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OPD clears bomb threat

first_img OPD logo The Odessa Police Department has cleared the scene of a bomb threat at a shopping center in the 1600 block of North County Road West.  Police responded at 7:06 p.m. Saturday to a Dollar General, but the threat was in the shopping center, OPD Spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said in a text message.  A male walked up and placed. suitcase on the sidewalk then told a customer it was a bomb and walked off. The customer told a Dollar General store clerk and the clerk notified OPD, LeSueur said. The witness left the scene, he said.  “We would like to encourage the witness who left the scene to please call the OPD or Odessa Crime Stoppers,” LeSueur said.  The scene has been cleared and the investigation revealed that there was never any threat to the area, he said.  The northbound and southbound lanes on North County Road West between 16th Street and Sunset Boulevard are currently shut down, a news release said.  Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and use alternative routes until further advised.  Facebook WhatsApp OPD clears bomb threat By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Local News Facebook Pinterest Previous articleDay in the Park with DadNext articleInvite the Outdoors In Digital AIM Web Support Twitter TAGS  last_img read more

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How Did Refis Impact the 2008 Financial Crisis?

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / How Did Refis Impact the 2008 Financial Crisis? How Did Refis Impact the 2008 Financial Crisis? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2008 Financial Crisis cash-out refinance cash-out refis Housing Crisis Purchase Loans rate refis Refinance Activity Urban Institute 2018-04-09 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago While there is still debate about the various factors that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of the housing market, a new paper by the Urban Institute suggests that the poor performance of cash-out refinances, and refinances in general, were important contributing factors.“What Fueled the Financial Crisis? An Analysis of the Performance of Purchase and Refinance Loans,” authored by the Urban Institute’s Laurie S. Goodman and Jun Zhu, opens with a recap of two competing theories about what caused the 2008 financial crisis. On one side, there is the narrative that government policies aimed at building homeownership backfired by encouraging the private sector to offer mortgages to borrowers with poor credit and without the financial stability to afford them. On the other side of the debate places more of the onus on the lenders themselves for lending to subprime borrowers. The Urban Institute report, however, suggests that refinances may have played more of a role in the crisis than has been acknowledged before.According to the report, recent research suggests first-time homebuyers were not the largest contributors to poor credit performance. Instead, the report points to established borrowers seeking cash-out refinances or second liens on their mortgages. “These borrowers often used non-traditional instruments such as Interest Only loans and negative amortization loans to stretch their buying power,” states the report.Examining “detailed loan-level information from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan level credit database,” the Urban Institute researchers gathered data on 30-year fixed-term mortgage originations occurring between 1999-2016. From there, they divided the data into subcategories representing purchase loans, rate refi, and cash-out refi. “To qualify a rate refi, the borrower must use the proceeds only to pay off the first mortgage,” explains the report. “The cash out to the borrower cannot exceed 2 percent of the new refi mortgage or $2,000, whichever is less. Otherwise, the new mortgage will be considered as cash out refi.”The Urban Institute study found that, during the period leading up to the financial crisis, purchase loans accounted for 44-48 percent of the market, whereas refis were taking up an increasing percentage of the market (cash-out refis were at 37 percent during 2005-2008, as opposed to 15 percent in 2006).Examining default activity for both purchase loans and refis, the Urban Institute researchers found that during the examined years, purchase loans performed much better when it came to default rates than refis did. In 2004, 5.3 percent of purchase loans defaulted [defined here as going 180 days delinquent (D180) or having been “liquidated from a delinquent state prior to the D180 point”]. The rate was 5.8 percent for rate refis and 7.3 percent for cash-out refis. Shifting to 2007, those rates changed to 9.6 percent for purchase loans, 15.9 percent for rate refis, and 17.1 percent for cash-out refis.“Thus, inconsistent with their weaker credit profile, purchase loans have stronger performance than rate refis,” states the report. “The default rate on cash out refis is much worse than either purchase loans or rate refinances.”That pattern continues across multiple angles of examination, with purchase loans consistently performing better than rate refis or cash-out refis. “Our results reveal that cash-out refinances has the poorest behavior on every dimension, especially during the financial crisis,” states the report. “Thus, our results show it was not the expansion of lending to include more marginal borrowers that caused the financial crisis. Rather, contributing factors to the crisis include the performance of the cash out refinances in particular, and refinances more generally.”To read the Urban Institute’s full report, click here. Related Articles Share Savecenter_img Subscribe Tagged with: 2008 Financial Crisis cash-out refinance cash-out refis Housing Crisis Purchase Loans rate refis Refinance Activity Urban Institute Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, Market Studies, News, Servicing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 9, 2018 2,494 Views Previous: Carrington Launches ‘Non-Prime’ Lending Program Next: Fewer Renters Planning to Buy a Homelast_img read more

