In L.A., Arash Markazi notes with three-on-three basketball making its debut as an Olympic sport at the '20 Tokyo Games, Big3 co-Founder Ice Cube "would like to see some of the league’s players be considered by USA Basketball but isn’t optimistic that will happen." He said, "We have some of the best players to ever play the game and they’re showing what they can do in this three-on-three half-court setting. They should be given a shot but I don’t know if they will. There’s a lot of politics involved there with FIBA and they’re not happy with what we’re doing, but I think they should be given a chance" (L.A. TIMES, 8/29).
BREAKING THE RULES: PRO SOCCER USA's Arman Kafai noted USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter has expressed his displeasure with MLS "playing through FIFA international windows." The practice is "nothing new, with MLS having league games during the window for years." Berhalter said, "Having worked in MLS, we try to be somewhat accommodating and try to work with the clubs, but sometimes there’s not perfect solutions and sometimes we just have to say, that’s just the way it is" (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 8/28).