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Surprising Jazz open playoffs against Thunder

Surprising Jazz open playoffs against Thunder

Sports
OKLAHOMA CITY -- After losing Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in the offseason, it looked like it would be a long shot for the Utah Jazz to make the playoffs. But after a rough start, the Jazz won 29 of 34 games before losing their regular-season finale to drop to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. They'll open the playoffs Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that looked like a lock to not only make the playoffs but compete atop the conference. But the Thunder didn't solidify their place in the playoffs until a win in the next-to-last game of the season. The series is one of the more intriguing first-round matchups, with Utah's 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert providing a rim-protecting presence to combat Thunder superstar point guard Russell ...
Google staff protest against Pentagon work

Google staff protest against Pentagon work

Technology
Thousands of staff at Google are protesting against the company's work with the Pentagon's surveillance drones programme.Called Project Maven, the programme uses Google technology to automate the analysis of objects in the enormous amount of images that are captured by the Department of Defense's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).More than 3,100 staff signatures have been attached to a letter addressed to chief executive Sundar Pichai which is circulating inside Google with a request that the company pull out of the project.According to a copy of the letter published by The New York Times, the letter states: "We believe that Google should not be in the business of war."Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that n...
Perrie Edwards cheers on Liverpool against Man City – fans all say the same thing

Perrie Edwards cheers on Liverpool against Man City – fans all say the same thing

Entertainment
The singer was filmed belting out You’ll Never Walk Alone alongside friend Ellie Hemmings as the pair watched the Reds beat Man City 3-0.A video shared with her 7.7 million Instagram followers shows her smiling and laughing as she sings along to the iconic club anthem.The blonde bombshell looked stylish in a white long-sleeved top with a pair of cropped trousers.But she turned heads for a completely different reason.INSTAGRAM/PERRIE EDWARDSFAN: Perrie Edwards was at Anfield to cheer on Liverpool last nightHer half-and-half match scarf bearing the colours of both teams enraged fans so much, they even took to Twitter to voice their thoughts.“Ox tell Perrie the half-and-half scarf is a no no,” one said.Another asked: “Why’s Perrie rocking a half-and-half scarf?”While a third wrote: “The
Bairstow stars against NZ despite England struggles

Bairstow stars against NZ despite England struggles

Sports
Second Test, Christchurch (Hagley Oval), day one:England 290-8: Bairstow 97 not out, Wood 52, Southee 5-60New Zealand: Yet to batScorecardJonny Bairstow struck an unbeaten 97 as England's batsmen struggled once again on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch.England were 94-5 after losing three wickets in nine balls before Bairstow, aided by number nine batsman Mark Wood (52), steadied the innings.Wood registered his maiden Test half-century before he was bowled by Tim Southee, who ended the day with 5-60.However, Bairstow played well to ensure England ended the day on 290-8.England opted to make three changes to the side that lost by an innings and 49 runs in Auckland, with Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Craig Overton the men to make way. That meant returns for ...
S. Korea, U.S., Japan vow unrelenting fight against N. Korea's illicit trade

S. Korea, U.S., Japan vow unrelenting fight against N. Korea's illicit trade

World
March 23 (UPI) -- SEOUL, March 23 -- South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Friday to maintain close cooperation against North Korea's maritime activity prohibited under U.N. Security Council resolutions despite a peace mood on the peninsula.The regional powers will also improve joint response capabilities by continuing missile warning, maritime interdiction operations and anti-submarine warfare drills, according to South Korea's Ministry of National Defense.The ministry was summarizing the results of the 10th Defense Trilateral Talks, a working-level consultation held in Washington D.C. earlier this week."In order to curb, thwart and eventually eradicate North Korea's illegal maritime activity, including illicit shipment, the three countries have decided to continue a pivotal rol...