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None more unbeatable than Djokovic at his best, says Martin

first_imgThere is no one more unbeatable in men’s tennis than Novak Djokovic, when at his best, former world number four American Todd Martin has said.Reigning world number one Djokovic has already established himself as one of the best ever to play the game and the Serb’s Grand Slam haul of 17 is just three behind the 20 that Roger Federer has amassed. The Swiss player will be 39 in August.While Federer is nearing the end of a glittering career, Spanish left-hander Rafa Nadal is just one behind with 19 majors and will be 34 next month.Djokovic, a Serbian, is the youngest of the so-called “Big Three” and will be 33 later in May.The triumvirate have shared the last 13 Grand Slam titles, re-energising the GOAT (greatest of all time) debate.“Roger is the most aesthetically pleasing I have ever seen,” Martin, who was part of Djokovic’s coaching team briefly in 2009 and 2010, told Tennis365. “He is pleasing with the serve, he is pleasing with the return, offence, defence … everything he does really looks beautiful.“For me though, if Novak is right, if Novak is confident and comfortable with his physical status and is really focused, I’ve never seen anybody more unbeatable.“This guy has played the game better than anyone else ever has, in my opinion.”Djokovic was in imperious form before the novel coronavirus pandemic brought the circuit to a halt in early March.He lifted the ATP Cup with Serbia, won an eighth Australian Open title and then completed a fifth triumph at the Dubai Tennis Championships, extending his unbeaten run to 21. “His athleticism is from another world,” said Martin, who reached two Grand Slam finals.“His return of serve is way better than any other returner of serve ever and I mean way better.“Having worked with him, when he is focused he has that ‘I’m going through a brick wall mentality’.“Now he is not always focused, but when he is and we have seen this for long stretches, he doesn’t have to play great. He is that much of a fighter and thrives on it.”RelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ The virus forced the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon for the first time since World War Two, while the French Open was pushed back from its May start to September, shortly after the scheduled end of the US Open.Federer, who is currently ranked fourth, last played at the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to Djokovic, before undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee in February.Martin said Federer was a “natural” and he still expected the Swiss to challenge for Grand Slam titles when the season is able to restart.“With the Olympics being postponed, I would imagine it will compel him to play another year,” Martin said.“Plus, this is no way to end anything. It is really important to Roger, I would imagine, to conclude his career on a bona fide high note.“Nothing I’ve seen indicates that physically he is incapable of keeping going.“Nothing I’ve seen has indicated his love for the sport has waned, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see several more years out of him.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: ‘Unbeatable’Novak DjokovicRafael NadalRoger FedererTennisTodd Martinlast_img read more

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FL Amber Alert and Murder Suspect in Standoff with Police; Child Safe

first_imgCourtesy: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook A man accused of taking a 2-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert is now in a standoff with police, the Tampa Police Department said.Caesar Crockett is barricaded in a car on the eastbound lanes of I-4, just west of 301. That portion of the highway is shut down.The child, King Crockett, was safely recovered.Meanwhile, 29-year-old Caesar Crockett, who is believed to be the child’s father, is also a suspect in a homicide.Bibb County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they were called to a home Tuesday night.Deputies found three people shot in the house, and a female with injuries. There was reportedly an argument between Crockett and his child’s mother, 30-year-old Jamila Augustine French.During the incident, he pulled out a firearm and shot French’s mother, stepfather and sister, killing them, authorities say.Caesar Crockett is wanted for three counts of murder, as well as one count of kidnapping.last_img read more

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RHTY&SC, BCB invest in cricket academies

first_imgROSE Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) and Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) recently made several donations towards Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) and D’Edward Cricket Club academies.The donation included a bicycle each for the Player-of-the-Academy, trophies, a large quantity of packed water, schoolbags and certificate frames.BCB would also produce coaches for the academies in each area along with some other items such as educational materials, medals and Youth Information Booklets.The academy in Upper Corentyne would be the first of its kind in the area at the Scottsburg Ground where 50 young cricketers between ages 8 and 18 years are expected to participate. The academy would be a follow-up to coaching sessions organised by BCB under Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching Programme.The academy at D’Edward Club also caters to needs of 50 youths from the club and others from the West Berbice area.Meanwhile, president of BCB, Hilbert Foster, has also committed to assisting clubs like Port Mourant, Whim, Rose Hall Canje, in organising coaching sessions for their young players.BCB, over the last month, assisted the RHTY&SC and Albion Cricket Club with the hosting of their cricket academy.last_img read more