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Author discusses “golden worlds”

first_imgAuthor Daniel McInerny gave a talk titled “Children’s Literature and the Golden World” at the first installment of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s Fall 2013 Catholic Literature Series on Tuesday. McInerny, CEO of Trojan Tub Entertainment and author of the “Kingdom of Patria” series, said children’s literature takes place in a different world. “Children’s literature is about adventure into a ‘golden world,’ in which innocence is fought for and achieved,” McInerny said. McInerny said the idea of a “golden world” derives from the biblical idea of a Paradise, and an idealized or fantasy world is featured in many children’s books such as “The Secret Garden,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Bridge to Terabithia.” “Children’s literature has an essential connection to a Catholic understanding of moral formation,” he said. “Even if many, if not most of the practitioners aren’t Catholic at all, the very genre is a dream of Eden.” McInerny said the “golden worlds” featured in books are not necessarily perfect images of Eden, for they can be filled with conflict, danger and evil.   “I still call them ‘golden worlds’ because it is in those worlds that characters undertake the work of restoring innocence,” he said. McInerny said this idea of innocence is not about sheltering children from evil. “I mean innocence as … the opposite of being sheltered, of adventuring out into the world of death and finding one’s virtuous way through it,” he said. A common objection to the idea of “golden worlds” is that it only applies to “fantasy” literature, in which the narrator takes the reader into a secondary universe, he said. “The ‘golden world’ as I described it is also found in the revolutionary Boston of ‘Johnny Tremain,’ or the Connecticut colony of Elizabeth George Speare’s ‘The Witch of Blackbird Pond,’” he said. “These are historical places, but the adventures that the child protagonists undertake in those stories also can be described as ‘golden worlds.’ It doesn’t have to be a fantasy secondary world.” McInerny said the genre of children’s literature as it is known today did not emerge until the 19th century, and it flourished as a result of Romanticism and its reverence towards childhood. “This treasuring of childhood gave an increasingly secular culture a way of connecting to purity and innocence, to wonder and to other worlds,” McInerny said. “It encouraged it to favor the imagination, as opposed to reason and scientific mode. “I would argue that the Romantic sense of childhood, and the children’s literature that flowed from it, was one way of trying to re-create the ‘golden world’ of the terrestrial paradise.” Though children’s literature is largely secular in inspiration, McInerny said, its deepest inclinations of yearning for a terrestrial paradise can be uniquely appreciated by the Catholic literary mind. “The Catholic can deeply appreciate much of what good children’s literature is trying to do, even while it resists making idols out of childhood innocence and the child’s imagination.” Junior Frances Kelsey said she has been following the Center for Ethics and Culture’s Catholic Literature Series since her freshman year and came to McInerny’s talk becuase of her previous positive experiences. “I thought it was really interesting [McInerny’s idea] that a ‘golden world’ could be found in books that are not strictly fantasy,” she said. The Catholic Literature Series continues with Professor John O’Callaghan’s lecture titled “Harry Potter and King’s Cross,” on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall.last_img read more

