Eddings promoted as new Cricket Australia (CA) chairman

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgMelbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday announced the appointment of a former first-grade batsman and president of Premier Cricket side North Melbourne, Earl Eddings as its new Chairman. David Peever resigned from the position following the publication of the Longstaff Review, and Eddings, recently elected the deputy chair, has been promoted.Eddings became a CA Director in 2008 and has been an active member of the Audit and Risk, and People and Culture Committees as well as an alternative Director for the past 18 months at International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. His current term is scheduled to run till the CA’s Annual General Meeting in 2019.“Cricket is only what it is in Australia because of the commitment of our people, the fans and the thousands of volunteers around the country. I am honoured to serve in this position and am committed to making cricket stronger and a game that we can all be proud of,” Eddings said in a statement.“It’s important that, along with our owners, the State and Territory Associations, the players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, that we work harder than ever before to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds across the country and continue to strengthen cricket’s privileged position as Australia’s favourite summer pastime, whether you are a spectator, player or volunteer,” he added. (IANS) Also read: Sports Newslast_img read more


The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgThe school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members so far. All other tests have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff.___Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic.All of FIFA’s 211 national members will get a $1 million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. June 25, 2020 Associated Press ___East Carolina says it had one positive test result for COVID-19 this week.The school announced Thursday that it had performed 68 tests with athletes, coaches and staff Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school didn’t specify who had the positive result from that group.So far, the school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members. All other test results have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Minnesota Twins have had “a few” players in their organization recently test positive for COVID-19. The Sounders will travel to Orlando, Florida on July 3 to begin preparations for the MLS Is Back tournament. Seattle’s first game in the tournament is July 10 against San Jose.___The IndyCar Series plans to welcome fans back to the track July 9-12 at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.IndyCar officials said all guests will be screened in their vehicles with contactless temperature checks before they enter the parking areas. Only people described as essential racing personnel will have access to the paddock. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be given to spectators as they arrive at the track.Fans are encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear a cloth face covering where social distancing is hard to maintain. IndyCar officials also are encouraging spectators to print their tickets at home for easier entry. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Thursday that each player was “doing well” in self-isolation at home. None of the positive tests came from players currently in Minnesota or in Fort Myers, Florida, where the team’s spring training headquarters are. Falvey declined to specify the exact number or whether the players were major leaguers or minor leaguers. Prior to the recent positive tests, Falvey said, the Twins had no known cases among players or staff.Major league camps are set to reopen next week, mostly at home stadiums.___The Seattle Sounders had one player test positive for COVID-19, but the player has recovered and returned to full team training.Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said Thursday the player tested positive in the early stages of when the team returned to individual training last month. The player was quarantined and was later cleared to rejoin team activities. ___Manchester City has been given permission to host Liverpool in the Premier League on July 2 at Etihad Stadium.The Man City-Liverpool match had been one of five games the police asked to be held at a neutral venue to keep away fans because of safety concerns.But Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group says there are “no objections” to the match at City’s home stadium.The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police, fire and rescue services, and supporters’ groups. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million.Many soccer federations get much of their income from the men’s national teams, which have been unable to play since November.FIFA says the money can go to help “clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected” by the pandemic.Oversight of the money and repayment plans will be led by FIFA governance panel member Olli Rehn, who is governor of the Bank of Finland. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.“I would say I maybe had one or two days where I felt symptoms, and even then it wasn’t too bad,” Elliott said during a Twitch chat with Scooter Magruder this week. “I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. But now I would say I feel good, I feel normal.”Elliott said he hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first.It was revealed June 15 that Elliott had tested positive for the coronavirus. That was about a week after he had been tested.Elliott’s mother said last week on Twitter that the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. Elliott’s mother and sister were with him during that encounter. Both tested negative. The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests ___Michigan State says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, and East Carolina says it had one positive test result this week.Michigan State says 114 athletes were tested Monday, and the two who tested positive will be isolated for 10-14 days. Also, one athlete will have to quarantine for 14 days after contact tracing revealed close contact with someone who tested positive. No athletic department staff members tested positive.Michigan State previously announced that one athlete tested positive in testing done June 15. Athletes who have tested negative twice are now permitted to participate in voluntary workouts.East Carolina says it tested 68 athletes, coaches and staff on Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school in Greenville, North Carolina, didn’t specify who had the positive result. ___The University of Memphis says three student-athletes and one staff member in the athletic department have tested positive for COVID-19. All four have been isolated, and medical staff are tracing their contacts. Memphis is neither releasing the names nor identifying the sport or sports involved, citing privacy concerns.The university shared video Wednesday on Twitter of members of the men’s basketball team returning to campus. Their first stop was the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame for virus testing.___ ___The rugby final of the postponed European Champions Cup has been set for Oct. 17 and the final of the second-tier Challenge Cup will be the day before.The matches were called off in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The quarterfinals for both tournaments have been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The semifinals will be Sept. 25-27.Leinster will host Saracens in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2019 final, Toulouse plays at home against Ulster, Clermont Auvergne faces fellow French side Racing 92, and Exeter will welcome Northampton in an all-English clash. European Professional Club Rugby says it remains committed to staging the finals in Marseille, France.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more


