Kevin Durant’s 50-point effort helps Warriors eliminate Clippers

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory He put up 23 points in the second quarter, outscoring the Clippers by one point by himself and bringing his total for the half to 38, which tied the NBA record for most points in the first half of a playoff game (equaling Charles Barkley’s record in 1994 Golden State) and lifted the Warriors to a 72-53 halftime lead.“He’s Kevin Durant, that’s really all you’ve got to say,” said Shamet, who spoke during the series of appreciating the opportunity to compete against players he’s been admiring since he was in high school. “He’s one of a kind, doing what he does, what he can do and what he did. Give him credit, he carried them, he played tremendously well.”As did the Clippers for so much of the season, and they hope, in seasons to come.“Having Steve Ballmer as the owner, Doc Rivers is a very player-friendly coach, the whole front-office structure, this team is built for success for many, many years to come,” Lawler said. “And I’ll be watching it.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers coach Doc Rivers concurred.“I’ve never been more proud of a group of guys in the 20 years that I’ve coached,” Rivers said. “They were just really fun. I’ve never met a group where, in the morning you raced to the car, you raced to practice just because you love being around them.“It was just a pleasure to coach them. And it was also a pleasure to play Golden State.”With 2:25 left in the final game of the season, Rivers let the Clippers’ sellout crowd of 19,068 pay tribute to the group, subbing out three of this season’s stars – Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams – to a rousing ovation.“I thought they deserved a chance to keep fighting until that late,” Rivers said. “But when you come to the realization it’s over, it’s over. You pull the guys. I wanted to make sure they got the proper notice from the fans, and they did.” Trailing by 19 coming out of halftime, the Clippers assigned Beverley to go help pester Durant and then clawed within 12 when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hit fellow rookie Landry Shamet for a 3-pointer – and the notably pro-Clippers crowd roared in response: Oh yeah, these Clippers don’t quit.But Durant responded with a 3-pointer. And when Danilo Gallinari sank a shot from deep, Durant responded with another 3-pointer: Oh yeah, he’s Kevin Durant. You know who he is. Y’all know who he is.Shamet’s one-footed floater with 5:03 left in the third quarter got the Clippers within 82-71, but by the time the quarter concluded, the Warriors had their biggest lead of the game: 102-78.Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the quarter also got Golden State to the 100-point mark, all but locking up the game and the series, per Lawler’s Law.The never-say-die Clippers had designs on breaking the Law, of course.Draymond Green’s foul and ensuing technical foul resulted in three made free throws, which the Clippers used to cut it to 114-101.But Steph Curry hit a step-back 3-pointer over Gilgeous-Alexander with 5:51 left, and the Warriors had a 117-101 advantage.And though the Clippers kept coming with buckets from Harrell and Jerome Robinson, this time the Warriors – who gave up a 31-point lead in the Clippers’ historic Game 2 victory – put their foot down, outscoring the Clippers from there, 12-9.Gallinari had a career playoff-high 29 points, Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 on 8-for-14 shooting, and Beverley had 11 points and a career-high-tying 14 rebounds.Williams and Harrell, the NBA’s highest-scoring bench combo, were never much of a factor. The Warriors limited Williams to eight points on 3-for-21 shooting and Harrell was 4 for 7 for 10 points and five fouls. The two reserves scored a combined 57 points on 23-for-33 shooting in Game 5.“I struggled at home this series and I played well on the road,” said Williams, who had games of 25, 26 and 33 points this series at Oracle Arena in Oakland. “It happens in the game, I live and die with the shots I take. Tonight was especially tough because it was a deciding game. I wish I would have played better, but I’ll go to sleep tonight happy with the shots I took and missed.”Added Beverley: “Lou’s been carrying us all year. Off the bench, game-winners, down in the (game), we gave Lou the ball. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Lou.”The Clippers’ surprising success this season had a lot do with that sort of encouragement, Williams and Beverley said.“We went into camp with the attitude that we were going to be each other’s best supporters,” Williams said. “We saw the schedule, realized we had three national television games out of 82, and we said the only way that we’re going to figure this thing out (and) we’re going to turn heads, we’ve got to do it together.”They certainly got the basketball world’s attention by pushing Golden State to six games.“When you play the defending champions, it’s tough but it’ll bring out the best in you,” Gallinari said.The Clippers returned the favor, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: “That’s a beautiful basketball team, they made us work for everything.”On Friday, Curry had 24 points and Green had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth career playoff triple-double, despite five fouls. Klay Thompson was limited to nine points with three fouls.The Clippers enjoyed a frenetic start, throwing the first proverbial punch before getting smacked with a Warriors flurry in response.The Clippers watched as a 10-point lead evaporated quickly while the Warriors, who started 4 for 17, finished the first quarter by making 11 of their next 16. Durant had 15 points in the first quarter – and he was just warming up.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley ad Landry Shamet leave the court after the team’s 129-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Warriors Kevin Durant #35 goes to the basket for a dunk as the Clippers Danilo Gallinari #8 looks on during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Patrick Beverley #21 reacts during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 goes to the basket as the Clippers Landry Shamet #20 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Draymond Green #23 blocks the shot of the Clippers Landry Shamet #20 during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Draymond Green #23 reacts after he blocked a shot by the Clippers Landry Shamet #20 during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers coach Doc Rivers during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors Klay Thompson #11 shoots as the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Klay Thompson #11 has his shot blocked by the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 smiles as the Clippers’ Landry Shamet #20 stands nearby during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari #8 shoots as the Warriors’ Klay Thompson #11 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Klay Thompson #11 steals the ball away from the Clippers’ JaMychal Green #4 during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 drives to the basket as Warriors’ Shaun Livingston #34 and Klay Thompson #11 defend during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Montrezl Harrell #5 and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 battle for the ball during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #12 and Garrett Temple #17 pressure the Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #12 and Garrett Temple #17 pressure the Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 dives for the ball as the Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 scoops it up during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Te