Daily Archives: May 27, 2016

Dream team and Cloud9 squeezes into Challenger Series

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Dream team and Cloud9 squeezes into Challenger Series

Dream team and Cloud9 Challenger clawed their way into the North American Challenger Series (NACS) for the League of Legends Summer Season as the event gets underway next month.

Cloud9 Challenger and Dream Team managed to move into the tournament after staving off Destined for Glory and Arsenal in the qualifiers.

But by any accounts, Dream Team needs to step up their game to on improve their performance and results they achieved in Spring. The team formerly known as Astral Authority went 1-2-2 in the round robin, only picking up a win over bottom finishers Enemy.

On the other hand, Cloud9 Challenger had to purchase the palyoffs spot from Enemy after disbanding Cloud9 Tempest last November to reform their second-tier lineup.

Now, their new star-studded lineup An “Balls” Van Le, Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae, Hai “Hai” Du Lam, Johnny “Altec” Ru, and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart played a huge part in the team, capable of competing in the highest level such as delivering in the NACS qualifiers.

Still, the NACS landscape is not a familiar place. Only Team Liquid Academy returns from the Spring Season, with Ember having sold their spot.

Team Dignitas also offloaded its berth after LCS relegation and the other team coming down from the LCS, Team Dragon Knights, was forced to sell after a Riot competitive ruling. Their spot has been purchased by Eanix.

On the other side of the pond, the European Challenger Series (EUCS) has just moved into the playoff stage. Victors amongst Misfits, Euronics Gaming, Forge, and SK Gaming will claim a place in the EUCS Summer Season.

Warriors resist elimination; Cavaliers thumps Raptors

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Warriors resist elimination; Cavaliers thumps Raptors

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The Golden State Warriors staves off their seemingly impending elimination from the NBA playoffs by beating Oklahoma City Thunder to make it 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

The Thunders did no wrong, however. Their dynamic duo, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were able to net 40 and 31 points respectively, adding eight assists and seven rebounds for the team.

But a defiant Stephen Curry rallied his team in their attempt to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 playoff deficit. He raised his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd and bagged 31 points, keeping safe the defending champions who broke records by 73-9 in the regular season.

As the game approached the end, Curry yelled defiantly, “We’re not going home! We’re not going home!”

Klay Thompson added 27 for the Warriors, and they will meet Thunder for Game 6 on Saturday night.

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Back on home turf, the Cleveland Cavaliers blitzed straight past the Toronto Raptors from the start to pull ahead to 3-2 as the playoff score levelled after their last game.

Lebron James scored 23 points while Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

The four-time MVP also added eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter with the Cavs up 37. He spent the fourth quarter resting on the bench, watching keenly as Cleveland’s reserves completed the demolishing.

They came into the game following two straight losses across the border, opening with a 34-point lead in the first half and never slowed down since.

Lebron and his team could clinch a second consecutive conference title with a win in Game 6 away at Canada once more.

FA Cup scraps quarter-final replays

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FA Cup scraps quarter-final replays

Manchester United won the FA Cup last Saturday after defeating Crystal Palace by 2-1.

The Football Association (FA) had decided to scrap FA Cup replays for the quarter-finals starting next season as plans of the competition were approved.

The governing body said that the decision was part of its “ongoing review” of the competition.

Under the new rules, the remaining eight clubs will battle it out over one weekend. Each tie will be played to a finish on the day; should normal time ends with a draw, extra-time and subsequently, penalties will be used to decide a winner.

Replays in earlier rounds remained; meaning lower-league clubs will still have the opportunity to make amends to first game failures by winning second matches against higher-ranked clubs.

Manchester United beat West Ham in a replay in this season’s quarter-finals – with Marouane Fellaini scoring the game winner – before going on to lift the trophy in the final at Wembley.

Semi-final replays were scrapped too albeit two decades earlier. Manchester United was also responsible then, as their 1999 victory over Arsenal sped on their way to winning their historic treble.

The new plan comes as part of the FA’s commitment to ease the congested fixture schedule that Premier League teams are constantly burdened by and help the development of the England national team.

The FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: “The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general.”

“In a demanding calendar and with increased pressures on fans it is important we move with the times and consider new innovations such as last week’s successful Non-league finals day which saw 50,000 fans at Wembley for the Vase and Trophy.”

“While fully respecting tradition and history, this new development will help the Cup retain its status as a much-loved and world-renowned competition.”