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Isaiah Joe wasn’t concerned about offseason contract talks with the Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder will make some roster decisions this offseason after a successful campaign saw them become the youngest first seed in league history and bow out in Round 2 of the playoffs.

The biggest storyline to follow is what they do with Josh Giddey. The 21-year-old had an inconsistent season that saw him awkwardly fit into a fourth option role off the ball. It had its moments, but it never really worked out.

Giddey is eligible for an extension this offseason as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. However, he isn’t the only guard on the roster looking for an extension.

Isaiah Joe has a $2.1 million team option for the 2024-2025 season. It is the final year of his rookie deal. The Thunder will have the opportunity to retain the 24-year-old longer by signing him to an extension this offseason by declining his team option.

The sniper said in his exit interview that he is not too concerned about the situation and that he will leave such discussions to his agent.

“My job is to be ready when it’s time to play on the field. I leave a lot of that stuff up to my organization and my agent to talk about,” Joe said. “My job is to be the best version of myself I can be for the betterment of the team. So that’s my mindset going into it this summer.”

Joe has developed into a quality player in his two seasons with the Thunder after being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 8.8 points and shot 41.2% from 3 on 4.9 attempts.

If the Thunder don’t re-sign Joe, there will certainly be a market in free agency. A young bench player who can shoot at the clip he shoots will always be a hot commodity.

RCMP officer assaulted during arrest on transit bus in Rutland

The incident happened on Thursday, May 23, 2024 around 7:00 PM in the 200 block of Rutland Road North.

Update: May 24, 8:26 am

A Kelowna RCMP officer was attacked after police stopped a bus in the 200 block of Rutland Road North following a report of a possible weapon in the possession of a group of individuals.

When the officer tried to arrest one of the people, she was assaulted and suffered minor injuries. The attack resulted in RCMP surrounding the bus and the individual being arrested.

The officer remained on duty.

RCMP are asking the public to submit dash camera footage and video surveillance from the 200 block of Rutland Road North between 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Call the Kelowna detachment at 250-762-3300 and quote case number 20024-27587.

Original: May 23, 7:39 PM

Kelowna RCMP are on scene in the 200 block of Rutland Road North.

Police stopped a BC Transit bus for unknown reasons.

The road appears to be closed between Highway 33 and McIntosh Road.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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VP hopefuls are adjusting their stance on abortion to better align with Trump

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(WASHINGTON) – Following former President Donald Trump’s April announcement that he would leave the issue of abortion to the states, essentially saying he would not sign a national abortion ban, some vice presidential hopefuls have had to walk a fine line if it comes to that. against abortion, with many moderating their stance to align with Trump, whose own position on abortion has changed.

This comes after the impact of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in June 2022, which allowed states to decide what abortion access would look like. While many states have passed legislation to restrict access to abortion, other states that had the issue on the ballot saw voters in both red and blue states reject restrictions on abortion.

Trump’s latest abortion statement came after months of dodging questions about his position on the specifics of abortion restrictions, avoiding saying whether he supports or opposes a specific number of weeks when it comes to abortion bans. However, in private conversations with allies and advisers, Trump had expressed support for a national 16-week abortion ban with the same exceptions, ABC News reported in February, citing two sources.

Trump – and any running mates – are working to strengthen positions on abortion in an election year when abortion and access to it remain a top issue for many voters. An outright abortion ban could be a losing proposition for Republicans, and Trump has acknowledged the importance of not alienating voters with his position to win elections.

During his failed run for president, Tim Scott said he supported a national 15-week abortion ban. When asked in May whether he believed the former president was wrong when he said abortion access should be left up to the states, Scott did not directly answer the question

“The Dobbs decisions sent (abortion) back to the states, so the Supreme Court has ruled (and) the leading candidate or Republican candidate has made it very clear that this is a state issue,” Scott told NBC News.

Recently on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senator Marco Rubio, who has called himself pro-life and is a co-sponsor of Senator Lindsey Graham’s 15-week national abortion, was asked if he would support a federal abortion ban.

The Florida Republican danced around the questions, never directly saying he would support a national abortion ban but not dismissing the idea.

