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Loro in the Heights smokes a star

So I was curious to see how Loro, the new Asian smokehouse in the heights, would interpret the genre. There is a lot of know-how behind the project. Both pitmaster Aaron Franklin and sushi god Tyson Cole are former James Beard winners, and their Austin restaurants — Franklin Barbecue and the Uchi-mini Empire — are considered the best in the world. (Author: Gardener)

HeightsSmoked burgers need a deft twist so they don't end up looking like a boring, dry version of meatloaf. So I was curious to see how Loro, the new Asian smokehouse in the heights, would interpret the genre. Both pitmaster Aaron Franklin and sushi god Tyson Cole are former James Beard winners, and their Austin restaurants — Franklin Barbecue and the Uchi-mini Empire — are considered the best in the state. So I had high expectations for their new project to rapidly transform W. 11th Street in the Heights, which already houses a restaurant row that runs west from Chivos to Hando to Trattoria Sofia. You find your own table, look at the QR menu with your phone and order at one of the inside checkouts. I was hoping to stay outside on one of the large terraces but that wasn't an option. But I came during the merry happy hour when there wasn't a big line so my time inside was short. A mid-century church remodel is by Michael Hsu, a frequent collaborator with Cole and whose other Houston projects include Uchi, Oporto, Da Gama, and Superica, among others. This is how the smoked burger turned out. PRICE: During happy hour from 2-6 p.m. on weekdays, the regular $14 Loro cheeseburger drops to $9, so my bill came to $18 pre-tax with one of their $9 batch margaritas and tip. (It would have been less with a discounted happy hour beer or cocktail.) RESERVATION: Find an empty seat. Then head inside to order and pay at one of the tills dotted along the long bar. You get a magic puck to put on your table for a waiter to deliver your food. ARCHITECTURE: Lettuce on top. On top of a thickly toasted bun is a touch of chilli aioli, a half-inch smoked patty draped in melting Munster cheese, a thick pile of shredded breast "jam", some thickly sliced ​​cucumber and a topping of Bibb lettuce leaves. A bamboo skewer attached to a whole dill pickle spear holds the whole build in place. QUALITY: This smoked patty is delivered. – and the smoky flavor enlivened the quality beef. All the pieces clicked together — even the red onion and brisket "jam," which turned out to be more of a tangle of pulled brisket in a gently sweet barbecue sauce. However, thanks to the deep flavor of the patty, the nutty Munster cheese, and the spiciness of the pickles, the burger didn't turn out sweet. VALUE: Good for happy hour; otherwise decent. And I really enjoyed a cherry tomato and cucumber salad with the surprise of cantaloupe in the mix, all spiced up with coriander oil, lemon zest and fresh mint. CONS: A batch-made tangerine margarita had tangerine, yuzu, and mezcal in the mix, but it fell (and tasted) flat. A mangetout and roasted coconut salad with grilled pineapple, green beans, Thai basil, and peanuts turned out to be a crass affair that I gave up after three or four bites. And a dish of glassy little rice noodles with black sesame seeds, spring onions and chili vinaigrette tasted surprisingly lackluster, despite the glorious bounce of the noodles themselves. LOCAL COLOR: Loro finds itself in this first upsurge of new restaurant life that's attracting scene-goers, neighbors and food-obsessed alike . I saw everyone from the Empty Nests in Heights to the usual BBQ Boyz cohort to a celebrity table with Michelle Wallace - the sandwich and side dish wizard of Gatlin's BBQ - and Trinidadian chef Keisha Griggs, who said she works on a new project in EaDo.

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Forecast for Friday

Forecast for Friday (Author: Gardener)

FridayIt's a clear start this morning on satellite and radar with plenty of sunshine returning to our skies today. We'll hit the 60's mid to late morning. Even with plenty of sunshine today, reaching heights of 70 can be difficult! Breezy westerly winds of 20-30mph this afternoon also add to the cool feeling. The good news is that there will be plenty of sunshine over the weekend as surface high pressure builds up from the western Gulf. Eventually this high pressure ridge will slide over us and eastward late Saturday and into Sunday. This will start to bring the breeze Saturday, 10-20mph north west winds into Sunday with 5-15mph winds shifting south. With the cool north-west winds on Saturday we will only reach the upper 60s for daily highs, despite the sunshine. If the winds shift we can bring our temps back into the 70s by Sunday afternoon. Plenty of sunshine for today with a cool breeze of 20-30mph. The highs are struggling today to reach 70 in the afternoon. Their 7 day forecast keeps us somewhat breezy and cool with sunshine through Saturday, with cool weekend mornings.

