Pope Francis pulled off some cool basketball moves in Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square at his general audience on Wednesday. He was encouraged by visiting US basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters, who made the Pontiff an honorary member.
Kentucky Wildcats’ fans went wild after a 64-71 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, which dented Kentucky’s hitherto perfect season of 38 straight wins. Wildcats’ aficionados ran riot on the streets, setting things on fire and shrieking abuse at police.
Qatar’s women have withdrawn from the Asian Games basketball competition after the team was denied permission to wear Islamic headscarves. The players said the move was discouraging Muslim women who want to play in hijab.
Uruguay’s striker Luis Suarez has made headlines by chomping on an Italian rival in a crucial FIFA World Cup match. RT recalls the history of Suarez’s misconduct and other top athletes, who don’t hesitate to use their teeth to achieve victory.
New York Knicks executive and former star Larry Johnson reacted on Twitter to racist and misogynistic remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling by calling for an all African-American basketball league.
The owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, said the club is being transferred to Russian companies. The process began last year, and is not linked to possible Western sanctions.
Apparently one’s career options aren’t automatically diminished down to nothing after, say, killing a homeless man while on patrol as an officer of the law. One of the cops acquitted of murdering Kelly Thomas is reportedly coaching little league baseball.
As tension mounts on the Korean Peninsula ahead of annual joint US-South Korea military exercises that routinely generate condemnation from Pyongyang, it’s clear that high-level engagement from someone other than Dennis Rodman is sorely needed.