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    In assessing the status of his Pacific Division champion Calgary Flames, coach Darryl Sutter may have at the same time aptly captured the unpredictable state of the entire Western Conference once the playoffs open on Monday. “We’re good. We’ve been consistent all year,” Sutter said. “The key is being healthy and know what we’re up against. There’s a big storm coming here this week.” Sutter’s point was for the Flames to not take for granted their first-round opponent, the Dallas Stars, who made the jump from ninth to seventh during a frantic final week in becoming the NHL’s final team to clinch a playoff berth. As storm warnings go, the playoffs have traditionally stirred up havoc for the top seeds in the West, in which only one division champ — Vegas in its first season of existence, 2018 — reached the Stanley Cup Final since the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks won the title in 2013. The Blues finished fifth in the West when they won the Cup in 2019, the 2014 Cup-wining Los Angeles Kings were sixth, while Nashville was...
    The infinite expanse of space is somehow feeling a little bit bigger now, after an international team of researchers announced they found the most distant astronomical object ever discovered. The object, a galaxy dubbed HD1, rests 13.5 billion light years from Earth, according to a study published Thursday in the Astrophysical Journal. Due to its distance, the team is still unsure what type of galaxy it is—but they hypothesize that it could be a massive galactic nursery containing some of the universe’s first stars. “Answering questions about the nature of a source so far away can be challenging,” Fabio Pacucci, lead author of the study and an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics, said in a press release. “It's like guessing the nationality of a ship from the flag it flies, while being faraway ashore, with the vessel in the middle of a gale and dense fog. One can maybe see some colors and shapes of the flag, but not in their entirety. It's ultimately a long game of analysis and exclusion of implausible scenarios.” However, Paccuci and his...
    Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has made history with four different NBA teams, which serves as a timely reminder as the No. 1 Suns enter playoffs. The NBA’s WAR (wins above replacement) metric offers a statistical quantification of how much one player influences a team’s record. According to FiveThirtyEight’s RAPTOR WAR calculations, Denver Nuggets center and MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic is miles ahead of other NBA players with a WAR number of 21.8. The next closest would be Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum at 12.6. It may be surprising, then, to learn that Chris Paul’s WAR is hardly an outlier. Paul has a WAR of 6.4, which might be surprising considering his contributions to the Suns over the past two seasons. When Chris Paul is on the floor for the Suns, their Offensive Rating is 117.9. Without him, they fall to 110.5. For reference, the Jazz are the highest offensive rated overall team in the NBA at 115.9. A 110.5 overall rating would put Phoenix at 19th, sitting behind the Pacers. pic.twitter.com/KQ2udzAsJ2 — Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) March 7,...
    Has a No. 15-seed ever made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament? The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are trying to be the first with a win against Purdue on Friday night. March Madness is full of great storylines every year, but nothing beats an underdog seed advancing despite all the odds. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are the ones thrilling crowds with their can-do attitude and togetherness advancing them through to the Sweet 16. Making it to the Elite Eight would be an unprecedented feat. Saint Peter’s is trying to be the first 15-seed to make the Elite EightThe simple answer is no. There has never been a No. 15 seed in the Elite Eight during the modern history of the NCAA Tournament. (Before 1951, every team in the tournament was in the Elite Eight.) Cinderellas in the double-digit seeds have come and gone, most recently No. 12 Oregon State in 2021. The Beavers were only the second 12-seed to make it that far. That same year UCLA became one of nine teams that have advanced to the Elite...
    (CNN)Lusia "Lucy" Harris, a star in women's collegiate basketball during the 1970s and the first and only woman ever to be officially drafted by an NBA team, died Tuesday, according to a statement from her family as well as Delta State University. She was 66."We are deeply saddened to share the news that our angel, matriarch, sister, mother, grandmother, Olympic medalist, The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris has passed away unexpectedly today in Mississippi," the statement said.Harris led Delta State to three consecutive Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championships from 1975-1977.Lusia Harris playing in a Delta State game against LSU in 1977While at Delta State, women's basketball was introduced to the Olympics in 1976. Harris was selected to the team and had the distinction of being the first woman to score a basket in the competition's first game. The US won the silver medal that year. After her collegiate career, the NBA's New Orleans Jazz, which began play in 1974 and would later move to Utah, selected her in the seventh round of the 1977 NBA draft....
