Reading faces up to the realities of oversupply

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El Gobernador Wolf firma un decreto para otorgar inmunidad civil a los proveedores médicos

first_img Bill Signing,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó un decreto para brindar protección a los profesionales médicos contra la responsabilidad por las medidas tomadas de buena fe en respuesta al llamamiento para complementar la fuerza laboral de proveedores médicos durante la pandemia de COVID-19.Durante el transcurso de la pandemia y la declaración de desastre asociada a ella, la Administración Wolf ha utilizado su autoridad conforme a la declaración para suspender un número significativo de disposiciones y estatutos reglamentarios para dotar a la fuerza laboral de atención médica, que incluye la coordinación del despliegue de profesionales médicos jubilados y fuera del estado, con la ampliación del alcance de las prácticas y la flexibilización de los requisitos de supervisión para numerosas licenciatarias de atención médica, la incorporación de profesionales de la salud que no hayan tenido previamente la cobertura de responsabilidad civil, y solicitar a los proveedores médicos que tomen medidas que no realizarían en el desempeño ordinario de su profesión.“Como la pandemia de COVID-19 ha requerido que la Administración Wolf tome medidas amplias para responder y prepararse para las necesidades cruciales de atención médica de los residentes de Pennsylvania, también ha exigido que nuestros proveedores de atención médica amplíen sus responsabilidades y experiencias profesionales como nunca antes”, manifestó el Gobernador Wolf. “Este decreto para mejorar las protecciones de los profesionales de atención médica sirve para proteger a las personas que se desempeñan en la primera línea de respuesta al desastre”.El decreto:Otorga inmunidad a toda persona que posea una licencia, certificado, registro o certificación para ejercer una profesión u ocupación de atención médica en Pennsylvania y que proporcione tratamiento o servicios médicos y de la salud para la COVID-19 durante la respuesta de emergencia a causa de la situación de desastre por la COVID-19. La inmunidad no se extiende a actos u omisiones que constituyan un delito, negligencia grave o fraude, malicia u otra mala conducta intencional;Extiende la inmunidad a aquellos profesionales médicos en Pennsylvania que prestan servicios en cualquier centro médico tal como se define en la Ley de centros de atención médica así como en cualquier establecimiento de enfermería, hogar de cuidado personal, centro de residencia asistida o cualquier sitio de cuidado alternativo, sitio de pruebas comunitario o centro de atención no conjunta utilizado con el objetivo de realizar las actividades de los servicios de emergencia o la realización de actividades de servicios en caso de desastre relacionadas con la respuesta estatal de emergencia en caso de desastre por la COVID-19;Afirma la inmunidad de toda persona, entidad o autoridad que permita que los bienes inmuebles u otros locales para los servicios de emergencia se utilicen sin compensación en caso de muerte, lesión o pérdida o daño a la propiedad de cualquier persona que se encuentre en las instalaciones con la finalidad de prestar servicios de emergencia; ySuspende o elimina una variedad de obstáculos reglamentarios que de otro modo impedirían o evitarían que los profesionales médicos fuera del estado, retirados u otros profesionales calificados presten servicios donde sea necesario en el estado.El decreto se redactó en respuesta a las partes interesadas que solicitan inmunidad civil para los profesionales médicos que ejercen con buen criterio en circunstancias muy adversas durante la pandemia de COVID-19. El decreto también está en línea con las medidas que los estados vecinos han tomado y responde a las necesidades y solicitudes de la comunidad de atención médica.Este decreto entra en vigencia de inmediato y permanecerá vigente durante toda la emergencia por desastre.Lea el decreto completo aquí.Vea esta página en inglés. El Gobernador Wolf firma un decreto para otorgar inmunidad civil a los proveedores médicos SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 06, 2020last_img read more

P120-T bail bond for attempted murder suspect

first_imgHe was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Calatrava municipal police station./PN BACOLOD City – The court recommended aP120,000 bail bond for the temporary liberty of a man charged with attemptedmurder in Barangay Suba, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. The 40-year-old Juanito Villacorta of BarangayMalanog, Calatrava was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 5:45p.m. on March 17, a police report showed.center_img Officers of the municipal police stationserved the warrant issued by Judge Reginald Fuentebella of the Regional TrialCourt Branch 59 in San Carlos City dated Feb. 12, 2020.last_img

