NBA FINALS Game 4 Raptors smother Dubs

first_imgPre-Game: Negative Capability “Negative capability” was a phrase coined by the English poet John Keats, referring to a person “capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason –”Was he talking about us? When has another fan base base ever been in so many uncertainties?The Dubs are uncertain at center. And it’s uncertain if anyone other than Steph Curry and Klay Thompson can score more than one or two baskets a night. Other questions abound:Are Raptor shooters as really as good as they were in Game 3? How will the Dubs respond? Will the return of Thompson juice the offense as well as jolt the defense? Can Curry continue to play almost every minute and still score a truckload of points while being chased up and down the court by the entire Toronto organization? For the record, his personal trainer says he can.And then there is Kevin Durant. He’s out for Game 4, which, of course, has increased the uncertainties already swirling around him. Will he play in Game 5? Will he play at all in the finals? After being off for more than a month, what can we expect: Savior or Stumble Bum? And how will added time off affect his future travel plans?I spend the day irritably “reaching after fact & reason.” And what a brilliant day. The sun could not be brighter, nor the skies clearer.Except for that patch of thick fog enveloping a steel and concrete bunker off 580. The one they call “Oracle.”First Quarter: Doc’s Clock/Barrel Proof With all the injuries, I thought it would be wise to begin tonight’s game at Dr. Teeth or Doc’s Clock.There was a decent crowd forming at Dr. Teeth, but the game was background music, not a focus of attention.Even fewer are at Doc’s Clock, and less than half of them are watching the game. Fortunately, I’m standing next to three guys who are into the game — and as uncertain as I am.Led by Draymond Green, the Dubs are off to the races. Poor DeMarcus Cousins. He tries to keep up the pace, but it’s too much for him. Three turnovers in the first two minutes.“I’m exhausted,” says one of the guys after five minutes.“They’ll all be on stretchers by the fourth quarter,” says another one.It’s frenetic. It’s helter skelter. The Dubs’ defense has shown up tonight, and the Raptors can’t buy a basket. Even wide open. Nothing but bricks.The three guys leave Doc’s Clock, leaving me the only one watching the game. So I leave.Barrel Proof is packed and rowdy. “This is not the normal Friday night crowd,” a woman tells me. Or maybe she’s flirting with that guy.Kevon Looney returns from the training room. Who knows what kind of drugs they’ve pumped into him, but he looks good. And, talk about back from the brink, Thompson is moving well on both defense and offense.For all their histrionics, the Dubs make little headway. After eight minutes, they’ve only scored 17 points. Which is bad, but they only score six more the rest of the way, which is way worse.But not as bad as the Raptors. The Dubs lead 23-17.Second Quarter:  Brew CoopBoth teams come out slow and sloppy on offense, tenacious on defense. Blocks and missed shots by the bushel.But little by little, following Serge Ibaka, the Raptors close in on their prey.The crowd at Brew Coop is out the door. It is young, much more gender-balanced than other bars, and everyone is decked out in Dubs gear.And they go wild when Thompson hits a long three. Then he follows up with a mid-range jumper and the Dubs are back up eight.“Klay,” shouts a guy at one of the seven screens. “Where were you in Game 3?”“Klay,” shouts the woman standing next to him. “I love you, Klay.”After a Raptors’ time out, the Dubs score just four more points in the closing four minutes. They limp into halftime, leading 46-42.Third Quarter: The 500 Club/Elixir SaloonThe 500 Club is beyond packed. And not with day trippers, but serious fans. But really, how serious can they be? It’s so crowded in here, I can barely see the screen. But the mood is excellent. Primed for another Dubs third-quarter explosion.Only this time, it’s an implosion.Thompson keeps making shots, but he’s the only one. Steph comes up short every time, an indication his legs are giving out. He looks wasted. Another easy transition basket from Siakam. The whole Dubs team looks wasted.Gone is the running and gunning of the first quarter. The defense was sharp to begin the quarter, but has now dulled. Kawhi Leonard and Ibaka take advantage.I feel claustrophobic, so head to the Elixir.Tied with four minutes left, Ibaka blocks a McKinnie shot, then sinks three-pointer and the flood gates open. By the end of the quarter, the Raptors lead by 12.“We’re toast,” says the man in the Tim Hardaway jersey.Fourth Quarter: DeliriumHe’s right. Of course, it’s far from garbage time. The Dubs have come back from much worse deficits in much less time. Right?Right. But not with half their team on crutches. And not against a team as good as the Raptors.Most of the crowd seems to have moved on from the game. A three from Klay barely draws more cheers than yawns.The Raptors don’t pour it on, but they keep up the pressure. The Dubs have one more shot left.“These are going to be the most stressful three minutes ever,” says the guy in the hood after Curry buries a long three-pointer to bring the Dubs back within eight.In less than a minute, Siakam scores four points, and the stress is gone.Post GameSome uncertainties are less uncertain than others.KD may or may not come back for Game 5 on Monday night. But it’s looking less and less likely he will make a difference. The Raptors took both games from the Dubs at Oracle, looking like the better team in every phase of the game.The Dubs look broken, out of sync and ready for a nap.Can they make it back to Oracle for one last stand?Unlikely. But who knows?Game 5 at 6 p.m. on Monday night. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

