7 Reasons Behind Fatigue And How To Fix Them

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Fatigue can follow you around like a leech even after maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle. This crisis of energy happens to a major portion of working adults who has the need to keep up with the pace of the fast-moving world. Keeping up the energy level is another challenge that we need to face in our daily lives. Even though a continuous tiredness can be a symptom of a bigger problem lying dormant inside your body, you might try identifying a few energy zapping habits and changing them to regain your energy. Don’t run to the doctor just yet.

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If your everyday sleeping routine is not the same, you are probably not getting enough sleep and it might be messing with the rhythms of your body. It will cause you more tiredness instead of restoring your energy at the end of the day. Having a restless sleeping partner just adds up to the erratic sleeping pattern.

Make sure your sleeping hours are constant every night, not deferring more than an hour or so on weekends and make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sound sleep.

6. Inactivity

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Sitting around working on your desk for endless hours at a time can cause more harm than good. Sitting still makes your heart rate and blood circulation slow down as your brain relates the stillness to sleeping. It also weakens your muscles thus making it harder to do physical tasks.

Exercise for a least half an hour every day, be it at the gym, at home, dancing, jogging, etc. If you don’t have the time, then try walking around every hour at your workplace.


5. Dehydration

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Many of us forget to drink sufficient amount of water while running around to keep up with our hectic lifestyle, thus resulting to the lethargic feeling. Severe dehydration occurs in our body without giving us much indication except for the numbing tiredness and sometimes nausea.

Minimum 8-10 glasses of water every day is a must. You might even need more if your job is more physically demanding than average. If you have a habit of drinking caffeinated products, you might need to compensate that with a few more glasses of water.

4. Tension and Stress

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If you have a habit of being stressed or tensed all the time, your energy will get drained faster. Because people tend to clench their muscles, hyperventilate or jiggle feet when they are stressed.

Try stopping your work every few hours and concentrate on releasing tension from your body. Take deep and slow breaths by ballooning your stomach and chest and loosening all the muscles in your body by massaging them.


3. Nutrition and Diet

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Improper nutrition and imbalanced diet may cause a lot of this unexplained tiredness and fatigue. If your diet contains lots of carbs, sugar, and processed foods, it is possible that this is the reason behind your lethargy.

Include complex carbs like whole grains, proteins and healthy fats in your meals and snacks. You can try having unprocessed food to avoid added sugar and have fruits, honey, etc. to satiate your sugar cravings.

2. Clutter and Mess

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A messy office space or a cluttered closet can give you an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and stress, which you cannot really pinpoint. The impending activity of having to clear up the mess is bound to make you feel tired and make it harder to focus on anything.

Get rid of anything that you don’t need and label everything to keep everything organized in order and avoid any messy situation in the future.


1. Loneliness

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Physically or emotionally, if you are cooped up in your home alone or not talked to someone properly and openly about what’s going on inside your mind, can cause fatigue.

A day out in the sun, a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend or family can give you the relief that your body might need to restore your energy level.

All these 7 habits are the reason behind oxygen deficiency and why your blood circulation slows down. Utilize a little time every day to help yourself to get out of these habits that zap your energy before making an appointment with the doctor.


And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights — High Velocity Sport

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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights https://ift.tt/2F6Xcty Hope you had a nice weekend. Mine consisted of a lot of sniffling sneezing coughing aching stuffy head, fever and, thus, NyQuil and bed rest which (a) meant I went to bed too early Saturday night to see Sean Manaea‘s no-hitter but which allowed me to (b) […]

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Phillies 3, Pirates 2: It was 2-2 from the fifth until the bottom of the 11th, and that’s when Aaron Knapp tripled and Aaron Altherr singled him in for the walkoff win. The Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Pirates. It was their first four-game sweep of Pittsburgh in 24 years. There was a time when “in 24 years” seemed like a long time ago — like, that should be in the 1980s or something — but it was 1994 and I had just finished my junior year of college. You lose decades after a certain age. Oh well, the Phillies have won 13 of 16 since we all decided Gabe Kapler didn’t know what he was doing. Guess he figured it out.

Rays 8, Twins 6: The Rays had a 6-3 lead, blew it, and it was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth when Carlos Gomez came up to bat and hit a two-run walkoff homer. Gomez said that he told his son that he’d hit a homer for him in this game. He was 0-for-his-first 4, though, with three strikeouts before the blast. Phew. For the Twins, Brian Dozierextended his hitting streak to 23 games, dating back to September 22 of last year. It’s weird that we count hitting streaks that way. Of course it’d be weird if we didn’t count them that way too, as everyone would still be talking about last year’s games, so I dunno. The world isn’t always perfect and there aren’t always satisfying answers. You may lose decades when you get older but you gain the ability to deal with ambiguity and even embrace a lack of cosmic resolution in things. That sort of zen is one of the best parts of getting older, even if people tend to fight it rather than accept it.

