ppg), C Wendell Carter Jr. (10.3 ppg)KEY LOSSES: C Robin LopezKEY ADDITIONS: F Thaddeus Young, G Coby White, G Tomás SatoranskýPLAYERS TO WATCH: With the All-Star Game in Chicago for the first time since 1988, Markkanen and LaVine would love a chance to perform for the home crowd. More important, getting picked would probably mean the Bulls are starting to win. Boylen would like both players to improve on defense, an area where Chicago ranked near the bottom of the NBA last season. He also wants Markkanen to become a more consistent rebounder in his third season. Dunn took a step back last season and now has competition after the Bulls drafted White with the No. 7 pick and acquired Satoranský from Washington.OUTLOOK: The Bulls see themselves contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after posting one of the worst records in franchise history. If they stay healthy after an injury-riddled season and get the improvement they anticipate from their core players, it might not be a stretch.11. ATLANTA HAWKSLAST SEASON: 29-53, missed playoffsCOACH: Lloyd Pierce (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Trae Young (19.1 ppg, 8.1 apg), G Kevin Huerter (9.7 ppg), F De’Andre Hunter (No. 5 overall pick), F John Collins (19.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg), C Damian Jones (5.4 ppg)KEY LOSSES: C Dewayne Dedmon, G Kent Bazemore, F Omari SpellmanKEY ADDITIONS: Hunter, Jones, F Cam Reddish, F Jabari Parker, G Evan Turner, G Allen Crabbe, F Chandler Parsons, C Bruno FernandoPLAYERS TO WATCH: Young and Collins are two of the NBA’s top young players, while Huerter shows plenty of promise, so the key to this season will be how well they mesh with two more first-round picks, Hunter and No. 10 choice Reddish. Hunter figures to start right away, while Reddish will get plenty of playing time off the bench. Also keep an eye on Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 by the Milwaukee Bucks. While he has yet to develop into the star everyone expected, Parker is still just 24 years old and has averaged 15.1 points per game over his five-year career. The Hawks, who are focused on player development, hope they can flush out Parker’s game. Finally, the Hawks will send out 42-year-old Vince Carter for his record 22nd – and final – season in the NBA. Carter showed last season he’s still got game, but he won’t get as many minutes in his last hurrah as he serves more of a coach-mentor role to all the young players.OUTLOOK: The Hawks showed promise in Pierce’s first season but this franchise is still in the midst of a major rebuilding job. Atlanta might have an outside shot at slipping into the playoffs, but would probably be better off getting another crack at the draft lottery. General Manager Travis Schlenk has been acquiring over-priced players that other teams wanted to get off the books. Parsons ($25.1 million), Turner ($18.6 million) and Crabbe ($18.5 million) are in the final year of their contracts, which means 2020 is the year to really start paying attention to the Hawks.12. NEW YORK KNICKSLAST SEASON: 17-65, missed playoffsCOACH: David Fizdale (second season, fourth NBA season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Dennis Smith Jr. (13.6 ppg), G RJ Barrett (rookie), F Marcus Morris (13.9 ppg), F Julius Randle (21.1 ppg). C Mitchell Robinson (7.3 ppg)KEY LOSSES: F Noah Vonleh, F Mario Hezonja, G Emmanuel Mudiay, C DeAndre JordanKEY ADDITIONS: G Barrett, F Randle, F Morris, F Bobby Portis, F Taj Gibson, G Elfrid Payton, G Wayne Ellington, G/F Reggie BullockPLAYER TO WATCH: Barrett. The Knicks shared the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick and Zion Williamson after having the worst record in the league. They ended up third and took his Duke teammate and fellow All-American, who tied for the ACC scoring lead, with their highest selection since grabbing Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing first overall in 1985. There aren’t a lot of scorers on the roster, so the Knicks will need Barrett to play well quickly.OUTLOOK: The Knicks couldn’t land any of the top talent in free agency after missing the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, but they believe they signed enough veteran toughness to exceed their relatively low expectations.13. WASHINGTON WIZARDSLAST SEASON: 32-50, missed playoffsCOACH: Scott Brooks (fourth season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ish Smith (8.9 ppg with Detroit), G Bradley Beal (25.6 ppg), F Rui Hachimura (19.7 ppg with Gonzaga), F Davis Bertans (8.0 ppg with San Antonio), C Thomas Bryant (10.5 ppg)KEY LOSSES: F Jeff Green, F Trevor Ariza, F Markieff Morris, C Dwight Howard, F Sam Dekker, F Jabari Parker, F Bobby Portis, G Tomas SatoranskyKEY ADDITIONS: F Rui Hachimura, G Ish Smith, G-F C.J. Miles, F Moe Wagner, G-F Isaac Bonga, F Davis Bertans, G-F Admiral Schofield, G Justin Robinson, G Justin Anderson, G Isaiah ThomasPLAYERS TO WATCH: As Washington tries to find a way forward with a mostly new roster after losing 50 games, everyone in a Wizards uniform will be judged for his possible role in the future. The most scrutiny will fall on two players: rookie Rui Hachimura, a first-round draft pick from Gonzaga, and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. With Hachimura, it’s about adapting to the pro game and seeing how much potential he has. With Beal, undoubtedly Washington’s best player and closest thing now to a transcendent star, it’s about whether he can up his level even more … and where he will attempt to