Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 25 letter, “Liberals can’t take Trump’s straight talk”: Kudos to Ray Weidman. He nailed it.CNN is the new Comedy Central. Don Lemon needs a reality check. I watched him once and could not stop laughing. Look at what the left said about President Trump: He’s mentally ill, physically ill, a racist, a tax evader, he eats too much McDonald’s, on and on. It’s becoming quite humorous. Where’s the mention on these liberal networks about Apple giving $38 billion back to the United States from off-shore earnings? How about the $5 billion going to fund manufacturing in America? Nope, cannot mention that. Obama had the weakest economy in history. We all dodged a bullet that “Satan in a pantsuit” (Mr. Weidman’s words) lost. Liberals just don’t understand we, the people, are fed up.Michael P. CroceBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, on Sunday night, emerged winner of the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 16, which carried a cash prize ofN15million.The little known lightweight boxer kept the capacity crowd at the edge of their seats with his all-action style that saw him defeat Tope “TP Rock” Musa in a challenge contest.He was voted as best boxer by journalists at the event ahead of the similarly impressive Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu. Oladosu, on the night, became the new West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion by seeing off the challenge of Ghana’s Benjamin Lamptey in one of the two international bouts at the event.The second Nigeria/Ghana bout resulted in victory for Joseph, who knocked out Emmanuel Mensah.The show also delivered a freshly minted national champion in Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, who avenged his previous defeat in the hands of Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi to claim the national lightweight title.Masebinu’s combination of determination and furious punching left his opponent in daze, forcing him to throw in the towel at the end of the fifth round.In yet another big-name contest, Waidi “Skoro” Usman reinforced his superiority over Chibuzor “T Boy” Obi, whose bid to avenge a previous defeat ended in a third-round knockout.The show featured a clutch of discoveries from the last two editions of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, who made their professional debuts. Opeyemi “Sense” Elijah, best boxer at GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 4, made a winning debut by defeating Sheriff “Oshe” Ogunbanjo in their super bantamweight clash.Waheed “Showmax” Shogbanmu also saw off fellow GOtv Boxing NextGen alumnus, Azeez “Who Say So” Tijani, knocking him out in the first round. Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla began his life in the professional cadre by defeating the more experienced Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole, while Aminu “Lucky Boy” Akintayo defeated Mutiu “Machine” Lawal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Barcelona have been crowned La Liga champions for the 2012-13 season thanks to Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Espanyol.Jose Mourinho’s side went into the clash at Cornella-El Prat knowing that they had to win to prolong their rivals’ title celebrations but could only muster a 1-1 draw, with Gonzalo Higuain cancelling out Christian Stuani’s opener.The title success is the 22nd in the Catalan giants’ 113-year history and their fourth in the last five seasons after relinquishing their grip on the championship to Real Madrid last term.Ahead of the Vicente Calderon to face Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Barca have 88 points, 12 short of equalling Madrid’s record tally of 100, which they set last year.Los Blancos, meanwhile, have 81 and just two games to spare, meaning they cannot overhaul the Liga leaders.Club president Sandro Rosell wrote on Twitter: “It’s very special, the reward for the effort, the spirit and perseverance of a remarkable group of people.” Tito Vilanova’s troops have netted 105 goals after 34 games, 20 short of the best-ever total and have lost just two games, against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid.They are unbeaten on home soil this term in La Liga, but were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Madrid and the Champions League by Bayern Munich.