Cazorla eyes Arsenal return

first_imgArsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom a week on Sunday. Prior to that game, current Premier League leaders Arsenal are at Swansea in the top flight on Saturday and then host Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday. As well as Cazorla, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger went into Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third-round tie at West Brom – which his team won 4-3 on penalties after it finished 1-1 after extra-time – without Theo Walcott (stomach), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee). Wenger hopes the gruelling efforts at The Hawthorns will not have taken too much out of those players likely to be in his plans for Saturday. He told Arsenal Player: “We rested many players at West Brom and some others players came back like Arteta, who played 90 minutes in his first game, and Bendtner. We have to check everybody tomorrow [Friday] morning but, from last Saturday, all the players should be available. “Rosicky should be back in the training squad on Monday so he has a chance to be available for the squad (in the Champions League against Napoli) on Tuesday. “Saturday is too short for him, but we all love Rosicky so it is good to have him back.” At just 17, forward Chuba Akpom was the youngest player on either of the two sides on Wednesday night. Akpom, who scored his penalty to level the shoot-out at 3-3, cannot wait for another chance of first-team action, which could well put him up against former England captain John Terry in the Chelsea defence when the next round of Capital One Cup actions resumes. “It is one of the best feelings I have ever had. Coming on for 10 minutes at the end, playing in extra time and I scored my penalty. It is good to be part of the first team. The Capital One Cup is where I get my chance and I hope I impressed,” he said. Akpom added: “I am more than willing to play against him (Terry) or anyone. I am feeling really confident right now, so if it (another chance) comes, it comes.” Cazorla has missed the Gunners’ last four matches in all competitions due to an ankle injury. Answering questions on Thursday via Arsenal’s Twitter account, the 28-year-old Spain international said: “I will be fit maybe in one week, I hope I can play at West Brom.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wilkinson signs short Stoke deal

first_img Wilkinson has not featured for the Potters since sustaining a bang on the head in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn in February. A brief club statement read: “Stoke City can confirm that Andy Wilkinson has been given a contract until December 31, 2015 to enable him to regain full fitness with the support of the club’s medical staff after sustaining an injury last season.” Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has signed a short-term deal with the club to enable him to recover from a serious head injury. Press Associationcenter_img Wilkinson, who has spent his entire career at his hometown club since progressing through the academy, was out of contract and waved an emotional goodbye to fans at the end of last season. The 30-year-old has made over 190 first-team appearances for Stoke since making his debut in 2001 and has had loan spells at Telford, Partick Thistle, Blackpool and Shrewsbury. He is hoping to return to competitive action in January. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Live Streaming Cricket, Afghanistan vs Australia 4th ODI: How to watch AFG vs AUS ICC World Cup at Hotstar and Star Sports TV

