Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I’m happy that we finished the year this way,” Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “Despite the difference between the teams, we played with respect and gave everything we had.”Valencia ended the year giving its fans some reason to celebrate by beating Leganes for a 5-2 victory on aggregate.Striker Rodrigo scored a goal in each half for Valencia, which earned only its third win in 10 matches since former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli took over in October.The team is winless in seven games in the Spanish league and enters the break only one spot from the relegation zone.Eibar defeated Sporting Gijon to reach the next round 5-2 on aggregate, with striker Kike Garcia scoring his two goals in similar fashion — less than a minute into the first half and again less than a minute into the second. Adrian Gonzalez also found the net for Eibar, while Sporting got on the board near the end with substitute Ruben Sanchez Perez-Cejuela.Osasuna defeated Granada 2-0 to advance 2-1 on aggregate in a matchup between the bottom clubs in the first division of the Spanish league. Promoted Osasuna is last going into the winter break, with Granada just one spot ahead.In La Coruna, Deportivo went through with a 3-2 win on aggregate after beating Real Betis 3-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The defending champions got off to a slow start, but the game opened up after defender Lucas Digne got on the board with a shot from inside the area in the 37th minute.Midfielder Ivan Rakitic added to the lead by converting a penalty just before halftime, and Rafinha, Turan and Paco Alcacer scored in the second half. Alcacer’s goal was his first in a competitive match since joining Barcelona this season. He had netted in a friendly last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“We had to be patient,” Rakitic said. “After the first goal, everything was easier.”Despite the first-leg setback, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique stuck to the reserves and gave some extra time off to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Gerard Pique after they played in the team’s last league game of 2016 at the weekend. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Kvitova to miss six months after knife attack, says doctor Turan, Rakitic, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano were the only seasoned players starting against Hercules, which marked the team’s final game of the year.The Copa del Rey will resume in the first week of January.On Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), Atletico Madrid beat third-division club Guijuelo 10-1 on aggregate after a 4-1 win at Vicente Calderon Stadium, while Real Madrid had already reached the next round by eliminating third-division team Cultural Leonesa.With hat tricks by Luciano Vietto and Ben Yedder, Sevilla routed fourth-division club Formentera to advance 14-2 on aggregate.Brazilian playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso opened the scoring in Seville with his first goal since joining the club this season, and Pablo Sarabia netted twice in the one-sided match at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town FC Barcelona’s Ivan Krkic kicks the ball to scores a penalty during the Copa del Rey, Spain’s King’s Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Hercules at Camp Nou. APMADRID — Barcelona’s reserves got the job done at the second attempt, leading the Catalan club to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 7-0 rout of third-division Hercules on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).After being held to a stunning 1-1 draw in the first leg, a hat trick from Arda Turan helped the second-stringers to a comfortable victory at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
We were only here for one night and thus shared a studio villa. Although a studio can sleep up to four adults, three adults pushed the limits of being comfortable for any extended period of time. Surprisingly we checked in at 11:00 AM to find our room ready for occupancy. We dropped off our items, savored the view of Bay Lake, the Contemporary, and the monorail before heading over to the monorail station. Epcot awaited!Bay Lake Tower StudioThe monorail did not leave the station for nearly 10 minutes due to “traffic clearance”. Once we pulled into the Ticket and Transportation Center and transferred over to the Epcot monorail we also waited about five minutes in the station, aboard the monorail. It had to be shut off and rebooted. All told it took about 45 minutes to get from Bay Lake Tower to Epcot.Epcot – some hits and misses of Food and WinePersonally, I feel it is difficult to find good value in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. I prefer to visit Epcot when it isn’t festival time and enjoy the food