By Emelia Sithole-Matarise LONDON (Reuters) – European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar powered ahead after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year. Investor concerns about Greece's debt problems and a poor regional and local election result by Spain's ruling People's Party also weighed on the euro and European shares. The pull-back in European stocks mirrored losses on Wall Street on Friday after Yellen suggested the Fed was ready to act if the economy kept improving as expected, though a raft of recent data has suggested it is growing only modestly in the second quarter.
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Do you hear it?
The numbing echo of the funeral bells, that is.
If you can’t hear them, get your ears checked—because the Atlanta Hawks are dead.
After a regular season full of dazzling teamwork and refreshing ball movement, the pride of the East has run into a force far greater than anything it’s seen before: LeBron James.
James has carried his undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers to a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, while Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have taken an identical lead on the Houston Rockets out West.
Check out the rest of the ECF schedule below. Don’t expect it to get past Tuesday.
Cleveland’s Health Will Improve
With each win, the Cavaliers grow stronger—literally and figuratively.
On the literal side is Kyrie Irving, the soon-to-be superstar point guard and sidekick to LBJ. He’s been dealing with foot and knee injuries for weeks, and the latter has caused him to be extremely limited in the conference finals.
Irving sat out Game 3, which is probably the wise decision given Cleveland’s ability to beat the Hawks even without its second-best player.
Still, ESPN’s Britt McHenry took a slight shot at the point guard after James played through pain and cramping in a heroic Game 3 performance:
What McHenry and every other doubter feels doesn’t matter. The Cavaliers can win this series without Irving, possibly even in a sweep.
But in the Finals, against Curry of all people? C’mon—that’s what Cleveland is preparing for.
Even if the league moves up Game 1 of the Finals to June 2 instead of June 4 in the event of two sweeps, which is rumored according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, Irving would still have a whole week to get healthy.
Breakin‘ Out the Brooms
Does ATL have any shot going forward?
Let’s answer that with another question. Is there a player better than James in the game today?
No and no.
The Hawks appeared to have Game 3 in the bag early on. James started the game misfiring on his first 10 field-goal attempts. But Atlanta couldn’t put Cleveland away for good, and The King came roaring back with an impressive triple-double.
In almost 47 minutes, James erupted for 37 points (14-of-37 FG), 18 boards, 13 assists and three steals in Cleveland’s 114-111 overtime win. Most importantly, James was cold-blooded with the game on the line.
His outing on Sunday night was not only impressive—it was historic. NBA TV has more on the latter:
This was the kind of game that the Hawks needed to make this series at least somewhat interesting. Instead, Cleveland and LeBron inched closer to the NBA Finals.
Such a blown opportunity will surely become a back-breaker for the Hawks.
All stats are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
By Ernie Palladino
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Today we celebrate the unofficial start of summer.
The Mets will play the Phillies at Citi Field, the Yanks will face the Royals at Yankee Stadium and hand out some promotional sunscreen to boot, and the rest of us will settle on the beach, in our living rooms, or at any number of backyard barbeques that help us mark Memorial Day.
What we should remember amid the festivities is that today is only half-holiday. The other half is observance.
Today we remember the soldiers who no longer get to listen to John Sterling’s home run calls or wonder why, oh why, the Mets haven’t hit in, oh, forever. As we discard our cares for a day, we remember those who found another kind of peace; the unwanted, eternal rest gained in foreign lands few ever had any desire to visit, much less fight in.
No one says this day should not proceed without joy. But we must all remember the sacrifices of our servicemen, if only for a moment.
For the people of my hometown, that moment usually came at the American Legion post where the annual parade ended. Headquartered in the old homestead where the town’s World War I hero spent a way-too-short youth amid the orchards and pastureland that comprised much of the area, Leroy Gregory Post 979 would conduct a short ceremony.
We bowed our heads. The post chaplain read a prayer. The commander made a short speech. And then my father, standing proud in a Legionnaire’s blue-and-gold uniform and white leggings, would snap up his rifle in unison with his six honor guard compatriots, fire three times into the noontime sky, and return to reverent attention as a bugler sounded Taps.
The importance of the moment was lost on nobody. One needed only to look around at the weeping Gold Star mothers to realize the solemnity of the moment. Their childrens’ homecomings, if there even was one at all, came with a flag-draped coffin. Somehow, you knew a 21-gun salute just wouldn’t fill that kind of void.
The smiles would soon return, as they should. Life goes on, after all. Corn for husking would soon come out. The ice chests with beer and soda would appear. The vets would fire up the grills.
Softballs for the kids and bocce balls for the veterans — our town was heavily first-generation Italian-American — would be placed on the large tract of land behind the homestead. The eating and the games would begin.
The holiday had started.
Stadiums across America have supported our troops in recent years with the unfurling of giant flags, military flyovers, and seventh-inning renderings of “God Bless America.”
This is good.
Teams of all sports have donated money and other resources to organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project to help the ones who came back broken; the veterans who once dreamed of running bases and scoring touchdowns and now wish only to walk again. Or throw a ball again. Or watch the incredible, athletic stylings of Matt Harvey or Odell Beckham, Jr. through clear eyes again.
That is great.
Today, however, we remember the ones whose dreams of the future vanished in the horrible present of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
We needn’t spend today in mourning. Summer is upon us, and that is reason for celebration alone.
But neither should we pass it off as just another holiday.
Enjoy the games and the grub.
Just leave some time to remember.
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For Summer 2015 Supreme has once again teamed up with Vans. This time they present a beautiful premium perforated leather version of the Vans Old Skool. Made exclusively for Supreme, the low top sneaker comes with a matching leather lining and in-sole and will launch in overall four colorways. Look out for the release of the Supreme x Vans Old Skool “Perforated Leather” Pack at Supreme stores and online on May 28 and in Japan on May 30.
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Two-year-old Milan Pique has become one of the youngest goalscorers in Camp Nou history.
Proud mum Shakira posted the little man’s goal on Instagram after he joined his father, Gerard Pique, on the pitch during Barcelona’s title celebrations on Saturday.
The question is, whose goal was better: Milan’s or Klay Rooney’s strike on May 17?