Jordan McRae Scores 36 Points in First NBA Start; Watch Post-Game Interview and Highlights

first_imgJordan McRae brought Quicken Loans Arena to life in a meaningless 82nd game of the regular season against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. McRae scored 36 points, which was ten more total points than he had scored in his previous 14 games since joining the Cavs. Here’s what he had to say in the locker room:Here’s a couple of highlights from his epic performance: Matt Medley Related TopicsCleveland CavaliersJordan McRaecenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Other Sports Viswanathan Anand – My Uncle A World Chess Champion

first_imgNew Delhi: We are sitting in a dinner table at a restaurant in Mumbai. The time is somewhere during the start of the new millennium. He is cracking jokes which with his trademark wit. His laughter on the jokes ensures that we also laugh along. Suddenly, one person comes to the table. “Can I have your autograph?”, the person asks. Yes, this took place much before the time of selfies. With one person, others also made their way for an opportunity to get his autograph. He obliges them all. It is only then we realise that I am actually sitting with a world champion. That too in chess, a game which was invented in India and which fittingly, is being dominated by an Indian who scorched a revolutionary path to success.That is the special ability of Viswanathan Anand, the five-time world chess champion who celebrated his golden birthday on December 11. His humility and down-to-earth nature is the prime reason that makes his personality as a world champion very alluring. If no knows how to play chess, a crash course in humility after having achieved so much is a lesson to every individual. There have been plenty of tributes to Anand from various publications and journalists. Writing something new about Anand and Sachin Tendulkar is a nightmare for writers as their achievements have been chronicled so meticulously. Writing about Anand is a tough task particularly for me. In one publication, I was accused of conflict of interest just for writing about him. Thus, each time I wrote an article about him, I had to write a disclaimer below every article. What is presented here is some of the memorable moments that I encountered in his journey with Anand, a person whom I know really closely.Early MemoriesWhat are my first memories of Vishy Anand, the world chess champion who is also my uncle? The earliest photo that I have of him is me sitting on my grandmother’s lap and chewing off his purse with him beaming his million-dollar smile. At that time, he had already made giant strides and as I would later know he would become the first chess Grandmaster from India. What was the first signs of Anand’s greatness in chess? For me, it was Reggio Emilia 1991.Viswanathan Anand had his early chess training from his mother, Susheela. (Image credit: ChessBase India)At that time, the Soviet Union had not disintegrated and the chess grandmasters coming from that part of the globe had established a new benchmark for dominance. The first crack in the massive red wall of the Soviet Union was when Anand had defeated Garry Kasparov and drew with Anatoly Karpov, two super grandmasters at the height of their powers. To have held Karpov was legendary. To have defeated Kasparov was unbelievable. Anand finished ahead of the two and won Reggio Emilia.If the collapse of communism is credited with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, then Anand’s feats in Reggio Emilia ensured that the Soviet Union dominance in chess would end in the coming decades.Lack of killer instinct, The Horror Of Sanghi Nagar, Lausanne ‘Corpse’ And KasparovIn our home, we tend to whitewash the year 1994. There is an unwritten rule in our home that we do not mention the name Gata Kamsky and Sanghi Nagar anywhere. The year and venue was the first major low point for Anand. He was a step closer to take on Kasparov and Karpov for the PCA and FIDE titles. He had taken the lead but choked in spectacular fashion. He then lost a rapid play-off in just 17 moves. The lightning kid beaten in his own game. The world knew the word choke in 1999 when South Africa tied with Australia in the World Cup semi-final in Edgbaston. I knew about this term in 1994 itself.IViswanathan Anand’s loss to Garry Kasparov in 1995 was shattering for all Indian chess fans. (Image credit: Getty Images)In 1995, the pain of 1994 was extinguished. After years, it was the clash everyone had waited for between the master and the pretender to the throne. Kasparov, a bonafide legend of the sport and the world champion, squared off against Anand in the World Chess Championship at the World Trade Centre in New York. We were all waiting in anticipation after the end of every game. A draw was greeted with relief. Every game, we would silently express our relief he had not lost. After eight drawn games, Anand gave a country of a billion hope by winning against Kasparov in round nine. For us, it was a celebration of unseen proportions.However, as the chess world would know, Kasparov’s ‘dirty tactics’ would unsettle Anand. In the next game, after every move, Kasparov would bang the door and the closed room would shake. Why a closed room? Due to fire safety regulations at the World Trade Centre. Years later, Anand admitted in an interview that he made the mistake of not protesting at that time when in hindsight he should have. However, another lesson in sportsmanship. Anand had realised his position was bad and thus, he did not want to be labelled a ‘sore loser’. He lost the championship by 10.5-7.5. A golden chance was missed. Even today, we still say, “Damm you, Kasparov” for whatever happened in New York.In 1997, Anand played non-stop chess for a month in Groningen to top the field of 96 players. In cricket, that is like playing 31 consecutive ODIs in one month. He qualified for the World Championships to face Karpov. Although he was undefeated in 31 games, by the time he arrived in Lausanne for the championship in 1998, he was in his own words, “Karpov waited for the corpse of his challenger to be delivered in a coffin…. If anybody else other than Karpov wins, it’s a world championship. Otherwise, it’s not.” It