The Houston Rockets ' hopes of making a leap toward playoff contention look slimmer by the week as we roll through the 2022-23 season. Head coach Stephen Silas' squad dropped their 16th game of the season on Wednesday, a listless 120-100 affair in which Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić nearly put up a triple-double in 28 minutes. The Rockets were among the NBA's best teams less than a half decade ago. Reaching those heights again now feels like a distant fantasy. So, what are the biggest problems facing the Rockets—and what hope can we have for the franchise's future? Let's address the situation in our latest mailbag. When will we no longer be the worst team in the NBA? – Phillip Mueller The 2022-23 Rockets aren’t presently the single worst team in the NBA, with that honor going to Eastern Conference also-rans in Detroit and Orlando. But the spirit of Phillip's question remains fair. Houston should be favored to finish with the West’s worst record , and even passing … [Read more...] about Houston Rockets mailbag: What is the path back to contention?
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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Italian official Luciano Rossi has beaten incumbent president and Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin to become the new head of the governing body for Olympic shooting. Rossi beat Lisin to become president of the International Shooting Sport Federation on Wednesday in an unusually close and combative election for an Olympic federation. In a statement announcing the result on Thursday, the ISSF did not provide a breakdown of the voting, but the German shooting federation said it was 136 to Rossi and 127 to Lisin. “We are excited to see what the future holds for the ISSF under (Rossi's) leadership,” the ISSF executive board said in a statement. “He looks forward to working with all of you to promote the sport of shooting and make it more accessible to people around the world.” It was the second time Rossi stood against Lisin after losing by four votes for the then-vacant presidency in 2018. Lisin resisted calls from some ISSF members to step … [Read more...] about Rossi ousts billionaire Lisin to head Olympic shooting body
Listen to this article In a meeting with all 17 employees at the company’s headquarters in Munich on Wednesday, Berger announced that ITR will not organise the 2023 DTM season, with talks being held for an orderly dissolution of the business. This does not mean the DTM is coming to a close, and Berger remains in discussions with ADAC to bring the championship under its umbrella. “The discussions with the ADAC are very constructive, but there is still no final decision," former Formula 1 driver Berger said in a statement. "But since we have corporate responsibility, we have to clarify things now. We have decided that the ITR will no longer advertise the DTM 2023." "Against the background of the given framework conditions and in view of the numerous challenges, the economic risk for the next year is too great. "Personally, I very much regret that, because the entire team worked very hard for the success of the DTM. But even without the ITR, there can be a future for the … [Read more...] about Berger dissolves ITR as DTM-ADAC talks continue for 2023
Listen to this article The regulations for F1's new era of fully sustainable fuel-powered cars were published earlier this year, and potential entrants were originally given a 15 October deadline to sign up. While new entrant Audi was the first to do so, many of the current manufacturers stalled on the plan and that prompted an agreement to delay the deadline – originally until 15 November, but this was subsequently rolled back further. The matter cannot drag on much longer because F1's 2026 engine manufacturers need to comply with a new power unit cost cap that comes into force on 1 January 2023. The hold-up in getting everyone on board has prompted concern that F1 could see some of its current entrants elect not to continue, but Ben Sulayem thinks there is nothing major to worry about. He says the recent delays were purely prompted by teams needing to seek legal clarification over specific wordings before they could commit, while bigger issues involving rules had been … [Read more...] about FIA downplays delays in 2026 F1 engine manufacturer sign-ups
Fernando Alonso punching the air in anger after his Mexican Grand Prix retirement was a sight to behold for Mike Krack, the Spaniard’s 2023 team boss enthused by his passion. Alonso was enraged as he recorded his third retirement in five races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, his Alpine A522 losing a cylinder while he was running up in seventh place. Initially slowing down, he wasn’t able to continue, and with a puff of smoke coming from the back of his Alpine as he headed down to Turn 1, he came to a halt in the run-off area. The double World Champion climbed from his car before punching the air and then laying his head down on his arms. “ Once more, Car 14 stops before the chequered flag, ” he lamented. “I felt fast but once again, as I said, Car 14 stops.” That display of passion was a joy for Aston Martin team boss Krack to see play out as he sees it as a sign of the driver’s “dedication and motivation”. “I always hold up this picture of the Mexican Grand Prix … [Read more...] about How Fernando Alonso’s Mexican Grand Prix left a lasting impression on Aston Martin
Caught in the crossfire of public opinion regarding the end of Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren stay, the Aussie says he felt for his replacement and compatriot Oscar Piastri. After months of speculation and continuous questions about his future, the beleaguered Ricciardo put out a joint statement with McLaren as Formula 1 returned from the summer break to announce 2022 would be his last season with the team. While the Aussie evaluated his options for a 2023 race seat, the pickings slim giving how the silly season had imploded a month prior, Piastri came in for some stick for being the one to oust his compatriot. At the same time the then-Alpine reserve driver was also having to deal with the fall-out from rejecting Alpine, as the Enstone team so publicly saw it, in favour of signing a contract with McLaren . As the drama played out, Ricciardo was the one to pick up the phone to Piastri to let him know there were no hard feelings, the 21-year-old calling the eight-time grand prix … [Read more...] about Daniel Ricciardo on the awkwardness of Oscar Piastri taking his McLaren seat
As Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson stepped to the podium on Thursday, he quickly made one thing clear: he wasn't going to address the giant elephant in the room. Watson is set to return from an 11-game suspension for violating the NFL 's personal conduct policy—a punishment that stemmed from lawsuits from more than two dozen women alleging sexual misconduct—in Houston on Sunday against his old team. The former Texans star made an opening statement to the media on Thursday, during which he said, "I understand that you guys have a lot of questions, but with my legal team and political team, there's only football questions that I can really address at this time." Despite Watson's insistence to keep the focus on the football field, questions still came in related to the more serious matters at hand. A total of 26 women filed lawsuits against Watson for alleged incidents that occurred during his time in Houston, with the latest coming to light in October . … [Read more...] about What Deshaun Watson said—and didn’t say—before game against Texans
You've probably heard of the classic "egg drop" experiment, where a person tries to prevent a raw egg from breaking after dropping it from ever-increasing elevations. But have you heard of an egg drop from space ? Mark Rober, a former NASA and Apple engineer turned YouTuber, spent three years trying to perfect the world's highest egg drop, documenting his quest to see if an egg could survive after freefalling from space in a now-viral video. "If I really wanted to future-proof this record, I realized I would need to go all the way to the top and straight to outer space," Rober explained at the start of his video. "When I started on this journey three years ago, I knew if I could draw my experience of landing stuff on other planets, I would be guaranteed the record. But what I didn't know was that this would be the most physically, financially, and mentally draining video I would ever attempt." After four unsuccessful attempts, a series of "dumb failures," scrubbed launches … [Read more...] about Former NASA engineer drops egg from space—and it survives
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.