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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Advantage Emirates Team New Zealand after Day 1

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Emirates Team New Zealand lead Defender Oracle Team USA 1-0 after the first Day on Bermudas Great Sound on Saturday afternoon. Having to start at – 1 on the Scoreboard the Kiwis won two Races to put them up 1-0 in this first to 7 Points Series.
In the first Race Kiwi Helmsman Peter Burling managed to push Oracle Skipper & Helmsman James Spithill early over the Starting Line. The Americans had to slow down and let Emirates pass a lead Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn’t relinquish to the Finish although they made a big mistake at Gate 6 when they fell off their foils.
The second Race was quite similar. Burling won the start and building up a substantial lead only to see it evaporate shortly before Gate 5. Both boats had to do a quick gybe after the Mark rounding. Oracle fell off their foils, Emirates didn’t and that was it.
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My Thoughts
Emirates Team New Zealand seems to have a pretty big speed Advantage in light winds. If that stays until tomorrow expect the Kiwi Team to chalk up another 2 Points. For Oracle they must hope for more wind on Sunday otherwise things go downstream pretty fast.
Daniel G.
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Sailing the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton Day 1 LIVE BLOG

Afternoon all!
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This is it. The Battle for the 35th America’s Cup starts today and both Helmsman expecting quite a battle…
The 1st Start is scheduled for 1.12pm ET. A light breeze between 8-11 knots from the east is expected.
All Races can be seen on NBC National from 1pm ET
I’ll bringing you all the Action in this LIVE BLOG.
Daniel G.
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Jordan Brand Reveals Select Fall 2017 Retro Releases…

…from NiceKicks

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Jordan Brand today reveals select styles from their upcoming fall 2017 collection, featuring a wide assortment of beloved retros. These foundational on-court gems have now begun a second lifespan off the hardwood, adding both uniqueness and versatility to the fashion forward, lifestyle driven collection.

The fall lineup begins with a premium edition of the Air Jordan 1 dressed in sleek black leather. This luxurious Jordan 1 transitions well into the gathering’s next feature, the Air Jordan 2 Decon. Stripped from its traditional leather construction in lieu of a lightweight suede, navy, black and tan colorways look to be on deck for the cool weather season.

Originally released in 1993, the Air Jordan 8 will have a strong showing come fall with both “Cement” and “Cool Grey” colorways scheduled to release. They’ll be trailed by the Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Fire Red” sample first seen on MJ during the 1996 NBA. The shoe will also release in a navy edition.

Lastly, the Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight” odes the model’s 20th anniversary in a white, red and black Bulls colorways…..

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup Match: Rematch of 2013 USA vs New Zealand

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Afternoon all!
2 Days and counting. On Saturday June 17th at 14.12 Local Bermudan Time, 13.12 ET and 9.12 PT the battle for the 35th America’s Cup will begin.
It will be a Rematch of the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 between Defender Oracle Team USA and the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand. Back then Oracle Team USA came back from the brink of defeat beating Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 after being down
1-8.
The big change between 2017 and 4 years ago are that we’ve smaller boats 50-foot compared to the big 72-foot Cats we’ve had in San Francisco. The other big change is that the boats will now spent almost 100% out of water flying around the Race Course. The Team who consistently spends nearly 100% out of the water will win the Races and ultimativly the 35th America’s Cup.
Team New Zealand made some big changes after that heartbreaking loss in 2013. While the Team is still run by General Manager & CEO Grant Dalton he handed over the Keys to the young Sailors who won the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. Among them is 26 year old Helmsman Peter Burling who won Gold at the Rio Olympics in the 49er Class with his mate Blair Tuke. Burling could become the youngest Helmsman to win the Cup. The lone Sailor from the 2013 Sailing Team still onboard the boat is Skipper & Wing Trimmer Glenn Ashby.
Defender Oracle Team USA kept their core group of Designers and Sailors. Notable absences are Grinder Jono Macbeth and Helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie who challenged unsuccessfully in Bermuda 2017 with the British Team Land Rover BAR.
The Team is still skippered by 37-year old Australian James “Jimmy” Spithill. His Go-To Guys will be Grinder/Tactician Tom Slingsby and Wing Trimmer Kyle Langford, both Key Members of the 2013 Defence.
By virtue of winning the America’s Cup Qualifiers on June 4th Oracle Team USA carries one bonus Point into the America’s Cup Match on Saturday which means Oracle has to win 7 Races to retain the Cup while the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand has to win 8 Races to take the Cup back to New Zealand.
Daniel G.
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Odell Beckham Jr. back in camp and wants to be a Giant for life

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NY Giants are gonna have to do the ‘Right Thing’ and pay the man….