and beverage offered at various quick locations around World Showcase.However, my parents have not been to the food and wine festival in a few years and did not want to miss out on this experience. We started our trip around the world at one of the few things I truly enjoy at the festival: the Craft Beer stop inside the Odyssey building. This is a spacious building that was in desperate need of utilization and now you can enjoy six different craft beers, all brewed in my homestate of Florida. We ordered the pimento cheese and the charcuterie plate, plus a few beer samples of course.The pimento cheese dip ($3.50) is a generous serving, plenty for three adults to enjoy, though we did run low on pretzel crisps. As a Southern girl I love pimento cheese, it is a simple classic, and this dip had some nice heat on the back end. The charcuterie plate ($5.25) did not seem as good a value due to the quality of the meat, but we still enjoyed it.Our next stop is one of the most popular booths and the festival, and offers some of the more pricey items. Here we did the ultimate splurge and ordered the Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce ($7.75). Normally, I would scoff at such a price tag, and certainly the overall value is still pretty weak, but the quality of the dish, regardless of size, is undeniable. The tenderness and the cook of the filet is pretty remarkable considering they are prepared in such mass quantities. Paired with the Field Estate Red Conception wine ($4.50) our stop here was simply divine.I won’t go stop by stop, but I will say one major miss in our journey was the Farm Fresh booth. In year’s past I had much love for this booth as it is Florida focused. But this year the two foods we sampled were of terrible quality. The Loaded Mac n Cheese ($4.50) didn’t seem loaded to us, two toppings (bacon and green onions) do not a loaded mac n cheese make. It was also dry and chewy. The Chicken and Dumplings ($4.75) needed to be seasoned badly, and who’s idea was it to add spinach into the mix?!My absolute must-have is actually something simple that is already offered at Epcot year-round: adult soda floats. A variation of this treat is available at the Fife and Drum stand, open year-round, at the American Adventure. However, at the Desserts and Champagnes booth you can enjoy 4 oz of adult hard soda (orange, cherry cola, or root beer) with a generous serving of soft serve vanilla ice cream.But what really makes this a decent value at $6.00 is it is served in a patented shatter proof wine cup. The cup from Govino, has a cool little groove on the side to make it easier to hold. This is the best way to end a day at Epcot!Top of the World LoungeOur time in Epcot wiped us out. Thankfully two monorail rides later we were back in our studio at Bay Lake Tower. To me that is one of the biggest benefits of staying on property: the ability to take a midday break back in your room.While we relaxed, mother nature showed her angry side. Some pretty fierce looking storms started to roll in, thus changing our plans to head in Magic Kingdom. Instead we decided to take advantage of our close proximity to the Top of the World Lounge.The Top of the World Lounge is considered to be the highest point and observation deck on Walt Disney World property. This lounge is open to DVC Members only, however, if non-members are staying with members on the same reservation they can also visit the lounge. Additionally, it does not matter if a DVC Member is using vacation points or paying “cash” for the reservation, so long as you are staying at a Disney owned and operated hotel, you’re golden!With incredible views of all of Walt Disney World, and much of the surrounding Orlando area, Top of the World Lounge is a must-do, at least just for one drink. The food is not as high quality as other lounges, in part because there is no actual kitchen attached to the lounge, so found is transported from another kitchen at the resort. Still our steak flatbread ($10.00) and Bison sliders ($12.00) both satisfied. Disney’s Beach Club VillasOh how I wish I could have enjoyed this room and this resort more. My parents enjoyed two nights in the one bedroom villa at Beach Club Villas whereas I only had the opportunity to quickly get refreshed before the event that night and then crash on the surprisingly comfortable sleeper sofa in the living area. The recently refurbished Beach Club Villas offer a new level of comfortable sophistication. The décor is now up-to-date with soft pale and silver tones and crisp white furnishings. I wanted to blockade myself in and not ever leave, except to enjoy the theme parks and pool, and dining, and ok well, you get the point.It proved very difficult to wake up and leave this resort. It is a favorite among DVC members, myself included. It had been five years since I last had the opportunity to stay here. Having such a short time to soak it up saddened me.Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary ResortIt is difficult to beat Bay Lake Tower’s location. You can almost feel the monorail breeze by you. The soft, but powerful whistle of the steam trains of the Walt Disney World Railroad linger on the air, an audible beckon of the most magical place on Earth.The décor and modern soft jazz music are not my favorite themes. I prefer more thematical and storytelling environments. Still, Bay Lake Tower is another impressive jewel in Disney Vacation Club’s crown. My parents relished the décor and adventurous spirit of Nomad Lounge. The perfect balance between sophistication and casual approach-ability is struck here. Starting our evening here set the tone for a pleasant and memorable night together.From here we ventured over to marvel at the subtle movements of the new night time projections. Every 15 minutes the Tree of Life awakens with a beautiful 2-3 minute show using colorful projection mapping techniques. This show blends themes of Disney movies and songs with artistic interpretations of real animals. Audible gasps could be heard across the audience; DVC Members sure do love their Disney.Soon it was time for the night time safari. We arrived at 9:10 PM to the FastPass+ redemption entrance which was queued through the former legacy FastPass (paper) distribution area. No one was moving, so we stood still, waiting for about 10 minutes before the line began moving. Overall we waited just over 15 minutes to board our night time safari.Our driver went off script a few times and added a lot of her bubbly personality to the experience. I enjoyed seeing the greater kudu and okapi being more active than in the day. The savanna itself did not provide much excitement, but all bets were off when we came around the bend and happened upon two very active cheetahs. Breathtaking! But wait there’s more! As we crawled along the path to the lions overlook, the male lion sat at the very edge of the rock, towards the ride path while the lioness prowled back and forth on the back of the rock formation. Incredible!We wrapped up our evening in Animal Kingdom with a longer than anticipated wait for a meet and greet experience with characters and two performers from The Festival of the Lion King show. It took us about 30 minutes, but once inside and seeing that we have the theater almost to ourselves, it was a quick, but Magical Moment for us! Share This!A few weeks ago during my last Best Week Ever post, I discussed how I am learning a lot about fear. This week I am experiencing a lesson in enjoying the moment. This week provided some best ever moments and yet I don’t feel like I really took the time to savor it all and enjoy. I experienced Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the DVC Member event, stayed the night at Beach Club Villas, woke up and checked into Bay Lake Tower for the night, enjoyed Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and capped it all off with cocktails and fireworks at Top of the World Lounge.Even though I feel like I didn’t really soak it up, I get to share it with you, helping it to make one the my Best Weeks Ever! And since many of us in Florida, and at the Atlantic Coast, are getting ready to face Hurricane Matthew, let’s take a break from storm prep and bask in some pixie dust.Disney’s Beach Club VillasDVC Member event at Disney’s Animal KingdomDisney Vacation Club is celebrating its 25th year of existence. This year members have seen a slew of perks and free events roll out to them not only in order to mark the special occasion, but to help boost member satisfaction as well. During a few nights in September DVC Members enjoyed Animal Kingdom all to themselves from 9:30 PM – 12:30 PM.While I worked, my parents enjoyed Disney’s Beach Club Resort and then checked us in for the event, at the hotel lobby. This enabled us to have our event wristbands ahead of time and although it may not have saved us a ton of time, we simply had one less thing to worry about. Once inside the park we stopped at one of the many tables being manned by an event Cast Member who handed us each a card to get into the night time Kilimanjaro Safari between 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM and two tickets each to play the midway games in Dino-rama in Dinoland USA.We headed straight for Nomad Lounge. I bragged about this place to my parents and wanted them to experience what has become my favorite lounge inside any Walt Disney World theme park. Nomad Lounge now has an updated food menu; you can check out my quick review about it here. We watched Wishes Fireworks from our window-side high top table. Although there were plenty of people standing out on the observation desk, we still had a decent view inside. We nibbled on our food and sipped on our drinks as brilliant colors filled the sky. What a lovely way to wrap up our quick stay at Walt Disney World!
