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Rubio leads Suns over Jazz in his return to Utah

first_img Written by Tags: NBA/Phoenix Suns/Ricky Rubio/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ricky Rubio had 22 points, 11 assists and seven steals to lead the Phoenix Suns over the reeling Utah Jazz 131-111 on Monday night.In his first game back in Salt Lake City after playing for the Jazz for two seasons, Rubio engineered an offense that shot 56% seemed a step ahead of the Jazz all night.Devin Booker had 24 points and 10 assists while Deandre Ayton  added 16 for the Suns. Associated Press February 24, 2020 /Sports News – Local Rubio leads Suns over Jazz in his return to Utahlast_img

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Lil Wayne Finally Frees ‘Tha Carter V’ After Years Of Ugly Label Battles At Star-Studded Birthday Bash [Album Stream/Photos]

first_imgIn recent weeks, news surfaced that Lil Wayne and Birdman had finally reached an agreement for an undisclosed sum, effectively freeing up Tha Carter V for release. Now, the album has finally arrived, though it seems pretty clear that it’s not entirely a relic of 2012 that’s been collecting dust for half a decade. The new album features a slew of special guests both young and old including features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, his daughter, Reginae Carter, Ashanti, Snoop Dogg, and more and boasts production credits from Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Metro Boomin, Mannie Fresh, Zaytoven, DJ Mustard. The album also includes a collaboration with highly controversial young rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead during a robbery attempt earlier this year.Tha Carter V, as it is released today, is likely a combination of new and old, featuring some material from the intended initial release and some created in the time since. It’s hard to see exactly where that line is, too. The album has plenty of the more rock-influenced, trap-style beats that have now become the norm, but Wayne had already started experimenting with that new musical direction for some time by 2012, as evidenced by his sound on mixtapes like Rebirth (2010), No I Am Not a Human Being (2010), and the other numerous “unofficial” projects he’s released since then.While it’s surely not the same Wayne that earned the commanded him the “greatest rapper alive” crown for much of the 2000’s, it’s still a new Weezy album, and it’s still an exciting victory after years and years of waiting. Stream Tha Carter V below:Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V – Full Album After years locked up in label disputes, Lil Wayne‘s long-awaited new album, Tha Carter V, has finally arrived. The 23-track album marks the fifth installment in the prolific rapper’s enormously successful, Grammy-winning series of albums. However, in addition to the baseline excitement of fans about a new Weezy LP, the significant buzz surrounding this specific release stems from a long, fraught battle his parent label, Cash Money Records, and Birdman, the label’s leader and Wayne’s noted musical father figure.The album was teased by Wayne and those around him as far back as 2012, one year after the release of Tha Carter IV, which was met with a middling critical response but was an overwhelming commercial success, eventually being certified Platinum two times over. Tha Carter IV also came after an extended delay, prompting Wayne to release a new mixtape, Sorry 4 Tha Wait, to hold fans over until the album’s release.In 2014, Lil Wayne released “Believe Me” featuring Drake, which was intended to be Tha Carter V‘s lead single. However, shortly before the album’s rumored initial release date, Weezy F. Baby fired off a series of tweets explaining that fans would have to wait, as Birdman was not going to release the project. As he lamented at the time,To all my fans, I want you to know that my album won’t and hasn’t been released bekuz … Cash Money Records refuse to release it. This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation. … I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy. I am a prisoner and so is my creativity. Again, I am truly sorry and I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thank you.Lil Wayne’s feud with his label only ramped up from there. In early 2015, Weezy sued Cash Money for $51 million and demanded the right to terminate his contract and leave the label. Later that year, Wayne released The Free Weezy Album exclusively on Tidal, and Cash Money returned fire by filing suit against Jay-Z‘s fledgling streaming platform for $50 million. That suit was eventually dropped. Through all that, Tha Carter V remained one of popular music’s big, mythical question marks. With each passing year, fans got more and more ravenous for its release, and the online campaign to #FreeThaCarterV (or #FreeC5) continued to grow louder and louder. Load remaining imagescenter_img Lil Wayne Tha Carter V Tracklisting1. “I Love You Dwayne” (Jacida Carter)2. “Don’t Cry” (featuring XXXTentacion)3. “Dedicate” (samples a Barack Obama speech)4. “Uproar”5. “Let It Fly” (featuring Travis Scott)6. “Can’t Be Broken”7. “Dark Side of the Moon” (featuring Nicki Minaj)8. “Mona Lisa” (featuring Kendrick Lamar)9. “What About Me” (featuring Sosamann)10. “Open Letter”11. “Famous” (featuring Reginae Carter)12. “Problems”13. “Dope Niggaz” (featuring Snoop Dogg)14. “Hittas”15. “Took His Time”16. “Open Safe”17. “Start This Shit Off Right” (featuring Ashanti and Mack Maine)18. “Demon”19. “Mess”20. “Dope New Gospel” (featuring Nivea)21. “Perfect Strangers”22. “Used 2”23. “Let It All Work Out”View TracklistingWeezy celebrated the hard-won release of the LP with a star-studded joint 36th birthday party/release party dubbed “Wayne’s World,” attended by famous friends like Stevie Wonder, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Timbaland, Ray J, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, Trippie Redd, Shaggy, Trey Songz, Tiffany Haddish, Draya Michelle. You can check out a gallery of photos from the party below via Getty Images.Lil Wayne was also just announced as the replacement for the injured Childish Gambino at the upcoming Austin City Limits festival—though we all know what happened last time he was booked as a late festival lineup addition. We won’t hold our breaths, we’ll just be over here victoriously bumping Tha Carter V.Lil Wayne 36th Birthday/’Tha Carter V’ Release Party | Hubble Studios | Los Angeles, CA | 9/27/18 | Photos: Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Banned Shakib pleads for  support, promises return