Golden Jaguars ready to roar against Haiti tonight

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgGUYANA and Haiti will meet today for the first time since the French-speaking Island defeated the Golden Jaguars in 2012, as the two amplify their preparation for this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Haiti will open their Gold Cup campaign on June 16 against Bermuda, while Guyana will face defending Champions, USA, two days later in Minneapolis.However, tonight’s matchup, which takes place in Costa Rica, will be the last taste of international football for the Golden Jaguars before they wing out for St Pauls, Minnesota, to set up camp ahead of their Group D opening against the USA.According to a release from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), they held their first training session on Sunday afternoon at the CAR Turrucares Playfield in San Jose.Johnson informed that despite just getting a few hours rest, everyone is fit and well and the session was satisfying.“We had to do something today, we knew the lads were tired but we knew we had to do something, bearing in mind that we have a game in 48 hours. So yes, it was a long journey but we got some good work in, a bit on how we want to play defensively without the ball, so it was a good session all in all, players have enjoyed it and now we are looking forward to (Monday’s) training session.”Touching a bit on team bonding, Johnson said it is getting better as the days go by, adding “I think the most important thing we see in camp is the unity. I’m not with all this local-based and international-based, what I’ve seen over the last week coming together is a unified group; a group that interacts well no matter where they’re from, we all pull on the same shirt to play for one common cause and that’s for Guyana.”Come the Haiti game, Johnson said they are looking to see improvements on a collective scale, reminding that it is not about the result at this juncture of preparations.“If it were about the result, I’d play the strongest team, I’d play everybody where they should be playing but for us, it‘s about learning and trying to keep something back and just making sure that the players are taking on board all the information we are giving them. The journey continues.”last_img read more


Wolves Sign Portuguese Star for Championship Record Fee

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgWolves have signed midfielder Ruben Neves from Portuguese club FC Porto for a Championship record fee. The 20-year-old had been linked with a £15.8m move to Wolves, whose owners, Fosun, have a close relationship with Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes.He has signed a five-year deal and played under Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Porto. The Championship club have also signed central defender Willy Boly on a season-long loan from Porto.Although the fee is officially undisclosed, Wolves confirmed it is a club record, which would make Neves the most expensive player in Championship history.The previous record is the £13m Wolves paid to Benfica for winger Helder Costa in January.Neves became the youngest captain in Champions League history when he led Porto against Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.“I have always wanted to play in England and we have a good team,” he told the Wolves website.“I think we can do good things this season. It is also a good opportunity for me to work again with a trainer I worked with last year.”record.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Red hot Javier Hernandez scores double in Real Madrid win

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgJavier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.Hernandez has spent most of the season on the bench after arriving from parent club Manchester United in September but coach Carlo Ancelotti was forced to draft him into the side following injuries to France striker Karim Benzema and Wales winger Gareth Bale.While Benzema and Bale are likely to come straight back into the side once fit, Hernandez, who has made a habit of scoring off the bench during his club career, has shown he is a useful weapon to have in reserve.Real have an option to make the 26-year-old’s season-long loan permanent for a fee of 10 million euros ($10.86 million), according to Spanish media.He is the son of namesake Javier Hernandez, a Mexico striker who featured at the 1986 World Cup and was nicknamed ‘Chicharo’ (pea) because of his green eyes. “He’s enjoying the run that he’s on, it’s a really good one,” Ancelotti told a news conference.”If Chicharito is in this form he’s non-negotiable,” added the Italian.”I have a team of non-negotiables but only eleven can play and the rest stay on the bench.”Sunday’s win at Celta kept the gap to Barca, who won 2-0 at neighbours Espanyol on Saturday, to two points.Barca, who along with Real are through to the Champions League last four, are in with a chance of a treble of titles and play Athletic Bilbao in the King’s Cup final next month. “Our objective is to force Barca to win every game,” Ancelotti said.”At this moment in time we’re not thinking about other teams, but about what we have to do.”We’re doing well and we’ll try to fight for La Liga until the final day, which is our objective.”Real’s next outing in La Liga is a home game against Almeria on Wednesday after Barca host Getafe on Tuesday.–last_img read more


