Warriors draft first woman player into NBA 2K esports league

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra James Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors MOST READ That doesn’t mean the women won’t face extra skepticism. Kimanni Ingram, another draft-eligible player, has played with Evans and respects the way she has navigated blowback from male gamers.But even his compliments Tuesday came with a qualifier.“She has the basketball IQ for a girl,” Ingram said. “Most people would be like, ‘I’m playing with a girl. She’s not going to know what to do.’ She knows what she’s doing. You can tell.”News of Evans’ selection traveled fast. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about her prior to a game against Boston.“I think that’s really cool that she’s passionate and inspired and broke a barrier,” Kerr said. “That’s awesome.”“Esports has become a huge thing now,” said Kevin Durant, Evans’ favorite player. “More people who enjoy the game might get an opportunity to be professionals and make some money for themselves and make some money. I think it’s cool.”Female gamers have had difficulty breaking into pro esports. Among the most popular circuits, League of Legends Championship Series and the Overwatch League have each had just one female player. Those women both received ample praise and criticism on social media.The NBA wants to help Evans and Novin manage that. The 2K League has a transition program based on the NBA’s rookie symposium, and it added sessions specifically for Evans and Novin to help them navigate their potential barrier-breaking roles, including help with social media.One item 2K hopes to change soon: The video game still does not include any female players. Unlike EA Sports’ NBA Live series — which includes WNBA rosters and the ability to create female players — NBA 2K is still male-only. Donohue says 2K is working to add women to future versions of the game.That’s not bumming out Evans right now. She’s already building out her to-do list for her new home in Oakland. LATEST STORIES View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Evans was one of two women who qualified for the 2K League draft this year through the league’s online combine. The other, Brianna Novin, was not selected but could still sign as a free agent.The NBA runs the league in coordination with 2K game publisher Take-Two Interactive, and it did not have any women for its inaugural season. Prior to last year’s draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the lack of gender diversity “a disappointment for all of us so far.”The league set out to solve that problem by holding focus groups with top women gamers to spot potential barriers. One key problem: Data showed that male players weren’t passing the ball to their female teammates — something that wasn’t accounted for when the league analyzed players to build the 2018 draft pool.“It made us put more emphasis on how good a player was when they got the ball in their hands,” said 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue. “That’s the only part of it they can control.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Chiquita Evans poses for photographs with Brendan Donohue after being selected as the 56th pick overall by the Warriors Gaming Squad at the NBA 2K League draft Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in New York. Evans is the first woman selected in the esports league. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the loudest applause of the night.Someone put a microphone in front of her and asked her how it felt. That’s when she finally choked up.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No more sessions as a trainer at Planet Fitness. The Chicago native is heading to the Bay Area.“It feels surreal,” she said. “I’m going to see if I can do a real-life shooting competition with (Stephen) Curry,” Evans said. “That’s what I was known for. See if I can shoot with the best.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It changes everything,” she said. “It means everything to me.”Evans became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League on Tuesday night, going in the fourth round to Warriors Gaming, which is operated by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. A former college and semipro basketball player, Evans is now the esports league’s first female pro, one of the 126 players who will make between $33,000 to $37,000 per season, plus benefits and team housing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs The league also monitored communication between players more carefully at this year’s combine, removing several players for sexist remarks.That kind of harassment isn’t new to Evans, or women in esports in general. One of the biggest challenges for women is finding teammates for games that rely so heavily on teamwork. Female gamers can try to ignore an offensive, trash-talking opponent — and there are plenty of those in the 2K community.But just like in real life, you can’t defend a pick-and-roll if your teammates aren’t willing to communicate.Evans has done most of her competitive gaming with a coed team — right now, five of its 12 players are women — and that’s helped her thrive as a shot-creating small forward.Her experience when gaming outside that team — with both teammates and opponents — hasn’t always been as rosy.“I’ve had sexual remarks put towards me,” she said. “I get told I should be back in the kitchen. ‘2K is not for women,’ I’ve had that. There’s no question about that.”Evans also got loud pushback on social media when she announced last month — on her 30th birthday, no less — that she’d qualified for the draft.“That’s the only time that it’s been discouraging for me,” Evans said. “In that moment, because it was a great moment for me, and I felt like people ruined it.”Other gamers at Tuesday’s draft were eager to welcome Evans and Novin.“Male, female, dog, cat, frog, I don’t care,” said Alexander Bernstein, a returning player with 76ers Gaming. “If you’re the best in the world, I feel like you deserve to be able to play.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals will interview former Texas

first_img The Arizona Cardinals will interview former Texas Tech head coach and USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.The report was confirmed by 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, who added Tuesday that the Jets were “pushing hard” to make Kingsbury their next head coach and did not want him to travel to Arizona.The news comes following a period in which NFL teams were reportedly not interviewing Kingsbury because the school was denying interview requests for their recently-hired offensive coordinator. But multiple reports indicated Monday that the moratorium on Kingsbury interviews had ended, and teams were now expected to talk to the 39-year-old. FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas Tech Kliff Kingsbury walks off the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson, File) Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In addition, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on Monday that the Cardinals and Kingsbury have “strong mutual interest” in one another.Multiple reports indicated that the New York Jets had interviewed Kingsbury on Monday.Related LinksA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesRams QB coach Zac Taylor interviews for Cardinals’ head coach jobBefore taking the offensive coordinator position at USC, Kingsbury was most recently the head coach of Texas Tech but was fired after leading the team to a 5-7 record in 2018. In six seasons as the Red Raiders head coach, Kingsbury had just two winning seasons and never finished with a winning record in Big 12 conference games.Kingsbury has coached quarterbacks with NFL experience during his time in college, including Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel as an assistant coach with Houston and Texas A&M.At Texas Tech, Kingsbury coached Patrick Mahomes and briefly coached Baker Mayfield before the latter transferred to Oklahoma to end his college career. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

The CSC team also noted that the PhilHealth branch

first_imgThe CSC team also noted that the PhilHealth branch observes the wearing of IDs and uniform among employees and the establishment of Public Assistance/Complaints Desk.MORE STORIESnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHMORE STORIESnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHPhilHealth continues to improve on its service delivery, and it welcomes feedback from the public and other stakeholders, the CSC said.Read Next LATEST STORIES THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) Dumaguete branch was recently awarded the Anti-Red Tape Act (Arta) Customer Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence for 2012.In an awarding ceremony held at the social hall of the Cebu Provincial Capitol, Civil Service Commission Central Visayas (CSC-7) assistant director Editha Luzano, director Karin Litz Zerna and commissioner Nieves Osorio awarded the plaque of recognition and cash prize to PhilHealth Dumaguete chief Marites Que.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal BPI nets P13.74B in H1 Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros View comments Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementscenter_img Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Earlier, the CSC conducted a survey to rate the performance of PhilHealth Dumaguete branch.The CSC found out that PhilHealth personnel interviewed clients using an Arta report card to ensure that all questions were answered and vague answers clarified instead of just having clients fill out a survey form.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe survey results for PhilHealth Dumaguete showed an overall client satisfaction of 85 percent. Clients gave an 89.46 percent rating on the quality of service they received and an 87.89 percent rating for the frontliners.PhilHealth Dumaguete received a 91.39 percent rating for its Citizen’s Charter posted in the office premises, the putting up of anti-fixing materials or collaterals, its “No Noon Break” signage. SMC bags Bulacan airport project MOST READ Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateroslast_img read more