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Nigeria Pitch Award Excites Egbe

first_imgCEO of Monimichelle, a sports facility construction outfit, Ebi Egbe has expressed delight over the award bestowed on him by organisers of Nigeria Pitch Award last weekend in Uyo.Egbe was honoured for his efforts at changing the face of Nigerian playing turfs and bringing state of the art technology to the country.The Bayelsa-born sports facility expert had after receiving the award said it would spur him to do more for the country. “I am happy my modest contribution to the game is being appreciated. This is an award that would propel us to do more,” Egbe said.Egbe who is also a FIFA match agent said his vision is to see the country boast of the kind of good playing surfaces that are in Europe.“I don’t see any reason why Nigeria shouldn’t gave good pitches. That is the biggest problem facing the game in the country and our vision in Monimichelle is to change all that,” Egbe said.He thanked organisers of the award for making integrity their watchword, pointing out that this informs why the nation’s soccer governing body has endorsed the award.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball: Hot takes, bold predictions about near future of Big Ten

first_imgCOACH OF THE YEAR:Head Coach Greg Gard is the clear pick. Perhaps I’m biased, but Gard has done a phenomenal job at the University of Wisconsin keeping his locker room together after facing adversity before the season even started. The team stayed supportive of the Moore family through the tragic drunk driving car crash that caused the passing of the wife and daughter of Assistant Coach Howard Moore. The crash left Howard Moore in critical condition and unable to come back to the team for the entirety of the season. The program announced that former Badger Alando Tucker would be the interim assistant coach in Moore’s absence. Once the season got under way, Wisconsin received news the NCAA would not allow Micah Potter to play in the first half of the season due to transfer complications. Gard lost his appeal attempt with the NCAA and had to leave Potter on the bench. Twenty games into the season, Kobe King announced his departure from the program and his decision to enter the transfer portal. A few weeks later, Kobe King announced his intent to stay in the Big Ten and transfer to the University of Nebraska — a team sitting dead last in the standings. Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin transfer Kobe King commits to NebraskaFormer University of Wisconsin men’s basketball guard Kobe King officially announced his decision to transfer to the Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball Read…Gard has had to juggle all the off-court distractions while also playing the best of the best this season. The Big Ten is a league with eight teams in the AP top-25 poll and likely will secure 10 spots in this year’s NCAA Tournament — if not eleven with the addition of Purdue. Gard not only has his team in the mix, but they are leading the pack. The Badgers finished out the year by clinching at least a share of the Big Ten regular season conference title. Gard’s Badgers have eight quadrant-one wins and are heading into the tournament riding an eight-game winning streak. The Badgers have secured their spot and are now preparing to make some noise once the madness begins.The Badgers have secured their spot and are now preparing to make some noise once the madness begins. The Badgers are a team that plays for their coach, their school and their city — which is all credit to the man leading the charge, Greg Gard. FINAL FOUR POTENTIAL: Despite there being a loaded Big Ten conference holding eight spots in the AP top-25 poll entering the final week of the regular season, there is only one team built for a final four run. Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans are the only team who have proven their capability to matchup with anybody in the country and win big games. Michigan State is led by senior leader Cassius Winston who has played in 140 career collegiate contests. The Detroit native is putting up huge numbers for the Spartans. Winston leads his team in points, assists and steals per game with 18.5, 5.7 and 1.2, respectively. But, what separates him from the rest is his decision making and playmaking ability as a point guard. There is no other person you would rather have the ball coming down to the final stretch of a game, especially in the postseason. That is not to mention the supporting cast that Tom Izzo has built around Winston. Winston’s partner in crime, the six-foot eight, 245 pound forward Xavier Tillman creates matchup nightmares between bigs and guards, especially when attempting to guard the pick and roll. Tillman is a force to be reckoned with from the paint as he dominates the glass while averaging a double-double on the season with 13.