“I’m pro-life, and to me this isn’t even a political issue,” Rubio said. “I understand that this is (political) for a lot of people, and I understand that this is a divisive issue in our country, and not everyone shares my views on this. But I believe that human life deserves dignity and protection. And I support laws that protect our unborn human life.”

In his new book, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson expressed support for a national ban on abortion, which is the opposite of Trump’s current position on the issue. When asked on CNN on Sunday whether he could give the former president a boost on abortion, Carson instead called Trump a champion of the pro-life movement.

“President Trump doesn’t like to surround himself with yes people,” Carson said. “He likes to have healthy discussions about things and recognizes that he has done more to save the lives of the unborn than any other president. So I give him a lot of credit for that.”

Asked if he thinks Trump is wrong for not supporting a national abortion ban, Carson told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he agrees that Trump is “shifting” the issue to the United States.

Joel Goldstein, a vice presidential scholar, told ABC News that these vice presidential hopefuls are trying to “maximize” their chances of being elected by aligning themselves more closely with Trump’s perspective.

“And that has put some of them in awkward situations on Sunday talk shows or other such media, where they have been pressured to reconcile their strong views with (Trump’s),” Goldstein said.

“In the selection of vice presidents, the challenge is always to demonstrate that you are politically compatible with the presidential candidate, but in the same way there is often some variation between presidential and vice presidential candidates, and sometimes this is presented as a good choice. thing.”

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Jaylen Brown, all-NBA? Maybe not, but the Celtics are lucky he’s better than ever

BOSTON – The additional accolades for rounding out his play this season haven’t come. Not yet. Maybe they never will.

Jaylen Brown is still better than ever. He announced this earlier this season. He’s been showing it ever since.

As evidence, start with the trust the Celtics placed in him on Thursday night. Don’t just look at Brown’s buckets, even though he scored plenty of them while leading his team with 40 points. Dig deeper than that. Examine how thoroughly he controlled Boston’s 126-110 Game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference finals series. Look how intelligently he attacked the Pacers’ smaller guards and wings. Notice how, once Brown started rolling, Boston ran the ball through him on possession after possession.

“He’s almost impossible to guard when he’s like that,” teammate Derrick White said. “He was unreal. He scored 40 points, but he just kept making the right reads and plays. He just had poise and patience to get into place.

A day after learning he wasn’t on any of the All-NBA teams, Brown scored 24 points in the first half. He finished plus-18 for the match. He ruthlessly broke down the Pacers’ defense for himself and others, showing the extra layers of awareness he has added to his game. The Celtics trailed by two points entering the second quarter, but Brown dominated as they opened the period on a 17-0 run.

In the locker room, several of Brown’s teammates then brought up his All-NBA snack themselves. White said voters may have spent too much time focusing on numbers while overlooking how much of an impact Brown had on the league’s best team.

“I don’t know what they missed, but Jaylen Brown is one of the 15 best players in this game,” White said. “All season long, on both sides of the ball, he has done so much for us to help us win games, which is the meaning of the game. It is a shame.”

The All-NBA debate could continue. With the Celtics six wins away from a championship, this shouldn’t be the main focus for anyone on the team. It certainly didn’t seem to be the focus for Brown.

“We’re two games away from the (NBA) Finals,” Brown said. “So honestly, I don’t have time to care…”

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Still, Brown sounded frustrated that other players were receiving more admiration. If it bothers him, that makes sense. He made the All-NBA second team last season and then dropped out even after improving significantly in the areas that matter most. He joined the defense. He developed his basketball intelligence. He vowed to do whatever it took to win games, even as his scoring average dropped. But it did drop. Maybe that cost him in the All-NBA voting this time?

“I see guys being praised and anointed that I think are half as talented as I am on both sides of the ball,” Brown said. “But at this point in my life, I just embrace it. It’s because I am who I am and what I stand for, and I don’t really change that. So I just come out and I’m grateful that I get to go on the floor every night, put my best foot forward and get better every year. Whether people like it or not, it is what it is.”

This playoff run should earn Brown more appreciation. Through the Celtics’ first twelve postseason games, he averaged 24.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 54.4 percent from the field. During the second round, he said he believed no one on the Cavaliers could guard him. During the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, he played like no one on the Pacers can.

