Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Neanderthals may have interbred with humans twice

first_img An examination of the DNA of 1,983 people from around the globe suggests that extinct human species such as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo heidelbergensis interbred with our own ancestors during two separate periods, and their genes remain in our DNA today. The research was carried out by a group of genetic anthropologists from the University of New Mexico, and leader of the team, Jeffrey Long, said the findings mean Neanderthals did not completely disappear, but “there is a little bit of Neanderthal left over in almost all humans.”The subjects of the study were drawn from 99 population groups in the Americas, Oceania, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and the researchers analyzed over 600 microsatellite positions on the genome, which are sections that can be used rather like fingerprints. Doctoral student Sarah Joyce then developed an evolutionary tree to explain the genetic variations found in the microsatellite positions. The results were unexpected, but Joyce said the best explanation for the variations was that our human ancestors and the archaic species interbred during two periods after the first Homo sapiens had left Africa: the first in the Mediterranean around 60,000 years ago, and the second in eastern Asia about 45,000 years ago. The group found no evidence of the interbreeding in the DNA of modern Africans included in the study.The findings suggest that after the first interbreeding populations migrated from the Mediterranean to North America, Europe and Asia. A second interbreeding in Asia then altered the genome of the people who went on to migrate to Oceania.The findings were presented on 17th April at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they created a great deal of interest among other researchers in the field, who had been attempting to explain some curious variations in the genome. One researcher, Linda Vigilant from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said the findings may help explain what she called “subtle deviations” in the genetic variations in the Pacific region.Other researchers from the Max Planck Institute, led by Svante Pääbo, finished sequencing the first draft of the Neanderthal genome last year. (See the PhysOrg article here.) The results are expected to be published soon and may shed more light on the possibility of interbreeding. Earlier research suggested interbreeding did not occur, but unlike Pääbo’s latest research these early results were not based on an analysis of the complete genome. Homo neanderthalensis, adult male. Credit: John Gurche, artist / Chip Clark, photographer Citation: Neanderthals may have interbred with humans twice (2010, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-neanderthals-interbred-humans.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Extinct human species such as Neanderthals may still be with us, at least in our DNA, and this may help explain why they disappeared from the fossil record around 30,000 years ago. New ancestor? Scientists ponder DNA from Siberia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Best value destinations for 2019

first_img The Santa Monica Proper is opening in early 2019, with a rooftop pool for soaking up the rays. It’s a retrofit of a 1928 building, so packs a bit of history too. Flight price drop: 1 CANCUN, MexicoSearch cheap flights to Cancun Norwegian is planning to fly between London Gatwick and Rio de Janeiro from next spring. Article published on 17th December 2018. Hotel and flight prices are subject to change due to availablity, and may fluctuate. All prices featured in this article were correct at time of searching, and based on the lowest estimated prices shown using Skyscanner’s search tools. RIO DE JANEIRO, BrazilFind cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro The Catalonia Costa Mujeres is set to open at the end of 2019. This luxury all-inclusive resort will have two buildings, separated by an avenue lined on-site shops and food stalls . Courtyard by Marriott is set to open a 150 room airport hotel, providing a comfortable base for those passing through en-route to the USA. Flight price drop: 3% The place to be on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Cancun is famous for its miles of white sandy beaches lined with coconut palms. As well as the buzzing nightlife and acclaimed international restaurants on the strip, there are plenty of cultural attractions just down the coast. LOS ANGELES, USAFind cheap flights to Los Angeles Melia are on track to open their fifth Mexican resort, the Paradisus Playa Mujeres, in May 2019. On-site facilities will include four swimming pools, six bars, seven restaurants and a private marina. Now Natura Riviera Cancun is set to open in late 2019. The resort will be inspired by the Mayan jungle, with a waterfall, lazy river and grotto bar in the grounds and a spa that’s inspired by the nearby cenotes. 