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    Today, 02:10 AM
    SpaceX makes historic launch from 39A, sticks landing The company has replaced the parts at issue with the second stage steering issue. 09:50am update: Despite mostly cloudy skies, SpaceX successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center's 39A pad on Sunday. After the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket delivered its payload—a Dragon spacecraft—into low-Earth orbit, the booster flew back to Earth and stuck its landing. SpaceX is now three-for-three in attempts to land its first stage boosters at Landing Zone 1 on the Florida coast. Original post: Another day, another launch attempt for SpaceX. Although the company's countdown on Saturday toward liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A proceeded mostly smoothly, SpaceX founder Elon Musk called it off during the last moments. He said he wanted to make sure a slight steering issue with an engine in the rocket's upper stage was not indicative of a more significant upstream problem. Today the rocket appears ready to go for a 9:39am ET (14:39pm UK) instantaneous launch time from Kennedy Space Center. The company said it has replaced the parts at issue with the second stage steering issue. That leaves unacceptable weather as the only issue, and according to Launch Weather Officer Mike McAleenan, the primary concern is for cumulus clouds and the possibility of having to fly through precipitation. If the Falcon 9 rocket launches on Sunday morning, it would mark an important moment for SpaceX. NASA built two main launch pads during the Apollo program, 39A and 39B. The former was used for every Moon landing launch, and most of the space shuttle missions. After the final space shuttle flight in 2011, NASA decided it needed just one of the pads for its future operations. So it leased Launch Complex 39A to SpaceX. Now, after modifications and upgrades, the historic pad is finally ready for its second life. The Falcon 9 rocket will boost a Dragon spacecraft carrying about 2.5 tons of food, water, and scientific experiments to the International Space Station. About 10 minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket will attempt to land back at Landing Zone 1, near the launch pad. So far, SpaceX is two for two with land-based returns of its rocket. The webcast will begin at about 9:20am ET: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/watch-live-spacex-makes-second-attempt-from-historic-moon-launch-pad/
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    Today, 02:04 AM
    “Secure” Trump website defaced by hacker claiming to be from Iraq "Pro_Mast3r" takes over server associated with campaign donations. Someone calling themselves "Pro_Mast3r" managed to deface a server associated with President Donald Trump's presidential campaign fundraising on Sunday, The server, secure2.donaldjtrump.com, is behind Cloudflare's content management and security platform, and does not appear to be directly linked from the Trump Pence campaign's home page. But it does appear to be an actual Trump campaign server—its certificate is legitimate, but a reference to an image on another site is insecure, prompting a warning on Chrome and Firefox that the connection is not secure. The page, now displaying an image of a man in a fedora, displays the following text: Hacked By Pro_Mast3r ~ Attacker Gov Nothing Is Impossible Peace From Iraq The source code contains a link to javascript on a now-nonexistent Google Code account, masterendi, previously associated with the hacking of at least three other websites. As Italian IT journalist Paolo Attivissimo pointed out, an archive of the script shows it to be a snow animation script, not malware. Ars reached out to both Cloudflare and the Trump-Pence campaign team for comment. As more information becomes available, we'll update this report. The server is now offline. https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/02/secure-trump-website-defaced-by-hacker-claiming-to-be-from-iraq/
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    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    BAGHDAD -- Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half, just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began. The fight for Iraq's second largest city -- roughly split by the Tigris River into eastern and western sections -- has seen periods of swift territorial gains, as well as weeks of grueling urban combat with high civilian and military casualties. Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition officials say they expect the fight for the west to be more difficult as it is denser, with narrower streets and home to more civilians. THE OPERATION SO FAR In the days after Iraqi forces announced the start of the Mosul operation, Iraq's special forces quickly retook a handful of largely empty villages along the city's east that brought them to Mosul's edge in nearly November. Once inside the city the tempo of operations changed dramatically with barrages of car bombs inflicting heavy military and civilian casualties. Iraqi forces repeatedly advanced too quickly into Mosul's eastern neighborhoods by day, only to face punishing counterattacks by night. However as Iraqi forces closed in on the Tigris River, they began to see swifter progress. Iraqi and coalition officials claim this was due to new tactics and better coordination between the disparate forces fighting in Mosul, but Iraqi troops on the ground say IS defenses simply began to thin, allowing them to secure swifter gains. THE PLAYERS As in the fight for Mosul's east, Iraq's special forces are expected to take the lead in the battle for the west. The U.S.-led coalition will continue to closely back Iraqi forces with both airstrikes and raids into IS-held territory aimed at taking out key leaders and sowing unease in IS-held neighborhoods. There are now some 6,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and last month was the first time the Pentagon confirmed that U.S. forces are working inside Mosul. This is a sharp contrast to how the military engagement was originally cast more than two years ago. When the U.S.-led coalition began the fight against IS in Iraq, Pentagon officials insisted there were no "American boots on the ground." Since then, U.S. forces have steadily built up in Iraq and moved closer to front-line fighting. Iraq's militarized federal police, U.S.-trained rapid response units and the Iraqi army will also participate. Iraq's government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Units -- mostly Shiite militias -- have held the western edge of Mosul's outskirts and have pledged to participate if their help is needed. In the past, Iraq's prime minister has sought to limit the involvements of PMU fighters in majority Sunni urban areas due to reports of abuses of civilians from human rights organizations. THE TERRAIN Iraqi and coalition officials say the biggest difference in the fight for Mosul's west will be the terrain: the western half of the city is home to some of Mosul's oldest neighborhoods with narrow streets that Iraqi forces won't be able to drive armored cars down. Even Iraq's special forces -- some of the most competent fighters in Iraq's military -- have so far largely fought the Mosul battle from inside their vehicles, rather than moving house to house on foot, in an effort to limit military casualties. SOUTHERN FRONT Iraqi forces are expected to push into western Mosul from the south near the city's international airport. Originally, Iraqi forces planned to push in from the city's south as the fight for the east was unfolding, but as they became bogged down in eastern Mosul, the southern front was put on hold. Iraq's militarized federal police retook the village of Hamam al-Alil in November and since then the front has barely moved as some units were dispatched to eastern Mosul to help with the fight there. On Sunday morning, shortly after the new push was announced, police units moved into the village of Athba, southwest of the city's IS-held airport, while the army's 9th armored division moved into the southwestern village of Bakhira. MILITANT THREAT Eastern Mosul was declared fully liberated in January, but has already experienced several militant attacks as Iraqi special forces pull out of the east and Iraqi army units, with less training and experience, take over the area. Iraqi officials have warned that there is a high probability that small groups of IS fighters have remained in Mosul's east and will continue to carry out attacks in neighborhoods declared liberated despite the front-line fight moving west. HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS The United Nations estimates that some 750,000 civilians are still living in Mosul's west and has described conditions there as "siege-like." Civilians who have escaped the western half of the city say food is running out as the wealthiest have stockpiled all the goods that were available in stores. Aid organizations are so concerned by the humanitarian situation there, they are considering aid drops into IS-held neighborhoods, according to a western diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to brief the press.