The first team squad have been working hard for th

first_imgThe first team squad have been working hard for the 2017 Betfred Super League campaign and the trip away was an opportunity to experience something different in the build up to our opening fixture with Leeds Rhinos.Day one took in a 45km mountain bike ride followed by clay pigeon shooting and a physical challenge.The lads camped in a local hall overnight and were then treated to a long hike around Grisdale.More ‘camping’ followed before they returned home on Saturday.With five new players coming into the squad – and seven being promoted from the Academy – the trip was also a vital team-bonding exercise ahead of a big year.Big thanks to our friends at Cassius Camps once again!last_img read more

Then we have the perfect thing for you … Be part o

first_imgThen we have the perfect thing for you … Be part of the excitement at the start of the season and join us for the first three Betfred Super League home games with our special Membership Taster Package.Your package gives you access to:Castleford Tigers, Friday February 2, KO 7:45pmSalford Red Devils, Friday March 2, KO 8:00pmLeeds Rhinos, Friday March 16, KO 7:45pmAll from just £60 for adults, £40 for aged 65+, £30 for aged 17-18 and £20 for 16s and under.Plus, if you choose to commit to a full Membership for the rest of the campaign then you will get the price of your Taster package taken off the price of your full Membership.You can secure your package by clicking here, by calling 01744 455 052 or visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Prices:West Terrace: Adult – £60 (saving £7.50), Conc – £40 (saving £6.50), Youth (17-18) – £30 (saving £9), Junior – £20 (saving £10) North Stand Silver: Adult – £75 (saving £9), Conc – £53 (saving £8.50), Youth (17-18) – £45 (saving £6), Junior – £30 (saving £6)last_img read more

Rocky Point home total loss after Monday afternoon fire

first_imgROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) – Four people are recovering after a fire in Rocky Point left them without a home.Deputy fire marshal Michael Carlisle says it happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon in the 200 block of Bythebrook lane.- Advertisement – Firefighters worked to put the blaze out but says the home was fully engulfed. One person was home at the time, but was not injured. No responders were injured either.The house is a total loss. Several agencies helped fight the fire, which is still under investigation.Pender Fire and EMS was first on scene followed by Rocky Point, Burgaw, and New Hanover County Fire departments.last_img read more

Town launches buyabrick fundraiser to aid in memorial construction

first_imgBELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The town of Belville is looking to add to the Brunswick Riverwalk Park. They want the public to get involved in the latest effort to build a memorial honoring veterans.The town showcased plans earlier this month during Founder’s Day to build a veterans memorial at the riverwalk park. However, to build it the town is looking to crowd source and have residents or businesses sponsor bricks to be laid around the memorial.- Advertisement – The town’s parks manager says the idea came from a resident, but he says the area is lacking a symbol to honor those who served.“There’s no veterans memorial on this side of the bridge,” said Jim Bucher. “I know that there is one over in Wilmington but there’s one in Oak Island, but there’s nothing in this area. We thought it would be a nice edition to this area to honor the veterans that fought for our country.”The town is selling personalized bricks for $50 each.They are offering 3 levels of sponsorship for business’s as well.Related Article: Regional meeting held to discuss water treatment options for north Brunswick CountyYou can check out the brick fundraising page at says any extra proceeds we collect will be donated to a Local Veterans Organization.last_img read more

