The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

first_imgIt certainly does not disappoint.Boston’s win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason’s second round — one that wasn’t exactly loaded with drama, since it was the first time since 2002 that none of the NBA’s four conference semifinal series went past five games. Cleveland swept Toronto, while Houston, Golden State and the Celtics all prevailed by 4-1 counts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEveryone gets to catch their collective breaths for a few days, with the league going dark until the weekend. Cleveland and Boston don’t tip off the Eastern Conference finals until Sunday, and the Warriors and Rockets start their West title series on Monday. And yes, the Cavaliers and Warriors are four wins away from a fourth consecutive meeting in the NBA Finals.A few things to know going into the conference finals: In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES This is the eighth time Cleveland and Boston have met in the postseason. Boston has won four of the previous seven meetings, but Cleveland has won the last two — including the East finals last season.WARRIORS-ROCKETS HISTORYThis is only the third Golden State-Houston playoff meeting, and all have come in the last four seasons. The Warriors are 2-0 in the series, winning both times in five games — the 2015 West finals and a first-round matchup in 2016.SEEKING 10Golden State is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the 10th time, a mark that two other franchises have reached. The Los Angeles Lakers have made The Finals on 31 occasions (winning 16 titles), and the Celtics have gone 21 times (winning a league-high 17 titles).If the Warriors successfully defend their NBA title and go back-to-back, it’ll be the franchise’s sixth time as the last team standing — and would tie Chicago for the third-most championships in league history, behind the Celtics and Lakers.MVP WATCHHouston’s James Harden seems like the probable winner of the NBA’s MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James.They won’t know who won until June 25 — after the season.Regardless, they could wind up adding to a recent trend. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LEBRON, OF COURSEAny list of anything this time of year basically has to start with LeBron James, still generally considered the best player on the planet even at 33 years old and in his 15th NBA season.Cleveland’s star is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive season — something only four other players have done, and they were all Boston Celtics. Bill Russell went to 10 straight title series, Sam Jones and Tom Heinsohn went to nine, and Frank Ramsey went to eight.James is already the NBA’s all-time playoff leader in points, steals and minutes played. He’s fifth in playoff wins with 152, behind only Derek Fisher (161), Tim Duncan (157), Robert Horry (155) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (154).CAVS-CELTICS HISTORYADVERTISEMENT Celtics and Warriors: $1,646,226 each so far. They’d get $3,993,173 if they reach The Finals and lose, $5,188,122 if they win the championship.Cavaliers: $1,478,543. Would finish with $3,825,490 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,020,439 if they win the title.Teams use the playoff pool largely for bonuses for players and staff after the season. The 12 playoff teams that have already been eliminated will be getting checks adding up to about $7 million from the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The league MVP has played in the NBA Finals in four of the last six seasons — James and the Miami Heat won titles in 2012 and 2013, Stephen Curry and the Warriors won in 2015 and lost to Cleveland in 2016.MATTER OF TIMERay Allen is still the league’s all-time leader in playoff 3-pointers made, with 385.LeBron James and Stephen Curry are coming his way.James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers. Curry is No. 3 with 329 — in only 79 playoff games. Allen played in 171, and James has played in 228.WELL DONE, SCHEDULE MAKERSHere’s how the NBA season began, back on Oct. 17: Boston at Cleveland, and Houston at Golden State.Almost seven months later, the conference finals begin with Cleveland at Boston, Golden State at Houston.WIN GAME 1Winning Game 1 of any NBA playoff series is important; under this format that the league has been using since 1984, teams that take 1-0 series leads ultimately win those matchups about 80 percent of the time. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James blows kisses as he walks off the floor after a 128-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.The NBA has its Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT View comments That’s even more pronounced in this round.Of the 68 teams that have taken 1-0 series leads in the conference finals, 57 have gone on to make the NBA Finals. But four times in the last seven years, a team has dropped Game 1 in this round and made The Finals anyway.MORE DAYS OFF?The NBA Finals start May 31.That means there could be a lot of days without basketball before then.If both series end in sweeps — unlikely, of course, but possible — the Boston-Cleveland winner would have 10 days off before The Finals and the Houston-Golden State winner would have nine.Starting Thursday, there will be no games five times in a nine-day span. There’s no games until Sunday, and there’s no games in either series on May 17 and 18. Those needing a basketball fix on those last two days, fret not — there will be NBA Combine activities going on in Chicago on those two days.POOL UPDATEThe NBA’s playoff pool for this season is $20 million, and here’s a look at how much the four remaining teams have made so far in this postseason — along with a look at what they could get.Rockets: $2,322,122. Would finish with $4,669,069 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,864,018 if they win the title. 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Semenya loses testosterone rules appeal