Odell Beckham Jr. came back to the Giants and said he never wants to leave.

About a week ago, co-owner John Mara told a Town Hall assemblage of fans that he wanted Beckham to be a Giant for the rest of his career. On Tuesday, Beckham’s first day back on the field with the team since his conspicuous absence from voluntary OTA workouts, the receiver said that would be fine with him.

“I think we’re on the same page there,” he said after the first practice of the three-day mandatory minicamp. “Obviously, this is one of the best organizations in the league and I would love to be here for the rest of my life.”

Good. That’s settled.

In an abstract way, at least. The reality is that Beckham has two seasons remaining on his rookie deal, will be underpaid compared to similarly productive wideouts in 2017, and was absent from voluntary OTAs the past three weeks. That last part caused many to connect dots — some of which Beckham seemingly placed there himself on social media — and assume he was angling for a new deal by staying away from the team…..

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Warriors Win the 2017 NBA Championship in Five Games….129-120

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The Cleveland Fav’s NEVER really had a chance THIS year…

The Golden State Warriors got ran over last year after having the lead….

But THIS year?

They aquired Kevin Durant as their muscle…

So the Warriors out ran the Cav’s in the first 3 games….

The Cav;’s  found some adrenaline in the last game and come out winners…(Kyrie Irving carried them on his back)

But in the end?

Lebron James could NOT do it all….

Even with more than 39 points…

The Golden State Warriors ARE the Champ’s…

And they clinched at home….

And tonight’s  game was pretty damn GOOD!

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Penguins beat Predators to claim second straight Stanley Cup title…

The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in nearly 20 years.

Patric Hornqvist corralled the rebound of a shot that had bounced off the end boards and banked it off the left arm of Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 95 seconds left in the third period Sunday to lift the Penguins to a 2-0 win and a six-game triumph in the Stanley Cup Final.

The goal by Hornqvist — formerly a member of the Predators — was challenged by Nashville on the basis of goaltender interference but the call on the ice was upheld and the goal was good. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal to clinch the victory.

It was the second straight game in which the Penguins shut out the Predators, who began the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the West but won hearts and respect around the NHL for their resilience and grit as well as the exciting atmosphere created in Bridgestone Arena and around the city by fans who have fallen in love with the sport….

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Game 4 NBA Finals…Warriors Up 3 to Zip….

The Cleveland Cavaliers MUST form up behind Lebron James and somehow last long enough to ick out a win or it’s OVER!

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The 2017 N.B.A. finals may not have been particularly competitive so far, but the rubber match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors has certainly captured the public’s interest, with ESPN reporting that the series has had the highest viewership for an N.B.A finals since 1998. With the Cavaliers on the brink of being eliminated on their home court, all eyes will be on Golden State to see if they can finish a perfect postseason.

■ The Warriors are trying to be the ninth team to complete a sweep of the N.B.A. finals and the first to do it without having lost a single playoff game. In his long career, LeBron James has only been swept out of the playoffs once, and that was in 2007 when Tim Duncan’s Spurs crushed James’s inexperienced and dramatically outgunned team in the finals.

■ Coming back from a 3-1 deficit last year was unprecedented, but the Cavaliers have an even bigger task this year, down 3-0. No N.B.A. team has ever come back from such a deficit in a seven-game series. It has been accomplished just four times in the N.H.L. and once in major league baseball.

■ The Cavaliers proved once again in Game 3 that when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are at their absolute peak, they are able to keep up with or even surpass the Warriors. Unfortunately for Cleveland, they were only able to do that for 45 minutes, rather than all 48, with Coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors reassuring his players all game that they simply had to wait for the Cavaliers to wear down. For an upset in the game, or the series, Cleveland will have to find a way to have its stars go all out without running out of gas….

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Warriors Win Game 3 118 to 113 over Lebron and the Cav’s….

The Garden State Warrior’s fell behind in the 3rd and 4th Quarters….

