Dramatic double header kicks off the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Global Series #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Dramatic double header kicks off the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Global Series

Jul 11. 2020

By THE NATION

There were surprises aplenty in Friday’s two races that marked the beginning of the 2020 Global Series as Red Bull KTM’s Williams_Adrian raced to an early Championship lead

The 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Championship roared back into life on Friday with the dramatic first round of the Global Series providing a host of stand-out performances, plenty of surprises and drama that lasted from the first lap to the last. In June, eleven gamers from around the world had been chosen to represent one of the eleven current MotoGP™ teams for the four-round Global Series, an eight-race event that will determine the wearer of the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport crown. The spectacle certainly didn’t disappoint. Taking place online due to current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the eleven finalists competed against one another while communicating via a communal video call.
MotoGP™´s Jack Appleyard and Jack Gorst combined their presentation duties with exciting commentary while a host of MotoGP™ riders made an appearance – namely Repsol Honda’s Alex Marquez, the winner of the second MotoGP™ Virtual Grand Prix – to offer the finalists advice. Any advice was welcome, as the gamers had to navigate a way around two of MotoGP™’s most technical and demanding circuits: the Autodromo del Mugello and Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. The first encounter at the fabulous Tuscan venue was to be held over eight laps, the second in southern Spain over nine. 
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What followed was a masterclass from one of MotoGP™ eSport’s stars: Williams_Adrian. The Spaniard was a finalist in last year’s series, but has clearly made a huge step in performance this year. He dominated the opening round, claiming pole position in the two qualifying heats races before winning both races.The manner in which the Red Bull KTM rider won was so impressive, taking the initiative at the first corner and leading every lap in both encounters. Not even Trastever73 or AndrewZH, the winners of the past three MotoGP™ eSport Championships between them, had an answer for Williams_Adrian’s blinding speed. As Williams_Adrian led from the start in Race 1 at Mugello, there was a ferocious battle for second behind as Monster Energy Yamaha’s Trastevere73, Ducati Team’s AndrewZH, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Williams_Cristian and Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Sanshoqueen all scrapped for position in a high-adrenaline set of exchanges.Gradually Trastevere73 and reigning MotoGP™ eSport Champion AndrewZH began to show their class, as they closed the gap to the leader. AndrewZH posted the fastest lap the penultimate time around, and Trastevere73 got to within 0.2s of the leader with just three corners remaining, but it wasn’t enough as Williams_Adrian expertly held his nerve to claim his first Global Series triumph by 0.7s, with Trastevere73 second and AndrewZH third as just one second covered the podium places. Williams_Cristian, brother of the race winner, resisted the efforts of impressive Global Series rookie Sanshoqueen for a fine fourth, with the Indonesian a place behind and just a few tenths of a second back, in fifth. There was drama from the first moment in Race 2 at Jerez, with Championship favourite Williams_Cristian crashing at Turn 1 after tangling with LCR Honda Castrol’s moe. By that point Williams_Adrian was building on an early lead. He never looked back, posting a succession of fastest laps that saw him build up a commanding lead. He took the chequered flag 2.1 seconds ahead of Trastevere73, who rode a near faultless race for a second runner-up place of the day. It wasn’t all smooth running for trastevere73, however, as he was placed under increasing pressure by Sanshoqueen. In an astonishing performance in his first appearance in the Global Series, the Indonesian got within 0.3s of the two-time MotoGP™ eSport Champion on the final lap. Not to worry, as he claimed a brilliant first podium, signalling the start of what may be a surprising title challenge. Behind there were excellent riders from Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Juan_nh16, who finished fourth, and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s EleGhosT555, in in fifth. Sanshoqueen wasn’t the only rookie who impressed; Repsol Honda Team’s FooXz was an excellent sixth in the Brazilian’s debut in the Global Series. As Williams_Adrian cruised to victory, it would prove to be a deeply unhappy second outing for AndrewZH. The reigning MotoGP™ eSport Champion failed to find his rhythm from the first lap, and was promptly demoted from third to sixth in less than two laps. To compound a difficult day, he ran out of fuel on the exit of the final corner, dropping him a place to seventh. That means he already finds himself 25 points behind in the Championship race…