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The fourth match in the 2019 ICC World Cup is to be played between Afghanistan and Australia at the County Ground in Bristol. The match will be a great opportunity for Afghanistan to prove themselves to the world that they are more than an underdog.The Australian team has had an incredible year thus far. After defeating India and Pakistan in their home conditions, the Aaron Finch-captained unit won their warm-up matches of this year’s World Cup in England and Wales. First, they brushed aside hosts England after Steve Smith amassed a magnificent century. Afghanistan, on the other hand, announced their arrival at the biggest stage after convincingly beating Pakistan in the first warm-up game. However, the second warm-up match against England didn’t go their way and were hammered in the most obnoxious manner possible. World Cup 2019, 4th match: Afghanistan vs AustraliaWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia start?The ICC World Cup 2019 opening match between Afghanistan and Australia at County Ground will start at 06:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia be played?The clash between Afghanistan and Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at County Ground, Bristol.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Afghanistan and Australia?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Afghanistan and Australia in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Afghanistan and Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Saturday, June 1.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on english.newsnationtv.com. You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the  ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Australia?The match between Afghanistan vs Australia will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The circuit has announced it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, beginning with one more at Darlington before two outside Charlotte, North Carolina.NASCAR’s revised schedule goes only through May and has a pair of Wednesday Cup races, fulfilling fans’ longtime plea for midweek events.The first race is scheduled for Darlington, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, followed by a second race at the 70-year-old, egg-shaped oval track three days later. Charlotte Motor Speedway will then host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord, outside NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, will then host a Wednesday race three days later. There will also be lower-tier Xfinity and Trucks series races at the two tracks.The North Carolina governor has said the Charlotte races can be held as long as health conditions in the area do not deteriorate.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled. Little League President Stephen Keener said it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled.— The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season. Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.— Paris St. Germain has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.— German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume has been pushed back to next Wednesday. Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9. Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.— The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR to resume season May 17 without spectatorsUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has set a date to green flag its Cup season. Associated Press They are the first financial institutions implicated in the FIFA scandal to reach a resolution with U.S. prosecutors. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, the institutions will forfeit $20.73 million and pay a fine of $9.33 as part of a non-prosecution agreement.The scheme took place through the banks’ Miami branch from 2010-15, with many of the payments tied to marketing rights for the Copa America.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.NFL-NEWSChiefs pick up Mahomes option, work on long-term dealUNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring their star quarterback will be under contract for at least two more seasons.But general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with the reigning Super Bowl MVP by the start of training camp. The contract could last four or five years and make Mahomes the first player in NFL history to make at least $40 million per season. The memo to outline the changes was another step in the tour trying to figure out what’s equitable in a season that will be without 13 previously scheduled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The decision will prevent anyone competing in the Korn Ferry Tour to graduate to the PGA Tour.NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERNCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiverUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch schools once without sitting out a season.center_img UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is facing a federal lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities.The suit was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Michigan. Plaintiffs in the suit include women who have been athletes at Michigan State, Nebraska and an unidentified America East school. Other plaintiffs have been students at Michigan State or Nebraska.SOCCER-FIFA SCANDALTwo financial institutions settle in FIFA scandalNEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary have agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials. The NCAA announced the board’s recommendation Thursday after several days of meetings but added the Division I council could still a vote on making the waiver change in May and having it take effect immediately.Currently, NCAA rules require football, baseball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players to sit out a season after transferring. Athletes in all other sports are allowed by rule a one-time exception so they can play right away after switching schools.A change to the waiver was recommended by a working group in February that would mirror the one-time exception and go into effect this year. That was before college sports were shut down and thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic.NCAA-LAWSUITNCAA sued for gender-based violence Mahomes has completed almost 66% of his passes for 9,412 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the 2021 season.In other NFL news:— The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.— The Giants have picked up the fifth-year options for tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, thus extending their rookie contracts through the 2021 season. Engram has made 25 starts and 34 appearances overall in three seasons, catching 153 passes for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peppers was acquired in March of last year in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. The hiring comes less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning.Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. He went 130-43 in his time with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also winning the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament.PGA-EXEMPTIONSPGA players to retain exemptionsUNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour has issued a memo to its members saying players exempt for this season will keep the same status for the 2020-21 season that is scheduled to start in September. However, players can earn a higher ranking after this shortened season. — Seahawks general manager John Schneider said starting linebacker K.J. Wright underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is unsure of the timeline of when he’ll be healthy. Wright finished the 2019 regular season with a career-high 132 total tackles and didn’t miss a game.— NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center with the Cleveland Browns, succeeded Eric Winston as union president earlier this year. Tretter wants the NFLPA’s executive board and the leadership of former players to come together to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as what wound up in the deal that runs through the 2030 season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-FORBESWake Forest turns to ETSU’s Forbes as men’s basketball coachWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach. April 30, 2020last_img read more

Isaac Dogboe returns with dominant TKO win over Avalos

first_imgA quick combination, which ended in a hard right hand, smack in the face of Avalos, and the referee had seen enough, waving off the fight, and handing Dogboe a TKO victory.It was Dogboe’s first taste of victory since beating Japan’s Hidenori Otake in August 2018, and his first as a featherweight. Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe, made a winning return to the ring in his first bout since May 2019, with an impressive 8th round TKO win over American Chris Avalos in Las Vegas.Dogboe seemed determined to make a statement after his 14 month absence, and dominated the opening rounds in his debut bout  in the featherweight division, after deciding to move up from the Super-bantamweight division.It was certainly a different and rejuvenated Isaac Dogboe, showing exquisite movement and great defensive skill throughout the bout.The Royal Storm started the bout very aggressively, and made use of his trademark devastating body shots in rounds 1 and 2.Avalos, who had the reach advantage in the fight tried without success to work the jab, but Dogboe was a bit too quick and evasive for the American.Dogboe pounded Avalos with his weakening body shots, and the American almost hit the deck in the 4th round after a stinging blow into his body from Dogboe.Dogboe continued his dominance in the 5th and 6th rounds, continuing to work the body of the 30 year old Avalos, who looked tired and worn out at that point.The dominance of the former WBO Super bantamweight world champion, Dogboe, finally paid off in the 8th and final round when he ultimately stopped Avalos.last_img read more