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Best Friday of 2022 so far hints at McLaren's F1 progress

Lando Norris believes his best Friday of the season so far offered a glimpse of the small strides McLaren is making with their Formula One car. (Author: Gardener)

Friday of 2022But with both drivers finishing in the top 10 in practice two for the Australian Grand Prix, Norris feels the team has turned a corner from the dire situation they seemed to be in at the season opener in Bahrain. "It looked good - it wasn't amazing, but it was decent," said Norris, who finished eighth overall on Friday night. "It was probably our best Friday so far so I'm hoping to continue tomorrow because we're feeling good." I think we've made a few changes and we've implemented a bit of what we learned from the previous two weekends this weekend have and it works pretty well. "It's a small step forward so it's a good start and hopefully we can continue that tomorrow and make more improvements." However, Norris has no doubt that much of McLaren's improved form in Australia can be attributed to the track characteristics - with the lack of slow corners not punishing him as much as in Bahrain. "It's just the track, but of course there are some small things that we improve - and little is maybe a tenth," he said. We're getting everything out of the car and I think we're doing a good job. "But a lot of what you see is just the track, which is a good thing. Hopefully Bahrain was just a very bad one and I think we understood a bit more and hopefully there are more tracks like here and Saudi . However, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl reckons McLaren's improved form since Bahrain isn't just down to the track layout, as he believes the team is also understanding their car better. "From my perspective, it was probably a 50/50," he said. “We were definitely behind for the Bahrain race weekend and we still had a lot of boxes to tick that we wanted to tick when testing the first race weekend.” But then of course we were able to apply all that learning to the second weekend. "This has definitely contributed to a smoother weekend in Jeddah. To get more performance out of the package. Progress, Seidl says work is underway at his facility to incorporate improvements needed to bring it closer to the top . "Obviously we're home at full speed and we have a clear plan on how to get more power out of the car," he said. “The most important thing was that we understood how to give the car more power. So you have to be patient and of course ambitious at the same time and make these upgrades as fast as possible. "And at the same time, of course, we're trying to score as many points as possible with the current package."

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Martin Lewis was branded the 'single savior of the country' after GMB's Cost of Living special

Martin Lewis was applauded after he hosted Good Morning Britain's first-ever episode on the cost of living crisis. (Author: Gardener)

Martin LewisMartin Lewis was applauded after he hosted the first episode of Good Morning's UK cost of living crisis on Wednesday, further cementing himself as the most credible candidate for prime minister. The money-saving expert joined Susanna Reid on the show, where he took calls from concerned viewers who had important questions about their energy bills as millions braced for some of the biggest price hikes in more than a decade. At the beginning of the show, Martin explained what the rate cap is before answering whether it is best to stick with a floating rate or if it is preferable to fix it. He also stressed the importance of taking meter readings tomorrow before the increase. "It puts an end to the energy company and says that every single unit of energy I've used up to that point should be billed at the discounted rate," Martin said. “Don't overestimate the summers. So, drop in your meter reading and draw that line in the sand." After the programme, Martin wrote: "Thank you @GMB for making the special. Viewers felt indebted to Martin's advice and praised him for his tips and tricks. "Who really voted for these people?" wrote one. Thank goodness #MartinLewis answers some questions we all need answers to or I'd be really screwed.” “His passion for helping people survive all these hikes is amazing. Household bills are set to skyrocket from Friday and millions of people could see their water bills increase by more than 10% from April 1. Inflation is expected to rise back up to 8% in the coming weeks as the impact of the global impact of the Russian war is expected to be felt on Ukraine.

