Police arrest a man for hacking into Neymar accounts

Brazilian police have arrested a man they believe hacked into Neymar's bank accounts, officials in Sao Paulo said. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarNeymar tells Alexis Nunes about his new Netflix documentary called Neymar: The Perfect Chaos. Neymar: Not many people know the real me (1:11) Neymar: Not many people know the real me (1:11) Brazilian police have arrested a man they believe has hacked into Neymar's bank accounts and is repeating himself Sums of money totaling more than $40,000 were stolen, officials in Sao Paulo said. Police said the suspected hacker worked at an unnamed bank where the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil striker and the father of his chief executive had accounts. They arrested the 20-year-old on Wednesday "for fraud against bank customers," according to a police statement. Although the police did not name the player in the statement, the officer in charge of the case said it was Neymar and explained to Brazilian TV show Brasil Urgente how the alleged theft came about. "What did that boy do?" said Fabio Pinheiro Lopes. "He got his officemate's password and stole small amounts of money from famous people with large fortunes." These people didn't notice. Lopes said the account involved was Neymar's and his father likely controls the funds. "When they discovered it, they called the bank. The bank refunded the victim and investigated who was behind it," he said. Neymar's spokesman did not comment on the case when contacted by Reuters.


With the Champions League clash looming, PSG ultras beat the club's lead in a late win over Rennes in Ligue 1

Next up for the French giants is a home game against Real Madrid (Author: Gardener)

the Champions LeagueKylian Mbappe left late to secure Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 on Friday, on a night when fans of the French giants expressed displeasure with the club's leadership. The France international, stopped once by the post and once more by being flagged for offside in both halves, struck the winner late in injury time after being teased by Lionel Messi when it looked like a game would be scoreless end in which PSG performed little else. It was a tough result for Rennes, who did just enough to secure the tie, but it will have done little to quell the frustrated fans who have made their feelings known. Earlier in the week, the ultras of the French giants issued a communiqué criticizing the direction the club is taking and a perceived deterioration in identity. Coupled with a largely underperforming campaign, they decided to boycott the first 25 minutes or so. Aside from captain Marquinhos, PSG's leaders have not been spared and sporting director Leonardo has been asked to leave the club, while several overpaid and underperforming stars have also received similar treatment. "It was difficult to open the gate," said PSG captain Marquinhos after the game. "Rennes defended well, preventing us from unlocking the game and leaving us little space - even when we had the ball. Mauricio Pochettino gave young Xavi Simons a chance from the start at the Parc des Princes and the Dutch starlet showed promising approaches, however." Late winner aside, it was largely the same sultry fare that Les Parisiens have been producing for most of this season.


PSG's Messi, Mbappe and Neymar unveil the fourth kit with a nod to the Chicago Bulls

PSG's latest collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand includes a design cue borrowed from the famous Chicago Bulls jerseys. (Author: Gardener)

MessiJulien Laurens gives the details behind PSG's recent talks with Kylian Mbappe to keep him for another season. Julien Laurens gives the details behind PSG's recent talks with Kylian Mbappe to keep him for another season. Paris Saint-Germain have unveiled the latest offering from their collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand by unveiling a new fourth kit, to be worn by Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar & Co. for the 2021-22 season. PSG say the predominantly white ensemble with blue and red trim to be worn in the second half of the campaign incorporates a design cue derived from the Chicago Bulls' famous uniforms. The new PSG shorts share the diamond motif used by the Bulls, best known during their heyday when they won six NBA championships in eight years between 1991 and 1998. The red pinstripes around the collar and cuffs are also a nod to the detailing of the classic The Bulls' Vests made famous by Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen - widely regarded as the greatest team in NBA history. It's a real departure from the PSG x Jordan collab, which was released around this time last year when they unveiled a fourth kit featuring psychedelic splashes of "Hyper Pink" and "Psychic Purple." Fusing the worlds of soccer and basketball, PSG unveiled its latest flick with a photoshoot starring Messi, Mbappe and Sergio Ramos, with PSG Feminine stars Grace Geyoro, Jordyn Huitema and Sakina Karchaoui posing with it for a series of faux high school photos look like they were plucked straight from her old yearbook. The shirt is part of a broader PSG x Jordan Spring 22 collection that includes various items of very appealing casual, street and training wear.


Madrid's Benzema doubtful for Villarreal ahead of PSG clash

Real Madrid hope Karim Benzema will be fit for the much-anticipated clash with Paris Saint-Germain next week (Author: Gardener)

MadridBARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Real Madrid hope Karim Benzema will be fit to play in the much-anticipated clash with Paris Saint-Germain next week. Tuesday's tasty Champions League round of 16 in Paris will pit Madrid against the team of former nemesis Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé, the player many in Spain are hoping will become Madrid's next star. But first, Madrid are likely to miss Benzema's goals for another game when the Spanish leaders visit Unai Emery's Villarreal on Saturday. Madrid have struggled to score since Benzema injured a left hamstring in a league game against Elche on January 23. Without his team performance of 24 goals in 28 games, Madrid drew 2-2 with Elche, eliminated from the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao and clinched a 1-0 win over Granada. Coach Carlo Ancelotti used attacking midfielders Marco Asensio and Isco Alarcón up front against Granada. But the decision also seemed to indicate that Ancelotti has little faith in the team's other pure forward, rarely used reserve Luka Jovic. The Brazilian's 12 goals are second only to Benzema's 17 for the whole league. Villarreal go into the round in sixth but just three points ahead of Barcelona in fourth and final Champions League spot. Villarreal are also without their top striker after Gerard Moreno injured his right leg. “We don't care, or very little, if Madrid think more about the Champions League. "The leader is coming, the strongest team so far this season, a rival who will challenge us the most and we are keen to do our best." Giovani Lo Celso made his debut for Villarreal after his loan from Tottenham as a late substitute in the 2 Last round win :0 against Real Betis. Second-placed Sevilla host an improved Elche on Friday after Madrid drew 0-0 at Osasuna last week, giving Madrid a six-point lead at the top of the table. Betis, a full 13 points behind Madrid's pace in third place, visit bottom-placed Levante on Sunday while Barcelona have a derby at Espanyol.


