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    With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, the Orlando Sentinel is unveiling a five-part series of Orlando Magic storylines to keep an eye on heading into training camp, which kicks off on Sept. 27 at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Part One: Shooting To say outside shooting has been a struggle for the Orlando Magic in recent years would be an understatement. The Magic’s 3-point percentage has been a bottom-six mark in each of the previous five seasons except one: 2018-19, the lone year Orlando has finished with a plus-. 500 record (42-40) since 2011-12. They’re coming off back-to-back years finishing in the bottom-four in 3-point percentage. The Magic understand how important outside shooting is in the modern NBA, even if their percentages haven’t reflected it. Coach Jamahl Mosley, in multiple instances, has said his offensive philosophy involves playing with pace, space and “the pass.” Orlando demonstrated growth in those areas in the first year under Mosley. The Magic’s average of 11.8 seconds before taking a shot last year was an above-average mark (13th) for the first time since the...
    PARENTING is full of ups and downs but according to a professional photographer, it’s the messy moments that make for the best memories.  Anne Geddes, 65, best top tip when it comes to capturing the ‘perfect’ picture of your baby is not trying too hard when it comes to baby photos and that relaxing is key.  1Australian photographer Anne Geddes is famous for capturing the 'magical' momentsCredit: Getty The photographer, who is based in New York, says the biggest mistake is over styling shots and adding heavy filters. Speaking to FEMAIL, she said “My images have always been about the babies, their life and their promise. “People need to relax, be themselves and post images which are more realistic - it is a small thing that will help everyone. “When it comes to babies, for photoshoots, the truth is you can't make them do anything, you have to watch and capture it as it happens.” Most read in LifestyleHANGIN ABOUT I’m a Dollar Tree fan – how to use their laundry bags for a DIY storage hackGRAB BAG I bought...
    Whenever a woman steps into a pair of 4in heels, something magical happens. Her silhouette instantly changes: her head lifts, the small of her back curves, her shoulders broaden slightly and her calf muscles bunch. From that moment she, quite literally, walks taller. Any higher a heel, and you're pushing things. Lower, and those silhouette changes don't take place in quite the same way. As a shoe designer, I constantly strive to combine balance with beauty. A 4in heel truly is the sweet spot. Only a woman herself can explain how wearing heels makes her feel, but it's wonderful when a woman comes into my shop wearing lower heels, or a pair of trainers, then, as she puts on heels, she seems to step through a magic portal; suddenly she seems self-assured in a different way. It seems to be happening more often now the lockdowns have ended and glamour is making its way back into our lives. You can see that incredible transformative effect in the Duchess of Cambridge, who, I'm proud to say, often wears my 4in Malory...
    When it comes to staying healthy, it can be hard to know exactly which measure to live by. After all, we know that being the same size as someone doesn’t mean you’re the same weight. And the long-trusted Body Mass Index, which sees you divide your height by your weight, is becoming increasingly controversial thanks to the fact that it doesn’t differentiate between fat tissue and muscle tissue. This leads athletes in peak physical condition to be labelled ‘obese’. But now a new set of guidelines has been suggested by a health watchdog to help us better understand how to stay healthy — and they promise to account for every body type. It’s really very simple: just keep your waistline less than half your height. A new set of guidelines has been suggested by a health watchdog which says keep your waistline less than half your height RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lady Sitwell shares secrets of the... Kendall Jenner goes TOPLESS while relaxing poolside in Palm... Share this article Share...
    (CNN)Pandemic hospitalization rates are at new lows, the vast majority of US counties have low community levels of the coronavirus, and as of March 25, all 50 states have lifted mask requirements.But is there a cost to lifting restrictions and trying to return to a pre-pandemic normal?In a new study, researchers predict that the lifting of masking and social-distancing restrictions in March 2022 could lead to resurgences of Covid-19 deaths in most states, based on projections from a simulation model. The study also found that delaying lifting restrictions would not prevent surges in deaths for those states, concluding that there is no "magic moment" to lift restrictions. The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Health Forum, projected deaths from Covid-19 in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico between March 1 and December 31, 2022. The researchers simulated lifting restrictions at different times in the year and predicted the number of deaths that would follow using current estimates for infection and vaccination rates, while accounting for differences in risk between...
