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Creators, cast of Stranger Things debut season 2 trailer

Creators, cast of Stranger Things debut season 2 trailer.....»»

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Roddick, Clijsters among Tennis Hall of Fame inductees

em>By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press /em> NEWPORT, Rhode Island (AP) — Looking around the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Andy Roddick thought about all the things he is not. Not as good as the historic greats, especially Americans who preceded him into the Newport shrine like John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Not as good as the modern Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — who stood in the way of him winning more than one Grand Slam. 'I'm not the best of all time. I'm not going to win Wimbledon. I'm not the best of my generation. I'm not the most well-behaved. I'm not the most polished,' Roddick said in a speech Saturday that was sometimes funny and sometimes poignant. 'I'm also never going to take this honor for granted,' he said. 'I may not be a lot of things, but from this day forward, I'm never going to be anything less than a Hall of Famer.' Known for his powerful serve and his often biting wit, Roddick was inducted into the Hall along with Belgian star Kim Clijsters, six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch and journalist and historian Steve Flink. Tennis instructor and innovator Vic Braden, who died in 2014, was inducted posthumously. Clijsters won four Grand Slam singles titles and 31 overall, including the 2009 U.S. Open as an unranked, wild-card entry after coming out of retirement following the birth of her daughter. 'Sorry, guys, but it's different,' said Hall of Famer Chris Evert, who presented Flink for induction. Evert said she developed a friendship with Flink over his career, which started when he was a researcher for Hall of Fame tennis writer Bud Collins. He went on to write books and magazine articles and provide tennis commentary on TV and radio. Evert spoke in awe about Flink's recall for long-ago matches, and how he would interrupt her at press conferences when she got details about her own record wrong. 'Steve Flink is being inducted today for a lifetime of making tennis the center of his world,' she said. Kalkman-van den Bosch discussed fighting cancer at the age of 14 and fearing that she would never play tennis again. Her friends pushed her around on a court in her wheelchair so she could she feel like she was still involved with the sport. 'I'm so fortunate to have tennis in my life,' she said. 'It's been magic for me.' Roddick thanked his several coaches and his father and his wife, Brooklyn Decker, who sat in the stands near fellow model Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend. He also congratulated his fellow inductees, joining those who praised Clijsters as a person. 'I have a simple way of putting it,' he said. 'If you have a problem with Kim Clijsters, I blame you.' Roddick also spoke of sneaking into the players' lounge at the U.S. Open when he was 8 years old and playing video games with Sampras, too scared to speak. Eleven years later, they were on the same Davis Cup team. And he said he doesn't play 'the 'what-if' game' and wonder what he might have done if he hadn't overlapped with the Big Four. 'It (stunk) being in your vacuum at times. I still consider myself lucky,' said Roddick, who lost to Federer in a Grand Slam final four separate times. 'I got to guard (Michael) Jordan. I went the distance with (Muhammad) Ali. I pitched to Babe Ruth. I feel like I know what it must have been like to watch Picasso. I saw it all. 'I won a couple times — not a lot, but a couple,' he said. 'The big four guys really (angered me) most of the time when I played them. But I'm absolutely proud to have my life and career associated with such quality individuals.' And he said at the pre-ceremony news conference that when he woke up that morning, the first text he saw was from Federer. 'He makes it extremely hard not to like him as a person,' Roddick said. The inductees took a tour of the museum on Friday, where they got to see their mementos alongside those of some of their heroes. Roddick took special pleasure in seeing the racket Arthur Ashe used when winning Wimbledon in 1975, or the one Rod Laver used at Forest Hills. 'It's almost like your childhood flashes through your head,' Clijsters said. 'It's very humbling. I'm just trying to take it all in.' Wearing a white button-down shirt embroidered with trucks that his 22-month-old son, Hank, picked out, Roddick noted that as an inductee he now gets to vote on future candidates. And he joked that he would take advantage of his new power to pay Federer back for all of the defeats. 'I might vote against him,' he said with a smile.   .....»»