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. What truly makes Michigan State a deadly team to play against is the development of the young man that goes by the name of Rocket Watts. Men’s Basketball: Brad Davison’s recent success is sign of things to comeIn the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s disappointing 18-point Feb. 5 loss at the hands of archrival Minnesota, there Read…Watts has the quickest first step in the Big Ten conference with the ability to step back and knock down a three-pointer which makes him unpredictable and a true challenge to defend. The addition of Watts to the play of Winston and Tillman makes for a big-three that will give their opponents a headache when drawing up a defensive game plan. The Spartans big-three are backed by a young and talented eleven-man rotation, so there are always fresh legs on the floor. No player on the Spartans averages over 32.5 minutes per game which allows for them to get out and run with teams but also always stay gritty on the defensive end. The Spartans are consistently scoring just over 75 points per game while holding their opponents to just under 65 points per game. Needless to say, we all know what Tom Izzo is capable of in March. Yet, with a 1-7 success rate in his eight trips to the final four, this season raises a question — once he gets there, can he actually win another national championship? HOT TAKE: None of the top-four teams in the league will win the Big Ten tournament this season. The Big Ten finished in such a tight race that the teams seeded five through eight are only two to three games back on the front runner in the entire league. Iowa, with arguably the best player in the league, has wound up at the No. 5 seed while the Buckeyes will be playing as the No. 7 seed riding a four-game winning streak. There is no cookie-cutter explanation for who will come out on top this season. Some teams in the Big Ten will still be fighting for survival and a berth into the NCAA tournament. But, there are also teams in this league such as Michigan who are ranked No. 19 in the nation yet will likely be settling with the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten conference. This might be the most unpredictable year the league has ever seen because of the enormous depth of talent on display. Get set for a dogfight down in Indy during each and every game of the Big Ten tournament. Anybody can win on any given night — it really is going to come down to who wants it more. Men’s Basketball: Multiple contributors fill void left by Kobe KingFollowing a frustrating Jan. 27 loss to Iowa on the road, the Badgers were slammed with more bad news just Read… DARK HORSE TEAMS:The Illinois Fighting Illini are destined to catch heat heading into the tournament. This is an energetic group with an ambition to win key contests. They have struck out in most of their big games as they are just 2-4 against the AP top-25. But in those six games, the margin of defeat is just -5.4 points per game. The Illini are led by the sophomore guard out of Chicago, Illinois — Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu is pouring in 16.4 points per game while shooting the ball 48% from the field. If Illinois is serious about making a deep run in the NCAA tournament, then Dosunmu is going to have to keep making big time plays for his team. Men’s Basketball: Don’t attack Kobe King for his decision to leave UWUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball fans, before you read this, I need you to understand — I get it. It Read…The Illini are a young group highlighted by three sophomores who contribute significant minutes along with their breakout freshman, Kofi Cockburn. He is currently averaging 13.6 points and nine rebounds per game. Every young group needs an experienced veteran when stepping into the postseason, and that guy for the Illini is senior guard Andres Feliz. Feliz consistently puts up respectable and efficient numbers with 10.9 points per game while dishing out three assists per contest and shooting 47% from the floor. Not only does he put up numbers, he also makes sure he puts his star players in the right positions to make big plays. He is the glue that hold the squad together and will be the X factor in an NCAA tournament run for the Illini.last_img read more

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Building robots can get students college scholarships

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFind out why students at Alpena High School are looking at First Robotics as more than an extracurricular activity.Do you have a story idea? Contact Elijah Baker at elijah@wbkb11.com or follow him on Twitter at @elijahbtv. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Northern Lights Arena deficit problemNext Son take mother’s spot as Wolverine State’s newest CEOlast_img read more

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers is OK with Patrick Beverley’s feisty demeanor