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    From beyond the brick wall of Fort Benning's Main Post Cemetery on Friday afternoon, the cannons fired 15 volleys as the flag-draped casket holding the body of retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore was moments away from its final resting place. After the cannon fire ceased, the trumpet played "Taps" and about 500 people, including about three dozen who fought under Moore's command in the Ia Drang Valley more than 50 years ago, stood at attention. Just as the tribute ended, the familiar and unmistakable rumble of two Vietnam-era Huey helicopters could be heard in the distance. Journalist Joe Galloway, an hour removed from delivering the eulogy for his best friend of more than five decades and co-author of the New York Times best-selling book "We were Soldiers Once ... and Young," was sitting with the Moore family as the Hueys approached, flying low and with purpose. "I was thinking the same thing as the first time I ever saw one," Galloway said afterward. "The hair stood up on the back of my neck and it took me back 51 years. They took us in, brought us out and resupplied us while we were there." As the Hueys moved off to the east, the Army band began to play "God Bless America" as an honor guard from the 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood folded the American flag. The flag was given to Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning. He then presented it to the Moore family. Moore, 94, died on Feb. 10 at his home in Auburn, Ala. He was buried with his wife of 55 years, Julia Compton Moore, who died in 2004. The burial was the final event in a day of mourning that started with a funeral Mass at St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church in Auburn, moved to Columbus for a memorial at the National Infantry Museum then onto Fort Benning where Moore was buried with full military honors. Galloway, who normally speaks without prepared remarks, wrote down what he wanted to say about Moore during the memorial, which was held in a grand hall just outside the gallery showcasing the Vietnam War. Looming overhead was a Huey helicopter that commemorates the Ia Drang battle, the first major engagement in the conflict. "I usually speak from my heart," said Galloway, who met Moore when he was a young United Press International war correspondent. "But my heart is broken and I don't trust it." The two men met when Moore approved Galloway's request to go with the unit into the Ia Drang Valley with the troops. "It was a ride into the pages of history and the depths of hell," Galloway said. And it started a journey that would last a half century and produce two books and a bond forged by the fire of battle. "Hal Moore, you changed my life," Galloway said. "You made it much stronger and better. You taught me how to build character, how to follow a moral compass, how to always stand for what is right. I have loved you as a brother and a father. You were my captain in battle. We stood side by side fighting off an enemy determined to kill us all." Moore's leadership was the reason they prevailed, Galloway said. "You taught me how to forgive our enemies and to make friends with them long years later," Galloway said. "I have loved you for 51 unbroken years and I will carry your memory and your example with me all the days I have left." Galloway closed with a Native American prayer. "Thank you for what you gave me, thank you for what you took from me, and thank you for what you left with me," Galloway said. Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, represented the Army and offered high praise for Moore's distinguished 32-year career after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. "You won't read or hear of a more beloved and dedicated officer and soldier than Lt. Gen. Moore," Abrams said. "He was a combat infantryman known for his courage, bravery and deep love for soldiers. We remember his service and untiring dedication to the men he led on the battlefield." Though a hard warrior, Lt. Gen. Moore understood that war should only be considered as the last resort, Abrams said. "He also knew that when called upon to enter into battle, soldiers and leaders alike must take every measure to meet and defeat the enemy," Abrams said. Galloway wasn't the only one on the same sentimental journey Friday afternoon. And he wasn't the only one harking back to the battle against the North Vietnamese Army in November 1965 that was captured in a book and motion picture. Edward Times, a retired non-commissioned officer, drove from Baton Rouge, La., to attend the memorial and burial. Times said it was his duty to be at Fort Benning to honor "a great man." "I was in the valley with him," Times said. "He got me out of that valley alive. He kept us from getting killed." After the day's events were over, Galloway agreed with Times' assessment. "That could be said of every man there today, including me," Galloway said. "We were spared to live good lives because of him. He was a great commander in battle, because his gut told him what to do." Galloway was not surprised that Times and so many of his brothers from that battle returned to Fort Benning to say goodbye. "I knew they would be coming," Galloway said. "That's what they were expected to do."
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    FuSe started a thread Yesterdays Scores in Soccer
    Final Arsenal 2 Hull 0 Final Man Utd 2 Watford 0 Final Middlesbrough 0 Everton 0 Final Stoke 1 Crystal Palace 0 Final Sunderland 0 Southampton 4 Final West Ham 2 West Brom 2 Final Liverpool 2 Spurs 0 Final Burnley 1 Chelsea 1 Final Swansea 2 Leicester 0 Final Bournemouth 0 Man City 2
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Patricky “Pitbull” Freire demolished Josh “The Punk” Thomson with a forearm uppercut in the second round to earn the biggest victory of his career on Saturday in San Jose, Calif. Thomson never had a chance in the fight. Although he came out sharp, giving Freire several looks and throwing a few leg kicks, he was not able to withstand Freire's pressure and punches. Freire knocked Thomson down in the first round with an overhand right. Thomson scrambled to survive, but never quite recovered. The two collided heads in the second round, which seemed to daze Thomson, who had not fought since December 2015. He fell to the mat quickly and then was rocked with a wicked uppercut. Freire finished him with a right hand while Thomson was out on the mat. Freire is now in line for a lightweight title shot against champion Michael Chandler. The lightweight fight was pushed up to the main event slot after the original main event of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione was scrapped. Mitrione had kidney stone pain and could compete. RELATED > Fedor vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator Bout Canceled The official result saw Freire defeat Thomson via KO, Round 2, 0:40. Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson via unanimous decision in their main card fight. Kongo dominated Thompson with right hands and wicked knees in the first round, en route to the unanimous decision victory. The fight saw Kongo essentially laying on top of him for much of the 15-minute contest, pounding him relentlessly with shots. Kongo's punches weren't strong enough to finish Thompson though. Both fighters gassed halfway Through round 2. Thompson figured out a way to survive from his guard, but never threatened Kongo. Anatoly Tokov defeated Francisco France via TKO in their bout. After a controversial kick to the crotch, Tokov defeated France via at 2:24 in Round 2 after a series of punches. Tokov pulled off the victory after he was controlled in the first round on the ground. France fell to his back and tried to lure Tokov to the mat again in the second round, but Tokov instead kicked him between the legs. The fight was stopped temporarily because of the low blow, but when they stood up Tokov finished him with right hands, including a final punch that bounced France's head off the mat. Veta Arteaga defeated Brooke Mayo via TKO in Round 3 in an exciting, competitive fight. The cageside doctor stopped the fight after Mayo's left eye blew up like a balloon. Mayo yelled repeatedly “I can see,” but the fight was still stopped. Mayo nearly finished Arteaga in the first round with a rear-naked choke, but Arteaga proved far too scrappy. Arteaga had superior power and hit Mayo with a right hand that led to the swelling and the stoppage. In early action, Mauricio Alonso wrecked former UFC fighter Josh Koscheck with a series of right hands at 4:42 of Round 1. Koscheck never got out of first gear. He looked tentative and slow, while Alonso pushed the action , while Alonso pushed the action and showed more aggression. The loss comes in Koscheck's Bellator debut.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    FuSe started a thread Yesterdays Scores in NHL
