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Captain crunch: LeBron shines brightest when closing games

first_imgHis late-game heroics have become so common that coach Tyronn Lue’s only instructions during late timeouts is to pick which player is going to pass it to James.“You just get the ball to ’Bron at the end of the game, he has been producing for us all season, his whole career,” Lue said Sunday as the Cavaliers got ready for Monday’s Game 4. “If the game is tied or the game is on the line, we got a great person to go to down the stretch.”Before the playoffs began, the Cavaliers, who are finally meshing after months of upheaval, were 38-0 when leading after three quarters. Following practice last month, James was asked if there was a reason for the team’s ability to preserve fourth-quarter leads.“’Cause we got a closer,” he said, with zero hesitation.Big shots. Timely blocks. Perfect passes.James has done it at both ends in the waning moments of games all season for a team that has only four holdovers from its 2016 title squad. Like he does every year, James has elevated his game in the postseason. He’s averaging 34.8 points, his highest in the playoffs since 2009, with 9.5 rebounds and a career-best 8.8 assists.The statistics, though, are only part of it.In his last three home games, James has made two last-second shots and scored 45 points in a win-or-else Game 7.“Right now, he’s just relishing these moments,” forward Kyle Korver said. “He’s been amazing. I think we are expecting him to win the game in the end when it’s close. We feel like he’s going to make the plays. He’s just done it so many times this year. He makes the right read, he makes the right play, he makes the shot. It’s been impressive to watch.”Lue has seen another player like James: He was Kobe Bryant’s teammate in Los Angeles. James and Bryant share plenty of physical traits with other players, but it’s the intangibles that separate the scorers and playmakers from the difference makers. After being criticized earlier in his career — it seems laughable now — for not being clutch or taking the big shot, James has become the NBA’s pre-eminent closer, the player best equipped to handle pressure and produce excellence when everything is on the line.Crunch time? He’s captain crunch. Tom Brady in the two-minute drill. Muhammad Ali in the 15th round. Mariano Rivera in the ninth. The fat lady.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt’s over when James says so.James added to his growing legacy for breathtaking finishes on Saturday night by banking in a shot high off the backboard at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win in Game 3 of their semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors, who had the closest view of a moment that all but ended their season. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Comedian apologizes for ‘edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Green “They want the ball,” Lue said. “They’re always able to will their team to a win, a victory, making the right pass or play or making the big shot. It’s their will to win and making everyone better.”And while it’s true that James has carried the Cavaliers for most of his 11 seasons with them, he’s had to shoulder a heavier burden over the past 92 games. When Cleveland relented to All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s trade demand and shipped him to Boston, it left the team without another proven scorer capable of closing.It’s not that Love or Korver or J.R. Smith can’t make a big shot in a tough spot when called upon, it’s that James relishes the responsibility of being the one to take it — or defer if the situation demands.In Miami, James turned to Dwyane Wade down the stretch for help. He doesn’t have that same luxury in Cleveland, but it’s not stopping him.As he powered up the floor in the final seconds of Game 3, there was no doubt by the Raptors, the Cavaliers or the 20,000 fans at Quicken Loans Arena who was going to take the last shot.The closer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dribbling the length of the floor while outmaneuvering a Toronto defense designed to stop him, James got to a spot where he felt comfortable, rose off his left foot and with his right hand softly dropped a shot he’s practiced hundreds of times for this kind of moment.“That’s just who he is,” said Cavs center Kevin Love.On the official play-by-play sheet, James’ shot was listed as: “L.James 10′ Driving Bank Shot.”It was so much more. It was the 33-year-old’s second game-winner of these playoffs, coming 10 days after he hit a fadeaway 3-pointer in Game 5 in a first-round series to down an Indiana Pacers team that had him on the ropes but couldn’t knock him out.According to ESPN Stats & Info, James has made five go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of regulation or overtime in the playoffs — two more than Michael Jordan — and he might not be done.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 05: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after hitting the game winning shot to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — LeBron James breaks hearts, shatters dreams and delivers joy all in one breath. He carries one city, crushes the other.With mind-blowing ease, James can take over a quarter, a game, a series, a season and make it his own. His terms.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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International Series Results

