weeknews.org Feed https://weeknews.org en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/ Sounders vs Real Salt Lake, updates: Svensson gives Seattle 1-0 lead https://weeknews.org/sports/sounders-real-salt-lake-full-time-seattle-conference-finals-64800664 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:35:56 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/oWmuc2Dv3bwy2P2GqvNuF7_-tA0=/0x0:1800x1200/1200x800/filters:focal(756x456:1044x744)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65541553/SEA_RSL-01416.0.5.jpg"></figure></p> <p><strong>SOUNDERS 1, RSL 0</strong>: Gustav Svensson was the one to finally beat Nick Rimando, sneaking in a header off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick.</p> <p><strong>HALFTIME</strong>: The Sounders had several quality looks and hit the post once, but couldn't find a way past Nick Rimando in the first half. Real Salt Lake held the bulk of the possession, but didn't really test Stefan Frei as the teams went to half scoreless.</p> <p><strong>LINEUPS</strong>: The Sounders will use the same lineup for the third straight game, the first time they've done that since using the same lineup in the first four games of the season.</p> <p>After a wild and crazy first round playoff game, the Seattle Sounders at back at it on just four days' rest. This time they host Real Salt Lake who dispatched Portland 2-1 last Saturday. This will be the third meeting of the season between these two teams, with each team winning at home. </p> <p>Seattle is 12-13-5 all-time in regular and postseason play against RSL. At home, the Sounders are 10-3-3. This will be the third time they have faced Salt Lake in the playoffs and the first time since 2012, when the Sounders advanced to their first-ever Western Conference Finals. They split their previous two series with the Sounders holding a 2-1-1 advantage in game results.</p> <p>This will also be the last time we will see Nick Rimando at CenturyLink Field as he announced that this is his final season. </p> <strong>Real Salt Lake</strong> <p><strong>Referee</strong>: Alan Kelly</p> <p><strong>AR1</strong>: Nick Uranga</p> <p><strong>AR2</strong>: Kathryn Nesbitt</p> <p><strong>4th</strong>: Rubiel Vazquez</p> <p><strong>VAR</strong>: Jon Freemon</p> <p><strong>AVAR</strong>: Jonathan Johnson</p> <p> </p><ul> <li><strong>Start strong, but finish strong too!</strong>: Maybe I was a bit unclear last game when I urged the Sounders to start strong or maybe I underestimated how much fight Dallas would continue to show. Either way, that 2-0 lead was great. Blowing it was not. Let's just keep a zero at the back.</li> <li><strong>Keep feeding Morris</strong>: No one is playing better than Jordan Morris right now. The winger is coming off his first professional hat trick and seems poised to enter the realm of MLS stardom. The ball needs to be at his feet as much as possible. </li> <li><strong>Give Rimando a proper sendoff</strong>: Nick Rimando is retiring at the end of the year and it would somehow be fitting if his final professional match were to be played in CenturyLink, someplace he's had some memorable performances. Assuming this is is final game, I hope he gets a strong ovation from the Seattle crowd.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Match date/time</strong>: Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:05 PM</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong>: CenturyLink Field - Seattle, WA</p> <p><strong>National TV: </strong>FS1 (John Strong, Stu Holden)</p> <p><strong>Online Streaming</strong>: YouTube TV, FoxSports.com, Fubo TV ( <em>affiliate link</em>)</p> <p><strong>Local Radio</strong>: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Matt Johnson and Kasey Keller)</p> <p><strong>Local Spanish Radio</strong>: El Rey 1360 AM (Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda and Carlos Tapia)</p> <p><strong>National Spanish TV</strong>: Fox Deportes (Rodolpho Landeros and Mariano Trujillo)</p> <h4>International TV</h4> <p>Check listings on LiveSoccerTV.</p> <p>highlights will be posted as the match progresses.</p> <p>This is Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake; watch with us</p> <em>Sounder at Heart has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Sounder at Heart may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/LD2IyBLXp9V5B266GgEbkzHEbkM=/0x129:1800x1071/fit-in/1200x630/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19314622/SEA_RSL-01416.0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://weeknews.org/news/sounders-real-salt-lake-full-time-seattle-conference-finals Sega Plans To Release More Animated Sonic Shorts In The Future https://weeknews.org/nintendo/sega-plans-release-animated-sonic-shorts-future-46640884 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:32:27 +0000 <div> <section> <p>"several projects have been planned"</p> </section><section><ul><img src="http://images.nintendolife.com/users/79507/avatar.jpg"> </ul> </section> <p><figure><img src="http://images.nintendolife.com/d42bae38f9945/sonic-mania-adventures.900x.jpg"></figure></p><p>In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Sega's director of animation Yukio Kusumoto spoke about the animated shorts released for <strong>Sonic Mania</strong> and <strong>Team Sonic Racing</strong>.</p> <p>Known officially as <em>Sonic Mania Adventures</em> and <em>Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive</em>, the plan is to now release more series like this for future Sonic games. Here's the full exchange:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Q:</strong> You know, given the response and the fact that there's now been two series, I have to ask, what are you working on now? Can we expect similar animated shorts going forward for Sonic titles?</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p><strong>Yukio Kusumoto:</strong> I can say we have a plan of continuing this trend creating short-form content per game release, and we can't announce yet, but several projects have been planned; for those projects, we are in early development, but yes, we will continue releasing this type of content.</p> </blockquote> <p>The reason behind this decision is partly tied to the positive reaction from fans. And in case you haven't' seen them before, here are both of the animations:</p> <em>Are you glad to hear Sonic will be receiving more game-related animations in the future? Tell us below.</em> <p>[via comicbook.com]</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/images.nintendolife.com/d42bae38f9945/sonic-mania-adventures.900x.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nintendo https://weeknews.org/news/sega-plans-release-animated-sonic-shorts-future Persona 5 Scramble gets new trailer and release date https://weeknews.org/technology/persona-5-scramble-new-trailer-release-date-06846806 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:15:32 +0000 <div> <img src="https://www.playstationenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-gets-new-trailer-and-release-date-2-800x400.jpg"><p>The action-RPG spinoff of the popular series just got a brand new trailer, and more importantly, a release date. <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers </em>is a collaboration between Atlus and the teams over at Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, most well known for their work on <em>Dynasty Warriors</em>.</p> <p>Not only do we get to see brand new gameplay and the characters, the new trailer also gave us the Japanese release date of February 20, 2020. No word on a Western release, but based on the franchise's history, it would not be too long a wait for fans around the world.</p> <p><em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers </em> will mark the first time the role-playing series ventures into the action-RPG genre, and it will be interesting to see what the developers bring to the table this time around.</p> <img src="https://www.playstationenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-gets-new-trailer-and-release-date-1-1024x576.jpg"> <p>For those looking for a more traditional RPG experience, there is always <em>Persona 5 Royal</em>, which adds new characters, more exploration, additional story elements, and more. PS4 owners can look forward to that on October 31 in Japan, and Q2 2020 for the West.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.playstationenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-gets-new-trailer-and-release-date-2.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-new-trailer-release-date Watch Conan O'Brien Tour Kojima Productions' Studio and Make a Death Stranding Cameo https://weeknews.org/technology/watch-conan-brien-tour-kojima-productions-studio-death-stranding-cameo-04660604 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:13:03 +0000 <div> <img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6618d6ff41983d2698f7cb45cceaf3c8?s=45&d=mm&r=g"> <section><p>While the Clueless Gamer mini series has been dormant for quite some time now, talk show host Conan O'Brien still occasionally takes a dip into the video game industry to see what's going on. Recently, he got to visit Kojima Productions, meet Hideo Kojima himself, and check out a little bit of Death Stranding.</p> <p>The studio tour is, of course, as hilariously unhelpful as you'd expect, and serves to give us a brief and comedic look at some of the goodies that are stashed around the office.</p> <p>What's really caught our attention, though, was closer look at the insane-looking 3D scanner setup that's used to capture an actor's likeness to put them into the game. Which is exactly what Kojima offered to do for O'Brien in this video.</p> <p>You can check out the full video tour down below.</p> <p>While it's highly unlikely that Conan O'Brien himself is actually going to be in Death Stranding, it'd still be pretty damn hilarious to find some sort of Easter egg pertaining to him at some point in the game.</p> <p>Death Stranding is set to be released exclusively for the PS4 on Nov. 8.</p> </section> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/conan-kojima.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://weeknews.org/news/watch-conan-brien-tour-kojima-productions-studio-death-stranding-cameo Five takeaways from the Thunder's season opening loss at Utah https://weeknews.org/thunder/takeaways-thunder-season-opening-loss-utah-00840242 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:11:10 +0000 <div> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/newsok/staff/mussatto-mug.jpg"><p>Donovan Mitchell's fourth-quarter surge ended OKC's upset bid in the season opener Wednesday night. Here are five takeaways from the Jazz's 100-95 win against the Thunder. </p> <strong>No answer for Mitchell</strong> <p>Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 32 points - 14 of which came in the fourth quarter. Mitchell's late spinning layup against Danilo Gallinari was the dagger, and he followed that with a pull-up jumper and free throws to secure the win. </p> <p>The Jazz guard had 12 rebounds and three assists. </p> <strong>Shai shines</strong> <p>Shai Gilgeous-Alexander very fittingly scored the first point in the new era of Thunder basketball. He was just getting started, as he finished the night with a career-high 26 points on 10 of 23 shooting. </p> <p>His previous career high was 24 points against the Warriors in January. </p> <p>Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC's prize of the Paul George trade, used his 6-foot-6 frame to create space and get shots off over smaller defenders. He was crafty around the bucket with a signature scoop shot. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/newsok/images/newsok_facebook.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Thunder https://weeknews.org/news/takeaways-thunder-season-opening-loss-utah 3 keys from the Utah Jazz's 100-95 season-opening win over the Oklahoma City Thunder https://weeknews.org/utah/3-keys-utah-jazz-100-95-season-opening-win-oklahoma-city-thunder-08088402 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:10:56 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/PAig9yO8WF3NEyTVSKv7ynR3Z5E=/0x0:2400x1448/1200x800/filters:focal(1008x532:1392x916)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65541899/merlin_15631.7.jpg"></figure></p> <p>SALT LAKE CITY - It wasn't always pretty, but the Utah Jazz made the necessary plays down the stretch and came away with a 100-95 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in both teams' season opener on Wednesday night.</p> <p>Here are three takeaways from the game.</p> <p> </p><ul>Donovan Mitchell took over down the stretch. With 3:56 remaining and the Jazz down 86-85, Mitchell scored 10 points with six rebounds, an assist and a steal to lift Utah to the win. </ul> <p> </p><ul> <li>The Jazz outscored the Thunder 32-21 in the fourth quarter</li> <li>Utah did struggle from behind the 3-point line, going just 6-of-24.</li> </ul> <strong>Up next</strong> <p><strong>- </strong>Friday at Los Angeles Lakers</p> <p><img src="https://www.deseret.com/2019/10/23/20929071/3-keys-utah-jazz-100-95-win-oklahoma-city-thunder"></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65542178/merlin_15499.0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Utah https://weeknews.org/news/3-keys-utah-jazz-100-95-season-opening-win-oklahoma-city-thunder Persona 5 Scramble releasing on February 20, new trailer https://weeknews.org/games/persona-5-scramble-releasing-february-20-new-trailer-06624004 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:10:32 +0000 <div> <p>For the first time since April, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers has received brand new information. A new trailer, which was dropped under an hour ago, showcases various elements.<br><br>Persona 5 Scramble will follow-up on the events from the original game. With its Warriors style of gameplay, where you string various combos together, the action has to be flashy. The new trailer brings the battle in spades and brings the color to the highest degree. How that translates to Nintendo Switch remains to be seen. All the characters from the Phantom Thieves gang can be controlled, giving you unique access to their way of battling.<br><br>That being said, unlike other Warriors games, Scramble offers a lot to the experience. There are side scrolling exploration segments where story beats will flourish. This is paired with the calendar system, which is what the Persona games are well known for. Obviously, the well animated cutscenes from the proper games are here as well. The story sees the Phantom Thieves traveling all across Japan as mysterious cases has started to pop up. <br><br>It has been announced that elements from the upcoming Persona 5 Royal will be featured in the game. Plus, classic Persona songs will be made available to download, and be used as backing tracks during the action sequences. Persona 5 Scramble is scheduled for February 20, 2020 release in Japan. A western release hasn't been dated.</p> <p>The standard edition will be 8800 yen, while a treasure box edition is being offered at 13800 yen. The treasure box includes a copy of the game, newly-illustrated special bo, art book (48 pages), original soundtrack (45 tracks), theme song "You Are Stronger" (lyrics by Lotus Juice, vocals by Lyn) making-of Blu-ray disc, Morgana towel (350mm x 900mm) and a Persona Team original design sacoche<br><br>Finally, we have a look at the boxart here below...<br></p> <p><img src="https://i.imgur.com/4bc0yL2.jpg"><br></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.mobygames.com/images/covers/l/68780-the-goonies-ii-nes-media.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-releasing-february-20-new-trailer Conan O'Brien Will Be a Secret Character in Death Stranding https://weeknews.org/technology/conan-brien-character-death-stranding-82888040 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:10:02 +0000 <div> <p>Conan O'Brien finally revealed what happened during his visit to Kojima Productions earlier this year during his trip to Japan.</p> <p>The late-night comedian shared his video where he and creator Hideo Kojima walked around the office. During the short clip, Kojima-san showed Conan his toy collection as well as a trailer of the game. After the formalities were out of the way, Conan was asked to be a character in the game. Using the tools at Kojima Productions, the crew took pictures of Conan and added his likeness to the adventure. Although he won't be the main character, players will supposedly be able to find him in a hologram where he'll share a few lines of dialogue, which are shown at the end of the clip.</p> <p><em>Death Stranding</em> was initially revealed back in 2016. The game marks Kojima's first major project since he left Konami, and unfortunately, leaving the <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> series behind. Since its reveal, Kojima has been releasing more information about the game, but there is still much to be discussed. Set in the future, players assume the role of Sam Porter Bridges played by Norman Reedus. The game follows his quest through a strange world inhabited by otherworldly entities and the constant haunting of the past. The element that connects him to the world are found in babies, but even they have an expiration date. Where this game takes the player is anyone's guess, but we are eagerly awaiting the adventure.</p> <p>In case you missed it check out a recent trailer introducing Heartman.</p> <p>You can watch the clip below:</p> <p><i>This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate Noisy Pixel earns from qualifying purchases.</i></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/noisypixel.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/death-stranding-conan-obrien.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://weeknews.org/news/conan-brien-character-death-stranding RJ Barrett's tantalizing debut shows Knicks everything https://weeknews.org/san antonio/rj-barrett-tantalizing-debut-shows-knicks-28246268 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:10:00 +0000 <div> <p>SAN ANTONIO - Perhaps David Fizdale was going for the shock value and trying to get his team's attention as it started its journey through an 82-game regular season. Or maybe Fizdale thinks RJ Barrett can handle more responsibility than most rookies can bear.</p> <p>But based on the Knicks' season-opener against the Spurs Wednesday night, Barrett doesn't need to be playing point guard on a team with plenty of other options. He is too valuable doing too many other things.</p> <p>That was evident during the Knicks' 120-111 loss, as Barrett scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his NBA debut.</p> <p>Fizdale made the surprise announcement before the game that Barrett would start at the point alongside backcourt mate Allonzo Trier. It meant Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina would be on the bench despite being the three players presumed to be competing for the starting job at point guard.</p> <p>"I just think he can handle it," Fizdale said of Barrett. "He just has a way about him. I really like the way he plays the game. He's so versatile and really understands what we're trying to get done. I wanted to get a look at a guy his size handling it."</p> <p>It seemed a bit of a reach, especially on opening night, when Barrett, the third-overall pick in the draft, had enough on his plate playing his first pro game on the road. Barrett saw duty limited duty at the point during the preseason as Smith, Payton and Ntilikina took their turns trying to impress.</p> <p>But Fizdale apparently couldn't help himself and started Barrett at the point against the Spurs. The early results were woeful. Barrett had three first-half turnovers and a disjointed Knicks offense made just one of its first 11 shots to trail 10-2. When Smith entered the game for Trier and took over the point, the Knicks were down 14-4.</p> <p>Before long, Payton was in the game and running a Knicks offense that started to look more efficient. It turned a 59-51 Spurs lead at halftime into a 78-73 Knicks advantage on a Barrett dunk with 3:10 left in the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth quarter leading 84-83 after Barrett made a lay-up just before the horn. By the fourth quarter, the Knicks looked like a team worth watching, going toe-to-toe with the Spurs. But with the Knicks up 97-91, Barrett went to the point again and the Knicks offense bogged down as the Spurs took a 99-97 lead before Fizdale rushed Payton back in the game. By then the Spurs had enough momentum to complete an 18-0 run and outlast the Knicks.</p> <p>Still, it was a solid debut for Barrett, the 19-year-old from Duke. There was no stage fright, and when relieved of playing point guard, he flourished at both ends of the floor.</p> <p>Knicks fans might be disappointed the lottery dealt the No. 3 overall pick to New York, ruining any chance of getting Zion Williamson. But Barrett shouldn't be looked at as a consolation prize. He has an NBA body (6-foot-7, 214 pounds) and has a hunger to succeed. He may not have a deadly jump shot, but many have come into the Association and learned to become an outside shooter.</p> <p>Barrett proved against the Spurs he has multiple ways to score, inside-and-outside, and runs the floor. His defense will only get better. Barrett couldn't wait to play in his first regular-season game.</p> <p>"I'm looking forward to it," he told The Post during a shootaround Wednesday morning. "My first NBA game. I'm excited."</p> <p>Fizdale said he wants Barrett to settle into these basics: "Competing his butt off defensively, playing offense with a clear mind, using all of his skill sets running the floor, attacking and making plays for other people."</p> <p>All that seems to come naturally to Barrett, who appears ready to embrace the spotlight no matter what position he his playing.</p> <b><i>For more from Marc Berman, listen to this episode of the Knicks podcast, "Big Apple Buckets":</i></b> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/rj-barrett-5.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> San Antonio https://weeknews.org/news/rj-barrett-tantalizing-debut-shows-knicks Sounders vs Real Salt Lake, updates: Svensson gives Seattle 1-0 lead https://weeknews.org/sports/sounders-real-salt-lake-updates-svensson-seattle-1-0-lead-42480220 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:04:56 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/oWmuc2Dv3bwy2P2GqvNuF7_-tA0=/0x0:1800x1200/1200x800/filters:focal(756x456:1044x744)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65541553/SEA_RSL-01416.0.5.jpg"></figure></p> <p><strong>SOUNDERS 1, RSL 0</strong>: Gustav Svensson was the one to finally beat Nick Rimando, sneaking in a header off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick.</p> <p><strong>HALFTIME</strong>: The Sounders had several quality looks and hit the post once, but couldn't find a way past Nick Rimando in the first half. Real Salt Lake held the bulk of the possession, but didn't really test Stefan Frei as the teams went to half scoreless.</p> <p><strong>LINEUPS</strong>: The Sounders will use the same lineup for the third straight game, the first time they've done that since using the same lineup in the first four games of the season.</p> <p>After a wild and crazy first round playoff game, the Seattle Sounders at back at it on just four days' rest. This time they host Real Salt Lake who dispatched Portland 2-1 last Saturday. This will be the third meeting of the season between these two teams, with each team winning at home. </p> <p>Seattle is 12-13-5 all-time in regular and postseason play against RSL. At home, the Sounders are 10-3-3. This will be the third time they have faced Salt Lake in the playoffs and the first time since 2012, when the Sounders advanced to their first-ever Western Conference Finals. They split their previous two series with the Sounders holding a 2-1-1 advantage in game results.</p> <p>This will also be the last time we will see Nick Rimando at CenturyLink Field as he announced that this is his final season. </p> <strong>Real Salt Lake</strong> <p><strong>Referee</strong>: Alan Kelly</p> <p><strong>AR1</strong>: Nick Uranga</p> <p><strong>AR2</strong>: Kathryn Nesbitt</p> <p><strong>4th</strong>: Rubiel Vazquez</p> <p><strong>VAR</strong>: Jon Freemon</p> <p><strong>AVAR</strong>: Jonathan Johnson</p> <p> </p><ul> <li><strong>Start strong, but finish strong too!</strong>: Maybe I was a bit unclear last game when I urged the Sounders to start strong or maybe I underestimated how much fight Dallas would continue to show. Either way, that 2-0 lead was great. Blowing it was not. Let's just keep a zero at the back.</li> <li><strong>Keep feeding Morris</strong>: No one is playing better than Jordan Morris right now. The winger is coming off his first professional hat trick and seems poised to enter the realm of MLS stardom. The ball needs to be at his feet as much as possible. </li> <li><strong>Give Rimando a proper sendoff</strong>: Nick Rimando is retiring at the end of the year and it would somehow be fitting if his final professional match were to be played in CenturyLink, someplace he's had some memorable performances. Assuming this is is final game, I hope he gets a strong ovation from the Seattle crowd.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Match date/time</strong>: Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:05 PM</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong>: CenturyLink Field - Seattle, WA</p> <p><strong>National TV: </strong>FS1 (John Strong, Stu Holden)</p> <p><strong>Online Streaming</strong>: YouTube TV, FoxSports.com, Fubo TV ( <em>affiliate link</em>)</p> <p><strong>Local Radio</strong>: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Matt Johnson and Kasey Keller)</p> <p><strong>Local Spanish Radio</strong>: El Rey 1360 AM (Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda and Carlos Tapia)</p> <p><strong>National Spanish TV</strong>: Fox Deportes (Rodolpho Landeros and Mariano Trujillo)</p> <h4>International TV</h4> <p>Check listings on LiveSoccerTV.</p> <p>highlights will be posted as the match progresses.</p> <p>This is Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake; watch with us</p> <em>Sounder at Heart has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Sounder at Heart may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/LD2IyBLXp9V5B266GgEbkzHEbkM=/0x129:1800x1071/fit-in/1200x630/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19314622/SEA_RSL-01416.0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://weeknews.org/news/sounders-real-salt-lake-updates-svensson-seattle-1-0-lead Basketball: Kyrie Irving hits 50 points in NBA debut for Nets but Timberwolves still triumph https://weeknews.org/sport/basketball-kyrie-irving-hits-50-points-nba-debut-nets-timberwolves-triumph-26888466 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:03:14 +0000 <div> <p>NEW YORK (AFP) - Kyrie Irving dazzled in his Brooklyn debut, but his 50 points were not enough as the Nets fell 127-126 in overtime to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their NBA season-opener on Wednesday (Oct 23).</p> <p>Irving, whose arrival from the Boston Celtics as a free agent helped stamp the Nets as contenders this season, opened the night with an emotional address to fans in Brooklyn - not far from where he grew up in New Jersey.</p> <p>"I'm eternally grateful to be here, be back home in front of you guys with my teammates," Irving said. "On behalf of us - oh man, I'm sorry, it's just hitting me now - I appreciate you guys, and I look forward to you guys supporting us all season."</p> <p>But in a game that saw 22 lead changes, it was the Timberwolves out to the faster start.</p> <p>They led by as many as 18 in the second quarter and were up 68-56 at halftime.</p> <p>Then came Irving, who scored 30 points in the fourth quarter. His step-back three put Brooklyn up 115-112 with 1:16 left in regulation, but Karl Anthony Towns - who led Minnesota with 36 points - answered with a three-pointer as they went to overtime.</p> <p>They traded the lead five times in the extra period, two driving baskets from Andrew Wiggins giving the Timberwolves a 127-124 lead.</p> <p>Irving sank two free throws, but with the ball in his hands for a potential game-winner he stumbled, recovered, but missed his shot.</p> <p>Irving broke the record for most points by a player in his first game with an NBA team - Kiki Vandeweghe's 47 for Portland on October 27, 1984.</p> <p>The Celtics' post-Irving life began with a 93-107 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Ben Simmons, who opted not to play for Australia in the World Cup to focus on his preparations for the season, led the Sixers with 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.</p> <p>Five 76ers in double figures included Cameroonian center Joel Embiid, who took a beating on the way to 15 points and 13 rebounds.</p> <p>Embiid was left with a bloodied face when he took an inadvertent elbow from Jaylen Brown in the third quarter and hit the court hard chasing a loose ball in the same period.</p> <p>Embiid was also whistled for a flagrant in the foul-strewn contest in which neither of the expected Eastern Conference contenders wanted to give an inch.</p> <p>Al Horford added 16 points for Philadelphia against the team he'd played for the past three seasons.</p> <p>Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points. Jayson Tatum had 21 and Kemba Walker, making his Celtics debut, added 12.</p> <p>Charlotte rookie PJ Washington, the 12th overall pick in the draft in June, made a splashy debut, scoring 27 points to help the Hornets to a nail-bitting 126-125 victory over the Chicago Bulls.</p> <p>Hornets coach James Borrego gave Washington the start in his first NBA game, saying he'd seen in the pre-season that the first-year player isn't afraid of the big moment.</p> <p>Washington justified that faith, making his first three shots - all from three-point range.</p> <p>Washington made seven of 11 from three-oint range - breaking the record of five three-pointers in an NBA debut held by Jake Layman and Donyell Marshall.</p> <p>He helped Charlotte break their team record for treys in a game with 23 - one more than their prior mark.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.straitstimes.com/sites/default/files/styles/x_large/public/articles/2019/10/24/ak_ki_2410.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/basketball-kyrie-irving-hits-50-points-nba-debut-nets-timberwolves-triumph India rises 14 places to 63rd in global Ease of Doing Business rankings https://weeknews.org/business/india-rises-14-places-63rd-global-ease-business-rankings-06862062 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:00:37 +0000 <div> <p> India has risen 14 places to the 63rd spot in the World Bank's latest ease-of-doing-business global rankings in 2019, after jumping ahead by 23 and 30 places in the past two years, respectively.</p> <p> The World Bank's 'Doing Business 2020' report, released on Thursday, showed India's rank in ease of doing business jump from the 77 place among 190 countries. India had broken into the club of 100 nations easiest to conduct business two years ago when it managed to jump 30 spots from the 130th position.</p> <p> The World Bank has named India as 'one of the economies with the most notable improvement' for the third year in a row, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and neighboring Pakistan and China. "Given the size of India's economy, these reform efforts are particularly commendable," the report said. In 2015 the government's goal was to join the 50 top economies on the ease of doing business ranking by 2020.</p> <p> India has been adjudged the ninth-best performing nation in reforming the business environment. The country improved its rankings in 7 of the 10 sub-categories used by the World Bank to judge business climate, as compared to 6 last year.</p> <p> <strong>Resolving insolvency easier</strong></p> <p> Among categories, the country had the best performance in 'Resolving Insolvency' where it jumped by 56 places to become the 52nd easiest place to address bankruptcy. Streamlined procedures allowed by the implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) are largely to thank for this.</p> <p> "Since its implementation, more than 2,000 companies have used the new law. Of these, about 470 have commenced liquidation and more than 120 have approved reorganization plans, with the remaining cases still pending. </p> <p>As a result, reorganization has become the most likely procedure for viable companies as measured by Doing Business, increasing the overall recovery rate from 27 to 72 cents on the dollar," the World Bank said.</p> <p> In the past, foreclosure was the most common procedure reported by legal practitioners in both Delhi and Mumbai with an approximate duration of 4.3 years.</p> <p> In 'Dealing with Construction Permits', where it jumped by a massive 129 places in the previous year, India has managed to continue improving. It is now the 27th easiest place to construct a business unit. Improved transparency and streamlined procedures were behind India cleaning up its notoriously corrupt land sector and the financial transactions that come with it.</p> <p> The country's third best improvement was in 'Trading across borders', where it rose 12 places to come in at the 68th spot. India also remained among the top-30 nations in the same three categories as last year - getting electricity, securing credit and protecting minority investors.</p> <p> <strong>Challenges continue</strong></p> <p> However, the World Bank noted that the country needed to do more in areas such as enforcing contracts and registering property where India ranks a dismal 163rd and 154th globally. Also, in the most fundamental of them all -- ease of starting a business -- India's rank rose by just a single place in the latest report.</p> <p> The report quotes studies that have found that restrictive labour regulation in India is associated with a 35 per cent increase in firms' unit labour costs while a 10 per cent increase in judicial quality increases firm sales by 1-2 per cent.</p> <p> The report ranked India top among the South Asian nations. In the neighborhood, China has moved up to 31st position from the 46th rank while Pakistan rose from 136th place to become the 108th easiest to do business in nation.</p> <p> India is among 11 major economies for which the World Bank took into account two specific metropolitan areas, in this case, Delhi and Mumbai. Other cities may be added in the assessment, from next year on, government officials have hinted.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/bsmedia.business-standard.com/_media/bs/img/article/2015-10/28/full/1445978454-2953.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://weeknews.org/news/india-rises-14-places-63rd-global-ease-business-rankings Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers launches February 20, 2020 in Japan; debut trailer, details, and screenshots - Gematsu https://weeknews.org/japan/persona-5-scramble-phantom-strikers-launches-february-20-2020-japan-debut-trailer-details-screenshots-26882684 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:58:32 +0000 <div> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_Top.jpg"> <p><em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> will launch for PlayStation 4 and Switch on February 20, 2020 in Japan for 8,800 yen, Atlus announced. A 13,800 yen "Treasure Box" edition will also be available. </p> <p>Here are the latest details on the game, via its newly launched official website:</p> <blockquote><strong>An Action RPG Featuring a Completely New Story</strong> <p><em>Persona 5</em>, which has sold more than 2 .7 million copies worldwide, makes its long-awaited action RPG debut on PlayStation 4 and Switch!</p> <p>This is a completely new story set after the events of <em>Persona 5</em>.</p> <p>The game is a collaborative effort between the <em>Persona</em> Team and Koei Tecmo's Omega Force.</p> <strong>The Phantom Thieves' Journey Throughout Japan Begins</strong> <p>Half-a-year after the ending of <em>Persona 5</em>, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts get together for summer vacation, but get wrapped up in a new incident. Mystery cases are occurring all over Japan. Palaces, the cognitive worlds of warped adults, have returned? Donning their disguises once again, the Phantom Theives set out to resolve this new incident...</p> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_001.jpg"> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_002.jpg"> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_003.jpg"> <strong>Scramble Action</strong> <p>Joker is not the only protagonist of <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> -you can directly control all members of the Phantom Thieves other than the navigator. Switch up characters to fight as the situation calls for it. Run through the cities full of Shadows with dynamic, Persona-summoning action.</p> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_004.jpg"> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_005.jpg"> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_006.jpg"> <strong>Early Purchase Bonus DLC: <em>Persona</em> Series Battle BGM Set</strong> <p>Use battle music from previous <em>Persona</em> series titles as the standard background music for <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> via this downloadable content. It includes the following background music:</p> <ul> <li> <em>Revelations: Persona</em> (PS1) - "Standard Battle (Refine Version)"</li> <li> <em>Persona</em> (PSP) - "A Lone Prayer"</li> <li> <em>Persona 2: Innocent Sin</em> (PSP) - "Standard Battle Music"</li> <li> <em>Persona 2: Eternal Punishment</em> (PSP) - "Standard Battle Music"</li> <li> <em>Persona 3</em> - "Mass Destruction"</li> <li> <em>Persona 3 Portable</em> - "Wiping All Out"</li> <li> <em>Persona 4</em> - "Reach Out to the Truth"</li> <li> <em>Persona Golden</em> - "Time to Make History"</li> </ul> <p><strong>Standard Edition</strong> (8,800 yen)</p> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_007.jpg"> <p><strong>Treasure Box</strong> (13,800 yen)</p> <img src="https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_008.jpg"> <ul> <li>A copy of the game</li> <li>Newly-illustrated special box</li> <li> <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> art book (48 pages)</li> <li> <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> original soundtrack (45 tracks)</li> <li> <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> theme song "You Are Stronger" (lyrics by Lotus Juice, vocals by Lyn) making-of Blu-ray disc</li> <li>Morgana towel (350mm x 900mm)</li> <li> <em>Persona</em> Team original design sacoche</li> </ul> </blockquote> <p>Atlus also announced it will host the first official live stream for <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> featuring live gameplay on November 4 at 20:00 JST. You will be able to watch it on YouTube and Twitter. Presenters include Chiaki Matsuzawa (MC), Mafia Kajita, Nobumichi Kumabe (Koei Tecmo Games director), and Daisuke Kaneda (Atlus producer).</p> <p>Watch a new trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.</p> <h2>Comment Policy</h2> <p>Comments are welcome and encouraged on Gematsu. However, we ask that you follow a simple set of guidelines:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Read the full article</strong> before commenting.</li> <li> <strong>Stay on topic</strong>.</li> <li> <strong>No drive-by comments</strong>, including trolling, baiting, or shit-posting.</li> <li> <strong>Know when not to comment</strong>. If you do not care about a topic, you do not need to comment.</li> <li> <strong>No offensive comments</strong>. 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This comment policy is subject to change at any time.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble-The-Phantom-Strikers_2019_10-23-19_Top.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Japan https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-phantom-strikers-launches-february-20-2020-japan-debut-trailer-details-screenshots Selena Gomez says she 'needed' to write emotional new song Lose You To Love Me https://weeknews.org/entertainment/selena-gomez-needed-write-emotional-new-song-lose-love-88206068 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:58:03 +0000 <div> <p>Selena Gomez said she "needed" to write her emotional new song "regardless" of the fallout.</p> <p>Gomez released Lose You To Love Me, a ballad about a failed relationship, on Tuesday and fans immediately speculated it was written about her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber.</p> <p>The couple were involved in a high-profile, on-again off-again relationship before reportedly splitting up for good in March 2018.</p> <p>Shortly afterwards Canadian pop star Bieber started dating model Hailey Baldwin and they are now married.</p> <p>Less than 24 hours after releasing Lose You To Love Me, Gomez, 27, discussed the song's reception and said she needed to write the track "regardless of what was going to come after".</p> <p>She told Radio Disney: "I wrote this song over a year ago and it's obviously a very emotional song for me but it's interesting to see how far I've come from that point to now.</p> <p>"And me sharing my story is exactly what I've always done, because I can't be inauthentic, I can't pretend that I'm not going through something when it's obvious that I had been.</p> <figure><img src="https://s.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif"><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Css4m.nwa70PKserce4ETA--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/https://media.zenfs.com/en/snappa_entertainment_819/ac39cd833d9dd1bd3133c8c4ce446870"> </figure> <p>"It's one of those songs where I feel it's out, it's released, and I hope that girls and guys all over the world can feel supported. Because that's a feeling everyone has felt.</p> <p>"That was something that I needed to do for myself, regardless of what was going to come after."</p> <p>In Lose You To Love Me, former Disney Channel star Gomez sings "Set fire to my purpose/And I let it burn", a possible reference to Bieber's 2015 album Purpose.</p> <p>Shortly after the song's release, Baldwin was accused of taking aim at Gomez after posting a screenshot of the song I'll Kill You by Summer Walker on her Instagram story.</p> <p>However, the model reportedly denied the accusation in a since-deleted comment.</p> <p>She is said to have wrote on Instagram: "Please stop with this nonsense... there is no 'response,' this is complete BS."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/selena-gomez-needed-write-emotional-new-song-lose-love-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/selena-gomez-needed-write-emotional-new-song-lose-love Popovich on Morris' spurn: 'What happened, happened' https://weeknews.org/sport/spurs-gregg-popovich-marcus-morris-spurn-san-antonio-happened-happened-02204002 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:58:02 +0000 <div> <p>SAN ANTONIO - The lineup intrigue was not the only source of controversy on opening night as the NBA schedule-maker put Marcus Morris against the Spurs, the team that he had verbally agreed to sign with this summer as a free agent only to renege when the Knicks opened up additional cap space and came calling. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called it unprofessional earlier this summer and didn't back down - against either Morris or the Knicks.