Punish Pete's friends? Kanye West cuts Kid Cudi from Donda 2

Punish Pete's friends? Kanye West cuts Kid Cudi from Donda 2 (Author: Gardener)

Punish Pete'sKanye West took to social media again to announce to his followers that Kid Cudi will not appear on his next album, Donda 2. The 44-year-old rapper wrote on lined paper, which he posted a picture of via Instagram on Saturday, February 12. "We're all talking Billie-speak now." Fans immediately began speculating about "You-Know-Who" and her true identity. While some commenters questioned whether West had magical beef with Harry Potter villain Voldemort, many assumed he meant Pete Davidson, the boyfriend of his estranged wife Kim Kardashian. In his post, West tagged Cudi, 38, as well as Kardashian, 41, KKW Brands chief marketing officer Tracy Romulus and Saturday Night Live star Michael Che. Davidson, 28, isn't on Instagram so tagging it could be Che West's way of making sure the King of Staten Island star sees his message. Cudi and Davidson are known to be friends and even share a history with the Chicago native. During an April 2019 appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the SNL star shared a story about how he was tricked into paying for the "Pursuit of Happiness" cast member's birthday dinner, which was only he, Cudi, and one other person should be . However, Timothée Chalamet, Kardashian and her then-husband crashed the dinner. In May 2021, Davidson emphasized the positive impact of his pal's music. ... I really think if 'Man on the Moon' didn't come out I wouldn't be here," he told The Breakfast Club at the time. Don't expect Cudi to end his friendship with the KKW Beauty founder's boyfriend, who she's been dating since fall 2021. In response, the "Day 'N' Nite" rapper told West that he didn't even want to be on the album, even though it was included in the deluxe version of last year's Donda. "Too bad I don't want to be on your album uf—in dinosaur hahaha," Cudi commented via Instagram with a laughing emoji, shortly after West posted on Saturday. "Everyone knows I'm the best thing about your albums since I met you guys. The Ohio native seemingly turned back to West on Twitter. "You are not a friend. West's post also references another recent feud. "We're all talking Billie-speak now" seems to refer to Billie Eilish, whom the "Power" actor apologized to after he thought she dissed Travis Scott. The 20-year-old "Happier Than Ever" singer was interrupting a concert in Atlanta earlier this month after noticing a fan in the ditch was having trouble breathing. The viewer was apparently having trouble breathing when the Grammy winner took action and asked security to get the person an inhaler from backstage. As the fan received the medical attention they needed, Eilish encouraged the crowd to remain calm. "Give her some time, don't overwhelm her. Relax, relax, it's OK," she told the audience. I'm waiting for people to be ok until I move on." Days later, West threatened to cancel his Coachella performance if she didn't apologize for what he perceived as an attack on Scott after the rapper's Astroworld Festival in the November ended in Houston with 10 dead. "COME ON BILLIE WE LOVE YOU PLEASE APOLOGIZE TO TRAV AND THE FAMILIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES," West wrote in the caption of his Thursday, Feb. 10 Instagram post. “NOBODY WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN, TRAV HAD NO IDEA OF WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE WAS ON STAGE AND WAS VERY HURT BY WHAT HAPPENED AND YES TRAV WILL COME WITH ME AT COACHELLA BUT NOW I HAVE TO BILLIE EXCUSE BEFORE I PERFORM. The "Bad Guy" singer replied in the comments, "I literally never said anything about Travis. I only helped one fan." West apparently didn't accept her answer. Following this interaction, fans speculate that his phrase "Billie-speak" means to refer to people without addressing them directly. If West's "You Know Who" is Davidson, as fans suspected, it might not make any difference to the comedian. An insider told Us Weekly in late December 2021 that he wasn't bothered by the Yeezy designer's disses or attempts to reunite with Kardashian. "Pete isn't worried about Kanye trying to get back with Kim," a source exclusively told us at the time. In January, another insider revealed that West's outbursts only strengthened the new couple's bond. "If anything, this drama brings Kim and Pete closer because it makes things so easy." Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February 2021.


Arkansas women's basketball has lost three starters and beat Auburn in the last second

Amber Ramirez made a layup with 0.3 seconds left to give Arkansas a 68-66 win over Auburn on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

ArkansasFAYETTEVILLE — Amber Ramirez wanted a shot back and she got it. With 26 seconds left and Arkansas level with Auburn, Ramirez had blocked a jumper from Auburn's Sania Wells. With 3 seconds left and still tied, Ramirez got another chance. She made the game-winning layup and Arkansas survived Thursday's game against Auburn 68-66 at the Bud Walton Arena. "I said (Coach Mike Neighbors), 'I screwed up the first one, I'm definitely going to get this one back,'" Ramirez said. "I wanted the ball in my hands. I wanted to put the team on my back." Arkansas (15-8, 5-5 SEC) was down by 10 against the SEC's bottom team and didn't have three starters, but an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter helped the Razorbacks level the game and ultimately survive the Maroons (9-13, 1-10). Both neighbors and Auburn coach Johnnie Harris were called out for technical fouls. The neighbors argued with a call in the first half, and Harris did the same with five minutes remaining in the game. Ramirez made both free throws for Arkansas on Harris' technique, giving Arkansas their first lead of the game. "I've never been more proud of any team I've coached," Neighbors said. “To be able to refocus and regroup and persevere throughout the game and find a way to win is really, really proud of me. LAST TIMEOUT: Arkansas Women's Basketball Without Makayla Daniels Falls At Texas A&M TRANSFER CONTRIBUTIONS: How UConn Transfers Saylor Poffenbarger Influences Arkansas Women's Basketball Spencer has been on the rise offensively, posting career highs in points in three straight games and reaching in her last five two-digit numbers. Wolfenbarger had contributed significant minutes throughout the SEC game as starters played by freshmen Emrie Ellis, Ashlyn Sage and junior Destinee Oberg. Neither Sage nor Oberg had played since the closing minutes of Arkansas' win over LSU on Jan. 27 with 11 in 27 minutes. "I think that's the most confidence I've ever had in a game," said Ellis. I had to hit the ball so we could win. Auburn dominated Arkansas on the boards in the first half. Arkan sas was minus nine on the glass at halftime and Auburn snagged 11 offensive rebounds to Arkansas' four. Arkansas has a minus 7.6 rebound margin in the SEC game, so it's not usually dominant on the glass. But the injured Daniels leads the team in rebounds per game (5.2), and Wolfenbarger's lack of indoor size also impacted the glass. In the second half, however, as Arkansas made his comeback, the Razorbacks closed the rebound gap to two while pinning Auburn to two offensive boards. Arkansas finished with 36 rebounds, 13 of them on offense. Arkansas struggled early for the second straight game from beyond the arc. In his last game against Texas A&M, Arkansas finished 4-to-23 from a 3-point range. Arkansas managed just one 3-point success in the first half, an unusually low number for a team with the third-best 3-point percentage in the league. Ramirez, the team's leading range shooter, found her stride in the second half and finished it with 30 points 5-on-11.


