Zach Randolph scored 21 points and snagged 12 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday.Randolph was 9-of-22 shooting from the field and with his efforts kept the Grizzlies close in the third quarter. Marc Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley started out rough missing 10 of his 18 shots before sinking a wide-open jumper from beyond the arc to give Memphis an 82-79 lead in overtime.”New coach, new offense … we just have to get used to it,” said Conley, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. ”Now we’ve been able to figure it out.”Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State. Klay Thompson netted 21 points without the help of Stephen Curry who was benched after suffering a concussion when he hit his head on the floor while diving for a loose ball in Monday’s game against Utah.Neither team scored in the final 2:02 of regulation and back-to-back buckets by Golden State’s David Lee and Klay Thompson evened the contest at 79-79 before OT.Conley then hit a 3-pointer to put Memphis in front and after Thompson was whistled for an offensive foul, Tayshaun Prince knocked down a left wing jumper to give Memphis an 84-79 cushion.Warriors’ Andrew Bogut then threw down Andre Iguodala’s alley-oop feed before Prince nailed a tough step-back jumper from the top of the key extending their lead to 86-81.Warriors head coach Mark Jackson wasn’t too pleased with his team’s efforts in the final minutes of the game.“We wanted to push the pace,” Jackson said. “That’s when then game changed when we started to walk it up the floor.”The win completed a four-game West Coast sweep for Memphis after the Grizzlies had dropped two of three at home.
Photo by Getty Images.Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson led their respective teams to hard-fought victories to set up a slug fest in next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Seattle.“I think we’re the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning,” said Kaepernick, the young San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback. “It’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.”To set up Sunday’s clash, Wilson and a stout defense led the Seahawks to a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. The next day, the Niners handled the Carolina Panthers 23-10 to advance.Kaepernick outgunned Cam Newton Sunday, a victory he punctuated by celebrating a touchdown in Newton’s Superman style.“Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said.When asked for whom the “shoutout” was intended, Kaepernick smiled and said, “I think you know the answer.”Seems Kaepernick remains upset that Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft while Kaepernick was a second-round selection. “I’ll never forget,” he said.Newton won’t soon forget the defeat in his first playoff game as a pro. He was picked off twice. “Terrible ending to a great season,” Newton said.Kaepernick, meanwhile, completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards in the divisional playoff win, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers.Now San Francisco needs its best effort of the season to win in Seattle. The 49ers (14-4) split two games with the Seahawks this season and, significantly, lost 29-3 at CenturyLink Field in September.The 49ers were missing receiver Michael Crabtree in that lopsided loss. Crabtree only had three catches for 26 yards against Carolina, but Anquan Boldin said he drew plenty of double teams that allowed him to get open.“That’s the great thing about our team — we have weapons all around,” Boldin said. “You try to take one guy out and you still have two or three guys left who can make big plays.”
CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.“To be honest with you, we don’t really need you that much in the regular season,” Green recalled telling Durant, who silenced the crowd with the biggest shot of his career — a 26-foot, go-ahead 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James with just under a minute to play — in the 118-113 victory. “But you know when those NBA Finals come around we’re really going to need you to play big for us.”When all’s said and done, and this club inevitably wraps up its second NBA title in three years, the degree to which the Warriors didn’t need to rely on Durant earlier this year will stand out; if only in contrast to the mileage James accumulated carrying the Cavs all season.Durant was spectacular and will undoubtedly be named Finals MVP once the Dubs win a fourth game.1Even though Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double in the Finals, which is crazy. His impressive showing here, largely against the best player of the past generation, figures to prompt conversation about whether we’re seeing a changing of the guard concerning which player deserves to be considered the best in the world.We watched this movie play out for a third straight game on Wednesday night: LeBron being on fire for a half, then suddenly becoming less aggressive when he runs out of gas in the fourth quarter, while Durant saves his best for last. LeBron James3925211170%71%40%36% PLAYERQ1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Kevin Durant2628173165523967 LeBron’s 4th-quarters lag in the 2017 Finals, Durant’s improve Source: NBA The pace in this matchup has played a key role in that dynamic — particularly for James. But the accumulation of minutes and miles on James’s legs this season — and over the past seven seasons, during his incredible Finals streak — probably hasn’t helped, either. This year alone, in which the 32-year-old averaged an NBA-high in minutes per game, James has run 47 miles more than the 28-year-old Durant,2This was the disparity heading into the NBA Finals, when combining both regular and postseason games. who missed just over a month’s worth of games during the regular season following an injury. (Golden State went 16-4 without him.)It would be unfair to the