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Longtime Marietta councilor Betty Hunter has died at the age of 83

April 7 (Reuters) - Former Marietta councilwoman Betty Lou Smith Hunter, 83, died peacefully at her home in Marietta on Wednesday. Hunter served on the Marietta City Council for 24 years, from 1982 to 2005. Former councilman Philip Goldstein, who served with her, recalled Hunter's efforts to make Marietta a better place on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

Longtime MariettaApril 7 (Reuters) - Former Marietta councilwoman Betty Lou Smith Hunter, 83, died peacefully at her home in Marietta on Wednesday. Hunter served on the Marietta City Council for 24 years, from 1982 to 2005. Former councilman Philip Goldstein, who served with her, recalled Hunter's efforts to make Marietta a better place on Wednesday. It was Hunter who helped restore the city's Manget neighborhood, a place plagued by crime and other challenges, Goldstein said. Hunter requested that a council meeting be held locally in the neighborhood so the other council members could see how bad it was. "It was an area of ​​concern, and she was responsible for initiating that change," Goldstein said. Hunter is also the reason the Marietta Fire Department now houses the Fire Museum on Haynes Street. Hunter wanted to preserve historical Marietta artifacts related to the fire department, so she helped fund the project through bonds. For Goldstein, Hunter was a real civil servant who loved her city and was always looking for help. "She loved the city with all her heart," he said. In addition to being a member of the council, Hunter was also the president of the Marietta Confederate Cemetery Foundation, the group charged with maintaining the cemetery. "I think it's important because it makes people realize that these men didn't necessarily fight for slavery, but most of the men fought to protect their homes," Hunter said in a 2014 interview. It makes people realize that these soldiers have some value here, I think.” During her tenure as the foundation's president, she worked with historian Brad Quinlin to discover the names of 350 “unknown” soldiers who died at the cemetery are buried. New walls were added within the cemetery to allow the names discovered to be engraved and memorialized. Several war re-enactments were held at the cemetery and Hunter took great pride in playing the role of Lucinda Hardage, a young woman who survived the war and lived well into the 1930s: "That's our heritage and people need to know about it, whether they're north or south," Hunter said in 2014. Adjacent to the cemetery is Brown Park, whose pavilion was named after her in a 2013 resolution presented by Mayor Steve Tumlin. The pavilion, originally located in Marietta Square, was in storage according to the decision, but was moved to the park and named after her in honor of her conservation efforts. Another historic landmark in Marietta, the Marietta Museum of History, owes its existence at least in part to Hunter. Museum founder Dan Cox said the Kennesaw House, then an empty building in Marietta Square that had served as a hotel during the Civil War, would be a great place to display the treasures of the community. Hunter, a then Marietta council member, brought the idea to then Mayor Joe Mack Wilson. Wilson, in turn, persuaded the Downtown Marietta Development Authority to purchase the building. "Joe Mack did it right away," Cox recalled in 2016, "and they called and said, 'We got the building Cobb community and an 'influencer.' "She's been a huge influence on countless people in the city," Dobbins said on Wednesday. She made you discover things and learn about your community.” The family welcomes friends from 2pm to 4pm. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home at 180 Church Street, Marietta. The funeral will be held at 11am on Saturday April 9th ​​at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Marietta, with Rev. James Parham and Rev. Eddie Thackston. Hunter is buried next to her husband Randall Earnest Hunter, Sr. in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morganton, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Gospel Light Community Church, Fr.

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Norman Powell returns while Clippers hold off undermanned Suns

Powell scores 24 points after being out for two months and the Clippers return a late rally by a Suns team that seeded four of its starters in a 113-109 win. (Author: Gardener)