do that. Will he commit to the Wizards and will they build around him? Or will they start over even more completely by trading him?OUTLOOK: With John Wall reportedly out for the entire season after rupturing his Achilles tendon, plus several other offseason injuries, and a wholesale revamping of the roster under way, new GM Tommy Sheppard knows that there is no point in aiming for any particular win total, let alone the playoffs. So instead of the sort of grand pronouncements about quantifiable goals that were so common with this club in the past, Sheppard is emphasizing the importance of development – figuring out who can do what and who should be a part of the long-term plan. The Wizards are not going to be very good in 2019-20, but they are hoping this will be the start of moving in the right direction.14. CLEVELAND CAVALIERSLAST SEASON: 19-63, missed playoffsCOACH: John Beilein (first season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Collin Sexton (16.7 ppg), G Darius Garland (Rookie), F Cedi Osman (13.0 ppg), F Kevin Love (17.0 ppg, 22 games), Tristan Thompson (10.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg)KEY LOSSES: F Channing Frye, G J.R. SmithKEY ADDITIONS: Beilein, Garland, C/F John Henson, G Kevin Porter Jr., G Dylan WindlerPLAYERS TO WATCH: Garland could accelerate the Cavs’ rebuilding project. Before a left knee injury cut short his freshman season at Vanderbilt, the 6-foot-2 playmaker was ranked as the top player in his class, ahead of even Zion Williamson. His pairing with Sexton gives Cleveland a young, dynamic backcourt drawing comparisons to Portland’s duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Sexton’s growth as a rookie was extraordinary, and it will be interesting to see how he blends with Garland, who is more of a traditional point guard. Love’s future, which is always in question, could hinge on how quickly the team’s youngsters bloom. If the Cavs get the right offer, Love could be traded despite his hopes to stay with Cleveland.OUTLOOK: Beilein’s forte in college was player development and the former Michigan coach appears to be an ideal fit for Cleveland’s youth movement. He’ll push the Cavs and make sure they play hard, and Love and Thompson will give the squad invaluable leadership. Injuries have sidetracked Love the past few seasons, but the 31-year-old feels physically refreshed and is committed to showing his young teammates what it takes. It’s going to be another long season in Cleveland, but there appears to be a promising future.15. CHARLOTTE HORNETSLAST SEASON: 39-43, missed playoffsCOACH: James Borrego (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Terry Rozier (9.0 ppg), G Dwyane Bacon (7.3 ppg), F PJ Washington (rookie), F Miles Bridges (7.5 ppg), C Cody Zeller (10.1 ppg)KEY LOSSES: PG Kemba Walker, SG Jeremy LambKEY ADDITIONS: Rozier, WashingtonPLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Rozier. He replaces Walker, a three-time All-Star and the franchise’s career scoring leader. Walker averaged 25.6 points last season, so the Hornets will need to find production from players like Bridges and Bacon. Rozier is expected to put up better assist numbers than Walker but doesn’t figure to come close to matching his scoring output. One big question for the Hornets will be who they turn to in late-game situations to make big shots. Walker and Lamb have handled that role in recent years, but both are gone. Borrego says it will be something the team must figure out moving forward.OUTLOOK: Make no doubt about it, the Hornets are in complete rebuilding mode and most view them as a sure lottery team next season. This season isn’t about wins and losses, but rather getting young players as many quality minutes as possible. That means Bridges, Bacon, Washington and Malik Monk will see plenty of playing time while aging veterans Nic Batum and Marvin Williams are likely relegated to reserve roles. Charlotte lacks NBA experience, but its youthful roster will provide plenty of energy and enthusiasm and could give some opponents problems. This team might not be very talented, but it will compete.For a look at the Western Conference, click here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img KEY LOSSES: G Malcolm Brogdon, F Nikola Mirotic, G Tony SnellKEY ADDITIONS: Matthews, C Robin Lopez, G Kyle Korver, F Dragan Bender, F Thanasis AntetokounmpoPLAYER TO WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo had the best season of his career a season ago en route to earning NBA MVP. He was outplayed by Kawhi Leonard in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, in his seventh season, how will Antetokounmpo improve his game offensively as he looks to take the Bucks to the Finals and capture the first NBA title for the franchise since 1971?OUTLOOK: Expectations have never been higher for the Bucks. A season after winning MVP, Coach of the Year (Budenholzer) and Executive of the Year (GM Jon Horst), Milwaukee enters this season without former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, one of only eight players in NBA history in the 50-40-90 club. The Bucks lost Brogdon to free agency, but they managed to keep their core of Bledsoe, Lopez, Middleton and Antetokounmpo together. With both Leonard and LeBron James now out west, anything less than a conference finals appearance will be deemed a failure in Milwaukee.2. PHILADELPHIA 76ERSLAST SEASON: 51-31, lost to Raptors 4-3 in Eastern Conference semislast_img read more

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