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Durant spoils Kobe’s special night, lifts Warriors over Lakers in OT

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Ball had 16 points, six assists and six rebounds.Stephen Curry missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle, and Draymond Green sat out for the fourth time in five games with right shoulder soreness. Durant and the Warriors still had enough to handle the Lakers, who missed several opportunities down the regulation stretch to seize control of the game.The Lakers recovered from a five-point deficit in the final minute of the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have won it.Durant then hit a 3-pointer to open overtime, but Ball made a driving layup with 1:03 left to put the Lakers ahead 113-112.Durant drew a foul and made two free throws, but Julius Randle hit one of two to tie it before Durant’s winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers retire Kobe’s two jersey numbers LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 18: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 36 points and hit a tiebreaking 22-foot jumper with 7.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-114 Monday night for their ninth consecutive victory.Klay Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the defending NBA champions predictably dampened a celebratory night for the Lakers, who retired Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers during a halftime ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Warriors nursed a narrow lead in the fourth period despite their two stars’ shooting struggles, but Ingram drove for the tying layup with 27 seconds left. After Durant missed, Caldwell-Pope drove downcourt with the crowd on its feet and a chance to emulate Kobe on a late game-winner — but Caldwell-Pope badly missed his long jumper at the buzzer.Bryant didn’t stick around for overtime, leaving with his family.KOBE’S NIGHTThe Lakers honored Bryant by hanging his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys high above the Staples Center court during a ceremony attended by dozens of his former teammates and competitors, from Shaquille O’Neal to Allen Iverson. Bryant is the leading scorer in franchise history, and Magic Johnson declared him “the greatest who ever wore the purple and gold.” Bryant spent his brief remarks thanking his friends and the Lakers before addressing his three daughters at courtside: “If you do the work, work hard enough, then dreams come true.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State played its final road game of 2017. … The Warriors will host the Lakers in Oakland on Friday night.Lakers: Ingram left briefly in the third quarter after taking a hard fall underneath the basket. He had a bruise on his right cheek, but felt good enough to continue. … Larry Nance Jr. threw down a superb dunk on Durant in the first half, bringing the crowd to its feet.UP NEXTWarriors: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.Lakers: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours READ: Lakers retire Kobe’s two jersey numbersPerhaps in tribute to Bryant, Durant and Thompson never stopped shooting even when they weren’t making many. The duo combined to miss 31 of its first 40 shots, but Durant went 4 for 4 in overtime, capped by that pure go-ahead jumper in OT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lakers had a chance at the end, but David West blocked Lonzo Ball’s shot and Brandon Ingram couldn’t beat the buzzer.Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points in a reserve role and Ingram added 19 for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.last_img read more

I’m English – but I want USA to beat the Lionesses in the World Cup

first_imgWomen’s World Cup 2019 Alex Morgan and USA resolve to put Ellen White in the shade And so here I am, in the week of 4 July, living in a country which deems all men and women to have been created equal, a truth that holds self-evident whatever the shortcomings of the government built upon it.Abraham Lincoln said he “never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence”. Nor did I. Increasingly, it’s the same when it comes to sports. At another World Cup, in Japan later this year, the US men’s rugby team will attempt to compete with England. Go Eagles.Heavy thinking boosts a simple love of family. I love my homeland but I love my adopted home too. For all its travails, the United States of America was built in service of its people. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – three fourths of which may join me in rooting for America tomorrow – was not.I cannot be an American, New York born. But if America will have me, I can be one yet by oath.So much for weighty decisions. Switching allegiance is easier in front of a TV, with a beer, watching a US team play a strong attacking game with stars like Megan Rapinoe, unafraid to speak truth to power in the best American way.Go USA. Topics Share on WhatsApp comment USA women’s football team Heavy thinking boosts a simple love of family. I love my homeland but I love my adopted home too Women’s World Cup Read more US sports I am an Englishman, Leeds born – Leeds, that damned city – and go at things as I have taught myself, freestyle, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man’s character is his fate, says Phil Neville, and in the end there isn’t any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Sidney Blumenthal England women’s football team How Lincoln’s disdain for demagogues pricks Trump’s Fourth of July pomposity Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger So much for trying to be clever, messing with the opening of a great American novel, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, to set up a column about being an immigrant. I might as well say it straight.I want the USA to beat England in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.I was born in Yorkshire in 1978, grew up there, then went to college in Durham. At 21 I went to London to work. Ten years after that I met a girl from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and after three more years we moved across the sea. Now we have three girls, aged six, four and two, and all of them are Americans, New York born. They don’t play soccer yet but presumably soon they will. My wife did.I’m firmly on their side. Women’s football I have dabbled in the world of the hate click. In these pages, I’ve defended Bono and expressed a preference for rugby. That holds true. But my attitude to Tuesday’s game of soccer is a little more complicated, even more existential. I want the USA to beat England because I think the USA is a better place to be.What follows is literally based on the last book I read, but I think it bears explaining. It was Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass Sunstein, a law professor at Harvard. It’s a history of the constitutional mechanism by which the Americans can remove their leader, and are indeed supposed to if he or she has abused their power. It is obviously written for those who wish such a fate on the current occupant of the White House. As I do.The reason I want the USA to beat England is to be found in its title. Sunstein has written “a citizen’s guide”.If you are an American, New York or anywhere else born, you are a citizen. Nominally at least – I’m aware of America’s past, present and future of massive and shattering injustice – you are one of 329 million equals. You and your fellow Americans have the power to remove your leader, because that leader is deemed to be equal to you. You may not choose to remove him or her, for political reasons perhaps, but you have the power to do so. The same cannot be said for Englishmen, or indeed anyone else in Britain.I live in New York and I have family and friends in Boston, Washington, California and plenty of points in between. But I am not a citizen. Should impeachment come, I cannot take part. Sunstein has prompted me to remember what in fact I am.I am a subject of the Queen, a leader I would rather not have. Short of revolution, I cannot remove her. I am simply deemed unequal to one other Briton, London born if with German roots, and the whole rotten caste that supports her. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Conte: My dad told me off for lack of passion

