Many in the Windows Phone community know one of its best kept secrets; The Connects program. Once known as Nokia Connects — when the team came across during the Microsoft acquisition — the team now has exciting news to share.
As of today Connects is no more as a brand. The program and the team behind it has become an official Microsoft channel.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved up the NASCAR driver’s rankings with a victory in the Coke Zero 400, but as the group of cars crossed the finish line, there was a massive crash behind him. The worst of the wrecks was from Austin Dillon who flipped into the catch fence but walked away.
The first few days of free agency were hectic, but even as the action slows down and everyone catches their breath, there is still plenty of work to be done in the offseason.
Whether it be teams trying to offload contracts or trying to find that one final piece to help them reach the ultimate goal of an NBA title, the trade market has heated up in the last few days, as a few big-name players are starting to reach the block.
With a free-agency frenzy on the horizon for the next two seasons, teams are battening down the hatches and looking to win now, which has lead to a few juicy trade discussions.
Here are some of the hottest trade rumors from around the NBA.
Arguably the big winners of the offseason so far, considering they re-signed superstar forward Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers still don’t appear to be done preparing for another push for a championship.
With one of the more front-loaded rosters in the NBA, the Cavs are looking to add another former-All Star in the form of Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson, who will add scoring and shooting:
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported that the Cavaliers are looking to offload their hefty Brendan Haywood contract as part of a deal with the Nets to acquire Johnson.
Although offloading Haywood is a plus for the Eastern Conference Champions, Johnson comes with his own financial burden, as he is set to be the second-highest-paid player in the league next year, just behind Kobe Bryant.
But the upside is tough to ignore, as Johnson averaged 14.4 points per game for the Nets last year, and Cleveland will look to add depth after watching a shot at the NBA title slip away because of a string of injuries to key contributors.
Jeremy Lin to the Mavericks in a possible sign-and-trade
Taking Linsanity to the City of Angels was a fun idea, but after just a single disappointing season with the Lakers, it looks like Jeremy Lin could be on his way out of Los Angeles.
Joining the team from the Houston Rockets last offseason, Lin’s 2014-15 campaign was plagued by inconsistency, and as the Lakers look to build for the future, Lin could be a candidate for a sign-and-trade to clear space and gain another piece for their rebuild.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Mavericks have been interested in bringing Lin to Dallas, and a trade with the Lakers looks like the best possibility to get the deal done:
Lin’s scoring output reached a low since his breakout season with the Knicks in 2011-12, as he only averaged 11.2 points per game and dished out 4.6 assists a night as well. After letting go of Rajon Rondo and losing Monta Ellis in free agency, the Mavericks need depth at guard, and Lin could fit that role:
With both Jordan Clarkson and now D’Angelo Russell on the roster, the Lakers won’t miss Lin’s production and would be happy to receive anything in return for the point guard.
Los Angeles Lakers looking to offload Nick Young
Another player who is possibly feeling the impact of the Lakers’ recent push in the free-agency market is small forward Nick Young.
A valuable role player for the Lakers, Young also received a large amount of criticism for a serious drop in shooting percentage from 43.5 percent in 2013-14 to 36.6 last year.
Reaching agreements with free agents Lou Williams and Brandon Bass and agreeing to a trade with the Indiana Pacers for Roy Hibbert has left the Lakers with limited cap space to work with, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports believes that Young is a strong possibility to be shipped out:
Since joining the Wizards in 2007, Young has struggled with consistency, averaging 17.9 points per game two years ago before watching his numbers fall to just 13.4 last season:
Any team willing to trade for Young will be taking a gamble and hoping the forward finds his scoring touch once again. When playing well, Young has the talent to succeed as a team’s sixth man, but when missing his shots he becomes more of a liability on both sides of the ball.
Canadian businesses have painted a picture of two economies, with cheap oil putting a major downer on the outlook in areas and sectors where energy is dominant but with some encouraging signs elsewhere, according to a Bank of Canada report on Monday. The central bank's quarterly business outlook survey showed forward-looking indicators of business activity remaining low but edging up modestly, supported by a generally positive U.S. outlook. Governor Stephen Poloz had said the effect of lower oil prices would be front-loaded, with the economy beginning to recover in the second quarter and with positive forces dominating from around mid-year.
Strong credit can help you buy a car or get a decent mortgage rate. If you’re looking to boost your score, you might consider a “credit builder” loan. Here’s a quick rundown of what they are and how they can help improve your credit.
Emerging Chicago emcee Saint Millie returns to the forefront of Chicago hip-hop this afternoon with a brand new visual for ‘ “Who I Am”. The FinallyFocusedFilms shot visual captures the elusiveness of Millie as he raps relaxed bars over classic production. Surrounded by beautiful woman, the rising artist makes his case for national attention.