Warriors, who figure to go down in NBA history as perhaps its greatest team, to suggest that fatigue alone is the deciding factor in what may be a four-game sweep. The Warriors have so much more talent, and defensive skill, than the Cavs do. But James — who was sensational, and finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists — having more burst in the fourth quarter Wednesday might have at least helped Cleveland hold onto that game. And a 2-1 series, with Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, would have been promising.Warriors dominated with LeBron sittingRecognizing the importance of Game 3, James got hardly any breathers. Of the game’s 48 minutes, he took a seat for a grand total of two minutes, 24 seconds. Yet in that span of rest, his Cavaliers were outscored 12-0, an enormous margin in a game decided by just five points.3Yes, it’s only fair to point out that James was on the court for Golden State’s stunning 11-0 run to end the game over the final three-plus minutes of play.Almost all of the trouble stemmed from a lack of ball movement, starting with Kyrie Irving, who played a fabulous game with 38 points, but didn’t look good in this stretch.4He also got a very poor 1-on-1 look against Klay Thompson that misfired just before Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. Cleveland had six offensive possessions without James on the floor; five of them featured one pass5Not counting outlet or inbound passes or no passes, while the other possession was this.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/withoutbron1.mp400:0000:0000:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, the Cavs didn’t take advantage while the Warriors’ superstars sat. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a handful of costly rotation choices in last year’s NBA Finals, trotted out lineups without Durant or Stephen Curry on Wednesday. (This is likely the biggest reason why the Warriors have struggled in second quarters this postseason relative to their dominance in the other three periods.) In fact, Kerr did this twice, for a total of five minutes, 34 seconds. Yet Cleveland didn’t create a real gap, only outscoring Golden State by three, 14-11, in that time.Curry’s unexpected rebounding was criticalWhen you think about the NBA’s most gritty players, people like Green, Tony Allen and Patrick Beverley might come to mind. Curry? Not so much.But the 6-foot-3-inch sharpshooter came up big in the trenches Wednesday, logging 13 rebounds,6This was tied for a game-high, along with Kevin Love’s 13 boards. the most for a point guard in the NBA Finals since at least 1984, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.7The Play Index only goes back to 1984 in some categories. Even more impressive: Five of those rebounds were offensive, and the Warriors ended up scoring seven points off those extra chances — a huge boost in a five-point victory.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/curryboard2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To put Curry’s rebounding into context, consider that he had more total boards on Wednesday alone than ace rebounder Tristan Thompson — whom the Warriors have neutralized beautifully by getting bodies on him while the ball is in the air — has had in this entire series.Curry doesn’t get quite enough credit for mixing it up to help his team win. Aside from defending pick and rolls a bit differently in this year’s finals, he’s also been arguably the NBA’s best off-ball screener, because of how much opponents sell out on the threat of his jumper, and how it opens up things for his teammates.For one night, Curry’s offensive rebounds were just about as lethal as his 3-point shooting. And in part because of them, we may have a new NBA champion by tomorrow night. POINTSFIELD GOAL %
It took seven back-and-forth games, but the NBA’s most perplexing team will continue to confuse observers — and statistical models — for at least one more round.The Cleveland Cavaliers ensured that by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Sunday’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal finale, earning LeBron James a trip to the second round for the 13th time in his storied career. James was incredible in Game 7 on Sunday, with 45 points (on 64 percent shooting), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The performance capped one of his greatest series ever; he led the Cavs in points, assists and rebounds over these seven games against Indiana.But the Cavs’ big questions are still unanswered. Can Cleveland keep advancing while asking so much of its best player? And is this team really still good enough to contend for a championship? This series provided few insights.When James finally got a little help in Game 7, it came in the unlikely form of center Tristan Thompson. Despite scoring only 3 points (in 24 minutes) during Games 1-6, Thompson produced a crucial double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) in Game 7. But on the whole, James’s teammates were still not efficient Sunday, shooting just 16-for-49 from the field to finish off a series in which they made only 38.8 percent of their shots — even as James himself shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field.In fact, for all of James’s heroics, the argument could be made that the Cavs were the least-convincing winner of any playoff series in modern history. (Going back to 1984, when the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams.) Before Sunday, no team in that period had won a series while being outscored by more than 34 total points — a “record” that belonged to the 1990 Portland Trail Blazers, for their win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Despite winning Game 7 by four, the Cavs were outscored in the series by 40 points, the worst total point differential for a winning club in a series since 1984.1Yes, 34 points of that differential came in Game 6 alone, a massive