Kevin Durant has been the most unfair ‘NBA 2K’ player to use for almost a decade

first_imgBut the worst experience? It probably came two years ago against a complete stranger using the video game legend that is Kevin Durant, who dropped 55 points on my head in shortened five-minute quarters. The lowlight was made exponentially worse by my opponent having a microphone through which he efficiently extinguished my soul by way of nonstop roasting.It was then that I determined Durant to be the most unstoppable, unfair offensive weapon in “NBA 2K” among active players. In truth, he’d probably held that mantle for a while, despite the all-world excellence of LeBron James and a rotating cast of other dominant MVP contenders over the past decade. In the upcoming Players Tournament, beginning Friday on ESPN, Durant’s unguardable skill set should be on display for anyone who rocks the Nets.MORE: The conspiracy theory behind Hassan Whiteside’s ‘NBA 2K’ ratingNow, it’s important to note that I do not suck at the game. I do not allow 50-pieces. I do not allow 40-pieces. I do not even really allow 30-pieces. While I’m by no means great, I can hold my own against most people I run up against.So when the contest started against this random online competitor, who told me he would beat me without relying on Steph Curry or Klay Thompson for scoring production, I didn’t think much of the matchup. Maybe I’d lose, but falling to the stacked Golden State squad of that year wasn’t shameful. I certainly didn’t think anything embarrassing would take place.Right away, though, I knew I was in trouble.Playing as the Nuggets, I had Paul Millsap locked in as Durant’s primary defender. Millsap at that point was still considered one of the more versatile on-ball defenders in the NBA. Maybe not someone who could completely lock down the best of the best, but certainly someone who didn’t get smoked very often.”Easy money,” my opponent jeered after isolating Durant at the top of the arc and nailing a 3 in my face.For a bit, I hung around by hitting a series of long-distance shots of my own. When the score is tight in “NBA 2K” it can be difficult to realize just how much a single player is killing your defense.MORE: Remembering the time Deandre Ayton broke his PS4 over ‘NBA 2K’But the do-everything nature of virtual Durant — much like his real-life self — quickly became far too much to handle against someone well-versed in maximizing the forward’s considerable talent. The trash talk escalated, too.You know things are bad when your opponent keeps pausing the game to check up on the stats of the player they’re burning you with — and reads said numbers out loud to you each time.By halftime, Millsap was reassigned, having been crossed over by Durant’s long, sweeping dribbles too many times to count, with many of those moves creating space for open 3s. Durant’s height-speed-shooting combo in the game is absurd. I tried Gary Harris on Durant next, but that just led to Durant using his large frame to overpower Harris inside. Will Barton couldn’t get the job done either. It’s difficult to pick out my most embarrassing “NBA 2K” moment because there are so many to choose from.College dorm room losses were always brutal and came with in-person heckling that was difficult to shake. There were plenty of blown leads and backfired trash talk in those days. By the end of the 55-point arc, I was ready to quit “NBA 2K” for good. That didn’t last, of course, but it still took a while to forget about getting destroyed in that manner.This year, Durant continues to be a force. His 96 rating leads all participants in the Players Tournament, and the way he can stretch the floor, at least in my opinion, narrowly separates him from the likes of James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Whichever player gets to use the Nets in the Players Tournament, then, will have an instant edge in iso situations, even though the overall team might not be as good as the Lakers or Bucks.last_img read more

Northumberland club casts off jinx to win ‘Champion’ title

first_img Tags: competitions, English Champion Club, Northumberland 24 Sep 2017 Northumberland club casts off jinx to win ‘Champion’ title The City of Newcastle Golf Club cast off its jinx to be named as England’s Champion Club after a 36-hole tournament which ended in the dark following a fog delay.The team of Northumberland county champion Phil Ridden and fellow county players, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton, stormed to an emphatic 14-shot win in the tournament at East Devon Golf Club. Now they will represent England in the European Men’s Club Trophy in France from 26-28 October.But, there were plenty of twists along the way before they claimed Northumberland’s first victory in the keenly contested competition.“We thought we were jinxed,” said City of Newcastle men’s captain, John Franklin. The club has been runners-up in this competition twice before, most recently in 2015 when they lost out on countback.This weekend, they finished the first round one shot off the lead, then completed their second round in level par, finishing with a team total of 11-over and roaring into the lead.They played early on the second day and went off to a local pub in Budleigh Salterton to watch Newcastle FC on television. When the match was over – with a loss to their team – they returned to the golf club to find mist coming in over the course and play suspended. “We thought the jinx was following us,” said Franklin.But, despite fog and encroaching darkness, the field eventually completed play and City of Newcastle’s victory was confirmed. Franklin commented: “This means a great deal to us.”The competition is challenging with all three gross scores counting in both rounds. After yesterday’s first round City of Newcastle were on 11-over par and one shot behind Norfolk’s King’s Lynn.Today, they were on top form. Ridden was round in three-under 67, Dixon in one-over 71 and Wharton in 72 for a level par total.“The game plan was to get three decent scores, not one exceptional score,” said Franklin. “The nature of the course was that the number of bogeys, rather than birdies, would win it.”The runners-up were Northamptonshire County on 25-over par, followed by Somerset’s Burnham & Berrow on 29-over.The individual winner was Norfolk’s Jack Yule, of King’s Lynn, who was seven-under par for the two rounds, with scores of 65 68. King’s Lynn were the halfway leaders but fell back to seventh place.Ridden was the individual runner-up on one-under, followed by Leicestershire & Rutland’s Steve Sansome (Birstall) on two-over.Click here for full scoresCaption: (from left) City of Newcastle Golf Club’s Phil Ridden, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

