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LeBron James steers clear of Trump hotel - report
Los Angeles (AFP) - LeBron James is among a group of Cleveland Cavaliers players who have refused to stay in a hotel affiliated with President-elect Donald Trump when the NBA champions visit New York later this week, it was reported Monday.
ESPN cited multiple team sources as saying that James, who endorsed Trump's rival Hillary Clinton during last month's election, would not stay with other team members at the Trump SoHo hotel in Manhattan for this week's game against the Knicks.
The 46-story luxury building, which opened in 2010, is branded with Trump's name through a licensing agreement. The Cavaliers have a contract to reside at the hotel when in New York.
Last month, reports said three other NBA teams had opted to steer clear of Trump-branded hotels.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have all indicated they would stay elsewhere when traveling to New York to play the Knicks and Nets and Chicago to play the Bulls.
Several NBA players and coaches have voiced dismay at Trump's election victory.
Last month, Cavs reserve forward Richard Jefferson suggested that the team's trip to the White House to celebrate their NBA championship might be their last.
"I just look across this league. There's been other players with 'scheduling conflicts' as they like to call it -- not necessarily a political stance," Jefferson said later.
"But I could see other scheduling conflicts coming up."
Norway's Johaug gets provisional 2-month doping suspension
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Defending cross-country World Cup champion Therese Johaug was handed a two-month provisional suspension Wednesday pending a full investigation into her positive doping test.Johaug, one of Norway's most decorated female cross-country skiers, tested positive for the steroid clostebol. The Norwegian ski federation said the drug came from a lotion given to her by team doctor Fredrik Bendiksen to treat sunburn on her lips during high-altitude training in Italy in August.In a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Turkey detains pro-Kurdish mayor as crackdown widens
Ankara (AFP) - Turkish police on Thursday detained the pro-Kurdish co-mayor of the southeastern city of Van in the latest raids targeting municipal chiefs, expanding a widespread crackdown that has sparked international concern.Bekir Kaya was taken into custody as part of a "terror investigation", the official news agency Anadolu reported, saying he was accused of membership of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).If found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in jail, it said.Four other… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Economic restructuring seeks US$ 50 billion budget expenditure
Viet Nam needs around US$ 50 billion of capital to conduct the economic restructuring over the next five years, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung.Minister Dung made the announcement yesterday in Ha Noi while delivering a Government report on the economic restructuring plan during the 2016-2020 period.The plan has an overall target of restructuring the economy linked to the shifting of growth model, focusing on improving the effectiveness of the distribution capacity and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
In pictures: The best of Vietnam this week
1. A Vietnamese lady prepares a hu tiu noodle soup on her "floating restaurant" in Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta 2. Buddha statues inside the biggest cave at Da Nang's Marble Mountains. 3. Hoi An from above 4. An old Black H'mong man enjoys his smoke break with Vietnam's traditional pipe tobacco, locally known as thuoc lao. 5. Vietnam's mini rice cakes, aka banh beo 6. A beautiful retreat in Dalat, Central Highlands 7. Tam Coc in the northern province of Ninh Binh, a new favorite… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
NBA Lakers waive Chinese forward Yi
Los Angeles (AFP) - Chinese forward-center Yi Jianlian has been waived by the Los Angeles Lakers after requesting to be released, the NBA club announced Monday.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Yi had sought to be waived over concerns he would not get enough minutes on court."Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," Kupchak said in a statement."However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here… chat_bubble_outline Read More...