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King Charles did not meet with Prince Harry as he was busy rewarding senior peer who masterminded…

It was a packed day of royal engagements that kept the King from meeting Prince Harry during his whistle-stop visit to the UK. Now I can reveal that one of the items of business which kept the monarch from seeing his son was rewarding the senior peer who masterminded both his Coronation and his mother’s funeral. Eyebrows had been raised when the Duke of Norfolk was apparently overlooked in the New Year Honours, given his pivotal role in making both occasions such successes. But on May 7, at a private meeting in Buckingham Palace, the King presented him with a silver gilt Coronation Cup, continuing a 300-year tradition. The 18th Duke tells me the gift has taken pride of place on the mantelpiece in his medieval family home, Arundel Castle in West Sussex. ‘After the Coronation, the King wrote a wonderful letter saying thank you, adding that a gift would be on its way,’ the Duke, 67, revealed. ‘I am absolutely delighted with the Coronation Cup.’ Monarchs have gifted gilded cups to their Earls Marshal – holders of the hereditary office responsible for major ceremonial state occasions – since George II’s Coronation in 1727, overseen by the 8th Duke of Norfolk. George III, George IV, William IV, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II continued the tradition. But all seven cups were stolen in 2021, when a burglar broke into Arundel Castle with a hammer and grabbed £1 million worth of antiques. No one has ever been convicted and police believe it unlikely the items will ever be found. The presentation was one of several meetings Charles had on the day Harry landed in London. The next day, while his son was at St Paul’s Cathedral, the King held a garden party and several meetings including with the Prime Minister and, reportedly, David Beckham. Prince William is set to be an usher at the Duke of Westminster’s ‘society wedding of the year’ – but King Charles won’t attend amid rumours of tension over past Queen Camilla ‘snub’… and Harry isn’t even invited By Charlotte Griffiths and Nathan Kay and Cameron Roy Prince William is set to be an usher at his friend the Duke of Westminster’s wedding but King Charles won’t attend amid rumours of tension over a past Queen Camilla ‘snub’. Prince Harry is also expected to miss the event over worries his attendance may cause family awkwardness which could overshadow his friend Hugh Grosvenor, and his bride-to-be, Olivia Henson’s big day on June 7. The King and Queen will miss the ‘society wedding of the year’, over claims they have not forgotten about what happened at the 2004 wedding of Hugh’s sister. They turned down their invitations at the time to Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Edward van Cutsem’s wedding, which was held at the same venue as the duke’s upcoming wedding: Chester Cathedral. Camilla Parker Bowles, as she was then, had been told that she would not be allowed to sit with Prince Charles and would instead be seated several rows back and be made to arrive separately. This was because of royal protocol since Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended the ceremony, along with Princes William and Harry. Tensions were heightened by reports that Emilie van Cutsem, the groom’s mother, and Camilla had fallen out after each is alleged to have criticised the behaviour of the other’s children. Charles ultimately excused himself from the event with just days to go, saying he had to visit Warminster barracks to meet the families of soldiers serving in Iraq. Camilla was described as ‘otherwise engaged’. According to royal author Sarah Bradford, Camilla was so infuriated that she told Charles the status quo was no longer acceptable. Their own engagement was announced three months later. The King, who is Grosvenor’s godfather, is still undergoing cancer treatment and will be travelling to France the day before the ceremony next month with the Queen and Prince William to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Another aspect of the upcoming wedding that has been the talk of the town for months is why Prince Harry may have turned down an invitation from his old friend. Now friends of the Royal Family think they have solved the mystery, claiming that Prince Harry refused to attend when he discovered his brother William had been given a prominent role. Tonight the Sunday Times reported that the Prince of Wales will be an usher at the duke’s wedding to Olivia Henson. The Mail on Sunday understands that his son Prince George is set have a prominent role too, as he is the duke’s godson. The attendance of King Charles, who is the duke’s godfather, is yet to be officially confirmed or denied. Known as ‘Huey’ to friends, the 33-year-old duke is one of very few to remain close friends with both William and Harry. Friends have suggested the Prince of Wales was first asked in December to be an usher at the wedding at Chester Cathedral next month. At one stage, he was even said to have been earmarked as a best man. Harry was said to have been ‘put out’ by the news because he had always regarded himself as being closer to the duke – who is also godfather to the Sussexes’ first-born, Prince Archie. Last night, a well-informed source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘William was asked to have a prominent role in the wedding and that’s what triggered Harry to decline an invitation. Apparently he [Harry] was put out by the request when he thought it should have been him.’ Referencing the lack of public details about the occasion, the source added: ‘Both the Palace and Hugh’s people decided to hold dear the operational part of the wedding once the leak about Harry not attending made the papers.’ Last year, it was claimed that Prince Harry had been ‘snubbed’ from the wedding, but a source close to the Sussexes was at pains to explain to US publication Page Six that both Meghan and Harry had in fact received invitations, but had jointly decided to decline. Neither Harry nor his wife Meghan Markle will attend the wedding, which is expected to have 400 guests, despite Grosvenor being so close to Harry that he is a godfather to the couple’s five-year-old son Prince Archie. Prince William will be among the groom’s party, but the Princess of Wales, who is receiving cancer treatment, is not expected to attend. Grosvenor, known as ‘Hughie’ to his friends, and Henson, were introduced by mutual friends in 2021. The couple have insisted on a ‘strictly no-gifts policy’ for their guests, according to The Sunday Times. The Duke inherited his £9.3billion fortune when his father Gerald Grosvenor suffered a sudden heart attack while out on a country walk and died aged 64 in 2016. He inherited 300 acres across the affluent London areas of Mayfair and Belgravia, as well as estates in Oxford, Scotland and properties around the globe. This includes his current residence at Eaton Hall, the 10,872-acre family estate. After the wedding service at Chester Cathedral, guests will then enjoy a grand reception at nearby Eaton Hall. The following day they will host a second, smaller reception at Eaton Hall for close family and friends, but further details of both receptions are being kept secret. Sustainability will be a key feature of the wedding, with all food, flowers and products used for the wedding locally sourced where possible. The following day they will host a second, smaller reception at Eaton Hall for close family and friends, but further details of both receptions are being kept secret. The city of Chester is also bracing itself for the celebrations, with thousands of people expected to line the streets. Some shops, restaurants and cafés near the cathedral will be closed on the day for access and security. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said the Prince of Wales is attending the wedding in a private capacity, and said it does not comment on events during his private time. A representative for Prince Harry was also contacted for comment. Earlier this month, the engaged couple visited several local charities in Chester helped by the Westminster Foundation – showcasing their charisma and drawing comparisons from the Prince and Princess of Wales. Grosvenor, who is known to be publicity-shy and has always maintained a low profile despite his extreme wealth, is known to be ‘incredibly excited’ but ‘nervous’ about the wedding. Olivia and Hugh announced their engagement on April 23, 2023, after two years of dating. Raised at Eaton Hall, Cheshire, Hugh Grosvenor was privately educated at Ellesmere College before obtaining a BSc in Countryside Management from Newcastle University. After his graduation, Grosvenor worked in estate management at the food and agriculture company Wheatsheaf Group, an investment business based in the Eaton estate and owned by the Grosvenor Group. Afterwards, he held an account manager position at sustainability company bio-bean, which turns coffee-related waste into bioproducts such as biofuels and logs. The future Duchess of Westminster also comes from a wealthy background. Olivia descends from the Hoare banking family as well as the Marquesses of Bristol and the Dukes of Rutland, according to the Telegraph. The outlet also says her uncle is the Grand Master of Scottish freemasons and her father is stockbroker Rupert Henson. Olivia reportedly also has a 29-year-old brother who works in asset management and a 26-year-old sister who’s in a brand relationships role. She is also said to speak Spanish and Italian after completing a Hispanic Studies and Italian degree at Trinity College in Dublin. Much like the Princess of Wales, Olivia is understood to have attended the elite Marlborough College, and before that was at the equally revered Dragon School in Oxford along with fellow alum Emma Watson. She worked at Daily Dose LDN and No1 Rosemary Water before landing a role at Belazu – a B Corp ingredients brand – where she is currently a Key Account Manager, in 2019. Close friends with the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke is the youngest of Prince George’s godparents. He has previously represented the country at Olympic Skeet Shooting competitions both internationally and in the UK. Hugh previously dated property and recruitment consultant Harriet Tomlinson, but the couple, who met at £6,000-a-term day school Ellesmere College in Shropshire, split in 2020. The Duke also supports the rehabilitation of wounded or injured members of the Armed Forces and donated £2.5million to the Health Service when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, but said he was so ‘humbled’ by the work of doctors and nurses he wanted to give another £10million.

