Roberts ready to hit the right note

first_img Wales powerhouse Roberts returns to the Lions midfield following his recovery from a hamstring injury he initially thought might mean an early flight home. Roberts partners his regular Wales centre colleague Jonathan Davies for Saturday’s Test series decider against Australia, with Ireland talisman Brian O’Driscoll a shock absentee. Roberts, who was not fit for the second Test in Melbourne, joined the Manics on stage at Melbourne Festival Hall, playing guitar alongside James Dean Bradfield and company as they performed their hit single “You Love Us”. “That was a good experience,” recalled Roberts. “I adored the Manics growing up.” Jamie Roberts will reclaim centre stage for rugby reasons on Saturday – a week after playing live with his rock star heroes The Manic Street Preachers. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “I am that sort of guy in life who takes every opportunity that comes their way. That was thrown in front of me, and I couldn’t say no.” He is now, though, concentrated on the biggest match of his career as the Lions bid for a first Test series triumph since they toppled South Africa 16 years ago. “Bar maybe a World Cup final, I doubt there is a bigger game in rugby for us boys,” the 53 times-capped Wales star added. “You just have to get completely excited about it, not shy away from it, not get nervous. It’s just pure excitement, go out and express yourself, keep your concentration and deliver under pressure. “I see it as a responsibility. I’ve been picked to do a job and it is important I deliver. I’ve always thought that I thrive under pressure in big games, it’s where I like to play. “The higher the pressure, the more responsibility is put on me, the more I thrive and the more I enjoy it. I am on my second (Lions) tour now, and I think any player who is on their second or third tour who has played quite a bit of international rugby, you have to take responsibility. That is something I enjoy and thrive on. “I see myself as one of those guys who has to lead the way. It will be big mind games on Saturday, a huge mental challenge as well as a physical one. It is about staying completely focussed.” last_img read more

Male footballers should earn more than women – U.S. football authorities

first_imgTHE U.S. women’s football players are less skilled and have fewer responsibilities than their male colleagues, according to U.S. Soccer.Lawyers for the football governing body in the U.S. have submitted the claims in legal papers as part of a lawsuit over equal pay filed by 28 women’s national team players – the court trial is expected to start on May 5.It stated that the job of a male footballer on the national team “requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength” than their female counterparts.‘PLAIN SEXISM’While the men’s national team have never won a relevant international title, the women’s side are four-time world champions and have won five Olympic gold medals.American women footballers also outdid men in terms of revenue in the last few years. It has emerged that the women’s team generated more money from ticket sales than the men’s side between 2016 and 2018.However, the male athletes serving the national team are disproportionally paid more, according to lawyers representing the group of female players.They claim, for example, that women can earn a maximum $4 950 (£3 858) bonus per friendly game played for the national team, while the men’s pay topped $13 000 (£10 132).“Literally everyone in the world understands that an argument: male players ‘have more responsibility’ is just plain simple sexism,” Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, said in a statement.“It also illustrates the very gender discrimination that caused us to file this lawsuit to begin with.” The group of players took legal action on March 8 2019, seeking equal pay and $66M (£51.4M) in damages for lost earnings.They also accused governing body U.S. Soccer of “institutionalised gender discrimination”.That happened before the women’s team took part in – and won – the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.Megan Rapinoe, one of the side’s stars, is adamant about the group’s resolve.“We won’t accept anything less than equal pay,” she said in an interview with ABC TV channel last August. “We show up for a game, if we win the game, if we lose the game, if we tie the game, we want to be paid equally, period.”EQUAL PAY OFFERThe women’s case was publicly supported by male players.On February 12 the U.S. men’s team issued a statement criticising the governing body in no uncertain terms.“Yes, the federation continues to discriminate against the women in their wages and working conditions,” the statement read.Kirsten Schlewitz, a U.S. journalist who specialises in women’s football, told the BBC that public perception is also favourable to the plight of the female players.“Almost all fans in the U.S. see the women’s team as one of the few things that have gone right in U.S. football,” she said.“Then U.S. Soccer, which most fans already had little time for, made degrading and dismissive remarks about how the women weren’t earning their keep.”U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro released an open letter on March 7, saying that the governing body had made multiple attempts to meet with the women’s national team.PRIZE MONEY GAPCordeiro claimed that U.S. Soccer had offered an equal pay package for matches under its control.But the governing body did not offer compensation for the difference in prize money paid to men and women’s teams at World Cups, as they are of responsibility of FIFA, the global governing body.The last men’s World Cup champions France received $38M (£29.6M) after winning the tournament in Russia, in 2018.The U.S. women’s team however, went home with $4M (£3.1M) for winning the trophy last year. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Solochek: While separated by politics, we’re united by sports