was no surprise that Anand lost. However, what hurt me the most was the constant murmurs that Anand lacked the killer instinct to become world champion. Anand will always be remembered as a good player but not a legendary player, that was what people said. All such murmurs grew louder as we entered the new millennium.Trying to Keep The Crowd AwayIn 2008, Anand had decided to come to Bhopal on a cold November winter’s day. He had told us that to keep the visit extremely private. He was exhausted. However, as luck would have it, it was election season in Madhya Pradesh. Raja Bhoj airport would see plenty of politicians making trips all over the state and sometimes to New Delhi. So, reporters would be stationed to catch a glimpse. Unfortunately, one of the reporters spotted Anand getting into our car. Even more unfortunately, he tipped off one of the media guys who by coincidence was staying in the same society that we were.Viswanathan Anand with MS Dhoni after Anand won the world championship and Dhoni won the World T20 in 2007. (Image credit: ChessBase India)In the next morning, we notice that about 50-60 camerapersons are positioned near the lawn. The news had spread. Anand had arrived in lake city. By the evening time, every print publication and radio station in Bhopal had managed to make what was a private family visit into a public affair.The first decade of the millennium was exhilirating for us in the family. Anand finally had silenced the detractors by winning the World Championship in Tehran, 2000. There were still some critics who said that it could not be legitimised as there was a split in FIDE. But then, I witnessed another masterclass in his humility. He was felicitated in Mumbai’s Mantralaya for his world championship feat in February 2001. One month before, Gujarat had been struck by an earthquake on January 26 which killed close to 20,000 people. Anand donated the entire prize money for the Gujarat Relief Fund immediately after receiving it. I remember there was a two-minute standing ovation for that alone.In 2007, the championship was unified and the Linares-Morelia tournament was played to crown the undisputed world champion. Anand finally became the undisputed champion. In 2008, he defeated Vladmir Kramnik in Bonn, who had dethroned Kasparov in 2000 in match-play by a solid point. He had crossed the magical mark of 2800 ELO and was the world number one ranked chess player in the world. For those who do not know the 2800 ELO mark, in simple terms, it is like having a Test average of over 100. So much had happened, this reception was the crowning glory for us and also for Anand, who was on top of the world in every sense. The crowd just could not be kept away, neither in our society and neither at the restaurant.Eclipsing My WeddingI was getting married in December 2013. My in-laws were based in Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna. We had invited Anand for my wedding and he arrived. It was the first time he had come to Mathura. When I asked him about how Mathura was, he replied in his trademark wit, “It is a quaint place. It is like how Krishna left it 5000 years ago minus the IOC refinery.” Anand was part of my wedding procession and he did dance a jig for three seconds (Video in our custoday and never making it public). There was a special request for police protection for him which was granted. He was coming from Brijwasi Lands Inn, one of the lone four-star hotels in Mathura and he was accorded total security.Viswanathan Anand’s success in chess has created a revolution in the sport in India. (Image credit: Getty Images)He was seated in the front and he posed for photos with me. It was indeed a proud moment. After my poonal ceremony (thread ceremony) in 1995 and his wedding in 1996, this was the third event where we were together. However, the media did it again. Somehow, a report leaked that he had attended the wedding in Mathura Refinery Nagar.What followed was a travesty of journalism. The headline was: Viswanathan Anand steals the show at nephew’s marriage. The report mentioned my wife’s name, my father-in-law’s name but my name was not even mentioned. In both Hindi and English reports, my name never came up! The Hindi report went one further – stating that the occasion of my marriage was eclipsed and people came to see only him which became a source of pride for Mathura Refinery Nagar. When I think about it, I laugh out loud. Anand had become a five-time champion prior to my wedding, having beaten Boris Gelfand via a rapid tie-breaker.Achieved EverythingHe is a five-time world champion. The only player to have won the world title in three different styles. Being in the top 10 of the world chess rankings for a staggering 28 years. Won the World Rapid title in 2017 in Riyadh by also beating the current champion Magnus Carlsen along the way. Winning the 2010 World Championship by battling a volcano and an adamant Bulgarian Chess Federation to have every sort of obstacles stacked against him. Winning the Amber Chess Rapid and Blitz tournaments regularly. Chess Oscar five times. A planet in a solar system.Winning the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Vibhushan. When he achieved it in 1988, he was the first Indian Chess Grandmaster. Now, 31 years later, after him, there are 64 Grandmasters. The number is apt in chess.Also Read | Critics of Viswanathan Anand don’t have any validity now: Pentala HarikrishnaIs there anything left to achieve for him? Not really. He has actually done it all. Yet, his passion remains. When he won the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh in 2017, he told me with the words that really stuck with me, “It is nice to be known as a current champion rather than a former champion.” The quote summed up Anand in a nutshell. Quiet desire, ruthlessness and the fight to continue achieving success. Happy Belated Birthday, Chitappa. For me, you shall and always will be the person who cracks the wittiest jokes with a straight face.DISCLAIMER: The writer is the nephew of Viswanathan Anand. He currently is the Digital Sports Head at News Nation English. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Sheriff: ‘Disgruntled student’ allegedly overheard threatening to shoot at school