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TDS rolls out new communications solution for businesses in Northfield, Ludlow

first_imgTDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS, TDS.S] Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.2 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular® [NYSE: USM], its 83-percent owned wireless subsidiary.  Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 employees as of Sept. 30, 2010. Visit www.teldta.com(link is external) for more information. Editor’s Note: TDS plans to continue expanding availability of its managedIP service to more markets in the coming year. ManagedIP is currently available in parts of Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. For more information, to view customer comments, or to schedule a free demonstration, call 1-866-9-TDSBIZ (1-866-983-7249) or visit www.tdsbusiness.com(link is external). Known as managedIP, this hosted Internet Protocol (IP) communications solution integrates voice and data as a single communications solution. Unlike many voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services, TDS managedIP never uses the public Internet. The TDS solution is delivered over a private, secure, and dedicated network ‘hosted’ at a secure TDS facility, according to Marc Violette, market manager for TDS. Understanding the struggles facing many businesses, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is introducing a new communications solution in Northfield and Ludlow, Vermont. -###-center_img The recent installation of the TDS 10-Gigabit transport network makes it possible for the company to expand its IP communications solution. In addition to Vermont, TDS is introducing managedIP in four other states this month. Source: TDS. MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 10, 2010). TDS Telecommunications Corp. markets communication services to business and residential customers in 30 states through its brands TDS Telecom® and TDS Metrocom®. With 1.1 million access line equivalents in service, TDS Telecommunications Corp. connects customers to phone, broadband, and digital television service in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the eighth-largest wire line company in the nation; employing approximately 2,500 people. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis.  Visit www.tdstelecom.com(link is external)  and www.tdsbusiness.com(link is external) for more information. ‘Plus, it comes without the upfront costs or capital expenses of traditional phone systems,’ says Violette. ‘I’m proud we are able to bring this product to Vermont, especially in this economy when many businesses are waiting for glimpses of economic recovery to become sustained forward momentum. There’s no reason to wait to upgrade your communications system any longer.’ Already available to customers in parts of the northeast, TDS managedIP provides business with improved productivity and greater efficiencies.last_img read more

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Šibenik Fortress of Culture approved a new project that will strengthen the cross-border tourist offer

first_imgThe project is worth about 12 million kuna, and the project idea and the complete application were designed, developed and submitted by the team of the Fortress of Culture, which is the holder of the project. “FORTITUDE (Historic Fortresses Intensifying Crossborder Tourism Development)” is the name of a new project approved to the Public Institution Fortress of Culture Šibenik from the European cross-border cooperation program Interreg IPA CBC Croatia-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina! The aim of the project is to strengthen and diversify the cultural and tourist offer in the cross – border area, as well as to develop the highest quality and most sustainable management of cultural assets. Through this project, the Fortress of St. Over the next three years, Mihovila will receive a number of new facilities in the interior, which include new technological and spatial solutions in the souvenir shop and info desk of the fortress, exhibition in the museum room and part of the underground spaces of the fortress, as well as the City Point information center. Arranging and furnishing the interior of the fortress will thus contribute to improving the experience of daily visitors, while the interiors will at the same time retain their multifunctionality. “The total funds that the institution will invest in the implementation of this project amount to about 4.1 million kuna, of which 85 percent of the amount will be co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.”, Said Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Šibenik Fortress of Culture. The project also envisages a number of other activities such as strengthening the capacity for cultural property management, training for employees, launching the international event Fortress Night in cooperation with partners, development of new tourist routes to visit the fortresses. In total, in 2019, the Šibenik Fortress of Culture was approved projects from European funds worth more than 14 million kuna, which will be spent over three calendar years. Source / photo: Fortress of Culture Šibeniklast_img read more