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Ginebra starts title defense with Finals rematch vs. Bolts

Brgy. Ginebra will pick up where it left off in the Governors' Cup against Meralco Bolts. The defending champion Gin Kings open their title defense Sunday with an early Finals rematch against the Bolts, who are raring to get some sort of revenge after last year's series ended with a 4-2 for Ginebra following Justin Brownlee's epic buzzer-beater in Game 6. Almost all major characters return this year and the first of what is hopefully many Ginebra-Meralco clashes this conference should be a good one. Game time is at 6:45 p.m. live from the Big Dome. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Star makes its debut in the season-ending conference vs. Blackwater who is hoping to pick up its first win after absorbing a beating on opening day at the hands of the Bolts. .....»»

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Gilas Pilipinas ends Jones Cup stint against Iran

Gilas Pilipinas finally reached the end of its nine-day grind in Taipei. The Philippines caps its 2017 William Jones Cup stint Sunday against Asian rival Iran, looking to finish off the tournament on a high note despite the fact that a podium finish might already seem impossible. At 5-3, Gilas is two games behind Canada and Lithuania for first place and is one back back against Korea for third. Unless something amazing happens, the Philippines will most likely end up at fourth place. Regardless, Gilas Pilipinas still has some business to attend to against the Iranians who are coming in with an even 4-4 mark. While this Iran squad is not the one the national team was used to dealing with before, it should still provide Gilas a tough outing. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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WATCH: Alliances form, romances heat up in new 'Game of Thrones' trailer

WATCH: Alliances form, romances heat up in new 'Game of Thrones' trailer.....»»

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Phoenix escapes Alaska in thriller

MANILA, Philippines — “What a game.”.....»»

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Trawick just had the worst one-and-done for Globalport

If Eugene Phelps' one-and-done in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup is the gold standard by which we measure all one-and-dones in the PBA, Globalport's Jabril Trawick's performance to start the 2017 Governors' Cup is the exact opposite. Trawick only played 16 minutes for the Batang Pier against Rain or Shine Friday, fouling out in the fourth quarter of a two-point defeat. He finished with three points and four rebounds. He's out of the team already. 'Yeah [being replaced] because we're not happy [with] the way he's playing, especially in our last tune-up game against Meralco,' head coach Franz Pumaren said. 'First game in the tune-up game, he played well, 27 poonts. But second game, he looked different,' he added. Globalport already has a replacement on deck but Murphy Holloway will only see action in the Batang Pier's next outing.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

Allen Durham is still haunted by "The Shot"

Almost a year after the fact, Allen Durham says that he's still haunted by 'The Shot.' 'The Shot' of course is the booming triple hit by Justin Brownlee on Durham's face at the buzzer of Game 6 during last season's Governors' Cup Finals. 'The Shot' ended Ginebra's eight-year PBA title drought as the Gin Kings won the series, 4-2. Almost a year after the fact, Allen Durham still has the memory fresh in his mind. Although it's not exactly a bad memory overall. 'I don't think I'll ever forget it,' Durham said after he played his first game of the 2017 Governors' Cup with the Meralco Bolts. 'Just the magnitude of that moment, I've never been in that type of situation. It's a great memory to have, it didn't work out for me but we will try to correct it this year,' the reigning Best Import added. While it may take a while to find out if Meralco can ultimately exorcise its Finals demons, the Bolts and Durham can take one win back from the barangay as the Bolts and the Gin Kings meet for an early rematch Sunday. Durham is looking forward to it, obviously. 'They are one of the better teams in the league, it's always good to play against the best competition,' he said. Meeting Brownlee for the first time since 'The Shot', Durham is excited about that too. 'It will be good to see him on Sunday,' he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

Phelps drills winner as Phoenix keeps Aces reeling

El Destructor shot a dagger deep in the heart of Alaska. Eugene Phelps drilled the game-winner Sunday at the MOA Arena, lifting the Phoenix Fuel Masters to a pulsating 95-93 victory over the Aces in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. After a wild final minute ended up with both teams tied at 93-all with 21 seconds to go, Phoenix went to Phelps and the high-scoring import wasted away the time before making his move. El Destructor finally drove to the basket with around two seconds left, beating his man one-on-one to make the game-winning layup at the buzzer. The Fuel Masters moved to 2-0 for the conference, their best start in franchise history. .....»»

