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The Guardian
Friday July 01, 2016 @ 04:20:06 AM mt

Which NBA team has the best chance at signing Kevin Durant



The conventional wisdom is that KD will stay in Oklahoma, but several other teams want this summers biggest prize. Dave Schilling runs down the options

When youre Kevin Durant, arguably one of the three best players in the NBA today, you can dictate terms. Not only do you have all of the leverage in a free agent negotiation, you can also straight up tell teams where the meetings will take place. Unlike what, say, Dwight Howard or Carmelo Anthony did when going through the summer courtship process flying to team headquarters, sitting through elaborate boardroom pitches, pretending to care about the strength of the arenas WiFi network, etc KD has planned a vacation to the Hamptons, where all the prospective suitors will come to make their case.

The whole thing sounds like a demented version of The Bachelor Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers forced to share the same bedroom, RC Buford chilling in the corner waiting for his chance to pounce, and James Dolan drunkenly crashing the party and demanding a one-on-one date. In reality, it will probably be more like Weekend at Bernies NBA executives carrying around their dashed hopes for a transcendent superstar like a dead body wearing sunglasses and a track suit.

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The Guardian
Friday July 01, 2016 @ 04:20:06 AM mt

MLS weekend preview: NYC FC search for first win in Hudson River derby



Patrick Vieiras team lost their last meeting with the Red Bulls 7-0. Things cant get any worse, can they?

Here we go again. The highly anticipated contest between NYC FC and the New York Red Bulls returns this Sunday with the former looking to finally get a victory in the fixture. The reality for NYC FC and their fans, however, is that geography right now is the only factor that makes this a true derby. Since the teams introduction to the league last season, the teams have played each other four times, with the Red Bulls winning every game and outscoring their opponents 14-2 the last one being one of the most devastating performances in MLS history, that 7-0 walkover at Yankee Stadium.

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 04:20:05 AM mt

Wimbledon 2016: Nick Kyrgios Tomas Berdych and more day five live



Why is Djokovic scheduled on Court 1 and Wawrinka on Centre Court? asks Tapan, sniffing out a conspiracy.

But theres a very logical answer to this question. Djokovic is playing Sam Querrey and can be expected to dispense with him in three sets, while Wawrinka - the world No5 and a two-time grand slam champion - is playing Juan Martin del Potro, a former world No5 and US Open champion who is on the comeback trail after a dismal time with injuries. Its a fascinating match with the potential to be one of the best of the fortnight.

11am. No.2 Court. @NickKyrgios v @DreddyTennis.

The battle of the shot makers...#Wimbledonhttps://t.co/pbxMmjccsU

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The Guardian
Friday July 01, 2016 @ 04:20:05 AM mt

Follow the Guardian US on Snapchat as we spend a day with Laurie Hernandez



  • Luis Miguel Echegaray reports live from Hernandezs gym in Hamilton, NJ
  • Well be taking photos and videos as she gets ready for the Olympic trials in San Jose next week

Laurie Hernandez - the 16-year-old from Morganville, New Jersey - is making a lot of noise in the world of gymnastics. Following her third place finish at the P&G championships last week in St Louis, Laurie is determined more than ever to impress and book a spot in the US team at the final Olympic trials in San Jose next week.

Laurie - a second-generation Puerto Rican - has the chance to become the first Latina artistic gymnast to represent the United States at the Olympic Games.

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 04:19:51 AM mt

The lies Trump told this week: from US trade policies to his own campaign



Donald Trumps latest tweak to proposed Muslim ban, disavowal of Republican leader he once praised and more exaggerations, contradictions and half-truths

In speeches from Pennsylvania to Scotland, on subjects ranging from founding fathers to campaign cash, Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump has had trouble with the truth this week. In the second of a series, the Guardian looks at some of the tallest tales Trump has told over the past seven days.

Related: Fact-check: Donald Trump on trade, globalization and the Clintons

Related: The lies Trump told this week: from his tax plan to the Iraq war

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 04:19:51 AM mt

Donald Trump's Super Pac backers worry candidate's errors are piling up



Donors say Trump badly needs to curb his bombastic rhetoric and craft a better message if he is to catch up to Hillary Clintons campaign war chest

Super Pacs backing Donald Trump are off to a slow and rather rocky start as they try to raise funds because the candidates rhetoric and policy pronouncements are still so incendiary and he has sent mixed signals about how much financial help he wants from outside groups.

Trumps campaign war chest is dwarfed by Hillary Clintons, who had $42.5m in the bank at the start of June compared with her Republican rivals $1.3m, according to the Federal Election Commission. Trump has taunted big donors repeatedly, and bragged for months that his campaign was not going to rely on them or Super Pacs, before appearing to change his tune more recently.

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 03:13:49 AM mt

San Francisco then and now



The gold rush, the earthquakes, the civil rights movement, the Summer of Love, the rise of Silicon Valley. Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the San Francisco Bay Area photographing the sites that transformed one of the great cities of the world.

1. Gold rush abandoned ships

1849: Vessels lie abandoned in San Francisco Bay. Whole crews discarded their ships for the gold fields. They were eventually salvaged for their wood and furnishings.

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 03:13:36 AM mt

Judge allows Starbucks customers to sue over underfilled lattes



Coffee giant is accused of overcharging customers by serving lattes that are 25% too small, based on a recipe it adopted in 2009 to save money on milk

A federal judge said two Starbucks customers may pursue a lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of cheating patrons by underfilling lattes.

In a decision on Friday, US district judge Thelton Henderson in San Francisco said the California plaintiffs may seek damages for fraud and false advertising from Starbucks Corp in their proposed nationwide class action.

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 03:13:36 AM mt

Jrgen Klinsmann a coach in search of a style will not save England



The German has emerged as one of the candidates to succeed Roy Hodgson but his record with the US is mixed at best

It didnt take long for the shortlist to be drawn up. Almost as quickly as Roy Hodgson announced his resignation as England manager, predictions were already being made on his successor. The usual names were mentioned Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, and essentially every other Englishman to have ever coached in the Premier League but one suggestion emerged as the alternative candidate.

For those tired of English footballs tedious cycle, the notion of Jrgen Klinsmann as the next countrys next manager appeals (indeed on Thursday he was priced as low as 4-1 with some bookies to succeed Hodgson). Fans and media alike have put forward the Germans name as an option to replace Hodgson, with the USA coach himself reported to be intrigued by the job. American supporters, baffled by such links, might feel the same way. Some are openly imploring Klinsmann to take over in the hope that he might leave his current post, like a shady eBay seller passing off faulty goods as nearly new.

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Friday July 01, 2016 @ 02:52:59 AM mt

Manchester City confirm signing of Nolito from Celta Vigo



Spain forward moves to Etihad Stadium for around 14m
Pep Guardiola also close to signing Ukraine teenager Oleksandr Zinchenko

Manchester City have beaten Barcelona to the signing of Nolito, with the forward choosing to work under Pep Guardiola again after previously doing so at the Catalan club.

Nolito, 29, was given his Bara debut by Guardiola in the 2010-11 season when the Spaniard was in charge at the Camp Nou. Barcelona were intent on taking him back to the club. But in an indicator of Guardiolas attraction it is understood that Nolito decided to join City from Celta Vigo instead, the club triggering his release clause of around 14m and the player agreeing a four-year contract.

Related: Watford turn down 38m Shanghai SIPG offer for Odion Ighalo

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