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Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

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first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban shouts in the direction of an official during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Dallas. The Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women. Cuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)DALLAS — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT After trading veteran guard Devin Harris to Denver at the deadline this season, Dallas (18-40) is tied for the fewest wins in the NBA and among seven teams with 18 or 19 victories at the All-Star break.The latest fine surpasses the $500,000 Cuban was docked in 2002 for criticizing former director of officials Ed Rush, saying he wouldn’t hire Rush to manage a Dairy Queen. Cuban has been fined more than $2 million, a lot of it for criticizing refs.“I earned it,” Cuban told The Associated Press when asked about the latest fine. “I got excited talking to Dr. J and said something I shouldn’t have.”The fine came a day after Cuban’s franchise was accused of having a hostile workplace for women in a Sports Illustrated report that detailed allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery.Cuban said he was embarrassed by the allegations and vowed to improve the club’s work environment. He is hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims and requiring everyone to undergo sensitivity training, including himself. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next The team fired website reporter Earl Sneed, who was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the team. Sneed pleaded guilty over the first incident, and the charge was dismissed after he met conditions of the plea agreement. Cuban told ESPN it was a mistake not to fire Sneed earlier. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them “losing is our best option.” Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner.“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night,” Cuban said. “And here we are. We weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option.’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This is like a year and a half of tanking. That was too brutal for me.”The Mavericks dumped veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut around the trading deadline last season and had their highest draft pick (No. 9) since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from that spot in 1998. They drafted rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., one of the league’s rising stars. Curiosity, hope and big crowds follow Tiger Woods Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Reyes impressed by Fil-Nigerian Edu: ‘Unbelievable’

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first_imgSan Beda thwarts Teodoro, JRU to advance to Filoil finals Unfortunately, Reyes has already submitted his shortlist to the tournament organizers and left the Fil-Nigerian prospect out of it.READ: Fil-Nigerian Edu soaks in chance to train with GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 17-year-old also must return to England to prepare for his studies after representing the Philippine team in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2.Aside from his skills, what impressed Reyes the most about Edu was his maturity and attitude at his age. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img “We really like him. We’ve been eyeing him for a long time and now that we have a chance to work with him, we love him even more,” the outspoken mentor said. “He’s very focused, serious, and very coachable. It’s hard to find the level of seriousness and maturity on a 17-year-old.“Though he rued the missed opportunity to coach Edu for the invitational tourney, Reyes could only smile as he looks forward to the future of the national team.“We’re very excited for AJ. We’re very, very happy to have him,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes could only gush over the potential of AJ Edu after two practices with the men’s national team.“Unbelievable,” he said of the 6-foot-10 prodigy. “I want to bring him to the Jones Cup if I could.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READlast_img read more

Shiv Sena demands action against Poonam Pandey

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first_imgModel Poonam Pandey had said she would strip at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if India won the World Cup final.Shiv Sena on Friday demanded stern action against 20-year-old model Poonam Pandey, who has said she would strip at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if India won the World Cup final on Saturday.”The model has told newspapers that she would strip in the stadium, if India wins the world cup. The government has to take action to stop such things,” Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said in the Legislative Council on Friday.”It was shocking to learn that Poonam’s parents have given her permission, as per the interviews,” Gorhe said.”The government should make its stand clear on this,” Gorhe, also a Sena spokesperson, said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more