Fortuna >> They were the games Humboldt-Del Norte League softball fans had marked on their calendars since the season started nearly two months ago, and they didn’t disappoint. On Friday, the visiting Del Norte Warriors, the 2nd-ranked team in the North Coast Section Division IV, faced the only team above them in the divisional standings — the Fortuna Huskies.Fortuna, leading the Big 5 by one game over Del Norte, used a five-run fifth inning in the opening game of a doubleheader to break a …
FILE – Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — From coach Mike D’Antoni to his stars James Harden and Chris Paul and all the rest of the Rockets, another chance at the champion Golden State Warriors has been on their mind for months.Golden State and Houston will face off in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years — two of those previous matchups in the Western Conference finals won by the Warriors on the way to championships, in 2015 and last season.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant has scored 30 or more points in four straight playoff games, going off for 45 in Game 5 against Los Angeles then 50 in Game 6.“Kevin Durant is Kevin Durant. He’s probably one of the best scorers that the NBA’s ever seen,” Harden said. “You can’t give a guy like that confidence.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Next up is a potentially epic Western Conference semifinal between the two-time defending champs and their Texas nemesis.Bring on Harden and Paul once more. With these two leading the way, the Rockets are largely considered the ones with the best shot to derail Golden State’s road to a three-peat.Game 1 is Sunday at Oracle Arena.“They’re going to be around. You’re going to have to go through them some way, whether it’s in the second round, third round,” D’Antoni said.The Warriors have home-court advantage this time, while last year Houston grabbed the West’s No. 1 seed.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State rallied from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Rockets on the road in Game 7. The Warriors eliminated the Rockets in a five-game first-round series during their 2016 runner-up run, and in five games for the Western Conference crown in ’15 on the way to the franchise’s first championship in 40 years.“They’re a great team. They’ve got two Hall of Fame guards in the backcourt and everyone else has carved out a nice roll,” Thompson said. “We’ve had a ton of history with them the last five years in the playoffs and I know they’re just itching to get another shot at us, and when two teams meet like that when the stakes are that high it makes for the best basketball in the world.”Last year, the Rockets played the final two games without Paul after he injured his right hamstring in Game 5. It was a huge blow.Paul posted April 13 on his Twitter a video of his extensive rehab work and a message — “This is what we’ve been waiting for. #UnfinishedBusiness.”He wouldn’t call last year’s injury the lowest point in his career but among the most devastating moments for sure.“If that’s the lowest low for me then I’m living a good life,” Paul said. “It’s something that I don’t probably think about as much as others do. If you just sit around and think about that all day every day how do you ever get past it?”He added: “You just get back up on the horse and get back to business. We’re here now.”Here are some things to watch for in what should be a sensational series:BEING ON TOPThe Warriors are fully aware of how hard it is to win year after year when every team wants what you have. 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We know how difficult it’s going to be,” Harden said Saturday. ”… I think everyone wants a shot at the Warriors.”Warriors Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were listed as questionable for Sunday’s series opener after each sprained his right ankle Friday night against the Clippers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThompson might have spoken up about the Rockets rematch a little too soon. Top-seeded Golden State had yet to eliminate Los Angeles in the first round, then the Warriors failed to close it out at home in Game 5 before winning Game 6 on the road Friday.Yet Thompson knows this is what everybody wants to talk about — and how could you not? Mike D’Antoni: James Harden not only MVP, but most improved too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Rockets closed out the Jazz 100-93 in five games Wednesday night so they should be well-rested, while the Warriors had a short turnaround after needing an extra game in the first round.Kerr calls it “a big deal” to get even short breaks during the postseason grind.“Any chance you get during the playoffs for some rest you’ve got to try to get that, because it’s a long haul,” Kerr said. “If you go to the finals, it’s almost two months and I think the more we can have time in between for preparation and rest the better that serves us going forward. And there’s an accumulation, too, a physical one.”D’Antoni figured the Warriors would end their series sooner but isn’t ready to say it gives his team an edge.“I don’t know how they feel. They may feel great,” D’Antoni said.NO SURPRISESThe Warriors have been watching from afar and keeping tabs on Harden and his crew — you bet. Even if there aren’t many surprises “jumping off the TV,” Curry said of scouting.Houston gets that.“We shouldn’t be surprised about how good they are,” D’Antoni said.The Rockets know who they must stop. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles There have been plenty of embarrassing losses along the way this season, including two at home in the first round and one in which Golden State blew a 31-point lead.“You think about what these guys are doing night after night after night, taking everybody’s best shot, playing deep into June — it’s actually surprising that we haven’t had more of those nights over those years,” coach Steve Kerr said. “What you have seen the last couple of years, the last two seasons, is that we have had some letdowns and some nights like that. It’s hard for anybody to understand what these guys go through physically, emotionally and spiritually just trying to defend the crown, trying to win the title and stay on top of the mountain.”ROCKETS’ 3-POINTERSThe Rockets surely won’t forget how they finished last year’s series: 27 straight missed 3-pointers that did them in down the stretch in Game 7.Houston missed all 14 3-point attempts in the third quarter and went 1-for-21 from deep in the second half.“If you can’t score with these guys, you’ve got no chance,” Harden said.CURRY ON DCurry knows he must be disciplined on defense, and insists that often comes down to focus. When the Warriors get stops it allows them to push the pace in transition and have a chance to pile up points in a hurry.“I have confidence in my hand-eye coordination and hand speed and stuff like that,” Curry said. “That’s how I get steals usually, is being quick. But that’s how I get fouls, too, so I’ve got to balance both of them.”REST FACTOR MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
New Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the Centre’s plea seeking return of 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site to original owners. The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that 2.77-acre disputed land at Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site would be divided into three equal parts and will be handed over to — Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla. The Nirmohi Akhara, in its fresh plea, has opposed the Centre’s application by which it had sought modification of the Supreme Court’s 2003 order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The application has said that the Centre has proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and that there are many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land is returned to one party. The apex court had recently appointed mediators to find an amicable solution to the vexatious land dispute.