    Final St. Louis Blues 2 Buffalo Sabres 3 Recap: STL 2, BUF 3 Final SO Washington Capitals 2(1) Detroit Red Wings 3(2) Recap: WSH 2, DET 3 - F/SO Final Winnipeg Jets 3 Montreal Canadiens 1 Recap: WPG 3, MTL 1 Final Edmonton Oilers 3 Chicago Blackhawks 1 Recap: EDM 3, CHI 1 Final New York Islanders 2 New Jersey Devils 3 Recap: NYI 2, NJD 3 Final Ottawa Senators 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Recap: OTT 6, TOR 3 Final OT Tampa Bay Lightning 3 Dallas Stars 4 Recap: TBL 3, DAL 4 - F/OT Final San Jose Sharks 4 Arizona Coyotes 1 Recap: SJS 4, ARI 1 Final Nashville Predators 2 Minnesota Wild 5 Recap: NSH 2, MIN 5 Final Florida Panthers 3 Los Angeles Kings 2 Recap: FLA 3, LAK 2 Final OT Calgary Flames 1 Vancouver Canucks 2 Recap: CGY 1, VAN 2 - F/OT
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    Yesterday, 08:16 PM
    LOS ANGELES -- The Florida Panthers' offense keeps on firing. It's the defense, though, that has them back in the playoff picture. Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal 15 seconds into the third period, Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and the Panthers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Jussi Jokinen and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, who have won seven of eight. Florida is tied with Boston for third in the Atlantic Division and leads Toronto for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference by one point. "The playoff race in the East is so darn close, there is a lot to play for, but what we're really happy about is how we get the goal, obviously, on the first shift and played real solid defense the rest of the way," Florida interim head coach Tom Rowe said. To start the third, Barkov raced ahead of three Kings and put a backhand shot past Peter Budaj, reclaiming momentum and the lead after Los Angeles had roared back to tie it in the second period. From there, the Panthers protected their advantage with a sound, smothering defense that had been lacking for part of the season. "They always respond, it's a real good group that way," Rowe said. "A lot of offense, we know we're always going to get chances and capitalize on them, but the big thing is now we're learning how to shut things down and close teams out." The Panthers' penalty kill has done that throughout the season and stifled three Los Angeles power plays and allowed four shots total. Jokinen credited the overall improvement to improved health. "We got our players back. Everybody is playing the minutes and the roles they were supposed to play early in the year," said Jokinen, who put the Panthers ahead 2-0 1:14 into the second before the Kings roared back to tie it in the same period. Dwight King and Tanner Pearson each scored and Budaj made 22 saves for the Kings, who are two points behind Calgary for the second wild card in the Western Conference. King scored 5:39 into the second. Luongo couldn't handle his shot with Kings center Nick Shore and Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic crashing the crease, and Rowe challenged unsuccessfully for interference. Pearson then got Luongo moving to his left with some clever puck handling, exploiting the subsequent gap between the goalie's legs to score his 19th of the season and third in as many games. "We chased the lead again," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Battled back, played hard. We were a little short on a couple of forwards, shortened the bench a little too much." The first period turned on a delayed penalty against Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik. The Kings had held the puck in the offensive zone for nearly a minute before losing it, prompting Gaborik to reach out his stick and trip a Panther in a fruitless attempt to get it back. Huberdeau then beat Budaj with a wrist shot in the 6-on-5 action, notching his fourth goal of the season in his sixth game, after the Panthers were able to steady themselves by getting Luongo off and bringing on an extra attacker. "We have some grit and we showed that in this game," Huberdeau said. NOTES: Vincent Trocheck had an assist for the fifth straight game, giving him seven points in that span. Jaromir Jagr also extended his points streak to five games with an assist on Barkov's goal. ... The Kings fell to 9-20-2 this season when giving up the first goal. ... Budaj has now given up 19 goals in his last five starts.
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- After giving up a tying goal in the waning seconds of regulation, the Vancouver Canucks could have been discouraged. Instead, they quickly regrouped and secured the victory they almost let slip away. Chris Tanev's goal 34 seconds into overtime gave Vancouver a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Tanev converted a 2-on-1 with Daniel Sedin after Flames captain Mark Giordano scored on a long shot from the boards with 5.6 seconds left in the third period to tie it. "I got it up to Danny and then I skated as fast as I could. I knew he would get the puck over if I could beat my guy up the ice," Tanev said. The Canucks (26-27-6) moved within four points of the Flames (29-26-4) in the race for the second wild card and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Calgary lost for the second time in three games. It was Vancouver's first win in three games. "That was a good way to win a game - to stick with it and get rewarded. So that might give us some life for tomorrow," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. The goal was Tanev's first of the season. Fellow defenseman Alex Edler also scored for the Canucks, who played their first home game following a difficult six-game road trip in the United States. Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots, while Calgary counterpart Brian Elliott made 17 saves. "We were emotional. We were intense. I thought there was a little bit of a playoff atmosphere out there," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. Edler unexpectedly opened the scoring 12:44 into the game on a slap shot from near center ice that fooled Elliott. "Just probably (a) 5-foot sinker-curveball and not one that you want to give up," Elliott said. "But you can't really get hung up on it. You've got to move on from it, and I thought we did that as a team pretty well." The Canucks thought they had scored again during a scramble late in the first, but officials ruled that a referee lost sight of the puck and whistled the play dead before the puck crossed the goal line. Neither team scored in the second period despite some dangerous chances. Elliott stopped Jason Megna's one-timer from the slot during a power play in the early going. With eight minutes left in the period, Miller foiled Troy Brouwer on a 2-on-1 and, moments later, Calgary defenseman Matt Bartkowski rang a slap shot off the post. Elliott later thwarted Brendan Gaunce on a partial breakaway and held the puck out with players falling all around him. Elliott also tussled with Troy Stecher after Giordano cross-checked the Canucks player and sent him crashing into the net. Early in the third period, Miller stopped Brouwer on an in-tight rebound during a Calgary power play. It was the first of two power plays in less than four minutes, but the Flames could not beat Miller. With just more than 12 minutes left, he robbed Brouwer yet again on a one-timer, again from point-blank range. The Flames had three unsuccessful power-play chances in the third, including one with 2:11 left when Henrik Sedin was sent off for hooking. Gulutzan pulled Elliott in favor of an extra attacker, giving the Flames a two-man advantage. After the power play expired, Giordano spoiled Miller's shutout bid and sent the game to overtime. "You get that far and you do get frustrated about handing a point back, but we stepped up in overtime and got it done," Miller said. "Right now, we just needed the win. I try not to dwell too much on the last one." NOTES: Late NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn, who also coached Canada's men's Olympic team, was honored before the game with a statue unveiled outside Rogers Arena. ... It was the fifth and final regular-season meeting between the teams. UP NEXT Flames: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday in the second of five straight road games. Canucks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
