Hamilton homecoming: 2010 AL MVP back in Texas on home team (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton answers questions during a news conference, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Hamilton will play his first home game with the Rangers since being reacquired from the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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Josh Hamilton took the turn on Ballpark Way driving toward the Texas Rangers’ stadium, and felt right at home. A month and a day after being re-acquired by the Rangers, Hamilton was set Thursday night for his first home game in Texas since the 2012 season. ”Anytime I see the stadium, it’s good memories,” Hamilton said before the game.


NBA Finals Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, TV Info for Cavaliers vs. Warriors

It’s the series that NBA fans have been clamoring for all season long, and now we get it: Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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It’s the league’s MVP against its most iconic player. It’s the league’s best team this season against its most intriguing. It’s the West Coast against the Midwest. 

It’s gonna be a heck of a series. Let’s break it down.

 

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Homecourt advantage could play a big part in this series for the Warriors. The Warriors are 7-1 at home this postseason and went an incredible 39-2 at home during the regular season, easily the best mark in the league.

For a Cleveland team that went just 22-19 on the road during the regular season, the intense environment in Golden State’s home digs could be tough to handle. On the other hand, Cleveland is an impressive 6-1 on the road this postseason, so James and company shouldn’t be shook. 

Another issue for Cleveland will be Golden State’s depth. Nine players are giving the Warriors eight or more minutes per night this postseason, while Marreese Speights could be back for the Finals.

Golden State has an amazing balance of veterans, scorers and bangers on the block to pull from off their bench, and having a week off will ensure they’ll be healthy and hungry coming into their series against Cleveland.

The week off may be even more important for Cleveland, however. While the Cavs have put a lot of talented veterans around James, they are much more reliant on the superstar to win them games.

To this point he’s been up to the task, averaging a Herculean 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 40.7 minutes per night. With Kevin Love done for the season due to injury and Kyrie Irving hobbled throughout this postseason, James has had to pick up the slack, and to this point, he’s done that. 

But Golden State represents a different type of test for James and the Cavs. The Warriors play excellent team defense and have players like Andre Iguodala who can hound James on the defensive end and make him work for every point.

While players like J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and, shockingly, Matthew Dellavedova have stepped up for the Cavs, James still doesn’t have a supporting cast like Curry’s. 

Indeed, who wouldn’t want to have Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Iguodala, among others, backing them up? 

And Curry has been nothing short of brilliant himself this postseason, averaging 29.2 points, 6.4 assists and 1.9 steals in 38.1 minutes per game. He’s broken ankles, he’s made impossible shots and he continues to lead the Warriors with a quiet confidence.  

Any way you slice this series, all indications point to Golden State winning. They have a superstar, they have an amazing supporting cast behind him, they have great depth and balance, they play excellent team basketball on both ends of the court, they can explode and bury a team on the offensive end at any point and they’re playing a much-improved brand of defense this season. 

The Cavs have James, a solid defense and a lot of veterans, but they don’t have the overall team capable of hanging with the Warriors. This will be a fun series, but Golden State will take it in six games. 
 

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Serial Is Coming Back For 2 More Seasons Of Podcast Greatness!

Two more years! Two more years!

One of the biggest pieces of pop culture in 2014 is about to take over the next two years as well.

That’s because the new seasons of Serial just got their premiere dates, and we’re so ready for the podcast to envelope every aspect of our lives!

Host/Producer Sarah Koenig made the announcement herself in a blog post on Thursday saying that the two new stories will be recorded concurrently with Season Two premiering this Fall, and Season Three debuting Spring 2016.

There’s no word yet on which criminal cases will be followed for the Adnan Syed follow-ups, but Sarah did give a small hint, saying:

“We can’t tell you details about the new stories yet. What we can say is that they’re very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us.”

That’s good enough for us!

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We assume they’ll both still be about murder trials, but we wonder how different they’ll actually be.

Any guess on what high profile court cases might be picked??

Dozens of Canada’s tar sands projects on hold as prices fall, analysis shows

Campaigners say delays to some 39 projects are also due to growing public protest against the most polluting fossil fuel

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Takata adds millions to recall expansion in US

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is starting to announce the expanded Takata airbag inflator recalls. FCA has over 5 million vehicles affected worldwide, and BMW has over 420,000 in the US. Honda’s expansion includes 350,000 more Civics and Accords.

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@PursesandPaws Should Be Your Newest Obsession, Trust Us

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Like many of you, I am Instagram obsessed. Once I launched the PurseBlog Instagram account a few years ago, I was hooked and it started to become a huge part of my day. While Vlad and I don’t have our own pet yet (we are planning to get a puppy sometime soonish!), I am still entirely enthralled with other people’s pets – like @pepperpaprikash above!