    THE 'Queen of Basketball' and first woman ever drafted by the NBA has died at age 66. Lusia Harris' death was confirmed on Tuesday by Ann Meyers Drysdale, vice president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.  2The death of 66-year-old Lusia Harris (pictured) was announced on Tuesday 2Harris' life and accomplishments are highlighted in a short documentary titled The Queen of BasketballCredit: Getty Delta State University, where Harris won three straight national titles during college, also confirmed her passing. The cause of Harris' death was not immediately revealed. The school described Harris as “one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever grace the court.” A native of Minter City, Mississippi, Harris still holds a plethora of Lady Statesmen basketball records, the university said. She holds another impressive distinction -- Harris was also a member of the first-ever women's silver medal Olympic team in 1976. She scored the first points ever recorded in an Olympic women's basketball game and was the team's leading scorer and rebounder, The Undefeated reported. The New Orleans Jazz selected Harris in...
    IT was a performance that belied his tender years. Lewis Hall, just 17, rightly earned the plaudits from fans, pundits and his manager for an impressive performance against Chesterfield in the FA Cup third round. 8Chelsea youngster Lewis Hall was star of the show in the Blues 5-1 win over ChesterfieldCredit: Getty 8Hall delivered an assist on his first team debut for the BluesCredit: Getty Playing out of position, the talented teenager was man-of-the-match in a swashbuckling display on the left side of defence. He made history by becoming the club's youngest player to start an FA Cup game at the age of just 17 years and 122 days against Chesterfield He capped off a wonderful performance with an assist for Romelu Lukaku in the 5-1 win, and had boss Thomas Tuchel purring about him, although the German manager did offer some perspective. Tuchel said: "There’s no need to talk it down (Hall's performance vs Chesterfield) but no need to get overwhelmed, because we played against a fifth division team. "The young boys have to step up and show what...
    In a first for cancer diagnosis, a cheap and simple-to-administer test has shown the ability to tell if a patient has the disease as well as if it has spread, or 'metastasised'. Developed by a team of researchers led from the University of Oxford, the test uses magnetic fields and radio waves to measure 'metabolites' in the blood. Healthy individuals, people with localised cancer and those with metastatic cancer have metabolomic profiles that can be distinguished by the team's algorithms. The test, the team said, works on a range of different cancers and can identify the presence of the disease even in patients with non-specific symptoms. Being both rapid and inexpensive, it may help overcome some of the usual barriers to early cancer diagnosis and improve the success rate of subsequent treatments. The approach is different to those traditionally used to test for cancer, which have typically relied on detecting the presence of genetic material from tumours. In a first for cancer diagnosis, a cheap and simple-to-administer blood test has shown the ability to tell if a patient has the...
    The muscles and organs of an ammonite — an extinct relative of cuttlefish and squid with coiled shells and tentacles — have been reconstructed in 3D for the first time. The achievement has allowed a team of researchers led from Cardiff University to show how the marine molluscs were able to swim around and evade predators. For example, the arrangement and relative sizes of the muscles indicated that — just like modern squid and octopuses — ammonites swam by a sort of 'jet propulsion'. This involved the expulsion of water from a muscular tube-like funnel called the hyponome, which would have sent the shelled creature zipping away backwards. Muscles linked to the ammonite's soft body would have allowed it to retract into its shell for protection — making up for a lack of defences like hoods or ink sacs. Previously, as ammonite soft tissues are rarely preserved in the fossil record, experts have relied on comparisons with living analogues to reconstruct ammonite biology.  Specifically, palaeontologists draw comparisons with species of Nautilus, a family of modern cephalopods that also sport coiled, buoyant shells. But the reconstruction, made...
    Former world champion Damon Hill won a Formula 1 race for the 22nd and final time at Spa on 30 August 1998 This story was first published on August 10, 2018. “Oh, this is terrible, this is quite appalling, this is the worst start to a grand prix I have ever seen in the whole of my life.” Legendary commentator Murray Walker was seldom lost for words and true to form they did not fail him when it came to calling the incredible 1998 Belgian Grand Prix. It was an enthralling event that featured a 13-car pile-up, spectacular crashes, a furious pit-lane bust-up, horrendous weather from start to finish and a maiden win for one of the sport’s underdogs. BBC Sport remembers one of the most incident-filled races in the 71-year history of the sport, with analysis throughout from the BBC’s chief Formula 1 writer Andrew Benson, who was there that day. “Memories are a little hazy – it was more than 20 years ago, after all,” says Benson. “But they amount to a mix of shock, surprise,...
