Steve Nash Returns to Lakers Lineup in Overtime Win

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Steve Nash made his return to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup Saturday night to help the Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in overtime.Nash, who finished with 12 points and nine assists, stated Friday that he was eyeing the Christmas day match against the New York Knicks as a definite return. He said that there was a low probability that would actually play against the Warriors, but that changed Saturday.The 38-year-old Nash had missed the last 24 games after fracturing his left fibula against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 31, but felt good after Saturday’s win.“To play 40 minutes after seven weeks was more than I could ask for,” Nash said. “I felt in a decent rhythm. I feel positive about it. We’ll see (Sunday). I’ll have to keep working on it. I know it will be sore and painful but I’m used to that.”Nash did not appear to be out of shape as he broke down the Warriors defense and created shots for his teammates. Kobe Bryant thrived in Nash’s return to the lineup, finishing with 34 points and 10 rebounds.“You put two guys together who can do opposite things and it fits extremely well,” Bryant said about playing with Nash. “When I get a rebound, I look to get the ball in his hands because I know I will be getting an easy shot.”The Lakers managed to rally from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to carry the game into overtime behind Metta World Peace and Nash. Nash hit a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes of regulation before the Warriors came storming back. World Peace scored 20 points, and Nash nailed a step-back shot for the final basket in overtime to push the Lakers winning streak to four games.“The guy is a winner,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said of Nash. “There was a difference before the game. He changes everything. He changes the whole perspective.”Before the game D’Antoni said that with Nash in the lineup this is the blueprint that he had in mind after replacing Mike Brown. Brown was fired in November after a 1-4 start in his second season.The Lakers and D’Antoni hope that Nash can continue to orchestrate the offense as they head into their Christmas day match against the Knicks. read more

