Pelicans vs Spurs

Pelicans vs Spurs: Pelicans vs Spurs Live Stream NBA Basketball Game 2019 preseason, the San Antonio Spurs will look to collect their first win against the New Orleans Pelicans. The most hyped prospect since LeBron James,  The San Antonio Spurs are in need of their first preseason win. … their work cut out for them as they take on Zion and the New Orleans Pelicans.

We can now officially say the Boston Celtics regular season begins next week, and Brad Stevens’ staff has two more preseason games to experiment before their decisions count for something in the standings. Here’s a look at five things to watch for as the Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon.

The Celtics waxed the Orlando Magic, a team many expect to be decent this season. The Cavaliers are not expected to be decent, which is a classic set up for a flat start from the Celtics. And while the wins and losses aren’t the main focus of any preseason, last year’s Celtics were notorious for being unable to handle success.I’m not trying to dredge up horrible memories here, but this is a situation where last year’s might come out and loaf for long stretches. This might be a little PTSD kicking in, but it’d be nice to see this team come out strong and erase some of those bad memories.

Brad Stevens has been focused on togetherness and execution. It would be great to see that for however long his presumed starting lineup is out there.

This continues to be the obvious thing to watch for. We have seen two different approaches in two games, so now we’re looking to see what’s becoming a trend, and what’s still part of the experimentation.

The only consistent thing in both games has been Enes Kanter coming off the bench. If that continues, then we can feel good about projecting that out as part of the Stevens plan. Also, if that continues, then we can also assume that Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward will be the starters.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 2019 Live

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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Led by pole winner Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports reasserted its domination of superspeedway qualifying on Saturday at Talladega. The winner at Talladega in April, Elliott toured the 2.66-mile track in 46.692 seconds (192.707 mph) to win his second Busch Pole Award at Talladega, his fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. Hendrick Motorsports swept the top four starting spots for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Alex Bowman qualified second at 192.552 mph, .040 seconds behind his teammate. William Byron (192.258 mph) earned the third starting spot, followed by Jimmie Johnson (191.566 mph).

Saturday’s session was the second time this year Hendrick cars have swept the top four qualifying positions. Hendrick drivers were 1-2-3-4 in qualifying for the Daytona 500, though they didn’t start the race that way because of subsequent Duel qualifying races. Once before, in the spring Talladega race in 2011, Hendrick put all four of its cars on the front two rows with Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the pole, followed by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin.

“We had a really fast NAPA Night Vision Camaro there,” said Elliott, who got a boost from qualifying after an early engine failure at Dover dropped him seven points below the current cutline for Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. “It was really faster than I was expecting it to be today, which is nice. And (crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) and our team do such a good job at these places.

“Really, Hendrick, as a whole, and our body shop and our engine shop doing the job that they do coming to these places and have fast race cars and really, it’s kind of on them. So, I’m really proud of the effort. It was a tough week last week, obviously, so it’s just nice to come back and get a pole. Obviously, it’s a long race and anything can happen. So we’ve got to take advantage of a good pit pick and we’ll go to work from there and see what happens.”

Elliott, Bowman and Byron all are fighting for spots in the Round of 8, but the Hendrick contingent won’t have much help within the Chevrolet camp at the start of the race. The three rows behind the four Hendrick cars are occupied by Fords, with Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano qualifying fifth through 10th, respectively.

We’ve had some good runs here, for sure,” said Logano, a three-time winner at Talladega. “We’ve had some really good race cars, and things have gone our way a lot, but I’ve said this all week that superspeedway racing evolves all the time. It never really stays the same for more than two or three races before our competition figures out a new way to beat you, and then you’ve got to come up with something new again.

We’ve got to stay open to doing what our competition is doing and trying to do what they do better than them. That’s what we’ve got to try to do, but it seems like now more than ever the teamwork aspect has really come into play more than it’s ever been. I say teamwork, not just Penske — we’re talking about all the Fords or all the Chevys or Toyotas. Everyone really seems to be committed to each other and it’s really changed the game a lot.”

Erik Jones qualified 11th in the fastest Toyota. The remaining five playoff drivers qualified as follows: Kyle Larson 12th, Kevin Harvick 15th, Martin Truex Jr. 18th, Kyle Busch 26th and Denny Hamlin 40th. Hamlin didn’t complete his lap before his engine failed.