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People’s participation in polls strong message for New Delhi: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent Srinagar, May 18: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti today said that peoples’ participation in the elections is a strong message to New Delhi that they are opposing the Government of India decision of scrapping Article 370 and 35A. Mufti said that the active participation of people in the elections is a strong message to New Delhi, opposing the August 2019 decision that revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. She pointed out the high levels of unemployment, exorbitant power tariffs, and overcrowded jails filled with Kashmiri youth as indicators of the prevailing misgovernance. She asserted that voting is the most powerful tool available to the disenfranchised people of Jammu and Kashmir to challenge this misrule. During a series of roadshows in north Kashmir’s Watrgam, Rafiabad, Kralgund, Poshpora, Trehgam, Kawari, Awoora, and several other areas, the PDP President highlighted the substantial support the PDP is currently receiving. Mufti said that the BJP-led administration is fearful of this support, and that the PDP continues to hold a significant place in the hearts of the people despite attempts to weaken the party by poaching over 40 senior leaders. Shas appealed to the Union Government to refrain from interfering in the ongoing electoral process in Jammu and Kashmir, emphasizing the importance of allowing the elections to proceed freely and fairly here, as they do in other parts of the country. She urged Centre to ensure that the elections in Jammu and Kashmir are conducted with the same fairness and integrity as in other regions of India. She stressed the need to avoid pre-poll rigging and to cease intimidating the electorate and officers involved in the election process. “Today, the situation is that the proxy parties of the BJP, which are coercing people, threatening people, and spending huge sums of money, are misinforming the Union Home Minister,” she said. “I want to request those officers who come from the Pahari belt that you are courageous people. Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing trying circumstances. For God’s sake, do not mount the torments for the already troubled people of Jammu and Kashmir. Please remain steadfast, remain neutral, and we are here for you and will not allow anyone to hound you or intimidate you”, she added. She criticized the BJP’s proxy parties for using coercion, threats, and financial incentives to influence the election.

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Saffron brigade’s divisive policies weakening India’s pluralistic ethos: Farooq

Excelsior Correspondent POONCH, May 18: Stating that saffron brigade’s alleged divisive policies were weakening India’s pluralistic ethos and social harmony, National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that India Alliance, on the other hand, is working to ensure justice and rights to the people living in wide stretch starting from Lakhanpur to Leh. He said this while addressing two back to back election rallies in Surankote and Poonch towns canvassing for party candidate Mian Altaf Ahmed Larvi. The convention in Poonch was organised by YNC Provincial President Jammu Ajaz Jan. Accusing the ruling BJP of disturbing social fabric in the country, Dr Farooq said that India Alliance strongly advocates restoration of brotherhood prevalent before the inception of Modi Government, which manipulated to bring in discord among different communities for petty political gains. He alleged that the saffron brigade holds expertise in creating wedge among different communities making the country weak by giving air to things which are detrimental to communal harmony and bonhomie among people. “Mangal Sutra remark by the BJP leadership has brought to fore its communal tinge and therefore people should understand the ploy as soon as possible, and support India Alliance to help them come out of the morass gifted by the party in power in the centre,” he added. While addressing, Mian Altaf said that during the NC’s rule in J&K, the party stood with poor strata of the society, ensured inclusion of far flung areas into developing segments, brought in policies for youth, facilitated people through doorstep services, fortified health sector, created robust civic infra and made vibrant changes in education sector. He alleged that all this is missing under the present Government as the party in power has a different agenda to divide and rule. He vowed to make all possible efforts to safeguard secular fabric and ensure due rights to the people. NC Provincial President Rattan Lal Gupta urged the people from all shades of life to rise above the party politics and vote for India Alliance to ensure good governance and provide fair deal to all without any discrimination on the basis of religion, region or linguistic differences. Raman Bhalla, Working President Indian National Congress, said that the J&K is all set to make history by giving all its seats to India Alliance as BJP and its ilk have lost relevance in the region due to hypocrisy and numerous political misadventures. Ajaz Jan alleged that the present Government has cheated the people of J&K by stalling all the development works undergoing during the time of earlier regimes. Others present there, included Ab Ghani Malik former Minister and Zonal President Reasi-Udhampur; Javed Rana, Zonal President Pir Panjal, Khalid Najeeb Soharwardi, Dr Mumtaz Bukhari, Hardeep Singh Bedi, former MLA Choudhary Akram, Shahnawaz Hussain DDC Member, Riaz Ahmed DDC Member, Mumtaz Bajaj, Ex Chairman MC Surankote Tariq Manhas.

