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Basketball Player Mo Creek Escaped Ukraine: ‘We Were Just Terrified’

“Coach Terry… picked me up to go to his apartment building which has a bomb shelter in it and that’s when I started the bomb shelter experience.”

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The crisis in Ukraine has captured the world’s attention, and we’re hearing more and more stories of people escaping the chaos ensuing throughout the country.

Former Indiana University basketball standout Mo Creek talked to Fran Fraschilla for the SiriusXM podcast World of Basketball and talked about how he was one of many who had to flee the nation. Creek had been playing basketball in the Ukranian Basketball SuperLeague for MBC Mykolaiv.

It was a difficult situation for Creek to be in, who told Fraschilla he had nothing but love for the people of Ukraine.

“It’s always been love, even if they couldn’t speak my language and I definitely can’t speak theirs, we found a way to communicate with each other, and that just made it so special,” Creek said. “The people are always going to be good in Ukraine.”

Creek shared his experience from living in the country currently being sieged by the Russian military, having to hunker down for several hours at a time in a bomb shelter.

“We were just terrified and when we heard that the siren went off and you know when that siren goes off that means a war has started,” he said. He was living at the time in a city along the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. “Coach Terry… picked me up to go to his apartment building which has a bomb shelter in it and that’s when I started the bomb shelter experience.”

Creek said once he knew he had to get to the shelter, he texted his family members in case something happened.

“You really learn a lot about yourself when you go in a type of situation like that because, one, I did not know if I was going to survive so the first thing I did before I got in the bomb shelter was I texted my mother, ‘I love you. Tell my family I love them,'” he explained. “Because if something does happen that’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, you don’t want to not say nothing. At least they have a memory of your last message to them before you pass.”

Creek had to go through a whole process to get out of his basketball contract so he could leave the country. He was a short distance from the Ukraine/Moldova border. Once he did get out of his contract, his primary focus was getting on an airplane in Romania so he could get back to the U.S.

He said leaving Odessa provided a view of what had been going on in the city.

“You had to see the soldiers with guns. You had to see the tanks,” he said. “See everybody going in the same direction as you so now there’s traffic. So I was scared to death about that because something may have happened. I didn’t want the car to stop moving because I felt like if the car stops we’re stopping our progress, that gives them the opportunity to do whatever they need to do.”

It took several hours of standing in line before he eventually crossed in to Moldova. His first stop back in the States was JFK Airport.

“I got on that U.S. soil, and it felt like a weight was off my shoulders,” Creek said.

It wasn’t until he touched down at Dulles Airport and saw his mom that it really hit him.

“That hug was everything,” he said. “That’s when I knew I was home.”

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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