Asked how optimistic he is about bringing back Durant, an emotionally exhausted Myers said, simply, “I don’t know” while noting of free agency “it’s never what you think.”“He’s a guy who’s been, like I said, what more can we ask for from him?” Myers said. “He’s been everything to us, the guy has been everything that we could have ever dreamed. He’s been an awesome member of this organization. There’s so much he does in the community that probably doesn’t get as many headlines, things he’s done in D.C., his foundation, how he kind of lives his life. We’re lucky to have been around him. Hopefully we’ll keep doing that.”All season, the Warriors were determined to cherish this ride together knowing the roster could look far different once training camp rolls around in September — along with the venue as Golden State moves across the bay to the new Chase Center in San Francisco. Golden State’s players also insist they have never taken for granted the special five-year run featuring three championships and five consecutive Finals berths.“In the history of this NBA you could highlight every team that was supposed to win or had the best team and all the different story lines. And 82 games and a full playoff run, a lot can happen,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s just a matter of how much you fight and just leave it all out there on the floor. I think the way that we have talked and described this journey and whatnot, I don’t think there’s ever been a situation where we have taken anything for granted. And that’s something I can look back and just hold.“We all can hold our head high that we gave it everything we got. … Two guys who go down and the game’s kind of taken away from them in those moments, it’s not a good feeling at all. And it’s kind of a helpless feeling in terms of two freak plays that send these guys back to the locker room. So it’s tough, but it’s part of basketball, it’s part of the game. Again, I just hope their recoveries are strong and they come back better than they were before.”ADVERTISEMENT “Well, the injury kind of throws everything for a loop, so I have no idea what Kevin’s going to do,” Kerr said Friday. “I know that we all want him back, and we think this is a great situation for him and vice versa. So, hopefully we get him back and keep this thing going with the understanding that he’s a free agent and we want what’s best for him, and he’s free to make any choice he wants. Hopefully he’s back, and we will all give him any advice, any counsel that he needs. And ultimately he’s going to make his own decision. He’s earned that.”A day after losing Game 6 of the Finals to the champion Toronto Raptors, Kerr and general manager Bob Myers braced for an uncertain summer while still trying to cope with the heartbreak of seeing Durant go down in Game 5. Then Klay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee during the third quarter of Thursday night’s 114-110 loss in the final game at Oracle Arena. Durant was injured in Game 5 on Monday night in Toronto, then underwent surgery Wednesday in New York.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, logistics“This year more than any other tested the fabric of our team,” Myers said. “It’s hard to not value a championship as much as I value short of winning a championship, and in some ways more than winning a championship, this year I might have been the proudest of our resolve. I don’t know if that’s evident. I hear that from people in the Bay Area, the support we’ve gotten, the things people say about kind of conducting ourselves as champions. That stuff matters. Winning matters, too, obviously. It all matters. Try to continue to hang onto that culture.”In February, Durant became frustrated over all the fuss and speculation about where he might play next season, and said “I’m trying to play basketball.” He signed a two-year contract last summer that includes a player option for the 2019-20, so Durant can become a free agent to pursue a maximum five-year deal. The Warriors are expected to try to sign both Durant and Thompson to those max contracts. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after teammate Klay Thompson was injured during the second half against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant.Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Thompson’s knee surgery has not yet been set. Kerr doesn’t expect to ever see two injuries this severe in consecutive Finals games again.He was still stunned a day later, and Myers, too. Now the GM must immediately turn his focus toward next week’s draft and then free agency. Both expressed their tremendous pride in how the Warriors fought despite being denied a three-peat.“You’re talking about two career-altering injuries to two of your best players in back-to-back Finals games. Unheard of. 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Ajinkya Rahane may have failed with the bat in the first innings but has contributed to the team’s cause by holding on to eight catches in this Test match, which is a world record.Rahane reached the milestone when he held on to the catch of Rangana Herath in the slip off Amit Mishra’s bowling. This feat is unique in itself because it was achieved by a non-wicketkeeper.Also read: Ind vs SL, 1st Test Live, Chandimal solid as lead extends The middle-order batsman started off the day with a brilliant catch in the gully diving to his left to send back nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad. In the first innings he took three catches and in the second claimed five. Moreover, Rahane complimented Ashwin well and played a crucial role in helping to get his third Test 10-wicket haul.