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WHITTIER, Calif.) — Two AR-15s and 90 high-capacity magazines were found at the home of a “disgruntled” teenager who was allegedly overheard threatening a school shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.On Feb. 16, two days after the Florida high school massacre, the 17-year-old boy allegedly said “he was going to shoot up the school some time in the next three weeks,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a news conference Wednesday.The alleged threat was overheard by a school security officer at El Camino High School, located in Whittier, California.Authorities found two AR-15s, two handguns and 90 high-capacity magazines at the teen’s home, but the boy’s older brother, an Army veteran, claimed the guns belonged to him, according to McDonnell.One AR-15 was registered to the older brother and the other was not registered, officials said.The teenager was arrested for making criminal threats while the older brother was arrested on charges including possession of an assault weapon and failure to register a handgun, McDonnell said.The school security officer who allegedly overheard the teen told reporters Wednesday, “I’m not a hero. I’m just doing my job.”The teen had an extensive disciplinary history at the school, McDonnell added.McDonnell said that was the second serious threat at El Camino High School that week. On Feb. 15, a student who had been suspended told his mother he wanted a school administrator dead, the sheriff said. The mother reported her son, saying she did not know what he was capable of, the sheriff said.On Feb. 14, 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school, allegedly by a former student.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Giants QB Eli Manning reacts to getting benched: ‘I’m not dying and the season is not over’

