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New York (AFP) – The Orlando Magic picked Duke freshman Paulo Panchero Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

After leading the Blue Devils to the fourth Final in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, the 6-foot-10 striker was called up first by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to start the draft, beating fellow first-year forwards Jabari Smith Jr. and Chet Holmgren.

The Magic was a first pick for the fourth time and has done well with their previous choices. They acquired Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, traded the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway the following year, and went on with Dwight Howard in 2004.

Holmgren went to second in the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 7-foot team led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots, rebounds and a Gonzaga shooting percentage. The Houston Rockets came in third. Striker Keegan Murray jumped all the way to the No. 4 pick by the Sacramento Kings. Detroit Pistons Purdue Athletic guard Jaden Ivey placed fifth.

college football

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Manning’s newest player, and best recruit in the country for next year’s class, has verbally committed to future SEC school: Arch Manning tweeted Thursday that he plans to play in Texas.

The quarterback’s message included a picture of him stepping back for a pass while wearing a Longhorns shirt.

Manning is going into his first season at Isidore Newman, a prep school in New Orleans where his uncles Peyton and Ellie also played in the Super Bowl. Arch Manning’s father, Cooper, is the older brother of Peyton and Ellie.

Peyton Manning played college football in Tennessee. Eli Manning followed their father and Archie’s grandfather, Archie, into playing Ole Miss.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) – Recent meetings with the International Olympic Committee have led US officials to believe all indications are that Salt Lake City will bid for the 2034 Winter Olympics, though they say the Utah capital would be ready if they were asked to host 2030 Games, too.

US Olympic and Paralympic Committee President Susan Lyons said she considers Salt Lake City a leading candidate for the 2034 Olympics. She added that the complexities of hosting 2030 just two years after the Summer Games in Los Angeles make that scenario less likely.

The Los Angeles Organizing Committee handles marketing for the entire US Olympic movement in the lead up to hosting the Games, so reworking some arrangements to account for back-to-back Olympics in the same country will be difficult.


Budapest, Hungary (AFP) – American swimmers Lily King and Ryan Murphy and the men’s 4×200 freestyle team won three more gold medals for the United States at the World Swimming Championships on Thursday.

King made up for his loss on the podium in the 100 breaststroke by winning the 200 breaststroke final for the first time. The 25-year-old finished strong in 2:22.41 and beat Australian Gina Strauch by 0.63. Kate Douglas is the US King’s bronze medalist and won gold medals in the 50 and 100 breaststroke swimming at the 2017 and 2019 worlds.

Murphy took the Americans’ second gold medal in the men’s 200 backstroke, clocking 1:54.52 to beat Britain’s Luke Greenbank by 0.64 seconds and fellow American Shane Casas by 0.83.

In the 4×200 freestyle relay, Americans Drew Keibler, Carson Foster, Trenton Julian and Kieran Smith clocked the race at 7:00.24, more than three seconds ahead of the Australian and British teams.

Horse racing

The New York Racing Association suspended coach Bob Baffert for a year Thursday for repeated drug violations,

The committee credited Baffert for the time served from the initial suspension making the two-time Triple Crown winner eligible for the New York saddlebag again on January 26. The final decision marks a drawn-out back-and-forth over Baffert’s placement that began in May 2021.

The ban is shorter than two years, and Churchill Downs removed Baffert after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for a disallowed substance on race day. Retired New York State Supreme Court Justice O.


BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – An Argentine judge ruled on Wednesday that eight medical workers caring for soccer star Diego Maradona will face a public trial for criminal negligence.

The judge named brain surgeon Leopoldo Luke and psychiatrist Augustina Kozakov among those to be tried for the murder. The trial is not expected to begin until the end of 2023 or early 2024.

The defendants are accused of failing to take proper care of Maradona when he was recovering from the surgery that led to his death.

Maradona died at the age of 60 on November 25, 2020 of cardiac and respiratory arrest while recovering at a home outside Buenos Aires from surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

A few days after his death, Argentine prosecutors launched an investigation with the doctors and nurses involved in his care. In 2021, a medical board appointed to examine Maradona’s death found that Maradona’s medical team had acted in an “inappropriate, corrupt, and reckless manner”.


Hugh McElhenney, the elusive Hall of Fame half-back who starred in “Million Dollar Backfield” for the San Francisco 49ers died in the mid-1950s. He was 93 years old.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Thursday that McClinney died of natural causes on June 17 at his Nevada home, and his brother-in-law Chris Berman confirmed his death.

Elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1970, McElhenny’s exciting runs and comprehensive skills as a runner, receiver and kick-back made him one of the best NFL players of the 1950s. With 49 players from 1954 to 1956, McElhenny was part of the “Million Dollar Backfield” with quarterback YA Tittle, linebacker John Henry Johnson, and linebacker Joe Perry — all of whom are also Hall of Famers.


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