Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 7:21 pm
The United States has never won an Olympic medal in table tennis. China has long dominated the sport, winning almost every medal since 1992. That's not likely to change at this year's Summer Olympics in London, but a group of young American women may be on their way to competing at the sport's highest levels.
Ariel Hsing, 16, already has the attributes of a fine table tennis player — quick hands, perfect balance and strong lungs. While she plays, she'll often shout "Sa!" — a meaningless word — to help relieve stress, something she's been dealing with a lot lately.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A goaltending call with 1.5 seconds left in the game is what allowed the New Orleans Hornets to pull out an 83-81 road win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Marco Belinelli scored 23 points, including the game-winning shot, for the Hornets.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are denying an anonymously sourced ESPN report alleging that general manager Mickey Loomis' booth was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches' radio communications during games in the Superdome. The ESPN report says Loomis would have been able to eavesdrop on opponents from 2002 to 2004. The network could not determine if the system was ever used.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints' 2012 regular season bye comes in Week 6, meaning interim head coach Joe Vitt's six-game suspension won't end until after the Saints play at Tampa Bay in Week 7. The Saints open the regular season at home against Washington.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hornets center Chris Kaman is going to miss New Orleans' final five games because of a bruised left tibia. The Hornets say the injury occurred during New Orleans' victory over Memphis on Sunday night. Kaman is averaging 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are the latest team to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points and the Hornets handed the Bobcats a franchise-record 17th straight loss, 75-67 on Monday night. The Hornets played without leading scorers Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NBA is awarding New Orleans the 2014 All-Star game, now that Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to buy the Hornets and sign a lease extension at New Orleans Arena.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, who made the announcement in New Orleans with Benson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday afternoon, says the All-Star game is a reward to the city and state for efforts to secure the Hornets' long-term future in Louisiana.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints are done with their first day of voluntary workouts and there was no sign of quarterback Drew Brees. Brees was in New York on Monday to join players' union officials at NFL offices to discuss the team's bounty program. It's not clear when Brees might join Saints teammates for workouts. He's seeking a long-term contract extension.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are enjoying a win for the fourth time in five games. On Sunday, Eric Gordon scored 18 points to lead New Orleans to an 88-75 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Saints owner Tom Benson attended his first game since Friday's announcement that he had agreed to buy the Hornets from the NBA.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Offseason workouts are getting underway on Monday for the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees still hasn't committed to showing up. The star quarterback is looking for a long-term contract extension, while the team has slapped him with the franchise tag. That amounts to a one-year deal with no long-term security in the case of an injury.