Huawei Offers 250000000 UGX for the 2015 MTN Kampala Marathon

first_imgAdvertisement Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider today confirmed its offer of 250,000,000UGX to the 2015 MTN marathon for schools welfare in Kampala.The 2015 MTN Kampala Marathon is set to take place this Sunday 22nd November with the aim of raising funds towards improving access to sustainable sanitation and safe water for vulnerable urban children in public schools in Kampala. The event is targeting approximately 20,000 from Kampala and all over Africa.[related-posts]“We have participated in this meaningful event as the main sponsor since 2012, under the theme ‘Run for Water’. We are grateful for this chance to give back to Uganda again through the marathon and we look forward to the improved welfare of the students in Kampala schools,” says Mr. David Rong (the Vice Managing Director, Huawei Uganda.) – Advertisement – “We encourage all Ugandans to support students’ welfare by registering to take part in the marathon. There are approximately 500 Huawei phones to be given out to the registrants,” he adds.Ms. Mapula Bodibe thanked the runners and corporate partners who have consistently supported the MTN Kampala Marathon.“One of those partners is Huawei, we thank you for coming again this year in a big way as we have just witnessed. Lastly, I encourage Kampalans and Ugandans in general to requester for the 2015 MTN Kampala Marathon. Registration ends this Friday 20th November, you can register with Mobile Money at MTN Arena Lugogo or service centers in Kampala and Entebbe,” says Ms. Mapula Bodibe (MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer).Approximately 200 Huawei staff have confirmed their participation in the MTN Kampala Marathon 2015.last_img read more

Nokia Feature Phone is Reported to Have Taken a Bullet for its

first_imgAdvertisement According to a tweet by Peter Skillman; Microsoft’s General Manager of Core UX for Windows Desktop, Tablet and Phone, a man in Afghanistan was saved last week after a bullet got stuck in a Nokia phone.“A Nokia phone I worked on a few years ago saved the life of a man in Afghanistan last week. The embedded bullet…..,”Peter writes in a tweet.According to Gadgets 360, this ain’t the first time in recent years that a Nokia phone achieved this feat. In 2014, a Nokia Lumia 520 stopped a bullet fired at a Brazilian policeman, though the handset predictably got destroyed in the process.A Nokia phone I worked on a few years ago saved the life of a man in Afghanistan last week. The embedded bullet….— peter skillman (@peterskillman) October 5, 2016 – Advertisement – Other smartphones, such as the Huawei P8 Lite, iPhone 5c, and HTC Evo 3D, have also acted as shields to protect their owners from bullets in the past as well.[related-posts]On the other hand, smartphones today are becoming a hazard with their exploding batteries, i.e. Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 7 has been mired in controversy in the past couple of months as the South Korean company acknowledged that the batteries in certain units of the phablet are defective and prone to swelling up or even exploding.last_img read more