    Plans for The first female Paralympian to compete for Afghanistan have been shelved. Reuters Afghanistan cannot send its two-member Paralympic team to the Tokyo Games amid a Taliban resurgence. The team was due to fly to Tokyo this week, but with Kabul's airport shut they are stuck in the country. Afghanistan was set to send a first ever female Paralympian, Zakia Khudadadi, to the games. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Afghanistan will not be sending a team to the Tokyo Paralympics after its athletes were trapped in the country following the Taliban's reemergence following the exit of Western forces. The Taliban seized control of the capital city of Kabul on Sunday after the US began withdrawing its forces from the area. The country's president has fled and chaotic scenes are playing out at the capital's airport and across the city. Two...
    LIVERPOOL star Mo Salah made Premier League history today with his goal against Norwich. The Egyptian, 29, has now scored on the opening weekend of the Premier League for five consecutive years. 2Mo Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool's third goal against Norwich DREAM TEAM 2021/22 - IT'S NOT TOO LATE!PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON £100,000 prize pot up for grabs £50million budget to build your best XI Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc Click here to play for FREE Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store The run stretches back to when Salah first signed for Liverpool, with the forward scoring away at Watford on his Reds debut. He has since scored six goals in his four opening fixtures, including a hat-trick against Leeds at Anfield last term. Salah tore Norwich apart and could have had more than one, and he helped to set the ball rolling by playing in Diogo Jota for Liverpool's first. He then added a second assist when he cut the ball back to give Roberto...
    Team USA became the first women's 3x3 basketball Olympic gold medalists today after a close battle with their Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) rivals. The Americans sealed an 18-15 victory at Tokyo's Aomi Urban Sports Park ensuring they were the first-ever winners of the competition, which made its Olympic debut here. Stefanie Dolson, at 6ft-5in center and daunting presence under the basket, led all scorers with seven points, including 4-of-6 from the free throw line and nine rebounds, making the Chicago Sky star the toast of the team. Team USA's Jacquelyn Young, Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson and Allisha Gray (L-R) after winning the first women's 3x3 basketball gold medal match against the Russian Olympic Committee The US converted eight of 11 free throws, which ended up being the difference in the contest. Kelsey Plum scored five points, four on drives, while Allisha Gray added four and Jackie Young had two. Gray also lines up for Dallas Wings and Plum and Young are Las Vegas Aces team mates. As was the case throughout the tournament, the USA relied on its slashing...
    At 13 years old, skateboarder Momiji Nishiya of Japan just became one of the youngest gold medal winners ever at the Olympic Games. The girls standing by her side on the podium? Also teenagers.  Nishiya took home the gold Monday in the women's street competition — which debuted in Tokyo for the very first time. It sealed her nation's fate as the current dominating force in skateboarding, following a win by Yuto Horigome in the men's competition the day prior. "I welled up in tears because I was beyond happy," Nishiya said after her win, which took place in a nearly empty sports park.  Momiji Nishiya of Team Japan competes in the Women's Street Final on July 26, 2021. Ezra Shaw/Getty Nishiya landed her final three tricks and was awarded big scores to beat out Rayssa Leal of Brazil, also just 13. More than half of the women in the final competition were in their teens — Funa Nakayama of Japan, who clinched the bronze medal, is the eldest medal winner at 16.  Both Nishiya and Leal are now...
    Former MLB player Aubrey Huff had a wild tweet in reaction to the first ever all-female broadcast team in league history. Tuesday, an all-female team called the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Baltimore Orioles on a YouTube broadcast, according to CBS News, and the retired two-time World Series champion wasn’t impressed. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Trailblazers. The first all-woman broadcast crew in MLB history! ???? pic.twitter.com/2q94k7l5h4 — MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2021 In reaction to the broadcast squad, Huff tweeted, “Women are for after the game…not during the game.” Women are for after the game…not during the game. https://t.co/LuUmCOtOO5 — Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) July 21, 2021 Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I get annoyed whenever sports leagues try to jam women down our throats and force them to be part of the action. It makes no sense to me and then we all have to clap our hands like braindead monkeys. It’s absurd. The greatest example of this is Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller. We were all supposed...