I blew up down the back coming to the checkered flag,” Hamlin said. “I was super fortunate that it happened when it did. I told them that I’ve seen some amazing, crazy things happen in my playoff career, but blowing up on Lap 1 would have set a new precedent for me.

“I’m just super fortunate that it happened when it did. We were 15 seconds away from shutting her down and not knowing until the race started. It was crazy it all ended up the way it did. This was definitely more fortunate than unfortunate.”

Melbourne vs Clippers

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We can now officially say the Boston Celtics regular season begins next week, and Brad Stevens’ staff has two more preseason games to experiment before their decisions count for something in the standings. Here’s a look at five things to watch for as the Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon.

The Celtics waxed the Orlando Magic, a team many expect to be decent this season. The Cavaliers are not expected to be decent, which is a classic set up for a flat start from the Celtics. And while the wins and losses aren’t the main focus of any preseason, last year’s Celtics were notorious for being unable to handle success.I’m not trying to dredge up horrible memories here, but this is a situation where last year’s might come out and loaf for long stretches. This might be a little PTSD kicking in, but it’d be nice to see this team come out strong and erase some of those bad memories.

Brad Stevens has been focused on togetherness and execution. It would be great to see that for however long his presumed starting lineup is out there.

This continues to be the obvious thing to watch for. We have seen two different approaches in two games, so now we’re looking to see what’s becoming a trend, and what’s still part of the experimentation.

The only consistent thing in both games has been Enes Kanter coming off the bench. If that continues, then we can feel good about projecting that out as part of the Stevens plan. Also, if that continues, then we can also assume that Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward will be the starters.

Quebec City Marathon 2019

Quebec City Marathon 2019: Quebec City Marathon 2019 Live Stream Onlinje Watch The marathon started almost an hour late, at 8 a.m Sunday. Race director Dominic Piché said the delay was caused by a shortage of staff and volunteers to secure the road race’s course. Piché said he had become aware of the issue on Saturday night and had hoped to rectify the issue in time for the race’s scheduled 7:10 start. Montreal police officers ultimately stepped in to help secure the course. It is not yet clear if that will come at an additional cost to the race’s organizers.

The day after a 24-year-old man collapsed and died during the Montreal Marathon on Sunday, there are questions about whether more could have been done to save him.

Patrick Neely collapsed about two hours into the race, near the intersection of St. Hubert St. and Cherrier Rd. He was about two kilometres away from the finish line for the 21.1-kilometre half-marathon, which he had been registered to run. He was pronounced dead Monday morning at the CHUM.

A medical resident told La Presse that she tried to resuscitate the man, but he had no pulse. Neely reportedly suffered from a pre-existing heart condition. Some witnesses said life-saving equipment such as defibrillators were not readily available.

Marathon officials said their medical support was well coordinated with more than 50 defibrillators available.

Urgences-Sante spokesperson Valerie Tremblay told CTV News Montreal that first responders arrived on the scene seven minutes after they received a call about Neely’s collapse, adding that the marathon had its own medical team in place for the race. Cardiologist Chris Labos said that response time is impressive.

“When you consider the logistics involved in getting an ambulance or paramedics to a location – and especially when you consider at a marathon. It’s not a group of people located in one space, it’s a group of people spread out over several kilometres across the city. So the logistics of it getting someone where they need to go is actually quite complicated,” said Labos. “When it comes to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest or any type of cardiac arrest, the key factor is, of course, time.”

The death of a participant in a Montreal marathon event on Sunday is raising questions about whether it took too long to get him help.

Quebec’s coroner’s office confirms that 24-year-old half-marathon participant Patrick Neely died during the International Oasis Rock ‘N’ Roll Montreal Marathon.

The paramedic agency serving the Montreal area says it responded rapidly to a call for a man in cardio-respiratory arrest a few kilometres from the half-marathon finish line.

Urgences Sante spokesperson Veronique Tremblay says the call came in at 9:55 a.m., and paramedics were treating Neely seven minutes later.

A spokeswoman for the provincial coroner says the office will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, while police say they won’t comment on a what was a medical event.

The marathon had been plagued with logistical problems at the start, with race organizers apologizing for nearly an hour delay.

Cavaliers vs Celtics

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We can now officially say the Boston Celtics regular season begins next week, and Brad Stevens’ staff has two more preseason games to experiment before their decisions count for something in the standings. Here’s a look at five things to watch for as the Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon.

