NBA Playoffs Preview The Cavs Down Two Players Are Still Favored Against

Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers with just two of their “Big Three” for the rest of the playoffs. But the remaining “Big Two” — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — are probably enough to outlast the Chicago Bulls. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which is based on Real Plus-Minus, gives the Cavs a 70 percent likelihood of moving on. The Cavs will also be without J.R. Smith — who was suspended for the first two games of this series after throwing an ill-advised elbow against the Boston Celtics.1These projections assume he plays 20 minutes per game, down from 32 minutes per game this year.The Cavaliers’ offense is spectacular; it ranked third, behind only the Clippers and Warriors, in points per 100 possessions. It is built on shooting a ton of threes — the second-most in the league, as a percentage of total shots — and highly efficient attacking drives to the hoop from James and Irving. The Cavs also excel at offensive rebounding, especially Tristan Thompson, who will play big minutes now that Love is out. Admittedly, it’s still not clear exactly how Cleveland will adjust its rotation. The Bulls are tough and will put up a fight, but the Cavs’ offensive firepower, led by James, will most likely be too much to handle.The Bulls, by contrast, win on defense. Chicago held opponents to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The defense carried them through an inconsistent year from Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with sporadic injuries. Rose, however, showed flashes of brilliance in the first round. And Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ real star — with a +3.7 Real Plus-Minus rating, he’s the second-best player in this series behind James. Rose and Butler will have to have a transcendent series against a short-handed Cleveland team for the Bulls to have a chance. read more

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Little Leaguer Mone Davis Steals Major League Spotlight With

Mo’ne Davis throws the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Source: APThat Mo’ne Davis-Clayton Kershaw pitch off? Let’s call it a draw.Mo’ne, the Little League ace from Philadelphia, had confidently challenged Kershaw, the Dodgers ace who is not of this world, to a mysterious “pitch off.” Kershaw didn’t know what that entailed, so he responded by inviting the 13-year-old sensation to visit Los Angeles.A duel never materialized Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine, but the two pitchers showed why they have owned this summer on the mound.Mo’ne handed out autographs, including one to a star struck Yasiel Puig, an outfielder for the Dodgers.Mo’ne threw out the ceremonial first pitch — and fired a dart of a strike, outside corner at the knees. Source: read more

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Marco Silva keen on building Everton momentum

first_imgAhead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday, Everton manager Marco Silva has stressed on the need to build on their consecutive victories against Lincoln and Bournemouth.After losing two Premier League games in a row, the Toffees got back to winning ways with a 2-1 home victory against Lincoln City in the FA Cup third round.Eight days later, Everton followed it up with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth at Goodison Park.As they prepare to travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton on Saturday, Silva is intent on building momentum on the back those victories.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was our goal against Bournemouth to turn the home results back in our favor and win again with our fans,” Silva told the club’s website.“It was not just three points, we had to win again. We were together and fighting and were strong and focussed at the end.“It was really important, now we want to keep this momentum.”last_img read more

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Financial impact of the border closing

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: November 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- According to the Union-Tribune, San Ysidro shop owners lost an estimated 5.3 million dollars in sales due to the temporary shutdown.KUSI contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson talks to KUSI about the economic impact. Financial impact of the border closing November 28, 2018last_img read more

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Smith Outlines Recipe for Sustaining DOD

Expect New Faces atop House Armed Services Subcommittees Next Year

first_imgThe Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee, including the leadership posts for many of its subcommittees, will undergo significant turnover in the next Congress as seven GOP members leave due to retirement, primary defeat or a decision to seek higher office.The highest profile departure is Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who lost his primary last month after switching to a neighboring district. Forbes is the third most-senior Republican on the committee and the chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. His departure will leave a noticeable void and prompt a battle for the chairmanship of the panel.One likely candidate to fill his subcommittee post is fellow Virginian Rob Wittman (R), who now chairs the Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC and other installation and real estate matters. “It’s no secret that I’ve shown interest in chairing the Seapower Subcommittee in the past,” Wittman told CQ Roll Call. “And I’d be honored to serve in that capacity in the future.”The other likely candidate to replace Forbes on the Seapower panel is Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)If Wittman were to leave his current post to take over Seapower, one committee member who has expressed interest in assuming the Readiness slot is Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who now leads the Oversight and Investigations panel.Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chair of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, opted to leave the House to pursue the Senate seat being vacated by Minority Leader Harry Reid (D).Other Republicans who will not be on the committee in the 115th Congress, even before the results of the Novembers elections are determined, are Jeff Miller (Fla.), John Kline (Minn.), John Fleming (La.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.) and Rich Nugent (Fla.).On the Democratic side, at least four members are departing. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.), the No. 2 Democrat after Adam Smith (Wash.) is giving up her spot to run for the Senate, as is Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mark Kirk (R). Two other Democratic members are retiring — Mark Takai (Hawaii) and Gwen Graham (Fla.). Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Facebook fined 23 million for violating Germanys hate speech law

first_img 0 Politics Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voice Facebook logo. James Martin/CNET German authorities said Tuesday they had fined Facebook $2.3 million for violating the country’s hate speech law, alleging that the social network under-reported complaints about illegal content. The Federal Office of Justice said in a press release that a transparency report Facebook released for the first six months of 2018 only included “a fraction of complaints about illegal content.”This creates a distorted picture in the public about the extent of illegal content and the way the social network deals with them,” the agency said in statement.The company’s report was also incomplete because it didn’t include enough information about how the social network deals with illegal complaints, the agency said. The company also allegedly gave incorrect information about the feedback it received on the complaints.Under German law, which is called the Network Enforcement Act, social media companies such as Facebook are required to publish a report every six months about how it handles complaints about illegal content. Facebook can still appeal the fine. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The fine is only a small fraction of the amount of the money Facebook makes every quarter from advertising. From January to March, Facebook raked in $15.08 billion in sales.Still, the fine from Germany highlights how Facebook has been under scrutiny from regulators following a series of scandals around privacy, security and content moderation. The US Federal Trade Commission could hit Facebook with a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion for its alleged privacy mishaps, which would be the largest fine the agency has issued against a tech company. Tags Facebooklast_img read more

