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Ireland hopeful over Reddan

first_img The 21-year-old is likely to prove a mainstay of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign now that his fitness doubt has been resolved. Connacht’s Kieran Marmion is at least one scrum-half fit to train this week, but Schmidt’s determination to have Reddan in action in Rome is clear given Ireland have tasked their medics with aiming to fast-track his return to fitness. Ireland will already be without British and Irish Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton for their Stadio Flaminio clash, with the Racing Metro man still completing a 12-week lay-off after four concussions in 12 months. Schmidt will not want to be without Sexton’s Lions half-back partner Murray, but should the Munster playmaker fail to recover from neck trouble he will certainly want to call on Reddan’s vast experience. Ireland chiefs remain hopeful Eoin Reddan will beat his medial knee ligament strain in time to face Italy in the Six Nations opener in Rome. Leinster number eight Jamie Heaslip is carrying a shoulder problem, and will not take part in contact work in Ireland training this week. “Eoin strained medial ligaments in his knee and is being rehabbed in an effort to be fit for the first game of the Six Nations,” read an Ireland statement. Head coach Joe Schmidt’s 46-man training squad convened at the Carton House base on Monday to start preparations for their Six Nations title defence in earnest. Munster lock Dave Foley was unable to throw himself into proceedings, as he suffered ligament damage to his wrist in the weekend’s 65-10 hammering of Sale Sharks. “Scans have confirmed ligament damage in Dave’s wrist and he will have a surgical consultation this week,” read the Ireland statement. “Conor (Murray) is scheduled to have further scans this week. “Jamie’s (Heaslip) shoulder continues to recover, he will be rested from contact this week.” Ireland confirmed that Connacht centre Robbie Henshaw is fit to train after ankle trouble, in one piece of news that will be a big boost to boss Schmidt. The Leinster scrum-half damaged his knee in Saturday’s 20-20 Champions Cup draw with Wasps, and now faces a race against time to be ready to take on Italy on Saturday, February 7. Munster scrum-half Conor Murray is “scheduled to have further scans this week” on the disc problem in his neck that also threatens to rule him out of Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings: Ryan Griffin, Jacob Hollister among top sleepers

