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Sports Shorts: Trump says he will not invite NBA champs to White House

June 08, 2018 23:29 IST
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A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James

IMAGE: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Photograph: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will not host either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors at the White House, echoing the controversy over the National Basketball Association champ Warriors' invitation last year.

Leading players Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said earlier this week they would skip a White House visit if their team wins the finals, saying no one wanted to be invited.


"I didn't invite them. I didn't invite LeBron James, and I didn't invite Steph Curry. We're not going to invite either team," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump, however, said he would welcome a visit by the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, which won the Stanley Cup on Thursday night.

In September, Trump revoked an invitation to the Warriors following their victory last year over the Cavaliers after Curry had said he would vote against a planned visit to meet Trump at the White House.

The Warriors lead the best-of-seven championship series with a 3-0 game lead and could close out the series at their next match-up on Friday in Cleveland.

On Tuesday, Trump canceled a planned visit by the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, saying he disinvited the team after players disagreed with his call for NFL players to stand for the national anthem. A large group of Eagles players had decided not to attend.

Jisna clinches gold, Sreesankar wins bronze at Asian Junior Athletics

Quartermiler Jisna Matthew clinched a gold to lead India's medal charge on the second day of the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu, Japan, on Friday.

Five other Indian athletes also grabbed a bronze each today as India took their total medal tally on the second day to two gold, one silver and seven bronze.

Mathew, who had gone into the competition as the pre-race favourite and defending champion, clocked 53.26 seconds in the women's 400m final race to finish well ahead of Dilshi Kumarasinghe of Sri Lanka who clocked 54.03 seconds. Jui-Hsuan Yang of Chinese Taipei took the bronze in 54.74 seconds.

Mathew, a trainee at PT Usha's AthleticsSchool, has a personal best of 52.65 secs. She has already won a senior Asian Championships bronze medal as well as a gold medal in the 4x400m relay. She was also part of the Indian women's 4x400m relay teams at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 World Championships in London.

Meanwhile, junior national record holder long jumper M Sreeshankar did not come close to matching his personal best of 7.99m but still clinched a bronze medal after clearing a distance of 7.47m.

Sreeshankar, who nearly touched the 8m mark at the Federation Cup in Patiala in March, was named in India's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team but had to undergo a surgery to remove his appendicitis just before the CWG.

Sreeshankar was in fifth place after three attempts before clearing 7.47m in his fourth try to overtake Yu-Tang Lin of Chinese Taipei who had cleared 7.46m. The gold went to Japan's Yugo Sakai (7.61m) while China's Keqi Zhou (7.54m) took the silver.

Shot putter Ajay Bhalothia won his second medal at the Asian Junior Championships after having claimed a silver at the 2016 edition. Bhalothia hurled the 6kg iron ball to a distance of 18.22m to finish behind Qatar's Moaaz Mohamed Ibrahim (18.57m) and South Korea's Yeo Jinseong (18.25m).

While Bhalothia fell short of his personal best of 18.53m, it took a career high effort from high jumper Abhinaya Sudhakara Shetty to step on the podium. Shetty cleared 1.75m to claim bronze. Just last month she had cleared 1.60m to win a bronze at the South Asian Junior Championships in Colombo.

Iraq's Maryam Abdulhameed Abdulelah took the gold by clearing 1.80m while Ching Jung Tsai of Chinese Taipei (1.78m) bagged the silver.

India's two other bronze medals came from Kartik Kumar in the men's 10000m and Durga Pramod Deore in the women's 1500m race respectively.

The men's 10000m race was a closely fought affair with a wide gap between the medallists and the rest of the pack. Kumar clocked a personal best of 30.05.30 behind YuhiNakaya (30.04.24) and Suolangcairen of China (30.01.51).

In the women's 1500m race, Deore improved on the 4.31.38 that she had clocked at the South Asian Junior Championships in May. Deore's time of 4.24.56 was enough to get her on the podium behind the Japanese pair of Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (4.21.65) and Ririka Hironaka (4.17.62).

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