The Celtics waxed the Orlando Magic, a team many expect to be decent this season. The Cavaliers are not expected to be decent, which is a classic set up for a flat start from the Celtics. And while the wins and losses aren’t the main focus of any preseason, last year’s Celtics were notorious for being unable to handle success.I’m not trying to dredge up horrible memories here, but this is a situation where last year’s might come out and loaf for long stretches. This might be a little PTSD kicking in, but it’d be nice to see this team come out strong and erase some of those bad memories.

Brad Stevens has been focused on togetherness and execution. It would be great to see that for however long his presumed starting lineup is out there.

This continues to be the obvious thing to watch for. We have seen two different approaches in two games, so now we’re looking to see what’s becoming a trend, and what’s still part of the experimentation.

The only consistent thing in both games has been Enes Kanter coming off the bench. If that continues, then we can feel good about projecting that out as part of the Stevens plan. Also, if that continues, then we can also assume that Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward will be the starters.

Victoria Marathon 2019 Live

Victoria Marathon 2019 Live: Victoria Marathon 2019 Live Stream Online Watch The Victoria Marathon On October 13, 2019 we are celebrating the 40th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon! Join us for all the celebrations. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is a beautiful, seaside course with some mild undulations. The registered, not-for-profit Victoria Marathon Society administers the annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and associated events. The 42.195K GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon takes place annually on the Sunday of the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend and is accompanied by a Half Marathon, 8K Turkey Trot and a 1.25K Thrifty Foods Kids Run.

Although both Victoria and Albuquerque, New Mexico, provide picturesque backdrops for running, they do so in different ways. In Victoria, it’s the ocean bracketed by the Olympic Mountains. In Albuquerque, it’s the painted high desert with the Sandia Mountains hovering nearby.

The graduate of the NCAA Div. 1 University of New Mexico Lobos will run the half-marathon Sunday as part of the 40th GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon weekend. Florez might be tempted to run the full marathon distance but is keeping his eyes on the big prize and using this weekend as fitness training for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials Feb. 29 in Atlanta.

“The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are my goal,” he said.

This is his third trip up across the border to race the Victoria half-marathon, in which he was second last year and third in 2017.

“I love the atmosphere of the race here, and it really helps that the Victoria course is undulating, much as the Atlanta course is going to be for the USA Olympic qualifying marathon,” said Florez.

A native of Hobbs, New Mexico, Florez’s first love was basketball and he played for his high school team. Then as punishment one day, he was sent to run with the school cross-country team, and out-legged everybody. That certainly did not go unnoticed by the varsity coach and he was suddenly thrust into a role as a dual high-school athlete with running eventually taking primacy.

“I don’t know where I would be if not for running,” said Florez.

“It has taught me so many life lessons. Chiefly, you will only reap the benefits equal to the effort you put into it. I was never a champion in the NCAA, and only really bloomed after school was done. But I kept my nose in it and grinding away year after year, until I hit the Olympic qualifying standard. I just put my head down and kept getting after it while always believing in myself.”

Florez majored in art at UNM and is also making a name for himself for his stylized portraits of historical icons such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Sitting Bull and Harriet Tubman.

“Albuquerque is the third-ranked artists’ mecca in the U.S., behind only much larger cities like New York and Los Angeles, and I am fortunate to be able to pursue both my painting and running passions there in my home state,” said Florez.

Joining Florez on the streets of the B.C. capital will be his girlfriend, Nicole Roberts. She was fourth in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase at the British trials and will run the 8K here Sunday. The two met at UNM.

Meanwhile, defending five-time Victoria Marathon champion Daniel Kipkoech will be looking to make history Sunday with his Sweet Sixth by besting Kelvin Broad’s streak of five consecutive victories from 1994 to 1998.

Fellow-Kenyan Jonathan Chesoo — winner of the Calgary Marathon and second in the BMO Vancouver Half-Marathon this year and with a fearsome personal best of 2:10 — will give Kipkoech a strong challenge.

Top women’s marathon seeds are Andrea Lee of Vancouver and Madeline Yungblut from Clifford, Ont.

The top male master’s marathon seed is a familiar figure who has turned 40. Kip Kangogo is a three-time champion of the Times Colonist10K and has a personal best marathon time of 2:15.

Courtenay doctor Janet Green will be running her 400th marathon Sunday in a list that includes Boston more than 20 times and also New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo. The 65-year-old belongs to a rare club by having run marathons on every continent.

Meanwhile, 80-year-old Keith Ashton of Victoria will be running his first marathon.