    ARE you bored of the same old staple meals - not to mention the extortionate cost of your food bill? Well, it might be about time to take a left out of this savvy mum's book. Mum-of-two Dominika Bien, 33, who is a business mentor from London, is a regular Too Good To Go shopper - an anti-food waste app which helps families feast on bags from local restaurants and shops, including delicious fresh sushi, for a fraction of their usual price. Recently, Dominika tucked into bags of food worth £60 for just 19, including £20 of sushi for £6.78, £8 of Greggs produce for £2.59 and £10.45 of Krispy Kreme doughnuts for just £3.50. "I live in London where, especially recently, the cost of living has significantly increased," explained Dominika, speaking to to LatestDeals.co.uk. "I am a work from home business mentor. I teach people how to start their own online business to generate extra income that so many of us need these days, so I hear about money struggles that people have daily." READ MORE ON MONEY-SAVING...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson stunned the NBA and those watching his news conference live on TV in 1991 by announcing he had tested positive for HIV and would be retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson and the Lakers’ physician both made clear the guard didn’t have AIDS. Johnson said he didn’t know how he contracted the virus. Johnson later returned to play 36 games in 1996, including the playoffs, before retiring again. The Associated Press is republishing verbatim the story on Johnson’s announcement Nov. 7, 1991: ___ By JOHN NADEL AP Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Magic Johnson, whose beaming smile and sparkling play entertained basketball fans for more than a decade, announced Thursday he has tested positive for the AIDS virus and is retiring. “Because of the HIV virus I have attained, I will have to announce my retirement from the Lakers today,” Johnson told reporters at the Forum, where he played for 12 superstar seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. “I plan on going on, living for a long time,” he said....
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he held his breath when he took off his mask to pose for a photo with NBA legend Magic Johnson at a football game Sunday, claiming there is 'zero percent chance' of COVID infection when doing this. Garcetti responded Wednesday to criticism after photos posted to social media show the mayor maskless at the SoFi Stadium during the NFC Conference Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.  The LA mayor pushed back any suggestion that he endangered anyone by briefly slipping off his mask at the game, while, by his account, holding his breath.  'I'm holding my breath literally for two seconds,' he said. 'There is a zero percent chance of infection from that. I put my mask right back on ... to make sure that there is no spread. And I think that we should all follow that advice until we're out of this period.'  According to the CDC, like  other respiratory diseases, people who are infected with COVID-19 emit tiny virus-laden droplets when they breath, speak or...
    BOSTON (AP) — June 12, 1984: The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102 in Game 7 in the first NBA Finals between Boston’s Larry Bird and Los Angeles’ Magic Johnson. They would meet in the finals two more times, with the Lakers winning both. The Associated Press is republishing verbatim the story on Bird and the Celtics downing Johnson and the Lakers for the NBA title on June 12, 1984: ___ By WILLIAM R. BARNARD AP Sports Writer BOSTON — The Boston Celtics, pro basketball’s most successful team, used a 24 point performance by Cedric Maxwell and 20 by Larry Bird to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102 Tuesday night in the seventh game of their championship series and win an unprecedented 15th NBA title. The Celtics, who captured their first National Basketball Association championship in 19557 in seven games over St. Louis, are now 7-0 when they have taken the final round to the limit. Maxwell, the Most Valuable Player when the Celtics last won the title in 1981, tied his season-high point total. The MVP...
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) — Rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in and plays center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals with his Los Angeles Lakers holding a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 point guard, finishes with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers clinch the title with a 123-107 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Associated Press is republishing verbatim the story on Johnson’s position switch to help clinch the title on May 16, 1980: ___ Rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson took over the center role because of the loss of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Friday night and scored 42 points to give the Los Angeles Lakers the National Basketball Association championship with a 123-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. With the 7-foot-2 inch Abdul-Jabbar sitting home with a severely damaged ankle, the 6-8 Johnson combined with Jamaal Wilkes for 79 points as the Lakers closed out the series four games to two for their first championship since 1972, when they beat the New York Knicks. “We did...
    LAST week we were given the starkest possible reminder of how dangerous it is to try and cross the Channel in a small, unseaworthy boat. The criminal gangs forcing people into flimsy dinghies don’t care for the lives of those in the boats, they only care for the cash lining their pockets. 4The criminal gangs forcing people into flimsy dinghies don’t care for the lives of those in the boatsCredit: Reuters 4I have also been consistent in warning that there is no silver bullet that will provide all the answers overnightCredit: PA They are gambling with human lives — as we saw so tragically when 27 people lost their lives in the water on Wednesday. That horrific event only served to underline the need for effective and co-ordinated action on both sides of the Channel, and with our European partners. The reaction of Sun on Sunday readers — and the wider British public — to this devastating loss of life was rightly to ask what the Government will do to prevent further tragedies. Our joint work with the French has...
