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Ira Winderman: Based on how balls bounced, is a rivalry brewing for Heat?

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As he walked off the Miami Heat practice court Monday, veteran forward and converted hockey fan Udonis Haslem shook his head.

“Not good. Not good,” he said. “The Lightning, that’s not good for us, right?”

He was talking about the Florida Panthers’ second-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the two-time-defending Stanley Cup champions. And he recognized an intrastate rivalry percolating because of the Panthers’ rise to contender status.

The day after Haslem’s forecast, ahead of what turned into 0-2 direness for his adopted Panthers, another intrastate rivalry received a jolt, with the Orlando Magic winning the NBA lottery, the first pick in the June 23 draft now theirs.

That, of course, is a big deal.

And the Magic certainly have done big things with such selections before, turning previous No. 1 selections into Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway (through trade) and Dwight Howard.

The Heat, by contrast, with the notable exception of Dwyane Wade, largely have created their success through free agency or trades, including LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Jimmy Butler, and, yes, Shaq.

Yet where the two Florida franchises have never converged is a playoff series of heft. When the Magic were up, the Heat were down, and vice versa, with this season as the latest evidence.

In the Heat’s 34 seasons, they have faced the Magic in the playoffs once, winning in the best-of-five 1997 first round.

Otherwise, for all the bluster of former Magic executive Pat Williams at the franchises’ inceptions, not much.

It was Williams, in fact, who went as far as to try to create a trophy for the annual season series, noting of the trophy, “It’s an ugly, ugly trophy. It cures hiccups, it’s so ugly.”

So perhaps something real now, with the lottery-winning Magic actually with a chance of getting up to where the Heat stand?

That could take more than this year’s No. 1 pick, whether it is Gonzaga forward Chet Holmgren or Auburn forward Jabari Smith or Duke forward Paolo Banchero.

Yes, it could leave the Magic with the best NBA power forward in the state (or at least as long as Bam Adebayo is listed at center), considering the Heat’s revolving door at power forward in recent years of long-in-the-tooth Jae Crowder, Trevor Ariza and, now, P.J. Tucker.

But there also simply are too many questions on the Magic roster, from the health of Jonathan Isaac to the contract uncertainty with Mo Bamba, to what exactly might come of Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter or even the ultimate upside of Franz Wagner or Jalen Suggs.

We have been at this crossroads before, where the draft could transform the Magic to something closer to what Pat Riley has fastidiously developed in South Florida.

There was Suggs last year at No. 5, Bamba at No. 6 in 2018, Isaac at No. 6 in 2017, Mario Hezonja at No. 5 in 2015, Aaron Gordon at No. 4 in 2014 and, yes, even current Heat guard Victor Oladipo at No. 2 in 2013.

To put that in perspective, since 2013, the highest Heat pick was Justise Winslow, at No. 10 in 2015, needing to go back to Michael Beasley at No. 2 in 2008 as the Heat’s last single-digit first-round pick.

The fact is the Heat could use some legitimate competition in their division, with 16 games annually against Southeast rivals.

The Charlotte Hornets are going through another coach. The Washington Wizards are wobbling amid Bradley Beal uncertainty. The Atlanta Hawks regressed, as their first-round ouster at the hands of the Heat showed.

So now, from the depths of 22-60, come the Magic with their No. 1 selection, in a draft without a consensus No. 1.

But, for now, because of Tuesday night’s Ping-Pong balls, at least hope again.

“We’re at the stage right now where we’re not a need-based team,” Magic executive Jeff Weltman said.

Actually, they very much are in need.

As is any hope of the true arrival of an intrastate rivalry.

IN THE LANE

SPEAKING OF: With the Magic (again) landing the No. 1 lottery pick, it left the Heat in a group of six franchises yet to earn the top overall selection (albeit not for a lack of trying in 2008, when the hoped-for target was Derrick Rose). The other five are the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz. Of that group, only Indiana was in this year’s lottery, exiting with the No. 6 pick.