Athletics 4, Red Sox 1: A day after getting no-hit by Sean Manaea, Daniel Mengden and his twirly mustache held the Red Sox to one run on six hits in six and a third and the bullpen took it the rest of the way. I’d say who woulda thunk that the A’s of all teams would cool off the red hot Red Sox bats, but it’s not like any team is going to continue to score 7-10 runs a game ad inifinitum. Khris Davis knocked in all four of the A’s runs, the first one on a ground ball single in the first and the last three with a three-run homer in the eighth, both coming off of David Price. As for Mengden, I like him a lot, but not because of his mustache. I like the way he works from the full windup. This is from a game last year, but check this out:

I was watching him yesterday and he seems to have cut down a bit on that rocking motion, but he still goes both-arms-over-the-head like that. I love it because, even though I know not every pitcher did that back in the 1970s and 80s when I was beginning to watch baseball, it sort of felt like everyone did. It was how kids would pitch when emulating pitchers back then and it didn’t seem weird. I don’t know when that went out of style in favor of the bring-the-arms-in-towards-the-chest thing. I know Paul Byrd pitched like that his whole career and it didn’t feel weird when he did it. I don’t know, maybe I’m just remembering three random dudes who did that and I’m totally misrepresenting baseball history here. You misremember a lot of stuff when you get older too. Anyway: I’m on team Mengden.

Royals 8, Tigers 5: The Tigers took a 2-0 lead but Whit Merrifield hit a solo shot and Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to make it 5-2. Then the Tigers tied it up but Mike Moustakas hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning to make it 8-5. “And STAY down,” he said. Or thought. Maybe.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1: Top prosepct Gleyber Torres made his big league debut and went 0-for-4. He’ll have better days. Maybe days like Miguel Andujar, who went 4-for-4, had.Austin Romine doubled in a couple and Didi Gregorius smacked a dinger. Luis Severinodidn’t need that much support, as allowed only one run on three hits over seven.

Indians 7, Orioles 3: Jose Ramirez hit two homers — a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth — to help Corey Kluber get his third win of the season.Manny Machado homered in a losing cause. The O’s have lost nine of ten.

Astros 7, White Sox 1: Lance McCullers scattered a bunch of hits while allowing one run over six, while Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis each drove in a couple. Houston sweeps the White Sox, outscoring Chicago 27-2 in the three-game series. The Sox have lost seven in a row, giving up 53 runs on those games.

Brewers 4, Marlins 2: Junior Guerra allowed one run — unearned — in five innings and the bullpen allowed one more run — also unearned — in the final four frames. Both of the unearned runs were attributable to the catcher, as the guy who scored in the first inning reached on a catcher’s interference and the runner who scored in the eighth got into scoring position on a passed ball. Of course, it still took hits in both cases for the runs to come in, so it’s not like the pitcher wasn’t at least partly responsible. I am fairly fascinated with blame apportionment when it comes to unearned runs. It makes me wonder which pitcher benefitted most from runs which, while technically unearned because of an error, were really on him anyway because he gave up a bunch of hits later, failing to limit the damage. Or which were unearned because of his own error. Like, I know Bob Gibson’s ERA in 1968 would not have risen to 3.68 if you analyzed things that way, but I’m sure someone, somewhere, got just under 3.00 to 2.98 or something due to the unearned run rules, thereby changing the way he was viewed in a given year as a result. Someone give me a $250,000 advance on a book to study this, please.

Cardinals 9, Reds 2: Close until the seventh when the Cards put up three thanks to aPaul DeJong three-run homer and then added three more in the eighth. Miles Mikolasallowed two runs — one earned — over seven. I’m too lazy to analyze the unearned run situation in this game, though, and no one has given me the advance I mentioned above just yet. Not doing it for free, folks.  Anyway, the Reds got swept and now they go home to play the Braves today. Maybe. I have tickets to that game so, of course, the forecast calls for a lot of rain. Maybe the Reds need a rainout, but I sort of hope Mother Nature doesn’t let them have one. It’s like 100 miles in the car each way for me and I don’t wanna waste the trip.

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2: The Snakes scored all four of their runs in the fourth, two on a Nick Ahmed homer, one on Patrick Corbin single and one on a delayed steal thingie in which Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi threw the ball away. In addition to knocking in that run, Corbin dominated the Padres, winning his fourth game of the year with 11-strikeouts over six two-hit, two-run innings.

Rangers 7, Mariners 4: Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo each hit dongs in the fourth inning as the Rangers avoid a sweep at the hands of the M’s. Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed two over six innings, lowering his ERA from 13.14 to 9.82. Yay, progress!

Cubs 9, Rockies 7: Chicago built up a 6-0 lead after three innings, let the Rockies back in it and then added three more later and held on. In other words, just another afternoon at Coors Field. Javier Baez homered and later doubled in two. He also got cute and blocked D.J. LeMahieu when the latter was trying, it seemed, to steal signs. LeMahieu didn’t like that, but well, tough:

Kris Bryant left this one in the first inning after getting beaned — the ball hit the bill of his helmet and spun the dang thing around without it even falling off his head — but he passed his initial concussion tests, so here’s hoping it’s not serious.

Giants 4, Angels 2: There was some history here as Brandon Belt and Jaime Barria faced off in a 21-pitch at bat, which was the longest since they began keeping track of such things 30 years ago. Barria ended up winning that battle when Belt lined up to right field for the game’s first out. Here you go if you like foul balls and/or building tension:

The Giants won the war, however, as Barria couldn’t make it out of the third inning, having tossed 77 pitches. As soon as he left Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Belt would add a solo shot later. Johnny Cueto, meanwhile, was more economical and shut the Angels down for six innings.

Dodgers 4, Nationals 3: Washington took a 3-0 lead over Alex Wood and the Dodgers by the top of the sixth but L.A. came back when Yasmani Grandal and Cody Bellinger hit RBI doubles of the two-run and one-run variety, respectively. Corey Seager put the Dodgers up for good with a sac fly in the seventh and the bullpen held on. The Dodgers won their sixth in seven games and climbed back to .500 after a slow start to the season.

