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February 15, 2019

NBA-ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Silver opens All-Star weekend, eyes high-tech future of game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA’s All-Star Weekend begins Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver got things started by addressing the annual All-Star Technology Summit by touting the “smart jersey of the future.”

Silver used an app on a phone to change the number and name on the back of a jersey that was displayed on the side of the stage where he spoke, flipping it from a Kemba Walker model to a Stephen Curry model to a Michael Jordan model. Silver laid out what a fully customizable fan experience may look like in the NBA in 2038, right down to changing the name on the jersey those fans wear to games.

Silver’s address opened the summit, a platform for discussions about basketball’s future and the role of evolving technology.

The tech summit is in 20th year and draws hundreds of top league executives. Panels are scheduled on sports betting, disruptive technology, the relationship between athletes and technology, and ways to attract fans of the so-called Gen Z — the 2.5 billion people worldwide born between 1997 and 2010.

WORLDS-MEN’S GIANT SLALOM

After recent rain, blue sky greets skiers for GS

ARE, Sweden (AP) — A blue sky and calmer conditions have greeted skiers at the world championships in Sweden, after two days of rain and strong winds.

Friday’s men’s giant slalom is only the second individual event at the championships that hasn’t been shortened because of bad conditions. French skier Alexis Pinturault has the lead after the first run.

Marcel Hirscher, the defending champion, was second after shrugging off flu-like symptoms. The Austrian is looking to claim a seventh gold medal at the worlds — to go with his two from last year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

TOKYO 2020-KOREAS

IOC chief: North Korea commits to ‘remedy’ anti-doping issue

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has received commitments from North Korea that it will work to “remedy” its anti-doping controls that led to the country’s testing agency being suspended this week. That’s according to IOC President Thomas Bach, who met with sports and government officials from North and South Korea today in Switzerland.

Friday’s meeting focused on creating combined teams in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The four do not include the marquee South Korean sports of soccer and baseball.

Bach hosted Korean officials one day after the World Anti-Doping Agency announced North Korea’s testing program was noncompliant for failing to meet international standards, raising questions about how its athletes are tested.

Doping control tests in North Korea will now be supervised by China’s anti-doping agency at North Korea’s expense.