French leaders PSG relied on Mbappe again for a late win

PARIS -- Kylian Mbappe prevailed again for French leaders Paris Saint-Germain when he scored in the third minute of added time to earn a 1-0 home win over Rennes on Friday. Mbappe was set up for his 12th league goal by Lionel Messi in the 93rd minute. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino warned against Rennes, the only... (Author: Gardener)

FrenchKylian Mbappe of PSG, right, celebrates with teammate Mauro Icardi after scoring his team's opening goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Rennes at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Friday February 11, 2022 . PARIS ( AP ) -- Kylian Mbappe came through again for French leaders Paris Saint-Germain when he scored in the third minute of added time to earn a 1-0 home win over Rennes on Friday. Kylian Mbappe of PSG celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Rennes at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Friday, February 11, 2022. Mbappe was set up by Lionel Messi in the 93rd minute for his 12th league goal. The win put PSG 16 points clear of second-placed Marseille, who have a game in hand. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino put together a full-strength squad against Rennes, the only side to beat him in La Liga this season, but PSG were as lackluster as they have been several times this season. "Leonardo, time to get lost?" read a banner. Rather than keep his stars fresh for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid, Pochettino started Mbappe and Messi against Rennes, who beat PSG 2-0 at home and negated PSG until another late breakaway. PSG's Kylian Mbappe, left, attempts a goal while Rennes' goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar, bottom, makes a save during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Rennes at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Friday February 11, 2022. Rennes sat down to absorb the pressure from PSG and almost scored in game 14 when Baptiste Santamaria's header flew just wide of fellow midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud's corner. Mbappe hit the post in the 40th and a minute into the second half Santamaria fired just over Bourigeaud's pass. A goal by Mbappe midway through the second half was ruled out for offside. Nice only need a draw at Lyon to overtake Marseille and move into second place on goal difference to automatically claim a place in the Champions League. In the other game, Montpellier host holders Lille, who lost 5-1 at home to PSG last Sunday. Rennes' Baptiste Santamaria, left, challenges the ball with PSG's Xavi Simons during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Rennes at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Friday February 11, 2022. PSG's Lionel Messi, left , Challenges for the ball with Baptiste Santamaria of Rennes during the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Rennes at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Friday February 11, 2022.


PSG's huge new training center, Pochettino on Mbappe, the latest collaboration with Jordan, more

Let's take a look at our under-the-radar stories in football this week with a French theme (Author: Gardener)

JordanBusy ahead of the mammoth showdown with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain invited CBS Sports earlier this week to take a look at their new training facility. Furthermore, there was a new PSGxJordan kit drop and Mauricio Pochettino has also spoken about Kylian Mbappe's future. The French giants are building a massive 74-hectare campus in nearby Poissy, just 25 minutes from Parc des Princes, which will host PSG's professional team in the summer of 2023. The facility will feature 150,000 square meters (37 acres) of outdoor training space, 17 soccer fields and will accommodate 180 athletes with dedicated rooms and state-of-the-art training equipment. The project will welcome 180 professional and youth players each year and is the second largest in the Ile-de-France region with 150,000 square meters of outdoor sports facilities. "Promoting youth has been our priority from the start," PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi told CBS Sports exclusively. “We are currently the number one youth development center in France and one of the European clubs that has developed the largest number of young professional footballers in the last 10 years. “What the PSG training center will achieve is to ensure they are in the best possible conditions to thrive and perform at their best. Being close to the professional team trainer will also be an advantage as we have been to multiple locations before. We want our training center to be the only place for young talents - male and female - in different sports. With our know-how, fantastic talent in Greater Paris – the second best location in the world for talent – ​​and these new facilities, we have everything we need to keep Paris at its best for years to come.” Why it matters : PSG have established themselves at the top of football over the last decade and this development will place their infrastructure among the best in the world. Also, it offers an opportunity to capitalize on the enormous wealth of talent in Paris and the potential to build a squad based on local players. PSG also released their fourth kit with a training and lifestyle collection to match, and the inspiration for this clean new look is the Chicago Bulls: "The design references the iconic uniforms of the Chicago basketball team and celebrates the collaboration between PSG and the Branded Jordan for over four years, the football shorts feature the diamond pattern and the entire collection combines the club's identity, the iconic codes of basketball and street culture." even closer than ever and given that Jordan has now made the team's home kit, this latest look could herald the next stage of their partnership heading into this summer, with the deal likely to be extended beyond its current expiration. Mauricio Pochettino has spoken to Cadena Sers El Larguero and gave admitted he was "in love" with PSG's colors and expressed hope that Kylian Mbappe would pursue his career in Paris as ties with Real Madrid remain. "I'm in love with PSG's original kit colors," said the Argentine. I signed in 2001, one of the things I've always looked at was the kit. I liked the design and the badge - it's one of the best colors and design combinations in football." "I don't think such an important decision boils down to one game. He always knows what he wants for his career and future. I hope that he will spend his entire career at PSG - that would be a very good sign for us and the club. Without a doubt he is one of the top five in the world." Why It Matters: Not only has Mbappe been linked with a move from PSG, but so has Pochettino and these comments are perhaps with intent to quell recent speculation that the Argentine is taking over Manchester United and the Frenchman is joining Real. The LFP in France has sanctioned 30 players in Ligue 1 and 2 for betting on games with suspensions for those who placed bets with Gaetan Laborde of Stade Rennais in the 2019-20 season. Angers SCO's Stephane Bahoken and FC Nantes' Jean-Charles Castelletto have been suspended for three games.