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4hr gassupply suspension for Mirpur Thursday

first_imggasLike other Thursdays, the residents of Mirpur and adjoining areas will have to remain without gas for four hours from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on this Thursday, 3 August.A short message of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, which is responsible for gas supply in Dhaka city, said the gas supply across vast areas of Mirpur will remain shut from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday due to relocation of gas pipelines to facilitate the construction of Mass Rapid Transit Development under the Dhaka Metro Rail Project.According to the message, the areas where gas supply will be suspended are located on both sides of the Zoo road, Mirpur sections 1, 2, 6, 7, west side of Mirpur 10, 11 and 12, Eastern Housing, Rupnagar, Arambagh, Alubdi, Mirpur Cantonment and its adjoining areas.The supply will disrupt all kinds of consumers, including household, commercial and industrial, in these areas.last_img read more

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Women And MinorityOwned Houston Businesses Make Their Pitch For The Super Bowl

first_imgFlorian MartinArnetta Meekins (right), owner of Totally You Medical and Sports Massage, pitches her services to Houston’s Super Bowl host committee at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.Super Bowl LI is less than half a year away. The event is expected to give a boost to Houston area businesses.To make sure that includes minority- and women-owned companies in America’s most diverse city, Houston’s Super Bowl host committee has put together a supplier registry.On Friday, about a hundred small businesses gathered at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Midtown. They are some of the more than 400 women- and minority-owned businesses from Houston that were chosen for the NFL’s diversity supplier program Business Connect.Arnetta Meekins owns massage therapy spa Totally You in Bellaire. She got three minutes to pitch her services to the host committee.Meekins said one group that can benefit is the media covering the Super Bowl.“They’re trying to catch every single event, they’re sleep-deprived,” she said. “One hour of massage is like eight hours of sleep. It can give you that kind of restoration.”She said she felt good about her pitch and the committee’s response.LaMecia Butler, community relations director at Houston’s Super Bowl host committee, oversees the program.“The NFL comes into the market and they have prime contractors who help with producing the events,” she said. “The NFL strongly encourages those prime contractors to hire from the Business Connect program.”The contractors have access to a directory that lists all the companies that are part of Business Connect.Butler said pitch day gives the committee an opportunity to learn more about each company, so they can recommend them to contractors who are looking for specific services. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:12last_img read more

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Ancient avian bones found in China may be oldest example of chicken

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( —A team of researchers in China studying ancient avian bones found in the northern part of that country, suspect the remains may be that of the oldest known example of chicken domestication. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe their analysis and report on their findings. More information: “Early Holocene chicken domestication in northern China.” PNAS 2014 ; published ahead of print November 24, 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1411882111AbstractChickens represent by far the most important poultry species, yet the number, locations, and timings of their domestication have remained controversial for more than a century. Here we report ancient mitochondrial DNA sequences from the earliest archaeological chicken bones from China, dating back to ∼10,000 B.P. The results clearly show that all investigated bones, including the oldest from the Nanzhuangtou site, are derived from the genus Gallus, rather than any other related genus, such as Phasianus. Our analyses also suggest that northern China represents one region of the earliest chicken domestication, possibly dating as early as 10,000 y B.P. Similar to the evidence from pig domestication, our results suggest that these early domesticated chickens contributed to the gene pool of modern chicken populations. Moreover, our results support the idea that multiple members of the genus Gallus, specifically Gallus gallus and Gallus sonneratii contributed to the gene pool of the modern domestic chicken. Our results provide further support for the growing evidence of an early mixed agricultural complex in northern China.Press release Beijing Fatty Chicken, a local Chinese breed. Credit: Huagui Liu. Researchers track global dispersion of chickens throughout history using DNA Citation: Ancient avian bones found in China may be oldest example of chicken domestication (2014, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2014 Identifying the first culture to domesticate chickens has been hotly debated for over a century, without any clear winner, and it may remain that way as evidence is piling up suggesting that chickens were likely domesticated in a variety of places across the globe and have since undergone comingling, creating a mish-mash of genetic evidence. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if ancient bone samples found in four different archeological sites in northern China were chicken ancestors and if so, if they were domesticated. The bones were found alongside charcoal and other animal remains, such as dogs and pigs, both of which are believed to have been domesticated by that time in history, suggesting that the bird bones were from a species that had been domesticated as well. The excavation sites have also given up other findings which suggest the people who’d been barbecuing the animals were farmers, not hunters, which also adds credence to the idea that the birds they were eating were domesticated. The bones in question (39 in all) had been previously carbon dated to various ages, ranging from 2,300 to 10,500 years ago. The new research focused on gathering genetic evidence and using mitochondrial DNA sequencing to determine if the birds were chicken ancestors, or not. The team compared the DNA of the ancient birds with modern birds of the Galliformes order, which include rock partridges, pheasants and of course chickens and also to samples of ancient bones found in other places, such as Spain, Hawaii, Easter Island and Chile. Their analyses revealed that the birds were members of the genus Gallus, which includes modern chickens. But it’s still not enough to prove that they were actually the first example of domesticated chickens because there is still no conclusive proof that the birds were actually domesticated. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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