Cavaliers lose series lead, invincible aura

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP):Upon their return from Canada, the Cavaliers had nothing to declare at US Customs.Their lead in the Eastern Conference finals had already been confiscated.Cleveland were stripped of their dominance and a 2-0 advantage during a long weekend in Toronto, where the growing-confident-by-the-shot Raptors – propelled by a crowd and city that believes they can make the NBA Finals – won two straight games.”They flipped the script on us,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.After being throttled by a combined 50 points in Games One and Two, the Raptors turned a series that began with blowouts into a best-of-three, winner-take-all slugfest. There wasn’t supposed to be a Game Five and now there will be a Game Six as well.PREDICAMENTUnable to contain Toronto All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan from scoring or keep Raptors super sub Bismack Biyombo off the boards, the Cavs have put themselves in a predicament.For tonight’s Game Five, the pressure has swung back on superstar LeBron James and the Cavs, after Monday night’s 105-99 loss.No offence to rapper Drake and Toronto’s rowdy fans, but Lue was happy to escape ”We the North’.The Raptors have been daring the Cavs to launch from behind the arc. Without centre Jonas Valanciunas, who could return in Game Five from a sprained right ankle, Toronto gave up 106 inside points in the first two games before adjusting in Games Three and Four by packing the paint and forcing Cleveland to rely on their outside attack.It was a risky move by coach Dwane Casey and his staff, but the strategy paid off and helped the Raptors reverse the series.”It’s a feel,” Casey said. “It’s a rhythm. It’s confidence, but I will say this: It’s going to be a different animal back in Cleveland.”last_img read more

Neymar’s hair is surely not as bad as some of these World Cup barnets?

first_img 9 After beating England in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup, the entire Romania side bleached their hair Neymar’s ‘noodle head’ drew some attention Ronaldo decided to shave his hair like this in order to distract from the injury he was carrying. “I’m not proud of the hair because it was pretty strange, but it was a good way to change the subject,” he said CHRIS WADDLE (ENGLAND) 9 9 RONALDO (BRAZIL) Beckerman’s dreadlocks made him instantly recognisable Look, it’s not a proper World Cup unless someone does something new/different/downright bonkers with their hair.This edition it appears as if Neymar has take it upon himself to ensure it’s his barnet that gets talked about, thus being remembered for years to come. 9 9 9 9 9 ROMANIA IN 1998 Valderrama was Colombia’s playmaker extraordinaire who is fondly remembered for his playing style as well as his wonderful barnet There were grown men who copied Becks’ style in 2002. Yep, walk into a pub and there you’d find a bloke with a highlighted mowhawk DAVID BECKHAM (ENGLAND) Ney, can call you Ney? Regardless, we salute you, pal because look at some of the characters we are all still talking about today.CARLOS VALDERRAMA (COLOMBIA) Don’t really know where to begin with this KYLE BECKERMAN (USA, 2014) TARIBO WEST (NIGERIA) ALEXI LALAS (USA, 1994) 9 What a mane and what a beard Just look at that mullet. It has to be one of the most wonderful and iconic hairstyle in football, doesn’t it? last_img read more


first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnResponding to reports that the Garda Ombudsman had their phones bugged and emails hacked, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described them as “disturbing” and “of immense public concern”. He has called on Minister for Justice and the Government to have the reports thoroughly investigated as a matter of urgency.The Donegal Deputy said: “This report from the Sunday Times that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had to seek assistance from a British security consultancy without the apparent knowledge of Minister Shatter and the government to investigate GSOC’s suspicion that they were being spied on is remarkable. “That it is also reported that their phones were bugged, emails hacked and wifi compromised is disturbing and will be of immense public concern.“I am calling on the Minister for Justice to have these reports thoroughly investigated and answers provided for the public as soon as possible.”He continued: “In my capacity as the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, I will be contacting the GSOC to establish their position on what has taken place.“Our committee were to have them before us soon to discuss their perspectives on the levels of cooperation from An Garda Síochána with their investigations and we will now need urgent answers on this very serious report too.” The shocking revelations – in today’s Sunday Times – claimed that a meeting room where Ombudsman staff met to discuss complaints against Gardai had been bugged.The Ombudsman brought in former British security agency experts to scan their offices. DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AFTER GARDA OMBUDSMAN CONFIRMS THEIR OFFICES WERE BUGGED was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buggedOmbudsmaPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more