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Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas cancelled

Jul 11. 2020

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Previously postponed, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and resulting complications now sadly oblige the cancellation of the event to be confirmed.However the Promoters of the event and Dorna have already begun working on possible dates to propose to the FIM for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in April 2021 and plans have started in order to welcome the fans back to the iconic venue.The Circuit of the Americas is a stunning modern classic just outside of Austin, TX, and first welcomed MotoGP™ in 2013. Splashed with colour across the whole venue, and with one of the most awe-inspiring ascents into a tight Turn 1, the facility has turned heads since it joined the calendar and the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are very much looking forward to returning to the track next season.

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5 Classic ONE Championship Bouts Every New Fan Should Watch

Jul 11. 2020Mei Yamaguchi and Angela Lee Mei Yamaguchi and Angela Lee

By THE NATION

ONE Championship is the world’s largest martial arts organization. The Singapore-based promotion puts on some of the biggest mixed martial arts extravaganzas in the industry, and it has legions of fans not only in Asia, but all across the globe. 

However, if you’re a new fan, you may not know where to start, and that’s understandable. ONE offers nearly all of its bouts and events for free on the ONE Super App, so it could be a little overwhelming to pick a jump-off point.

There are a handful of essential ONE Championship experiences you should definitely check out to get a feel of what the promotion stands for. Here are some of the best ones out there.

Let’s check out five classic ONE Championship bouts every new fan should watch.

1) Angela Lee vs Mei Yamaguchi I

Then just 19 years of age, a young up-and-coming “Unstoppable” Angela Lee took on Japanese veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, and what ensued was an instant classic.

Lee overcame a terrifying third round where she was nearly finished in the opening seconds, care of a sweeping right hook from Yamaguchi that sent the Singaporean reeling across the Circle. The young star recovered well and continued to stay a step ahead of her Japanese foe the rest of the way in a very close, back-and-forth battle.

Lee became the youngest mixed martial arts World Champion in history following her unanimous decision win over Yamaguchi, and the bout won “2016 Fight of the Year” honors in a variety of different publications.

Lee’s stock skyrocketed not long after, and she went on to become one of the best female mixed martial artists in the world. She would defeat Yamaguchi again years later, in another close match.

2) Martin Nguyen vs Christian Lee II

Reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen defeated a young and inexperienced Christian Lee in 2016, winning by first round submission after putting the Singaporean to sleep via guillotine choke. Lee learned a lot from the experience and vowed to come back even stronger.

Years later, the two figured in a rematch, and this time, the bout was much closer.

Lee pushed the hard-hitting Nguyen for five whole rounds, putting the Australian through the paces for 25 minutes on the mats. Nguyen still dominated the stand-up exchanges owing to his superior firepower, but Lee gave a much better account of himself with his impeccable grappling game.

Nguyen managed to escape from Lee’s clutches with a close split decision victory in a very entertaining encounter that every fan should watch. 

The two are expected to meet again at some point, with the now-lightweight titleholder Lee still at the top of the rankings at featherweight and nipping at the heels for another crack at Nguyen’s title.

3) Marat Gafurov vs Narantungalag Jadambaa

It was perhaps Marat Gafurov’s finest hour. Then undefeated, Gafurov took on the tough-as-nails Mongolian Narantungalag Jadambaa, and put together an inspiring performance that will live on in history.

At that point, Jadambaa had established himself as a dominant force in the promotion, becoming the first ever ONE Featherweight World Champion. Gafurov, on the other hand, was quickly on the rise, earning his shot at gold with a string of submission victories over top-ranked opponents Ev Ting, Rob Lisita, and Martin Nguyen.

When Gafurov finally met Jadambaa in 2015, what transpired in the Circle was nothing short of epic.