Lastchance Christmas deals 229 iPad 199 Xbox One bundle 20 Echo Dot

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first_img Although Walmart still offers a variety of Xbox One S bundles (see below), Dell raised the ante today with this one, which includes not only the venerated Battlefield V, but also a digital copy of Gears of Wars 4. Fire HD 8 review Sarah Tew/CNET CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Taylor Martin/CNET Apple’s non-Pro iPad does everything most people want it for: Web browsing, Netflix streaming and playing games from the App Store. Target had been selling it for $250, but Walmart’s historic low is now the deal to beat. Lenovo Smart Display review Gadgets TVs Tablets Media Streamers Phones Wearable Tech Smart Speakers & Displays See at Best Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick: $25 (save $15) More great deals The Cheapskate’s daily deals The best gifts under $25 The best gifts under $50 The best gifts from $100 to $250 The best gifts for 2018, period  See at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide 2018 The Cheapskate $219 at Walmart Xbox One S review Super Mario Odyssey review EA See at Google See at GameStop See at Dell Fire TV Stick review We’ve tested all of the impressive new Google Assistant smart displays this year — Lenovo’s was the first, and it’s still a favorite. This is one of the best deals we’ve seen on the 10-inch model, though keep in mind it might be bigger than you’d want if counterspace comes at a premium in your kitchen. But the upgraded, bamboo backing looks really nice, so it’s worth considering. See at MassGenie Google Pixel 3 review Xbox One S review A game Jeff Bakalar called “a damn masterpiece” (see review), Super Mario Odyssey is $45 at Walmart but even less at MassGenie. Just make sure to click the Power Deal button. Xbox One S Battlefield V console with Gears of War 4: $200 (save $100) Tags GameSpot Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet: $50 (save $30) Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy’s 20 Days of Doorbusters: Day 20 Best Buy saved some of the best deals for last, including this 22-inch Insignia TV for $60. But here’s the best bet: The best tech Christmas gifts for 2018 Walmart Save up to 50 percent at GameStop It was $5 less on Black Friday, but $25 for Amazon’s Alexa-enabled streaming stick is still a pretty fantastic deal. As of today, however, it’s showing “in stock on Dec. 25,” so obviously it won’t be delivered in time for Christmas. Nintendo Switch, Labo and controller bundle: $340 (save $49) Google Pixel 3, 3 XL get their Black Friday prices backcenter_img Amazon Echo Dot (second-gen): $20 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Xbox One S bundles as low as $199 2:10 Nintendo Labo review Yep, last year’s Dot is still one of this year’s best deals — as it has been since before Black Friday. This may be your last chance to scoop one up at this price, because in the new year Amazon will undoubtedly be focusing its attention on the third-gen model. Echo Dot review Samsung UHD TVs for up to $400 off After a long stretch selling for $60, the Fire HD 8 is now the same price as Amazon’s entry-level tablet, the Fire 7. But the HD 8 offers a bigger, better screen and faster performance. Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET See at Walmart How to save money on nearly everything you buy online Walmart’s 20 Days of Deals: Day 20Game time! Walmart is still offering a $10 e-gift card with the purchase of various popular party games, including Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity and Unstable Unicorns. Meanwhile, you can still grab a solid Nintendo Switch bundle and big discounts on Samsung UHD TVs and Xbox One bundles. And in case you missed it at the top of this story, the iPad 2018 (32GB) is at an all-time low: $229. Walmart is still offering up to $400 off a variety of UHD televisions, ranging from $400 to $1,400 depending on the model. The highest-end TVs appear to be offered at an even larger $1,000 off, which can be helpful if you were looking for a curved TV or just a Samsung set with a 55-inch screen. See at Walmart Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are discounted by $100 and $150 respectively on Google’s store, bringing both high-end phones back to their Black Friday weekend prices — $699 for the 3 and $749 for the 3 XL. They will remain at these prices until Dec. 22. Not bad for “the best Android phone of 2018.” The Xbox One S is enjoying a range of solid discounts, including the NBA 2K19 bundle now at just $199 (down from $219 just yesterday). You can also step up to the Xbox One X console with this $399 PUBG bundle, a $150 savings. Walmart Amazon Best Buy See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: It’s getting tough to find any kind of Switch deal, so Walmart’s is worth a look. In addition to the console itself, you get your choice of three Labo kits and an Ematic wired controller. iPad 2018 (32GB) with 9.7-inch screen: $229 (save $100) See at Amazon With nearly 500 titles on sale, here’s your chance to score some seriously good game deals. For example, you can bag Battlefield V for Xbox One for $30 (it’s also available for PS4 at that price), Lego The Incredibles for Nintendo Switch for $20 (that’s more than 50 percent off, actually) and Madden NFL 19 for Xbox One for $30. (Again: same for PS4 version.)Shipping is free on orders over $35, though for some titles you may be able to choose in-store pickup and dodge the shipping fee. Apple iPad review Lenovo 10-inch Smart Display for $180 (save $70) 54 Photos See at Walmart 18 Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch: $43.95 (save $27) Walmart, among other stores, is counting down the days until the holidays, with new sale items every day. Walmart Heads up, shoppers: It’s just five days till Christmas, so any gifts you’re planning to buy, you’d better buy now. Have no fear if you’re behind. I’ve rounded up some of the best deals from stores’ holiday sales. And if procrastination is your enemy, no worries. I’ve also collected six last-minute gifts you can print or email. We’re at the end of Best Buy’s 20 Days of Doorbusters and Walmart’s 20 Days of Deals, and there still some great deals from Dell, Target, Amazon and other stores. Indeed, many Amazon devices are on sale at or near Black Friday prices, including the third-gen Echo Dot for just $30. Here are the latest and greatest picks, followed by store-specific roundups. Note that CNET may receive commission from the sale of products featured on this page. Share your voicelast_img read more

Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amid challengeschange

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first_imgView of the meeting in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, on 1 January, 2019, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Photo: AFPCuba, long a source of inspiration for leftist Latin American governments, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its revolution on Tuesday facing increasing isolation in a region dominated by a resurgent right.Ex-president Raul Castro lashed out at what he called a return by the United States government to “confrontation with Cuba” after restoration of diplomatic ties and a friendlier tone under the former administration of Barack Obama.”Now, once again the US government seems to take the course of confrontation with Cuba and to present our peaceful and supportive country as a threat to the region,” said Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party.He gave his address at the grave in Santiago de Cuba of his brother Fidel Castro, Cuba’s revolutionary leader who died in 2016.”Increasingly, senior officials of the (Donald Trump) administration, with the complicity of some lackeys, disseminate new falsehoods and once again seek to blame Cuba for all the ills of the region,” he added in the presence of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, 58, the first president since 1976 who is not a Castro.Diaz-Canel took over in April as president from Raul Castro, who retains the top party post and called in his speech for living side-by-side with the US “in a mutually beneficial relationship of peace and respect.”It is the first such anniversary of the post-Castro era, and coincided with the inauguration in Brazil of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, whose recent election victory is one of several for right-wing governments across the region.Flags and postersBolsonaro, who had made a point of not inviting Diaz-Canel and Venezuela’s Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to his inauguration, unfolded his nation’s green and yellow flag in Brasilia and proclaimed: “This is our flag, which will never be red.”Like Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru have all swung to the right in recent years, unseating leftist governments.Maduro paid tribute to the “heroic Cuban people” in a tweet, lauding their “resistance and dignity” in the face of “60 years of sacrifices, struggles and blockade.”Another surviving leftist leader, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, said Cuba’s revolution gave birth to “the light of hope and invincible will for the liberation of the people.”The streets of Santiago were adorned with flags and posters. In one, a vigorous Fidel raises a rifle next to Raul, with the legend “60 years of victories.”Diaz-Canel wasn’t even born when Fidel Castro declared victory for his revolution on 1 January, 1959.US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista had fled the country earlier that day, opening the way for Castro to install a one-party communist system.Today Cuba remains one of only a handful of communist states left in the world, and has been under a US economic embargo since 1962.Last week, a defiant Diaz-Canel wrote on Twitter: “The Cuban revolution is invincible, it grows, it lasts.”But not everyone is convinced.Dissident Vladimiro Roca, whose father Blas Roca served as a high-ranking official under Fidel Castro, insists that “the revolution died a long time ago.”Abroad, Cuba’s government has faced heavy criticism for its authoritarian nature, intolerance of opposition and persecution of detractors. Vladimiro Roca was jailed from 1997 to 2002 for his protests.And while US-Cuba relations thawed under Obama, the Caribbean island of 11 million people has had to contend with an increasingly hostile administration under Trump these last two years.Change is coming, though.In February, the communist regime is to submit to referendum a new constitution that will officially recognize private property, markets and foreign investment.However, the document also ratifies communism as the nation’s “social goal,” insists the country will “never” return to capitalism, and defines the Communist Party as by nature, single, and the “supreme political force of state and society.”‘A new cycle’Economic changes are on the way as well. One deal, between Major League Baseball in the US and the Cuban Baseball Federation, will allow the island’s top talents to sign multi-million dollar agreements with MLB clubs.”For sure, a new cycle is being opened. This cycle is continuity and change,” academic Arturo Lopez-Levy, from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, told AFP.That’s not the view of Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.”For now, it looks like Castrism without a Castro” in power, he said.Russia and China remain allies, but neither has shown willingness to subsidize the country’s economy in the way the former Soviet Union did for 30 years.Diaz-Canel has repeatedly said that the “most important battle is the economy,” which has grown barely one percent in recent years, not enough to support its population.The president and his team are left “with the challenge of applying a contradictory policy,” said Lopez-Levy. Cuba is institutionalizing the revolution during economic crisis, while the Communist Party creates a market economy in which inhabitants can get rich in a society based on egalitarian principals.last_img read more