</p> <p>"What happened, happened," Popovich said. "So you decide what was unprofessional or not."</p> <p>Popovich was upset that Morris backed out of his two-year deal with the Spurs, but also that the team had traded Davis Bertans to make room for him. Asked if both the Knicks and Morris were unprofessional, he said, "Who signed him? I thought it was the Knicks that signed him.</p> <p>"It's the Spurs against the Knicks. One basketball game. That's how I look at it. I don't have time to get personal or worry about individuals. It's about how our team performs."</p> <h4>Robinson sidelined</h4> <p>While the Knicks were still juggling their plans for a starting lineup, one decision was made for them as Mitchell Robinson was ruled out of action for Wednesday's season-opening game against the Spurs, suffering a sprained right ankle in Monday's practice. </p> <p>"I'm very disappointed," Robinson said. "This is the first game of the season and I really wanted to play, but accidents happen. (It was on) an offensive rebound. I didn't get it and I just came down wrong. I didn't know how high I was."</p> <p>Robinson has been wearing a protective boot, but was in sneakers Wednesday morning. He wasn't saying when he would be ready to play.</p> <p> </p><p>Subscribe to Newsday's sports newsletter</p> <p>Receive stories, photos and videos about your favorite New York teams plus national sports news and events.</p> <p>By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.</p> <p>"That's a question you will have to ask the trainers," he said. "If it was up to me I would, but you have to ask the trainers. It's all the trainer's decision. When they say I can come back is when I can come back."</p> <h4>Roster filled</h4> <p>The Knicks filled the last vacant spot on the roster Wednesday by signing Ivan Rabb to a two-way contract. Rabb was waived last week by the Memphis Grizzlies after spending two seasons with the team, including playing briefly under Knicks coach David Fizdale.</p> <p>The 6-10 forward averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds over 85 games with the Grizzlies.</p> <p>Fizdale coached the Grizzlies through the first 19 games of the 2017-18 season and Rabb appeared in just one game in that time. </p> <p>"Good kid. Hard worker. Really skilled big," Fizdale said. "Rebounds the ball well. High IQ player. It'll be good to get back with him and see if we can develop him."</p> <p><img src="https://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.20403599.1559654514!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/mugshot_88/image.jpg"> </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.37835004.1571888055!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_1280/image.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/spurs-gregg-popovich-marcus-morris-spurn-san-antonio-happened-happened Conan O'Brien Watches Death Stranding Trailer With Kojima -- "What's Wrong With You?" https://weeknews.org/games/conan-brien-watches-death-stranding-trailer-kojima-wrong-84680820 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:57:33 +0000 <div> <img src="https://gamespot1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/square_tiny/1197/11970954/3079176-deathstrandings.jpg"><p>GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.</p> <p>To hype the upcoming release of Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima invited comedian and late night TV host Conan O'Brien to his office for a behind-the-scenes look at the game.</p> <p>It went about as well as you would think, as Conan spent his time cracking jokes and ribbing with Kojima through a translator. Upon viewing a Death Stranding trailer and meeting BB for the first time, Conan said to Kojima, "What's wrong with you?"</p> <p>Also during the silly segment, Kojima reveals that Death Stranding actor Norman Reedus, who plays main character Sam "Porter" Bridges, asked the team to make his muscles bigger.</p> <p>In another segment, Kojima invites Conan to have himself scanned into Death Stranding. Conan entered the camera rig and made all manner of silly faces, and we sure hope they make it into the game. There is even a sequence at the end when Conan's character model in the game speaks with Sam. It's pretty great; take a look at the video below.</p> <figure><img src="https://gamespot1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/1179/11799911/3595958-conan2.png"></figure> <p>We can only hope that Conan follows this up with a Clueless Gamer segment for Death Stranding, because that would seemingly be comedy gold.</p> <p>The Death Stranding review embargo lifts on November 1, so keep checking back with GameSpot for more on the title in the days and weeks ahead.</p> <p>Death Stranding officially launches on November 8 for PS4.</p> <i>Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com</i> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/gamespot1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/screen_large/1581/15811374/3595604-lost1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://weeknews.org/news/conan-brien-watches-death-stranding-trailer-kojima-wrong Spurs 120, Knicks 111: Scenes from a plucky clunker https://weeknews.org/spurs/spurs-120-knicks-111-scenes-plucky-clunker-00882080 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:57:10 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/VU-B_VvmCS6g_TXEYZovKd9jTc0=/0x0:4456x2971/1200x800/filters:focal(2427x946:3139x1658)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65542160/usa_today_13559167.0.jpg"></figure></p> <p>If I had to guess, I'd say I've heard Mike Breen say " Knicks down ten" more than "bang." That's just a guess, though. New York tipped off the season and they look like a much more cogent team but they still have their fair share of fatal flaws. It's becoming clearer that coaching may be chief among them. David Fizdale loves to set up huge obstacles so that he can say the right thing about it in the presser. </p> <p>The Knicks got down early with some terribly disjointed basketball. It felt like old times. But they fought back before it was too late. Coming down the stretch New York was in the thick of it, and then they allowed an 18-0 run. That was that.</p> <p>Inaugural bucket courtesy of Marcus Morris. </p> <p>He was booed by the San Antonio crowd after spurning San Antonio in the offseason. Will the Knick faithful want to do the same by year's end? Tune in to find out! Decent game for Marcus, scoring efficiently, but he lost the plot as the game wore on. </p> <p>Anyway, RJ Barrett had it going in transition, after a horrible start for the Knicks (1-11 before this). </p> <p>RJ kept it rocking with a little turnover ingenuity.</p> <p>That's a special play and RJ is looking the part of a special player. Remember last year when people wouldn't shut up about Kevin Knox being 19 years old? Well guess what? Knox is 20 and he really has a super soaker out there. Too bad he was giving it a lot of it back on the other end. </p> <p>Luckily he seems to be in a good role, which isn't the case for everybody. Coach Fizdale is decidedly confused about how to get the most out of people. He did press the right button in the second half by starting Elfrid Payton. </p> <p>Expect more of that. And plenty of this...</p> <p>The Knicks did what they could, but ultimately haven't figured out how to play together or how to win the tough ones. Fading late as they looked unsure who to go to for points. Full recap to come, plenty more to cover. Basketball is finally, officially back.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JUKt0Uuq86hDGtUWZlFSwduU4tY=/0x136:4456x2469/fit-in/1200x630/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19314682/usa_today_13559167.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Spurs https://weeknews.org/news/spurs-120-knicks-111-scenes-plucky-clunker Doncic, Porzingis guide Mavs past Wizards | The Chronicle Herald https://weeknews.org/sport/doncic-porzingis-guide-mavs-wizards-22448660 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:56:06 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/media/photologue/photos/cache/doncic-porzingis-guide-mavs-past-wizards_large"></figure></p> <p>Luka Doncic scored 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 23 in his Dallas debut, and the Mavericks defeated the visiting Washington Wizards 108-100 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.</p> <p>Doncic, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, made 12 of 19 field-goal attempts, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range.</p> <p>Dallas reserves Dorian Finney-Smith and Justin Jackson added 10 points each.</p> <p>Bradley Beal scored 19 points on 7-of-25 shooting for Washington, which has lost on nine of its past 10 visits to Dallas.</p> <p>Thomas Bryant had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Rui Hachimura added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who were without guard Isaiah Thomas (thumb) and forward Troy Brown Jr. (calf). Dallas center Dwight Powell (hamstring) missed the game as well.</p> <p>The Mavericks led by 17 points after Doncic banked in a 3-pointer early in the third quarter, and two Porzingis free throws soon made it 69-50.</p> <p>Washington twice cut the deficit to 14, but the Mavericks closed the quarter on a 10-2 run and led by 23 to open the fourth.</p> <p>Wizards reserves led by Moritz Wagner (13 points) and Jordan McCrae (11 points) sparked a rally that got the Wizards within 101-89 midway through the fourth quarter, but Jalen Brunson's 3-pointer pushed lead back to 15 points.</p> <p>Beal's 3-pointer made it 104-95 with 2:43 remaining, and Hachimura's layup cut the Dallas lead to seven at the 1:19 mark before Porzingas and Doncic combined for four points to ice it.</p> <p>Washington led by one after the first quarter, but the Mavericks took a 28-27 lead on a Justin Jackson runner with 10:46 left in the first half.</p> <p>Dallas built the lead, and Seth Curry's driving bank shot made it 44-31 at the 5:58 mark. The Wizards got as close eight points, but Doncic's three-point play just before halftime made it 62-48 at intermission.</p> <p>--Field Level Media</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/doncic-porzingis-guide-mavs-wizards-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/doncic-porzingis-guide-mavs-wizards Piyush Goyal lauds PM for 'path breaking improvements' in India's business environment https://weeknews.org/business/piyush-goyal-lauds-pm-path-breaking-improvements-india-business-environment-08480486 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:55:00 +0000 <div> <p>India has remarkably improved in ease of doing business, reported World Bank in its ease of doing business 2020 survey.</p> <img src="https://s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/images.asianage.com/images/aa-Cover-lrar2fq2nnivcq6cmicaurbc94-20190120013419.Medi.jpeg"><p> After India jumped 14 positions to be ranked 63rd in the World Bank's ease of doing business, Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "path breaking improvements" in the country's business environment. (Photo: File)</p> <p><strong>New Delhi</strong>: After India jumped 14 positions to be ranked 63rd in the World Bank's ease of doing business, Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "path breaking improvements" in the country's business environment.</p> <p>"India has jumped from 77th to 63rd rank in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings released just now by the World Bank. Congratulations to PM @NarendraModi ji for the path breaking improvements in India's business environment for nation's prosperity and job creation," he tweeted.</p> <blockquote> <p>India has jumped from 77th to 63rd rank in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings released just now by the World Bank.<br><br> Congratulations to PM@NarendraModi ji for the path breaking improvements in India's business environment for nation's prosperity and job creation. pic.twitter.com/67TwARmssS</p> - Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <p>India has remarkably improved in ease of doing business, reported World Bank in its ease of doing business 2020 survey. The country is placed in 63rd position among 190 countries.</p> <p>According to the report issued by World Bank on Thursday, India appeared among the top 10 improvers for the third time in a row. The Bank lauded New Delhi for a "remarkable reform effort".</p> <p>"In economies on the list of 10 top improvers, leaders of India and China adopted the Doing Business indicators as a core component of their reform strategies," said the World Bank.</p> <p>It also praised Modi's 'Make in India' campaign which focused on attracting foreign investment, boosting the private sector, manufacturing in particular, and enhancing the country's overall competitiveness.</p> <p>In India, the report said, the importing and exporting also became easier for companies with the creation of a single electronic platform for trade stakeholders, upgrades to port infrastructure and improvements to electronic submission of documents.</p> <p>Last year, India was ranked 77th. In six years of the Modi government, India's ranking improved 79 places from 142nd in 2014 to 63th in 2019, a record for a major economy.</p> <p>Latest From India </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/piyush-goyal-lauds-pm-path-breaking-improvements-india-business-environment-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://weeknews.org/news/piyush-goyal-lauds-pm-path-breaking-improvements-india-business-environment Irving's 50 points not enough in Nets debut https://weeknews.org/timberwolves/irving-50-points-nets-debut-64628666 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:53:00 +0000 <div> <img src="https://static.rappler.com/plugins/system/lazyload/blank.png"> <p>NEW YORK, USA - Kyrie Irving dazzled in his Brooklyn debut, but his 50 points weren't enough as the Nets fell 127-126 in overtime to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their NBA season-opener.</p> <p>Irving, whose arrival from the Boston Celtics as a free agent helped stamp the Nets as contenders this season, opened the night with an emotional address to fans in Brooklyn - not far from where he grew up in New Jersey.</p> <p>"I'm eternally grateful to be here, be back home in front of you guys with my teammates," Irving said. "On behalf of us - oh man, I'm sorry, it's just hitting me now - I appreciate you guys, and I look forward to you guys supporting us all season."</p> <p>But in a game that saw 22 lead changes, it was the Timberwolves who got out to a faster start.</p> <p>They led by as many as 18 in the 2nd quarter and were up 68-56 at halftime.</p> <p>Then came Irving, who scored 13 points in the 4th quarter. His stepback three put Brooklyn up 115-112 with 1:16 left in regulation, but Karl Anthony Towns - who led Minnesota with 36 points - answered with a three-pointer as they went to overtime.</p> <p>They traded the lead 5 times in the extra period, two driving baskets from Andrew Wiggins giving the Timberwolves a 127-124 lead.</p> <p>Irving sank two free throws, but with the ball in his hands for a potential game-winner he stumbled, recovered, but missed his shot.</p> <p>Irving broke the record for most points by a player in his first game with an NBA team - Kiki Vandeweghe's 47 for Portland on October 27, 1984.</p> <p>The Celtics' post-Irving life began with a 93-107 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Ben Simmons, who opted not to play for Australia in the World Cup to focus on his preparations for the season, led the Sixers with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.</p> <p>Five 76ers in double figures included Cameroonian center Joel Embiid, who took a beating on the way to 15 points and 13 rebounds.</p> <p>Embiid was left with a bloodied face when he took an inadvertent elbow from Jaylen Brown in the 3rd quarter and hit the court hard chasing a loose ball in the same period.</p> <p>Embiid was also whistled for a flagrant in the foul-strewn contest in which neither of the expected Eastern Conference contenders wanted to give an inch.</p> <p>Al Horford added 16 points for Philadelphia against the team he'd played for the past three seasons.</p> <p>Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points. Jayson Tatum had 21 and Kemba Walker, making his Celtics debut, added 12.</p> <strong>Washington shines in Charlotte </strong> <p>Charlotte rookie PJ Washington, the 12th overall pick in the draft in June, made a splashy debut, scoring 27 points to help the Hornets to a nail-bitting 126-125 victory over the Chicago Bulls.</p> <p>Hornets coach James Borrego gave Washington the start in his first NBA game, saying he'd seen in the preseason that the first-year player isn't afraid of the big moment.</p> <p>Washington justified that faith, making his first 3 shots - all from three-point range.</p> <p>Washington made seven of 11 from three-point range - breaking the record of 5 three-pointers in an NBA debut held by Jake Layman and Donyell Marshall.</p> <p>He helped Charlotte break their team record for treys in a game with 23 - one more than their prior mark. <strong>- Rappler.com</strong></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/irving-50-points-nets-debut-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Timberwolves https://weeknews.org/news/irving-50-points-nets-debut Opening Night: How to watch Wizards season opener https://weeknews.org/sport/opening-night-watch-washington-wizards-2019-20-season-opener-62822224 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:52:14 +0000 <div> <p>WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal ran his palm across his left cheek as he spoke, highlighting the new style of facial hair he has maintained throughout the preseason. Though it is trimmed symmetrically, it's not exactly what he dreamed of when he started growing it out.</p> <p>"I've got my chops. I'm still trying to get them to connect," he said. "I'm 26 and I still can't grow a beard."</p> <p>Some of that scruff may turn gray by the end of the 2019-20 season, Beal's eighth in the NBA. He has a new role, one of franchise player, something he has never been to this extent entering a season before. Though he has played plenty with John Wall sidelined due to injuries, he has never gone into a season as 'the guy.'</p> <p>And, though he knows what it's like to be on a rebuilding team likely headed south of the playoffs from his early days in the NBA, he hasn't done that while being an established, All-Star player. This year could test his resolve if things go as many have predicted.</p> <p>Not only could there be more losses than victories, but Beal will have to get used to playing with teammates a lot younger and less experienced than him. The Wizards' opening night starting lineup, for instance, has three players Age 22 or younger.</p> <p>"It's definitely going to be a patient, long year. I will be saying that word a lot. Just being patient and understanding," he told NBC Sports Washington.</p> <p>"It's a growing year, just realizing that I can't expect everybody to be perfect. I can't expect them to know what to do in every situation."</p> <p>Beal plans to do his part both in games and in practices to make sure the young players fall in line. The fact he just signed a contract extension keeping him in Washington through at least the 2021-22 season shows everyone in the organization he is committed long-term. That should boost the respect he already commands as a star player.</p> <p>Now, when young players look at him during frustrating times, they know he isn't pondering an exit strategy. He is here to stay and they have to follow his lead.</p> <p>Beal has developed into a vocal leader and he can be hard on young players behind the scenes, especially the ones he expects the most out of.</p> <p>"I know these guys are young, but I know they aren't going to fulfill their potential unless I push them there," he said.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see how that plays out during and after games. There are probably going to be nights where he plays in lineups with four players who could still be in college. They may make mistakes and possibly at crucial times. Beal will have to let those teaching moments slide and choose how to categorize them to the media afterwards.</p> <p>Though the Wizards have some veterans on their team, head coach Scott Brooks is planning to rely more on younger players than he has in the past. He was criticized by fans last season for not playing Troy Brown Jr. even when it appeared obvious he could help. There were some in the front office who wondered what was taking so long.</p> <p>Those types of disagreements happen within organizations and within coaching staffs. But this year, Brooks may have no choice.</p> <p>"The opportunity is definitely going to be there this year," Brooks told NBC Sports Washington. "Troy's going to have a great opportunity to make an impact."</p> <p>Brooks will be tasked with doling out minutes and, for young players, he says there is a "sweet spot" between having them earn their playing time and getting the chance to play through mistakes.</p> <p>"This is not an 'everybody get a ribbon' league. You can't play everybody," he said.</p> <p>Brooks mentioned the Capital City Go-Go as a resource to use to ensure guys get game experience, even if it is not at the NBA level. But overall, for coaches like Brooks and leaders like Beal, they will have to take a nurturing approach. Brooks said that for him that could mean having lunch with young players or taking them out to coffee at a local restaurant. Maybe Beal will have to lead in more creative ways, beyond just setting an example.</p> <p>There is no question a lot is going to be on Beal's plate. For the foreseeable future, the Wizards are his team. Wall may be back at some point this season, but he could miss it all due to his ruptured left Achilles injury. </p> <p>For the newcomers on the Wizards' roster, Wall's absence won't mean much because they haven't played with him before. Beal is the one who will have to adjust and take on a larger role. That could be as simple as taking more shots.</p> <p>Beal has set career-highs in shot attempts each of the last three seasons. He ranked seventh in the NBA last year with 19.6 shots per game and that number could increase this year.</p> <p>"I definitely know that my shot attempts probably have to go up," Beal said.</p> <p>He may even approach a goal Brooks has publicly set for him; to shoot 20 threes in a game. </p> <p>"I might get to it this year, I don't know. But I don't want to just be considered a chuck," he said. </p> <p>"That's just not me. I'm an efficient guy. I'm not a bad shot taker. I play the right way no matter what the score of the game is. I know this year I'm definitely going to have be a lot more aggressive. There might be times where I have to take some heat checks and when I'm not hot, but I've gotta take them."</p> <p>Though it may not feel natural for Beal to take a ton of shots, the opportunity is there for him to be the focus of an offense like few players in the NBA are. He could take 20-plus shots per game and chase a scoring title if he wants to.</p> <p>Most players would love to have that type of green light. But Beal also wants to win and he may fall frustratingly short of doing so this season. Let's check back in on him in a few months.</p> <strong><em>MORE WIZARDS NEWS:</em></strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.nbcsports.com/washington/sites/csnma/files/styles/article_hero_image/public/2019/10/17/scott_brooks_tommy_shepard_1920x1080_1625612355691.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/opening-night-watch-washington-wizards-2019-20-season-opener Persona 5 Scramble has exploration & platforming, Japan release is Feb. https://weeknews.org/nintendo/persona-5-scramble-exploration-platforming-japan-release-feb-60642688 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:51:32 +0000 <div> <img src="https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/persona5sexplore-800x400.jpg"><p>The official Japanese Atlus YouTube channel has finally delivered new details on <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em>, the <em>Warriors</em>-esque game from Koei Tecmo and Omega Force. And <em>wow</em>, it really throws a few curve balls in there! The new video is all in Japanese, so we're working on getting a translation of the details, but what is on display is really something else. For starters, <em>Persona 5 Scramble</em> will release on Feb. 20, 2020 in Japan. But beyond that, the game also seems to feature traditional <em>Persona</em> exploration elements of some kind, and there are even some minor sidescrolling platforming segments! Look at the madness for yourself and enjoy.</p> <h2>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is going beyond a standard Warriors outing</h2> <p>There are new characters and locations on display, including an ominous dude with glasses and soldiers and a girl with hair that is somehow ponytailed into heart shapes. It is possible there will be some cross-pollination of new characters between <em>Persona 5 Scramble</em> and <em>Persona 5 Royal</em>, though it is at least equally likely each game will keep its new characters to itself for the sake of differentiating the narratives.</p> <p>On the gameplay front, menus are stylized to appear very similarly to how they do in the original game, which is a welcome touch. The ability to leap between locations makes you feel agile and hints that stealth might play a larger part than in a typical Koei Tecmo / Omega Force <em>Warriors</em> game. That said, there are definitely dramatic crowd control options that dispense enemies on a brutal and beautiful scale. There is also a segment at 1:57 where you can see characters mapped out to different face buttons. This suggests you may be able to swap between characters at will! <strong>(Update: Character swapping is confirmed. See below.)</strong></p> <p>As more details become available on the Japanese end of this <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> trailer, we will provide updates. In the meantime, here's a look at what appears to be DLC to get additional classic music from other games in the series. <strong>(Update: This DLC is apparently free to those who preorder the Japanese version. See below.)</strong></p> <img src="https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/p5dlc.jpg"><p><strong>Update #1:</strong> Check out the beautiful Japanese box art for the game below. As Japanese Nintendo relates, <em>Persona 5 Scramble</em> will release: "at ¥9,680 for the standard edition or ¥15,180 for the Otakara BOX (with Setting Material Collection, Original Soundtrack, Theme Song Making Movie Blu-ray, Sacoche Bag, Hand Towel, and Box). The early purchase benefit will be DLC of legacy Persona battle themes."</p> <img src="https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/p5sboxart.jpg"><p><strong>Update #2:</strong> Per Gematsu, <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em> takes place after the conclusion of the vanilla game, but there are new mysteries and new palaces suddenly appearing all over Japan. Thus, the Phantom Thieves return to save the day. And yes, you can directly control the Phantom Thieves save for the operator and switch characters according to your need.</p> <p>Atlus will provide a live stream of the game on YouTube and Twitter on Nov. 4 at 20:00 JST, which is 7:00 a.m. EST by our Google math.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.nintendoenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/persona5sexplore.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nintendo https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-exploration-platforming-japan-release-feb Live updates: Nuggets lead Blazers at halftime, 54-50 https://weeknews.org/sport/live-updates-blazers-season-opener-playoff-feel-nuggets-town-88202662 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:50:54 +0000 <div> <p>PORTLAND, Ore. - A playoff feel for an opening-night game? That seems likely when the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.</p> <p>The last time these teams met (outside of this preseason), the Blazers outlasted the Nuggets 100-96 in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, earning their first trip to the conference finals since 2000.</p> <p>In Portland, the big questions include how the Blazers will adapt to the absence of center Jusuf Nurkic (out indefinitely with a broken leg suffered late last season) and how a batch of newcomers will fit in and complement star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.</p> <strong>RELATED: How to watch Blazers vs. Nuggets</strong> <p>Hassan Whiteside is expected to be Portland's primary center while Nurkic continues to mend, though Whiteside sprained an ankle in the Blazers' preseason finale vs. the Nuggets. If he's able to go - he says he will - Whiteside will start Wednesday on a front line that includes small forward Rodney Hood and power forward Zach Collins, both holdovers from last season.</p> <p>The Blazers' reserves include guard Kent Bazemore and second-year pro Anfernee Simons, along with forward Mario Hezonja, another offseason addition. Veteran forward Anthony Tolliver likely will be the fourth man off the bench. Center Skal Labissiere has played his way into a possible spot in the rotation, at least with Pau Gasol (foot injury) still unavailable.</p> <strong>RELATED: 'It's always Dame Time': Damian Lillard stars in new ESPN SportsCenter commercial</strong> <p>KGW's Orlando Sanchez is covering the game at the Moda Center. We'll be posting all of his updates from the game as it unfolds, so don't go anywhere!</p> <h2>Third quarter</h2> <h2>Second quarter: Nuggets 54, Blazers 50</h2> <p>The Nuggets outscored the Blazers 30-23 in the second quarter and take a four-point lead at halftime. The Blazers, who shot just 40.5% from the field in the first half, were led by Hassan Whiteside's 10 points and 11 rebounds. </p> <p>With a couple minutes left in the second quarter, Hassan Whiteside got his first double-double of the season. Not a bad start for the Blazers new center.</p> <p>Shortly after Zach Collins went to the bench, Denver's Jamal Murray hit a 3-pointer to give the Nuggets their biggest lead of the game, 49-39, with 4:04 left in the second quarter.</p> <p>Anfernee Simons started 1 for 4 from the field but his one field goal was something special.</p> <h2>First quarter: Blazers 27, Nuggets 24</h2> <p>Damian Lillard with the play of the season so far. It might stand as one of the best plays of the entire season when it's all said and done.</p> <p>Two of the Blazers new players, Anthony Tolliver and Kent Bazemore, were the first two players to come off the bench for Portland. About 30 seconds later, Skal Labissiere came in for Hassan Whiteside, who picked up his second foul around the 4-minute mark. Mario Hezonja was next, coming in for CJ McCollum.</p> <p>Hassan Whiteside with a strong start for the Blazers. He gets the first points of the season for Portland and draws three quick fouls against Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.</p> <p>The season is underway!</p> <h2>Pregame</h2> <p>Player introductions</p> <p>We won't spoil it. But it's worth watching!</p> <p>Blazers star Damian Lillard addresses the crowd before the game. "You truly make a difference in every game and every season. Hopefully we can continue that and have our best season ever. Let's go, Rip City!"</p> <p>Blazers center Hassan Whiteside shows off some hops in pregame warmups.</p> <p>Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic approved of Orlando's video showing Nurkic's arrival at the Moda Center.</p> <p>Orlando shared videos of other Blazers arriving at the Moda Center pregame, including CJ McCollum, Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside.</p> <p>Portland Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan said he believes Portland will one day host an NBA All-Star Game, and was very complimentary of Salt Lake City, after the NBA announced Salt Lake City would be the host city for the 2023 NBA All-Star contest. Portland has never hosted.</p> <p>Watch the entire interview with McGowan. He speaks about the 50th anniversary season, opening at home, and expectations for the team.</p> <p>Orlando and KGW anchor Dan Haggerty enjoy the sunshine outside the Moda Center before the game.</p> <p>Orlando shows off his game day kicks. 🔥 New radio play-by-play announcer Travis Demers showed he's got sneaker game, too.</p> <p>Blazers players, including Zach Collins, Kent Bazemore and Damian Lillard speak about the season opener against the Nuggets.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/media.kgw.com/assets/KGW/images/726786a8-b3ff-45c1-b3af-2ba3dd998973/726786a8-b3ff-45c1-b3af-2ba3dd998973_1140x641.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/live-updates-blazers-season-opener-playoff-feel-nuggets-town Pete Davidson Sparks Kaia Gerber Romance Rumors After He's Spotted Leaving Her Apartment | Scoop Square 24 https://weeknews.org/romance/pete-davidson-sparks-kaia-gerber-romance-rumors-spotted-leaving-apartment-62666400 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:50:22 +0000 <div> <p>I hope you liked the article, please share your view in the comment section. If you have any doubts or suggestions please let us know via contact us page.If you find any link or image is broken please share with us. Thank you for visiting ScoopSquare24</p> <p>WENN/Instagram/FayesVision</p> <p>The 'Saturday Evening Reside' star goes informal when he is photographed leaving the supermodel's condo constructing in New York Metropolis, rocking a black observe jacket over a yellow T-shirt.</p> <p>Scoopsquare24 -<br> Pete Davidson apparently cannot keep single for too lengthy. Simply days after it was reported that he known as it quits with Margaret Qualley, the "Saturday Evening Reside" star has already new courting hypothesis after he was noticed leaving Kaia Gerber's condo constructing in New York Metropolis on Wednesday morning, October 24.</p> <p>He was seen stepping out of the constructing in a black Louis Vuitton observe jacket over a yellow T-shirt that he paired with black joggers with checkered stripes down the edges. Pete accomplished the look with a pair of black sun shades and New Stability sneakers. He regarded unbothered regardless of noticing that paparazzi have been following him, listening to his AirPods.</p> <p>Web page Six reported that Pete was certainly assembly Kaia at her condo, however the two are "simply associates." Nonetheless, Radar On-line alleged that the rumored lovebirds, who shared a runway throughout New York Trend Week final June, have been noticed strolling on Mercer road in New York Metropolis over the summer season.</p> <p>Neither Pete nor Kaia has responded to the courting hypothesis.</p> <p>This arrived after Pete reportedly break up from Margaret after courting for a short while. The alleged exes' romance rumors first emerged final August, earlier than the stepped out collectively for the primary time on the premiere of her {movie} "Seberg" on the 2019 Venice Movie Pageant. And whereas Pete and Margaret by no means confirmed their courting rumors, her mother Andie MacDowell did it for them.</p> <p>"She has an attractive relationship with him however I do not need to step on her relationship an excessive amount of. They've a pleasant relationship," she beforehand mentioned to PEOPLE, explaining that she had by no means the actor/comic. "I FaceTimed with Pete the opposite day or no, she took a video of me to ship to Pete that is what it was."</p> <p>Earlier than courting Margaret, Pete was beforehand romancing Kate Beckinsale and Ariana Grande.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/scoopsquare24.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/00143343.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Romance https://weeknews.org/news/pete-davidson-sparks-kaia-gerber-romance-rumors-spotted-leaving-apartment Knicks victimized by 18-0 Spurs run in season-opening loss https://weeknews.org/sport/knicks-victimized-18-0-spurs-run-fourth-quarter-season-opening-loss-26086602 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:48:56 +0000 <div> <p>SAN ANTONIO - The Knicks spent the preseason trying to figure out who would emerge from the trio of point guards competing for the starting - or closing - role. And 90 minutes before the opening tip on opening night against the Spurs, Knicks coach David Fizdale threw a curveball into the mix.</p> <p>Rather than Dennis Smith Jr., whom the Knicks had acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade; Frank Ntilikina, the 21-year-old lottery pick, or Elfrid Payton, who was signed as a free agent this summer with the idea that he would be given a chance to start, the Knicks opted for RJ Barrett.</p> <p>The experiment was a failure. Without a real point guard at the start the Knicks fell into a 16-point hole. Then with Payton settling the team they fought back and took the lead. But when Fizdale went with Barrett again in the fourth it triggered an 18-0 Spurs run to send the Knicks to a 120-111 opening-night loss.</p> <p>Not that Barrett, the 19-year-old rookie who was drafted as a shooting guard, was a failure. He earned the coach's trust, pairing in the backcourt with Allonzo Trier at the start. Barrett scored 21 points and played far beyond his age in his first NBA game.</p> <p>But the Knicks struggled at the start and continued to slide when Smith was brought in for Trier. It wasn't until Payton took Smith's place that the Knicks began to show some sort of cohesion on offense and also presented an obstacle to the Spurs guards.</p> <p>"He was fantastic I thought," Fizdale said of Barrett. "I thought he really competed. He only had really one bad breakdown where he helped off the corner and gave up the three. Overall, he was playing both ends of the floor at a high level."</p> <p>It's hard for any of the point guards to argue that they laid claim to the job. Smith missed the first two preseason games with a lower back strain and then shot a combined 3-for-17 in the next two. Payton had one game in which he was 0-for-9 and Ntilikina shot 28.6 percent overall and 11.1 percent from beyond the arc. But Payton was third man in on this night and finished with 11 points, eight assists and five steals.</p> <p>"Elfrid absolutely put his foot forward, took it to heart and ramped up the competition," Fizdale said. "Like I said, I'm going to keep an open mind of this and whoever fights their way out of the pile, that's who's going to get the nod."</p> <p> </p><p>Subscribe to Newsday's sports newsletter</p> <p>Receive stories, photos and videos about your favorite New York teams plus national sports news and events.</p> <p>By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.</p> <p>With Mitchell Robinson out because of a sprained right ankle, Fizdale was hoping that adding Trier to the starting lineup would provide spacing for the other players. But Trier was 0-for-3 shooting and by halftime Fizdale had changed things up, starting Payton at the point in the second half.</p> <p>The Knicks, who trailed by 16 in the first half, battled back to take the lead in the third quarter, holding an 84-83 advantage entering the fourth. Leading by six with 8:16 left, Payton went to the bench with his fifth foul and the Knicks opted for Barrett at the point. Before Payton came back in with 6:24 left the Spurs had run off eight straight points for a 99-97 lead. The Knicks couldn't put the brakes on the run and it stretched to an 18-0 spurt before Bobby Portis finally tipped in a miss with 3:56 left.</p> <p>Fizdale pointed out that the lineup could change, even as soon as Friday night in Brooklyn against the Nets.</p> <p>"Absolutely. I'm going to keep putting it on them to really have to earn it and really force me to play you," Fizdale said. "None of this is in stone, but at the same time the competition is on."</p> <p>Marcus Morris scored a team-high 26 points as he was booed nearly every time he touched the ball here at the AT&T Center after leaving the Spurs in a lurch in free agency this summer. Julius Randle struggled with cramping in the fourth quarter, but finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p><img src="https://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.20403599.1559654514!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/mugshot_88/image.jpg"> </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/knicks-victimized-18-0-spurs-run-fourth-quarter-season-opening-loss-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/knicks-victimized-18-0-spurs-run-fourth-quarter-season-opening-loss Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Gets Debut Gameplay Trailer https://weeknews.org/technology/persona-5-scramble-phantom-strikers-new-cinematic-gameplay-trailer-japanese-release-date-66686484 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:48:32 +0000 <div> <p>Atlus has debuted the debut trailer for <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers</em>, coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 20, 2020 in Japan.</p> <p><em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers </em>is a collaboration between Atlus and developer Omega Force. The game features RPG and Musou elements found in games like the Dynasty Warriors series. However, when it comes to <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers </em> it seems that the developer will focus heavily on the characters and world-building as players will be able to interact with the other members of the phantom thieves.</p> <p>The trailer that debuted shows how players will be able to explore the world and fight against waves of enemies. Heading out into the world also means that players will need to complete a series of missions given to them. Players will also be able to bring companions into battles with them that offer their own spiritual abilities to make the character's attack combos even longer. Enemies in the game will have weaknesses to certain attacks as well that will make encounters easier.</p> <p>Currently, there isn't a release date, but <em>Persona 5 Royal</em> will be heading west and we can only assume that <em>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers </em> will receive a release date in the west soon.</p> <p>You can watch the Japanese gameplay trailer below:</p> <p><i>This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate Noisy Pixel earns from qualifying purchases.</i></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/noisypixel.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-phantom-strikers-new-cinematic-gameplay-trailer-japanese-release-date Spurs rally to top Knicks, 120-111, spoiling Barrett's debut https://weeknews.org/texas/spurs-rally-top-knicks-120-111-spoiling-barrett-debut-42884046 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:48:09 +0000 <div> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/newsok/staff/ap.png"><p>SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, Bryn Forbes added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 120-111 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night, spoiling RJ Barrett's debut with New York.</p> <p>The Knicks have pinned a great deal of hope in Barrett, the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Duke, after failing to sign any marquee free agents in the offseason. Barrett had a solid debut, scoring 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.