first_imgBANNED Bangladesh allrounder and captain  Shakib Al Hasan has pleaded for support from the cricketing fraternity and expressed his determination to return after he completes his ban.The International Cricket Council (ICC) handed Shakib a two-year ban from cricket, with the second year suspended, for failing to inform authorities about being approached by a bookmaker on multiple occasions in 2018.“Those who have supported me over the years I hope they, the fans, Bangladesh Cricket Board, the government, the journalists will continue to support me in my bad and good time,” Shakib told reporters in Dhaka hours after the ban was announced.“If you continue your support, I am hopeful I will come back to cricket soon. I will be stronger and will perform my responsibilities with more sincerity,” he said.Shakib will be free to resume international cricket from October 29, 2020 subject to his satisfying the conditions relating to the suspended part of the sanction, the ICC said.The ban effectively ruled out Shakib from next year’s T20 World Cup that will be held from October 8 to November 15 in Australia.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) praised Shakib for his cooperation with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) investigators and promised its full support for him.“While the BCB is shocked and extremely disappointed that an experienced player like Shakib had failed to report a corrupt approach on three occasions, at the same time we are pleased that he has cooperated fully with the ICC ACU and has pledged his commitment to its education programme,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan said in a statement.“We hope he will come back as a better and wiser cricketer and serve Bangladesh for many more years when his sanction will be over. During the suspension the BCB will continue to support his efforts at returning to cricket,” he said.Shakib will be free to resume international cricket from October 29, 2020 subject to his satisfying the conditions relating to the suspended part of the sanction, the ICC said.The ban effectively ruled out Shakib from next year’s T20 World Cup that will be held from October 8 to November 15 in Australia.Shakib, who has played 56 Tests, 206 ODIs and 76 Twenty20 internationals, is by far Bangladesh’s best-known player, having topped the ICC allrounder rankings in all three formats several times since 2009.He starred for the team during the recent 50-over World Cup in England, where he scored 606 runs in eight innings at an average of 86.57, including two centuries, and collected 11 wickets.In the World Cup, he also became the fastest and only the fifth cricketer to reach 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs.The suspension against Shakib came at a time when he was at loggerheads with Bangladesh cricket officials after leading a player revolt last week.The country’s cricket board said on Saturday they would take legal action against Shakib for allegedly breaching his contract to sign a sponsorship deal with a mobile phone operator.The turmoil over Shakib came just days before Bangladesh were to embark on their first-ever full-fledged bilateral series in India featuring three Twenty20 internationals and two Tests, that will include the first-ever day-night Test for both nations at Eden Gardens.Shakib had been expected to lead the team in both series. (AFP)last_img read more

