Sneer Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:49:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sneer 32 32 Newmarket native tries to win $250,000 in basketball Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:49:34 +0000 “It’s the purest form of basketball,” says 21-year-old social media star Matt Kiatipis, who competes at the Ones Basketball League (OBL) Championship in Las Vegas on July 15.

Newmarket native Matt Kiatipis said one-on-one basketball was something he had been doing since he was young.

Whether in parks or on other basketball courts, he said it was his favorite form of basketball and he came to prefer his basketball career as a team.

“There’s nothing I love more than going one-on-one with someone,” he said. “There is nothing more exciting than that. That I love, that I win, I just love the competition, just me and him.

That love has now taken the 21-year-old to the biggest step of his career, as he prepares to compete in the Ones Basketball League (OBL) Championship in Las Vegas on July 15-16, with $250,000 for the winner. The league led by basketball hall of famer Tracy McGrady attracts talent from across the United States, with Kiatipis qualifying by finishing second in a regional qualifier in Houston on May 1.

The basketball star played the game in high school and college, including DIvision 2 for Simon Fraser University. He said he looked up to local talent Kevin Pangos, who also played for Newmarket High School and went to the NBA.

“He did everything I wanted to do,” Kiatpis said, “(Newmarket is) primarily a hockey town, I wanted to put basketball on the Newmarket map…Newmarket means a lot to me.

But Kiatipis did not end up following the same path. After a professional stint in Costa Rica, he said he found playing in tag team leagues was not for him. But he started seeing basketball players playing it on his Instagram feed and decided to try his luck himself.

“I was already doing that,” he said. “Why don’t I just bring a camera and document? »

This led him to a thriving YouTube channel spotlighting his basketball game, with over 111,000 subscribers and millions of views. He said it led to rappers and professional basketball players following and connecting with him, as well as more opportunities in basketball.

“It sounds a bit cocky, but I expected something like this to happen. I’ve always loved being in front of the camera. I’ve always loved playing basketball. Organized basketball didn’t bother me. never succeeded,” he said. “I can entertain people through this camera. There’s no way it’s not working.

His YouTube channel features Kiatipis playing and discussing basketball. One element that Kiatipis says helped him gain notoriety is his “chatterbox”.

“A lot of people think I speak for the cameras,” he said. “I’ve always talked about trash because that’s what makes the game fun for me, being able to get into an opponent’s mind and headspace… I’m not exaggerating, I’m not don’t do anything crazy, but bashing is part of street basketball.

YouTube channel HoH has invited Kiatipis to a $50,000 creator tournament, which he will win in April. It caught OBL’s attention and earned an invite, Kiatipis said.

“OBL talent is top-notch,” McGrady said in a press release. “The competition is intense and the atmosphere of our first-ever final will be second to none with $250,000 in cash on the OBL throne awaiting the winner.”

Prize money would be an advantage, but Kiatipis said he wasn’t counting on it. He also has a basketball teaching business, his YouTube channel, and an amateur basketball team.

As the youngest competitor in the finals, Kiatipis said he plans to become a big figure in the OBL. He said he hopes to eventually be able to compete overseas against talent from around the world.

“It’s the purest form of basketball and it’s the most entertaining,” he said.

NBA insider expects Chicago Bulls to pursue Bamba and Hartenstein Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:30:00 +0000

With NBA free agency slated to begin in just over 24 hours, it’s surprising we’re finally getting reports of who the Chicago Bulls might be looking to add. Unlike last season, where the addition of Lonzo Ball and a capable point guard seemed like a foregone conclusion, free agency this summer could go a number of ways.

Amidst all the rumors, a few select players have risen to the top of fans’ wishlists. Luckily, imagining these players on the Bulls may actually be closer to reality than we imagined. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reports that Chicago has expressed interest in adding either Isaiah Hartenstein or Mo Bamba in free agency.

For those of you who have read our coverage leading up to the 2022 free agency period, you can probably guess that this news has me ecstatic. Both Hartenstein and Bamba were in our top 5 free agent targets for the Bulls post-NBA draft article and would be great pick-ups if Chicago followed.

