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Trade wars: 76ers coach ‘very bullish’ on Aussie NBA star

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers is singing the praises of Aussie NBA star, Ben Simmons

The Ben Simmons trade buzz is showing no signs of slowing down.

Simmons has been under fire for his performances with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA playoffs.

Despite Simmon’s free-throw line struggles, with the Philadelphia 76ers dumped out of the NBA postseason, Rivers says he is “very bullish on Ben”

 Rivers’ comments seem to indicate that he doesn’t want to trade Simmons.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (R) fist bumps head coach Doc Rivers (L) before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, Rivers delivered a strong show of support for his point guard, telling TMZ Simmons is great, he wants him back and he is terrific.

“But there’s work. There is. And Ben will be willing to do it, and that’s the key. Sometimes you have to go through stuff to see it, and to be honest with it.”

It follows reports the 76ers have already rejected an offer from the Pacers for Simmons.

Simmons enjoyed a solid 2020-21 regular season, averaging 14.3 points and earning an All-Star selection.

He averaged only 9.9 points per game and shot 33 per cent from the free throw line in the conference semi-finals.

ESPN reported that Simmons’ 34.2 per cent free-throw percentage through the postseason was the worst in NBA history from a minimum of 70 attempts.

The playoffs were another story, of course. In the deciding game seven, Simmons only attempted four shots from the field.

We’ve heard the head coach say a few times now that Simmons will be putting in the hard work, but it remains to be seen whether Rivers can convince the Philly hierarchy to bank its trust in Simmons… or if the Aussie will be putting on a different singlet next season.

The scrutiny on Australia’s Ben Simmons has been intense

For now,  Simmons has decided to opt out of the Tokyo Olympics in an attempt to spend a full-off-season remedying his offensive limitations.

Australia’s head coach Brian Goorjian confirmed the news in a statement released by Basketball Australia last week on Tuesday morning (AEST).

“I have spoken with Ben and whilst we wanted him to be a part of our team, we understand and support his decision and he has made it clear that this is something that he wants to be a part of in the future,” Goorjian said.

“It is a pretty rough time for him right now and I know it is something that he wanted to do, but the timing just hasn’t worked.”

“We wanted him to know that in his time of need, the culture and the guys here are behind him and support him”.

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Williams loses first round at Wimbledon

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There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway

Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.

After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.

“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.

Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.

“Because it’s Serena Williams, she’s a legend. I was like, oh my God. How can I play? If I could win one game, or two games, it’s really good for me.”

HARMONY TAN

Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.

Kyrgios spits at crowd

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.

The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.

Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.

“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.

The ATP remains in crisis talks over Wimbledon’s Russia ban.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report

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Mike Riley steps down as referee chief

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One of the biggest names in the referee world, Mike Riley, has confirmed he will be stepping down as head of the English League referees

After 13 years, Mike Riley has confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

The iconic referee leader will finish his role at the end of the 2022-23 season. Riley says he has enjoyed working in such a ‘dedicated group’.

“I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with a such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

As the elite referee development plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. I look forward to working with the new team over the next season and giving them my support before I step down.”

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The Premier League formally thanked Riley for his contributions and commitment over the last 13 years.

“On behalf of the Premier League, I would like to thank Mike for his valuable contribution and significant commitment to PGMOL over the last 13 years as well as his considerable service to the game as an elite referee for 20 years,” said the Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters.

“During his time at PGMOL, he has worked hard to deliver and develop high-quality match officials across the professional game and led on the implementation of VAR into the Premier League three seasons ago.”

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The search is now on to replace the top spot with Riley collaborating with the new team before officially stepping down.

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Hero coach rescues U.S. swimmer at Olympic event

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U.S. Swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, has saved the life of an American Swimmer, Anita Alvarez, at the FINA World Championships

Fuentes dived into the pool to rescue unconscious Alvarez from the bottom after her Olympic qualifying event.

In a nightmare moment, the 25-year-old didn’t return for breath after her synchronised swimming event and instead began to sink.

In a split-moment decision, Coach Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue her, after the lifeguards failed to act.

When a swimmer finishes their routine, the first thing they want to do is breathe and so I saw that instead of going up, she was going down and I told myself, ‘Something is going on’ … So I went in as fast as I could.”

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The young Olympic medalist was unconscious and not breathing but quickly received medical attention on the edge of the pool.

She was taken to hospital and is now reportedly in ‘good health’.

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