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New ESPN documentary explores basketball’s impact in racial injustice, gender equality and other key moments of history

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — A new film series is exploring the impact of basketball — both on the court and off — and through the eyes of those closest to the game.ESPN’s epic 20-hour documentary Basketball: A Love Story, from director Dan Klores and co-producer, retired NBA player Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, features the game’s most influential figures.“It’s just such a beautiful story. Pro, college, women, Olympics, 62 short stories,” Klores told ABC News’ Nightline. “This is my passion, and I think it’s a passion of hundreds of millions of people around the world.”The series chronicles key moments of history in the game’s past, including racial injustice and the Civil Rights movement.“It’s interesting because during that time, you know, yeah, there were things in places. I mean I played in North Carolina in college and there were places that you could go and places that you couldn’t go. Well that was just the times. And you understood that,” Monroe told Nightline. “But as the older players, you know, we appreciate, you know, where it’s been to, where it’s gotten to now.”The film also exposes the game’s rocky path to gender equality in basketball.Growing up, WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo wished she had someone to look up to in basketball.“I wish there was somebody who looked like me. I wish there was a woman playing somewhere that was on TV every week and was showing little girls how to play hoops. But that wasn’t life then, that wasn’t life in the 70s, 80s and early part of the 90s,” Lobo told Nightline.The WNBA was a big step forward for the sport when it was founded in 1996 after the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team won gold in Atlanta.“They hadn’t won the gold medal in the ’92 Olympics and so they put this team together with a year to train. But it was so much bigger than that. We didn’t realize we were a test bubble essentially for the WNBA,” Lobo said.With the WNBA, Lobo was given opportunities she never dreamed of growing up.“You know, we were making appearances, were visiting places. We were in commercials. This was all new to us and not something any of us had ever thought about because it didn’t exist when we were growing up it’s not something we ever dreamed of because it would have been a pipe dream,” said Lobo.“The WNBA, it’s an experiment that has worked, and I don’t care. You got all these critics, ‘Oh they don’t play as well as men.’ They’re not supposed to. It’s a different game. Look what the WNBA has meant to the culture, to young women, to girls,” Klores said. “It’s all about a host of other doors that are opening and have opened on every conceivable level that give to people what they need. Pride, encouragement, hope and confidence.”Those feelings are a part of what Klores said is a much bigger picture in basketball.“There’s another story being told that’s a story. It’s a story about basketball being a global common denominator,” Klores said.To Klores and Monroe, basketball is, most of all, a game of love.“You can go anywhere in the world and talk about just a few things: food, God, music, sex, basketball. Basketball is the game of the underdog,” Klores said. “Basketball presents both sides of love. That’s what these stories do — much more, so more so than in other activities. The joy of basketball, the wonder, the embrace, the disappointment, the loss, even the betrayal. That’s what basketball represents. It parallels race relations. It parallels the story of the underdog in America and now the world.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img November 9, 2018 /Sports News – National New ESPN documentary explores basketball’s impact in racial injustice, gender equality and other key moments of historylast_img read more

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Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

first_imgWilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 percent.Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American’s left eye.Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark.As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control.– Fury goes down –However in the ninth round, Wilder finally made his mark, dropping Fury with a short hook that had the fans on their feet.Fury recovered well however and regained his composure to resume where he had left off. With a large contingent of British fans in the audience of 17,698 roaring him on, a victory suddenly seemed within reach.Wilder however suddenly found a devastating combination just when he needed it in the 12th round.A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger.Incredibly however, Fury managed to pick himself up and clear his head to survive the remainder of the round and escape with a draw. Tyson Fury punches Deontay Wilde in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Champioinship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here Saturday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain’s Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder afterwards. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch.“I would love for it to be my next fight,” Wilder said. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again.”Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury said.“That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that. The world knows I won the fight.”Fury also said he hopes to arrange a rematch.“One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch,” Fury said. “We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset.The 30-year-old “Gypsy King”, who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury’s head. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Trump: G-7 Summit Will Not Be Held at Miami Resort in 2020

first_imgPresident Trump has reversed course on his plans to host next year’s Group of Seven, or G-7 Summit, at his Miami golf resort, Trump National Doral.The commander-in-chief tweeted Saturday night: Mr. Trump had announced last Thursday that his resort would host the summit.The White House had been defending its decision to use a Trump property for the summit, saying it would be run at cost or no profit, although some media outlets and Democrats criticized the administration for it.The emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the President from accepting any gifts and money from foreign governments.last_img read more

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