“Cobra” took Jadambaa’s best shots, showcasing incredible chin and punch resistance. Jadambaa never stopped moving forward until the decisive end, when the exhausted Russian sunk in his signature rear-naked choke submission to force the tap and claim the World Title.

Gafurov would meet Jadambaa again in a rematch a year later, winning more dominantly by submission in the very first round.

4) Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa

ONE Middleweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang met Japanese stalwart Ken Hasegawa at home in Yangon, Myanmar in his third World Title defense. At this point, Aung La was a national icon in his home country, who enjoyed rockstar following everywhere he went.

Hasegawa, the grizzled veteran, came into the bout looking to shake things up and score a huge upset, and he almost did.

Aung La and Hasegawa went to war for nearly five full rounds, going back-and-forth in a high-level battle of attrition. Aung La connected with his best shots, but the zombie-like Hasegawa kept moving forward, landing bombs of his own. With just a couple of minutes left in the bout, both men’s eyes nearly closed from the damage, the two were exhausted and the action was nearing its end.

Like a true champion, Aung La dug deep and found the will to win. An uppercut to the body sucked the wind out of Hasegawa’s sails. “The Burmese Python” chased his opponent across the circle and landed a left hook, followed by a right uppercut to the jaw that dropped Hasegawa. The bout was over.

It’s arguably the most exciting ONE Championship bout to date.

5) Eric Kelly vs Rob Lisita

This one is old but gold. Top Filipino featherweight Eric “The Natural” Kelly was one of the most highly-regarded martial artists not just in the Philippines, but in all of Asia. He had just one loss on his professional record, and finished the majority of his opponents by his favorite submission — the rear-naked choke.

Australian Rob “Warrior of God” Lisita, however, was a freight train with no brakes. He powered through his foes with a blitzkrieg of powershots and always looked to end matters early.

Kelly and Lisita met in the Circle in ONE’s first and only visit to Taipei, Taiwan, and what took place was an absolute war.

Lisita started out fast and furious with his trademark aggression, blasting Kelly with his best combinations. The Filipino tried his best to defend against the onslaught, but Lisita was determined to finish the bout early.

To make matters worse, Lisita broke Kelly’s nose with a strike, and the bout was close to being stopped.

However, due to Kelly’s toughness, he was able to weather the storm, biding his time until Lisita had spent all his energy chasing him across the Circle. Kelly would take advantage of an exhausted Lisita, mounting his back and then sinking in his signature rear-naked choke to seal the deal.

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Young gun Thaya shocks stars as Thai tour swings back

Jul 10. 2020Thaya Limpipolpaibul Thaya Limpipolpaibul

By THE NATION

Unfancied Thaya Limpipolpaibul carded an opening 66 to share a five-way clubhouse lead in the rain-interrupted Thongchai Jaidee Foundation as the All Thailand Golf Tour swung back into action at the 13th Military Circle Sports Centre in Lopburi today.

The Chiang Mai-born player shook off the rust to fire five birdies against a lone bogey on the third hole to join star players Prom Meesawat, Sarit Suwannarut, up-and-coming Tanapat Pichaikul and Pannakorn Uthaipas atop the leaderboard at the par-70 6,361-yard landscape.

The tournament, reduced from four to three rounds to fit the local tour schedule, is the third leg of the ATGT which is returning after five months of Covid-19 lockdown.

Competing in his first event in a while, the 23-year-old Thaya applied lessons learned in lockdown practice to good effect.

“Although I’m a bit rusty, I use my new swing and techniques, which really helped me out there. I’d been working a lot with my team coming to this event,” said the young gun, whose best result on the ATGT so far was a fifth place in the 2019 Singha Championship and tied fifth in the 2019 Pattaya Open. 

Despite leading for the first time as he chases his maiden title, Thaya is certain he can deal with any butterflies in the stomach when he tees up tomorrow.

