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Monday Morning Media Roundup: January 15th, 2018

Another week, another entry into the perpetually .500 story of the 2017-2018 Milwaukee Bucks. Don't believe me? Look at the order of wins and losses …

Basketball

Yi Jianlian named MVP as South beat North 147-138 to win CBA All-Star game

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian was named MVP on Sunday as he contributed a game-high 28 points and eight dunks to lead the South to a 147-138 victory …

News (China)

More efforts are needed to stamp out the ivory trade

Illegal ivory and ivory products [Xinhua]<p>On the last day of 2017, China imposed a total ban on ivory trading which is a significant development in …

Wildlife

Tired in the City That Never Sleeps

By any measure, Kristaps Porzingis’s development as a basketball player since the age of 17 has been astounding. It’s 2018; we are five years removed …

NBA

NBA shoots for global growth with London showcase

When the Boston Celtics tipped off against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, 20,000 basketball fans inside London’s O2 Arena watched an …

Basketball

NBA has its next wave of international stars

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s awareness isn’t limited to what happens on the court. He knows when to perform, whether he’s windmill dunking to the delight …

Basketball

Khris Middleton’s absence from first All-Star returns is criminal

MILWAUKEE, WI - DECEMBER 28: Khris Middleton<p>The first release of All-Star voting returns inspired a great deal of outrage, and of all the omissions, …

NBA

3 surprises from 1st NBA All-Star fan vote returns

As was the case last year, the power of selecting starters for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game doesn't solely fall to basketball fans, so when returns …

Basketball

Live coverage as Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers host the Detroit Pistons

AUSSIE phenom Ben Simmons gets another chance to push his NBA All Star claims as the in-form Philadelphia 76ers host Detroit on Saturday (AEDT).<p>Brett …

Sport (Australia)

Ben Simmons off to impressive start in NBA All Star voting, within reach of starting spot

BEN Simmons is off to an impressive start to the NBA’s All Star voting and is even within reach of being named a starter.<p>On Friday (AEDT), the NBA …

Sport (Australia)

For the natural world, China’s rise may not be so worrisome

UNTIL the end of 2017, carved elephant tusks were still sold legally in China. International trade in ivory had been banned by the government since …

Economics

China Will Remain An Elephant In The Room Even After Its Ivory Ban

Officials in the world’s largest ivory market naturally beamed when they banned all sales of the precious elephant tusks effective Dec. 31. The country where ivory is a status symbol had long driven elephant poaching in Africa. In 2015 it began phasing in bans on sales. The full ban will take …

Wildlife

China Bans Ivory: Why 2018 Is The Year Of The Elephant

2018 should be a better year for the African elephant, ending a decade of merciless poaching for their ivory tusks. Ten years ago, legal trade in elephant ivory resumed in China and as the economy boomed, poaching climbed from a few thousand elephants a year to 33,000 – one every 15 minutes. The …

Wildlife

Kristaps Porzingis says his new role with the Knicks has him ‘so tired right now’

And it makes sense.<p>Kristaps Porzingis is the headliner for the New York Knicks now. The offense runs through him and the team. The Knicks struggled on Wednesday night against the Wizards and Porzingis didn’t look like himself.<p>Part of the reason why is that Porzingis is gassed, according to a report …

Basketball

Sharks: Predators in Peril

<b>Encounter</b><p>The cold touch of sea water woke me up from my state of half-consciousness. Waking up early before sunrise is not exactly my cup of tea, …

Oceans

Spurs turn to agents for guidance, support, even friendship

Danny Green was down in the dumps in the Developmental League when his agent offered a suggestion that would eventually change his life.<p>“You need to …

NBA

Four bold NBA predictions for 2018

The past year brought tons of surprises in the NBA, but what does the next one have in store? We've got answers in our 2018 predictions.

NBA

China's ban on ivory trade comes into force

<b>China has long been one of the world's biggest markets for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal.</b><p>The move is being hailed as a major development in efforts to protect the world's elephant population.<p>Wildlife campaigners believe 30,000 African …

Wildlife

China ivory ban comes into effect

Wildlife campaigners are applauding China's total ban on the commercial sale of ivory.<p>The ban came into effect on New Year's Eve.<p>China has long been a major market for ivory but has been gradually restricting its sale and import over recent years.<p>The country had already banned sales of ivory …

Wildlife

China Shuts Down Domestic Ivory Trade In Effort To Fight Poaching

“We can start 2018 hopeful that elephants will be safer," said one environmentalist.<p>WASHINGTON — China, one of the world’s largest markets for elephant ivory, will close out 2017 by shutting down its domestic ivory trade in an effort to curb poaching and ensure a future for the imperiled species.<p>A …

Wildlife

NBA players trying acupuncture to relieve pain, maximize effectiveness

<i>In this series, HoopsHype looks at the great lengths NBA players go to protect their bodies and maximize their effectiveness. We previously talked to</i> …

Basketball

Lakers Vs. Rockets TV Info & Preview: Both Teams Look To End Respective 5-Game Losing Streaks

Friday proved to be somewhat of a let down amidst recent events for this young Los Angeles Lakers team, falling to the L.A. Clippers after a …

Basketball

Yao Ming and WildAid inform Chinese consumers that buying ivory is now illegal - World

BEIJING – The greatest single step toward reducing elephant poaching will come into effect on Sunday when it will be illegal to buy or sell ivory in …

Wildlife

China takes historic step to ban ivory sales

A great step toward reducing elephant poaching will come into effect on Sunday when it will become illegal to process or sell ivory and its products …

Wildlife

Can sporting stars offer political salvation?

George Weah is the first famous footballer to be elected as the president of a country. But what began in Liberia — where Mr Weah has just won the …

Mauricio Macri

A Houston Sports Fan Learns to Love Again

It’s unclear which tactic broke him: the constant drone of “KEEEEEIIIITTTTHHHH!!!!” or the steady stream of expletive-laced insults. Either way, …

Houston

China’s ban on the sale of ivory is finally going into effect

A total ban on sales of ivory will go into effect this weekend in China, the world’s largest importer of ivory whose trade is responsible for the deaths of as many as 30,000 elephants in Africa a year.<p>International trade of ivory has been banned since 1990 but China and other countries have allowed …

Wildlife

Rockets And Celtics Have Rebuilt The Competitive Way

Daryl Morey seeks the role of outlier in the NBA. From pushing the idea of complementary analytics to obsessing over toppling the Golden State …

NBA

China Gets Its Wine On

By 2020, China could become the world's second-largest wine consumer, behind the United States, according to a report by Vinexpo, a leading wine …

Napa Valley

Houston Rockets: Christmas Day game drew record ratings

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 25: Russell Westbrook<p>Last night’s game against the OKC Thunder was one of the highest rated Christmas Day games ever.<p>The …

Basketball