Update on the latest sports
Hawks request waivers on newly acquired veteran center Nene
UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on center Nene (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade.
The Hawks on Wednesday also acquired center Clint Capela from the Rockets in the four-team trade involving 12 players. In the deal, Atlanta sent guard Evan Turner and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to Minnesota and a 2024 second-round pick to Houston.
The 37-year-old Nene has not played this season due to a left adductor strain.
The 6-foot-11 Nene, from Brazil, has averaged 11.3 points and 6 rebounds in 18 seasons with Denver, Washington and Houston. He set career highs by averaging 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds with Denver in the 2008-09 season.
He started in only two of 42 games with Houston last season, averaging 3.6 points per game.
In other NBA news:
– A person familiar with the trade says the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for draft picks. The Sixers will send Golden State a 2020 second-round pick via Dallas, a 2021 second-round pick via Denver and a 2022 second-round pick via Toronto. That is according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not officially been announced.
– A person familiar with the negotiations says Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) is headed to Miami after the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms on a trade Wednesday night. As part of the deal, Iguodala agreed to a two-year extension with the second of those years being a team option, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized.
Goalie Katie Burt gets the win as the US tops Canada 3-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Hilary Knight and her U.S. teammates carried a decade-old grudge into Game 4 of their Rivalry Series with Canada and settled an old score.
The Americans earned a 3-1 win over Canada and took a 3-1 lead in the five-game series.
Knight set up Hayley Scamurra for the winning goal in the third period and added an empty-netter to seal the victory, quieting the pro-Canada crowd at Rogers Arena.
Dani Cameranesi also scored for the U.S. Jocelyne Larocque scored for Canada.
Goalie Katie Burt, making her first start for the U.S. national team in more than a year, recorded the win in net.
The teams were playing for the second time in three nights after Canada got its first win of the series, a 3-2 overtime victory on Monday in Victoria. The U.S. opened the series with a 4-1 win in Hartford, Connecticut, and and a 2-1 win in Moncton, New Brunswick, in December.
Tokyo tries to quell fear of Olympic-Paralympic cancellation
TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers again tried on Thursday to allay fears that the 2020 Games could be postponed or canceled by the fast-spreading virus from China.
Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto, who on Wednesday said he was “seriously worried” the virus could disrupt the Olympic and Paralympics, backtracked a day later and was more cautious in a news conference with officials from the International Paralympic Committee.
“In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I would like to say that the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held as scheduled,” Muto said, adding people need to remain “cool headed.”
Craig Spence, the spokesman for the IPC, was even more direct with the Olympics opening in just under six months – and the Paralympics in just under seven. He said “fear is spreading quicker than the virus, and it is important that we quell that fear.”
On Thursday, Japan confirmed 45 cases of the virus but no deaths have been reported. Tokyo Olympic officials said they have established a task force to focus on the virus and have been repeating for a week that the games will go ahead as planned.
Former Olympic swim champ Schoeman banned 1 year for doping
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Former Olympic champion swimmer Roland Schoeman has been banned for one year after testing positive for a black market substance considered to be a cancer risk.
Swimming body FINA (FEE’-nuh) says the 39-year-old South African tested positive for GW501516 in May.
Schoeman had been in training to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He won three medals – including gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay – at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He is also a three-time world champion who set a world record while winning the 50-meter butterfly title in 2005 in Montreal.
FINA’s doping panel imposed a one-year ban that expires on May 17.
Schoeman can appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.