“I have played alongside star players before, so I think I can deal with the pressure. I have to stick to my game plan as this is a challenging course. It’s quite narrow and the greens are firm. I need to make fewer errors,” he said.

Prom Meesawat

Like Thaya, two-time Asian Tour winner Prom spent the extended holiday sharpening up his game.

“It was quite a long break but I really worked hard. I couldn’t be happier to start my first round in a long time with a 66. This is a good test for me to show how my game and body is ready for competition,” Prom said.

Defending champion Sadom Kaewkanjana, the 2019 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, opened his campaign with a 70.

However, the first round was suspended in the late afternoon due to heavy downpour. Play will resume on Saturday’s morning. 

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Student Kan hands pros a lesson at Bt1.4m Hua Hin tournament

Jul 10. 2020Kan Bunnabodee Kan Bunnabodee

By THE NATION

Despite finishing with a double bogey, 18-year-old amateur Kan Bunnabodee conquered her rivals in the final round of the Bt1.4-million Singha-SAT Championship, earning a two-shot victory at the Royal Golf Course in Hua Hin.

The US-based student carded an even-par 72 which featured five birdies along with dropped shots on the second and final holes, to claim her maiden title with a total six-under-par 210.

The tournament is the second round of the 2020 Thai LPGA Tour, which was suspended for several months due to Covid-19.

“To be honest, I came here not expecting to finish with this score at this course,” said the overwhelmed Kan after her breakthrough win as an amateur on the pro circuit.

“I’m so excited and delighted to have a title of my own,” said the teenager, who had to settle for a silver medal at last year’s SEA Games in the Philippines.

“There’s a lot less pressure playing for myself. In the SEA Games I felt so much pressure representing my country,” added Kan, who plans to turn professional once she completes her degree at Purdue University in Indiana.

Her amateur status meant Kan wasn’t eligible for the Bt168,000 winner’s cheque, which went to Chorphaka Jaengkit who followed two shots behind with a four-under-par 212.

A stroke behind in lone third was Chiang Mai-based Chalisa Limpipolpaibul, who carded a three-day total of 213.

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Covid-19 test compulsory before games for Thai football league

Jul 10. 2020 Somyot PoompanmuangSomyot Poompanmuang

By THE NATION

Players and officials must have tested negative for Covid-19 at least 72 hours before a game in order to take part in all Thai League tiers, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) said.

All local leagues have been suspended since the start of the pandemic in March and will resume in September under strict conditions. Games must be played with no spectators while players and concerned authorities must have tested negative for the new coronavirus three days before each match.

All expenses to undergo the tests must be covered by the football clubs, which will be a huge financial burden for those in the lower tiers.

The government’s Gold Card health universal programme can serve as an alternative for clubs with a tight budget, said FAT president Somyot Poompanmuang.

“To abide by the rules of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, all participants in each league match must undergo a test and have negative results at least 72 hours before a game,” said Somyot.

“As a lot of money will be required for this process, I have been informed by the Ministry of Health that the Gold Card programme covers Covid-19 tests. This should ease the burden for football clubs,” he added.

The FAT boss also said that Chang Company, FAT’s main sponsor, has a special test lab at the Rajpruek Club and would offer subsidised rates for players.

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Thailand’s Jazz seeks greener pastures after putting lesson with Tiger’s coach

Jul 10. 2020Jazz Janewattanond (Credit to Getty Image)Jazz Janewattanond (Credit to Getty Image)

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattanond hopes a recent golf lesson with Tiger Woods’ putting coach will lift his fortunes as he prepares for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational later this month.

The 24-year-old rising star, who has been in the U.S. since March, was disappointed to miss the halfway cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage by one shot and two shots respectively when the PGA TOUR made a welcome return last month following a 91-day hiatus due to Covid-19.

After struggling with a cold putter, where he currently ranks 149th in Strokes Gained: Putting, Jazz sought the advice of Matt Killen, whose star pupils include 82-time PGA TOUR winner Woods and 2017 FedExCup champion, Justin Thomas.