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Theus teaches boys and girls finer points of the game

Theus teaches boys and girls finer points of the game.....»»

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Waiting game for Kingad, Batolbatol as ONE postpones Indonesia card

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino fighters Danny Kingad and Rocky Batolbatol will have keep on training for a longer time......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports17 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

NLEX takes early Govs' Cup lead after win over Kia

NLEX has some horrible memories of losing a 20-point lead at the MOA Arena. Well, that didn't happened this time although it almost happened again. Almost. The Road Warriors scored another victory in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, taking a 100-93 decision over Kia Sunday to improve to 2-0 for the first time this season, tying a franchise-best start. Dating back to the Commissioner's Cup, NLEX has now won four straight games, second longest in team history. Fresh from a big win over Alaska on opening day, the Road Warriors were on point early in the game, opening up a 32-13 lead after a 9-0 run in the first quarter. NLEX dominated the entire game, leading by as many as 27 points, 78-51, save for some moments in the fourth quarter when the Picanto made a rally to cut the deficit down to five points. However, the Road Warriors' lead was more than enough for them to hold on for the win and send Kia to an early 0-2 deficit in the standings. 'It's a nice feeling to be putting together a streak. The confidence level is getting better. We were really excited before this game because there is something good that is happening within the team,' head coach Yeng Guiao said. 'I was so excited that I came into the room early,' he even joked as he was on the press room early to watch the rest of the contest. In the fourth quarter, he was called two technical foul in a span of one minute to earn his first ejection of the conference. Import Aaron Fuller had another solid outing for NLEX, finishing with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Kevin Alas and Carlo Lastimosa emerged as the top locals, going for 13 points each. Markeith Cummings led the way for Kia with 30 points but the Picanto run was a little late to truly turn the game around. Glenn Khobuntin added 15 markers.   The scores: NLEX 100 - Fuller 24, Alas 13, Lastimosa 13, Quiñahan 11, Taulava 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Mallari 6, Soyud 6, Baracael 5, Villanueva 5, Fonacier 3, Ighalo 0, Tiongson 0, Monfort 0, Rios 0. KIA 93 - Cummings 30, Khobuntin 15, Jaime 13, Celda 8, Paniamogan 6, Elorde 6, Yee 4, Corpuz 4, Camson 3, Salva 2, Nimes 2, Caperal 0, Galanza 0, Teng 0, Ballesteros 0. Quarterscores: 36-18, 64-40, 83-70, 100-93.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports18 hr. 57 min. ago Related News

Gilas Pilipinas blasts India for best win in the Jones Cup

Gilas Pilipinas was finally unleashed in the 2017 William Jones Cup. The Philippines blasted India on Saturday, scoring a convincing 101-70 victory at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall. After a close opening period, Gilas dominated the Indians in the second, outscoring the opposition by 20 points, 27-7, to put the game away early. The Philippines settled down in the second half but it was still enough for its best win of the tournament so far as the national team waxed hot from deep, converting on 17 triples. Matthew Wright was the high man for Gilas as the Fil-Canadian shooter went a perfect 5-of-5 from deep to finish with 19 points. Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal added 14 apiece off the bench after both gunners connected on four triples each. Now with a 5-3 record, Gilas Pilipinas will wrap up its Jones Cup stint with a matchup against Asian rival Iran on Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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AP Source: Cavs to promote Koby Altman to full-time GM

