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Hurt Rafael Nadal over whether he can play Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon 2022 semifinals

'I'm worried': Injured Rafael Nadal on whether he can play Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon 2022 semifinals (Author: Gardener)

Nick KyrgiosRafael Nadal during his win over Taylor Fritz Due to abdominal pain, Rafael Nadal winced at the inability to practice his usual relentless tennis style and thought that he might have to stop playing Taylor Fritz in the Wimbledon Quarterfinals. Up in the Center Court stands, Nadal's father waved his arms and motioned for the 22-time Grand Slam champion to stop. Nadal stayed out, adjusted his serve and strategy - and found a way to win. While much of the crowd roared and stood after Nadal's best shots, he twice erased one-set deficits against 11th-seeded Fritz, going 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7- 6 (10 -4) win on Wednesday to advance to his eighth semi-final at the All England Club. "For many moments," Nadal said, "I thought maybe I won't be able to finish the game.'" He finished but said he couldn't be sure if he could play Friday against Nick Kyrgios, a 27- year-old Australian, who made his Grand Slam semifinal debut with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Cristian Garin of Chile. It's clear something is wrong," said Nadal, who is being tested on Thursday for an issue that first surfaced almost a week ago but got much worse going 3-1 in the opener against Fritz. Thursday's women's semifinals see 2019 champion Simona Halep vs. Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur vs. Tatjana Maria. Nadal reached his 38th Major semifinal of his career by making the first such appearance for Fritz, who defeated Nadal in the finals on hard court in Indian Wells, California in March. That ended a 20-match winning streak for Nadal, who was plagued by a painful rib injury that day. Nadal left the court with a coach on a medical timeout while leading 4-3 in the second set. Fritz paced around the baseline waiting A doctor gave Nadal some pills, the trainer tried to relax the muscle: "They can't do much," said Nadal, "nothing can be fixed when you have something like that." Fritz did it also. I'm kinda not that aggressive anymore," said the 24-year-old American. "I feel like I let it get to me a bit." He pretty much handed the second set of a 4-hour, 21-minute Competitive under a sky of slate clouds. After Fritz won the third set, his big serve was broken three times in the next. Nadal occasionally watched a ball fly past from Fritz's orange racquet. Nadal couldn't move like he normally would Nevertheless, he conjured his best for last, taking a 5-0 lead in the final tie-break – the 'first to 10, wins by two' format, starting at 6 to all in a fifth set, is new to Wimbledon this year - and then five of the last six points. Fritz takes the tiebreaker? "I just got destroyed," he said. "Probably hurts more than any loss I've ever had," said Fritz. "After the game was over, sat me and me felt like crying." Nadal extended his unbeaten record in Grand Slam matches to 19-0 in 2022 as he seeks to add a trophy at Wimbledon to his triumphs at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. For all he has achieved, the 36-year-old Spaniard has never won his first three Slam titles in a season. Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, leads Kyrgios 6-3 head-to-head; They are 1-all at Wimbledon. In 2014, Kyrgios, then just 19 and ranked 144th, proclaimed himself to the world by winning; In 2019, Nadal took part in the rematch after Kyrgios stayed at a local pub until the early hours the night before. "I think that would be a delicious encounter for everyone around the world," said Kyrgios, never afraid of a little exaggeration, of meeting Nadal again. "That would probably be the most watched game of all time." Believe Kyrgios honesty on this matter at least: even he didn't think that day would ever come. Kyrgios became the first unseeded and lowest-ranked man to make the last four at the All England Club since 2008, playing Garin in what, for him, amounts to a low-key and efficient brand of tennis. "I thought my ship had sailed," said Kyrgios. "Obviously, early in my career I didn't go into it in a great way and maybe I wasted that little window." Kyrgios, ranked 40th, has attracted more attention for his behavior on and off the pitch than for his ability with a bat in hand. His match against the unseeded Garin came a day after police in Canberra, Australia, said Kyrgios is due to appear in court next month to face a joint assault allegation stemming from something that happened in December has happened. "I have a lot of thoughts, a lot of things I want to say, kind of my side on that," Kyrgios said at his post-match press conference. "Obviously, I've been told by my attorneys that I can't comment at this time." Also noteworthy is how well Kyrgios played. His serve in particular is among the best in the game, regularly exceeding 130mph, and he hit 17 aces against Garin while only getting broken once - in the very first game, on serve. His big forehands are great too, but little else about Kyrgios is conventional. An example: "I don't have a coach," Kyrgios said with a smile. 'I was about to...': Rafael Nadal on thinking about retirement ahead of Wimbledon 2022

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Nadal overcomes injury and reaches semifinals

Rafael Nadal is struggling through injury to beat Taylor Fritz from behind to reach Wimbledon semifinals. (Author: Gardener)

Rafael NadalRafael Nadal struggled through injury to defeat Taylor Fritz and reach the Wimbledon semifinals. It keeps Nadal's bid for a calendar Grand Slam on track and sets up a semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal, who strapped his stomach in his previous match, was plagued by the same problem again. The first question he faced after the forehand winner sealed the win in a match where at one point it seemed like he might not be able to finish it was, "How did you do that ?” Nadal, who had been in superb form in his previous two games, had got off to a good start with a break in the opening game, but Fritz raced to the net to launch a stunning forehand down the line to hit back at 3-3. From then on, Nadal seemed physically ailing and when he gave Fritz a break with a double fault, the American wasted no time in opening the set with three straight aces. The Spanish 22-time Grand Slam champion went off 3-4 in the second set for treatment and although he returned to win that set his movement continued to be hampered and he struggled with his backhand side and serve what progressively increased in speed. Nadal hung his head while on the switches and looked lost. He challenged the coach at the end of a third set, which he handed to Fritz when he sent a forehand wide. Nadal broke eight times in the match, often serving 40km/h slower than his opponent, but he found it endearing to win the fourth set and force a decider that sometimes seemed so unlikely. Nadal had break points at 3-3 in the fifth, one of which was saved by a cruel net before finally converting the fourth with a delicate forehand dropshot. But Fritz, who had beaten Nadal in the Indian Wells final earlier this year and won the Eastbourne title just before arriving at the All England Club, responded brilliantly with an immediate break and held to leave the Spaniard on serve to serve as the stay in game clock ticked after four hours. He held and Fritz quickly held his own serve again with an ace, with Nadal then roaring as he took it into the tiebreak where he quickly took a 5-0 lead. A drop shot from the Spaniard left Fritz on his back and watched Nadal's winner pass him at the end of a 25-shot rally before the two-time Wimbledon champion turned a final screw with a forehand that made him his eighth Wimbledon brought semifinals. "It was a tough afternoon against a great player," said Nadal, who has a perfect record of winning all eight of his quarterfinals here. "Thanks to Taylor for being great all season." Nadal arrived at Wimbledon a few weeks after receiving treatment for his chronic foot condition after winning a record-breaking 14th French Open title without being able to feel his left foot due to anesthetic injections. The abdominal problem that was troubling him against Fritz had already affected him in his fourth round game and although he now has a day off to recover it remains to be seen how this grueling encounter will affect his chances in the semis . Final against an in-form Kyrgios. "I hope I'm ready to play it," said Nadal. “Nick is a great player on all surfaces but especially on grass. He's having a great grass season. The two have previously met twice at Wimbledon, with Kyrgios beating Nadal in the fourth round in his tournament debut in 2014 before meeting again five years later. Back then, the Spaniard triumphed over an irate Kyrgios, who spent much of the game audibly questioning Nadal's pace of play. Nadal has already won the Australian Open and French Open this year and aims to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same year.

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Rafael Nadal defies his father's pain and pleas to quit with an epic win over Taylor Fritz

Rafael Nadal prevailed over American Taylor Fritz in a shaky five-set quarterfinal at Wimbledon to set up a semifinal against Nick Kyrgios (Author: Gardener)