“It would have been nice to play the weekends. I struggled with my putting and lost so many strokes on the greens,” said the Thai, who is ranked 44th in the world on the back of a four-win season on the Asian Tour last year.

Being part of the same management stable as Woods and Thomas has its fringe benefits. When Jazz discussed with his manager his putting woes, Killen’s name was put forward and Jazz flew out to Nashville last week for a three-hour lesson in putting.

“It was a really good three hours spent with Matt. When you see a guy who works with successful players, it gives you the confidence you can trust him. So I’m just following what he’s asking me to do,” said Jazz.

Killen did not tweak Jazz’s putting technique or stroke, especially when the Thai had ranked second for putting average (greens in regulation) on the Asian Tour last season. Instead, the instructor showed Jazz several drills to help him adapt quicker to the intricacies of new greens, considering Jazz will be playing on many golf courses for the first time through his exemptions on the PGA TOUR this year.

“For me, it’s not a technique thing. Matt has taught me how to practice and perceive the putting greens when I get to a tournament site. What we did was to learn how to set up a drill when I get to a new course and work on getting familiarise to the greens,” he said.

With the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational being played over four rounds without a 36-hole cut, Jazz hopes to master the putting surfaces at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee from July 30 to August 2 with the aim of putting up a good result.

“For sure, it’ll be a different mindset for the WGC. You don’t need to worry about the cut and you can have go from the start. You can be more aggressive, which frees your mind up a little bit. I’m glad to be in the field and hope to play well,” said Jazz.

He is also looking forward to meeting golf legend Jack Nicklaus, host of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Ohio next week. With Woods confirmed to play at Muirfield where he has won five times previously, Jazz is pumped up.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Jack’s place and I’m excited to play there. I’ve read about Jack a lot, obviously the greatest player with 18 major wins. Growing up, it has always been Tiger vs Jack’s record and it’ll be special to be able to meet Jack,” he said.

With the PGA TOUR observing strict protocols under its Health and Safety Plan for tournaments to resume play, Jazz has felt at ease during the first two events. “I have felt safe … it was all good. I also usually eat take-outs so it was fine. There was no issue at all for me.

“Without crowds on site, it does feel a bit different. It’s good we have some volunteers on the course and they are cheering for good shots. We had all the best players for the first two events and it felt like being in a major.”

He is still determined to earn his card on the PGA TOUR through the non-member FedExCup points list. “I won’t give it up. All it takes is one or two good weeks. Who knows what can happen in this game? I’m just going to keep having fun and enjoy myself every time I’m out competing.”

Fans in Thailand will be able to watch the Memorial Tournament and WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational on Golf Channel Thailand and GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR.

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Restless Ratchanok sets her sights on medal at Tokyo Olympics

Jul 09. 2020 Ratchanok IntanonRatchanok Intanon

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Former world No 1 Ratchanok Intanon has her eyes firmly fixed on an Olympic medal as the Thai badminton body targets two more slots for the 2021 Tokyo Games.

Ratchanok, middle, during a practice session.

The 2013 world champion, along with her fellow national players, resumed group training yesterday after the government eased the lockdown measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

It’s been almost four months since the country’s ace last played in a competition — the All England, where she made it to the quarter-finals. Like any other athlete, Ratchanok has no tournament to enter due to the pandemic.

“I still keep practising although no one is certain when tournaments will really be organised again,” said Ratchanok, currently No 5 in the world. “We still have to stick to our routine regardless of the ongoing circumstances,” she added.

A series of world tour circuits have been either suspended or cancelled, including the Thailand Open which has been rescheduled for December. However, as the number of coronavirus cases is still growing at an alarming rate, there is no guarantee that a world tour level event can resume anytime soon.

“As events could be cancelled again, I may either return to the circuit at the end of this year or start it again next year,” Ratchanok said.

