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Warriors’ Cousins, Durant expected to miss start of NBA Finals

Warriors’ Cousins, Durant expected to miss start of NBA Finals

Sports
May 23 (UPI) -- Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Kevin Durant and are not expected to be ready for the start of the NBA Finals on May 30, the team announced Thursday. The Warriors said in a press release that Durant still has not been cleared for on-court activities. The 2014 NBA MVP is recovering from a strained right calf. Durant has not played since May 8. He was named to the All-NBA second team Thursday after averaging 26 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists this season. Cousins tore his left quad in April and could also return during the finals. Golden State said the team will continue to monitor his progress before announcing an expected return date. Cousins has been out since April 15. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games this year. Golden...
Yankees ‘hopeful’ Masahiro Tanaka makes next start

Yankees ‘hopeful’ Masahiro Tanaka makes next start

Sports
May 19 (UPI) -- New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Sunday morning he is hopeful starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will make his next start. Tanaka, 30, took a 111.3-mph ball off his shin in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He left after six innings with a shin contusion. "I would say today was at least encouraging that he walked in feeling pretty well," Boone said, according to MLB.com. "Definitely some soreness in there, but walking is not an issue." Tanaka was caught screaming in pain as he left the mound. X-rays were negative. Boone said the Yankees will make a decision on Tanaka's status after he throws this week. Tanaka is next slated to take the ball against Baltimore on Thursday afternoon. "I think there's a chance he'll make the next start," Boone said....
Dubois vs Lartey fight LIVE TONIGHT: Main event start time, full undercard, TV channel details

Dubois vs Lartey fight LIVE TONIGHT: Main event start time, full undercard, TV channel details

Sports
FIGHT NIGHT  The Wembley Arena will play host to ‘Dynamite’ Dubois’ next fight Top British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on Richard Lartey tonight. ‘Dynamite’ boats an unbeaten record in his ten professional fights so far and saw off Razan Cojanu inside two rounds early last month in his most recent bout.  Daniel Dubois will face Richard Lartey this weekend The 21-year-old is building up the calibre of his opponents and will take on unbeaten Ghanaian Lartey on Saturday. Dubois will be looking for another convincing win as he eyes bigger things later this year. KINGS OF THE WORLD Every current boxing world champion from heavyweight t
New talks on Northern Ireland power-sharing to start May 7

New talks on Northern Ireland power-sharing to start May 7

World
April 26 (UPI) -- Talks on Northern Ireland's power-sharing government will begin May 7, the British and Irish prime ministers announced Friday. Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, has not had a functioning government since January 2017, when a coalition of the Democratic Unionist Party and the Sinn Fein party collapsed. All six of Northern Ireland's major parties will be involved in the talks to restore a government. A joint statement by Theresa May, British prime minister, and Leo Varadkar, Northern Ireland's taoisearch, or prime minister, said their attendance at the funeral in Belfast on Wednesday of journalist Lyra McKee encouraged them to again attempt to break the political deadlock. McKee was fatally shot while covering rioting in Londonberry on April 18. Disturbances...
After slow start, tax refunds are ticking up, with the average check now more than $3,000

After slow start, tax refunds are ticking up, with the average check now more than $3,000

Finance
Close to a month into tax season, tax refunds are starting to increase. The average check is now $ 3,143 for the week ended Feb. 22, according to the IRS. That's just about on par with last year's figures, reflecting a rise of 1.3 percent year over year. The increase in refund amounts is a change from the recent downward trend of smaller checks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that refunds were rising. "Tax refunds are up 17 percent week over week," he said. That basically gets us to the same level as last ...