Daily Archives: April 11, 2016

Warriors tie record of most NBA wins in a season

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Warriors tie record of most NBA wins in a season

At 72-9, the Golden State Warriors have equaled the record number of wins set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team with one game in hand.

The Warriors improved to the record after a 92-86 win over San Antonio Spurs, a team that played the Warriors best this season. Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich had in fact employed Warriors coach Steve Kerr as his reserve hybrid guard twice. Kerr played same role for the 1995-96 Bulls, too.

However, all those were mere gossip and trivialities as both teams battled throughout the game. Scoring 10 out of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry took the game as his final total outpaced both teams’ first half output.

Still, both teams underperformed to see such a bizarre situation, tying the score at 35-35 before the second half. The Warriors only scored 14 in the first quarter – their lowest this season.

But after the break, everyone managed to compose themselves for a more entertaining match. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points, 10 rebounds) strove for Spurs, but it was once again the Curry show as he made use of his uncanny ability to free himself amongst giants to gain much needed space.

San Antonio was not free of blame either. Their offensive frustrations continued throughout the night, as its perimeter triptych of Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green combined to miss 26 of 36 shots.

Even substitutes Patty Mills (2-8) and Manu Ginobili (2-7) struggled. Duncan’s replacement David West worked his tail off as expected, but he missed five of seven from the field, while Boris Diaw sat because of injuries to his right abductor, groin, and plain fatigue.

The game then, ended as Golden State’s first win in 33 tries in San Antonio, and San Antonio’s first regular season home loss in 13 months. But it is apparent that “rest” is in the heads of both camps, coming in anticipation of the two-month playoff slog that begins next weekend.

Barca takes bizzare loss, La Liga point gap shortening

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Barca takes bizzare loss, La Liga point gap shortening

After suffering two-straight defeats and their point-gap against second-placed Atletico Madrid shortening to just three, Barcelona no longer has a stranglehold on their domestic title.

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The Catalans were expected to bounce back from their derby defeat to Real Madrid, as well as an underwhelming draw with Villarreal, with a victory against mid-table Real Sociedad. In fact, the hosts were never favored for even a draw.

But they managed an early winner through Mikel Oyarzabal’s header, and they defended manfully throughout the game. Barca’s attacking trio appeared tamed: both Neymar and Lionel Messi struggled, while Luis Suarez was banned from playing following a suspension.

Messi wasted a number of chances to get his 500th career goal as Barca registered just five shots on target. The diva had missed his chance yet again to hit the benchmark since four games ago.

On the other hand, 2nd placed Atletico Madrid and 3rd placed Real Madrid scored emphatic wins of their own to slowly advance on points.

Cristiano Ronaldo stars for Real Madrid as he took the honour of the first player to score 30 goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons in their victory against Eibar, scoring the 3rd in Real’s 4-0 win.

Atletico themselves registered a valiant attitude as they strived to for a 3-1 comeback win against Eibar. Espanyol’s Pape Diop headed in his third goal in as many games to give the hosts the lead near the half-hour mark but Fernando Torres expertly controlled Koke’s lobbed pass before driving in the equaliser in the 35th minute.

Antoine Griezmann put the visitors in charge by scoring off the upright after a brilliant buildup between Koke and Torres in the 58th minute, and the duo connected again to seal the win with two minutes left. This time, the Spanish striker passed to Koke for a header, topping off their superb joint performance.

ESL One Cologne: the next million-dollar Valve Major

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ESL One Cologne the next million-dollar Valve Major

Valve announced that ESL One will return to Cologne, as the world’s largest standalone Counter-Strike event was named as the next official Valve Major for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The international eSports event will be held at the LANXESS Arena will boast a prize pool of a million dollars. It also marks the fifth Major for ESL out of Valve’s total of nine.

Teams that participated but did not make it to the quarter-finals at the Columbus Major will compete in June to qualify for the tournament. They will also play against top-teams of the Regional Minor Championships in the Asian, European, North American and CIS regions.

But with only eight “challenger” slots available, only eight teams will break out and advance to the group stages of ESL Cologne.

The tournament will kick off on the 5th to the 7th of July with the group stages, as the challenger teams face-off against eight “Legends” who received direct invites to the tournament.

“Last year’s ESL One Cologne was one for the history books. – We delivered by far the world’s biggest and most-watched Counter-Strike event of all time, but more than anything I am proud to say that we delivered a fantastic event in of itself,” said Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL.

“There are always things we can improve on, and we’re looking to take key learnings from last year to raise the bar even further in 2016 for what will hopefully be a truly legendary experience, both online and off.”

Spectators attending the event will be able to collect signatures from their favorite players, browse showcases with replica life-size weapon skins from CS:GO and get together with other CS:GO fans at the ESL One Camp.

The competition will also be streamed online through ESL’s various streaming partners, as well as in-game through GOTV. Behind-the-scenes footage of players and personalities will once again be made available thanks to dedicated filming crews, this time in higher volume.

Tickets for the event are available now, and the pricing will range from 41 to 301 Euros, with special lounges available for 2999Euros.