Pacers blowout. But the Cavs were also outplayed for far longer stretches of the series than they dominated: They won just 11 of the series’ 28 total quarters.Now the Cavs will advance to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, and once again the stats have major doubts about their ability to win. Their defense is historically weak by the standards of a champion. Our CARM-Elo model gives Cleveland a 29 percent chance of knocking off the Raptors and an 11 percent chance of making the Finals. The logic there is clear: If the Cavs struggled against the Pacers with home-court advantage, why should they be favored without it against a Toronto team that was 6.1 points per game better than the Pacers during the regular season?Then again, the Cavs are, well, the Cavs. They’ve eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons, by a combined margin of 8 games to 2. They have the LeBron trump card to play in any crucial game. (After Sunday, James is the all-time NBA leader with 34.9 career points per game in Game 7s.) A James-led team has represented the East in the NBA Finals every single season since 2011. All signs point to that streak ending this year — except it hasn’t ended the past few times that all signs pointed to it ending.No matter what happens next, though, let’s appreciate the amazing show LeBron put on in Game 7 against Indiana. It was the kind of performance reserved for history’s greatest players, and the Cavs needed every bit of it to extend their season and keep on confounding the stats deeper into yet another spring.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
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Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Yianni Sarris plays the ball forward during a game against IPFW Aug. 20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team took second in the eighth annual Wolstein Classic over the weekend, finishing behind undefeated UNC Wilmington and going 1-1 in the tournament as it opened regular season play.OSU dropped its first game of the season Friday to UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime. Buckeye senior captain and defender Sage Gardner scored OSU’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. OSU was forced to play a man down late in the game after freshman defender Tyler Kidwell was shown a red card.The Buckeyes then took on Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon to finish off the tournament. Both teams came out aggressively in the first half and the officials gave out four yellow cards, three to the Buckeyes, and had to stop play to settle down the teams multiple times.“Well we got into a little trouble in the first half with three yellow cards,” coach John Bluem said after the game. “Those players have to be careful if you put them back into the game because if you get another yellow card, then you’re playing a man down, which happened to us Friday night and had a lot to do with our loss.”The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first half in the 31st minute when Gardner took a free kick from just outside the right side of the box and played the ball in to where senior defender Alex Harrison was waiting to head it in the goal. This was Harrison’s first goal for the Buckeyes after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh for his senior season.Both teams began the second half with the same intensity, and in the 63rd minute senior forward James Stevenson’s penalty kick for Northern Illinois was saved by OSU junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov after he dove to the right and held onto the ball, maintaining the 1-0 lead.In the 73rd minute the Buckeyes added to their lead when sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic saved the ball from going out of bounds and played it in the middle of the box to junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic who put it into the back of the net.Ivanov saved another penalty kick in the 82nd minute, securing his first shutout and the Buckeyes first victory of the season.“I feel great,” Ivanov said. “I mean to keep the shutout and to get that monkey off my back tonight; it’s my first career shutout so I’m really proud about that.”The Buckeyes head to Tulsa, Okla., Friday for the University of Tulsa Classic. They are scheduled to play Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. and finish off the weekend with Southern Methodist Sunday at 1 p.m.Gardner is hoping the victory will carry over into next weekend.“It’s huge momentum, especially after the disappointing loss Friday,” Gardner said. “It immediately turns our season around and I think we take this into a tough weekend next weekend.”
Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Michigan 4-0 to win the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship on April 30 in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: @OhioState_WTENThe Ohio State women’s tennis team finished off a perfect conference regular season with the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship, defeating Michigan, 4-0. The No. 4 Buckeyes lost just two sets on Sunday in the championship match to seal the program’s second overall and second consecutive tournament championship.OSU earned the doubles point with duo Anna Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus, and the pair of senior Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz each winning their respective match.Senior Miho Kowase, De Santis and Angeles Paz won their singles matches to solidify the victory over the No. 10 Wolverines. No. 1 overall player sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo won her first set 7-5 and was leading 3-0 before De Santis’ championship-winning point.The Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 4-0 in the quarterfinals and took down the host Illinois in the semifinals, 4-3.OSU earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins May 18.
According to the Forestry Commission, the responsibility falls on homeowners to put up defences around their home as it has no obligation to protect private property.Instead it has offered solutions, but warns that if one should install a fence or barbed wire around their home, boar have been known to clear heights up to 1.5 metres (5ft) when invading pig pens.With numbers rising by 50 per cent since 2015, locals are calling on Defra and the Forestry Commission to take more responsibility.Councillor Tim Gwilliam of Forest of Dean District Council said: “It’s just not good enough.”While old people are forced to watch the graves of their loved ones being dug up by the boar, they are busy setting up another workshop to talk about.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Rev Mike Barnsley next to the damage done by wild boar to the ground in the graveyard at St John the Evangelist Church in CinderfordCredit:Gloucester Live / SWNS Wild boar (stock picture) have been causing trouble in Cinderford, GlosCredit:PA They reappeared in 2004 more than 300 years after their extinction in Britain, when they were illegally reintroduced from farms and released into the wild.Since then, a combination of soaring population, winter food shortages and increasing confidence is emboldening the boar towards an increasingly urban existence, causing rows to break out locally over how best to deal with the situation.People living in the area have since seen them raise havoc despite efforts to curb numbers with annual culls, and residents have been warned not to leave bins out. He added: “They need to do something, not let people fend for themselves.”One was recently chased off a school field in the middle of a housing estate in Cinderford, while another was seen by shoppers in the High Street foraging in waste bins.Last May, one had to be shot by rangers after wandering into the centre of Coleford amid fears it could harm the public or cause a road accident.Another recently ventured into St John the Evangelist Church in Cinderford, where warden Chris Taylor was unable to keep them from desecrating graves.He told The Forester newspaper: “It is very distressing for families but so far nothing we have done has managed to keep them out.”We try to keep the gates closed at all times and we ask visitors to close the gates after them, but the boar always seem to manage to get in.”Forestry Commission officials recently met with Defra, Natural England and Animal and Plant Health Agency representatives to discuss the issue.The forest is now the largest breeding ground for wild boar in the country, though groups are springing up across Britain including in Kent, Devon and Dorset.It began in 2004 when a group of around 60 farm reared wild boar were dumped in an illegal release near the village of Staunton on the western edge of the forest, and merged with a group which had escaped from another farm – sparking dramatic increases in numbers.In 2008, Defra published the document ‘Feral wild boar in England: An action plan’, setting out the government’s position on how they should be managedIt was then decided they would be classified as wild animals and as such they were free to roam, but responsibility for them rests with the relevant land owner.The Forestry Commision describe them as “large and unpredictable”, and when disturbed by people and domestic dogs they do not necessarily retreat and hide – instead defending their young when threatened Homeowners in a town besieged by wild boar are being urged to consider putting up 5ft electric fences around their property to fend off the beasts hunting for food.The feral animals have been venturing from remote woodlands into residential areas and have become a growing menace, as they were recently seen straying into a church graveyard where they uprooted turf and ate floral tributes.Locals in Cinderford, Glos, are accordingly being left to “fend for themselves” against the wild pigs, where 1,562 are freely roaming around the Forest of Dean.
Vulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties… some people for whom English isn’t a first languageDeputy Commissioner Craig Mackey Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has said she was talking to the government about reconsidering fundingCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously said she was talking to the government about reconsidering the force’s funding.The Home Office has said it is “undertaking a period of detailed engagement with policing partners and relevant experts”.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. He suggested the idea could help the Met to cope with a reduction in funding. In the last four years, the force has had to make £600m of savings and it is due to lose an extra £400m by 2020.Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mr Mackey described how the force will have to change its approach to cope with less money.He said: “That’s where you get into some of the difficult areas around do you always offer the same service to everyone? “Increasingly, as we go forward we will look at things like trying to assess people and crime on the sort of the threat, the harm, the risk, and people’s vulnerability. “It’s absolutely feasible as we go forward that if my neighbour is a vulnerable elderly person who has experienced a particular type of crime, that she gets a face-to-face service that I don’t get. So we triage things… we assess people’s vulnerability.“Vulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties, a whole range of things, some people for whom English isn’t a first language. “That’s about how we get those resources focused on the things you can make a difference with. But also as we go forward, as demand grows, you have to have a way of controlling and triaging.” Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently “vulnerable”.He said it is “absolutely feasible” that “face-to-face” visits by officers could be reserved for the “vulnerable” – giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.Mr Mackey said that crimes such as vehicle thefts are the types of offences that officers might not be sent to in person unless the victim was assessed to require one under a new triage system. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.