NEW PERSPECTIVE: Tim Hardaway has gone to the dark side. OK, perhaps it’s not that extreme, but the New York Post revealed that the former Heat All-Star guard has been working as a scout for the New York Knicks, including at the Chicago pre-draft combine. Hardaway, whose post-playing career included time as an assistant on the Detroit Pistons staff of former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, now finds himself at work with an organization that stood as the fiercest of rivals during his Heat playing career, but also a franchise that twice had his son, current Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., on its roster. Hardaway will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

ON THE MEND: In the wake of sustaining an ugly knee injury in the Philadelphia 76ers’ season-ending loss to the Heat in the East semifinals, veteran 3-point specialist Danny Green vowed a return by midseason. “I will be back for All-Star break. You got to believe it,” he said on his SiriusXM podcast, Inside the Green Room. Such an ACL tear often can take a full calendar year for recovery. It is a tricky spot for Green, 34, whose $10 million with the 76ers for next season can be excised by the 76ers if he is waived prior to July 1. “My body and my bones usually heal pretty well. I don’t have any bad habits,” he said. “So, yeah, I think I’ll be back in time to help a team in the playoff run and show and prove that I’m able to still play at that level to help a team get a win in the playoffs.” Green was injured during a rebound scramble against the Heat, with 76ers center Joel Embiid falling on Green’s knee.

STILL GOING: The NBA journey continues for Alvin Gentry, with the 67-year-old former Heat coach named vice president of basketball engagement for the Sacramento Kings. The front-office job was offered in the wake of his dismissal as interim Kings coach. Gentry took over as Kings coach from Luke Walton after Sacramento’s 6-11 start, with the Kings closing 30-52 and missing the playoffs for an NBA-record 16th consecutive season. Gentry was a Heat assistant coach from 1991 to 1995, serving as Heat interim coach at the end of 1994-95 before Pat Riley took over.

SETTING THE RECORD: Former Heat center Amar’e Stoudemire appeared on ESPN’s First Take to clarify that his departure as a Brooklyn Nets developmental coach was not because of reported differences with Kyrie Irving. Instead, Stoudemire, 39, said his observance of not working on the Jewish sabbath proved too limiting. “Not working on Friday night and Saturdays is difficult for anyone to grow in the coaching space because coaching is such a grind,” said Stoudemire, who converted to Judaism in 2020, four years after the completion of his one-season Heat tenure. “It requires you to be there full-time. And for me, I was unable to grow in that space, so I did not want to continue coaching. And, on the flip side, the Nets organization wants people who can be there full-time, and I totally understand that.”

ALLEN’S PILGRIMAGE: Former Heat guard Ray Allen recently participated in the PeacePlayers Initiative in Jerusalem, promoting understanding and friendship between young Israeli and Palestinian athletes. The event was hosted by America’s Voices in Israel together with the Arison Family Foundation. “There’s something fascinating, the idea of being here – just being connected to the Holy Land,” Allen told the Jerusalem Post. “I’ve heard it several times this week – people ask me why I’m here, as if only Jewish people travel to Israel.” He stressed, “There’s a common bond you can share with someone through basketball, regardless of what language you speak.”

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500. Consecutive sellouts for the Heat at AmericanAirlines/FTX Arena, counting regular season and playoffs. The streak began April 23, 2010, three months before the Big Three collaboration of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. It is the fifth-longest such streak in NBA history, second among active streaks to the Dallas Mavericks’ 868. (Such streaks do not include the COVID-restricted 2020-21 season.)

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An estate on the real estate market in Ontario, Canada for $2.29 million will enchant some with its fairytale interior, but others? Well, they’re a little confused.

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Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

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The all-time highs of cryptocurrencies in 2021 seem like a distant memory as major crypto assets lost value following the 2022 crypto collapse, which ended their historic bullish trend. However, as investors have been steering clear of riskier assets, cryptocurrency has been hammered particularly hard. Additionally, institutions and other major players in the space that made investments close to the market’s peak are under pressure due to the recent crypto crash.

Investing in cryptocurrencies comes with its own risks, just like any other investment. However, we’ve put together three crypto projects worth considering following the bear market. Chiliz (CHZ), Near Protocol (NEAR), and the latest project, Proprivex Token (PPX), have features that make them worthy of consideration.

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Chiliz (CHZ) – Bringin Sports Fans Together

Alexandre Dreyfus, the CEO and creator of Socios created Chiliz in 2018 to bring together sports fans and their preferred teams. Socios developed the Chiliz network and Socios platform after raising $66 million in a private placement fundraising round headed by Jump Trading. As part of a significant partnership with Juventus, Socios launched its platform in 2019, enabling users to exchange CHZ for JUV tokens. Since then, Socios has collaborated with several champions league soccer teams, including FC Barcelona.