first_imgThe most interesting storylines in our Week 12 fantasy TE rankings might involve players who could miss action this week. We know fantasy football owners will be without Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry due to Week 12 byes. We’ll also be on George Kittle watch all week to see if he makes it back from his knee injury or lets Ross Dwelley keep balling out for San Francisco. Evan Engram, too, has a foot injury that could keep him out. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s four of the top-five or six TEs that might miss action this week (Oh yeah, and Austin Hooper is still out, too).At a position that hasn’t been regarded as deep all season, it will feel especially shallow in Week 12. All the better reason to invest heavily in Jacob Hollister on your waiver wire coming off his Week 11 bye after he had three scores in the two weeks prior to go with consistent targets. LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 12 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 12 Fantasy TE RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1George Kittle, SF vs. GB. Kittle’s knee injury will need to be monitored throughout the week. He’s an auto-start if he plays, but if he’s out, Ross Dwelley should start in fantasy leagues. Dwelley caught two touchdowns in Week 11, and Green Bay allows the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends. 2Darren Waller, OAK @ NYJ3Mark Andrews, BAL @ LAR4Zach Ertz, PHI vs. SEA5Gerald Everett, LAR vs. BAL. Everett disappointed with just one target in Week 11 despite the absences of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Overall, though, Everett’s workload has been too strong to consider sitting him in Week 12.6Jared Cook, NO vs. CAR. A week after 10 targets, Cook saw just two passes his way in Week 11. Fortunately, he caught both, one of which went for a touchdown. Cook seems to have found a big enough role in this offense to continue counting on him going forward.7Greg Olsen, CAR @ NO8Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. OAK. In three of the past four weeks, Griffin has been targeted at least four times. That culminated in five catches for 109 yards and a score in Week 11. With Oakland’s third-worst defense against TEs coming to town, you can count on Griffin to put up solid numbers once again.9Jacob Hollister, SEA @ PHI. In the four weeks before Seattle’s bye, Hollister saw 24 targets. In the two games before the bye, Hollister caught three touchdowns. Expect another six-plus targets and a solid chance of finding the end zone. 10Darren Fells, HOU vs. IND11Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. PIT. Pittsburgh allows the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends, and Ryan Finley definitely doesn’t look confident throwing downfield, so Eifert should be in his sights plenty Sunday.12Benjamin Watson, NE vs. DAL. The Cowboys allow the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends, and Watson has seen nine targets combined across the past two games. With Phillip Dorsett hurting, Watson should see a similar workload again. 13Eric Ebron, IND @ HOU. Ebron normally feels pretty touchdown-dependent, but if Jack Doyle misses another week, Ebron’s floor is a bit higher.14Vance McDonald, PIT @ CIN15T.J. Hockenson, DET @ WAS16Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. JAX17Jason Witten, DAL @ NE18Jimmy Graham, GB @ SF19Mike Gesicki, MIA @ CLE20Noah Fant, DEN @ BUF. Fant’s 11 targets in Week 11 represent a career high — it’s just too bad he has to face one of the league’s best defenses at stopping the tight end in Week 12 or he’d be higher in our rankings. 21Cameron Brate, TB @ ATL. After O.J. Howard pretty much handed New Orleans an interception, it was all Cameron Brate for the Buccaneers on Sunday. He finished with 10 catches on 14 targets and, if indications are his role will stay big, could be looking at a solid output against a bad Falcons’ pass defense.22Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SEA. Goedert continues to find ways to produce and be usable even with Zach Ertz healthy, and that should remain the case going forward, especially if Alshon Jeffery misses more time.23O.J. Howard, TB @ ATL24Dawson Knox, BUF vs. DEN25Jeremy Sprinkle, WAS vs. DET26Demetrius Harris, CLE vs. MIA. If David Njoku (wrist) is healthy in time for this game, he’ll be just outside the top 10.27Jaeden Graham, ATL vs. TB. We’d really like to recommend one of these Atlanta tight ends against the Bucs’ second-worst fantasy TE defense, but there’s nothing to suggest either will see more than a couple targets.28Luke Stocker, ATL vs. TB29Jack Doyle, IND @ HOU WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | KickerWe’d love to be able to recommend one of Hooper’s replacements in Atlanta, either Jaeden Graham or Luke Stocker. With the Cardinals on bye this week, the Falcons’ opponent, Tampa Bay, is the best defense to attack for fantasy TE purposes. But Graham and Stocker combined for three targets in Week 11 and just don’t look featured enough to really want to use either of them. If you’re really desperate, Graham seems the more talented receiver of the duo.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPYou can potentially take advantage of Ryan Griffin’s recent production and relatively low ownership heading into a matchup with Oakland. The same is true for Tyler Eifert as the Bengals take on the Steelers. Sticking with the veterans theme, Pats’ TE Benjamin Watson also has a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Cowboys in Week 12.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIn addition to Henry and Kelce, fantasy owners will notably be without Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph due to bye.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for the latest.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builderlast_img read more

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Laura Loomer the New GOP AOC?

