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BALL v Evans: 2,178 game referees have died in 28 years (NBA)

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BALL v Evans: 2,178 game referees have died in 28 years (NBA)

American Hugh Evans, one of six former referees in NBA history inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, died Friday at the age of 81.

Evans left an impressive legacy of love for refereeing and the sport that can enlighten anyone: he was a referee from 1973 to 2001 – 28 years!

Directed at least 1,969 regular season games in the North American Professional Basketball League (NBA), plus 170 playoff games, 35 league finals duels, and four All-Star Games. In total, the late Hugh Evans led… 2,178 meetings!

Inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 2 this year – for the third time, this was confirmed only in 2022, and his family will see the honor conferred on him, but posthumously, on September 9 and 10, in Springfield, Massachusetts – Evans was elected in the 1995 season /96 by coaches and officials the second best referee of that season.

The news of the death was confirmed by his widow Kathy to the American sports channel ESPN, without specifying the reasons.

After retiring from refereeing in 2001, Hugh Evans led NBA referee training for two games. He was also a member of the New York Basketball Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Hall of Fame.

“I still don’t quite understand the magnitude of this difference. I’m still considering this honor. Every time they tell me about it, I get goosebumps, I’m happy and tears well up in my eyes. Maybe it’s really special. God chose me to be special,” the late Evans said this year, in April, when his induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame was confirmed.

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Evans was the second umpire in NBA history to come from a school (high school or university) dominated by people of color: the University of North Carolina. The trailblazer was Ken Hudson of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, who umpired the NBA from 1968 to 1972. In the 2020/21 season, there were already 73.

“Yes, it was difficult to be accepted by coaches, players, fans and managers at the beginning of his career. They didn’t think we [negros] we could. And I was the first black person to referee the rounds above the 1st round playoffs. And did it to the end. After a while, everyone realized that “the guy is good, let’s give him space,” and everything went well,” Hugh Evans said with a clear conscience about racial emancipation and its greater role in the fight against racism at the same time. Andscape.com in 2021, regarding this other facet of the protagonist.

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A BOLA – Benfica with an atypical pre-season but no Super Cup excuse (women’s football)

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A BOLA - Benfica with an atypical pre-season but no Super Cup excuse (women's football)

It is on the field number 1 of the Benfica campus in Seixal that the official women’s national football season will begin this Wednesday at 17:30, when Benfica hosts Braga for the Super Cup.

This season, the top four players from the last BPI league will compete for the trophy, facing each other in a semi-final system, followed by the final scheduled for the 26th at 20:30 in Leiria.

Philippa Patao announced the match at the José Martins Vieira Stadium in Almada. “We can count on a prepared team or trying to do our best given the somewhat atypical pre-season we’ve had. Since we are at Benfica, there are no excuses, we have done everything possible to ensure that the entire squad is at the same level, in the same form. They did a great job, they were flawless,” praised the coach.

“We will fight and I am sure they will give a great answer in the first official competition. The main challenge for our players is to understand that they will have to adapt a lot more to the game, it depends a lot on their understanding of the game itself and the involvement that is going on. We will also do our job to convey as much information as possible. In the end, this is a good test of the adaptability they can have in the game,” he stressed.

Philippa Patao considers this semi-final to be “a good challenge and also a moment of growth”. “For our part, we should focus more on who we are, on our principles and dynamics, and then try to adapt that in the game. We are very focused on getting trophies, although we know that even in terms of timing it is not ideal, given that we have Champions League qualification ahead of us, but it is a great goal.

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“We want to win everything, so we have to do everything to win. We usually tell these players that if they want to win and be happy for Benfica, they will have to fight for Benfica on the pitch as well. That’s where we need our biggest strength, the fans who are sure to give us another push when needed. I know that game time is not attractive, but I am sure that these girls deserve it,” she assured with conviction.

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A BOLA – Esgayo support wave (Sporting)

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Ricardo Esgayo has become the main target of criticism from Sporting fans, who even before the end of the game with Braga (3: 3) invaded the right-back’s social networks.

Criticism aside, it was the insults, posted even on personal photos, that prompted the defender to deactivate his Instagram account and later Facebook, the social network that yesterday hosted Núcleo do Sporting da Nazaré, Ricardo’s birthplace. Esgayo joined the wave of support for the athlete.

“We are with you! We know that in good times and bad, no one wants everything to go well, more than you. like Mr. [Rúben] Amorim, we believe in you. We support all our athletes at all times, in wins, losses and draws. The strength of Ricardo Esgayo, keep working and believing! Sporting fans from Nazaré and Núcleo Sporting Clube de Portugal da Nazaré are with you,” wrote Núcleo.

In addition to Núcleo, Ugarte also responded to criticism of Esgayo on the social network Twitter. “How easy it is to criticize without showing your face. How easy it is to hide behind an anonymous account. At least have the courage to use your account,” the Uruguayan midfielder wrote, and even Thiago Thomas, who is now at Stuttgart, reacted to the episode: “2022 and they still think it is.”

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OFFICIAL: Palmeiras de Abel signs Tabata from Sporting CP

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OFFICIAL: Palmeiras de Abel signs Tabata from Sporting CP

Tonight Palmeiras officially announced the signing of Bruno Tabata from Sporting. as well as morefootball announced in due course.

Verdão said in a statement that the 25-year-old left-hander has initialed a contract that runs until June 2026.

In statements to the new club’s media, the Brazilian under-23 international said he wanted to sign for Palmeiras and stressed the role of Brazilian emblem coach Abel of Portugal in the decision.

“I was brought to Palmeiras for a number of reasons. When I heard about the interest, I told Sporting that I want to come here. There were long days of negotiations. I have always been very clear about my desires and I am very glad that everything went well, ”he began.

“It was the structure, the fact that the club is always fighting for titles, it was Mr. Abel who played a very important role in all this, in short, it was a set of things. First of all, Palmeiras is a giant club with an incredible history,” he added.

Bruno Tabata say goodbye Sporting after two seasons in which he played 52 matches, scored eight goals and won four titles, including the national championship. He previously represented Portimonense.

Now he is returning to Brazil, the one who completed his studies at Atlético de Mineiro.

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