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first_img0Shares0000LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said the opening game against the Golden State Warriors was “one of the toughest losses I’ve had in my career” © GETTY/AFP / Thearon W. HendersonOAKLAND, United States, Jun 3 – Cleveland’s LeBron James, known for bouncing back stronger from playoff losses, promises such heroics Sunday in the NBA Finals after what he calls one of the toughest defeats of his career.Defending champion Golden State opened the best-of-seven championship series with a 124-114 over-time home victory Thursday after the Cavaliers led in the final seconds. Referees reversed a charging foul on Warriors forward Kevin Durant on video review into a blocking foul on James in the final minute of regulation time and Cleveland’s J.R. Smith squandered a last shot chance in the fourth quarter apparently unaware the score was level.“It’s one of the toughest losses I’ve had in my career,” James said Saturday. “Because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the way we played.“It was a tough 24 hours… for our whole ballclub because we put ourselves in a great position to be successful.”James scored 51 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off eight assists, his scoring total the most in an NBA Finals game since 1993 and the most ever in a losing cause.But far from demoralized, James said he is re-energized by the chance to level the series before the scene changes to Cleveland next week in the fourth consecutive finals between the two clubs.Stephen Curry (L), who led the Warriors with 29 points in the opener, says his team will be more aggressive in keeping LeBron James (R) from comfortable situations © GETTY/AFP / Thearon W. Henderson“You should feel excited about the opportunity to be better and be great and move forward,” James said. “I woke up feeling excited about the opportunity that presents itself tomorrow.“I expect us to come and play with the same grit we had in game one. And we made a lot of mistakes in game one. I expect us to be better.”Improvements after defeats have become a James trademark in the playoffs. Four times after producing fewer than 27 points in a post-season loss this year, James has scored 42 or more in the following contest.But where do you go from 51 points?“That means he has to score 60 now, right?” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. “Well, got to score 60 tomorrow then I guess.“After a loss, it’s tough. But I think he always comes out and leads by example and sets the tone early. I think, offensively, we need him to do that, especially on this floor with their crowd and the way they play. We need him to set the tone early in all the games.”– ‘Animosity and edginess’ –Stephen Curry, who led the Warriors with 29 points in the opener, says his team will be more aggressive in keeping James from comfortable situations.“We’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive,” Curry said. “It just means doing things a little bit faster, a little bit more physical, and trying to make not just him but everybody else more uncomfortable out there to start the game. I think we can do that.”Draymond Green poked James in the right eye during a drive to the basket that the Cavs playmaker says looks worse than it hurts.“There is going to be a little animosity and a little edginess,” Curry said. “We’re enjoying the competitive environment.”– Big Cavs effort expected –A victory Sunday would put the Warriors halfway to their third crown in four seasons, the other denied when Cleveland rallied from 3-1 down in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounds the ball after a free throw in the closing seconds against the Golden State Warriors apparently unaware the score was level © GETTY/AFP/File / Lachlan Cunningham“They might have been deflated, and they came back and won. So we’re expecting another great effort from them,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.“We’ve been through this too many times. All we’ve done is win one, and we’re on to the next one.“We’re right where we want to be and we’re all very confident that we’re going to get better from here.”Kerr, who said Warriors forward Andre Iguodala remains doubtful for game two with a left leg injury, said limiting James would be a priority.“I didn’t think we made him work hard enough. I thought everything was smooth sailing for him,” Kerr said. “We’ve got to put more pressure on him. We can’t just sit back and let him pick us apart.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgReleased on July 28, the seven-country survey of more than 7,000 people about smartphone habits by Motorola, now owned by Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, found that 60 per cent of those surveyed slept holding their handsets —with the highest percentages in India (74 per cent) and China (70 per cent).While one in six smartphone users said they used their phones while taking a shower, 54 per cent said they would reach for the smartphone before saving their cat in a fire, phys.org reported. Around 40 per cent tell secrets to their phones they would not reveal even to their best friend. But the relationship is not perfect.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Only 39 per cent said they were ‘happy’ with their smartphone, and 79 per cent felt bothered that their devices interrupted them at inopportune moments. The survey was conducted online by global public opinion research consultancy KRC research with a total of 7,112 smartphone owners in the United States, Britain, Brazil, China, Spain, Mexico and India.In a similar survey last year, it was found that 57 per cent of Indians can not live without their smartphones. The findings showed that 98 per cent of Indians sleep with their smartphones and 83 per cent keep it on their body or within reach throughout the day.last_img read more

first_imgSmartphone apps designed to track women’s period cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, and may wrongly predict when it is safe to have intercourse, a new study has found. Researchers from University of Washington (UW)in the US collected data from about 2,000 reviews of popular period tracking apps, surveyed 687 people and conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen respondents.Nearly half of the survey respondents used a smartphone app to track their periods for a variety of reasons: to understand their body and reactions to different phases of their cycles; to prepare for their periods; to achieve or avoid pregnancy or to inform conversations with healthcare providers. Researchers focused on nine different period tracking apps, and on what characteristics users liked or disliked. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey found that while some apps were more successful in meeting users’ needs, none were perfect. Women participants found the modelling assumptions used in some period tracking apps were not accurate or flexible enough to consistently predict their menstrual cycles, particularly when their periods were not regular.Many apps do not allow users to correct them when the predictions are wrong or to input data or explanations about why a particularly stressful month or change in birth control might have thrown off their cycles, researchers said. “In some cases, you do not have a way to go in and say I missed my period because of x reason or because I was in the hospital – both ordinary and exceptional circumstances can mess up the algorithms because they are not really robust,” said Nikki Lee from UW. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The apps are most accurate if your cycles are really regular, but the people who most need an app are the people whose cycles are not regular,” Lee said. Apps rarely allow women to customise results or how they are presented. Someone who is trying to avoid getting pregnant or to prepare for their period, for instance, might want an app to provide a more generous window for predicting when they are ovulating or when their period will arrive so they are not surprised, researchers said. Someone trying to become pregnant would likely want the app to zero in on a narrower span of time when their chances of ovulation are highest, they said. “People did not feel like the apps were very good at supporting their particular needs or preferences. People felt they were better than tracking their periods on paper, but still were not great in a lot of basic ways,” said Daniel Epstein, from UW. “One significant issue is that few apps are transparent about explaining their methodology or limitations,” said Julie Kientz, associate professor at UW.In working with healthcare providers on a teen health app, she learned that teenage girls were relying on smartphone apps as their primary form of birth control to tell them when they should avoid having sex. “That’s pretty disconcerting because accuracy can be a problem with these apps,” Kientz said.last_img read more