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Lowry shoots fifth 62 ever at major, climbs PGA leaderboard – ESPN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shane Lowry was just 11 feet, 10 inches away from history. On Saturday at Valhalla Golf Club, the Irishman had a birdie putt on the 18th green to shoot the first-ever 61 in a major championship. But as the putt slid by on the left side, Lowry could only wince and look up at the sky in bittersweet disappointment. A share of history would have to do. “I enjoyed it. I enjoyed every minute of it, obviously,” Lowry said. “Probably the most disappointed anyone can ever be shooting 62. I knew what was at stake. Just didn’t hit the ball hard enough. Had it on a good read and just broke away from the hole.” Just two days after Xander Schauffele tied his own record for lowest round at a major with a 9-under 62 — a feat that had only been accomplished once before last year — Lowry was able to join the exclusive group by shooting his own 9 under at the PGA Championship — the fifth 62 in major championship history. The 2019 Open Championship winner at Royal Portrush started his third round at the PGA Championship at 4 under, 8 shots back of the leader, Schauffele. He made quick work of Valhalla’s front nine, carding six birdies, including four in a row from the second hole through the sixth, for a front-nine 29. Lowry slowed down and made pars on his next three holes after making the turn, but he made back-to-back birdies on the short par-4 13th hole with a 37-foot putt and the long par-3 14th thanks to a 32-foot putt. By the end of his historic round, Lowry had made 160 feet of putts. He added another birdie on the 17th hole, giving him the chance to shoot 61 by making birdie on the par-5 18th. Record aside, Lowry is now firmly in contention to win his second major heading into Sunday’s final round. This year, Valhalla has proven to be one of the easiest courses in major championship history. Not only has the course surrendered two scores of 62 already, but after two rounds, there were 78 players under the par — the most ever in the history of any major.

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Transfer Talk: Modric, Kroos could stay at Real Madrid – ESPN