Ranking of Eastern Conference contenders after the close of trading

The Eastern Conference looks very different than it did just a few days ago (Author: Gardener)

just a few days agoAfter weeks of speculation and intrigue, the 2022 NBA trade deadline finally arrived on Thursday, and it was even wilder and more unpredictable than we could have imagined. The Eastern Conference in particular experienced a massive shock with the blockbuster Nets and Sixers. And with the top eight teams from this conference currently only 5.5 games apart, it's going to be an insane rush until the end of the regular season. When the dust settles on deadline day, let's reevaluate the various tiers of contenders in the east. * Big Deadline Move: Four-team trade where they sent Donte DiVincenzo (to Kings) and got back Serge Ibaka (from Clippers) and two second-round picks (from Pistons). Things haven't gone according to plan for the Bucks this season. The defense hasn't been quite as good, in large part due to Lopez's absence, and they've put her on autopilot mode at times. Despite all the troubles, they still sit fourth in the East at 35-22, just 1.5 games behind the Miami Heat. And when the big three were healthy, the bucks were downright dominant. They're 23-6 when Giannis, Middleton and Holiday all play and have a net rating of plus 13.5 with that trio on the court. Admittedly he's not the healthiest guy himself, but he's a perfect fit for what they love to do on both sides of the ball and they won't need him to play heavy minutes - especially with Lopez coming back. Giannis is targeting his third MVP in four seasons and is arguably the best player in the world right now. * Big Deadline Move: Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks to nets for James Harden As speculation has heated up for the past few days, they've finally closed the blockbuster trade everyone's been waiting for: James Harden to the Sixers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks. The Ben Simmons saga is finally over for the Sixers and they have a real second superstar in Joel Embiid. It didn't come cheap - Curry was great for them, Drummond was a solid backup big, they gave up two future firsts and will likely give Harden a massive overtime - but the benefits are clear. Simmons hadn't played all season and was notorious for shrinking from the start in the playoffs. Harden, on the other hand, is one of the best offensive talents in the league and, alongside Embiid, not only fits much better, but is immediately the best player the big man has ever played with. Embiid almost single-handedly pulled the Sixers to a 32-22 record this season with some truly spectacular performances. Imagine what he can do now that teams have Harden to deal with as well. The Sixers aren't a perfect team and health will always be an issue, but with (a presumably highly motivated) Harden on board, they're a real threat to make it out of the East. * Big deadline move: James Harden to the Sixers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks The best skill is availability, as the old cliché goes, and the Nets aren't exactly sure when one of their stars is will be available. Kevin Durant is out until some time after the All-Star break with a knee injury, Simmons will need time to step up and it's not clear when he will make his debut with the team, and Kyrie Irving can only be in select ones Playing away games while he remains unvaccinated. They've already lost 10 straight games to drop to 29-26 and would be in the play-in tournament by today's standards. Despite all the issues with the previous big three, we knew they absolutely crushed teams when they were able to play together. But we don't know for sure, and they won't have much time to acclimate before the playoffs. Brooklyn is probably the best situation for Simmons. Simmons also gives the Nets a much-needed defensive anchor and is younger than Harden, while Curry and Drummond add vital depth. At the same time, Simmons' mistakes didn't magically go away and he hasn't played in an NBA game in eight months. Also, the nets have to combine all these new parts on the fly. With a healthy Durant, the Nets undoubtedly have the talent to win anything this season, but it's hard to have too much faith in a team that's been so chaotic. The Heat have the best record in the East and are tied for fifth-best net rating in the league (up-4.6), so maybe it's a little unfair to have them in the third tier - especially considering they are reached this point, although it is seldom at full strength. Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo have all missed at least 13 games and only played 18 times together. At full strength, there's no question this is a dangerous team. Kyle Lowry was of course a great asset, PJ Tucker is suddenly unmissable from the outside and Tyler Herro is on his way to the Sixth Man of the Year award. They're the best 3-point shooting group in the league, they defend, they're strong, they have a clear identity. If all goes well, this team has a real chance to get out of the east. For one thing, health is a major concern, even more so than other teams. This is an old core built with guys like Butler and Lowry who have notoriously struggled to stay on the court in recent years. They've already missed quite a few games this season, and there's no guarantee they'll make it through (at least) three grueling playoff rounds. Also, the Heat don't have elite talent on the level of Giannis, Embiid, or Durant, and that counts in the playoffs. The Bulls made a number of big moves during the offseason, acquiring DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso, but there were many questions about how it would all work. DeRozan was incredible, LaVine is putting together another elite offensive season, and Ball and Caruso have formed a dynamite defensive backcourt. But like some other teams, they couldn't stay healthy. At one point, the number of players in COVID-19 logs reached double digits, while Patrick Williams, Ball and Caruso have all sustained long-term injuries. That they're still 34-21 and in second place in the East is a testament to DeRozan, who's smacked the team at times, and unheralded players who've risen like rookie Ayo Dosunmu. And even then, it's hard to imagine them winning multiple playoff series against the teams in front of them. Their thin frontcourt rotation in particular will be a big problem against the Bucks and Sixers. You did not make any additions as of the reporting date. * Big Deadline Move: Dennis Schroder, Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando to Rockets for Daniel Theis; Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford and a Spurs first-round pick for Derrick White Now we turn to the Celtics, who have been one of the most confusing teams this season. During that time, they have a dominant defensive rating of 99.7 and have moved up to seventh place in the East - just 5 games away from first place. A softer schedule certainly helped, but Tatum has broken out of his shooting weakness, Marcus Smart is playing perhaps the best basketball of his career and they made some very strong moves on deadline day to take on Derrick White and Daniel Theis. There are still many questions about this team, especially their offense, which tends to shut down for minutes. And much like the Bulls, it's hard to see them getting past two or three of the Bucks, Sixers and Nets. But they have a true star in Tatum, and if they defend like that the rest of the way, they're going to have a tough time in the playoffs. This season, the Cavaliers have clearly exceeded expectations. Rather than gradually improving, they've moved into the top half of the East rankings and are well on their way to their first playoff appearance since LeBron James left for the second time in 2018. Darius Garland proved himself and earned his first All-Star appearance; Evan Mobley does things on defense we've never seen a rookie big man do; Jarrett Allen makes the nets look extremely stupid for trading him; Kevin Love looks rejuvenated; They have one of the best defensive units in the league. But it's one thing to be a fun young team and one of the best stories of the season; it's another to win the Eastern Conference. They've earned a place in the discussion, but their inability to score gets worse in the playoffs - even with the addition of Caris LeVert - and they don't have a real superstar like some of these other clubs. Let's go through these teams pretty quickly. * Big Deadline Move: Goran Dragic and a protected first-round Spurs pick for Thaddeus Young It won't be fun to play in the postseason if they make it, but they don't win the East. * Big Deadline Move: Trading Ish Smith and Vernon Carey to the Wizards for Montrezl Harrell A few weeks ago, things were looking a lot better for the Hornets, who have now lost six straight games to drop to ninth place and are without Gordon Hayward will be out indefinitely due to an ankle injury. A very fun team with LaMelo Ball at the helm and trading Montrezl Harrell will help improve their frontcourt depth but they aren't consistent enough. * Eastern Conference table position: 10th (9 games from the first) * Eastern Conference table position: 10th (9 game from the first) * Eastern Conference table position: 10th (9 game * Position in Eastern Conference rankings: 10th (9 games from firsts) * Position in Eastern Conference rankings: 10th (9 games from firsts) * Position in Eastern Conference rankings: 10th (9 games from the first) * Position in the Eastern Conference rankings: 10th (9 games from the first games) * Position in the Eastern Conference table: 10th (9 games from the first) * Position in the table of the Eastern Conference: 10th (9 games out of the first) And finally last season's favorites, the Hawks. They couldn't repeat their Eastern Conference Finals series, in large part because they just can't stop anyone. Nobody in Atlanta should get their hopes up, but they are 7-3 in their last 10 games and they deserve a mention after what they did in the playoffs a year ago.