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Linden Zone kicks off tonight

first_imgAMID much anticipation and expectation, the 2020 season of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship will commence this evening with Linden Zone at the Silver City tarmac.Eight elimination matches will be staged, with the opening match pitting Retrieve Unknown against Quiet Storm from 19:00hrs.This will be followed by former champion Dave & Celina’s All-Stars battling Amazings from 19:30hrs, while Wisroc will oppose Presidential from 20:00hrs, and Assassa Ballers will engage defending champions High Rollers from 20:30hrs.In the fifth clash, Coomacka lock horns with NK Ballers from 21:00hrs while former winner Amelia’s Ward Russians take aim at Capital Storm from 21:30hrs. In the final two matches, Swag Entertainment battle Barsenal from 22:00hrs and Silver Bullets match skills with Haynes Hitters from 22:30hrs.  According to a release from the tournament coordinators, the zone will last for the duration of four nights and will be played using a knockout format, adding that “all 16 teams will play on the first night”.The winning eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals which will be held the following night. The losing eight teams will enter the Plate Exhibition Round on the quarterfinal night. The winning teams from the quarterfinals will then advance to the semi-finals, while the four losing quarterfinalists will also enter the Plate round.”“The winning teams from the semi-final round will progress to the championship round, with the losers facing off in the Playoff round. The final of the Plate Round will also occur on that evening,” the release stated.The other playing nights for the tournament are January 26 (quarterfinal round, February 7 (semi-final round) and February 8 (final). The Berbice Zonal tournament is scheduled to commence after the conclusion of the Linden tournament.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger: ‘Too early’ for talk of Arsenal Premier League title

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was too soon to talk about his team winning the Premier League title after they beat one of their principle title race rivals, Manchester City, 2-1 on Monday.Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud before half-time allowed Arsenal to move to within two points of surprise leaders Leicester City and four clear of Manchester City ahead of the busy holiday fixture list.With champions Chelsea seemingly out of the picture after a calamitous start, Manchester United wobbling and Liverpool also off the pace, talk of a first Premier League title since 2003-04 is rife in north London.Wenger, however, is not getting ahead of himself. “It’s too early to say we can win the league, but it strengthens our belief,” he told reporters.”You realise you earn your right to win these games and for us it is important that we realise that we have to be ready to fight like that in every single game.”But it is a significant game because when you look at Manchester City and the quality they have on the pitch, we know at the end they will be there fighting for the championship.” He revealed that Mesut Ozil, who set up both Arsenal’s goals, had barely trained all week because of illness.”He had a chest infection for the week and was in bed basically,” Wenger added.”So for a guy that could not prepare or work well he has done well physically.”He also praised the German playmaker’s growing influence as he returns to the kind of form he displayed when he first signed for the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013.He has been provided more assists (15) than any other player in England so far this season. “He is much more mature, much more keen to take responsibility, I personally believe he has developed his physical attributes, his physical commitment. You see his desire to win,” Wenger said.–last_img read more

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Lou Williams, Clippers stave off elimination, push Warriors to a Game 6