Mets vs. Braves — POSTPONED:

Tried to get your attention all night long
Asked you once, I asked you twice, asked you four times
If you’d like to dance to that song
Front crawled the crowd down the stairs
And I followed you out in the rain, nowhere to be found
Never mind, you’ll probably never look that pretty again

You’re not nineteen forever, pull yourself together
I know it seems strange but things, they change
Older woman and an ever so slightly younger man
God bless the band, they’re doing all they can

You’re not nineteen forever
You’re not nineteen forever
You’re not nineteen forever
It’s not big, it’s definitely not clever

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LaMarcus Aldridge on Kawhi Leonard’s Injury: ‘He Has to Do What’s Best for Him’ — High Velocity Sport


LaMarcus Aldridge on Kawhi Leonard’s Injury: ‘He Has to Do What’s Best for Him’ https://ift.tt/2qGCgnR Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images LaMarcus Aldridge thrived during the San Antonio Spurs‘ 116-101 playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday with 34 points and 12 rebounds, doing what he could to help keep the team afloat without Kawhi […]

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Getting Healthier By Playing Sports

Surely everyone wants to be healthier. Or maybe, you’re growing tired of looking at your stomach and thinking that it resembles a big lump of strawberry jelly. Either way, it doesn’t matter whether you want to lose weight or whether you just want to try and be healthier, because sports are a brilliant way for you to do both:

Focusing the mind and body:

The best benefit that you get when you play sports is that it can boost your level of physical fitness. It can also help your mind to stay much healthier, as well. Exercise helps to keep the mind sharp and it can even help you to feel more connected to the body in general. If you don’t quite know which sport is right for you, why not consider joining the FCB Canada soccer academy? This is one of the best ways for you to stay fit while also meeting plenty of new friends.

Future success:

Participating in sports can actually help you with your work and your school life. Sports can show you that if you practice something for long enough, then there is a high chance that you will go on to succeed, and this is a brilliant way for you to see the world differently. Sports can also be an outlet for any stress that you are experiencing right now, as well, and by letting go of this stress, you can then begin to focus more on the job that you do and the situation at hand. Of course, if you have never participated in a sport before, then there has never been a better time to start and you may even find that there are plenty of starter courses available for you to look at. This could include beginner football classes, hockey lessons, and more.

If you are worried about taking part in a sport where everyone is better than you, then this is one of the best ways for you to put an end to that. If you are shy, anxious, or unconfident, then sports can really help to bring you out of your shell. You can even play with your family, and the benefits are great and truly endless!



A better social life:

A lot of sports require you to work either as part of a team or as a unit. Even sports that have individual scores, such as running, still have some elements of teamwork involved. For example, if you were to travel to another city, then you may need to car-share or even train with one another. When you are a member of a team, you can then go on to develop higher cooperation skills, as well. By having these skills, you’ll have more focus, commitment, and dedication which can help you out a lot when it comes to your relationships and work life.

Sports are not only great for getting in shape, but they are wonderful for your mental health. Gather your friends, start a team, and watch as your mind and body reap the benefits.

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Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy

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An inside look at everything Meghan Markle is eating and her favorite workouts ahead of the Royal Wedding.: Meghan Markle's Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy© Geneviève Charbonneau Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is EasyThe workouts and meal plan the future royal is relying on ahead of her May wedding.

Sweating for the wedding takes on a whole new level of insanity when said wedding is broadcast to roughly two billion people around the world. No pressure. Luckily for Meghan Markle, she’s had her diet and exercise regimen locked-down for years. As the daughter of a yoga instructor, Markle loves to cook and eats a predominately plant-based diet, but she allows room for occasional indulgences. She’s also a workout fiend, crediting everything pilates and running with keeping her fit. Ahead, find out how Markle’s secrets for will looking and feeling her best on royal wedding day.

a close up of a logo: Meghan Markle's Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy© . Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is EasyMeghan Markle eats fries, drinks wine, and indulges in the occasional ice cream cone-because what is life without a treat here or there? The key is to make most of your diet full of nourishing plant-based foods that are naturally low in calories but high in fiber. “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends,” Markle previously said while filming Suits. “But at the same time, it’s all about balance. Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a diet; it’s lifestyle eating.”

An ideal day of eating for Markle looks like this: “A Clean Cleanse vanilla shake blended with frozen Ontario blueberries for breakfast, a Niçoise salad and glass of rosé, with some Grey Owl goat cheese and baguette on the side for lunch, and a leisurely dinner of seafood and pasta, and a negroni to cap off the night,” she previously told The New Potato.

Markle considers herself a pro-carb kind of girl, unlike her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton who adopted a low-carb, high-protein meal plan ahead of her wedding in 2011. “French fries – I could eat French fries all day. And I love pasta. I love carbs – who doesn’t love a carbohydrate?” Markle has said. “The same goes for wine. Of course I’m going to have that glass of wine – it’s delicious and I enjoy it.” In fact, she even named her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tigafter her favorite brand of red wine, Tignanello. “God, do I love wine; a beautiful full red or a crisp white. But if it’s cocktails, I love a spicy tequila cocktail, negroni, or good scotch-neat,” she said“Do the things you enjoy within reason,” she says. “Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdyFeXGjtzU/embed/?cr=1&wp=780&rd=www.msn.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A6948.00000000032%7DThe future royal stocks her fridge with healthy snacks and staples you can pick up at any grocery store. “Hummus, carrots-because I love them and so does my dog, Bogart, strangely-a green juice, almond milk, for sure, and a chia seed pudding I make every single week,” she previously told Good Housekeeping.“So easy, so good. I really love to cook.”

