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Iguodala ‘should be good to go’ for Game 7

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Warriors forward Andre Iguodala guards LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala guards LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was absent from Saturday’s light on-court practice, however, both he and head coach Steve Kerr said the 32-year-old who was MVP of last year’s NBA Finals will be ready and available for Sunday’s decisive Game 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I’ll be ready to go,” Iguodala said, adding, “whether I’m perfectly fine or not.”

The veteran has been dealing with back spasms for much of the postseason. Kerr said Iguodala was being tended to by the team’s medical staff Saturday morning instead of participating in practice.

“We had a light practice that he did not take part in,” Kerr said. “He got treatment instead. And he should be good to go tomorrow.”

Iguodala’s presence on the court for Golden State is supreme, he has started the last two games for the defending champions, and more importantly, has been tasked with the primary duties of guarding Cavaliers star LeBron James. He played 30 minutes in the Warriors 115-101 Game 6 loss, and appeared in significant pain throughout the contest. For much of it, he was seen grimacing while doing things such as jumping and bending his knees.

“You just try to will yourself to do it,” Iguodala said. “I felt in a bad position in Game 6, but I saw a lot of things and still made a couple plays. A few things I couldn’t quite do, but I felt there was a way around it.

“So I’m figuring it out, and the main thing is not using it as an excuse. I’m still trying to find a way.”

Kerr said he’s waiting until Sunday to determine whether or not restrictions will need to be placed on Iguodala’s playing time in Game 7, assuming he plays.

“We’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow,” Kerr said. “But it’s Game 7 and he’s Andre Iguodala. So we know he’ll be out there.”

Iguodala was asked what his pre-game routine will be for Sunday — he’ll be arriving at Oracle Arena early to receive additional treatment from the team medical staff, but will also be taking in some of the PGA’s U.S. Open, and watching the series finale of HBO’s hit drama “The Sopranos.”

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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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Houston cop Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal remembered, fund set up for family

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) —  The loss of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal while on a routine traffic stop has stunned people around the country. Everyone from Texas governor Greg Abbott to the Houston Texans football team are honoring the Dhaliwal. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support his family, with totals so far in excess of $700,000.

Before Prime Minister Modi headed back to India following his Houston community summit & UN speeches, he met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The Hawaii Congresswoman & Democratic Presidential candidate has been criticized for her support of Modi. But she was happy to highlight the importance of the US-India relationship on Twitter.

The NBA is in India this week for their first-ever preseason games that will feature the Indiana Pacers & Sacramento Kings. The Gateway of India was illuminated with bright colors & there are a series of events in and around the games going on in Delhi & Mumbai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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