Warriors Andre Iguodala #9 dunks the ball during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala #9 shoots the ball as the Clippers Garrett Temple #17 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Montrezl Harrell #5 reacts during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors Kevon Looney #5 dunks the ball as the Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors Kevon Looney #5 dunks the ball as the Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 looks on during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Klay Thompson #11 blocks the shot of the Clippers Garrett Temple #17 but draws a foul during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors’ Kevin Durant #35 reacts during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors speaks with Stephen Curry #30 at the end of the first half against the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts to a Clipper foul in the first half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers guard Garrett Temple, right, has his shot blocked by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, gestures after scoring and drawing a foul from Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, below, as Harrell lays injured on the floor during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, tries to shoot as Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney, left, forward Draymond Green, second from left, and guard Stephen Curry defend during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell writhes on the floor after being injured on a play during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, shoots as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, top, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, left, defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet, right, shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, reaches in on Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson defends during the first half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Warriors Klay Thompson #11 blocks the shot of the ClippersÕ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 lays the ball up during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors Andre Iguodala #9 reacts after sinking a 3-point shot during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 reacts during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors Andre Iguodala #9 dunks the ball as the ClippersÕ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Warriors Andre Iguodala #9 lays the ball up during game six of their first round NBA playoff series against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, right, dunks under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant slides on the court after making a basket during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, top, winks as guard Andre Iguodala during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, center, and guard Lou Williams defend during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, second from right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, left, forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, and guard Patrick Beverley defend during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, shoots as he is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry eggs on the the crowd after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scowls after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, and Stephen Curry high-five as they walks off the court during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, talks with guard Stephen Curry during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala gestures after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams defends during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures after scoring as actor Larry David, left, watches during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, talks with guard Stephen Curry during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, left, and guard Landry Shamet defend during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet defends during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, center, as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, second from left, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, second from right, and forward JaMychal Green defend during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts from the sidelines in a 129-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers is called for a charge on Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors as Andre Iguodala #9 looks on in a 129-110 Warrior win during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari defends during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts as he leaves the game late in the fourth quarter in a 129-110 win over the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers scores around Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in a 129-110 Clipper loss during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup past Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors in a 129-110 Clipper loss during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers talk in a 129-110 Warriors win during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors watches from the bench in a 129-110 win over the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks up in a 129-110 win over the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Lou Williams #23, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 and Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers wait for the start of play trailing the Golden State Warriors by double digits in a 129-110 loss during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, center, and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, congratulate each other as actor Larry David looks on after Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors shake hands in a 129-110 Warrior win during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley ad Landry Shamet leave the court after the team’s 129-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Warriors Kevin Durant #35 goes to the basket for a dunk as the Clippers Danilo Gallinari #8 looks on during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 78The Warriors Kevin Durant #35 goes to the basket for a dunk as the Clippers Danilo Gallinari #8 looks on during game six of their first round NBA playoff series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It took another career night from Kevin Durant, but the Golden State Warriors finally got rid of the Cockroach Clippers who’d pestered them for six games, spurning expectations in this first-round playoff series just as they had for most of the season.The Clippers were supposed to win 30-some regular-season games, not 48; they weren’t supposed to make the playoffs; they traded away their best player while reconfiguring their roster midway through the season and they were, as 100-to-1 underdogs, supposed to be handled easily by the two-time defending champs.And on Friday night they finally succumbed to Golden State’s astounding talent, as Durant dropped 50 points, resetting his career playoff scoring high from two nights earlier and leading the Warriors to a 129-110 victory at Staples Center, where fans cheered the team and retiring broadcaster Ralph Lawler as the game ended.“They are really just good guys,” Lawler told his final postgame audience. “So many memories that we’ll take with us for many, many years to come. People will look back on this 2018-19 season and go, ‘Oh boy, that season was really fun.’ And it was positively the case.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