“It shows that it’s never too late to start,” said Jonathan Foweraker, president of the Victoria Marathon Society.

The Victoria race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and more than 300 runners will be going after those standards, including 70-year-old Roslyn Smith of Comox, who won her age group in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

The prize purse for the Victoria marathon and half marathon is $33,500, with $3,000 going to the top male and female marathoners, and a $4,000 bonus on offer for a men’s or women’s marathon course record. The men’s course record of 2:13:42 was established in 2013 by Lamech Mokono and the women’s (2:37:56) by Lucy Njeri in 2011.

Olympian and 2019 Lima Pan Am Games 10,000-metre gold-medallist Natasha Wodak holds the women’s Victoria half-marathon record of 1:11:45 set last year. The men’s Victoria half marathon record of 1:02:32 was set in 2002 by Jon Brown, who twice placed fourth in the Olympic Games marathon. Canadian internationals Gary Barber and Ulla Hansen hold the respective men’s and women’s 8K course records of 23:23 and 26:24.

As of early Friday, 8,021 people had registered to run Sunday, which is up more than 300 from last year. The breakdown is 1,464 registered for the marathon, 3,378 for the half marathon, 2,402 for the 8K and 765 for the Thrifty Foods children’s run.

Yankees vs Astros

Yankees vs Astros: Yankees vs Astros Live Stream, Watch  2019 MLB Game Online Free in HD TV Coverage. The New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 on Saturday in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Watch Gleyber Torres drove in five runs to lead the Yankees to an easy win over the Astros,  Astros vs Yankees while Masahiro Tanaka continued his pitching brilliance in the postseason. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was great in one start and terrible in the next facing the Tampa Bay Rays in a Division Series.

A recent report indicated baseballs aren’t going as far in the postseason as they did in the regular season, when record home run numbers were produced. And the Cardinals said Saturday their analytics were specific about the balls lacking distance.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, asked about that before his team’s 7-0 victory over the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, said he wasn’t aware of the report. “I hadn’t heard anything, so I am going to ask our guys what we’ve got,’’ Boone said. “There may be a couple of balls in Minnesota that seemed like maybe they could have gone a little further. Whether that is the cool weather, those kind of things, I don’t know. I am just hearing about this now, I don’t know what to make of it.’’

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was indifferent to the issue. “I’m sure there are a couple of balls across the way, across these games, that, man, that looked like that should leave compared to the season,’’ Hinch said. “But the conspiracy of the ball, I’m so far away from caring about that. I want to try to win games. I hope every ball the Yankees hit is deflated and we get to catch it at the warning track. I don’t have a lot of time to spend on the difference of the ball.’’

Justin Verlander doesn’t know what to think about playoff ball controversy.
Justin Verlander doesn’t know what to think about playoff ball controversy.Getty Images Astros Game 2 starter Justin Verlander spoke in July about the baseball being different this season than in years past, and leading to record home run numbers.

Verlander was asked about the report Saturday. “I haven’t personally noticed it. I haven’t really talked to guys about it, especially because when all those reports came back, it was right before Game 5, and I didn’t want the hitters to be talking about that; they had other things on their mind,’’ Verlander said. “I think MLB just came out with a report they haven’t changed, right? I guess we’ve got to believe that, right? I don’t know. Who knows?”

Verlander says the players should have a say in any alterations to the baseballs. Pitchers have complained this year the stitches on the ball are lower than in the past.

“I think that the players should be involved if the ball is going to change. Who knows if they are or are not? But at the end of the day, we are all using the same baseball when we step on the field,’’ Verlander said. “As long as it’s an even playing field at this point in the game, that’s all we can ask for.

Since he was a young child in his native Venezuela, Gleyber Torres has displayed a preternatural ability to defy his age. Baseball scouts would often tell Torres’s father that his son, 12 at the time, was playing more like a 16-year-old. It was surprising because it reinforced a hunch that Eusebio Torres was developing while watching his son play in tournaments.

“That was new for me because he was so young,” Torres’s father said in Spanish while standing outside the Yankees clubhouse at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.

Ten years later, none of what happened in the Yankees’ lopsided 7-0 win over the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series surprised Torres’s father or his son’s teammates. In a lineup of experienced All-Stars and towering sluggers, the youngest of them all — the 22-year-old infielder — has been a shining star of the Yankees’ postseason.

“He’s playing like a veteran,” Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said. “He’s playing like he’s been in every situation already.”