SunsLOS ANGELES — At Clippers games, they use a t-shirt cannon, feature a goofy condor mascot named Chuck and sometimes fire peanut butter and jelly snacks into the crowd after Reggie Jackson takes free throws in the fourth quarter. There was the return of Paul George last week as he scored 34 points to lead the Clippers to a comeback win over Utah in his first game since Dec. 22. On Wednesday, it was Norman Powell's 24-point return in a physical and ultimately tense test against the league-leading, albeit very undermanned, Phoenix Suns at the Crypto.com Arena where the Clippers walked away with a 113-109 win. He was a guy I looked up to growing up, a guy, we had some fights in Toronto in the playoffs, and early on in my career he gave me some words of encouragement — my rookie year, that is left to me. "So it will be fun to be able to play with him and Kawhi together when he recovers. I was having a blast out there with the guys, so I just wanted to build." After missing 22 games with a fractured medial sesamoid bone in his left foot, Powell hit the ground while running -- hitting on his first six shots before he missed his next four as his stamina waned. He hit on three of his four 3-point attempts and went 9 for 10 from the free throw line. Suspended eighth in the Western Conference, the Clippers -- who still don't have All-Star Kawhi Leonard, nor did they have 3-point threat Luke Kennard on Wednesday, who was out with a sore hamstring -- didn't need the win per se either . But with that they went back down to .500 at 40-40, giving themselves a real opportunity to finish better than .500 for the 11th straight season. "I said to that team, 'Just to get back to .500 with all that stuff that we've been through and it's a credit to the guys in the locker room and the culture that's been set here and what the guys believe in that no No matter who's playing, we can still win games,'" said Clippers manager Tyronn Lue. In his fourth game since returning, George finished 19 points - nine of which came from 11 free-throw attempts - and became the 15th active player to eclipse 15,000 points and hit the milestone when he scored his 13th point in the second quarter. The success sparked cheers from George's teammates and a sold-out crowd of 19,068 as public address announcer Eric Smith broke the news early in the second half. In response, George made a heart with his hands to show his appreciation. "The fact that I've been lucky enough to play in this league and have been playing for 12 years now, score 15,000 points and just being a kid who literally came out of the desert, that's always what impresses me." , said George, who averaged 24.4 points in his 30 games this season. “Any time I touch the ground, especially because of injury, I'm always grateful for the opportunities and I've felt more and more over the years that I appreciate what I'm doing. Lue had a lot to love -- until the Suns put on a run in the late game and beat the Clippers' reserves 48-26 in the fourth quarter to cut the 39-point lead to just four points with 10.2 seconds left. "I know they didn't have their boys tonight, but just being able to come out and build a 39-point lead against a good team and a well-trained team, that was a big deal for us," said Lue. "Now we just have to get more professional, play the game properly instead of getting comfortable." They used most of their third-to-last game before the play-in tournament to try out a range of line-ups, including ones in which Powell and George first got together this season. George missed 43 straight games between December 22 and last Tuesday. During his absence, the Clippers took over Powell and Robert Covington from the Portland Trail Blazers - three games later Powell was injured. George and Powell give the Clippers a lot more juice offensively and help bolster defense, which has been a committed defense for most of the season. On Wednesday, they held the Suns to a season-low 31 points in the opening half as they shot 28.3% (13 to 46) from the field. The Clippers outplayed the Suns 34-9 in the second half when they held them on 4-for-22 shooting. But they had to struggle to fend off Phoenix on the stretch when coach Monty Williams' side charged back in the fourth period as the Suns shot 18-to-32 from field and 9-to-17 from 3-point range. They came within 107-97 with 2:10 left before backup center Isaiah Hartenstein buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give the Clippers a 13-point cushion with 2:05 remaining. Torrey Craig's bucket shortened it to 110-102, and after Robert Covington missed two free throws, Aaron Holiday hit both of his foul shots to play the lead to 110-104 by 23.8 seconds. Xavier Moon made one of two free throws, but Cameron Payne dumped a 3-pointer with 10.2 ticks to go that put the Suns 111-107 -- a four-point whisper of the NBA's greatest comeback. Amir Coffey - who came on as a substitute in the fourth quarter and only played nine minutes - sunk two free throws to disperse the threat, despite Bismack Biyombo's last bucket. Ivica Zubac finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, Covington had 11 and Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann and Hartenstein all had 10 points. "I think we're just starting to play our best basketball," George said. But I think more than anything we've just had a good sense of what we're trying to achieve in the last couple of games."