Clippers hopeful Luc Mbah a Moute could be back within a couple weeks

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “He actually, in all seriousness, is close,” Rivers said. “I haven’t said that all year, so that’s good. I would say in the next hopefully couple weeks, he’ll be back, which is nice for us.”Mbah a Moute rejoined the Clippers this summer on a one-year, $4.32 million contract following one season in Houston.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img MOTORINGThe gearheads next door at the L.A. Auto Show might appreciate the get-up-and-go on the Clippers’ roster that took on the Miami Heat on Saturday night at Staples Center.“We have a few high-motor guys,” assistant coach Rex Kalamian said. “Montrezl (Harrell), Pat Beverley, Avery Bradley — we have a few guys that bring it every single day, every game. And your team definitely picks up on that.”Think, maybe, of a Dodge Challenger or a Ford Mustang — or Kevin Garnett or Russell Westbrook.Kalamian does.“I was fortunate enough to be around Russell Westbrook for six years, and I saw his influence on a team because every practice and every game, he was prepared to play his hardest,” said Kalamian, who joined the Clippers this season after spending three seasons working as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, and before that in Philadelphia, Denver, Minnesota, Sacramento and, yes, Oklahoma City.“Even going back to Kevin Garnett, who I was with in Minnesota, watching those types of players prepare to practice and play is impressive.“I would say that our three guys, and maybe even a few more on our team, have that type of energy,” Kalamian added. “They just love to play basketball and whether it’s a practice day or a game day, they come out and they prepare to play their hardest and I think that other guys pick up on that.”TRAVELINGThere’s keeping your feet moving — and there’s the NBA schedule.The Clippers are in the thick of it. For 17 consecutive games — from Nov. 15-Dec. 17 —  they won’t have played consecutive games in the same arena.It’s all part of the job, Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari said.“It’s the NBA season, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” he said at Friday’s practice, as the Clippers regrouped after returning from a 2-2 road trip. “It could be two days, back-to-back, one day … you’ve just to focus on the next game.“The schedule can be nice sometimes, sometimes it’s not nice, but it’s just the NBA season.” LOS ANGELES — As his teammates cleared out after shootaround Saturday morning, Luc Mbah a Moute made his way out onto the floor and started putting up shots.After being sidelined since the fifth game of the season with a sore left knee, Mbah a Moute is close to playing again, said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers — after being reminded who “Luc” was.“Luc who?” Rivers joked. “I haven’t seen him in a while, so …”Rivers said he didn’t expect Mbah a Moute to be ready in the next seven days but possibly in the next couple weeks. His return, whenever it happens, should improve the Clippers’ defense, Rivers said. They currently have the 14th defensive rating in the NBA, allowing opponents to score 107.8 points per 100 possessions.“Coming into the year, we kept thinking, especially end of the games, having Avery (Bradley) and Luc and Pat (Beverley) on the final possession, defensively, you like your chances.“(Mbah a Moute) is just another shut-down guy. It’s nice when you don’t have to scheme, when you just say, ‘Hey, Luc, guard that guy, Avery guard that guy…’ Then it makes the other three guys better defensive players. Without that, you scheme more, and I don’t think any coach wants to scheme. You’d rather just have five guys guarding five guys and playing defense, but you know you can’t do that. We’ve got to have some of the offensive guys who aren’t great defensive guys on the floor, and you have to cover for them. Luc would help that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Lakers’ Byron Scott may make starting lineup changes