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In the opening act of the highly anticipated best-of-seven series between the two top teams in the A.L., Torres produced three hits and drove in five of the Yankees’ seven runs. It was enough to buoy Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees’ starting pitcher who continued his mastery of October. Tanaka’s six scoreless innings lowered his career postseason E.R.A. to 1.32.

“Masahiro was at his best,” Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner said. The A.L.C.S. was expected to be a taut showdown between star-studded lineups and pitching staffs. It may end up that way, but in Game 1, the Yankees easily dispatched the Astros and Zack Greinke, part of Houston’s vaunted starting rotation. The Yankees amassed 13 hits and forced Astros Manager A.J. Hinch to use four relievers.

Haifa vs Timberwolves

Haifa vs Timberwolves: Haifa vs Timberwolves Live Stream Online NBA Game 2019 Free TV Coverage, Minnesota Timberwolves take on Maccabi Haifa for a pre-season game on Sunday, October 13. Get a summary of the Maccabi Haifa vs Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game. Curry scored 40 points in 25 minutes, Jordan Poole added 19 points and D’Angelo Russell had 16 for Golden State (1-1).

A third straight NBA championship and fourth in five years was not in the works for the Warriors. Instead, they saw their dynasty crumble in the most painful way possible as injuries knocked Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant out in The Finals. Until those players fell to the floor, the Warriors were well equipped to keep the champagne flowing.

Stephen Curry was once again a stellar offensive force. Thompson recovered from a slow start to round into typical form. Durant once again demonstrated why many believe he is the game’s greatest player. A mix of superstars, supporting cast, coaching and championship experience made the Warriors the strong Finals favorite no matter what team emerged from the East. It was also a bittersweet time for the franchise, which played for the final time in Oakland at Oracle Arena.

As it were, drastic change beckoned as summer approached. A new arena (the Chase Center) called the Warriors’ name, but unfortunately, Durant did not when he became a free agent. The Warriors, as we once knew them, were finished in multiple ways.

China has gone from basketball-mad to mad over basketball.

But is all this anger coming from the common man or the communist government?

It’s complicated.

“It’s a crazy time,” one 30-something told the Post. “It’s so complicated. Very, very complicated.”

With undertones that are both social and political, Hong Kong’s relationship with mainland China was complex even before the protests started, and long before Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey started an international incident with his tweet backing the pro-democracy protesters.

The tweet left many in China vexed, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s support of Morey’s right to free speech — if not the message — left the communist government downright irate.
“It’s complicated,” a restaurant worker in the Bund area said, adding in quiet conspiratorial tones, “Politicians are always dirty. I don’t want to talk too much, but it’s always about politicians.”

The Post found differing degrees of anger over Morey’s tweet. One local said the Chinese want an apology, not Morey to be fired.

“That’s what we want. Well, that’s what our government wants. Quit or not quit, that’s not our business. They just want him to apologize,” said a local calling himself Peng.

We don’t need your support. (Don’t) support the mad people . . . He’s never been to Hong Kong to see how crazy they are. They damage bank machines, the bus, take rocks to the police station.”

The Post spoke with one Hong Kong resident in the Pudong neighborhood, a U.S.-raised 30-something. She rued the fact that the government shut down the Nets and Lakers public appearances — the teams were in China for a week and played two preseason games on Thursday and Saturday — and said the fans are the ones caught in the middle.

“It’s a shame. They just want to see basketball. Some people are (mad), but it’s mostly just the government.”

The NBA banners that adorned the streets are now gone. Chinese TV cancelled broadcasts and sponsors jumped ship to the extent some NBA teams are bracing for next year’s salary cap to drop 10-to-15% from lost revenue, according to Yahoo.

While Taiwanese-born Nets owner Joe Tsai’s stance on the issue has left fans forgiving of his team, at the NBA Style shop near Jing’an Temple in the Puxi neighborhood, Houston Rockets gear had all been plucked off the shelves and tossed in a heap on the floor.

One basketball-loving local’s eyes widened when approached by The Post’s Nets beat writer.

“If this situation happened last season you’d have Jeremy Lin; but he left the NBA and came to the CBA. In time you calm down each part, your part, our government, then recover before next season,” he said, before laughing “then you get [Nets player Kevin] Durant back.

“Brooklyn still will have good relationship with China because of Joe’s statement. So we will still love and happy to see Brooklyn on TV — if we can still see any game on TV.”

