Amid Misbehavior Everywhere, NBA May Need to Flex Its Muscle

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked in London last week about fining misbehaving players, and even he acknowledged the penalties aren’t much of a deterrent.“More symbolic than anything,” Silver said.It might be time for the league to change that.At least based on what’s happened in the NBA the past couple days. The postgame locker-room incident that involved some players from the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday — the holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., no less — was a bad look for the league, as was the wild swing that Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw at Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday.The James Johnson-Serge Ibaka dustup during the Miami-Toronto game last week earned those players one-game suspensions that cost them a total of about $300,000. Utah’s Rodney Hood might have been lucky to have been fined only $35,000 for slapping a phone out of a fan’s hand. Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry were probably smart to just talk about taking their differences outside, and not actually go that route.But the Clippers-Rockets circus, whatever it was, has to be of major concern to the league.Players are upset with referees, and that airing of grievances will be aired officially in meetings with the league at All-Star weekend. Whatever the players say in Los Angeles might seem less credible now, especially after the last few days. Further complicating matters is that Rockets star Chris Paul — who is president of the National Basketball Players Association — recently called out referee Scott Foster, plus allegedly had a role in the postgame events Monday.It’s a tough spot for the NBA.It’s also not a time for anything symbolic. Silver is a player-friendly commissioner, but that doesn’t mean the NBA can’t show some teeth.___RAINING 3SChicago’s Lauri Markkanen got to 100 3-pointers made faster than any rookie in NBA history, needing only 41 games to get there.Reminder: He’s a 7-footer.Dirk Nowitzki’s single-season record of 3s by a 7-footer has stood since 2000-01, when he made 151. Markkanen is on pace to smash that mark, as the trend of 7-footers having crazy range continues.So far this season, 28 players listed at 7-foot or taller have made at least one 3-pointer. That’s already a record, topping the 22 7-footers who made one last season. Also, 7-footers combined to make 1,100 3-pointers last season — and the pace this season is closer to 1,500.There have been more 3s made by 7-footers in the last two seasons than there were in the first 28 seasons of the 3-point shot combined.___REMEMBERING JO JOThe Celtics announced the death Tuesday of legendary guard Jo Jo White, a seven-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, the MVP of the 1976 NBA Finals and an Olympic gold medalist.“We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White,” the Celtics said. “He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it.”White went into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.___LEBRON WATCHLeBron James next plays on Thursday, and is now 41 points shy of becoming the seventh NBA player with 30,000 for his career.At his current pace, James could get to No. 3 on the league’s career list in the 2019-20 season. But if James has plans to catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the No. 1 spot, he would likely have to play until 2021-22 — at least.It’s a reasonable guess that James has other things on his mind right now. Cleveland is on its second four-game losing streak of the season, and this is the first time since 2006-07 that James has been on the floor for two separate streaks of four consecutive losses in the same season.___THE WEEK AHEADA look at some of the games to watch this week:— Heat at Bucks, Wednesday: Some Milwaukee players were mad that Goran Dragic shot a late 3-pointer in Miami’s 18-point win Sunday over the Bucks.— Timberwolves at Rockets, Thursday: It’ll be interesting to see who Houston has available, and Minnesota isn’t that far back of the Rockets out West.— Spurs at Raptors, Friday: San Antonio is 12-2 in its last 14 against Toronto, and five of their last seven meetings were decided by seven points or less.— Thunder at Cavaliers, Saturday: Carmelo Anthony faces off with LeBron James for the 36th time. James is 22-13 so far, 11-1 in their last 12 matchups.— Celtics at Lakers, Tuesday: Boston looks for a fifth straight win over the Lakers, which would be its best streak since taking 10 straight from 1974-76.___STAT OF THE WEEK93: Points by Anthony Davis in his last two games, including a 45-point effort in New Orleans’ win at Boston on Tuesday. The Pelicans have now topped 12 of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference (they got swept by Toronto, are 0-1 against Washington and have yet to play Charlotte).—TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi on Hotstar, Star Sports

