Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil A miserable first half for Golden State saw Eric Gordon make it 54-43 on the stroke of half-time with an aggressive driving layup.Yet Golden State flicked the switch after the break, and Curry and Durant soon began raining down buckets from distance.A Durant three-pointer tied it at 61-61 and Curry then struck with a three of his own to give Warriors a 64-61 lead, the first time they had led since a fleeting 9-7 advantage early in the first.Two more quick threes from Curry gave the Warriors a nine-point advantage at 72-63, and from their the NBA champions were too strong as an increasingly desperate Houston chased the game.Kerr later said there had been no hint of panic at halftime as the Warriors trailed.“I just tried to remind them that at halftime it was an 11-point game, and that’s two minutes. If we get a couple of stops and a few threes we’re back in it,” Kerr said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘Extremely frustrating’Rockets ace James Harden, who finished with 32 points, said his team’s second-half performances in games six and seven had decided the fate of the series.“One half of basketball. Two games, six and seven. We just didn’t have the same energy that we had in the first half, the pace,” Harden said. “It’s extremely frustrating.”Earlier it looked as if Houston were ready to snap the Golden State-Cleveland monopoly, shrugging off the injury absence of Chris Paul to make a fast start.The Rockets swarmed over the vaunted Warriors offense to keep the visitors firmly on the back foot.The Warriors looked nervous from the outset, with a string of early mistakes that included two turnovers.Durant missed three free throws in a row early on as Houston gradually pulled into a 24-19 first quarter lead.A disgusted Kerr told a courtside television interviewer it was the “one of the worst quarters of basketball we’ve ever played.”The pressure continued in the second, with Clint Capela outstanding on defense for Houston with a string of rebounds.The Rockets pulled away in the second, with Harden to the fore as the hosts moved 15 points clear with both Durant and Curry struggling from three-point range. The Warriors’ Western Conference finals game seven victory in Houston handed them a 4-3 series win, and came after the Rockets had led by as many as 15 points in the first half.READ: Round 4: It’s Cleveland vs. Golden State, againFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Warriors had looked vulnerable after a sluggish first-half performance that saw them trail 54-43 at half-time.But just as they have done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors found an extra gear in the third period, with Curry and Durant suddenly finding their range from three-point distance to come roaring back into the contest. POC eyes anti-doping information drive amid Ravena ban “Basketball is a 48-minute game and no matter how badly we played, how many shots we missed, there’s always time to turn it around,” Curry said. “The second half was unbelievable. Happy to be back in the finals.”The Warriors outscored the Rockets by 33-15 in the third quarter, surging into a double-digit lead that they never looked like surrendering.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni meanwhile attempted to put a brave face on a loss which came after his team had battled into a 3-2 lead earlier in the series.“I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” D’Antoni said. “There’s no quit in them. We saw where the bar was this year, but we just couldn’t quite get there.“We’ll take our summer off and then we’ll try it again next season.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with teammates as they receive their trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Stephen Curry inspired a second-half fightback as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors booked their fourth consecutive NBA finals appearance with a 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday.Curry scored 27 points with Kevin Durant adding 34 as the Warriors advanced to an unprecedented fourth NBA finals meeting in a row against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Listen again to everyone’s favourite part of the talkSPORT week.
0Shares0000In one of the most entertaining matches this edition the Bees went up early through a Clyde Sena shot in the 5’. Beirut equalized in the 17’ through Solomon Masika.NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – The 2017 Annual Kothbiro football Tournament enters its semi-finals stage with a match to be played on Friday and Saturday at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani estate.First match will be surprise tournament package South B United taking on last year’s semi-finalists Beirut in a battle that not only represents football’s 90 minutes but also the pride of traditional football Estate against a middle class neighbourhood amongst many other differences. South B has slew a giant in the name of star studded Pumwani All Stars on Wednesday morning by a single goal superbly headed in by Abraham Dawo in the 74’ from a corner kick.Beirut had an equally tough quarter final match against tournament rattlers and darlings of the fans Umeme Bees.In one of the most entertaining matches this edition the Bees went up early through a Clyde Sena shot in the 5’. Beirut equalized in the 17’ through Solomon Masika.The rest of the match, fans were entertained through dazzling skills and passing as Beirut endured wave after wave of assault by the Bees. The last season’s 2 runner-up held their ground and it paid off as they won the post-match penalties 5 -3.The third quarter-final match on Thursday morning Kingstone had their day cut out by FIFA Best who mesmerized the crowd especially the first half scoring in the 20’ and netting their second in the 79’.A hard fighting Kingtone recovered late in the second half buoyed by their chanting fans and their pressing forward was rewarded by an 88’ penalty which was converted expertly by Eugene Oduor. The goal was to be a consolation as the match ended a few minutes later.In the last quarter-final match, Team GAA-Huruma dismissed MASA 5-4 through post-match penalties after a one all draw in regulation time. MASA went in front through Kennedy Otieno’s neat tap in in the 18’. Team GAA had to sweat it out and equalized in the 63’ through Tyson Otieno.The second semi-final will be a tactical duel with FIFA Best against Team GAA-Huruma (God Above All) on Saturday evening.Fixtures:3pm Friday 29, South B United vs Beirut3pm Saturday 30, FIFA Best vs Team GAA-Huruma0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United have made an increased £28million move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Old Trafford giants have upped the ante in their attempts to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder with a significantly improved second offer. And there is increasing confidence a deal for Mkhitaryan will be agreed. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have made their move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with a £19.2million bid. The Blues are huge fans of the 24-year-old centre-back. But Napoli want £30million for their Senegalese centre-back and have already rejected Chelsea’s offer. (Daily Mirror)Willian is set to sign a bumper new contract at Chelsea. And that will be bad news for his former boss Jose Mourinho, who was desperate to take the Brazilian to Manchester United. (The Sun)Real Madrid have slapped a staggering £60m price tag on Alvaro Morata after taking advantage of a clause to re-sign the striker from Juventus. It has already scared off Arsenal who believe that is way too much and it could leave a straight fight between Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Gareth Bale will return to Spain after the European Championship to a ‘contract for life’ at Real Madrid. The news will scupper the interest from Premier League powerhouses but shows once again the growing presence of Bale as one of the world’s very best players. (Daily Mail)Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard to Liverpool. The German boss is ready to bring in a host of fresh talent during his first summer transfer window in charge of the club. And Klopp is interested in young midfielder Odegaard. (Daily Express)Liverpool have no intention of joining the race to sign Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend. The Reds have been linked with a move for the England international, who has a £10.5million buyout clause. However, Jurgen Klopp is not in for Townsend and is instead keen on securing the services of Southampton’s Sadio Mane, who would command a fee of around £30million. (Liverpool Echo)Borussia Moenchengladbach are prepared to break their £11.5m transfer record to sign Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen permanently. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City want to sign Schalke wonderkid Leroy Sane by tomorrow – but Bayern Munich are holding up the deal. The German star’s representatives have been holding talks with Schalke since yesterday to finalise the £40m move. Bayern have made a last-ditched attempt to snap-up the 20-year-old – but don’t want to sign him until next season. (The Sun)Juventus have confirmed that they are yet to receive any bids for Manchester Unitedand Real Madrid target Paul Pogba. (Daily Mirror)Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy has had a medical with Leicester ahead of a £12million move. Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is also pursuing a move for £12.7million Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. (Daily Mirror)Watford remain determined to keep Troy Deeney from joining Leicester and have reiterated the striker is not for sale following a meeting on Tuesday. The Hornets have rejected two bids for their captain from the Foxes after turning down Leicester’s latest offer of £25million offer at the weekend. (Daily Mail)West Ham have had a £2.3million bid rejected for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. (Daily Mirror)Blackburn Rovers are in talks over a move for former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell. The 22-year-old was released by United at the end of the season and is available as a free agent. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Zlatan transfer latest: Striker has already SIGNED for Manchester United, talkSPORT toldChelsea transfer latest: Blues join West Ham and Everton in chase for Juventus misfit striker Simone ZazaNuri Sahin set for Jurgen Klopp reunion at Liverpool? Galatasaray also interested in Borussia Dortmund misfitNewcastle transfer news: Napoli and Roma readying moves for Magpies star Moussa SissokoManchester United transfer news: Red Devils rivalling Inter Milan for Ezequiel Garay
The Silver Meteor left Orlando, Fla., at 1 p.m. Thursday and was stuck in Jacksonville, Fla., for 12 hours. It was then stalled for half a day south of Savannah, waiting for the freight train to be moved. It finally pulled into Penn Station at 11:30 a.m. Saturday – 25 hours after it was supposed to. The incident is another black eye for Amtrak, which lost a half-billion dollars last year and has been battered by competition from airlines and criticism about delays and shoddy equipment. Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell apologized for the snafu but blamed CSX, the freight line, for low-balling its estimate of how long it would take to clear the derailment. “We thought the best thing to do was hold the trains, but it kept getting pushed back,” she said. “The derailment happened in an inconvenient location where we had no alternate route.” Amtrak tried to charter buses for passengers but couldn’t find any on a holiday weekend, she said. As for complaints about food running out, Connell said there was plenty on board – as long as passengers were willing to pay for it with their credit cards. Asked why Amtrak didn’t give hungry riders meals during the delay, Connell said, “I don’t know.” She added that boxed lunches were given out when the train got to South Carolina. Not everyone on the Silver Meteor was furious with Amtrak. Sharon Sjogren, of Baldwin, N.Y., who was traveling with her 16-month-old daughter, said the crew