The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for another month, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals! TOP STORY: Modric, Kroos might stay put at Real Madrid Luka Modric has agreed in principle to stay at Real Madrid for one more season after agreeing to a reduced salary, while a similar deal could now follow for teammate Toni Kroos, reports MARCA. Modric, 38, has been in improving form in the second half of the season and boss Carlo Ancelotti understands what the Croatian brings to the team regarding ability and leadership on and off the pitch. Modric’s agent admitted on Saturday that his client will “most likely stay one more season” with his existing deal due to expire on June 30, and this despite Madrid’s initial plans to let him leave this summer. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Modric and Kroos are considered big earners in the squad, and though Modric has played just 2,140 minutes this campaign, his presence is considered a positive influence on the dressing room culture. Kroos is also likely to stay if given a chance, with the 34-year-old still excelling in the centre of Madrid’s midfield. The Germany international has racked up the sixth-highest number of minutes in the squad in 2023-24, and he has proved he can still hold his own at the highest level. Madrid have lifted another league title and have reached the UEFA Champions League final, both of which have prompted Ancelotti, and the Madrid hierarchy, to want to keep the side together. PAPER GOSSIP – Bayern Munich, Inter, Roma, West Ham United and Wolfsburg are all tracking FC Salzburg defender Oumar Solet, reports Footmercato. The 24-year-old Frenchman has one year left on his contract, and Salzburg aren’t prepared to risk letting him leave for free in 12 months. Solet has reignited his career this season in the Austrian Bundesliga, playing 20 games and scoring one goal. He saved some of his best performances for the Champions League, prompting Bayern’s interest. – Borussia Dortmund have joined Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli in the chase for Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, reports the Mirror. They believe the 22-year-old, who is also wanted by Getafe, is keen to move abroad once again, but not back to the club he is currently on loan. Dortmund in particular are considering a double swoop for both Greenwood and Jadon Sancho, who finishes the season with the Champions League finalists. The striker’s contract comes to an end in 2025, which means United are hoping to agree a deal this summer before he’s able to leave for free next summer. – Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglu is gearing up for a busy summer in which as many as eight players could leave the club, reports the Mirror. The Spurs boss is looking to have a clear out to change the culture of the squad, and Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil are among those expected to depart. AC Milan have already expressed an interest in 25-year-old full-back Emerson while Feyenoord and Brighton are long-term admirers of Spanish winger Gil. The north Londoners are also prepared to listen to bids for Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ryan Sessegnon and Oliver Skipp. – Everton are expecting offers for defender Jarrad Branthwaite in the next few days, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all keen on the 21-year-old England international, reports the Daily Mail. City and United are said to be willing to offer over £50 million for the centre-back, but the Toffees are likely to want more for a player who has been one of their star performers this season. Everton are reluctant to lose players such as Branthwaite and Amadou Onana, who is also rumoured to leave, but they also need to bring in much-needed revenue to appease their financial worries. United could be willing to offer a player in their proposed deal, but they also have other targets including Marc Guehi and Jean-Clair Todibo. – Manchester United are planning to let Casemiro leave in the first of several summer exits as they look to raise funds for new faces, according to Football Insider. United are hoping to recoup a fee and save on the 32-year-old’s wages by allowing him to leave after what has been a disappointing second half of the season. Jonny Evans, Tom Heaton and Anthony Martial are also among those expected to leave.

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Marco Reus buys beer for all Dortmund fans at farewell game – ESPN

Borussia Dortmund favourite Marco Reus bought beer for nearly a whole stadium of the team’s fans at his final home game for the club on Saturday. “It was planned in advance,” Reus said. “It was perfect, I’m unbelievably grateful for all the love people have shown me.” – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) Before treating everyone to a drink, he treated them on the field to a goal and setting up another in the 4-0 win over Darmstadt in Dortmund’s final Bundesliga game of the season. More than 81,000 supporters attended the match, though not all were of beer-drinking age, but many will have availed of the captain’s offer, possibly more than once. Dortmund posted on X a note signed by Reus in which he says, “Thank you for everything! The farewell beer on me,” followed by a smiley face and “your Marco.” Dortmund didn’t show the final bill. Auf Marco! ? pic.twitter.com/Hil9ikqBEC— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 18, 2024 The 34-year-old Reus is leaving Dortmund after 12 years at the club. He scored with a spectacular free kick in the 38th minute after setting up Ian Maatsen for the opener. “You could hardly think it any nicer,” Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said. “It would be a perfect farewell if we didn’t want to crown him again in two weeks. So it was his last act here, but there’s another to come. We’re taking a good feeling with us to Wembley.” Dortmund next face Real Madrid in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium in London on June 1. Reus said he wants to continue his career, though didn’t say where. “I want to play on because I feel good and believe in myself, but first the Champions League final is in focus,” Reus said. Reus won the German Cup with Dortmund in 2017 and 2021 after rejoining his hometown club from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012. He was player of the year in 2012 and 2019. Altogether, he scored 170 goals in 428 games for Dortmund. He scored 15 goals in 48 games for Germany, but missed out on important tournaments because of injuries. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hoffenheim 4-2 Bayern (May 18, 2024) Game Analysis – ESPN