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> CLEVELAND (AP) — Koby Altman’s next move with the Cavaliers will be personal. Altman, who has been serving as Cleveland’s interim general manager during a strange summer of activity, will be named the team’s full-time GM, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). The deal is being finalized and Altman’s promotion is expected to be announced in “the next several days,” said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Altman has been with the Cavs since 2012 and had worked as David Griffin’s assistant since after the 2016 NBA championship season. Griffin left the club last month after he couldn’t work out a contract extension with owner Dan Gilbert, who has a track record for discarding GMs. Altman will be his fifth since 2005 and the 34-year-old impressed his boss by navigating the Cavs through some rough waters this offseason. With little flexibility to sign players because the Cavs are so far over the salary cap, Altman re-signed sharpshooter Kyle Korver and secured deals for free agent forward Jeff Green and Jose Calderon. Altman also signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, who was drafted by the Cavs in 2015. The Cavs are also in contract talks with former MVP Derrick Rose, who played for the New York Knicks last season and is looking for another fresh start. Gilbert, who tried unsuccessfully to add former NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups to his front office after Griffin left, has been impressed with the job Altman and others have done to keep the Cavs competitive. Altman now has to deal with a surprising issue, as All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has asked the club to trade him, a person familiar with the request told the AP. Irving informed Gilbert last week that he wants to play elsewhere and his demand has put Altman in an interesting spot early in his tenure. There will surely be strong interest in Irving, one of the league’s premier point guards. But because he’s under contract for two more seasons, the Cavs don’t have to rush into any deals and Irving may not be going anywhere soon. Also, LeBron James can opt out of his contract next summer and the potential of him leaving will impact everything Altman does going forward. .....»»

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Hall of Famer Roddick asked more about '09 loss than '03 win

em>By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press /em> More people want to ask Andy Roddick about a Grand Slam final he lost than the one he won. Yes, that 16-14 defeat in the fifth set against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2009 seems to spark more conversations than Roddick's straight-set victory at the 2003 U.S. Open, the last time any American man won a major championship. 'For better or worse, it's going to be the '09 Wimbledon final. It's the match people want to talk about. I'll be in a coffee shop and people want to talk about it. People will tell me where they were and where they were watching it,' Roddick said in a telephone interview Friday, the day before he is inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. 'It's a proud moment for me. To go on the biggest stage and — I know I didn't come up on the right end of it, but I don't know that I could have played or executed a game plan better than I did for 4½ hours,' he said. 'It's definitely the one I hear about the most and talk about the most and kind of think about the most.' On Saturday, Roddick and another former No. 1 player, four-time major champion Kim Clijsters, will headline the Hall's Class of 2017. Also being enshrined this year: Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, a four-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair tennis; journalist and historian Steve Flink; and tennis instructor Vic Braden. Roddick and Clijsters were moved by the opportunity to tour the hall with family and friends on Friday. 'When I walk through there and I see the history of our sport from when I was a little girl — Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez — and just a few meters over, there's my picture or my trophy, it feels very special,' Clijsters said. 'But it's also very hard to understand and have it sink in.' Both played their last singles matches in 2012 at the U.S. Open, an important site for their careers. Clijsters won titles in New York in 2005, 2009 — with her daughter, Jada, prancing around the trophy in Arthur Ashe Stadium — and 2010, along with the Australian Open in 2011. In addition to winning his Grand Slam trophy at Flushing Meadows, Roddick was the runner-up there in 2006 to — yes, that's right — Federer. Roddick's trio of runner-up finishes at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009 all came against Federer. 'I gave myself a lot peace of mind when I decided I wasn't going to compare myself to Roger,' Roddick said with a chuckle. The key to Roddick's success was his big serve — he once held the record for fastest at 155 mph (250 kph) — and big forehand. But he worked to improve other aspects of his game, including his fitness, backhand and volleys. 'A great competitor. Always getting the most out of himself,' said Lleyton Hewitt, a two-time major champion whose career overlapped Roddick's. 'Left it all out on the court every time he stepped out there. Looked like he did all the hard work, as well, to try and prepare himself as well as possible.' Roddick spent much of his career dealing with questions why his generation wasn't as successful as previous groups of American men, such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the 1990s, or John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors before that. Now it's Roddick whose name comes up in that sort of context: When Sam Querrey reached the Wimbledon semifinals this month, it was noted he was the first man from the U.S. to get that far at a major since Roddick's tight-as-can-be loss to Federer in 2009 at the All England Club. After that match, fans at Centre Court chanted Roddick's name, an unusual homage to someone who didn't win. 'That's obviously the one that haunts him,' said Patrick McEnroe, Roddick's former U.S. Davis Cup captain. 'He was so close. It was arguably the best match he ever played.' Roddick helped the United States end a 12-year David Cup drought by winning the 2007 title. 'He was one of those guys that got the most out of his ability,' McEnroe said. 'I would say he overachieved. He was a great server, one of the greatest servers ever. But he wasn't a great tennis player. And I think he would tell you that. He wasn't a natural player, where he could just hit shots. He had to work extremely hard. So because of that, to me, he overachieved (by) getting to No. 1 in the world and winning a major.'   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2017Related News