was “wonderful” and did the best they could. Still, she conceded the trip from Jacksonville might be her last by rail. “We’re all afraid of flying, but this might have cured us,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Some of the 250 passengers stuck on board told tales of clogged toilets, crying babies and families that didn’t have enough cash for extra meals in the dining car. “They didn’t want to feed us or nothing,” said Georgette Neal, a mother from Brooklyn who was traveling with her three kids. “It’s just the worst.” Riders pooled money with strangers to buy food they shared among themselves. Elderly passengers fretted about not having enough medication to get them through the delay. Airline worker Patricia Greaves, 46, ended up paying for a hotel room she never slept in. Karen Chiel, a mother of two from Port Washington, N.Y., said her low point came when she saw seven armed sheriff’s deputies running through the train in Savannah, apparently responding to an upset rider. “It was an absolute nightmare of a trip,” she said. NEW YORK – The Amtrak train that was delayed for more than 24 hours finally pulled into Penn Station on Saturday – long after many passengers had run out of toilet paper, food and patience. “I can guarantee I will never step foot on another Amtrak again,” said Bernard Marcoccia, 44, a truck driver from Syracuse, N.Y. “They treated us worse than the freight. “I hate their guts. They were absolutely useless, totally incompetent, totally unprepared.” The Silver Meteor from Florida to New York was stalled twice after a freight train derailed in Savannah, Ga., at a “choke point” on a north-south line, authorities said.
Hanukkah story time with songs, 7-8 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Hanukkah Family Festival will feature children’s crafts, live music, entertainment, hot latkes and a raffle, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Sponsored by Chabad of SCV. Call (661) 254-3434. — To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea are on course for an unconvincing opening-day victory courtesy of Oscar’s clever free-kick and a fortunate deflected strike by Willian.Oscar put the champions ahead and moments after Andrew Ayew’s equaliser, Willian restored the lead when his cross looped in to the far corner.Bafetimbi Gomis twice went close as Swansea created the better chances in the opening 15 minutes, glancing a header wide and seeing a shot brilliantly blocked by a scrambling John Terry.Ki Sung-Yueng then had a fierce strike parried away by Thibaut Courtois, who started in goal for the champions despite an injury scare that saw him need treatment just before kick off.Chelsea’s more obvious injury concern Diego Costa was in typically fiery form and could easily have been awarded a penalty following a desperate lunging tackle by Federico Fernandez, which referee Michael Oliver felt brushed the ball before taking down the Spain striker.But Chelsea did not have to wait much longer to go ahead, Oscar’s inswinging free-kick from the left flank eluded everyone and found the far corner of the net.Swansea levelled within six minutes when debutant Ayew neatly found the net on the second attempt after Courtois did brilliantly to keep out a Gomis header.However, their celebrations were cut short almost immediately when Willian’s driven cross from the left took the cruellest of deflections and found the far corner.Costa’s inclusion, despite missing the last two pre-season fixtures with his ongoing hamstring injury, meant summer signing Radamel Falcao and fellow striker Loic Remy were both among the substitutes.Cesc Fabragas and Nemanja Matic started as the deep-lying midfield duo, with Oscar deployed as the number ten and Willian and Eden Hazard on the flanks.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
In a first for the continent, Facebook has opened an office in Johannesburg. The social networking platform is already a central part of people’s lives in Africa, it says. And with more than a billion people in Africa, “we want to do more to help people and businesses connect”.Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke is Facebook’s new Head of Africa at the Johannesburg based office. (Image: APO)Priya PitamberSocial media network Facebook has opened its first offices on the continent. Based in Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch, the lady at the helm is Ogilvy veteran Nunu Ntshingila, the global company’s new head of Africa.https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/tourism-south-africa/geographyAfrica is vitalFacebook has asserted the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people to grow locally and regionally.“Africa is important to Facebook, and this office is a key part of our strategy to expand our investment and presence across EMEA,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, the vice-president of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). “Facebook is already a central part of people’s lives in Africa, and with more than a billion people in Africa, we want to do more to help people and businesses connect.”She said the group was inspired by the ways people and business in Africa used the platform. “This momentum in Africa comes on top of strong advertiser partnerships and excellent adoption of our products across all regions,” Mendelsohn stated. “In Q1 2015, 52% of our total ad revenue came from outside the US and Canada. But we’re just getting started.”Growth for businessesThe platform’s active user population in Africa grew 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their cellphones.“Mobile is not a trend,” Mendelsohn added. “It’s the fastest development in communications we’ve ever seen. This couldn’t be truer in Africa – where so many people are mobile-only. This new office is a significant milestone for Facebook and our teams want to partner with businesses across the continent.”The new offices will also support customers from the continent. Ari Kesisoglu, the regional director of Middle East and Africa (MEA) at Facebook, said the company was committed to creating tailored solutions to people and businesses specifically in Africa.