When The Post approached a fan near the NBA Style shop wearing a Stephon Marbury shirt, he waved him off and hurried away briskly. And fans that had lined up at the team hotel covered their faces whenever cameras were around, afraid to be seen supporting the NBA.

“It’s not that the police will arrest them. But if their face gets shared on social media people will attack them — and it will get shared,” the restaurant worker told the Post.

“On Weibo [a local social media platform] Chinese people if you say I watched LeBron James last night, I watched Kyrie Irving, so many people will attack you. Why you go do that, what’s wrong with you? Are you coward? If you like the American basketball why you don’t immigrate to the America?”

That kind of discord has become common, with some taking grievous offense and others just wanting to watch their team play.

“I cut off all ties with my father after he said that he would continue to support the Houston Rockets,” one ranted on sports forum Hupu, according to the South China Morning Post. “The national interest is much more important than family relationships.”This is quite the accomplishment for a team that hadn’t won more than 45 games since the 2009-10 campaign.

With the best shooting backcourt tandem in the NBA, combined with having one of the most prolific scorers on the roster in Kevin Durant, it wasn’t a surprise to many that the Golden State Warriors advanced to their fifth consecutive NBA Finals, becoming just the second team in history to pull off such a feat.

The surprise factor had to do with the Dubs losing the series in six games thanks to injuries to both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

So, while most of the sports world expected the Warriors to claim their fourth title in five years, it is easy to see to how unforeseen circumstances can change things a bit. Having said that, here’s a look at a few bold predictions for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season.

Steamtown Marathon 2019 Live

Steamtown Marathon 2019 Live: Steamtown Marathon 2019 Live Stream Online Watch The Steamtown Marathon is a USATF-certified event and is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. The course features a net elevation drop of 955’. The point-to-point course runs through 14 communities and includes approximately 4.2 miles of paved rails-to-trails along the Lackawanna River. There are 14 official stations and several port-a-lav stations on the course.

In a Runner’s World online survey completed by thousands of runners, Steamtown was named the 6th best overall marathon. Runner’s World has also named Steamtown one of the nation’s 10 best for first time marathoners.

Steamtown has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s fastest marathon courses by several running magazines and Web sites. On average, 22% to 25% of Steamtown finishers qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Although Steamtown’s course may be fast, it is not necessarily easy. The significant down hills in the first eight miles tend to beat up your quads making it a challenge to tackle the three notable up hills in the last three miles of the course. The up hills aren’t terribly long (one to four blocks each) or terribly steep, but their locations in the last few miles can take their toll on even the most experienced runners.

Isabella Caruso: The materials engineer who resides in Allston, Massachusetts, Caruso took 39th in the 2018 Boston Marathon with a PR of 2:56:18. Recently, Caruso ran a 1:22:29 at the 2019 New Bedford half marathon. Caruso is a 2017 Dartmouth graduate.

Katherine Cook: The 2014 South Burlington High School graduate wrapped an impressive college career at Bates last year and is slated for her marathon debut at VCM. Bates was the NCAA Division III runner-up in the 10,000 meters (37:17) last spring and was a four-time collegiate All-American. Bates ran a 1:34 half marathon earlier this year.

Kaitlin Frei: The 2018 Notre Dame graduate and Philadelphia resident, Frei blazed at last year’s Philadelphia Marathon with a time of 2:44:14, good for ninth place to hit the Olympic Trials Qualifier standard.

Emily Hulme: The Pennsylvania native established her PR at the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon (2:44:30) to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Hulme has won three half marathons since 2017 and seized a pair of top-five finishes at the Richmond and Run for the Red marathons in 2018.

Irene Kalbian: The 2009 graduate of Columbia significantly dropped her marathon time last year, a whooping 24 minutes at the Philadelphia Marathon (2:53:18). The medical student also ran a 1:22:44 at a Philadelphia half marathon in 2018

On Saturday, the streets of downtown Scranton saw cyclists zooming on a competitive closed course — a kind of spectator sport the city hasn’t seen before but proved to be a boost for many downtown businesses.

“Our patio was booked, jam-packed, from 11:30 in the afternoon to 11:00 at night,” said Trish Dickert-Nieves of Terra Preta Prime. “It was just people one after the other, spectators, people participating in the race, families coming out to look at the racers, so it was fun.”

Terra Preta Prime on Courthouse Square reported a great weekend of business offering special menu items for people in town for the Electric City Classic.

