Biles wins third gold in women’s vault

first_imgBy Pritha Sarkar | RIO DE JANEIROAll-around champion Simone Biles scooped her third gold medal at the Olympics when she soared to victory in the vault final yesterday.The American beat world champion Maria Paseka of Russia with a score of 15.966 from her two vaults. Paseka claimed silver and Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber pipped India’s Dipa Karmakar by 0.15 of a point to take bronze.Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina, bidding to become the oldest ever gymnast to win an Olympic medal at the age of 41, finished seventh out of the eight finalists after over-rotating on her Produnova.For Biles it seemed business as usual, with little over-the-top celebration as she captured the third of what could be a record haul of five golds.Biles said the win was especially satisfying as she has never won the vault in the world championships.“It was good, I feel very excited because having gone to worlds and having two silvers and a bronze it means a lot to me … It’s something that I wanted so badly,” she said.There was a little hop following her opening Amanar vault, a 2-1/2 twisting back somersault. When she launched into the air for a second time, she was foot perfect as she nailed the landing from her Cheng vault, a round off half turn into the table, followed by 1-1/2 twisting front somersault.An ear-to-ear grin and a high-five with coach Aimee Boorman completed another golden day for the 19-year-old who is proving to be an unbeatable force in Rio.Paseka, the silver medalist, told Reuters: “I could have done the second vault better. I want to be first of course, but I look at Simone and I understand at the moment she’s untouchable.”last_img read more

Clippers coach Doc Rivers espouses voting, freedom of expression – steers clear of China firestorm

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Landry Shamet avoided touching the hottest topic in the sport: “I don’t have any comment on that.”But he readily did say he appreciated Rivers’ willingness to talk about issues beyond basketball with the team.“He’s very open to having conversations about some things that are important, that not a lot of people might be comfortable talking about,” said Shamet, a 22-year-old guard in his second season in the NBA. “We feel like we have a culture here where we can talk about things like that, and I think it’s good for all of us to be able to talk and understand different perspectives on areas and topics, whatever they may be. It’s pretty cool that he goes out of his way to want to educate us and also give us an opportunity to give our opinions and that sort of thing.” PLAYA VISTA — With a voter registration booth set up amid a festive employee lunch in the parking lot outside the Clippers’ training facility on Tuesday, Coach Doc Rivers ended practice inside by gathering his team at center court and espousing the value of political participation and awareness.He stressed the awareness part when he, as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr had Monday, told reporters he wanted to learn more about the Hong Kong protests that inspired Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to tweet “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong” on Friday.The since-deleted tweet, supporting pro-democracy protesters who are engaged in a months-long anti-government standoff in the Chinese territory, resulted in swift fallout, with Chinese businesses and officials – including former Rockets All-Star and current Chinese Basketball commissioner Yao Ming – condemning Morey for the stance he took.Morey, along with others in the Rockets organization tried to apologize. NBA executive vice president of communications Mike Bass issued a statement, widely decried in the United States, that the league recognized “that the views expressed by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” “It’s America. We don’t get killed for saying what we believe in – what we get is disagreed upon,” Rivers said. “We can disagree. I can disagree with everything you say, I have the right to do that and I have the right to say so and that’s good. That’s what this country is about, freedom of speech, and we should always have freedom of speech.“But I did tell (players) this, freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences. Like, you can have freedom of speech, but there may be consequences for what you say and that’s why we get back to the thoughtfulness. Think about it before you say it because there could be consequences.”center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum That was followed Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver offering a sobering defense of Morey’s right to express himself: “What I also tried to suggest is I understand that there are consequences from that exercise of, in essence, his freedom of speech. We will have to live with those consequences.”And in Playa Vista, after discussing his ongoing effort to encourage his players to vote, Rivers said this: “I don’t make much of it. That’s a great example. I didn’t know enough about it, so first thing I did today was I went online and I started reading about the whole thing. That will be a topic for our guys, though, that we’ll talk about.”He approved of Silver’s defense of Morey’s freedom to express himself, acknowledging that such freedoms can come with consequences.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more