Mikaela Shiffrin's Olympic fights can show us all how to learn from mistakes

It was a moment so shocking that it left commentators speechless and their competitors gaping at the foot of the mountain in Yanqing, China... (Author: Gardener)

Mikaela Shiffrin'sIt was a moment so shocking that it left commentators speechless and their competitors gaping at the foot of the mountain in Yanqing, China. Mikaela Shiffrin, the world's most successful slalom skier, went off course around the fourth gate in her first run of the Olympic slalom event on Tuesday night, then missed the fifth gate and was eliminated. On Sunday, 11 seconds into her first run in giant slalom, Shiffrin fell on her left hip and skidded out. In an interview with NBC after that run, Shiffrin called it a "disappointment" and said, "I'll never get over it." Surprise, heartbreak, sympathy, maybe even a tinge of anger at how unfair it seemed, worrying that the weight our own expectations of Shiffrin had overwhelmed her. After her second Olympic start went the same way as the first, Shiffrin sat curled up in the snow for 25 minutes, visibly devastated, at the side of the track. The camera, apparently unsure of what to do with a settled Shiffrin, zoomed in and out without ever quite coming into focus. It was an unprecedented moment for both us as viewers and the commentators, who kept repeating the words 'shocking' and 'shocking' but had little else to contribute as their main story of the night was over in five seconds. Let's focus on Shiffrin's next three planned starts, in Friday's Super-G and Downhill and Combined - events where her reputation may carry less weight than her specialties, and try to block out what we've seen have slalom and giant slalom? Is that what we hope Shiffrin himself does? Or do we take in this vulnerable Shiffrin and reflect on what it means to have watched an athlete accidentally reveal the shock of failure? Skiers "DNF" all the time. But not Shiffrin. She hadn't lost a giant slalom race in four years and 30 starts. She had a similar record in slalom dating back to 2018, although in a World Cup race in January she overstayed and ran in what now seems a dismal foreshadowing of her Olympic performance. "Pretty much everything makes me doubt, like the last 15 years, everything I thought I knew about my own skiing and slalom and racing mentality," Shiffrin told NBC as she left the course. Schools talk about being safe places where kids can fail before entering the real world. But what we saw in Shiffrin on Tuesday night was the realization that failure really hurts right now. Athletes have spoken more frequently, sometimes in times of crisis, about how mental health is affecting their physical play. Her body knew the movements she had to make, but her mind blocked her. And we watched as we turned down a press conference and then withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for it. Osaka previously felt the need to protect her sanity by avoiding the press and said the questions reporters asked sometimes raised doubts. about how his suicidal thoughts after the 2012 Olympics motivated him to seek treatment. And we heard Chloe Kim, another returning Olympic gold medalist at this Winter Games, talk about how her success and the spotlight it shed on her life became overwhelming. Fear nearly drove her to give up snowboarding altogether after her 2018 win in Pyeongchang, she said, and it only took her a break from the sport and attending college to come to terms with seeking mental health treatment. Shiffrin has admitted the grief has complicated her relationship with skiing. She said ahead of the Olympics that her father's death in 2020, combined with a back injury and the global coronavirus pandemic, caused her to stop skiing for 300 days entirely. But she returned in the fall and focused on the technical disciplines, and this season she resumed competition in all five disciplines. She had a violent but seemingly friendly relationship with Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova in the run-up to the Olympics, which she seemed to rekindle. Vlhova was the eventual gold medalist in Tuesday's slalom. Now Shiffrin has to face a new challenge. She said she would never get over the disappointment. But she also tearfully reports in an unusually candid 20-minute session after the slalom event that she "would really like to call her late father," who would "probably tell me to get over it." For some who watch Shiffrin, that approach wouldn't be motivating. And that's the benefit to all of us when we see athletes acknowledging that sport goes way beyond the body and that there are many ways to deal with when a mental game is up - be it therapy or no press conferences or head down and work through. We're watching in real time as Shiffrin finds her way. It is as remarkable as it is shocking that the world's best skier, DNF, has completed two consecutive races at the Olympics. We're so used to seeing the Olympics as binary: you win or you lose. But we've seen a shift in the way that athletes are viewed in Tokyo and now in Beijing. No one fights the same and Shiffrin won't handle disappointments like Biles or Osaka or Phelps. But all of these athletes have helped expand our understanding of sport, of victory and defeat, of success and failure. Shortly after Shiffrin's aborted slalom run, while she sat motionless in the snow, NBC ran a Visa ad featuring the skier and fellow Olympians. "Finding new finish lines" was the slogan. It seemed a bit cruel for the skier at the moment, who hadn't been able to find a finish line so far. But whether or not she finds one at Yanqing Alpine Ski Center, she may have helped someone else realize that failure is not a finish line.


Premier League final score and result after Richarlison's goal

Watch the live coverage of the Premier League match at Goodison Park this afternoon (Author: Gardener)