first_imgJaipur Pink Panthers weren’t able to give a proper farewell to their captain and India legend Anup Kumar, who retired on Wednesday, as they faced a defeat to Gujarat Fortunegiants on Wednesday.However, they will be hoping to end their home leg on a high when they face Dabang Delhi at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Thursday.Jaipur, who are placed fifth in Zone A, are already out of the playoffs race but they will be hoping to close in fourth-placed Puneri Paltan, who have 47 points, seven more than the home team.What time does Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Dabang Delhi will start at 8 PM IST.What TV channel and live stream is the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Dabang Delhi?Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 1 HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream of Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi match.Where will the PKL 2018 between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Dabang Delhi be played?The PKL 2018 matches between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Dabang Delhi will be played in Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula.Where can I watch the Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.What are the squads for the PKL 2018 match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Dabang Delhi?Jaipur Pink PanthersadvertisementNitin Rawal, Santhapanaselvam, Young Chang Ko, Mohit Chhillar, Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Bajirao Hodage, Ajit Singh, Lokesh Kaushik, David Shilisia J Mosambayi, K. Selvamani, Gangadhari Mallesh, Sunil Siddhgavali, Anand Patil, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Brijendra Singh Chaudhary, N. Shiva Ramakrishna.Dabang DelhiTushar Balaram Bhoir, Satpal, Viraj Vishnu Landge, Vishal Mane, Joginder Singh Narwal, Anil Kumar, Ravinder Pahal, Naveen Kumar, Khomsan Thongkham, Pawan Kumar Kadian, Chandran Ranjit, Shabeer Bappu, Yogesh Hooda, Kamal Kishor Jat, Sidharth, Rajesh Narwal, Vishal, Meraj Sheykh, Tapas Pal.last_img read more

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Study finds mimicry increased in scarlet kingsnake snake after disappearance of coral

first_imgAdult Scarlet King Snake, Florida Locale. Credit: G-Bartolotti/ Wikipedia SKCC BY-SA 3.0 Coral snakes are venomous, as most people are aware. They’re also one of the more identifiable of the venomous snakes due to their unique black, yellow and red bands along the length of their body. Scarlet kingsnakes on the other hand, are not venomous. Instead they are Batesian mimics, a term used to describe harmless creatures that mimic the appearance of those that are dangerous in the hopes that they will be mistaken for them by predators and be left alone. Both types of snakes once lived in the North Carolina Sandhills area, which allowed the scarlet kingsnake to become a mimic of the coral snake. But, something unexpected happened around 1960 that caused the coral snakes to disappear from the area—no one knows why, but it left the kingsnakes without a model to copy.With no examples to emulate, Akcali and David Pfennig figured that kingsnakes would likely have lost some of their mimicry over the past half century. To find out if they were right, the obtained samples of coral snakes captured before they disappeared and compared them with samples of kingsnakes captured at various times since then. To their surprise, they found that the sudden disappearance of the coral snake had caused the kingsnakes to look even more like them, not less.In hindsight, the research duo suggest that had they given the situation more thought, they might have predicted what they found. They note that as the numbers of coral snakes started to decline, those kingsnakes that looked less like coral snakes likely suddenly became targets of predators, while those that looked more like the venomous snakes survived, leading to a quick evolutionary change. They suggest that the trend will not continue long, however, as time passes and predators either forget what coral snakes looked like or become bolder during lean times and overcome their fear of them. Citation: Study finds mimicry increased in scarlet kingsnake snake after disappearance of coral snake (2014, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-mimicry-scarlet-kingsnake-snake-coral.html Ah, spring . . . and a snakebite alert Journal information: Biology Letters (Phys.org) —A pair of research biologists has found that a harmless snake that mimics a dangerous snake increased its mimicry after the dangerous snake disappeared from one local area. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Christopher Akcali and David Pfennig of the University of North Carolina describe their findings in studying snakes in the North Carolina Sandhills and their surprise at discovering how one adapted to the demise of the other.center_img © 2014 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Rapid evolution of mimicry following local model extinction, Biology Letters, Published 11 June 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0304AbstractBatesian mimicry evolves when individuals of a palatable species gain the selective advantage of reduced predation because they resemble a toxic species that predators avoid. Here, we evaluated whether—and in which direction—Batesian mimicry has evolved in a natural population of mimics following extirpation of their model. We specifically asked whether the precision of coral snake mimicry has evolved among kingsnakes from a region where coral snakes recently (1960) went locally extinct. We found that these kingsnakes have evolved more precise mimicry; by contrast, no such change occurred in a sympatric non-mimetic species or in conspecifics from a region where coral snakes remain abundant. Presumably, more precise mimicry has continued to evolve after model extirpation, because relatively few predator generations have passed, and the fitness costs incurred by predators that mistook a deadly coral snake for a kingsnake were historically much greater than those incurred by predators that mistook a kingsnake for a coral snake. Indeed, these results are consistent with prior theoretical and empirical studies, which revealed that only the most precise mimics are favoured as their model becomes increasingly rare. Thus, highly noxious models can generate an ‘evolutionary momentum’ that drives the further evolution of more precise mimicry—even after models go extinct.last_img read more

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