first_imgA three judge panel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had “some serious concerns as to the future practical application of these DSD regulations.”Even though the regulations are “discriminatory…such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events,” the Lausanne-based court said in a statement.The IAAF insisted the rules were essential to preserve a level playing field and ensure that all female athletes can see “a path to success”.The verdict is certain to cause controversy, as Semenya was backed by a global coalition of nations and scientific experts who argued that testosterone is an arbitrary and unfair measure for determining gender.Experts also stressed that achieving excellence in sport is a combination of training and commitment as well as genetics and that barring people from competition over a single genetic factor has no scientific basis.In a rare intrusion into the world of sport, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution last month branding the IAAF rules “unnecessary, humiliating and harmful”.The IAAF has countered that DSD athletes with male levels of testosterone “get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty.”Semenya’s testosterone levels are not publicly known, but she is unlikely to be the only athlete affected by Wednesday’s verdict.The two athletes who finished behind her in the Rio Olympics 800m, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, have also faced questions about their testosterone levels.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Caster Semenya lost her challenge against IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels © AFP/File / Harold CUNNINGHAMLAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 1 – South African runner Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels, but judges voiced concern with the application of the “discriminatory” regulations.Semenya, a double Olympic champion, was fighting measures imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that compel “hyperandrogenic” athletes — or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) — to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Salah hits back at Madrid’s Ramos, reveals message after UCL final

first_imgMo Salah doesn’t appear to have forgiven Sergio Ramos after a clash between the pair left him injured and unable to continue in the Champions League final last month.Liverpool’s Egyptian revealed to Marca that the Real Madrid defender sent him a message after the Spanish side emerged 3-1 winners. 1 Salah came out worst after clashing with Ramos in the final center_img However, Salah stated that he did not respond by reassuring or forgiving his opponent.“Yes, it was [the worst moment of my career],” he declared when asked about having to be substituted in the final.“When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of worry. Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final.“Moments later, I also thought about the possibility of not playing in the World Cup and that was a devastating thought.”The Liverpool man was then quizzed about comments Ramos has made since the match, claiming he had in fact been grabbed by Salah first and that he actually injured the other arm, not the one that was being held.Spain’s captain also declared: “If he had an injection, he could’ve played the second half.”“It’s funny…” responded Salah. “My comment is that it’s always okay when the one who made you cry first, then makes you laugh.“Maybe he could also tell me if I’m going to be ready for the World Cup?”On the messages exchanged between the pair, Mo Salah simply said: “He sent me a message, but I never told him it was okay.”last_img read more

Wayne Rooney: Watch Man United legend score stunning goal for DC United

first_imgWayne Rooney is proving to be a big hit in the United States.Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer, Rooney moved to America to sign for DC United in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Everton. 1 Wayne Rooney has ten goals in 17 MLS games center_img When the 32-year-old joined DC, they were sitting bottom in the Eastern Conference of the MLS.But Rooney’s arrival has helped rejuvenate the club and he has led them – as captain – to the verge of a play-off spot.On Wednesday night, he scored his tenth goal of the season, and in some style too, bending a glorious free-kick from 35 yards out into the back of the net against Toronto FC.Rooney’s brilliance earned his side a 1-0 win and means they need just one more victory from their final two matches to be assured of a play-off spot.Check out the stunning strike below…last_img read more

FATHER AND DAUGHTER KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY AT LYIT

first_imgJoanne and Sean Cassidy (front left) along with lecturers and other students at LYIT.A father and daughter from Ballyshannon are saving on petrol money – after attending the same Donegal college.Joanne and Sean Cassidy are doing different courses having both enrolled at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.And both are really enjoying the experience along with the other 3,ooo other students at the campus. Joanne is a Business Management student who hopes to enter Retail Management when she graduates.She decided to switch from DCU to study at LYIT and loves the experience.“If a lecturer knew your name in Dublin it was like winning the lottery. It was so impersonal and the course didn’t have enough business content for what I wanted. In comparison, LYIT is a friendly place with very modern facilities, you feel like the lecturers genuinely want to see you succeed.“I’m really, really enjoying the Business course, it is tough but very rewarding and has more emphasis on the real world. We get to communicate in classes too with tutorials and work practice that makes the theory come to life. I’m very glad I decided to come to LYIT.” Joanne’s dad Sean is a mature student having decided to return to study after 20 years of being self-employed in Closed Circuit TV.He says, “Studying at LYIT has been very positive for me, the lecturers give you plenty of encouragement. You get all the help you need. The work placement element is a real bonus and the staff are very well connected with industry.”“It was hard giving up the business but I realised I needed to retrain and I wanted to ensure it was in an area which had future growth. That’s why Wind Technology really appealed to me.”Michael Margey, Head of School of Business emphasises the philosophy of making learning applicable and engaging.“The LYIT focus has always been to deliver a positive mind-broadening education experience for students. We aim to bring the outside in and to put theory into context where we can. “We do that through role-play, work placement and by inviting in leaders in industry to speak to our students. In this way, students get a real picture of different industries and roles, and how their new skills can be applied.”FATHER AND DAUGHTER KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY AT LYIT was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joanne CassidyLYITSean Cassidylast_img read more