Usain Bolt wins 100m in his last Diamond League race

MONACO (AP) — In the last Diamond League race of his glittering career, Usain Bolt held on to win the 100 meters at the Herculis track meet on Friday. The eight-time Olympic champion was under pressure from Isiah Young of the United States in the last 30 meters but used his famed finish to win in 9.95 seconds at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Young clocked 9.98. Akani Simbine of South Africa was third in 10.02. Bolt is retiring after the world championships in London next month. Last month, he won at the Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 10.06 after a slow start. He got away better this time, but was made to work hard by Young. 'It's always good to get a win. My time is going down at the right time,' the Jamaican said, looking ahead to the worlds. 'Everything is coming together.' He was given a rousing ovation and expects to sorely miss that close bond with the crowd when his running days are over. 'I'm always here for the fans, and of course I will miss the vibe around the track. Mixed emotions always, happy for my career, sad that it is ending,' he said. 'I'm planning to chill after London with my family, but I'm not sure what will be my next plan after this season.' Young was happy enough to have pushed Bolt hard and is confident he can challenge in London, where he will run in the 200. 'I was so close to Bolt at the end of his great career. Couple of days ago I was told I will run the 200 in London, so this sub 10 is great preparation for that,' he said. 'I need to execute well and then I can attack a medal in that event.' Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa won the 400 in 43.73, and countrywoman Caster Semenya pulled clear in the last 50 meters to win the 800 in a world-leading time this year of 1 minute, 55.27 seconds. 'It was a fantastic race, a very fast pace,' Semenya said. 'It was one of the hardest races I've had.' She set a personal best. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi was second followed by Ajee Wilson of the U.S. Van Niekerk was some way short of the world-record 43.03 he set when winning the Olympics last year. Isaac Makwala was second and Botswana countryman Baboloki Thebe third. Hellen Obiri of Kenya also set a world-leading 8:23.14 in the women's 3,000. Countrywoman Beatrice Chepkoech was five seconds behind. Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager also got a year's best time, easily winning the men's 3,000 steeplechase in 8:01.29, less than one second behind his personal best. Still, the American was six seconds clear of Kenyan runner Jairus Kipchoge Birech. 'We are keeping our options open for the best possible tactical plan for the worlds,' Jager said. 'But one thing is clear: I'm going for gold.' Piotr Lisek of Poland won the men's pole vault with multiple world and Olympic medalist Renaud Lavillenie down in fifth, while Thomas Roehler of Germany won the javelin. In the men's 800, not part of the Diamond League schedule in this race, Emmanuel Korir of Kenya set a world-leading time of 1:43.10, shaving .63 seconds off his personal best. Nijel Amos of Botswana set the previous best time two weeks ago in London. Competing as an authorized neutral athlete in the wake of Russia's doping scandal, Mariya Lasitskene won the women's high jump at 2.05. In the women's 4x100 relay, a non-Diamond League event, U.S. sprinter English Gardner fell when passing the baton and appeared to twist her ankle. Gardner, a member of the gold medal-winning relay team that beat Jamaica at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was taken off on a stretcher and could be a doubt for the worlds. .....»»

