In wake of diabetes diagnosis, Georgetown's Austin Freeman overwhelmed by attention, support


These days, the letters and e-mails arrive in the Georgetown athletic department by the bundle, all wanting to share a story with Austin Freeman. “You’re an inspiration to people with diabetes, I’m looking up to you now. ...” The strangers all want the Hoyas junior guard to know that playing with diabetes isn’t uncommon. That it can be done. That it’s not as big of a hurdle as it might appear. That there’s now a whole big network of support open to him to pick and peruse. Freeman, though, is just trying to figure out one thing: Diabetes itself. “I’ve gotten e-mails and stuff from people telling me they have diabetes,” a reserved Freeman said in the Hoyas’ locker room after their 69-49 win over South Florida. “About how they’ve played college basketball. About how they’ve played college sports. But I mean, it’s good to know that there’s people out there that care. And that I have support.” But since news of Freeman’s diabetes was disclosed last week, it’s been an overwhelming couple of days.

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Meet Kent Katich, yoga guru of the NBA


Yoga instructor Kent Katich leads the Clippers in a group session at the team's practice facility. Baron Davis shifts from one yoga pose to another as Kent Katich, the Clippers' "yoga coach," guides the veteran guard through a pregame routine in the Staples Center locker room. Yes, the Clippers have a yoga coach. It's the kind of thing that might raise eyebrows elsewhere, but hey, it's Hollywood. Isn't everyone into those kinds of things out here? You know, drinking wheatgrass, driving Priuses, doing yoga. Of course, this is still the NBA, in which Gatorade abounds, SUVs are the ride of choice and yoga has definitely never been a legitimate part of the equation -- until now. Katich isn't the first person with NBA ties to promote the practice of yoga (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a fan since the mid-1970s), but Katich is certainly revolutionizing the way NBA players approach the Eastern tradition. He is the only yoga instructor working full-time with an NBA team, currently or -- as far as he can tell -- in the history of the league. "I've been around a long time," Katich said, "and I've never seen it, never heard about it, and it's the kind of thing that I would have heard of."

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Andy Murray banks on yoga and Simon Fuller ahead of Australian Open final


A new fitness regime including yoga and the influence of his new manager Simon Fuller are being credited with helping to propel Andy Murray into the Australian Open final. It was the new Andy Murray. Gone was the surly, wild-haired young man we saw at Wimbledon. In his place at the Australian Open last week was a smart, smiling and confident star-in-the-making, charming the media and winning a legion of admirers on and off the court. On Sunday morning the new Murray was fighting to change the record books, taking on Roger Federer and attempting to become the first British man for 74 years to win a Grand Slam singles title. Tennis insiders said Murray's transformation could be put down to several factors: his new manager Simon Fuller, the fitness regime introduced by Team Murray – including Bikram yoga – and the ending of the relationship with his long-term girlfriend, Kim Sears. Many in the game were surprised last year when Murray signed up with Fuller's 19 Entertainment rather than a global sports agency such as IMG, which boasts clients including Federer and Tiger Woods.

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Golfer banned for anabolic substance possession


The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency says leading Australian amateur golfer Daniel Nisbet has been given an 18-month ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the possession of a prohibited substance.

ASADA said Monday the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service stopped Nisbet at Brisbane airport on Aug. 10, 2009, and seized a product in his possession listed as containing Norandrostene, an anabolic steroid. The matter was referred to ASADA as a possible violation of doping rules.It said analysis of the seized product confirmed the presence of the banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone, a steroid also known as DHEA. ASADA said DHEA is listed as an anabolic agent on the World Anti-Doping Code prohibited list in and out of competition.

In deciding to impose a reduced 18-month sanction, ASADA said the Geneva, Switzerland-based CAS stated that Nisbet's conduct "was not aimed at cheating in his chosen sport."

"Among factors that the CAS took into consideration were that Nisbet was of good character, that there is no evidence he ever consumed a prohibited substance and that he fully cooperated with the investigating authorities," ASADA said.

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Will Barack Obama succeed in campaigning for Chicago to host 2016 Olympics


Heavy hitter Chicagoans such as Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and now, President Barack Obama traveled to Copenhagen and are pushing for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. It will be exciting to find out how this will all resolve as we are in competition with other heavy hitters. Included in the countries vying for the high-profile host of the 2016 Olympics are Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) , Japan (Tokyo) and Spain (Madrid).

The Prime Minister of Japan Yukio Hatoyama and his wife also traveled to Copenhagen to make their final push to be able to host the 2016 Olympics in Tokyo. I also understand that the King of Spain will make his final push as well. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the President of Brazil also wants to make sure that Rio de Janeiro wins the bid and he will be traveling to Copenhagen to do just that.

Read the final four cities competing for the win here.

I am telling you, these are high-profile individuals and convincing the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to choose their city is going to be tough. I wouldn’t want to be a member of the IOC at this time.. but then again, why not? You get to meet Presidents and Kings

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