first_imgDespite the Giants’ decision, Shurmur gave credit to Manning for being a strong leader.”Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time,” Shurmur said Tuesday. “I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”The Giants will travel to Tampa Bay on Sunday to face the Buccaneers (1-1) at 4:05 p.m. ET. Eli Manning trade rumors: Giants QB ‘has no immediate plans to waive’ no-trade clause after benching Quarterback carousel: Four of NFL’s most durable QBs gone in one week Giants veteran quarterback Eli Manning said he was “obviously disappointed” to learn he would be benched in favor of rookie Daniel Jones in Week 3, but acknowledged that he knew “there was a possibility” that could happen. “I talked to (co-owner) John Mara yesterday. Everything’s been good. It’s as positive as it can be,” Manning told reporters (via SNY.com) Wednesday in his first public comments since the Giants announced the switch at quarterback. “Just said, ‘Hey I’ll handle it. And I’ll support Daniel and I’ll be a good teammate and do what I’m told.'”center_img The Giants benching Manning came after New York lost to the Cowboys in Week 1 and to the Bills in Week 2, where he threw for 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.The veteran, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft, acknowledged some of the hard emotions that came with coach Pat Shurmur’s decision, but insisted he’s going to do everything to help the Giants win. Related News “You accept it and make the best of it,” Manning said. “Still gonna represent ’em. It’s not over. The season is not over. We’ve got a lot of football. I’m just gonna do my part, do my job, get Daniel ready to play.”I’m not dying and the season is not over. There’s a lot to be positive about, a lot to be grateful for. Just gonna accept my new role and make the best of it.”Manning, 38, replaced Kurt Warner in November 2004 and has made a franchise-record 232 starts in addition to earning two Super Bowl MVPs. With uncertainty after the Giants drafted a young quarterback, Manning said he still would have come back had he known he would be replaced this soon. “I didn’t know how everything was going to shake out this year,” Manning said. “You got a young quarterback. Yeah, it’s a possibility if things don’t go well. We didn’t start fast, and that’s the situation we’re in now. … We gave it a shot, worked hard, competed. Did everything I thought I could and it just didn’t work out.”last_img read more

Hantuchova takes Pattaya Open 2011 crown

first_imgThe first set was over quickly as Hantuchova expertly attacked her opponent’s serve and did not give Errani any opportunity to play her game.Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia holds the trophy after winning her final match over Sara Errani of Italy in the PTT Pattaya Open tennis tournament in Pattaya, Sunday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)The Italian finally got on the scoreboard in the opening game of the 2nd set, however any hopes she had of a comeback were quickly snuffed out by Hantuchova, who held serve and then broke her opponent to take a 2–1 lead.  Errani did win one more game to make it 5–2, but once again Hantuchova stepped up her game and served out to take the match and the Pattaya title on her first visit to the beachside venue.“It was a great match,” the 32nd-ranked Hantuchova said.  “I didn’t lose a set five matches in a row which is good news.  It shows that I’m really focused and physically and mentally strong in this kind of condition.“Today I knew it was going to be tough,” continued the new champion.  “But I stayed focused and played point by point, not giving anything away, trying to get the job done.  I was really hungry for another title.”Sara Errani returned to take part in the doubles final with her friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci, their opponents were Zheng Jie and Sun Shengnan from China.  It was the Chinese pair who won the opening set of the match by 6–3.  In the 2nd set the match went with serve until the eighth game when the Italian pair broke their opponents to lead 5–3 and duly served out the set.  The super tie-break was won by Vinci and Errani 10–5 and was some consolation for the Italian’s loss in the singles final.  (Source Pentangle Promotions)The doubles champions and runners-up pose with their trophies.Daniela Hantuchova, right, poses with Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont following her straight sets win over Sara Errani of Italy.Hantuchova serves to Errani during the first set.Errani scrambles to chase down a cross court forehand from Hantuchova. Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia secured her first WTA title since 2007, cruising to a convincing 6–0, 6–2 victory over Sara Errani of Italy in just one hour and 16 minutes on Sunday afternoon at the Dusit Thani Pattaya.  She did it on the back of a power game which had her opponent running from side to side of the court and despite some deft touches from Errani, she was unable to gain a foothold into the match.last_img read more

