Britney Spears loses court bid to remove father’s control over estate

first_imgThe singer is “afraid” of her father, and won’t perform as long as he controls her affairs, her lawyer says.- Advertisement –last_img

NBA Draft 2019: Can Zion Williamson follow other No. 1 picks to Hall of Fame?

first_imgWith time running out on my draft-day appearance on his show, True asked a simple yes-or-no question: Will Zion end his career by being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame?MORE: How Williamson will fit with PelicansAnd you think putting together a mock draft is tough?My answer, quickly considered, was “Yes.”Then I thought it would be worth hearing what the public has to say, so I turned that into a Twitter poll. In four hours, 325 people voted; 56 percent said he would not make it and 44 percent asserted that he would be a Hall of Famer.My friend @espnhomer presented me one of my favorite top-radio questions in decades of doing such interviews. A simple yes or no, does Zion Williamson make the Naismith Hall of Fame?— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) June 20, 2019Obviously, a Twitter poll is unscientific and cannot be governed against the possibility people will vote “No” because of, say, Duke fatigue.Projecting whether Williamson can become a Hall of Famer requires a consideration of how his entire career will play out. It is easy enough to say “No,” because the odds are against any single player making it, but it would have been an obvious mistake to take that approach in 1985 (when Patrick Ewing was drafted) or 1992 (when Shaquille O’Neal went off the board) or 2003 (yeah, LeBron James isn’t there yet, but all he needs to do is quit playing and wait five years).MORE: Haven’t seen Zion’s best yet, HS coach saysBetween 1985 (the first lottery draft) and 1996 (the most recent year enough top players were retired long enough to be eligible), 19 Hall of Famers were drafted in the first round, with just two taken in the second. That’s an average of about two first-rounders going on to the Hall of Fame per year, including four who were selected first overall (Ewing, O’Neal, David Robinson and Allen Iverson). His status as the first pick in the draft elevates Williamson’s odds to about 1-in-3.Williamson looked very much like he could be that sort of player during his one year in NCAA basketball at Duke. He swept every player of the year award while averaging 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 2.1 steals per game. All of us who follow basketball had heard every angle of discussion regarding erstwhile Duke Blue Devil and current New Orleans Pelican Zion Williamson: Whom does he resemble? Can his someone his size hold up over 80-plus games? Can he shoot well enough to become a great NBA player? How long will it take for him to become a superstar?Steve “Homer” True, voice of the Marquette Golden Eagles and an afternoon host on ESPN radio in Milwaukee, came up with one that is entirely new. “He may be an All-Star right away,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Yahoo! Sports prior to the draft. “There’s no ceiling, really. He doesn’t have a weakness. He may not shoot it as well as he will, but he shoots it well.”He wants to be special. He’s a gift from God, really, for a coach. I loved every second that I coached him.”He’ll have to be unbelievably special to reach the Hall of Fame. The players who get that far are game-changers: Iverson, Steve Nash, Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning. Zion is a long way from Springfield now, but every one of them was on draft night, as well.last_img read more

Željezničar to go for the Victory against Balzan

first_imgA joint press conference was held on the occasion of the rematch of the first qualifying round of the European League between FC Željezničar and Balzan.The heads of professional staffs, Milomir Odović and Olivier Spiteri, as well as their captains, Marijan Antolović and Dylan Grima addressed the media.Spiteri said that everyone is so welcoming and kind, and that it is so nice to be in Sarajevo.“When it comes to the match, we are expecting a tough game. Željo is a great club for us, we know a lot about our opponent, and the result of the first match is making us difficult time. We are not here on holidays, we came here to play the best we can,” said Spiteri.The captain, Dylan Grima said that the match will not be easy at all for Balzan.“We are expecting a tough game, but as our coach said, we will play the best we can. For many players, this is their first appearance in Europe and our main goal is to gather some experience.”Tickets can be purchased on the day of the match on the stadium Grbavica on Ferhadija, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the Koševo stadium from 6 p.m. until the start of the match. Ticket prices for the match will be as following: 5 BAM for South stand, 8 BAM for the East stand, 10 BAM to the West stand and 15 BAM for the VIP gallery. (Source: read more