first_imgAs Election Day approaches, our nation becomes more divided.We are divided by red states and blue states, Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals. Presidential candidates try to divide demographics and regions trying to gain our support.At the same time, however, the dog days of summer are turning into fall, and people all over America are uniting to cheer for their favorite sports teams. In the eye of athletics, we are not divided by our political beliefs but our athletic allegiances. The split between red and blue is not between Democrats and Republicans, but Badgers and Wolverines. The power of sports has the ability to unite us no matter our political alliance, religion or creed. It has the ability to capture a nation based on something we can all enjoy, not something that will divide us.But, with much of the talk on TV these days shifting toward politics, one has to ask which has the biggest influence on our nation: sports or politics?Sports in America have the ability to shift the nation at any point. They divide us, unite us and even cause us to sit in sub-zero temperatures covered with no more than a pair of shorts and body paint. They cause people from all over the country to come together at one spot simply to watch their favorite team play.We even hold social gatherings to watch sporting events. In February, millions of people across the country will sit down together to watch our favorite sporting event: the Super Bowl. Although we do debate about which team is going to win, we realize we share the passion and the enjoyment of the game rather than letting our differences separate us.Politics, on the other hand, divide us more than it unites us. Politics can turn friends into enemies and tend to make people angry no matter what their views are.There is no better example of the power sports has to unify our nation than what happened after the Sept. 11 attacks. After our nation was torn apart and in mourning, we came together to celebrate our nation on the playing field. All over the country, people tuned in to watch the Yankees and Mets as the people of New York showed their strength and resiliency by cheering for their home teams. Even those who were not fans showed support for the New York teams in one of our nation’s most trying times.On our campus, politics play a huge part in our daily lives. Several political groups from both the right and left constantly bombard us, looking for our support. Soon, we will see the political world bare down on Madison because of the strong student involvement in the political process.Although there is an extreme political riff on campus, we still come together to cheer on our university. No matter who we are going to vote for, we can celebrate Wisconsin’s accolades on the field, court or in the pool. Each fall on six or seven Saturdays a year, over 80,000 people from across the state and the country put their beliefs aside and converge in Camp Randall Stadium to cheer on the Badgers. On those days, we are not red or blue, but cardinal and white.Although sports can have a more profound influence on our nation, people shouldn’t ignore politics, especially this year. As a nation, we have the ability to participate in a free democratic process, which is available to many countries across the globe. Talking about the process should not be discouraged either. Sharing views with friends and family is the best way to make sure you are an informed voter and make your decision for the right reason.But as we decide who we are going to vote for on the first Tuesday in November, remember to not let your political views come between you and your friends. Instead, accept each other’s differences and bond over what both of you have in common. We are all Badgers, and we will all stand together.Ben is a senior majoring in journalism and history. If you want to debate something other than politics, e-mail him at bsolochek@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Even as freshman, Handley helps lead Syracuse

