Cousins’ game-changing phone call? Warriors GM Myers thought it was a spoof

first_imgMost of the important decisions of the offseason had … Even now, nearly three months since the phone rang in the office of Warriors general manager Bob Myers, it’s difficult to wrap your head around.DeMarcus Cousins, a Warrior.Even less likely than the concept was the process.“When it was clear I couldn’t stay in New Orleans,” Cousins wrote in The Players Tribune this week, “I went out and created what would end up being the best opportunity for myself. I called Bob Myers up.”last_img read more

Proteas back to No. 1 with test series win

first_img29 July 2014South Africa returned to the top of the ICC test cricket rankings on Monday with a hard-fought draw in the second test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, securing only their second series win in the island nation. The Proteas previously triumphed in Sri Lanka in 1993.‘Awe, pride and great excitement’Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat praised the team, saying in a statement: “The performances of our players in Sri Lanka over the last month has left us breathless at times and have also produced moments of awe, pride and great excitement.“This is the first South African squad to triumph in both the ODI and test series in Sri Lanka and the last time we achieved this on the sub-continent was in Pakistan back in 2007.“It took great courage and tenacity to support the talents of our world-class players to achieve these series wins. They have now set the bar high for the 2014/15 season, which reaches a climax with the ICC World Cup in Australasia in February and March.”LeadershipLorgat also congratulated the team’s leaders, adding: “It is hard to find the right words to congratulate our new leadership team of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Russell Domingo.“Hashim has made a wonderful start to his reign as captain of the test squad from every possible point of view, whether you look at his personal contributions with the bat, or his calm presence that he brings to the team, or his inspiring leadership and tactical acumen that was evident in his declarations in the first test match.“There will always be stand-out individuals in any match, but this was truly a team effort in getting us across the line in a tense finish and, on behalf of CSA and our loyal fans, I extend warm congratulations to all the players and team management.”A battling, defiant displayIt took a battling, defiant display from Amla and company at the Sinhalese Sports Club to claim the second test draw as they found the going tough batting on a pitch that was tailor-made for the Sri Lankan spinners.Almost from the start of the match, the Proteas were on the back foot. They reduced Sri Lanka to 16 for 2 early on, but the home team recovered strongly and went on to post 421 all out, with Mahela Jayawardene striking 165 runs before he was run out.Niroshan Dikwella was also run out, but not before he had made 72, while captain Angelo Mathews weighed with 63 runs.Amla unbeatenIn reply, South Africa mustered 282 all out to trail by a considerable 139 runs on the first innings. That was exactly the number of runs captain Hashim Amla contributed. He finished unbeaten too, but only three other batsmen made it into the thirties, and just one more reached double figures.Left arm spinner Rangana Herath enjoyed the conditions, snaring 4 for 71 after opening the bowling with Suranga Lakmal, while off-spinner Dilruwan Perera claimed 5 for 69.Batting again, the Sri Lankans declared their second innings on 229 for 8, led by 72 from Kumar Sangakkara and an undefeated 63 by Matthews. Morne Morkel shone with the ball, knocking over 4 for 45.Played for the drawSet 369 for victory, South Africa played for the draw and series victory and were aided by occasional rain.When the match concluded, the Proteas had reached 159 for 8 in their second innings off 111 overs, with the run rate of 1.43 emphasising just how difficult it had been to resist the Sri Lankan spinners on a turning track.Quinton de Kock top scored with 37, while Amla’s innings of 25 took 159 balls and 10 minutes short of three hours. He played a major role in the outcome of the contest, facing 541 balls in his two innings, the equivalent of 90 overs, or a full day’s play.Herath returned the astonishing figures of 5 for 40 off of 45 overs, with 30 maidens, while Perera took 3 for 60 in 44 overs, with 24 maidens, as the spinners opened the bowling for Sri Lanka.last_img read more