MFS Africa Connects 120 Million Mobile Wallets in SubSaharan Africa

first_imgAdvertisement MFS Africa, the leading Pan-African fin-tech company, on Tuesday announced its MFS Hub is now connected to 120 million mobile wallets in Sub-Saharan Africa.Through partnerships with mobile network operators including Airtel, Econet, MTN, Orange, Tigo and Vodafone, MFS Africa now has unparalleled reach into mobile wallets across the continent. The MFS Hub scales transactions across networks and borders to create greater value for customers and service providers, support regional and international trade, and boost financial inclusion.According to GSMA 2015, there are mobile money services available in nearly every market in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 33 markets featuring two or more networks. However, the majority are confined to a domestic market with almost no interoperability between networks in either a single country or across borders. – Advertisement – Without interoperability, mobile operator customers cannot send money to another consumer on another network in their country, nor to a person in another country. Money transfer operators face greater friction in lowering distribution costs and allowing consumers to make international remittances to and from wallets.Financial institutions seeking to offer services ranging from airtime top-ups to micro-insurance to the unbanked, and merchants who want to allow consumers to pay using their mobile wallet, need to integrate with each mobile money network.This severely inhibits the potential of financial services providers to drive efficiencies, contribute to economic growth and include those currently financially excluded.“Interoperability, especially across domestic borders, is the key to unlocking the next wave of mobile financial services. For many service providers, it has been unclear if interconnection will actually lead to the desired network effects in their payments business. But this is changing as the financial ecosystem across Africa realizes that scaling is essential for digital payments to boost economic growth,” said Faisal Khan, a global authority on cross-border payments.The MFS Hub allows these service providers to facilitate transactions across networks, across borders and across currencies via a single API ensuring compliance with all necessary regulations. Operators, banks and money transfer organisations can provide customers with more flexible payment options, increasing the velocity and volume of electronic money in the ecosystem. Merchants can dramatically improve the reach and user experience of e-commerce and m-commerce services, and regulators are likely to see more cash drawn into formal financial systems.“It is proven that interoperability can bring many benefits, helping the wider ecosystem to reduce costs, deliver greater customer value through enhanced functionality and convenience, and increase choice for end customers,” said Dare Okoudjou, founder and CEO of MFS Africa.source: RealWire Presserlast_img read more

Apple Reportedly Renegotiating With Music Labels to Reduce Streaming Revenue Share

first_imgApple Music on Android. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Apple is reportedly in an ongoing discussion for revising its deals with music labels. The company is said to be looking to bag a discount on the streaming revenue cut charged by labels, now that Apple Music and iTunes both bring enough traction for music companies. Apple is reportedly looking to cut the profit revenue percentage of record labels from streaming, as their deals now expire by the end of June, and new deals need to be signed.Bloomberg reports that Apple looks to bring its rate down to what competitor Spotify pays to its labels. In the initial days of Apple Music, the company reportedly overpaid record labels to get them on board. The music industry was vary that Apple Music would cannibalise their iTunes business – which was a major source of revenue. However, now that Apple Music has been live for two years, and hasn’t been as harmful to iTunes as expected, record labels are now warming up to the idea, albeit with reservations, the report adds.The report also claims that record labels are still asking Apple to push iTunes in countries where streaming isn’t such a big deal. In countries like Japan and Germany, music is still bought and heard, rather than streamed. In developing and emerging countries, people still prefer to download than stream music.[related-posts] – Advertisement – In the current deal, Apple gave 58 percent of revenue generated from Apple Music subscribers to record labels, while Spotify has now reduced that margin to just 52 percent. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report states, “The labels are open to a reduction in Apple’s rate — provided it’s also able to expand subscriber rolls and meet other requirements.”Spotify was able to bargain as it promised a growth in subscribers, and Apple may be using similar tactics to get music labels on board with the negotiations, the report adds.source: NDTV newslast_img read more

Stoute at Pontefract Mission Approved

first_imgPontefract 7.50Mission ApprovedTIME: 7.50pm TV: ATRRichard’s Hannon and Hughes had a great night at Windsor which I think it’s fair to say we predicted.In the end they did get the first three winners plus one later on the card too.Evening racing is in full swing now and there’s a decent handicap at Pontefract tonight which has attracted a field of just five.Sir Michael Stoute is in cracking early season form which must be welcome news after a couple of seasons in the relative wilderness (by his high standards).The stable have a big day tomorrow with the racecourse gallop of Derby hope Telescope at Lingfield after his injury scare forced him to miss the Dante Stakes.Stoute is 29% over the last 14 days with 9 winners and he has a similar strike-rate with his runners at Pontefract over the years.Mission Approved is his representative here who is on for the hat-trick after wins at Warwick and Lingfield (AW).That was a good effort at Lingfield when he was well-backed and he should be even better suited by the mile trip tonight.He’s around evens in the market – but that looks fair enough as he is clearly still unexposed.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points win MISSION APPROVED (7.50 Pontefract)(-5 points Monday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.2,903 and countingTweet, Tweet….If you’re not following Star Sports yet on Twitter then a little bird tells us it might be good to do so….We are approaching celebrating our 3,000th follower. So, for late market steamers, sports news and general items of interest you can follow us at @starsports_betlast_img read more