first_imgErica Handley has been in this situation before.Handley played on her high school varsity volleyball team in eighth grade. Surrounded by older players, she worked her way into the starting rotation.Now in a similar situation with Syracuse, Handley has again earned the trust of her coaching staff as the team’s youngest player. Head coach Leonid Yelin called  her the “quarterback” of the team, and she is in charge of calling the plays with hand signals, ensuring everything goes as planned.All as a freshman.“I’ve been the ‘youngin’ for a while,” Handley said. “I never really think I’m the youngest person, I just try to stay at the same level as them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Lakeville, Minn., native continued her success from eighth grade all the way through high school. All of her hard work culminated senior year, as she led Lakeville North High School to an AAA state championship and a No. 4 national ranking.But the much-anticipated transition from high school to college is one of the toughest times for any person. As an athlete, it’s that much harder.“It’s a huge adjustment coming out of high school,” Yelin said. “Can you imagine what is on her shoulders? She’s a kid just like everyone else.”Luckily for Handley, she has had a full semester without volleyball matches to get acclimated. She graduated high school early to come to Syracuse. In that time, she was able to bond with her teammates, develop relationships and transition into college life.“It helped so much. That’s the reason I don’t feel like I’m a freshman,” Handley said. “This summer could have been the only time I have met the girls before the season. It made it easier to get along and connect on the court.”But as the “quarterback” of the squad, Handley is expected to do a lot for the team. Being young and trusted with such a role comes with quite a bit of responsibility.Despite the accountability, Handley said she’s not nervous about the role she is expected to play. In fact, Yelin calls her the “conductor,” as well.Yelin isn’t the only one mentoring Handley — junior setter Bailey Humes is playing a large role in guiding her, too. Yelin said Humes and Handley are learning from each other.Handley also appreciates Humes’ help.“Her defense is amazing,” Handley said. “She makes me have to pick up my defense that much more. We help each other out yet we know we are competing for the same role.”Sophomore teammate Gosia Wlaszczuk feels Handley is handling the pressure well.“She’s still growing up,” Wlaszczuk said. “Her being setter, you have to be really mature. You basically have the game on your hands.” Comments Published on September 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm Contact Eric: esriter@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Man found dead identified as USC Dornsife student

first_imgThe 22-year-old man found dead Tuesday has been identified as Jonathan Bisignano, a senior international relations (global economy) major, according to a statement from Dani Byrd, interim dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, on Friday.Bisignano, who is from Palos Verdes Estates, California, was found dead at 2:25 p.m. in 30th Street Court Apartments by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Public Safety. DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said the cause of death was initially reported as accidental overdose but is yet to be confirmed by the L.A. County Coroner.A member of the Zeta Delta chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Bisignano was also a member of the Trojan Investing Society and was working as an investment banking analyst for Harbor Ridge Capital, LLC. He was described as a “sharp and thoughtful student, as well as a friend to many” by Byrd in the statement.Bisignano is survived by his parents, Angela and Gerard, as well as his brother, David. Memorial services have not yet been announced.UPDATE:In an email to the Daily Trojan, Gerard Bisignano said that his son had a hereditary heart condition and died in his sleep from heart failure. Gerard Bisignano said that he spoke with the coroner’s investigator and that no drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.“Jonathan was known as a caring, smart and ambitious man,” Gerard Bisignano said.This post was updated at 12:14 p.m. on May 4.last_img read more

Erlang Solutions: From bet365 to William Hill – how functional programming wins at the bookies