Randle, Knicks win first trip, fend off Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Julius Randle scored 28 points to match his season-high 16... (Author: Gardener)

KnicksGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring a 3-point basket against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022. New York Knicks forward Julius Randle ( 30) reacts after a hit during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022. New York Knicks forward Cam Reddish, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022. New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday February 10, 2022 10th Feb, 2022. New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker (8) passes the ball while being tackled by Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022 February 2022, is defended. New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts to players during the first half of his team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022. New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin, top, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022. New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors onto the court in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022. New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier, right, is tackled by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, February 10, 2022 defends SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Julius Randle scored 28 points and hit his season-high 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks earned their first win in four tries during their r trip to the West Coast and held off the Golden State Warriors 116-114 on Thursday Sunday night. Stephen Curry scored 19 of his 35 first-half points and dished out 10 assists in Golden State's second straight loss, just the third consecutive loss all season for the Warriors. Golden State had one last chance with 6.2 seconds left and Klay Thompson dribbled into the paint and missed a jump on the buzzer. "Oh yeah, did you like it?" Thompson said when asked if he liked the look he was getting. "It was a great sight. Jonathan Kuminga converted two free throws with 1:07 remaining that put Golden State within 112-110, and the defense pulled a travel turnover on Alec Burks moments later. But Curry missed a potential layup and Randle ran into Kuminga's goalie. I couldn't believe the shot didn't go in, it just hung on the edge for a few seconds," said coach Steve Kerr. Evan Fournier connected with an important 3-pointer to play 4:14 and finish with 22 points, while Burk's 3 with 10:01 left gave the Knicks a 97-84 lead before Golden State nearly recovered. Andrew Wiggins made a 3 with 5:04 to play, drawing Golden State within 104-100. Curry, who passed Ray Allen to become a career 3-point leader in New York in December, shot 5 of 16 from deep and 11 of 25 overall. Thompson finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists after slightly increasing his minute limit to 30 -- and that's where he ended up. The Warriors lost at home for a third straight game to the Knicks, whose 132-115 loss in Denver on Tuesday night put New York 0-3 on that road trip. "It's important because we're here," said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau. We can't look too far ahead.” New York received some welcome reinforcements: center Mitchell Robinson returned after missing Tuesday's game with a back injury, and guard Quentin Grimes was back from a knee problem. Kuminga scored 17 and Wiggins 15 for Golden State in the second game of a home run in a row after a 111-85 loss in Utah on Wednesday night that broke a nine-game winning streak. Kerr urged his team to set the tone after being disappointed with the "lack of pace and urgency" from the offensive against the Jazz. Kerr received a technical foul with 3:19 to play. "I can't do that, it's my fault," he said. The 10 Best Treadmills for Home Training "Draymond is probably the most unique player in the league." - Thibodeau said of Draymond Green, who is still sidelined with a disc injury in his back. Knicks: Robinson had 11 rebounds and Burks finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists off the bench. F Nerlens Noel sat out his second straight game with a sore left foot. New York is 5-4 on the road against Warriors: The Warriors had just one turnover at halftime -- and Golden State had 18 points in the paint, 11 points for second chances and 23 from the bench for a 62-57 Knicks lead in the break. F Otto Porter Jr. sat out the second game of the back-to-back to treat a left foot injury. As the Warriors honored the late Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain during their 75-year celebration, Kerr recalled watching the greats play beach volleyball in Pacific Palisades as a boy. "It was quite a scene," Kerr shared. Knicks: On Saturday in Portland at the conclusion of the west coast hike. Warrior: Host LeBron James and the Lakers lost the last three and four of five at home to LA on Saturday night.