Combining my love of animals along with my handbag obsession, I kicked off @pursesandpaws a few weeks ago and it has been so much fun. There are so many adorable pictures of pets with designer handbags and we want you to take part in the fun with us! If you are on Instagram and have a pet, make sure you tag @pursesandpaws and use hashtag #pursesandpaws for your chance to be featured on our account.

@ellabeanthedog knows how to get the summer season started!!

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Study: New York City Airports Have Worst Tarmac Delays In The Country

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The three major New York City area airports have become the subject of another hall of shame-worthy report.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports are judged to be the worst in the country when it comes to the percentage of flights delayed on the tarmac at takeoff and landing.

Landing at the airport, only to sit waiting to reach the terminal, is a major stressor for passengers who are in a Big Apple hurry.

Study: New York City Airports Have Worst Tarmac Delays In The Country

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“It’s pretty awful. You know that,” said passenger Whit Allen. “You just want to get off, and to get to your destination.”

And passengers let waiting black car drivers know it, telling the drivers to step on the gas and move fast once they finally get off the plane.

Other times, planes pull away from the terminal but sit there a while before taking off.

Air passenger Pat Knowles called that phenomenon “disheartening, because it’s usually really hot.”

So-called tarmac delays are frustrating, and the new study said in terms of the percentage of flights affected, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark are the first, second and third worst in the country for tarmac delays.

Last year, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports experienced tarmac delays between one and five hours.

The report says about 660,000 passengers were affected.

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“You see a great city in New York, but you see the absolute worst city in terms of performance at the airport — people waiting one to five hours in delays,” said Joseph Sitt of the Global Gateway Alliance. “We set the record.”

Sitt is the founder of the alliance, which is promoting improvements at the three airports. He said expanding a satellite-based technology called NextGen would dramatically decrease delays.

“It’s just shocking and embarrassing, as a New York resident, that we don’t have it,” Sitt said.

Sitt is also embarrassed at the general conditions at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia.

“Bangladesh has a better airport than LaGuardia,” said air passenger Jon Lee Anderson.

The good news is that improvements are coming slowly. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted Thursday on a $4 billion plan to finally move LaGuardia into the 21st century.

But several more years of the 21st century will be over with before the LaGuardia project is complete. The most optimistic timetable has the new central terminal open in 2021.

Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye blamed the delays in part on the busy air space and recent harsh winters.

He told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell the agency has made a number of investments into improving taxiways, metering and technology to shave time off each flight operation. He’s also anxious to see a new GPS-like technology called NextGen installed, but that will require billions of dollars of federal money.

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Lamborghini is officially developing an SUV

The Lamborghini Urus concept car at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show

Back at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Lamborghini gave the world a look at what a modern Raging Bull-badged sport utility vehicle might look like. Not a bad-ass, ultra-rugged Rambo Lambo redux, but a car-like crossover for the new, eco-conscious millennium. They called it Urus. In the three years since, there’s been plenty of “will they, won’t they” in the auto media, and each passing month has seemingly increased the chances that they would not. Well, Lamborghini has now put any doubt to bed, announcing this week that it is moving ahead with production of a luxury SUV.

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Chris Brown Gets Emotional on Instagram

I'm Konfuzed, I always thought I knew the concept of love. Fame and Money can get in the way of that. Most of my issues always deal with love and me being in my feelings. Not to mention me being a dog sometimes. I can't speak for everyone but I can say that my actions contributed a lot to my karma. Being jealous and angry and controlling. There has been times where I looked in the mirror and hated the person I see. I talk to God a lot now. He's given me so much and I feel like I waste his gifts becuz of my impulsive personality. The world is full of negativity and I feel I play a part in it becuz of the choices I've made or mistakes. I tend to accept the negative or the riff raff becuz I know what it's like to be a young black "nigga" in America. I always see the good in people even when they don't see it. I love others more than myself at times. Everything u see on the surface does not reflect what's inside. This is my white flag. I surrender to life and all its blessings. I refuse to be petty and attention seeking. To know me is to love me. Good Bad UGLY! Sincerely, Konfuzed

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“I always thought I knew the concept of love.” Chris Brown is not someone usually associated with deep existential crises, but a recent Instagram post seems to go to great lengths to change that. “Most of my issues always deal with love and me being in my feelings,” he wrote today (May 28). “Not to mention me being a dog sometimes. I can’t speak for everyone but I can say that my actions contributed a lot to my karma.” The superstar admits that he has been, at times, “jealous and angry and controlling,” presumably with regard to his various romantic entanglements. Brown also touted a newfound religiosity, which includes frequent prayer and introspection. “The world is full of negativity,” he continued, “I feel I play a part in it becuz of the choices I’ve made or mistakes. I tend to accept the negative or the riff raff becuz I know what it’s like to be a young black “nigga” in America.” The “Loyal” singer concluded by saying that he makes an attempt to see the good in people and hopes to be more positive in the future. Brown’s most recent release was this year’s Fan of a Fan: The Album, a collaboration with Compton rapper Tyga.

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