Thunder’s Russell Westbrook on recent criticism: ‘I don’t really care what people say’

first_img“He’s 100 percent. He’s as pure as a person that you can find. If you’re watching him from afar, you might mistake that for him being a certain type of way. But honestly, man, he’s one of the best human beings I’ve ever been a part of.”Westbrook tallied 22.9 points, 10.7 assists and 11.1 rebounds in 36 minutes per game in 2018-19. Westbrook discussed his performance when he met with reporters Thursday.”There used to be conversations if I was a ball hog, but now I lead the league in assists for the past three years or whatever it is, that’s getting squashed out,” Westbrook said, via ESPN. “So now the conversation is about shooting. Next year I’m going to become a better shooter. Related News Russell Westbrook isn’t worried about the critics.The 30-year-old guard struggled in the Thunder’s opening-round series against the Trail Blazers. He shot just 36% from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range as Oklahoma City was eliminated in five games. “I don’t really care what people say, what they think about me, because it doesn’t really matter. I know what I’m able to do and know what I’m able to do at a high level every night, and nobody else can do what I can do on a night-in, night-out basis, and I truly believe that. If they could, I’m pretty sure they would. But I know for a fact that nobody can.”The eight-time All-Star has averaged a triple-double in each of the last three seasons. But, his Thunder teams have failed to win a playoff series during that time span.”When you do so much at a high level, a lot of haters come,” Westbrook said. “That’s how life is, man. That’s life, man. When you do so much, people (are) going to try to pull and take away and try to take that away from you. But nobody can take away from me. I’ve been blessed, and I stay prayerful, stay thankful to be able to do what I’m able to do, and nobody can ever take that away from me.”Fellow Thunder star Paul George praised Westbrook on Thursday. George was traded from the Pacers to the Thunder in July 2017 before re-signing with the team last offseason.”I had a choice and a decision to go anywhere I wanted to in my career, and I chose to come back here,” George said. “I mean, come on, that says a lot on its own, what kind of person Russ is.center_img NBA playoffs 2019: Damian Lillard ‘was just waving goodbye’ to Thunder after buzzer-beater NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets’ Clint Capela explains why he wants to face Warriors in Round 2last_img read more