But in the end?

They came back….

It was a back and  forth game that  kept ya on the edge of your feet…

But despite Lebron and Irving trying to hold on?

The Warrior’s held on to pull it out in the end…

Kevin Durant is the difference this year…

No NBA team has come back from being 0-3  in the finals…

And Golden State did it on the road….

NBA FINALS – GAME 3GS LEADS 3-0

Warriors take 3-0 lead on Cavs

A late 3 from Kevin Durant helped push Golden State past Cleveland as the Warriors win their 15th straight playoff game.

Kevin Durant: 3rd player to score at least 25 points in his first 8 NBA Finals games. The other 2 are Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.

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NBA Warriors beat the Cav’s for the second time 132-113…

The Warriors simply outplayed the Fav’s for the second game in a row….

Lebron James is one of the best Pro Basketball players ever, but?

The Golden State Warriors with Kevin Durant is just better….

Even when working at full capacity, the Golden State Warriors made basketball appear effortless in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, whipping the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Warriors are a team constructed to attack their opponents relentlessly in the open floor, and every time the Cavaliers looked up — off a miss, off a turnover, off a make or even a dead ball — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston or Klay Thompson was driving the ball down their throats. In a game that featured more than 100 possessions, the Warriors used pace as lighter fluid. At one point or another, each of Golden State’s principals functioned as a ball handler, shooter, slasher or drag screener, keeping a beleaguered Cavs’ defense on its heels….

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35th America’s Cup: America’s Cup Qualifiers Day One Live Blog (6 Races)

Afternoon  all!
Finally, the long wait and years of preparation is over. Today at 2.08pm Local Time/1.08pm ET and 10.08 PT the Battle for the 35th America’s Cup will begin in earnest. We’ve some mouthwatering close Races in prospect namely in Race 2 when Swedens Artemis Racing faces SoftBank Team Japan (both Teams looked to be in decent form in the Practice Racing) and in Race 5 when we see a Rematch of the 2013 America’s Cup Final between Emirates Team New Zealand.
The long wait is finally over.
After all of the preparation, all of the practice racing, all of the talk and all of the anticipation from sports fans around the world, the 35th America’s Cup is now upon us.
Following yesterday’s (Friday 26th May) postponed opening day, today will see a bumper schedule of racing as the first battles for the oldest trophy in international sport begin on Bermuda’s Great Sound with the start of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 1.
Saturday May 27th race schedule
Race 1: ORACLE TEAM USA vs Groupama Team France
Race 2: Artemis Racing vs SoftBank Team Japan
Race 3: Groupama Team France vs Emirates Team New Zealand
Race 4: Land Rover BAR v Artemis Racing
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand vs ORACLE TEAM USA
Race 6: Land Rover BAR vs SoftBank Team Japan
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Our Live Blog here at the PDog will start at Noon ET, 1 Hour before Racing starts. It’s a pleasure for me to bringing you this years America’s Cup again.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: Day One of the America’s Cup Qualifiers postponed due to too strong winds

Evening all!
Day 1 of the America’s Cup Qualifiers has been postponed due to too much wind according to Event Organizers….
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The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda has meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup has had to be postponed.
Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, so with the safety of the sailors and spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to postpone Friday’s events. Saturday 27th May and the days following are all forecast to have significantly improved weather conditions, so the four races scheduled to take place on Friday 26th May will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.
The Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday 27th May, starting at 8.30pm, following the three time Grammy award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village at 5.15pm. The America’s Cup Village will close at 9.30pm. Gates open at 11.30am on Saturday, with racing due to take place between 2pm and 5pm.
Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the ACEA, said, “We are obviously disappointed that the strong winds mean we have had to postpone day one of the 35th America’s Cup. This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sellout crowd. Our primary concern however, is always safety for everyone involved in the America’s Cup. We are adding an hour to the race window on both Saturday and Sunday to run extra races with the aim of getting back on schedule. There are still tickets available at the weekend, although not in all categories, so we are hoping Friday’s ticket holders will still get the chance to enjoy what should be an incredible opening weekend.”
So, we will try again tomorrow at 1pm ET / 2pm Local Time. However instead of 4 Races we will have 6 Races.
Match-Ups
Race 1: Oracle Team USA v Groupama Team France
Race 2: Artemis Racing v SoftBank Team Japan
Race 3: Groupama Team France v Emirates Team New Zealand
Race 4: Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing v Artemis Racing
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand v Oracle Team USA
Race 6: Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing v SoftBank Team Japan
Daniel G.
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The Cleveland Cav’s will play the Golden State Warriors for the NBA Championship…

Boston lost , as expected , to Lebron and the Cav’s 135 to 103 in game 5 of the semi-finals…

The first of the finals series games is June 1st @ 9:00PM  on ABC….