Chelsea ‘Hazard should play 90 minutes’ – Courtois surprised at Conte’s Man Utd substitution Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 20:25 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Eden Hazard Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United The Chelsea goalkeeper wants to see his Belgian team-mate play the full match where possible after he was withdrawn in the second half at Old Trafford Thibaut Courtois admits he was surprised to see Eden Hazard substituted by Antonio Conte during the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.The Blues slipped out of the Premier League’s top four after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard earned United the points following Willian’s opener.Lingard’s winner came two minutes after Hazard had been substituted by Conte, with Pedro coming on for the Belgium international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Chelsea were then left without their most creative spark when chasing the game and Courtois has aired his surprise at his compatriot’s withdrawal. “I have no explanation for the substitution,” Courtois told Belgian outlet Play Sports. “I did not expect it, but it’s the manager’s choice. He’ll explain it. I can’t look into his head. “Of course, you want players like Eden 90 minutes on the pitch. He can always bring something extra.”Conte has been under pressure in recent weeks, with the Blues struggling domestically. Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 19 behind leaders Manchester City.Speaking after the defeat at Old Trafford, Conte suggested that Hazard had failed to maintain his high standards in the second half and that his withdrawal was merely a tactical decision.”No Hazard [is not injured], no,” he told a news conference. “It was a tactical decision. “You have to keep the same performance for 90 minutes, we didn’t have a great balance, and every single player has to try to work with the ball, without the ball, otherwise we lose our balance.”I think he’d finished his energy because the first half he ran a lot. The second half he started the same way, but when I see a player is a bit tired, my task is to find a different solution.”Meanwhile, Courtois was left deflated by the defeat at United, which came on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona in the Champions League when Chelsea had also taken the lead.”After our goal, we conceded a counter-attacking goal just like last Tuesday but in the second half we had less of the ball, but even then we should never have lost this match,” he said.”If you do not do the small things well in top matches, you lose, which is what happened.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Pele impressed by Tite’s ability to cope with Brazil’s modern challenges Peter Hanson 08:00 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Russia v Brazil Germany v Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil The ex-Corinthians coach has made a brilliant start in one of football’s most demanding jobs, qualifying with ease for Russia 2018 Brazil coach Tite has a more difficult job to do than many of his national team predecessors, according to Selecao legend Pele. Tite was appointed to the top job in June 2016 after Dunga was dismissed following Brazil’s poor showing at the Copa America Centenario.The 56-year-old has drawn plenty of plaudits for Brazil’s performances under his stewardship and the team is considered among the favourites for World Cup glory in Russia this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Brazil’s latest 25-man squad for friendlies with Russia and Germany includes just three domestic-based players, and Pele sympathised with the challenges Tite faces.”I don’t want to say that I was the one that supported Tite the most, and it’s not because I wasn’t sure of what he could accomplish, no one can say for a fact what is going to happen but God, only God knows what is going to happen in the future,” he told ESPN. “But Tite, whenever I was with him or talked to him, I could feel he is a serious person with a lot of character. He always talked with confidence. He could even make mistakes as no one is perfect. “But he said something that really made sense to me about our national team in the 70s and 80s. “Tite said ‘Pele, if I have the chance to become the coach of Brazil, and stay there for a while, I want to build a team that will be able to compete for two or three years, so everyone can better understand each other’.”Furthermore, in a fun tone, he said ‘I can’t build a team like the ones you were part of. Back in your day, the best players of Brazil didn’t leave the country to play overseas. Only a few players went on to play abroad. Even you, during your 25-year career played all those years in Brazil, you only left at the end of your career, when you played for the New York Cosmos.”To manage the national team at that time was easy. The players were excellent so it was easier to build the national team. In our modern age, I need scouts everywhere. Three to four Brazilian players are playing in each part of the world. It is harder now, but I want to build a team that can be steady.’ “And I liked a lot what he had to say, I pray to God that he can accomplish his goals.”