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    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA is continuing to monitor how states are handling laws regarding the protections of transgender people, with Commissioner Adam Silver warning that any less-than-inclusive policies will help the league decide where to hold All-Star Games going forward. Silver, in his annual state-of-the-league address at All-Star Saturday night, said he has spoken with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper - whose state was originally set to host this All-Star weekend - about the controversial and divisive HB2 law, one that the recently elected Cooper has said he wants repealed. And for other states considering similar measures, Silver said the NBA will watch them as well. "Our values, our league-wide values in terms of equality and inclusion are paramount to this league and all the members of the NBA family, and I think those jurisdictions that are considering legislation similar to HB2 are on notice that that is an important factor for us," Silver said. "Those values are an important factor for us in deciding where we take a special event like an All-Star Game." Texas is considering a bill that would be similar to HB2. Its version is known as SB6, with top Republicans in that state recently unveiling a proposal that would ban transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice. It is one of many issues drawing the attention of both the league and its players, with many NBA stars - including LeBron James - speaking out repeatedly of late about the need for equality in society. And Silver, while not going as far to say that considering such a law would keep Texas from being considered for All-Star events in the future, made clear that the NBA is watching. Next year's All-Star weekend is in Los Angeles. Texas last hosted an All-Star weekend in 2013. "I'm not ready to draw bright lines," Silver said. "Clearly, though, the laws of the state, ordinances, and cities are a factor we look at in deciding where to play our All-Star Games." Silver also addressed another particularly divisive issue facing the country these days, the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that bans travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday that Trump is working on a "streamlined" version of that order, and that the administration was surprised when U.S. courts blocked the original from implementation. One of the seven nations affected by the order is Sudan, the homeland of NBA players Luol Deng and Thon Maker. "It goes against the fundamental values and the fundamental ingredients of what make for a great NBA, and that is the very best in the world coming here," Silver said. In other matters addressed by Silver on Saturday night: INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS: Silver is particularly pleased with the increase in international players in the league, noting that it's now up to about 25 percent - and almost certain to continue rising. "If you look at last year's draft, nearly 50 percent of the players in our two-round draft were born outside of the United States as well," Silver said. "So as this game becomes more global and the competition increases for these jobs around the world, it makes these positions in the NBA that much more coveted." Silver said a diverse league is a better league. "The state of the league is as good as it's ever been - the competition on the floor, the diversity of the players," he said. DOLAN-OAKLEY FEUD: Silver and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan recently met with former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan in an effort to smooth over their differences - which turned ugly earlier this month when Oakley was arrested at a Knicks game and briefly banned from the arena. "While I'm disheartened that, at least based on media accounts, that it does not appear to be moving forward in a constructive way, right now I don't regret that I had that meeting," Silver said. "And if there is a constructive role I can play going forward, I'm available to do that." AFRICA GAME: The NBA announced earlier Saturday that it will play another Africa Game in Johannesburg this summer, and Silver said that enhancing presence on that continent is of particular importance to the league going forward. "We're extraordinarily motivated to grow the game in Africa," Silver said. "We have 14 current NBA players that were born in Africa and many others who have a parent that was born in Africa."
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    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Latest on Saturday's NBA All-Star events (all times local): 9:05 p.m. The dunk contest is underway, and the props are out. DeAndre Jordan jumped over a turntable, and DJ Khaled - who, of course, captured the whole thing on his Snapchat. Derrick Jones Jr. jumped over four teammates, though got a boost from the shoulder of one of them. Glenn Robinson III went over two people, one on the shoulders of the other and pulled off easily the best dunk of Round 1. As for the pre-contest favorite, Aaron Gordon? He broke out a drone. Gordon needed three tries before getting a ball-dropped-from-drone, take it off the bounce, between the legs dunk down. The judges weren't impressed, and he trails after Round 1. --- 8:45 p.m. With some long-range shots and a Shaq-aided slam, the SagerStrong Foundation has received a $500,000 donation. Following a tribute to Craig Sager after the 3-point contest, TNT broadcaster Ernie Johnson came onto the court with champion Eric Gordon and finalists Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. Johnson said $10,000 would be donated to the charity for each shot they made in a minute. Then TNT analyst Reggie Miller, one of the great 3-point shooters in NBA history, said he wanted to get involved, bringing with him onto the court All-Stars James Harden and DeMar DeRozan, WNBA champion Candace Parker and actors, including Anthony Anderson and Michael B. Jordan. They combined for 13 makes for $130,000, and Johnson then offered to raise it to $500,000 if two-time MVP Stephen Curry could make a halfcourt shot. Curry missed his attempts, but Shaquille O'Neal then hoisted Sager's youngest son, Ryan, up so he could dunk to earn the total. Craig Sager died in December at 65 after battling a form of cancer. He was announced earlier Saturday as a Curt Gowdy Media Award winner by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. --- 8:25 p.m. Houston's Eric Gordon has dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson as the NBA All-Star 3-point contest champion. And he did it in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency. Gordon's score of 21 in a final-round tie-breaker defeated Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it. Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round, missing a final shot from the corner that could have put him through ahead of Walker. --- 7:40 p.m. Big men continue to reign supreme in the NBA All-Star Saturday night skills competition. New York Knicks 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Prozingis won it, beating Utah's Gordon Hayward in the finals. Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did. Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic. Porzingis and Hayward were neck and neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it. The three-round, obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. --- 6:25 p.m. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league remains in a very good place, citing the continued international growth of the game and successes from a business standpoint. Silver gave his annual All-Star Saturday night address, saying "the state of the league is as good as it's ever been." A new seven-year collective bargaining agreement that assures labor peace for the foreseeable future is completed, the league is making forays into the eSports world and there's never been more international players in the NBA than there are now. Silver says about 25 percent of the NBA's players were born outside of the U.S., up about 5 percent from recent years and predicted that number will continue rising. He also lauded the way New Orleans was able to arrange to host All-Star weekend on relatively short notice. This weekend's events were to be held in Charlotte, before they were moved in response to the state's law regarding protections for the LGBT community. New Orleans was introduced as the new host in August. --- 5:20 p.m. New Orleans is a happening place this weekend. There's the All-Star festivities - around a little thing called Mardi Gras. Some of the streets around the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center, the two primary All-Star event venues, were blocked off Saturday afternoon for parades. And there were a couple of fairly large conventions in New Orleans in recent days, so hotels have been busy. Other streets in the area have been closed since Thursday, to help both residents and visitors figure out different traffic patterns needed to help accommodate two major simultaneous events. New Orleans center Anthony Davis offered his fellow All-Stars a tongue-in-cheek suggestion on how to handle Mardi Gras and the big crowds: Stay away, he said. He wasn't serious, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan wasn't deterred, either. "I probably won't listen to him," Jordan said. --- 4:10 p.m. Behind MVP Quinn Cook, the East team edged the West 105-100 in the NBA D-League All-Star game at the Superdome. Cook, the former Duke standout playing for the Canton Charge, led all scorers with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 4 for 6 from 3-point range. He also had a game-high 12 assists. Alfonzo McKinnie of Chicago's Windy City Bulls scored 16 points for the East, and Edy Tavares of Raptors 905 - Toronto's affiliate - led all rebounders with 11. Justin Harper of the Los Angeles D-Fenders paced the West with 17 points. Vander Blue of the D-Fenders scored 15. In the D-League skills competition, guard Scott Wood of the Santa Cruz Warriors won the 3-point shootout, while forward Troy Williams of the Iowa Energy took the slam dunk contest. --- 12:25 p.m. LeBron James has arrived at All-Star weekend. The Cleveland star and three-time NBA champion is on the floor for Eastern Conference All-Star practice. He missed Friday's All-Star events while tending to a family matter. James tossed a T-shirt into the screaming crowd as he walked out to start practice, sending fans straining to catch the freebie. It's the 13th All-Star weekend for James, the most of anyone in Sunday night's contest. Says East coach Brad Stevens, "Watching these guys, everyone should love it." --- 11:15 a.m. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are on the floor together - though they started on opposite ends. The Western Conference All-Stars are practicing at the Superdome, and interaction between Westbrook and any of the Golden State Warriors has been limited at best. The four Golden State All-Stars started warming up at one end of the floor, while Westbrook went to the other. Stephen Curry eventually came down to the end of the court where Westbrook was shooting, and not long after that West coach Steve Kerr of Golden State summoned the whole team to one end of the floor. He told the team to run a little bit of five-man weave, "to pretend like we're practicing." --- 10:25 a.m. Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship, and Chris Webber are among the 14 finalists for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class. Others include NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Previous finalists returning to the ballot include point guard Tim Hardaway, record-setting high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU national champion Wayland Baptist University. Enshrinees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. The induction ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are Sept. 7-9.
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    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    NEW ORLEANS -- Glenn Robinson III is the NBA's new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers' mascot and a Pacers cheerleader. Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving him a perfect score - and the title - on his final dunk. Robinson edged out Phoenix's Derrick Jones Jr., who was done in by his failure to complete his difficult first dunk of two in the final round. Jones still managed a perfect score on his second dunk, when he received a bounce-pass in the paint, put it between his legs and threw down a left-handed jam. But Robinson made sure it wasn't enough. In the 3-point contest, Houston's Eric Gordon dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson. Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks won the Skills Challenge. Both dunk finalists delighted the crowd with soaring slams over teammates and others that showcased the explosive spring in their vertical leaps. Robinson had one dunk in which he leap-frogged one man sitting on another's shoulders, grabbed the ball from the elevated man's hands and slamming it home. Jones jumped over four teammates including Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss in the first round. He also drew roars from the crowd when he took a pass off the side of the backboard from Booker with his right hand, put the ball between his legs to his left for a round-house jam. The dunk that cost him was a bold one. He tried to leap a friend and the Suns' gorilla mascot, grab the ball on the way over, put it between his legs and then finish with a windmill. But he couldn't get the dunk to go down in his allotted three attempts. DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Aaron Gordon of Orlando were unable to emerge from the first round. Jordan dunked over DJ turn tables and Gordon dunked after receiving a bounce pass from a drone that had flown over the court with the "Star Wars" theme music playing. Eric Gordon got his win in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency. Gordon's score of 21 in a final-round tiebreaker defeated Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it. "I wasn't really concentrating on how many I made," Gordon said. "It's all about just knocking down the shot. I never counted in my head or anything. I just go out there and just shoot the ball." Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round, missing a final shot from the corner that could have put him through ahead of Kemba Walker. Big men reigned supreme for a second straight year in the skills competition, with the 7-foot-3 Porzingis beating Utah's Gordon Hayward in the final round. Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did, even though Hayward had trailed each of them dribbling down the court by a considerable margin before hitting his clinching shots. Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic. "It's a good feeling that I'm able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you're capable of doing that even if you're tall and lanky like me," Porzingis said. "I think a lot of kids now growing up will improve those perimeter skills just seeing guys like - I don't want to mention myself, but big guys with perimeter skills that can do it." Porzingis and Hayward were neck-and-neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it. The three-round, head-to-head obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. Earlier on Saturday, Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship, and Chris Webber were among the 14 finalists for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class. Others include NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Previous finalists returning to the ballot include point guard Tim Hardaway, record-setting high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU national champion Wayland Baptist University. Enshrinees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. The induction ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are Sept. 7-9.