The Chicago Bulls are rumored to be among the teams interested in Orlando’s Mo Bamba and Los Angeles’ Isaiah Hartenstein during this summer’s free agency spell.

It’s been a long time since Bulls fans could expect their front office to not only be aggressive participants in the offseason, but also show the ability to be reasonable and logical in their decision-making. Hartenstein and Bamba make sense, there’s no reason to overthink it. If GarPax were still running the show, I dread the thought of who Chicago might look to sign instead.

Signing Bamba or Hartenstein would immediately address Chicago’s greatest need at center backup. Given that both should be available in the MLE price range, neither will stop the Bulls from making extra moves for a few shooters and perimeter defenders.

The Clippers recently gave Ivica Zubac a $33 million extension and dedicated their MLE taxpayer to John Wall, likely forcing Hartenstein out of free agency. At the same time, the Orlando Magic have would have decided not to submit a qualifying offer in Bamba, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Both of these players seem set to exit with their current squads, which makes these rumors a bit more believable than usual.

It should be noted that those same rumors from Fischer indicate that Toronto is interested in Bamba and that Orlando could also target Hartenstein. But even if Chicago somehow hits Bamba and Hartenstein, they will still have an abundance of options available to them. Given that few teams have both salary cap flexibility and a need for central depth this year, the Bulls should ideally have their pick in the litter.

With how little competition Chicago is expected to have, it seems increasingly unlikely that the front office will manage to spoil this event. By replacing a handful of end-of-the-bench players like Troy Brown Jr., Tristan Thompson and Matt Thomas with recently drafted Dalen Terry and a few real free agency contributors, the Chicago Bulls should be an even better version of the same team that won. 46 games last season.


I watched a lot of sports broadcasts last weekend to see what I could learn about the new LIV pro golf series, and I, of course, tuned in to the US Open, which is played in exceptionally charges outside of Boston.

In the beginning, it talked about a lot of things that I already knew about LIV. But what interested me the most came from Michael “The Caddy” Collins, who was on ESPN’s First Take. He said the price to go on the Korn Ferry Tour, golf’s premier tour, was excruciating unless you were a really good golfer. He said the entry fee is $6,500. The cost to travel to the first four tournaments, in the Bahamas (twice), Panama City and Bogota, Colombia, would be $30,000, according to Collins, as golfers pay their own way to the tournaments.

I haven’t heard much about LIV, which pays huge incentive fees to high-profile players leaving the PGA Tour.

But Sunday was also Father’s Day and I’m a six-time dad. I heard all the children plus a few in-laws, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. And, believe me, listening to my loved ones is much more enjoyable than watching golf on TV. But back to the US Open and golf in general.

With no former PGA golfers and now LIV or Jordan Spieth at the top of the US Open standings, my Sunday pick became Scottie Scheffler, who led until maybe 4 p.m. Sunday. , when Matt Fitzpatrick took over. Then my choice fell on Will Zalatoris. You’ll notice that all of my picks are from the United States. No Brits. Not Matt Fitzpatrick, although he spends more than half of his time in the United States. Scheffler and Zalatoris missed, say, 20-foot putts on the 18th. Zalatoris’ putt missed by about an inch. On the 18th, Fitzpatrick put his second shot into a nasty sand trap. It looked like he was in deep trouble, but he pulled it out and in a reasonable position to sink his final putt. Fitzpatrick called his own bunker shot “one of the best shots of all time”, saving the writers the trouble of describing it later.

His winning putt sent Fitzpatrick’s dad and mom into dances and hugs.

And the victorious golfer seemed to be embracing everyone in Massachusetts. Fitzpatrick caddie Bill Foster celebrated his first Grand Slam tournament win with tears.

AND NOW FOR A LOCAL SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENT, which I steal from Facebook: Dexter Butler – son of Bill Butler, the man after whom the Bobby Menendez Gym floor at Key West High School is named, and Anita Butler – has been named head coach of the men’s team basketball at Key West High School. He succeeds Chris Ellis, who coached for a year before stepping down and returning to St. Louis.