It may be the time for T-shirts and beach trips, but right now the world’s fashion retailers are hard at work getting their collections ready for the Fall/Winter 2015 season. To make sure our readers are well-armed for the (unfortunately, inevitable) colder months, we’ve compiled a list of the coming season’s expected highlights, with a little help from some retailer friends of ours – namely GOODHOOD‘s Joe Warner, MR PORTER‘s Sam Lobban and HAVEN‘s Arthur Chmielewski.
Here’s 10 reasons – some broad, some more niche – that we’re looking forward to the Fall/Winter 2015 season.
Streetwear Continues to Reign Supreme
“It’s been interesting to watch streetwear rise to prominence in recent years,” says Warner of esoteric London boutique GOODHOOD. “Not so long ago it seemed like such a dirty word within the industry.” While Highsnobietyhas flown the streetwear flag for a full decade now, it’s been a joy to watch its relevance acknowledged by the broader fashion industry in recent seasons; a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down. HAVEN’s Arthur Chmielewski agrees, arguing that “The mixing of styles from high and low will continue…we’ll continue to see lots of sportswear and sneakers in Fall/Winter 2015.” Good news all around, then.
Kanye West’s Debut adidas Collection
While the next installments of the Yeezy footwear saga may already be causing pandemonium on the resell market, Kanye’s big moment of truth will come when his debut collection with adidas drops in September. It’s looking like the pieces will be on the expensive side, but there’s no doubting that Kanye’s colossal influence will make the disheveled, post-apocalyptic collection one of the most talked-about of the season. We’re expecting a knock-on effect for the rest of the streetwear scene (much like the “Red October” syndrome which gripped the sneaker world for a few seasons); look out for tons of distressed, oversized and hole-ridden garments to follow in Yeezy’s wake.
Still not convinced? Take a look at our Should Kanye Leave Fashion to the Professionals? debate piece here.
Retail is a tough business in 2015. Many retailers have responded to the increasing demands of selling in an overcrowded market by expanding their curations to include their own dedicated in-house lines: a smart move given the loyal following many high-end stores attract. The development of Tres Bien’s quintessentially Scandinavian take on high fashion, HAVEN’s Cypress and Maple lines, GOODHOOD’s irreverent tribute to all things London and KITH’s ’90s-inspired sportswear has been a joy to behold, and we’re looking forward to more big moves from these players next season.
Check out the stories behind 10 classic luxe kicks here.
And Regular Sneakers, Too
With adidas seemingly hell-bent on chasing after Nike’s enormous share of the athletic footwear market, it’s been fascinating to watch the two brands battle it out for first place in the sneaker game. While the Three Stripes sign up yet more star collaborators for high-profile releases, the Swoosh responds by dropping ever more unorthodox designs, creating a footwear arms race that even has the buyers for well-heeled menswear retailers excited. “The Fall/Winter 2015 sneaker game is going to be through the roof,” MR PORTER’s Sam Lobban told us, while Arthur at HAVEN agrees, telling us “I’m really excited to see what is coming out of NikeLab…They are really pushing this category and it seems like it will not be letting up any time soon.”
Shop the first sneaker drops of the Fall/Winter 2015 season over at What Drops Now.
One trend we’ve seen taking hold in Japan’s bizarre fashion underworld is the rebuilding of garments. While legendary menswear weirdo Junya Watanabe has made his name by using patchwork fabrics, Tokyo label NEEDLES’ “REBUILD” program takes this idea a step further – fully reconstructing garments from scraps of vintage cloth. “I guess it makes total sense in the age of mass information and availability that people are responding favorably to the idea of having unique or ‘one off’ pieces of clothing,” Joe from GOODHOOD told us.
While we’re not expecting this trend to kick off in a big way for Fall/Winter 2015, it’s interesting to note how niche brands are responding to demands for more unique and environmentally sustainable clothing.
More New Brands
Yes, we’re stating the obvious here, but every day Highsnobiety‘s inboxes are flooded with emails from fresh upcoming brands wanting a piece of the spotlight. The Spring/Summer 2015 season saw the unveiling of great collections from the likes of L’Homme Rouge, Palm Angels, Brack Man, Avalone, Les Incompétents and Anti Social Social Club, with great appearances from countless others. Fall/Winter 2015 will no doubt bring us a ton more amazing new brands to get excited about, too.
While jerseys, sweatpants and sneakers have taken over the world in recent seasons, one sportswear garment still remains largely untouched by fashion’s roaming gaze: the tracksuit. That’s all set to change if Palace’s adidas collaborations, Cottweiler’s collections and the adidas Spezial project are anything to go by, all of which made the sporty two-piece relevant once again thanks to authentic, imaginative reinterpretations. Hardly surprising given the huge influence athletic gear has over men’s dress these days, but we’re hoping that Fall/Winter 2015 gives us yet more dope sporty two-pieces to get excited about.