The 6-foot-6, 260 pound tackle from Saguaro visited OSU back in June on an official basis as part of a visit-spree that included Colorado and Oregon, but Eugene and all it has to offer made a strong impression on him.“They all have great energy all the time,” he told Oregon Live. “The players love to be there. It’s not a one-sided thing, where a few people are bought in. It seems like everybody is pretty bought in.”Since offering him a scholarship this spring, OSU has planted seeds elsewhere, especially in recent weeks as it became apparent he was leaning heavily in favor of Oregon. While OSU has three OL commitments in the 2020 class, it’s likely they’ll take at least one more — ideally at the tackle spot to complement guard pledges Trent Pullen and Eli Russ as well as tackle commit Cade Bennett. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In a stunningly well-done video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday, Arizona offensive line recruit Jaylan Jeffers, a three-star prospect who has been on OSU’s radar since the spring, committed to Oregon over OSU, LSU, Arizona State, Michigan and others.Jeffers said in his video he’s been to a number of great places and even mashed up some OSU film, but, he said, “There was one place that really stood out.”COMMITTED‼️ pic.twitter.com/angaejvslv— Jaylan Jeffers (@jaylan_jeffers) July 30, 2019
Tokyo: A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa2 probe that aims to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth. Hayabusa2 successfully released the so-called “small carry-on impactor” – a cone-shaped device capped with a copper bottom – as scheduled, as the probe hovered just 500 metres (1,650 feet) above the asteroid Ryugu. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe impactor was programmed to explode 40 minutes later, propelling the copper bottom towards Ryugu, where it should gouge a crater into the surface of the asteroid that spins 300 million kilometres from Earth. Hayabusa2 moved smartly away from the area to avoid being damaged by debris from the explosion or colliding with Ryugu while also releasing a camera to capture images of the event. Images from a different camera at the bottom of the probe showed the impactor was released at the right position and the right angle. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsControl Mission could not immediately confirm the detonation but assumes “the impactor certainly reached the surface,” said Takashi Kubota, engineering researcher at the Japanese space agency (JAXA). Kubota said the probe’s use of explosives and its “acrobatic” evasive manoeuvres were “unprecedented” and he hoped the mission would give scientists a rare peek inside an asteroid. Although the detonation was too small to move Ryugu off-orbit, JAXA scientist Makoto Yoshikawa said the ability to operate a probe to this level of precision marked “an important achievement in planetary defence” if Earth were threatened by an asteroid. It will take two weeks for the probe itself to return to its “home position” near Ryugu after the detonation and impact. The crater could be as large as 10 metres in diameter if the surface is sandy, or three metres across if it is rocky, according to JAXA scientists. NASA’s Deep Impact project succeeded in creating an artificial crater on a comet in 2005, but only for observation purposes. The aim of blasting the crater on Ryugu is to throw up “fresh” material from under the asteroid’s surface that could shed light on the early stages of the solar system. The asteroid is thought to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water from some 4.6 billion years ago when the solar system was born. In February, Hayabusa2 touched down briefly on Ryugu and fired a bullet into the surface to puff up dust for collection, before blasting back to its holding position.
Kolkata: BJP President Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in West Bengal’s Baruipur on Monday was cancelled after the landowner who had rented out his property withdrew his consent, a party spokesperson said here. “The rally at Baruipur stands cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances,” the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson said. The land was rented out for the rally as well as for setting up a helipad. Apart from the Baruipur rally, Shah was supposed to hold public meetings at South 24 Parganas’ Canning and North 24 Parganas’ Rajarhat. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The timings of the other two meetings remain unchanged. “The landowner who had rented out the land for the meeting and also for the helipad, withdrew his permission citing that the property was earlier rented out to another political party for organising a rally,” said sources privy to the development. However, the saffron party alleged that they were forced to cancel the meeting due to the autocracy of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Mamata Banerjee is running autocracy in Bengal. Today (Monday) Amit Shah was supposed to hold a rally in Jadavpur (Baruipur is in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency) for which we sought the permission 4-5 days ago. That time we were given a hope, but it was suddenly denied yesterday (Sunday) at 8.30 p.m.,” the party said in its Twitter handle. “This is a murder of democracy. The Election Commission must take action against it,” it said. Party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said: “The District Magistrate is simply working on the behalf of Trinamool. He took a dilly-dallying approach for giving permission for the rally and eventually, the permission was denied last night. The permission for landing of helicopter was initially given and then, it too was withdrawn.” He accused the official of not following the Election Commission’s direction. “He does not deserve to hold his post and the polls would not be free and fair if he stays at his post. We will raise the issue before the commission,” he added.
