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Curry wins second straight MVP Award with unanimous vote

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Even when off the court, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is breaking records.

He became the first in history to win the NBA’s MVP award by unanimous decision, earning all 131 first-place — for a total of 1,310 — votes from the group of sportswriters and broadcasters who select the winner.

“I looked at the list of everybody who’s won an MVP award … legends,” Curry said. “To be the first unanimous MVP award winner is something I don’t even know how to put into words.”

His speech came just one day after his return from an MCL sprain on Monday night, where he proceeded to set yet another record — during the Warriors’ Monday night matchup against the Portland Trailblazers, Curry scored 17 points in the fifth period, a new league record. He finished with 40 points for the game.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard finished second in the voting with 634 points, with Cleveland Cavaliers megastar LeBron James trailing in a close third with 631 points of his own.

During his press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Curry said he never imagined his three-point shooting skills would revolutionize the game in the way it has, but hopes people will remember him for more than just that.

“I want to be remembered as someone who worked hard, that got the most out of my potential and talent and pushed the envelope,” he said.

He reminded all of those in attendance and watching on TV that he’s just one piece of an entire roster that will go down in NBA history as one of the greatest. He hopes.

“We’re definitely on the right path to being one of those historic teams that people remember for a very long time. Let’s keep this thing going.”

The Warriors as a team this season set a new standard for the most wins during the regular season — 73. Of his teammates, Curry said, “No team has done what these 15 guys on this stage have done in the history of the game. It’s a special team.”

His coach was proud, too.

“Winning MVP last year wasn’t enough,” head coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday. “You came back this year dramatically better. … I’ve seen very few players who possess the confidence you have. You better believe in yourself when you’re shimmying at 1 for 11 (as Curry did last night).”

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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