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Tim Hardaway on his Hall of Fame wait, the Miami Heat career and 'Tears of Joy'

Tim Hardaway has been disowned by the Hall of Famer a number of times over the past few years. The former Miami Heat point guard didn't want to experience that feeling of rejection again. "If you don't get that nod three or four... (Author: Gardener)

Tim HardawayTim Hardaway has been disowned by the Hall of Famer a number of times over the past few years. The former Miami Heat point guard didn't want to experience that feeling of rejection again. When Hardaway received another call from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on March 28 as one of the finalists for the Class of 2022, he was nervous. "If you don't get that nod three or four times and then you get that call again, you don't want to be rejected again," Hardaway said during an interview with the Miami Herald. "That's how I felt. I just said, 'I can't take any more rejection from the hall.' But I just kept that to myself. I never told anyone." Hardaway, 55, answered the phone and braced himself for bad news. But instead, Hardaway got the news he'd been waiting for years: he'll be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2022. There's nothing I can do to describe how I felt," said Hardaway, who now resides in Michigan. I had to take a moment and then I called my kids, I hugged my wife and we cried a bit. And I called my parents, we cried. I called my friends, we cried. Hardaway is one of 13 honorees in the Class of 2022, which also includes San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, former NBA coach George Karl, college basketball coach Bob Huggins and former WNBA star Swin Cash . Hardaway spent the early seasons of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors and found success as part of Run TMC alongside Mitch Richmond (the "M") and Chris Mullin (the "C"). He was then traded to the Heat midway through the 1995-96 season and spent six seasons in Miami, where he transformed the organization into an Eastern Conference squad with the help of Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley. Hardaway will now join Mourning, Riley, Richmond and Mullin in the Hall of Fame, among others. "I'm with my buddies," Hardaway said. "I'm with Chris Mullin. I'm in with Mitch Richmond. I'm on Alonzo Mourning. I'm in with Sarunas Marciulionis. I'm with my boys that I've played with, I'm with them. I can say that I am with them now. My buddies Mitch and Chris, they are so excited. When I told them they were more excited than I was.” The Heat also spent the last few days celebrating Hardaway, who has already received messages of congratulations from many within the organization. Managing general partner Micky Arison, Riley, Mourning, coach Erik Spoelstra, former Heat teammate and current Heat college director and pro scout Keith Askins are among those who have reached out to Hardaway. "They congratulated me and texted me and you could hear it in the lyrics," Hardaway said. "It was nice to hear, they were happy too." Hardaway was selected to the NBA All-Star Game five times and also received All-NBA honors five times. He averaged 17.3 points while shooting 41 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from three-point range, 7.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 367 regular season games in six seasons with the Heat. Among the all-time Heat leaders, Hardaway ranks first in three-pointers scored (806), second in assists (2,867), sixth in steals (541), and ninth in points (6,335) and field goals scored (2,252). "I love my teammates," Hardaway said of his time with the Heat. "Playing with Alonzo Mourning with a great center. But when asked which Heat achievement he was most proud of, Hardaway referred to "the fans." The Heat had never progressed past the first round of the playoffs before Hardaway arrived. But behind the lead of Riley and the duo of Hardaway and Mourning, the Heat made the playoffs in six straight seasons from 1995-2001 and reached the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals. "The fans didn't like basketball. We made them like basketball," Hardaway said. “We introduced them to the game of basketball. It wasn't like, "Let's go get some drinks and just watch the Heat game." No. It was, "We're going to watch the Heat game because they're going to kick some [butts]. Let's cheer for these guys.' That's what I'm most proud of.” Hardaway was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He knows the anti-gay comments he made on Dan Le Batard's radio show in 2007 were a big reason his recording was pushed back to 2022. "They finally saw that I should get a second chance," Hardaway said. I understand that my comments were incorrect and should never have been said.” It's a moment Hardaway relives in his mind every day. He has since become a gay rights activist and has expressed remorse for his comments. I think about it every day," Hardaway said. "Not a day goes by that I don't think about what I said and just be like, 'That was [screwed up] [stuff] you said, Tim. That was really [messed up].” That's one of the reasons Hardaway never expected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "People said, 'You can do it this time. You're going to make it this time.” I said, “Listen, I'm not even concentrating on that right now. I don't even want to talk about it right now," Hardaway said. Until I get that call and someone says, 'Yes, you're on it,' I'm not on it and I don't expect to get that call." That call finally came this year.