She credits her SoCal childhood and time spent around TV-set craft services tables (of all things!) with kickstarting her fascination with cooking and entertaining. “Growing up in Southern California…we had a meyer lemon tree and fig tree in my backyard, I loved gardening and growing my own vegetables. That farm to table ethos was ingrained at such a young age, Also, I grew up on the set of the TV show Married with Children where my dad was the lighting director. The show was, shall we say, saucier than a little girl my age should be watching, so my dad would have me help in craft services,” she told Eye Swoon. “I would help make the food trays, and learned how connective food could be – how happy people would be when I walked in with a tray of perfect crudités. It was awesome, and definitely planted the seed of my love for making and sharing food.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd54yMdjjP0/embed/?cr=1&wp=780&rd=www.msn.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A6965.0000000001455%7DMarkle has been busy traveling ahead of her May wedding, but she has a go-to room service meal when she’s on the road. “If I’m at a hotel I will likely order poached eggs and toast with avocado,” she says. Carbs, protein, healthy fats-it checks all the boxes.

a close up of a logo: Meghan Markle's Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy© . Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy“My mom was a yoga instructor so that practice is in my blood,” Markle has said. “I love an intense vinyasa class – and even better if it’s blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.”

Prior to her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle would document her fitness routine on Instagram and her (now defunct) lifestyle site The Tig. She credits pilates, running, and yoga for keeping her lean and strong. “Running has always been my form of moving meditation, which I relish because it allows me to get out of my head,” Markle previously told Women’s Health.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BclHGPWF7uU/embed/?cr=1&wp=780&rd=www.msn.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A2%2C%22os%22%3A7038.99999999976%7DMarkle prefers Megaformer pilates, which uses a machine that combines the toning of pilates with the resistance training of bodybuilding.“[It’s] hands down the best thing you could do for your body,” US Weeklycredits Markle saying. “Your body changes immediately.”

Before moving to London, she told Women’s Health about one workout she was eager to try. “I’m eager to come to the UK to do a workout with Russell [Bateman], the founder of SBC,” she said. “My friend Millie Macintosh raves about his workouts, so I’ll call her up to do a class together next time I’m back in London.”

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Exercise make you a joyful person –

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Brisk walking, gardening or weightlifting help you lose weight. But did you know that exercise can also make you a joyful person?

According to a new study, the frequency and volume of physical activities undertaken may actually boost your level of happiness.

The team of researchers noted that the youth who engaged in physical activity once a week compared to none had 1.4 times the odds of being happy if they were normal weight, and 1.5 times the odds if overweight.

Physical exercises also increased positive mental health in the same way as it cured negative mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

“Our findings suggest the physical activity frequency and volume are essential factors in the relationship between physical activity and happiness,” said Weiyun Chen, associate professor at the University of Michigan.

“More importantly, even a small change of physical activity makes a difference in happiness,” Chen added, in a paper published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

The meta-analysis of 15 observational studies revealed that, compared to inactive people, the odds ratio of being happy was 20, 29 and 52 per cent higher for people who were insufficiently active, sufficiently active, or very active, respectively.

In children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, physical activity predicted happiness level, and among drug abusers, the number of weekly exercise sessions, regardless of intensity, was slightly associated with happiness.

They also found an association between happiness and physical activities in older adults.

In addition, meeting the weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity was significantly associated with higher happiness level among ovarian cancer survivors, the researchers said.




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James Harden apparently isn’t slowing down in the playoffs after an incredible regular season.

The Houston Rockets star scored 44, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to help the No. 1 seed in the West survive with a 104-101 Game 1 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Andrew Wiggins scored 18 for the Timberwolves in their first playoff game in 14 years, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Harden and the Rockets offense.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Whicker: Knights are having no trouble with the big dance

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Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES — So where did James Neal pick up that little dance move that will be replicated in clubs from the MGM Grand to the Mirage?

“My little brother taught me,” Neal said.

He shook his head and laughed.

Neal actually has three little brothers, all of whom played high-level hockey. His team, the doggedly unbelievable Vegas Golden Knights, was supposed to be the 31st brother at the NHL table this year.

They feasted on the Pacific Division in the regular season, but then you started hearing that the playoffs would be different, that when one of the NHL’s traditional behemoths actually got a chance to break down the Knights on tape and play them in a best-of-seven, this desert flower would rot in the sun.

Instead, Vegas leads the Kings 3-0 after this 3-2, Game 3 victory at Staples Center Sunday night. It doesn’t appear the Knights are going to need seven to prove they’re the best.

The Kings came off the top rope repeatedly when Game 3 began, confident that they could rock the Knights into the shadows, fortified by the end of Drew Doughty’s suspension and the return of Jake Muzzin beside him.

They got a first-period goal from Alex Iafallo after Dustin Brown dug out a loose puck and gave it to Anze Kopitar, who found Iafallo at the opposite post.

They bounced the Knights all over the chessboard, with Adrian Kempe landing on top of John Merrill and not letting him up until he got a 3-count.

Then, at the end of the second period, they killed a delay-of-game penalty and got a whistle on Vegas with 1.1 seconds left. Doughty ruffled Jonathan Marchessault’s feathers and then got a return whack of the stick that sent Marchessault to the box.

Playing the big-brother role,  Doughty looked at Marchessault and pointed at his own brain.

“The referee always sees the second one,” said Gerard Gallant, the imminent NHL coach of the year. “It was the type of thing the Kings were doing all night. I didn’t feel good about being down 1-0. It probably should have been more.”

