TweetPinShare0 Shares HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors.He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.Durant wasn’t happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench. Durant, who played just more than 40 minutes, was asked if he’d prefer to play the entire 48 minutes.“Probably so,” Durant said.Kerr acknowledged that he should have left him in at that point and raved about his performance after his fourth 30-point game this postseason.“This is why anybody would want him on their team … I don’t know what you do to guard him,” Kerr said. “He can get any shot he wants.”Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.“We’re in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We’re going to take that first punch and keep punching.”Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the first half during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.“You’re not going to come in and just knock them out,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn’t switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.”Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for.“It’s nice to have home court,” D’Antoni said. “(But) we don’t have it. Now we’ve got to go get it.”Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.“I think he’s going to get even better as the series goes on, which is good for us,” Kerr said of Curry.Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is pressured by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Warriors, who are the second seed in the West, opened a playoff series away from Oracle Arena for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round.Houston struggled to slow down Durant all night, and things got even worse when Trevor Ariza picked up his fifth foul with about 10 minutes left in the third with Golden State up by 3. Durant made two baskets for the Warriors around one by Chris Paul that left the Warriors up 73-68 a couple of minutes later.“He’s one of the best scorers ever,” D’Antoni said of Durant. “I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that. We can’t withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s.”Gordon added a layup for Houston after that, but Golden State scored the next six points, with a 3-pointer from Thompson, to make it 79-70 with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the third.Houston ended a scoring drought of more than two minutes with a dunk by Harden seconds later and the Warriors followed with another run, scoring six straight points to extend it to 85-72 with just more than two minutes left in the third.The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter.Durant added two free throws to close out the quarter and leave the Warriors up 87-80 entering the fourth.“Houston, they never stop,” Durant said. “They are always in the game with 3-point shots. We try to get good shots every time down and defend on the other end.”TIP-INSWarriors: Curry extended his NBA playoff record by making at least one 3-pointer in his 80th straight playoff game. … Draymond Green received a technical early in the first quarter when he pushed Harden after a shot. … Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds.Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. … Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. … Gordon added 15 points off the bench.THEY SAID ITDraymond Green on getting the technical so early: “I was a bit overzealous, a bit amped up, but I’d rather that any day than coming out flat.”UP NEXTAfter Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.—By KRISTIE RIEKEN , AP Sports Writer
About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season.
WATCH: Cesc Fabregas in tears for Chelsea farewellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was in tears at the end of their FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest.The Spaniard is expected to leave the Blues in the coming days and join up with Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco, in what will be a reunion with his former Arsenal captain.Fabregas has just five months remaining on his Chelsea contract and would have been required to take a significant pay-cut to his £160,000-a-week salary to have stayed at Stamford Bridge.He was named captain for what will be his final game, a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round. The occasion was somewhat soured after he missed a penalty in the opening 45 minutes.Cesc Fábregas’s emotional farewell to Stamford Bridge today after 500 games in English football. What a player.Thanks you, Cesc. pic.twitter.com/JTdIqnmoUG— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 5, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann admits they weren’t at their best for the 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.Barca needed Marc-Andre ter Stegen to save a penalty to leave Germany with a point.Griezmann said, “The penalty that Marc has stopped, other important stops. I think we have not knocked on the door … These are things that need improvement. We must work and in the end a point is a point.”A game away from home is always different, here or in any club. People press more and the local rival plays with more confidence. It costs us more. “These are things to improve, let’s see what we did wrong and improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – Saputo Inc. says it plans to purchase an Ontario dairy company for $100 million.Shepherd Gourmet Dairy employs about 90 people at its lone facility in St. Marys, Ont.Montreal-based Saputo says the purchase price will be paid in cash and available credit.Shepherd Gourmet makes a variety of specialty cheeses, yogurt, as well as Skyr Icelandic-style yogurt in Canada.The company logged revenues of about $57 million in the year ending April 30.The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in June.Companies in this story (TSX:SAP)