Brown seems as locked in as ever. Even after saving the Celtics in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals, he sounded gruff. Brown didn’t seem all that excited about his game-tying three-pointer, the most memorable of Boston’s playoffs so far, as he seemed frustrated with why he had to make such a big shot in the first place. He thought the Celtics should have played better. He felt that their defense was not up to the usual standard. His team still won, but that wasn’t good enough for Brown. It bothered him that the Celtics had made themselves so vulnerable.

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Once again deep in the play-offs, Brown wants to leave no doubt this time. Based on the urgency he has expressed since the start of the postseason, he is tired of falling short. He is determined to prove that the Celtics are ready now. If so, he must know, it will be in large part because He is now ready. He’s a more complete player, even if the All-NBA voting didn’t reflect that.

“The biggest thing about JB is he’s gotten so much better every year,” White said. “He just reads the game better. I think before it was sped up and it didn’t really read, but now you can’t really speed it up. And he reads the right texts time and time again. That’s a big time for us. He is definitely an All-NBA snub.”

Former Celtic Marcus Smart joked that Brown drove to the basket like a chicken with its head cut off. Now Brown is playing the game on his terms.

“He has an innate ability to just get better and work hard, motivation, he has unreal confidence, but he’s also not afraid to work on things he knows he needs to get better at,” coach Joe said Mazzulla. “So you see him every day at shooting or practice, he’s there with six or seven coaches working every possession, every distance imaginable, so he can see his results. He just pays attention to the right things.”

The Celtics have committed to putting aside individual agendas throughout the season. But if there’s a right way to respond to an All-NBA snub, Mazzulla believes Brown will find it.

“Jaylen is just one of my favorite people,” Mazzulla said. “How does he deal with it? I think he cares in a way that motivates him, and I think he doesn’t care at all because he understands that winning is the most important thing.”

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Some iPhone users are eligible for a $349 payout to settle a lawsuit over audio issues

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Customers view the new iPhone 7 smartphone at the Apple Inc. store in New York, September 16, 2016.



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Some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners may be eligible for a payout as part of a $35 million settlement.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users who have encountered problems related to the audiochip could receive up to $349 in compensation as part of a lawsuit filed in 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Users must have owned these models between September 16, 2016 and January 3, 2023 and complained to Apple about an issue such as FaceTime, the speaker, Siri, or the Voice Memo app not working, or paid for a related repair.

Apple denied that the devices had these problems and any allegations of wrongdoing, according to the Settlement Administration’s website. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The problem stemmed from the audio chip, which manages how sound comes out of speakers or through headphones. In September 2016, Apple eliminated the headphone jack on iPhone 7 models to make way for better sound quality, a thinner design, and superior water resistance.

Eligible users may receive an email or postcard about the settlement. The deadline for filing a claim on the site ends on June 3. The final approval hearing will take place on July 18.

This isn’t the first lawsuit payout for the iPhone 7 models. Apple customers who purchased the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus or the SE before December 21, 2017 were eligible to receive $25 as part of the company’s settlement of a class action lawsuit seeking worth $500 million accusing the company of slowing down older devices with system upgrades, forcing users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model.

3 teams that can outdo the Knicks to steal OG Anunoby

The biggest trade of this past NBA season occurred when the New York Knicks traded RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley for OG Anunoby. Many were skeptical about the profession, but it turned out that he was a perfect fit for New York.

In the month of January, the Knicks went 14-2, tying the best record of any month in franchise history. Then Anunoby had to have elbow surgery, along with Julius Randle’s shoulder injury, and they struggled until he came back. When Anunoby was in the starting lineup, the Knicks went 26-6, including the postseason.

Anunoby is looking for a big contract between $35 and $40 million per year. The Knicks can afford to pay him, but don’t want him making more than their two stars. That many teams willing to overpay him could weaken the Knicks. Here are three teams that could force the issue.

San Antonio went into rebuilding mode a few years ago and eventually won the jackpot lottery for the third time, with Victor Wembanyama. After having one of the best rookie seasons of all time, it’s up to him alone, but he can’t do it alone.

