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Century Motorsport has been left scrambling to find a replacement driver lineup for a second Bronze Cup entry for the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa after the original driver combination fell through, according to team principal Nathan Freke.

In addition to its full-season Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup effort for Darren Leung, Toby Sowery and reigning Formula E world champion Jake Dennis, Freke revealed to Sportscar365 that the team successfully managed to acquire a second entry for the Belgian endurance classic.

A four-man lineup, set to compete in Bronze Cup, had been in place as part of a deal agreed in December, only for plans to fall through at late notice.

“Basically, we pulled all sorts of strings to get an entry because it was full,” Freke said.

“At the last minute they basically bailed out because one of the drivers has got some business issues and they’ve sort of forfeited the entry.

“But the entry’s been paid and it’s in. So, just the fact we pulled so many strings to try and get an entry, it just seems a shame to forgo it, really.”

Freke stated that the team is pushing “full throttle” to ensure a two-car presence at Spa, with the aim of putting together another lineup eligible of competing in Bronze Cup.

Century is set to make its first outing in the 24H Spa, having won the British GT Championship with Leung and Dan Harper last year.

Former racer turned team principal Freke described Century’s participation in the event as “the next logical thing” after it has been a consistent presence in British GT since it debuted in 2009.

It ran Ginetta machinery in GT4 for the first number of years. After a first venture into GT3 with the British brand in 2017, it switched to running BMW a year later.

“It’s been on our to-do list for quite some time now,” Freke said about the 24H Spa.

“We obviously had a very successful last year. We did the GT World Challenge with Darren [Leung], and it just seemed like the time is right.

“We need to make that step, and we did Dubai at the start of the year. Obviously finished first in Pro-Am and third overall and it’s just the next logical thing for us to do.

“And I guess because I put some pressure on SRO to get the entry, A, I don’t want to lose face, and B, I don’t want to squander the opportunity because next time you do the same thing, it’s not going to swing your way probably, because you’ve already called your favours in, if you like.”

Although Century is debuting in the 24H Spa this year, Freke says the team will be banking on its experience in the Hankook 24H Dubai.

“We’ve done Dubai since 2016. We’ve run two cars regularly there, albeit not GT3s. We actually ran three cars in Dubai [this year] with two GT3s and a GT4.

“So structural-wise and logistics-wise, it’s something we’re not unused to. Yes, it’s a big undertaking, and yes, Spa is a more prestigious race, but ultimately, a 24-hour race is a 24-hour race.

“The objective is to keep the car reliable, keep the mechanicals running well, obviously keep the drivers out of any incidents and just do a tidy job on the rest of it.

“So from a team point of view, I think we’re more than ready for it.”

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By: Davey Euwema
Title: Century Scrambling to Fill Second 24H Spa Entry
Sourced From: sportscar365.com/sro/world-challenge-europe/century-scrambling-to-fill-second-24h-spa-entry/
Published Date: Thu, 16 May 2024 11:45:31 +0000

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game – originally posted on Sportslens.com

A hot discussion topic around the NBA over the last few years has been the overall product of the all-star game. In the past, the competition level in the all-star game has come into question. Specifically, on defense. The all-star game has turned into a glorified three-point and dunk contest. Not what fans want to see. 

Ahead of Game 3 in the 2024 NBA Finals last night, the NBA Commissioner sat down with the NBA Countdown desk. Silver was asked if any changes could be made to improve the all-star game. Reluctantly, the Commissioner noted that players don’t have any real incentive to play at a high level of competition. Has the NBA given up on trying to make the all-star game competitive again?

What can the NBA do to increase the level of competition in the annual all-star game?

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon asked Commissioner Adam Silver about the possibility of a US vs. International all-star game. He offered this idea as a way to bring a new level of competition. While Silver listened to the idea, he responded saying that the league may be past the point of making the all-star game competitive again. Silver noted that it’s hard to get players to give 100% effort in a game that has no real incentives or meaning. Additionally, players do not want to risk getting injured in an all-star game.