first_imgLoomer says her social-media gag order partly inspired her run.“They silenced me and violated my civil rights,” Loomer explains. “I started thinking to myself, that what happened to me will happen to everyday Americans who don’t have my soap box.”In addition to taking on big tech, Loomer has marketed herself as strongly pro-Israel, tough on terrorism, pro-gun and an unswerving supporter of President Trump.If elected, Loomer says she planned to take on AOC and her Squad mates — several of whom she casually refers to as “Jihadis.”“I am a one-woman squad,” she adds. “Republicans need more firepower. They need people who aren’t going to cower in fear of these women.”Campaign manager Giorno explains, “The experience I had on the campaign with Donald Trump is really one of the reasons why I took a look at Laura Loomer. She reminded me a little bit of Donald Trump. She is very frenetic, in a good way, constant energy, high expectations of herself and others … she impressed me and I don’t get impressed very easily.”Team Loomer add that they expect to blow out the crowded GOP field in the Aug. 18 primary before going into a final matchup with the Democratic incumbent — Lois Frankel, a former West Palm Beach mayor who was elected to Congress in 2013. In 2016, Frankel defeated Republican Paul Spain with 62.7% of the vote, even as Donald Trump won Florida by more than 100,000 votes.Loomer will join Jen and Bill on The South Florida Morning Show, right here on 850 WFTL, Monday morning at 9:35 a.m. A Florida hurricane may be about to make an impact on the nation’s capital…but not the kind you’re probably thinking.Laura Loomer, a 26-year-old conservative who is running for Congress right here in the Sunshine State, is gaining support among activists and donors who believe she is the conservative answer to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.“She’s the Republican’s AOC,” longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone told The New York Post. “She’s young. She’s energetic. She’s feisty. She’s anti-establishment, and she has an enormous national following, as does AOC, which can help finance a congressional race.”Loomer declared her candidacy in the heavily-blue 21st district in August of last year and has had stints at James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas and the Canadian far-right Rebel Media.She is also well known for her criticism of Islam, which has resulted in bans from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Medium, Paypal, Venmo, GoFundMe, Lyft, Uber, Uber Eats, and MGM Resorts.Her campaign collected $204,786 in the first quarter of 2020, according to April filings with the Federal Election Commission. That brings her total to nearly $600,000, which is significantly more than her eight GOP primary rivals combined.Home Depot billionaire Bernard Marcus ($2,800) and Eric Javits, a former US ambassador ($1,000), are among Loomer’s more than 9,000 individual donors.Courtesy: Laura Loomer/FacebookKaren Giorno, a 30-year veteran of GOP politics who served as President Trump’s 2016 Florida state director, is running Loomer’s campaign.last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1

first_imgFernando Torres and Ramires scored first-half goals for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where a win would take them to within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.The Blues, who face Arsenal a week on Monday, went ahead when Torres tucked away the rebound after Willian’s low shot had been tipped onto the post by Eagles keeper Julian Speroni.And Branislav Ivanovic missed a great chance to double the lead when he fired wide after being put through by Juan Mata’s delightful back-heel.Chelsea seemed to be in control but switched off at the back and Marouane Chamakh equalised just before the half-hour mark, steering home from nine yards out after being found by Joel Ward’s ball in from the left.But Ramires struck five minutes later, collecting Eden Hazard’s pass and sending a 25-yard shot beyond the motionless Speroni into the corner of the net.Boss Jose Mourinho opted to restore Mata and Michael Essien to the starting line-up, with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Oscar among the substitutes.David Luiz continues alongside John Terry at centre-back as Gary Cahill is nursing a slight thigh problem.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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AIBT returns, Arcata looks to reclaim title

first_imgThe 52nd annual Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament begins today as host team Arcata High will look to capture its first AIBT championship since the 2015-16 season.Arcata (3-1) advanced to the championship round of the McKinleyville Tip-Off classic last week before falling to Lincoln in the title game.Arcata downed Windsor and KIPP King en route to the championship game. Garrett Hall, Niko Zambas and Brandon Bento-Jackson each had nice showings over the weekend. The three …last_img

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Another Fossil “Human Ancestor” Claimed