</p> <p>Marcus Morris led New York with 26 points, and Julius Randle added 25 points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p>The Spurs are counting on Dejounte Murray, who played in his first game since tearing his right ACL in a preseason game Oct. 7. Murray had 18 points, including a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining that put San Antonio up 105-97. The 6-foot-5 point guard had six assists and eight rebounds.</p> <p>San Antonio outscored New York 37-27 in the fourth quarter to erase a one-point deficit.</p> <p>The Spurs opened on a 14-4 run but missed their next five shots as well as two free throws. The lull gave the Knicks' revamped lineup a needed boost of confidence, and it responded by closing the first half on an 11-8 run.</p> <p>San Antonio committed 21 turnovers, which led to 32 points.</p> <p>Morris, who signed with the Knicks after backing out of a verbal agreement with the Spurs on a two-year deal, was heavily booed throughout the game. Morris responded to the initial boos by backing down and then hitting a turnaround jumper on DeMar DeRozan for the game's opening points.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960_blur-a35ed958f32d67e388c0a528149e9375.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Texas https://weeknews.org/news/spurs-rally-top-knicks-120-111-spoiling-barrett-debut Barrett sets Canadian record in debut but Knicks fall to Spurs - Sportsnet.ca https://weeknews.org/sport/barrett-sets-canadian-record-debut-knicks-fall-spurs-88846040 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:47:02 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://www.sportsnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Associated-Press-115x115.png">Associated Press</p> <p><img src="https://www.sportsnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Associated-Press-115x115.png">Associated Press</p> <p>SAN ANTONIO - LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, Bryn Forbes added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 120-111 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night, spoiling RJ Barrett's debut with New York.</p> <p> The Knicks have pinned a great deal of hope in Barrett, the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Duke, after failing to sign any marquee free agents in the off-season. Barrett had a solid debut, scoring 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.</p> <p> Marcus Morris led New York with 26 points, and Julius Randle added 25 points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p> The Spurs are counting on Dejounte Murray, who played in his first game since tearing his right ACL in a preseason game Oct. 7. Murray had 18 points, including a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining that put San Antonio up 105-97. The 6-foot-5 point guard had six assists and eight rebounds.</p> <p> San Antonio outscored New York 37-27 in the fourth quarter to erase a one-point deficit.</p> <p> The Spurs opened on a 14-4 run but missed their next five shots as well as two free throws. The lull gave the Knicks' revamped lineup a needed boost of confidence, and it responded by closing the first half on an 11-8 run.</p> <p> San Antonio committed 21 turnovers, which led to 32 points.</p> <blockquote> <p>With 20 points so far tonight, Knicks R.J. Barrett sets record for most points by a Canadian in his NBA debut </p> <p>Previous mark: Dillon Brooks: 19 points on Oct 18, 2017</p> <p>- Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) October 24, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p> Morris, who signed with the Knicks after backing out of a verbal agreement with the Spurs on a two-year deal, was heavily booed throughout the game. Morris responded to the initial boos by backing down and then hitting a turnaround jumper on DeMar DeRozan for the game's opening points.</p> <p> Trey Lyles, who the Spurs signed after Morris reneged, started at centre and had eight points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p> TIP-INS</p> <p> Knicks: New York started Barrett, Randle, Morris, Bobby Portis and Alonzo Trier, but Knicks coach David Fizdale said the lineup could change from game to game. ... The Knicks signed F Ivan Rabb to a two-way contract. The 6-foot-10, 220-pounder averaged 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 14.6 minutes over two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He will primarily play for New York's G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.</p> <p> Spurs: Gregg Popovich opened his 24th season as San Antonio's coach, setting the record for most seasons coaching one franchise. Popovich was previously tied with Utah's Jerry Sloan. ... Popovich acknowledged the Spurs fully guaranteed the final year of Aldridge's contract. Aldridge was guaranteed $7 million for 2021 before the Spurs picked up their option Wednesday to fully guarantee his $24 million contract. ... Popovich, Larry Brown, Hubie Brown and Bill Bertka are the only coaches to serve as an NBA head coach in their 70s in league history. Popovich turned 70 on Jan. 28.</p> <p> UP NEXT</p> <p> Knicks: Host Washington on Saturday night.</p> <p> Spurs: At Brooklyn on Friday night.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.sportsnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/aldridge-portis-knicks-spurs.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/barrett-sets-canadian-record-debut-knicks-fall-spurs Rainbow Six Siege Doktor's Curse Halloween event is live and Frost is horrifying https://weeknews.org/games/rainbow-siege-doktor-curse-halloween-event-live-frost-horrifying-66062408 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:46:02 +0000 <div> <p>Like a lot of <u>games this season</u>, Rainbow Six Siege is officially dressed for Halloween. The Doktor's Curse is live now and runs through November 6, giving you plenty of time to take part in the festivities. Throughout the event period, you'll be able to team up with friends as either Monsters or Exterminators for 5v5 hide-and-seek matches in a Halloween-themed version of the Theme Park map.</p> <p>Visually, the re-skinned monsters are where it's at. Smoke, Kapkan, Frost, Lesion, and Ela each come dressed for the occasion, and some of them are truly unsettling. Frost in particular, with her gaping, crowded mouth of shark teeth, terrifies me (and also reminds me of Melina from Mortal Kombat).</p> <p>Here's some silly lore behind the event: "Something's not quite right with Doc. Soon after Theme Park closed, he moved in and made the castle his home, where he performs all sorts of disturbing experiments. In the end, he created something more evil than he intended. The place is now crawling with Monsters, and a band of Exterminators have been called in to reclaim it. Will they be able to return things to normal, or will the fiends live to terrorize another day?"</p> <p>The objective for either team is exactly what you expect, but I'll break it down for you anyway. Exterminators are there to kill every monster, and monsters just want to survive and be left alone. Actually, monsters have a unique ability called Nightstride that speeds them up and makes them invisible for a short time, as well as their usual traps, to fight for their survival against the exterminators, who come equipped with special versions of Sledge's hammer and three unique gadgets to choose from.</p> <p>The Doktor's Curse collection lets you buy event items including skins and charms for the monsters and exterminators. Simply log in during the event period and get the Doktor's Curse Collection pack, and pick up two additional collection packs by hitting a 20-score kill count and winning 13 rounds in the Doktor's Curse playlist.</p> <em>Here's every current </em><em>video game Halloween event</em><em>, updated live as they come.</em></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/rainbow-siege-doktor-curse-halloween-event-live-frost-horrifying-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://weeknews.org/news/rainbow-siege-doktor-curse-halloween-event-live-frost-horrifying WATCH: Bradley Beal ejected after getting crossed over by Luka Doncic https://weeknews.org/sport/watch-bradley-beal-ejected-crossed-luka-doncic-80486086 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:45:14 +0000 <div> <figure><img src="https://sportsnaut.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/E058070C-4D63-4CD1-9B83-64FD6B8CC1F4-696x521.jpeg"></figure> <p>The end of the Washington Wizards' season opener against the Dallas Mavericks brought us an entirely new level of petty. </p> <p>It started with Mavs star Luka Doncic thinking that that he had broken Bradley Beal's ankles with a crossover. </p> <p>As you can tell, an offensive foul was called on Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. It's also rather apparent that Wizards players took an exception to Doncic's celebration. </p> <p>This led to yet another incident later in the fourth quarter that saw Beal ejected for waiving. No really, that happened. </p> <p>With the game pretty much out of hand and Dallas heading for a season-opening win, Kristaps Porzingis put an exclamation mark on it with an emphatic dunk. </p> <p>Dallas ended up coming out on top by the score of 108-100. Doncic dropped 34 points while Porzingis went for 23 in his Mavs regular-season debut. </p> <p>However, that's not the story here. Rather, it's about the insane ending to this game. </p> <p>Mark February 7th on your calendar. That's when Dallas will head to D.C. to take on the Wizards. It promises to get interesting. </p> <p><img src="https://sportsnaut.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/12B4D7ED-1C3B-4550-8B0C-69176A4BC6F8-204-00000005BB5DDFFC-150x150.jpeg"> </p><div> <p>Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut. Writer for Forbes. Seen on MSN. Heard on ESPN Radio. Previous: eDraft, PFF, Bleacher Report and Yahoo!</p> </div> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/sportsnaut.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/kaepernick_pic.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/watch-bradley-beal-ejected-crossed-luka-doncic Three things we observed as the Mavericks outlast the Wizards 108-100 https://weeknews.org/dallas/observed-mavericks-outlast-wizards-108-100-02648482 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:45:13 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/oykGiLPyrzqoLW4LcVu7x_p6FcA=/0x0:2577x1817/1200x800/filters:focal(1108x252:1520x664)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65542115/usa_today_13558798.0.jpg"></figure></p> <p>Basketball is back, baby!</p> <p>But the first quarter was about as ugly as it gets with the Wizards taking a 25-24 lead. The Mavericks' jump shots were flat, the team was out rebounded 14-9, and the lack of ball security was discouraging. However, Dallas was able to weather the body blows thanks to Kristaps Porzingis ' nine points to stay within reach after one. </p> <p>The Mavericks blew the doors open in the second quarter on the backs of Jalen Brunson and Justin Jackson racing out to an 11-2 run and never quite looked back. Luka Doncic asserted his will on his way to 20 first half points and the bench obliterated the Wizards in the second quarter as the Mavericks took a 62-51 lead into the break. </p> <p>The third quarter saw the Mavericks slowly, methodically chip away at the Wizards' defense and almost put the nail in the coffin as the frame wound to a close. But the Mavericks let off the gas a tad in the fourth and saw a 23 point lead cut in half as the Wizards got chippy and mucked the game up. But Washington drew the short end of the stick when Bradley Beal got ejected on questionable technical foul calls on the Wizards superstar. </p> <p>The game got within single digits, but the Mavericks were able to close the door shut and outlast the Wizards' spirited comeback attempt to win 108-100 in the season opener. They put an exclamation point on the end of this game with a thrilling Brunson lob to Porzingis that electrified the crowd:</p> <p> Beal paced Washington with 19 points, six rebounds and nine assists while Doncic led all scorers with 34 points. </p> <p>Here are some observations from the season opener.</p> <h4>Luka looks...better</h4> <p>And a cold chill shivered down the spine of the NBA. After a historic rookie season, many wondered how Doncic's encore would play. If tonight is any indication, Doncic might insert himself into the top-15 player in the NBA conversation. </p> <p>Doncic was nothing short of sensational, abusing the Wizards with 34 points and nine rebounds on 12-of-19 shooting (4-of-9 from three). The reigning rookie of the year imposed his will from the opening tip, manipulating the defense like a puppeteer pulling the strings of his toy. Doncic's hyper-efficient shooting night opened up the entire paint for him to waltz his way to the basket time and time again. </p> <p>Like last season, Doncic flung surgical passes to shooters in the open corner, but shots did not go down * <em>cough* </em><em>Courtney Lee</em><em> *cough*.</em> But the looks are good, and Doncic's command of the floor is exceptional. </p> <h4>KP teased his potential</h4> <p>Similar to the preseason, Porzingis got off to a rocky start missing all four of his initial attempts before finding his groove to score nine first quarter points. It should always have been anticipated the former Knick would get off to a slow start after a 20 month hiatus, but seeing him connect on three of his seven triples was encouraging as well as going six of seven at the free throw line. In the end, Porzingis finished with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting.</p> <p>Porzingis is such a luxury with his quick, high release in that he can get his shot off in virtually any situation. Having a secondary shot creator like that is something Dallas has lacked since maybe Jason Terry. Porzingis ' biggest blemish in his debut was his rebounding. Collecting only four rebounds in 29 minutes is a problem, and it almost came back to bite Dallas when the Wizards cut the lead to seven late in the fourth. </p> <p>After interesting preseason rotations, Brunson logged 24 minutes and scored nine points with four rebounds and three assists. He struggled to shoot the ball, but Rick Carlisle trusted him to finish the game out over nominal starter Delon Wright. Throughout the entire game, Brunson piloted a blazing bench unit that severely outplayed their counterpart. </p> <p>Dallas employed an interesting wrinkle with Brunson setting ball screens for Doncic as the Wizards continually trapped him. In one instance Doncic found Brunson for an open three, but it was relieving to see the ball leave Doncic's hands and land into another playmaker's grasp. Brunson's development is crucial to the Mavericks' success, so getting crunch time minutes was a nice development. </p> <p>The Mavericks take on the Zion-less Pelicans Friday night in what should be a tough outing in New Orleans. </p> <em>If you missed pre-season, we'll be podcasting right after games this season. We'll try to keep it short, but if possible, go to your favorite podcast feed and subscribe to the Mavs Moneyball Podcast. </em><em>in case you cant see the embedded pod below.</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/MYnBxIihp-7brxUMQDV9sx6i82Q=/0x0:2577x1349/fit-in/1200x630/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19314726/usa_today_13558798.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Dallas https://weeknews.org/news/observed-mavericks-outlast-wizards-108-100 Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers releases in Japan on February 20th. - Jack of All Controllers https://weeknews.org/japan/persona-5-scramble-phantom-strikers-releases-japan-february-20th-40446064 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:44:32 +0000 <div> <section> <p>Update: Atlus confirms additional info will be revealed on November 4th. The game also takes place half a year after Persona 5, meaning this is a sequel. Persona 5: The Royal might not be canon but there's no confirmation, only word that Scramble is directly after 5. </p> <p>Original Story: The newest batch of information for the upcoming Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers has been revealed in a trailer which dropped just minutes ago. The game launches in Japan on February 20th adding this game to the large list of titles that releases in early 2020.</p> <p>The game will feature exploration and sections of both 2D and 3D platforming while the main focus is mowing down large armies of shadows and personas. The box art confirms that the main cast from Persona 5 will be playable with mystery girl from the first trailer also being playable. The trailer ends with the confirmation that first print copies of the game will feature DLC music tracks from a variety of Persona games.</p> <figure><img src="https://i0.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9013.jpg?w=760&ssl=1"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9013.jpg?w=760&ssl=1"></figure><figure><img src="https://i0.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9011.jpg?w=760&ssl=1"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9011.jpg?w=760&ssl=1"></figure><p>A collectors edition of the game has also been revealed titled the "Treasure Box" which will come with an art book, the collectors box of the game, 2 soundtrack CDs and a Blu-ray disc, no word if this collectors editor will make its way to the west but we can only hope.</p> <figure><img src="https://i2.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9012.jpg?w=760&ssl=1"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9012.jpg?w=760&ssl=1"></figure><p>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers releases in Japan on February 20th, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.</p> </section><img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/584821033470182c666921a2c9b44597?s=140&d=mm&r=g"><img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/584821033470182c666921a2c9b44597?s=140&d=mm&r=g"> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/i0.wp.com/jackofallcontrollers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/img_9016.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Japan https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-phantom-strikers-releases-japan-february-20th Doncic-Porzingis debut carries Mavs past Wizards, 108-100 https://weeknews.org/mavericks/doncic-porzingis-debut-carries-mavs-wizards-108-100-80866408 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:43:54 +0000 <div> <p>Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, left, heads to the basket as Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo</p> <p>Luka Doncic had 34 points and nine rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points in the European pair's long-awaited first game together, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-100 victory over the Washington Wizards in the season opener Wednesday night.</p> <p>Porzingis missed his first four shots before taking a break and coming back to score nine points in the final 2:45 of the first quarter. The 7-foot-3 Latvian acquired in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline last season was 7 of 16 from the field.</p> <p>Doncic and Porzingis traded long 3-pointers throughout the game, finishing 7 of 16 between them (4 of 9 for Doncic, 3 of 7 for Porzingis). Doncic was 12 of 19 overall to help the Mavericks win their opener for the first time in four years.</p> <p>The Slovenian guard and reigning NBA rookie of the year could have played with Porzingis last season, but the Mavericks decided to let the 2018 All-Star continue recovering from a knee injury in what ended up being his final game for the Knicks 20 months ago.</p> <p>Washington rookie Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese-born player drafted in the first round, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The ninth overall pick out of Gonzaga scored his first points before Porzingis hit his first bucket as a Maverick.</p> <p>Bradley Beal scored 19 points less than a week after the All-Star guard signed a $72 million, two-year extension that will go through the 2022-23 season, with a player option after that. The Wizards are without his backcourt mate, John Wall, who tore an Achilles tendon last December.</p> <p>After a fourth quarter filled with pushing and shoving between Beal and Doncic, Beal was ejected when he was called for a second technical foul after they were whistled for double technicals during an exchange.</p> <p>The Wizards had rallied from 23 points down starting the fourth to get within seven when Beal was tossed. Not long after, Porzingis had a one-handed dunk on an alley-oop from Jalen Brunson to help the Mavericks finish off the win.</p> <p>The first look for Dallas fans at the Doncic-Porzingis pairing came in the Mavericks' first game at American Airlines Center without German star Dirk Nowitzki.</p> <p>Their last home game without the only NBA player to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise was April 14, 1998, a 111-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Reunion Arena. Nowitzki retired at 40 after last season as the league's highest-scoring foreign-born player.</p> <p>TIP-INS</p> <p>Wizards: Moritz Wagner was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and scored 13 points before the second-year player fouled out with three minutes left in his Washington debut. ... Thomas Bryant had 14 points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p>Mavericks: Dallas still isn't sure how much longer Dwight Powell will be out with a left hamstring strain sustained early in training camp. The sixth-year player is expected to start at center when he's ready. ... G Tim Hardaway Jr. left the game in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle but returned before halftime.</p> <p>UP NEXT</p> <p>Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Friday night. The three-game trip is the club's longest to open the season since 1983-84. The Southwest swing end in San Antonio with the first back-to-back. It's the only visit to all three places for the Wizards in the regular season.</p> <p>Mavericks: At New Orleans on Friday night.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.mcclatchy-wires.com/incoming/v0d62f/picture236589968/alternates/LANDSCAPE_1140/Wizards_Mavericks_Basketball_23047.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Mavericks https://weeknews.org/news/doncic-porzingis-debut-carries-mavs-wizards-108-100 Millonarios FC vs Independiente Santa Fe Scores - Highlights 24/10/19 https://weeknews.org/sports/millonarios-fc-independiente-santa-fe-scores-highlights-241019-84280220 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:40:58 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://bankruptmedia.com/uploads/banner_item/image/2/250_250_20_freebet_2.jpg"></p> <p><img src="https://bankruptmedia.com/uploads/banner_item/image/3/250_250_1th_deposit.jpg"></p> <p>The judge is whistling. It means the ending of the confrontation Millonarios FC vs Independiente Santa Fe 2:4. We saw cool football fight with a lot of struggle and amazing moments. Who was the most inspiring during this football fight?</p> <p>The man with a whistle is whistling. It's offside! The 1-st offside moment happened at 2 minute! Giraldo, Daniel(Independiente Santa Fe) has fouled on the player of another team. This foul was a brutal action. The judge parades a yellow to Giraldo, Daniel. To we have the next statistics: total amount of freekicks - 4, total amount of target shots - 0, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 2. The score has . Balanta, Maicol directed a ball to the net and scored a fantastic goal!</p> <p>The score were . Salazar, Sebastian send the ball to the net and scored a breathtaking goal!</p> <p>To the players did the next statistics: total amount of freekicks - 5, total amount of target shots - 0, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 2. Duque, Jefferson fails and fouls. He from Millonarios FC is shown a yellow by the ref at 27 minute.</p> <p>The referee is whistling! The ball is in the net! Independiente Santa Fe scores! The 37 minute and Balanta, Maicol has fouled. The man with a whistle demonstrates a card.</p> <p>Sambueza, Fabian awry tackles and fouls. The player from Millonarios FC is shown a y.card by the main referee at 39 minute.</p> <p>Hernandez, Nicolas(Independiente Santa Fe) fouled on the player of another team. This foul was a brutal tackle. The referee parades a y.card to Hernandez, Nicolas. Castellanos, Leandro(Independiente Santa Fe) fouled on the player of another team. This foul was a brute foul. The main referee parades a yellow card to Castellanos, Leandro. The ref is whistling! He scores! Independiente Santa Fe scores! The finish of the 1-st half and we have the next statistics: total amount of freekicks - 19, total amount of target shots - 1, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 6. The 50 minute and Duque, Jhon has fouled. The main referee displays a card.</p> <p>The team Millonarios FC does a substitution. Salazar, Juan substitutes Zapata, Hansel at 53 minute.</p> <p>Goal! Velasquez, Jhon send the ball to the net and scored a noteworthy goal! 1:4</p> <p>The numbers on the scoreboard were . Ortiz, Jose Guillermo put the ball in the net and scored a spectacular goal!</p> <p>The teams made the next statistics till minute: total amount of freekicks - 31, total amount of target shots - 1, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 6. 65 The substitution of players: Velasquez, Jhon on Roa, Juan Daniel. The mentor Independiente Santa Fe does a substitution. Sambueza, Fabian replace Murillo, Guillermo at 72 minute.</p> <p>73 The substitution of players: Perez, Juan on Gonzalez, Fabian. 74 The substitution of players: Ortiz, Jose Guillermo on Arango, Chicho. Silva, David Macalister(Millonarios FC) has done the 1-st kick past the goal at 74 minute. The 77 minute and Banguero, Felipe has fouled. The judge demonstrates a yellow.</p> <p>The 79 minute and Herrera, Edwin has fouled. The man with a whistle shows a card.</p> <p>The 81 minute and Murillo, Guillermo has fouled. The man with a whistle showcases a y.card.</p> <p>The mentor Independiente Santa Fe swaps the player. Balanta, Maicol replace Anselmo, Federico at 85 minute.</p> <p>The 87 minute and unknown has fouled. The judge shows a y.card.</p> <p>FL! It was astonishe football fight. The statistics: total amount of freekicks - 42, total amount of target shots - 2, total amount of target misses - 1, total amount of offsides - 8.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/millonarios-fc-independiente-santa-fe-scores-highlights-241019-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://weeknews.org/news/millonarios-fc-independiente-santa-fe-scores-highlights-241019 Finn Bálor shocks NXT by turning on Johnny Gargano https://weeknews.org/entertainment/finn-alor-turns-heel-attacking-johnny-gargano-nxt-60286804 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:39:30 +0000 <div> <p>The Full Sail University crowd gasped at the end of the October 23 episode of NXT, not because of the triple threat North American Championship match but because of Finn Bálor's actions to close the show.</p> <p>Following Roderick Strong successfully retained the North American Championship against Keith Lee and Dominic Dijakovic, the Undisputed Era came out to celebrate before beating down the "Limitless" one.</p> <p>This brings out Tommaso Ciampa who is on a mission to win back "goldie" from Adam Cole. Before a fight ensued, Johnny Gargano came out to help out his former DIY teammate, but the run ins didn't stop there. Finn Bálor returned to Full Sail to seemingly side with Ciampa and Gargano, but instead attacked Mr. NXT.</p> <p>Check out Bálor's heel turn below.</p> <p>Following the Pele Kick to Gargano, the UE would take out Ciampa by using the numbers game while Balor continued his beat down of Johnny "Wrestling." The show ended with Bálor standing over a prone Gargano and pointing his fingers at the former NXT Champion like a gun - similar to what he did back in New Japan Pro Wrestling.</p> <p>Bálor even had a message for the NXT faithful in a form of a short tweet.</p> <p>Finn returned to NXT on October 3, shocking the Full Sail crowd. He approached Adam Cole and said that he was NXT and that he is putting him on notice.</p> <p>"I'm going to wrestle whenever, whoever I want," Bálor told Newsweek exclusively after his NXT return. "That's something I've been chasing for quite some time in my career. I don't believe in any boundaries be it weight class, country, promotion... And I want to break those boundaries. I'm here at NXT to do that."</p> <p>Before Bálor came to NXT he spent eight years in Japan where he went by Prince Devitt, forming the Bullet Club faction in 2013 and acting as its first leader. It was then that he had a meaner streak and won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.</p> <p>NXT is live each Wednesday on USA at 8 p.m. EDT.</p> <p>What do you think of Finn's heel turn? Who will win between him and Gargano? Let us know in the comments section.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/finn-alor-turns-heel-attacking-johnny-gargano-nxt-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/finn-alor-turns-heel-attacking-johnny-gargano-nxt Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey has a postseason reunion with his old RSL mates https://weeknews.org/sport/sounders-general-manager-garth-lagerwey-postseason-reunion-rsl-mates-42828426 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:37:39 +0000 <div> <p> <b>Seattle</b> * Decades before Garth Lagerwey became the general manager of Real Salt Lake, he shared the field with the likes of Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. It was 1999, and Beckerman and Rimando, now RSL legends, were in their rookie seasons as Major League Soccer players in Miami.</p> <p> Lagerwey eventually helped RSL win its first and only MLS Cup championship in 2009 as part of a years-long run of dominance in the Western Conference. He left after the 2014 season to join the Seattle Sounders front office.</p> <p> But even though he's now on the opposite side of a rivalry that continued Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, Lagerwey still has fond memories of his time in Salt Lake.</p> <p> "I've been really happy that, since I've left, the team's continued to have success," Lagerwey told The Salt Lake Tribune at CenturyLink Field before kickoff.</p> <p> The Seattle GM has admired RSL's team from afar. He gave credit to former RSL GM Craig Waibel for building a team that has made the playoffs three of the previous four seasons. He also said he has modeled how he runs things with the Sounders after "what worked in Salt Lake and what didn't."</p> <p> At the same time, Lagerwey thinks the recent success RSL has enjoyed could be short-lived if the recent front office turmoil isn't fixed soon. He recalled having former coach Jason Kreis for six or seven years while with RSL, and that the business side under Bill Manning was "very much aligned" with the soccer side of the organization. That's what allowed RSL to have consistent success at the time, he said.</p> <p> "This is a team that in the last couple of months has lost its USL manager, its MLS manager and its MLS general manager," Lagerwey said. "Those are arguably three most important spots on your technical side. So in terms of what the future holds, those are decisions they have to get right.</p> <p> "That's what's going to determine whether this lasts or doesn't last. ... I do think they have some good young players coming through in terms of the system. But that alone is not enough."</p> <p> Aside from Beckerman and Rimando, Lagerwey has connections with people all across the RSL organization. Current RSL interim general manager Elliot Fall worked for him for several years, he said, and he hired Freddy Juarez into the RSL Academy. Juarez is currently the club's interim coach.</p> <p> So when he either visits Salt Lake or or RSL visits Seattle, Lagerwey makes sure to spend some moments with his former colleagues or teammates. He said he had dinner with Fall on Tuesday night, and greeted Juarez with a hug in the RSL locker room earlier this season.</p> <p> "It's fun to see friendly faces," Lagerwey said. "We're going to the best we can to try to win a soccer game [Wednesday]. But it's fun to have friends on the other side too."</p> <p> RSL won the 2009 title against the L.A. Galaxy, but it was at CenturyLink Field. Lagerwey said that while Beckerman and Rimando - the only holdovers from that squad - may have feelings about returning to the site where they won it all, he may be too far removed from it.</p> <p> Beckerman said earlier this week that he wants RSL to make a new memory at the Seattle stadium during this playoff run. Lagerwey has other plans for his current team.</p> <p> "Obviously it's our job ... to make sure that they don't get a repeat of those memories," Lagerwey said.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.sltrib.com/resizer/ULET7e0A4VY8dSF7VQE9KaGq9Bk=/1200x630/filters:quality(85)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-sltrib.s3.amazonaws.com/public/6SCJDTAGGRHTTPLAWEH5DGLYPA.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/sounders-general-manager-garth-lagerwey-postseason-reunion-rsl-mates Doncic, Porzingis lift Mavs in opener. But who will score when the dynamic duo is off? https://weeknews.org/nba/doncic-porzingis-lift-mavs-opener-score-dynamic-duo-22886048 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:35:14 +0000 <div> <p>Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis reacts after being called for traveling during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) AP</p> <p>At some point over the next 81 games, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will not play like NBA All-Stars.</p> <p>They are going to have off nights. They are going to need nights off.</p> <p>The Dallas Mavericks are going to need more than just Doncic and Porzingis throughout the season to reach the NBA playoffs for the first time since the 2015-2016 season.</p> <p>The other guys just weren't supposed to be needed on Opening Night.</p> <p>But they were, at least early on against the Washington Wizards. Early, as in the first eight minutes, before the NBA's latest dynamic duo jump-started a 108-100 victory at American Airlines Center.</p> <p>Doncic scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Porzingis added 23 in their first regular-season game together. It was Porzingis' first game in 20 months.</p> <p>"It's one game," coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is a long road, and we've got to to a lot of things better. But we'll take 1-0 and move to tomorrow and clean up what we can."</p> <p>Doncic, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, and Porzingis, a 2018 All-Star, started slowly. Porzingis missed his first four shots, and Doncic had five points when he joined Porzingis on the bench after the first nine minutes.</p> <p>Porzingis' first field goal since 2018 came nearly 10 minutes into the game, but it jump-started a stretch of in which he scored nine straight points to end the first quarter with the Mavs down 25-24.</p> <p>The large supporting cast did its part. Five bench players scored 23 points in the first half, with Seth Curry scoring nine of them during a stretch in which the Wizards went cold from the floor.</p> <p>The worst of the brick-laying effort came from big man Davis Bertans, whose 3-point try from the left arc caught only glass on the right side of the rim.</p> <p>"You always want to get your offense off your defense, and those guys were able to get some stops," Carlisle said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Porzingis added a 3 in the second quarter and Doncic returned to drain two rainbow 3s en route to 20 first-half points. He scored the Mavs' first five points of the second half, a streak snapped by two Porzingis free throws, to push the Mavs' lead to a cozy 69-50.</p> <p>"He's amazing," Porzingis said of Doncic. "The things he was doing out there ... the kid is super talented. It's unreal."</p> <p>Doncic said that he and Porzingis are still feeling each other out and improving their chemistry. The Mavs played only five preseason games, and players' minutes are limited as they prepare for the regular season.</p> <p>They spend time working after practices together, not because the coaches put them together but because they want to do it.</p> <p>There is room - 81 games of it - for them to get better.</p> <p>"He does everything," Doncic said of Porzingis. "He shoots. He rebounds. He can do a lot of stuff. He's amazing. He doesn't miss a shot. I enjoy playing with him."</p> <p>The Mavs are still going to need a third and fourth scorer to develop. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said they need everyone to score.</p> <p>Tim Hardaway Jr. has a chance to be that player off the bench. Jalen Brunson produced some big games late last season. Dwight Powell, who won't play until the third game at the earliest, could emerge as more of a scorer this season.</p> <p>Carlisle said that Curry is one of the best shooters in the league.</p> <p>So, there are candidates to score on those nights when Doncic and/or Porzingis can't.</p> <p>"We're a team that's going to have to have a certain level of balance," Carlisle said. "I don't want a team that's top heavy with scorers. We need a lot of guys who are double-digit scorers. If we can manage to do that, it makes us harder to play against."</p> <p> </p><p> <img src="https://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/6qkm3k/picture222493025/alternates/FREE_480/JeffWilson-Profile.jpg"></p> <p> <img src="https://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/6qkm3k/picture222493025/alternates/FREE_480/JeffWilson-Profile.jpg"></p> <p>After 11 seasons covering the Rangers for the Star-Telegram, Jeff Wilson knows that baseball is a 24/7/365 business and there is far more to baseball than just the 162 games each season. There's also more to Jeff -- like a family and impressive arsenals of Titleist hats and adidas shoes -- but sometimes it's hard to tell.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/p1t0pz/picture236589228/alternates/LANDSCAPE_1140/1023%20Mavs%20art%201.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://weeknews.org/news/doncic-porzingis-lift-mavs-opener-score-dynamic-duo India jumps 14 spots to 63 on World Bank's ease of doing business ranking https://weeknews.org/india/india-jumps-14-spots-63-world-bank-ease-business-ranking-04264884 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:35:00 +0000 <div> <p>India moved up 14 places to the 63rd position on the World Bank's ease of doing business ranking after rating agencies slashed the country's growth forecasts amid an economic slowdown. India also figured among the the top 10 performers for the third time in a row in the list released on Thursday.</p> <p>India was ranked 142nd among 190 nations when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014. Five years of reforms including insolvency and bankruptcy code, GST, among others pushed India to 77th position in 2019. It was 130th in 2017 when it was ranked lower than Iran and Uganda.</p> <p>In its 'Doing Business' 2020 report, the World Bank commended the reform efforts undertaken by the country "given the size of India's economy".</p> <p>"This is the third year in a row that India makes to top 10 in Doing Business, which is a success which very few countries have done over the 20 years of the project, Without exception, the other countries that have done this are very small, population-wise, and homogeneous," Simeon Djankov, Director of Development Economics at the World bank told PTI in an interview.</p> <p>"India is the first country of its type to achieve that. It has jumped this year by 14 position," he said.</p> <p>Apart from India, the other countries on this year's 'top 10 performers' list are Saudi Arabia (62), Jordan (75), Togo (97), Bahrain (43), Tajikistan (106), Pakistan (108), Kuwait (83), China (31) and Nigeria (131).</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/images.indianexpress.com/2018/01/pm-modi-make-in-india-759.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> India https://weeknews.org/news/india-jumps-14-spots-63-world-bank-ease-business-ranking World Bank Rates China, India As 'Most Improved' For Doing Business https://weeknews.org/india/world-bank-rates-china-india-improved-business-00844448 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:35:00 +0000 <div> <img src="https://c.ndtvimg.com/2019-07/c11b0veg_economy-reuters_625x300_03_July_19.jpg"><p>China and India made the top 10 list of governments that have done the most in the past year to improve the ease of doing business in their countries, the World Bank said Wednesday.</p> <p>Despite a bitter trade war, in which the United States is demanding reforms from Beijing to protect intellectual property and open its economy further to American businesses, China made the top 10 list for the second year in a row.</p> <p>With those improvements, China leapfrogged France to take the 31st spot in the "ease of doing business" ranking, moving up 15 places, according to the World Bank report.</p> <p>And despite US complaints, the report credited China with improving protections for minority investors, strengthening procedures for enforcing contracts and making trade easier with changes to customs administration and port infrastructure.</p> <p>"Removing barriers facing entrepreneurs generates better jobs, more tax revenues and higher incomes, all of which are necessary to reduce poverty and raise living standards," World Bank Group President David Malpass said in a statement.</p> <p>India landed on the most-improved list for the third year in a row, making it easier to start a business by abolishing filing fees, lowering the time and cost of seeking construction permits and making trade easier with port improvements and an improved electronic platform for submitting documents.</p> <p>The country jumped 14 places to number 63 in the global rankings.</p> <p>The other eight economies where business climates improved the most were Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Togo, Bahrain, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, China, India, and Nigeria, the study found.</p> <p>New Zealand continues to top the global rankings, with Singapore, Hong Kong right behind, with Korea in fifth place, and the United States sixth.</p> <p>The World Bank studies reforms in 10 areas of business activity in 190 economies, including issues like construction permits, getting electricity and paying taxes.</p> <i>(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)</i> <p>Follow NDTV for latest election results and live coverage of assembly elections 2019 in Maharashtra and Haryana.<br>Subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/c.ndtvimg.com/2019-07/c11b0veg_economy-reuters_625x300_03_July_19.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> India https://weeknews.org/news/world-bank-rates-china-india-improved-business India's rank jumps 14 places in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking https://weeknews.org/india/india-rank-jumps-14-places-world-bank-ease-business-ranking-60062840 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:35:00 +0000 <div> <p>India climbed 14 rungs in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business 2020 survey to stand at 63, among 190 countries, making it the one of world's top 10 most improved countries for the third consecutive time.