RicharlisonFrank Lampard wants to spur a response from Everton in the Premier League with Leeds visit. Lampard had a fierce rivalry against the Whites and Marcelo Bielsa during his time as Derby County manager and the Toffees will be desperate for the points after going down at relegation rivals Newcastle in midweek. Bielsa's side also need the points but head into the competition in high spirits after fighting their way back to earn a 3-3 draw at Villa Park with a Dan James double and Diego Llorente on the scoresheet. A great pass from Dele Alli into the box finds Salomon Rondon who laces a shot into the far corner but sees Illan Meslier jump over and hit the post! 87 mins: Salomon Rondon replaces Richarlison for Everton. Richarlison's goal was credited to Anthony Gordon for his distraction but that doesn't take away from his great performance today. 84 mins: Adam Webster has doubled Brighton's lead against Watford and that looks like three points for the Seagulls. Leeds didn't click in front of goal today. They got the ball into some decent areas but weren't clinical enough in the last third. 81 mins: Three goals in the last 10 minutes at Goodison Park and Everton are good. Marcelo Bielsa has a permanent frown on his face as he tries to figure out how his side are being outclassed by the home team. 78 minutes: game over! He brings the ball in from the right, places it on his left foot and guides it towards the near bottom corner. There's a deflection from Anthony Gordon's heel and Illan Meslier can't get over in time to deflect the shot. 75 mins: Alex Iwobi feels he can reach a loose ball and hacks Diego Llorente down with a sliding tackle. He is shown a yellow card and Leeds are awarded a free kick. 72 mins: Dominic Calvert-Lewin's day is over as Frank Lampard replaces him with Dele Alli. Everton press high on the pitch again, pinning Leeds in their own half. They win the ball and pass it to Iwobi on the edge of the box. He hits back at Van de Beek, who slides a pass to Dele Alli on the left. Dele's cross comes in the middle and is headed away by Llorente. 69 minutes: Alex Iwobi receives the ball on the right and gets Calvert-Lewin into the field with a fine pass. The Everton striker takes the ball away from Diego Llorente and hits one from outside the box only for the defender to block the shot without too much trouble. 66 mins: A Forshaw through ball is intercepted by Keane and sent to Iwobi. He controls the ball and turns away from a tackle to play Gordon to the right side of the box. Gordon tries to roll one into Calvert-Lewin but Struijk blocks the cross and works it clear. 63 mins: Everton wins a couple of balls down the middle of the pitch and doesn't allow Leeds to play their natural passing game at high speed. 60 mins: Coleman leaves Harrison on the ground with a tough tackle but doesn't get very far before losing the ball himself. Leeds try to change the game with a Crossfield pass but it rebounds for an Everton throw-in. 57 mins: Roberts is cut off by Holgate and limps away from the tackle. Leeds sweep the ball to the right side of the field and win a throw-in. Ayling throws it into the box and the ball almost falls down for James. Eager to capture the ball, Pickford leaps forward over the Leeds to snatch it out of the air. 54 mins: Tyler Roberts threads the ball into the box for Rodrigo, who wins a corner as Seamus Coleman returns his cross. The corner is played briefly and comes back to Rodrigo who puts it in Adam Forshaw. James tries to flick the ball in the middle of the box but Everton handle it well. 51 mins: Everton are inventive with their passing, flicking passes over defenders and working tight angles down the sides of the box. Leeds are working hard to take it all back and put the game in the Toffees. 48 mins: Matuesz Klich was also replaced by Adam Forshaw. A clearance from Everton comes onto the field and is won by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He brings the ball to the left side of the box and tries to pick out Donny van de Beek who is waiting in the middle. His pass comes across but Pascal Struijk manages to intercept and end the Everton attack. Tyler Roberts came on for Leeds with Raphinha coming off at half-time. Leeds need to scroo next if they want to stay in this game but the first chance of the second half comes to Everton. They win the ball high up the pitch and Anthony Gordon drills one in from outside the box, forcing a solid save from Meslier. Goals from Seamus Coleman and Michael Keane have given Everton a two-goal lead at Goodison Park. Two more Premier League games are currently taking place. Brentford remain goalless against Crystal Palace but Brighton have taken the lead after Watford thanks to Neal Maupay's 26th league goal for the Seagulls. For the second time in the match, Rodrigo hits one from long range and slams the ball off the bar! Twice he was inches from a goal for Leeds but they go into half-time two goals behind Everton. 45 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half. Everton have a commanding lead but Leeds are starting to show the breadth of their abilities. 41 mins: An Allan shot has no power but his attempt from the front edge of the box is easily stopped by Illan Meslier. The Leeds goalkeeper is finding it harder to keep away a snap of Dominic Calvert-Lewin reaching out with a powerful right hand and shoving it well over the back post. 38 mins: Richarlison brings the ball in from the left and passes it to Anthony Gordon, who slams the ball into Dominic Calvert-Lewin's box. Alex Iwobi is free on the right side of the box but Calvert-Lewin tries to twist off Pascal Struijk's shoulder and loses the ball. 35': It was a good response from Leeds. You've started moving the ball quickly and you're getting into some dangerous areas. Mateusz Klich brings the ball down the right wing while Ayling makes an underrun. But he doesn't catch it quite right and the ball goes out for a goal kick. Raphinha brings the ball down to the right and meets Jonjoe Kenny. He dribbles away from the Everton defender, cuts inside and directs a fine through ball into the middle of the box. Rodrigo makes a good run from deep and almost gets the ball but jumps off him and is claimed by Jordan Pickford. 29 mins: Luke Ayling frees for Leeds on the right and whips a cross into the box but can only find Michael Keane, who heads in clear for Everton. 26 mins: Leeds swings the ball into Everton's penalty area. Luke Ayling tries to win it with an overhead kick as Mason Holgate heads it clear. It's a high foot and Everton are awarded a free-kick. 23 minutes: Things are looking good for Everton now! The corner kick is whipped quickly into the middle of the box, where Michael Keane runs into the six-yard box. He leaps for the air ball, gets there first and headers past Illan Meslier. 22 mins: Allan and Iwobi combine on the right side of the pitch for Everton and work the ball to the edge of the box. Iwobi tries to play in Calvert-Lewin but the pass is blocked and Everton wins a corner. First Rodrigo shoved Daniel James into the box but Mason Holgate timed a sliding tackle perfectly and knocked the ball away from the striker. On their next attack, Leeds toss the ball to Rodrigo, who spots Jordan Pickford from his line and drills a volley from distance. The forward is healthy and gets the ball over the keeper's head, but he slams into the bar and jumps off! 16 mins: Richarlison tries to force his way into the box from the left but runs into trouble and loses the ball to Luke Ayling. Everton have already had five attempts on goal with Leeds and have yet to get into the game. 13 mins: Everton need to capitalize on their aggressive start and they did. Gordon tries to thread the ball past Leeds' back three but Struijk intercepts the ball before it reaches Calvert-Lewin and the visitors clear their lines. 10 minutes: Nice goal from Everton! Jonjoe Kenny swings the ball in from the left wing but it goes over everyone before being collected by Seamus Coleman. He brings it inside and passes the ball to Anthony Gordon. Gordon slides a pass into the right side of the box where Donny van de Beek runs to the touchline, recovers the ball and passes it to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He's being pressured and loops his shot all the way to the right post where Coleman throws himself at the ball and nods it home! 9 mins: Stuart Dallas is pulled off the ball by Marcelo Bielsa after falling. 6 min: Alex Iwobi brings the ball down the right wing before bringing it to the edge of the box. He pushes it to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who shoots from long range but is blocked by Pascal Struijk. The Toffees quickly recapture the ball after Illan Meslier restarted the game. Donny van de Beek moves it nicely into the left inside channel before putting the ball to Anthony Gordon. He shoots from outside the box but Meslier gets behind the bouncing ball and smothers it well. Great chance for Everton to take an early lead after a poor clearance from Leeds gives the ball to the home side. Alex Iwobi slides it to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who slides a pass into the left side of the box where Anthony Gordon has an opportunity to shoot. He rolls the ball straight to his right foot when Luke Ayling slides over and deflects the shot into Illan Meslier's arms. Kick-off: Everton could easily pick up three points this afternoon to gain some breathing room over the relegation zone. Leeds are in a better position but they will want to win for the same reason. Allan gets the ball rolling at Goodison Park. Old Trafford were not amused and had no reason to be after Southampton walked away with a well-deserved point as many of the same problems that have plagued Ralf Rangnick's side of late played out again. Manchester United defender Raphael Varane spoke to BT Sport after the game and said his team will continue to fight for a place in the top four. Marcelo Bielsa's side have conceded 15 goals in their last four away games in the league. Raphinha has scored in Leeds' three Premier League games against Everton since Leeds returned to the Premier League. Everton have only one win and five points in 14 games. They have lost an unrivaled 14 home games since the start of last season. But Frank Lampard has beaten Marcelo Bielsa in their last two encounters: 4-2 away at Derby in the Championship play-off semi-final and 3-1 at home against Chelsea in the Premier League last season. Leeds have gone unbeaten in three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since October-November 2002. They have three goals in three of their four league games in 2022, having failed to score more than two goals in any of their first 18 games this season. Everton may lose five straight league games for the first time since they set a top club record with six straight defeats in October 2005. Nineteen points is the lowest level after 21 games in a Premier League season. For only the second time in Premier League history, Manchester United have failed to win consecutive games despite leading at half-time in both, most recently in December 1998. Leeds won away at Everton in the league for the first time in 14 attempts in the past season, with Raphinha scoring the only goal, but they have not won a consecutive league game at Goodison Park since November 1976. The reaction to Manchester United's draw with Southampton at Old Trafford, but the focus shifts to the 3pm kick-offs. Frank Lampard's Everton take on Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds at Goodison Park. 90+5 mins: More frustration for Manchester United who give up another lead and have to settle for a draw. It's another good result for Southampton, who remain in 10th place but add another point to their tally. Luke Shaw swings a free-kick into the box from the left wing and hits Harry Maguire perfectly. He nods the ball into the lower right corner, but Forster jumps over and pushes it away with a strong left hand! 90 minutes: Five minutes of stoppage time. When Southampton counterattacked, Armando Broja collected a long ball and shimmyed into Harry Maguire. He drives the ball into the penalty area, but meets Diogo Dalot. Maguire comes back and bundles Broja off the ball before landing on him while coming through. 84 mins: Paul Pogba slices off Tino Livramento on the right and collides with teammate Kyle Walker-Peters. 81 mins: Manchester United fans encourage their side to 'attack, attack, attack' Jesse Lingard replaced Marcus Rashford for the last 10 minutes or so. 78 mins: Sancho plays a great ball to Dalot down the right but he can't spot Elanga in the box and Stephens shoots it clear for Southampton. Fernandes hits the ball over the top and selects Rashford. He brings the ball into the penalty area and laces it past the far post with his right foot. 75 mins: Tino Livramento comes on for Southampton after replacing Mohamed Elyounoussi. Anthony Elanga replaces Scott McTominay at Manchester United. Man Utd win right-back free-kick in final third and Bruno Fernandes rolls set piece into box Cristiano Ronaldo runs behind the high Southampton line and heads the bouncing ball into the back net. 69 mins: Broja wins the ball again in Manchester United's final third and drives to the edge of the box before seeing a shot blocked by Harry Maguire. 66 mins: Marcus Rashford receives the ball down the left and cuts inside but loses possession before he can shoot. He runs past Maguire with apparent ease and smacks the ball over De Gea only for Dalot to sweep the ball out of the six-yard box. Who will win this game? Southampton worked the ball down the left flank before passing it inside to Romeu. He plays a one-two with Broja before firing the ball to the right side of the field where Stuart Armstrong is wide open. Luke Shaw flicks the ball over the top while Cristiano Ronaldo makes a great run into the box. The ball falls over Mohammed Salisu's head and gets to Ronaldo, who fires his shot at goal but is thwarted by Fraser Forster's reactionary stop. Man Utd retrieves the ball and flicks it to Diogo Dalot running into the right side of the box. He drills a first try towards the near post, but Forster is quickly back on his feet and gets two hands behind trying to keep that one out as well. Manchester United wins a free-kick down the left wing in the last third from Southampton. Luke Shaw whips a cross into the box and finds Harry Maguire. He nods the ball down, it hits Cristiano Ronaldo and comes back to Maguire, who volleys on target and is only thwarted in the right foot by Fraser Forster! Kyle Walker-Peters runs down the right touch line and sets up Stuart Armstrong for a first shot from just outside the box. He puts his foot through the chance but pulls it wide of the right post. Broja then snatches the ball from Shaw and weaves his way into enough space to land a shot on goal. De Gea has to jump to the left and makes a good one-handed save to tip the ball over the bar. 51 mins: It's déjà vu for Manchester United, who took a first-half lead against Burnley before conceding an equalizer just after the midweek break. They failed to win this game but can they regain the lead against the Saints? It's a perfect second-half start for Southampton and a nightmare for Man Utd. The Saints move the ball down the left wing and pass it down the inside left channel to Elyounoussi. Adams catches the ball and directs it into the far corner. He beats David De Gea and brings the ball home from the back post! Kick-off: Southampton's Jack Stephens replaces Jan Bednarek. Man Utd get the ball rolling again for the second 45 minutes. Can they go ahead and win this game? Three Premier League games begin at 3 p.m. We will cover the game at Goodison Park but have goalscoring from the other two games. Back at Old Trafford, the teams are on their way for the second half. Man Utd have conceded just 10 goals in 11 Premier League games since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (0.9 per game) after playing 21 times in 12 league games under the Norwegian this season (1.8 per game) . Southampton had more possession and created more chances but Man Utd were more clinical. However, in recent weeks United have tended to slack off in the second half of games and they won't be comfortable unless they score again. After scoring just two goals in his first 23 games for Man Utd in all competitions, Jadon Sancho has since scored two in his last three. 45+2 mins: Goal not recognized! 45+2 mins: Goal not recognized! Luke Shaw flicks the ball over the top and finds Cristiano Ronaldo. He's obviously offside for miles but play continues with Ronaldo bringing the ball into the box and flicking it over to Paul Pogba who finishes it well only for the offside flag to go up when the ball touches the back of the net. The whistle blows at half-time and Manchester United go into the break with a one-goal advantage. 45 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time in the first half. Manchester United need to break and reset. 42 minutes: The Saints draw closer. It's a nice ball played to Armando Broja, who slides it into the left side of the box for Romain Perraud. He slices inside and flaps away from two defenders before landing a low right footed shot to David De Gea's left but the keeper is up to the task and keeps him away. A long throw comes in the United box and Pogba tries to clear it. However, he can only nod it as far as Stuart Armstrong, who volleys on goal but is thwarted by a jumping David De Gea. Well saved! Southampton play well when they have the ball. They pass it comfortably around Man Utd midfielders as they advance into the final third. Kyle Walker-Peters is open on the right wing and receives the ball from James Ward-Prowse. The right-back swings a teasing cross into the six-yard box, but the ball narrowly avoids the incoming Armando Broja. 33 mins: Elyounoussi is allowed to continue as Southampton simply rebound the free-kick into defense to invite Manchester United into a press. After a loose forward pass, the ball comes to David De Gea, who propels it back to the center of the field. Jan Bednark and Cristiano Ronaldo both battle for victory, with Ronaldo shoving the centre-back and creating another free-kick. 30 mins: Salisu picks out Elyounoussi, who is immediately brought down by Scott McTominay. McTominay appears to have been given the task of marking the Southampton midfielder and picks up a yellow card after the tackle. 27 mins: Man Utd puts the ball in the Southampton half and Perraud takes out Pogba and gives the home side a chance to put the ball in the box. Fernandes shoots it up to Pogba, who tries to fire for the spin but misses his shot and Fraser Forster picks up the ball. 24 mins: Man Utd almost initiate another counterattack after James Ward-Prowse's cross was cleared into their box. Bruno Fernandes tries to get Marcus Rashford out again with an air pass but Mohammed Salisu jumps in front of the ball and stops it with his hand, giving United a free-kick. 21 minutes: There is the opener! Bruno Fernandes Kick initiates a counterattack by sending the ball down the right side of the field. It allows Rashford to enter the box freely, with Jadon Sancho fitting him on the opposite side. Rashford pulls out Frasr Forster, then squares the ball and Sancho turns it into back net despite a final ditch slide from Kyle Walker-Peters. 18 mins: Manchester United are just beginning to worry Southampton. They pass it around the 18-yard box, looking for an opening in the Saints' backline. Dalot sends it inside to Ronaldo, who is quickly surrounded by centre-backs while Mohammed Salisu wins the ball and clears the threat. 15 mins: Another Elyounoussi cross earns Southampton a corner. Briefly on Stuart Armstrong, who is quickly attacked by Sancho and loses the ball. Playing it from behind, Man Utd send the ball to Pogba who laced up a great diagonal pass to Marcus Rashford down the right wing. He holds the ball up and waits for Pogba to get closer before sending it back to him. Pogba then rolls a cross to the opposite side of the box, where Ronaldo dives under the ball and watches as it leaps out of play. 12 minutes: Chances on both sides! Mohamed Elyounoussi dashes in from the left and floats to the back post with an air pass. Walker-Peters comes and hits it back into the box where Che Adams is unable to turn his header towards goal. The ball rolls to James Ward-Prowse but his first shot is blocked by Luke Shaw, allowing United to counterattack. Sancho carries the ball over the left side and brings it all the way into the penalty area. Ronaldo and Fernandes are open but Sancho goes alone, flicks a shot down and sees his try held off but Fraser Forster's outstretched left leg! Paul Pogba plays another beautiful ball into the inside right channel and Jadon Sancho passes Kyle Walker-Peters to get the ball first. He slides the ball into the penalty area for Cristiano Ronaldo, who guides it around the goalkeeper and back towards the open goal. However, there is no power behind his attempt and Romain Perraud comes back in time to clear it before the ball crosses the line. 6 mins: Good job by Paul Pogba down the middle of the pitch. He holds the ball up and flaps away from a tackle before threading it behind Walker-Peters and allowing Sancho a free run towards the Southampton box. Cristiano Ronaldo calls for the ball on the front edge of the box but Sancho holds it for too long and when he finally cuts it back Oriol pinches Romeu in front of Ronaldo to intercept the pass. 3 mins: Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho combine on Man Utd's left to work the ball down the wing. Sancho tries to put a pass through to Kyle Walker-Peters but is blocked by Southampton right-back and the attack collapses. Saints drives the ball through midfield and knocks out Armando Broja on the wing. He slides the ball past Raphael Varane and sprints behind the defender before firing a pass into the six-yard box. Mohamed Elyounoussi comes flying into the box but he just can't reach the loose ball and Diogo Dalot cleans up. Kick off: Southampton starts the game at Old Trafford and plays the ball down the left wing. Scott McTominay leaps to win the ball in the air but it falls over his head and rebounds for an early United throw-in. Southampton stroll onto the pitch at Old Trafford before Harry Maguire leads Manchester United. Southampton come into today's game after a superb win over Tottenham in the week and are confident of a positive result against Man Utd today. For their part, Man Utd are hoping to get back in the top four but they need three points to do that. Ralf Rangnick has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo needs to score more goals but believes his Manchester United team-mates are just as to blame for recent problems finding the goal. Ronaldo has scored just one goal without a penalty since Rangnick's appointment in early December and missed the point in the FA Cup fourth round loss to Middlesbrough last week. However, United have scored just more than once in two of Rangnick's 12 games in charge, while back-to-back 1-1 draws against Middlesbrough and Burnley came despite a 52-14 win over their opponents. Cristiano Ronaldo has gone five appearances without a goal in all competitions. His last extended streak without scoring at club level was seven games from December 2008 to January 2009. The only opponents Ralph Hasenhüttl has never beaten in the Premier League are Manchester United and Cardiff City. Will he finally get his first win today at Old Trafford? Southampton's 12-game clean sheet run in the Premier League is currently the longest in the division. They have conceded an unrivaled 200 Premier League goals since Ralph Hasenhüttl's first game in charge in December 2018. Bruno Fernandes was directly involved in five goals in his four league games against Southampton, scoring two goals and providing three assists. Southampton have lost just once in nine games, including two FA Cup games, and have both scored and conceded in each of those games. Manchester United's only defeat in 11 Premier League games since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came against Wolves on January 3. Under Ralf Rangnick they have won six league games, drawn four and lost just one. Southampton are aiming to win league games for the second consecutive season this season, while it has been 15 months since they have had three straight wins in all competitions. Man Utd are unbeaten in 23 home league games in February since losing 2-1 to Manchester City in February 2008. They have won 18 and drawn five games in that run. The Red Devils have scored just nine goals in as many league games at Old Trafford. That United haven't scored in four home games this season is already more than they have all of 2020-21. Manchester United are unbeaten with five wins and six draws in eleven league games since losing 1-0 at home in January 2016. Southampton lost that game 9-0 in February last season, winning just two of their 22 Premier League away games at Old Trafford (D4 L16). Manchester United have set a Premier League record with 36 points after losing positions against Southampton.