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AEW Dynamite viewership higher than last week with Samoa Joe's debut and FTR vs The Young Bucks

Wednesday's live edition of AEW Dynamite drew 989,000 viewers on TBS, according to Nielsen via Showbuzz Daily. (Author: Gardener)

AEW DynamiteWednesday's live edition of AEW Dynamite drew 989,000 viewers on TBS, according to Nielsen via Showbuzz Daily. This week's Dynamite earned a rating of 0.38 in its key demographic of 18-49 year olds. This week's key demographic rating of 0.38 represents 496,000 viewers who watched the show from that 18-49 demo. This is a 0.81% increase over last week's 492,000 18-49 viewers, which made up the 0.38 key demo rating according to Wrestlenomics. Dynamite ranked #2 on the Cable Top 150 this week with a rating of .38 in the key 18-49 demographic. Dynamite ranked #31 in viewership for the night on cable this week. Dynamite on Wednesday drew the seventh-best audience of the year so far. The episode tied with last week's show and the March 16 St. Patrick's Day Slam show for the third-lowest key demo rating of the year so far. Wednesday's Dynamite viewership was up 1.02% from last week, while the 18-49 key demo rating was flat with last week. This week's Dynamite viewership increased by 35.52% over the same week in 2021. The rating of the top demos increased by 43.75% year-over-year. The 2021 episode was one of the lowest this year in the regular time slot as it competed with WWE NXT “Takeover: Stand & Deliver” Night One. The NBA game between the Nets and the Knicks on ESPN topped the night in the 18-49 demographic on the Cable Top 150 with a .44 rating and also drew 1.305 million viewers. The Five on FOX News was #4 on the Cable Top 150 with 3.753 million viewers with a key demo rating of .27. Chicago Fire on NBC topped the night on network television, averaging 7.394 million viewers, and also scored a 0.81 key demo rating for second place. Survivor on CBS led the night in the key demographic 18-49 with a .88 rating and also drew 5.582 million viewers for the No. 4 spot. Max Caster in a qualifier for the Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament, Hikaru Shida vs. Julia Hart, a qualifier for the Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament, Shawn Dean against a rating of .43 in the 18-49 demographic (TBS Premiere) Episode of January 12: 969,000 viewers with a rating of 0.39 in the 18-49 demographic. Episode of January 19: 1.032 million viewers with a rating of 0.44 in the 18-49 demographic. 26 January episode: 1.100 million viewers with a 0.41 rating in the 18-49 age group (Beach Break episode) 16 February episode: 869,000 viewers with a 0.31 rating in the age group 18-49 year old episode of February 16: 869,000 viewers with a rating of 0.31 in the 18-49 year old demographic Episode of February 23: 1.010 million viewers with a rating of 0.40 in 18-49 demographic. February 23 episode: 1.010 million viewers with a 0.40 rating in the 18-49 demographic. March 9 episode: 945,000 viewers with a 0.40 rating the 18 - 49 and under (Post Revolution episode) March 16 episode: 993,000 viewers with a 0.38 rating on 18 to 49 year olds (St Patrick's Day Slam episode) March 23 episode: 1.046 million viewers with a rating of 0.41 in the 18-49 demographic March 30: 979,000 viewers with a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic March 30 episode: 979,000 viewers with a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic April 6: 989,000 viewers with a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 age group

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Champions League Quarterfinals Power Rankings

From now on, the Champions League bracket is balanced and rich in intrigue, but which power is most likely to lift the trophy in Paris? (Author: Gardener)