The Spurs are looking for a point guard to help fuel Wembanyama as well, but bringing in OG Anunoby would also do wonders for the Spurs. They enter this offseason with the fifth cap spot and can offer Anunoby what he is looking for.

The two-way will work perfectly because Tom Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich are both great defensive minds. Pairing Anunoby with Wemby would create one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and he could pick up the defensive slack when Wemby is off the court. Anunoby’s attacking style of cuts, floor spacing and elite corner shooting fits right in and makes Spurs that much better.

Oklahoma City was the youngest seed in NBA history and the youngest team to ever win a playoff series. Because they are so young, they enter this offseason with over $39 million in cap space to work with.

The Thunder will be a perfect situation to sign OG Anunoby because they can offer a little more money than what the Knicks might be willing to offer, and they will be able to keep everyone because they are all on rookie deals. Anunoby is a player who fits anywhere, and he fits in OKC. He will add to their top four defense, gives them some size and is a great offensive role player.

Rumors suggest OKC is looking to acquire Josh Giddey. He’s a solid all-around player, but he doesn’t fit all that well and has been unplayable at times in the playoffs. Signing Anunoby would allow the Thunder to explore more trade options for Giddey. If they do, they can move Luguentz Dort to the second spot with Anunoby at the three and will be a much better fit on either side of the playoffs.

There have been many reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have strong ties to OG Anunoby. They enter this offseason with the second-most cap space at over $58 million. If there’s one team willing to overpay for Anunoby, it’s them.

The 76ers just lost to the Knicks in the playoffs, and it was largely because of him. Anunoby averaged his usual 15 points on 51 percent shooting, but his rebounding and defense against Joel Embiid in Game 4 essentially ended the streak.

Philadelphia could use a player like Anunoby who plays both sides of the ball and can be a third or fourth option behind Tyrese Maxey. They’ll offer him as much as they can to get him away from the Knicks, or make the Knicks overpay to keep him. He was clearly the X-factor and New York without him are not the title contenders fans think they are.

Helldivers 2 needs to add some immersive and fun feature to the ship to make the time between missions worth it

Helldivers 2 is as exciting as it is fun, and this is why it is so popular and has a huge community. The updates have added something new each time that kept players engaged, but something seems to be missing as the number of players has dropped.

This means Arrowhead Game Studios needs to do something to get players interested again, and one player has an idea for a feature the developer could add to the game. This requested feature allows players to have fun between missions before starting the next one.

Helldivers 2 Should Include This Feature Fan Suggests and Must Do It Now Helldivers 2 players want arcade basketball in the ship’s hangar.

Helldivers 2 has seen a loss in player count, and several players have also postponed completing large orders, which is not a good sign for the game.

Man City v Man Utd: Back FA Cup Final First Half Mistakes Bet Builder at 10/1

It’s no surprise that Rodri tops the league table in fouls for Pep Guardiola’s title winners this season. The Spaniard has played a key role in City’s success and will almost certainly start in tomorrow’s FA Cup final barring any late injuries.

He also has averages the most tackles per match, with 2.1, which rises to 2.4 when playing away from home. He averaged 1.2 errors per game this season, which also increases to 1.4 on the road. United finished the season strongly with wins against Newcastle and Brighton and are likely to have periods of pressure in the match.

Bernado Silva has averaged 1.5 tackles per game and 0.7 fouls per game. At first glance, that’s not statistically the best for a bet on first-half mistakes. However, City will hunt in groups from the front and regain possession quickly given the magnitude of this game.

Silva will likely face Diego Dalot, who has just won Player of the Season for Manchester United. The Red Devils full-back is comfortable in possession and likes to carry the ball up the pitch.

United Captain Bruno Fernandes is the center of everything for the Ten Hag team and will need to be at his best if United want to come home with a win. Fernandes averages 1.9 tackles per game and commits an average of 1.2 fouls, but we expect the averages to be higher here as City will likely have most of the ball possession and United will have a lot of work to do to prevent them play through their lines.

The last time these sides met, and in last year’s FA Cup final, all three players in the Bet Builder have made at least one mistake each. The man in the middle is Andy Madley, who awards an average of 22.96 fouls per game, and is the same referee who awarded fouls to all three of our trios of players the last time the teams met.

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