What's one thing Miami is missing

Basketball, NBA: NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the most successful thrower in the history of the North American professional league, has criticized the German basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki. "He would be recognized in a completely different way if he had done more than just throwing the ball on the field. He can only do one thing," said the six-time NBA champion. The counterattack was not long in coming. "Just ask him how many games he's seen," said Mark Cuban, owner of Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks club: "This kid can rebound, pass, and has an incredible basketball IQ. He'll step down as one of the greatest, there is no doubt. "

Abdul-Jabbar (68) praised Nowitzki's achievements, but also referred to the Würzburger as a "one-trick pony". "His throw is difficult to block. But he would have received more respect if he had been equally good at rebounding and defending," said Abdul-Jabbar. That night, the Mavericks lost 90-93 against Miami Heat despite a strong Nowitzki. Nowitzki was the best man on the field in his home hall, but his 28 points were not enough.

Soccer, Sami Khedira: Italy's record champions Juventus Turin suffered a series of injuries ahead of the Champions League duels against Bayern Munich in February and March. World champion Sami Khedira is out for at least three weeks due to an adductor injury and is expected to miss the first leg against Bayern on February 23.

In the second leg in Munich on March 16, the defensive midfielder, most recently one of the most conspicuous Juve professionals, should be available to his club again. The injured players also include former Munich Mario Mandzukic, who has been on pause since January 27, and national defender Giorgio Chiellini (strain). Due to a fiber tear in his calf, Mandzukic is out for at least a month.

The Juve hospital also includes striker Alvaro Morata and defenders Patrice Evra and Martin Caceres. Bayern also have major injury concerns - especially in the defense area. Due to the wounds of Jerome Boateng and Javi Martínez, ex-international Serdar Tasci was signed on Monday on loan from Spartak Moscow.

Tennis, Federer: Tennis Grand Slam record champion Roger Federer underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. The Swiss announced this on Wednesday on his Facebook page. According to his manager, the world number three has to take a month off. "I would like to inform you that I had an arthroscopic operation on my knee," wrote the 34-year-old: "I suffered the injury one day after the semifinals of the Australian Open. After further examinations at home it was found that the meniscus tore is. "

Federer canceled his participation in the ATP tournaments in Rotterdam (February 8th to 14th) and Dubai (February 22nd to 27th). But he will work "hard" to get back on the tour as soon as possible. In the semi-finals in Melbourne Federer was eliminated against the eventual winner Novak Djokovic (Serbia).

Soccer, Spain: After the brutal foul against Lionel Messi, Atlético Madrid's central defender Filipe Luis has been suspended for three games by the Spanish soccer association RFEF. The association announced this on Wednesday. The Brazilian Luis (30) had hit the 28-year-old Messi in the league game against FC Barcelona on Saturday (1: 2) shortly before the half-time break with an extended leg on the knee and was thrown off the pitch with a red card. In its judgment, the association spoke of a "particularly serious" foul. Barca's coach Luis Enrique was "shocked" shortly after Saturday's game and feared the "worst". The Argentine Messi was uninjured in the foul and played the game through.

Basketball, NBA: With a personal best of the season, basketball player Kobe Bryant saved his Los Angeles Lakers from a negative record. In the 119: 115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 37-year-old scored 38 points on Tuesday and prevented the Californians from losing their eleventh game in a row. So far, the 16-time NBA champion has never lost so many consecutive times in its history. Bryant hit seven of his eleven three-point throws and came up with five rebounds and assists each. In the last season of the winger, the Lakers are far from the playoff places in the Western Conference with just ten wins from 51 games.

Handball, television: ARD hopes for political support in the tough negotiations for live images from the 2017 Handball World Cup in France. As the public TV broadcaster announced on Tuesday, the first with a view to the World Cup is calling for handball to be included in the free TV list of major events in the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty. This would presumably guarantee a basic supply for the viewer. The two public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have not yet been able to reach an agreement with the rights holder beIN from Qatar, who insists on encryption via satellite. According to this, only channels with an encrypted satellite broadcast are allowed to show the tournament live. This requirement basically also applies to the other free-to-air channels in Germany that broadcast unencrypted via satellite, such as ARD and ZDF.

ARD received a positive signal from the CDU parliamentary group in Saarland. In the interstate broadcasting agreement, there is the possibility of legally stipulating the transmission of at least the games of the handball world championship on free TV. "Even if one should be cautious about this instrument of broadcasting major events, it seems appropriate and necessary to legally guarantee partial reporting," said the media policy spokesman Uwe Conradt. Quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Handball World Cup should have to be broadcast on free TV if there is a German participation, according to Conradt.

Football, Eintracht Frankfurt: Änis Ben-Hatira (27) changed from Hertha BSC to league rivals Eintracht Frankfurt after a "scuffle" with teammate Mitchell Weiser (21). "I did something that was wrong and can no longer be corrected," said Ben-Hatira on Tuesday at his presentation in Frankfurt: "I apologized."

The incident occurred in the Hertha team bus on the way back after the game at Werder Bremen last weekend (3: 3). According to the club's statement, Hertha drew "the appropriate consequences", while Eintracht took hold of it shortly before the end of the transfer period.

"Änis Ben-Hatira and his advisor have informed us that there has been a fight," said Eintracht sports director Bruno Huebner: "Everyone who has played football knows that it can happen. Änis has apologized. We know about his character and that it was an exceptional situation. "

Ben-Hatira was remorseful. "Unfortunately it happened and I can't change it. But it won't happen again on my part," he said during the press conference and said: "Of course I also had the opportunity to stay with Hertha. But the chance in Frankfurt it turned out that it was a great happiness for me that I was able to experience. "

Football, FC Bayern: Mario Götze has made an important step on the way to his comeback at Bayern Munich. After a break of almost four months due to his severe adductor injuries, the national soccer player took part in team training for the first time on Monday. According to the club, he pulled through the "complete, approximately one-hour session with target shooting exercises and training game without any problems".

Franck Ribéry and Medhi Benatia were "right on schedule" after muscle injuries and will also return in the foreseeable future, "said the club's website. The last injured Rafinha and Juan Bernat were already back in the squad on Sunday in the 2-0 win against Hoffenheim. Bernat was also used in the final minutes.

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