    This remarkable Major League Baseball play is either the result of shrewd trickery by the baserunner, or a lack of awareness from the first baseman. Somehow, Chicago Cubs Javy Báez fooled the Pittsburgh Pirates defense into a comedy of errors on what should have been a routine groundout to third base. Not only did Báez arrive safely to first, but he advanced to second and drove in a run. Pirates third baseman Erik González scooped the grounder and fired it across the diamond to Will Craig. But instead of just stepping on first for the force out to end the inning, Craig chased Baez down the line who retreated back toward home plate. As Craig jogged after Báez in search of the tag, Cubs’ baserunner Willson Contreras alertly hustled from second and eluded the tag as he slid into home. Focused on the play at the plate, first base was now left unattended, allowing Báez to sprint back up the line. As Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier attempted to cover first, the throw from catcher Michael Pérez bounced into the...
    Joel Embiid celebrated his and-1 hilariously in front of the Philadelphia 76ers home crowd. En route to the Philadelphia 76ers taking a commanding 2-0 lead over the Washington Wizards, center Joel Embiid had an incredible celebration after an impressive and-1. Embiid was able to get around Davis Bertans in the lane before drawing contact on Robin Lopez on his layup attempt. The basket counted and it was one backside pelvic thrust after another from the 76ers star while he was sprawled out on Wells Fargo Center hardwood. It may not have been appropriate for the kids at home, but we do appreciate a star pushing the envelope with his hips. If you want to claim Embiid was “working on his core”, you can go right ahead with that notion. Embiid’s celebration after this and-1 ???? pic.twitter.com/Z6spcMPDaG — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 27, 2021 Joel Embiid gave the Philadelphia 76ers crowd the crowd-pleaser it demandedAfter “The Process” era and the never-ending saga of square-peg-in-a-round-hole with Brett Brown at the helm, this is the best we have seen the 76ers play ball since...
    Nav Bhatia, 69, became the first basketball fan to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bhatia is known as the "superfan" of the Toronto Raptors and has rarely missed a game since the team started in 1995. He now runs a foundation to send kids, especially Sikhs like himself, to basketball games.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. There are basketball fans, and then there's Nav Bhatia.  Bhatia, a 69-year-old Sikh man, immigrated from India to Toronto in 1984 and fell in love with the Toronto Raptors. Bhatia made a living as a car salesman, eventually becoming successful enough to own several dealerships.  But his real passion was basketball — and the Raptors in particular. When the team came to Toronto as part of an NBA expansion program, Bhatia bought season tickets. Despite the Toronto team having something of a rocky record through the '90s and early '00s, Bhatia hardly ever missed a game, and, famously, has never left a game early. He was such a vocal fan and such a constant presence that...
    The Olympic men's 100m has never looked so open heading into Tokyo and yet even in the most recent of Games in Rio it had never looked so predictable. But the Usain Bolt era of sprinting is over, with the Jamaican having dominated the sport across three Olympics after taking his first gold medal in Beijing then adding two more in London and Brazil before retiring a year later in 2017. Collateral damage of this era of Bolt supremacy hit United States the hardest, with the country entering Tokyo in danger of going four Games without a 100m gold medal for the first time in its history. With Usain Bolt having retired after winning in Rio, the men's 100m competition is wide open  Christian Coleman was the favourite to become the new sprint king but the American has been banned from competing at the Tokyo Olympics following an anti-doping suspension When Justin Gatlin took gold in Athens in 2004 at the age of just 22, it looked like USA would hold court in the discipline for the...
    Chrissy Teigen unfollowed by Joe Biden on Twitter, plus more news Intel From Tax Insiders You Need To Know Are you ready to feel old? New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson just became the first player born in the 2000s to make an NBA All-Star team. © Provided by HoopsHype Williamson, who will be 20 years and 244 days old when the game tips off on March 7, is the fifth-youngest player in league history to ever earn All-Star honors. He is also the youngest player to receive the nod since LeBron James accomplished as much in 2005. The New Orleans sophomore is one of just nine players who have ever made an All-Star team before being legally able to order a beer. Included below is a list of the fifteen youngest players to ever play in the All-Star game. HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa contributed research to this report MORE:Devin Booker, Trae Young snubbed from All-Star Game Suns to waive Damian Jones
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