New coach Gregg Popovich gets USA Basketball team hyped for World Cup

Gregg Popovich

Before USA Basketball’s World Cup training camp, the new men’s coach talked about tradition, country, sacrifice. The only downside? The first practice was about 18 hours away. “Everybody was ready to play a game or run through a brick wall for him after that talk,” Brooklyn guard Joe Harris said. Popovich, who also coaches the NBA’s Spurs, said after his first training-camp practice, “It’s been on my mind every day, what I want to do and what needs to be done.” His assistant and friend, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, said, “He is so passionate about this project and he’s so well-prepared.”

Alejandro Bedoya

Major League Soccer said it won’t punish the Philadelphia Union midfielder for his protest against gun violence during a nationally televised game at D.C. United. When Bedoya scored the opening goal in the Union’s 5-1 win Sunday night, he ran over to a field microphone and shouted, “Hey, Congress: Do something now! End gun violence! Let’s go!” MLS gave a short statement: “The Major League Soccer family joins everyone in grieving for the loss of lives in Texas and Ohio, and we understand that our players and staff have strong and passionate views on this issue.”

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