“As somebody who likes to have healthier options on our lunch and dinner menu, it’s nice to have events that are in downtown that focus on athletes. Similar to the Steamtown Marathon, we now have the Electric City Classic. So, I hope that this does continue.”

We spoke to some business owners who are located on the race route. They told us they had one of their worst weekends of business yet. A weekend that’s typically pretty busy because of the start of the University of Scranton’s semester, was anything but for them.

The Blue Bee Bistro on Linden Street decided to avoid that possibility altogether.

“We used to prep for races, get all excited, buy extra food and then nobody ever came in and it wasn’t even worth it. We kind of made the decision not to open this weekend based on the history we’ve had with all the races,” said Jenna Illing.

Chicago Marathon 2019 Live

Chicago Marathon 2019 Live: Chicago Marathon 2019 Live Stream Watch Online Free TV Channel Rosario, the head coach of the Northern Arizona Elite training group is sending two athletes to race in Chicago Sunday, and they are all going for the same reason. Chicago Marathon People go to run fast,” Rosario said over coffee in Flagstaff, Ariz., where his athletes live and train at 7,000 feet above sea level to maximize their oxygen-rich red blood cell levels.and thousands more who plan to run the race in the future.

Rosario, of course, was talking about the best marathoners in the country, some of whom are in his training group. But he could have been speaking for many of the thousands of lay runners who will toe the starting line Sunday, and thousands more who plan to run the race in the future.

The New York City Marathon has marketed itself as the world’s marathon, bringing in tens of thousands of international runners to the city’s biggest block party. The Boston Marathon has positioned itself as the most prestigious marathon in the world, a Super Bowl for amateur runners where meeting the race’s stringent qualifying standard provides a lifetime of bragging rights to runners of all ages. And the Chicago Marathon has become known as the racetrack — where runners go looking for their best performance.

As many racers prepare for speed in Chicago, across the world, should the conditions align, Eliud Kipchoge is attempting another kind of distance record. The current men’s world-record holder is waiting for the ideal moment to try to break the two-hour barrier for the marathon distance marathon in an event called the ‘INEOS 1:59 Challenge.’ Kipchoge tried this two years ago in Italy and missed by 26 seconds, He will be on another flat, fast course in Vienna, and he will have 40 of the top distance runners in the world pacing him, but his venture, amazing as it might be, will not be recognized as a world record, which has to happen during an actual race and comply with several other parameters that track and field’s world governing body has set.

Chicago meets all of those, and though Kipchoge’s world record for men of 2:01:39, set last year in Berlin, appears safe for now, race organizers have their eyes on Brigid Kosgei, the 2018 defending women’s champion from Kenya. Kosgei, 25, ran a blazing half-marathon at the Great North Run in September in northern England, where she finished in 1:04:28. She also won the 2019 London Marathon with a time of 02:18:20. She ran the second half of that race in a searing 66:42.

Now she is hungry for a record in Chicago, either a course record or women’s world record if conditions allow it, and those conditions are shaping up to be fairly ideal, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s. She may not be ready for a crack at Paula Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15:25, set in 2003 in London, but Radcliffe’s course record of 2:17:18 appears vulnerable.

A fast marathon demands the right altitude, 26.2 miles of relatively flat or downhill roads, and weather that is as predictable as possible. Pinkowski had two of the three going for him when he was designing the course a few decades ago. He first looked for ways to keep runners close to downtown in the Windy City while keeping them away from the wind.

Pinkowski, who has been at the helm of the marathon for close to three decades, mapped the course in a cloverleaf formation. Runners weave through 29 neighborhoods, but they don’t run in one direction for more than a few miles before turning. That way, he said, strong gusts off Lake Michigan can only derail performances by so much and runners are likely to spend as much time running with the wind as against it.

To be known as a fast course though, the performances had to match the expectations. Pinkowski credits a group of elite women for providing the proof.

In 1984, Joan Benoit Samuelson won the first Olympic women’s marathon in 2:24:52 and set the running world aflame. She entered the Chicago marathon the next year and set both an American record and a course record with a time of 2:21:21.

That record stood for 18 years, during which the U.S. went through a second running boom as marathon participation skyrocketed.
At the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, only her second attempt at the 26.2-mile distance, Emma Bates is chasing a time that would put her among the 10 fastest American women in history.

“A PB is definitely in the cards, and I think a big one,” Bates, 27, said at the elite athlete press conference on Friday. She said she’s aiming for a time in the 2:24 range.