The Serge Ibaka deal means the NBA champions are ready to sprint

Here's a recap of the Portland-L.A. Phoenix trip that included a big trade, a significant injury and a switch. (Author: Gardener)

NBAReigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks has seven road trips this season in which he played at least three games, and the Journal Sentinel will be on most of them. On such long and varied journeys, not every interesting note, quote or nugget finds its way to publication. After each of these trips, Bucks Beat writer Jim Owczarski will recap the week on the road, on and off the court. The Bucks went 3-1 and played their best basketball in a long time, a fact that shouldn't be overshadowed by the Phoenix loss. Yes, the Suns were the best team of the four and the game over at the end of the third quarter wasn't great, but the overall journey is what should be measured. The Bucks wound up doing business in Portland and then drove the Clippers and Lakers out of the Los Angeles gym with crisp ball movement and strong defense. General manager Jon Horst made a move towards defending the title, so he shook up the roster on the morning of the loss to the Suns. And while they'll say it shouldn't be an excuse, it changed the team's chemistry for a day. Overall, it is difficult not to describe the trip as a successful start to February and the beginning of a course correction after mid-January. Looking ahead, the Bucks should note the loss in Cleveland on Jan. 26 and the loss to Phoenix on Thursday. The Bucks must do better next time they are presented with such scenarios. And don't underestimate Pat Connaughton's injury as it will drastically change an already thin bench and perhaps alter Horst's thinking in the buyout market. After an injury slowed that process, Torrey Craig was traded to Phoenix in two deals that landed a strong, defensive-minded player in P. This season, the Bucks signed a versatile wingback in the offseason that they felt could help their defense. This season, the Bucks signed a versatile wingback in the offseason that they thought could help their defense. After an injury hampered that process, Semi Ojeleye was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a four-team deal, which brought in a strong, defensive-minded player in Serge Ibaka in Milwaukee. Last season, the Bucks signed an experienced point guard familiar with Mike Budenholzer's offense to assist Jrue Holiday. Jeff Teague was that player, and he played a role when the Bucks beat Atlanta in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This offseason, the Bucks signed an experienced point guard familiar with Budenholzer's offense to assist Jrue Holiday. Last season, the Bucks signed a 6-foot-2-inch guard who shot 40% from the three-point line in Bryn Forbes. This offseason, the Bucks traded for a 6-4 guard who shot 38% from three at Grayson Allen. We know what Milwaukee got from last season's moves - a ring. And Tucker was the missing piece as he brought a mindset but also the ability to harass Kevin Durant as much as possible so Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday could be used elsewhere. And although the Bucks were sitting at No. 2 in the East when they completed the trade for the 6ft 10in Ibaka, adding the shot-blocking center back has a similar feel. This season, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid will be a problem as Holiday will likely have to deal with James Harden. The combination of Bam Adebayo and Tucker in Miami will cause problems. And the loss in Phoenix shows how the Suns have strengthened their core. While the Bucks will round out their list in the buyout market, the most important acquisition is Ibaka - and this was made with a clear view of what is likely to come in the playoffs. The Bucks were all in to win championships in this window. They planned to put it back this season - they just changed their shoes for the last half of the race. "We want that," said Khris Middleton. “We want people to come in here and help. They know we want to win now while our window is open. They're trying to find every single piece they can come up with to help us win.” The journey to the West Coast began with the Portland Trail Blazers not moving an inch to challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo when he decided if he should or shouldn't shoot a three-pointer in the first quarter of their game on February 5th. Three times Portland left him an island alone, and three times Antetokounmpo struck it down. The hot shooting from deep continued through Los Angeles to the point where Antetokounmpo got four-time All-Defensive Teammate Anthony Davis to bite down on a fake pump and pulled three free throws instead. "I don't think about it," Antetokounmpo said of his 8-for-12 performance from behind the three-point line in the Portland and Los Angeles games. "I think I worked extremely hard to be able to shoot the ball. At the end of the day, I don't want my narrative to change. I still want to be the guy you dare shoot and he's a non-shooter because I'm open all the time, you know? So maybe the narrative changes (will); Now you make my shots harder. I love it when it's like this. I work hard and my teammates want me to shoot the ball when I'm open and I try to do my best.” Antetokounmpo was 0-for-3 from deep against Phoenix, but from January 1 to February. 8, he shot 35.3% from behind the three-point line to climb to 30.3% for the season, matching his total from last year. The Bucks signed Greg Monroe on the morning of the Portland game, knowing he needed to play immediately. But not only did he play an immediate 15 minutes against the Trail Blazers, he also made a switch in the game in the first quarter when the Bucks played the Lakers. Monroe plays about 15 minutes a game, averaging 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, and perhaps not coincidentally, Bobby Portis has been looking sprightly. Portis has averaged 28.4 minutes and 22.0 points on 60% shooting since Monroe's arrival. In the last 13 games prior to Monroe's arrival, Portis played 31.1 minutes and his shooting was down to 46.9% overall and 30.4% from behind the three-point line. "The fact that he has the kind of experience and the IQ and the professionalism to almost get off the plane or the bus or the train or whatever and play real minutes of being substituted early in the first quarter, that is just amazing.” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said of Monroe. "I think it's harder than people think. I think that's something we thought was the case, but it probably exceeded expectations in that regard." The Bucks' record against the other top 3 teams in the East (Miami, Chicago, Cleveland ) and the top 4 teams in the West (Phoenix, Golden State, Memphis, Utah). The Bucks owe millions of dollars in taxes after the ibaka trade, per Hoops hype. Free throw percentage for Giannis Antetokounmpo from January 1st to February 2nd. 8 (17 games) before going 8-14 against the Suns. Khris Middleton was asked if he'd noticed a difference in Giannis Antetokounmpo's ease or joy this year, and he and Jrue Holiday took the moment to good-naturedly rip the assembled media and their teammates. Middleton: "He was like that. You can go back, you know, one of my first days here with him I just told his hackneyed jokes that he loves to tell..." Jrue Holiday: "I know! Middleton: You don't have to laugh. (smiles) But no, he's the same guy. That's what we want him to be the same guy, because that's just the only way to go.” As a tribute to former Journal Sentinel Bucks beat writer Matt Velazquez, I'm going to list some of my favorite stops along the way, because we all have to eat, right? I was making my first trip to Portland but unfortunately back to back time was very limited. I took advantage of the mid 40 degree weather and sunshine to head over to Pine State Biscuits for a McIsley Fried Chicken Sandwich. On to Los Angeles, and with two games at the Arena, I stayed at the L. It's not the best spot for local fare, but I stopped at Fixins Soul Kitchen for a two-piece fried chicken lunch. The place is owned and operated by Kevin Johnson, the former Suns All-Star security guard, who moved chairs, seated guests and provided menus. "All the recipes are from friends and family." And when he heard I was from Milwaukee, he smiled and called the Bucks' title run an incredible sports story. On another note, it was Super Bowl week downtown and it was disappointing to find out that the NFL had closed all of their attractions Monday through Wednesday while I was there. Apparently the Super Bowl is only for weekenders. My time in Phoenix was short due to the trade deadline but I made sure to go to the Songbird Coffee & Tea House.