The Thai badminton queen, nevertheless, is keeping her fingers crossed that the Tokyo Olympics, originally due this month, will really take place next year. It will be her third attempt in the quadrennial sports extravaganza. Her best result was the quarter-final in London eight years ago.

“As I’m already 26, I hope that the Olympics will really take place next year. I will put all efforts to prepare myself for the Games. I hope to win a medal in Tokyo,” said Ratchanok, one of the six Thais who have already qualified for the Games.

“The race to Tokyo [Olympics] is no longer so competitive with 3-4 [Olympic qualifying] tournaments scheduled next year. I will have to maintain my level and at the same time try to strengthen some aspects of my game.

Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul

The Badminton Association of Thailand, under the administration of president Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, expects two more berths, for women’s singles and men’s singles, before the Olympiad starts in August next year.

“We still have enough time before the Olympic cut-off date [April 2021]. Once the qualifying events start, we will send our athletes to take part and try to win two more quotas,” Patama said.

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ONE Championship and Microsoft partner to further accelerate and reinvent the digital fan experience

Jul 09. 2020

By THE NATION 

Microsoft named ONE Championship’s preferred cloud provider, delivering new fan engagement experiences powered by Microsoft Azure and best-in-class collaboration with Microsoft 365 stadiumshot

Chatri Sityodtong

ONE Championship™ (ONE), and Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) today announced a strategic partnership to harness the Microsoft cloud, including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, to transform digital fan experiences and enhance collaboration for employees. Microsoft is now ONE’s preferred cloud and data services provider, powering its digital transformation and accelerating innovation across all touchpoints.

Microsoft and ONE, through this alliance, are co-investing in digital fan experience transformation. The partnership is set to further enhance ONE’s position as a leading global sports media property and further execute its vision to engage fans through its unique brand of Asian values, world-class athletes and global appeal. As ONE accelerates its digital journey, the company will leverage the power of the cloud and data to build new capabilities and deliver cutting-edge digital experiences for its millions of fans around the world.

Empowering and enriching fan experiences

ONE will further enhance its over-the-top platform by leveraging Azure to accelerate its world-class streaming services and personalized content offers for fans around the world. AI-powered recommendation engines and analytics on fan behavior and viewing habits will allow ONE to better engage fans across all touchpoints and provide them with reimagined, tailor-made experiences.

Through Azure AI, machine learning and data analytics, ONE will expand its core data capabilities and transform its direct-to-consumer digital experiences. To further delight fans, ONE will provide them with unique sets of data and statistics to better understand the strength of a kick or a punch. Ultimately, the fans will be able to enjoy a more immersive experience when watching live events.

The collaboration between Microsoft and ONE will also allow fans to experience events remotely with the flexibility and scalability needed to address increasing demand from end users – especially during this unprecedented time when sports entertainment shifts to digital. In the future, the partnership will also enable ONE to explore other innovations such as the use of holographic computing in injury prevention; as well as the ability to improve athletic performance through AI and machine learning.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship has officially partnered with Microsoft to deliver fans the absolute best in data-driven digital experiences. ONE Championship is a global leader in live sports, and through the Microsoft cloud, we can accelerate our capabilities and digital presence.”

Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, stated: “Demand for digital experiences has never been higher and our partnership with ONE Championship – a leader in sports entertainment with the largest and most rapidly growing millennial fan base – will enable them to deliver on this opportunity in innovative new ways and enhance the services they provide for supporters, athletes and employees. We’re looking forward to working with ONE to help accelerate its digital transformation for the benefit of millions of sports fans around the world.”

Expanded Productivity and Content Ecosystem

As part of its push towards digital transformation, ONE will roll out Microsoft 365, including Microsoft Teams, as the primary productivity platform for ONE employees worldwide, helping to ensure seamless collaboration in a new remote work reality.

In addition, to provide fans with a one-stop source of digital content, ONE has also partnered with Microsoft to bring its exclusive content stacks to the Microsoft News ecosystem, which reaches more than 500 million people in 180 countries every month through personalized news feeds on MSN, Bing and Microsoft Edge, as well as through dozens of global syndication partners.