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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    ATHENS, Greece -- He was just a scrawny, hungry kid, the son of migrants from Nigeria, trying to survive in Sepolia, a modest Athens neighborhood. The club coach who spotted 13-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother kicking a soccer ball around a neighborhood field says the NBA All-Star grew up in constant fear of the police, and of being deported. At that time, Antetokounmpo had only dabbled in basketball and was mostly interested in soccer. "He could not make a layup and he could not dribble," Spiros Velliniatis said. But the teenager's character impressed Velliniatis, with a determination and toughness that showed through. "He was a champion before he was a basketball player," Velliniatis said. Now the young man born in Athens is known to basketball fans as the "Greek Freak," and he credits Velliniatis for putting him on the road to stardom. "He was the one that gave us the opportunity to look at basketball, because me and my brothers were more focused on playing soccer because my dad was a soccer player," Antetokounmpo said. Many still can't pronounce his name, but they are familiar with the athletic 6-foot-11, 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks forward's ability to play above the rim. But as a youngster, Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, had to be enticed to attend basketball practices. "I asked him about his parents and (I said) if I found a job for his parents would he (join) my club? He said yes," Velliniatis said. Even with that, getting the Antetokounmpos to show up to practice with the club, Filathlitikos, which was in another neighborhood, was still a challenge. "We said, 'We must find a way to keep the kid on the court,' This would be a success for all of us," recalled Panagiotis Zivas, the Filathlitikos coach. "They were children, they did not understand they had to be consistently committed." The family didn't have much, but neighbors would help. People like Giannis Tzikas, a cafe owner, who sometimes prepared sandwiches for Giannis and his brothers so they would not go to practice hungry. "Some people said to me 'why are you feeding the black kids?'" Tzikas said, adding the reactions made him even more determined to help. "He helped us a lot," Antetokounmpo said. "I would see him every day. He was a big fan of the national team and he helped my little brothers, too, a lot." Tzikas remembers times when the Antetokounmpo brothers were not welcome on the neighborhood courts. Most of the time, Tzikas said, the boys' father took them to the courts and the kids were protected from violence. Besides helping find the boys' parents jobs, Zivas said the general manager for Filathlitikos gave the family money to underscore the club's commitment. The family eventually moved into a better neighborhood, closer to where the club was located. Once settled, Giannis prospered. "He was a leader in the youth team and quickly made it to the seniors," Zivas recalls. "He was the team worker. The team expected him to rebound, block. (Scoring) points did not interest him." In one of Giannis' last games with the junior team, he scored 50 points, and that drew the attention of several senior clubs. Filathlitikos officials made sure the tape was circulated near and far. Interest soared, including from the NBA. One of the people who made the trip to Greece to watch Giannis play was Boston Celtics' president and former star, Danny Ainge. "I remember that game; it was in the city of Volos and Ainge sat at the end of our bench and the opposing team's fans thought he was a Filathlitikos executive and started calling him names. Maybe they threw something, as well," Zivas said. Interest in a player not even playing in a country's top division was unusual, but not unprecedented. Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki took the same route to the U.S., from Germany's second division, Wurzburg. The Spanish club Zaragoza was the first to make an offer to Antetokounmpo. Tzikas remembers how excited Giannis was at the prospect of going to Spain. "He came to me and said" 'Mr. Giannis, I signed a contract with Zaragoza, they are giving me 400,000 euros a year. I'll bring my family along with me and I'll buy a car.'" Antetokounmpo never played for Zaragoza because the Bucks made him a first-round draft pick in 2013 and his contract with the Spanish club included an NBA "escape clause." He moved to Milwaukee that year and his family has since joined him. Thanasis, a 6-7 small forward who played for the Knicks and in the NBA's D-League, now plays in the Spanish Liga, although he has not given up on his NBA dream. Their coach at Filathlitikos said their two younger brothers, Constantinos and Alex, also have NBA potential. The brothers' basketball careers may have taken them around the world, but they continue to make an impact in Greece. Once in constant dread of being deported, Giannis now has his citizenship papers. Giannis also has become the mainstay of the Greek national team. "What Giannis has accomplished at his young age is simply amazing," Greece national teammate Kostas Papanikolaou said. "He is an example for every kid." Zivas continues to see Giannis in the offseason. "He comes here every summer, he trains and lifts weights," his former coach said. In May 2016, Giannis and Thanasis, along with another little-known foreigner who has made his presence felt in the NBA - the Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, who is from Latvia - came to Athens to play a game with assorted Greek players and veterans. An enthusiastic crowd of 5,000 crammed into the stands of a gym next to Athens' largest public high school to watch them play to a 123-123 tie. Thanasis overshadowed the two NBA stars, scoring 69 points, 5 more than his brother. Porzingis finished with 21. "If he had no idea how big he is in Greece," Tzikas said of Giannis, "he sure found out that day." The scrawny youngster has come a long way.
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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    WOODBURN, Ore. -- Police say they arrested a former NFL player after he tried to force his way into an Oregon home and then took his clothes off. Police went to the Woodburn home on Saturday after being told someone was making alarming statements. The homeowner told authorities that former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II was acting erratically and tried to get into the house. Arriving officers say Wilson emerged from a backyard shed and was naked. He was taken to Marion County Jail. Police spokesman Jason Horton says he didn't know if Wilson had a lawyer. No lawyer was included on his jail listing and the prosecutor's office was closed Sunday. Police say Wilson had been shot by a homeowner in June in a similar incident in Portland and was arrested in January when he was found naked outside a residence in Portland.
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees president Randy Levine feels Dellin Betances was the victim of "over the top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at Friday's arbitration hearing won by the team. The Yankees beat Betances in the year's final salary arbitration case, and the relief pitcher will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request. "What his agents did was make him a victim of an attempt to change a market place in baseball that has been well established for 30, 40 years, and I feel bad for him that he was used that way by his agents," Levine said Saturday after the decision was announced. "Five million dollars goes to elite closers, people who pitch the ninth inning and have a lot, a lot and a lot of saves." "Dellin didn't have that record," Levine added. "He's a great, elite setup man, maybe one day he'll be a great closer, we hope so. The agent took him to a case in like me saying I'm not the president of the Yankees, I'm astronaut. I'm not an astronaut and Dellin Betances is not a closer based on statistics." Betances was prepared to move forward until Levine's comments. "Saying I'm a victim in this whole process and saying how much they love me, but then they take me into a room and trash me for about an hour and a half," Betances said. "I thought that was unfair." A right-hander who turns 29 in March, Betances figures to be primarily a setup man again following Aroldis Chapman's decision to return to the Yankees. New York gave Chapman an $86 million, five-year contract - a record for a relief pitcher. "They value me as a setup man, an eighth-inning guy, so is it selfish of me to say now, 'Hey guys, I just want come in for the eighth inning with no runners on all the time?'" Betances said. "That's not the player I am." Betances struck out 126, leading big league relievers for the third straight year, and went 3-6 with a 3.08 ERA and 12 saves in 17 chances. "I've got to take care of myself," Betances said. "I've got be a little smarter and be able to speak up." Betances tried to find a middle-ground salary compromise. "When I went into that room, I looked them in the eye and said 'We don't have to be in this room,'" Betances said. "There was no coming in the middle for them." Manager Joe Girardi feels Betances will be fine in time. "I think he will be able to bounce back, separate the business from the game, come out and still do his job." teammate CC Sabathia said. The ruling gives teams an 8-7 edge in decisions this year, the most hearings since clubs won 10 of 16 decisions in 1994. Players won three of four cases last year. Teams lead 310-231 since salary arbitration began in 1974. Arbitrators Steven Wolf, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek issued heard the case. New York renewed Betances last year at the major league minimum of $507,500. A setup man for the first four months, he took over as closer after the trades of Chapman to the Chicago Cubs and Andrew Miller to Cleveland. "Three million dollars was a great victory for Dellin Betances," Levine said. "He can now say he's the highest paid first-time setup man in the history of Major League Baseball." Since defeating Mariano Rivera in 2000, the Yankees had only one arbitration hearing. In 2008, pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was awarded a raise from $489,500 to the team's $4 million offer instead of his $4.6 million request. "Hopefully we can have another decade or so before we get put in that position again," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It's time to get back to work, that's it." Betances is scheduled to throw off a mound during Sunday's first full-squad workout. Opening-day starter Masahiro Tanaka is expected to throw batting practice for the first time.