Kevin Durant likes IG post calling out Warriors’ ‘incompetence’

first_imgKD throws shade at Warriors on his way out. Check out who ‘liked’ the post. pic.twitter.com/IbhF0vD6KR— The Sports Daily (@SportsDailyBlog) July 1, 2019MORE: Nets offer KD chance to write his own history Durant, who was recovering from a calf injury for the first four games of the NBA Finals, finally took to the court in Game 5 against Toronto, only to rupture his Achilles with 9:46 left in the second quarter. The injury and subsequent surgery will cost Durant the entirety of the 2019-20 season. That, of course, raised questions — unfair or not — as to whether Durant should have played at all, and whether the team’s decision-makers really had his best interests at heart.Of course, it’s entirely possible Durant simply liked the post because it called him the best player in the world when healthy, or that he could now afford a new hairbrush or decent barber. But if he did indeed like it for the point calling out the Warriors’ “incompetence,” then it at least partly explains his decision to move on from Golden State, where he stood to make $221 million over five seasons on a championship-caliber team.As it stands now, Durant’s injury was not a significant-enough hurdle to keep him from agreeing to a $164 million deal over four years with Brooklyn and using the 2019-20 season to rehab his Achilles. It seems Kevin Durant may have some hard feelings left over from his stint in Golden State — specifically, the team’s decision to play him in the NBA Finals against Toronto.Durant on Sunday appeared to “like” an Instagram post from Barstool Sports, which claimed he would miss the 2019-20 season “due to Warriors incompetence.”last_img read more

Macy’s to furlough most of workers

first_imgMacy’s has announced that it is being forced to furlough most of it’s employees due to the coronavirus keeping it’s brick- and- mortar stores closed.The store made the announcement Monday stating that the brick-and-mortar stores accounted for the majority of it’s business and now they are being forced to implement several changes to bolster their bottomline.Next week, the company which also owns Bloomingdales and Bluemercury , will begin the process of furloughing many of it’s over 120,000 employees.While the workers are being furloughed, the company says it still plans to pay health benefits and cover 100% of employee premiums at least through May.They will also be keeping some of their employees to assist them in their e-commerce operations,  distribution and call centers.last_img read more

Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Ex-Liverpool stars push Lopetegui to the brink