Rafael NadalTaylor Fritz, 6ft 5in towering American confidence, did his best to bury a wounded legend here on Wednesday, but Rafael Nadal, 36, refused to stay down - against the advice of his concerned father - and sat down against five through shaky sets to reach his eighth Wimbledon semi-final. He has a win over Nick Kyrgios away from the final - possibly for his 60th time against Novak Djokovic - and a shot at his third Grand Slam title on spin. Fritz almost had him in the fourth set but couldn't finish him and Nadal made him pay, winning 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (4) in 4 hours and 20 minutes, the fourth longest game of the championships. "I really enjoy playing this kind of matches," said Nadal. It wasn't easy at all, I'm just very happy to be in the semifinals. The stomach is not well. I had to find a way to serve something different. For a moment I thought I might not be able to finish the match.” Nadal said he will do some more tests. Relying on his long, strong right arm to come into the fight with two aces - 129 mph wide and 132 mph center to go with 58 free points that had helped him move into the quarterfinals - in Coming to the fight, Fritz still found a collapse inside first fifteen minutes. Nadal's opening ace - 120 mph in the middle - contributed to his relatively modest tournament total of 28, despite turning his top-spin forehand in earnest. However, when Fritz broke down in the sixth game to get back to serve, there was a noticeable change in mood. Fritz, 24, came to the Championships in fine form, winning Eastbourne. He also had fresh memories of beating Nadal the last time they met in the Indian Wells final. And each of them had something different to read about their past. The Spaniard, who many thought would never win a Wimbledon title again after his last Wimbledon title 12 years ago, had not to mention the incentive to reach an eighth semifinal (and 38th in all majors) here by the tantalizing prospect of matching Rod Laver's calendar with the 1969 Grand Slam. Those ambitions were shattered in game eight when a double fault left him 3-5 down and Fritz punished him with two more aces to win the set . Nadal quickly regrouped and took advantage of Fritz's indiscipline to take a 2-0 lead in the second. But the Californian lived up to his pre-match claim that he would attack unreservedly, forcing a couple of lazy mistakes from Nadal to get back to par. Now this was an impossibly difficult game to read as neither player found a convincing rhythm. Nadal has been working hard to hold at 4-3 before leaving the court to draw attention to either the abdominal injury, which he refuses to talk about, or his chronically sore left foot - or both. Nadal ignored him. Fritz, who hit 136mph in that tournament, greeted his return with a couple of sub-100mph attempts, but Nadal couldn't do much even with those lollipops. A silence fell over center court as Nadal executed the moves, struggling to serve at over 100 mph. Then, out of nowhere, he conjured up a fracture of exquisite subtlety to level a set a piece. His mini-revival, however, met a nasty bump when a double fault early in the third resulted in an abandoned service game and we were back in serial uncertainty land. Fritz held his serve a little easier than Nadal did his. It came as no surprise when the San Diego man forced another easy shot from Nadal after 2 hours and 10 minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Nadal broke early in the fourth set, holding to lead 4-2 but overcooked a forehand to return the advantage 4-4. After wasting a break point that would have set him up, Nadal served 4-5 to remain in the championship after almost three hours of exasperating struggle, sealing it with his fourth ace of the match. Smelling blood, he summoned the break point on Fritz' serve and forced his desperate opponent one last long backhand. A fifth ace gave him three set points; a crushing forehand put her in a crucial set. Fritz held on to love, Nadal less convincingly, and the fifth went at serve until the crucial seventh game. After much back and forth, the Spanish champions threw themselves on Fritz's slowest second serve of the game, then found a drop shot from the sky to break the deadlock. But he smashed it on his own serve, Fritz saved and Nadal passed him, landing them in the 10-point tiebreak at 4 hours and 8 minutes. He led 5-1 at the first change of ends, won 7-3 in a 25-shot rally, the longest of the match, and ended the show with a practiced forehand into the corner.

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Summer football has its biggest tournament on Saturday

High school football is in full swing in July. Edison, Simi Valley, Newport Harbor, Culver City, Temecula Valley and Redondo Union are all hosting seven-on-seven passing contests on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

SaturdaySt. John Bosco Junior Safety Peyton Woodyard will be on action at the Edison Tournament on Saturday. (Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times) Saturday will be the busiest and best day to watch seven-a-side summer soccer competitions in Southern California. There are tournaments in Edison, Simi Valley, Culver City, Newport Harbor, Temecula Valley and Redondo Union. The Edison Battle at the Beach tournament brings together almost a who's who list of the best teams and players. THE FIGHT ON THE BEACH IS COMING FAST Come to Edison High School on July 9th to see some of the best teams in the state battle it out pic.twitter.com/HSuvMtqieb – Edison Football ⚡️ (@EdisonChargerFB) June 26, 2022 Under the Elite quarterbacks are Malachi Nelson of Los Alamitos (USC Commitment), Kadin Semonza of Mission Viejo (Ball State), Pierce Clarkson of St. John Bosco (Louisville), Nico Iamaleava of Long Beach Poly (Tennessee), Elijah Brown of Mater Dei, Myles Jackson of Long Beach Millikan and CJ Tiller of Rancho Cucamonga (Boise State). The other position loaded with talent for the Battle at the Beach is defense, from Poly's Daylen Austin (LSU) to Gardena Serra's Rodrick Pleasant to St. John Bosco's Peyton Woodyard and Ty Lee (UCLA). Long Beach Poly and St. John Bosco vs. This is about as good as it gets for players with matching skill positions. The Culver City tournament will feature a number of City Section teams including San Pedro and standout tight end Nicholas Fernandez. Mira Costa has several top returning skill position players. San Clemente makes headlines at the Newport Harbor tournament as the Tritons continue to have contention for starting quarterback. Temecula Valley is filled with Inland Empire teams led by Corona Centennial. Simi Valley seven-a-side tournament on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/jSrDtDNUrb - Eric Sondheimer (@latsondheimer) July 5, 2022 Simi Valley, who struggled a bit in last week's eight-team St. John Bosco tournament, will host a 16-team tournament on Saturday. The action starts at 9am. The best games are usually in the mornings when the teams are fresh. In the afternoon, when temperatures are rising, fatigue is setting in and coaches are looking to give other players replays, games become more restless and unpredictable. Saturday is a great time to take a look at some of the teams and players who will be keeping an eye on this fall. These tournaments are all about players developing skill based timing, learning to compete and teams building camaraderie. It's always fun as long as the players, coaches and parents understand that the season isn't at stake because of winning or losing in a temporary tournament.