first_img“Bingo!” said Clippers hero Lou Williams (33 points, 10 assists), who scored eight consecutive points, including a critical four-point play, in the final few minutes as the Warriors went cold and L.A. stole a second victory in Oakland, spoiling Kevin Durant’s career playoff high of 45 points.“Oh me, oh my,” added Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, channeling another of Lawler’s catch-phrases after getting the cornered Clippers on the right track early with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in the first quarter. Beverley finished with 17 points (5 for 11 from 3-point range) and a career-high 14 rebounds and took a big charge against Klay Thompson with 1:40 left.“I thought Patrick Beverley came in, just kicked our butts right away,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He came out with more energy than we had and that set a tone.”The Clippers built leads of nine points in the first half and 15 in the third quarter before Steph Curry buried a 3-pointer to cut the margin to three with 5:55 left in the fourth.Durant dunked to tie it at 116-116 and after Williams made one of two free throws, another Durant dunk made gave the Warriors a 118-117 lead and got the 19,596-member crowd at Oracle Arena shrieking its approval. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m blessed to have teammates who believe in me coming down the stretch, that make sure I have the ball in my hands, that have confidence in me to go out there and make those plays,” said Williams, who finished 12 for 19 from the field.“And when you have a locker room full of guys who are gonna live and die with the decisions that you make in the fourth quarter, it makes your job tremendously easy … I go out there and try to do the best that I can to help us get a win.”“I think you’re being modest,” Beverley interjected. “He’s a killer, man. I done guarded the best of them, I see him every day in practice, man, he’s a real killer. He goes up with some of the best scorers in the NBA; he should be up there with some of the superstar players in this league. He’s doing it day and day out – at 6-1-and-a-half, I believe.“And,” forward Montrezl Harrell chimed in, “he don’t start!”Harrell added 24 points off the bench, converting 11 of his 14 attempts to help delay for at least another game the heavily favored Warriors’ second-round date with the Houston Rockets, who closed out their series with a Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz earlier Wednesday.The Clippers shot 54.1 percent from the field (to the Warriors’ 44.8 percent), made 24 of 26 free-throw attempts and outrebounded Golden State 42-39.“This gives us more confidence than the comeback win,” said Clippers guard Garrett Temple, referring to the Clippers’ NBA playoff-record 31-point comeback in Game 2.“I feel like we had a lot of control, we did what we wanted to do and guys who shot the ball, they shot it in spots we wanted them to shoot it, and offensively we just played a lot more like we usually did in the regular season.”The get-Gallo-going plan finally took hold: After missing his first three looks from the field, Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari laid in a bucket, and then buried back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first quarter and, suddenly, he was knocking down shots, converting hook shots, driving for layups and getting calls.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates But then Williams went to work and put the game out of reach, beginning with the 26-foot pull-up jumper that resulted in a four-point play with 2:32 left. Another Williams basket pushed the lead to 123-118, then after Beverley drew the charger on Thompson with 1:40 left, Williams capped his personal run with a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 1:29 left. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 #ClipperNation @TeamLou23 (33 PTS, 10 AST) & @MONSTATREZZ (24 PTS, 11-14 FGM) help the @LAClippers (2-3) force a Game 6! #NBAPlayoffs Game 6: Friday (4/26), 10pm/et, ESPN pic.twitter.com/duRFtmGD56— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2019 PreviousOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after they lost to the LA Clippers in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, and Landry Shamet (20) in the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives on Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) speaks with coach Doc Rivers during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and Patrick Beverley, right, defend Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry gestures from the floor during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant lays up a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) lays up a shot against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks to his team before playing against the LA Clippers in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell scores against the Golden State Warriors in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers smiles as he runs back downcourt after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry watches his shot against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) lays up a shot against the Golden State Warriors the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors questions a call by Marc Davis during their game against the LA Clippers during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers shoots over Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, waits for play to resume in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, loses his shoe while driving the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers draws an offensive foul off of Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers draws an offensive foul off of Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a call as Kevin Durant #35 holds him back during their game against the LA Clippers during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) reacts to a call by referees during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley celebrates in the final minutes of the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 high-fives Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during their game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 shakes hands with Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during their game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, waits for play to resume during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers congratulates Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers after he made a basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after they lost to the LA Clippers in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 34Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Ralph Lawler doesn’t typically approach Doc Rivers on the floor during pregame, but with the Clippers’ season – and his career – on the line in Game 5 on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, he did.“He walked up to me, first time ever, and said, ‘Coach, I’ve had 20 people congratulate me on my career and say good luck like tonight is the end of Ralph. Please do something about that,’ ” Rivers said. “So, Ralph, we did.”The never-say-die Clippers felt more like themselves Wednesday, defeating the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 129-121 and sending this best-of-seven first-round playoff series back to Los Angeles for a Game 6 on Friday at 7 p.m.Trailing 3-1 and facing elimination Wednesday against the top-seeded Warriors, the Clippers extended both their surprising season and the soon-to-retire broadcaster’s Hall-of-Fame tenure for at least one more game. A 43.3 percent 3-point shooter during the regular season, Gallinari came in having made just seven of his 25 attempts from deep – many of them open – in the series. On Wednesday, he shot just 3 for 11 from 3-point range but still finished with 26 points and seven rebounds.“Me and Lou were on the bench telling him to keep shooting,” Temple said. “Him shooting that shot is great for us, and we knew he was gonna start hitting them. he was big for us, obviously.”The Clippers even made good on Lawler’s Law on Wednesday: As the first team to 100 (the Clippers led 100-94 with 30 seconds left in the third), L.A. was obligated, by the “Law,” to win Wednesday.JaMychal Green, who started in place of Ivica Zubac for a second consecutive game, made three of six 3-point attempts, including the one that got the Clippers to the century mark and another that gave the Clippers an 81-66 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter.“It’s great to get two wins, especially here, in the playoffs, to be able to bring the series back home is great,” said Gallinari, adding one last thought about Lawler’s delayed retirement: “Another reason why we won!” The @LAClippers keep their season alive, winning Game 5 on the road in a thrilling, fantastic finish! #ClipperNation #NBAPlayoffsGame 6: Friday (4/26), 10pm/et, ESPN pic.twitter.com/nqqy4JljOL— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2019last_img read more