It wasn’t, because goalie Marc-Andre Fleury kept stopping the Kings’ drives and because the L.A. crease pressure was only occasional. Slowly the Knights lifted themselves back into the game.

They always do this because they’re neither as thin nor as young as expansion teams usually are, because they slowly keep the pot boiling as the game goes on. When special team situations happen, they don’t’ burn out their top players because they’re all first among equals. When they play a double-overtime game on a Friday night, they’re able to take care of the final minutes on Sunday night.

“I knew I had to make sure I did a lot of things I don’t normally do,” said defenseman Nate Schmidt. “I had to get the rest, had to drink the beet juice, get in the cold tub. All the extra stuff, we had to do that. It showed our resiliency in the third period. It’s the type of team I want to be a part of.

“That third period was one of the best you could possibly play. We told ourselves between periods that you know you’re going to face adversity in the playoffs. You never go into a game thinking you’re going to be down 1-0, but there’s no way you can get around something like that in the playoffs. I thought we did a good job for the most part, staying away from all the crap.”

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, top, gets tangled up with Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, top, gets tangled up with Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Not that the Knights got an A in deportment. The Kings and their fans have only begun to complain about the butt end of Eric Haula’s stick, which hit Kopitar in the chops and knocked him out of the game for a few shifts. No call was forthcoming.

But the Knights gradually turned up the speed on the treadmill until Ryan Carpenter fetched a puck and got it to Cody Eakin, who fired it over Jonathan Quick’s shoulder, punishing the Kings’ 70s line for failing to get it cleared.

Eight minutes after that, Schmidt gunned the puck up the ice to Neal on the right wall. Neal is 30, with significant tours of duty in Dallas, Pittsburgh and Nashville, a guy with 83 playoff games and 26 playoff goals now, a power-play sniper with some meanness to his game.

Oscar Fantenberg was the defenseman at Neal’s hip. Neal faked toward the ice, got Fantenberg to lean, and then slipped by him on the outside and shot the puck before Quick could set himself.

“I think he surprised the goalie with that shot,” Gallant said.

“Our goalie kept us in the game, but he’s done that all year, he’s done it for his career,” said Neal, who played with Fleury in Pittsburgh. “He’s been our backbone all year. And then it was a good play by Schmidty, pushing the D back and creating a gap.”

The mental damage from that goal could be measured 21 seconds later, when Hart Trophy candidate William Karlsson – yes, the ex-Duck who was traded to Columbus for James Wisniewski – scored yet again.

Down 3-1, Kopitar tipped a shot by Fantenberg past Fleury with 2:04 left. Another year, another time, another opponent, maybe the Kings get another one and usher in overtime.

Instead, Schmidt and Marchessault made composed, positional plays to clear pucks. Fleury was not pressured again.

The Kings are down to one lifeline, with Game 4 coming on Tuesday.

“From my point of view, this team has had resilience all year,” said John Stevens, the Kings coach.

Who knew they’d need resilience against a team that was just names on a computer printout 12 months ago? Nothing is more annoying than Little Brother, especially when he makes you look up.





Victor Oladipo scored 32 points in the Indiana Pacers‘ 98-80 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, a situation that may have been avoided if not for a few roster moves.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN provided a breakdown:

Oladipo could have been a Cavalier and helping Cleveland in the playoffs, or at least still in the Western Conference, but is now the team’s biggest adversary in the first round of the 2018 postseason.


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Simeone snubs De Gea as he names the best goalkeeper in the world

Simeone snubs De Gea as he names the best goalkeeper in the world

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone talked to media ahead of the Colchoneros’ La Liga clash against Levante and the Argentinean was full of praise for his goalkeeper Jan Oblak: “Jan is the best goalkeeper in the world”, Simeone said.

“Atletico are working to get the best possible players, we want players who can raise the level of the club and I hope Jan will remain with us for long time. He still has a few years left in his contract and every top club have great goalkeepers.”

Diego Simeone’s words left most of football fans stunned as although Oblak is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, right now Manchester United star David De Gea is probably the best player in his position.

​Oblak, 25, is contracted with Atletico Madrid until 2021 and has a € 100 million release clause included in his contract.

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Newcastle thrashed Arsenal


Newcastle United virtually guaranteed their Premier League safety as they came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 at a spring-like St James’ Park on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette’s stretching volley gave Arsenal the lead in the 14th minute, but Ayoze Perez clipped in Newcastle’s equaliser on the half hour mark.

Newcastle were the better side after the break and took the lead in the 68th minute when Matt Ritchie fired home after a neat flick from Perez.

Newcastle have 41 points in 10th place with sixth-placed Arsenal on 54 — 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

“40 points was the target at the start of the season and hopefully we’ve done enough now to secure our Premier League status,” Matt Ritchie told Sky Sports.

“Now we want to keep going and try to finish as high as we can in the table,” he added.


Justin Kluivert and 3 Ajax Team-Mates Reportedly on Barcelona’s Radar


Justin Kluivert and 3 Ajax Team-Mates Reportedly on Barcelona’s Radar


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Barcelona have sent scouts to watch four of Ajax‘s young prospects as the La Liga leaders look to strengthen their squad this summer, per Diario Gol (h/t Callum Vurley for the Daily Star).

Justin Kluivert, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek are reportedly being watched by Barca’s recruitment team, continuing a longstanding tradition of players leaving the Dutch club’s elite academy for the Camp Nou.