The Chiliz (CHZ) network is connected to a secondary sidechain or blockchain used by the fan token platform. Sports organizations can decide to put up their sidechain and tailor the number of fan tokens they want to circulate. The Chiliz network charges transaction fees to teams who choose to issue fan tokens. The native cryptocurrency of the Chiliz network is  CHZ, enabling users to buy Fan Tokens on Socios.com. The token was initially released as an Ethereum-based ERC-20 token. Still, after entering into a strategic collaboration with Binance, it also started offering Binance Smart Chain BEP-2 versions of the token.

Near Protocol (NEAR) – The Community-led Token

The NEAR Protocol (NEAR) was designed as a community-run cloud computing platform and featured a public Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain with smart contract functionality. NEAR, created by the NEAR Collective, aims to compete with Ethereum and other top smart contract-enabled blockchains like EOS and Polkadot by being built to host decentralized applications (dApps). The native token of Near Protocol, also known as NEAR, is used to cover transaction and storage costs. Token owners who take part in reaching network consensus by acting as transaction validators may also stake NEAR tokens.

Near Protocol aims to provide a platform that is both user and developer friendly. Near Protocol has included features like enabling new users to connect with dApps and smart contracts without ever needing to create a wallet to fulfill this aim. As well as the option to develop human-readable account names rather than just cryptographic wallet addresses. Mintbase, a non-fungible token(NFT) minting platform, and Flux, a protocol that enables developers to build markets based on assets, commodities, real-world events, and more, are examples of projects based on the Near Protocol.

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What Is Proprivex Token (PPX)?

Proprivex Token (PPX) is a platform for trading and managing portfolios focused on digital assets and currencies. Usually, traditional financial assets are managed differently from

digital assets based on laid-down standards. Also, the markets, risks, volatility, and security hazards are all completely different since the bulk of their features varies. The crypto project aims to make it easier for crypto investors to manage multiple portfolios from a single location. Proprivex Token aims to make blockchain accessible to all users with ease and comfort.

Proprivex Token is constructing an intuitive ecosystem to alter public perceptions of blockchain technology and digital assets. Because of the ecosystem’s efficient and safe capabilities, various crypto assets can be traded, staked, managed, and fully secured. Previously, specific self-acclaimed individuals and organizations have promised to help crypto investors manage their portfolios effectively, all to no avail.

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Column: Dylan Cease-Justin Verlander matchup brings us back to a time when ace starters ruled baseball

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Dylan Cease admitted Monday he sometimes thinks about his chances of winning the American League Cy Young Award during his breakout season.

Chalk it up to the joy of youth?

“Old guys think about it too,” Justin Verlander said with a laugh. “It’s very natural.”

Cease, the 26-year-old Chicago White Sox ace, faces Verlander, the 39-year-old Cy Young favorite, on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in the second game of a key series between the Sox and Houston Astros.

Monday’s 4-2, come-from-behind Sox victory was an appetizer for the main course, and both starters seemed primed for the showdown.

“Two guys having good years, and it’ll be fun,” Verlander said. “I don’t think you get a lot of moments where you get two guys having great years like this matchup. Things have to align, so it’s very exciting.”

The game has changed so much over the years, with starters getting lifted even after six or seven no-hit innings and front-office executives game-planning the pitching moves with the manager hours before the first pitch.

Whether it’s better or worse for the game is in the eye of the beholder. To some of us dinosaurs, turning the game over to anonymous relievers is never as fun as watching two dominant pitchers trying to outduel each other for nine innings, even if their stuff isn’t quite as good as it was the first time through the order.

But that’s irrelevant now. Baseball never will go back to the days when a starter throwing well wouldn’t give up the ball unless it was pried out of his hand. Analytics have turned managers into drones. “Five and dive” has been replaced with “five and survive.”

All we can do is appreciate the rare occasions when two dominant starters go head-to-head in a regular-season game — and hope the managers understand this is entertainment. Many fans want to see which pitcher comes out on top, not which one gives his team a chance to win with 85 pitches.

Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker are the kind of old-school managers one might think would give their starters a little more leeway in a marquee matchup such as Verlander-Cease. We’ll see.

They’re also new-school thinkers when it comes to ensuring their aces are still healthy and durable come October, so don’t expect a return to the days when pitch counts were thrown out the window.

Still, Baker knows it’s something the game needs.

“I was thinking about it today,” he said. “This is like when I was a kid — (Sandy) Koufax and Juan Marichal, or Don Drysdale and Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and Bob Gibson. These are classic, classic (matchups). I remember when Don Sutton on our team (the Los Angeles Dodgers) was facing Nolan Ryan.