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Andy Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati Masters

first_imgFormer world No. 1 Andy Murray has announced he will make his singles comeback in the Cincinnati Masters, which starts Sunday.Murray suggested he was facing likely retirement during an emotional news conference at the Australian Open in January, but the Briton has gradually offered a more optimistic outlook since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery and making a successful return as a doubles player. Just five months on from his major operation, the 32-year-old won the men’s doubles at Queen’s Club in June alongside Feliciano Lopez.He then also featured in the men’s and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering with Serena Williams in the latter, before playing in the Citi Open alongside brother Jamie and teaming up with Lopez again at the Rogers Cup.Murray has now determined he is ready to try his hand at competitive singles action once again, confirming on Facebook that he had accepted a wild card into the Cincinnati Masters.”That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci,” Murray posted on his official Facebook page, together with the hashtags “#LetsDoThis” and “#HereWeGo”.mood when we heard @andy_murray was returning to singles at @CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/hLoJZNtRCa— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 9, 2019The announcement is sure to fuel speculation over Murray’s potential participation in the U.S. Open, a tournament he won in 2012 to claim the first of his three Grand Slam titles to date.He went on to win Wimbledon twice after that breakthrough success at Flushing Meadows, his first triumph in 2013 ending a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles champion at the grass-court slam. Murray reached the top of the world rankings in November 2016 before his long-term hip issues became more debilitating.After undergoing hip surgery in January 2018, Murray struggled in his comeback and cut a disconsolate figure in Melbourne this year when he suggested his illustrious career was coming to an end.However, Murray described his latest operation, which has left him pain-free, as “life-changing” and he is now on the brink of completing a remarkable return to top-level singles action.last_img read more

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USA-1 leads in Olympic bobsled, Williams attempts to make Olympic history