More Than Just Kanye's "Girlfriend": Inside The Julia Fox CHILD Episode

Five key takeaways from the recent Call Her Daddy interview, which provided a glimpse into the dynamic and exciting life of current it girl Julia Fox. (Author: Gardener)

KanyeIf you google Julia Fox, you might find headlines for articles describing her relationship and lavish dates with Kanye West, Twitter posts comparing her to Kim Kardashian West, and other articles speculating about her drama with Kardashian. She is an accomplished actress, muse, artist, fashion designer, former dominatrix and mother. Kim Kardashian sold her line in Dash and wore it on her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians long before magazines compared her Paris Fashion Week looks. After listening to her interview with Alexandra Cooper on Tuesday's Call Her Daddy podcast, it's clear she has a rich lived experience and immense depth that the media has ignored. Don't get me wrong, Call Her Daddy isn't without its problems. Despite Underwood's bold coming out, I was shocked that she offered him a platform after his ex Cassie Randolph obtained a restraining order against him last year for alleged stalking and abuse without holding him accountable. However, in the episode titled "Cancel Call Her Daddy," Cooper reiterated that she feels an obligation to have open conversations with people who have stories. Regardless of how listeners may perceive her personally, Jamie Lynn Spears' lived-in experience as a child actress, teenage mother, and sister to a global pop icon made for an incredibly interesting podcast episode. Cooper's interview with current It girl Julia Fox was no different. The latest episode gave listeners something the media rarely does: delve deep into the struggles, past, passions, and accomplishments of a woman recently put in the "girlfriend of" box. Fox is a witty and dynamic woman who grew up in New York City to married parents living in different countries, overcame a heroin addiction and accomplished all of the things listed above while supporting herself financially. In the interview, Cooper and Fox talked about everything from growing up too fast in New York with limited supervision, to using their experience as a dominatrix to support themselves, to finding their voice as an artist, and more. Fox shared insights and anecdotes about social media, sexuality, female power and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to live your best life. You can listen to the interview; maybe you don't. That being said, here are the five biggest takeaways from the Julia Fox Call Her Daddy interview: * You will find the most success when you step out of your comfort zone. In the interview, Fox reflects on how she pushes herself out of her comfort zone in life: out of necessity and voluntarily. She explained how she worked as a dominatrix when at eighteen she was forced into a situation where she had to support herself. Fox explained how her after-school job got her into scary situations. Fox shared great insights into networking, taking risks and finding your passion. Fox shares how she left New York for LA, which allowed her to experience the fashion world after a personal betrayal. She left a fun and exciting life in LA for the South, where she found her passion as an artist through photography. Her time as a socialite in New York and LA provided her with contacts that enabled her to become a designer, artist and actress. Overall, she cites her biggest accomplishments as those that happened when she pushed herself out of her comfort zone. * Be different - if people hate it, you're probably doing something right. Fox noted that despite the criticism of her iconic kohl liner moment at the Kenzo show on social media, everyone loved the smeared look. I know so many girls who don't wear anything they feel great in because they're afraid of what other people might think. As long as you feel safe, that's all that matters. Fox himself says if people hate it, you're probably doing something right. Don't be afraid to take risks. Like all Call Her Daddy episodes, Alex has gone through all stages of life with Fox. They dove deep into Fox's childhood and struggles growing up in New York. She tells how she first went to clubs at fourteen and tried drugs at twelve. When Cooper investigated further, Fox compared her and her friends to the girls from Thirteen: "I had braces and they let me into clubs," she says. She feels very fortunate to have survived this time in her life. She credits her parole officer, Miss Cortez, with saving her life. She later describes her experiences with heroin addiction and how she overdosed on several occasions. The interview paints a picture of an extremely resilient and powerful young girl who has achieved so much despite her circumstances. She has lived a rich life full of ups and downs. * Learn not to be turned away in situations because you are perceived as confident, dramatic, or assertive. While reflecting on her days as a nightclub owner, Fox opened up about a time when her ex attacked her at the club before the me-too era. Though it happened in a room full of people, she recalls her friends dismissing her, accusing her of instigating it, believing she was a loose gun. Fox explains that she was labeled as such because she stood up for herself and called out cases that she saw as unfair or wrong. Like many women before and after the #MeToo era, because she was assertive, sexually confident and a bit dramatic, she had to be the one to start the problem. Fox refrained from speaking out for fear of being fired again if anything else happened to a celebrity in the future. Obviously we're past the #Metoo era now, but women who are perceived as assertive or sexually confident are still regularly dumped, even by their boyfriends. As hard as it may be, don't let anyone dismiss you—especially friends or family. Surround yourself with positive people who support you and don't be afraid to set healthy boundaries. Ultimately, this betrayal led to Fox leaving New York and moving to Los Angeles, where she launched her clothing line. She considers this transition to be one of the best things that has ever happened to her. * Stop pitting successful women against each other: we can celebrate two things at the same time. Fox answered Cooper's questions about comparing him to Kim Kardashian West in the best possible way. When Fox and Kardashian were both spotted sporting the same look, she admitted she was aware they were similar, but didn't mind. She says she's currently "playing the role of Yes Muse" and that it shows how Kanye has influenced Kim as a designer. Fox thinks it's a shame that, like many other women, they are being compared to each other. That's kind of ridiculous considering they were both Kanye's "muses" and this is his first post-breakup relationship — they're being compared. I liked that Fox didn't see himself as a competitor to Kim, but valued her and paid homage to her. Fox co-owned her own clothing line and had even come up with the iconic smudged eyeliner look that stole the show at Paris Fashion Week. When I conceived this article, I knew I wasn't going to get into the subject of Fox and Kanye's relationship. A simple Google search can provide you with speculation, commentary and information on Fox and Kanye's relationship. Articles don't cite him as "Kim Kardashian's ex or Julia Fox's boyfriend." Most of the articles cover his social media presence, music, performances and life. So many women are referred to as "the girlfriend of". Their achievements and individual identities and stories are dismissed and their identity reduced to their relationship. Julia Fox was an actress, fashion designer, artist, mother, muse and socialite long before she ever met Kanye "Ye" West. The "Call Her Daddy" interview with Julia Fox painted a complete picture of Julia Fox's fascinating lived experience, achievements and identity. Say what you want about Alex Cooper and her recent guest list, but most of the media has just focused on her relationship with Kanye or compared her to Kim. Cooper's questions allowed Fox to highlight her depth, experience, and accomplishments that deserve to be celebrated as much as the Kardashians.


What to look for in the Lakers, Warriors game

Game Preview Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers: What to watch for in the Western Conference rivals' second game of the year. (Author: Gardener)