“I’m going to have to really be careful and make sure I don’t spectate and manage. Because if I was at home, I’d get me a bowl of popcorn and some beer and the only time I’d leave would be if there was a commercial or it was between innings because that’s a classic (matchup).”

Baker said the reason there aren’t more classic matchups is there were fewer teams back in the day, and four-man rotations made it likelier that two No. 1s might go head-to-head.

While that’s true, there’s also a lack of star power when it comes to starting pitchers. There are many well-paid starters but few must-see pitchers like Verlander, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.

Cease may be on his way — as evidenced by his record streak of 14 consecutive starts allowing one or no earned runs — but he’ll have to prove himself for a few more years to reach that status.

Can he imagine himself pitching at Verlander’s age?

“I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “It’s hard to fathom, but I guess he and Scherzer are showing that if you take care of yourself, there’s no reason why your (velocity) or anything has to dip. Guys like that are making it easier to picture for sure.”

Cease revealed himself Monday to be the Sox’s poet laureate. He unveiled a poem he wrote about his slider called “O Slider Slide” and had the team distribute T-shirts with the verses on the back. A sampling:

“O slider slide o’ slider slide.

“In the strike zone indeed a win is implied.”

Well, Dylan Thomas had to start somewhere, and he probably couldn’t even throw a slider. You have to give Cease credit for putting himself out there.

Matchup aside, this is a huge series for the Sox, who were taken apart by these same Astros in October in the AL Division Series and have yet to recover.

Baker pointed to the Sox injuries, saying, “It’s not the uniform, it’s the person in the uniform.”

“If I’m playing my first team against your second team, over the long run I’m going to win most of the time and you’re going to lose most of the time,” he said.

The Sox greeted the Astros by playing “Bang the Drum All Day” during the introduction of the Houston lineup, a shot at their sign-stealing past. The Astros responded by hitting Sox starter Johnny Cueto hard in a two-run first inning, aided by a Josh Harrison error.

Cueto settled down and didn’t give up another run through the eighth, allowing the Sox to rally with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Maybe the scoreboard guys should’ve played “Golden Slumbers” for the Sox, who have been asleep at the wheel much of the season. The Astros, meanwhile, haven’t had any problems getting up for games, even with a sizable lead in the AL West.

“We expect guys to be their best version of themselves, and we all hold each other accountable,” Verlander said.

Baker said not to count the Sox out.

“They’re in a good division to be where they are,” he said. “I remember when Tony La Russa won 83 games and won the World Series (with the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals).”

So does La Russa.

“I know he does,” Baker said. “You just want to get in the dance. Our job is to stop them from getting in the dance.”

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – The federal magistrate judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant will hold a hearing Thursday in Florida court to discuss requests to unseale the affidavit of cause probable investigators, who the Department of Justice opposed his release.

A federal judge on Friday unsealed the search warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida, a decision backed by the Justice Department, but On Monday, the DOJ said it opposed the release of the affidavit specifically in an effort to protect witnesses and keep grand jury proceedings confidential.

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“Disclosure of the government affidavit at this stage would also likely impede future cooperation of witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations,” wrote the Department of Justice. “The fact that this investigation involves highly classified documents further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential harm if information is released to the public prematurely or inappropriately.”

Media organizations, including CNN, had demanded that the affidavit be unsealed after the search last week at Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., club and residence.

Thursday’s hearing announcement came hours before two people briefed on the matter told CNN that the FBI interviewed former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and his former deputy Patrick Philbin earlier this year. as part of the investigation into federal records brought to Trump’s home in Palm Beach. .

The two are the most senior Trump officials questioned in what is now a criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified information and obstruction. The couple are among a group of former Trump aides the FBI interviewed after the criminal investigation began this spring, those briefed on the matter said.

The DOJ gave details in the affidavit that lay out the argument investigators made to Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart explaining probable cause that he had to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week. The search, documents say, was an evidence-gathering step in a national security investigation into presidential records at Mar-a-Lago. Trump owns the sprawling estate, and it is his primary residence as well as a members-only club and resort.

The FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents during its search, including some documents marked as “top secret/SCI” – one of the highest classification levels, according to search warrant documents released on Friday .

The FBI returned three passports to Trump’s lawyers after they were inadvertently seized during the search last week. The FBI said Monday night in response to questions about passports that it follows established procedures authorized by the courts and returns items not needed for law enforcement purposes.