World-class Global Sports Thought Leadership

ONE and Microsoft will also leverage the Global Sports Innovation Centre (GSIC)1, a collaborative initiative between private, public and academic partners powered by Microsoft, to support innovation in the sports industry around the world. ONE is a powerhouse of innovation and thought leadership in sports, and through its involvement in GSIC activities, initiatives and open innovation projects, ONE will connect with industry stakeholders in other continents, exchange experiences, learn and add value to the sports tech ecosystem of start-ups, companies, organizations, universities and research groups.

1The Global Sports Innovation Center (GSIC) is a collaborative initiative between private, public, and academic partners to support innovation in the sports industry across the world, as a driver of job creation and economic growth. Its goal is to improve the value chain of the Sports Industry by leveraging the most advanced technologies, and enabling business connections among startups, sports organizations, educational institutions, and enterprise organizations. With over 170 members located in 20 countries all around the world, the GSIC has become a worldwide reference for the sports industry.

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The WNBA is making a social justice push. A franchise-owning U.S. senator wants focus on games.

Jul 08. 2020U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., a co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, wants politics out of the league. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Toni L. Sandys
U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., a co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, wants politics out of the league. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Toni L. Sandys

By The Washington Post · Kareem Copeland · NATIONAL, BUSINESS, SPORTS, POLITICS, RACE, BASKETBALL

The WNBA, which has embraced social activism this summer with more vigor than at any point in the league’s 23-year history, found itself openly at odds with one of the co-owners of the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday over its decision to dedicate this season to social justice.

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, in a tight race to keep her seat in November, sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert on Tuesday stating that politics has no role in sports. “Now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports,” Loeffler wrote.

Englebert responded with a statement that noted Loeffler is “no longer involved in the day-to-day business of the team” and that the league remains committed to its social justice mission.

“The WNBA is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment of all people,” Engelbert said, “and we, along with the teams and players, will continue to use our platforms to vigorously advocate for social justice.”

The league announced its activism policies last month in the wake of protests around the country after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. A Social Justice Council was created, uniforms will be worn seeking justice for women and girls and warm-ups will be worn with “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” printed on them. There will also be “Black Lives Matter” decals on the courts.

Loeffler, who was appointed to the Senate in December by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, wrote that she was “incredibly disappointed” in the league’s decision to dedicate the season to social justice with games honoring the Black Lives Matter movement. She decried the insertion of “a political platform into the league.”

“The lives of each and every African American matter, and there’s no debating the fact that there is no place for racism in our country,” Loeffler wrote. “However, I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement . . ., I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion.”

Loeffler describes herself as “pro-Second Amendment, pro-military, pro-Wall, and pro-Trump. I’m a life-long conservative, and I make no apologies for my conservative values.” Instead of BLM patches, she suggested placing the American flag on all uniforms and licensed apparel.

The WNBA Players Association wasted no time in calling for her removal, tweeting: “E-N-O-U-G-H! O-U-T!”

Players across the league took to social media to follow suit.

“[Loeffler] in all respect. We don’t give AF what you express,” tweeted Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, one of a handful of players who have opted out of the season to focus on social justice causes. “Sell the team. Cause what our league stands for and against . . . is mindsets and abused power and privilege like yours. BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

Dream guard Renee Montgomery, who also opted out, address Loeffler directly in a tweet:

“I’m pretty sad to see that my team ownership is not supportive of the movement & all that it stands for,” Montgomery wrote. “I was already sitting out this season & this is an example of why. I would love to have a conversation with you about the matter if you’re down?”

The Atlanta Dream distanced itself from the entire episode in a statement.

“The Atlanta Dream is not a political entity – we are in the business of sports and entertainment,” the statement read. “The Dream players and staff are focused on building a successful team on the court, winning games and creating a second-to-none fan experience.”