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Beverley also was fined $25,000 at the start of the season, tabbed for flinging the ball into the stands in celebration after the buzzer of the Clippers’ season-opening victory over the Lakers.Rivers said he hopes — and expects — Beverley won’t change anything about his feisty on-court demeanor.“He’s never been suspended for stuff,” Rivers said. “You know, and he’s not crazy, but I’m going to say this, the guys like Pat and the Dennis Rodmans, they always know exactly where they’re at.“It’s the people that can’t deal with them that lose their cool. You know it’s rare that Pat loses his cool, I played with Dennis Rodman, can you remember Dennis Rodman ever getting into a fight? I can remember people trying to fight him, and that’s a big difference.“Red Auerbach told me every day I was in Boston, every single day, to get more agitators. You can’t have enough of them. Pat’s an agitator, I like it.” But, Rivers insisted, Beverley’s value extends well beyond those numbers: “Pat is really good to have on your basketball team. He never thinks you’re gonna lose. He’s such an intangible player, there’s no way you can use analytics or any equation to figure out the worth of Pat Beverley on your basketball team. It’s actually impossible.“The Boston game, we had a timeout, we were down 10, and he came out of that timeout like he was possessed. I mean, he changed the game, single-handedly.”Kemba Walker had just hit a 3-pointer to give the Celtics a 86-76 lead when L.A. took that timeout — out of which Beverley emerged to hit a 27-foot 3-pointer, record a steal and spark a 8-0 Clippers run.“That’s what Pat Beverley does,” said Rivers, insisting additionally, “so I would never be a guy to tell him to slow down on what he’s doing defensively, he’s been terrific for us.”SCHEDULING PROPOSALSThe NBA reportedly is engaged in discussions with the National Basketball Players Association and broadcast partners on schedule changes that could include reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament and a postseason play-in, according to ESPN.Rivers said he’s open-minded about the potential changes“The talk of that started probably four or five years ago,” Rivers said. “I’m open to anything that works, you just don’t know. I know in soccer, when they started it years ago, they were going to have a revolution: ‘You don’t touch the sacred sport of football!’ And now they love it.“If we decide to do it, it would be different. I don’t know if I would want it looking at it, but you just never know.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 6-foot-1 Beverley’s 6.6 rebounds per game rank seventh in the league among guards. He’s also averaging 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds, and after a slow shooting start, he has found a rhythm from deep, going 8 for 16 from 3-point range in the past three games.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 LOS ANGELES — No, coach Doc Rivers didn’t sit down Patrick Beverley and lecture the Clippers guard on the NBA’s anti-flopping rules.“I’ve not even mentioned it to him or to the team,” Rivers said Sunday, before the Clippers took the court for a rematch with the New Orleans Pelicans, to which they lost Nov. 14. “I just think defensively you gotta be what you are and who you are, and do it with intensity and he does that.”The NBA billed Patrick Beverley $5,000 on Saturday, charging him for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule early in the Clippers’ victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday.He’d been warned for violating anti-flopping guidelines after the Clippers’ previous game, a victory against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young happy to be at home with summer camp

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Young’s popularity has soared after just one season with the Lakers. He averaged a team-high 17.9 points a game.Young’s “Swaggy P” persona and relationship with singer Iggy Azalea has thrust him into the Hollywood spotlight.The extra publicity has helped the camp grow.“I think coming back home to L.A. has been a huge lift,” Young said. “The numbers get bigger each year and we are reaching more kids. The fans really know me more that I am in L.A.. This is my backyard.”Young said the camp has been great since its inception back in 2009 when he was playing for the Washington Wizards, but is even better now that he is in Southern California full time.“When you are an L.A. Laker, you get national attention,” Young said. “It’s like rock stars of the NBA. I am able to get in my car and drive right up to the camp. I don’t have to worry about flights and getting there.”Young attended Wednesday’s ESPY awards and had a photo shoot another day, but he made sure he started the camp off right Monday with individual pictures and finished Friday with autographs and giveaways.“My time has been tight a little bit more, but I have to come out here for the kids at camp,” Young said. “They deserve it. They support me. I have to support them.”With his immediate future secured, Young said he is at peace.“I was talking to my mom the other day and we were thinking about the past seven years,” Young said. “I was always trying to prove myself. I still will continue to get better. It’s nice I’m at home; the Lakers wanted to keep me and I feel like a priority.”Young also indicated the camp will remain a summer priority.“The camp is one of my highlights in the summer,” Young said. “It will keep going on as long as the kids want the camp. I am happy to do it.” LeBron James is going home. Nick Young is staying at home.The former Cleveland High and USC standout, who has reached agreement on a four-year, $21.5 million deal that will keep the 6-foot-7 forward in a Lakers uniform, couldn’t be happier as he wrapped up the second session of his summer basketball camp at Sierra Canyon this week.“I am so happy to be here. This is home for me,” Young said. “It feels good they made me a priority.”With his first long-term deal secured, Young relaxed at camp.center_img In addition to learning drills, going through stations and comprehending basketball concepts, approximately 60 youngsters took pictures, played one-on-one and participated in games with Young, the self-proclaimed “Big Kid.”“I love doing this camp,” he said. “I love to see the smiles on the kid’s faces and bring some joy to these kids. It’s a real fun time for them and me, too. I do this all for the kids.“I never had a chance to meet an NBA player when I was a kid. I truly believe it’s about giving back in some fashion. This is a great way for me to do it.”Michael Moss, an incoming freshman at Malibu High, said he had a great time.“We learned a lot from the counselors and being able to see Nick Young was great,” Moss said. “Nick made everything real fun. It was great when he played against each camper. I definitely had a good time and think I got better as a player.”last_img read more