    The director behind the film that brought Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly together described the connection between the two as "magic." The 35-year-old actress and her boyfriend didn't make their relationship public until May of 2020, but Randall Emmett recently recalled the couple's connection, which he noticed while on the set of "Midnight in the Switchgrass."  "There was magic in that room, 100 percent," Emmett told Yahoo! Entertainment in an interview published on Monday. "I sat there behind the monitor, and there were takes where I was so mesmerized by their performances that I would forget to say 'Action!' Megan sometimes had to be like, 'Randall, are you going to call 'Action?' I was like, 'Oh my god — my bad!'" Emmett clarified that he didn't think about "anything else" going on at the time. MEGAN FOX REVEALS SHE KNEW MACHINE GUN KELLY WAS HER ‘SOUL MATE’ THE FIRST TIME SHE LOOKED INTO HIS EYES Before her relationship with Machine Gun Kelly, Fox was married to actor Brian Austin Green. Fox filed for divorce from Green in...
    THERE ought to be a magic formula by which a valued player who wishes to leave a club can be persuaded to stay. But there isn’t. Pound notes might do it, a better contract or simple persuasion have been known to succeed, but when a player is determined enough, he  usually gets his way. 3Spurs will surely find it hard to keep Harry Kane if the England skipper is truly determined to leave in his bid to win silverwareCredit: Getty 3West Ham were devastated to lose Dimitri Payet to Marseille in 2017Credit: AP:Associated Press I have had one or two cases in my career, the most upsetting being Dimitri Payet in 2017. His determination to return to Marseille resurfaced and after he made it clear he wanted to go, we decided with the utmost reluctance to let him. He said about his departure from West Ham that “It’s what  I wanted. It was clear from  the start”. It’s hard to swallow,  especially as he really was that seductive a player, among the best we’ve had in my time. Payet was...
    The price of Pokémon cards is through the roof. Speculators are sinking hundreds of thousands of dollars into individual cards. Some are gobbling up vintage unopened boxes for extraordinary sums, flipping them onto an open market starved for the rarest ones. It’s reached the point where companies that grade the cards for auction simply can’t keep up. Now, the craze is extending to new-in-box Pokémon cards around the country, and retailers are struggling with unhappy customers. The situation peaked in February during a McDonald’s promotion. Participating restaurants gave out packs of collectible cards inside Happy Meals to celebrate the trading card game’s 25th anniversary. These bundles just happened to include some rare, holographic variants of beloved characters. Greedy adults rolled in before many kids could buy their share and wiped out the entire stock to flip them on the secondary market. Rapper Logic bought this Charizard for more than $183,000 at auction. With the buyer’s fee the transaction came close to a quarter million dollars.Image: Iconic Auctions The current situation at retailers like...
    Madison Summers March 8, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is saying there is a “dark side” to former President Donald Trump, but also “magic there” that he is trying to “harness.” “What I’m tryin’ to do is just harness the magic,” Graham told Axios’ Jonathan Swan in a recent interview. “To me, Donald Trump is sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan and P.T. Barnum.” The South Carolina lawmaker added, “He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know can make it.” Graham noted that while Trump could apparently make the Republican Party “bigger,” he could also “destroy it.” “He can make it bigger. He can make it stronger. He can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.” Watch Graham’s interview below: Before Trump garnered the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the 2016 election, Graham criticized him. But, after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Graham embraced Trump, as Axios noted. Additionally, Graham told Axios, “Donald Trump was my friend before the riot. And I’m trying to keep...
    IRVING PARK — Coronavirus has many Chicagoans craving more outdoor space — whether that means a big yard, a garden or just a place with a decently-sized porch. Tucked away on the corner of Harding and Avondale avenues in Irving Park lies one of the greenest lots in the neighborhood — but until last month, many neighbors didn’t know of the eclectic house hidden behind the trees, plants and flowers. Christa Brachert’s home at 3762 N. Harding Ave. was listed for sale 18 days ago and since then has been viewed more than 24,000 times on Redfin alone. The listing has been shared by house hunters, journalists and just curious neighbors who never knew about the antique-filled home behind all the greenery. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is listed for $495,000. The home, built in 1904, sits on a secluded corner of the city’s historic Villa District. In the ’90s, Brachert and her husband were living in River North when they decided they wanted more space. They were drawn to the Villa District, which is filled with many bungalows built between...
    RENTON, WA – Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, which manages Magic: The Gathering, a turn-based card game, announced that it would be removing cards and additional card imagery from its database due to “racist depictions.” One of the cards in question was titled “Invoke Prejudice” and was originally printed in 1994. Wizards stated in an accompanying post on its website that the card is “racist and made even worse by the multiverse ID it was unfortunately codified with years ago.” The card featured hooded figures, and the codified ID for the card was a reference to white nationalism. The announcement was made in a Twitter post by the company, which said, “There is no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else.” The card has also been banned in any and all sanctioned tournament plays. For Wizards of the Coast, this meant removing the card from the Gatherer database and removing additional imagery associated with other cards in place of the following text: “We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist...
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