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    LAKELAND, Fla.-- When Miguel Cabrera takes the field for Venezuela in next month's World Baseball Classic, he'll be trying to bring some much-needed joy to his native country. "Our country's in bad shape right now. There's a lot of problems in Venezuela. It's like, two sides, you know?" Cabrera said. "I think sport can help any country." Cabrera is back at spring training, preparing for his 10th season with the Detroit Tigers, and what began as a routine session with reporters Saturday after the team's first full-squad workout quickly turned into a more pensive discussion. Cabrera can be guarded when talking to the media, but he has a lot on his mind heading into the 2017 season. Venezuela is going through difficult times economically and politically, and he says he worries about family back there. "It's hard when you left your country and it's hard to go back and stay over there," he said. "When I'm back to Venezuela, I went for one week. I used to live there. Now, I live here in United States. It's hard to leave your country." Cabrera has spent a majority of his career with the Tigers, and like the rest of the organization, he was saddened by the death of owner Mike Ilitch earlier this month. Ilitch's big spending helped turn the Tigers into consistent contenders in the American League. "That was heartbreaking, that news," Cabrera said. "We come into this spring training a little sad because of the news, but at the same time, we come in like we need to keep going and need this for him, because he always dream about a World Series champion." Before the 2014 season, Cabrera signed a $292 million, 10-year deal with Detroit - a staggering commitment by the Tigers but one that meant Ilitch didn't have to worry about the slugger becoming a free agent anytime soon. "Every time I see him, I would say thank you for giving me this opportunity to be in Detroit," the 33-year-old Cabrera said. That contract was easy to second-guess in 2015, when injury problems limited Cabrera to 119 games, but he played in 158 last year and hit .316 with 38 home runs and 108 RBIs. In nine seasons with the Tigers, Cabrera has played at least 148 games eight times - and at least 158 six times. "You can say anything you want about Miguel Cabrera. You can say he's the greatest right-handed hitter of the last 50 years, maybe ever. You could say he doesn't run fast anymore," manager Brad Ausmus said. "But the one thing that I put above everything is the fact that this guy plays every day, and that right there is a leader." Ausmus, who is entering his fourth season as Detroit's manager, says there are elements of Cabrera's personality that he wasn't aware of beforehand. "I knew he played every day. That part didn't come as a shock," Ausmus said. "I didn't realize the fun he has playing. I guess I didn't watch him close enough, or I was playing against him, and I didn't pay attention to it. ... I've said for a while, he's got like a child's love of playing the game. "And his baseball IQ is way higher than I thought - way higher. He's got one of the better baseball IQs of anyone I've ever played with or managed." Cabrera is certainly aware of the situation the Tigers find themselves in now. After winning the AL Central every season from 2011-14, Detroit has missed the playoffs the past two years. There's been plenty of talk about the team cutting payroll , and although there were no major moves this offseason, the Tigers could look significantly different after 2017. Outfielder J.D. Martinez, right-hander Mike Pelfrey and closer Francisco Rodriguez can become free agents after this season, and Detroit has team options on second baseman Ian Kinsler and right-hander Anibal Sanchez. "A lot of people's going to be a free agent next season," Cabrera said. "I think they decide, let's make one more shot." Although Cabrera could be in Detroit for a good while longer, there's plenty of urgency for the Tigers to win now, while this core of players is still intact. "We got a chance to play one more year together. We know where we are here," Cabrera said. "We know we didn't went to the playoffs the last two years, but I think if we stay together, if we stay healthy, I think we've got a chance to compete." NOTES: Former Tigers utilityman Don Kelly was at spring training. The Tigers announced Saturday that he's joined the organization as a pro scout/assistant to player development.
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joey Logano won the Clash at Daytona on Sunday, stealing a victory when leader Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap. Hamlin led much of the 75-lap exhibition event, which was postponed a day because of rain, but lost control while trying to block Keselowski just after taking the white flag for the final lap. Logano slid by on the outside as Hamlin and Keselowski slowed down low. It was Logano's first Clash victory in nine tries and his third overall win at Daytona International Speedway. This one came in NASCAR's first race of Speedweeks. "It's a momentum builder, that's what this is," said Logano, the 2015 Daytona 500 champion. Kyle Busch finished second, following by Alex Bowman and Danica Patrick. Bowman drove the No. 88 Chevrolet in place in Dale Earnhardt Jr., who felt Bowman earned the opportunity because he filled in for Earnhardt (concussion) last year. "It means a lot to have driven this car for Team Hendrick," Bowman said. "It's been a lot of fun, made a lot of memories. Hope to do it again someday." Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates looked like they would celebrate a clean sweep for Toyota. Hamlin, rookie Daniel Suarez, Matt Kenseth and Busch were running 1-2-3-4 down the stretch. But Keselowski and Logano teamed up to break up the four-car pack. Keselowski had a big run and looked like he would move to the front on the final lap, but Hamlin blocked him and caused contact that allowed Logano to celebrate in victory lane. "I knew the only way we were going to beat those Gibbs cars - they're so good at being a team - was to break them up," Logano said. "You've got to be a better team than they are. We showed that Ford was the better team today. We were able to break them up and get ourselves up front and make the big move up there at the end." It was the fourth straight victory for Team Penske at restrictor-plate races. Keselowski won at Daytona last July, and he and Logano each won races at Talladega Superspeedway in 2016. So Penske might be considered the team to beat heading into next week's Daytona 500. Toyota might have something to say about that, though. Several others had issues. Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson lost control twice in Turn 4, taking out Kurt Busch in the first one and then totaling his No. 48 Chevrolet in the second. "It's bizarre, because it drove really good everywhere else," Johnson said. "We will take some notes and learn from those mistakes and apply that to the (Daytona) 500 car." Busch ended up crashing his Monster Energy No. 41 car in the first official race with Monster Energy as NASCAR's title sponsor. "It's kind of a shame," he said. "All of the hard work and the effort everybody puts into the offseason - Doug Yates and his engines and everybody from Ford and everybody at Stewart-Haas - all of the effort put toward building a car and we didn't even make it to the first pit stop. So it's kind of a bummer." Martin Truex Jr. also wrecked out of the race with 14 laps to go. Truex was trying to follow Kevin Harvick through a hole, but didn't have enough room in front of Kyle Larson. Larson turned Truex, who spun several times and tapped Chris Buescher.