first_imgReal had been restricted to long-range shots in the opening period but were back in the contest after just five minutes of the second half as Isco’s cross from the byline caused panic in the home defence and Marcelo controlled the ball on his chest before stabbing home.The visitors were almost level five minutes later when Luka Modric’s shot slammed into a post and ran across goal to safety, while at the other end Suarez also hit the frame of the goal with an acrobatic volley as the game began to live up to its billing.Real missed a great chance to equalise after 67 minutes when Karim Benzema headed over from six yards following a pinpoint cross from half-time substitute Lucas Vazquez. Suarez, who had nipped in front of Varane to collect Alba’s pass before being pushed to the ground, took the penalty himself and found the bottom corner despite the best efforts of Courtois.Despite his assists for both goals, Alba continued to be given plenty of freedom down the left and Real were grateful that his 38th-minute cross was just too high for Suarez.Moments later Rakitic and Nacho became the first players to be booked for fouls on Toni Kroos and Coutinho respectively, before Rafinha badly overhit a pass that should have set Suarez clean through on goal.Rafinha attempted to make amends with a curling 20-yard shot which flew just over the bar and Madrid were grateful to get to half-time only two goals behind. The loss leaves Real ninth in the table and seven points behind pacesetters Barcelona, who were without talisman Lionel Messi after he suffered a broken arm in last week’s victory over Sevilla.The home side took the lead in the 11th minute when Ivan Rakitic’s superb ball over the top found Jordi Alba in acres of space on the left and he pulled the ball back into an ideal position for Philippe Coutinho to simply side-foot the ball into the net from 10 yards.Barcelona almost doubled their lead after 18 minutes when Sergio Ramos was guilty of giving the ball away in a dangerous area and Arthur’s fierce shot drew an excellent save from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The home fans did not have to wait long before their side made it 2-0 from the penalty spot, although it took the use of the VAR before referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez pointed to the spot after initially waving away claims that Suarez had been brought down by Raphael Varane. 4 Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1  as Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in what could be Real manager Julen Lopetegui’s first and last experience of El Clasico.Lopetegui was already under pressure before the eagerly-anticipated clash at the Nou Camp and his players did him no favours as they stumbled to a third straight LaLiga defeat for the first time since May 2009. Barcelona star Luis Suarez celebrates in front of his fans at the Camp Nou. 4 Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui may have had his last match in charge. Barcelona stars celebrate one of their five goals 4 Suarez had plenty to celebrate in El Clasico. 4 And they were made to pay seven minutes later when Suarez showed Benzema how it should be done, heading home from more than twice the distance after being set up by Sergi Roberto.Roberto was again the provider with eight minutes left, dispossessing Ramos and releasing Suarez to clip the ball over Courtois and complete his hat-trick, while there was still time for a fifth goal as Ousmane Dembele provided the perfect cross for fellow substitute Arturo Vidal to head home.last_img read more

