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first_img“He was one of the most underrated players in the history of the game, in my opinion, and one of the greatest Celtic acquisitions of all time,” said former Boston teammate Danny Ainge, now the Celtics’ executive director of basketball operations. Johnson played Toros player Jamar Smith in a game of 1-on-1 after practice and everything seemed normal, player Anthony Fuqua said. “He was being coach Johnson out there talking trash, playing basketball, dribbling around and shooting,” Fuqua said. “Everything seemed fine. We’re all in shock.” Toros spokeswoman Perri Travillion said she was talking with Johnson on the sidewalk outside the building when he collapsed. Johnson was joking about getting a parking ticket. “We were laughing,” she said. “He just collapsed.” AUSTIN, Texas – Dennis Johnson, a standout NBA guard who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team’s practice. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros, was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said Warren Hassinger, spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Travillion said she called 9-1-1 and that Johnson never regained consciousness. She said Johnson did not appear to have overexerted himself at practice and didn’t complain of any discomfort before he collapsed. Johnson, a five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, was part of the last Boston dynasty. He spent 14 seasons in the league and retired after the 1989-90 season. He played on title teams with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, when he was the NBA finals MVP. “Whether he was leading his teams to NBA championships or teaching young men the meaning of professionalism, Dennis Johnson’s contributions to the game went far beyond the basketball court,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “Dennis was a man of extraordinary character with a tremendous passion for the game.” Johnson was a favorite teammate of Bird’s, and the two were part of one of the most memorable plays in Celtics history. During the fifth game of the 1987 Eastern Conference finals against Detroit, Bird stole Isiah Thomas’ inbounds pass under Boston’s basket and fed Johnson, who drove in for the winning layup. Boston won the series in seven games, but lost to the Lakers in the NBA finals. “Dennis was a great player, one of the best teammates I ever had, and a wonderful person,” said Bird, now president of the Indiana Pacers. “My thoughts and condolences are with his family at this difficult time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 23 minutes before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, Hassinger added. Mayra Freeman, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said there will be an autopsy. The Toros postponed home games tonight and Saturday night, the NBA Development League said. last_img read more

first_imgKarachi, Dec 8 (PTI) Pakistans upcoming home Davis Cup tie against Iran has gone under a shadow of doubt as Iran has asked ITF to shift the contest to a neutral venue due to security concerns. Pakistan Tennis Federation (PHF) Secretary Khalid Rehmani said the ITF had informed them that the Iranian Tennis officials had sent them a letter expressing concerns over the security situation in Pakistan. “This letter has come as a big shock to us. Iran is a friendly nation with us and their athletes have been coming to Pakistan for different sports events in the last two years,” he said. Rehmani said that Iran?s request would now be discussed at the Executive Board of directors of the ITF. The PTF was overjoyed last month when the ITF confirmed that Pakistan would be hosting its Davis Cup tie against Iran at home (Islamabad) in February. It was the first Davis Cup tie in Pakistan after 12 years of isolation due to security concerns by teams who refused to play in Pakistan forcing them to play home ties on neutral venues. “We did not expect this from Iran as we were confident they would come. The ITF only gave us permission to host the Davis Cup tie at home after their security experts studied the situation in detail and gave clearance,” Rehmani said. He said that the PTF had given all assurances to the ITF that it would provide the best security for the Davis Cup which is to be held at the secure Pakistan sports complex in Islamabad. “We will get in touch with the Iranian tennis officials and try to convince them again that they should not have any concerns over the security which will be provided to their players and officials,” Rehmani said. The last time Pakistan played a home Davis Cup tie was against New Zealand in New Zealand but top player Aisam ul Haq Qureshi had boycotted the tie in protest. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageHarley-Davidson’s all-electric Livewire is now available for preorder at dealers across the US, but will it sell? Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson is betting big on its first production electric motorcycle, the Livewire and if you want to buy one, you better bet big too — in Vegas, that is. Harley announced on Monday at CES that the Livewire is now available for preorder with plans to go into production this fall. Though if you want in on the future, you’ll have to pay H-D $29,799 of your hard-earned American dollars for the privilege. If that seems like a boatload of greenbacks for a two-wheeled conveyance, it is, but Harleys have never really been what you’d call “cheap” so what exactly is the Motor Company planning on giving you for your money? Well, to start, Livewire will do 110 miles on a charge, though Harley states in its press release that those are urban miles, so if you plan to go full-on Wild Hogs, expect significantly less range. Livewire will make the sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds which would be great for a car but is nothing to write home about when it comes to motorcycles. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Based on photos, the Livewire looks like a more aggressive and sporty machine than your average Harley-Davidson model and the marketing materials for the bike tell us that it has lean-sensitive anti-lock brakes and traction control. Both of these are excellent features to have, especially in something that has the instant torque of an electric vehicle. Another thing you can generally expect for your money when you’re looking at a Harley is that it will be very well-built with excellent finishes, and the Livewire will probably live up to its family legacy on that front. Riders will also get access to a Livewire-specific app that will offer up service and maintenance notices, charging locations and vehicle location data, in case some ne’er-do-well attempts to purloin your fancy new electric motorbike. The other thing that we now know about the Livewire is that the “Revelation” electric drivetrain produces a new, futuristic “signature Harley-Davidson sound” which we can only assume is either a robotic voice making the classic potato-potato sound of Harley’s 45-degree V-twin engine or the noise that cars make on the Jetsons. We’re hoping for the latter. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright More From Roadshow Motorcycles Electric Cars 10center_img Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is the sporty electric streetbike we need 47 Photos Tags CES 2019 Comments Harley-Davidsonlast_img read more

first_img Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cunard, New Tours Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group VALENCIA — Cunard has announced details about its summer 2020 program, which includes new voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, Japan and Australia.In total, the Cunard fleet – which comprises Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – will travel over 169,000 nautical miles with calls at 110 destinations in 34 countries, with eight maiden calls including: Bornholm, Denmark; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Ringaskiddy, Ireland; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Kurhiro, Ishigaki and Tokyo, Japan.Cunard will also offer a selection of two-night calls in major cities like Barcelona, Hong Kong and Quebec, and late evening departures that allow guests more time in port in places such as Juneau, Alaska, Aomori, Japan, Malaga, Spain and Tromso, Norway.“2020 represents the most extensive deployment of Cunard ships ever,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “In addition to visiting incredible destinations such as Norway, Japan and Asia, we are excited to offer guests longer time in port to enjoy these iconic destinations.”Leibowitz added that nearly 90% of all port calls on voyages in summer 2020 are in port 10 hours or longer.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesHere are some highlights of summer 2020:QUEEN MARY 2:Two Norwegian Fjords voyages ranging from seven to 25 nights, and vie Western European voyages for three to five nightsNine 14- to 15-night transatlantic crossings roundtrip from either New York or LondonTwo 21-night sailings with calls to Canada, Iceland and Scotland, with one sailing roundtrip from New York, the other roundtrip from LondonFourth of July seven-night Independence Day cruise roundtrip from New YorkFour seven-night voyages between New York and QuebecEight 14-night New England & Canada voyagesQUEEN ELIZABETH:Five roundtrip Tokyo itineraries with varying lengths and destinationsFive Southeast Asia voyages ranging from seven to 23 nightsQUEEN VICTORIA:Four Baltic voyages ranging from nine to 16 nightsFour Norwegian Fjords voyages ranging from seven to 12 nightsThree Atlantic Coast/Iberia voyages ranging from 10 to 12 nightsTwo 12-night Iceland voyagesTwo 12-night North Cape voyages with a high likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights at AlesundTwo Western Mediterranean voyages ranging from 14 to 17 nightsOne 12-night British Isles voyagesMaiden calls include Bodo (Norway); Bornholm (Denmark); Riga (Latvia, Nordfjordeid (Norway), Lekness (Norway), Skjolden (Norway), and Ringaskiddy (Ireland) for tours to CorkMore news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksGuests who book launch fares by Nov. 30, 2018 will receive exclusive benefits include free drinks and gratuities in Princess Grill and Queens Grill Suites, up to US$1,000 Onboard Credit based on cabin category and voyage length, and upgrades in select Britannia cabin categories. Use promo code ZED/ZEB.World Club Members also benefit from a 5% past passenger discount off launch fares until Feb. 19, 2019. This offer is applicable on all cruises, for past guests only, with promo code PAX.Plus, Cunard is bringing back its Value Fares for 2020 Summer Program Launch. Value Fares feature the following: up to 25% off launch fares; 3rd and 4th guests receive up to 50% off the Value Fares double occupancy rates; reduced non-refundable and non-transferable deposit (12.5% of the cruise fare instead of 25%); and Cunard Care, available for bookings with Value Fares.For more information go to cunard.com. Here is where Cunard will be sailing to in summer 2019last_img read more