Boston, MA May 25, 2017: The Cavaliers LeBron James backs down the Celtics Terry Rozier in the first half. The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the TD Garden (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

The Celtics started this season with hope and optimism and a belief they would be capable of joining the league’s elite. They returned most of the young core from last year’s 48-win team and then added four-time All-Star Al Horford and the draft’s No. 3 overall pick, Jaylen Brown.

And, in a sense, they did ascend to the top tier. They won 53 games, secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and then surged into the conference finals with home-court advantage against the Cavaliers.

But then this series served as a cold, hard reminder that there is still a sizable gap between the Celtics and the top.

Cleveland obliterated Boston in the first two games at TD Garden, and even though the Celtics were able to steal a win in Cleveland, the Cavaliers treated it more as a hiccup than a reason for concern.

In Game 5 on Thursday, the Cavaliers stomped on the Celtics early and did not lift their feet until they felt like it, as they coasted to a 135-102 win that was just as thorough as it appears….

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Sailing: One Day to go until the 35th America’s Cup begins….

Sport Sailing will begin around the beautiful island of Bermuda….

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You can watch the Opening Press Conference via YT Stream and listen & see what the 6 Skippers will have to say….
Meanwhile Mother Nature has throw us a curveball on the 1st Day of Racing as it might be cancelled because of high Winds.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: 35th America’s Cup starts this Friday May 26th with the AC Qualifiers

Afternoon all!
It’s finally here after 3 years of building. On Friday May 26 at 5pm Bermuda Time / 6pm ET / 3pm PT the Chapter of the 35th America’s Cup will begin. 5 Challengers from New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, France and Japan will be vying to take on Defender Oracle Team USA in the Middle of June.
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It all starts with the America’s Cup Qualifiers where all 6 Teams incl. Defender Oracle Team USA will be racing against each other twice in a Double Round Robin Format. After that the worst Challenger is eliminated, Defender Oracle goes straight into the America’s Cup Match while the other 4 Teams will battle during the America’s Cup Playoffs consisting of Semifinals and Finals (first Team to win 5 Races advances to the next stage). The Winner of that Knock-Out Stage becomes the Challenger who will face the Americans in the 35th America’s Cup Match starting June 17th which is a Best of 13 Format (First Team to win 7 Races takes home the Oldest Trophy in International Sport)
Daniel G.
P. S. I’ll have a Day-by-Day Blog starting May 26 just like in 2013 …..
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Lebron James IS Human…He had a bad game…

The Cleveland Fav’s lost to the  Boston Celtic last night….

The odds of this happening I heard was 45 to 1 in Vegas …

Shit Happens….

Lebron James just didn’t have it….

Boston pulled the rabbit of the hat in the last minute of the game to win by a 3 pointer….

Anybody think  tomorrows game will play the same way?

It wasn’t LeBron’s night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Boston Celtics’ best player was unable to take the floor, and the Cleveland Cavaliers just needed theirs to show up.

With point guard Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury, the Celtics’ 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals seemed ever deeper heading into Sunday’s Game 3, especially in Northeast Ohio. With LeBron Jamesenjoying perhaps his greatest statistical postseason, a third straight sweep for the Cavs seemed inevitable.

But then the Cavs stepped off the gas.

Boston overcame a 21-point deficit in a 111-108 victory when Avery Bradley sunk a decisive three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left. It not only marked Cleveland’s first postseason loss, but the first time in 50 games James has blown a 20-point lead in the playoffs.

In 23 second-half minutes, James registered just three points, one rebound and one assist. He shot 1-of-8 from the floor, including 0-of-2 from deep. But it wasn’t his poor shooting that was surprising. It was the lack of killer instinct.

“I had a tough game, period,” James said as he finished with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 45 minutes….

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