San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan listens to a question during a news conference on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in San Antonio. The team plays Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat expect more comfortable conditions, and better overall play, in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.The Spurs won 110-95 in the opener, a game that will be best remembered for an air conditioning failure that made temperatures soar to nearly 90 degrees in the second half. LeBron James cramped up in the heat and left with about 4 minutes remaining.The teams spent their two off days practicing at the Spurs’ training facility while the AT&T Center was being used for other events. They will be back in the arena, where the Spurs have won an NBA-record eight straight playoff games by 15 or more points, for Game 2.Here are five things to watch Sunday night:___HEAT’S HEALTH: James had two days of treatment after he couldn’t make it to the finish of Game 1 because of cramps. He practiced Saturday and has said he expects to be 100 percent for Sunday night.He’s had cramping problems before, missing part of Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals, so his condition will have to be monitored. But James doesn’t sound too concerned.“I’m doing well, doing a lot better. The soreness is starting to get out,” he said. “I’m feeling better than I did yesterday and with another day, I should feel much better tomorrow.”___WEATHER REPORT: It’s expected to be much cooler inside the AT&T Center on Sunday.The breaker that failed Thursday night, which NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said was about the size of a car battery, was repaired by Friday afternoon. San Antonio’s WNBA team played a home game Saturday night without issues, and the Heat are expecting a much different climate than they faced in Game 1.“We anticipate we will play in a very cool gym. We will have to deal with that now,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I don’t know if guys will be wearing tights under their shorts and long-sleeved shirts. I don’t know.”___KEEP IT CLEAN: The Spurs committed 23 turnovers that led to 28 Miami points in the opener. The Heat were almost as sloppy, turning it over 18 times for 27 points.“My guess is you won’t see that tomorrow night, turnover-wise,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Saturday. “I don’t think either one of us will turn it over as much as we did. In that regard, we were both pretty sloppy.”___SEND SUBS?: Dwyane Wade and James have both said the Heat may have benefited from a deeper rotation in Game 1.Spoelstra used only four reserves in the hot conditions, and James said Saturday he could’ve seen where Udonis Haslem, or James Jones or Toney Douglas could have gotten a few minutes to keep the starters fresher for the finish.“Spo is going to coach the game the way he sees the game going and flowing, and we’re definitely going to ride with that, the way he calls the game,” James said. “And like I said, Thursday’s game was extreme measures. And I don’t expect that tomorrow night, but we’ll see.”___MEN IN THE MIDDLE: Spurs big men Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter combined to make 14 of 16 shots in Game 1, with Duncan scoring 21 points and Splitter adding 14. San Antonio outscored Miami 48-36 in the paint.The Heat have been employing a small starting lineup with Chris Bosh at center and Rashard Lewis as an undersized power forward, and will have to find a way to contain the Spurs’ bigs.“We need to do what we do better and harder,” Spoelstra said. “They make it tough with their passing and, you know, getting into the paint with their roles and spreading you out with 3-point shooters. So we need to do that better, there is no question about it. Those were big-time relief points.”___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney
Each of July’s Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees has made their mark on the geocaching community. Though many other qualified candidates were nominated, Groundspeak Lackeys selected these three influential and inspiring nominees.Sniperchicken – June 2012 Geocacher of the MonthNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as July’s Featured Geocacher of the Month.Write a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be crowned.Last month, SniperChicken was chosen as the June Featured Geocacher of the Month. SniperChicken was recognized for his kindness and creative ability to engage the geocaching community through his caches. As the Board President of the Mississippi Geocachers Association, he is known to go above and beyond to research every hiding location to provide fellow geocachers with a unique geocache and story.Here are your nominees for the July Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.daggydaggyNominated by Deermark, Lynn, a.k.a, daggy “has been the Chairman of the Indiana Fall Geocaching Picnic for 8 years. This event draws between 200 and 300 geocachers every fall. She helped found INKY (The Indiana-Kentucky Geocaching Group). This group meets once a month for a social and has drawn between 30 and 80 new geocachers every month since inception. Daggy has volunteered with Lincoln State Park in Indiana to help with the park’s annual geocaching event for the last 5 years. She was also instrumental in writing the proposal that brought Geowoodstock X to Indiana. Daggy has been caching since September 2001 and has almost 16,000 finds and 137 hides. Her traditional hides have 248 favorite points and 67 of them are still active. She has hosted 14 Event Caches and has found a cache in 50 states. She gives so much back to the geocaching community, not just locally, but nationally.” T&ADT&DAbigfish97 writes, “My name is Dustin and I am 14 years old. I have only been geocaching since February and now it is one of my favorite things to do. I was introduced to geocaching by my aunt and uncle, Troy and Amanda,” a.k.a. T&AD. “They showed me everything about geocaching such as Trackables, Geocoins, different types of caches, etc. They have been geocaching since January but have already found over 350 geocaches! I learned everything I know about geocaching from them. They still guide me through a lot of my finds, even from 300 miles away. I love to share my experiences with them because they