Team India director Ravi Shastri said the team was morally down after the Galle loss and believed the team will bounce back in the next match.Speaking to reporters on Monday, Shastri said the youngsters will learn from their mistakes.”I wish our batsmen attacked on the last day, Shastri said, referring to India’s humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka last Saturday.Speaking on Shikhar Dhawan’s injury, Shastri said it was only the left-handed batsman’s courage that pushed him to play with a hairline crack in both innings.He also confirmed that the south-paw wont be available for next Test.Also read: When Chandimal counter-punch left India swayingStuart Binny inclusion to the Test squad”We wanted balance in the side and we needed additional support. So Binny comes in,” said Shastri.Shastri backed Virat Kohli’s captaincy and said the next gen skipper will learn from his mistake.”Virat will learn, he hasn’t led team with three spinners,” Shastri said.Speaking on under-fire Harbhajan Singh the team director, said “No matter how big a bowler you are its tough to comeback. He’s started bowling really well, he will perform well in the next Test.”Ravi Shastri said Indian team did push a panic button in the last Test that backfired them. But he said there will be no change in the aggressive approach.Sri Lanka lead the three match Test series 1-0. The second Test starts on August 20th at Colombo.
The English Football Association has asked betting companies to provide information on wagers placed on John Terry’s stage-managed substitution during Chelsea’s 5-1 win over Sunderland last weekend.Terry, who will leave champions Chelsea at the end of the season, was given a guard of honour as he left the pitch in the 26th minute of his final Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.He later confirmed that the send-off in the minute that matched his shirt number was orchestrated following talks with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.The governing body confirmed on Tuesday it had contacted bookmakers in relation to the incident.
Brighton and Hove Albion 3 West Ham 1: Izquierdo stunner helps see off the Hammers Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 2/4/18 Getty Images/Steve Bardens Jose Izquierdo scored for a second time this season against West Ham as Brighton and Hove Albion triumphed 3-1 at the Amex Stadium. Brighton and Hove Albion eased their relegation fears as they completed a league double over West Ham with a 3-1 win at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.Chris Hughton’s side recorded their first league win of 2018 thanks to stunning second-half strikes from Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross, blowing open the 10,000th Premier League game between two sides looking over their shoulders in the battle to avoid the drop.Glenn Murray had converted a one-on-one opportunity to put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute, only for Javier Hernandez to get West Ham an equaliser before the half-hour mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Izquierdo curled home with his right foot in similar fashion to his effort in Brighton’s 3-0 win over the Hammers last October, albeit this time Adrian – not Joe Hart – was the goalkeeper beaten by the Colombian’s precision finish from the left-hand side.Gross secured all three points with a fine finish of his own in the 75th minute, James Collins’ weak clearance leading to the German firing home his fifth goal of the season from the edge of the penalty area.West Ham’s first defeat in seven games came at the end of a difficult week for the club off the field, after they sacked head of recruitment Tony Henry following allegations he sent messages to an agent saying the club did not want to sign African players.FT: Izquierdo’s stunner and another from Gross secure maximum points for the Seagulls, after Hernandez cancelled out Murray’s opener in the first half. The Colombian’s sublime effort gave Albion confidence to push on and win the game. #BHAFC 3 #WHUFC 1 #BHAWHU pic.twitter.com/mPVE7ZM8Kz— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) February 3, 2018Brighton refused to play the role of welcoming hosts, Murray putting them ahead in the eighth minute with a goal that owed much to both Gross’s throughball and referee Roger East’s excellent decision to play the advantage rule. The official allowed a move to continue after Aaron Cresswell’s late lunge flattened Anthony Knockeart on the halfway line, allowing the ever-alert Gross to put his team-mate in the clear to finish underneath the advancing Adrian.But, just as was the case in the midweek draw at Southampton, Brighton failed to build on an early lead. They were fortunate not to concede when Sam Byram failed to head in fellow wing-back Cresswell’s cross in the 25th minute, sending a tame attempt straight at retreating defender Shane Duffy, but the equaliser arrived soon after from a more likely source of goals. Hernandez accepted Joao Mario’s flicked layoff and, after twice threatening to shoot as he made his way across the penalty area from left to right, eventually let loose a rising drive that ripped into the roof of the net.10,000 – Brighton versus West Ham is the 10,000th match played in @premierleague history. Milestone.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2018Yet while the Mexican’s effort was impressive, it wasn’t a patch on the goal from Izquierdo that crucially gave Brighton the lead for a second time in proceedings.After a scrappy start to the second half, the Colombian brightened up a gloomy day on the south coast with a sumptuous curling finish that had both the height and accuracy to beat Adrian’s despairing dive and find the far corner of the goal.Any hopes of a second West Ham fightback disappeared when Gross found the target in the 75th minute.Having earlier headed over Ezequiel Schelotto’s cross wide of the target, the German looked far more assured with his right foot as he used two closing defenders as a screen to angle a drive back against the angle and beyond Adrian. read more
Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.It’s October, which is always good news for hungry New Yorkers. Back for its eighth consecutive year, the New York City Wine & Food Festival is descending on the Big Apple, bringing together the world’s greatest chefs, winemakers, spirits distillers and culinary personalities to educate, entertain, and feed attendees. A sister event to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it’s the only fest in New York that unites culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most adored television chefs. The best part? One-hundred percent of net proceeds benefit the Food Bank for NYC, and they’ve raised $8.5 million to date.To learn more about what to expect from this year’s fest, we caught up with NYCWFF Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager. Check out the Q&A with him below and our picks for the events we’re most looking forward to this year.You founded the NYCWFF seven years ago, and it’s been a great success ever since. What really drove you to start this amazing yearly series of events?NYCWFF is modeled after the success of its sister SOBEWFF – which will celebrate 15 years next February. We did an event in New York City in 2007 called SWEET to start gauging interest of consumers, talent and partners in potentially making it something larger. In 2008, we officially started the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival as it occurs today, raising $8.5 million to date for Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®.In 2014, NYCWFF raised more than $1 million for the Food Bank of NYC (and No Kid Hungry). Do you know what types of initiatives the Food Bank funds with your donation?During a recent conversation with Food Bank For New York City President & CEO Margarette Purvis, she mentioned last year they were able to provide more than 2.5 million meals with 2014’s proceeds – that’s an incredible number.Related: Feel Good Friday: Feast PortlandWhat event(s) are you most looking forward to this year? Whose food are you most excited to taste?That’s a little like asking someone to choose their favorite child – I’m looking forward to all of them. I think our Ramen Party that’s new this year will be really great, and the return of Meatopia, hosted by Michael Symon, to close-out the Festival is always delicious.Any tips for the first time attendee on how to pace him or herself when doing a tasting?Remember to drink lots of water and wear comfortable shoes.With so many events to choose from, navigating the NYCWFF can be a little overwhelming. To help you make educated decisions, listed some of the events we’re most looking forward to this year.Blue Moon Burger BashPresented by Pat LaFrieda, Hosted by Rachel RayThis is one of our favorite events of the fest, we look forward to it every year. Sample delicious, juicy burgers from some of the best chefs and restaurants in town including Michael White, Angie Mar and Shake Shack while enjoying views of the city skyline on Pier 92. And for the first time ever, you’ll be able to dig into some of the best mac and cheese dishes with the Burger Bash’s brand new Smack Down contest. TicketsJets + Chefs: The Ultimate TailgateHosted by Joe Namath and Mario BataliIf you’re looking for a family-friendly event that adults will love just as much as the kids, join Mario Batali, Joe Namath and other former and current New York Jets players for a day of games and delicious eats. Chefs from restaurants like Num Pang Sandwich Shop, American Cut and Artichoke Basille’s Pizza will be recreated tailgating favorites like steaks, ribs and wings for a mouthwatering twist on the classics.TicketsMeatopiaPresented by Creekstone Farms, Hosted by Michael SymonCreated and envisioned by the late James Beard Award-winning writer and Manual contributor Josh Ozersky, Meatopia is not to be missed. With a simple mission to cook every part of every animal over open fires, the “Whole Animal Court” will include whole hogs, lambs and goats along with beef, chicken, duck, turkey and quail. And with chefs participating from restaurants like Brindle Room, Hill Country Barbecue and Hometown Bar-B-Que, you know the meat sweats will be worth every bite. Tickets
Noida/Greater Noida: The Union budget drew a mixed reaction from the homebuyers of Noida and Greater Noida as lakhs of them were expecting a stress fund to get stalled projects completed but got disappointed. However on other hand, new buyers were happy with a big tax benefit to homebuyers in the budget. Both the associations of Homebuyers- Noida Extension Flat Owner’s Welfare Association (NEFOWA) and Noida Extension Flat Owner’s Main Association (NEFOMA), who have been fighting for the rights of lakhs of Homebuyers have expressed disappointment with the budget as none of their demands were met. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We were assured by the government that they will help out the homebuyers by releasing a stress fund but that didn’t happen. In this year’s budget, the government has totally ruled out the interest of nearly six lakhs homebuyers who have been cheated by the fraudulent builders. The government only knows how to take votes and tax from the middle class people but not doing anything for them,” said Indrish Gupta, Co-Founder, NEFOWA. Anu Khan, Founder NEFOMA, also shared a similar reaction over the budget. “Nearly 1.5 lakhs flats are still awaited for possession in Noida and Greater Noida and the already in lurch buyers have made nearly 95 per cent payments against these flats. During elections, we had meetings with Uttar Pradesh CM and other senior leaders who assured us for making a stress fund to get these stalled projects completed. However, nothing as such happened and we are totally disappointed with the budget,” said Khan.