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte: My dad told me off for lack of touchline passion Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss got a telling off after the club’s worst defeat of the season and spoke about developing Eden Hazard into an even better player Antonio Conte has revealed that his family worry about him when he tries to contain his excitement on the touchline during Chelsea games, even being told off by his father after one particularly passionless display.Chelsea suffered one of their worst defeats during Conte’s reign at the start of the month as they went down 4-1 to Watford, leaving the coach on the brink of losing his job.And Conte has admitted that he faced criticism from more than just fans and the press after that game, as his family grew concerned over his timidity on the side of the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Three good performances have subsequently stabilised things at Stamford Bridge as Conte’s side now sit fourth in the Premier League, and the coach vows he will be as vocal and wild as usual as they gear up for an intense end to the season, if only to make his father happy.”My family start to worry if they don’t see me [being passionate],” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. “They start to worry because it means I’m not happy. They don’t recognise me. A lot of time I start the game with this idea to try to enjoy the game, to stay sat down.”To enjoy the game in this way is not the same for me. It is not the same for my players, it is not the same for the fans, or for my father. My father watched the game against Watford. He said ‘oi, I didn’t see you with the right hunger, the right passion. You finished the game with your voice. That’s not for you.’ “Maybe in the future when I become older, for sure, I have to try to stay more calm. To live the game more relaxed but I think also that this is my thing. To stay on the touchline and push my players, to push myself. This is the result because I won something in my life. “You have to know that my first owner when I started to play football was my father. He was the owner, the coach, the kit-man, he drew the lines [on the pitch]. I spent my life from the start, my life on the pitch. To follow the team of my father, for this reason.”I think we have to thank him for this passion that I have for this sport. I started very young. In my first season I was assistant coach. I remember in some games, I shouted more than the head coach, a lot of the time, at the end of the game I said sorry because [I shouted so much]. But this is my way to live the game. In the future, I hope to be more relaxed and enjoy and to sit and watch the game.”I think you must have passion in every game. If you play against Barcelona or you play with a low team. It doesn’t matter, honestly I don’t think my passion against Watford was less. For sure, it was a strange night for everyone.Tiemoue Bakayoko Chelsea Watford 05022018Troy Deeney David Luiz Watford Chelsea“I don’t think that my passion was less, my passion must always be the same way when we play against an important team or a team that’s less important. In that moment I am alone. I don’t see what happens on the other bench, I don’t see what the other manager does.”In that moment I am alone. There’s the pitch, my players, the game. I don’t see what happens because my focus is only on the pitch. It is great this for me. After the game, if we win, I think there is great peace in myself. This is the moment that I find the peace completely, in my mind and body.”I am tired but when we win it is the best moment for me. I enjoy that moment. I know that probably the time is two hours or three hours to enjoy this moment, especially if we play every three days, but then start to think and I prepare for another team.”When we lose, I prefer to stay inside. I think after the game it is not good to speak, especially if you are angry, it is dangerous. It is very important to be calm and not be sad. Take one day, two days to recover and then restart.”Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has gone on to make 40 appearances already this season for club and country, despite missing the start of the season due to a broken ankle. Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, ChelseaHe has played in three different positions this season for Chelsea  and is the club’s top scorer with 15 goals.However, Conte still believes that his star man has another level to get to despite being impressed with his recent displays, pointing out Sunday’s game against Manchester United as a good chance to show his quality.”I think this type of game is the perfect game for top players because they want to show something,” he added. “Especially in these games. Eden is performing well. He is scoring, he can score more, he can improve things.”He has the possibility to improve his level, to work very hard with and without the ball, to help his team-mates. At this level you need all players to play with the ball and without the ball, to help the team with and without the ball. “I think at this point, it’s important for the coach to try to speak to improve on the pitch and during the training sessions. To have conversations about how to reach another level but it is very important, you must be yourself to have this ambition, this will to do this.”last_img read more