</p> <p>The sharp rise in the ranking underscores the reformist credentials of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and may help the country lure multinational companies looking for investment destinations apart from China amid its ongoing trade war with the US.</p> <p>Last year, India jumped 23 places to reach 77th position in the rankings. In six years of the Narendra Modi government, India's ranking has improved 79 places from 142nd in 2014 to 63th in 2019, a record for a major economy.</p> <p>The World Bank said India conducted four reforms in the 12-month period to May 1. "Among other improvements, India made the process of obtaining a building permit more efficient. Obtaining all permits and authorizations to build a warehouse now costs 4% of the warehouse value, down from 5.7% the previous year. In addition, authorities enhanced building quality control in Delhi by strengthening professional certification requirements. Importing and exporting also became easier for companies with the creation of a single electronic platform for trade stakeholders, upgrades to port infrastructure and improvements to electronic submission of documents," it added.</p> <p>The Global Competitiveness Index, 2019, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) earlier this month showed India's ranking slipped a sharp 10 notches to 68. India's score fell in eight of 12 parameters while other countries improved their domestic business environment faster than India. Iran (99) is the only other country of the 141 countries surveyed whose ranking also fell by 10 positions.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/india-rank-jumps-14-places-world-bank-ease-business-ranking-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> India https://weeknews.org/news/india-rank-jumps-14-places-world-bank-ease-business-ranking India Moves Up 14 Spots To 63 On World Bank's Ease Of Doing Business Ranking https://weeknews.org/india/india-moves-14-spots-63-world-bank-ease-business-ranking-82464482 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:59 +0000 <div> <img src="https://c.ndtvimg.com/2019-05/hm658hmo_economy-manufacturing-factory-reuters_625x300_27_May_19.jpg"><p>India jumped 14 places to the 63rd position on the World Bank's ease of doing business ranking released on Thursday, riding high on the government's flagship ''Make in India'' scheme and other reforms attracting foreign investment.</p> <p>The country also figured among the the top 10 performers on the list for the third time in a row.</p> <p>The rankings come at a time when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and various rating agencies have slashed the country's growth forecasts amid a slowdown in the global economy.</p> <p>India was ranked 142nd among 190 nations when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014. Four years of reform pushed up India's rank to 100th in World Bank's ''Doing Business'' 2018 report. It was 130th in 2017 when it was ranked lower than Iran and Uganda. Last year, the country jumped 23 places to the 77th position on the back of reforms related to insolvency, taxation and other areas.</p> <p>In its ''Doing Business'' 2020 report, the World Bank commended the reform efforts undertaken by the country "given the size of India's economy".</p> <p>"This is the third year in a row that India makes to top 10 in Doing Business, which is a success which very few countries have done over the 20 years of the project, Without exception, the other countries that have done this are very small, population-wise, and homogeneous," Simeon Djankov, Director of Development Economics at the World bank told PTI in an interview.</p> <p>"India is the first country of its type to achieve that. It has jumped this year by 14 position," he said.</p> <p>Apart from India, the other countries on this year's ''top 10 performers'' list are Saudi Arabia (62), Jordan (75), Togo (97), Bahrain (43), Tajikistan (106), Pakistan (108), Kuwait (83), China (31) and Nigeria (131).</p> <p>Prime Minister Modi's ''Make in India'' campaign focused on attracting foreign investment, boosting the private sector - manufacturing in particular - and enhancing the country's overall competitiveness, the World Bank said in its report.</p> <p>The government turned to the Doing Business indicators to show investors India's commitment to reform and to demonstrate tangible progress. In 2015, the government's goal was to join the 50 top economies on the ease of doing business ranking by 2020.</p> <p>While the competition to move up the ladder would increase and become much tougher, India is on track to be within top 50 of the Ease of Doing business in the next year or two, Simeon Djankov told PTI in response to a question.</p> <p>And to come under 25 or below 50, the Modi government needs to announce and start implementing next set of ambitious reforms now, as these reforms takes a few years to be realised on the ground, he said.</p> <p>"The administration's reform efforts targeted all of the areas measured by Doing Business, with a focus on paying taxes, trading across borders, and resolving insolvency. The country has made a substantial leap upward, raising its ease of doing business ranking from 130 in Doing Business 2016 to 63 in Doing Business 2020," the report said.</p> <p>One of the main reasons for improvement in India's ranking this year goes to the successful implementation of the Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code, the World Bank official said.</p> <p>"Before the implementation of the reform, it was very burdensome for secured creditors to seize companies in default of their loans," the report said.</p> <p>"Since its implementation, more than 2,000 companies have used the new law. Of these, about 470 have commenced liquidation and more than 120 have approved reorganization plans, with the remaining cases still pending," it added.</p> <p>In the past, foreclosure was the most common procedure reported by legal practitioners in both Delhi and Mumbai under the case study assumptions measured by the resolving insolvency indicator set, with an approximate duration of 4.3 years, the report said.</p> <p>"Reorganization has become the most likely procedure for viable companies as measured by Doing Business, increasing the overall recovery rate from 27 to 72 cents on the dollar," the bank said.</p> <p>In addition to resolving insolvency, significant improvements were registered in starting business, dealing with construction permits and trading across borders, the report said.</p> <p>"India made starting a business easier by abolishing filing fees for the SPICe (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating a Company Electronically) company incorporation form, electronic memorandum of association, and articles of association," it said.</p> <p>Delhi streamlined the process, reduced the time and cost of obtaining construction permits, and improved building quality control by strengthening professional certification requirements. Mumbai streamlined the process of obtaining a building permit and made it faster and less expensive to get a construction permit.</p> <p>India made trading across borders easier by enabling post clearance audits, integrating trade stakeholders in a single electronic platform, upgrading port infrastructures, and enhancing the electronic submission of documents, the report said.</p> <p>New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong topped the list this year.</p> <i>(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)</i> <p>Follow NDTV for latest election news and live coverage of assembly elections 2019 in Maharashtra and Haryana.<br>Subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/c.ndtvimg.com/2019-05/hm658hmo_economy-manufacturing-factory-reuters_625x300_27_May_19.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> India https://weeknews.org/news/india-moves-14-spots-63-world-bank-ease-business-ranking India moves up 14 spots in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking https://weeknews.org/india/india-moves-14-spots-world-bank-ease-business-ranking-42246222 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:59 +0000 <div> <p>For an economy that has been starved of good news for a while, the improvement in India's ranking and score in the World Bank's Ease of Doing business indicator should bring some cheer. India placed 63rd out of 190 countries - an improvement of 14 places from its 77th position last year. The country's score improved from 67.3 last year to 71.0 this year, as per The Doing Business 2020 study, released by the World Bank on Thursday morning (India time).</p> <p>The indicator measures the performance of countries across 10 different dimensions in the 12-month period ending May 1, 2019. The ten areas of study are defined as: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency. An 11th area - employing workers, is measured but not factored into the score. A total of 294 reforms had been enacted by 115 countries, the Bank said.</p> <p>India also featured -- for the third consecutive year - in the list of ten economies where business climates had improved the most. This list is comprised of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Togo, Bahrain, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, China, India, and Nigeria. The Report called India's reform efforts "particularly commendable" , given the country's size.</p> <p>The country's improved ranking was on the back of four reforms: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, trading across borders and resolving insolvency. As a case in point, the report says there were improvements in the efficiency of acquiring building permits. Building a warehouse, for example, cost 4% of the warehouse value compared to 5.7% in the preceding year. Importing and exporting became easier with a single electronic platform for trade stakeholders, improved electronic submission methods for documents and upgrades to port infrastructure. The 'resolving insolvency' indicator, however, was mixed : the Report noted that reorganization proceedings had been promoted in practice, a positive for the indicator, but resolving insolvency had also been made harder because dissenting creditors would receive would receive less under reorganisation than under liquidation.</p> <p>Additionally, the Report noted, positively, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's <em>Make in India</em> programme and the government's attention to the Ease of Doing Business indicator itself as a means to demonstrate "tangible progress". The report also noted the government's goal of making it to the top 50 list by 2020 (India ranked 130 in 2016).</p> <p>"Governments can foster market-oriented development and broad-based growth by creating rules that help businesses launch, hire, and expand," World Bank Group President David Malpass said in a statement released Wednesday.</p> <p>"Removing barriers facing entrepreneurs generates better jobs, more tax revenues, and higher incomes, all of which are necessary to reduce poverty and raise living standards." However, 26 economies also took steps that made business activity more challenging, as per the report.</p> <p>The ten top ranking countries with respect to the indicator were: New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR China, Denmark, Republic of Korea, United States, Georgia, United Kingdom, Norway, and Sweden. Each country is scored and also ranked ( a comparison ). The 0-100 score measures any given country's performance with respect to the best practice across the entire set of countries. A score of zero signifies worst regulatory performance and 100, the best.</p> <p>China (rank 31, score 77.9) made it to the top ten list for the second such year. New Zealand and Somalia retained their 1st and 190th spot respectively.</p> <p>The commonalities among economies that ranked highest included the "widespread" use of electronic systems and online platforms for facilitating regulatory requirements. On the other hand, resolving insolvency was the least reformed area, as per the report. On average, it takes six times as long to start a business in countries ranked in the bottom 50 than it does in the top 20 countries.</p> <h2>South Asia's poor performance</h2> <strong>South Asia's poor performance in enforcing contracts, registering property</strong> <p>As far as India's neighbourhood is concerned, Pakistan carried out the most reforms in the South Asia, a press release from the Bank said. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Afghanistan made zero regulatory changes. South Asian region generally underperforms with regard to enforcing contracts and registering property, as per the Bank. </p> <p>For instance, it takes 108 days for a business to register a property transfer in South Asia , compared to the 24 days it takes in OECD high-income countries. Resolving a commercial dispute, the Bank said, takes three years in South Asia - twice as long as the OECD high-income country statistic.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/india-moves-14-spots-world-bank-ease-business-ranking-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> India https://weeknews.org/news/india-moves-14-spots-world-bank-ease-business-ranking WWE NXT results, recap, grades: Finn Balor turns heel after all-time classic main event https://weeknews.org/sport/wwe-nxt-results-recap-grades-finn-balor-turns-heel-time-classic-main-event-46264880 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <p>After a stumble last week following a hot start, NXT found its groove on Wednesday night -- and then some -- with a quality two-hour show filled with exciting matches, intriguing storylines and a shocking finish that should keep viewers glued to the product through next week and beyond. The two main matches -- an absolute barn-burner featuring Matt Riddle and Cameron Grimes, and a brutal triple threat for the North American championship -- both delivered in major ways and showcased exactly what NXT has to offer, particularly from an in-ring standpoint.</p> <p>We also saw the return of Johnny Gargano and the second appearance of the returning Finn Balor in a show-closing segment that will surely shock fans. So what exactly happened Wednesday night on NXT? Keep on reading for a full breakdown of the show with results, highlights, analysis and grades.</p> <p><strong>Rhea Ripley def. Bianca Belair via pinfall:</strong> There was plenty of back-and-forth action in this one, but just as it looked like Ripley would be gaining momentum following a cannonball off the ring apron, Io Shirai ran to the ring to assault her. The referee did not see the interference, and Belair almost got a three count once Ripley was rolled back into the ring. Instead, Candice LaRae ran to ringside to take out Shirai, and Ripley reversed a hold into her Riptide finisher for the 1-2-3. This clearly set up a future tag team match ahead of a likely No. 1 contendership Fatal 4-Way. Good action but not much memorable here. </p> <p><strong>Pete Dunne was interviewed in the parking lot</strong> and said the low blow was no excuse for him losing to Damien Priest last week, but he promised a receipt was coming. He further said he did not care about Killian Dane, whose fingers he snapped on his way to the ring for the Priest bout. Tyler Bate, who was with Dunne in the parking lot, was shown at ringside after the commercial break. Later in the show, Dain was shown standing by a fire angered as he wrapped his injured fingers.</p> <p><strong>Matt Riddle def. Cameron Grimes via pinfall:</strong> After some mat wrestling, Riddle drove Grimes into a corner with kicks and forearms before hitting a dynamic exploder suplex. He then delivered a Jackhammer, and the crowd immediately chanted "Rid-dle" like "Gold-berg." Grimes finally got some offense when he backflipped onto a positioned Riddle and lifted him into a German suplex. Riddle responded with a ripcord knee, Bro To Sleep and a German suplex but only managed a 2.7 count. Grimes answered right back with a spinning side slam, but Riddle intercepted him on the top rope with a superplex. A floating Bro Ton was caught with knees by the prone Grimes, but Riddle connected with a Final Flash. Grimes then hit Riddle with a Spanish Fly-esque crossbody but could only manage a 2.8 count. Stunned, Grimes was then caught by a powerbomb, Final Flash and Bro Derek as Riddle picked up the win.</p> <p>The crowd again chanted "Rid-dle," and Riddle pointed to the camera as if he was gesturing to Goldberg. After the match, Grimes refused a fist bump from Riddle, but Bate accepted at ringside. Bate took offense to Grimes' denial and got slapped, but he answered with a one-punch knockout. Tremendous match and a good victory by Riddle over Grimes, who had been built up as a legitimate threat with four straight victories prior. Quality storytelling as well building up the Riddle-Goldberg tension and setting up Grimes' next feud. <strong><em>Grade: A</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Breezango & Isaiah Scott def. Forgotten Sons via pinfall: </strong> Jaxson Ryker hit a uranage on the ring apron early that swung the momentum toward the Sons for the majority of the match. However, once Swerve got the hot tag, everything changed. Swerve hit a springboard huricanrana off Ryker's chest onto the other members of the Sons outside the ring for the spot of the match. After some chaos that saw most competitors outside the ring, Swerve hit a kick to the back of Steve Cutler's neck for the pinfall. Good action here and a slight surprise in terms of the winning team, but it's great to see Scott get a chance to go over in a bit spot. </p> <p><strong>Angel Garza def. Jack Gallagher via pinfall:</strong> With NXT cruiserweight champion Lio Rush on commentary, these two fought in a clear showcase for the lighter division. Garza dominated the early portion of the match, but Gallagher hit a delayed vertical suplex that roused the crowd. Once Garza recovered, though, he hit the Cerro dela Silla springboard moonsault for the quick victory. After the match, he motioned for a title opportunity. Rush was a bit rough on commentary, but the action was solid for a short match. </p> <p><strong>Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox def. Marina Shafir & Jessamen Duke via pinfall to become No. 1 contenders for the WWE women's tag team championship:</strong> Kai was caught with a kick and dominated out of the gate by the larger, stronger Horsewomen, but Nox got the hot tag and quickly ran through both Shafir and Duke. After a brief hiccup, she drilled Duke with the Shiniest Wizard to pick up a surprising victory. The Kabuki Warriors immediately appeared on screen, and Asuka screamed at the duo as Kairi Sane promised they had no chance. This was a good, short match but nothing spectacular. It does, however, create excitement for next week's show. </p> <p><strong><em>North American Championship</em> -- Roderick Strong (c) def. Keith Lee (via pinfall) and Dominic Dijakovic to retain the title: </strong>Strong got taken out early, leading Lee and Dijakovic to battle. Once Strong recovered, he tipped Lee off the top rope to the outside and hit a superplex on Dijakovic. While in the middle of a run, Dijakovic suplexed Lee onto a prone Strong but only got a 2.5 count. On the outside, Lee caught a cannonballing Dijakovic cold in midair, but Strong slid through the ropes with a wrecking ball dropkick that took out both men. With Lee in control, he hit the Tower of Doom, powerbombing Dijakovic as Strong took a superplex. Strong regained momentum with running forearms, flying knees and an Olympic slam on Lee, but the challenger kicked out at 2.0 flat. </p> <p>After catching Strong outside the ring, Dijakovic and Lee teamed up to take him out with Feast Your Eyes and a running tackle. The two big men then squared off one-on-one. Dijakovic superkicked Lee while he sat on the top rope, followed with a discus kick and hit an avalanche chokeslam sitout powerbomb from the top rope for a 2.8 count. Dijakovic then aimed to take out Lee but instead leveled Strong outside the ring with a tope con hilo corkscrew. Lee followed suit with a tope con hero cannonball as the crowd went absolutely wild. Back on the middle rope, Lee hit Dijakovic with a sitout powerbomb, but Strong immediately broke up the cover with a running knee to pin Lee. Simply put, this was one of the greatest matches in NXT history and one of the best TV matches I have ever seen. As great as Lee and Dijakovic are together, adding the more diminutive Strong took their feats to another level. <strong><em>Grade: A+</em></strong></p> <p>Undisputed Era celebrated with Strong and laid out both Lee and Dijakovic after the match. That led Tommaso Ciampa out to the ring with his crutch. Johnny Gargano then made his return and stood next to Ciampa. Next out was Finn Balor to stand side-by-side with the men. Tension built as they stood toe-to-toe with Undisputed Era, and Balor made the first move ... hitting a Pele kick on Gargano. Undisputed Era then took out Ciampa as Balor missile dropkicked Gargano into the guard rail and hit him with a spike DDT on the entrance ramp. Balor stood tall and faced Undisputed Era, pointing finger guns at Gargano (ala Bullet Club) before walking out on his own. He did not flash the "UE" symbol, though the group wanted him to do so.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/sportshub.cbsistatic.com/i/r/2019/10/24/a2ce8c3f-f961-49ed-9dc3-25feda1fe45f/thumbnail/1200x675/174c962c1e344d9839884164ec583312/finn-balor-nxt-turns.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/wwe-nxt-results-recap-grades-finn-balor-turns-heel-time-classic-main-event Finn Balor Turns Heel On WWE NXT (Photos, Videos) - Wrestling Inc. https://weeknews.org/wrestling/finn-balor-turns-heel-wwe-nxt-photos-videos-84600224 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <p>The closing segment of this week's WWE episode saw Finn Balor turn heel.</p> <p>Tonight's main event saw Roderick Strong retain his <em>NXT</em> North American Title in a hard-hitting Triple Threat over Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic. After the match, the rest of The Undisputed Era (NXT Champion Adam Cole, <em>NXT</em> Tag Team Champions Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish) hit the ring to celebrate with Strong and attack Lee.</p> <p>The beatdown stopped when the music hit and out came Tommaso Ciampa with his crutch. Ciampa stood in the ring and faced off with The Undisputed Era until Johnny Gargano came out next to join him. DIY reunited to face off with The Undisputed Era until Balor's music hit and then he came out to an even bigger pop. Balor, Gargano and Ciampa faced off with The Undisputed Era in the middle of the ring until Balor turned heel out of nowhere and dropped Gargano with an overhead kick.</p> <p>The crowd and the announcers were stunned as the rest of The Undisputed Era attacked Ciampa and beat him down while Balor watched from the corner. Cole traded a quick stare with Balor, then dropped Ciampa with a running knee to the back of the head. Balor then left the ring, to a mixed reaction, and dropkicked Gargano into the barrier. Balor pulled Gargano over to the bottom of the ramp after that, and spiked his head into the steel.</p> <p>At first it looked like Balor was joining The Undisputed Era but that was never made official. After Balor dropped Gargano on the ramp, he pointed down at Gargano and looked up at The Undisputed Era, as if he was offering Gargano to the group. The group stood in the ring with their signature poses while Balor offered the beaten Gargano to them. This may have been an indication that Balor turned heel without joining the group. Balor then marched up the ramp and went to the back as his music played, with an angry look on his face. <em>NXT</em> then went off the air with The Undisputed Era standing tall in the ring.</p> <p>As we've noted, Balor returned to WWE TV a few weeks back after taking personal time off following his <em>SummerSlam</em> loss to "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt at <em>SummerSlam</em> in August. Balor was officially moved to the <em>NXT</em> roster after that, and made his in-ring return this past weekend at <em>NXT</em> Road Trip live events in the Pacific Northwest. Recent happenings on <em>NXT</em> TV indicated that Cole would be entering into a <em>NXT</em> Title feud against Balor and Ciampa, who also returned to TV on the same night as Balor, but it looks like that is not happening now, at least not with Balor working as the top babyface.</p> <p>Stay tuned for updates on Balor and the <em>NXT</em> main event scene, and if he's with The Undisputed Era.</p> <p>Below are photos and videos from the end of tonight's main event and the post-match angle at Full Sail Live:</p> <blockquote>- WWE (@WWE) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote>- WWE <em>NXT</em> (@WWENXT) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote>- WWE <em>NXT</em> (@WWENXT) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote>- WWE <em>NXT</em> (@WWENXT) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote>- WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>And he's joined by... @JohnnyGargano and @FinnBalor? #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/xeFp99oubD</p>- WWE (@WWE) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>This is hard to watch. ?? #WWENXT @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/mE4Oecd5Ck</p>- WWE <em>NXT</em> (@WWENXT) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>The old @FinnBalor?<br><br>Yeah, that's fin(n)ished.#WWENXT pic.twitter.com/poiToWZabl</p>- WWE <em>NXT</em> (@WWENXT) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/pbs.twimg.com/media/EHm_UDyUcAA6Dkw.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Wrestling https://weeknews.org/news/finn-balor-turns-heel-wwe-nxt-photos-videos Finn Bálor turns heel https://weeknews.org/entertainment/finn-alor-turns-heel-attacks-johnny-gargano-close-nxt-82044224 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <p>One of the big things advertised for tonight's NXT was Finn Bálor explaining what "my past is my future" meant.</p> <p>He made his statement at the very end of the show.</p> <p>After Roderick Strong successfully retained his North American title against both Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic in a fantastic main event, the rest of the Undisputed ERA came and laid a beating on Keith Lee. </p> <p>First, Tommaso Ciampa sauntered out to grab the attention of the ERA. But the odds weren't in his favor. Then Johnny Gargano came out to help his former friend and former enemy. Finally, Finn Bálor joined them, looking to close the gap at 4 to 3.</p> <p>Then Finn Bálor Pelé kicked Johnny Gargano.</p> <p>Undisputed used this opportunity to beat the hell out of Tommaso while Finn went out of the ring and delivered a huge drop kick to Johnny Wrestling, knocking over the guardrail and a bunch of planted fans. Then he hit his Bloody Sunday DDT on the ramp.</p> <p>This did not look like Bálor joining the Undisputed ERA. Instead, they just took advantage of his surprise attack to Johnny. But it was certainly a heel turn for Finn, something we've never seen in his time in NXT or WWE's main roster.</p> <p>We still don't how this fits in to his somewhat cryptic "My past is my future" statement from last week. But we do know that Johnny Gargano and Finn Bálor are feuding and that is very exciting.</p> <p>You can find full results from NXT tonight here.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/3DTqe_xCCvu8tFWb0-Z58ff1E8g=/0x17:854x464/fit-in/1200x630/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19314553/EHm_UDyUcAA6Dkw.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/finn-alor-turns-heel-attacks-johnny-gargano-close-nxt 5 Takeaways From WWE NXT (10/23) https://weeknews.org/entertainment/5-takeaways-wwe-nxt-1023-48222004 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <img src="https://cdn.sescoops.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/pjimage-2019-10-23T181421.629-696x392.jpg"><p>The October 23, 2019 episode of WWE NXT aired live from the Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University. Here are 5 takeaways from this week's show:</p> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.sescoops.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/pjimage-2019-10-23T192206.071-696x392.jpg"></figure></p> <p> </p><p>Bianca Belair vs. Rhea Ripley was a match that lived up to expectations. </p> <p>Ripley went over in this contest after some outside interference as Io Shirai ran down to the ring to kick Ripley in the face. Candice LeRae would knock Shirai off the apron to allow this contest to continue. </p> <p>On one end, you have Belair, who has been in the title scene before and has proven to be a top star in the NXT women's division. On the flip side, we have Ripley, who has been a dominant champion under the NXT UK banner. </p> <p>Now, with Ripley being in NXT, she seems to be someone who could easily become a title contender and perhaps a champion should they want to get the NXT Women's Title off of Shayna Baszler, who has held the title for quite some time. </p> <p>There seems to be a void in the storyline ladder of contenders in the women's division right now. WWE hyped that the winner of this match could fill that void by becoming the next title challenger. </p> <p>Either star would serve that role well. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.sescoops.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/pjimage-2019-10-23T181421.629.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/5-takeaways-wwe-nxt-1023 NXT's Roderick Strong Retains North American Championship https://weeknews.org/entertainment/nxt-roderick-strong-retains-north-american-championship-00422022 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <p>Thanks to Roderick Strong attempting to interrupt last week's match between Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic last week, William Regal made a new match for this week that puts Strong against both Lee and Dijakovic for the North American Championship, and it was entertaining a match as you would expect from these three superstars. Someone had to come out the winner though, and after a hard-fought match the North American Champion is still Roderick Strong.</p> <p>This was one hell of a match, with all three competitors giving their all. Keith Lee showed off his impressive strength several times and even teamed up with Dijakovic to knock down Strong at one point before both went back into the ring to finish the match they started last week.</p> <p>That resulted in an amazing back and forth, including a dive from Lee over the ropes. Lee ended up bringing Dijakovic down on the mat from the turnbuckle, but before he could capitlize he was kicked in the face by Strong, who took the opportunity to pin him.</p> <p>You can find the official description for tonight's episode of NXT below.</p> <blockquote> <p>OOOOOOOH #BaskInHisGlory! #WWENXT #NorthAmericanTitle @RealKeithLee pic.twitter.com/alRfVOq3Sv</p> - WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 24, 2019</blockquote> <p>"After The Undisputed ERA took out The Velveteen Dream and NXT General Manager William Regal made Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic's rubber match a battle to determine NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong's next challenger, Strong attempted to take matters into his own hands. The champion interfered in the battle, attacking both Superstars to ensure there would be no victor. Regal, however, was ready to make sure Strong's title would be on the line. Therefore, Strong will defend the NXT North American Title against both Lee and Dijakovic this week on NXT. Can he fend off both titanic challengers? Find out tonight, live at 8/7 C on USA Network!"</p> <p>What did you think of tonight's NXT? Let us know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MattAguilarCB for all things NXT!</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/nxt-roderick-strong-retains-north-american-championship-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/nxt-roderick-strong-retains-north-american-championship 411's WWE NXT Report 10.23.19 | 411MANIA https://weeknews.org/wrestling/411-wwe-nxt-report-102319-08466482 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <img src="https://411mania.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/WWE-NXT-10-23-19-1-645x370.jpg"><p>Guess who it is!!! Man, it's been a long time since I've donned the yellow and black. In fact, the last time that I did, I believe Matt Stryker still had a job, Daniel Bryan only ever wore maroon, Curtis Axel had a chip on his shoulder, and AJ had only made out with one person on live TV. Times, they have certainly changed...</p> <p><img src="https://i.imgur.com/Ept99uf.png"> </p> <p>What better way to start the show thn with my buddy Harry Broadhurst handling match 1 while I deal with an arrogant teller at the bank down the street?!</p> <p>Ripley back up and Belair with a hair takedown. Abdominal stretch applied but Ripley out and puts Belair down as we go to screen in screen with commercials.</p> <p>Back from the break to full screen where Belair was in control. Belair has a crate as we come back before dieting Ripley into the further got a series of strikes. Belair goes for a leap but ripley dropkicks her out of midair. Punch blocked and a snapmare leads to a basement dropkick for 2. Ripcord clothesline follows and then a standing dropkick. Ripley locks in the Kondo Clutch but Blair gets to the ropes.</p> <p>Sharai is there to hit a 619 to Rhea! She tosses her back in the ring. Belair with a spear! Pin for 1..2...NO!!! Oh shiiiid.</p> <p><b><i> Io gets onto the apron to shout, and out comes Candice to stop that shit real quick. Rhea in the ring, she ducks from a kick and hit a pumphandle slam into a pin for 1..2...3!!! </i></b> </p> <p>Tony's back. </p> <p>Last week, Dream was viciously yelled at, and we get a recap of that. This week, we'll get a triple threat for the North American Championship. </p> <p>Dunne and Bate are walking around the campus like creepers. Dunne is asked about Killian and the fireworks from last week. He doesn't care bout Dain.</p> <p>Ciampa is in the same jail as Dean Ambrose, contemplating his stripping of the title. He speaks of regret and unanswered questions, of depression and missed opportunities. A package of his intense recovery and resurgence is juxtaposed with the title held high by Adam Cole. Ciampa is back, and he knows his why. Daddy's home. </p> <p>We are back from a break, and Riddle hits a sikc kick, kips up, gets a knee, then a fucking sick gutbuster and a german with a pin for a 1..2...NO!!!! Riddle pulls the leg of Grimes away from the ropes and hits another senton. Grimes with a kick to the face. Running kick to the chest of Riddle. Riddle sets Grimes up on his shoyulders, Grimes falls to his feet, swings Riddle around and drops him hard with something like a swinging Deep Six! Pin for 1..2...NO!!! Grimes heads to the top rope. Grimes gets a right, then Riddle chops. Locks the head on the 2nd rope,and hits a superplex down to the mat for 1..2...NO!!! Riddle to the top rope. Riddle with a floating bro, but Grimes gets the knees up!!! Grimes with a clo-noooo, Riddle lands on his feet, Grimes flips forward, forearm to Riddle, Final Flash knee strike, Grimes hits the ropes, Crossbo-no! </p> <p><b><i> Grimes takes the momentum and slams Riddle down hard with a Spanish Fly!! Fucking amazing! Grimes looks for the finisher, but Riddle Powerbombs him! Final Flash! Bro Derek! Pin for 1..2...3!!! </i></b> </p> <p>Riddle goes to fist bump Grimes, but Grimes ain't down, so he offers it to Bate. Bate takes it. Grimes takes offense, shoves Bate, and goes to grab his hat. When he turns, Bate is there to give him a nice little chin check. </p> <p>2 weeks agi, Forgotten Sons destroyed the pretty boys to set up a six man tag tonight with Breezango and a mystery partner. </p> <p>Backstage, Dijakovic is punching air. Air is dodging every hit. </p> <p>Regal informs us that some NXT faves will get a shot at the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship titles. </p> <p>Back from the break, and the big guy Ryker is back to destroying Tyler. He chops the shit out of him in the corner. Tag and Ryker double teams Breeze so his partner can cover. Blake grabs the head of Breeze and underhooks with a crossface. He cinches the hold, tightening it against the shoulder and chest. Tag to Ryker and they double team Breeze yet again. Cover from Ryker and he only gets a 2. Ryker grabs the head and sends Breee into the corne.r Right hand to the face. Ryker whips Breeze into the roeps, hits an axe handle into the chest, and covers for 1..2..NO!!! Tag from who whips Ryker, but Breeze moves, and Ryker hits the post. Breeze sends one of the sons out! But the other rolls him back in and gets the tag! Blake back in, sunset flip, but Breeze escapes. Tag from Fandango .Chops a plenty then a clothesline. Another. Whip to Blake, Blake icks, tag, powerslam from Fandango, but the legal man kicks, gets caught, hits a suplex, and Cutler prevents a ta- NO he doesn't! Swerve up top with a frog splash corss body for a count. Cutler with a kick double underhook into a backbreaker and a tag to Ryker. Swerve on the top rope. All three men up top. Headscissors takedown and the Forgotten Sons all drop onto Swerve. Pin for 1..2..NO!!! Breezango in to stop the pin. Blake and Swereve are legal. Hammerlock and strike to the face. Dropkcik to Swerve. Tag to Cutler. Double team, Swerve from behind. Rollup for 1..2..NO!!!! he gets pushed forward and hits a Flatliner! Tag from Ryker. Dropkick from Swerve. All three men outside. Swerve to the top rope! Ryker walks up the corner. He locks the head. Swerve looks for a superplex of his own, but drops down instead. Ryker on the ropes. Swerve to the top he steps onto the chest of Ryker and bounces off with a moonsault onto The Forgotten Sons! He rolls back in. Ryker locks the head, bounces Swereve off the ropes. Grbs the tights. Swerve tags. Double Superkick to Ryker. Pin for 1..2..NO!!! Broken up! </p> <p>Fandango and Ryker on their knees. They box back and forth, then Fandango hits some chops and a eblwo. Tag, and Fandango gets stuffed. He gets sent over the top rope with Ryker, but not before Ryker gets a tag and sending Swerve inside out then back outside. </p> <p><b><i> Tag to Swerve rolls through, escapes, back kick to the neck. Cover for 1..2...3!!! </i></b> </p> <p>Backstage, The Undisputed Era sit around while one of their own readies for the main event. Strong cuts himself a little basic promo as we go to break. </p> <p>So this is where they threw that trash Lio Rush away to? </p> <p>Killian Dane is chillin fireside, wrapping his fingers up. </p> <p><b><i> Gallagher with a nice flip off the ropes onto Jack and a pin for 1...2..3!!! </i></b> </p> <p><b><i> HEADBUTT from Tegan! Shining Wizard! Pin for 1...2...3!! </i></b> </p> <p>On the big screen, Asuka and Kairi are very happy for them...we think. Asuka says they're going to beat them next week. Next week, they have no chance. </p> <p><big><b><br> Match 6: North American Heavyweight Championship Match<br> Kieth Lee vs Dominic Dijakovic vs Roderick Strong</b> </big><br> Strong rolls out of the ring, ASAP, but the two big dudes drop down and trap him. He rolls back in, Dom followd, and Strong drops some stomps. Lee in, and just bounces Roderick off of him with zero effort. Dom rolls in and the two big guys are ready to tango. Dom kicks, right hand, kick, elbow to Lee. Dom gets Lee in the corner and hits a back elbow. Another. Dom runs, hits the ropes, Lee lifts him up like nothing and slams his ass down hard.</p> <p>PIP and Roderick is back in only to eat ahard right and get sent right back out. Lee gets Dom in the corner with a face shove. He locks the arm behind the rope and double chops the chest. Lee works the left arm, whips Dom into the corner hard, rushes into a kick, then rolls to the ropes. Dom attacks from behind, sending him into the corner. Kicks in the corner. Big boot to the throat. Ref breaks it. Lee with a left, a right to the face. Dom hits a knee, then an elbow to th back of the head. Dom hits the ropes, kicks Roderick back out, then clubs the back. A elbow to the face. Chop to the chest of Lee. Headlock and Dom wants a suplex. Lee locks the leg, Dom works it again, but Lee stops it. Lee escapes, hits a right, creating space. Left to the front. Dom chops away, kicks Roderick back out of the ring yet again, and hits a right elbow to Lee. Lee attacks the mid section, then a back hand to the face. Dom to his knees. Rocderick back in. He attacks Lee. Lee grabs him and tosses him across the ring, making him roll right the fuck back out. Lee splashes in the corner. He sits Dom on the top, spreads the legs. Lee to the top rope, but Roderick is back in. he shoves lee, and he tumbles down to the outside. Kick from Roderick to Dom. He locks the head and hits a superplex to Dom! Cover for 1..2...NO!!!! Roderick kicks Lee off the apron this time. He stomps Dom down a few times, then rips the face apart. Chop to Dom. Another attack to Lee sends him off, but Dom takes advantage, hits a kick then a back elbo. Dom kicks the chin of Lee, Roderick takes advantage, so Dom sends him into the corner. Roderick runs with a knee. Fallaway slam, Dom swings. Dom locks the head of Lee. HE SUPLEXES DOM ONTO RODERICK! Dom drags Roderick across the ring towards the corner. Dom to the top rope. He looks to flip, but Roderick rolls away. Dom lands on his apron. He runs with a front flip, but Lee catches him!!! Lee swings Dom up Roderick hits the ropes and dropkicks Dom INTO Lee! Roderick hops of fthe apron, Dom with a swinging punch to Roderick! He sends Roderick into the ring. Dom grab the head, send him into the corner. Dom sits him up at the top. Right elbow to the face. Another. Dom swigns the legs, spreading them on th to rope. Roderick with a right. Dom with a punch to the chest. Another. Roderick tumbles of the corner. Dom heads to the top rope, locks the head of Roderick, Lee is back in! He clubs the back of Dom. He sets up for a powerbomb, and here we go!!!! It's botched just a bit, but they recover well enough to not injure anyone. </p> <p>We return to Lee tossing Dom and Roderick off of him like a vest in a male strip club. All three men up They trade offense. Roderick in between both dudes, Dom kicks Lee, Roderick with a Lumbar Check move. Roderick hits the ropes and punches Lee hard, once, twice, another, fourth, fifth with a high knee!!!! He gets a fucking ANGLE SLAM to LEE!!! Cover for 1..2...NO!!!! Lee flings him off hard. Roderick locks the head, Dom is up on the apron. Roderick punches him down, Lee chops the chest, and he's happy. He runs, but Roderick holds the ropes and Lee heads to the outside. Roderick hits the ropes, swings, and both big men catch him, but Roderick beats them down till he's escaped. Lee grabs him, tosses Roderick onto the shoulders of Dom into a firemans, flips his ass onto his knee!!! The big guys stare at each other. They both point to the ring. They roll in and get ready!!!