Published on August 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm Syracuse senior Justyn Knight zoomed from the back of the pack to finish fourth in his heat on Wednesday at the IAAF World Championship.Knight was in 12th with 800 meters to go in the 5000-meter race when he kicked and began passing runners. His fourth place finish (13:30.27) gave him one of the five automatic qualifying spots in the world final, which is Saturday at 3:20 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. He’ll face 14 other runners race for a world title.Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia won the heat (13:30.07), twenty-hundredths of a second ahead of Knight. Kejelcha also edged Mo Farah of Great Britian, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, and Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.Five years ago, Knight ran his first 5000-meter race in St. Michael’s (Ontario) College School gym class. Five years ago, he set a gym class record. Five years later, 5000 meters put him in contention for a world championship. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+
Chris Bosh pulled up to the Lakers-Clippers game as a virtual fan 😂 pic.twitter.com/rgjKKubLuW— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020Best seats in the house 🤣🤣 https://t.co/iSpkvQrIoS— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) July 31, 2020And, after some technical difficulties, former Nets shooting guard Kerry Kittles found his seat for the Brooklyn-Orlando matchup.Former Nets player Kerry Kittles joined as a virtual fan but the video kept cutting out 😭 pic.twitter.com/C8hfNmKh9E— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020Wait, is that Lil Wayne hanging out in the Lakers’ fan section?Look who’s here!🎤 @LilTunechi’s courtside for @okcthunder/@Lakers on ESPN! #ULTRACourtside #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/gcghDQUBy7— NBA (@NBA) August 5, 2020You never know who will make an appearance in the virtual stands. Having basketball fans attend NBA games amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was never going to work. Allowing spectators to enter the league’s campus would defeat the entire purpose of constructing a “bubble” environment.But the NBA has created an opportunity for fans to still score great seats as teams battle for playoff positioning. NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff bracket | Bubble, explainedDuring the NBA’s 2020 season restart, virtual fans will be featured around the court, including behind the benches of their favorite squads. The NBA is utilizing Microsoft Teams’ new “Together Mode” to put fans on 17-foot-tall LED screens.The NBA Has Virtual Fans In The Stand pic.twitter.com/LkiIPqeiZT— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2BIog) July 30, 2020Interested in snagging a virtual seat to the big game? You’ve come to the right place.NBA virtual fan sign-up processIn order to be considered for a seat, fans can sign up through individual team sites. For example, the Pacers and Pelicans each have simple forms on their sites. Other teams, such as the Celtics, are reaching out to season ticket holders as well as the friends and families of players. The process for each team could change as the season progresses.Another option: Michelob Ultra. (No, not drinking until you feel like you’re playing against LeBron James.) The official beer sponsor of the NBA is offering a chance to snag seats with its own sweepstakes and holding giveaways on its social media channels.The @NBA Season is here! Who’s going to the Finals? Possibly you. Reply with #ULTRACourtside and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win 2 virtual courtside seats to the NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/VnxKoROaav— Michelob ULTRA (@MichelobULTRA) July 30, 2020If you are chosen to be a virtual fan, then you will be provided a username and password via email to use on Microsoft Teams. You can then find the meeting invitation on your calendar and join the meeting to watch the game.Step-by-step instructions for the virtual fan experience can be found here.What is required in order to be a virtual fan?All participants must have a computer or similar device capable of running Microsoft Teams. They will be expected to sign in at least 30 minutes before tipoff.Fans must follow the rules stated in the NBA’s acknowledgement and authorization form, which include (but are not limited to):No more than one person in a virtual seatNo offensive behavior or languageNo signs or inappropriate messagingNo distribution of game data or other contentModerators will monitor fan sections and can remove spectators if necessary. Additionally, fans are expected to appear on the screen throughout the game, so if a fan disappears for an extended period, then that seat may be reassigned.Have there been any famous virtual fan sightings?Yes! Former Heat forward Chris Bosh showed up to watch the Lakers take on the Clippers.
Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9c/5e/neymar-atalanta-psg-2020_9joqc72tkpti19b98hzdjzs7d.jpg?t=-467573805&w=500&quality=80Mbappe was introduced from the bench with an hour gone, but the more PSG pressed, the more confident Atalanta seemed to become in defending their lead.Bergamo has been praised for its resilience as a city during what became a living nightmare for its residents during the coronavirus pandemic, and for 89 minutes Gian Piero Gasperini’s usually free-scoring side looked like matching that on the pitch.But just as the PSG was being written off by all those watching at home, two unlikely heroes stepped up in the club’s, manager’s and star player’s hour of need.First, Marquinhos, who spent much of the night shielding the central defenders behind him, found himself in the right place on the edge of the 6-yard box to force Neymar’s cross home after the Brazilian had been picked out at the back post by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.It was then left to Choupo-Mouting — for many a figure of ridicule given his status among one of the most expensively assembled squads of all time — to send the Parisiens into raptures three minutes into stoppage time as he poked home following a fine link-up between Neymar and Mbappe down the left-hand side. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/73/e8/choupo-moting-psg-2020_9x9vfgoaoc4i16hho9lovj1o6.jpg?t=-461104805&w=500&quality=80PSG is through, with Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig awaiting it in the semifinals, and Mbappe potentially fit to start. The club will be many observers’ favorites to reach the final. Paris Saint-Germain and stoppage-time goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League: a relationship that has hurt the French champions more than enough times in recent years.Whether it was La Remontada in Barcelona or Manchester United’s smash-and-grab at Parc des Princes, PSG’s players were becoming reluctant masters of the shell-shocked slump to the turf at the final whistle. One of the reasons why some fancied the club to go all the way in 2020, in this most unique of tournaments, was that there would be no second legs in which Thomas Tuchel’s side could capitulate.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Schedule, table, bracket and more to knowIt also finds itself in the favorable side of the draw and, unlike in his previous two seasons at the club, Neymar is fit and firing.And yet, as the clock entered its final minute at Estadio da Luz on Wednesday night, PSG was again staring down the barrel of an embarrassing Champions League exit.Lowly Atalanta, leading thanks to Mario Pasalic’s superb curling strike midway through the first half, was on the cusp of continuing one of the competition’s great fairytale runs, and would have deserved to, too.But this is a Champions League like no other. And perhaps, just maybe, this is a different PSG, too.Tuchel’s team was far from at its best in Lisbon. Shorn of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti because of injury and having played just two competitive fixtures since March, it could been forgiven for being a little rusty in a less high-stakes environment or against a more high-profile opponent.But the stars had aligned for it this year. All it had to do to reach the final was beat the third-best team in Italy and then the third-best team from either Germany or Spain. Fail and Tuchel, who himself is nursing a broken foot and spent the evening perched on a cooler inside his technical area, would be a literal sitting duck.For much of the night, all signs pointed to this being another of those evenings for PSG. Neymar wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring inside three minutes, which, in turn, left Mbappe stunned in the stands, before the world’s most expensive player shanked three more efforts off-target when well-placed.It was difficult to lay all the blame at his door given both Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia offered next to nothing alongside him up front, but if the Brazil international was feeling any excess pressure without his usual partner in crime, Mbappe, it showed. Getty If it is to do so, however, then a huge improvement is required from almost every one of Tuchel’s players bar Neymar, though the ex-Barcelona man will likely be in for extra shooting practice in the coming days.But in these most unprecedented of times, here was an almost unprecedented finish to a game of Champions League football involving Paris Saint-Germain.Maybe the wounds are finally healing. Maybe, just maybe, this is its year.