In 2024, the all-star game was out of hand. The league returned to the East vs. West format this season. With no defense being played in the all-star game, the East won by 25 points and scored 211 total. That’s simply not a realistic score for a basketball game no matter how talented the players are. Before this year’s all-star game, NBA legends like Larry Bird went into the locker rooms and discussed the level of competition. Despite the speech from Bird, the all-star game was an offensive showcase. Hardly any defense was played.


The most exciting part of this year’s all-star weekend was the three-point shootout between Steph Curry and Sabrina Ionescu from the New York Liberty. Their shootout was a refreshing twist on all-star weekend, Compared to the product they’ve been putting out of the last several years. Is there anything the NBA can do to save the all-star game? Surely Adam Silver and his colleagues will tackle that issue this offseason.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-says-the-nba-may-be-past-the-point-of-having-a-competitive-all-star-game/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:20:59 +0000

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future – originally posted on Sportslens.com

While the NBA Finals are still going on, the offseason is approaching. Twenty-eight of the league’s 30 teams are already in their offseason. Boston and Dallas are still battling for the rights to be the 2024 NBA Champions. Ahead of Game 2 on Sunday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat down with NBC Sports Boston. 

Silver was asked about possible expansion in the NBA and where potential teams could be located. He was not able to give much detail, but Silver did mention how the NBA is working to see what is the best move for their league. Commissioner Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City.

When will the NBA expand the league past 30 teams?


As it stands, 29 of the 30 current teams in the NBA play in the United States. The Toronto Raptors are the only franchise not in America. What cities would be best for future NBA expansion? Talking with NBC Sports Boston, Adam Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Seattle is a market that would certainly be a fan favorite. They used to be home to the SuperSonics before the team was relocated and changed to the OKC Thunder. There’s no doubt Seattle would love to have a professional basketball team back in Washington.

There’s also Las Vegas, which would be a no-brainer. Several expansion teams have been added in other professional sports leagues. The NBA could follow their lead and make an expansion team in Nevada. Commissioner Silver also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion destination. The NBA has played a few games in Mexico City in the past. If made an expansion team, Mexico City would become the second team in the league not in the United States.


Expansion is not going to happen this offseason and the league needs some time to make that happen. They are currently in deep negotiations with NBC, ESPN, and Amazon for a new media rights package. Once that is all settled, then the league can start doing more research on expansion cities and teams. To keep the league at an even number, two cities will get an expansion team. One in the East and one in the West.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-hinted-at-three-potential-cities-for-nba-expansion-teams-in-the-future/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:56:25 +0000

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2024 MLB season as two of the favorites to win the World Series, and not much has changed in that regard over the first 2+ months. Both have commanding and growing leads in their respective divisions, and are still at the top of the odds list when it comes to championship likelihood.

Yankees vs. Dodgers Could Be World Series Preview

This weekend, the two powerhouses will meet for a three-game series in New York, which could very well be a preview for this October’s World Series.

Despite being 6 games behind the Yankees and in 5th place overall when it comes to the best record in the major leagues, the Dodgers are still the heavy championship favorites. Los Angeles will enter the weekend with a +290 designation to win the World Series, given their balanced attack and brutal batting order. They are currently 8 games up in the NL West, and have the second-best record in the entire National League behind the Phillies.

The Yankees are currently in second on the World Series odds list with a number of +500, but are arguably the best team in baseball right now. They have the most wins in the majors with 45, and are one of two teams (along with the Phillies) who have yet to lose a 20th game. They’ve won 8 in a row and 19 of their last 24, and have lengthened what was the smallest division lead in the majors to 4.5 games over the Orioles.

Both Teams Are Minus Money For This Weekend’s Series Overall

When it comes to the odds for the upcoming series, both teams are listed as minus-money. The Dodgers will be the slight favorites at -115, with the Yankees coming in at -105. The pitching matchup for the first game of the series on Friday will be Yoshinobu Yamamoto against Cody Poteet.

The success of the Yankees has plenty to do with star players Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, who are listed as the two favorites to win the American League MVP award.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/yankees-vs-dodgers-weekend-match-up-could-be-world-series-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 18:36:38 +0000

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