Vicente del Bosque has backed David de Gea as the “complete goalkeeper” after he made a rare mistake in Spain’s friendly with Switzerland on SundayThe Manchester United star had another outstanding season at Old Trafford and became the first player to ever win the Player of the Year award four times, as well as collecting his first ever Premier League Golden Glove award with 18 clean sheets.However, the 27-year-old made an uncharacteristic blunder by spilling Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross which allowed Ricardo Rodriguez a tap-in and cancel out Alvaro Odriozola scoring a stunning 20-yard volley that had given Spain the lead.But Del Bosque, who won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, remains a huge admirer of his.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“David is a really complete keeper,” he told Omnisport, via FourFourTwo.“He plays well with his feet, which is important. He is improving and will be better.“He’s been playing for five or six years in Manchester, that’s a huge learning experience, same with the national squad.”Spain will next play Tunisia on Saturday as they continue their preparations for a second World Cup title.
Portugal winger Nani has returned to Sporting Lisbon for a third time after rejoining his former club from Valencia on a two-year deal, Sportsmole claims.Nani who previously made a comeback to Sporting for a loan spell during the 2014-15 season scored 11 goals in 36 competitive appearances.The 31-year-old winger began his career at the Portuguese club before leaving for Manchester United in 2007. The Portugal international spent last season on loan in Italy with Lazio, where he only managed 18 appearances in Serie A.Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…Nani, who won Euro 2016 with his nation two years ago has failed to settle since leaving United with no more than one season spent at any of Fenerbahce, Valencia and Lazio, where he played on loan last term.Sporting, on the other hand, have battled to maintain stability in recent times, following the departure of a host of first-team players following a training ground attack from fans at the end of last season.They last month fired Sinisa Mihajlovic after just nine days of being in charge and installing former coach Jose Peseiro as his successor.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith insists the team must improve despite their 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Friday night.Jack Grealish and James Chester were both on target as Villa recorded just their fifth victory in the Sky Bet Championship this season.Villa boss, Dean Smith was pleased with the result but felt his team’s performance was arguably one of the poorest of his four games in charge to date.He said, according to Express&Star: “I thought we deserved it but I didn’t think we were anywhere near our best.“We were OK until we scored the second goal. Then we had a 15 to 20-minute spell when we were excellent and could have scored more.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“There is still an awful lot to work on and work with. That spell showed me the levels this group can get to. We need to see more of it.”Grealish netted for the first time since last season to give Villa a fourth-minute lead.Smith said:“Jack should have scored against Swansea. He had a couple of chances against Norwich and he should have scored against QPR. So he’s owed me one and I have told him that!”“It was something we had worked on in the training ground, a pattern of play.”“He is a player who can play more advanced for us. When he does not see a lot of the ball he tends to come a bit too deep. it is something we are working on.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享WASHINGTON — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides. Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions. Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare. The vote gave Trump his second appointee to the court, tilting it further to the right and pleasing conservative voters who might have revolted against GOP leaders had Kavanaugh’s nomination flopped. Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will prompt infuriated women and liberals to stream to the polls to oust Republicans. The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — which he emphatically denied. Those allegations magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims’ rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. In final remarks just before the voting, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a vote for Kavanaugh was “a vote to end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate’s history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow.” Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted “present,” offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter’s wedding. That rare procedural maneuver left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he’d have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted. It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records. Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
US president Donald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump said Friday that the Islamic State jihadist group has been “100 percent” defeated in Syria.Trump made the comment as he showed reporters maps of the region — one showing the large areas once held by the group and a second that showed the situation on Friday with no presence.”There’s ISIS, and that’s what he have right now,” he said, pointing at the two maps.Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said “the territorial caliphate has been eliminated in Syria.”The White House declaration came after days of bombing and other attacks by Kurdish-led forces to clear the final tiny pockets of resistance by Islamic State fighters in the village of Baghouz, where they made a last stand.US-led coalition warplanes have been supporting local ground forces in the onslaught on Baghouz that began 9 February, meeting fierce resistance from the jihadists and an unexpectedly large number of civilians hunkered down alongside the fighters.IS, as ISIS is also known, declared a “caliphate” in June 2014 after seizing a vast swathe of territory larger than Britain straddling Iraq and Syria.The loss of the Baghouz enclave would signal the demise of the “caliphate” in Syria, after its defeat in Iraq in 2017.The jihadists still retain a shadowy presence in eastern Syria’s vast Badia desert.