first_imgMeet Australopithecus sediba – or is it Homo something?  Scientists are arguing over how to classify new fossils found in a cave at Malapa, South Africa.  Announced today in Science,1 the fossils, alleged to be just under 2 million years old, are producing a strange mixture of hopeful headlines and cautionary counsels from experts.    As could be expected, headlines in the popular press tease their readers with tantalizing titillations: “Fossil Skeletons May Be Human Ancestor” wrote Charles Q. Choi for Live Science.  Ker Than wrote “‘Key’ Human Ancestor Found: Fossils Link Apes, First Humans?” for National Geographic.  And Jeff Hecht wrote “Almost human: closest australopithicine [sic] primate found” for New Scientist.  And anything that might please Darwin has to include the shedding-light motif: Science Daily’s long headline proclaimed, “New Hominid Shares Traits With Homo Species: Fossil Find Sheds Light on the Transition to Homo Genus from Earlier Hominids.”  True to tradition, PhysOrg dutifully paraded the iconic image of the march of progress from ape to man, complete with racist skin colors and sexist depictions of naked males only, their right legs or arms artfully concealing their private parts.  It’s not quite clear why most of these charts leave the highest man beardless, unless the chart is Lamarckian, in which case a spare tire should also be evident.    Yet a closer look at the articles reveals a great deal of doubt about many aspects of the story.Taxonomy: Experts disagreed strongly on whether these specimens should be classified within Australopithecus or Homo.  If it had been classified within Homo, it would have represented a dead-end lineage of no consequence to human evolution.  There appears to have been a strong controversy between the discoverers and other experts about which taxon to use.Traits: The skeletons appear to have a mosaic of traits: long limbs and small brain capacity, but indications of upright posture and human-like teeth.Provenance: Experts disagreed whether the bones were buried together, or fell through to other levels after burial.Dating: The dating depends on the provenance, yet was measured with U-Pb dating of materials below the bones.  Assigning a date is critical to how evolutionists perceive the specimen’s relationship to human ancestry.Hope: No one is claiming these fossils clarify a human evolution story.  Hopes that it might are put in future tense: “This new Australopithecus sediba species might eventually clear up that debate, and help to reveal our direct human ancestors.”Credibility: Lee Berger, the lead author of the paper, has been involved in sharp controversies with other paleoanthropologists about which hominids represent human ancestors.  Michael Balter wrote for Science,2 “Some of Berger’s other past claims have sparked strong criticism, including a highly publicized 2008 report of small-bodied humans on Palau, which Berger thought might shed light on the tiny hobbits of Indonesia.  But other researchers say the Palau bones belong to a normal-sized modern human population.”  Berger gave this new fossil a suggestive name: sediba is local lingo for “wellspring” – as if his discovery can garner significance merely by naming it that way.Candidacy: Michael Balter’s headline in Science accompanying the paper is more guarded than the popular press: “Candidate Human Ancestor From South Africa Sparks Praise and Debate.”Dispute: Balter quoted Tim White’s opinion: “Given its late age and Australopithecus-grade anatomy, it contributes little to the understanding of the origin of genus Homo.”Burial: The authors’ hypothesis about how the bones were buried contains many ad-hoc elements (see below).Sequence: Balter considered the opinion of Chris Stringer of the London Natural History Museum: in summary, “At no earlier than 2 million years old, A. sediba is younger than Homo-looking fossils elsewhere in Africa, such as an upper jaw from Ethiopia and a lower jaw from Malawi, both dated to about 2.3 million years ago.”Deflation: Even Lee Berger, the discoverer, made this admission: “Berger and his co-workers agree that the Malapa fossils themselves cannot be Homo ancestors but suggest that A. sediba could have arisen somewhat earlier, with the Malapa hominins being late-surviving members of the species.”Meaning: All Balter could say in conclusion is confusion: “However they are classified, the Malapa finds ’are important specimens in the conversation’ about the origins of our genus, says [Susan] Ant�n [New York U], and ‘will have to be considered in the solution.’”  The statement implies that the conversations do not include solutions – only questions.A second paper accompanying the discovery announcement considered the geological context of the fossils.3  It defends a hypothesis that the skeletons were buried in a debris flow into the cave before scavengers could harm them.  Others, however, are not so sure: “Geochemist Henry Schwarcz of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, notes that the team suggests that the hominin bodies might have been moved by river flows after they fell into the cave from holes in the earth above,” explained Michael Balter.  “If so, the fossils may not be tightly associated with the dated deposits below and above them.”  Dirks et al dispute that, calling attention to the fact that “the bones were partly articulated with each other, implying that they were buried soon after death.”  A lot of interpretation depends, however, on the dating of the sediments above and below the bones.  The paper’s hypothesis includes many ad-hoc elements: carnivores were attracted to vertical shafts where prey animals had fallen to their deaths: “These factors could have operated to accumulate a diverse assemblage of carcasses in the chamber below, away from carnivore activity,” the authors speculated.  “The sediments imply that subsequent high-volume water inflow, perhaps the result of a large storm, caused a debris flow that carried the still partially articulated bodies deeper into the cave, to deposit them along a subterranean stream.”  It would seem this complex sequence of happenstance occurrences would obfuscate any conclusions about dating.Update 04/09/2010: True to tradition, the counter-claims quickly ensued.  “Please, please, not again,” moaned Carl Zimmer in Slate, recalling the hype about Ida last year (05/19/2009, 03/03/2010).  Zimmer accepts evolution but denies (with Berger) that the term “missing link” have any validity.  As for this fossil, “None of the experts I spoke to this week were ready to accept Berger’s hypothesis about A. sediba’s special place in the hominin tree,” he said.  “It might actually belong to a different branch of hominin evolution.  It may have evolved its Homo-like traits independently of our own ancestors.”  It would seem its ability to illuminate much of anything about human history is dubious.  Zimmer quoted Daniel Lieberman of Harvard admitting, “The origins of the genus Homo remain as murky as ever.”    Meanwhile, Nature News weighed in on the significance (or lack of it) of this fossil.  “Claim over ‘human ancestor’ sparks furore,” headlined Michael Cherry: “the researchers’ suggestion that the fossils represent a transitional species in human evolution, sitting between Australopithecus and Homo species, has been criticized by other researchers as overstated.”  Quotes from Tim White (UC Berkeley) were especially harsh.  He said the Berger team’s claim that these skeletons had anything to do with the rise of Homo is “fossil-free speculation” adding with Ida overtones, “the obsession with Homo in their title and text is difficult to understand outside of a media context.”  Another said the bones could represent nothing more than variation within other known species.  Another noted that the earliest Homo skeleton predates this find by half a million years.  Berger countered that the earlier fossils are less complete.  A supporter of Berger’s classification may have taken more than he gave when he said, “The Malapa specimens will rekindle the debate about the validity of the taxon Homo habilis, and will make us look more carefully at the variability of Australopithecus africanus and her sister species.”  (For info on Homo habilis, see 08/09/2007, 05/27/2009, and 09/21/2009).  Cherry ended his article with doubt: “the latest finds raise important questions about the ancestry of humans.”  That statement raises the possibility that Berger’s fossil is a step backwards in understanding.  For difficulties with the Homo classification, see the 05/27/2009 entry.1.  Berger et al, “Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-Like Australopith from South Africa,” Science, 9 April 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5975, pp. 195-204, DOI: 10.1126/science.1184944.2.  Michael Balter, “Candidate Human Ancestor From South Africa Sparks Praise and Debate,” Science, 9 April 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5975, pp. 154-155, DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5975.154.3.  Dirks et al, “Geological Setting and Age of Australopithecus sediba from Southern Africa,” Science, 9 April 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5975, pp. 205-208, DOI: 10.1126/science.1184950.If the storytellers cannot agree on their own story, why should the audience judge the performance a history class rather than a comedy?  The bones are real; the interpretations are highly questionable and fallible.  Most likely this is another extinct ape out of many extinct apes that lived not so long ago.  Wishful-thinking Darwinian paleoanthropologists are eager to divine human attributes in whatever bones they find.  They fight and squabble over where the bones fit into their mental picture of how philosophers emerged from screeching monkeys in the trees.  Pay them no mind; we’ve seen this comedy show so many times before, and we know the eventual outcome.  Someone else will appear on stage with a new bone and announce, “Everything you know is wrong.” (02/23/2001, 02/19/2004).(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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M.P. ex-MLA’s daughter alleges torture