LONDON – British luxury fashion brand Burberry said Thursday it will stop using real fur in its products and also stop destroying products that it cannot sell.The company said there will be no real fur in its London Fashion Week catwalk show later this month. It will also phase out existing real fur products.Burberry said it has made only limited use of real fur in recent years with clothing incorporating fur from rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon. Those will now be eliminated, along with use of angora.The fashion house, which produces clothing, leather goods and beauty products, also said it will no longer dispose of unwanted and unsold stock by destroying it after the practice was criticized by environmental activists this summer.The company said in an earlier report that it destroyed more than 28 million pounds ($36 million) worth of luxury goods including beauty products in the last year to protect the brand’s image and keep its goods from being sold cheaply.It said Thursday it plans to expand efforts to “re-use, repair, donate or recycle unsaleable products.”“Our responsibility goals cover the entire footprint of our operations and extend to the communities around us,” said chief executive Marco Gobbetti. “Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible.”Burberry’s Sept. 17 runway show will mark the debut collection for new creative chief Riccardo Tisci, who replaced Christopher Bailey at the helm.The Burberry show is typically one of the highlights of London Fashion Week, which begins Sept. 14. The company will share the spotlight with Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret and others.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – If you can’t make it to the Pomeroy Sport Centre to watch the world record attempt, you can watch it online below.John Collins and Joe Ayoob are at the Pomeroy Sport Centre attempting to break their own record by flying a paper airplane further than 226 feet and 10 inches. They will have ten attempts to fly the plane so conditions have to be almost perfect.The video will start at 8:45 a.m. with the first attempt at around 9 a.m.
Gorakhpur (UP): In the battle to redeem lost pride in the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, popular Bhojpuri actor and BJP candidate Ravi Kishan is playing second fiddle as Yogi Adityanath takes centre stage in the electoral fight. Sharing dais with the chief minister during poll rallies, the BJP candidate is often seen standing alongside the ‘maharaj’ with folded hands. Regarded as the fiefdom of the Gorakhnath peeth, the seat with 19.54 lakh voters has 10 candidates in the fray. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework However, a direct contest appears on the cards between BJP candidate Kishan and alliance nominee, Rambhuwal Nishad of the SP. Though Yogi Adityanath won the seat from 1998 to 2017, the shock defeat during the 2018 bypolls was a massive loss of face for the ruling party, coming months after its emphatic win in the 2017 Assembly elections. The election on the seat, this time round, is being treated by the party and loyalists as an opportunity to avenge the humiliation and restore faith in the leadership of Yogi Adityanath. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “The fight on the seat is to retain the pride of Maharaj…the Hindu Yuva Vahini and BJP are one in the contest this time round and are in the campaigning as one unit,” zonal vice president of BJP Satyendra Singh said. Leading the campaign from the front is the chief minister himself, who is camping here for the May 19 polling in the last phase and has addressed over two dozen rallies. This week, he will be holding a big road show in Gorakhpur city along with BJP president Amit Shah. Lending all out support is the Hindu Yuva Vahini, founded by Adityanath, which has been actively involved in the campaigning with the CM asking for presence of one worker each of the BJP and the HYV at all booths. Since the defeat in the bypoll had also been attributed to the low turn out, the major focus is on increasing polling percentage in Gorakhpur city. Local BJP leader Rahul Srivastav said instructions have been issued to bring voters out to cast votes on polling day. “Election is not being fought by Ravi Kishan. It is being fought by Yogi,” said Manish Prasad, a vegetable vendor. Initially it was the ‘outsider’ tag which Kishan had to face but he fought and overcame it following his visit to his native Maamkhor village from where his ancestors migrated two- three generations ago to neighbouring Jaunpur. Kishan is also banking on his popularity, getting his selfies clicked with youth and women. His approachability is giving the BJP a good head start and now it is “One Mission Ravi Kishan” slogan which has become common. “Yogiji has brought me here. We are hoping for a record win now,” Kishan stresses. The saffron party can also draw solace from the fact that the giant killer in the Gorakhpur bypoll Praveen Kumar Nishad has now switched over to the BJP and has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar parliamentary constituency in eastern UP. That the alliance candidate Ram Bhuwal Nishad belongs to the dominant fishermen caste — around 3.5 lakh here — is a fact that suits the BSP-SP who have worked on their arithmetic well. The joint meeting of BSP and SP at the Champa Devi Park on Monday witnessed a massive turnout even in sweltering heat. “We will go by what behenji asks us to do…,” said Shrawan Kumar, a BSP supporter, who attended the rally. “Ram Bhuwal Nishad is an experienced politician…he knows all about electoral battles and how they are won…We have a good support base among all castes,” Samajwadi Party leader Zafar Amin Dakku said. Besides other issues, the alliance is raising local issues including death of children in the BRD Medical College Hospital, charging it was due to government apathy, he said. “We are confident that history will repeat itself and the alliance will once again be pulling down the BJP fortress here. I have the support of the poor and the oppressed,” says alliance candidate Ram Bhuwal Nishad.