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgSo how likely will another change come?“Probably so,” Scott said. Which players will that involve?Bryant’s starting position will only become up for grabs whenever he needs rest. Wayne Ellington has taken that spot, averaging 10.6 points on 41 percent shooting in eight starts, seven of which coincided with Bryant’s absence. Jeremy Lin may start at point guard only if Price’s injury persists. Although Price has only averaged 5.5 points on 36.1 percent shooting, 3.8 assists and 1.2 turnovers, Scott has praised Price’s defense and hustle. Meanwhile, Lin has averaged 10.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting, 4.4 assists and 2.8 turnovers per game. Lin failed to provide a compelling case to move back to the starting lineup, posting six points on 3-of-10 shooting, three assists and three turnovers in Friday’s loss in Utah. The Lakers may make changes to their starting lineup. But where?The Lakers currently list Kobe Bryant (rest) and Ronnie Price (right elbow) as doubtful to play in Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (24-18) at U.S. Airways Center. But the Lakers (12-29) had the day off Saturday after playing in a set of back-to-back losses on Thursday to Cleveland and Friday in Utah. They will then practice today, which will provide a clearer picture on the team’s health. Bryant had only missed Friday’s game in Utah as part of Byron Scott’s new quest to sit the Lakers’ 36-year-old star in one game of back-to-back sets. Price’s absence against the Jazz stemmed from a aggravated right elbow injury. Scott also sounded open toward shuffling the lineup for various reasons. The Lakers approach the halfway mark of the NBA season with the league’s fourth-worst record. He has also pledged he would evaluate his starting group after every 15-20 games. “I’m not too worried about that,” Lin said about starting. “The thought will occur here or there. I’m definitely human. But it just gets back to keeping the script the same every single night with what do I do, what is my approach and how do I play.” Scott had also taken away Carlos Boozer’s power forward spot in favor of Ed Davis. Does Boozer reclaim that position considering Scott believes he has “had one bad game in the last two or three weeks?” Or will things stay status quo with Davis and Jordan Hill as starters, while Boozer and newly emerged rookie center Tarik Black come off the bench?The Lakers’ small forward position seems just as firm.Wesley Johnson has started 38 games at small forward over Nick Young because Scott likes Johnson’s defensive versatility and Young’s scoring to bolster the bench. Even when Johnson missed three games last week because of a strained right hip flexor, Ryan Kelly took that spot. With Young’s recent cold shooting streak, Scott’s likelihood to reward him with a starting role seems unfounded. Still, considering the Lakers’ personnel and injuries, all of this talk about change might just end up as things staying status quo. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


When does the January transfer window close? The dates in the Premier League, La Liga and more

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgJanuary transfer window datesBelow are the opening and closing dates of the transfer windows in the major leagues across the world according to FIFA’s transfer windows calendar.CountryTop leagueOpen dateClose dateArgentinaPrimera DivisionJanuary 21February 20BrazilBrasileiraoJanuary 10April 3ChinaSuper LeagueJanuary 1February 28EnglandPremier LeagueJanuary 1January 31FranceLigue 1January 1January 31GermanyBundesligaJanuary 1January 31ItalySerie AJanuary 3January 18NetherlandsEredivisieJanuary 3January 31PortugalPrimeira LigaJanuary 3February 2RussiaPremier LeagueJanuary 23February 22SpainLa LigaJanuary 2January 31TurkeySuper LigJanuary 4January 31When does the Premier League transfer window close?Although clubs can put agreements in place before the window opens, English sides can officially start registering new players from midnight on January 1 and have until January 31.Teams have until 11pm GMT (6pm ET) that day to agree their deals and get paperwork sent to the governing body, but some details can then be finalised a few hours after that if extra time is needed to get a move over the line.When do European transfer windows close? Just like in England, the transfer windows in Germany, France, and Spain open as soon as the New Year commences and run until the night of January 31.Despite not being able to do business until two days later than their counterparts, teams in Netherlands and Italy also have until the last day of the month to finish up, while in Portugal they have until February 2.Russia have a bit of a delay in their windows due to the timing of their seasons, as they can bring in signings from January 23 until February 22.When do transfer windows close across the rest of the world? But now, this year, with the rest of Europe’s top sides gearing up for an intense end to the season with their domestic and Champions League campaigns to think about, some other big spenders could enter the market to boost their chances of winning the big prizes.Some European leagues have a bit more time to get their affairs in order, however, as the time the window closes varies for each country. Related News The January transfer window is open and the football world is eagerly anticipating more high-profile deals to take place.Last year, soap operas surrounding the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk and Diego Costa all took place in January as Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid spent big money to get their most important deals finished within the first week. ‘Mkhitaryan had a problem with Mourinho’ – Armenia boss welcomes Arsenal move Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/4f/1/christian-pulisic-borussia-dortmund_vinbkieitaim1qwoxgi0oxzz2.jpg?t=-1404962713&w=500&quality=80center_img Transfer window: When it was introduced, dates & everything you need to know Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/dc/b6/gonzalo-higuain-ac-milan-2018-19_1vziz5ogpe1ar1jf101c8ezdgk.jpg?t=-542364393&w=500&quality=80 Mercenary? Alexis Sanchez has joined the biggest club in England Seemingly sniffing around Europe’s top divisions and looking to lure top players with lucrative wages, Chinese Super League teams have a few extra weeks to prepare for the start of their 2018 campaign.The window opens on January 1 for clubs in China, but they can keep dipping into Europe and beyond until February 28.Meanwhile, in South America, Argentina’s window runs until February 7 after opening on Monday January 8, while Brazilian clubs get almost two extra months to get their squads in shape before it shuts on April 2.last_img read more