Game Preview Golden State WarriorsThe Warriors and Lakers last met on opening night with very different expectations for the season. While Golden State was seen as a fringe contender looking to regroup following the expected return of Klay Thompson, the Lakers were expected to slide into the championship fight. The Warriors have since exceeded preseason expectations, posting a 41-15 record that puts them second in the Western Conference. A LeBron James-led Lakers team flanked by superstars Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook has slipped miserably into mediocrity, falling short of preseason expectations with a 26-30 record. "When you have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, you can say those things," Thompson said of the Lakers' title expectations. The teams will compete against each other on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC, a nationally broadcast game. A true Warriors-Lakers rivalry would be a dream come true for the NBA. The Lakers own the all-time head-to-head record, 257-170, including a 5-1 record the last two seasons, while the Warriors have been struggling with injuries and the fall to Kevin Durant. The Lakers acquired Anthony Davis and won the "Bubble" title in 2020 and lost to the Suns in the first round in 2021. 14 season. Can things be balanced to make this a real rivalry? The Lakers have failed to show they can hold their ending, let alone live up to high preseason expectations, and have fallen to fourth in the Pacific Division with a .464 win ratio. They're 2-7 in the division with a lot of drama surrounding their team chemistry and Westbrook's fit moving forward. Golden State defeated the Lakers 121-114 in the season opener to start the season 12-1. They are 8-1 in division play and second in the West behind the scorching Phoenix Suns. The Lakers are in desperate need of a spark. The Warriors just have to ride through bumps without Draymond Green. - The Lakers won their 2020 title because of their impenetrable full-back. The Warriors don't have much size to edge Davis, but they have enough offensive firepower to get around him. - The Warriors are losing the rebound fight and are feeling the effects, overtaking against the Knicks, Jazz and Thunder 153-113 in their last three games, with a 1-2 record in that span to show it. The Warriors need Green for his strength and IQ defensively (also offensively) but are clearly at a size disadvantage until his return from his back injury. Kevon Looney has shouldered the burden, averaging more than 10 rebounds per game since Green went on hiatus. But when Looney needs a break, the Warriors only have the often-injured Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica, plus a raw Jonathan Kuminga to lean on for greatness. Against James and Davis, this disadvantage could be exacerbated. - There's a chance Westbrook won't play on Saturday as he's struggling with back strains. Westbrook is shooting 43.5% (381/876) overall and 29.8% (57/191) from three in 55 games this season. A look at the Warriors' path through the West after the trade deadline A look at the Warriors' path through the West after the trade deadline Klay Thompson narrowly misses the crucial shot in the Warriors loss to the Knicks Klay Thompson narrowly misses the decisive shot Warriors loss vs. Knicks Warriors' Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins to compete in All-Star Game Warriors' Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins to compete in All-Star Game - Thompson missed the potential deciding shot on Thursday and will seek redemption against his childhood team on Saturday. His father Mychal played for the Lakers from 1987 to 1991 and is now the team's radio color commentator. Thompson has said the late Kobe Bryant was his basketball inspiration and the Lakers his favorite team growing up. "Some of my best memories in life are associated with my dad, when I was in high school, sitting in the locker room with him, watching him call the games and playing Kobe," he said. "It's always great to play against the hometown team."


3 observations after Sixers dealt Thunder in the first game after the deadline

James Harden isn't quite with the Sixers just yet, but the team handled the Thunder with a 100-87 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. By Noah Levick (Author: Gardener)

James HardenJames Harden isn't quite on the team just yet, but the Sixers are up 1-0 on Friday night since landing the 10-time All-Star with a 100-87 win over the Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center. Harden and Paul Millsap were the Sixers' only two inactives the day after the team's massive trade with the Nets. According to a team official, Millsap and Harden are currently listed as "not on the team" as they go through the necessary conditions to complete the trade, such as: B. Physical exams. Harden missed Brooklyn's last three games before the close with a left hamstring strain. "I don't know yet," Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said before the game when asked when Harden would arrive in Philadelphia and make his debut. "The schedule says he'll be here soon, but as for putting him in a game, I think we've had three conversations on the phone. I want to make sure he's right before we get him down.” The 33-22 Sixers have three games before the All-Star break. Embiid faced veteran Derrick Favors and racked up a double-double (11 points, 10 boards) within his first stint. However, neither Embiid nor the Sixers as a whole shot well off the ground early in the game. The All-Star Big Man was not included in any pre-game injury reports and likely would not have played had he had a significant physical problem. After the game, Embiid's right wrist was wrapped and he said it was "quite swollen". "I honestly don't know when it happened," he said. "I just woke up two days ago and my whole hand was pretty swollen so I'm not sure what happened." Embiid threatened the Thunder at the other end of the floor, blocking five shots and anchoring the Sixers' defense. Embiid and the Sixers struggled to seal the deal in the fourth quarter, but a three-pointer from Tobias Harris gave them a 91-82 lead and iced the win. In truth, the details of Friday's performance are not very relevant to Embiid. He now has another star on the list and the Sixers are excited to see how he will reconcile with Harden. Shake Milton played for the first time on Friday since suffering a back injury on January 3. Paul Reed saw NBA action for the first time since the garbage time of a Sixers loss to the Wizards on Jan. 17. Milton eyed a three-pointer corner kick late in the first quarter...with his foot out of bounds. Not surprising that he was rusty, but good news for the Sixers that they have another healthy guard. New Net Andre Drummond's backup center stints tended to be unique and bold, speckled with disease-recommended solo quick breaks and brilliant PA sss. On the bright side, Reed scrambled for offensive rebounds, sniffed for steals, blocks, and deflections, and generally made the Thunder wary of his presence. The negative for Reed: A spectacularly botched reverse dunk attempt on a quick break. Instead of scoring an easy two points, Reed stumbled going up, missed a layup in the final ditch and eventually fouled Darius Bazley after taking the defensive rebound. Reed played rookie center Charles Bassey on Friday, who may also try to back Embiid. Millsap is a four-time All-Star and has previously served as a small-ball five, but he turned 37 on Thursday and last played on Jan. 13. The Sixers have an open roster spot and could make a move behind Embiid in hopes of improving. "If we lose Drum, we're probably going to look at the buyout market," Rivers said before the game. "Of course, you never know who's going to be in the buyout market these days, so we're going to look at that." The Sixers' offense in the first half was outside of Maxey, who led the team by 1.1 seconds in the second quarter 46-41 brought it to 46-41, not pretty or efficient. He lost two threes early in the third and the Sixers began to retire from the youthful 17-win Thunder. Matisse Thybulle opened the second half with one of his pick sixes, a steal into a crowd favorite. There's no doubt that he's an elite defender, but Thybulle's offensive game will come under further scrutiny once Harden is in the mix. Assuming he remains in the starting XI, he remains the team's weakest starter offensively and the player to take the dunker spot on Embiid post-ups. Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Moreys, Harden-centric Rockets teams prioritized shooting around the 2017-18 MVP. Opposing teams do not consider Thybulle a shooter. That might not hurt the Sixers too much because Thybulle is so valuable as a defender (and spark plug for the transition offense). Thinking about the playoffs, it's also worth noting that they dealt far more of a non-shooter than Thybulle in Simmons. Danny Green clearly outclasses Thybulle in the shooting department despite having a night off (1 for 6 from the floor). With Harden on board, it will be interesting to see when Rivers sees fit to pair Thybulle and Green together.


Winners, News and Notes on Jay White and Keith Lee's Debut

AEW Dynamite Surrenders As Jay White, Keith Lee, Debut; Adam Page retains. (Author: Gardener)