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Morata leaves Real Madrid for second time, joins Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on Friday and is set to take over from Diego Costa as the main striker for the English champion. Chelsea announced the signing of the Spain international without giving a fee. He signed for five years. Costa was one of Chelsea's key players in its run to the Premier League title last season. But he said last month that he was told by coach Antonio Conte he wasn't wanted for the coming season. It is the second time Morata has left Madrid. With Karim Benzema established as its first-choice striker, Madrid sold Morata to Juventus in 2014 for 20 million euros. After he scored twice in the 2015 Champions League semifinals to help Juventus eliminate Madrid, president Florentino Perez waited only one more year to pay 30 million euros to bring him home. Morata quickly became a crowd favorite in the Santiago Bernabeu but coach Zinedine Zidane's preference for Benzema meant he never got the minutes he expected after returning. Still, Morata made the most of his playing time and proved a natural scorer, nabbing opportunistic goals and showing he is a danger in the final minutes to swing results. Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Madrid last season, despite playing limited minutes. He made just 14 starts in the Spanish league and one in the Champions League, competitions Madrid won in a rare double. For Spain, he has nine goals in 20 appearances. He struck three times in four matches at last year's European Championship, where defending champion Spain was ousted in the round-of-16 by Italy. 'Alvaro has proven class at the highest level,' Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2017Related News

Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

em>By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press /em> SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the golf course. He spent Friday morning at his rented house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast that was even worse for when he played in the afternoon. 'It wasn't a great feeling knowing we were coming into something harder than what we were watching,' he said. Spieth did more than just survive. With a short game as sharp as it has been all year, and a 3-wood that turned out a lot better than it looked and led to an eagle, Spieth seized control with a 1-under 69 that gave him a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar going into the weekend. Spieth turned a bogey or worse into an unlikely par by chipping in from just short of the 10th green. And he learned enough from watching TV to know that going a little long on the par-5 15th would give him a better birdie chance than playing short. So he switched from a 3-iron to a 3-wood, hit it a little off the neck and watched it run hot and fast some 100 yards along the wet turf to about 18 feet away. 'I mishit the shot, which is probably why it looked so gross,' Spieth said. 'I hit it low off the heel, which is easy to do when you're trying to carve a cut. And it just ... one hop, scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously fortunate to get all the way to the green.' The flight of that 3-wood looked as ugly as the weather. The outcome was as bright as his chances of getting his name on another major championship trophy. Spieth was at 6-under 134. It was the 12th time he has been atop the leaderboard at a major, including the fourth rounds of the Masters and U.S. Open that he won in 2015. Spieth is the sole leader at a major for the first time since the third round of the Masters last year, when he was runner-up to Danny Willett. 'Anytime you're in the last group on a weekend in a major ... you get nervous. And I'll be feeling it this weekend a bit,' he said. 'But I enjoy it. As long as I approach it positively and recognize that this is what you want to feel because you're in the position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds.' Kuchar played in the morning in steadily strong wind, but without rain, and pieced together a solid round until a few mistakes at the end for a 71. He was at 4-under 136, and it would have been a good bet that he would be leading with the nasty weather that arrived. 'I think that's what people enjoy about the British Open is watching the hard wind, the rain, the guys just trying to survive out there,' Kuchar said. 'Today is my day. I get to kick back in the afternoon and watch the guys just try to survive.' He wound up watching another short-game clinic from Spieth. The key to his round came in the middle, starting with a 10-foot par putt on No. 8 after he drove into a pot bunker. The biggest break came at No. 10, when the rain was pounding Royal Birkdale. Spieth hit into another pot bunker off the tee, could only advance it out sideways, and came up short of the green in light rough. 'Massive,' he said about the chip-in par. 'Nothing said '4' about this hole. I feel a little guilty about taking 4 on the card.' And he wasn't through just yet. Spieth rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt across the 11th green, and then after watching Henrik Stenson's tee shot on the par-3 12th land softly, Spieth realized he could take on the flag. He hit 7-iron to 2 feet for another birdie, and followed that with a beautiful pitch to tap-in range for par on the 13th. Even so, his work is far from over. The chasing pack features U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who failed to make a birdie but stayed in the hunt with 16 pars in a 72, and Ian Poulter with his newfound confidence, which is growing even higher with the support of the English crowd. Poulter shot 70. Not to be overlooked was Rory McIlroy, who recovered from a horrific start Thursday to salvage a 71, and then kept right on rolling. McIlroy, who was 5 over through the opening six holes of the tournament, ran off three birdies with full control of every shot on the front nine. And much like Spieth, he kept his round together with crucial par saves early on the back nine when the wind was at its worse. McIlroy posted a 68 and was at 1-under 139, only five shots behind with only five players in front of him. 'To be in after two days and be under par for this championship after the way I started, I'm ecstatic with that,' McIlroy said. Not everyone got off so easy. Justin Thomas, who started the second round just two shots behind, drove into the gorse on the first hole and took double bogey. That wasn't nearly as bad as the sixth hole, where he tried three times to hammer out of the thick native grass well right of the fairway. He couldn't find the ball after the third one, and he wound up taking a quintuple-bogey 9. Thomas made another double bogey on the 13th hole and shot 80. Spieth never looked as if he was under any stress, except for his tee shot into the bunker on No. 8. A British writer suggested a lip-reader could have detected some choice words coming out of his mouth. Spieth smiled and replied, 'I speak American. You probably didn't understand me.' The language of his clubs — especially the wedge and the putter — was all too familiar.   .....»»