Perhaps inspired by Supreme’s continued world domination or a deliberate attempt to forget the baggy-trouser, puffy sneaker hell of the ’00s, but recent years have seen a new breed of skate brands pushing brave new aesthetics into what is normally a pretty fashion-shy demographic. From London’s triangle-adorned juggernaut Palace (and their aforementioned tracksuits), to Bianca Chandon’s vibrant, colorful basics and Bronze 56k’s lo-fi graphics, the new wave of innovative skate labels are showing that there’s more to the genre than screen printed tees and 5-panel caps.
Perhaps as a reincarnation of the workwear craze that gripped the menswear world in previous seasons, but the likes of Hermes, KENZO, Lou Dalton, Louis Vuitton and 3.1 Phillip Lim included a healthy dose of jumpsuits in their Fall/Winter 2015 lineups. Does this mean men all over the globe will be rocking the workwear one-piece? Probably not, but it’d be great to see the braver dressers out there try their hands at the workwear staple. Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection contained some luxe jumpsuits and overalls, so maybe we’ll be seeing more from the humble jumpsuit in the future.
Pakistan gave themselves a wonderful chance to secure a historic victory in the third Test against Sri Lanka, as they rallied to within 147 runs of victory on Day 4.
After being bowled out for 313 earlier in the day, hosts Sri Lanka set a victory target of 377 thanks to a superb century from skipper Angelo Mathews. But unbeaten centuries from Shan Masood (114) and Younis Khan (101) saw Pakistan close on 230 for two and on the cusp of an astonishing comeback win.
If Pakistan knock off the runs required on Tuesday, not only will they clinch this series 2-1, it will be the highest successful fourth innings run chase in their history.
Resuming on 228 for five with a healthy lead of 291 intact, Sri Lanka looked as though they’d race clear on Day 4. But after a solid beginning to the day, Khan wreaked havoc in the hosts’ middle order with the second new ball.
At the start of the 86th over, Sri Lanka were 278 for five. Just 62 balls later they were all out for 313, as Khan dazzled in the early Pallekele sunshine. The Pakistan star took all five remaining wickets, finishing with figures of five for 58, to give his team an outside chance of victory.
Khan’s five-wicket haul included a first ball duck for Dhammika Prasad, handing him a dreaded king pair. As cricket statistician Mohandas Menon notes here, it’s an unwanted and rare accolade for the Sri Lanka man:
In the midst of all the carnage out on field, Mathews kept his cool at the other end, going to his fifth Test century. And given the manner in which the majority of his team-mates had capitulated around him, it was a crucial one from the Sri Lanka skipper.
Cricket expert Ayaz Memon paid tribute to Mathews, who always seems to find his very best form when under pressure:
But when Pakistan resumed needing 377 runs to win, there seemed to be very little pressure on the hosts. Even less so when the tourists’ star batsman, Ahmed Shehzad, was dismissed in just the second over for a duck.
When the determined Azhar Ali followed for five in the seventh over, Pakistan were 13 for two and staring a heavy defeat in the face. The wicket of Ali brought Khan out to bat, though, and alongside Masood, they slowly began to make inroads into the monstrous total.
Neither man was shutting up shop, either. With Sri Lanka on the attack, there were a few loose deliveries and whenever the ball was there to be hit, both players flung everything at it.
Indeed, as noted here by AltCricket, Masood went to his maiden Test match century with a towering six:
Suddenly Pakistan sensed as though something was there for them in this game, as the Sri Lanka bowlers resembled a jaded bunch. But even at this stage of a Test match, it’s dangerous to drop off physically and even more so when there’s a player as experienced as Khan at the crease.
The 37-year-old was a brilliant foil for Masood, and with shadows getting longer in Pallekele, he went to his century in the final over of the day. As we can see here courtesy of Cricket Record, the veteran really relishes these chase situations, with this hundred setting an unprecedented mark:
For Pakistan, a historic win is there for the taking. But even though 147 runs may not seem like much with eight wickets remaining, on the fifth day of a Test match, things can quickly go wrong.
The tourists also need to be wary of the threat of the new ball; they will know first hand from Monday’s exploits the kind of damage it can cause in the right hands.
Khan and Masood both deserve enormous credit for the manner in which they played. The duo nullified Sri Lanka’s spin option on a turning wicket, ground out some early runs and moved through the gears as the day went on. You can bet they’ll each be desperate to finish the job for the tourists on Tuesday.
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