Ohio State junior forward John Wiitala (10) pushed down Wisconsin freshman forward Sean Dhooghe (24) in front of redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) in the first period on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorAfter earning the No. 3 seed in the West Region, the Ohio State men’s hockey team will travel to Fargo, North Dakota, to challenge Denver for a spot in the NCAA West Regional Final.Ohio State (20-10-5, 13-7-4 Big Ten) has once again seen its USCHO ranking drop following its 5-1 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this time from No. 6 down to No. 9. Denver (22-11-5) has taken the Buckeyes’ previous ranking, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said his team has learned from its mistakes in the past Penn State match and is ready for this weekend.“Our guys understand what we did, our lack of what we did against Penn State, and we’ve got enough guys who’ve been through the trenches to understand how we’ve got to prepare for this weekend,” Rohlik said. “It’s been a good week-and-a-half.”Denver is ranked No. 10 in the country in win percentage with Ohio State trailing just behind at No. 11.Ohio State senior forward John Wiitala said the high stakes of the tournament makes this upcoming match all the more stressful.“I think we’d like to say that the nerves are the same, and it’s just another hockey game,” Wiitala said. “But obviously, just like we talked about, the desperation: we all know that one game and you lose, you’re going home.”On defense, the Pioneers just barely edge out the Buckeyes. Denver is currently ranked No. 9 with 2.08 goals allowed per game, with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 14. Two of the top goalies in the country will play: Denver sophomore goalie Devin Cooley and Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier are tied at No. 3 in the country with a .934 save percentage. Nappier is the likely starter for the Buckeyes after taking the start over redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo in the lone Big Ten tournament game, something Rohlik said following that loss was a decision based on Nappier’s impressive statistics on the season.In terms of offense, Denver lacks the same aggression Ohio State possesses. The Pioneers are No. 29 with 2.82 goals per game, while the Buckeyes rank No. 17. The Denver offense is led by junior forward Liam Finlay, who has accumulated 15 goals and 20 assists so far this season, good for 0.92 pointe per game. The teams have not met this season.Ohio State senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said the fact that they haven’t played each other this season makes for a different experience than the team has been used to with Big Ten play.“I wouldn’t say it’s any more stressful, but it is a different experience not knowing exactly what you’re going to get,” Larocque said. “Playing a team out of conference that we haven’t seen before, you don’t really know them too well.”The semifinals match between No. 2 Denver and No. 3 Ohio State will begin at 4 p.m. Friday in Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota.
Tottenham goalkeeper and France captain Hugo Lloris believes his side are not the favourites to lift the trophy next Sunday.France beat Uruguay 2-0 on Friday after goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann to secure their place in the semi-finals against Belgium.Lloris added that his team must perform better if they are to defeat the Red Devil according to Daily Mail via Sportsmole.“I don’t think so,” the stopper said when asked if his side are favourites.“A nation like Brazil with all its talent and history has to be the favourites and if Belgium beat them then that fact will make them favourites.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“To win the semi-final we need to play at a better level than we did against Uruguay. We will be up against a great Belgium team with fantastic players.“It will be a big, big fight and I hope we are ready for it.”France looks to grab a spot in the final of a second successive major tournament following their appearance against Portugal in the final of Euro 2016.