</p> <p>Beaatdown back and forth. Lee hits a headbutt to Dom. Lee to the top rope. He grabs Dom and pulls him up by the arm. Dom to the top, nearly falls, stands on the side rope, back flips off the rope. SUPERKICK!!! Spinning boot to the face of Lee. Dom lifts Lee onto the top turnbuckle with one arm. Dom calls for a chokelsam. Lee stands DOM HITS A CHOKESLAM!!! Pin for 1...2....NO!!!!! Dom hits the ropes. Roderick on the outside. Lee is up. He moves. DOM FLIPS OVER THE TOP ROPE ONTO RODERICK!!! Dom is slow to crawl himself up Lee is standing tall in the ring. He turns. He hits the ropes. Lee with a front flip to the outside ONTO DOM!!!! He sends Dom into the ring. Lee rolls in as well. He's up. Dom is down on the rope. Dom gets to the top rope, grabs the head. He lifts Dom up to the 2nd rope. To the third. </p> <p><b><i> Lee looks for a super powerbomb off the top rope. HE HITS IT!!! RODERICK RUNS IN WITH A KICK TO THE FACE!!!! Pin onto Lee! 1....2....3!!!!<br></i></b> </p> <p>After the matc,h The Undisputed Era attack Lee. They all lift Lee up and quadruple team that ass. </p> <p>All four members stand tall with their titles..until...</p> <p>The music of Ciampa hits, and out comes Daddy with a crutch. He walks down to the bottom of the ramp, and the Era invite him in. Ciampa walks up the steps, gets to the apron, staring each of the four men down. He enters the ring, </p> <p>And her ecomes help! Gargano! He heads down the ramp, onto the apron, and enters. Gargano looks at Ciampa, they exchange some pleasantries, then look back towards their rivals. Another song hits, and here comes Finn Balor! </p> <p>He stands in between Ciampa and Gargano. </p> <p>PELE KICK TO GARGANO!!! OHHHHHHH SHIIIIITTTT!!!!! </p> <p>BALOR TURNED!!!! UNDISPUTED BEATS DOWN EVERYONE!!!!! Finn watches in the corner. Cole with a knee to the back of the head of Ciampa! Gargano is fucked up on the outside. Finn leaves the ring. He takes his jacket off. HUGE DROPKICK TO GARGANO INTO THE BARRICADE!!!</p> <p>Balor grabs Gargano and tosses him towards the ramp. He locks the head. OH SHIT! BALOR SPIKES GARGANO'S HEAD ONTO THE RAMP!!! </p> <p>Balor stands proud while UE is in the ring posing. </p> <p>End Show </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/411mania.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/WWE-NXT-10-23-19-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Wrestling https://weeknews.org/news/411-wwe-nxt-report-102319 WWE News: Finn Balor turns heel with shocking attack on crowd favorites https://weeknews.org/sport/wwe-news-finn-balor-turns-heel-shocking-attack-crowd-favourites-88248248 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:45 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://statics.sportskeeda.com/skm/assets/images/reads-icon.svg"> 1.20K // 24 Oct 2019, 08:21 IST</p> <p><br><figure><img src="https://statics.sportskeeda.com/editor/2019/10/89bde-15718851641252-500.jpg"> <img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw=="><figcaption>Finn Balor after taking out Johnny Gargano.</figcaption></figure></p> <p>Tonight's episode of WWE NXT emanated from Full Sail Sail University in Winter Park, Florida and as promised on last week's episode, they delivered us with a great main event match where NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong defended his title against Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic.</p> <p>However, it was the moment after the match got over that has left the WWE Universe awestruck. Finn Balor came out and turned heel by taking out Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa.</p> <h2>The aftermath of the North American Championship match</h2> <p>After Roderick Strong successfully retained his NXT North American title in a tense Triple Threat Match, the remaining members of The Undisputed Era along with NXT Champion Adam Cole came out to celebrate with him and proceeded to lay a beatdown on both Lee and Dijakovic.</p> <p>They were interrupted by Tomasso Ciampa who came down the ramp with his trusted crutch in his hand and entered the ring to confront the Undisputed Era. Johnny Gargano soon joined in and things looked to go against the Era when Balor also joined the fray to seemingly aid Gargano and Ciampa.</p> <p>However, the situation took an unexpected turn when Balor laid out Gargano with an Overhead Kick. A shocked Ciampa was then taken out by the Undisputed Era while Balor just stood in the corner and watched. Balor then put Gargano through the barricade with a running front dropkick and laid him out with the 1916 on the steel ramp.</p> <p>Balor however didn't show any signs of joining the Era even though the faction stared down on Balor from inside the ring in amazement and showed their approval by doing their signature hand-sign.</p> <h2>A return to the dark side for Balor?</h2> <p>It seems like Balor has returned to his Bullet Club roots where he was the leader and founder of the villainous faction in New Japan Pro Wrestling as Prince Devitt. It remains to be seen how things will unfold in the coming weeks but one thing is for sure - a dark Finn Balor is a dangerous Finn Balor.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/statics.sportskeeda.com/editor/2019/10/89bde-15718851641252-500.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/wwe-news-finn-balor-turns-heel-shocking-attack-crowd-favourites Nets come up a point short in overtime https://weeknews.org/sport/nets-point-short-overtime-00464602 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:34:14 +0000 <div> <p>Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night.</p> <p>Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.</p> <p>Following a Nets timeout, Irving had the ball in his hands with a chance to cap his dazzling debut with a victory. He ran the clock down and then began his drive, but lost his balance near the foul line. He retained his dribble, got up and shot, but his jumper missed. He then fell back onto the court, laying on his back in disbelief.</p> <p>After signing with the Nets during the summer, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe's record for most points by a player in his first game with a team. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.</p> <p>Irving finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert added 20 points.</p> <p>Irving signed along with Kevin Durant in July, wanting to come back home after growing up in New Jersey. He had to pause during his remarks to the crowd before the game but had no trouble keeping his composure - but ultimately not his footing - once it started, making seven 3-pointers as the Nets tried desperately to win a season opener for the first time in seven years.</p> <p>But Brooklyn didn't have many answers for Towns, who also made seven 3s. Then in OT it was Wiggins, who shot only 10-for-27 but made two straight baskets after the Nets took a 124-123 lead.</p> <p>Irving sandwiched two 3-pointers around three free throws in just over a minute late in regulation, and with the game tied found a cutting Jarrett Allen in the lane. Allen was fouled but missed both free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining, and the game went to overtime when Wiggins missed a long jumper at the buzzer.</p> <p>Early on it was all Minnesota as it started its first full season under coach Ryan Saunders. The Wolves led 20-19 in the first quarter before breaking it open with an 18-3 run that lasted into the second and expanded their lead to 38-22. It would increase to 46-28 and Minnesota took a 68-56 advantage into halftime.</p> <p>But the Nets outscored the Wolves 37-20 in the third and it was close from there.</p> <p><b>76ers 107, Celtics 93:</b> Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons scored 24 points and Philadelphia beat Boston. The Sixers and Celtics are expected to compete for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this season and the opener had a May feel. Embiid was bloodied and hit with a flagrant. They roughed up each other, with more than 60 fouls whistled. They each showed off their prized free agent acquisitions. But it was the Sixers that dominated in the fourth quarter. Philly's superstars can only do so much, and the reserves were there when they needed them. Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris buried consecutive 3-pointers - after the Sixers had missed 21 of 24 through three quarters - to stretch the lead to 10. Even without a jumper, Simmons was smooth and sensational as he attacked the hoop for easy baskets. He used a nifty spin move in the paint to hit Kyle O'Quinn for a basket that made it 90-74. The packed house went wild as the backups, a weak spot in the postseason, put the Sixers on the decisive run. Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points. Jayson Tatum had 21. Kemba Walker scored 12 points on 4-for-18 shooting in his Boston debut, and Al Horford had 16 in his first game with the 76ers.</p> <b>Spurs 120, Knicks 111: LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, Bryn Forbes added 20 and San Antonio rallied for a victory over the Knicks, spoiling RJ Barrett's debut with New York. The Knicks have pinned a great deal of hope in Barrett, the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Duke, after failing to sign any marquee free agents in the offseason. Barrett had a solid debut, scoring 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes. Marcus Morris led New York with 26 points, and Julius Randle added 25 points and 11 rebounds.</b> <p><b>Magic 94, Cavaliers 85:</b> Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Orlando beat Cleveland in the season opener for each team.</p> <p><b>Pistons 119, Pacers 110:</b> Andre Drummond matched his career high with 32 points and had 23 rebounds, and Luke Kennard made three 3-pointers in the final six minutes to help Detroit pull away for a season-opening victory over Indiana.</p> <p><b>Hornets 126, Bulls 125:</b> Rookie PJ Washington erupted for 27 points on seven 3-pointers, and Charlotte opened the post-Kemba Walker era with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Chicago.</p> <p><b>Heat 120, Grizzlies 101:</b> Justise Winslow scored 27 points, rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 24 in his NBA debut and Miami ran away in the fourth quarter.</p> <p> </p><ul><img src="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/06/42/41/18491507/7/920x920.jpg"></ul> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s.hdnux.com/photos/01/06/42/41/18491507/7/rawImage.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/nets-point-short-overtime Bed Bath and Beyond removes black jack-o'-lanterns from website over blackface complaints https://weeknews.org/business/bed-bath-removes-black-jack-lanterns-website-blackface-complaints-08264820 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:28:34 +0000 <div> <p>Halloween decorations on display at a New York law office caused a controversial stir in the community.A set of three black jack-o'-lanterns on display outside the law office, which are painted black with white eyes, nose and mouth, garnered complaints that they were racially insensitive, according to reports."We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down," Mary Marzolla, a partner at the law firm, told News 12 Westchester.She added that the pumpkins were never meant to offend anyone. After a reporter from the station contacted Bed Bath and Beyond, the decor retailer removed the product from its website."This is a sensitive area, and though unintentional, we apologize for any offense caused," a company spokesperson told the TV station. "We have immediately removed the item from sale."Watch the video above to learn more about this story.</p> <p>Halloween decorations on display at a New York law office caused a controversial stir in the community.</p> <p>A set of three black jack-o'-lanterns on display outside the law office, which are painted black with white eyes, nose and mouth, garnered complaints that they were racially insensitive, according to reports.</p> <p>"We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down," Mary Marzolla, a partner at the law firm, told News 12 Westchester.</p> <p>She added that the pumpkins were never meant to offend anyone. </p> <p>After a reporter from the station contacted Bed Bath and Beyond, the decor retailer removed the product from its website.</p> <p>"This is a sensitive area, and though unintentional, we apologize for any offense caused," a company spokesperson told the TV station. "We have immediately removed the item from sale."</p> <strong><em>Watch the video above to learn more about this story.</em></strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/kubrick.htvapps.com/vidthumb/images/pumpkins-1571885607.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://weeknews.org/news/bed-bath-removes-black-jack-lanterns-website-blackface-complaints Persona 5 Scramble for PS4 and Nintendo Switch Gets Japanese Release Date and New Trailer https://weeknews.org/technology/persona-5-scramble-ps4-nintendo-switch-japanese-release-date-new-trailer-44680668 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:27:32 +0000 <div> <p>Today Atlus revealed a brand new trailer of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, on top of announcing the game's release date.</p> <div><img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/2fe6993691920a86fd436f4452a33079?s=45&d=mm&r=g"> </div> <section><p>Today Atlus revealed a brand new trailer of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. </p> <p>We get to see gameplay and story cutscene, including a new character. She is a little girl with red hair and a peculiar hairstyle, but her identity is not revealed.</p> <p>The trailer also includes the Japanese release date, which is February 20, 2020.</p> <p>Those who will purchase the first print of the game will receive a Persona Series Battle BGM Set DLC for free.</p> <p>A special edition titled Persona 5 Scramble Treasure Box has also been announced including plenty of goodies.</p> <p>To be more specific, it comes with a Setting Materials Collection artbook (48 pages), two soundtrack CDs, a Blu Ray with the making of of the theme song, a bag, and a towel.</p> <p>It'll cost 13,800 yen plus taxes, while the standard edition will cost 8,800 yen plus taxes. </p> <p>Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers was originally codenamed simply "P5S," and it was officially announced back in April. </p> <p>Recently, we also saw a trailer that teased today's reveal clued us into the fact that the Phantom Thieves will travel around Japan in the game, as opposed as the original Persona 5, which is set exclusively in Tokyo. </p> <p>The game is coming for PS4 and Nintendo Switch, and it's developed by the Musou masters at Koei Tecmo's Omega Force.</p> <p>Speaking of Persona 5, Atlus is also about to release an enhanced version named Persona 5 Royal in Japan, even if we don't know when it's coming west just yet besides a generic "Spring 2020."</p> <div> <p> <img src="https://i1.wp.com/twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Persona-5-Scramble.jpg?w=996&h=737&ssl=1"> </p> </div> </section> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Persona5Scramble-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://weeknews.org/news/persona-5-scramble-ps4-nintendo-switch-japanese-release-date-new-trailer Kyrie Irving drops 50 in debut for Nets, but can't hit game-winner in overtime loss to Timberwolves https://weeknews.org/sport/kyrie-irving-drops-50-debut-nets-hit-game-winner-overtime-loss-timberwolves-46464042 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:26:28 +0000 <div> <p> <section> <div> <div> <p>There was a different energy in Barclays Center when Irving took the floor for the first time on Wednesday night; an energy that swelled as he scored 25 first-half points and led the Nets comeback from 18 down. But down by a point with the clock running down in overtime, Kyrie Irving couldn't find the bottom of the net and the Nets lost to the Timberwolves 127-126.</p> </div> <div> <p>Up until the last play of the game, you couldn't have written a better script. Kyrie Irving was magical all night. Everything he touched was gold. He'd danced around defenders, hit contested shots, and put the Nets on his back.</p> </div> <div> <p>Down 1 with 14.5 seconds left in overtime, he just had to do it one more time.</p> </div> <div> <p>The world knew where the ball was going. This was why the Nets signed Irving to a four-year, $140 million contract over the summer. His time was now.</p> </div> <div> <p>Kyrie stumbled during his move to the hoop, recovered enough to get the shot off in time, but things didn't go according to plan.</p> </div> <div> <p>In all, he finished with 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. Though the end result wasn't what he had hoped for, the new king of Brooklyn has laid claim to his throne.</p> </div> <div> <p>There is no better example than Irving's play in the third quarter.</p> </div> <div> <p>The ball found its way into Kyrie Irving's hands, as it has time and time again in his career.</p> </div> <div> <p>Irving grabbed a rebound and sauntered up the floor with the league's reigning three-point champion trailing behind. The All-Star guard made a move to the middle, then hit Harris square in the hands with a behind-the-back pass for an open three on the wing.</p> </div> <div> <p>Two possessions later, he danced around a Jarrett Allen screen and isolated the much bigger Karl-Anthony Towns. Criss-cross, apple-sauce. Step-back, splash.</p> </div> <div> <p>Every second Irving spends on the court is a highlight-reel moment waiting to happen. He's one of the most electrifying offensive talents in the league - and he's a Brooklyn Net for the next four seasons.</p> </div> <div> <p>The Nets found this out with just under two-and-a-half left in the fourth quarter, when Irving made Jeff Teague his personal punching bag.</p> </div> <div> <p>First he sized Teague up before draining a pull-up three in his grill. On the very next possession, he drew a three-shot foul on Teague, while drawing "Kyrie's home!" chants from the Barclays Center crowd.</p> </div> <div> <p>When the Wolves tied the game on the next possession, Irving isolated Teague on the wing, lulled his man to sleep with a never-ending barrage of between-the-leg crosses, then side-stepped for another three. This was the grand opening fans envisioned when the Nets moved on from D'Angelo Russell over the summer, and the superstar replacement did not disappoint.</p> </div> <div> <p>It was only right his Nets career get off to a start like this. Before Irving even suited up for training camp, his face was fractured in a freak play in a pickup game. When he finally suited up for a preseason game, he spent just 66 seconds on the floor against the Lakers before he re-aggravated his face injury while defending Rajon Rondo. Durability became a concern before his new chapter had even begun.</p> </div> <div> <p>But most other concerns went out the window in the season-opener. The Nets got off to a slow start, but by the time they got it together, they looked like a team to be feared in the Eastern Conference. With one of the world's best ball-handlers orchestrating the offense and a fleet of shooters beside him, the Nets offered a glimpse of things to come this season.</p> </div> </div> <div> <p> <img src="https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/13uz_d6Wu7eQUZyKByMqf2opPFY=/90x90/top/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/FGYQ43VNNVEMJPE4EMWV4CNN6E.jpg"> </p> </div> </section> </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.nydailynews.com/resizer/Ab35G2WOXGeDcZUKA7j1N8gFoxc=/1200x0/top/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/YY4ALKVHRBHRRE347A6OUOJJZY.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-drops-50-debut-nets-hit-game-winner-overtime-loss-timberwolves Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black jack-'o-lanterns after complaints about 'blackface' https://weeknews.org/bed bath/bed-bath-pulls-black-jack-lanterns-complaints-blackface-02242202 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:26:05 +0000 <div> <p> </p><div> <p>NYACK, N.Y. (NEWS 12/CNN) - Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond has removed black jack-o'-lanterns after complaints that they were in blackface.</p> </div> <div> <p>Objections first arose in Nyack, New York, where the pumpkins were part of a Halloween display at a law firm.</p> </div> <div> <p>Some residents thought the jack-o'-lanterns were harmless, but others, like local NAACP director Wilbur Aldridge said they showed "an extreme lack of sensitivity."</p> </div> <div> <p>"We understand that someone complained about them, and so once we got word of that, we immediately took them down," said law partner Mary Marzolla.</p> </div> <div> <p>Marzolla says the pumpkins, personalized with the names of each partner at the Feerick, Nugent and MacCartney law firm, were never meant to offend anybody.</p> </div> <div> <p>"It's just nothing I take offense to personally, but since it did offend someone, we took proactive steps to take it down," Shah said.</p> </div> <div> <p>Even though they've been removed, both attorneys wonder why the decorations didn't raise flags at the store where they were purchased.</p> </div> <div> <p>"If you're going to Bed Bath & Beyond, you don't think they're going to be selling offensive material," Marzolla said.</p> </div> <div> <p>The store says they took action after being contacted by News 12 but would not say if they'd received any other complaints.</p> </div> <div><i>Copyright 2019 News 12 via CNN. All rights reserved.</i> </div> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.wtoc.com/resizer/Qw65m1yjOkebkMsb4n0GtbmqcbY=/1200x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-raycom.s3.amazonaws.com/public/SZ6ULODSRRFFRMBM3QC2UV7PJ4.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Bed Bath https://weeknews.org/news/bed-bath-pulls-black-jack-lanterns-complaints-blackface Here's The Cheapest Copies Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare In Australia https://weeknews.org/xbox/cheapest-copies-call-duty-modern-warfare-australia-06204002 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:25:33 +0000 <div> <p><em>Call of Duty</em>'s return to the <em>Modern Warfare</em> series is out on October 25 and if you're keen to do some serious <em>pew pew</em>-ing this weekend, we've got a list of Australia's cheapest copies of the title.</p> <p>Described as a soft reboot of the original <em>Modern Warfare</em> series, the latest intallment in the <em>COD</em> franchise will take some inspiration from the infamous 'No Russian' level in <em>Modern Warfare 2</em>. That level in question sparked controversy after players were required to shoot innocent Russian civilians during a staged terrorist attack in order to gain the the trust of a terrorist group.</p> <p>Interestingly, the game will also be loot box-free and will offer post-launch content free of charge for anyone who buys a copy.</p> <p>Of the physical stores you can visit, JB Hi-Fi, Big W, Dick Smith and Harvey Norman are all selling it for under $70. The Gamesmen is also selling it for $67 but that only counts if you can make it to its single Australian store in south Sydney.</p> <strong>Brick and mortar stores</strong><p>The cheapest copy available via online stores is through Amazon for $68 with free shipping. </p> <strong>Online only stores</strong><p>PC copies are played through Blizzard's Battle.net.</p> <p> <img src="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/t_ku-large/th7fnulcxeky90ncc5vs.png"></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/edge.alluremedia.com.au/m/k/2019/10/codmw.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Xbox https://weeknews.org/news/cheapest-copies-call-duty-modern-warfare-australia Knicks show promise in season-opening loss to Spurs https://weeknews.org/knicks/knicks-show-promise-season-opening-loss-spurs-80628268 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:24:48 +0000 <div> <p>SAN ANTONIO - Knicks coach David Fizdale's decision to experiment by starting rookie RJ Barrett at point guard in the season opener backfired, but he quickly realized his error.<br> Fizdale reversed course with a super-steady Elfrid Payton to start the second half at point guard and the Knicks looked very competitive after the first quarter.</p> <p>In fact, the Knicks were looking poised to steal one against the Spurs at AT&T Center, leading by six points with 8:20 left.</p> <p>However, the Spurs punched the game away with an 18-0 fourth-quarter spree, aided by back-to-back corner 3s by Bryan Forbes and Dejounte Murray, to post a 120-111 victory Wednesday.</p> <p>The Knicks fell behind early, trailed by 16 points in the second quarter before rallying, leading by six points early in the fourth quarter after two Kevin Knox 3-pointers and a Payton 17-footer.</p> <p>The Spurs, 10½-point favorites, dominated the final nine minutes despite a large amount of positive Knicks' developments. The Spurs rallied to shoot 51 percent after the Knicks played good defense for the first three quarters.</p> <p>Julius Randle in his Knicks debut powered in 25 points, Marcus Morris shook off the boos to pour in 26 and Barrett, once he got out of the point-guard role, excelled and finished his NBA debut with 21 points in 35 minutes.</p> <p>But it was Payton who provided the intangible spark when the Knicks looked like decent team. He wound up with 11 points, eight assists and five steals, finishing a plus-14, and was on the bench for a part of the Spurs' game-busting run.</p> <p>Fizdale backed away from his Barrett stunner to start the second half by putting in Payton after he brought the Knicks to life in the second period.</p> <p>The Knicks rallied to within 59-51 at halftime after falling behind 36-20 early in the second quarter. The Knicks started the game shooting 1 of 11 and fell behind 10-2 with Barrett as field general.</p> <p>The Knicks shot 7 of 25 in the first quarter, but were scrappy enough on defense to be within 22-15.</p> <p>Barrett got the surprise nod as starting point guard sharing the backcourt with Allonzo Trier. It didn't work and Barrett looked uncomfortable with that extra responsibility of bringing the ball upcourt.</p> <p>In the opening two minutes, he had his backcourt pass knocked away and Trey Lyles picked it up for a fast-break layup. Barrett also missed two jumpers at the outset, but settled in only after he switched to shooting guard when Dennis Smith Jr. checked into the game with 5:46 left in the quarter.</p> <p>Smith, though, was erratic and it wasn't until Payton, also making his Knicks debut, was inserted in the second quarter that the offense looked organized. Payton probably locked up the starting point-guard job for Friday's game against the Nets as he was pushing the pace, shared the ball and knocked balls away. He also didn't have a turnover.</p> <p>Payton stole the ball and went in for a layup to highlight his early run. Frank Ntilikina was the odd point-guard out in the first half, but he came on briefly late in the third quarter when Payton ran in the foul trouble.</p> <p>Morris predictably was booed loudly during player introductions and on the first possession when he got the ball in the low post. He sank the turnaround jumper and finished with 17 points in the half.</p> <p>The fans' venom - and coach Gregg Popovich's - stems from Morris backing out of a verbal commitment to the Spurs to sign with the Knicks. Popovich clarified a remark before the game when he called the incident "unprofessional on many levels," indicating he was also blaming the Knicks for their actions.</p> <p>Popovich got the last laugh Wednesday.</p> <b><i>For more from Marc Berman, listen to this episode of the Knicks podcast, "Big Apple Buckets":</i></b> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/elfrid-payton.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Knicks https://weeknews.org/news/knicks-show-promise-season-opening-loss-spurs Murray, Spurs knock down Knicks to kick off season https://weeknews.org/sport/murray-spurs-knock-knicks-kick-season-80088448 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:23:48 +0000 <div> <p>Dejounte Murray was supposed to have a breakout last season. It never happened. The Spurs point guard went down with an ACL tear before it even began.</p> <p>Murray had to wait a year, but he finally delivered on that promise Wednesday as he led the Spurs to a 120-111 win over the New York Knicks at the AT&T Center.</p> <p>Murray, who signed a four-year, $64 million extension Tuesday, used his speed to get to the hoop all night long and flying all over the court on defense. Murray finished with 18 points, six assists, eight rebounds and three steals.</p> <p>The Spurs took control in the first quarter, playing efficient and strong on defense. They limited the Knicks to 28 percent shooting and led 22-15.</p> <p>DeMar DeRozan, though, struggled early. He missed his first five shots before finally getting a couple of layups to fall midway through the fourth quarter.</p> <p>As DeRozan's struggles grew in the third quarter, so did the Spurs, who had nine turnovers in the third quarter. The Knicks outscored the Spurs 33-24 in the frame and took a 84-83 lead.</p> <p> </p><ul><img src="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/06/42/40/18491431/9/920x920.jpg"></ul> <p>DeRozan's first two baskets of the game sparked an 22-2 run that put the Spurs back out in front. Murray's 3-pointer with 5:01 left put the Spurs up 105-97.</p> <p>Marcus Morris, who almost signed with the Spurs in the offseason, scored 25 points and Julius Randle matched that to pace the Knicks.</p> <p>LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs. Bryn Forbes added 20 points.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s.hdnux.com/photos/01/06/42/40/18491431/9/rawImage.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/murray-spurs-knock-knicks-kick-season Asia stocks rise following Wall Street gains https://weeknews.org/business/asia-stocks-rise-wall-street-gains-44202802 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:23:25 +0000 <div> <p>Asia-Pacific stocks broadly tracked Wall Street gains on Thursday as South Korea's economic growth came in below estimates and a survey showed Japan's manufacturing sector shrank.</p> <p>Gains overnight for oil after a surprise fall in US crude inventories supported energy stocks across Asia. Japan's Topix was up 0.4 per cent, having touched its highest level since December earlier in the session with gains across the board. Figures released on Thursday morning showed Japan's manufacturing activity fell at its fastest pace in three years in the face of a global economic slowdown.</p> <p> Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 also gained 0.4 per cent. China's CSI 300 was up 0.5 per cent. South Korea's Kospi was down 0.2 per cent. </p> <p>South Korean economic growth came in just shy of estimates in the third quarter, but a supplementary budget is expected to support growth. "While challenging external conditions will continue to cloud South Korea's growth outlook, the government's expansionary fiscal policy should provide some muchneeded support to the economy," ANZ economist Krystal Tan said in a note.</p> <p>US stocks gained 0.3 per cent overnight as investors digested a raft of earnings including underwhelming figures from stalwarts Caterpillar and Boeing.</p> <p>Attention is trained on Mario Draghi's swansong at the European Central Bank for pointers on the state of the eurozone economy later on Thursday. The euro was flat at $1.1134 ahead of the meeting.</p> <p>The pound was a touch stronger at $1.2923 as Downing Street awaits the EU's decision on whether it will extend the Brexit deadline to January 31 and as the Conservative party is split on a general election or attempting to deliver a Brexit deal.</p> <h2>Top markets stories</h2> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/asia-stocks-rise-wall-street-gains-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://weeknews.org/news/asia-stocks-rise-wall-street-gains Kyrie Irving's dream Nets debut ends in overtime loss https://weeknews.org/nets/kyrie-irving-dream-nets-debut-ends-overtime-loss-24082488 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:23:00 +0000 <div> <p>After Kyrie Irving's dazzling debut for the Nets, two things are clear:</p> <p>Irving is a star. And Brooklyn needs an ensemble cast.</p> <p>Irving was dominant, but it wasn't enough as the Nets dropped their season opener, 127-126 in overtime to Minnesota on Wednesday night.</p> <p>Though Irving electrified the Barclays Center crowd with 50 points, he'll rue the two he didn't get. Arguably the best finisher in the game, he cleared out against Josh Okogie with 14 seconds left in overtime, lost his balance, lost the ball, then regained it only to miss a jumper at the buzzer.</p> <p>Irving notched just the seventh 50-point game in Nets history and the first since Deron Williams had a team-record 57 points March 4, 2012, at Charlotte. And Irving even set an NBA record for the most points in a debut with any team.</p> <p>But with new Nets owner Joe Tsai sitting courtside, Brooklyn dropped a gut-wrenching tilt. They fell behind by 18 in the first half, stormed back to go ahead 88-82 in the second half, only to lose in overtime.</p> <p>After Robert Covington scored the first bucket of overtime, Irving knotted it and Caris LeVert put the Nets ahead 118-117 at the line.</p> <p>Ex-Net Treveon Graham's three-point play gave Minnesota a 120-118 edge against his old team, and Covington's backdoor cut put the Timberwolves up four.</p> <p>Irving drilled a left-wing 3-pointer to pull Brooklyn within one. But a technical foul whistled against Taurean Prince handed the Timberwolves a free point at a crucial juncture. Wiggins scored to make it 127-124, and the Nets got within one but not over the top.</p> <p>Throughout the game the Nets struggled without Irving. He checked out of the game for a breather with 3:11 left in the first quarter, trailing just 20-19. But they fell apart as soon as he left the court. The Nets closed out the first quarter ice-cold, bricking their last eight shots.</p> <p>By the time Irving checked back in with 8:18 remaining in the half, the Nets were down 45-28. They'd allowed a 25-9 run with him off the floor, looking discombobulated offensively and disinterested defensively. After ex-Net Shabazz Napier put his former club down by 18 at 46-28, they eventually settled in.</p> <p>The Nets clawed back to get within a dozen at the break. And they stormed out of the gate in the third quarter with a 15-2 run in less than four minutes to seize the lead.</p> <p>Joe Harris, last season's NBA 3-point champion, hit from outside to put the Nets ahead 71-70 with 8:19 to play in the third. Dinwiddie, who'd been sloppy in his initial extended duty spelling Irving, was much better in the second half.</p> <p>After a pair of 3-pointers by Prince, Dinwiddie drove to push the Nets' cushion to 88-82. And by the time they'd outscored Minnesota 37-20 in the third - their highest-scoring quarter ever in a season opener - they took a five-point edge into the fourth.</p> <p>The Timberwolves tied it at 98-all on a three-second technical free throw, and Karl-Anthony Towns' 3-pointer made the gap 104-100 midway through the fourth.</p> <p>Irving put the Nets back ahead 109-108 on a 3-pointer with just more than two minutes left, watching the Timberwolves tie it at 112-all and again at 115-all. Irving got in the lane with just five seconds left and dished to Jarrett Allen, but he missed both free throws. Then after Prince got the rebound, he got blocked by Towns (36 points) to force OT.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/kyrie-irving-6.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nets https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-dream-nets-debut-ends-overtime-loss Kyrie Irving scores 50, but Nets fall short vs. Timberwolves in electric debut https://weeknews.org/sport/kyrie-irving-scores-50-nets-fall-short-timberwolves-electric-debut-68888644 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:21:28 +0000 <div> <p>Kyrie Irving scored 50 points on Wednesday, setting an NBA record for a player making his debut for a new team.</p> <p>Unfortunately for the Brooklyn Nets, they needed 52 from their new point guard.</p> <p>Irving's last-second off-balance shot in overtime fell short as the Minnesota Timberwolves won a thriller in Brooklyn, 127-126.</p> <p>Irving finished the night with 50 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but will have to wait to log his first victory in his new black uniform.</p> <figure><img src="https://s.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif"><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/3ZtKq7FxdpS2Q.LqB6A7HQ--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/https://media-mbst-pub-ue1.s3.amazonaws.com/creatr-images/2019-10/599885d0-f608-11e9-b7df-8dcd85f8acdd"> </figure> <h2>Monster night from Towns</h2> <p>Karl-Anthony Towns paced the Timberwolves with 36 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks while hitting seven 3-pointers as Minnesota rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and secure the win.</p> <p>Andrew Wiggins logged 21 points and eight rebounds as six Minnesota players scored in double figures.</p> <h2>Irving stumbles on game-winning effort</h2> <p>Irving had a chance to win the game and set up an isolation play in the game's final seconds. He fell to the ground as he attempted a spin move against Josh Okogie, but regained his balance and maintained possession of the ball.</p> <p>He regathered near the free throw line in time to launch a desperate heave toward the bucket that bounced off the rim as time expired.</p> <p>Irving's 50-point effort breaks Kiki Vandeweghe's mark for a player making his debut with a new team. Vandeweghe scored 47 points in his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1984.</p> <strong>More from Yahoo Sports:</strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/kyrie-irving-scores-50-nets-fall-short-timberwolves-electric-debut-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-scores-50-nets-fall-short-timberwolves-electric-debut Results Primera A, Clausura Millonarios FC - Independiente Santa Fe - 24/10/19 ⋆ Football live scores ᐉ League results https://weeknews.org/football/results-primera-clausura-millonarios-fc-independiente-santa-fe-241019-football-live-scores-league-results-84844600 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:17:58 +0000 <div> <p>And, The end of the first time! The score is 1:3. It was really fantastic first part of this football opposition between two teams: Millonarios FC and Independiente Santa Fe. How do you feel, fans of football? What was your favorite moment of the first half and what are your expectations for the 2nd part of this match? The main referee shows the yellow to Giraldo, Daniel(Independiente Santa Fe) for his brutal foul at 9 minute..</p> <p>Right now is the minute and we have the next statistics to this minute: total amount of freekicks - 4, total amount of target shots - 0, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 2. Goal! The score is 0:1. Balanta, Maicol (Independiente Santa Fe) scores pretty amazing goal! Independiente Santa Fe shows really fantastic performance.</p> <p>Goal! The score is 1:1. Salazar, Sebastian (Millonarios FC) scoreed pretty cool goal! Millonarios FC demonstrates really great performance.</p> <p>The statistics to the minute are: total amount of freekicks - 5, total amount of target shots - 0, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 2. The main ref displays the yellow card to Duque, Jefferson. The player has done brutal action.</p> <p>Crazy goal by Balanta, Maicol! 1:2 now! Balanta, Maicol and the whole his team shows really great performance in this match.</p> <p>The referee demonstrates the yellow card to Balanta, Maicol(Independiente Santa Fe) for his brutal action at 37 minute..</p> <p>The referee displays the yellow to Sambueza, Fabian. The player has done brutal tackle.</p> <p>At 40 minute, Hernandez, Nicolas(Independiente Santa Fe) has fouled and has got the y.card. At 40 minute, Castellanos, Leandro(Independiente Santa Fe) has fouled and got the yellow card. Crazy goal by Sambueza, Fabian! The score is 1:3 now! Sambueza, Fabian(Independiente Santa Fe) and the whole his squad demonstrate amazing performance. During the 1st period the players showed the next statistics: total amount of freekicks - 18, total amount of target shots - 1, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 6.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/results-primera-clausura-millonarios-fc-independiente-santa-fe-241019-football-live-scores-league-results-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Football https://weeknews.org/news/results-primera-clausura-millonarios-fc-independiente-santa-fe-241019-football-live-scores-league-results Kyrie's record 50 not enough as Nets fall in OT https://weeknews.org/nets/kyrie-irving-scores-50-debut-nets-lose-timberwolves-ot-64826662 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:17:54 +0000 <div> <p>10:40 PM ET </p><ul> <div><img src="https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/columnists/full/andrews_malika.png&w=160&h=160&scale=crop"></div> <div> <p>Malika AndrewsESPN Staff Writer </p> </div> <div>Close<ul> <li>Staff Writer</li> <li>Joined ESPN in 2018</li> <li>Appears regularly on ESPN Chicago 1000</li> </ul> </div> </ul> <p>NEW YORK -- Kyrie Irving oozed swagger when he walked onto the court during the starting lineup announcement on Wednesday. After all, Irving viewed this -- the Nets' regular-season opener -- as a sort of homecoming. To mark the occasion, he dazzled offensively and broke four records.</p> <p>The guard finished with 50 points. When he hit 32 points, he set a record for points scored in a Nets debut. The previous record was 30. When he hit 48 points, he set a record for points scored in a debut for any NBA team. The previous record of 47 points was set by Kiki Vandeweghe in 1984.</p> <p>Then he hit 50. There had been only six 50-point games in Nets' franchise history, and the most recent one was recorded in 2012 by Deron Williams. The most recent player with a 50-point opener was Anthony Davis, and before Davis, it was Michael Jordan.</p> <p>But it wasn't a hiccup-free inaugural Nets game for Irving. Brooklyn fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-126 in overtime. Midgame doldrums came in the form of turnovers and missed free throws.</p> <p>Even as the Nets began to spiral toward an 0-1 record, Irving got a warm reception from fans. He was introduced last in the starting lineup -- a basketball honor reserved for a team's long-tenured star. He was given a corner locker in the Nets' locker room -- another league-wide symbol of stature.</p> <p>The Barclays Center crowd erupted when Irving sank his first basket. Every time he charged toward the basket after that, fans let out an audible "ooh" or gasp. Irving appeared determined to dazzle, throwing somewhat haphazard and unnecessary behind-the-back passes minutes into the first quarter.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/kyrie-irving-scores-50-debut-nets-lose-timberwolves-ot-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nets https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-scores-50-debut-nets-lose-timberwolves-ot Simmons stars as 76ers open their NBA season by thumping Boston https://weeknews.org/sport/simmons-stars-76ers-open-nba-season-thumping-boston-80004860 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:17:28 +0000 <div> <p> </p><div><button>Normal text size</button><button>Larger text size</button><button>Very large text size</button> </div> <section><p>Ben Simmons and his revamped Philadelphia 76ers have overcome a shaky start to defeat Boston Celtics in their NBA regular season opening game.