Mirzapur/Chandauli: BSP president Mayawati on Friday termed the BSP-SP-RLD alliance a combine of ideas and said it will not sit silent till the Yogi Adityanath government in the state and the Narendra Modi government in the Centre were uprooted.”Unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party, this alliance is that of ideas and it will not sit silent till it uproots the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh along with the Narendra Modi government,” the Bahujan Samaj Party president said, addressing rallies for the candidates of the alliance in Mirzapur and Chandauli. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The sad faces of the BJP leaders after the completion of six phases of polling indicate that they know it’s time for the Narendra Modi government to go. Their bad days will start from May 23. After that, preparations for Yogi to return to his Mutt will start,” she said. Seeing the bad state of affairs in the polls, the BJP and its supporters tried to create misunderstanding between the BSP and the Samajwadi Party but they failed, Mayawati said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This alliance has been formed after due consideration and will last long,” she asserted. Mayawati exhorted the electorate to ensure BJP state unit president Mahendra Nath Pandey, in the fray for the Chandauli seat, losses his deposit. Mayawati said the amount of work the BSP and the SP have done for the sisters and daughters of the state had not been done by any other party. She said when in power her government had taken steps to connect Naxal infested areas with development works. “Instead of killing Naxals, we extended employment and food. We gave employment to the poor people of Sonebhadra (naxal infested area) and later the SP government did a lot of work in this direction,” she said. Stating that SP president Akhilesh Yadav had put in a lot of effort to ensure BSP candidates fared well in the polls, Mayawati said it was the BSP’s moral responsibility to ensure the victory of SP candidate from Chandauli. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, in his address, said the ‘mahagathbandhan’ had wiped off the BJP in the six phases of polling because of which their leaders were having sleepless nights. “As May 23 is nearing, their (BJP) fear is rising,” he said. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akhilesh said, “He (Modi) wants to teach us about socialism. Says that Samajwadis do not know anything about socialism. I want to say the PM will have a lot of time after two days. We will send some books of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. He will get to know a lot about India once he reads ‘Hindu Banam Hindu’ and ‘Itihas chakra’.
2013725.310.97.024.4 AVERAGE PER GAME 2012528.610.27.425.9 The only run of performances that surpassed it came in the closing three games of the 2013 finals. That year, James averaged a 26.7 Game Score over games 4 through 6 of the series — remember the headband-losing moment in Game 6 that seemed to activate his powers? — before dropping the very best game of his career (after adjusting for the stakes) in Game 7: 37 points on 52 percent shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. The magnitude of that game helped make it LeBron’s greatest, but he’s been even better (with an average game score of 35.5) in games 4 through 6 this year. And on Sunday, James will get a chance to set a new standard in another Game 7, with the championship on the line again. 2014528.27.84.025.3 2007422.07.06.812.4 LeBron James has been so great for so long that, sometimes, it’s easy to take him for granted. This season was relatively ordinary by his standards — ho-hum, another 25, 7 and 7 campaign. There were differences from James’s earlier incarnations, such as an out-of-whack shooting stroke, but nothing so substantial as to much separate this LeBron from any LeBron of seasons past.But during these NBA playoffs, and the finals in particular, James has been playing at a level so superhuman that even the most jaded LeBron watchers have to sit up and pay attention.James’s best per-minute playoff campaign came in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ ill-fated 2009 postseason, when they flamed out against the Orlando Magic in the conference finals. His per-game averages in that series were 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks. But apart from that one-man exhibition in a losing effort (something James knows well), these 2016 playoffs have seen the best statistical version of LeBron — and certainly the best version ever to appear in the NBA Finals.In fact, when it comes to production in the finals, James has also saved his best performance for 2016. According to Game Score, John Hollinger’s pet single-game productivity rating, LeBron is enjoying the highest (pace-adjusted) per-game average of his finals career right now, and it isn’t especially close: Game Score has been adjusted to a pace of 100 possessions per game.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 20116188.8.131.525.6 20166184.108.40.2068.2 YEARGAMES PLAYEDPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTSGAME SCORE 2015635.813.38.825.6 LeBron’s 2016 stats for games played in the NBA Finals are his best In Thursday night’s Game 6, James produced the top Game Score of his finals career (44.1 after adjusting for pace), thanks to a jaw-dropping stat line: 41 points on 59 percent shooting, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. He even splashed home three of six threes, bringing his finals 3-point percentage to 40 percent, a massive difference from the 31 percent rate we were all so worried about during the regular season.In other words, James’s game has rounded into peak form at exactly the right time for the Cavs. And I really mean peak form: If we look at his Game Scores relative to what a league-average player would produce in the same number of minutes and then weight by the importance of each game in terms of championship odds, we’re currently witnessing the second-best three-game stretch of James’s entire career, culminating in his second-best game ever on Thursday night: VIDEO: History will be made in Game 7Check out our NBA Finals predictions.