Bayern Munich squandered a two-goal lead to slump to a 4-2 loss at Hoffenheim courtesy of an Andrej Kramaric hat-trick in the Bundesliga finale on Saturday, ending a disappointing season in third place as head coach Thomas Tuchel bowed out. Saturday’s performance was indicative of Bayern’s first season without a trophy in over a decade, having played outstandingly to reach the Champions League semi-finals, but also falling prey to weaker opponents, including third-tier Saarbruecken who beat them in the German Cup. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Tuchel said that he was unhappy with his team’s lack of focus in his final match in charge. “We started really well but then we had a string of string of individual mistakes,” Tuchel said in a short news conference. The 50-year-old is leaving Bayern after just over a year in charge. Early goals from Mathys Tel and Alphonso Davies put an injury-depleted Bayern 2-0 up after six minutes. They were without leading striker Harry Kane, back in England to treat an injury ahead of Euro 2024, as well as Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sané. Hoffenheim did not give up and pulled a goal back through Germany international Maximilian Beier two minutes later and the hosts gradually took some of the early pace out of the game. “In the second half we played well for 15 minutes but then it was again a series of individual mistakes and loss of possession,” Tuchel said. “We gave away a two-goal lead for a completely unnecessary and bitter defeat.” Croatia international Kramaric delivered a stunning 19-minute hat trick with the Bayern defence in ruins, to send them down to third place in the standings on 72 points. “It happens far to often, like that. It happened in Stuttgart where we conceded two late goals [for a 3-1 defeat]. In Heidenheim the same [for a 3-2 loss], here the same. It just happens too often,” Tuchel said. “I have an explanation for that but it is not for the public.” – Transfer Talk: Bayern looking at Fernandes, De Jong – Hosts Germany omit Hummels, Goretzka from Euro 2024 squad – Bayern Munich back in red as 2024-25 home kit is unveiled Tuchel was told in February he would be leaving at the end of the season, a year before the end of his contract. He confirmed there had been talks last week to potentially reverse that decision, but no agreement was reached. Bayern are struggling to find his successor after several other coaches, including Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso, Austria manager Ralf Rangnick and Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann, opted to remain in their jobs. Bayer Leverkusen claimed top spot with 90 points. Stuttgart finished second with 73 points with a 4-0 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach, while Bayern ended up third on 72 points.

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Caitlin Clark drops 22, but Fever fall to Liberty, remain winless – ESPN

NEW YORK — The result may have been the same, but 2024 No. 1 WNBA draft pick Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever’s 91-80 loss to the New York Liberty on Saturday was their most promising performance yet. Clark and the Fever (0-3) took on head coach Christie Sides’ challenge following their 36-point defeat to the Liberty on Thursday: Compete and play with more pride. Despite falling behind by 23 midway through the third quarter Saturday, Indiana cut the deficit to a respectable 11 points by game’s end, ultimately outscoring the 2023 WNBA Finals runners-up 43-34 in the second half. Clark, the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer, finished with 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting (4-for-10 on 3-pointers), the most points and her best efficiency in a game of her young pro career, while adding eight assists, six rebounds, one steal and committing eight turnovers. “I thought I came out and just played harder, and I think that’s going to be just my biggest focus going forward,” Clark said. “Just come out and compete and play hard. I thought our whole group did that.” “Lots of growth from the night before last till today,” Sides added of the team. “The word was ‘compete,’ that was the word of the day. I asked them what that felt like, sounded like, looked like. I thought that’s what it was for us tonight.” In their first home game of the 2024 season, and in front of a sellout crowd of 17,735, the Liberty improved to 3-0. Reigning MVP Breanna Stewart had a game-high 24 points. The Fever struck early, their offense looking the best it has been all season in the first quarter. Clark scored 10 points and dished out three assists in that frame alone. It helped to have All-Star guard Kelsey Mitchell (17 points) back in the starting five for the first time this season as she returns from an offseason ankle injury. But the Liberty couldn’t miss from deep most of the game, with all five starters sinking multiple 3-pointers for the first time ever in a WNBA regular-season game. Sabrina Ionescu and Betnijah Laney-Hamilton, the latter Clark’s primary defender, hit four and three 3s, respectively, while the team overall made 15 of 32 attempts from the arc, hitting 12 in the first half. New York also asserted their win in transition, where they bested the Fever 30-7. Defense will remain a focus for Indiana moving forward: The Fever’s 285 points allowed are the fourth most through the first three games of a season in league history. But Sides was pleased with how her team won the battle in the paint (38-32) and on the glass (34-32). She, Mitchell and Clark all thought the team played with more pace, which helped open things offensively, particularly early. “I think tonight overall was just a better indication of exactly where we are,” Sides said. “I think we could not even figure that out the other night and that was what was so frustrating. Now we kind of have an idea of where we are.” “It was better, but we shouldn’t be happy,” Mitchell said of the team’s response. “We didn’t lose by 40 today, so I’ll take it.” In her most comfortable WNBA game yet, Clark became the fourth player in league history to record 50 points and 15 assists in their first three career games, joining Candace Parker, Sue Bird and Nikki McCray. Her 21 turnovers, meanwhile, are the most for any player through their first three career games. “I’m going to continue to learn from game to game, but I thought tonight was better,” Clark said. The Fever may have demonstrated progress, but the competition won’t let up anytime soon. They return home for a Monday rematch against the Connecticut Sun before a three-game road trip to face the Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Sparks and two-time defending champion Las Vegas Aces. “They were really disappointed and hurt after our New York game the other night, and I think they showed up today with a chip on their shoulder, wanting to prove what they’re capable of doing,” Sides said. “And I think against Connecticut, it’s the same thing. It’s a process. We’re finding our way.”