I’ve been a Dexter fan since he was shortstop for the Conchs and later played for the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern. In Key West, he was captain of the baseball and football teams. He graduated from Key West in 2004.

Upon returning to Key West, Butler, 36, worked at First State Bank, Wells Fargo and Iberiabank before teaching sixth grade and American history.

Dexter and his wife, Maria Castillo, are the parents of little Viviane, born on October 27, 2021.

Keenan names final 12 for EuroBasket qualifiers Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:04:53 +0000

Aidan Harris Igiehon is set for his international debut after being selected in the last 12 for this week’s FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers against Austria and Switzerland.

CJ Fulton and Will Hanley, who won the European Small Countries Championship with Ireland last summer, both return and are in contention for their EuroBasket debuts.

Former Dublin Lions player Igiehon currently plays for Grand Canyon University in the NCAA Division 1. Fulton and Hanley are also based in the United States and this is the first EuroBasket window available.

Fulton, who is now with Lafayette College, was recently named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team after an impressive first season in NCAA Division 1.

Of the 12 selected, Ireland head coach Mark Keenan said: “I’m very happy with our final selection. The pool of players who were available for selection for this window made it very difficult for us to make this final selection. Things are also looking up with new blood in the team. CJ Fulton, Will Hanley and Aidan Harris Igiehon are great additions to the team and have fitted into the team very well.

John Carroll is the team’s captain after Kyle Hosford announced his international retirement on Monday, with Sean Flood as vice-captain.

James Gormley, Neil Lynch, Conor O’Sullivan, Ciaran Roe and Matt Treacy are on a five-man reserve roster.

Ireland take on Austria in Salzburg on Thursday, followed by a home game against Switzerland on Sunday at the National Basketball Arena.

The Irish are third in Group A, behind their next opponents by one point. The group winners and the two best runners-up from three groups will advance to the second round of pre-qualifiers, which begin in August, with another two-match window in November.

USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen set to leave Manchester City on loan this summer Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:02:17 +0000

Manchester City’s Zack Steffen is set to be loaned out this transfer window, Athleticism understand.

The idea of ​​the sale is believed not to have been ruled out, but City are exploring a loan move in order to secure more regular first-team minutes from Steffen to help him develop.

Steffen has spent the last two seasons as an understudy for first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, making just one Premier League appearance in each campaign.

It is believed that all parties feel a new challenge is needed for Steffen, whose last appearance for City came in April’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Liverpool. His mistake in that game allowed Sadio Mane to score Liverpool’s second goal in their 3-2 win.

The 27-year-old has already spent the 2019-20 season on loan from City at Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf, where a back injury interrupted what had been a promising campaign.

Steffen made his international debut for the USMNT in 2018 and has since made 29 appearances for the team.

Ahead of this winter’s World Cup, Steffen faces fierce competition from new Arsenal signing Matt Turner for the No.1 spot in Gregg Berhalter’s squad. Over the past year, Turner has started 17 games for the United States, while Steffen has started six.

In his two seasons since returning to City, Steffen has made 21 appearances, 16 of them in domestic competitions.

He previously played for Columbus Crew in MLS.

(Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving decides to opt for a fourth season with the Nets Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:27:11 +0000

The last episode of Kyrie Irving’s tenure with the Nets has come to an end.

Irving decided to opt for the final year of his four-year contract with the Nets before Wednesday’s deadline, his mother-in-law and agent, Shetellia Riley Irving, told The New York Times.

Irving will earn $36.5 million next season.

“Normal people move the world forward, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow,” Kyrie Irving said in a statement to The Athletic, which first reported Irving’s decision. “I’ve made my decision to sign up. See you in the fall.”

Once Irving officially agrees to his contract for the 2022-23 season, the two parties will have until the end of June 2023 to negotiate an extension that can be worth close to the maximum salary for a veteran player. The Nets will also be able to trade Irving once he officially accepts.