Rift be­tween NBA, China widens

Baltimore Sun - - SCOREBOARD -

NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver told the Nets and Lak­ers on Wed­nes­day that the league is still ex­pect­ing them to play as sched­uled this week, even while the rift be­tween the league and Chi­nese of­fi­cials con­tin­ued in ways that clearly sug­gested the two planned games in Shang­hai and Shen­zhen were any­thing but guar­an­teed.

The NBA called off sched­uled me­dia ses­sions Wed­nes­day for both teams. At least two other NBA events to be held Wed­nes­day be­fore the start of the China games were can­celed as part of the fall­out that started af­ter Rock­ets GMDaryl Morey posted a since-deleted tweet last week that showed sup­port for anti-govern­ment pro­test­ers in Hong Kong.

In Wash­ing­ton, a bi­par­ti­san group of law­mak­ers sent a let­ter to Sil­ver that said the NBA should show the “courage and in­tegrity” to stand up to the Chi­nese govern­ment. They asked the NBA to sus­pend ac­tiv­i­ties in China un­til what they called the se­lec­tive treat­ment against the Rock­ets ends.

Col­lege bas­ket­ball: Hall of Fame coach Jim Cal­houn was ac­cused of sex­ual dis­crim­i­na­tion by a for­mer as­so­ciate AD at the Uni­ver­sity of Saint Joseph, the D-III school where Cal­houn now works. Ja­clyn Piscitelli filed a law­suit in U.S. Dis­trict Court against the small Catholic school in West Hart­ford, Conn., which be­gan ad­mit­ting men in 2018. Piscitelli’s at­tor­neys said she was fired in June af­ter com­plain­ing about the con­duct of men in the ath­letic depart­ment, in­clud­ing the 77-year-old Cal­houn, whom she al­leges helped turn the depart­ment into “a boys club” af­ter he was hired to form and coach the school’s men’s bas­ket­ball team.

Col­lege foot­ball: A fed­eral judge ruled that Michi­gan State coach Mark Dan­to­nio can wait un­til af­ter the season to give a de­po­si­tion in a for­mer em­ployee’s law­suit. Curtis Blackwell, a for­mer Michi­gan State foot­ball em­ployee, filed a law­suit claim­ing his em­ploy­ment agree­ment was vi­o­lated when he was dis­ci­plined while the school ad­dressed sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against three play­ers in 2017. Dan­to­nio was named as a de­fen­dant in the suit. ... Rutgers QB McLane Carter an­nounced that he’s re­tir­ing from foot­ball due to med­i­cal rea­sons. Carter, a grad­u­ate trans­fer from Texas Tech who won the start­ing job in train­ing camp, hadn’t played since leav­ing Rutgers’ sec­ond game with a con­cus­sion.

Ten­nis: Coco Gauff reached her first WTA quar­ter­fi­nal when Kateryna Ko­zlova re­tired dur­ing the third set of their sec­on­dround match at the Up­per Aus­tria Ladies in Linz. Gauff trailed by a set and a break but was on the verge of a comeback when Ko­zlova re­tired with the Amer­i­can teenager lead­ing 4-6, 6-4, 2-0. At 15 years and 214 days, Gauff be­came the youngest player to reach a WTA quar­ter­fi­nal since Jan­uary 2005, when Se­sil Karatanche­va did it at 15 years and 153 days.

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