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Hawks sign big man Dewayne Dedmon

em>Atlanta Hawks press release /em> ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed center Dewayne Dedmon, it was announced today by General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Last season in 76 games (37 starts) with the San Antonio Spurs, Dedmon averaged career-highs of 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes (.622 FG%, .699 FT%). He grabbed 10-or-more rebounds 13 times, leading the Spurs in rebounds and blocks 21 times. “Dewayne is an improving and athletic big man who can protect the rim and run the floor,” Schlenk said. “He played a valuable role for a very good team last season, and we’re pleased to bring him to Atlanta.” In 224 career games (78 starts) with Golden State, Philadelphia, Orlando and San Antonio, the 7’0 center has put in 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 14.6 minutes (.571 FG%, .668 FT%). He’s also seen action in 12 postseason contests (three starts), all with the Spurs. Dedmon has also spent time with the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. The Lancaster, CA native played two seasons at University of Southern California after transferring from Antelope Valley College. He will wear jersey No. 14.     .....»»

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Delly has the perfect method not to lose his wedding ring while playing basketball

Matthew Dellavedova has been happily married for three weeks now and he has found the perfect way to keep his wedding ring close even if he plays basketball. Because he can't actually wear his wedding ring while on the basketball court, Delly has decided to keep it on his shoe, tying it on his laces to keep it close while he shoots some hoops. It makes perfect sense, it let's everyone know that he's taken and also, it's a nice way not to lose his ring. Because it would be rather awkward if he has to tell his new wife that he lost his wedding ring. 'I think I'm not gonna be able to wear it in a game. So I wanna keep things the same and if I put it anywhere else I'll probably lose it and then I'll be in trouble,' Delly, who is in town for Peak to promote his first signature shoe, told ABS-CBN Sports Friday. 'So I think the safest way is to put it on my shoe,' he added. The little gesture let's everyone know that he's taken and it's a nice way not to lose his ring. Also, it's sorta kinda a crafty method to promote the Peak Delly 1. Anna Schroeder, Delly's lovely wife, says that she's not going to mind if that much if her husband loses his wedding ring while playing basketball. She revealed that Delly actually tends to lose his stuff every now and then although she hopes that he can actually hold on to his ring. And tying it to his shoes seems like the perfect way to go. 'I'm a pretty low-key person so I wouldn't be too frustrated,' Schroeder told ABS-CBN Sports. 'But he also loses his keys and wallet a lot so I hope he can hold on to this and I think that's probably a good place for him to keep it [on his shoe],' she added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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