Ka boom! An oral history of the Bull's career, starring the great Neil Funk

It actually all started at a 1,000 watt radio station in Danville, Illinois WITH the voice of Ileana. (Author: Gardener)

BullAn Oral History of the Great Neil Funk's Bulls Broadcasting Career After 41 years on the air and 28 seasons announcing Bulls basketball, Neil Funk retired from broadcasting at the end of the 2019-20 season. He will be honored during Saturday night's "Neil Funk Night" when the Bulls take on the Thunder. It all actually started with a 1,000 watt radio station in Danville, Illinois, WITY, the voice of Illiana. Neil Eugene Funk, fresh out of Syracuse University through the University of Illinois and Gettysburg College, signed on as an ad salesman helping with the station's high school, U of Illinois, and Class A baseball shows. Then, beginning in 1976 with the Philadelphia 76ers, Funk was the play-by-play voice on radio and television for 43 consecutive seasons for the 76ers, Kansas City Kings, New Jersey Nets and Bulls. That ended abruptly in March with the NBA's suspension due to the coronavirus and the Bulls' departure from the expected conclusion of the 2019-20 NBA season in Orlando. Marv Albert, Basketball Hall of Fame 1997, NBA Voice of Turner Broadcasting and NFL. "It's a shame Neil won't be able to finish this season knowing it will be his last game. He's one of those old NBA broadcasters. He captured the game so well I thought whether it was on TV or radio. I think it's important to do radio before television and then understand that you have to pull it back for television. His radio calls during the Michael Jordan era, I thought, were iconic. As I personally know there was a lot of material there and I always felt like he had. He has a great sense of humor on and off the air and for me because I've done so many Bulls games he was always great at sharing information with guest broadcasters. The first of the baby boom generation, born just after the end of World War II, Neil grew up in Indianapolis with two sisters. His father was in sales for community leader Eli Lilly, and Neil became one of the city's top athletes at Park Tudor High School, All City basketballer, football team quarterback and pitching baseball team Mike Breen, Basketball Hall of F Ame 2020, NBA Voice for ABC/ESPN and the New York Knicks. “The thing about Neil is he really has no idea how tall he is. Every time you tried to tell him how great he was and how much he meant, he didn't want to hear it. He's going to hate that. By the way, people say nice things about him.” He's undoubtedly one of the true signature voices and true characters in league history. What I love most about Neil from the perspective of a listener and NBA fan is how much he absolutely loved the game and wanted it so badly to be played properly and to its best potential. When done right it was so nice for him and it came across in the way he broadcast games. That's why I loved it when the Bulls played well and not just the Jordan years. He had so much joy in his voice because it was being played at this level. He just wanted to call the games of the sport he loved and go home; the limelight didn't interest him at all. I knew him before I started broadcasting NBA games. I was the producer for WNBC Radio in New York. We had a half hour lead to the sports show and it was an update on all the teams and he was doing the nets at the time. My job as a producer Monday through Friday was to do a 45-60 second report for the New Jersey Nets. We had one for the Mets, Jets, Giants; every New York team. So I only got to know Neil through his voice and couldn't wait for the call because he would always say something funny and then do it in one take. As a young broadcaster I was struck by how effortlessly he managed, not trying hard but so knowledgeable. We are all guilty of trying to impress and make something special in the air; He just called the game. It was like he was born an NBA team's play-by-play guy. After five years in Danville and developing a lifelong friendship with some of the Illini greats like Jim Grabowski, Neil decided to go ahead and start shipping tapes. He got a call from Rudy Martzke, the PR man for ABA's new Spirits of St. Louis. Neil went to St. Louis giant KMOX for an interview but lost to a young fellow from Syracuse, Bob Costas. Bob Costas, Basketball Hall of Fame 1999, MLB Network and formerly NBC, Olympics and HBO. “I got this job at Spirits, but I was also 22, single, and more than willing to work for $11,000 a year; that may have played a role in the decision. I'd say no pun intended, Neil has recovered well. For many of us, closing up or tying a ribbon around things is important, otherwise it feels like you've left something unfinished. Neil has such a long and impressive NBA resume with an amazing career. He's been on really great 76ers and Bulls teams and he's part of those stories. To be part of such wonderful fans' memories of those great seasons and great moments." Neil got the 76ers job and there was no rookie wall as he drove to the finals with Doc, McGinnis, Dawkins and Doug Collins. Bill Schonely, basketball 2012 Hall of Famer, creator of Rip City and announcer for the Trailblazers from 1970 to 1998. Neil was always so funny and a brilliant broadcaster, and then he did his job like the great pro that he was, he was on the NBA family of networks so highly regarded." Neil always said that the mere tenure with the 76ers was the culmination of his two stints there over several seasons in the 1970s and 1980s. He wasn't one of the hot boys from Syracuse's famous S.I. Newhouse school that produced so many notable broadcast journalists. Had some other interests that got in the way of academics. He'd made it onto the basketball team as a career changer, even though training against Dave Bing was his calling for another career. He stayed about a year, trying out basketball at Gettysburg, and then returned to Syracuse to pursue his degree less in broadcast journalism and more in college fun. After Danville, Neil believed it could be a career in broadcasting through high school and college. Al McCoy, Basketball Hall of Fame, 2007 and voice of the Phoenix Suns for the past 48 seasons. “I jokingly say he was from Syracuse, so he has to be respected. Neil just knows so many people in the NBA, but he's never tried to be the show. Just part of the group and I'm proud of it I've developed such a great friendship and it has continued. I met him when he was starting out in Kansas City. He was good no matter what, radio or television. What I liked most about Neil's approach to his shows was that he always enjoyed the games. He had some great analysts working with him, notably Red, Johnny Kerr. I liked that each game wasn't about all or nothing or the end of the world, but about covering the game. And while having some fun time. That's why I also think that the fans adopted him all the time, no matter what team he was on. After a season with the 76ers, Neil's broadcaster changed format and gave up rights to the basketball team, though he still did sports coverage during the summer. One of the 76ers' former owners was a fan and Neil got a broadcast tryout with the Kansas City Kings, old Rochester and Cincinnati Royals coming to Kansas City in 1972. He got the NBA job for the 1977-78 season. "I met Funky during those Philly years because he was also close with Chuck (Daly) and Billy (Cunningham). He was very open with the coaches, almost to the point one might think, because of his passion for the game. 