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Rafael Nadal-Nick Kyrgio's beef makes the Wimbledon semi-final a must on many levels

What do you get when you throw two feral cats in a bag with some grass clippings? Ael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. (Author: Gardener)

WimbledonThe Arsonists' much-anticipated matchup was sealed on Wednesday as Australia's Kyrgios won a routine three-set match 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) over Cristian Garin and Nadal struggled for five physical sets against The American Taylor Fritz turned back the 11th seed after a tie break in the fifth set and more than four hours 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (10-4). Nadal was clearly suffering from pain during his match on Wednesday and could potentially withdraw from the tournament. Still, it's hard to imagine him not going to court against Kyrgios. The spiky couple's semi-final, when it happens, has all the makings of a classic - like the original "Halloween" or "House of 1,000 Corpses." We will protect our eyes. Blood is spilled on the carefully mowed lawn of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. But the first blow likely came in 2014 when Kyrgios (then ranked 144 in the world) made his mark at the age of 19 by beating Nadal (No. 1) on Wimbledon's famous Center Court. However, five years later, when he defeated Nadal again in Acapulco, Mexico, the stewing Spaniard let loose. "He lacks respect for the audience, his opponent and himself," Nadal complained after the match. What really annoyed Rafa was Kyrgios using the infamous backhand serve to confuse him. It's a perfectly legal shot that's more commonly used by puny 8-year-olds. What also wears down Nadal's gears is how Kyrgios acts like he has a flight to catch with his model girlfriend in a quick clip. Nadal, on the other hand, frivolously pulls on his socks and underwear before every point in what feels like half an hour, and still hilariously sees himself as the torchbearer of tennis propriety. A few months later in 2019, I was at Wimbledon and gasped in shock when Kyrgios threw another sneaky serve to Nadal. Nadal looked angry like he was the Wicked Witch of Mallorca. When Kyrgios hit a ball directly at Nadal's body, the tennis court became a 'divorce court'. Kyrgios was more restrained when they played the Australian Open in 2020 - meaning he broke a racquet, yelled at the chair umpire and ended the night with a blood-smeared hand. He's stuck with Nadal. When Kyrgios faced Stefanos Tsitsipas in Halle (Germany) in June and received a time limit warning, he angrily said: “It happens in every game. I've waited for Rafa so many times.” Nadal, meanwhile, was probably hundreds of miles away getting a tan on his mega yacht. The timing of their meeting couldn't be more exciting. Kyrgios knows it's now or never. He's been gaining momentum lately - which is becoming increasingly rare for the unpredictable 27-year-old - after winning the doubles title at the Australian Open and enjoying a superb season on grass. This will be his first ever Grand Slam semi-final on his favorite surface. There are massive stakes for Nadal, too, who is nearing the end of the road at 36. So far this year he has won the Australian Open (his first since 2009), the French Open (his 14th) and is well on his way to doing what Novak Djokovic couldn't and securing the calendar Grand Slam . Rafa will also want to make sure the djoker doesn't annihilate his record 22 Grand Slam trophies. Think tennis is a polite country club affair?