Weightlifting aims for 20 gold

first_imgPNG Weighting Federation president Sir John Dawanincura says the team has been training hard and he is looking forward to good results.PNG Weight lifting has a 19 member team which consists of nine females and ten males.18 members of the team were sent to train in Noumea last month.“We have done so well in other international games and for the Pacific Games  it is our vision to win at least between 17 – 20 gold medals,” says Sir John.Sir John says in the female section, weight lifter Lorraine Harry has done well in improving by 15 kilograms.He says it is their dream to win on home soil because they know their own strengths and weaknesses and that of their opponents.PNG Weight lifting has spent at least K1.4 million on its preparations for the games.last_img read more

​Marum yet to finalise squad to take on Devils

first_imgMarum revealed that fullback Stargroth Amean and utility Noel Zeming are both under injury clouds.He said Amean struggled to train during the week and is currently being monitored by the physio while Zeming is still carrying an injured arm and fractured wrist.Marum went on to say if Zeming is ruled out, 18th man Butler Morris will be slotted in to take his place.Forward Brandy Peter will miss this weekend’s game after Marum explained for personal reasons.This has pushed Enoch Maki into the starting line-up.The final squad will be finalised before the Hunters leave for Australia on Saturday.Marum said he is expecting a tough game against the Devils, who have a few players with NRL experience.”It’s going to be hard to beat them at home and we will need to start the game off strong to come away with a win,” said Marum.Kick off for the game is at 3pm on Sunday at Bishop Park.last_img read more

Caribbean Choice new sponsor for Oaks

first_img DELIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY He also named the Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS from the stables of 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, Philip Feanny’s SORRENTINO’S STAR, GOLDEN GLORY from the Subratie stable and Fitzroy Glispie’s BIRD CATCHER as contenders. David Reid, brand manager of Caribbean Choice, said the sponsorship was “a delightful opportunity to venture into your world of horse racing and we are excited to participate in the coming out party”. Reid was quick to add that the Ladies Day programme will feature a hat parade a staple on Oaks Day over the years as well as a number of giveaways to patrons, while Spragga Benz will provide the musical entertainment for racing fans. The 77th running of the Jamaica Oaks at Caymanas Park on Saturday will have a new sponsor in Caribbean Choice. Plans for the mile and quarter classic for native-bred three-year-old fillies were outlined by representatives of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and Caribbean Choice a major brand with Grace Foods franchise at yesterday’s launch on the front lawns of Caymanas Park. Denzil Miller Jr, CTL’s racing secretary, said the race will offer a total purse of $3 million, inclusive of $1 million donated by the sponsor. The race will as usual be run in honour of Hilma Veira, former general manager of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee. “After the season’s first classic on April 9, the Post to Post 1000 Guineas, it is back to the drawing board for some and high hopes for others,” said Miller. “The outstanding filly and Triple Crown contender NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who romped the 1000 Guineas for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, continues to train well after her fast time win of 1:39.2 for a mile and although Subratie has never won the Oaks, he certainly has the horse to accomplish the feat this time around,” said Miller.last_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 3