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    Michelle Clancy | 17 February 2017 First Weekend Club, which is devoted to helping to promote Canadian films, has launched a channel on its video-on-demand (VOD) platform, Canada Screens, which will highlight French Canadian films. The network, dubbed Cinéma Français, features titles such as Mommy; Louise Archambault's Gabrielle, a drama about people with disabilities; Ken Scott's comedy Starbuck, which was remade in Bollywood as 2012's Vicky Donor and Hollywood as 2013's Delivery Man; and Quebec's top-grossing film of 2007: The Three Little Pigs 2. The National Film Board of Canada also has paired each Canada Screens film with a French Canadian short film. A selection of the titles will be available for a discounted price of $1.99 each until the end of February. The channel will be co-presented by Vancouver-based Visions Ouest Productions, which run the Rendez-vous French Film Festival.
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    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    Michelle Clancy | 19 February 2017 The launch of Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit 2017 brought in record video views and engagement across the magazine's digital channels. After the reveal of the SI Swimsuit 2017 cover model last week, video views on SI.com surpassed 3 million within the first day, the magazine said. Similarly, SI Swimsuit social video productions broke records with views on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter alone surpassing 6.3 million to bring the total up to almost 10 million views over the initial launch period. SI Swimsuit social videos continued to gain traction over the 48-hour period, which included live streams and Instagram video productions from the NYC launch event, bringing the social video views across SI Swim Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to more than 9 million and counting. Through a combination of social-first video productions, live shows, pre-produced packages and behind-the-scenes access to SI Swimsuit models, locations and more, SI rolled out over 100 video productions. “An increased and diverse push of new types of content across social platforms is a big factor in this year’s successful launch,” said SI. “Leading up to launch, Si Swimsuit coordinated a digital model tag campaign with select models leading to the big cover reveal moment.” SI Swimsuit shared an exclusive behind the scenes video on Instagram of cover model Kate Upton backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live just after seeing her three covers for the first time, which quickly racked up over 50K views. So far since launch, SI Instagram videos alone have achieved almost 1 million video views. Other launch highlights include: Over 1.6 million video views of Kate Upton’s launch video on Facebook Video; and a live hosted Rookie of the Year Facebook Live Show from the Facebook studios in Manhattan that has garnered over a quarter million views on FB and over 50,000 on Instagram. Additionally, SI Swimsuit teamed up with Snapchat for a Global Live Story, SI Uncovered, taking users behind the scenes of the life of an SI Swimsuit model during launch week and into the exclusive NYC VIP launch party.
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    Lowteck started a thread Insuring a Leg in Humor
    Insuring a Leg A man and his wife, moved back home to North Carolina, from Texas. The wife had a wooden leg and to insure it in Texas Was $2000.00 a year! When they arrived in North Carolina, they went to an insurance Agency, to see how much it would cost to insure the leg. The agent looked it up on the computer and said to the couple, '$39.00.' The husband was shocked and asked why it was so cheap here In North Carolina to insure, because it cost him $2000.00 in Texas! The agent turned his computer screen to the couple and said, 'Well, here it is on the screen, it says: *Any wooden structure, with a sprinkler system over it, is $39.00.
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    Logano looks strong, Dale Jr. returns at Daytona By Staff report | NASCAR.com Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to competition for the first time in seven months, but it was Joey Logano in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford who led qualifying practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Logano's fastest lap of 193.116 mph held firm at the top of the leader board after the nearly four-hour practice session and gave him a boost heading into Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Sunday (3:10 p.m. ET, FOX). However, lots of eyes were on Junior, who missed the final 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2016 because of a concussion. Thirty minutes into practice, Junior climbed into the car, then after a debris caution 20 minutes later the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports took the track. Earnhardt Jr.'s first lap was 17th-fastest at 190.504 mph. Junior finished the session in 11th place at 192.670 mph. "It felt good to just get out there and get to work a little bit and be with the guys and see all the familiar faces in the garage, other drivers and team members and so forth," Earnhardt Jr. said. "Yeah, just trying to put as many laps as I can behind me and get further and further into this deal to where the events from last year become more of a distant memory and don't define me as who I am so much anymore." Behind Logano in second and third place, respectively, were Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski, both in Fords. Rounding out the top five at the 2.5-mile super speedway were Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and another Ford driven by Wood Brothers Racing's Ryan Blaney. This was the only practice scheduled before Sunday's single-car, two-round qualifying that will set the front row for the 59th running of The Great American Race. http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2017/2/18/daytona-500-practice-results-dale-earnhardt-jr-returns-2017.html
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    How the Daytona 500 field is set for the 2017 race By Staff report | NASCAR.com The Daytona 500 is a unique event in many ways, including how the 40-car field is set for this year's race (Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). There are two days that carry the most significance in how the field is set. The first is Sunday, Feb. 19 when two rounds of single-car qualifying will take place starting at 3:10 p.m. ET (FOX). The second is Thursday, Feb. 23 when the Can-Am Duel races take place, starting at 7 p.m. ET (FS1). Here are more details: SINGLE-CAR QUALIFYING Programming info for single-car qualifying When: Sunday, Feb. 19 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FOX Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? This event will determine the front row (spots 1 and 2) for the Daytona 500. There will be two rounds of single-car qualifying, with the 12 fastest cars in Round 1 advancing to Round 2. There will be a 10-minute break between rounds, and cars will make their Round 2 run based on Round 1 times (slowest going first, fastest last). The fastest time in Round 2 will be the Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Daytona 500. The second-fastest time in Round 2 will earn the other spot on the front row for the Daytona 500. The pole winner will start first in the first Can-Am Duel race on Thursday. The other front-row driver will start first in the second Can-Am Duel race. The rest of the field will line up for Thursday's Can-Am Duels based on qualifying time, with odd-numbered finishers lining up in the first Duel, and even-numbered finishers lining up for the second Duel. CAN-AM DUELS Programming info for the Can-Am DuelsWhen: Thursday, Feb. 23 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FS1 Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? The Can-Am Duels will determine spots 3-38 in the Daytona 500 grid. With 36 Charter teams entered in the race, two of these spots will be filled by the top Open car in each Duel race. The qualifiers from the first Duel will line up on the inside row in the Daytona 500 depending upon their finish in Duel 1. The qualifiers from the second Duel will line up on the outside row for the Daytona 500 depending upon their result in Duel 2. The remaining two spots on the Daytona 500 grid will be awarded to the top Open teams from Sunday's qualifying that are still left (i.e. didn't qualify through the Duels). In review: - Two spots (front row) determined by Sunday's qualifying. - Spots 3-38 determined by results of Duels races. - Spots 39, 40 go to the top Open cars remaining. - That's a total of 40 cars for Sunday's race (36 Charter cars, 4 Open cars). http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2017/2/15/daytona-500-how-the-field-is-set.html
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