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Stuart WhitfieldWith the Grand National behind us, and the Champions League final fast approaching, we wanted to know how bookmakers keep up with demand. To find out, we sat down with the experts at Erlang Solutions – CEO Stuart Whitfield and Francesco Cesarini, Founder and Technical Director.____________________________________SBC: bet365 are widely respected as the leader in online betting – what role does Erlang play in in the firm’s day to day running?Stuart Whitfield: Prior to our work with them, bet365’s in-play betting platform was developed in Java, and initially it met their needs well. However, exponential growth saw them host up to two million users at any time, generating thousands of updates per second.This put scalability, latency, and reliability at risk. With increasing scalability requirements, traditional relational databases would also become problematic.Francesco Cesarini: Erlang perfectly met bet365’s requirements. Erlang is a robust, compact language which gives you actor style concurrency, immutability and error handling semantics. Together with the OTP middleware you get a programming model that greatly relieves these concerns.Francesco CesariniWe have supported bet365 to migrate infrastructure from Java to Erlang, which they found a much better fit than the original Java-based solution. There is much more insight about our partnership and results we achieved in our webinar with bet365.SBC: What do you find the biggest challenge is for online bookmakers compared to other industries?FC: There’s a little something we like to call the “innovation-scale dilemma”. Bookmakers must not only meet the demands of high frequency requests and traffic bursts, but also keep the tech-savvy, multi-channel customers engaged.To meet user demand, the industry continuously creates and improves on new types of games and bets. This is when tech departments hit upon the dilemma. Over a certain number of users, the ability to innovate quickly is lost. Precious time is spent rewriting software so that it runs to scale, slowing release time.SW: To break this innovation-scale dilemma, the most innovative industry players – such as bet365 and William Hill – have chosen Erlang (or Elixir, a language based on the same underpinnings as Erlang) as their core technology. We also support global payment companies, like Klarna, messaging companies like ooVoo, and IoT companies such as Intel – all of whom face similar technical challenges to online bookmakers.SBC: Why is the Erlang language and ecosystem so well suited to betting operators?SW: Erlang was built with telecoms in mind, but its strengths map perfectly to betting operators’ needs. With support for millions of lightweight processes, Erlang allows you to build massively concurrent and fault tolerant applications very quickly.Erlang’s extreme fault-tolerance isolates errors and system crashes, allowing the system to quickly recover without the user ever noticing that it had failed!FC: Its functional paradigm makes program outputs easier to predict, debug and analyse. This reduces the complexity of the code base significantly, increasing product delivery speed and reducing time to market. It also reduces maintenance and operational costs, as it requires less people and infrastructure to run on.Erlang excels in handling request explosions and multiplexing, cascading requests from a single event to span hundreds of servers while maintaining request delivery order. I’ve seen Erlang systems connect ten times more users than competing Java solutions and support data changing at four times the previous rate.SBC: Can you elaborate on the work you did with William Hill? SW: Our most recent work with William Hill’s revolved around Erlang-based Riak KV, a highly performant key value data store solution for bookmakers.Most legacy systems are based on database-centric architecture: relational databases with fixed capacities. These databases don’t meet the requirements of massive scalability, speed, and fault tolerance needed to run a modern betting infrastructure. Left as they are, they force operators to rely on additional hardware to vertically scale. This is not a sustainable nor a cost-effective approach.FC: With Riak KV, William Hill can scale elastically, as and when capacity is required. Riak KV is a distributed NoSQL database with a key/value design and advanced local and multi-cluster replication that guarantees reads and writes, even in the event of hardware failures or network partitions.We’ve been able to scale out, up and down predictably, deal with unavoidable server network or data center failures, and achieve lower latency than the systems we have replaced.SBC: What can operators do to improve their systems in the short term?FC: If you are already using Ruby, start programming in Elixir. Elixir is an emerging programming language from the Erlang ecosystem providing the same guarantees of performance, scalability and resilience. It shares its syntax with Ruby, making it more palatable to developers who are already familiar with Ruby.Pinterest and Moz are among Elixir adopters, and we’ve supported Bleacher Report, the world’s second largest sports website, in deploying Elixir to handle their surges in traffic.SW: I would also recommend evolving your system into a distributed architecture, which can be easily done by plugging into Erlang-based products which are quick to deploy and scale elastically.SBC: What’s the future for Erlang and Elixir? What’s upcoming?SW: In today’s world, we’re all always on. Apps are increasingly concurrent. For the most part, the traditional way of achieving concurrency using threads, shared memory and locks will not scale. Erlang and Elixir offer a solution.The open source BEAM virtual machine, on which Erlang and Elixir operate, is a beacon of reliability, scalability, and concurrency. It’s highly optimised for real time, massively concurrent and transactional systems. As long as there is a demand for these systems, BEAM, and Erlang and Elixir, will continue to have an upward trajectory, especially in telecoms, messaging, online betting, and IoT.FC: While consumers are always on, so are their service providers. Always evolving, deploying something new. High level programming languages like Erlang and Elixir allow development teams to refactor the code and move it around painlessly.It’s because of this that Erlang has seen adoption by businesses with large volumes of concurrent, active users who transact a massive amount of data in real-time, such as Klarna, Vocalink, and EE. I’m constantly in conversation with companies who have depended on Ruby, but want to exploit BEAM’s power to reduce their operational, server and infrastructure costs.____________________________________Profiles:Francesco CesariniFrancesco Cesarini is the founder and technical director of Erlang Solutions. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, he founded Erlang Solutions.Stuart WhitfieldStuart Whitfield is CEO at Erlang Solutions and has been its Commercial Director since 2010. With his background in the commercial law, Stuart supports Erlang Solutions’ clients in getting the best solution for them, he is also well versed in the challenges bookmakers face.Erlang SolutionsErlang Solutions specialises in giving business truly scalable solutions through the creation, integration, delivery, and lifetime support of products and services based on the Erlang programming language. Four of the world’s top bookmakers currently look to Erlang Solutions for technical know-how. Click here to learn more about Erlang Solutions’ work in the online gambling & betting industry. Share Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020last_img read more