Nick Nurse must have delivered one heck of a halftime speech because the second-half Raptors in no way resembled the team that played the first 24 minutes. A 37-point third-quarter surge and a game-high 36 points from Kawhi Leonard pushed Nurse’s Toronto squad past Golden State 105-92 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and into a 3-1 series lead.The Raptors trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and shot just 34 percent overall, including 2 of 17 from 3-point range, before the break, but they used a 27-12 run in the third to pull away and never looked back. Leonard’s 36 points were a postseason career high. MORE: The Raptors’ NBA Finals run is costing McDonald’s millions in french friesGolden State jumped out to its early lead on the back of a rejuvenated Klay Thompson, who missed Game 3 with a hamstring injury. He scored a team-high 28 points and played good defense despite the lingering ailment. Kevon Looney also surprisingly returned to the lineup Friday night after originally being ruled out for all of the series with a collarbone injury. He scored 10 points off the bench.Stephen Curry finished with 27 points, but much of that scoring came in garbage time as the Raptors had a commanding lead. After a phenomenal Game 3 performance in which he scored 47 points, Curry struggled much of Friday night, including missing his first five shots from behind the arc.The series moves back to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Monday night with the Raptors in need of just one victory to secure their franchise’s first NBA title. Should the Raptors win, Game 4 will be the last game ever played by the Warriors in Oakland’s Oracle Arena — a game Warriors fans begin leaving with several minutes still on the clock. One of the biggest questions now is whether Warriors fans will get to see Kevin Durant again this season.Sporting News tracked live updates during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Follow along below (all times Eastern):Raptors vs. Warriors: Score, highlights from Game 4Final: Raptors 105, Warriors 9211:36 p.m.: The Raptors are headed home just one win away from an NBA championship. Leonard finished with a game-high 36 points.11:32 p.m.: The lead is back to a dozen as Siakam buries a jumper with two minutes to play. Fans begin heading for the exits.Exiting. pic.twitter.com/HoWcc5bfx3— Henry Abbott (@TrueHoop) June 8, 201911:29 p.m.: Curry knocks down a 3. Golden State is only down by eight.11:27 p.m.: Leonard converts two from the line to put Toronto up by 13 with 3:25 remaining11:20 p.m.: Two Curry free throws cut the lead to 10 with 5:20 left.11:17 p.m.: Thompson is still out here giving his best as he makes his sixth 3 of the game.11:15 p.m.: Danny Green hits a 3 — his first basket of the night. 1 field goal, 7 turnovers so far…— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 8, 20199:12 p.m.: DeMarcus Cousins turns it over on the first two Golden State possessions.9:11 p.m.: Toronto wins the tip, but Danny Green misses the first shot of the night.8:50 p.m.: Kevon Looney is active tonight.Kevon Looney getting shots up. He might actually play in Game 4 pic.twitter.com/61pbbUJao2— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 7, 2019 11:09 p.m.: Leonard makes his fifth 3 to put the Raptors up by 16 with 8:40 to play. Toronto is 7 of 10 from 3 this half. It was 2 of 17 in the first half.Lowry, Leonard… 3-ball, corner pocket!Kawhi has tied his #NBAFinals career-high of 34 PTS!#WeTheNorth 88#StrengthInNumbers 767:48 left on ABC & TSN pic.twitter.com/yoYWhFSC7s— NBA (@NBA) June 8, 201911:07 p.m.: A little break as VanVleet heads to the locker room bleeding.It looks like there was a tooth on the court after VanVleet headed back to the locker room 🧐 pic.twitter.com/jcWA1dXHsb— ESPN (@espn) June 8, 201911:03 p.m.: Leonard and Lowry check back into the game with 9:35 remaining. The Warriors have missed 13 of their last 15.Buckets. 