</p> <p>The 76ers won 107-93 in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Melbourne-born Simmons did not attempt a three-pointer but terrorised the Celtics with his traditional game of spectacular dunks and shots from inside the paint.</p> <p>Simmons had 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.</p> </section><section><div><figure><div> <p><img src="https://static.ffx.io/images/%24zoom_0.169%2C%24multiply_1%2C%24ratio_0.666667%2C%24width_378%2C%24x_52%2C%24y_57/t_crop_custom/w_160/q_86%2Cf_auto/b0924a95c4fc4a21d1ad588d32d002a09efe2490"> </p> </div> <figcaption><p>Ben Simmons reacts to a dunk in the 76ers' win over Boston. <cite>Credit:AP</cite></p> </figcaption></figure> <p>The 76ers lost All-Star Jimmy Butler and three-point specialist JJ Redick in the off-season and added veteran big man Al Horford from Boston and shooting guard Josh Richardson from Miami.</p> <p>The Celtics led 25-20 at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead by as much as eight, but the 76ers found their groove late in the first half, went on an 11-0 run into the third quarter and controlled the rest of the game.</p> <p>The 76ers spent big in the off-season by signing Simmons to a five-year, $US170 million ($248 million) contract extension, forward Tobias Harris to a five-year, $US180 million ($263 million) deal and Horford to a four-year, $US109 million ($159 million) contract.</p> <p>Three-point shooting appears to be a weakness with the departure of Redick. The 76ers connected with just seven of 29 three-point attempts.</p> </div> <div> <p>The Celtics also had a major off-season upheaval with Horford moving to Philadelphia, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving leaving for the Brooklyn Nets and Australian big man Aron Baynes shipped to the Phoenix Suns.</p> <p>Boston were led by Gordon Hayward's 25 points while new signing Kemba Walker was off target missing 14 of 18 field goal attempts for 12 points.</p> <strong>AAP</strong> </div> </section> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/simmons-stars-76ers-open-nba-season-thumping-boston-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/simmons-stars-76ers-open-nba-season-thumping-boston Facebook will reportedly launch 'news' tab on Friday https://weeknews.org/facebook/facebook-reportedly-launch-news-tab-friday-82484280 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:16:04 +0000 <div> <p>Facebook plans to launch a dedicated "news" tab that will offer its users access to news stories from hundreds of news organizations, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The move returns Facebook to the news-delivery business, putting it in competition with Apple and Google.</p> <p>This is a move Facebook has been exploring and talking about for a while. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that the social network had approached news outlets, including ABC News, Dow Jones, The Washington Post and Bloomberg, and offered to pay as much as $3 million to license content for its news tab.</p> <p>Facebook, along with Twitter and other social networks, have been stepping up their efforts to combat the spread of fake news on their platforms after facing criticism for not doing enough. A study earlier this year by the Pew Research Center found 60% of US adults who prefer getting news through social media said they had shared false information. </p> <p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to preview the announcement during his testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Financial Services.</p> <p>"Later in this week we actually have a big announcement coming up on launching a big initiative around news and journalism where we're partnering with a lot of folks to build a new product that's supporting high-quality journalism," Zuckerberg said in response to a question about Facebook's responsibility in the realm of media literacy.</p> <p>"I think there's an opportunity within Facebook and our services to build a dedicated surface -- a tab within the apps, for example - where people who really want to see high-quality, curated news, not just social content, but from high-quality publishers, could go and consume that content."</p> <p>Last year, Facebook abandoned an idea to separate users' news feeds into two feeds: one for personal posts from friends and family, and another one called the "Explore Feed," for brands, publishers and other businesses. Zuckerberg said at the time that the news feed would shift its focus to personal posts from family and friends, and away from viral videos and news stories. When it did show you news stories, the company said it would prioritize local news outlets that Facebook users have deemed more trustworthy. </p> <p>In April, Facebook outlined new steps to stop misinformation, scams and other "problematic" content from going viral on the platform, with some of the changes applying to private Facebook groups.</p> <p>A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that Zuckerberg plans to meet Friday with News Corp CEO Robert Thomson to discuss journalism in the digital age. Facebook News will also be a topic of discussion.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cnet2.cbsistatic.com/img/GrfcqK0Mof3ryHJH1A7gxD8khWU=/756x567/2019/10/24/bc827e6a-856b-4cb2-86d4-2e1827ad449c/gettyimages-157507115.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Facebook https://weeknews.org/news/facebook-reportedly-launch-news-tab-friday Flamengo thrash Gremio to set up River Plate Libertadores final https://weeknews.org/sport/flamengo-thrash-gremio-set-river-plate-libertadores-final-04882068 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:15:43 +0000 <div> <figure><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/d7j13C6GdFYADIQlynWqGw--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9NzY4O2g9NDk5O2lsPXBsYW5l/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/40ee13825c3d69d26e452913ff93d596a0ee0968.jpg"><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/d7j13C6GdFYADIQlynWqGw--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9NzY4O2g9NDk5O2lsPXBsYW5l/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/40ee13825c3d69d26e452913ff93d596a0ee0968.jpg"> </figure><p>Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Hotshot Gabriel Barbosa scored a brace as Flamengo hammered fellow Brazilians Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday to secure a place in the Copa Libertadores final against Argentine holders River Plate.</p> <p>Bruno Henrique, Pablo Mari and Rodrigo Caio also got their names on the scoresheet as the Rio de Janeiro giants completed a 6-1 aggregate victory over the 2017 champions at the Maracana stadium.</p> <p>River Plate made a 2-1 aggregate victory over their bitter Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors on Tuesday despite losing the second leg 1-0.</p> <p>That was a repeat of last year's final, the second leg of which was controversially played in Madrid after the original fixture was twice postponed due to Boca players suffering cuts and smoke inhalation when their team bus came under attack from River fans.</p> <p>This year's final will be played over a single match for the first time, on November 23 in Santiago.</p> <p>Despite being Brazil's most popular team, Flamengo have only once before won the Copa Libertadores, back in 1981. River are looking for a fifth title.</p> <p>Gremio fashioned the first clear chance of the match on 18 minutes when the livewire Everton -- one of the stars of Brazil's Copa America victory three months ago -- tricked his way into space inside the box and sent a cross into the danger area.</p> <p>Diego Alves spilled it but from just six yards out and Maicon could only stab the ball back to the Flamengo goalkeeper.</p> <p>From then on, though, the hosts dominated.</p> <p>Rafinha, sporting rugby style head gear, chipped a cross in from deep on the right on 26 minutes and Henrique dashed across his day-dreaming marker before sending a diving header inches wide.</p> <p>Ten minutes from half-time Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta tried to chip Gremio goalkeeper Paulo Victor who could only palm the ball out to Gabriel, but his speculative overhead bicycle kick bounced harmlessly across the face of goal.</p> <p>- 'Gabi Gol' -</p> <p>The pressure told on 43 minutes, though, as Gabriel found space with a diagonal run and Victor could only palm his cross-shot into the path of Henrique, who had a tap-in.</p> <p>A minute after half-time Flamengo doubled the lead as Brazil international Gabriel -- on loan from Inter Milan -- rifled high into the net from 15 yards after a poor clearing header from a corner.</p> <p>The 23-year-old striker then held up a sign that read: "Today's there's a goal from Gabi Gol."</p> <p>The tie was over as a contest 10 minutes later when Geromel was harshly adjudged to have brought down Henrique in the box.</p> <p>Gabriel cooly slotted home the spot kick as Victor dived the wrong way, taking him top of the competition's scoring charts this season with seven goals.</p> <p>A grinning Henrique, who had been carried off the pitch on a stretcher seemingly in agony, joined in the celebratory dance steps.</p> <p>Mari and Caio got in on the act with headers from set pieces on 67 and 71 minutes as Gremio's defence capitulated.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/kgpIQTcLEC0nakSARv3o.Q--~B/aD00OTk7dz03Njg7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg--/https://i2.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/40ee13825c3d69d26e452913ff93d596a0ee0968.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/flamengo-thrash-gremio-set-river-plate-libertadores-final Season of Simmons starts with a sizzle https://weeknews.org/philadelphia/season-simmons-starts-sizzle-04626400 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:15:38 +0000 <div> <p> <figure> <img src="https://media.apnarm.net.au/media/images/2019/10/24/v3imagesbin319b74a8f020a57bdbdf67db636b75df-j72ohj8hr47mu4dc7t2_t1880.jpg"> </figure> </p> <p>THERE were no three-point attempts for Ben Simmons in a game where both teams were atrocious from long-range but as far as statement games go this was what Philadelphia fans were looking for first-up from their Australian point guard.</p> <p>Simmons was quite simply the best player on the court as the 76ers bumped and bruised their way to a 107-93 win in Thurday's season-opener at home.</p> <p>Showcasing the aggressive intent and willingness to lead coach Brett Brown expects in year three, Simmons finished with a team-high 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.</p> <p>On a night where franchise centre Joel Embiid and new front court teammate Al Horford suffered through foul trouble and poor shooting - and the 76ers were an ugly 7/29 from three - Simmons carried the scoring load to secure a win against a team that has given Philly fits the past two years.</p> <p>"We'll have a chance to see that frequently," Brown said.</p> <p>"He's so gifted physically but now it's started to morph into a mentality ... it's a powerful combination."</p> <p>He again showed why he doesn't need a jumpshot to dominate NBA games and while that's proven to be a problem come play-off time, it's not in October.</p> <blockquote> <p>Ben Simmons looks really good. As good as we realistically could've hoped imo. Now the other guys just need to start knocking down open shots.</p>- Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <p>Simmons showed off his unique athleticism, body control and finishing ability to lay-in some sensational finishes - none better than artful right-handed conversion on a fast break.</p> <p>A season that carries championship-level expectations for Philadelphia began in positive fashion.</p> <p>The lack of shooting is a problem that needs to be solved and Philly won't always be easy to watch this season.</p> <p>But holding a team that averaged more than 112 points per game last season to 93 showed their potential to be a defensive nightmare.</p> <p>Ex-Hornets guard Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum have new-found responsibility after the departures of Horford and Kyrie Irving but finished a combined 12/40.</p> <p>Gordon Hayward was a more encouraging 8/15 for 25 points as he seeks to re-establish himself as an elite player.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/media.apnarm.net.au/media/images/2019/10/24/v3imagesbin319b74a8f020a57bdbdf67db636b75df-j72ohj8hr47mu4dc7t2_ct1880x930.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Philadelphia https://weeknews.org/news/season-simmons-starts-sizzle Flamengo beat Gremio 5-0 and reach Copa Libertadores final https://weeknews.org/soccer/flamengo-beat-gremio-5-0-reach-copa-libertadores-final-04860604 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:14:56 +0000 <div> <p>RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Flamengo scored four goals in a superb second half, demolishing Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday and qualifying for the Copa Libertadores final for the first time since 1981. </p> <figure><img src="https://s4.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20191024&t=2&i=1444340544&r=LYNXMPEF9N069&w=20"> </figure> <p>The win, which came after the two sides drew their first match 1-1 in Porto Alegre, extended Flamengo's unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions this season. </p> <p>It set up a final against the Libertadores holders River Plate in a Brazil-Argentina final scheduled for Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 23. </p> <p>The Argentine side lost 1-0 to Boca Juniors on Tuesday but qualified for the final 2-1. </p> <p>Close to 70,000 fans packed the Maracana stadium in Rio, where Bruno Henrique scored the opener three minutes before halftime, hammering home from close range after Paulo Victor parried a shot from Gabriel Barbosa. </p> <p>Barbosa got the second goal two minutes into the second half with a fierce shot from 16 meters out after Gremio failed to clear a corner kick. </p> <p>The striker, on loan from Inter Milan, got Flamengo's third from the penalty spot 10 minutes later and the goal, which made him the tournament's top scorer this season, was a knock-out blow for the visitors. </p> <p>Centre half Pablo Mari made it 4-0 after 67 minutes when he headed in a goal off a corner kick and his defensive partner Rodrigo Caio added another four minutes later. </p> <p>Gremio, winners of the competition in 2017 and semi-finalists last year, could do little against a far superior side. </p> <p>Flamengo, who also sit top of the Brazilian first division, last won this title in 1981, when Brazilian World Cup stars Zico, Junior and Leandro were playing for the side. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/flamengo-beat-gremio-5-0-reach-copa-libertadores-final-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Soccer https://weeknews.org/news/flamengo-beat-gremio-5-0-reach-copa-libertadores-final Kyrie Irving hangs 50 in his Brooklyn Nets debut, just misses what would've been a circus buzzer-beater https://weeknews.org/sport/kyrie-irving-hangs-50-brooklyn-nets-debut-misses-ve-circus-buzzer-beater-08484686 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:13:07 +0000 <div> <p>The Brooklyn Nets dropped a 127-126 ( box score) heartbreaker in overtime to the Minnesota TImberwolves on Wednesday, but Kyrie Irving certainly did all he could. Making his Brooklyn debut, Irving hung 50 points, eight rebounds and seven assists on Minnesota, shooting 7-of-14 from three for a plus-18 line that included -- perhaps most impressively -- zero turnovers. </p> <p>The 50 points were an NBA record for a player playing his first game with a team, topping the 47 Kiki Vandeweghe posted in his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1984, per Nets PR. </p> <p>Irving was hitting magic-act shots down the stretch as the Nets looked to put Minnesota away in regulation, but Karl-Anthony Towns was brilliant in his own right (36 points, 14 rebounds, 7-of-11 from three) and Andrew Wiggins had some tough buckets going to the rim to force OT. </p> <p>There, Irving had the ball isolated at the top as time ticked down with the Nets trailing by one. It had all the makings of a hero moment, and Irving nearly pulled off what would've been a Harlem Globetrotters-like buzzer-beater, literally rolling on the floor after losing his balance but doing it so smoothly that it almost looked intentional as Irving continued right into a cross-over pull-up jumper from the elbow that missed just wide right. </p> <p>Only a guy with the handle of Kyrie cold you even question whether that move was intentional. It wasn't, to be sure, but seriously, how smooth was that? Irving was so great in this game, and even though the Nets didn't come out with the win, they have to be feeling good about their summer pickup. </p> <p>Enjoy Kyrie's highlights:</p> <p> </p><div> <p><figure><img src="https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/kyrie-irving-hangs-50-in-his-brooklyn-nets-debut-just-misses-what-wouldve-been-a-circus-buzzer-beater/"></figure></p> </div> <div> <div> <p>Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.</p> </div> <div> <h3>Thanks for signing up!</h3> <h4>Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.</h4> </div> <h3>Sorry!</h3> <h4>There was an error processing your subscription.</h4> </div> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/kyrie-irving-hangs-50-brooklyn-nets-debut-misses-ve-circus-buzzer-beater-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-hangs-50-brooklyn-nets-debut-misses-ve-circus-buzzer-beater Kaia Gerber, 18, Rocks Casual Look As Pete Davidson, 25, Spotted Leaving Her Apartment - See Pics https://weeknews.org/entertainment/kaia-gerber-18-rocks-casuallook-pete-davidson-25spotted-leaving-apartment-pics-84024866 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:12:22 +0000 <div> <h3>Pete Davidson just ended his brief relationship with Andie MacDowell's daughter, actress Margaret Qualley.</h3> <p><strong>Kaia Gerber</strong>, 18, was seen strolling the streets of NYC in a super cute and casual outfit on Wednesday, Oct. 23! The model, who is a clone of her mom <strong>Cindy Crawford</strong>, 53, rocked a casual pair of black leggings, a black hoodie and a vintage oversized denim jacket for a stroll. The stylish brunette kept cool with a blue Yankees cap and a black pair of sunglasses, finishing her ensemble with Adidas x <strong>Alexander Wang</strong> 's white bball high-top sneakers. We were also into her black vintage Gucci purse, which was giving us all the '90s vibes!</p> <p>Kaia was apparently hanging out with <strong>Pete Davidson</strong>, 25, earlier in the day as the <em>SNL </em>was reportedly spotted leaving the model's apartment. The sighting comes only a week after he reportedly ended his fling with actress <strong>Margaret Qualley</strong>, 25. Though it may look like something is going on romantically, Pete and Kaia are "just friends" according to . The pair likely connected when Pete walked in Alexander Wang's runway show back in June, which marked the actor's fashion show debut! Kaia was also in the show, alongside friend <strong>Kendall Jenner</strong>, 23, rocking an off the shoulder white dress with Alexander Wang's name across the front.</p> <p>Pete was also casual for the outing, black sweats, multi-colored New Balance sneakers, and a luxe black Louis Vuitton bomber. He appeared to be listening to music or a podcast as he strolled with his Apple AirPods in both years and held his iPhone. The actor has had quite the year when it comes to romance, ending his engagement to <strong>Ariana Grande</strong>, 26, just a year ago in Oct. 2018. After Ariana, he was was seen out and about with <strong>Kate Beckinsale</strong>, 46, who is two decades his senior.</p> <p>Pete was then linked to Margaret just before the Venice Film Festival, which was last month - and the romance was even confirmed by her mom, <strong>Andie MacDowell</strong>. "She has a beautiful relationship with him but I don't want to step on her relationship too much. They have a nice relationship," Andie spilled to magazine in September. Pete and Margaret reportedly ended things last week.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/kaia-gerber-bg-ebd.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/kaia-gerber-18-rocks-casuallook-pete-davidson-25spotted-leaving-apartment-pics Super-rich star faces backlash over son's 'extreme poverty' https://weeknews.org/new york/kelly-ripa-faces-backlash-son-extreme-poverty-26686646 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:12:16 +0000 <div> <p>US TV presenter Kelly Ripa and her actor husband Mark Consuelos' eldest son, Michael, moved out of the family home to attend college and he's now facing the challenges of living on his own.</p> <p>The 49-year-old daytime host joked that the 22-year-old was experiencing "poverty" for the first time in his life - but the comments weren't well received on social media.</p> <p>"I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent and he's chronically poor," Ripa said this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! "I don't think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now."</p> <p>Michael lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and pays his own rent and bills without the help of his well-off parents.</p> <p>Ripa said his budget was so tight that he looked forward to the $20 his grandparents send him for Halloween. "For years, my kids sort of ignored the $20," Ripa said. "But now that (Michael's) living on his own, he's called, like, three times, 'Has the Halloween envelope arrived?'"</p> <p>"He's experiencing being an adult," Ripa added.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Ripa has an estimated net worth of $140 million and rakes in about $29 million per year for <i>Live With Kelly and Ryan,</i> according to Forbes, and the family live in a multimillion-dollar townhouse on the Upper East Side of New York City. So, people were confused by her comments:</p> <p>Michael is a student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.</p> <p>The Conseulos are also parents to 18-year-old Lola, who also just started attending NYU, and younger son Joaquin.</p> <i>This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission</i> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/kelly-ripa-faces-backlash-son-extreme-poverty-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> New York https://weeknews.org/news/kelly-ripa-faces-backlash-son-extreme-poverty 76ers' Simmons opens up on casino incident https://weeknews.org/sport/76ers-simmons-opens-casino-incident-46246028 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:12:02 +0000 <div> <p>MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons has opened up on the incident at Melbourne's Crown Casino where he suggested he was subject to racial profiling by security staff.</p> <p>Australian Simmons created a media storm in August when he said on social media that he and his friends felt "personally singled out" when asked for identification by casino staff.</p> <p>The 23-year-old told ESPN-owned website "The Undefeated" that experiences of receiving racial abuse from a young age had prompted him to speak out.</p> <p>"I've had certain situations where I've been called the N-word from other kids at a young age," said Simmons, who was born in Melbourne and whose father is African-American.</p> <p>"And the one thing my dad told me was: 'Never take that from anybody. Never let anybody be racist towards you or make you feel a certain way, because it's not right.'</p> <p>"That's the one thing that's sort of stuck with me."</p> <p>Crown denied any wrongdoing in the wake of the incident, saying staff were required to check identification of those they believed to be under the age of 25 as a "safeguard" to prevent minors from entering illegally.</p> <p>People under the age of 18 are barred from entering Australian casinos.</p> <p>Simmons, who signed a five-year contract extension with the 76ers worth a reported $170 million in July, said he would not "back down" from his version of events.</p> <p>"It didn't make us feel good. You've probably been in situations where you felt lesser or just made you feel lesser of a person or just not good about yourself," said Australia's top-earning athlete.</p> <p>"But it wasn't really about me not feeling good about myself. It was me knowing that's not right, and me letting them know it's not right."</p> <p> (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Sam Holmes)</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/76ers-simmons-opens-casino-incident-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/76ers-simmons-opens-casino-incident 'Extreme Poverty' Doesn't Mean What Kelly Ripa Thinks It Means https://weeknews.org/humor/extreme-poverty-doesn-kelly-ripa-thinks-means-02484822 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:11:24 +0000 <div> <img src="https://www.pajiba.com/assets_c/2019/10/GettyImages-1038171826-thumb-700x468-217810.jpg"><img src="https://www.pajiba.com/assets_c/2019/10/GettyImages-1038171826-thumb-700x468-217810.jpg"><p>Prior to her time in prison, I can honestly say that I didn't particularly give a crap one way or the other about Martha Stewart. She seemed like a humorless tightass, but she knew how to cook and bake. Whatever. Since her prison stint? I LOVE Martha and her smart-ass mouth, partnership with Snoop, and her shade. - ( Dlisted) </p> <p>The live-action <em>Lady and the Tramp</em> trailers don't look super appealing SO FAR, but I'm not writing it off yet, especially because of these good dogs. Look at these good dogs on the carpet for the premiere. Oh, yeah, Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson were there too. But the good dogs, Brant! 14/10 - ( Lainey)</p> <p>Thank you, Megan. </p> <blockquote> <p>there's nothing more to add to the discourse about trump. he is a stupid, evil, bigoted person who is surrounded by other stupid, evil, bigoted people and that's all there is to it. they're stupid. stupid and evil.</p>- Megan Amram (@meganamram) October 23, 2019 </blockquote> <p>Speaking of toddlers/babies, I wish to god this next link didn't spoil it right upfront because this could have been a terrifying mystery. Instead, though, it is just straight emmereffing HILARIOUS! - ( Scary Mommy)</p> <p>You can't leave toddlers alone for even 5 minutes. They're ruiners! They RUIN! It's just who they are and what they do. - ( Allure)</p> <p>On Jimmy Kimmel's show, Kelly Ripa said her son doesn't like living in "extreme poverty," which is what someone who makes $20 million a year means by, "Pays his own rent for a Brooklyn apartment." ( Buzzfeed)</p> <p>I never would have thought to combine a purple dress with navy shoes, because I'm a basic bitch, but dammit, it looks good on Duchess Meghan! Also, her hair is soooo shiny and I am full of envy. - ( Celebitchy)</p> <p>The Japanese Enthronement was attended by royalty from across the globe (and Elaine Chao -Moscow Mitch's wife - from the US) and it looks astounding. I highly encourage you to go through all of the pictures and read Jessica's descriptions. They're informative <em>and</em> hilarious. - ( GFY)</p> <p>I know, I know, it's too early to talk about Christmas BUT just stay with me for a second! I love Advent calendars. When I was little, my grandma got me one every year and it was a big deal to me, even though I didn't (and still don't) like milk chocolate that usually comes in them. As an adult, finding Advent calendars that feature cosmetics, dark chocolates, gummies, cheese, wine, jellies and jams, has been my late fall/early winter hobby. Longtime Pajiba friend TylerDFC has found the ultimate calendar this year, though, and put my pursuits to shame. Make sure to click over to the "Terms and Conditions" link. - ( Tiffany)</p> <p>Genny shared this in our Slack: "A cultural landmark in North Carolina will no longer rip the tops off (as many) trucks. (The compilation video is IMMENSELY satisfying in a very lizard-brain kinda way. You know exactly what's going to happen, and then it happens. The best ones are where the top of the truck gets peeled off in one long strip and dangles from the sign.)" - ( MEL Magazine)</p> <p>Roxana shared this: "These are pretty good women of the year choices." - ( T&L)</p> <p><em>The Secret Garden</em> by Frances Hodgson Burnett is considered a heartwarming classic in children's literature. Having not read it as a child, KimMiE" says, "Colin's existence is kept secret for no real reason except to add a touch of the gothic to the story, as if he's a demented first wife being locked away in the attic by her rich husband." What childhood favorite are you afraid to reread, because it probably won't hold up? ( Cannonball Read 11)</p> <em>Lainey is the copy editor & linkmaster. You can Tweet at her on Twitter.</em> <p><b>Header Image Source:</b> Getty Images</p> <p></p><center> Buy a Pajiba T-Shirt at the Pajiba Store.</center><br> <p>Next Article</p> <p> <img src="https://www.pajiba.com/assets_c/2019/10/burden-trailer-thumb-700xauto-217808.jpg"><br><br><br></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.pajiba.com/assets_c/2019/10/GettyImages-1038171826-thumb-700x468-217810.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Humor https://weeknews.org/news/extreme-poverty-doesn-kelly-ripa-thinks-means America stunned by historic freak show https://weeknews.org/celtics/kyrie-irving-explodes-debut-ny-nets-46486080 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:11:16 +0000 <div> <p>Kyrie Irving, welcome to New York.</p> <p>The NBA star made history in his first game for the Nets, lighting up the Barclays Centre in front of an adoring new home crowd in the Big Apple against the Minnesota Timberwolves as he showed off in the teams' season opener.</p> <p>Unfortunately for the locals Minnesota prevailed in an overtime nailbiter 127-126 but Irving was running hot as he single-handedly kept the Nets in the game with a whopping 50 points to go with seven assists and eight rebounds.</p> <p>Just as impressive, he didn't record a single turnover.</p> <b>Stream over 50 sports live & anytime with KAYO on your TV, mobile, tablet or laptop. Just $25/month with no lock-in contract. Get your 14 day free trial</b> <p>The 27-year-old became the first player in Nets history to drain 40 points in a season-opener as he tormented the T'Wolves from inside and outside the arc, finishing 17/33 from the field, 7/14 on three-point attempts and going 9/10 at the free-throw line.</p> <p>Irving became just the third player to score 40 or more points on debut for a new team, joining Kiki Vandeweghe (1984) and Wilt Chamberlain (1959) in the illustrious club. He then went even further by scoring an NBA-record number of points on debut en route to cracking the half century mark.</p> <p>Vandeweghe previously held the record with 47.</p> <p>The only thing that would have made Irving's first appearance for his new franchise even more spectacular is if he had been able to drain a buzzer-beater and seal a memorable victory. But going it alone as the clock ticked down to zero he fell over, regained his feet and launched a shot that bounced off the rim then the backboard to confirm the Timberwolves' win.</p> <p>As Irving went on his rampage, America was in awe.</p> <p>Irving made a name for himself as LeBron James' partner in crime in Cleveland but after six seasons at the Cavaliers, and sick of playing Robin to LeBron's Batman, he moved to Boston. However, two fruitless seasons saw him part ways on bitter terms with the Celtics.</p> <p>He copped heavy criticism for the team's underwhelming campaign last season when much was expected of it, losing in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs to Milwaukee.</p> <p>But Irving has clearly put those demons behind him and is ready to make his mark in the city that never sleeps.</p> <p>Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/kyrie-irving-explodes-debut-ny-nets-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Celtics https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-explodes-debut-ny-nets Pete Davidson Spotted With Kaia Gerber After Reported Margaret Qualley Split https://weeknews.org/entertainment/pete-davidson-spotted-kaia-gerber-reported-margaret-qualley-split-86082804 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:10:22 +0000 <div> <figure><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/i8n5yCgl5Jjw.HFj9THZ4A--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/etonline.tv/4ecd48c8989b68bd66e299962358a9fe"><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/i8n5yCgl5Jjw.HFj9THZ4A--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/etonline.tv/4ecd48c8989b68bd66e299962358a9fe"> </figure><p>What's going on here? </p> <p>Pete Davidson and Kaia Gerber were snapped by a fan spending time together at Sadelle's in New York City following the<em> Saturday Night Live</em> star's reported split from Margaret Qualley. Davidson and Qualley sparked romance rumors in August and were spotted together multiple times throughout September, but reportedly called it quits last week. </p> <p>The fan pic of Davidson and Gerber shows them in a corner booth, with the 25-year-old comedian smiling wide at the 18-year-old model. Gerber, meanwhile, shares a slight smile as she looks down at her phone. ET has reached out to reps for Davidson and Gerber for comment. </p> <p>After his breakup from fiancee Ariana Grande last year, Davidson was romantically linked to Kate Beckinsale, though they appeared to go their separate ways by the summer. Gerber, meanwhile, has yet to have a public romance. In an interview with <em>British Vogue</em> last month, Gerber said that her work schedule offered her little time to focus on her love life. </p> <p>"When I'm working, I don't have the energy to even flirt with anyone. I'm sorry, I just can't... But I'm not losing hope in all love forever," she explains. "I have backgammon at my house, and that's all a girl needs. When I'm home, I'm living the life of a 70-year-old woman... I'm an old soul."</p> <p>See more on Gerber in the video below. </p> <strong>RELATED CONTENT: </strong> Pete Davidson and Margaret Qualley Seemingly Confirm Romance With PDA in Italy Ariana Grande Calls Pete Davidson Romance 'Frivolous and Fun' and 'Highly Unrealistic' Pete Davidson Opens Up About Living With His Mom During 'Saturday Night Live's Mother's Day Episode <strong>Related Articles:</strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/pete-davidson-spotted-kaia-gerber-reported-margaret-qualley-split-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://weeknews.org/news/pete-davidson-spotted-kaia-gerber-reported-margaret-qualley-split Google's 'quantum supremacy' computing feat earns respect - even from Microsoft https://weeknews.org/google/google-quantum-supremacy-computing-feat-earns-respect-microsoft-20664886 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:08:30 +0000 <div> <p>Word that a Google-led team of researchers had achieved "quantum supremacy" with a new type of computer chip leaked out weeks ago, but today's publication of the team's study in the journal Nature gave outsiders their first good look at what was done. And most of them were impressed.</p> <p>There were the usual caveats, of course: The project focused on a specific problem in random number generation that's doesn't relate directly to everyday applications, and it could be years before the technology behind Google AI Quantum's Sycamore chip becomes commercially available.</p> <p>Nevertheless, the computational demonstration provided evidence that quantum computers can do some tasks far more quickly than classical computers.</p> <p>"This is an exciting scientific achievement for the quantum industry, and another step on a long journey towards a scalable, viable quantum future," Microsoft, one of Google's competitors in the realm of quantum computing, said in a statement emailed to GeekWire.</p> <p>In February, Microsoft formed its own network for quantum startups and developers, and just weeks later the company played a prominent role alongside the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in organizing the Northwest Quantum Nexus.</p> <p>"For the last two years, we have been working to deliver quantum impact for our customers today," Microsoft said. "Customers like Case Western Reserve University are seeing real benefits with our quantum-inspired algorithms, and nearly 200K developers have contributed to the growing quantum economy through our open-sourced Quantum Development Kit."</p> <p>Quantum information science is one of the technological priorities for the federal government. Today's research revelations sparked a glowing op-ed in Fortune from White House chief technology officer Michael Kratsios, who said the "giant leap forward in quantum computing" came about due to "America's unparalleled innovation ecosystem."</p> <p>Even Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and a White House adviser, got into the act. "The US has achieved quantum supremacy!" she tweeted.</p> <p>Why all the fuss?</p> <p>Quantum computing is one of the farthest-out frontiers in computer science, and promises to facilitate breakthroughs in cryptography, molecular chemistry, battery materials and high-temperature superconductors.</p> <p>Classical computers are based on a foundation of zeroes and ones. In contrast, quantum computing devices make use of quantum bits, or qubits, that can hold multiple values simultaneously during processing. In accordance with the spooky world of quantum physics, the results collapse into definite values only when they're read out.</p> <p>D-Wave Systems, based near Vancouver, B.C., has developed devices that use a technique known as quantum annealing for limited computational purposes. Other companies, including Google, Microsoft and IBM, are trying to go further by creating general-purpose quantum computers.</p> <p>Not every type of computational problem is suited for the quantum approach - but computer scientists have claimed that quantum computers should theoretically be able to solve some types of problems far more easily than classical computers. The experiment described in the paper published today suggests that such claims are no longer merely theoretical.</p> <p>Researchers made use of a 54-qubit Sycamore processing chip that incorporates fast, high-fidelity quantum logic gates. The system was designed to reduce error rates, which is one of the chief bugaboos for an interconnected network of qubits.</p> <p>The system was tested by having it produce progressively longer sequences of numbers, corresponding to the configuration of random quantum circuits.</p> <p>"Our machine performed the target computation in 200 seconds, and from measurements in our experiment we determined that it would take the world's fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to produce a similar output," lead Google researchers John Martinis and Sergio Boixo reported today in a blog posting.</p> <p>They said the experiment successfully challenged the hypothesis that classical computers can efficiently implement any reasonable model of computation. That's what's meant by the term "quantum supremacy."</p> <p>"With the first quantum computation that cannot reasonably be emulated on a classical computer, we have opened up a new realm of computing to be explored," the researchers wrote.</p> <p>IBM cast doubt on Google's claim, saying that its Summit supercomputer could have performed the task with far greater fidelity in far less than 10,000 years - 2.5 days, to be precise - but today Google cast doubt on IBM's doubts.</p> <p>The Sycamore quantum computer is fully programmable and can run general-purpose quantum algorithms, which means there'll be further tests ahead.</p> <p>"Our team has already been working on near-term applications, including quantum physics simulation and quantum chemistry, as well as new applications in generative machine learning, among other areas," Martinis and Boixo said.</p> <p>They said they're continuing efforts to make the Sycamore system more fault-tolerant, and will make the processors available to collaborators and academic researchers for further experiments. "Creative researchers are the most important resource for innovation - now that we have a new computational resource, we hope more researchers will enter the field motivated by trying to invent something useful," Martinis and Boixo said.</p> <em>Martinis and Boixo are among 77 authors of the Nature paper, titled "Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor." The authors come from institutions including Google AI Quantum as well as the Quantum AI Laboratory (QuAIL) at NASA's Ames Research Center, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Forschungszentrum Jülich.</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191023-quantum1-1260x829.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://weeknews.org/news/google-quantum-supremacy-computing-feat-earns-respect-microsoft Irving has 50 points in Brooklyn debut, Nets fall to Wolves https://weeknews.org/sport/irving-50-points-brooklyn-debut-nets-fall-wolves-02860400 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:08:25 +0000 <div> <p>Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night.</p> <p>Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins added 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.</p> <p>Irving had the ball in his hands with a chance to cap his dazzling debut with a victory, following a Nets timeout. He ran the clock down and then began his drive, but lost his balance near the foul line. He retained his dribble, got up and shot, but his jumper missed.</p> <p>After signing with the Nets in July, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe's record for most points by a player in his first game with a team. Vandeweghe scored 47 points for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.</p> <p>Irving finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert added 20 points.</p> <p>76ERS 107, CELTICS 93</p> <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons scored 24 points and Philadelphia beat Boston.</p> <p>Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points. Jayson Tatum had 21. Kemba Walker scored 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting in his Boston debut, and Al Horford had 16 in his first game with the 76ers.</p> <p>Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris buried consecutive 3-pointers for Philadelphia - after the Sixers had missed 21 of 24 through three quarters - to stretch the lead to 10.</p> <p>HEAT 120, GRIZZLIES 101</p> <p>MIAMI (AP) - Justise Winslow scored 27 points, rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 24 in his NBA debut and Miami ran away in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis.</p> <p>Goran Dragic scored 19 points for Miami, which played without Jimmy Butler because of personal reasons. Nunn and fellow rookie Tyler Herro started in the backcourt instead.</p> <p>Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, and Winslow added seven rebounds and seven assists.</p> <p>Ja Morant, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, scored 14 points and had four assists for Memphis. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 17 points.</p> <p>PISTONS 119, PACERS 110</p> <p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andre Drummond had 32 points and 23 rebounds, and Luke Kennard made three 3-pointers in the final six minutes in Detroit's opening victory over Indiana.</p> <p>Kennard scored 30 points, a career best, and matched his career high with six 3s.