Gajendra Singh Rathore, Senior Centre Director, Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore said, “We are looking forward to hosting the fifth round of the 3×3 Pro Basketball League at Phoenix Marketcity Bangalore. At Phoenix we believe in variety and diversification and hence this time we have forayed into the field of sports and basketball is becoming more and more popular by the day among the youth in the city. We would like to wish all the players the best of luck!”Advertisement The 3×3 Basketball League (3BL) franchise Delhi Hoopers will participate in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya. They qualified after emerging as champions in the third round of the only FIBA-recognized league in India. Yoshiya Kato, Chairman, 3BL said, “The success of 3×3 Pro Basketball league’s first ever season in India is the result of the constant engagement of fans and supporters. 3×3 basketball is a thoroughly entertaining sport and is equally challenging to satisfy the most passionate basketball players.” Rohit Bakshi, League Commissioner, 3BL, said, “It’s hard to fathom the constant support that 3BL’s first season in India has received. Bangalore Machas have set a benchmark when it comes to a proficient gameplay and a sudden climb through the team standings. We are very excited for the upcoming 5th round and are looking forward to witness a bright introduction and passion for 3×3 basketball in India.” 3BL has been a huge success so far and has provided incredible opportunities to Indian basketball players. As the inaugural season is approaching its ending, the leading teams face tougher competition, as the prize money and a FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hyderabad spot comes within arm’s reach. The current standings have Delhi Hoopers in the first place, followed by Ahmedabad Wingers and Bangalore Machas. Chennai Round MVP Timajh Parker-Rivera and Chethan Suresh created a powerful inside-outside duo against Delhi Hoopers in the final match of the Chennai round and increased their chances of emerging on the top in the inaugural season. AdvertisementAfter a sensational fourth round in Chennai, 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) moves to Bangalore on 11th and 12th August 2018 at Phoenix Marketcity. The surprising and eye-catching victory of Bangalore Machas, to end the three Round reign of the Delhi Hoopers, in Chennai increases the stakes in the league again as the competition for the leading teams increases. 3×3 basketball has been recognized as an Olympic sport and will be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The interest and excitement for the inaugural season as well as for 3×3 basketball overall has surged considerably in India since the inception of 3BL.
The offseason upgrades to the Arizona Cardinals’ run game didn’t lead to much optimism heading into Week 1 of the NFL season — not that they weren’t positive improvements on paper.An injury to left guard Mike Iupati, the team’s biggest free agent signing, and suspension to right tackle Bobby Massie were assumed to put any judgment about those upgrades on hold. But the replacements have been surprisingly effective. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Keim will defer to Arians in making the final call, and that decision will be a firm one. There won’t be an open competition for the starting spots.“Once we decide it’s over,” Arians said Monday on the Bickley and Marotta show. “It’s a matter of just moving on.”The run game indeed has thrived behind the Cardinals’ offensive line. It’s helped Arizona also feels improved at tight end and running back from a year ago.Want the numbers?The Cardinals are averaging 4.4 yards per carry through two games, which is tied for ninth place in the NFL.In Arizona’s 48-23 win against the Bears on Sunday, Arians’ team rushed 28 times to 24 passing attempts. Without starter Andre Ellington, who is out with a knee injury, backup Chris Johnson carried most of the load, taking 20 carries for 72 yards.“For a slighter-built back, not only does he have great feet and patience, but the one thing he does is he can lower and finish at the end of the run,” Keim said. “When he gets out in space, he gets skinny and does some nice things with his run style, but his ability to finish between the tackles has been a pleasant surprise.” Arizona Cardinals’ Bobby Massie (70) blocks against Alex Okafor (57) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo At right tackle, Earl Watford has performed well in the Cardinals’ first two games. And left guard Ted Larsen has shown himself more than capable — he has experience at the position, after all.“I think they’ve answered the bell,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 “Doug and Wolf” show. “A couple guys have stepped up. (Right guard Jonathan Cooper) coming back from injury has done a nice job, Earl has played well and I think Ted Larsen has stepped up his game. And then it’s nice, I think Mike Iupati might be ready to play this week, Bobby Massie is back from suspension. We’ll have some options and it’s nice to have that kind of depth moving forward.”Iupati will in all likelihood reclaim his starting spot, but Massie might have a more difficult mountain to climb. Watford’s play has forced a discussion about how the team will shuffle its first unit.“Coach (Bruce Arians), myself and (offensive coordinator) Harold Goodwin will have a discussion sometime today about that,” Keim said. “But I know this: Earl has earned the right to be on the field. The one thing I think he’s excelled at is the run game. He really does have snap and explosiveness through his hips as a player where he can create movement in the run game. He does a nice job on the second level.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson has also been solid in blitz-pickup, Arians said, and that’s helped the Cardinals go two games without giving up a sack.On Sunday, rookie running back David Johnson added five carries for 42 yards — not to mention his opening kickoff return that went 108 yards for a touchdown. His role may gradually increase, but Ellington’s eventual return and Arians’ wariness about piling too much on the rookie could play a factor.But all-in-all, the results heading into Week 3 are promising, especially for an offense that should only add to its depth along the line that’s already over-performing the outside expectations. – / 44 LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager