my kids up in a country like that. I dont think any of us do. my kids up in a country like that. I dont think any of us do.


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Steph Curry is the biggest star in the NBA at the moment, and no one else seems to be able to exist in the same planet. Authentic Custom 76ers Jersey . Our US sportswriter Alex Ferguson looks at Currys season and examines how he and the Warriors are changing the game… Its another three-point shot from Steph Curry, this time from nearer the halfway line than the three-point shot. The game is won in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors are one game closer to beating the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls single season record of 72-10 a record they have gone on break losing only lost nine games this season….and winning at astonishing 73 of them. They qualified for the play-offs in March, and quite frankly look unstoppable.Steph Currys season has been unbelievable, smashing more records than a Who concert in the 1970s. He has broken his own NBA record for three-pointers in a season…he actually broke it with 24 games to go. He was aiming for 300, and he ended up with 402......402 successful three-point shots this season.  Curry seems to have mastered the art of three-point shooting - and made it trendy Curry is really good at getting the ball away at the other end too - he finished the season with 169 steals, the most in the league.The great thing for Curry is, despite leading the league in points per game average (30.1), he is also an unselfish player playing on a very unselfish team. He is eighth in the league in assists (his Warriors team-mate Draymond Green is seventh). Curry celebrates his spectacular, record breaking three-point matchwinner The Golden State Warriors love passing the ball to each other - they total 28.9 assists a game (first in the NBA), and they love drilling the ball from the three-point line, hitting 41.6 per cent of their shots from behind the arc. The other shooter on the team - Klay Thompson - is No 12 in NBA scoring average to Currys first.Oh, and the team plays defence - they lead the league in defensive rebounds per game average (36.2), led by Green, and have strong shot blockers too, most notably Andrew Bogut.But is Curry better than Jordan? The answer? We dont know. Curry is now drawing comparisons with Michael Jordan - but such comparisons are unfair given they are very different players They are different players. Jordan wasnt Currys 6ft 3in (he was 6ft 6in) and he was a great defensive player as well as an offensive juggernaut. Curry is good at stealing the ball but hes not a rebounder. Unlike Curry, Jordan wasnt a brilliant three-point shooter (.332), but like Curry, he was the player that you want to have the ball in his hands when the game was on the line. And like Curry, Jordan was absolutely unstoppable.Like the dunk fashion that swept the courts in the 1990s, more and more people are worshipping the guy who can score from anywhere. You know, be like Steph and all that.Jordan was a bigger moneymaker outside of the court, but look for Curry to drop some jaws in the 2016 off-season. Curry led his team to the NBA Championship last season The great thing about Curry is that hes changing the game. The three-point shot, which was never as cool as the dunk going back through the years, is suddenly hugely fashionable. Its been a record year for three-point attempts in the NBA (24.0 per game vs the previous record of 22.4 in 2015). Curry is making the change.Why? Because if Curry and the Warriors are shooting so well from three-point range, a game can be finished by the end of the third quarter. Other teams need to shoot well to go head-to-head with the Warriors. Thats why youve got almost half the league chucking up over 25 three-point attempts a game. They are just trying to keep up.Otherwise, we wont just be celebrating Currys Warriors, well be celebrating one of the shortest play-off series in the history of the game.   Also See: NFL Video Rookies guide NFL on Sky Sports Pundits Wholesale Custom 76ers Shirts . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. Custom 76ers Jersey China . 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time. Young formally announced his retirement Friday after returning to Rangers Ballpark, his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons. . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Corey Jones was driving home 13 months ago after a gig with his church band when his SUV broke down on a South Florida highway at nearly 2 a.m. Roughly 90 minutes later Jones was on the phone with roadside assistance when a white cargo van pulled up in the dim light. A man wearing blue jeans, sneakers, a tan T-shirt and a baseball cap got out.You good? the man asked.Im good, Jones answered.Really?Yeah, Im good, Jones repeated.Really?Yeah.The next sound on an audio recording of the phone call was the man shouting: Get your f---ing hands up! Get your f---ing hands up!Hold on! Jones said.Get your f---ing hands up! Drop! the man yelled before firing three gunshots within two seconds.According to a report filed by the state attorneys office, the man fired three more shots 10 seconds later -- only more deliberately -- with one shot every three seconds.Jones, 31, died on the side of that highway after being struck by three of the six bullets. His death sparked local protests because the man who allegedly shot him, Nouman Raja, was a plainclothes Palm Beach Gardens police officer who failed to show a badge or identify himself as an officer. Raja was driving an unmarked van.Raja was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder eight months later, but to date there has been no trial and no closure for Jones family, which includes cousin Anquan Boldin, a receiver with the Detroit Lions. Boldin would like answers for not only his family, but all families who have experienced such a tragedy. Its one reason he and four other NFL players have traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for meetings with a handful of congressmen, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.No. 1, you want to hear that they hear you, Boldin told You want to make sure they understand the things that we, as an African-American community, are going through. I dont think our community feels that way right now, especially when it comes to law enforcement and the way were being policed. Our neighborhoods are feeling hurt. No. 2, you want to see changes in policy, in terms of how we train our police officers. And lastly, you want to see accountability -- that justice will be served for all -- to make sure that the relationship between the African-American community and police can be better. Theres work to be done on both sides because theres a huge mistrust there. I want to help close that gap.Boldin, the NFLs Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015 for his production on the field and his community work off it, began contemplating the trip well before August, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting police brutality against people of color by sitting and subsequently kneeling, during the national anthem.Boldin reached out to Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Lions safety Glover Quin?and quarterback Josh McCown and wideout Andrew Hawkins?of the Cleveland Browns?-- all guys who are well respected in the league and who have the same goal in mind as myself ?-- to join him. Each said yes. Boldin did not reach out to Kaepernick because, he said, it would have been tough logistically for Kaepernick to make the trip from the West Coast. Also, Boldin didnt want the meetings to draw attention that could negatively impact their desire to make positive change.For some players like Hawkins, the issue is deeply personal. He thinks back to the November day two years ago when 12-year-old Tamir Rice -- who was black -- was shot to death by a police officer while playing with a toy gun on a Cleveland playground. Hawkins reflects on how he couldve been Rice a decade earlier had his mother allowed him to play with the toy gun he had gotten from a church giveaway for kids.I thought the gun was the coolest thing ever, and my mom took it away, he said. I asked why, and she said, Someone is going to think its real and shoot you. I didnt understand it because all of my friends -- I went to a predominantly white elementary school, Catholic school -- they all had BB guns and would play with them all the time. I always thought it was so cool, but my mom would tell me, You dont have that luxury. I didnt understand it as a kid, but I do now. I have a son of my own.His mothers words came rushing back to him when Rice was killed, just as they did three months earlier when John Crawford, a 22-year-old black male, was fatally shot by police while holding a toy BB gun rifle inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Those killings prompted Hawkins to wear a T-shirt that read Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford on the front and The Real Battle for Ohio on the back before a December 2014 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.It created a lot of controversy at the time, but its something that was important to me then, and its important to me now, Hawkins said. To be honest, it was probably the proudest moment that Ive had as a professional athllete. Cheap Custom 76ers Jersey. ... We have a lot of power because were visible, and there was a sense of responsibility that I felt I had because Im in a sport where I might be the only person of color to get the opportunity to be on TV and articulate how a lot of people of color feel about the situation. Thats not a responsibility I take lightly, so it was important for me.What does he hope to accomplish Tuesday?Im not a lawmaker, and I dont come from a background of politics, Hawkins said. My expertise is in the communities that I grew up in, the people that I know, the firsthand encounters that Ive had. Im just curious to hear what our congressmen have to say, as people who are in charge of government and who have that responsibility and power. I want to get the other side of it. Going forward, this is more of a baseline than anything. Were probably not having extensive meetings and sitting there and loosening our ties and really getting down to business, so I dont know how much can be accomplished or how much can be said. But its a first step and an important step because you cant get to the next one without this one.The players are scheduled to visit with Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), as well as with members of the congressional black caucus. The meetings were arranged by Andrew Blejwas, an associate director of marketing for the nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, who since 2012 has been advising players like Boldin on how they can maximize their off-field work. The NFL Players Association also worked to arrange possible meetings with Speaker Ryan and some White House staff.No one is sure what will come of the sessions, but the players are firm that theyd like to walk away with something tangible, even if its an agreement to meet again for more discussions on what actions can be taken to address the issues. While Boldin and others want to be heard, McCown wants to listen.I dont believe we, as white people, can understand what African-Americans go through on a daily basis, because its different, McCown said. For me, first and foremost, I want to be able to acknowledge that and say that our stories are different and our histories are different, but lets just try to be a part of making it better moving forward. Thats been my resolve -- starting in my family first, and in my circle -- to be able to go, Im going to listen better and be better and be on the side of good and good things to move forward. But what does that look like? To me, it looks like justice and standing with your friends for whats right. So many times in this situation it feels like you cant be for law enforcement and for Black Lives Matter. Theres such a stark line that you have to be on one side or the other. Im trying to process that and understand. Why cant you be for both? I want the message to be that we can be for both. I dont know if thats possible, but thats where my heart is.McCown said he began to understand the issue?after police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He said he began to read and listen more intently to what was going on around the country. The stories resonated even more during offseason bible-study meetings each Thursday with former and active players. Many of the participants were black and shared personal stories of how they or family members had been mistreated by law enforcement.Youre listening to what theyve gone through, and I call it a weighted vest, McCown said. That probably doesnt do it justice, but I was like, Man, they do live with a weighted vest on. Its not the same race we [whites] are running here. It began to change my perspective.Boldins goal is to raise awareness and create positive change. His commitment is even stronger following the contentious presidential election.It makes me even more passionate because I see a country thats hurting, Boldin said. I see so much divide, to the point that I dont think weve ever been at this point in my lifetime. Has there always been racism? Of course. Has police brutality always been there? Of course. You name it, and its been there. But at this point, it just seems to be so brazen.When you hear about the things that are happening on college campuses, high school campuses, even elementary school campuses, its mind-blowing. This is the type of stuff I didnt have growing up, where you have young kids just being blatantly racist. Theres a huge divide in our country now, and if we dont find a way to heal it, things are only going to get worse. I dont want to bring my kids up in a country like that. I dont think any of us do. Weve got to do some work. And we cant leave it to politicians and the government alone. We have to make a difference. If we dont, were doomed. ' ' ' 

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