“Our priority for the next few months is to continue the work we are already doing with some clients in this region,” Kesisoglu added. “We will work closer with businesses and agencies to understand the challenges, so that we can build solutions that help grow their business.“People increasingly want to be connected to the world around them and desire information about new services and products to better their lives. At the same time, businesses need stronger, more flexible and less fragmented ways of reaching people in sub-Saharan Africa. Our mission will be to connect brands and consumers in Africa, creating value for all parties in the process.”Nunu NtshingilaMendelsohn said they were delighted to have Ntshingila on board.“Ntshingila will join our team in September and work with businesses and agencies across the region,” she said.Ntshingila is a graduate of the University of Swaziland and Morgan State University in the US, and has had senior positions at Nike and the South African Tourism board. She also helped with the expansion of advertising agency Ogilvy’s network in Sub Saharan Africa, which covers about 27 countries.Let’s get socialThe online social networking site, Facebook, launched in February 2004. It was created by Harvard University students Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.The company’s current headquarters are in Menlo Park, California.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
By Phindi MadunaSeptember 24 is celebrated as Heritage Month in South Africa. During this month, South Africans, not only at home but also abroad, celebrate their diverse cultures.This September, Brand South Africa journeyed to East Asia, The Middle East and Western Europe, to commemorate with South Africans living in China, Qatar and Germany, respectively. This was in line with the Global South Africans programme, which acknowledges thousands of South Africans who are brand advocates for the positive positioning of the Nation Brand abroad. Global South Africans show the world who South Africans really are and what the country is has to offer. Expat communities across the world celebrate their unique heritage and identity to strengthen the positive role that they can play internationally.In China, Brand South Africa partnered with the South African Embassy in Beijing, to celebrate the country’s culture and heritage through an annual Discover South Africa Open Day. The engagement provided an opportunity to exhibit some of South Africa’s exports in the consumer packaged goods sector to China. These included, but were not limited to, our much enjoyed Rooibos tea, outstanding wines, Rooibos ice cream and mouth-watering boerewors sausages.South Africans in Qatar welcomed Brand South Africa to the rapidly developing city of Doha. Together with the South African Embassy in Doha and the South African community in Doha, Brand South Africa hosted an awards evening under the theme ‘Culturally South African’. The awards honoured South African citizens who are playing their part in Doha, through supporting and volunteering as the country prepares to host the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The awards also encouraged winners to continue promoting the spirit of Ubuntu by being exemplary citizens in the world.Celebrations in Germany were just as inspiring. Brand South Africa collaborated with the South African Embassy in Berlin to host South Africans living in Germany. They were encouraged to join the Global South African network and continue to play their part in promoting South Africa.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts AT&T has just announced its intention to buy T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $39 billion. Both boards of directors have approved the deal, which would make AT&T the largest wireless company in the United States, assuming the deal passes regulator approval.The acquisition will allow AT&T to improve network quality for both companies’ customers, says AT&T, while also enabling it to expand its 4G/LTE deployment to 95% of the U.S. population.The rollout of LTE enabled by the deal would reach an additional 46.5 million Americans, AT&T reports, including small towns and rural communities. T-Mobile does not have a clear path for rolling out LTE, the wireless firm said. After the acquisition completes, AT&T would be able to deliver LTE to over 294 million people.Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO, notes the importance of this move, explaining that “mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, Americas high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”AT&T also pointed out via its press release that the LTE rollout would help achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obamas goals to connect every part of America to the digital age.Business Insider calculated the customer numbers involved in this deal, noting that at the end of 2010, AT&T had 95.5 million wireless subscribers and T-Mobile had 33.7 million subscribers. Their new combined total would be 129.2 million subscribers. In comparison, Verizon Wireless had 94.1 million wireless customers.But the news isn’t all rosy, cautions Forrester research analyst Charles Golvin.AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, if approved, brings good news and bad news. The good news: high-speed mobile broadband service will improve in quality and coverage, including in the long run those in rural communities outside the reach of terrestrial broadband today. The bad news: the cost of that service won’t come down nearly as fast as customers would like, since AT&T and Verizon Wireless combined would own nearly three out of every four wireless subscriptions in the US. While clearly troublesome for Sprint and other mobile smaller mobile competitors, It’s also bad news for cable operators, whose incipient mobility products will suffer in comparison to what AT&T and Verizon can offer.T-Mobile customers, of course, just want to know if this new deal means they can finally get the iPhone, but there’s no word on that just yet. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez