Best 2015 NBA Free-Agency Landing Spots for Cleveland Cavs’ J.R. Smith

Choosing to forgo his $6.4 million player option for the 2015-16 season, J.R. Smith is very much available as an unrestricted free agent.

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Smith’s free-agent case is a curious one, as he was brilliant after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers following a woeful start to the season for the New York Knicks. Up until a no-look slap to Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Smith was on his best behavior and appeared to have greatly matured around his veteran Cleveland teammates.

Smith is the ultimate free-agent gamble. There’s the focused version who scored 12.7 points per game on 39.0 percent shooting from deep in the regular season. Then, there’s playoff J.R., the one whom the NBA suspended for two games and who shot just 31.2 percent from the field in the Finals, when the Cavs needed him most.

Teams that are interested in Smith don’t necessarily have to possess a significant amount of cap space but instead should be worried about providing the right environment. Smith needs to be around a squad with serious playoff aspirations and a handful of veterans he can turn to for guidance. Staying out of big cities may be wise but shouldn’t be a deal breaker in the end.

It’s buyer beware with Smith, who’s one of the best risk-or-reward signings available.

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NZ doctors’ letter to Abbott on refugees decries secrecy, warns of child abuse

The open letter joins a growing number of national and international protests about new Australian laws and their potential to damage refugees’ children

Doctors and child health workers from New Zealand have written to the Australian prime minister to condemn new secrecy laws in immigration detention centres and warn they will exacerbate the risks of abuse of child asylum seekers.

The latest letter from senior New Zealand paediatricians adds to a growing number of national and international professional bodies and individuals that have expressed concern about the conditions in Australian detention centres, and the increasing secrecy around them.

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Elastic, wound-healing hydrogel activated by light

Bioengineers have developed a new protein-based gel (not pictured) that mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue when exposed to light

Hydrogels have huge potential in the field of biomedicine, but aren’t without their shortcomings in their existing form. These tiny polypeptide chains are championed for their many possible applications. Indeed, in the last few years alone we’ve seen advances that suggest they could find use in generating new heart tissue, fighting off superbugs and the controlled release of anti-inflammatory drugs. But researchers have now developed a hydrogel that mimics the elasticity of human tissue and can be activated by exposure to light, claiming it could offer safer means of repairing wounded tissue.

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Chinese stocks rise after Beijing unleashes emergency support

A woman is reflected on an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in ShanghaiIn an extraordinary weekend of policy moves, brokerages and fund managers vowed to buy massive amounts of stocks, helped by China's state-backed margin finance company, which in turn would be aided by a direct line of liquidity from the central bank. Oliver Barron, China policy research analyst at NSBO, said it wasn't just faith in the markets at stake after investors had ignored official measures to prop up the market as equity indexes slid around 12 percent last week. The rapid decline of China's previously booming stock market, which by the end of last week had fallen around 30 percent from a mid-June peak, had become a major headache for President Xi Jinping and China's top leaders, who were already struggling to avert a sharper economic slowdown.


5 Dark-Horse Candidates to Make San Francisco 49ers’ Final 53-Man Roster

You don’t have to dig deep to find dark horses who can make the San Francisco 49ers’ final roster in 2015.

On the offense alone, I count five serious dark horses.

One is someone you may not have heard of in 26-year-old offensive lineman Andrew Tiller. He spent time on the Niners’ practice squad last season and played well during OTAs and minicamp.

Another dark horse is a quarterback: South Carolina product and undrafted rookie Dylan Thompson. He didn’t play particularly well during OTAs and minicamp, but neither did his competition—veteran backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Here are the top five dark-horse candidates to make the Niners’ final 53-man roster in 2015.

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A Royal Milestone: Britain’s Princess Charlotte Christened

LONDON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prince William and his wife, Kate have marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte— a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth’s country estate.

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Hundreds of fans gathered outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, near England’s eastern coast, cheering as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram.

Royal fans in New York told CBS2’s Diane Macedo how much they wish they could witness the event.

“I wish I was there,” said Amy Whiterod. “That’s all I can say, Wish I was there. I missed the first one I’m not here for the second.”

Whiterod is originally from Leeds but now lives in Harlem.

It was only the second time Britain’s newborn princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, has been seen in public since she was born on May 2.

Charlotte was dressed for the occasion in a replica of the intricate lace-and-satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, also named Victoria, in 1841. Until 2008, that original gown had been worn by all royal babies — including the queen — at their christenings.

Following royal tradition, holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, was used for the baptism.

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Tim Lopez From Plain White T’s Just Married His Fianceé Whom He Met On Reality TV!

Do you remember that reality TV show Ready For Love which Eva Longoria produced back in 2013?

Well, while the dating show didn’t exactly click with fans — it got pulled from NBC‘s schedule after just three episodes — it did actually result in love!

Tim Lopez from Plain White T’s was one of three celebrity contestants trying to find their perfect match… and he just married his winner over the weekend.

[ Photos: Where Are Each Of The Bachelor Winning Couples Today? ]

Tim and Jenna Reeves may have met on the Giuliana and Bill Rancic-hosted series, but after the show, they decided to date the old-fashioned way.

In an interview detailing their 4th of July wedding, Tim gushed about his bride, saying:

“I knew I was going to pick Jenna pretty much from the beginning. Getting back to reality for us meant going back to Austin and starting a very normal dating relationship.

We tried to experience things together. I met and hung out with her family. We took it really slow and waited a long time before we moved in together and got engaged.”

We’re so happy for them!

It’s a shame that Eva’s show got cancelled so quickly despite having a perfect track record even though The Bachelor only has like three success stories to show for its 30 seasons.

Congrats again, guys!!!

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Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title (Yahoo Sports)

The United States Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team’s first World Cup championship since 1999, and record third overall. A sellout crowd of 53,341 that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first ever in a Women’s World Cup final.


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