Clippers aim for series after incredible comeback win over Warriors

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgOne for the record books.#ClipperNation | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/7nkLLGsFhQ— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 16, 2019″But that’s what’s special — not winning the game — you could hear them in the locker room. They’re not talking about that, they’re talking about coming back and winning.”They have expectations, this team. No one wants to agree with us, and that’s fine. We’re fine with that.”But we have our own expectations and we’re going to keep them.”Lou Williams, who came off the bench to lead the Clippers with 36 points, admitted the turnaround was surreal.”I just got lost in the moment,” he said. Rivers’ team now hosts the two-time defending champions on Thursday in Game 3, and the Clippers coach said his players want to use their historic success in Oakland as a springboard for the remainder of the series.”That’s not enough for us,” he told reporters of the comeback. “We didn’t come here for that.”This is special. You’re down 30 on the road to anybody, you come back, it’s special. Related News DeMarcus Cousins injury update: Warriors center ‘out for a while’ with quad injury Stephen Curry, Warriors won’t dwell on historic loss: ‘The wheels fell off’center_img Doc Rivers insists the Clippers will not rest on their laurels having overcome a 31-point deficit against the Warriors to even their Western Conference first-round series.The Clippers pulled off the largest comeback in NBA playoffs history Monday as they rallied from a seemingly lost position in the third quarter to win 135-131 at Oracle Arena. “I was trying to cut the lead down. I know we were down 30 at one point, I just got lost in the moment.”I really can’t recall a moment that I thought the momentum was changing. It probably was like a 3-point game. That’s when I kind of realized, ‘Oh, we got a shot at winning this game.'”I think I went into another place after that.”last_img read more


Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets pursuing three-team deal for Thunder guard

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgNBA TRADE RUMORS:These five teams could pursue Russell Westbrook”I will say this — the Houston Rockets are trying to get in on this,” Windhorst said on “SportsCenter” when asked by Cari Champion about a Westbrook trade. “They’re trying to get in and possibly do a three-team trade where they could get their hands on Russell Westbrook. But again, three-team trades are pretty difficult.”Westbrook’s enormous contract complicates trade discussions, and the challenges in constructing a three-teamer makes the Rockets a “long shot” at the moment.Russell Westbrook contractAgeSalary2019-2030$38.5 million2020-2131$41.3 million2021-2232$44.2 million2022-23 (player option)33$47.0 millionChris Paul’s salary for 2019-20 ($38.5 million) matches perfectly with Westbrook’s, but the Thunder are trying to move off money and duck the luxury tax. That doesn’t make a ton of sense. The more likely trade candidates are guys like Clint Capela and Eric Gordon. Even then, the deal would need additional work. The Heat seem to be the favorite to land Russell Westbrook with the Thunder guard now on the trade block, but the Rockets aren’t giving up just yet.Houston is looking to execute a three-team deal in order to acquire the eight-time All-Star, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Thunder likely desire young prospects as part of a Westbrook deal, and that’s what puts the Heat in the lead. Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro are worthwhile targets for Oklahoma City, though it’s unclear if Miami is willing to part with any of those players. (CBA note: Herro can’t be traded for 30 days after signing his rookie contract with the Heat on Wednesday.)Windhorst says if it’s up to Westbrook, he’d prefer to take his talents to South Beach. That could be an important factor in negotiations, should the Thunder want to do right by a franchise icon.”From what I understand, he’s supplied a list to the Thunder with a few teams on it, a short list,” Windhorst said. “But the Heat are at the top of it.”last_img read more