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Euro 2017 Qualification Analysis: Switzerland u21 – BiH u21

first_imgThe young dragons will face the youngsters of Switzerland on the 8th of October in regard to the u21 European Championship that will be held in Poland in 2017. The Swiss will host the Bosnian youngsters at Stade de Bienne in Biel at 18:30. BiH needs to recover from a poor start in Group 9 as they  currently rank last in this group with 0 points out of two matches. It is clear that this match against the Swiss is considered to be more than important. However, despite the current ranking of the young dragons, everything is still possible in this group but a win would evidently be more than welcome. England is the current leader in Group 9 with 3 points followed by Switzerland (3 points), Norway (3 points), Kazakhstan (3 points) and BiH (0 points). It has to be noted that England and Switzerland have only played one match so far in contrast to the others who already played two matches.The Swiss youngsters started off good in Group 9 as they defeated Kazakhstan with 0-1. Last month, the young dragons lost their match against the Kazakhs at home in Kosevo Stadium which ended in 1-2. BiH also lost the match against Norway earlier in June this year with 2-0. Since the appointment of head coach Darko Nestorovic on December 27 in 2014, the young dragons managed to win only one out of four matches. At the press conference ahead of this match, Nestorovic emphasized the previous poor performances and stated: “we’re not happy with some of the players’ performance in the last few games, but we have a different lineup now. Mistakes can happen but lack of effort is inexcusable when you wear national colors. We’ll try to surprise Switzerland and win at the same time. I hope these players will be up to the task and justify expectations.” In any case, the current top goal scorer Armin Hodzic will be absent for this match as he is invited to join the national ‘A’ team that will play against Wales and Cyprus later this week. But the young and talented dragons should nevertheless be able to deliver good performances on the international stage.According to the official UEFA rules, the nine group winners qualify automatically for the European Championship. The four runners-up with the best record against the nations first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections advance to the play-offs. In this regard, the Bosnian youngsters need a couple of 3 pointers soon in order to remain in the race for qualification.Written by Dustin Giellast_img read more

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WGA Jerry Gill Invitational results: July 27-28, 2015

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Jerry Gill Invitational results, June 27-28, 2015 at Wellington Golf Club:Championship Flight1st $250.00 66-66 = 132 – Myles Miller2nd $200.00 67-68 = 135 – Shane Gilbert3rd $125.00 66-70= 136 – Derek HarrisonA Flight1st- $250.00 76-74 = 150 –Whit Kilgroe2nd Tie $162.50 75-76 = 151 – Nick Becker79-72 = 151 – Darrell LampeB Flight1st $250.00 84-74 = 158 – Chaney Stallbaumer2nd $200.00 80-78 = 158 – Mark Erickson3rd tie $62.50 80-82 = 162 – Kris Harrod81-81 = 162 – Bill ButtsC Flight1st $250.00 87-78 = 165 – Graysen DeJarnett2nd Tie $162.50 85-84 = 159 – Jerry Kiser85-84 = 159 – Jeff McGovernD Flight1st $250.00 90-84 = 174 – Tyler Norris2nd $200.00 91-87 = 178 – Tyler Ryan3rd $125.00 89-92 = 181 –  Jonah Luna.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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