are beginner geocachers that I can relate to. I am thankful that they introduced me to this great hobby and what I am asking is for you to choose them for the month of July because it would mean the world to me!” SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the June Featured Geocacher of the MonthJuly 10, 2012In “Community”June Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJuly 3, 2012In “Community”Announcing the June 2013 Geocacher of the MonthJuly 17, 2013In “Community” De WijngemachtigdeDe Wijngemachtigde“Every year a Geocoin race is organized in the Netherlands to encourage people to put their coins in circulation instead of keeping them at home,” says irisisleuk. “When the original organizer suddenly stopped organizing this race, Guus, a.k.a. De Wijngemachtigde stepped in and took over this race. But his actions didn’t just result in copying what was done before. He really wanted to take it to the next level. This year, Guus managed to get a record number of 250 participants in the race. And the coins didn’t just visit the 12 provinces, but all 415 municipalities of the Netherlands. He thought of the idea that photos of the coin with the city limit sign and city hall and/or coat of arms of the city where a coin is dropped/retrieved, should be rewarded with bonus points as well. So, he now checks every log, of each coin for photos to see whether this coin should get bonus points. He does all this himself. The way Guus has organized everything has really got our geocaching community in the Netherlands closer, more involved and resulted in many, many fun coin logs to read. This race has given a whole other dimension to geocaching. It really spices things up and makes moving trackables so much more fun.” Featured Geocacher of the Month IconComment below to tell us who you think should be the featured July Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon, and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for July’s award through July 31st.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the August Geocacher of the Month must be received by August 10th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More
SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”An Achiever’s Reflection on the 7 Souvenirs of AugustAugust 27, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community” With eight years of Geocaching HQ experience, graphic designer Roxxy is one half of the creative creatures that make up the design team here at HQ! She’s been designing souvenirs, geocoins, art, and more since 2010 and she is the artist behind the mythical beings of Hidden Creatures. We chatted with Roxxy to learn how Geocaching souvenirs come to life!Going back to the beginning, were you always interested in art growing up?Always! I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been drawing. My mom used to give me her old art supplies and a big stack of blank paper, and I’d sit on the living room floor and do nothing but draw. She never stopped encouraging me, so I never stopped drawing.What is the first geocaching souvenir you created?I think it may have been the Arizona souvenir for the US—it was inspired by the kind of post card you’d buy along the side of the highway if you were driving through. We made all of the US souvenirs in alphabetical order, but we released them in order of statehood, so one of the first ones anyone saw might have been Pennsylvania or Georgia…How many souvenirs have you created for geocaching?I’ve lost track, to be honest, but it’s over one hundred by now. I started with about one third of the US states, the Canadian provinces and territories, and the states of Australia (that’s around 36 right there), and after that I’ve lost track. That’s where we start to add souvenirs for more countries, plus promotion souvenirs, and event souvenirs.What is your favorite part of designing souvenirs?When I was designing country souvenirs, I really liked the research. It gave me a reason to learn about a place I haven’t been to, and find out what their customs and traditions were, but also what the fun or silly stuff was about a place that made it unique. Sometimes it was really hard to find just one thing to feature for the souvenir itself, because there were so many wonderful choices. I hope I made good ones.For promotional souvenirs, like Mary Hyde or Mission GC, I really enjoy figuring out the best way to bring the idea to life. For example, during Mary Hyde, I found out that the best way to make something look like a hand-drawn map, torn into four pieces, and then beat up, is to actually make a hand-drawn map, tear it into four pieces, and beat it up! I spent part of an afternoon making stains and rubbing sandpaper on a map I had created (and photocopied, just in case I went too far).I have to say, my favorite part about designing any souvenir, is seeing how people respond to them. I like to make things that make people happy.What is your favorite souvenir to design? (Promotional, Country, Etc)Promotional souvenirs are my favorites, because that’s when I get to try different things. I don’t just design the souvenirs for our promotions, but I often get to design the geocoins and social media images as well. If creating a souvenir is like making a cake, then creating the artwork for a whole promotion is like throwing a party.How did you decide on the different Hidden Creatures?There are so many to choose from, that we had to give ourselves some guidelines just to even get started. We began by narrowing it down to four types of environments—forest, oceans, deserts, and mountains—and then started looking for which creatures could be found there. We also looked at creatures that appear in different cultures and mythologies, and tried to use them whenever possible. Then we tried to pick the 12 most recognizable creatures that didn’t look too similar to each other.It was a lot of research and work, and that was before I even started to figure out what they were going to look like.What was your inspiration behind the World Turtle?I knew I wanted a creature that somehow combined all four of the environments, and I wanted it to be big, so that left me with only a few options. A creature like the World Turtle shows up in a few different mythologies, either as the turtle that supports the world on its back (with the help of four elephants), or as a whole country or island