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The curfew in downtown Akron was lifted Wednesday morning... and more

The downtown Akron curfew was lifted at 6am today as protests against Jayland Walker's fatal police shooting remained peaceful; Summit County used SWAT vehicles and tear gas to disperse nonviolent protesters who were banging on pots and pans outside the county jail; Local and national NAACP call for state investigation into Walker shooting; and more stories. (Author: Gardener)

Akron* 3 killed, 18 others injured by gun violence in Cleveland on July 4th bank holiday weekend Curfew lifted in downtown Akron Wednesday morning (Ideastream Public Media) - The overnight curfew in downtown Akron ended today with the curfew being lifted at 6 o'clock in the morning. Mayor Dan Horrigan says he is lifting the restrictions that have been in place since early Monday morning after citizens peacefully protested the police fatal shooting of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old black man. Horrigan said in a statement that people had observed the curfew and held peaceful protests. He said the downtown corridor had not suffered any further damage since late Sunday when a group of protesters smashed store windows and toppled planters. According to the Downtown Akron Partnership, 19 buildings were damaged and 101 windows and doors were broken. Dozens indicted on charges related to Walker protests (Akron Beacon Journal) - Dozens of people arrested on charges related to violent protests were indicted Tuesday on misdemeanor charges including rioting and disorderly conduct. Akron Police said 49 people were arrested when demonstrations turned violent late Sunday. Demonstrators had protested after the release of bodycam footage showing several police officers chasing Walker on foot and opening fire on him. According to an initial autopsy report, Walker had more than 60 gunshot wounds. Summit County SWAT vehicles, officers disperse protesters at jail (Akron Beacon Journal) - There was a protest outside the Summit County Jail in support of the detained protesters. The district dispatched SWAT vehicles and used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Jayland Walker's Car Implicated in Earlier Police Pursuit (Cleveland.com) -- Police in New Franklin, a community eleven miles south of Akron, say the car that Jayland Walker drove into the police pursuit was involved in a police pursuit Monday a week ago ended his death, involving a separate pursuit less than 24 hours earlier. According to a police report, New Franklin police tried to stop the 2005 Buick Century because the car had no license plate lights and one of its rear taillights was broken. The police called off the pursuit after two minutes. Akron, National NAACP Asks Federals to Investigate Walker Shooting (Akron Beacon Journal) - Local and national members of the NAACP are calling on the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into the fatal police shooting of Jayland Walker. Akron NAACP President Judi Hill said she wanted "real change" through a federal consent decree. Locally elected black officials in Summit County are also calling for DOJ involvement. Biden visits Cleveland union hall to highlight pension fund help Biden visits Cleveland union hall to highlight pension fund help (AP) -- President Joe Biden will visit a union training center in Cleveland to discuss a revision to America's ailing plan announce pension funds. It is his fourth visit to Ohio as President. 3 Killed, 18 Others Injured, by Gun Violence in Cleveland on July 4th Holiday Weekend (Cleveland.com) -- In Cleveland, police said three people were shot dead and 18 others were injured in 13 separate incidents of gun violence on the July 4th holiday weekend. In a statement, Cleveland Public Safety Director Karrie Howard called the gun violence "unacceptable" and "pointless." Tigers Overwhelm Guardians, 11-4 (AP) - The Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians, 11-4. Riley Greene and Victor Reyes each drove three runs. Eric Haase had a two-run homer. The Tigers have won the first three games of their four-game streak in Detroit. They haven't won a season series against Cleveland since 2015. The Guardians have struggled since returning from a successful 7-2 road trip on June 24. Weather: Isolated showers, heavy rain possible (National Weather Service) - A complex storm system is moving through the area, with scattered showers and thunderstorms appearing and fading throughout the day. A few showers tonight.

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Three Vet Free Agents Warriors could yet sign this matching roster

Here's the latest look at the Warriors roster and three veterans they could target. (Author: Gardener)

ThreeAs the Warriors entered this year's round of NBA Free Agency, they made it clear that their primary intention is to bring back as many players as possible from their championship roster. Along with Looney's return, the Warriors reportedly agreed guard Donte DiVincenzo to a two-year deal with a player option for the second season. The Warriors didn't make a qualifying offer to Chris Chiozza, and the guard won't be back with Golden State. Things get interesting with Quinndary Weatherspoon and second-round pick Ryan Rollins. The Warriors officially signed undrafted free agent Lester Quiñones to a two-way contract Tuesday. Weatherspoon, who had one of the Warriors' two two-way deals last year along with Chiozza, has received a qualifying offer from the Warriors. He also plays on the Warriors' Summer League team, a bit risky for a player fighting for a roster spot with his contract hanging in the air. He scored 14 points in his summer debut and only California Classic game Tuesday, but turned the ball over five times and was called for six fouls. Rollins has a stress fracture in his right foot and cannot play at all in the Summer League. Before his injury became known, general manager Bob Myers said there was a good chance Rollins would make the 15-man roster. The Warriors paid $2 million to the Atlanta Hawks to move up from the No. 51 to the No. 44 to add Rollins, and they believe the Toledo guard is a first-round talent. In a hypothetical world where Rollins is still getting a roster spot and Weatherspoon has struck another two-way deal, the Warriors only have a handful of roster spots left. The Warriors like training camp competition, and there's still the Andre Iguodala-sized elephant in the room. If he wants to continue playing, the Warriors want him back. Whether it was Steve Kerr or someone else, the franchise couldn't rave enough about the impact Iguodala has had on their latest title, despite playing just 31 games in the regular season and seven in the playoffs. The big moves are long gone, and Kevin Durant's trade request has a chunk of the free agent market hanging in the balance. The Warriors are ready to hand over the keys to a handful of young players. Here are three veterans who would fit into the roster - where it is now and what it should look like. Hernangómez played for three teams last season. Either way, the 6-foot-9 forward meets the Warriors' needs and can help fill the hole left by Porter and Bjelica. He's not quite the sniper like Porter, but he's shot 34.8 percent from 3-point range this past season. After joining the Utah Jazz in February, Hernangómez went 21-to-48 from the deep, good for a 43.8 percent clip. In his only game against the Warriors last season, Hernangómez posted a season-high plus-20 for the Jazz in over 16 minutes. The 25-year-old has shot over 35 percent of threes in his career and the former first-round pick should find open shots if he wore a Warriors uniform. On February 15, 2021, I wrote a column entitled "No, Warriors Should Not Pursue Griffin in a Deal or Acquisition." Many of the reasons I listed hold true to this day. The skills that made Griffin a star early in his career are just gone. He was most recently an All-Star in the 2018-19 season. But last season, Griffin's career hit a rock bottom. However, what he showed in over 25 minutes in two playoff games was eye-opening. After the Nets lost two games to clean in the first round against the Boston Celtics, in which Griffin did not participate, he scored eight points and made two 3-pointers in just under eight minutes. Griffin has always been a strong passer, and despite going scoreless in Game 4, he provided four assists to go with three rebounds and a steal. In those two playoff games, Griffin took charge and flew at loose balls. Last season he still had tracks where he could collect points. From December 14 through January 3, Griffin averaged 9.0 points and shot 36 percent on 3-pointers. From January 21 to February 10, Griffin then averaged 10.4 points. Griffin could be a big man in the Warriors' system, handling the ball and making the play. If the playoffs were a glimpse of who he wants to be, he might be worth a long look from Golden State. The warriors lost some soul and some dog with the losses of Payton and Toscano-Anderson. Morris would bring a lot of bite to the Bay Area. He's 6ft 9, can shoot from the outside and at 32 - he turns 33 in September - the 11-year veteran is one of the league's most feared and respected players, aside from those named Nikola Jokic. In the 17 games he played last season, Morris shot 33.3 percent at 3-pointers and is a 34.1 percent career shooter from beyond the arc. For his career, Morris is a 40.6 percent 3-point shooter against the Warriors. Throughout their dynasty, warriors have won with many strong personalities.

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Charlie Puth and Jungkook "Left and Right" will capture every corner of your mind

BTS' Charlie Puth and Jungkook have teamed up for their new song "Left and Right." Here is what the texts read mean and how they connect to it (Author: Gardener)