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2019: Results, highlights from Hamidou Diallo’s win

first_imgA series of highlight-reel slams gave Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo the title of NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Saturday night. Diallo jumped over Quavo in the final round to edge Dennis Smith Jr. 88-85. Smith failed to convert the first of his two dunks in the round.  Diallo also dominated the first round with a pair of perfect 50 scores, including a slam over Shaquille O’Neal and an alley-oop from Russell Westbrook.  Miles Bridges and John Collins were eliminated in the first round, receiving 83 and 82 points, respectively, from the judges. Diallo is the 12th rookie to win the dunk contest and the second in a row, following Donovan Mitchell’s triumph in 2018.MORE: 3-Point Contest, Skills Challenge highlights |   Dunk contest historySporting News provided live updates and highlights of the contest, which concluded the competitions on All-Star Saturday.NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Live updates, highlights(All times Eastern)10:27 p.m.:  Diallo takes the handoff from Quavo and jumps over him. It’s a 45, which is enough to give him the victory over Smith. 10:25 p.m.:  Smith jumps over Dwyane Wade and converts the alley-oop from Steph Curry. Wade isn’t Shaq, but it still earns a 50. . @Dennis1SmithJr went over @DwyaneWade for a 50! 😳 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/Dtx6wVIBiZ— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 201910:22 p.m.:  Diallo dunks it off a high bounce. Nothing special, but it’s a 43 to give him an early lead over Smith. GET UP, @hamidoudiallo ! 🔨 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/gxPb5Z4PWt— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 201910:20 p.m.:  After shooting for a between-the-legs dunk with his bad hand, Smith switches up but misses his last attempt as well and scores just a 35 to start the final.10:13 p.m.:  Hamidou Diallo and his Superman undershirt just dunked over Shaq. Tremendous. He gets his second 50 and will face off against Smith in the final.DIALLO JUMPED OVER SHAQHE JUMPED OVER SHAQ.HE JUMPED OVER SHAQ. pic.twitter.com/nHwq9glluV— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 17, 201910:09 p.m.:  J.Cole is the latest dunk contest guest star. He throws an alley-oop to Smith, who throws it down with one hand while wearing Cole’s high school basketball jersey. That should beat his first score of 45, and it does as he gets a 50, giving him a total of 95 and moving him to the final.. @Dennis1SmithJr OVER @JColeNC ! 😱 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/uIOwAqYtFy— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 201910:06 p.m.:  Collins’ low-budget re-enactment of the Wright Brothers involves him jumping over the side of a wooden plane. He scores a 42 and finishes with 82, one point behind Bridges.John Collins took out the plane but still threw it down! 🛩 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/HrYAt25rnm— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 201910:03 p.m.:  Donning a Larry Johnson jersey after he was accompanied out of the tunnel by Muggsy Bogues, Bridges receives an assist from Kemba Walker and gets a perfect 50 to lead off the second stage of the first round. He finishes with a first round-score of 83.5️⃣0️⃣ @MilesBridges goes 360 on ’em in the Larry Johnson jersey! 🔥 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/0OhNsVXDMU— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 20199:57 p.m.:  Miles Bridges misses all four dunk attempts and gets a 33. He tried to throw it off the backboard and go between his legs. Diallo is in the lead after the first attempt of the first round.If Miles Bridges had made this … #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/YV0WsZwRs3— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 20199:55 p.m.:  After back-to-back misses, Dennis Smith Jr. gets a 45 on a dunk that he bounced to himself.DSJ elevates and gets 45 from the judges! 🛫 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/yez7AStwM4— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 20199:52 p.m.:  Hamidou Diallo brings out teammate Russell Westbrook, who throws him an alley-oop. Diallo’s off-hand windmill throwdown earns him a 48.. @hamidoudiallo with an assist from Brodie! ⚡️🔨 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/pSMApV8L35— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 20199:50 p.m.:  John Collins starts the contest with a one-handed jam from the corner, but he touched the backboard for support. He scores a 40. . @jcollins20_ grabbed the backboard! 👀 #ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/h9gx4vG8fz— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 20199:48 p.m.:  The four competitors are introduced, cheesy dance moves and all.The #ATTSlamDunk participants are introduced! #StateFarmSaturday on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/OYwUDjxiwg— NBA (@NBA) February 17, 20199:30 p.m.:  Joe Harris wins the 3-Point Contest, meaning the dunk contest is right around the corner.8:15 p.m.:  John Collins used Friday’s Rising Stars game as a warmup for the dunk contest.OK, John Collins 👀 pic.twitter.com/3YX7lo2KYJ— Sporting News NBA (@sn_nba) February 16, 2019last_img read more

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