2019 Cancun holiday deals DatesDeparture airportReturn priceHotelPrice per night13th-27th January London Heathrow£455Grand City Hotel Cancun£4425th February – 6th MarchLondon Gatwick£530Smart Cancun by Oasis£5716th-23rd JanuaryManchester£420Suites Malecon Cancun£5919th January – 4th FebruaryLondon Gatwick£596Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro£59 Lonely Planet have announced the best places to visit next year, so we’ve found the best deals to their 2019 travel hotspots. From the Highlands of Scotland to the colourful streets of Mexico City, we’ve put together our pick of flights and hotels. LAS VEGAS, USAFind cheap flights to Las Vegas Rio de Janeiro, Brazil DatesDeparture airportReturn priceHotelPrice per night1st-8th FebruaryLondon Gatwick£310Penthouse Suite at The Signature at MGM Grand£1168th-19th JanuaryLondon Heathrow£355Arizona Charlie’s Decatur£951st-8th MarchManchester£513The Mirage£1088th-31st MarchGlasgow£485The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa£114 Related9 seriously cheap long haul flight deals to book ASAPThere’s nothing better than eyeing up wanderlust-inspiring destinations and then finding out that flying there is cheaper than you thought. We’ve been keeping an eye on flight prices (as we do) and noticed some fantastic bargains coming up over the next few months. From surprise price drops to sneaky deals…The 2018 travel trends you need to know nowWe’ve been crunching the numbers from our huge flight database to bring you our predictions for the hotspots to watch out for in 2018.10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip. Keeping the cost of your flights down by choosing one of these short-haul holiday hotspots means that you’ll be able to spend more on ice cream (for them)… Flight price drop: 1 It’s always summer in fabulous Las Vegas. If you wantguaranteed sunshine and plenty to keep yourself entertained, Sin City is theplace to go. Not only is it great value for money in 2019, it’s also got plentyof eye-popping attractions. You can easily while away your days exploring the megacasinos, excellent cocktail bars, quirky shopping malls and the famous brightlights of the strip. Hotel price drop: 6% Virgin Atlantic is also doubling the frequency of flights from Manchester to Las Vegas, flying four times a week from summer 2019. The boutique Thompson Hotel will be opening in June 2019. The mid-century decor will infuse the space with old Hollywood glamour, with a rooftop pool deck for watching those famous LA sunsets. 2019 Las Vegas holiday deals We publish our flight deals of the week every Monday, with the best bargains for a range of city, beach and long-haul destinations. We like to keep it fresh, so there’s always somewhere new and exciting to visit. Thomas Cook Airlines are expanding their service to Cancun with nine weekly direct flights from Manchester. We’ve got WOW Air to thank for putting cheap flights toReykjavik on the map. Travel bloggers and intrepid tourists have been flockingto Iceland in recent years to tackle the GoldenCircle ring road, an epic drive that takes in volcanoes, geysers, glaciersand hot springs. New flight routes and hotel openings for 2019 2019 Rio de Janeiro holiday deals New flight routes and hotel openings for 2019 Cancun, Mexico New flight routes and hotel openings for 2019 Las Vegas, USA DatesDeparture airportReturn priceHotelPrice per night18th-20th JanuaryLondon Luton£75Reykjavik Hostel Village£5919th-23rd MarchEdinburgh£66The Capital-Inn£5427th January – 1st FebruaryLondon Gatwick£88Stay Apartments Boholt£676th-17th JanuaryLondon Luton£63Brim Hotel£51 Stay in these luxury hotels for way less: they’re in their ‘soft launch’ phase, so rooms are cheaper than they will be later on. Fairmont Century Plaza is scheduled to open in June 2019, as the reopening of the iconic Century Plaza which has hosted everyone from celebrities to presidents. 