'Did he get away with it?' I remember Cotton Fitzsimmons doing something weird at the last minute in Kansas City and Funky getting on the team bus and saying something like, "What were you thinking about that last time out?" Cotton tells you to get off the bus. He was pretty good at bringing you down to earth, but he was always so much fun to be around. He's that kind of guy." Neil broadcast the Kings game during the 1981-82 season and developed long-lasting relationships with coaches like Frank Hamblein, who later joined Phil Jackson's staff at the Bulls Finals came to Kansas City, Neil was even told by management that this time he would be the big fish in the small pond, even though he's only 30. It was here that Neil put his Kakakaboom reputation to the test, developing and honing the style which has become familiar to NBA fans over the past 40 years.When Neil's name is mentioned, Ray Ridder, the Warriors' tireless media executive, is easily drawn back to childhood memories."I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, when he was the voice of the Kansas City Kings was," says Ray. Enjoy. He had a reputation for being one of the best announcers in the league, but I always got the impression that he took his job very seriously but didn't take himself very seriously. No guy looking at me I first came into the league with Sacramento in 1989, where I worked before and after the game, and when Gary Gerould did ABC, I got to play. Neil, he didn't know me from Adam. But he made me feel very welcome, always came to say hello and how you are, talked to me and asked me about the team. Treated me like one of the guys even though I probably didn't deserve it at the time. The other thing was radio or TV, you listen to Neil and he's at the top of the game. Knew the staff of the other team, knew the league, what the guys from other teams could and couldn't do, what their strengths and weaknesses were. I always felt that if I was out in the NBA and I could listen or watch in my hotel room, I would always tune in to a show that Neil was doing and I would learn something. I wanted to take something from this game that I didn't know or appreciate. He was so good at it and so seamless that he was able to weave in knowledge of the game and the other team and weave it right into the broadcast of the 76ers, and Neil returned for his first championship with Cunningham's 76ers in 1983 with Doc, Moses and one of the most dominant and colorful teams in the NBA. Doug Collins, 2009 Basketball Hall of Famer and longtime NBA coach and NBC broadcaster "After I got injured and couldn't play, there was a clause in my contract that they put me on as general manager or as a broadcaster or community liaison It started with me doing some radio and then the TV situation opened up and I had the chance to work with Neil in the early 80's There are two things when I'm covering a game: there's the respect for the game and the person I work with, I want them to have that passion, that they love the game. Neil Funk hits a home run in both areas. He loves the game and absolutely has an incredible passion for it, does his Homework, knows when to be ready for the big moments, when to hang up, when to engage your partner Sometimes it's easy for a play-by-play guy to start with a lot of analysis V A lot of the guys I've worked with, the Hall of Famers, they throw that softball up at you and say, 'Knock it out of the park, tell us what's up.' That's Neil. Neil is about all of those things and we will miss him because as sports fans we are associated with voices that stand for championships. They're the link between the fans and the game, and Neil is one of those guys.” These 76ers teams of the late '70s and early '80s were among the elite of what many believe was the strongest in league history. The 76ers made the finals four times in seven seasons between 1977 and 1983. And although 1983 was their last title, they averaged 55 wins-to-one-loss conference finals over the next three seasons in the grand era of the NBA Eastern Conference with champion Celtics , the rising Pistons and the development of Bulls and Cavs. Neil had actually tried out both the Bulls and Cavs in the '70s, but the path was blocked with Joe Tait in Cleveland and Jim Durham in Chicago. A career saver and career starter, Philadelphia was an ideal preparation for the big Bulls run of the 1990s Hubie Brown, 2000 Basketball Hall of Famer, longtime ABA and NBA coach and ABC and ESPN analyst “I met Neil at a good time in my Career. I switched from an NBA coach. I worked for US national television for a year in the '81/'82 season, but between coaching Atlanta and New York I did occasional playoff work for CBS in the '80s. When I finished coaching in 1987, I really wanted to dive into radio and television work and see if I could break through and learn how to do it. That's when I met Neil Funk. He was very instrumental in helping me develop a style while working with him. He knows his subject. And now in me he has a new partner to work with. Whenever you do television, especially in the NBA, you only have five to eight seconds after a basket is made, after he gives you the score, before handing it back to him to come in and be able to do things teach or break down or do something good suggestion because you're really at the announcer's mercy. And I had a very, very enjoyable time playing with Neil because of the friendship on and off the field. But then it would come across on the show because he has this ability to step aside and allow you to create a style. I was working in different places and working with different people back then and you can tell they all have a rhythm and their rhythm is not the same. They want to make good television and there has to be a rhythm between that announcer and the analyst. Working with Neil has been a pleasure and we have remained friends throughout the years. People don't understand that sometimes the combination doesn't work. He's an excellent professional and I know everyone who works with him has had a chance to develop a style and felt comfortable no matter how big the game