1974 World Cup saw the first ever Red Card

first_imgThe 1974 FIFA World Cup, the tenth staging of the World Cup, was held in West Germany.Some of football’s most successful nations did not qualify, including 1966 champions England, France, hosts of the 1970 tournament Mexico, Spain, 1966 third-place finishers Portugal, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania.16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Each played a round-robin with two points for a win and one for a draw, and goal difference used to separate teams level on points. The top two teams from each group advanced to the next stage.However, in a change from the format used in the previous five competitions, the second round consisted of another group stage: the eight remaining teams were divided into two groups of four. The winners of each group played each other in the final, and the second place teams in each group played each other in the third/fourth place match.Johan Neeskens scoring after only two minutes in the finalThe tournament was held mostly in bad weather, and the stadia had few protected places. Few western European nations had qualified, of which only The Netherlands, West Germany and Sweden made it past the Group Stage. Fans from the Eastern neighbour states were hindered by political circumstances.Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card in a World Cup match, during their match against West Germany. Red cards were formally introduced in World Cup play in 1970, but no players were sent off in that tournament.Two teams made a particularly powerful impact on the first round. The Netherlands demonstrated the “Total football” techniques pioneered by the top Dutch club Ajax, in which specialised positions were virtually abolished for the outfield players, and individual players became defenders, midfielders or strikers as the situation required. The Dutch marked their first World Cup finals since 1938 by topping their first-round group, with wins over Uruguay and Bulgaria and a draw with Sweden. Sweden joined the Dutch in the second group round after beating Uruguay 3–0.Poland, meanwhile, took maximum points from a group containing two of the favourites for the tournament. They beat Argentina 3–2, trounced Haiti 7–0, then beat Italy 2–1 – a result that knocked the Italians out of the Cup and resulted in Argentina sneaking to the second group round on goal difference. While Haiti didn’t do particularly well in their first World Cup finals (losing all three of their games and finishing second to last ) they did have one moment of glory. In their opening game against Italy, they managed to take the lead with a goal from Emmanuel Sanon, before eventually losing 3–1 (Italy had not conceded a goal in 12 international matches). That goal proved to be a significant goal as it ended Dino Zoff’s run of 1142 minutes without conceding a goal.Group 2 was a particularly close group. With Brazil, Yugoslavia and Scotland drawing all their games against each other, it was decided by the number of goals these three teams scored when defeating Zaire. Yugoslavia hammered the African nation 9–0, equalling a finals record for the largest margin of victory. Brazil beat them 3–0. Scotland however only managed a 2–0 margin, and so were edged out of the tournament on goal difference. They were the only team that did not lose a game in the tournament as well as becoming the first ever country to be eliminated from a World Cup Finals without having lost a match.Gerd Muller (extreme right) scores the winning goal in the 1974 finalGroup 1 contained both East Germany and the host West Germany , and they both progressed at the expense of Chile and newcomers Australia. The last game played in Group 1 was also the most anticipated, a big clash between the two German teams. West Germany was already assured of progression to the second round whatever the result. In one of the most politically charged matches of all time, it was the East that won, thanks to a late Jurgen Sparwasser goal. This embarrassing result forced a realignment of the West German team that would later help them win the Cup.Second round.Coincidentally, the two second-round groups both produced matches that were, in effect, semi-finals. In Group A, the Netherlands and Brazil met after each had taken maximum points from their previous two matches. In Group B, the same happened with West Germany and Poland – so the winners of these two games would contest the final.In Group A, two goals from the inspirational Johan Cruyff helped the Dutch side thrash Argentina 4–0. At the same time, Brazil defeated East Germany 1–0. The Dutch triumphed over East Germany 2–0 while in the “Battle of the South Americans”, Brazil managed to defeat Argentina 2–1 in a scrappy match. Argentina and East Germany drew 1–1 and were on their way home while the crucial match between the Netherlands and Brazil turned into another triumph for ‘total football’, as second-half goals from Johan Neeskens and Cruyff put the Netherlands in the final. However the match would also be remembered for harsh defending on both sides.Meanwhile, in Group B, West Germany and Poland both managed to beat Yugoslavia and Sweden. The crucial game between the Germans and the Poles was goalless until the 76th minute, when Gerd Muller scored to send the hosts through 1–0. The Poles took third place after defeating Brazil 1–0.Final.The final was held on 7 July 1974 at Olympiastadion, Munich. West Germany was led by Franz Beckenbauer, while the Dutch had their star Johan Cruyff, and their Total Football system which had dazzled the competition. With just a minute gone on the clock, following a solo run, Cruyff was brought down by Uli Hoenes close to the German penalty area, and the Dutch took the lead from the ensuing penalty by Johan Neeskens before any German player had even touched the ball. West Germany struggled to recover, and in the 26th minute were awarded a penalty, after Bernd Holzenbein fell within the Dutch area, causing English referee Jack Taylor to award another controversial penalty. Paul Breitner spontaneously decided to kick, and scored. These two penalties were the first in a World Cup final. West Germany now pushed, and in the 43rd minute, in his typical style, Gerd Muller scored what turned out to be the winning goal, and the last of his career as he retired from the national team. The second half saw chances for both sides, with Müller putting the ball in the net for a goal that was disallowed as offside. In the 85th, Hölzenbein was fouled again, but no penalty this time. Eventually, West Germany, European Champions of 1972, also won the 1974 World Cup.West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer lifts the 1974 World Cup trophyThis was the only case of the reigning European champions winning the World Cup, until Spain (champions of the UEFA Euro 2008) defeated the Netherlands in the South Africa 2010 FIfA World Cup Final. France have also held both trophies, albeit in a different order, at the same time by winning the 1998 World Cup followed by Euro 2000.Joao Havelange former FIFA President from 1974 to 1998) claimed that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups were fixed so that England and Germany would win respectively.This was only the second time that a team had won the World Cup after losing a match in the Finals (West Germany losing to East Germany during the group stage). The previous occasion was West Germany’s earlier win in 1954.Poland’s Grzegorz Lato led the tournament in scoring seven goals. Gerd Muller’s goal in the final was the 14th in his career of two World Cups, beating Just Fontaine’s record of 13, in his single World Cup. Müller’s record was only surpassed 32 years later, in 2006 by Ronaldo’s 15 goals from three World Cups and then 8 years after, in 2014 by Klose’s 16 goals from four World Cups.Grzegorz Lato of Poland won the golden boot with seven goalsGunter Netzer who came on as a substitute for West Germany during the defeat by the East Germans, was playing for Real Madrid at the time: this was the first time that a World Cup winner had played for a club outside his home country.This is the last of four FIFA World Cup tournaments to date with no extra-time matches. The others are the 1930, 1950, and 1962 tournaments.Commentslast_img read more