The two teams have enjoyed a close relationship ever since Johan Cruyff moved to Barcelona in the 1970s, with a subsequent spell as manager of both sides cementing a link that was renewed down the years by Louis van Gaal. It is because of Cruyff that the two broadly share a playing style and approach to academy production.

And the relationship could continue as Barca aim to update an ageing squad. Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique are all 30 or over, highlighting the urgency with which the club must recruit the next generation of talent. It is only natural they should start at Ajax.

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Kluivert, son of former Barcelona and Ajax player Patrick, is highly rated in his home country and is reportedly also of interest to Manchester United, who considered signing the striker in January, per Duncan Castles for Yahoo Sport. The 18-year-old has featured in 22 Eredivisie games so far this season, scoring six goals.

All four of the players have been regulars in the Ajax team this season. De Ligt, 18, and Van de Beek, 20, have both started 25 of a possible 26 league games, while De Jong, 20, has started 16 times.

Ajax are 10 points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven and haven’t lifted the title since 2013-14, reflecting a regeneration project that is still in the works. Fourteen of the 25 Ajax players to have played for the club in 2017-18 are 21 or under.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are top of La Liga by eight points, making this the ideal time to begin searching for the next generation of talent.

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PSV Won The Dutch League in Style

PSV Eindhoven have now won 24 league titles, second only to Ajax’s 33

PSV Eindhoven sealed the Dutch Eredivisie title with a comfortable victory over nearest rivals Ajax – who ended up with nine men.

PSV.jpgGaston Pereiro put PSV ahead after Hirving Lozano’s shot had been blocked on the line by Matthijs de Ligt.

Luuk de Jong headed home Joshua Brenet’s cross and Steven Bergwijn’s half-volley sealed the victory.

Nicolas Tagliafico was shown a second yellow and Siem de Jong, Luuk’s brother, was sent off for a bad foul.

Phillip Cocu’s PSV, who have three games left to play, have won three of the past four league titles. Feyenoord, the deposed champions, are down in fourth position.

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Zidane leaves Ronaldo, Modric, Bale out of Malaga trip – NAN


Cristiano-RonaldoReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane left top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo at home for his side’s Liga game away to basement club Malaga on Sunday, also resting Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane.

Ronaldo has been rested for four of Real’s last five away games in La Liga in order to stay sharp for their Champions League games, missing their trips to Leganes, Espanyol and their last outing against Las Palmas.

The plan has paid dividends as Ronaldo has scored in all 10 of Madrid’s European games this season.

This includes striking the decisive injury-time penalty in the 3-1 defeat to Juventus on Wednesday which sent them into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

Champions Madrid are fourth in the Liga standings with 64 points and a win at Malaga, rock bottom with 17 points and 14 adrift from safety, would lift Zidane’s side above Valencia and up to third.


Pogba challenged by Mourinho after Man Utd derby heroics – Chris Burton

pogbaThe Frenchman enjoyed a welcome return to form as he inspired a thrilling win over Manchester City, but has been told he must maintain those standards

Jose Mourinho has challenged Paul Pogba to find a level of consistency which allows him to repeat his derby heroics for Manchester United on a more regular basis.

Having faced plenty of criticism heading into a crunch clash with Premier League champions-elect Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, the French midfielder picked the best possible fixture in which to rediscover his spark.

After seeing United fall behind to leave themselves in danger of being unwelcome guests at a raucous title party, Pogba produced a two-goal showing to turn the tie on its head and inspire a stunning 3-2 victory.




valenAntonio Valencia says there has been “a great vibe” around the Manchester United dressing room in the wake of last weekend’s derby comeback and the full-back insists it’s another positive on which to build for next season.

After overcoming leaders City last weekend, the Reds will face bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion on Sunday at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho’s men looking to finish the season as strongly as possible.

Valencia reflected on the derby win during a sit-down interview with United Review, the official matchday programme, and talked about the confidence it, and other excellent victories over Liverpool and Chelsea recently, have given the squad.

“After the game on Saturday, of course it was a fantastic feeling and, two days later when you come back into training, it still felt brilliant and that great vibe stays with you,” he explained. “You carry it with you into the next training sessions which is what we’ve done.

“I think we’ve done really well in key games. Those good results and performances only serve to motivate us even more for the rest of this season and especially for next season as well.

“It’s like a message that we’re sending to ourselves and it has extra motivation for us. It reinforces the fact we have a great squad, a great team and a strong dressing room, ahead of the next season, which will hopefully be a great one for us.”

Mourinho pointed out recently that his side have made very positive steps forward this term with more points recorded, more goals scored and fewer conceded. And Valencia feels the team have made important progress which the Reds will aim to build on further in 2018/19.

“I think it’s positive thoughts throughout when you look back on things,” he declared. “We’ve scored more goals, picked up more points, conceded fewer and I think we’ve played better. You want to take that forward into next season and try to put things right that maybe haven’t gone so well this season and improve upon results in games.

“We want to win even more games and not slip up in the type of the matches where we might have slipped up this season. All that considered, it’s looking good for next season and let’s hope we can be fighting for every trophy that’s available to us.”

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Mourinho look at Kroos as replacement for unavailable Matuidi

mourJosé Mourinho has made no secret of the fact he is far from happy with the current make up of his Manchester United squad, believing that several new signings are required this summer in order to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

Indeed, the Portuguese tactician recognises the fact that his midfield has looked disjointed at times throughout the current campaign, and he is determined to put this right come the opening of the transfer window.

