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Indian player makes history in NBA

Sim Bhullar has made history. Credit: PA

Sim Bhullar made NBA history on Tuesday night, becoming the first player of Indian descent to play top-level basketball in the United States.

Bhullar, 22, featured for the Sacramento Kings, coming on court for the final 16 seconds of their victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Standing at 7'5'' Canada-born player admitted it was a proud moment, having signed a short contract with the Kings last week.

It's a great feeling for me just to have that role in the community and to be recognised around the world is a great feeling. I am proud to be kind of an ambassador but I think this is just the beginning.

Hopefully more kids growing up will see there's a player of Indian descent on the court and hopefully they can follow the game more and get a little more passion for it

– Sim Bhullar

UK Sport to focus funding on medal success

Medal success will remain the key factor in how Olympic and Paralympic sports are funded ahead of Tokyo 2020, despite criticism the policy excludes team sports.

The news will come as a disappointment to team sports like basketball. Credit: PA

UK Sport, which annually invests £100m of National Lottery and Government money into high-performance sports, will examine factors such as number of medallists and participation levels, but only around disciplines of "equal medal potential".

Sticking to the 'no-compromise' approach will come as a disappointment to team sports like basketball, synchronised swimming and water polo, all of whom saw their funding cut ahead of Rio 2016.

UK Sport chair Rod Carr said:

The board was impressed by the level and quality of engagement with UK Sport's strategic review from both the public and our sector partners.

It demonstrated that UK Sport's role in delivering medal success is valued highly by our stakeholders and the British public, and that they'd like to see our investment reach even more aspiring athletes.

– UK Sport chair Rod Carr


First gay basketball player Collins retires

The world's first openly homosexual basketball player Jason Collins has announced his retirement from the sport.

Collins, 35, came in April 2013, going on to play for Brooklyn Nets last season, but failing to make their squad this time around.

Jason Collins was a pioneer. Credit: Reuters

"I am officially announcing my retirement from the NBA," Collins said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

"As we speak I'm watching a college basketball game but it's time for me to truly become just a fan and watch from the sidelines.

"My body was talking to me, my body was telling me that it was time. I think as older generations can understand that when you wake up in the morning and it feel likes starting an old car.

"My lower back, my knees, it was one of those things that my body was letting me know as it does with so many other professional athletes."

NBA star LeBron James to sign for Cleveland Cavaliers

US basketball star LeBron James has announced that he will sign for his hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the coming NBA season.

LeBron James won two NBA championships in four years with Miami Heat. Credit: Reuters

James, regarded by many as the world's best basketball player, revealed the eagerly anticipated news in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine.

The 29-year-old was a free agent after his contract with Miami Heat ended, sparking intense speculation on where he would sign next.

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