The worst Cristiano Ronaldo since 2010-11

first_img His next test in La Liga will be against rivals Atletico, at the Vicente Calderon next weekend. Sport EN Cristiano Ronaldo did not score for Real Madrid in the 0-0 draw with Malaga and the Portuguese hasn’t found the net in four of the five La Liga games this season. He still has five goals, but all of them came in a 6-0 win over a limp Espanyol side at the Cornella El Prat.  Against Malaga he tried to score time and time again, but could not. His discontent at being unable to beat Kameni was tangible. He tried to score an incredible 14 times, without success.  27/09/2015center_img CEST Upd. at 14:17 Against Sporting, Granada, Athletic and Malaga he has been incapable of finding the net. His run reminds us of the 2010-11 season where he had his worst goalscoring start as a player of Madrid, scoring three times in six weeks of La Liga. last_img read more

Galway United’s First Division Fixtures Released

first_imgThe fixtures for the new league of Ireland season have been unveiled this afternoon. Fri. 13 April         Galway United v Wexford     Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 April         Shelbourne v Galway United     Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 27 April         Galway United v Cobh Ramblers    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 4 May            Athlone Town v Galway United     Athlone Town Stadium 7.45 pmMONDAY/TUESDAY, 7/8 MAY – EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER-FINALS   Fri. 11 May          Galway United v U.C.D.        Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 18 May         Cabinteely v Galway United     Stradbrook 7.45 pmFri. 25 May         Galway United v  Drogheda United  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 2 June          Longford Town v Galway United     City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmFri. 8 June          Galway United v Finn Harps Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 15 June         Wexford v Galway United     Ferrycarrig Park 8.00 pmMID-SEASON BREAK – SATURDAY 16 JUNE – THURSDAY 28 JUNE – NO FIXTURESFri. 29 June        Galway United v Shelbourne Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 6 July            Galway United v Athlone Town      Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 14 July          Cobh Ramblers v Galway United     St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 July          U.C.D. v Galway United     The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 27 July           Galway United v Cabinteely  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Drogheda United v Galway United     United Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers    Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        U.C.D. v Cabinteely  The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Finn Harps v Wexford     Finn Park 8.00 pmSat. 4 August       Longford Town v Athlone Town      City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmMONDAY 5 AUGUST – EA SPORTS CUP SEMI-FINALSWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 12 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FIRST ROUNDFri. 17 August      Galway United v Longford Town    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 26 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SECOND ROUNDFri. 31 August      Finn Harps v Galway United     Finn Park 8.00 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP QUARTER-FINALSFri. 14 September       Galway United v  Wexford     Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – EA SPORTS CUP FINAL     Sat. 22 September         Shelbourne v Galway United     Tolka Park  7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SEMI-FINALSFIRST DIVISION PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SERIESFri. 5 October       4th placed First Division club v 3rd placed First Division clubMon. 8 October    3rd placed First Division club v 4th placed First Division clubFri. 12 October     Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-off v 2nd placed First Division clubFri. 19 October     2nd placed First Division club v Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-offPROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF FINALMon. 29 October  Winner of First Division Play-off     series v 9th placed Premier Division clubFri. 2 November   9th placed Premier Division club v Winner of First Division Play-off series(Or Wed. 7 November if one or both of the Clubs qualify for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final)SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FINAL – AVIVA STADIUM Galway United will be at home for their first game of the season on Friday the 23rd of February when Athlone Town will visit Eamon Deacy Park followed by two away games to Cobh Ramblers and UCD. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Fri. 30 March      Galway United v Longford Town    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 2 APRIL – EA SPORTS CUP SECOND ROUND           Fri. 6 April           Finn Harps v Galway United     Finn Park 8.00 pm United’s Fixtures in Full are….Fri. 23 February   Galway United v Athlone Town      Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 3 March         Cobh Ramblers v Galway United     St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 5 MARCH – EA SPORTS CUP FIRST ROUND    Fri. 9 March         U.C.D. v Galway United     The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 16 March       Galway United v Cabinteely  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 23 March      Drogheda United v Galway United     United Park 7.45 pmlast_img read more