first_imgThe team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Elana Meyers with brakeman Lauryn Williams from Rochester, Pa., left, wait for scores after their first run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The crash didn’t break them, it bonded them.Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers laughed off smashing their bobsled into a wall a few days ago, knowing this wasn’t the time to let anything get in their way of winning an Olympic medal.The gold is right in front of them now.And for Williams, a special place in Olympic history is within reach.Williams, a former sprint champion, who decided to give bobsled a whirl six months ago, and Meyers lead at the halfway point of women’s Olympic bobsled, which has turned into a three-team race with two of them decked out in red, white and blue.With Williams using her world-class speed to propel her teammate off the starting line, Meyers made two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 54.89 seconds on Tuesday to open a 0.23-second lead over Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, trying to win their second straight title after getting gold in Vancouver.USA-2’s Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in third, 0.56 back of their teammates, who know anything can happen in Wednesday’s final two heats.“It feels pretty good but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Meyers, who won bronze in Vancouver pushing for Erin Pac. “Kaillie’s a great driver. Jamie’s driving great as well. It’s not over.”Williams, a two-time sprint medalist in the Summer Olympics, is attempting to join Eddie Eagan as the only athletes to win gold medals in different sports in both the Winter and Summer Games. It wasn’t long ago that Williams made her first harrowing ride down an icy mountain track, unsure if she wanted to stick with a sport so foreign from the one she’d known.She’s feeling at home now.“Anytime I step on any track, ice track, regular track, any kind of track, my goal is to win,” she said. “So I’m not surprised at all. We prepared well, we did everything we’re supposed to do and we know we’re as good as the rest of the field.”Meyers, of Douglasville, Ga., and Williams, of Rochester, Pa., got off to a shaky start in their first days on the mountain. Meyers crashed her BMW-built sled on their initial training run, and Williams was late applying the brakes the following day and the pair blasted into a wall near the finish, damaging the front end of the carbon-fibered sliding machine.However, the incident didn’t crack their relationship.“The chemistry’s been building the whole time, but I think after we wrecked the sled the other day, that’s when it was solidified,” Meyers said.Williams was grateful for her driver’s patience.“That was a bonding moment,” Williams said. “She didn’t yell at all. She was emotional about the sled but she didn’t freak. ‘E’ handled it like a pro.”While one American track star is nearing a medal, the more celebrated one is further away.This time, Lolo Jones isn’t close.The former hurdler is in 11th with teammate Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3, 1.84 seconds behind Meyers and Williams and 1.28 seconds out of third.The team from the United States USA-3, pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakeman Lolo Jones, hug after their second run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)It’s hardly where Jones had hoped to be for after switching to bobsled to pursue her dream of winning a medal after ballyhooed failures on the Olympic track in Beijing and London.She’s on an icy one at these games, and to this point, it’s been as slippery as the dry ones she once ran in the summer.“Everything went as expected,” Jones said. “We knew we would have to fight. We knew it would be four tough runs.”Jones hasn’t given up, and she’s putting on a brave front despite knowing her medal chances are minuscule.“I’m just going to take it day by day, for sure,” she said.So far, this competition has been no different than most during this past World Cup season, with Meyers and Humphries duking it out for first.Humphries edged Meyers for the overall championship by one point. But the stakes are much higher in Sochi, and although the two are close friends after training and rooming together last summer, Meyers and Humphries are going hard for gold.“Heather and I had a plan coming in,” Humphries said. “We don’t really look at times. I don’t even know how big that gap is and I don’t care to know. We just stick to us.”Humphries and Moyse were first on the track Tuesday and made a clean trip, finishing in 57.39 seconds. But the pair barely had time to acknowledge they had set a track record when Meyers and Williams lowered it.USA-1’s first heat wasn’t pretty, but it was fast: a 57.26-second descent that moved them ahead of the Canadians. The Americans stretched their lead by one-tenth of a second on their second run.Greubel, of Newtown, Pa., and Evans, of Chicago, can’t be overlooked. The pair had two speedy trips down the course, covered and unaffected by daylong downpours in this new ski resort area northeast of Sochi.The U.S. team arrived in Russia early to get acclimated to their surroundings and “The Wolfpack,” as they call themselves, brought some drama with them.Jones’ selection over Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo was criticized by some who believed coaches were influenced by the track star’s celebrity. Regardless, Jones got the nod, but was then was paired with Fenlator in USA-3, the weakest of the sleek American sleds.Williams’ pairing with Meyers in USA-1 wasn’t without controversy and risk. The two only raced once together in a World Cup event, and there was some worry that Williams’ inexperience could be a problem. But other than not braking soon enough before their crash in practice, she’s been perfect.The track star, two runs from being an Olympic bobsled champion.“I never would have thought I’d be here six months ago,” she said. “And here I am.”last_img read more

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