Blaise Matuidi is considered unsellable by Juventus directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici, which has forced Mourinho and his colleagues to search for alternative options. Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos has now emerged as a potential target, with his long-term future in the Spanish capital said to be in doubt.

matuidiSimilarly to Mourinho, Los Blancos president Florentino Pérez has set his sights on conducting a revolution of Zinedine Zidane’s playing staff which inevitably means that some high-profile names will be heading for the Santiago Bernabéu exit door.

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Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares eager to renew L.A. rivalry in rematch

leo-santa-cruz-abner-mares-eager-to-renew-l-a-rivalry-in-rematch-1170x500.jpgThe featherweight world title rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares has been a long time coming since their first action-packed encounter in August 2015.Immediately after Santa Cruz won a majority decision and vacant title in a fierce fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Mares said he wanted a rematch, and Santa Cruz said he would give him one.

But it has taken time and twists and turns to get to the point where they will meet again on June 9 in the main event of a Showtime card, again at the Staples Center in another battle for Los Angles bragging rights.

“It was a really close fight the first time. Before the fight, I told him I would give him the rematch, just like I would have wanted if I lost,” Santa Cruz said this week as he met Mares face to face in Los Angeles at the kickoff news conference to announce the bout. “Now is the time, and I think this fight is going to be even better than the first fight. Mares will be better with (trainer) Robert Garcia. He has many champions, and I’ve seen the improvement. That’s great motivation for me.”

Mares has had to wait for the rematch longer than he wanted to, but he is very excited that it is finally on.

“The fight is here now, and it’s official. I’m eager to get this win and get redemption,” Mares said. “There were things I could have done that would have made the fight easier for myself. Once you get in there, I know we all have a plan, but once you hear the crowd, it can go out the window. I’m a warrior and that type of fighter who’s looking to get the win no matter what.

“This fight is dedicated to my dad as he battles cancer. The only way I can pay him back or try to lift his spirits is to train hard in the gym and give him this win. If he sees me not giving up, I think it will give him the courage to keep fighting his battle.”

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“I’m not worried about the decision in the first fight. I think he landed the clearer punches, but it was definitely a close fight. I was happy with my performance as far as pleasing the crowd. I’ve moved on to the rematch. I’m going to make adjustments and get the win.”

Since that first fight, Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs), 29, has fought four times, including losing and regaining his title in two tremendous battles with Carl Frampton. Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs), 32, has fought just twice, but he claimed a secondary belt while also changing trainers to work with Garcia.

The rematch was supposed to take place last fall but Santa Cruz elected to put it off for one more fight as he and fellow three-division world titleholder Mares both won on an October doubleheader.

One of the reasons for putting it off one more fight was because Santa Cruz’s father and trainer, Jose Santa Cruz, was once again struggling with his health.

He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, and has had his ups and downs, including being forced to have a very limited role in the training camp for the first Frampton fight, for which Leo was instead trained by his brother. But the elder Santa Cruz said he will be in camp and will train his son for the rematch with Mares.

“This fight is dedicated to my dad as he battles cancer,” Leo Santa Cruz said. “The only way I can pay him back or try to lift his spirits is to train hard in the gym and give him this win. If he sees me not giving up, I think it will give him the courage to keep fighting his battle.”

Jose Santa Cruz has shown the sort of fight against cancer that his son has always showed in the ring. He is determined to see his son through training camp be in his corner on fight night.

“My fight with cancer is the toughest one of all. But I’m fighting very hard and I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’m right there by Leo’s side all the way for this fight. For the first fight for Frampton (in July 2016), I had to try to prepare Leo from a distance.”

“I’m not worried about the decision in the first fight. I think he landed the clearer punches but it was definitely a close fight. I was happy with my performance as far as pleasing the crowd. I’ve moved on to the rematch. I’m going to make adjustments and get the win.”

Abner Mares

Leo Santa Cruz lost that fight and his belt by majority decision in a classic fight of the year contender and then regained the title (with his father returning to the corner) by split decision over Frampton in his next fight in January 2017.

“This fight [against Mares] is different [from the first Frampton fight] because I’m right there every step of the way. I’m telling him what to do and guide him every day,” Jose Santa Cruz said. “I think Leo is even more prepared this time than for the first fight with Mares. Leo is doing great mentally because he’s such a brave kid. I tell him not to worry about me and to keep working hard. He seems really motivated right now. He knows he’s doing well.

“Right now we’re working on maintaining speed, being smart and not looking for too much of a clash of a fight. I know Leo can win with his speed and his brain. He’s learning and growing as a fighter. I think Mares has reached his peak. Robert Garcia is a great trainer, but at a certain point, there’s nothing the fighter can do to surprise anyone.”

Mares has worked with Garcia for his past two fights, and they have also had plenty of time in the gym to work together. Garcia thinks he can make a big difference for Mares in the sequel.

“I was there live for the first fight, and it was a great matchup. I knew then that Abner was much better than the fight he gave that night,” Garcia said. “He left the fans happy, which is all that matters to him. But with me in the corner, it should be a different fight. I think the fans have seen what we’ve done with Abner for his last two fights and they know that it’s going to lead to a totally different outcome in this fight.”

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EPL: Giroud helps Chelsea secure comeback win over Southampton


Giroud picks the ball after scoring the first goal (Photo Credit: BBC Sport on Twitter)

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score two goals on Saturday as Chelsea came from behind to beat Southampton 2-3 in their Premier League clash at Saint Marys.

Southampton who are yet to win any Premier League game on home soil in 2018 looked like they were going to get it right against the Blues.