first_imgCherry Rondina has been nothing but spectacular for University of Santo Tomas.It’s hard to imagine seeing a 5-foot-6 person strike fear in a game that usually sees height as an advantage, but the diminutive Rondina proves that she’s the UAAP’s atomic fireball.UST played just one game this week and that ended in a three-set sweep of Adamson, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, in match that left Lady Falcons head coach Air Padda speechless.“We didn’t fight her, my players totally bowed down,” said Padda as Rondina unleashed 22 points on them. “They were scared on defense, we couldn’t stop Rondina at the net.”“Cherry is capable of taking a whole set… the girls were intimidated.”And after the third week, Rondina and Santiago are tied atop the scoring ladder with 92 total points apiece.4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Last week: N/A Three weeks in and the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament just got more interesting.National University, the league’s top seed, has distinguished itself as the early power after a thrilling five-setter against defending champion De La Salle, the league’s no. 2 team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s in the middle of the ladder that things suddenly got compelling as Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and Adamson University are all tied for the third seed with 2-2 records.And that’s about it for the third week, a late happy Chinese New Year to you ladies and gents and here are the seven players who got the best fortune in Week 3. Dimdim Pacres has featured in her own narrative lately for the Golden Tigresses.Since Season 79, Pacres has been UST’s third scoring option behind Rondina and EJ Laure and head coach Kung Fu Reyes expected that from her this year.Pacres, however, struggled to find her groove in Season 80 as one of the team’s scorers behind Rondina and rookie Milena Alessandrini.In the three games prior to UST’s dismantling of Adamson, Pacres was averaging just 6.7 points and Reyes wanted more.Pacres responded with 13 points, almost double than her average, in a redemption game that brought her confidence back.“I had to step up and I was really frustrated the past few days because I really can’t bring my game back,” said Pacres in Filipino. Jaja Santiago has been nothing short of dominant in the UAAP as she showed her force against the Lady Spikers in an epic five-set win, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, over the defending champions.NU’s captain poured in 27 points that treated a La Salle defense like fodder.And Santiago had her final two points in dramatic fashion against the Lady Spikers.Unable to come on to the floor in the waning moments of the fifth set, and La Salle needing just three points to win the match, Santiago had to watch in agony as NU hasn’t rotated enough for the middle blocker to take the floor.So when Aiko Urdas scored NU’s ninth point in the fifth set, Santiago entered the floor in a chorus of cheers as if Joan of Arc suddenly appeared on the field.Santiago’s mere presence alone inspired NU to hold on, and as if magic caused La Salle to commit three errors, to tie the set at 13-13.Then Santiago went to work, first sending a booming kill down La Salle’s defense for the 14-13 lead then another one for the 15-14 match point.2. Jasmine Nabor (National University, setter)Last week: No. 6Weeks on list: 2 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Martinez ‘surprised’ with Olympics showing after just 3 weeks of training MOST READ Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Last week: No. 1Weeks on list: 3It’s almost befitting that the first rankings in the Year of the Dog features a Lady Bulldog at the forefront.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Jasmine Nabor is the Robin to Santiago’s Batman.And if the narrative in the match between NU and La Salle was for battle of supremacy between two undefeated teams, there’s also a chapter within this tale and that involved Nabor’s playmaking duel with Michelle Cobb.It’s safe to say that Nabor schooled the up-and-coming Cobb as NU got to a 4-0 start while La Salle slipped to 3-1There’s no denying that Cobb has finally distinguished herself as a capable playmaker for La Salle, she did end up as the no.2 player of Week 2, but Nabor worked with magic against the Lady Spikers.Nabor had all of NU’s 53 excellent sets, more than double than Cobb’s 27 and 20 more than what La Salle had as a whole team.And Santiago’s clutch kills in the final set? That was courtesy of Nabor’s fine passing.3. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Last week: No. 4Weeks on list: 3 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed La Salle will usually see different players lead its offense, but defense is Macandili’s and hers alone.After three weeks, Macandili is the top at the Best Diggers list with 6.83 digs per set and the no. 2 at the Best Receivers column with an efficiency of 47.62 percent.6. Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AIt’s been a longtime coming but Kianna Dy is in this list, and for lukewarm reasons.There’s no denying that Dy is a phenomenal player since she’s, arguably, the best opposite hitter of her UAAP generation but the Lady Spikers went 1-1 this week bumping her to this low in the list.Dy averaged 14.5 points this week and was crucial in the Lady Spikers’ five-set win, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, over the Lady Tamaraws.7. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Last week: N/A Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Okay, okay just bear with this a little.Sure Maddie Madayag scored just 12 points in Ateneo’s four-set win over University of the East, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, but it was her leadership that shone through here.After starting the season with two straight losses, the Lady Eagles have now steadied and climbed to 2-2 and that’s thanks to no small part to Madayag’s leadership.Madayag was visibly talking to teammates while on the floor and on the bench, and the fourth-year middle blocker knows how important that is to a young team.“We need more confidence especially we have a new setter and new liberos,” said Madayag pointing out to the departure of Jia Morado and Gizelle Tan. “It’s like we need to have more motivation when we play in the future.”5. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)Last week: No. 5Weeks on list: 3There’s just one constant in De La Salle’s play, and that is Dawn Macandili’s impressive defense.last_img read more