Heisler: Farewell to David Stern, the icon who invented the modern NBA

first_imgTo get the clichés out of the way first …David Stern didn’t invent the NBA.He became commissioner in 1984. The league had been around since the 1940s, albeit with humble origins in places like Fort Wayne and Tri-Cities that led Wilt Chamberlain, to sneer at it as “a bush league” on the cover of Sports Illustrated.Nor did Stern create Michael Jordan. With peace at hand and agreement on a division of spoils (50 percent for the players, down from 58 percent), the stage was set for a TV bonanza that launched the NBA into unprecedented prosperity.The nine-year, $2.6 billion deal was announced in the fall of 2014, eight months after Stern retired … launching his hand-picked successor, Adam Silver, on the best possible start, which explains why the new commissioner’s rein has been so tranquil while Stern’s was so tumultuous.What Stern had created, with all the pain of childbirth, was the modern NBA.As long as it lives, its owners, players and fans can never forget him. Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat, of course, was James and Deloris Jordan.Nor did Stern save the NBA after the post-Jordan crash that followed Michael’s 1999 retirement with plummeting TV ratings; on-court violence capped by the 2004 Auburn Hills riot; and the sport’s worst officiating scandal with Tim Donaghy in 2007.The league would have survived without Stern, who died last week at 77.Of course, without him, it might have shrunk too, or never climbed past, the stature of the NHL, once seen as its winter-time competition, rather than ascending to its current status as the nation’s No. 2 pastime, behind only the NFL.(Baseball fans who thank the gods for putting the pitching rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate might insist their “National Pastime” remains No. 2. I would point to championship TV ratings – with the NBA Finals beating 10 of the past 12 World Series, far below baseball’s zenith circa 1980 when World Series got ratings in the 30s with the NBA Finals in single figures – and network TV spoils, with the NBA on a $2.6 billion deal to MLB’s $1.6 billion.) The NBA Stern inherited was a peculiarly haunted, largely African-American enterprise, always seemingly a step from disaster, prompting him to live on the cutting edge.No commissioner in any sport, not even the NFL’s Pete Rozelle, did it the way Stern did or overcame as much.THE SALARY CAPIn a league dominated by major markets with a few haves and many have nots, the NBA introduced the first cap in 1984, putting teeth into the notion that all league members should compete on a level playing field.Announced by outgoing Commissioner Larry O’Brien, it was negotiated by Stern, then the NBA’s counsel, with union head Larry Fleisher.With Stern and Fleisher inclined to displays of temper and volume, their disagreements were said to be operatic but resulted in an oft-refined system that has increasingly given all teams a chance.A FAREWELL TO THUGGERYNBA players once bumped in the night as routinely as hockey players, with famous bouts such as 5-foot-9 Calvin Murphy one-punching 6-8 Sidney Wicks and 6-8 John Brown … Kermit Washington’s terrible blow to the face of onrushing Rudy Tomjanovich … with routine examples of bad behavior like Kevin McHale clotheslining Kurt Rambis during the 1984 Finals.Stern, repulsed at sitting up close and personal to a Knicks-Bulls rumble in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, began putting in rules against flagrant fouls and fighting, making the game more about skill and grace than physicality and intimidation.In this, Stern was effectively throwing in with Jordan and the Bulls against Detroit’s Bad Boys and Pat Riley’s Game of Force Knicks, even if they were the NBA’s hometown team.The wisdom in this was soon evident in the Bulls-led boom times of the 1990s, with Finals ratings topping out at 18.7, a mark they haven’t come close to since.Stern was granted the power to levy huge fines and suspensions and did so with a mighty wave of his metaphorical sword … whatever criticism came with it … as when he took $1.2 million from seven players following a 2006 Knicks-Nuggets brawl.It took years, but fights are largely a thing of the past n the NBA.ATTORNEY FOR THE DEFENSEThe NBA had long been an easy target with its just-rode-in-on-a-turnip-truck past and preponderance of minority players, until the arrival of Stern, the razor-tongued former trial lawyer who rhetorically pistol-whipped accusers.Called before Congress with the other commissioners in 2005, Stern was grilled by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who asked why the Pistons and Pacers hadn’t been tested for steroids after the 2004 Auburn Hills riot.“You don’t know,” said Lynch, dismissively. “You don’t test the players.”Replied Stern in an icy rebuke: “It worries me greatly if the absence of testing for anybody – including the members of Congress – would somehow be used to say, ‘Well, if you don’t have it, that’s proof that it must exist,’ and then referring to a policy as pathetic.“On behalf of the players of the National Basketball Association, I would like to say that the guilt you seek to attribute to them on the basis of this policy is ill-taken and very unfair.”THE MARKETERWhen Stern arrived, commissioners mostly hired game officials, gave interviews on the league’s health and let the teams worry about making money.Instead, Stern partnered with his players and sponsors, especially sneaker and soft drink companies, to highlight the high-wire exploits of his stars, starting, of course, with Jordan.Decades later, baseball has yet to recognize that as its mission, as demonstrated last summer by Commissioner Rob Manfred saying Mike Trout should work harder at promoting himself, rather than Manfred working harder at promoting Trout.THE PRODUCERSTV money, which had flowed in during the 1990s, dried up after Jordan’s 1999 retirement, with NBC’s Bob Ebersol – supposedly Stern’s close friend – offering him a 50 percent cut in rights fees.Instead, Stern took his package to cable TV, another first, enabling him to continue squeezing out raises, albeit modest ones … at least until his last one.THE WARRIORThe league Stern inherited was dominated by its players. With owners hard-pressed to show profits, the league endured years of labor unrest that ended when the commissioner’s forces routed the union in the 2011 lockout … bringing a return to labor peace as the pro-business LeBron James-Chris Paul generation took charge of the players.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more