New Delhi: Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar lauded Steve Smith for his exemplary batting, saying the former Australia skipper’s “organised mindset” and “complicated technique” set him apart among his contemporaries. Tendulkar praised Smith, the numero uno batsman in Tests right now, for his fantastic comeback in red-ball cricket in the just-concluded Ashes series. “COMPLICATED TECHNIQUE but an ORGANIZED MINDSET is what sets @stevesmith49 apart. Incredible comeback!#ENGvsAUS,” Tendulkar posted on his Twitter handle. Smith, who served a one-year ban for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, aggregated 774 runs from seven innings at a staggering average of 110.57 in the recent Ashes series against England. Smith has a unique batting style, which is both unorthodox as well as genius and Tendulkar tried to explain the Australian’s game in his social media post. “In the first Test, the English bowlers tried to get him caught behind the wickets with slips and gully in place,” Tendulkar explained. “And Smith just shuffled across and exposed his leg stumps to cover the line, and was selective and smart in his approach. “At Lord’s, they had leg-slip for him on occasions and a few short-pitched deliveries against Jofra Archer got him in trouble as he tried to cover the line with the weight on his back-foot.” Smith was hit by a vicious Jofra Archer bouncer in the first innings of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. The blow was so severe that he didn’t come out to bat in the second innings and also missed the next Test at Headingley. Tendulkar went on to explain what Smith did wrong when he was hit by the bouncer. “The most important thing for any batsman is to keep the head position forward and wait leaning forward or marginally in-line,” said Tendulkar, the only player to feature in 200 Tests.
Zhuhai (China): Andy Murray said Sunday it would be “naive” and “silly” to think he will ever return to being the player that surged to number one in the world. The 32-year-old Briton, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is on a long comeback trail after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in January. He is now free of pain, and this week will compete at the Zhuhai Championships — the first of three tournaments he is scheduled to play in China in the next three weeks. Murray believes this crucial period in his rehabilitation will provide some answers as to how good he can be again — but is under no illusions about the longer term. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”Honestly, I’m not expecting to get back to my very best,” Murray, now ranked 413 in the world, told AFP in Zhuhai. “I think it would be probably a bit naive and silly to think that would be the case. “I do feel like tennis-wise I can still compete at the highest level in terms of my skill, it’s just whether physically I can get to a high enough level to be competitive right at the top. “I’ve still got quite a ways to go in that respect, I don’t know exactly where the end point is. “Probably until I stop improving, I’ll then have to make a call (about his future). “If my improvement stopped today, I probably wouldn’t be happy playing at the level I’m at just now.” Murray, who surged to the top of the world rankings in 2016, plays Tennys Sandgren, ranked 69, at the inaugural event in Zhuhai, southern China this week.
Pune: In view of the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly polls, the Kolhapur and Sangli district administrations have decided to distribute duplicate voter ID cards to nearly 5.5 lakh people whose documents were damaged or lost during floods last month, officials said on Monday. Over 340 villages in Kolhapur were fully or partially affected by the unprecedented deluge after heavy rains. Of these, around 27 villages in Shirol, Hatkanangale and Karvir tehsils bore maximum brunt of the calamity. “Since the state Assembly polls are now approaching, we have decided to distribute duplicate voter identification cards to voters in these 27 villages,” Kolhapur Collector Daulat Desai said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOver 1.5 lakh duplicate voter ID cards have been printed for distribution among these villages, he said. Similarly, in neighboring Sangli, the authorities have so far distributed over two lakh duplicate voter IDs to people from Shirala, Walwa, Palus and Miraj tehsils, which were severely affected by floods, an official from Sangli district administration said. “Assuming that people living in these flood-ravaged areas might have misplaced their important documents, we had sought over four lakh duplicate voter IDs. So far, we have received over 3.8 lakh duplicate voter IDs and more than two lakh of these have been distributed among people,” he said.