</p> <p>Domantas Sabonis had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana. Myles Turner added 25 points, and Malcolm Brogdon had 22 in his Pacers debut.</p> <p>HORNETS 126, BULLS 125</p> <p>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Rookie PJ Washington hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points to help Charlotte open the post-Kemba Walker era with a victory over Chicago.</p> <p>The Hornets made 23 3-pointers, the most in franchise history in a regulation game. The record is 24 in a double-overtime game. Devonte Graham had 23 points on 6-of-7 3-point shooting and added eight assists.</p> <p>Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 35 points and 17 rebounds.</p> <p>MAGIC 94, CAVALIERS 85</p> <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and nine rebounds in Orlando's victory over Cleveland.</p> <p>Evan Fournier scored 16 points for Orlando, and Markelle Fultz had 12 points and six assists in his Magic debut. Kevin Love had 11 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland in John Beilein's first game as coach.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/irving-50-points-brooklyn-debut-nets-fall-wolves-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/irving-50-points-brooklyn-debut-nets-fall-wolves Kyrie Irving drops 50 in Nets debut; Celtics fall in first game of Kemba Walker era https://weeknews.org/nets/kyrie-irving-drops-50-nets-debut-celtics-fall-game-kemba-walker-era-00608482 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:04:28 +0000 <div> <section> <figure> <iframe src="https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/omnisport/3a/5/kyrie-irving_thcbxd375gtb1jnrl77bd4y45.jpg?t=-63974099&w=%7Bwidth%7D&quality=80" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe></figure></section><section> <p>Kyrie Irving's impact was felt in two cities Wednesday.</p> <p>Irving scored 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting in his Nets debut, but Brooklyn fell to the Timberwolves in overtime 127-126.</p> <p>Then in Philadelphia, in the first Celtics game without Kyrie Irving on the roster in two years, Boston fell to the 76ers 107-93.</p> <p>Kemba Walker scored 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting and 1-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point line.</p> <p>It looks like it's going to take some time for both organizations to adjust to the Irving effect.</p> <h3>Studs of the Night</h3> <p>PJ Washington set a Hornets rookie record by making seven 3-pointers in Charlotte's 126-125 win over the Bulls. He also had 27 points in his NBA debut.</p> <p>Andre Drummond had 32 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks in the Pistons' 119-110 win over the Pacers.</p> <h3>Duds of the Night</h3> <p>Pacers guard Aaron Holiday scored zero points on 0-of-6 shooting and 0-of-1 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. That's probably the reason he only played seven minutes.</p> <h3>Highlight</h3> <p>Markelle Fultz's career with the Magic is off to a good start after a 94-85 win over the Cavaliers. He also threw one down in transition.</p> <h3>What's Next</h3> <p><strong>Bucks (0-0) at Rockets (0-0) 8 p.m. ET, TNT -</strong> It's Russell Westbrook's Rockets debut and now we get to see how he will work with James Harden. The two played together in Oklahoma City, but their usage rates weren't nearly as high then as they are now. Oh, and we'll see how Giannis Antetokounmpo's shot has improved and if he'll be more willing to shoot from beyond the arc.</p> </section></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/kyrie-irving-drops-50-nets-debut-celtics-fall-game-kemba-walker-era-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nets https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-drops-50-nets-debut-celtics-fall-game-kemba-walker-era Flamengo beats Gremio 5-0 to reach Copa Libertadores final https://weeknews.org/sport/flamengo-beats-gremio-5-0-reach-copa-libertadores-final-60664480 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:03:20 +0000 <div> <p>Gabriel of Brazil's Flamengo celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Copa Libertadores semifinal second leg soccer match against Brazil's Gremio at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo</p> <p>Brazil's Flamengo outclassed compatriots Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday and will play the Copa Libertadores final against defending champions River Plate of Argentina.</p> <p>The Rio de Janeiro side opened the scoring at the Maracana Stadium with Bruno Henrique in the 42nd minute.</p> <p>But the best entertainment for more than 70,000 home fans came in the second half.</p> <p>Gabriel Barbosa scored in the 46th and 56th minutes. Spaniard Pablo Mari added the fourth in the 67th minute and Rodrigo Caio finished the scoring in the 70th.</p> <p>The first leg ended 1-1 in Porto Alegre earlier in October.</p> <p>The result at the Maracana was three-time winner Gremio's worst result in its history in the tournament.</p> <p>Flamengo seeks its second title in the tournament. The first came in 1981 with Zico as the team's main player.</p> <p>The Brazilians will face River at Santiago's Estadio Nacional on Nov. 23 in the first single-match final of the South American tournament.</p> <p>Striker Bruno Henrique said Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus had to be praised for taking Flamengo to the Copa Libertadores final for the first time in 38 years.</p> <p>"Jesus gave us the pleasure to play soccer again, he deserves all the credit for us being here," Henrique said.</p> <p>Flamengo was nearly eliminated in the round-of-16 by Ecuador's Emelec and had to advance on penalties after a 2-0 win at home.</p> <p>River advanced after losing 1-0 to archrivals Boca at La Bombonera stadium. It had won the first leg 2-0 at home.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/64ju1d/picture236486138/alternates/LANDSCAPE_1140/WilliamShogran.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/flamengo-beats-gremio-5-0-reach-copa-libertadores-final Irving scores 50 but misses last shot, Wolves top Nets in OT https://weeknews.org/knicks/irving-scores-50-misses-shot-wolves-top-nets-ot-42064686 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:03:01 +0000 <div> <h3>Irving scores 50 but misses last shot, Wolves top Nets in OT</h3> <p><em>Posted: </em><em>Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT</em><em>Updated: </em><em>Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:39 PM EDT</em></p> <p>NEW YORK (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night.<br> <br>Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.<br> <br>Irving had the ball in his hands with a chance to cap his dazzling debut with a victory, following a Nets timeout. He ran the clock down and then began his drive, but lost his balance near the foul line. He retained his dribble, got up and shot, but his jumper missed.<br> <br>After signing with the Nets in July, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe's record for most points by a player in his first game with a team. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.<br> <br>Irving finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert added 20 points.</p> <p>(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/irving-scores-50-misses-shot-wolves-top-nets-ot-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Knicks https://weeknews.org/news/irving-scores-50-misses-shot-wolves-top-nets-ot NBA roundup: Timberwolves spoil Irving's debut with Nets https://weeknews.org/nba/nba-roundup-timberwolves-spoil-irving-debut-nets-48868688 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:01:54 +0000 <div> <p>NEW YORK - Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night.</p> <p>Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.</p> <p>Irving had the ball in his hands with a chance to cap his dazzling debut with a victory, following a Nets timeout. He ran the clock down and then began his drive, but lost his balance near the foul line. He retained his dribble, got up and shot, but his jumper missed.</p> <p>Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe's record for most points by a player in his first game with a team. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.</p> <p>Irving finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert added 20 points.</p> <p><b>PISTONS 119, PACERS 110:</b> Andre Drummond matched his career high with 32 points and had 23 rebounds, and Luke Kennard made three 3-pointers in the final six minutes to help Detroit pull away for a victory at Indiana.</p> <p>Drummond fell one rebound short of his career best. Kennard scored 30 points, a career best, and matched his career high with six 3s.</p> <p><b>HORNETS 126, BULLS 125:</b> Rookie PJ Washington erupted for 27 points on seven 3-pointers, and Charlotte opened the post-Kemba Walker era with a come-from-behind 126-125 win over visiting Chicago.</p> <p>The Hornets made 23 3-pointers, the most in franchise history in a regulation game. Their record is 24 in a double-overtime game.</p> <p>Devonte Graham was a difference-maker off the bench with 23 points on 6-of-7 3-point shooting to go along with eight assists. Marvin Williams had 17 points on five 3s.</p> <p><b>MAGIC 94, CAVALIERS 85:</b> Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Orlando won at home.</p> <p><b>HEAT 120, GRIZZLIES 101:</b> Justise Winslow scored 27 points, Kendrick Nunn scored 24 in his NBA debut, and Miami ran away in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Memphis.</p> <b>NOTES</b> <p><b>SALT LAKE CITY</b> will host the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.</p> <p>Commissioner Adam Silver said Salt Lake City's track record of hosting major sporting events, such as the 2002 Winter Olympics, and recent arena upgrades swayed the NBA into selecting the city. It will be the 30th anniversary of Utah's only other All-Star Game.</p> <p><b>HEAT:</b> Jimmy Butler's debut for Miami will be delayed by a few days.</p> <p>Butler was ruled out of the season-opener against Memphis on Wednesday for what the team is calling "personal reasons."</p> <p>Butler was the big offseason acquisition for the Heat this past summer, agreeing to a four-year deal in a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia.</p> <p>Miami was also without guard Dion Waiters, who served a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.</p> <p><b>HAWKS:</b> Atlanta claimed guard Tyrone Wallace off waivers from the Minnesota Timberwolves.</p> <p>Wallace played in 92 games, including 19 starts, with the Los Angeles Clippers the last two seasons.</p> <p><b>CLIPPERS: </b>Guard Patrick Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a ball into the stands at the end of a 112-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/i0.wp.com/multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/10/2019/10/AP19297034478689.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://weeknews.org/news/nba-roundup-timberwolves-spoil-irving-debut-nets Here's What The Controversial 'Quantum Supremacy' Claim From Google Really Means https://weeknews.org/research/controversial-quantum-supremacy-claim-google-means-62664260 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:01:30 +0000 <div> <p>A powerhouse team led by researchers from Google, NASA, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is officially claiming to have achieved the technological milestone of quantum supremacy.</p> <p>In a new paper released this week, the scientists explain how they developed a quantum processor that could perform a complex computational task in a little over 3 minutes. By contrast, a state-of-the-art classical supercomputer would need about 10,000 years to run the same numbers.</p> <p>That massive gap in time, in a nutshell, represents something that physicists and computer scientists have long predicted: the threshold where quantum computers become able to solve problems that traditional binary computers (even massively powerful ones) simply cannot, in practical terms.</p> <p>"This experiment establishes that today's quantum computers can outperform the best conventional computing for a synthetic benchmark," says Travis Humble, the director of Oak Ridge's Quantum Computing Institute.</p> <p>"There have been other efforts to try this, but our team is the first to demonstrate this result on a real system."</p> <p>So, we knew this moment was coming. Not just because quantum supremacy as a concept has been envisaged broadly for decades (although the specific term as used today was only articulated in 2012).</p> <p>But also because you might remember that the Google-led paper leaked early a month ago, giving the world a sneak-peek at the revolutionary claims, now officially published in <em>Nature</em>.</p> <p>That, uh, preview gave other quantum researchers time to deliberate over Google's experiment and thesis, and not everybody is convinced that the era of quantum supremacy has truly dawned.</p> <p>Most sensationally, researchers at IBM have claimed that the traditional supercomputer used in Google's experiment (IBM's own Summit machine), wasn't utilised efficiently, which they say explains the less-than-flattering 10,000-year time lag.</p> <p>By calibrating Summit differently for the same experiment, IBM argues "an ideal simulation of the same task can be performed on a classical system in 2.5 days and with far greater fidelity" - and the researchers have published both a blog post and a working paper to make their case.</p> <p>Controversies like this, given the extremely technical and scientifically esoteric nature of the research and concepts involved, are not surprising. In fact, they too have been predicted.</p> <p>"While we believe that some quantum computations will be out of reach of any conventional computer, it is a challenge to argue that any particular set of processes cannot be simulated through some suitable trick," quantum information theorist Stephen Bartlett from the University of Sydney told ScienceAlert last month.</p> <p>"I suspect that the first claims of quantum supremacy will be followed by a lengthy period of contention, where scientists push the limits of conventional supercomputers to find a way to simulate these claimed demonstrations."</p> <p>In effect, this technological grey area is where the field may now be focused for some time, as researchers double down, striving to test the limits of advanced, conventional supercomputers against the fledgling abilities of the world's most advanced (and yet still very early) quantum computers.</p> <p>The debate is not one that ruffles the feathers of the Google-led research team, in any case.</p> <p>"It is likely that the classical simulation time, currently estimated at 10,000 years, will be reduced by improved classical hardware and algorithms, but, since we are currently 1.5 trillion times faster, we feel comfortable laying claim to this achievement," says one of the group, Brooks Foxen from UC Santa Barbara.</p> <p>In a call with media, Google's lead researcher John Martinis said IBM's initial retort remained hypothetical, and had to be substantiated.</p> <p>"We're looking forward to when people actually run the idea on Summit and check it and check our data because that's part of the scientific process - not just proposing it but actually running it and checking it," Martinis said.</p> <p>"At the same time we'll be making our quantum computers better."</p> <p>Despite the claims and counter-claims, the fact that several of the world's leading quantum computing scientists are even having this debate suggests that the horizon of quantum supremacy, however messily and contentiously, has been reached.</p> <p>In a commentary piece on Google's paper, MIT researcher William Oliver likens Google's accomplishment to the Wright brothers' first flights.</p> <p>"Their aeroplane, the Wright Flyer, wasn't the first airborne vehicle to fly, and it didn't solve any pressing transport problem. Nor did it herald the widespread adoption of planes or mark the beginning of the end for other modes of transport," Oliver writes.</p> <p>"Instead, the event is remembered for having shown a new operational regime - the self-propelled flight of an aircraft that was heavier than air. It is what the event represented, rather than what it practically accomplished, that was paramount.</p> <p>"And so it is with this first report of quantum computational supremacy."</p> <p>The findings are reported in .</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.sciencealert.com/images/2019-10/processed/012-sycamore-quantum-supremacy-x_1024.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Research https://weeknews.org/news/controversial-quantum-supremacy-claim-google-means Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black pumpkins over blackface concerns https://weeknews.org/business/bed-bath-pulls-black-pumpkins-blackface-concerns-60404462 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:00:41 +0000 <div> <p>TAMPA (WFLA/CNN) - Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond has removed black jack-o-lanterns after receiving complaints they were forms of blackface. </p> <p>A controversial Halloween display at a law firm has some Nyack, New York residents asking - black pumpkin or blackface?</p> <p>NAACP director Wilbur Aldridge says the jack-o-lanterns show "An extreme lack of sensitivity."</p> <p>"By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in blackface is offensive," he said in a statement. "Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase."</p> <p>I think they did the right thing but I also think that they're entitled to the way they feel."</p> <p>And with this reaction, the law firm decided to take those pumpkins down less than 48 hours after setting them out on the porch. </p> <p>Mary Marzella with the firm says the pumpkins personalized with the names of each partner at the Feerick Nugent and McCartney law firm were never meant to offend anyone. </p> <p>"We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down," Marzella said. "We represent people of all colors and faiths and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community." </p> <p>Bed Bath and Beyond has sinced apologize saying "This is a sensitive area and, though unintentional, we apologize for any offence caused. We have immediately removed the item from sale."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.wfla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/71/2019/10/Sketch-of-suspect-in-Lakeland-homicide-.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://weeknews.org/news/bed-bath-pulls-black-pumpkins-blackface-concerns Kelly Ripa Shares Hot 'Thirst Trappy' Photo Of Husband Mark Conseulos Shirtless In Bed https://weeknews.org/instagram/kelly-ripa-shares-hot-thirsttrappy-photo-husband-markconseulos-shirtless-bed-20008444 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:00:22 +0000 <div> <img src="https://pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/erin_silvia1.jpg?w=64&h=64&crop=1"><h3>Kelly Ripa had a little fun when she shared a gorgeous and sexy photo of her husband Mark Consuelos spending time with her in bed on Oct. 23 and used it to promote his television series 'Riverdale'.</h3> <p><strong>Kelly Ripa</strong>, 49, didn't mind letting her Instagram followers get a little sneak peek of what her husband, <strong>Mark Consuelos</strong>, 48, looks like in bed on Oct. 23 when she posted an eye-catching photo of the hunk! The proud wife shared the steamy pic, which showed her and a shirtless Mark laying in bed together under white sheets, to help promote the newest episode of his television series <em>Riverdale</em>, which airs on the same day of her post. "This is your thirst trappy reminder to watch an all NUDE #riverdale TONIGHT on @thecwriverdale 8/7 central. Did i say nude? I meant new 🔥💦" she teasingly wrote in the caption for the pic. </p> <p>Kelly's photo brought on a lot of responses from her friends and followers and they all seemed to agree that Mark was looking pretty good. "THANK YOU KELLY!!!!!" actress <strong>Lisa Rinna</strong>, 56, wrote. "😂 Girl -yo daddy is juicy! 💦" <strong>Holly Robinson Peete</strong>, 55, also commented. "Omg.🔥🔥" <strong>Debi Mazar</strong> 's response read while other followers called them the "hottest couple ever".</p> <p>Kelly's latest post isn't the first time she got flirty with a pic of Mark, who she's been married to since 1996. The talk show host shared an old school photo of the former <em>All My Children</em> actor on July 18, and gushed about his good looks in the caption. "#Tbt 1996 Capri. This is NOT the reverse of the old age app it's [Mark] on our honeymoon 🇮🇹♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ #babyface and #daddy," it read.</p> <p>It's great to see Kelly and Mark, who share children <strong>Michael</strong>, 22, <strong>Lola</strong>, 18, and<strong> Joaquin</strong>, 16, together, still appreciating each other every second they get after 23 years of marriage!</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/kelly-ripa-ftr.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Instagram https://weeknews.org/news/kelly-ripa-shares-hot-thirsttrappy-photo-husband-markconseulos-shirtless-bed Nets Takeaways from Wednesday's 127-126 OT loss to Timberwolves, including Kyrie Irving's historic debut https://weeknews.org/sport/nets-takeaways-wednesday-127-126-ot-loss-timberwolves-including-kyrie-irving-historic-debut-42084288 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:59:54 +0000 <div> <p>The Brooklyn Nets fell 127-126 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime of Wednesday's 2019-20 season opener at Barclays Center. >> Box Score</p> <h3>Six things to know from Wednesday's game...</h3> <p><b>1)</b> <b>Kyrie Irving</b>'s homecoming to the Nets, the team he grew up rooting for while the franchise was in New Jersey, was historic. With 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting, Irving set the Nets' -- and the NBA's -- single-game record for scoring in a player's new-team debut. Irving added a 7-of-14 clip from three-point range, plus seven assists and eight rebounds, for the Nets' offense in what was an all-around effort. Perhaps most notable, Irving did not turn the ball over once. Despite a facial fracture that handicapped him throughout the preseason, Irving did not wear a mask as he made his season debut. </p> <p><b>2)</b> Irving played with fire after an emotional pregame speech. Upon addressing the home crowd before the opening tip, Irving said he was "eternally grateful to be here." Midway through the brief statement, Irving stopped to gather his thoughts and said, "it's just hitting me right now." Irving continued: "I appreciate you guys and I look forward to you guys supporting us all season. Let's go, Nets." The passion poured out late in the game especially, highlighted by eight straight points from the 2:19 mark of the fourth quarter to the 1:16 point, giving the Nets a 115-112 lead and forcing the Timberwolves' timeout four seconds later. Irving's big moments continued into overtime, but he was ultimately unable to give the Nets' the game-winning shot, missing a 15-foot jump shot as time expired on the final possession.</p> <p><b>3) </b>The Nets' starting five with Irving included <b>Caris LeVert</b>, <b>Joe Harris</b>, <b>Taurean Prince</b> and <b>Jarrett Allen</b>. While Irving did the heavy lifting in the first half with 25 points, the Nets fell down 33-22 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 68-56 into the locker room. Then the Nets clawed back in the third quarter with their 37-20 run as they recaptured the 93-88 lead into the final frame. The 37 points in the third broke the Nets' franchise scoring mark in a quarter for a season opener.</p> <p><b>4)</b> Among the supporting cast for Irving, LeVert looked sharp, picking up where he left off from his surging performance during April's 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. LeVert followed Irving with 20 points on 9-of-19 shooting, grabbing five rebounds and dishing four assists in a role at the two that complemented the one (Irving) well. Prince (15 points) and Harris (14 points) joined LeVert and Irving among the Nets' starters to hit double figures, while <b>Spencer Dinwiddie</b> pitched in 14 points off the bench. </p> <p><b>5)</b> Dinwiddie played well off the bench, but the Nets needed more from role players such as Allen and <b>Deandre Jordan</b>. The two post players contributed little on offense and struggled to contain the Timberwolves' top threat between the post and perimeter. <b>Karl-Anthony Towns </b>dropped a double-double with 36 points and 14 rebounds, going 11 for 22 from the field and drilling 7 of 11 triples. Allen had a chance to ice the game and give the Nets the lead at 115-115 with 5.7 seconds left off a pass from Irving while driving into the lane, but missed two free throws. Prince grabbed the offensive rebound, but Towns blocked the attempted put-back and the game went into overtime.</p> <p><b>6)</b> Welcomed during the Nets' pregame introductions, <b>Kevin Durant</b> and Irving received loud cheers, respectively, going first and last from out the tunnel and onto the Barclays Center hardwood. Dressed in a blazer, white t-shoirt and pants as he starts out his first year with the Nets and works back from offseason surgery for a ruptured Achilles, Durant had the best seat at Barclays Center for Brooklyn's battle.</p> <h3>Highlights</h3> <blockquote> <p>Kyrie Irving with his first bucket as a Net.<br><br> (via@NBA) pic.twitter.com/ptVUia20SB</p> - SNY (@SNYtv) October 23, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>THIS MAN IS ELECTRIC. 4️⃣3️⃣ FOR @KyrieIrving!!! pic.twitter.com/gjKHdx2Ev4</p> - Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Kyrie Irving dropped 50 in his Nets debut, but couldn't get the buzzer beater to go that would've given the Nets the win. pic.twitter.com/pVXBkImXOH</p> - SNY (@SNYtv) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <h3>What's next</h3> <p>The Nets remain home Friday with the first of four games on the year against the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. Before the crosstown rivalry renews, the Nets are slated to hand out Irving jerseys for the first 10,000 fans -- believed as a jab at the Knicks, who missed out on Irving in free agency over the summer.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/content.sny.tv/assets/images/2/5/2/311273252/cuts/750x422/cut.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/nets-takeaways-wednesday-127-126-ot-loss-timberwolves-including-kyrie-irving-historic-debut Red-hot Simmons steamrolls Celtics https://weeknews.org/nba/season-simmons-starts-sizzle-aussie-star-leads-sixers-celtics-02264248 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:59:43 +0000 <div> <p>There were no three-point attempts for Ben Simmons in a game where both teams were atrocious from long-range but as far as statement games go this was what Philadelphia fans were looking for first-up from their Australian point guard.</p> <p>Simmons was quite simply the best player on the court as the 76ers bumped and bruised their way to a 107-93 win in Thursday's season-opener at home.</p> <p>Showcasing the aggressive intent and willingness to lead coach Brett Brown expects in year three, Simmons finished with a team-high 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.</p> <p>On a night where franchise centre Joel Embiid and new front court teammate Al Horford suffered through foul trouble and poor shooting - and the 76ers were an ugly 7/29 from three - Simmons carried the scoring load to secure a win against a team that has given Philly fits the past two years.</p> <p>"We'll have a chance to see that frequently," Brown said. "He's so gifted physically but now it's started to morph into a mentality ... it's a powerful combination."</p> <p>He again showed why he doesn't need a jumpshot to dominate NBA games and while that's proven to be a problem come play-off time, it's not in October.</p> <p>Simmons showed off his unique athleticism, body control and finishing ability to lay-in some sensational finishes - none better than artful right-handed conversion on a fast break.</p> <p>A season that carries championship-level expectations for Philadelphia began in positive fashion.</p> <p>The lack of shooting is a problem that needs to be solved and Philly won't always be easy to watch this season.</p> <p>But holding a team that averaged more than 112 points per game last season to 93 showed their potential to be a defensive nightmare.</p> <p>Ex-Hornets guard Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum have new-found responsibility after the departures of Horford and Kyrie Irving but finished a combined 12/40.</p> <p>Gordon Hayward was a more encouraging 8/15 for 25 points as he seeks to re-establish himself as an elite player.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/season-simmons-starts-sizzle-aussie-star-leads-sixers-celtics-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://weeknews.org/news/season-simmons-starts-sizzle-aussie-star-leads-sixers-celtics The Congressman Who Grilled Mark Zuckerberg About Vaccines Is Sharing Anti-Vax Conspiracy Theories on Facebook https://weeknews.org/technology/congressman-grilled-mark-zuckerberg-vaccines-sharing-anti-vax-conspiracy-theories-facebook-08620880 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:59:36 +0000 <div> <p> </p><ol> <li> The Lines of Code That Changed Everything </li> <li> How Did a Cult Beauty Brand Get in Trouble With the FTC? </li> <li> The Latest Desperate Move From Instagram Influencer Wannabes </li> <li> Why Mark Zuckerberg Keeps Saying Facebook Needs to Win Against China </li> </ol> <p>On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee to allay concerns about Libra, the cryptocurrency that the company hopes to launch as a global payments system. However, many members of Congress clearly had other axes to grind with the tech giant, pushing Zuckerberg on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, child exploitation on the platform, and election interference. One of the most bizarre digressions during the hearing, though, had to do with vaccines. Rep. Bill Posey, a Florida Republican, used his five minutes to implore Zuckerberg to allow vaccine critics to air their opinions on Facebook in light of the CEO's recent proclamations about free speech on the platform. A clip of the exchange is below:</p> <p> </p><blockquote> <p>Here's the weird interaction where Rep. Posey used his time to spout some anti-vax talking points and then quiz Zuckerberg on why Facebook is stopping people from spouting dangerous anti-vax misinformation. pic.twitter.com/2KpCmYHndd</p>- Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) October 23, 2019 </blockquote> <p>Though Posey has insisted that he is "pro-vaccine," he has a history of promoting the anti-vaccine movement. He's been supportive of prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and peddled conspiracy theories that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to cover up studies proving a link between vaccines and autism. He's misrepresented the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund, a popular hobby horse among vaccine conspiracy theorists, insisting that its payments to people who claim to have been harmed by vaccines proves that they're dangerous. (Around 70 percent of the payments were for cases in which the government did not conclude that there was any actual vaccine harm.) What's more, Posey has repeatedly promoted these vaccine conspiracy theories on his Facebook pages.</p> <p>Slate found more than two dozen posts on Posey's congressional, public figure, and campaign pages promoting vaccine skepticism and misinformation. In fact, Posey's official page shared a post while the hearing was still in session that applauded him for challenging Zuckerberg and pushed the theory about the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund. In other cases, Posey has shared links to websites that falsely establish a relationship between autism and vaccines, such as Age of Autism and Truth in Media, and pages for anti-vax organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund and Texans for Vaccine Choice. The congressman also posted a link to a petition pressing Congress to hold hearings on "CDC Fraudulent Pediatric Vaccine Research" and shared news that Robert De Niro had defended the screening of an anti-vax documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival with a caption that further pushes the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund conspiracy theory. (Posey did not post that De Niro eventually decided to pull the documentary from the festival.) He advertised the documentary in another post. Posey also, at times, shares YouTube links to speeches he's given on vaccines in Congress, and pictures featuring antivax figures with hashtags like #TheTruthAboutVaccines.</p> <p>Posey's public figure page in fact has a picture album labeled "Autism" that contains a link to Age of Autism, an anti-vaccine "daily web newspaper."</p> <p>A congressman like Posey is a conundrum for Facebook, because the company has been aggressive in tamping down on vaccine misinformation, especially concerning dubious claims of autism links that could convince parents not to vaccinate their children against diseases. In response to Posey's question during the hearing, Zuckerberg said, "We try to focus on misinformation that has the potential to lead to physical harm or imminent harm, and that can include especially misleading health advice." In March, the company announced that it would take a series of steps to stem the spread of vaccine misinformation on Facebook and Instagram, such as rejecting false ads about vaccines, demoting pages and posts that promote dubious vaccine claims in news feed and search rankings, and in some cases removing access to fundraising tools for those pages. In September, the company debuted pop-up windows and headers directing people who stumble upon anti-vaccine pages to instead check out CDC and World Health Organization websites containing accurate information on the matter. Rather than removing this false content, Facebook instead opts to curb it.</p> <p>Last Thursday, Zuckerberg gave what he purported to be his " most comprehensive take" on free speech at Georgetown University. In his address, the CEO presented himself as a champion of free expression and declared that Facebook should not be picking and choosing who can have a voice on the platform. Zuckerberg's sermon was partly in response to criticisms that Facebook has received for refusing to remove ads from the Donald Trump campaign that made false accusations about Joe Biden's activities in Ukraine. The company maintained that politicians are exempt from the platform's third-party fact-checking program and its policies on false ads. Zuckerberg defended the move during Wednesday's hearing by arguing, "We believe that in a democracy it is important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying."</p> <p>How would Facebook handle a politician like Posey, who spreads misinformation about vaccines? Shortly after Zuckerberg's exchange with the congressman, the Atlantic asked Facebook whether it would allow a politician to run false ads about vaccines. Facebook responded that it would not run the ad through its fact-checking program, but that it would be subject to the same restrictions that are placed on other ads from civilians. The company's policies specifically ban ads containing vaccine misinformation, so this was all just a long way of saying that the ad would be rejected. Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, has also noted that the company will not run an ad that " endangers people," even if it's coming from a politician. Though the company might make speech exceptions for politicians, it won't go as far as to allow them to spread misinformation about vaccines or other health issues.</p> <p>But what about posts from a politician containing vaccine conspiracy theories that aren't ads?</p> <p>A Facebook spokesperson told Slate that speech by politicians does fall under its vaccine misinformation regulations. If a politician repeatedly posts debunked information, Facebook will reduce the distribution of those posts by removing them from search recommendations and ranking them lower in the news feed. The spokesperson did not comment when asked whether these actions had been taken against Posey.</p> <p>Posey's pages, however, do seem to be escaping at least some of the sanctions that Facebook normally places on vaccine misinformation pages. None of his pages or individual posts has the pop-up windows or headers linking to accurate vaccine information from the WHO or CDC. These warning do show up on pages for the Children's Heath Defense and Texans for Vaccine Choice, both of which Posey has promoted on his timeline. His pages also continue to show up in search recommendations. At least as of Wednesday night, Posey is free to say what he wants about vaccines on Facebook, just as he is in a congressional hearing to Facebook's CEO.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/congressman-grilled-mark-zuckerberg-vaccines-sharing-anti-vax-conspiracy-theories-facebook-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://weeknews.org/news/congressman-grilled-mark-zuckerberg-vaccines-sharing-anti-vax-conspiracy-theories-facebook If the Mavericks are going to make the playoffs in wild West, they must make a trade https://weeknews.org/cuba/mavericks-playoffs-wild-west-trade-42862206 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:57:54 +0000 <div> <p>The Dallas Mavericks season started on Wednesday, and their first priority is to make a trade immediately.</p> <p>If the Mavs are to fulfill their ambition of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, their opening night roster will not suffice. They have to find another scorer.</p> <p>The Western Conference is more loaded than a drunk.</p> <p>Former Mavs coach Don Nelson once said that all NBA players can score; that they led their high school, AAU or college team in scoring. The question is whether or not you can win with that guy as a primary scorer.</p> <p>In order to just be the eighth seed in the West, the Mavs will need Tim Hardaway Jr., Justin Jackson or Delon Wright to be that guy to complement to Eastern-European duo of The Luka and The Zingis.</p> <p>"We're a team that's going to have a certain balance," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "I don't want to be a team with top-heavy scoring."</p> <p>About that ... the respective career scoring averages of Hardaway, Jackson and Wright are, in order, 13.1 points per game, 7.0 and 7.4.</p> <p>With Luka Doncic entering his second year, and the healthy return of Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavs have two scorers who should combine for approximately 40 points per game, while creating another 15 to 18 on assists or second-chance opportunities for others.</p> <p>On the best teams there is a delineation from the top two players and the rest of the roster. The gap between the Mavs' best two players and the rest of the roster happens to be a bit bigger than every hopeful NBA team.</p> <p>By "big" think Pacific Ocean.</p> <p>Hardaway scored it well enough with the Knicks, but durability is a concern. He is healthy right now, but injuries kept him out of large chunks of each of the last two years.</p> <p>In keeping with that troubling trend, Hardaway rolled his right ankle in the first half of the season-opener against the Wizards; it looked worse. He was cleared to return shortly after limping off the floor.</p> <p>Both Wright and Jackson have good size to be a slasher; they just have to prove to be a threat for other NBA defenders.</p> <p>"It's something you have to want and to strive for," Jackson said. "It can't be something that you are pressing for. Of course I would love that. For one, it would help our team. The consistency is the key. That's my goal."</p> <p>The question for all three is whether they can be productive players for a winning team; it's one thing for a player to score a lot in an NBA game for a team that loses, and quite another for a team that wins.</p> <h3>Mavs face obstacles to improving roster</h3> <p>The Mavs have a few obstacles in upgrading their roster during the season. They don't have immediate first-round picks. They don't have many assets that other teams want. They don't have attractive expiring contracts.</p> <p>The most in-demand player on their roster is second-year point guard Jalen Brunson, whom they would be stupid to trade at this point. He has the look of a player who could be the steal of the 2018 NBA draft.</p> <p>To complete the trade to acquire Porzingis, the Mavs dealt a pair of future first round draft picks to the New York Knicks.</p> <p>Their most attractive expiring contract belongs to veteran journeyman Courtney Lee; every other player of note on the roster is locked in for an additional season.</p> <p>The roster's deficiencies would not be such an issue if the Western Conference was not so stacked. You know things are rough when an LA Lakers roster that features LeBron James and Anthony Davis are not the best NBA team in that city.</p> <p>Other than the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies, it's easier to find a Republican who agrees with a Democrat than an easy win in the Western Conference.</p> <p>"Is the West as good as it was last year?" Carlisle asked. "Yes, I would say it's every bit as good."</p> <p>If the Mavs are somehow going to reach the eighth spot in the West, given their team, they will have to do it with what they have.</p> <p>What they have is an upgrade over last season.</p> <p>What they have are two of the better players in the NBA.</p> <p>What they have is a fun NBA team that will be fun to watch.</p> <p>What they have simply is not enough.</p> <p> </p><p> <img src="https://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/jh81sr/picture222493505/alternates/FREE_480/MacEngel-Profile.jpg"></p> <p> <img src="https://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/jh81sr/picture222493505/alternates/FREE_480/MacEngel-Profile.jpg"></p> <p> SUBSCRIBE TODAY </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/vyugf0/picture236587993/alternates/LANDSCAPE_1140/Mavs%20Porzingis.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Cuba https://weeknews.org/news/mavericks-playoffs-wild-west-trade Flamengo 5-0 Gremio (6-1 agg): Gabigol leads hosts into Copa Lib final against River | FOOTBALL News | Stadium Astro https://weeknews.org/sport/flamengo-5-0-gremio-6-1-agg-gabigol-leads-hosts-copa-lib-final-river-60426284 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:57:03 +0000 <div> <p>Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa led the way as Flamengo routed Brazilian rivals Gremio 5-0 to reach the Copa Libertadores final.</p> <p>Gabigol scored twice at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, where Flamengo cruised to a 6-1 aggregate triumph on Wednesday.</p> <p>Flamengo will now face defending champions River Plate in the Libertadores final in Santiago on November 23.</p> <p>The semi-final tie was deadlocked at 1-1 following Flamengo's draw at Gremio in the opening leg on October 2, but Jorge Jesus' men blew the match wide open after half-time.</p> <blockquote> <p> Hoje tem gol do... pic.twitter.com/53kGLfth00</p> - CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) October 24, 2019 </blockquote> <p>After Bruno Henrique broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, Gabigol doubled the lead with a thunderous half-volley into the roof of the net within a minute of the second-half restart.