Georgia State University becomes 34th member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports

first_img“We’re excited to welcome Georgia State University to NACE,” said Michael Brooks, NACE Executive Director. “Georgia State represents our second institution in as many weeks to join out of the state of Georgia. I’m certain their leadership in esports will serve as the model of varsity esports in the southeast for decades to come.”“We are honoured that Georgia State has become one of the Georgia Esports League’s inaugural members,” said Andrew Greenberg, President of the Georgia Game Developers Association, the organisation sponsoring GEL. “This gives its students the chance to earn both scholarships and internships, as well as compete with varsity college teams around the state. Georgia State clearly recognises its students’ interest in esports. We have no doubt this means even more smart, talented students applying to the university.”Esports Insider says: More activity in the university space. Brawlhalla and Paladins are interesting games to start with, so it’ll be interesting to see if the “GEL” branches out. Georgia State University has become the 34th member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (“NACE”) with new programs for those interested in esports. The announcement states that the University has joined NACE and will also start the Georgia Esports League (“GEL”) in September. Students from Georgia State will battle it out in Hi-Rez studio’s Paladins and Brawlhalla against students from Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia and others.  Furthermore, Georgia State will provide practice suits, a venue for tournament play and a small number of scholarships for those qualifying to compete in NACE tournaments. Additionally, the Georgia Esports League will provide scholarships to those winning statewide events.  Having joined NACE, Georgia State University will be eligible to compete in the national league from early September. The university will also enable students to learn about the broadcasting, production and marketing of esports and tournaments as well as coaching, student management and game development.  “The skills developed by esports-interested students are the very skills most needed for success in the 21st century economy, including collaborative soft skills and computer coding,” said David Cheshier, Director of the Georgia State Creative Media Industries Institute. “We see this initiative as building essential links to emerging creative careers in animation, 3D and immersive world creation, and other media industries.”last_img read more

Kotoko v Wise: Dedon aims for FA Cup upset

first_imgAngelo Arkhurst Dedon will make a return trip to his beloved Asante Kotoko as he leads Eleven Wise against his former side in the quarter-final match of the MTN FA Cup on Sunday.The midfielder knows the reception that awaits him after leaving the Porcupine Warriors over a decade ago.Sunday’s match will be his first against his former side since taking up coaching and Dedon will eager to show his ex-employers how good he has become in a different capacity.“I expect a cordial reception. It will be a good one,” Dedon said on Thursday.“It’s been a long time that I visited them and I am happy to be going back there.”Eleven Wise, who used to compete with Kotoko on a weekly basis have since swapped the Premiership for Division One but they are attempting to rejoin the elite ranks once again. A meeting with Kotoko in the FA Cup, according to Dedon will bring the best out of his team.“An upset is possible and we are going to play football. They are a good side but we are preparing very well.“We are playing them in Kumasi is different, playing Kotoko will bring the best out of my boys and that will motivate them.“If Kotoko wins it’s no news but if we win, that will be big news.”last_img read more

LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan expanding repertoire

first_img“I learned that move from Jamal Crawford, he shoots that a lot,” Jordan said. “And I figured, hey, (Coach Doc Rivers was) about to take me out in a second anyway, so I might as well get one up.”Seriously, though, Jordan can be an even more valuable asset if he can expand his game offensively. One of the keys, Rivers said, is for Jordan to take his time once he gets the ball in the paint.“Every game, you have to remind him,” Rivers said. “But listen, it’s new for him. He’s working on it and just slowing down once he gets it. We want him to play at a great pace, but once he gets the ball, take his time. There’s not going to be anybody coming.“It’s not like he’s going to be double-teamed, so he could take his time and he’s got that little jump-hook that I think is effective when he’s in practice or when he’s working on it.”Jordan seemed to like talking about the progression of this part of his game. “Just take a second, whenever I get the ball down there,” he said. “It’s rare, but it’s happening more and more, so I’m getting more comfortable down there with the basketball because before it would be like a late-in-the-shot-clock thing. But now I’m getting it with like 18 seconds, so I can make a decision.“And I feel like the guys are more confident in me to make a play for somebody else or whenever I have a shot I feel like I can make, I’ll take it.”It also helps Jordan that power forward Blake Griffin has been out for nearly two months, which gives Jordan more scoring opportunities. He’s averaging a career-high 12.2 points, as well as 14.2 rebounds.Rivers dance The Clippers (37-19 before Wednesday) have this thing where the last player in the locker room after a victory has to dance in the Soul Train line. Although Alex Stepheson was not the last man in after Monday’s victory, he was nevertheless coerced into dancing because the 28-year-old out of Harvard-Westlake High scored his first NBA points late in the game.During Wednesday’s pregame news conference ahead of his team’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Rivers said Aldrich was the worst dancer he’d ever seen, but that Stepheson was not far behind.Then this.“We now know it’s not a racial thing,” Rivers said, drawing a lot of laughter from reporters.Aldrich is white, Stepheson is African-American.“But it was bad,” Rivers said of Stepheson’s dance. “Maybe it’s a height thing. If you’re over 6-9, you just can’t dance. That might be it.”Aldrich is 6-foot-11. Stepheson, who is on a 10-day contract, is 6-10. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img L.A. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been known offensively as somewhat of a one-trick pony. He dunks, and that’s just about it. That’s why his field-goal percentage is a league-leading 69.6 percent.Jordan is trying to expand his repertoire a bit. In Monday’s 124-84 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns, Jordan had a dribble-drive that resulted in a layup and a 6-foot right-handed hook that was nothing but net.When that hook shot was brought up to teammate Paul Pierce at practice Tuesday, he said, “I think he got tired of Cole (Aldrich) hitting that shot on him in practice every day, so he had to bring it out.”Pierce was laughing. Told what Pierce said, Jordan went in another direction.last_img read more

Austin Rivers calls reported rift between Chris Paul, James Harden ‘fake news’

first_img NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela “I’ve talked to Chris since (the end of the playoffs), for sure,” Morey told the Houston Chronicle. “Myself, (coach) Mike D’Antoni, James Harden are all super competitive, all frustrated we were eliminated from the playoffs, all want to get over the hump. That leads to a lot of competitive fire. All of it is normal. We’re all in the same boat, pursuing the championship. We’re all frustrated we’re not there. But there is nothing past that.“I’m very frustrated right now. We’re literally trying to do real work on making the team better and every day I have to learn about a new media rock that has been turned over.” “I know nothing about any of that. I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Rivers said during an interview with TMZ. “A lot of fantasy tales being told right now. … It’s definitely not true. I didn’t see any issues between any of them. It’s just made up news, fake news like most of the stuff you see on these Instagram pages.”Paul and Houston general manager Daryl Morey both forcefully denied the Yahoo Sports report shortly after it was published. Related News Austin Rivers thinks Chris Paul and James Harden get along well.The relationship between the two Rockets stars is “unsalvageable” and Paul has asked the team to move him, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. But, Rivers, who spent 47 games with the Rockets last season, said he didn’t see any issues. Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Rockets will be ‘aggressive in their pursuit’ of wing Chris Paul trade rumors: ‘There’s not a team in the league’ willing to deal for Rockets guard Rivers, 26, began the season with the Wizards and ended up signing with the Rockets after he was waived by the Suns following a trade in December. He averaged 8.7 points and 2.3 assists in 28.6 minutes per game during his time with Houston.The Rockets will reportedly pursue Jimmy Butler this summer and have also discussed dealing center Clint Capela to the Celtics. Rivers is set to be a free agent.last_img read more