The home side had already raced to a two-goal lead before Antonio Conte moved to take out Alvaro Morata for Giroud.

That proved to be a wise descion as Chelsea scored three times in the space of eight minutes to turn the game on its head.

Giroud netted on either side of a goal from Eden Hazard.

The result means that Southampton remain inside the Premier league relegation zone while Chelsea stay fifth in the division – six points clear of sixth-placed Arsenal.

Nigeria international Victor Moses was given a cameo role in Saturday’s early kickoff in the Premier League; replacing Hazard in the 86th minute.

Europa League round-up: Atletico Madrid join Arsenal in semi-finals as Red Bull Salzburg stun Lazio


Atletico Madrid overcame a scare to see off the challenge of a fired-up Sporting Lisbon and book their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Red Bull Salzburg came from behind to earn a stunning 4-1 victory that secured an unlikely Europa League semi-final berth at the expense of Lazio.

Marseille were another side that overturned a deficit, with a 5-2 victory over RB Leipzig enough for them to progress.

Atletico Madrid overcame a scare to see off the challenge of a fired-up Sporting Lisbon and book their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Fredy Montero’s first-half header gave Sporting hope of overturning their 2-0 first-leg deficit, but Atletico comfortably protected their narrow lead after the break to advance to Friday’s draw despite losing 1-0 in the Portuguese capital.

Koke put Atletico in front after only 23 seconds of the first leg but they were on the back foot in the early stages in Lisbon.

The hosts got the goal their start deserved on 28 minutes when Oblak flapped at Bruno Fernandes’ right-wing cross and Montero, who missed a golden chance in stoppage time last week, stooped to head home from a tight angle at the back post.

Sporting continued to dominate and went close to levelling the tie on the stroke of half-time as Bryan Ruiz’s long-range strike forced Oblak into a fingertip save.

 Diego Costa’s frustrating evening ended when he hobbled off shortly after the break and was replaced by Fernando Torres, featuring for the first time since announcing he had decided to leave Atletico in the summer.

Torres flashed a header over after Antoine Griezmann had sparked Atletico into life with a left-footed shot which was saved low down by Rui Patricio.

athleticoThe Spanish side continued in search of a crucial away goal, with Griezmann bending a free-kick just wide before fluffing two one-on-ones.

In the end it was not required as Atletico avoided the drama endured by La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League to remain on course for their third Europa League crown.

RB Salzburg stunned Lazio 4-1 to win an enthralling quarter-final 6-5 on aggregate

Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg came from behind to earn a stunning 4-1 victory that secured an unlikely Europa League semi-final berth at the expense of Lazio.

The Austrian outfit’s chances of progressing looked all but gone when Ciro Immobile broke the deadlock after 55 minutes to put Lazio 5-2 up on aggregate.

But just two days after Roma’s unbelievable victory over Barcelona, Salzburg followed in their footsteps to dump out Lazio.

Moanes Dabbur equalised 84 seconds later to boost Marco Rose’s side’s slim hopes of progressing before Amadou Haidara, Hwang Hee-chan and Stefan Lainer struck inside four second-half minutes to turn the quarter-final tie on its head and seal a 6-5 aggregate win.

Marseille thrashed RB Leipzig 5-2 to secure a 5-3 aggregate victory
Marseille thrashed RB Leipzig 5-2 to secure a 5-3 aggregate victory

Marseille were another side that overturned a deficit, with a 5-2 victory over RB Leipzig enough for them to progress.

Leipzig held a slender 1-0 advantage from the initial meeting in Germany and they got a crucial away goal through Bruma just 64 seconds into the second leg.

Yet the tie was soon level as Stefan Ilsanker scored an own goal and Bouna Sarr added a second before Florian Thauvin’s effort gave Marseille an aggregate lead prior to half-time.

Leipzig hit back through Jean-Kevin Augustin, and at that point they would have progressed on away goals, only for ex-West Ham winger Dimitri Payet and Hiroki Sakai to score and make sure of Marseille’s progress via a 5-3 aggregate success.


Europa League: Arsenal, Atletico Zooms Into semi-final

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CSKA Moscow 2-2 (3-6 on agg.) Arsenal

Red Bull Salzburg 4-1 (6-5 on agg.) Lazio

Marseille 5-2 (5-3 on agg.) Red Bull Leipzig

It was another dramatic night across Europe as Semi finalists emerged in the Europa League.

Premier League side Arsenal booked their place in the semi-final with a 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow, with Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey providing late goals to seal their fate into the final four.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg and Marseille completed massive comebacks in front of their home crowds to move into the next round.

Red Bull Salzburg overturned a 4-2 opening leg deficit against Lazio with a 4-1 victory in Austria, while Ligue 1 side Marseille scored five goals against Red Bull Leipzig to get past the German Bundesliga club.

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For Salzburg, all four goals came after halftime, with the decisive finish from Stefan Lainer coming with 14 minutes remaining in the match.

In Portugal, Atletico Madrid fell 1-0 to Sporting CP behind Fredy Montero’s lone finish, but it wasn’t enough for the Portuguese side to move through to the semifinals.


FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up


eaglesNigeria has moved five places up from 52nd  with 609 points to 47th in the world and sixth in Africa with 635 points in the April FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings released on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Tunisia is the highest ranked African team on 14th place with Senegal and DR Congo on 28 and 38 positions respectively.

Germany still retains first place with Brazil following closely while Belgium who was fifth in the March rankings is now third.

The next rankings will be published on May 17, 2018.Super-Eagles-1

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