that rests on the back of a giant turtle living in the middle of a lake or ocean. The idea of the World Turtle felt big and wonderful, and I knew we had to have one.What is the process for creating a souvenir?The first step is always research; we need to know what we’re trying to show before we can show it. I often do a little extra research on my own, to make sure I haven’t missed any details, and I’ll gather up some reference as I start to get some ideas. We also figure out the best way to show our souvenir.For Hidden Creatures, I started with sketching—yep, everything starts with a real life pencil on real life paper—and I tried a few different ways of putting something together. It’s easier to explore a lot of different ideas when I can compare them to each other right in front of me at the same time. This is usually the most time-consuming and important step for me, because it’s where most of the idea takes shape.Once I have a sketch done, I’ll scan it into the computer, refine it digitally, and then start to add ink, color, and effects.Which Hidden Creature souvenir is your favorite?I’ve spent so much time with each of them that I can’t pick just one. All of the Hidden Creatures have something about them that makes them my favorite, and that thing is usually something that happened along the way to creating a wonderful, magical creature for you to enjoy. I still think of the moment I got the sketch just right, or the hours it took to get the fur just right, or how I figured out how to paint crystals.I do like finding out everyone else’s favorite. I think it’s always a little surprising! People who I thought would like the Mermaid the best end up falling in love with the Yeti, or someone wasn’t very interested until they found out there was a Kraken at the bottom of the ocean. I like to see how excited people are about finding their favorite.In the end, the best part of bringing a souvenir promotion to life—whether it’s the souvenirs or the storyline—is hearing all of the fun geocaching stories that come out of each adventure. Hidden Creatures starts June 27! Share your favorite mythical creature souvenir with #hiddencreatures on social for a chance to be featured on the Geocaching blog in August!Share with your Friends:More
The Bombay High Court on Saturday stayed the proceedings of BCCI disciplinary committee probing allegations of financial irregularities against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi till January 10 next year.Modi’s counsel Ram Jethmalani said that after hearing the civil suit filed by Modi, the vacation judge of the High Court Justice S J Kathawala held that a prima facie case has been made out for staying such proceedings.The next date for Disciplinary Committee meeting was scheduled on December 27 and 28 at New Delhi.The senior lawyer argued that Modi had filed the suit contending that under Rule 1 (q) of the BCCI Rules and Regulations there can only be one disciplinary committee which has to be appointed by the Board at every Annual General Meeting (AGM). But the Board had not appointed any disciplinary committee in its AGM held September 29, 2010.He also added that the BCCI was acting contrary to its own constitution and bye-laws.The constitution of a separate disciplinary committee to hear the charges against Modi was in effect an attempt to amend the constitution and bye-laws of the BCCI without following the procedure for amendment as contemplated under Tamil Nadu Act and Rules, which are applicable to BCCI.The counsel argued that an application was therefore moved before the disciplinary committee to discontinue further proceedings on behalf of Modi.He said on December 11, 2010 BCCI held a special general meeting for extension of period of earlier Disciplinary Committee and for constituting another Disciplinary Committee under Rule 1(q).With inputs from PTIadvertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendousby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has defended the players after defeat to Real Sociedad.La Real shocked Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Butragueno was asked about additions this month given their poor start to the year.But he insisted, “This squad has players with loads of talent and I think that it is a good day to reinforce that message. “They have won many titles. The Club World Cup isn’t nothing, three consecutive Champions Leagues. These players are stupendous.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield enquire about Stoke forward Bojan Krkicby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town are reportedly interested in Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic.The 28-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Potters this season. He spent the previous two seasons on loan at Alaves and Mainz.Terriers boss David Wagner is desperate to strengthen his squad this month. According to The Sun, Wagner wants to sign Krkic to help increase his side’s paltry goal tally of 13 from 22 games.The Catalan was a prodigious young talent who broke through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, before making over 100 appearances for the club’s first-team.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lilleby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante is a chance to face Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Injuries have disrupted Kante all season, with a hamstring niggle the latest ailment that caused him to miss Saturday’s win over Brighton.But the World Cup winner returned to training on Tuesday and Lampard was confident he could play against the Ligue 1 outfit.”He trained this morning and he got through training okay,” said Lampard.”He is still one we have to assess in the morning but we are positive he will be fit to play.”The injury doesn’t relate to the Europa League final. What that injury did do, regardless of whether he played that game, was meant he had a broken pre-season.”It’s a slight domino effect. The main injury is now feeling good, but he’s probably got a couple of niggles since that, and a tackle at Manchester United in the first game that affected him on the ankle.”There’s a bit of bad luck in there as well. Everyone is working towards getting him regularly fit so he can play continuous games, and I’m hoping that’s coming really soon.”
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