Rudolfensis and the Red-Nosed Paleoanthropologist

first_imgAdd Leakey to Homo skulls and what do you get?  Headlines! — with fine print that undermines the celebration.The news media were full of headlines this week about our latest ape-like ancestors.  New Scientist announced, “Fossils confirm three early humans roamed Africa.”  Pallab Ghosh spoke for the BBC News, “New human species identified from Kenya fossils.”  PhysOrg trotted out the ever-ready cliche, “New Kenyan fossils shed light* on early human evolution.”  Live Science was slightly more tentative with “New Flat-Faced Human Species Possibly Discovered.”   They were reporting latest finds by Meave Leackey, Louis N. Leakey, Fred Spoor and team, announced forthrightly in Nature, “New fossils from Koobi Fora in northern Kenya confirm taxonomic diversity in early Homo” (Nature488, 09 August 2012, pp. 201–204, doi:10.1038/nature11322).  Trouble is, seasoned bone analyst Bernard Wood let most of the gas out of the bag in his analysis in the same issue of Nature (“Palaeoanthropology: Facing up to complexity,” Nature 488, 09 August 2012, pp. 162–163, doi:10.1038/488162a).It’s not that Bernard Wood doubts human evolution from apes.  He made that clear: “There must have been a ladder-like sequence of species connecting us with that common ancestor,” he said, speaking of “the ancestral species we share exclusively with chimpanzees and bonobos.”  Then he added, “but it is unclear whether our section of the ‘tree of life’ is restricted to this ancestor–descendant sequence, or whether it includes other, now extinct, lineages.”The gist of the find is that some new skull and jaw fragments found in Kenya by the Leakey-Spoor team seem to reinforce the idea the Homo rudolfensis, a.k.a. Skull 1470 that made a splash back in 1972, was an odd man out that might have represented an extinct lineage of Homo.  The problem, as Bernard Wood explains it, is that the data (as usual) are too fragmentary to confirm any one of several hypotheses.  There’s so much wiggle room in the data, he’s not sure what these new fossils mean.  Not only that, the other Homo fossils are still in disarray: H. habilis, H. erectus, H. ergaster, H. heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis – the whole gang.  Are they ancestors, extinct lineages, or all variations on the same human species?Wood believes there are “at least two” Homo species in the data, but he made statements that could make a creationist say “Aha!” (considering that they will deny the evolutionary dates assigned to these bones anyway).  For instance, he admitted that back in the 1970s there were questions whether the fossils from Koobi Fora represented different species or just males and females of the same species (he chose the former interpretation).  He also assumed back then that a particularly robust jaw went with the face of H. rudolfensis.  That has been refuted by the new finds, he said, leaving him to conclude that two or three separate lines of Homo coexisted.  His last paragraph, though, leaves enough gap to drive a truck through:So where do we go from here? More work needs to be done using the faces and lower jaws of modern humans and great apes to check how different the shapes of the palate and lower jaw can be among individuals in living species. We also need to find a way to formally estimate the likelihood that the OH 7 lower jaw came from the same species as either KNM-ER 60000 or KNM-ER 1802. If the latter can be accommodated within H. habilis, then all well and good, but if not (which I think is more likely), then could KNM-ER 1802 and its ilk represent a third species? Finally, some researchers have suggested that evidence from the face and jaws of H. habilis and H. rudolfensis, plus what little fossil evidence we have of these species’ other body regions, stretches the definition of the genus Homo too far. Perhaps these two taxa belonged to a different lineage from that from which H. sapiens arose? My prediction is that by 2064, 100 years after Leakey and colleagues’ description of H. habilis, researchers will view our current hypotheses about this phase of human evolution as remarkably simplistic.Did the news media include these confessions?  Only New Scientist mentioned Wood’s statement about stretching the definition of Homo too far.  Live Science and PhysOrg, decorating their articles with photos of the team looking very scientific with their tools, treated the statements of the discoverers as fact, saying they confirm the notion that there were three separate lineages of Homo living at the same time.  Pallab Ghosh at the BBC News was the most reckless, stating as a fact that a new species of Homo has been discovered by the Leakey team.  “With the discovery of the three new fossils researchers can say with more certainty that H.rudolfensis really was a separate type of human that existed around two million years ago alongside other species of humans,” he said, completely ignoring Wood’s remark about “our current hypotheses … as remarkably simplistic.” Ghosh captioned the press-release skull reconstruction positively: “A new species of human: One of several co-existing in Africa two million years ago.”Ghosh even included the old “march of progress” icon of apes evolving into humans, with the caption, “The March of Progress had many dead ends” (presumably exempting his own top end).  To nail it for Darwin, Ghosh quoted Meave Leakey (hardly a disinterested party), saying, “evolution really does work…. It leads to amazing adaptions and amazing species and we are one of them.”  She did not explain whether the truthfulness of her propositions could be derived from random mutations.For those of us who already know that their current hypotheses about human evolution are remarkably simplistic, ignore the latest self-serving Darwin Party infomercial and go back to work doing what good humans do: thinking rationally.For more on Homo rudolfensis, see 3/27/2007, and especially 5/27/2009.  For more on Homo habilis, see 8/09/2007,  7/13/2009, and 9/21/2009.  For entertainment, follow the “Early Man” category over time.*On “The Five” on Fox News today, Greg Gutfeld urged people to drop the phrase “shed light.”  The expression, he claimed, is a dodge.  When you have facts and numbers, you present them; when you don’t, you say your guesswork “sheds light” on whatever.  We agree: evolutionists, drop this worn-out, tired, useless expression!  (Actually, it does give us opportunities to show off Brett Miller’s great cartoon.) 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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Lamb: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champion Hampshire)Res. Grand Champion Market Lamb: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champion Grade)Third overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co. (Res. Champion Grade)Fourth Overall: Ian Johnson, Union Co. (Champion Natural Color)Fifth overall: Weston Stevens, Ross Co. (Res. Champion Hampshire) HampshireChamp: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.ShropshireChamp: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.SouthdownsChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.SuffolkChampion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.DorsetChampion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.OxfordChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.AOBChampion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Linsey Eddy, Union Co.Brockle-faceChampion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.Res. Champion: London Reichert, DarkeNatural ColoredChampion: Ian Johnson, Union Co.Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami Co.GradeChamp: Bailee Amstutz, Union CountyRes. Champ: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.last_img read more