first_imgCongratulations and well done to all teams involved in the 2017 International Series at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Please see below for results. Wednesday 10 May 2017Women’s OpenAustralia (17) defeated Japanese Women’s Open Selection (0)Men’s OpenAustralia (7) defeated Japan (3)Thursday 11 May 2017Women’s OpenJapanese Women’s Open Selection (6) defeated New Zealand (5)Australia (20) defeated Japanese Women’s Open Selection (2)Men’s OpenNew Zealand (11) defeated Japan (6)Australia (15) defeated Japan (3)Try Scores – International Series Day OneWomen’s OpenAustralia 17 (McCall 4, Watego 3, Crowe 2, Campbell 2, Maddick 2, Kearney, Davis, Hennessey, Upton touchdowns) defeated Japan 0.Men’s OpenAustralia 7 (Brisby 2, Prowse 2, Buckley, Francis, Palau touchdowns) defeated Japan 3 (Kawaguchi, Hamada, Nakamichi).  Try Scores – International Series Day TwoWomen’s OpenJapan 6 (Kuraishi, Endo, Kishi, Imai, Ogawa, Parslow touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 5 (Engler 2, Johnston, Hotham, Mohi touchdowns)Australia 20 (Michaelopolous 3, Dyball 3, Rodgers 3, McCall 3, Peattie 2, Watego, Crowe, Upton, Campbell, Sargent, Sue See touchdowns) defeated Japan 2 (Imai, Goulding touchdowns)Men’s OpenNew Zealand 11 (Quinn 3, Robinson 3, Rhind-Rogers 2, Cavanagh 2, Soutar-Finch touchdowns) defeated Japan 6 (Kawaguchi 2, Kaji, Hori, Hamada, Nakamichi touchdowns)Australia 15 (Francis 4, Hoch 4, Marshall King 3, Norman, Moylan, Barton, Bundy touchdowns)  defeated Japan 3 (Kaji, Kanabe, Nakamichi touchdowns)Related LinksInternational Series Resultslast_img read more

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10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelona

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed terms with Barcelona, it has been claimed.Le Parisien, ignoring Barca’s statement of denial, reported on Monday that Rabiot has reached an agreement with the Catalan club over his salary and signing bonus. At the moment there are no negotiations between Barça and PSG, but that the situation could evolve “this week”. Barça released a comment on Sunday denying “any type” of agreement with the midfielder. The club added that they have always acted in the correct manner with PSG, who they contacted over the player in August and again last week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoTammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legend

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legendby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham is determined to become a Chelsea legend.The 21-year-old is making his mark at Stamford Bridge this season, with a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Wolves taking his season total to 7 from five Premier League games.”I have grown up watching big stars playing in the Champions League, and to play in it myself would obviously be a dream,” he said.”Players like the gaffer [Frank Lampard], Didier Drogba and John Terry are great legends. They have been there and done it. I would like to follow the same path. “I am delighted to be scoring goals for a team I have grown up loving and have always wanted to play for. It is just an amazing feeling and hasn’t kicked in yet.”Hopefully this is the beginning of a great career at Chelsea. I’m living the dream and I need to keep it running.” last_img read more

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5 days agoShearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastleby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer praised Callum Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United.Chelsea beat Shearer’s former side Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s late goal.But it was Hudson-Odoi who provided the assist, his third of the season, as Chelsea continued their winning ways under manager Frank Lampard.”He has played three times this season and he has three assists,” Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day.“He had such a terrible injury which he’s come back from. He’s 18 years of age and can spray the ball around like that, left or right, and he is full of confidence.”He can go on the outside and come on the inside.”Everything Chelsea did well he was at the heart of it.“He did his bit defensively which he had to do and he was hugging the touchline, and with that drive that he’s got he makes it very difficult for defenders.”For the goal he sets it up for Alonso, puts it into his path and says ‘go on, have a go’ and that was the winning goal. Chelsea were the better team and deserved to score.” last_img read more

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generationCURE Solstice 2017 Set For June 20

first_imgOn Tuesday, June 20, amfAR will present its sixth annual generationCURE Solstice event at Mr. Purple on New York’s Lower East Side.The evening will feature DJs, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and special guests.generationCURE is a group of young amfAR supporters committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in their lifetime by helping the Foundation raise funds for its cure-focused research programs. Since its inception in 2011, generationCURE has raised more than $600,000 for amfAR through events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In 2015 and 2017, generationCURE awarded grants to young researchers for cure-focused projects.Event Chairs include Lo Bosworth and Kelly Osbourne.DATETuesday, June 20, 2017TIME7:00 PMLOCATIONMr. Purple180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10002TABLES/TICKETSTo purchase tickets online please click here.last_img read more

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Bahamas 94th Murder victim identified suspect arrested

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, murder, palmdale Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Recommended for you Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 6th, 2017 – Nassau – Yesterday we reported that a man was shot and killed on Monday night as he was accompanying a women to make a deposit at a First Caribbean ATM in Palmdale. That man has since been identified as Freddy Rigby and sources say Berard Apollon aka “Boy Mary” has been arrested in connection to the killing.According to police reports, Rigby, who was a manager at Executive Security and familiar with protecting others, was approached by gunmen at around 10pm. The suspects then robbed and shot both Rigby and the woman before they sped off in a dark coloured vehicle. The woman was taken to the hospital for critical injuries but Rigby reportedly died on the scene. His killing became the country’s 94th murder for the year.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcherlast_img read more