first_imgThe daughter of a former BJP MLA from Bhopal has approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court claiming she was being given “injections” by her family to force her to marry a legislator’s son, police said on Saturday. Bharti Singh (28) is the daughter of Surendra Nath Singh, former MLA from Bhopal Central.Mr. Singh had filed a case with the Kamla Nagar police station here on October 16 about his daughter going missing and had claimed she was “mentally unwell”, Inspector Vijay Sisodia said. A local news channel played a video clip showing the woman talking about the alleged torture.last_img

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Cavs try to adjust on both ends after Game 1 beating

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APOAKLAND, California — Tyronn Lue has a new No. 1 priority for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stop the ball. First and foremost, then make sure Golden State’s sharpshooters have a hand in their face.Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “It’s going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out,” said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter. Both teams were slow getting started offensively after long layoffs: nine days for Golden State, six for the Cavs.Cleveland shot 11 for 31 from long range and the Warriors 12 of 33. But Golden State hit 9 for 20 from deep in the second half on the way to 106 total shots — a jaw-dropping 20 more than the Cavs — while attacking at every chance when Cleveland just couldn’t keep up with Steph and KD.Draymond Green loved watching Durant do his thing with ease down the middle in his first Finals game for Golden State.“Going into the game I know what their game plan is, and it’s to take the 3 away,” Green said. “Now to say that you’re going to get that many open lanes, you can’t forecast that. You can’t go into the game saying, ‘Oh, KD is going to have six driving lanes to the rim and where don’t get touched and he dunks. You just can’t forecast that.”James, in his seventh straight Finals, has a remarkable run of having won at least one game on the road in 29 straight postseason series. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.“We had a lot of unforced turnovers. Some of them were from aggression,” James said. “I had two charges, that’s aggression. I can take those. But also had some when I got caught in the air and tried to make some skip passes and they were able to pick them off. Those are like pick sixes. That’s like throwing the ball to Deion Sanders. Most of the time it’s going to be a touchdown going the other way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Well, I’m pretty sure that won’t happen tomorrow,” Durant said with a grin Saturday. “They will be way more physical. They’re going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively. They’re going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball. They’re going to try to get more offensive rebounds. They’re just going to muck the game up and be physical.”That’s the plan for the defending champions Sunday night and will be key if they want to even the best-of-seven series and look respectable after the Warriors whipped them 113-91 Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant scored 38 points and dunked easily, six times in the first half alone and many of which he went untouched to the rim.“We can’t let Durant get easy baskets like that,” Lue said as his team practiced at Warriors headquarters amid a media frenzy. “With him being probably one of the best scorers in the NBA, you can’t give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket.” Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READcenter_img View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking care of the ball will be equally important after that became a major problem in the opener for Cleveland, which committed 20 turnovers in an uncharacteristically sloppy game.The 13-0 Warriors are on a roll and matched a Finals low with only four turnovers, and if Klay Thompson finds his shooting touch at last it could be another tough day on defense for the Cavs. They want to get physical, contest shots, somehow find a way to get Golden State out of its groove.“Effort, effort, yep,” Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. “And our ability to make sure that when we’re mismatched in transition, that the only thing that matters is stopping the basketball and settling down in the half court, then we match up from there.”Durant and Curry combined for 66 points and 18 assists, moving the Warriors three straight wins from becoming the first team to go unbeaten on the way to a title.Not that they’re discussing it. While Cleveland searches for the right adjustments, Golden State’s roster of perfectionists believes it can play far better still with KD and Steph leading the way, or any of the others who are capable of getting hot in a hurry.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finalelast_img read more

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Pak vs Zim: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets

first_imgAsad Shafiq scored an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets (D/L method) in a rain-reduced World Cup Group A match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Monday. ScoreChasing 162 in 38 overs – a revised target following heavy showers, Pakistan reached the total with seven wickets and 23 balls to spare.Earlier, Zimbabwe scored 151/7 in 39.4 overs before a seocnd round of shower forced an end to their innings.Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat. A surprising decision considering the overcast weather conditions. And as soon as Zimbabwe took to bat, Pakistan bowlers got busy counting scalps. Brendan Taylor fell to Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the first over starting the slide for the Zimbabwe batsmen.Then Umar Gul claimed Regis Chakabva when the Zimbabwe total was 5. He struck again to claim Vusi Sibanda on 13/3. Tatenda Taibu fell to left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz and the Zimbabwe were reduced to 43/4.The spinners too got busy showing their bowling prowess. Skipper Shahid Afridi got the better of Greg Lamb. He took a fine catch off his own bowling and Zimbabwe were five wickets down.Captain Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine were at the crease and the score was 96/5 when rain stopped play. The match resumed after more than an hour of heavy showers and wet outfield. But a few minutes later, the game once again came to a halt when fresh showers forced the covers on. Captain Elton Chigumbura was batting on 32 and Umar Gul had claimed his third victim Prosper Utseya when the play was stopped in the 40th over. Zimbabwe score at this stage was 151/7 in 39.4 overs. advertisementThe match resumed again only to see Pakistan batsmen take the field with a revised 162 run target from 38 overs (D/L method).With just over four runs required in an over Pakistan reached the total at ease putting 164 on board on the first ball of the 35th over.Opener Mohammad Hafeez scored a fine 45 to set the pace of things to come. And towards the end Asad Shafiq (78) and Younis Khan (13) put 54 runs for the third wicket to take Pakistan home.Umar Gul won the Man-of-the-Match award for his four-wicket haul.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.” last_img read more