was.” But sometimes even the ideal situation doesn't seem like it . There were problems with the station 76ers and the Nets called. Neil knows he should have known better. Veteran broadcasters and friends Tait and Mel Proctor were Neil's predecessors in New Jersey, and each was gone after a year. The biggest mistake I ever made, Neil often said about those two seasons of the Nets where he never left Philadelphia and drove north on the Turnpike to play games. Lew Schaffel had persuaded Neil to give the humble franchise a voice. So Neil rode the two seasons in the Meadowlands. Ian Eagle, Nets, game after game since 1994 along with NCAA and NFL broadcasts.” I started calling Nets games in 1994 and Neil's reputation in the league was already incredibly impressive. What always struck me about Neil is that he doesn't sound like everyone else. You get promoted to the league at 25, you look up to the guys who have staying power. Neil was a veteran when I started. I'm 26 years at this and he's been at this high level for so long in a major league baseball player and first black player in the American League who was community liaison for the Nets at the time: "One thing you have to love about Neil, he was always not enthusiastic about himself and his career. As good as he was, and I should say as great as he was, he never thought he was or made you believe that he felt so full of himself; not that type. This guy was an excellent play-by-play broadcaster and I hope people in Chicago understand what they lose if he retires. He made it way ahead of the rest of us and he never pretended he was already there. And you could hear it in the last dance as he rose to the occasion. He was an everyday, rock solid, never lose your enthusiasm, let the game speak for itself guy. And when big things happened, he made it big.” Two months into his tenure with the Nets, 76ers owner Harold Katz called. Could Neil return? He had signed a two-year contract. Katz asked him not to resign, and Neil eventually returned to the 76ers. "Neil is one of those guys I've always looked forward to because he's the same no matter what. His moods, at least in relation to our interactions, were never affected by how good or bad his team was. He was a guy I looked up to in the early years of my time in the NBA because he was a guy I could look at and talk to and watch and see him doing things. Whenever you have older guys like this you can learn from it, it's great and he was always willing to talk and chat and I found him to be a really good resource on that level. If you went through the league and asked his peer group you would have a really hard time finding anyone who said anything negative about Neil. When you're the new guy and I was young, in my 20's, and all the guys were older than me and more experienced at the NBA level, it can be really intimidating. But Neil was one of the guys I met early on and we became good friends. It's hard for some people to understand, but I never see the guy other than in arenas. He's the guy you always looked forward to when you walked into the arena. I always looked forward to talking to Neil because he had a really good handle on reality and nothing really bothered him and he was easy to talk to about anything. Neil had gotten to know Jim Durham well. Durham finally made his breakthrough with the Bulls, ensuring the team's erratic rise from 1973 and through the first championship in 1991. Then the later Hall of Famer had a contract dispute with the Bulls. Durham eventually switched to ESPN for NBA games and recommended Neil to the Bulls, Neil returned to the Midwest for the Bulls radio play to play with Tom Dore and Kerr on TV. It would become, as Neil often said, what he was, a Chicago bull who, after years of traveling and uncertainty, was able to spend a lifetime of professional joy and personal relationships with Ms. Renee. I can use the word "never" when it comes to Neil Funk. Nobody would say anything negative about Neil because he was always such a good person. That's what makes a good TV show. It was really lucky for City to have this team.” “I tried to get him, like Hawk Harrelson did last year, to stay and at least just play all the home games. I knew Neil as a player; always liked Neil. He was funny, like one of the guys, but older, not your typical media guy. He was like one of the boys so the transition to working with him full time was easy when Johnny retired and they decided to form a team. Great sense of humour, great knowledge of the game, like a basketball library. Neil is the kind of person who makes it easier for you as a broadcaster to get your job done. It's like talking to your best friend about a game and sitting and watching and having a beer and a steak; this is how it feels every night when I go to work. Like I'm at a bar and grill with Neil Funk and we're just having fun. "The biggest thing for me is that he allowed me to be even more myself. People think I'm the funny guy. Neil is the funny guy. Neil plays a great straight guy. In a great comedy series you have to have a mixture of both that this comedy would last longer than three years. I would say if he wanted to make it five or ten years longer he could easily do it. Over the last few years I've gotten used to other people but I always knew Neil would come back "Now I realize he's not coming back and I feel like there's a void, a piece is missing because he won't be there. Neil's voice is one of the last great NBA voices, the originals by Johnny Most and Chick Hearn. Those guys had a signature." Voices. Not so much signature calls, but the way they delivered the game with that voice. You don't hear many people with those unique voices. He made this task so easy for me. I am so blessed to be with the same organization that I was drafted into and work here, I call the games fair and honest, and also blessed to be with a man who I consider a Hall of Famer . It never felt like a job at Neil. I couldn't wait to make the games. Even if the Bulls weren't as successful as they were in the last few years after the Derrick years when we had a lot of success. There may be times when you're afraid to go to work because the team isn't working the way it should. I've never felt like this. Once those lights came on, it was power every night thanks to Neil.” Content on this page has not been reviewed or endorsed by the Chicago Bulls. All opinions expressed by Sam Smith are solely his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Chicago Bulls or its employees, parent company, affiliates or sponsors of Basketball Operations. His sources are unknown to the Bulls, and he does not have special access to information beyond the access and privileges that come with being an NBA-accredited media member Nearly five decades later, longtime Bulls announcer Neil Funk has 2018-19 20 games cut


