Hawks beat Celtics, Spurs crush Grizzlies

first_imgATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal tourist has drowned in a scuba diving accident in North Queensland, the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.Police in Australia say the woman, who was 23, was diving with a group at Langford Island in the Whitsundays Islands when she failed to resurface at around 4.00pm on Monday local time.She was found a short time later on the ocean floor, but could not be revived. Department of Foreign Affairs officials have made contact with the dead woman’s family here in Donegal.It’s understood the woman had been visiting the famous Whitsunday Islands as a tourist and had been part of a group who had chartered a boat.They are hugely popular as a tourist destination and attact thousands of diving enthusiasts every year.Whitsunday water police are said to be investigating the incident. A police spokesman told donegaldaily “She failed to resurafce and was then found on the ocean floor a short time later.“She was brought back up and CPR was attempted but she could not be revived.”He added that the woman’s identity was still not being released but that her family had been notified through Irish police.EndsHEARTACHE AS DONEGAL WOMAN, 23, DIES IN AUSTRALIAN DIVING ACCIDENT was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Australia drowningDonegal touristLangford IslandWhitsunday Islandslast_img read more

Neymar’s value = Mumbai Indians + Kolkata Knight Riders + Royal Challengers Bangalore + Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgNeymar completed his world record move to PSG that cost the French side a whopping 263 million US Dollars (USD). That is way more than Paul Pogba’s deal for which Manchester United paid around 124 million Dollars.Well, the figure is a monstrous one and it is technically more than the combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Tuvalu (34 million USD) and Nauru (102 million USD).Tuvalu is in the South Pacific and an independent island nation within the British Commonwealth while Nauru is a tiny island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia.Not only that, the deal is also bigger than the GDP of Kiribati (166 million USD) and Marshall Islands (183 million USD).Since we are in India, the biggest extravaganza related to any sport is the Indian Premier League. The whole value of the tournament according to brand value research in 2016 was 4.16 billion USD. Narrowing down to the teams, Neymar’s fee can buy the Qatari PSG owners four IPL teams — the three time champions Mumbai Indians (78 million USD), two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (77 million USD), the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (67 million USD) and 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (41 million USD).So, what else can PSG buy for that amount?HIGH-END CARSIt can buy 54 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita cars. Each unit costs 4.8 million USD. This is the costliest car available in the market. Plus, 58 Lamborghini Veneno’s costing 4.5 million USD each will also come. One can also buy 77 Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere, which costs 3.4 million USD each.ISLANDSNeymar’s fee can also get PSG the Rangyai Island, the second costliest island in the world. It costs a whopping $160 million. Rangyai is around 20 minutes away from the Phuket International Airport and is as beautiful as its more famous neighbors like Phi Phi Islands and Phuket. Along with that, they can also own Ronde Island, which costs around a 100 million USD. Ronde Island is a private island located in the Caribbean This island has an area of around 2,000-acre and is on sale for $100 million.advertisementPLANESThe Brazilian’s fee can get one a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (150 million USD) and a Boeing 767-200 (118 million USD) — just add a few millions there. These are the second and third costliest private jets available in the market.POGBA + BALEFor 222 million Euros, a team can get Paul Pogba (105 million Euro), a Gareth Bale (100 million Euro) in their side. If they look for a complete team, they can go for Cristiano Ronaldo (94 million Euro), Gianluigi Buffon (52 million Euro), Benjamin Mendy (58 million Euro) and with a little more, add Nemanja Matic for 45 million Euro. And you have one for each position.Rendez-vous dans les boutiques du Paris Saint-Germain  #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/EvKVzQWC05- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 4, 2017Le Mgastore du Parc des Princes est prt ! ???? #BemvindoNeymarJR pic.twitter.com/W4agFvrWtL- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 4, 2017Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr ? https://t.co/lKFj4qPDYA #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/rSvlBiKX6D- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 3, 2017last_img read more