Faced with allegations of widespread cheating among ath…

Faced with allegations of widespread cheating among athletes in his country, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has consistently fired back at critics. Now he is taking aim at the NBA and NHL. Speaking to reporters this weekend, Mutko criticized the two pro leagues for what he characterized as lax anti-doping enforcement. “Nobody does doping tests at those leagues,” Mutko was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Tass. “They do doping tests once every four years, when coming to the Olympics.”
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Viewed as a throw-in for the Trevor Booker deal that brought back Jahlil Okafor and a 2019 second-round pick, Stauskas is a former lottery pick who has clearly had some confidence and a lot of playing time in the past. “He got shell-shocked in Sacramento by [DeMarcus] Cousins. His confidence was shot,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Post. “He had a bad experience there and lost confidence. Cousins is a bad teammate, and it affected him poorly. He comes to Philadelphia, and showed flashes but never consistency, never enough. “He can shoot, but he’s not a great shooter. … This is his third team now. He had an opportunity in Philadelphia; I don’t know. He’s not very good defensively. You’ve got to do something well, and I can’t answer that. Can he shoot? He’s got a funky-looking shot, and just never really got it going.”