Order obtained to seize newborn

first_img “Here’s a baby being breast-fed by its mother, and they’re saying that the mother’s a danger to the baby,” DaiShin WolfHawk said by phone Thursday. “What were they doing? They were trying to grab the baby before it even had its shots, circumcised, anything.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Melissa is leaving the hospital tonight,” Roper said Thursday. “Schuylkill County is going to show up at the hospital sometime tomorrow morning to pick up the baby, who will be released when the hospital is ready to release him.” A hospital administrator said Thursday he couldn’t talk about the issue, citing patient privacy rules. Roper said the child services agency also raised concerns about the mother’s alleged history of drug abuse. A closed hearing on the petition was set for Friday in Pottsville, 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The WolfHawks had already gone to court because county officials were asking about the pregnancy. A federal judge placed a temporary restraining order on county officials to keep them from doing so. DaiShin WolfHawk said he and his wife were “appalled” at the county’s actions Wednesday. HARRISBURG, Pa. – Child-welfare officials obtained an emergency court order to seize a baby just 24 hours after he was born, contending the infant would be unsafe because his father is a convicted sex offender. The hospital, however, refused to hand over the infant so soon after birth, according to a lawyer representing the mother, Melissa WolfHawk. WolfHawk, 31, planned to check out of the hospital Thursday night – against medical advice – without her son to prepare for a Friday court hearing, said Mary Catherine Roper, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing the mother. The child was born Tuesday, and Schuylkill County Children and Youth Services was granted the order Wednesday. The agency expressed concerns that the boy could be in danger because his 53-year-old father, DaiShin WolfHawk, was convicted of rape and sodomy more than two decades ago in New York. last_img read more

Sunday Of Men’s Soccer Named To MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

first_imgSunday started 18 matches for the Bulldogs last fall before suffering a season-ending injury in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal match against Bradley on Nov. 13. Sunday, who was tabbed to the 2015 All-MVC First Team and to the NSCAA Division I Men’s All-West Region First Team, tallied a team-leading seven assists and scored one goal. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior midfielder Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been named to the watch list for the 2016 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. A total of 64 NCAA Division I players from around the country have been named as contenders for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The MAC Herman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer presented annually to the outstanding male and female players of the year. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, during the trophy presentation at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.center_img The lists are compiled by the members of the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees, based on analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

QPR v Sunderland: No Remy, Austin plays

first_imgLoic Remy, tipped to join Chelsea, is not in the QPR matchday squad to face Sunderland. Charlie Austin starts up front after recovering from a hamstring problem, while Matt Phillips and Junior Hoilett both start and Adel Taarabt is on the bench. QPR: Green, Isla, Ferdinand, Caulker, Hill, Fer, Barton, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Onuoha, Henry, Dunne, Zamora, Taarabt. Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, van Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher.Subs: Pantilimon, Jones, Bridcutt, Gomez, Altidore, Giaccherini, Buckley.See also:QPR set for Austin boost and double signingFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

49ers’ Richard Sherman despises Thursday Night Football

first_imgSANTA CLARA — 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will suit up and start on Thursday night against the Cardinals in Arizona, but he’d rather not.Sherman, an outspoken critic of Thursday Night Football, doesn’t believe his teammates or opponents should be subjected to playing in the middle of the week.“Guys coming off Sunday games, sometimes Sunday night games, playing on Thursday is still just a terrible turnaround,” Sherman said Tuesday. “Guys have gotten it done and obviously guys have …last_img

ID, passport applications go electronic

first_img20 August 2009 ‘Live capture, not online applications’ However, Mkhize said applicants should not think they would be able to do the process on their own. Source: BuaNews Population register Live capturing ensured that details were immediately verified from the local office instead of going via head office, reducing waiting time by three to five days, he said. “That is why it’s called live-capture. Officials will capture all your information, including verification of fingerprints, digital signatures, and it’s quicker than manual capturing,” he said. “By Friday last week, the system had been implemented in at least 20 of our offices, and officials in these offices have changed from the manual way of doing things to electronic processing,” the department’s Vusi Mkhize told BuaNews on Tuesday.center_img The department will shortly launch a campaign, which will run until 2011, under which every child under 14 without a birth certificate will be registered, ensuring that children are captured in South Africa’s population register before they apply for an ID. The department wants to ensure that the number of offices with live-capture workstations, valued at between R220 000 and R250 000, is increased dramatically before the end of the year. For security reasons, he said, people would not be able to apply for IDs on the internet. The Department of Home Affairs says its one step closer to implementing its new electronic system for South Africa’s identity documents, after the process proved to be a success for passports. The system has the capacity to capture information for both IDs and passports. He said once all the necessary information technology requirements had been met, the department planned to roll out the system to all Home Affairs offices in the country.last_img read more