How to Make Yourself Absolutely Miserable

first_imgIf you watch human behavior, you can follow the patterns. People’s beliefs betray them. You can hear it in the words they use, and you can see it in their actions.Here is how we make ourselves sick. The following is the recipe for being miserable.Assume Everyone Has Bad Intentions: This one is number one with a bullet. If you want to make yourself miserable, believe that everyone has bad intentions and that they are doing whatever they are doing to hurt you personally. You don’t need anything more than this belief to ruin your mindset. The truth is that a majority of the time no one is actually trying to harm you. It’s more likely that they are dealing with their fears or not thinking about you at all. A more powerful and empowering mindset is one where you assume good intentions.Assume Everything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong: This is the belief of the pessimist who tries to hide their thinly veiled negativity behind the statement, “I am a realist.” (Yeah, real pessimistic.) It is disempowering to believe that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. There isn’t a great reason to try if you believe you will fail. Sometimes the fear of being hurt is so strong, that this belief creeps up as a defense mechanism. Focusing on negative outcomes makes you miserable. It’s healthier to ask yourself, “What might go right?” You are resourceful enough to handle any problem that comes your way right now.Assume Everyone Sees the World the Same as You: No one has had the same life you’ve had. No one has had the same set of experiences. You are unique. So why on Earth would you believe that everyone sees the world the way you do? One perfect way to make yourself miserable is not to recognize that the two lenses on your face (and all of your other senses) give you a unique view. Everyone else has lenses of their own. You will make yourself miserable believing everyone you encounter sees the world the same way you do. A healthier default belief is one in which you believe no one sees the world exactly like you do. From there, you can work to appreciate the differences.Assume Everyone Should Behave Like You in a Given Situation: Here’s part two of its predecessor: believing everyone should act the same way you do in any given situation. Want to be super miserable? Look for ways that you believe people are doing things wrong and doing things differently from you. For a heightened sensation of misery, judge those people for the way they are doing things and believe they are stupid. When you get burned out on being miserable, decide to try to understand why people are doing what they are doing. And then recognize that most of the time you don’t have to do anything about it.Allow Your Inner Critic to Dominate Your Self-Talk: No one can help to make you miserable and keep you that way more effectively than your inner critic. It’s that little voice inside of you that walks you through all of the assumptions listed above. It’s there to remind you that people are out to hurt you, that things will go wrong, and that people are behaving badly. Your inner critic never runs out of energy or words. If you want to escape being miserable and having a poor mindset, you have to rid yourself of this voice. You have to replace it with a more powerful, more positive voice. What you say to yourself repeatedly becomes your beliefs. Choose your words carefully.Reversing all of these patterns can move you from making yourself miserable to making yourself empowered and happy.last_img read more

SMB’s Fajardo expects tougher games ahead after squeaker over Magnolia

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — With the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup shifting to another gear, June Mar Fajardo is bracing for tougher games ahead.Facing one of the hottest teams in the league in Magnolia, Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, got an early taste of playoff basketball on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ Fajardo feels the duel won’t be the last time San Miguel will meet Magnolia as he anticipates the Hotshots, together with Ginebra, which beat the Beermen last week, to make deep runs in the postseason.That’s why Fajardo couldn’t stress the importance of having a healthy team in San Miguel’s bid to retain the all-Filipino crown.“We need to be in condition because the physicality is really intense. We need to be at our peak condition so that we won’t tire that easily,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel gets another boost, this time from Chico Lanete Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’re expecting more of those and it’s really tiring,” said Fajardo, who had scratch marks all over his arms after the Beermen’s tight 77-76 win over the Hotshots.Kept in check by the Magnolia defense, Fajardo struggled from the field, shooting 4-of-11, but still managed to produce 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat couldn’t be denied, however, was his imposing presence down low especially on the defensive end, grabbing 21 rebounds while also blocking two shots.“All the teams are closely tied in the standings. You really need to get the win to make it to the playoffs,” he said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more