The US National Basketball Association, NBA, has taken a decision to honor the life of Kobe Bryant by changing the format of its 2020 all-star game in Chicago.
The new format is set up to maximize money that can be won for charity. The biggest change comes in the form of an untimed fourth quarter and a target score featuring Bryant’s number 24.
Each quarter will be treated as a mini game, lasting 12 minutes, to give each team a chance to win money for local charities. At the end of the third quarter, each team’s points will be added up for an overall score.
At the start of the fourth quarter, a “target score” will be determined by adding 24 to the lead team’s overall score. 24 is the number Bryant wore for the second half of his NBA career.
AFN Awaits World Athletics Decision After Appeal Court Ruling
World Athletics is expected to rule on whether Ibrahim Gusau remains the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
On Friday, the court had dismissed an appeal filed by the ministry of youth and sports development.
The AFN had been in crisis after the wing of the federation led by Gusau declared autonomy from the sports ministry last December.
Another faction led by Gusau’s vice president, Olamide George, suspended him as president.
Frank de Boer Replaces Ronald Koeman As Netherlands Coach
Frank de Boer has been given a two-year contract as Netherlands head coach to replace Ronald Koeman.
Frank de Boer won 112 caps and played at two world cups for the Netherlands.
Former defender de Boer, who also played for Barcelona and ajax, won a record four successive Dutch league titles as coach of ajax between 2011 and 2014.
Barcelona Agree To Sell Striker Luis Suárez To Atlético Madrid
Barcelona have agreed to let striker Luis Suarez join La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
The Uruguayan agreed terms on a reduced salary with atletico after a move to Juventus fell through because of passport issues.
Reports say Barcelona chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu blocked the deal because he did not wish to sell to a Spanish rival.
But, after meeting with Suarez’s representatives, the Catalan club backed down, with the striker threatening to air his grievances to the media.
Suarez will earn half of the 30m euros a year he earned at Barcelona
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