Venus Williams rallies to oust 3rd-seed Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Venus Williams of the United States serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells.“Today I just fought and tried my hardest, waited for opportunities and sometimes created them,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Naomi Osaka turns tables on Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wellslast_img read more

County polishing off Val Verde park upgrade

first_imgThe strip of land is overgrown and has an abandoned shed marred by graffiti. “We want to improve and beautify the park facility for the community,” said Tony Bell, a spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “And this parcel will allow the park department to do that.” County officials still are finalizing the date for the April dedication ceremony. (661) 257-5253 Val Verde, a rustic canyon town with a population of 1,500, is a community that was built around the park. Historically, Val Verde was a refuge for African-Americans barred from recreational venues in Los Angeles, and until the mid-1950s the park and swimming pool were an African-American resort for blacks who traveled there. Now Val Verde is a multiracial mix. Briano, who is with the Val Verde Community Benefits Funding Committee, said he believes the park was neglected until the county started the improvements in 2005. The old playground had “antique” equipment, and the baseball infield had so many rocks it was too dangerous to actually play baseball – only softball, Briano said. Now the infield is upgraded with crushed brick – a prized addition to any baseball diamond. Other improvements that have gone into the park include a new basketball court to replace one that had cracked pavement; a new tennis court; improved landscaping and irrigation; and new restrooms. Within weeks, the county Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposal to spend $220,000 to buy 10,420 square feet of land at the entrance of the park with the goal of making it into a better gateway. VAL VERDE – The face-lift the county has given to Val Verde Community Regional Park in recent months is about finished and ready to be unveiled. The new basketball court is nearly ready – it just needs a couple of hoops. The baseball diamond is much improved over the sometimes-treacherous field children played on before. And there’s a new playground. In all, the county has invested $3 million in the park, with more plans to improve the facility. Even as county officials move to acquire a plot of land at the park’s entrance, an April dedication is scheduled for improvements already in place. “We certainly feel that it’s about time they brought this improvement to our little town,” said Jaime Briano, branch manager of the Boys & Girls Club at Val Verde Community Regional Park. last_img read more

Tips on changing your life one minute and $1 at a time:

first_imgRecycle, recycle, recycle. Compost food scraps. You’ll cut down on garbage and create free fertilizer. Buy used furniture. Mailbox – Stop getting annoying junk mail by registering for the National Do Not Mail List at If everyone did it, it could save nearly 100 million trees each year. Commute – Get on the bus. For $1.25, the Orange Line will take you from North Hollywood to the Warner Center in about 45 minutes, saving you $7 in gas and a chunk of change on your insurance bill. You’ll also have time to read the paper. Your car – Inflate your tires properly. Sagging rubber burns 2 percent or more gas than perky tires. Oil changes make the engine run cleaner. Take the junk out of your trunk. A lighter load doesn’t suck up as much fuel. Convert your diesel car to run on biodiesel. Home – Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescents. They cost more but last much longer and use less juice. Electric bill – Use Energy Star appliances. Buy green energy through your utility company. Open your home’s windows and let the cross breeze cool your home instead of air conditioning. Install solar panels and zap your utility bill. Unplug energy-sucking wall warts like your TV, computer and chargers when not in use. Swimming pool – Keep the cover on to reduce heat loss, and turn down the heater. If you are thinking of installing a pool, consider a European-style one that filters water with plants and is chlorine free. Grocery bill – Plant a garden and eat what you grow. Trash can – Download your music and avoid wasteful CD packaging and production. Give up bottled water. Only one in four bottles are recycled, pumping up landfills. Back yard – Plant a tree. It provides much-needed shade during the summer. Water bill – Jump in as soon as the shower is hot. Turn off the water while you brush. Don’t leave the hose running while you wash your car. SOURCE: Ideal Bite, Auto Club of Southern California, Big Imagination Group160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘If he leaves I may never watch football again!’ Man United fans on £60m rumour

first_img Anthony Martial celebrates scoring for Manchester United Manchester United supporters are already fretting about losing Anthony Martial after it was all but confirmed they could not qualify for the Champions League.Rivals Man City drew with Swansea City on the final day of the campaign, which means the Red Devils need to beat Bournemouth by 19 goals to sneak into fourth spot.So with the club facing the prospect of Europa League football again, it was almost understandable one of their best players would immediately be linked with a transfer away.Paris Saint-Germain are the team said to be targeting Martial, as they look to replace the outgoing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.L’Equipe in France has reported a £60million move for the player and Manchester United fans are already worried.See what Red Devils supporters had to say about the rumours on Twitter below… 1last_img read more