2019 Los Angeles holiday deals Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, trains, and car hire. Reykjavik, Iceland REYKJAVIK, IcelandFind cheap flights to Reykjavik If the high stakes at the roulette table don’t get your heartpounding, adrenaline baiting attractions – like the new Fly LINQ zipline –certainly will. The excitement doesn’t stop at the city limits, either. Vegassits right on the edge of the MojaveDesert, which you can explore on a Hummer or helicopter tour. And let’s notforget about the famous Vegas residencies: next year Lady Gaga, Aerosmith and Cherare among some of the big names performing live. Hotel price drop: 8% Hotel price drop: 10% With new flight routes launching and some brand new hotels entering their soft opening phase, these five destinations are a bargainous choice for your 2019 travels. From tropical long-haul beauty spots to bustling cities where there’s always something going on, there’s something to suit every type of traveller. The island is a dream for nature lovers, with Northern Lightsdancing across the heavens in the winter. In summer the sun stays out untilmidnight, perfect for those who like to party all night. Reykjavik itself is apretty little city packed with colourful buildings and friendly people. It’snot exactly known for being cheap, but savvy travellers will enjoy strollingaround discovering the city’s flea markets, quaint streets and quirky museums. Flight price drop: 5% 2019 Reykjavik holiday deals The Royalton Cancun is opening in early 2019. As well as a private stretch of beach, it will have a rooftop sky bar with a swimming pool. The all-inclusive hotel will also have a kids club, and rooms equipped with their extra comfy DreamBeds. The Sofitel will be reopening as the Fairmont Copacabana in 2019 after its renovation. The hotel is in one of the city’s most iconic beach neighbourhoods, and will have two swimming pools as well as a spa and gym. New flight routes and hotel openings for 2019 Want more inspiring deals for your 2019 travels? New flight routes and hotel openings for 2019 Los Angeles, USA Rub shoulders with celebrities in the City of Angels. Thissprawling Californian city is the heart of America’s film industry, so don’t besurprised if you bump into a few A-listers while grabbing your morning coffee. Butthere’s more to Los Angeles than Hollywood studios – with 300 days of sunshineeach year, it’s a glorious spot for a sunshine break. Brazil’s carnival city is famous for its colourful nightlifeand incredible beaches – everyone’s heard of Ipanema and Copacabana,right? With Norwegian launching new flights to Rio, and British Airways alreadytackling the route, we reckon 2019 will be the time to bag a bargain. Virgin Atlantic will fly direct from Manchester to Los Angeles three times per week, starting in summer 2019 Channel your inner Pretty Woman with some high-end window shoppingon RodeoDrive, or take the afternoon off to relax on the city’s famous beaches. Linedwith palm trees, they’re the perfect place to catch the sunset or some surf. Filmbuffs won’t want to miss a stroll along the HollywoodWalk of Fame, while thrill-seekers can enjoy the movie-themed rides at UniversalStudios Hollywood. If you love an iconic party, aim to arrive in time for Carnival– in 2019 it will take place on the 1st to 9th March. It can be tricky to findaccommodation during the party, so be sure and book your hotel as early aspossible. Another famous thing to do in the city is take the cable car to thetop of SugarLoaf Mountain in time to watch the city lights flicker into life at sunset.Go a couple of hours early to beat the crowds. Virgin Atlantic will be adding 7 weekly flights from London Heathrow to Las Vegas to its schedule from 31st March. Replacing its current service from Gatwick, the new route is set to have more premium seating. DatesDeparture airportReturn priceHotelPrice per night12th-26th JanuaryLondon Heathrow£299Freehand Los Angeles£11514th January-1st FebruaryLondon Gatwick£360The Mayfair Hotel£1251st-21st FebruaryLondon Heathrow£297Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport£1579th-16th JanuaryLondon Heathrow£301Kawada Hotel£108 Hotel price drop: 20% DatesDeparture airportReturn priceHotelPrice per night15th-22nd JanuaryGlasgow£698Arosa Rio Hotel£265th-18th FebruaryLondon Heathrow£576Novotel RJ Porto Atlantico£3711th-18th February Manchester£504Hotel Atlantico Business Centro£3119th February – 18th MarchLondon Heathrow£529Hotel Novo Mundo£42 Budget favourite Norwegian has just launched its twice weekly service from London Gatwick to Las Vegas, which is sure to make flying in 2019 much cheaper. Hotel price drop: 19% Take a stroll around the well-preserved Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza – one of the ‘new’ seven wonders of the world – or head under the sea at the MUSA underwater art gallery. Just off the coast of Isla Mujeres, this seriously unique attraction has three galleries of life-size sculptures that you can scuba dive or snorkel to.last_img read more