🏀💦Kawhi just dropped 17 PTS in the 3rd QTR at Oracle. #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/IZnE9DcpIg— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 8, 201911 p.m.: VanVleet picks up where the Raptors left off and hits a 3.End of third quarter: Raptors 79, Warriors 6710:56 p.m.: Leonard scores 17 points in the third and all of a sudden Toronto is in complete control of this game. Thompson leads Golden State with 22.10:53 p.m.: Make that an 18-3 run, and Toronto leads by 13 after trailing by 11 in the first half.10:50 p.m.: An Ibaka jumper extends a 12-2 Raptors run with 1:38 to play this quarter.10:45 p.m.: Green picks up a technical for arguing. Toronto leads by four.10:41 p.m.: Now Ibaka hits a 3 to give the Raptors their largest lead (three) of the night with four minutes to play in the quarter.Ibaka with the block, Ibaka for 3! pic.twitter.com/vNmAJV1UVF— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) June 8, 201910:37 p.m.: Gasol makes a 3 as the shot clock expires to put Toronto back in front.10:32 p.m.: Thompson has 19 points after draining his third 3 of the game.10:29 p.m.: Cousins scores to put Golden State back up by five. VanVleet answers with a 3. Toronto is 3-of-5 from distance this quarter after starting 3-of-17 in the first half.10:25 p.m.: Well, Leonard is back and scores a pair of 3s to open the half. Toronto has its first lead of the night. 9:29 p.m.: Timeout, Raptors, trailing 17-10 with 4:06.Steph steps back to set up the jumper!#StrengthInNumbers 17#WeTheNorth 10🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: TSN pic.twitter.com/SFTndaTOBi— NBA (@NBA) June 8, 20199:25 p.m.: Toronto is 2 of 11 to start, yet they’re down just three.9:23 p.m.: Looney immediately scores following Danny Green missing his third 3.That’s some beautiful basketball 💯 pic.twitter.com/X3O92JMpEs— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 8, 20199:23 p.m.: Kevon Looney checks in with 6:42 to play and the Warriors up 8-5.9:17 p.m.: Klay Thompson gets on the board.9:14 p.m.: Make that three turnovers for Cousins before the Warriors have any basket. Steph Curry makes the fist bucket of the night after both teams combined to miss the first seven shots of the night. Halftime: Warriors 46, Raptors 4210:09 p.m.: Gasol misses a 3 as time expires, and somehow Toronto is only down four ar the half. The Raptors have shot 34 percent. Thompson and Leonard lead all scorers with 14 points.Klay Thompson pours in 14 PTS and the @warriors are in front at halftime of Game 4! #NBAFinals #StrengthInNumbers 46#WeTheNorth 42Kevon Looney: 8 PTS, 4-5 FGMSteph Curry: 8 PTS, 3 ASTKawhi Leonard: 14 PTS, 2 3PM🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: TSN pic.twitter.com/fJOAkkbvWX— NBA (@NBA) June 8, 201910:06 p.m.: Gasol slams it home to make this a four-point game again. Curry is 0 of 5 from deep.10:04 p.m.: Draymond Green has six points, six assists and seven rebounds with over two to play this half.9:58 p.m.: Thompson hits a transition 3, followed by a Lowry miss from 3. Toronto is 2 of 15 from deep.Ohhhh @KlayThompson is feelin’ it 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9EyiwYNElI— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 8, 2019Klay Thompson’s back-to-back buckets give him 14 PTS for the half! 🔥#StrengthInNumbers 42#WeTheNorth 343:48 left in Q2 on ABC & TSN— NBA (@NBA) June 8, 20199:56 p.m.: Toronto going with a double big man lineup with Gasol and Ibaka. It’s working early as the Warriors lead just 37-34.9:52 p.m.: Siakam makes a tough layup and the foul.9:48 p.m.: More nasty stats: Danny Green is 0 for 6 with five misses from 3, the Raptors have been outrebounded 22-11 and both teams are a combined 3 of 20 from 3.9:46 p.m.: Thompson hits another jumper, and he has seven points.9:43 p.m.: Ibaka scores first, and it’s just a four-point game.End of first quarter: Warriors 23, Raptors 179:37 p.m.: What an ugly quarter for Toronto. They manage to close a 13-point deficit to eight, but only Leonard has been effective with 14 points.Kawhi in the 1st quarter: 5-8 FG for 14 ptsAll other Raptors combined: 1-13 FG for 3 pts pic.twitter.com/sDt7SF2dLC— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 8, 20199:34 p.m.: Kawhi Leonard is 5 for 7 from the field. His teammates are 1 for 13. While Toronto didn’t get quite the overall team performance it received in Game 3 — Danny Green only made one basket in Game 4 — Serge Ibaka recorded his most efficient playoff game to date, scoring 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in just 21 minutes. Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry combined for 29 points and were the only two starters other than Leonard to score in double figures.