Charlie PuthCharlie Puth and Jungkook's "Left and Right" Will Fill Every Corner of Your Mind Charlie Puth and Jungkook's "Left and Right" Will Fill Every Corner of Your Mind After dropping countless cryptic clues that spurred multiple fan theories, Charlie Puth will join Highly-anticipated collaboration with BTS' Jungkook, 'Left And Right' is finally here! Written and produced by Puth, the mid-tempo track marks the second collaboration between the two artists, who set the stage ablaze at the 2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards with their powerful performance of "We Don't Talk Anymore." The breezy summertime tune is set to appear on That's Hilarious singer Charlie's forthcoming self-titled third studio album. Like the rest of us, if you too find yourself bobbing your head to the track's catchy melody, check out the full lyrics of "Left And Right," then scroll down for a lyrical breakdown of the song. Although the BTS singer can be heard on "Left And Right," the track is sung entirely in English, the lyrics of which read: CHORUS (Charlie Puth) VERSE 1 (Puth) (No, I don't know how) PRE -CHORUS (Puth) CHORUS (Puth) I can feel you over here, I can feel you over here You occupy every corner of my mind VERSE 2 (Jungkook) Since the-the day you left, Since the-this Day you left PRE-CHORUS (Jungkook, Puth) You're stuck in my head, yeah You're stuck in my head, yeah CHORUS (Jungkook) You're occupying every corner of my mind (My mind) You're occupying everyone Corner of my mind You take up every corner of my mind You take up every corner of my mind BRIDGE (Puth) Did you know my dreams are all the same? CHORUS (Puth, Jungkook) Memories follow me left and right Memories follow me left and right Memories follow me left and right Memories follow me left and right Your love stays with me day and night Your love stays with me day and night Your love stays with me day and night OUTRO (Puth, Jungkook) I can feel you over here, I can feel you over here I can feel you over here, I can feel you over here I can feel you over here, I can feel you over here can feel you here i can feel you here i can feel you here i can feel you here i can feel you here i can feel you here 'do now?) you occupy every corner of my mind ( What ya gon' do now?) You're occupying every corner of my mind (What ya gon' do now?) The track reminds Puth and Jungkook of their past relationships while still sinking into the warm memories of what was , wrapped up. Though they realize the relationship is over and over, the fond memories involuntarily seep into their heads and, much to their chagrin, are repeated on an endless loop. "Memories follow me left and right / I can feel you over here, I can feel you over here / You take up every corner of my mind", the two smile about their dilemma in the pumped-up refrain. The hook uses audio panning technique as it flips the stack of harmonies in "I Can Feel You Over Here" from the left speaker to the right - a nice touch to emphasize the literal meaning of the words in the chorus. Over the percussive guitar strings, Puth and Jungkook narrate different stages of a post-breakup narrative in two stanzas. While Puth can't shake the intimate moments he shared with his ex, Jungkook sings about distracting the memories by drinking away the pain. "Did you know you're the one who got away? "Did you know you're the one who got away? / And even now, baby, I'm still not okay," Puth walks onto the bridge and speaks to "the one that got away," listening to all his talk about his former partner. While the expensive session seemed to mend his broken heart, we still see the two singers reeling from the breakup in their own cheeky way. In one scene, Jungkook sits on the hood of the car being driven by Puth, is thrown out of the vehicle as Puth zigzags the steering wheel. In the penultimate moments, Puth is visibly shocked to see Jungkook appear out of nowhere during one of his one-on-one sessions with the heartbreak specialist. That moment Jungkook appearing on the hood of Puth's car made fans believe that Jungkook is actually the person occupying every corner of Puth's mind.

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13 Actresses Who Played Marilyn Monroe

Ana de Armas joins the list of women who have portrayed Marilyn Monroe on screen in the new film Blonde. Here, 10+ other women who have played the icon. (Author: Gardener)

Played Marilyn MonroeIn a new adaptation, out September 23 this year, Ana de Armas will play Marilyn Monroe in a fictionalized version of the famous actress' life. But this film is hardly the first time the Hollywood icon has been immortalized on screen. While some projects explore Monroe's status as a sex symbol, they focus more on the struggles she endured before and during her fame. Here are 13 actresses who helped preserve Monroe's legacy and history. Goodbye, Norma Jean is a 1976 biopic chronicling Monroe's rise to stardom. Misty Rowe follows the actress during Monroe's transition from "Norma Jean" - Monroe's birth name, which she bore in her teenage years - to Marilyn Monroe, the star the public came to know and love. Insignificance tries to imagine what would happen if a physics professor, a Hollywood starlet, her baseball star husband and a senator were stuck in a New York hotel room together. These characters are clear representations of Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Joseph McCarthy, but the film never explicitly states that these characters are their real-life counterparts. The film is intended to parody the celebrity and political culture of the 1950s and provide a whimsical perspective on the famous figures of the era. Theresa Russell plays the familiar-looking, soft-spoken Hollywood actress in a white halter-neck dress. Having portrayed the Some Like It Hot actress 12 times on screen, Susan Griffiths is perhaps the actress with the most Marilyn Monore credits. In addition to playing Monroe in the 1991 TV movie Marilyn and Me, she also played Monroe on three separate TV shows: Quantum Leap, Dark Skies, and Timecop. Notably, in the clip, Madonna recreates Marilyn Monroe's pink dress moment from her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes number Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friends. The critically acclaimed TV biopic Norma Jean & Marilyn explores the duality of the actress' past as Norma Jean and her present as Marilyn Monroe. Ashley Judd is Sorvino's counterpart in Norma Jean & Marilyn and portrays Monroe's younger self, Norma Jean. Both she and Sorvino were nominated for Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for the film. The upcoming 2022 film isn't the first time a version of Oates' Blonde has hit the big screen. The 2001 two-part miniseries Blonde, based on the book of the same name, starred Poppy Montgomery as Marilyn. Michelle Williams' Monroe in My Week with Marilyn is probably the most celebrated performance on this list. Williams received Oscar and BAFTA nominations for her performance as an actress. Following in Madonna's footsteps, Blake Lively channeled Monroe in a dress similar to what the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes actress wore in the 1953 film. Catherine Hicks plays Monroe in this '80s TV movie about Monroe's rise to fame and her relationship with her agent Johnny Hyde and her three husbands: James Dougherty, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. In this 2011 political miniseries about the Kennedy family, Charlotte Sullivan plays Monroe during her affair with President John F. Kelli Garner portrays Monroe in the miniseries The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, which chronicles Monroe's family life - specifically her relationship with her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker (Susan Sarandon). In the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack, Barbra Niven played Monroe in a cameo role that alluded to the actress's affair with Kennedy — as well as her relationship with Hollywood high society. The Crown and Sherlock stars reunite for new movie Mamet to direct a new film about the assassination of JFK