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Departing Klopp joins Instagram with message for Liverpool fans – ESPN

Liverpool’s outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp has never been one for social media but he took the plunge on Saturday ahead of his final game in charge, instantly becoming an Instagram hit when he racked up a million followers. Klopp announced in January that he would leave Liverpool at the end of the season, and the past few months have been building up to his farewell game at Anfield against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) In 2020, Klopp said that he never understood social media, saying he was too old for it, but the 56-year-old now has a verified account on Instagram — ‘Kloppo.’ View this post on Instagram His profile description has the words “The Normal One,” a nickname he gave himself when he was asked in 2015 whether he could become a “Special One” at Liverpool. “Leaving this incredible place is hard, but I want to stay in contact with you,” Klopp said in his first post looking back at his legacy at Liverpool. “And even when I’m not a social media guy, people told me social media helps with that. So, here we go. See you!” Klopp leaves Liverpool after nearly 500 games in charge and having led them to trophies including their first Premier League title, the Champions League and the FA Cup.

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Sources — Knicks’ OG Anunoby, Josh Hart pushing to make Game 7 – ESPN

New York Knicks forward OG Anunoby, out since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals due to a left hamstring strain, plans to participate in shootaround on Sunday morning and test the possibility of returning for Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN. The Knicks upgraded Anunoby to questionable on Saturday afternoon after sources told ESPN that the initial expectation had been that he would remain out unless the Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics beginning on Tuesday. Nevertheless, Anunoby has advanced in his rehabilitation and believes there’s a real opportunity for him to return and help his team with the season on the line, sources said. Anunoby has been sidelined since injuring the hamstring on May 6, and the sheer possibility of his return for a Game 7 could be a boon for a Knicks lineup decimated with injuries. He has averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in eight playoff games this season. Knicks guard Josh Hart has also been listed as questionable with an abdominal strain suffered in Game 6 in Indiana, and the expectation is that he’ll do everything within his power to try to play on Sunday, sources said. Even if on the milder side, abdominal strains are limited in treatment options, unlike ankle sprains or legs bruises that can be treated with ice and stimulation. Almost any movements for Hart stir pain, including simply coughing and breathing. There’s no escaping the pain, which is something that can be avoided with injuries to other parts of the body. Hart has averaged 14.9 points, a team-leading 11.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 42.6 minutes a game in these playoffs. The Knicks have lost All-NBA forward Julius Randle, center Mitchell Robinson and forward Bojan Bogdanovic with season-ending injuries.

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