Champions League Quarterfinals Power RankingsFor once, the UEFA Champions League draw seemed to deliver an even quarter-final with potential for fireworks. After all, the top two remaining unbeaten teams from the group stage (Liverpool and Bayern Munich) ended up with what most would consider the easiest draw for the upcoming round. Still, they both could be caught glaring at each other in a delicious semi-final that's sure to entertain. Meanwhile, last year's two finalists Manchester City and Chelsea face tougher encounters with the giants of Madrid, both of whom could appreciate their chances of progressing beyond their English opponents after enduring tough round of 16 ties. We've ranked the quarter-finals field with an eye on which teams have the clearest path to winning the title in Paris on May 28: while it's difficult to pinpoint which team has the clearest advantage from the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it is one sure one part of the mount has a more direct path than the other. Liverpool and Bayern appear destined for a titanic semi-final clash after drawing with Benfica and Villarreal respectively. Liverpool have won 16 of their last 17 games in all competitions (the only defeat coming in the round of 16 second leg against Inter Milan), kept ten clean sheets in their last 13 and are pushing Man City towards the Premier League title. Between the two quarter-finals there is a trip to City on Sunday but a strong showing in Portugal on Tuesday would do much to ease the pressure. The only reason Bayern are second and not first is that Villarreal seems to be a slightly tougher draw than Benfica, with whom Bayern shared their group. Bayern have four goals in a row in the Bundesliga and, given their nine-point advantage at the top of the table, have eight games remaining in their sights for a tenth straight Bundesliga title. After their shock 3-0 win over Juventus in the round of 16, Villarreal have caught the continent's attention and Bayern will not take their opponent lightly. It would be easy to get caught looking at a potential showdown with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in the semis, but this Bayern team is experienced and balanced, particularly in their high-octane attack. Led by a hat-trick by Robert Lewandowski, German giants beat RB Salzburg 7-1 in the round of 16 second leg as part of their 22-goal streak in their last seven games. Man City appear to be the most complete team in the competition on paper, but Pep Guardiola tends to crumple that paper in big games. Asked on Monday if he tends to overthink big games, Guardiola replied with a wink: "We play tomorrow at 12." And if there's one coach and side you don't want to overthink it against, it's it Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid. Still, Man City have lost just two games since the end of October (a 29-game span) and there's a reason for that. City beat Sporting 5-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 after surviving a tough group with PSG. And after losing the final to Chelsea last season, there is more hunger in this side as they seek their first Champions League title. The journey is difficult as Atlético may be followed by a semi-final against Real Madrid or Chelsea. And if it goes past them, Liverpool and Bayern could wait in the final. In addition, there is a struggle at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool. But if there's a team that can withstand a challenge like this, it's this Man City side - as long as they're not tinkered with too much. Chelsea are still the reigning European champions and should be feared as such, but lifting Ol' Big Ears on May 28 seems to have the toughest path. First up is the quarterfinals against a side from Real Madrid who turned the tables on PSG in the last half hour of the draw. If Chelsea eliminates Real for the second year in a row, the semifinals will see the winners of Man City - Atlético, both eliminated by Chelsea last season. And as we know, Liverpool and Bayern are favored to reach the final. Last season, Chelsea used the second leg at home to their advantage in the semifinals, going 2-0 (3-1 on aggregate). This time, Chelsea host Real first at home after passing French champions Lille in the round of 16. But under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have been impeccable in the Champions League, conceding 10 goals in 15 games. Look for the defense to win again. Watch Champions League Quarterfinals Online with fuboTV: Start with a 7-Day Free Trial! Real Madrid, and Karim Benzema in particular, made the most noise in the round of 16 as it came back from a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the final 30 minutes of the tie against Benzema. Benzema's 17-minute hat-trick showed no lead is safe Real's experience and tenacity also proves that no team wants to face Real Madrid when they face Champions League elimination. However, Real Madrid have never had Chelsea in one European competition, which includes last season's two semi-finals. While Real appear to have a strong lead on La Liga's table, their recent 4-0 defeat by Barcelona raises many concerns about their defensive lineup. And after guiding Atlético to their second La Liga title, Simeone will certainly be looking to defeat the giants of the European stage in their quest for the club's first Champions League title. However, winning the title could be one of the greatest feats in Champions League history. After an exciting round of 16 clash with Manchester United, Atlético now have to switch to the stronger Manchester side in Guardiola's City, where they definitely can't anticipate meeting Chelsea/Real in the semifinals and then possibly Liverpool or Bayern Munich. Last year saw plenty to celebrate for the Yellow Submarine, starting with last season's impressive penalty shoot-out win in the Europa League final. Without that win over Manchester United, Villarreal would never have ended up in the Champions League this season, let alone in the quarter-finals after upsetting Juventus. Wednesday's home game against Bayern will be the first Champions League quarter-final of a career for manager Unai Emery and the first since 2009. All Villarreal have to offer is a raucous home crowd from the start and an early goal would go a long way on several fronts. Unfortunately for Benfica, the Portuguese team was the club everyone wanted to draw in the quarter-finals. Benfica squeezed through an entertaining round of 16 against Ajax and survived a group with Bayern (despite being destroyed twice by the German giants). And while Villarreal would have preferred it, or maybe even Atlético, Benfica have to face one of the most in-form teams in the world. Historically, Liverpool are relatively well-known opponents for Benfica, having met the two eight times in European competition. Liverpool have lost every one of their last three games against Benfica. Anyone looking to stun the 2019 winners in the first leg must hope Liverpool look ahead to Sunday's Premier League showdown against Man City. And even then, Liverpool have a return leg at Anfield to look forward to as a failsafe.