Google Rebuilds the Tower of Babel with Real-Time Language Translation

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web If our attempts at getting such simple information as bus schedules or account balances from automated voice recognition systems are any indication, then we imagine Google has a lot of work to do in its latest endeavor – real-time, spoken-language translation.According to the the Times in the UK, Google is working on developing software for a mobile phone that would translate what you were saying into the language of the speaker on the other end of the line, and vice versa.As you may have noticed, Google already has a hand in the translation business, with its Web page translation service. Google Translate currently translates between 52 languages, which includes a number of languages with completely different alphabets.The Times spoke with Franz Och, head of Google’s translation services, who said that this new service should be up and running and would “work reasonably well in a few years’ time.”“Everyone has a different voice, accent and pitch,” said Och. “But recognition should be effective with mobile phones because by nature they are personal to you.”Och is referring to the fact that the software would have the opportunity to learn your accent, dialect and general manner of speaking over time, becoming more accurate. But we can only imagine the difficulty of the task ahead, especially with languages such as Mandarin or Cantonese, which are tonally based. In Mandarin, for example, the word “ma” can have four different meanings according to the tone used. If the speaker uses the first tone, a constant high pitch, then the word means “mother”. If they use the third tone, a dropping then rising pitch, however, the meaning changes to “horse”.The fun doesn’t stop there, the Times article points out, as handling the vast number of accents and dialects is also an immense task. Much like the Web-based translation that Google does, though, the system would become more accurate over time, essentially learning from its experience. We hope that one of the first things it learns is not to call our new Chinese friend’s mother a horse.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melansonlast_img read more

Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year

first_imgJeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao won’t box Jeff Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties.Pacquiao’s unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday by Australian promoters of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The WBO said in a statement then that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five. The fight took place before 51,000 fans at an outdoor stadium in Brisbane.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Horn beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision in Brisbane on July 2. Pacquiao at the time said he wanted a rematch.“On behalf of the Philippines government, he (Pacquiao) will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight,” local promoter Dean Lonergan said. “Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018 and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAmerican contender Jesse Vargas, a former world title holder, could possibly take Pacquiao’s place for a fight later this year against Horn, the promoters said. Pacquiao beat Vargas in a unanimous decision last November in Las Vegas.A week after his loss to former schoolteacher Horn, Pacquiao said he still disagreed with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the welterweight title, despite an independent re-scoring of the fight confirming the unheralded Australian’s win. LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more