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Rating the Dallas Mavericks Free Agency Moves to Date in 2022

The Mavericks lost their second-best playmaker for nothing and added a journeyman center with championship experience. (Author: Gardener)

the Dallas Mavericks Free Agency Moves to DateThe Dallas Mavericks weren't ready to make a splash in the free hands this summer. Whether the Dallas Front Office made those necessary signings remains to be seen next season. From there, a free hand didn't bode well for the Mavericks. Whether the front office was inclined to have Jalen Brunson pack his bags and leave for the New York Knicks this summer is not being said publicly. However, Mavericks GM Nico Harrison made it clear that signing this summer is his top priority. Mavericks Gov. Mark Cuban seemed optimistic that Brunson would stay because Dallas could offer him more money than anyone else. The Mavericks reportedly offered Brunson a five-year, $106 million contract. The maximum they could have offered him was a five-year contract worth over $150 million. That would have had a huge impact on the luxury tax for the Mavericks, so they've limited their offerings. New York, on the other hand, rolled out the red carpet for Brunson — possibly rigging it — and offered him a four-year, $104 million deal with a player option last year. It surpassed what Dallas was offering annually, making Brunson too good to pass up. It's certainly debatable whether a player of Brunson's caliber was the piece that will help propel the Mavericks into the championship fight. His longtime pairing with superstar Luka Doncic also raised questions, but it worked during Dallas' unlikely run to the Western Conference Finals. Losing Dallas Brunson to the Knicks and getting nothing back is still one of the clumsiest moments the front office has orchestrated in recent memory. At the very least, reading the tea leaves, the Mavericks might have had some inclinations toward Brunson's intentions, which is why they were traded to the 2022 NBA draft to pick Jaden Hardy. After trading for big man Christian Wood earlier this summer, the Mavericks naturally signed aging journeyman center JaVale McGee. The Mavericks and McGee, who are reportedly anticipating starting, agreed on a three-year, $20.1 million deal with a player option last year. He played for the Mavericks in the 2015-16 season. While McGee should prove an upgrade when it comes to rebounds, something Dallas desperately needs, he's also 34 years old. His age begs the questions: how much is left in his tank, and is it worth potentially paying a 37-year-old center almost $7 million three years from now? Mavericks starting center Dwight Powell was played off the floor in the playoffs last season, facing the likes of Rudy Gobert, Deandre Ayton and whoever the Golden State Warriors ended up at center. McGee brings height and a shot-blocking presence to Dallas, but the same fate could await him during the playoffs. At least what McGee is delivering -- 9.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 15.8 minutes -- should help during the regular season. Theo Pinson, the leader of the Mavericks' rough bench, remains in Dallas on a one-year contract. Pinson joined Dallas on a two-way contract last season and appeared in 19 regular-season games, playing just minutes. He wasn't eligible to play in the postseason because he was a two-way player, but that didn't stop him from making an impact. The whole bank adopted his approach to touchline behavior. The NBA took notice of the Mavericks and issued several fines for bench decorum violations during the playoffs. The team wore them like a badge of honor. Pinson is unlikely to see much of an expanded role on the pitch next season, although that could change with Brunson gone, but what he offers is invaluable. Teams need players like Pinson to provide camaraderie and boost morale. The Mavericks have one roster spot left. Instead, the team are reportedly mulling the idea of ​​keeping the pitch open. Dallas did next to nothing during free agency to address its most serious needs: extra ball handling and wing depth. There is still time for this, especially with an open space, but the clock is ticking and the market is drying up. Her ability to add another high-profile player to the roster who meets one or both of those needs will go a long way in easing the sting of letting Brunson go.

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