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Liverpool meet Man City in a potential title decider

Premier League betting preview: Liverpool meet Man City in potential title decider (Author: Gardener)

Man CityWill we get a good idea of ​​who will win the Premier League on Sunday? Leaders Manchester City host Liverpool in the final game of the weekend (11:30am ET). Man City are a point clear of Liverpool with eight games to go after losing seven points to Liverpool in their last nine games. City are still huge favorites to win the league at BetMGM, despite a standings lead that could disappear with a Liverpool win on Sunday. Man City sits at -225 to win the league while Liverpool sits at +165. Chelsea are still in contention at +500 but the turmoil surrounding the club makes it all but certain that the Blues won't win the league. A win or a draw is a great result for City. And City also have a pretty easy schedule to finish the season. The Citizens' toughest game beyond the last seven is a trip to West Ham on May 15. Will the winner of Sunday's EPL game between Liverpool and Man City win the title? Liverpool, meanwhile, still have games against Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves on the EPL schedule. The Reds will be big favorites in all three of those games - you saw United play recently, right? - but on paper there's a greater chance of Liverpool tumbling down the stretch than City dropping points. But let's not worry about the future schedule ahead of Sunday's game. It's the biggest game of the season. Here's what you need to know to bet on any EPL game this weekend. Crazy enough, Newcastle sit 15th in the table and are fundamentally certain of playing in the Premier League next season. Wolves finish eighth at worst and could even sneak ahead of Manchester United or West Ham. We take wolves at these odds, but a draw is also very possible. We wouldn't recommend betting on either side at this point but we have to choose United after Everton lost to Burnley on Wednesday. Everton are in real danger of relegation unless they score a surprise win or two somewhere soon. Chelsea lost to Brentford over the weekend and then to Real Madrid in the Champions League. A surprise from Southampton brings third place into the game between Chelsea and Tottenham. We go home with the saints. Leeds will be happy with a draw here as they sit six points above the relegation zone. Watford need all three points as they are three points behind Everton for 17th place. Arsenal, meanwhile, need to bounce back with a win after losing to Crystal Palace. Tottenham are deserved favourites, but Aston Villa are perfectly capable of beating Spurs. A win for Villa could propel them to ninth place in an incredibly mesmerizing midfield battle. We're going with Tottenham. A winner in this game could prevent Villa from making the leap to ninth place. We're playing with the home team in this case, although none of the three results are a surprise. A Burnley win is huge for his hopes of staying up. We'll use Burnley instead of the tie. It's a little jarring to see Man City equal money at home to win this game while being such significant favorites to win the league as Liverpool will need the help to end the league on Sunday with a win defeat. We'll play to a draw here, although our gut feeling is for Liverpool to win.

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