Liverpool weight thrower Jalen Graham (video)

- With his goals for the season on the indoor track, Jalen Graham, Liverpool's weight thrower, decided a return to routine was in order. All season, the senior had been working on a throwing routine that included three spins. Three twists can produce more... (Author: Gardener)

Jalen GrahamY. - With his goals for the season indoors on the track, Liverpool weight thrower Jalen Graham decided a return to routine was in order. All season, the senior had been working on a throwing routine that included three spins. Three twists can generate more power on throws, but it's much harder to maintain technique and build speed from the extra twist. Graham flirted with the low 60-foot mark with three spins, but he knew he had a lot more in him. So at last week's Section III meeting, he decided on a strategy where he tried to focus on the two-spin technique. Graham unrolled a throw of 68 feet, 8.75 inches. That was a Section III record and the best performance by a public school competitor that year. “I know my two spin is like bread and butter to me. I can do this with my eyes closed," Graham said. Sometimes I feel like when I let go of the weight, I can say I put all my strength into the weight and I know I won't fail. And there could be room for that 25-pound weight to fly even further out of Graham's hands over the next few days. Graham, who also won the section shot put, is this week's Spotlight Athlete of the Week. His target is clear: Queen's High School of Construction's Michael Pinckney, who broke the 81-foot mark this season. That seems like an unrealistic rate of progression for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Graham, but he breaks it down into parts. He's aiming for 70-plus feet for qualification and hopes to flirt with 80 feet in time for the States. It's going to be difficult. But I'm ready for it," Graham said. "At the beginning of the season I didn't think I could even come close to doing that. But now that I'm so close to the 70 (foot) mark I could see myself improving and especially with the time I have to work on my skills and develop them even more. Graham clearly has the momentum to make a big move as a continuation of a role that began last fall. At this point, Graham took over as starting quarterback for Liverpool. The title had little to do with Graham's position; Mancuso wanted Graham to get used to being comfortable with extra responsibilities. He said, "I'll make you captain. And not just because you're a quarterback, but also because of your confidence, which you definitely need to be a quarterback. If you're not a confident quarterback, you're not going to do well," Graham recalled. “When I get weight, my confidence hasn't gone away. I already knew I was going to be pretty good at weight this year.” Graham did quarterback duties and also earned All-CNY honors as a punter before returning to the indoor track. The sport fell victim to Covid last year so Graham earned a spot on the Warriors basketball team to keep busy. Graham knows the cost of doing nothing. He said he gained around 30 unwanted pounds during the Covid shutdown. “I play sports because I just enjoyed it as a child. And now I exercise because if I didn't exercise, I would be sitting in my room and playing video games, eating and getting bigger by the day," he said. “Exercise really keeps me fit, but it’s also so much fun. And it clears my mind like when I'm having a hard day at school or just a hard day in general from outside things, exercising, working out, helps. Graham hopes to use this to launch a college career. He said he hasn't decided on a school yet but he wants to mainly compete in that sport and maybe move on to football. Before that, however, Graham will have one more spring season with the Warriors where he can channel his energy productively. He is also a standout midfielder/faceoff man on Liverpool's lacrosse team, a roster that will benefit greatly from Graham's rise at senior level. I am good at it. I'm not saying I'm the best. So when I play, it's really just about playing and having fun," Graham said. “So I definitely think my confidence level will help for this season. I want to be one of my team's top scorers. The confidence will definitely help me become a better offense on offense in the way I want to be.” Who are the unsung heroes of Section III Wrestling? Who are the Section III Winter Boys, Girls Volleyball MVPs?