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The statement came after comments from Trump on his social media platform that the FBI had “stolen” three of his passports during the search of his Mar-a-Lago property.

Trump’s social media post came hours after the Justice Department informed its attorneys that an FBI team had seized the passports and they were being returned, according to an email posted to social media. by a Trump spokesperson.

“In executing search warrants, the FBI follows court-ordered search and seizure procedures and then releases items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes” , the FBI said in a statement.

During an appearance on Fox Monday night, Trump’s attorney, Lindsey Halligan, just said investigators have already returned the passports. “They gave them to his lawyers today, so he’ll have them soon,” Halligan told Fox’s Sean Hannity.

The DOJ screening team – which works to sort confidential attorney-client communications and other highly personal information from evidence during an investigation – had collected two expired passports and Trump’s active diplomatic passport during research, according to an email from Trump spokesman Jay Budowich. public on Monday evening. Trump’s legal team had received this email from the lead prosecutor in the investigation.

The communication makes it clear that the seizure of the passport was a standard part of the search which was resolved quickly, and not a punitive action taken by the Department of Justice.

This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.

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An accused gangbanger imprisoned at Rikers Island for fatally shooting an innocent bystander allegedly stabbed a corrections captain in the neck in the infamous New York dungeon.

In a melee that erupted around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, inmate Malik Facey is accused of stabbing a Rikers Island captain in the neck inside the George R. Vierno Center, the NY Daily News reported. , citing the New York City Department of Correction.

The captain was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens in stable condition, while corrections “continue the re-arrest” of Facey.

“This was a heinous assault on a captain who was just doing his job,” New York Corrections Commissioner Louis Molina said in a statement. “Violence against staff is never tolerated.”

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Facey is being held at the prison complex in connection with the July 13, 2019 murder of James Weeks, 25, who was shot in the face by a stray bullet on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, according to the newspaper.

In this neighborhood, rival Up the Hill and Down the Hill gangs have engaged in an ongoing violent war exasperated in May by the robbery of 23-year-old nail salon owner Nikki Huang.

Huang complained to her friends in the Up the Hill gang about being whipped with a gun and being robbed of her expensive Louis Vuitton bag.

In retaliation, the buddies allegedly murdered 21-year-old Brandon Atkinson, whose brother is believed to be a superior in the Down the Hill gang. Another shooting erupted about an hour later, injuring a 22-year-old Down the Hill member and a 19-year-old bystander.

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Members of the Furious Down the Hill gang then allegedly kidnapped Huang and his former college basketball player friend Jesse Parrilla, 22, whose bodies were found burned beyond recognition inside the Honda Accord charred from Parrilla’s mother near a golf course in the Bronx.

The first arrest in this dispute came on August 9, when 18-year-old Zymir Humphrey was extradited from West Virginia to New York to face murder and weapons possession charges in Atkinson’s death. .

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LOS ANGELES– For more than a dozen years, the Challenger has been Dodge’s modern muscle car, delivering old-school power and retro-inspired looks.

But the Challenger is heading into retirement, as the brand embarks on an electrified future.

They promise an electric muscle car to replace it as part of an overall corporate plan; join other major automakers in this promise.

Dodge is one of many brands inherited in the United States from the former Chrysler Corporation, now under the umbrella of Stellantis, a global company focused on a greener future.

Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo will begin an electric transition in the coming years.

The global head of Stellantis did not hesitate to do so.

“The customer is always at the heart of Stellantis and our commitment with this investment plan of more than 30 billion (euros) is to offer iconic vehicles that have the performance, the capabilities, the style, the comfort and the electric range that fit perfectly into their daily lives,” said CEO Carlos Tavares.

We’re already seeing it in the popular Jeep brand, with two plug-in hybrid models hitting showrooms now, and an all-electric compact Jeep coming soon.

Alfa Romeo is the company’s most premium car brand in North America, not counting Ferrari. This new small SUV called Tonale will see the light of day next year, offered as a plug-in hybrid.

Future models could be fully battery powered.

On the truck side, Ram has announced that there will be an electric-only pickup in two years, following rivals Detroit Ford and GM.

Chrysler was actually the first of the “heritage” brands to start using electric power, with the Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

It won’t be the last.

Here’s a look at what’s coming from the Chrysler brand in the electric future – it’s a concept car called Airflow. A modern EV, with a name borrowed from Chrysler’s distant past.

Some welcome these changes with open arms, but others are not so sure. If you’re in the latter group and like your old-school rides, well, as the saying goes, better buy one while you can!

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