</p> <p>Gabigol - on loan from Serie A giants Inter - made it 3-0 after converting a 56th-minute penalty before Pablo Mari headed past Paulo Victor 11 minutes later.</p> <p>Flamengo - champions in 1981 - showed no mercy as Rodrigo Caio scored the team's fifth goal via a glancing header 19 minutes from the end.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/flamengo-5-0-gremio-6-1-agg-gabigol-leads-hosts-copa-lib-final-river-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/flamengo-5-0-gremio-6-1-agg-gabigol-leads-hosts-copa-lib-final-river NBA world reacts to Kyrie Irving dropping 50 in Nets debut https://weeknews.org/nba/nba-world-reacts-kyrie-irving-dropping-50-nets-debut-62624220 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:56:16 +0000 <div> <p> Kyrie Irving did a thing in his Brooklyn Nets debut against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. In fact, Irving did 50 things. That's how many points the dude scored in an emotion-filled evening in New York City.</p> <p>Irving was absolutely brilliant in front of the home crowd, hitting big shot after big shot.</p> <p> </p><blockquote> <p>Kyrie Irving taking that Rucker Park thing a bit too literally for #WeGohard pic.twitter.com/M0m2ulikha</p>- Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) October 24, 2019</blockquote> <p>In addition to dropping 50 points, Irving grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists while committing zero turnovers.</p> <p>Despite missing a potential game-winning shot in overtime, the NBA world was still in awe over Irving's performance. Here's the best reactions.</p> <p> </p><blockquote> <p>i know the nba is extremely weird because every time i see any kind of flat earth tweet i automatically assume that kyrie irving has just done something incredible in a basketball game lol</p>- Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) October 24, 2019</blockquote> <p> </p><blockquote> <p>Kyrie tonight: 43-7-7, 58% (15-25)<br><br>Kyrie's Boston opener last year: 7-4-7 (2-14)</p>- Josh Eberley (@JoshEberley) October 24, 2019</blockquote> <p> </p><blockquote> <p>Kyrie Irving putting on a SHOW in his Nets debut. My goodness.</p>- Jake Brown (@JakeBrownRadio) October 24, 2019</blockquote> <p> </p><blockquote> <p>Kyrie come on bro, they got families.</p>- DMCA got me outta here (@bigbizthegod) October 24, 2019</blockquote> <p>This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.yardbarker.com/media/e/b/eb0f11a3824a865aae19709e75b7210eb9790490/thumb_16x9/13534449.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://weeknews.org/news/nba-world-reacts-kyrie-irving-dropping-50-nets-debut Tesla shares rev higher after update on profits, China https://weeknews.org/china/tesla-shares-rev-higher-update-profits-china-24282440 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:55:23 +0000 <div> <p>San Francisco (AFP) - Tesla shares raced higher in after-hours trading Wednesday following the company's announcement that its factory in China had started production and quarterly financial results that beat expectations.</p> <p>Shares in Tesla climbed more than 20 percent after the electric carmaker, which had been expected to post a loss, reported a profit of $143 million on revenue of $5.4 billion in the third quarter ending September 30.</p> <p>Tesla said it is producing vehicles "on a trial basis" at its so-called Gigafactory in Shanghai, which will help boost global production and sales.</p> <p>Tesla chief executive Elon Musk was optimistic that the Shanghai factory could begin cranking out Model Y vehicles by the middle of next year, and believed the new model has the potential to be a huge seller.</p> <p>The company has been dogged by concerns it may not be able to ramp up production to meet demand and that Musk may have overstated Tesla's goals for sales and technology improvements.</p> <p>Musk has predicted the company may be able to deliver self-driving cars by 2020, though analysts are skeptical.</p> <p>Improvements to "Smart Summon," a feature that allows owners to summon their car with a smartphone app, are also expected, he said.</p> <p>Musk touted the tool as a step toward fully autonomous vehicles and said that an over-the-air software update will be pushed out in the coming weeks.</p> <p>- 'Robotaxi' future -</p> <p>Tesla, a contender in the race to produce fully self-driving cars, last month issued a software update that included "Smart Summon."</p> <p>Under the feature, an app acts as a remote control which allows an owner to beckon their car, although Tesla advised they keep the vehicle in sight the whole time.</p> <p>"We have Auto Pilot on the highway, and slow-speed Summon," Musk said while discussing the road to self-driving Teslas on an earnings call.</p> <p>"Now we are working on stop lights, stop signs, windy narrow roads in suburban neighborhoods... You are going to want all of that."</p> <p>Tesla could be at a point where it could upload software for its vehicles to have "robotaxi" functionality, albeit with a human ready to take control, by the end of this year, according to Musk.</p> <p>"I mean the car will drive from one's house to work, most likely without interventions," Musk explained.</p> <p>"It will still be supervised, but able to fill in the gap from low-speed autonomy with Summon and high-speed autonomy on the highway."</p> <p>A version of the feature "reliable enough that you don't have to pay attention" to driving could be ready by the end of next year, but would be subject to approval by regulators, he added.</p> <p>- Going home again -</p> <p>Musk expected the Shanghai factory to hit "volume production" in a few months, and to make it possible to significantly ramp up Tesla production. He noted that a battery plant was also being built on the China site.</p> <p>The shareholder letter said Tesla expects to boost vehicle deliveries and that "we are highly confident in exceeding 360,000 deliveries this year."</p> <p>Tesla said deliveries of its Model 3, the most affordable vehicle in its lineup and a key to broader sales, reached 79.8 million in the past quarter, an increase of 50 percent compared to last year.</p> <p>With Model 3 production pressure lifted, Tesla has been able to return engineering talent and other resources such as power cell production to its unit specializing in solar roofs and home power storage packs, according to Musk.</p> <p>He felt that the Tesla Energy unit has long-term potential to be as big a business as its automotive division, or maybe even bigger.</p> <p>"Now that car production is in a good place, we have restored resources to Tesla Energy so that is going to see crazy growth," Musk said.</p> <p>"Tesla's mission from the beginning has been to promote development of sustainable energy and renewable energy vehicles."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/JuVRdiw5bzg9hHCF1Lg9pw--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyODA7aD05MDMuMzMzMzMzMzMzMzMzNA--/https://i2.wp.com/s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/V0tSEnptD4d_cPIgT6QEDA--~B/aD01NDI7dz03Njg7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg--/https://i2.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/00efebfaf4ef8224f17d300f9c98332c12e09c15.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> China https://weeknews.org/news/tesla-shares-rev-higher-update-profits-china Kyrie Irving dazzles with 50 points in Nets debut, though final shot doesn't go in OT loss https://weeknews.org/sport/kyrie-irving-dazzles-50-points-nets-debut-final-shot-doesn-ot-loss-68226408 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:55:20 +0000 <div> <p>CLOSE</p> <img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/uxstatic/usatoday/usat-web-static-5009.6.0/images/sprites/icon_close.png"><p>NEW YORK - Kyrie Irving was into his bag of tricks early in Brooklyn's season opener against Minnesota. </p> <p>He had 12 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, five in the third, 13 in the fourth and by the time overtime concluded, Irving had dropped 50 on the Timberwolves.</p> <p>But that impressive offensive performance - he also had eight rebounds and seven assists - came in a loss. Minnesota defeated Brooklyn 127-126. Irving's shot at the overtime buzzer didn't go in.</p> <p>Still, what a great night for Irving, who set a franchise record for points in a debut.</p> <p>During a dizzying scoring burst late in the fourth quarter, Irving scored nine points in 62 seconds. He finished 17-for-33 from the field, including 7-for-14 on 3-pointers. It was Irving's third career game with at least 50 points.</p> <p><img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/24/USAT/e3442f17-01a2-4277-87fe-dc22b18fe2aa-GTY_1182998498.JPG?width=180&height=240&fit=bounds&auto=webp"></p><p>Kyrie Irving dribbles during the Nets' game against the Timberwolves. (Photo: Emilee Chinn, Getty Images) </p> <p>"He was outstanding, obviously. Great debut for him," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.</p> <p>Center Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 36 points and 14 rebounds.</p> <p>Before the game, Irving addressed the home crowd, saying, "Ah man, I am eternally grateful to be here. (To) be back home in front of you guys. Oh man, sorry, it is just hitting me right now. I appreciate you guys. Let's go, Nets."</p> <p>Irving, who grew up in nearby West Orange, N.J., left Boston for Brooklyn in free agency in large part because he wanted to play closer to home.</p> <p><strong>Opinion: </strong>Lakers-Clippers can become rivalry even if Lakers will always own LA </p> <p><strong>More: </strong>Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith debate NBA's China controversy </p> <p>Nets fans chanted, "Kryie's home, Kyrie's home" as he shot free throws in the fourth quarter, and if this is what the Kyrie Irving era in Brooklyn is going to look like, Barclays Center will be a fun place to be this season.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/24/USAT/e3442f17-01a2-4277-87fe-dc22b18fe2aa-GTY_1182998498.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-dazzles-50-points-nets-debut-final-shot-doesn-ot-loss Kyrie scores 50 in debut, but Nets fall in OT https://weeknews.org/sport/kyrie-irving-scores-50-debut-nets-fall-ot-timberwolves-02262020 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:55:03 +0000 <div> <p>Taking the microphone during introductions to address the home crowd for the first time as a member of the Nets in the season opener Wednesday night at Barclays Center, Kyrie Irving said he was "home" and got a little choked up for a moment at the thought. But the rest of the evening was nothing short of a brilliant star turn for Irving.</p> <p>He scored 50 points, brought the Nets from 18 points behind in the second quarter to lead by eight in the fourth period and scored nine straight points down the stretch as the Nets took a three-point lead in regulation, only to see Karl-Anthony Towns hit a three to tie the game with 1:06 left and send it to overtime.</p> <p>The only thing Irving didn't do was pull a victory out of the fire, missing his final shot just before the buzzer ended a heart-palpitating 127-126 loss to the Timberwolves.</p> <p>Irving's 17-of-33 shooting included a 7-of-14 effort from three-point range, and he added eight rebounds and seven assists. The Nets also got 20 points from Caris LeVert and 15 from Taurean Prince but shot a miserable 57.7 percent at the foul line (15 of 26). Towns topped the T-Wolves with 36 points and 14 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins added 21 points, including the final four.</p> <p>Recalling his first game as rookie head coach of the Nets three years ago, Kenny Atkinson laughed and said, "That was called scared to death. There's a difference."</p> <p>The circumstances are dramatically different now. Atkinson has gone from coaching the team with the NBA's worst record in 2016-17 to coaching a playoff team that signed top-tier free agents Irving and Kevin Durant and added a host of veteran role players to a young core. Durant may not play this season while rehabbing from Achilles tendon surgery, but Atkinson knows the expectations are the greatest he has faced in his fourth season.</p> <p>"I thought I'd feel a little more nervous," he said before opening against the Timberwolves. "I'm more comfortable in my own skin...I'm excited. We added some really good players. I'm more curious than anything. Like, who are the Nets going to be? Questionmark. Questionmark. I can't tell you right now. I feel good about it. That's my gut. I know we're going to be good, but to be determined."</p> <p>Atkinson said before the game it will take time for the Nets to develop chemistry and an identity as a team, but he's anxious to see how the process plays out. "The most important expectations are internal expectations," Atkinson said. "There's more of a spotlight on us. But it's exciting. What a great challenge we've got in front of us."</p> <p> </p><p>Subscribe to Sports Now newsletter</p> <p>By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.</p> <p>If there was one thing that became evident early, it's that the four-year deal worth $141 million the Nets invested in Irving looks well worth it. He scored 25 first-half points on 9-of-15 shooting. The problem was the rest of the Nets failed to score along with him. When Irving sat down after playing nine minutes in the first quarter, the Nets trailed by one. When he returned with eight minutes left in the first half, they trailed by 18 points after being outscored 26-9.</p> <p>They managed to cut the difference to 68-56 at halftime but still allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 50 percent in the first half, including a 9-of-19 effort from three-point range. The Nets' bench, a strength last season and expected to be one of the NBA's best units this season, was outscored, 22-12, in the first half.</p> <p>Irving ignited a 15-2 run to open the third period and fed Joe Harris for a three-pointer that gave the Nets a 71-79 lead with 8:19 left in the quarter. Taurean Prince rebounded from a scoreless first half to score 15 points in the period, which ended with the Nets in front, 93-88.</p> <p><img src="https://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.33875118.1563226070!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/mugshot_88/image.jpg"> </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.37835807.1571884303!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_1280/image.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-scores-50-debut-nets-fall-ot-timberwolves Live Scores Flamengo RJ v Gremio FB Porto Alegrense - 24/10/19 ⇔ Finished Matches Results ⇔ Standings https://weeknews.org/football/live-scores-flamengo-rj-gremio-fb-porto-alegrense-241019-finished-matches-results-standings-42462866 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:55:01 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://www.insidewelshfootball.co.uk/uploads/banner_item/image/4/250_250_20_freebet_2.jpg"></p> <p>So, the match is finished! Flamengo RJ vs Gremio FB Porto Alegrense. The score is 3:0. We have been watching really fantastic football fight.</p> <p>Kannemann(Gremio FB Porto Alegrense) fouled on the opponent. This foul was risky tackle. The judge demonstrates the yellow card to Kannemann.</p> <p>The 6 minute. Kannemann (Gremio FB Porto Alegrense) has fouled. He got the yellow. To minute the players showed the next statistics: total amount of freekicks - 3, total amount of target shots - 1, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 0. The 14 minute. We see a dangerous tackle and the yellow card for Caio, Rodrigo(Flamengo RJ).</p> <p>The players showed the next statistics to minute: total amount of freekicks - 8, total amount of target shots - 2, total amount of target misses - 0, total amount of offsides - 1. Everton(Gremio FB Porto Alegrense) fouled on the opponent. That was risky action. The ref shows the yellow to Everton.</p> <p>The 31 minute. Everton (Gremio FB Porto Alegrense) has fouled. He got the yellow card. The ball is in the net! Henrique, Bruno has scored pretty awesome goal! The score is 1:0.</p> <p>HF. We see the next statistics during the first half of this football standoff: total amount of freekicks - 17, total amount of target shots - 5, total amount of target misses - 3, total amount of offsides - 4. Goal! Barbosa, Gabriel has scored pretty crazy goal! The score is 2:0.</p> <p>The ball is in the net! Barbosa, Gabriel scored pretty unbelievable goal! The score is 3:0.</p> <p>Gremio FB Porto Alegrense swaps the player. Andre swaps Pepe at the 58 minute.</p> <p> The 58 minute and the substitution of the players(Gremio FB Porto Alegrense): Andre on Pepe. </p> <p>The substitution of the players of Gremio FB Porto Alegrense at the 58 minute: Andre on Pepe. Gremio FB Porto Alegrense swaps the player. Maicon substitutes Tardelli, Diego at the 63 minute.</p> <p> The 63 minute and the substitution of the players(Gremio FB Porto Alegrense): Maicon on Tardelli, Diego. </p> <p>The substitution of the players of Gremio FB Porto Alegrense at the 63 minute: Maicon on Tardelli, Diego. Goal! Mari, Pablo scored pretty cool goal! The score is 4:0.</p> <p>Flamengo RJ swaps the player. De Arrascaeta, Giorgian replaces Piris, Robert at the 68 minute.</p> <p> The 68 minute and the substitution of the players(Flamengo RJ): De Arrascaeta, Giorgian on Piris, Robert. </p> <p>The substitution of the players of Flamengo RJ at the 68 minute: De Arrascaeta, Giorgian on Piris, Robert. Goal! Caio, Rodrigo has scored pretty noteworthy goal! The score is 5:0.</p> <p>Flamengo RJ is doing a substitution. Henrique, Bruno substitutes Vitinho at the 74 minute.</p> <p> The 74 minute and the substitution of the players(Flamengo RJ): Henrique, Bruno on Vitinho. </p> <p>The substitution of the players of Flamengo RJ at the 74 minute: Henrique, Bruno on Vitinho. Gremio FB Porto Alegrense does a substitution. Alisson swaps Thaciano at the 76 minute.</p> <p> The 76 minute and the substitution of the players(Gremio FB Porto Alegrense): Alisson on Thaciano. </p> <p>The substitution of the players of Gremio FB Porto Alegrense at the 76 minute: Alisson on Thaciano. Flamengo RJ does a substitution. Gerson replaces Diego at the 87 minute.</p> <p> The 87 minute and the substitution of the players(Flamengo RJ): Gerson on Diego. </p> <p>The substitution of the players of Flamengo RJ at the 87 minute: Gerson on Diego.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/live-scores-flamengo-rj-gremio-fb-porto-alegrense-241019-finished-matches-results-standings-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Football https://weeknews.org/news/live-scores-flamengo-rj-gremio-fb-porto-alegrense-241019-finished-matches-results-standings Sixers' win against Boston Celtics show the work is in progress during ugly season opener | Bob Ford https://weeknews.org/nba/sixers-win-boston-celtics-show-work-progress-ugly-season-opener-bob-ford-00422640 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:54:57 +0000 <div> <p> </p><div> <p> <figure> <p> STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer </p> </figure> </p> </div> <div> <div> <p> The ball finally went up for the 76ers last night, as their NBA regular season began, but it took the team a while to rise with it.</p> </div> <div> <p> In fact, it took until the second half for the Sixers to unkink themselves and play something close to attractive basketball against the Boston Celtics. The league doesn't award wins on style points, however, just points, and the Sixers scored and prevented enough of those to get the opening victory, 107-93.</p> </div> <div> <p> Reading too much into one game of an 82-game season is perilous, but some of the expected truths about the Sixers did make an appearance in the first one. They are, in no particular order: strong defensively, somewhat slow, challenged on perimeter offense, and largely dependent on what Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons can provide on a given night. None of that is a surprise, and the best news is that both Embiid and Simmons look very good.</p> </div> <div> <p> Embiid is certainly a fitter athlete than the one who limped to the finish line last season, and that's bad for opponents. He didn't shoot all that well and tried too many three-pointers, but he made up for it elsewhere with his mere presence.</p> </div> <div> <p> Simmons was at his remarkable best distributing or creating for himself on offense. He neglected to take a shot away from the basket area, but, as he himself suggests, he didn't really need to. A stutter-step drive for a layup is probably better than a 12-foot fadeaway jumper.</p> </div> <div> <p> On the other side of the ledger, Tobias Harris had a somewhat quiet start to his season; not great, not terrible. If the expensive free-agent signing was supposed to play his way into the conversation with Embiid and Simmons as an offensive force, he still has work to do. Harris scored 15 points and made a couple of three-pointers but was not much of a factor. Overall, the team made an abysmal 7-of-29 from three-point range.</p> </div> <div> <p> Get Sixers news and analysis in your inbox all season long. </p> </div> <div> <p> Against, just one game, and this was merely a snapshot taken from a feature film that will last until April. Still, the patterns that emerged weren't shocking.</p> </div> <div> <p> The first half was a struggle, and often a struggle to watch, as the two teams searched for offensive consistency and rhythm amid a tide of missed shots and fouls. Anyone who showed up expecting to see a fluid game was disappointed, but the Sixers, long on length and short of speed, might just have to play ugly many nights.</p> </div> <div> <p> There was nothing to allay fears that the Sixers are also going to struggle to find scoring outside the basket area. In the opening half, the Sixers finished with a one-point lead, but fashioned it on 37.5 percent shooting and just two three-point baskets in 14 attempts. Boston was slightly better, but also fouled with abandon and staked the Sixers to an advantage at the foul line.</p> </div> <div> <p> One game in a six-month season has little import, particularly as the Sixers are still learning to play together, and the most fascinating part of the evening was probably the big reveal of coach Brett Brown's preferred playing rotation as the season begins. It was suspected that neither Raul Neto nor Trey Burke would win the quiet tournament for the backup point guard position, and that turned out to be exactly the case. Starting shooting guard Josh Richardson filled that role, instead, and Brown fashioned a rotation around that decision.</p> </div> <div> <p> He used wing players James Ennis and Matisse Thybulle as the first two players off the bench, but when Thybulle got into quick foul trouble, Brown went to Furkan Korkmaz in the backcourt. Whether Brown really planned to use Korkmaz as much as he did, or it was an adjustment based on Thybulle's situation, is something that will have to be determined in other games. Korkmaz, whose calling card is outside shooting, would have been a welcome addition in that regard, but he didn't attempt a shot in the half. Neither did Thybulle. Taken together, that's a pretty big hole at the shooting guard position for two guys who combined to play 15 minutes of the half, and it was one that no one really filled.</p> </div> <div> <p> Rotations and substitution patterns are a work in progress, but Brown said he had been clear on his choices for nearly a week before the opener.</p> </div> <div> <p> "I've been settled on what I want to do for a while, but it wasn't easy," Brown said. "I'm not married to it. I'm open to fixing things if it doesn't feel right. Maybe I've got to make some adjustments and maybe not be as top-heavy or big."</p> </div> <div> <p> Their starting lineup is powerful, but ponderous, and invites opponents to pack in their defense around the basket area to limit Embiid and to narrow the driving lanes for Simmons. Without an effective perimeter game to make teams pay for that, the Sixers will sometimes find it difficult to score. Their defense is the flip side of the coin, and it better be.</p> </div> <div> <p> "You understand that it's 82 games and it's a grind," Brown said.</p> </div> <div> <p> The grinding began Wednesday night, and it produced a win against a hated rival. That's never bad, even when watching it wasn't always good.</p> </div> </div> <div> <p> <img src="https://www.inquirer.com/resizer/Wxt3rugTBO-LQ5g_S2_RNBEjfqo=/120x120/center/middle/s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/pmn/fbd8f7cc-ad40-4c4a-8435-16fad583dd67.png"> </p> </div> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.inquirer.com/resizer/PTQwuhwct5aHyDD6rrzOm4yca20=/600x400/smart/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-pmn.s3.amazonaws.com/public/NG424R5FSZEANBX74FNGX2MKWE.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://weeknews.org/news/sixers-win-boston-celtics-show-work-progress-ugly-season-opener-bob-ford 76ers top Celtics 107-93 in 1st battle of East favorites https://weeknews.org/sport/76ers-top-celtics-107-93-1st-battle-east-favorites-02426884 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:54:57 +0000 <div> <div> <p>by: DAN GELSTON, Associated Press</p> <p>Posted: / Updated:</p> </div> <figure> <div><img src="https://www.cbs17.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/10/31621125ea6b46fdb3a04c092ea84458.jpg?w=2560&h=1440&crop=1"></div> <figcaption><p>Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum, center right, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Al Horford, center left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)</p> </figcaption></figure><p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 107-93 on Wednesday night.</p> <p>The Sixers and Celtics are expected to compete for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this season and the opener had a May feel. Embiid was bloodied and hit with a flagrant. They roughed up each other, with more than 60 fouls whistled. They each showed off their prized free agent acquisitions.But it was the Sixers that dominated in the fourth quarter.</p> <p>Philly's superstars can only do so much, and the reserves were there when they needed them.</p> <p>Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris buried consecutive 3-pointers - after the Sixers had missed 21 of 24 through three quarters - to stretch the lead to 10. Even without a jumper, Simmons was smooth and sensational as he attacked the hoop for easy baskets. He used a nifty spin move in the paint to hit Kyle O'Quinn for a basket that made it 90-74. The packed house went wild as the backups, a weak spot in the postseason, put the Sixers on the decisive run.</p> <p>Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points. Jayson Tatum had 21.</p> <p>Kemba Walker scored 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting in his Boston debut, and Al Horford had 16 in his first game with the 76ers.</p> <p>Horford spent the last three seasons with the Celtics and was one of the few defenders that gave Embiid fits. Horford signed a four-year deal to come to Philly and quickly became a popular teammate. Walker was signed to a four-year, $141 million deal, the most Boston could offer, but $80 million less than the Charlotte Hornets could have paid him over five seasons.</p> <p>About the only sign of a rough patch came when Embiid took a hard elbow from Jaylen Brown early in the third. Embiid was slightly bloodied and seemed to wiggle his teeth. He also pressed a towel to this face after the hit.</p> <p>Brown was whistled for his fifth foul, and Embiid sat out for a couple of minutes. He hardly seemed bothered by the knock the rest of the game - he slid across the court as he tried to save the ball from going out of bounds, drawing a loud "Let's go Sixers!" chant.</p> <p>TIP-INS</p> <p>Celtics: Boston twice missed consecutive free throws in the second half, giving delirious 76ers fans a free dessert and fries at a food fast chain.</p> <p>76ers: Allen Iverson was in the house wearing a No. 23 Trey Burke jersey. ... Rapper Biz Markie was at the game. ... Horford rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell. ... Harris addressed the crowd before the game and said the 76ers have just one goal this season. "With that being said, let's get to work," he said.</p> <p>GAME SHAPE</p> <p>Embiid said at the start of training camp that he lost 20 pounds over the offseason and aimed for at least five more before opening night. Coach Brett Brown said he didn't know if the two-time All-Star center had reached his weight goal. Brown said Embiid's health is the "best he's ever been," but there's work ahead.</p> <p>"Is he an A-plus right now," Brown asked. "No, he is not. But he is trending in the way that we want. And nobody asked him to be that on opening night."</p> <p>The 25-year-old Embiid has never played in more than 64 games a season and has vowed to top that total in 2019-2020. The Sixers care more about having their franchise player healthy for the postseason than reaching some arbitrary number.</p> <p>"I feel when I look at him, I think he looks healthy," Brown said. "He looks like he's ready to have a great season."</p> <p>UP NEXT</p> <p>Celtics: Play Saturday at New York.</p> <p>76ers: Play Saturday at Detroit.</p> <p>___</p> <p>More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.cbs17.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/10/31621125ea6b46fdb3a04c092ea84458.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/76ers-top-celtics-107-93-1st-battle-east-favorites 'IT'S NOT RIGHT': 76ers' Ben Simmons says he was racially profiled at Melbourne casino https://weeknews.org/sport/76ers-ben-simmons-racially-profiled-melbourne-casino-86020046 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:54:51 +0000 <div> <p>MELBOURNE - The Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons has opened up on the incident at Melbourne's Crown Casino where he suggested he was subject to racial profiling by security staff.</p> <p>Australian Simmons created a media storm in August when he said on social media that he and his friends felt "personally singled out" when asked for identification by casino staff.</p> <p>The 23-year-old told ESPN-owned website " The Undefeated " that experiences of receiving racial abuse from a young age had prompted him to speak out.</p> <p>"I've had certain situations where I've been called the N-word from other kids at a young age," said Simmons, who was born in Melbourne and whose father is African-American.</p> <p>"And the one thing my dad told me was: 'Never take that from anybody. Never let anybody be racist towards you or make you feel a certain way, because it's not right.'</p> <p>"That's the one thing that's sort of stuck with me."</p> <p>Crown denied any wrongdoing in the wake of the incident, saying staff were required to check identification of those they believed to be under the age of 25 as a "safeguard" to prevent minors from entering illegally.</p> <p>People under the age of 18 are barred from entering Australian casinos.</p> <p>Simmons, who signed a five-year contract extension with the 76ers worth a reported $170 million in July, said he would not "back down" from his version of events.</p> <p>"It didn't make us feel good. You've probably been in situations where you felt lesser or just made you feel lesser of a person or just not good about yourself," said Australia's top-earning athlete.</p> <p>"But it wasn't really about me not feeling good about myself. It was me knowing that's not right, and me letting them know it's not right."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/postmediacanoe.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/ben_simmons_-e1571884351940.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/76ers-ben-simmons-racially-profiled-melbourne-casino Heat pull away from Grizzlies for opening win https://weeknews.org/veterans/heat-pull-grizzlies-opening-win-44686086 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:52:49 +0000 <div> <img src="https://www.devdiscourse.com/remote.axd?https://devdiscourse.blob.core.windows.net/devnews/19_03_2019_08_41_44_6225806.png?width=920"><p>Justise Winslow scored a game-high 27 points, and the Miami Heat used a 23-1 fourth-quarter run to defeat the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 120-101 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Winslow added seven rebounds and seven assists. Goran Dragic scored 19 points off the Miami bench, Kendrick Nunn had 24 points, and Bam Adebayo posted 14 points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p>The Heat started two rookie guards: first-round pick Tyler Herro and Nunn, who went undrafted in 2018 and also made his NBA debut. It was the first time since 2008, with Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers, that the Heat started two rookies on opening night. Herro, a 19-year-old who scored 14 points, also became the youngest player to ever start a game for Miami. The mark had been held by Winslow.</p> <p>A third Heat rookie -- undrafted Chris Silva -- had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks. Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 17 points. Rookie point guard Ja Morant -- the NBA's second overall draft pick -- added 14 points and four assists but committed six turnovers.</p> <p>This was the first game in more than a decade that Memphis didn't have point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol on the roster. Instead, it was the start of the Morant era.</p> <p>The game also marked the debut of Memphis' Taylor Jenkins as an NBA head coach. The 35-year-old Ivy Leaguer (Penn) is the second-youngest coach in the NBA. The Heat were without forward Jimmy Butler -- their biggest offseason acquisition -- due to personal reasons. Shooting guard Dion Waiters was suspended for this game due to a violation of team rules, with the veteran seemingly unhappy about his reserve role. In addition, forwards James Johnson (not in condition) and Udonis Haslem (sprained left wrist) also were out.</p> <p>Meanwhile, two Grizzlies veterans -- Andre Iguodala and Josh Jackson -- are on the roster but not with the team as trades are being sought. Even so, the Grizzlies played well early in the game. Memphis closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run, taking a 32-24 lead. Memphis shot 57.1 percent in that first quarter.</p> <p>The Grizzlies closed the second quarter on a 15-6 run, taking a 60-54 lead into intermission. Memphis shot 51.1 percent in the first half while Miami shot 40.5 percent. However, Miami, led by 11 Dragic points in the third quarter, cut Memphis' lead to 84-83 entering the fourth.</p> <p>Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown -- unemployed after being released by the New England Patriots -- was among the fans sitting courtside, and he watched the Heat pull away in the fourth. </p> <p>(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/weeknews.org/images/heat-pull-grizzlies-opening-win-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Veterans https://weeknews.org/news/heat-pull-grizzlies-opening-win Kyrie Irving Drops 50 in Debut, but Nets Lose to Timberwolves in Overtime https://weeknews.org/nba/kyrie-irving-drops-50-debut-nets-lose-timberwolves-overtime-66204004 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:51:02 +0000 <div> <img src="https://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/834/760/hi-res-9a950ed9544a94e89942ae0401b84019_crop_north.jpg?h=53&w=80&q=70&crop_x=center&crop_y=top"><small>Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images </small> <p>Kyrie Irving dropped 50 points in his Brooklyn Nets debut, but it wasn't enough as Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 127-126 overtime victory in their season opener at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night.</p> <p>Irving became just the seventh player in franchise history to record 50-plus points in a game-and it was game No. 1 for him. He shot 17-of-33 from the floor, including 7-of-14 from three-point range.</p> <p>Towns led the way for the Timberwolves with 36 points and 14 rebounds, knocking down seven triples on the night.</p> <strong>Minnesota</strong> <p>C Karl-Anthony Towns: 36 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, three steals</p> <p>F Andrew Wiggins: 21 points, eight rebounds</p> <p>F Robert Covington: 15 points, nine rebounds</p> <strong>Brooklyn</strong> <p>PG Kyrie Irving: 50 points, seven assists, eight rebounds</p> <p>SG Caris LeVert: 20 points, four assists, five rebounds</p> <p>F Taurean Prince: 15 points</p> <p>C DeAndre Jordan: two points, three rebounds</p> <p><strong>Kyrie Shines in Brooklyn Homecoming</strong> </p> <p>Irving made it clear in July that the draw of playing close to home played a role in his free-agent decision, and he reiterated that stance as he addressed the Barclays Center crowd prior to tipoff.</p> <p>Well, he made a good first impression with the hometown fans.</p> <p>It didn't take long for Irving to make his presence felt, either. He recorded his first bucket as a Net just more than two minutes into the game, ultimately piling up 12 points in the opening period:</p> <p>Unfortunately for Irving, he had very little help early on. The rest of the team combined for just 10 points in the opening 12 minutes. When Irving checked out of the game for the first time with just more than three minutes remaining in the first, Minnesota held a one-point lead. By the time he checked back in seven minutes later, the deficit had swelled to 17.</p> <p>The time on the bench couldn't cool off Irving, who kept his team within striking distance:</p> <p>Irving finished the first half with 25 points and a plus/minus of plus-five, though his team faced a 12-point hole at the break.</p> <p>The Nets made a game of it by coming out of the locker room on a 15-2 run and ultimately outscored the Timberwolves in the third by 17 as Taurean Prince went off for 15 points in the period.</p> <p>That presented Mr. Fourth Quarter an opportunity to make an appearance. Irving scored nine points in the final 2:19 of regulation, which included a clutch triple over Treveon Graham:</p> <p>He added seven points in overtime to reach the 50 plateau, setting a franchise record for points in a season debut. In the end, though, he was unable to come up with one final bucket as the last few seconds ticked off the clock.</p> <p>With two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant expected to miss the entire season because of an Achilles injury, Irving will be asked to carry the load the way he did on Wednesday. If the Nets are going to contend for a championship, though, the six-time All-Star is going to need more help.</p> <p><strong>Towns Powers Timberwolves to Victory</strong> </p> <p>On a night during which Andrew Wiggins (10-of-27) struggled shooting the ball, it was up to Towns to put the team on his back.</p> <p>Towns flirted with a double-double in the first half alone, logging 16 points and nine rebounds prior to halftime while also adding three assists, two blocks and one steal.</p> <p>The 6'11", 248-pound center didn't just chill in the paint all night, though. Towns showed off his range, going 4-of-4 from deep in the first half:</p> <p>Minnesota shouldn't expect Towns, a 39.2 career three-point shooter, to do that kind of damage from deep on a consistent basis. But when the two-time All-Star is knocking down shots from the outside like he did on Wednesday, he becomes a nightmare for opposing defenses.</p> <p>When Minnesota faced an eight-point deficit in the fourth, Towns thrived while scoring 16 points in the final nine-plus minutes of regulation to help force overtime and pull out the come-from-behind victory. </p> <p>According to the Timberwolves, it marked the first time in the 2015 first overall pick's career that he had gone for 20 and 10 in a season opener. </p> <p>Both teams will be back in action on Friday. Brooklyn will host the New York Knicks in a Big Apple battle, while Minnesota will head to North Carolina for a clash with the Charlotte Hornets.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/834/760/hi-res-9a950ed9544a94e89942ae0401b84019_crop_exact.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://weeknews.org/news/kyrie-irving-drops-50-debut-nets-lose-timberwolves-overtime Flamengo hammers Gremio to reach Copa Libertadores final https://weeknews.org/sport/flamengo-hammers-gremio-reach-copa-libertadores-final-24424862 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:50:52 +0000 <div> <p>Gabriel of Brazil's Flamengo celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Copa Libertadores semifinal second leg soccer match against Brazil's Gremio at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo</p> <p>Brazil's Flamengo outclassed compatriots Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday and will play the Copa Libertadores final against defending champions River Plate of Argentina.</p> <p>The Rio de Janeiro side opened the scoring at the Maracana Stadium with Bruno Henrique in the 42nd minute.</p> <p>But the best entertainment for more than 70,000 home fans came in the second half.</p> <p>Gabriel Barbosa scored in the 46th and 56th minutes. Pablo Mari added the fourth in the 67th minute and Rodrigo Caio finished the scoring in the 70th.</p> <p>The first leg ended 1-1 in Porto Alegre earlier in October.</p> <p>Flamengo seeks its second title in the tournament. The first came in 1981 with Zico as the team's main player.</p> <p>The Brazilians will face River at Santiago's Estadio Nacional on Nov. 23 in the first single-match final of the South American tournament.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.mcclatchy-wires.com/incoming/cpbyyg/picture236588958/alternates/LANDSCAPE_1140/Brazil_Soccer_Copa_Libertadores_04711.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://weeknews.org/news/flamengo-hammers-gremio-reach-copa-libertadores-final Utah Jazz take 49-46 lead into halftime over Oklahoma City Thunder in season opener https://weeknews.org/utah/utah-jazz-49-46-lead-halftime-oklahoma-city-thunder-season-opener-62248404 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:50:28 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/PAig9yO8WF3NEyTVSKv7ynR3Z5E=/0x0:2400x1448/1200x800/filters:focal(1008x532:1392x916)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65541899/merlin_15631.7.jpg"></figure></p> <p>SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Jazz find themselves leading 49-46 at halftime against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the regular-season opener for both teams Wednesday at Vivint Arena.</p> <p>The Jazz ended the half on a 7-0 run after relinquishing what was once a 13-point lead.</p> <p>Donovan Mitchell is pacing Utah with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Royce O'Neale has nine points - he left the game late in the half injured - and Rudy Gobert has added five points and 12 rebounds. </p> <p>New Jazzman Bojan Bogdanovic had seven points and a rebound in nine minutes before leaving the game after rolling his left ankle with 6:32 to play until halftime.</p> <p>Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has 14 points to lead the Thunder.</p> <p><img src="https://www.deseret.com/2019/10/23/20929071/utah-jazz-take-49-46-lead-into-halftime-over-oklahoma-city-thunder-in-season-opener"></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65541953/merlin_15437.0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Utah https://weeknews.org/news/utah-jazz-49-46-lead-halftime-oklahoma-city-thunder-season-opener