Jay WhiteAEW Dynamite featured two surprise performances that went through The Forbidden Door. Jay White first appeared during a backstage segment with The Young Bucks. Then, Keith Lee debuted AEW, defeating Isiah Kassidy to qualify for the Face of the Revolution ladder match. AEW Dynamite promoted Hangman Adam Page against Lance Archer for the AEW Championship in a Texas Death Match, MJF addressed the biggest win of his career against CM Punk, an Inner Circle Team Meeting and a Face of the Revolution qualifier against which a mysterious Opponent was Isiah Kassidy. AEW Dynamite's show last week drew 954,000 viewers, which was the lowest viewership since it switched to TBS. The babyface turn seems still in effect, but has AEW waited too long? MJF's hometown of Plainview Long Island, New York, took almost as much heat as he did. This segment was designed to help Wardlow make ends meet while promoting MJF's career win, and it did both fantastically. If Punk wins, he can face off against MJF anytime, anywhere. It's looking more and more like MJF Hangman will beat Adam Page for the AEW Championship and cede the title to CM Punk at AEW All Out in Chicago. Wardlow did not wear a fist tie to cover up the fact that he recorded this match on short notice. Surprisingly, Wardlow sold throughout that match after The Blade ripped his knee out early. Santana made a worthy case against Chris Jericho for being selfish and playing second fiddle proudly and powerfully. At the end of the promo, fans cheered loudly for Proud and Powerful. Somehow Santana managed to give Chris Jericho a heel promo but also a babyface promo at the same time because he brought so much over the crowd. Chris Jericho, who describes himself as an "influencer," is a heel line, whether he knows it or not. By the end of that exchange, Chris Jericho felt like a full heel, especially when he told Sammy Guevara to shut up. Jay White made his AEW debut in a backstage segment where he helped The Young Bucks take out The Best Friends and Rocky Romero. It proved to be the ultimate red herring as Keith Lee debuted with a massive pop. AEW and Keith Lee made this debut. Keith Lee felt like wrestling's biggest star during this match. Click here to read more about Keith Lee's debut. This match, featuring CM Punk and a surprise performance from Jon Moxley, could have been the only match to follow Keith Lee's debut. Expect CM Punk to cash in on his anytime, anywhere clause against MJF at AEW All Out in Chicago. Possibly for the AEW World Championship. AEW has to pick up on that narrative by marveling at how they became champions after just 26 games into their career. Brock Lesnar was celebrated after three career fights for winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and Jade Cargill should be celebrated as well. AEW refuses to let Jade Cargill win squash matches on a regular basis. A.Q.A. fell off balance after teasing a second Shooting Star Press just as fans were really getting into it. This was Serena Deeb's five-minute rookie challenge and the rare occurrence of more than one women's match on AEW Dynamite. During a backstage segment earlier, Adam Cole noted that he would make a statement suggesting he will challenge the winner of that match. Both Adam Page and Lance Archer were bleeding like crazy during this match. Lance Archer stopped Jake "The Snake" Roberts from doing the DDT and got so much excitement for it. Lance Archer used a fork to stab executioner Adam Page in the face and put the fork in his mouth during a pandemic. Dan Lambert cut the top rope to prevent Executioner Adam Page from doing the buckshot lariat. Hangman Adam Page, who retains the AEW World Championship title, was perhaps the fourth biggest headline on that show.


Inflation fears are overdone - five reasons you need to buy the stocks down

We're not getting a 1970s-style inflation spike. Inflation is likely to ease this year, easing downward pressure on equities. (Author: Gardener)

1970sInflation and the Federal Reserve's possible response to it have rocked the stock market. Inflation and the Federal Reserve's possible response to it have rocked the stock market. S. citizens to evacuate Ukraine immediately as Russia's troop build-up threatens stability in the region. S. citizens to evacuate Ukraine immediately as Russia's troop build-up threatens stability in the region. S. takes care of the Russian troop build-up and the possible invasion of Ukraine. S. takes care of the Russian troop build-up and the possible invasion of Ukraine. I don't think inflation is high enough for the Fed to raise 50 basis points, says DoubleLine Capital CEO NFL hotter than it is now, says NBC's Al Michaels. I've never seen the NFL hotter than it is right now, says NBC's Al Michaels. So stocks are a buy every time the market repeats that song. So stocks are a buy every time the market repeats that song. Thursday's drop won't be the last. Inflation, which the government said was a searing 7.5% for January, will remain high for a month or two. But inflation will show signs of calming down this summer and the second half of the year. This will allay fears of a 1970s-style wage-price spiral that would push the Fed to perform the post-Paul Volcker 2.0 growth hatchet. To fight inflation, Fed Chairman Volcker raised interest rates in the late 1970s and early 1980s so much that he plunged the economy into a painful recession. That will not happen this time for the following reasons. Growth will remain fine on embedded forms of stimuli including: Low inventories that need to be rebuilt; strong consumer and corporate balance sheets; and low consumer confidence, leaving plenty of room for improvement as Covid's decline becomes more apparent. "If we see inflation going down on its own, it would bring great joy and cheer to the markets," says Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research. That's Yardeni's opinion and I think he's right for the following five reasons. Covid has really messed up supply chains as lockdowns and workers illness got in the way. This created shortages that drove up prices. But as Omicron puts Covid into an endemic phase, supply chains are being repaired. The associated price pressure will ease. For example, one of the major drivers of inflation is the rise in car prices due to chip shortages, which limit production. Improved production will drive up prices for used and new cars, Yardeni predicts. We are seeing signs that supply chains are already being repaired as the number of unfulfilled orders has decreased. Alongside Covid, a demand shock paralyzed supply chains. When governments and central banks throw tons of money into the economy, you know what? That drives up the prices. President Joe Biden's failure to push through Build Back Better signaled the end of Covid-era trillion-dollar spending plans. "We're not going to get any more fiscal stimulus, so demand will slow down," says Yardeni. The Fed will soon start trimming its balance sheet. This will also reduce demand pressure. In the chart below, we see that the decline in the federal deficit as a percentage of GDP can herald a fall in inflation. The chart is by James Paulsen, economist and chief market strategist at independent market research firm Leuthold. Note that the red line representing the deficit to GDP ratio is shifted forward by one year as the impact on inflation is lagged. Due to the labor shortage, companies have massively increased spending on technology and machinery (investments) to increase productivity. Defined as output per worker, productivity increases as the technology-to-labour ratio in the workplace increases. You can see this in the large increase in durable goods orders, but companies are telling us the same thing. Jonathan Gray, Blackstone's chief operating officer, says his company-owned companies are spending 15% to 20% more on technology. Because companies generate more output for the same labor costs, they feel less pressure to pass their own cost increases on to customers. The chart below also confirms that productivity, while volatile, has been consistently higher since the pandemic began. By contrast, during the wage-price spiral of the 1970s, productivity growth had collapsed – one reason the Fed had to crack down. That's a pretty good indicator of inflation, says Paulsen. This makes sense, because when people get more money (more flowing into the economy), they tend to spend more, which drives up prices. Money supply growth is currently contracting, and with it inflation. In the chart below, the red line representing money supply is advanced by one year. This is because the change in monetary growth affects inflation with a lag of about a year. A strong dollar reduces foreign demand for US products. This is cooling inflation in the US. This is happening now. This chart shows the close relationship between the dollar and US prices. The red line representing the dollar is on an inverted scale, meaning it will decrease as the dollar strengthens. The blue line is the prices. All of this tells us to buy when your fellow investors are freaking out and sell stocks as new inflation worries force the Fed to play hard. That won't happen because inflation is easing. This week's inflation and Fed panics will not be the last as signs of inflation slowing are unlikely to appear until April or May. In addition, the Fed has yet to start raising interest rates and trimming its balance sheet. Yardeni expects the S&P 500 to rise 7% by year-end, with plenty of buyable declines through at least mid-year. "We would use the money to buy stocks on dips," he says. Companies have so much cash ($3.7 trillion, excluding holdings in stocks and mutual funds) that they may be right with you, buying the pullbacks. Or buying other companies in weakness, as we saw in January. Technology company purchases in January were the second-highest on record. The "Fed put" may be broken, but the "CFO put" could replace it, says Yardeni. If, like me, you prefer stocks bought by insiders, here are three to consider in these sectors. In my Brush Up on Stocks newsletter (link in bio below), I singled out Continental Resources as a must-own name in the $7.50-$15 range in 2020. One reason is that founder Harold Hamm continues to be a big buyer of the stock, most recently in the upper-$40s. Another reason is that Hamm was an early buyer of natural gas resources in the US. Like Hamm, who is a big owner, investors are still benefiting today. Bank stocks were strong. But Western Alliance Bancorp still looks attractive because CEO Kenneth Vecchione and CFO Dale Gibbons just bought over $1 million worth of stock at up to $100 a share. Vecchione has a good record for timing purchases. Banks do well when the economy is expanding because credit growth picks up and credit quality improves. Both trends played out at Western Alliance in the third quarter. Like most tech companies, Microsoft was hit hard in January, falling about 20% to the low $280 mark. In the sell-off, director Emma Walmsley bought over $1 million worth of stock at $296 to $311.50. You can currently get the stock for the same prices or better. The trend will continue to support solid growth, such as fourth-quarter revenue up 20%, which pushed diluted earnings per share up 22%. A problem for stocks right now is that inflation tends to weigh on valuation multiples. It certainly looks like this in the table below. Should inflation ease, these valuation contractions will ease as well.